Beach School Broadcast
December 13, 2019
What is Happening next Week?
- Spirt Week: December 16-20
- Black Affinity Brunch: December 20th
How can I support teachers this week?
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
To all who contributed towards the SUN Direct Ask Campaign. Ms. Mo asked, and YOU made it happen!
We were able to raise $4,166 dollars, surpassing our $4,000 goal
These funds go towards supporting SEI (Self Enhancement Incorporated) to provide critical services and program for Beach students.
Thank you for showing you value and support our SUN program.
Reading Help Needed
Beach teachers have expressed a need for volunteer support in Reading. Your help will have a positive impact on Beach students, even if its just an hour a week. If you are interested in working one-on-one with students in our English classes, please contact Megan O'Leary, Melanie Hammond or Melinda Mechling. We will provide a mini training in a Reading support program, and are working on setting up a schedule for those interested in volunteering.
How can I help Beach School?
STEM Night Spring 2020
We are planning a STEM night in the spring and need volunteers to help plan the event. Can you help? Please contact Kelly Orehovec, email@example.com if you are interested. We will have about 8-12 STEM stations. If you are interested in hosting one of the stations, please also contact Kelly.
Beach School Bash - Volunteers Needed!
Our auction is the largest fundraiser of the year, bringing in necessary dollars to assist the Beach School community. In the past, funds raised from this event has supported Playworks, SUN, technology enhancements and improving services for students and school staff. This fundraiser, slated for late April 2020, is made possible by a great group of parent volunteers and we need your help. Please email Amber Elf if you are interested in volunteering or learning more.
Sign-ups/Buy-In Coordinator: This person would assist in promoting the sign-ups/buy-in’s for the auction to include gathering information, inputting information into database, and circling back with participants. Sign-ups are volunteer driven where a teacher/parent agrees to offer an experience and folks sign up for the experience. It is a great way to open the door for more to participate in the auction: I.E. Ms. Frazee hosted an animal sleep over in the library for $5 a stuffed animal. She took pictures of the animals in the library and sent to kids/parents. We are hoping to place the Sign-ups on the Online portion of the auction.
Volunteer Coordinator:This role involves helping to gather and lead the volunteers the night of the auction. This position will have less work during the year and be more time intensive the month of the auction.
Social Media Expert: While we have a team of folks dedicated to producing all communication materials, we need a point person to help with social media and announcements of auction related items and timelines. We have a timeline calendar created, but need that one person to take the lead on launching and announcing the auction to the greater community.
Live Auction Helper: Dawn Myrah is our lead for the live auction and is need of a helper for the evening of the auction. Live Auction includes helping produce the video that is shared, working with the auctioneer, talking points and keep the night running smooth.
Donate K-2nd Boy's Pants or Shorts
Accidents happen. We are in the season of puddles and there is a need for pants and shorts for the K-2 boys. If you can contribute, please drop off in the front office or with Megan O'Leary.
Lost and Found
Please stop by the lost and found before winter break and collect your child's belongings. We are officially overflowing! There are 2 locations. Just outside the cafeteria and just inside the annex doors.
Community Event Planner Wanted!
If you are interested in helping plan fun & inclusive community events at Beach, we are looking for someone to join our awesome PTA team! Please email PTA VP Melinda Mechling if interested.
Get to Know your Community
Beach School Spirit Week Coming Up ESCUELA BEACH SEMANA DE ESPíRITU 2019
Monday 12/16 - Backwards Day - wear your clothes backwards
Lunes 12/16-Usa tus ropas de atrás para adelante (al revés)
Tuesday 12/17 - Matchy Matchy Day - dress alike with one or more friends
Martes 12/17- vestirse igual con uno o más amigos
Wednesday 12/18 - Wacky Sock Day - wear your favorite socks, or two different socks
Miércoles 12/18 Usa tus calcetines favoritos o no emparejados
Thursday 12/19 - Sports Day - Wear your favorite sports team uniform or a sport you play
Jueves 12/19- Día del deporte: use el uniforme de su equipo deportivo favorito o un deporte que practique
Friday 12/20 - Beach Spirit Day - wear your Beach School shirt, Run for the Arts Shirt, or our school colors: green and yellow
Viernes 12/20-Día del Espritu de Beach- use su camisa de la Escuela Beach, la camisa Run for the Arts o los colores de nuestra escuela: verde y amarillo
Black Affinity Night
The first of many to come!
Battle of the Books at Beach
Got OBOB questions? Wondering how to pronounce an author name? Wondering what a battle looks like? Check out the newly updated Beach OBOB resource page, team names and contact info will be emailed separately next week!
Beach OBOB Resource Page
SUN Fall Showcase
Danza del Sol Performance
Topic Talks with Principal Lisa Hawking
Topic Talks are a continuation of “Coffee with the Principal”. The title “Topic Talk” better describes what we’ll do and why (described below). We will also have Cafe en Espanol, scheduled for adjacent Fridays, along with Black Affinity Brunch starting in December
Dates and times for Topic Talks are:
- January 24, 9-10 a.m.
- February 14, 9-10 a.m.
- March 20, 9-10 a.m.
- April 17, 9-10 a.m.
- May 22, 9-10 a.m.
Dates for Cafe en Espanol are:
- January 31
- February 28
- April 3
- May 29
Black Affinity Brunch
All Cafe en Espanol are facilitated by our wonderful Esther Romero, from 9-10 a.m. in the auditorium.
