Mar
06

Notes from the Elementary PTA/PTO Fundraising Equity Conversation hosted by the Bellingham Schools Foundation on Febrary 15, 2018

On February 15th, I attended a “Fundraising Equity Discussion” hosted by the Bellingham Schools foundation. Ten of the fourteen elementary school PTAs and PTOs were represented, and we had a productive hour of collaboration and sharing of ideas.

The discussion began as an idea at Columbia Elementary. They found themselves with an excess budget one year, at the same time they learned about severe deficits in other schools, and in pursuit of the ‘One Schoolhouse’ dream and in true Bellingham Promise spirit, they began asking if there was a way to help the community instead of just their own school.

One of the inequities they’ve found are in the availability and cost of before and after-school enrichment programs. The schools who could use them most have none, and the families who most need the programs can’t afford them. Each school which does offer enrichment programs has a huge volunteer burden to maintain and manage it, again with the most volunteer resources being available at the schools with the least need. As a group we came to the conclusion that this is a perfect area for the district and foundation to step in, possibly to pursue a centralized enrichment coordination system.

A second inequity that we spoke about for some time was that of teacher stipends. The stipends range from none at all at some schools up to $1,000 each year for each teacher at other schools. We know that every teacher is spending at least some of their own money for the benefit of their classroom and students, so the group agreed that each would discuss with their boards and membership the idea of an agreement among the fourteen PTOs and PTAs to try to make Elementary School Teacher Stipends the same across the district for the 2018-2019 school year.

There were many more topics discussed; if you’d like additional information, contact Ken Putney at [email protected]

Feb
02

Monthly PTO Board meeting and Open Forum, February 13th

The monthly PTO board meeting will be held on Tuesday the 13th of February. Following the board meeting, at 6:30PM, will be an open forum for PTO members to ask questions about any topic they’re interested in.

This month we’ll start off with discussions about the district’s new focus on fundraising equity among our diverse schools, and the district’s committee on attendance areas, which will determine boundary lines for each school.  Everyone is welcome to the board meeting, the open forum, or both!

Jan
05

Monthly PTO Board meeting and Open Forum, January 9th

Hi Silver Beach Parents!

Come meet Dr. Baker – Next Tuesday (Jan 9th) we will hold our PTO board meeting at 5:30 in the Library, followed by a monthly open forum at 6:30. Anyone may attend the board meeting, but the exciting stuff happens at the open forum. Dr. Greg Baker, the Bellingham Schools Superintendent will be there to talk about the upcoming Bond election. We’ll also be talking about upcoming after school enrichment programs,  playground improvements, an auction, and more.

See what we’ve been doing lately: See our meeting minutes and agendas here: www.silverbeachpto.org/pto/minutes

See more about the upcoming Bond measure here: http://bellinghamschools.org/about/departments/finance-and-operations/2018-bond/

Check the After School Program Calendar at www.silverbeachpto.org/enrichment

See you next week!

Dec
15

December PTO Board meeting

This Tuesday we held our December PTO meeting.  Here’s the rundown:

  • Auction Committee Report (Andrea Balzotti, Chairperson)

    So far, the auctions have paid for a new field which is holding up very nicely, a new swing, a sand play area, some much needed playground maintenance, and some stepping bollards called ‘pods’ which have been delayed a little.  There is still auction money left for additional playground improvements – under discussion are ideas for a better sand play area, curb painting, a large map mural on the ground, a buddy bench, a bright paint job for the under-cover area, and new balls, basketball nets, lacrosse gear and other play equipment.

    The most important news is that our amazing auction committee tells us that the party is on again for next year!   Next year’s auction will focus on the other side of school – the sliding mud hill that vaguely looks like grass.  We’ll begin discussions with the school and district to plan a tiered stadium step/seating area which will allow more traffic to pass up and down the hill without becoming a mud slide.  Andrea and her team are on board, and will begin auction planning in January.

  • Enrichment (Sarah Elmer, Chairperson)

    The winter After School Program schedule is coming together.  We’re hoping to offer two new options: Chess and 3D computer modeling.

  • Social Networking

    The PTO has started its own Facebook page in an effort to offer another channel of communication with parents.  Check www.facebook.com/silverbeachpto

  • Kinder Boot-Camp:  The first Kinder Boot-camp planning meeting is being held on January 16th.
  • Dr. Baker visit: at our January 9th PTO meeting, Bellingham School District Superintendent Dr. Greg Baker will attend to discuss the upcoming school bond.
  • Next Meeting is in the Library on 9 January, 2018
    Board meeting is at 5:30, Dr. Baker will speak at 6:30

 

Nov
13

Nov 13, 2017 – PTO Board Meeting and Parent Education Night

Hello Silver Beach!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30PM for a Parent Education Night meeting with Joe Fuller, a Whatcom County Health Department Program Specialist.

He will offer a talk about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) on behavioral health, homelessness, and related issues.  He will also talk about how hope and resilience create a path to success for our youth, and what you can do to help create it.

As a reminder, the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) membership includes any individual who subscribes to the mission of promoting quality education at Silver Beach Elementary School, and there are no membership dues.  Please join us!

