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Originally delivered on 1/10/2020 2:30 pm

SUBJECT: Beach School Broadcast January 10




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10 - Community drumming session during the school day

15 - PTA meeting, OG Principal Kristina Howard visit

16 - Tamale Boy Restaurant Night

23 - STEAM night planning meeting 6:30pm Beach School Auditorium 

24 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

29 - Old Spaghetti Restaurant Danza Fundraiser 

31 - Cafe en Espanol 9am


3 - Beach Community drumming session 

7--All School Spirit Assembly (Resilience and Problem Solving)

14 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

20 - Spitz Restaurant Night

28 - Cafe en Espanol 9am


20 - Principal Topic Talks 9am


3--All School Spirit Assembly (Engagement and Collaboration)

17 - Cafe en Espanol 9am

20 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

25 - Beach School Bash, Auction


22 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

29--All School Spirit Assembly (Growth and Curiosity)

29 - Cafe en Espanol 9am


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Beach School Broadcast 

January 10, 2020

What is Happening next Week?

January 10 Community Drumming Session

January 15th 5:30 PTA Meeting

January 16 Restaurant Night Tamale Boy Dekum Location

Photo by Beach Parent Joanna Martin



How can I support teachers this week? 


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'LearyMelanie 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?  


STEAM Night Spring 2020 planning meeting Thursday, January 23rd
We are planning a STEM night in the spring and need volunteers to help plan the event.  Can you help?  Please contact Kelly Orehovec, 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.    


Spring Planting Dinner (formerly Harvest Dinner) Planner Wanted!

If you are interested in helping plan our annual Garden Fundraiser,  Please email PTA VP Melinda Mechling if interested.  If you don't want to plan and want to help, please also let us know!


Get to Know your Community 


Right Brain Initiative (RBI) and West African Drumming

Our school’s Right Brain Initiative (RBI) Team is thrilled to be bringing Alex Addy and his West African Drumming residency to all our students this year!  Each class will have 3 sessions with Alex between Jan 6 and Feb 7, and he will be at our Beach Connects, providing a Community Performance as well as time for kids and families to talk, ask questions and maybe even get to try out the drums a little.  Alex’s residency goal is to teach our students respect for the culture of Ghana, West Africa while sharing specific drumming and musical techniques through the lens of discipline and focus. Simultaneously, our larger residency goal is “making Beach Community visible”; we are partnering with Beach parent photographer Amy Wooley who will take photos of our students during the residency, to enlarge and hang in our hallways. (This residency is funded through our annual “Run for the Arts” which will be back again this spring!)  Other components include K-2 and 3-5 School Assemblies (Feb. 7) and daytime Open-to-All-Beach-Community-Sessions on Friday January 10 and Monday February 3, during the school day.  Click here for more information about the residency and Alex.



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    


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

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



Caring Communities at Beach 

2nd Annual Beach Community "Beach Connects" was a hit!

Our goal with Beach Connects is to bring the entire Beach community together in a fun and relaxed way. I think it was a slam-dunk!

With lots of pizza and snacks to go around, the free-throw contest (congrats to Sammy and Dustin for winning!), guessing games, and drumming all made for a great night. 

We hope to make this a regular event at Beach! Thank you to our wonderful teachers and support staff for putting stars in so many kids eyes last night. And a huge thank you to Alex Addy and his West African Drumming residency for showing our community so much rhythm and spirit last night. There wasn't a still body in sight! Please join him on February 3rd for some more drumming if you want to learn!

Here's to the next one!





Upcoming Fundraising Events 

Fundraising events cost money and everyone is invited.  Our goal at fundraising events is to raise money for our community.  



Beach Rocks -  February 29th

 Interested in singing or performing in the "live karaoke" experience?

Contact Nate Query: 

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.

Spring Planting Dinner Planner Wanted! 

This is our annual Garden fundraiser.  Please contact us if you are interested in helping in any way.

Restaurant Nights

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.  We raised $870.00!

 January 16th Tamale Boy


 January 29

Danza Fundraiser

February 20

Spitz Restaurant Night


PTA General Meetings 

 January 15th 5:30-7pm

Do you have  5th grader or maybe just want to learn more about Ockley Green Middle School? Awesome OG principal Kristina Howard will be joining us to talk about the school and answer questions from parents. Pizza dinner and childcare provided!



2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors!

Beach School PTA  1710 N Humboldt St  Portland, OR 97217