The goals for Topic Talks and Cafe en Espanol are communication and community building. We want to create a space for parents to receive some information about important school-related topics, and a space to hear from, learn from, and better know those of you who are able to attend. (We regret this is not a time that works for many parents’ work schedules and hope that we’ll get to connect with you at evening events, around school such as at arrival or dismissal or in other ways-- please reach out if we can answer any questions or support you or your child.)
We would love to learn topics of interest from you. Topic Talk topics I’m planning so far include school survey and assessment data, student assessments overviews (MAP, Smarter Balanced, etc.), Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice & Collaborative Problem Solving. This Friday’s topic is our 2019-20 School Goals including school data and team processes that led to their formation.
At Topic Talks we’ll meet in Circle. Circle work increases the generativity of a group of individuals, helping us find common knowledge and interests, and productive differences, to accomplish shared purposes. We’ll structure the ability for each person to have a turn to speak or listen, and also a structure at closing for collecting additional questions from you that I’ll either be able to answer quickly, or connect with you about later, depending on time.
I hope all parents will feel welcome to join us!
Sincerely, Lisa Hawking
Beach Garden Corner
The chilled rains have begun to tumble and our blue tarp shelter made a few appearances this month. Our winter greens and roots are inching along and the trees are bare. Canada Geese are flying south and black-capped chickadees and sparrows are forming their winter flocks.
This month Mr. Rodrigo Augirre, Ms. Ani Ponz, and Mr. Cameron Shaw’s classes had the chance to participate in a flower parts dissection. The work of Ms. Ponz’s class is displayed on the bulletin board in the main hall past the auditorium. While you’re there, please read the poems of Mr. Almazan’s class from their Fall Haiku Walk.
Thank you to all the families who came to our Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop earlier this month, and an extra big thank you to all of Rhiannon Leonard’s coordinating to host the event. We shared a lovely afternoon of crafting, hot apple cider, and high-quality cedar smells. Thank you to Ms. Mika Hilbers and Ms. Molly Sheehan’s classes for all of the muddy, rainy sunchoke harvesting this month as well.
Thanks to the efforts of these 4th graders, we harvested a whopping 22 lbs. of sunchokes for the Food Pantry, in addition to 2 lbs. of cardoons, 1.5 lbs. of kale, and 12 oz. of herbs.
With gratitude and mud,
Celebrate Native American Heritage month and check out these resources on traditional land tending:
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (The audio book is great to listen to as a family!)
Caring Communities at Beach
SUPPORTING BEACH FAMILIES OVER WINTER BREAK
There are many families at Beach that could use some financial support this holiday season. If you can, please consider donating to our Beach holiday fund. The money will go towards gift cards that Ms. Mo (Monique Shellmire, SUN Coordinator) will distribute to families.
You can donate at the link below or bring money or gift cards to the office between now and Wednesday.
If you could benefit from holiday support, contact Ms. Mo at 503-890-0489 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hay muchas familias en la escuela Beach que tal vez necesitan ayuda financiera en esta temporada navideña. Si usted puede, por favor considere donar a Beach para recaudar fondos en esta temporada. El dinero será para comprar tarjetas de regalo que la señorita Mo (Monique Shellmire, coordinadora de SUN) va a distribuir a familias.
Usted puede donar por internet a la dirección de abajo, traer dinero o tarjetas de regalo empezando hoy hasta el miércoles.
Si usted se beneficiase con ayuda esta temporada también, puede contactar a la señorita Mo al 503-890-0489 email@example.com
Pottery Night Recap
What a fun night of creativity and community! Thank you to all who came and painted a plate or mug. Volunteers will be working hard to glaze and fire items so that students can *hopefully* take them home before the Winter Break. Interested in helping with glazing? Please contact Melinda Mechling.
Please stay tuned for when your glazed pottery will be ready to take home!
Upcoming Fundraising Events
Fundraising events cost money and everyone is invited. Our goal at fundraising events is to raise money for our community.
Wreath Making Event - Beach Garden Fundraiser
Thanks to all of you for supporting the Beach Garden! And a special BIG thanks to Rhiannon Leonard for organizing the event!
SAVE THE DATE:
Beach Rocks - February 29th
Interested in singing or performing in the "live karaoke" experience?
Contact Nate Query: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beach School Bash - April 25th
If you are interested in getting involved with this high energy event please contact Amber Elf and see our above post about how to get involved.
We raise part of our money for the school through Restaurant Nights. They are a great way to support our community financially because proceeds from attending and buying dinner goes to our school AND you get to hang out with the community.
Thanks to Old Gold for hosting Great Notion Brewery's tap takeover (Beach Family owned) this week.
January 16th Tamale Boy
Spitz Restaurant Night
PTA General Meetings
November 13th 2019 Recap
Thank you to Megan O'Leary who gave a great presentation on internet safety and education for children at all ages of development. Megan has organized lots of great resouces for parents on a website for teachers and parents to access.
Check it out:
2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors!
- Kelly Orehovec, President
- Melinda Mechling, Vice President
- Chris Taylor, Treasurer
- Jen Minko, VP Membership
- Christina Brown, Secretary
- Alisa Hayes, Fundraising Chairman
- Nate Query, Equity Liaison
- Margaret Hancock, Communications Coordinator
- Melenie Hammond, Volunteer Coodinator
- Michelle Dubarry, Grants Coordinator