The regular PTO board meeting will take place at 5:30 on November 14th, PTO members are welcome to attend.  Joe Fuller will speak after the meeting adjourns at 6:30 PM.

Aug
24

Aug 23, 2017 – Welcome Back!

It’s the first day of another amazing year at Silver Beach Elementary!

The PTO board are all excited to kick off the year; the energy was high at the Meet & Greet on Tuesday, and at morning drop-off on Wednesday morning.  It’s obvious that Mrs. Talley, the staff and our amazing teachers have been hard at work getting ready for the year.  The school and classrooms are ready for action.

Our Parent Volunteers have also been working for weeks already to hold up our end of the Bellingham Promise. Here’s a short list of what’s going on:

  • Candyce Kirbyson is collecting volunteer information to put parents to work helping our amazing students.
  • Susan Miner is scheduling the dates for Kids’ Nights Out, one of the most popular programs every year. The first night out will be September 8.
  • Sarah Elmer is working on Enrichment, setting up the Fall After School Programs.
  • Amber Asbjornsen is working to keep Mrs. Talley in touch with families through the Parent Advisory Committee .
  • Jodi Haggen is handling community and parent outreach through Facebook.
  • Kristen Kiene and Laura Lawyer are already working on the monthly Staff Lunches.
  • Ginny Hansen is already prepping for the Jog-a-Thon on September 22nd.
  • Misty Salvadar is planning the Fall Harvest Festival on October 27th.
  • Teri Milnes is working on setting up Morning Supervision later in the year when it gets chilly, and of course the Book Fair!
  • Ken Putney is working with Mr. Gilmore and the Silver Beach dads to kick off the Watch D.O.G.S. program.
  • Kristen Isokovic is already thinking about the Science Fair!

Our first Executive Board Meeting will be on September 12 to set plans in place.  The board will meet at 5:30, followed by an open house at 6:30.

Here’s to another great year at Silver Beach Elementary.

Jun
14

6/14/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 6.14.17

Dear Families,
The ending of a school year is filled with completing projects, celebrations, and mixed emotions.  Many students have shared with me that they are excited for summer but are sad to leave their teacher and friends.  Today I received two letters (from a kindergartener and second grader) asking me if I could please just keep the whole class together and move the teacher up to the next grade. We have a very special community here at Silver Beach!  I will definitely be missing all the sweet little faces!  I hope your summer involves lots of laughter, fun, play, and READING!

Big thanks to our Auction Committee for putting on a very fun, successful night last Friday!

On Tuesday, Mrs. Gray and our 5th grade leaders set up and ran the BEST Play Day ever!!  Thanks to all of the volunteers that made our Play Day such a success!

See you in August,

Nicole


Thursday: Early Release 1:15

Friday: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Dismissal at 1:15
9:00am 5th Grade Graduation Assembly

If your child has medications here at school, please stop by the office and pick up your unused medication after the last day of school, June 16th and before June 21st.  We are not able to send medications home with your student.  If you are unavailable to pick them up, please make arrangements for another adult family member to do so.  Medications not picked up by June 21st will have to be disposed.

Lunch Money-. Please make every effort to keep a positive balance in your child’s lunch account.  Any money in your account will carry over into the next school year.
Silver Beach Summer Garden Care 2017
Thank you for helping our garden continue to grow and thrive throughout the summer – without your help, the hard work our students put in this spring would go neglected. Now, in fall, they can return to a well-tended garden that reflects the continuity of the growing season. As a Garden Angel, we ask that you:
• Water the garden regularly
• Weed as needed
• Re-sow crops when possible
• Weigh/record garden harvests
• Log garden activities, concerns or delights in your school’s garden journal
We appreciate your help and welcome you to share in the bounty of the garden by taking home some of the produce we’ve grown together.
Please sign up for one week at a time, Monday-Sunday
Our contact info in case you have any questions:[email protected] OR 360-927-1590 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4ca5aa2fa75-silver

Reminders
• Remember to read this summer!

Jun
01

5/31/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.31.17

Dear Families,
Tomorrow is our first Leadership Day and we hope you will join us at our Student Led Open House tomorrow 6:00-7:00pm. Students are excited to share the academic progress they have made this year, celebrate their leadership, and tour you through the school.  The Book Fair will be open 6:00-7:30pm

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow,
Nicole

Friday: 10:00-1:00pm All City 5th Grade Track Meet at Civic Field


Upcoming Dates:
Tomorrow: Leadership Day: We hope you will join us!
9:30 Find Your Voice Celebration Assembly
12:00-12:40 Kindergarten Concert
6:00-7:00 Student-Led Open
6:00-7:30 BOGO Book Fair
June 2: 10:00-1:00 All City 5th Grade Track Meet
June 6: 9:40-11:15 PE Classes of the Year to North Coast Gym
6:30-7:30 PTO Meeting welcoming incoming Kindergarten families-Childcare provided
June 7: 8:45-10:35 Author and illustrator Ben Mann here
June 8: 9:00-1:15 5th Grade Picnic
June 9: 9:15-10:15 Kindergarten Field Day
1:45-2:25 2nd Grade Concert
5:30 PTO Auction- Bellingham Golf and Country Club
June 12: 11:00-2:00- 3rd grade to Bloedel
June 13: 9:00-10:40 All School Play Day
June 16: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Dismissal at 1:15
9:00am 5th Grade Graduation Assembly

From the Gym:  Playday volunteers are needed on June 13th from 8:30-10:45.  Contact Mrs. Gray if you are available. [email protected]

Lunch Money-If your student’s lunch account is overdrawn, you will receive balance notices in your student’s take-home folders. Please make every effort to keep a positive balance.  Any money in your account will carry over into the next school year. After May 26, those students with negative balances will be served an alternative lunch.

