back to newsletters

Originally delivered on 2/7/2020 2:57 pm

SUBJECT: Beach School Broadcast February 7




Stay up to date on all of our Beach School Dates.

Click here for the Calendar




12 - PTA Meeting 7pm-8pm Restorative Justice

14 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

20 - Spitz Restaurant Night

20 - DLI Incoming Kinder Info. Night

22 - Garden Work Party 9 am to noon

27 - Black History Night 5:30-7

27 - Garden Work Party 3-5 pm

28 - Cafe en Espanol 9am


16 - 20 Book Fair

20 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

23 - 27 No School Spring Break


3 - All School Spirit Assembly (Engagement and Collaboration)

17 - Cafe en Espanol 9am

20 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

21 - Dub's Restaurant Night

25 - Beach School Bash, Auction


22 - Principal Topic Talks 9am

29 - All School Spirit Assembly (Growth and Curiosity)

29 - Cafe en Espanol 9am


What is Membership Toolkit? Learn all about the app & how to use it here!  


Follow us on Facebook!

@Beach SchoolPTA 

@Beach School Community Voice


Follow us on    Instagram!     






Ongoing ways to give.....

 You can find us on Amazon as Beach Elementary PTA



Beach School Broadcast 

February 7, 2020

What's Happening Next Week?

10-11 OBOB School Battles 3-5 grades

12 PTA Meeting 7pm - 8pm Restorative Justice Speakers

14 Principal Topic Talks 9am


You Hold Me Up


How Can I Support Teachers this Week?

Personal Hygiene Essentials for Everyone!

Help Mr. Ramirez give his students some personal hygiene essentials like toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant to build self confidence in the classroom and beyond.

Support Mr. Ramirez here.

How can I help Beach School?  


Beach Rocks-a night of brews and tunes!

Join us for a night of live music and your chance to sing with the band!!

  • When: February, 29 from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Where: Catalina’s Restaurant- 517 NE Killingsworth-Portland
  • Tickets start at $5
  • All proceeds support literacy needs at Beach
  • Purchase tickets here!

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The Beach Spring Book fair is coming up this March 16-20th, and Ms. Frazee is in need of volunteers. If you have time to help with set appreciated. Check out the sign up here

Beach School Bash Auction - 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. 


Spring Planting Dinner (formerly Harvest Dinner) Planner Wanted!

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


Pottery Pick up

Do you recognize any of these? There are still several beautiful pottery pieces that need to be picked up ASAP. Please email Melinda Mechling to arrange a pickup time.


Get to Know your Community 


Last Sunday, the native pollinator meadow in our school garden got some love from 12 volunteers from the Annual North American Rewilding Conference put on by non-profit Rewild Portland. The day started with a double rainbow and an acknowledgment of the Chinookan people who have long stewarded this region. We were lucky to have a break from the rain to do some weeding and planting. The ‘weeds' were all edible and medicinal including dandelion, narrow leaf plantain and wild carrot (aka Queen Anne’s lace).

While these species are sometimes considered pesky, they were brought to North America for food and are good at growing in disturbed areas. You might think of them as nature’s band-aids for the soil. The areas that were weeded were then planted with Willamette Valley native wildflower seeds including lupin, columbine and self-heal. Stop by the garden and check out what’s growing! Mark your calendar for our next garden work parties: Sat. 2/22 9 am to noon and Th 2/27, 3-5 pm.


Right Brain Initiative (RBI) and West African Drumming

Check out all the photos from classes--we will add more!  Thanks to Amie Wooley for capturing the Arts at Beach.


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

  • Aguirre

Fourth Grade 

Fifth Grade

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 Monday February 3, during the school day.  Click here for more information about the residency and Alex.



West African Drumming performances: 

Friday, Feb. 7th 8:50am - 9:40am (Grades K-2)

Friday, Feb. 7th 9:40am - 10:30 am performance (Grades 3-5)

Friday, Feb. 7th 5:30pm - 6:30pm performance (select students from all grades)


 English Classes at Beach

English Classes begin Feb 4th. Every Tue & Thu from 9-1030 in the annex Room A3. These classes are for all adults who want to learn or practice English, and they are also welcome to English speakers who would like to help by participating.

With Esther out we need your help to build connections between English & Spanish speakers! 
A) can you help spread the word? We will have a flyer and we ask you to help pass it out!
B) we would love it if you would participate in one of the classes! If you are interested, give Nate your name & #, and we'll connect with you after classes start

For more info, contact Nate Query
503-360- 8664 
(habla español)



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: 

  • 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:

  • 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 orsupport 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!



At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. 

At Beach, GOTR will be a partnership with the SUN program in the Spring term for Grades 3-5.  Practices will be twice per week, tentatively scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays.

Families can register girls online at 

Online Registration opens January 15th. We need 8 participants signed up by February 21st to move forward with the program.

The cost is  $195/girl. Sliding scale and payment plans are available.  We also need 2-3 volunteers to serve as coaches! Deadline is January 31st.  Requirements are 21+ (female for the head coach, male volunteers can serve as assistant coaches).  A background check and CPR certification required.  Training will be provided. 

Contact our site person, Kerry Haugh at


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

Beach Rocks-a night of brews and tunes!

Join us for a night of live music and your chance to sing with the band!!

  • When: February, 29 from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Where: Catalina’s Restaurant- 517 NE Killingsworth-Portland
  • Tickets start at $5
  • All proceeds support literacy needs at Beach
  • Purchase tickets here!

First beverage free. Tacos available for purchase.

Muchisimas gracias to Esmeralda Caldera, Beach parent and Catalina owner for her generous support of Beach! And many thanks to Great Notion Brewery.

Contact Nate Query, or 503-360-8664 for song selection or to play in the band.

This event is a fundraiser for the Beach School Community and is for ages 21+    

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


February 20

Spitz Restaurant Night

April 21 Dub's Restaurant Night


PTA General Meetings 

 January 15th 2020 Recap

A huge thank you to Ockley Green's amazing Principal Kristina Howard. We had a great turnout to hear her speak about all that OG has to offer and all the hard work they have put in over the last couple years to become a wonderful and enriching school for our future 6th graders. Ockley will be holding their open house on February 5th from 5:30pm-7pm. We encourage families of 5th graders to attend. 

PTA Meeting - February 12th 7pm-8pm

Speaker--Restorative Justice Specialsit, Keela Tillery (TOSA, PPS) 



2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors!

Beach School PTA  1710 N Humboldt St  Portland, OR 97217