From the PTO: Silver Beach Summer Garden Care 2017
Thank you for helping our garden continue to grow and thrive throughout the summer – without your help, the hard work our students put in this spring would go neglected. Now, in fall, they can return to a well-tended garden that reflects the continuity of the growing season. As a Garden Angel, we ask that you:
• Water the garden regularly
• Weed as needed
• Re-sow crops when possible
• Weigh/record garden harvests
• Log garden activities, concerns or delights in your school’s garden journal
We appreciate your help and welcome you to share in the bounty of the garden by taking home some of the produce we’ve grown together.
Please sign up for one week at a time, Monday-Sunday. Our contact info in case you have any questions: [email protected] OR 360-927-1590 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4ca5aa2fa75-silver

WATCH D.O.G.S: Dads Of Great Students
WatchDOGS are fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one full school day a year at Silver Beach. This is a great volunteering opportunity that provides positive male role models for our students, demonstrating by their presence and engagement that education is important and adding an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance our positive learning community. We are planning a big Pizza kick-off event at the start of next school year and hope you will consider joining and working with other great WatchDOGS. For more information and/or to join next year’s WatchDOGS group be sure to add your name to sign-up list at the volunteer desk in the office or email our School Counselor, Brian Gilmore ([email protected]).

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

After School Enrichment:
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, [email protected]

Community Enrichment Activities
Ray of Hope Summer Day Program. DATES: June 26th-August 4th, MONDAY-FRIDAY.  Applications at Silver Beach and Rebound (316 E. McLeod Rd, Suite 102).
Ray of Hope is a six-week program for children ages 5-12 with emotional, behavioral and/or economic challenges. Campers participate in arts & crafts, recreation, field trips and artistic enrichment. Ray of Hope strives to introduce empowering social skills and inspiring life principles through story and relationship. Ray of Hope is for kids who most need, yet seldom experience, such holistic, a well-staffed and fun summer. We will be hosting this program at Silver Beach Elementary. If you have any questions, please contact Rebound at 360-714-0700.

Reminders
• Please do not park on Academy during pick up and drop off times.  It is also illegal to park in the handicap spaces or double park in the lot.
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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May
31

5/25/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.25.17

Dear Families,
It looks like we are going to have fabulous weather for our Family Picnic tomorrow. We hope you will be joining us.  Eating times are as follows:
10:45 – Kindergarten
11:15 – 1st Grade
11:45 – 2nd & 3rd Grades
12:15 – 4th & 5th Grades

Have a wonderful, long weekend!
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
May 26: 11:00-1:00 Silver Beach Family Picnic
May 29: No School: Memorial Day Holiday
May 30: 9:15-11:15 4th Grade to WWU Planetarium
June 1: Leadership Day
12:00-12:40 Kindergarten Concert
6:00-7:00 Student-Led Open House
6:00-7:30 BOGO Book Fair
June 2: 10:00-1:00 All City 5th Grade Track Meet
June 6: 9:40-11:15 PE Classes of the Year to North Coast Gym
6:30-7:30 PTO Meeting welcoming incoming Kindergarten families-Childcare provided
June 7: 8:45-10:35 Author and illustrator Ben Mann here
June 8: 9:00-1:15 5th Grade Picnic
June 9: 9:15-10:15 Kindergarten Field Day
1:45-2:25 2nd Grade Concert
5:30 PTO Auction
From the Office:
Please do not park on Academy during pick up and drop off times.  It is also illegal to park in the handicap spaces or double park in the lot.

Lunch Money-If your student’s lunch account is overdrawn, you will receive balance notices in your student’s take-home folders. Please make every effort to keep a positive balance.  Any money in your account will carry over into the next school year. After May 26, those students with negative balances will be served an alternative lunch.

From the PTO
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about garden care over the summer. Can you please send this link out to families for them to sign up to care for the garden? Families can find the information they need in the link.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4ca5aa2fa75-silver

After School Enrichment:
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, [email protected]

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Community Enrichment Activities
Ray of Hope Summer Day Program
DATES: June 26th-August 4th, MONDAY-FRIDAY.  Applications at Silver Beach and Rebound (316 E. McLeod Rd, Suite 102).
Ray of Hope is a six-week program for children ages 5-12 with emotional, behavioral and/or economic challenges. Campers participate in arts & crafts, recreation, field trips and artistic enrichment. Ray of Hope strives to introduce empowering social skills and inspiring life principles through story and relationship. Ray of Hope is for kids who most need, yet seldom experience, such holistic, a well-staffed and fun summer. We will be hosting this program at Silver Beach Elementary. If you have any questions, please contact Rebound at 360-714-0700.

Reminders
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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May
18

5/17/17 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.17.17

Dear Families,
The annual Bike to Work and School Day is this Friday, May 19. All students are encouraged to ride their bikes. Please walk bikes once you are on school grounds. Be safe and remember to wear your helmet!
Enjoy the sunshine!
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
May 18: 3:00-5:00 Kindergarten Open House (please turn in your registration packets!)
6:30 pm 5th Grade Parent Night at Whatcom Middle School
May 19: Bike/Walk to School Day
May 26: 11:00-1:00 Silver Beach Family Picnic (order form).
May 29: Memorial Day Holiday
May 30: 9:15-11:15 4th Grade to WWU Planetarium
June 1: Leadership Day
8:45-9:30 Community Member Tours
9:30-10:15 Celebration Assembly
10:15-11:00 Community Member Tours
12:00-12:40 Kindergarten Concert
6:00-7:00 Student-Led Open House

From the Office:
Please do not park on Academy during pick up and drop off times.  It is also illegal to park in the handicap spaces or double park in the lot.

Lunch Money-If  your student’s lunch account is overdrawn, you will receive balance notices in your student’s take-home folders. Please make every effort to keep a positive balance.  Any money in your account will carry over into the next school year.

From the PTO
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about garden care over the summer. Can you please send this link out to families for them to sign up to care for the garden? Families can find the information they need in the link.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4ca5aa2fa75-silver

After School Enrichment:
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, [email protected]

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Community Enrichment Activities
Ray of Hope Summer Day Program DATES: June 26th-August 4th, MONDAY-FRIDAY.  Applications at Silver Beach and Rebound (316 E. McLeod Rd, Suite 102).
Ray of Hope is a six-week program for children ages 5-12 with emotional, behavioral and/or economic challenges. Campers participate in arts & crafts, recreation, field trips and artistic enrichment. Ray of Hope strives to introduce empowering social skills and inspiring life principles through story and relationship. Ray of Hope is for kids who most need, yet seldom experience, such holistic, a well-staffed and fun summer. We will be hosting this program at Silver Beach Elementary. If you have any questions, please contact Rebound at 360-714-0700.

Reminders
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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May
11

5/10/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.10.17

Dear Families,
It is so hard to believe that there are less than 30 days left in the school year! Please note all the upcoming events listed below.  This year we will have a “Fun in the Sun” picnic theme rather than a BBQ.  Our hope is that this change allows more time to  enjoy lunch with your child(ren) rather than waiting in line for something off the grill.  Turkey or veggie subs are available to preorder.  The flyer is coming home and
is attached here.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
May 12: 6:30-9:00 Kids’ Night Out
May 17: Kindergarten to Mt. Baker Theater
May 18: 3:00-5:00 Kindergarten Open House (please turn in your registration packets!)
6:30 pm 5th Grade Parent Night at Whatcom Middle School
May 19: Bike/Walk to School Day
May 26: 11:00-1:00 Silver Beach Family Picnic
May 29: NO SCHOOL Memorial Day Holiday
May 30: 9:15-11:15 4th Grade to WWU Planetarium
June 1: Leadership Day
8:45-9:30 Community Member Tours
9:30-10:15 Celebration Assembly
10:15-11:00 Community Member Tours
12:00-12:40 Kindergarten Concert
1:15-2:15 BOGO Book Fair
6:00-7:00 Student-Led Open House

Please do not park on Academy during pick up and drop off times.  It is also illegal to park in the handicap spaces or double park in the lot.

From the PTO
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about garden care over the summer. Can you please send this link out to families for them to sign up to care for the garden? Families can find the information they need in the link.
Bike to School Day May 19
The annual Bike to Work and School Day  is Friday, May 19. All students are encouraged to ride their bikes.Be safe and remember to wear your helmet!

After School Enrichment:
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer.

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Community Enrichment Activities
WWU Summer Youth Programs

Kids’ College hosted by Whatcom Community College

From the District: Safe Schools Anonymous Reporting:
The safety of our students is a top priority. If you have questions about Safe Schools Alert or safety in our schools, contact the Director of School Safety and Emergency Management, Jonah Stinson at 360-676-6470 ext. 6533 or bellinghamschools.org/emergency. Bellingham Public Schools is now using Safe Schools Alert to allow students to anonymously report safety concerns including bullying, harassment, intimidation and more. Students may report anonymously via: Web: bellinghamschools.org/safe Text or phone call: 844-310-9560 Email: [email protected]

Reminders
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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May
07

5/5/17 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 5.5.17

Dear Families,
The entire Silver Beach Staff extends a huge THANK YOU for spoiling us this week.   Extra thanks to Kristen Kiene, Laura Lawyer, room parents, and PTO for all the behind the scenes work. The taco bar lunch was amazing today! We all feel very loved and appreciated.  Picture of the ‘You’re Out of this World” bulletin board.
The BPS does a quarterly appreciation memo called “Good Apples”.  Two of our staff members were honored in this addition:
Bus Drive Stacie Michaelson : She deserves a basket of beautiful apples; one for every student who rides her bus. Silver Beach Elementary is so fortunate to have a bus driver like Stacie Michaelson.  She treats her students with respect, firmness, good humor, and kindness. She gets to know her kids and works hard to make sure those who may be struggling are able to ride successfully. She goes above and beyond to make sure her students are safe and have a good experience.  One  example of how Stacie goes above and beyond for kids is the wonderful book she made for a first grader  who is highly interested in buses and a bus helper for kindergarten. She took many pictures around the bus yard and even picture of him with the buses. She had it made into a lovely book with many interesting facts about our school buses. We all learned so much  and  he will treasure the book forever. Thanks, Stacie, for helping kids in unexpected ways….Cathy Riber, Shari Lingbloom and Nicole Talley
Mrs. Clough our Speech Language Therapist: I have had the good fortune to work with speech language pathologist Toni Clough. Not only is she a thoughtful and dedicated speech therapist, but she is committed to sharing her knowledge of the IEP process, development of speech and communication, and supports for students. She is a great advocate for kids. Just last week, when I wanted to touch base about some kids, she provided immediate insights, offered to do research, connected with each of the kids, pulled their data, consulted other specialists, and provided me a second consult. She empowers children, families and teachers she works with. I have great admiration and appreciation for her and I wish her the best for her retirement. She will be missed…Submitted by Margi Smith on behalf of the Silver Beach Staff
Have a wonderful weekend!
Nicole


Upcoming Dates:

May 5: Offutt Wastewater FT
2:10 MOTley Assembly
6:30-9:00 Kids’ Night Out
May 10: 5th Graders Tour Kulshan Middle School
May 12: 6:30-9:00 Kids’ Night Out
May 17: Kindergarten to Mt. Baker Theater
May 18: 3:00-5:00 Kindergarten Open House (please turn in your registration packets!)
6:30 pm 5th Grade Parent Night at Whatcom Middle School
May 19: Bike/Walk to School Day
May 26: 11:00-1:00 Silver Beach Family Picnic

Apr
21

4/20/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 4.20.17

Dear Families,
Last Friday, we had our Habit 6: Synergize assembly.  This assembly was written and directed by Sydney Fuller and Carli Kiesau (2nd grade) and Eva Smith and Madison Nathanson (4th grade).  For the first time, a “Student Spotlight” component was added and highlighted fifth grade artist, Thad Speyer. Linked here are the
PowerPoint  and video.  Ask your favorite student what it means to “Synergize.”
Have a great week,
Nicole

From Mrs. Gray- Bike Rodeo Tomorrow: Bikes will be parked under the covered area where their teacher’s name will be posted, and that they can participate even if they don’t have a bike or helmet.  Reminder that any bikes not picked up will be stored in the main gym over the weekend.

Upcoming Dates:
Apr. 21: Bike Rodeo grades 3-5
May 2: Hayes Wastewater FT
6:30 pm PTO Meeting
May 3: Williams Wastewater FT
May 4: 5th Graders Tour Whatcom Middle School
May 5: Offutt Wastewater FT
2:30 MOTley Assembly

REMINDER:
PARENTS: HEADING DOWN THE STREET, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM PARKING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF ACADEMY AS IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR THE BUSES TO GET PAST. THANK YOU.

After School Enrichment:
Spring programs have started, there is still time to sign up for some!  For more information, sign up websites and a schedule of classes please visit our webpage: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/enrichment

Futsal: We are now inviting 2nd-5th grade students to participate in our Futsal After-School Program! Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a hard court surface against two teams of five players each. The ball is smaller with less bounce than a regulation soccer ball. The game focuses on creativity, skill and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. Classes start this week! Registration can be found here: http://www.whatcomymca.org/futsal.html
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, [email protected]
From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

2017 Blue Skies for Children’s Shoe Distribution 2017 Shoe Give Kid Mail – half sheet.pdf

Community Enrichment Activities

Healthy Food, Happy Kids Spring Fundraiser: “Right now, there’s a fun way for you to show your support for growing healthy kids and enjoy some healthy food all at the same time. Common Threads is partnering with Acme Farms and Kitchen on a Healthy Food, Happy Kids Spring Fundraiser.You can order some delicious food between now and May 1 (for pick up on May 5th) and savor not only the food, but also the knowledge that 50% of your purchase price goes directly to Common Threads to support Food Education programs.”

Dirt Fest:“Common Threads is hosting Dirt Fest, our 3rd annual spring garden kick-off celebration, at Sunnyland Elementary this year on Monday, April 17th. Stop by anytime from 3-5:30 to try some healthy and tasty snacks, do some planting in the garden, visit educational booths, make some arts and crafts and listen to music outdoors. We hope to see you there!”

WWU Summer Youth ProgramsWWU Summer Youth Programs 2017.docx
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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12

4/12/2017 Upate from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 4.12.17

Dear Families,

Thank you to Dr. Putney for presenting on the topic of Navigating Adolescence last night at the PTO meeting.  The presentation and resources will be linked to our PTO website. Dr. Putney recommends visiting greatconversations.com for dates on upcoming local discussions.

All PTO Executive Board position are open for next year. President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Parent Advisory Committee.  If you are interested, please email any of the current board members. Voting will occur on May 2 at 6:30 pm in library. You must be present at the meeting to vote.

Have a great week,
Nicole
Upcoming Dates:
Apr. 14: Habit Assembly 2:10
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 pm Cancelled
Apr. 17-19: 5th Graders to Mt. School
Apr. 21: Bike Rodeo grades 3-5
May 4: 5th Graders Tour Whatcom Middle School

Spring programs are starting this week and next, there is still time to sign up!  For more information, sign up websites and a schedule of classes please visit our webpage: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/enrichment
Gabriel’s Art Kids
New to Silver Beach this year! This class is a little bit of everything to allow each child to be exposed to different mediums.  From 2-D and 3-D projects, we will use paint, markers, oil pastels, clay,
collage and other materials to explore and find different ways to create. Each class will be a different exploration! Taught by Jennifer Lindstrom. Classes start next week! This class is offered on Tuesdays from 3-4 for grades 1-5. To sign up please visit :http://www.gabrielsartkids.com/silver-beach-registration.html

Improv
An old favorite: Explore the imaginative world of Improv in this EduArts class! Students will learn improvisation basics, play games with friends, and create their own unique worlds and situations. The sky’s the limit! Improv is a great way for kids to build confidence and trust in others in a safe and supportive environment. These classes will often culminate in a Whose Line Is It Anyway? style showing that is open to friends and family. Classes start this week! This after school program is offered on Wednesdays from 3-4 for grades 3-5. To sign up please visit: http://baay.org/eduarts/register
Natural Dyeing
Sign up for our new Fiber Arts after school program, Natural Dyeing! Plants were once our only source of color for cloth and paints! In this class, students will learn the process of preparing wool for dyeing and then experiment with colors from the natural world. Each child will complete this enrichment program with naturally dyed fibers. Classes start this week! This program is offered on Fridays from 3-4:30 for grades 3-5. To sign up please visit: http://baay.org/eduarts/register

Bricks and Beyond is offering a five-week Robotics 3.0 class Thursdays at Silver Beach Starting April 20th.  Working in teams, students will use LEGO Mindstroms software and LEGO components to plan, test and modify their robots to complete specific task and will cover the basic foundation to complete future projects.   This class is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who understand the importance of teamwork and like challenges.  Class dates April 20, 27, May 4, 7, and 18. 1:15 to 2:45 in Annex C.  Classes fill quickly  Registration Deadline April 10, 2017.  Register at https://goo.gl/forms/c6t8OxyldXVSGOLJ2.  Email [email protected] with questions.
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, [email protected]
Healthy Food, Happy Kids Spring Fundraiser:
“Right now, there’s a fun way for you to show your support for growing healthy kids and enjoy some healthy food all at the same time. Common Threads is partnering with Acme Farms and Kitchen on a Healthy Food, Happy Kids Spring Fundraiser.
You can order some delicious food between now and May 1 (for pick up on May 5th) and savor not only the food, but also the knowledge that 50% of your purchase price goes directly to Common Threads to support Food Education programs.”

Dirt Fest:
“Common Threads is hosting Dirt Fest, our 3rd annual spring garden kick-off celebration, at Sunnyland Elementary this year on Monday, April 17th. Stop by anytime from 3-5:30 to try some healthy and tasty snacks, do some planting in the garden, visit educational booths, make some arts and crafts and listen to music outdoors. We hope to see you there!”
From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Community Enrichment Activities
WWU Summer Youth Programs-See attached flyer
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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30

3/29/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 3.29.17

Dear Families,

Last Monday was one of the highlights of my career. Unbeknownst to me Mrs. Riber, Mr. Gilmore, and Mrs. Walstad orchestrated a plan to gather the whole school in the gym so that Dr. Baker and District Representatives could present me with the Leader of the Year Bellingham Promise award.   I walked into the gym, under the impression that Mrs. Gray needed my assistance, and was greeted with the biggest and best, “SURPISE!” ever (there is a video on our website).  I hope I say it often enough how blessed I feel to lead this school community. This award is truly a reflection of the commitment of our staff, students, and families working together to make Silver Beach such a positive place to learn and grow.

Enjoy Spring Break!

~Nicole

From the PTO
Back by popular demand! Dr. Putney, Silver Beach parent and local pediatrician returns this year for a candid conversation on tweens and growing up. Please join us for “Adolescence Explained- Who is this monster in my kitchen?” On Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30pm. Mood swings, change in attitude, body changes…Dr. Putney provides answers, tips and advice on how we can help our kids navigate adolescence. There will be childcare available, but we ask that only parents sit in on the actual discussion. For a wonderful parent & child together program on adolescence, Dr. Putney recommends visiting greatconversations.com for dates on upcoming local discussions. An event has been created on the Silver Beach Facebook page. Please let us know if you will be joining the discussion. Thank you! Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates:
Apr. 3-7: SPRING BREAK
Apr. 11: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm: Adolescence Explained w/ Dr. Putney
Apr. 14: Habit Assembly 2:10
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 pm
Apr. 17-19: 5th Graders to Mt. School
Apr. 21: Bike Rodeo
After School Enrichment:
Spring programs are scheduled to start right after spring break!  For more information, sign up websites and a schedule of classes please visit our webpage  Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer.[email protected]
Spring session of After School Programs (ASP) will start after Spring Break. Look for more information coming soon!
Enrichment Opportunities

Bricks and Beyond is offering a five-week Robotics 3.0 class Thursdays at Silver Beach Starting April 20th. Working in teams, students will use LEGO Mindstorms software and LEGO components to plan, test and modify their robots to complete specific task and will cover the basic foundation to complete future projects. This class is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who understand the importance of teamwork and like challenges.  Class dates April 20, 27, May 4, 7, and 18. 1:15 to 2:45 in Annex C. Classes fill quickly Registration Deadline April 10, 2017. Click here to Register   and email [email protected] with questions.

#WHYWILLYOUGIVE?
At the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, we believe. We believe the future is brighter when our local public schools have the resources to help all children succeed. See attached flyer.

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Community Enrichment Activities
WWU Summer Youth Programs-See attached flyer
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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15

3/15/2017 Update for Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 3.15.17

Dear Families,
Our Science Fair is Friday! BIG thanks to Kristen Mason and Kristen Isakovic who chair this event sponsored by our PTO.  This year we have over 100 entries!  All students who submit a project will have the opportunity to a present to a parent volunteer and receive feedback and throughout the day each classroom will get to tour the projects.  It is wonderful to see kids so excited about science experiments and research!   Family and friends are invited to view projects from 6:00-7:30 Friday Night. Thank you to all the volunteers who make the Science Fair such a positive learning experience for our kids.
Have a great week! ~ Nicole

State Testing begins for 3rd grade next week. Please see attached 2017 State Testing Communication  and the 3rd-5th Grade Testing Schedule.pdf.

From the PTO
Back by popular demand! Dr. Putney, Silver Beach parent and local pediatrician returns this year for a candid conversation on tweens and growing up. Please join us for “Adolescence Explained- Who is this monster in my kitchen?” On Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30pm. Mood swings, change in attitude, body changes…Dr. Putney provides answers, tips, and advice on how we can help our kids navigate adolescence. There will be childcare available, but we ask that only parents sit in on the actual discussion. For a wonderful parent & child together program on adolescence, Dr. Putney recommends visiting greatconversations.com for dates on upcoming local discussions. An event has been created on the Silver Beach Facebook page. Please let us know if you will be joining the discussion. Thank you! Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates:
Mar. 17: Science Fair Family and Friends Event 6:00-7:30
Mar. 24: 1st Grade Musical-Family Performance 1:45
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 pm
Mar. 27: 5th Gr. To Mt. Baker Theater 10:00
Mar. 28: 4th Gr. Sasquatch 1:45
Mar. 29: 5th Gr. Sasquatch 9:30
Apr. 3-7: SPRING BREAK
Apr. 11: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm: Adolescence Explained w/ Dr. Putney
Apr. 14: Habit Assembly 2:10
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 pm
Spring session of After School Programs (ASP) will start after Spring Break. Look for more information coming soon!
Enrichment Opportunities
3rd Grade Math Club will be starting after spring break.  Please attend the informational meeting on Thursday March 23 from 1:15 to 2:00 in the library.  This club will be 100% parent driven so volunteer time is required.  If you have questions, please contact Lerin Swiackey at [email protected]
#WHYWILLYOUGIVE?
At the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, we believe. We believe the future is brighter when our local public schools have the resources to help all children succeed. WHYWILLYOUGIVE 3-2017.pdf

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Reminders:

• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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Mar
09

3/8/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 3.8.17

Dear Families,
Yesterday, before school, we hosted the Bellingham School Board, Dr. Baker, and the Executive Team. The presentation was 100% planned, prepped, and orchestrated by our Junior Lighthouse Team.  Our kids did an exceptional job and felt like rockstars!  Here are links to their presentation PowerPoint  one highlighting their planning  and the video (thanks Mrs. Cleary!). As a staff, our goal is to extend similar leadership opportunies to all our kids.

Have a wonderful week!
Nicole
Silver Beach teams did great at the Whatcom County Math Competition that took place February 25. A special thank you to Kristen Mason for organizing all of the lessons, getting the t-shirts, handling registrations and keeping us on track! Additional thank you to Ms. Cleary for letting us use the library.
4th Grade:
Team 1: 18th place
Ty Hoffman
Tycho Weiche
Aadi Prabhu
Elliott Probst

Team 2: 7th place
Makenna Sheedy
Jacob Kuhn
Samuel Donner
Jaxon Hofer

5th Grade 
Team 1:  9th place
Tegan Daughters
Hazel Gleckman
Hannah Milnes
Aryn Top

Team 2: 2nd place
Zoe Bates
Rostislav Gofman
Ethan Rockwell
Brandon Swiackey

Individual places for 5th grade:
Ethan Rockwell 5th
Brandon Swiackey 8th

Upcoming Dates:
Mar. 10: Early Dismissal
Mar. 17: Science Fair Family and Friends Event 6:00
Mar. 24: 1st Grade Musical-Family Performance 1:45
Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 PM
Mar. 27: 5th Gr. To Mt. Baker Theater 10:00
Mar. 28: 4th Gr. Sasquatch 1:45
Mar. 29: 5th Gr. Sasquatch 9:30

Spring session of After School Programs (ASP) will start after Spring Break. Look for more information coming soon!

#WHYWILLYOUGIVE?
At the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, we believe. We believe the future is brighter when our local public schools have the resources to help all children succeed. See attached flyer

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Spring Garden Lessons set to launch with Common Threads
Common Threads Food Educators enjoyed cooking in the classroom this winter with students as we collectively prepared and tasted kale salad, beet hummus, applesauce, and butternut squash noodles “squoodles”. As we transition back outside, spring garden lessons at Silver Beach will start on March 14th and run through June 12th. Did you know that Common Threads offers spring break and summer camps for kids?  For more information and registration, check out www.commonthreadsfarm.org.

Please mark your calendars for Dirt Fest on Monday 4/17 at Sunnyland Elementary School from 3:00-5:30pm. And, if you are interested in volunteering to support the Silver Beach garden education program,  please talk to your Food Educator, Samantha ([email protected]), or contact [email protected] See you in the garden!
Community Enrichment Activities
WWU Summer Youth Programs-See attached flyer
National Alliance on Mental Illness-See attached flyer
What is Girls on the Run?-See attached flyer

• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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17

2/16/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 2.16.17

Dear Families,
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent their classroom on our Junior Lighthouse Team.Take a look at the pictures  App1 App2.jpg App3.jpg of a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade application that exemplify  the caliber of the 35 applications received. The three main objectives for this team will be: 1) Further school pride, respect between students, and positive behavior 2) Develop new student leadership opportunities 3) Promote school activities and achievements with parents and greater community.Leaders in Action at their best!

1st Grade: Heidi Knudsen, Meghann Zenonian, Anders Malsbary
2nd Grade: Eli Kusick, Georgia Russell, Tiana Thompson
3rd Grade: Avery Weener, Lucy Burr, Atticus Andress, Caitlyn Coon
4th Grade: Sara Thut, Nora Hunt
5th Grade: Kelsey Welch, Ethan Rockwell

Have a wonderful long weekend!
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 15-Mar. 1: Transfer requests due for 2017-18
Feb. 17: 3rd Grade to Mt. Baker Theater
Friday Clubs Session 3 begins
Feb. 20: NO SCHOOL
Feb. 24: Habit 5 Assembly 2:10pm
Feb. 25: Free Dental Day- see below
Feb. 28: Class Picture Day
Mar. 10: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Mar. 17: Science Fair
Mar. 24: Kids’ Night Out 6:30-9:00 PM

Reminders:
Turn in those Box Tops- the Spring deadline is next Friday, Feb 24th.

Pet Drive extended until Friday, February 24th.

The last day for families to submit requests for in-between schools and non-resident transfer is March 1.

The Spring Book Fair will be here February 16th – 24th.  See below for shopping hours:
Thursday February 16th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday February 17th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Monday February 20th: Closed, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday February 21st: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday February 22’d: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday February 23’d: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday February 24th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information, please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

Other Reminders
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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20

1/18/2017 Update from Silver Beach

Silver Beach News for 1.18.17

Dear Families,
Last Friday, we had an assembly reviewing Habit 3: Put First Things First, and introducing Habit 4: Think Win-Win.  A summary of all Overview of the 7 Habits.docx .  There is also have a fabulous book called, 7 Habits of Happy Kids, in our library collection. This assembly was produced and led by a team of our 4th grade leaders: Jax Beaupain, Haylie Tull, Madison Nathanson, Braden Jones, Makenna Sheedy, and Addie Carr. These ‘Leaders in Action’ gave up many hours of their lunch, recess, and club time to work with Mr. Gilmore and Ms. Popp. Egan Hill and Tycho Weiche are our lights and video team leaders. I hope to get some video clips from the assembly on the school FaceBook page soon. Ask your child(ren) about what they learned about Think Win-Win from the assembly and story, Mean Jean the Recess Queen.
Have a great week!
Nicole

Upcoming Dates:
Jan. 24: K, 2nd and 4th Grades to Mt. Baker Theater
Jan 27: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day. Please click here to view the updated calendar.
Feb. 3: The Reptile Man 6:30 pm in the Main Gym
Feb. 7: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
Feb. 10: NO SCHOOL-Teacher work day
Feb. 17: 3rd Grade to Mt. Baker Theater
Feb. 24: Habit 5 Assembly 2:10pm
Feb. 25: Free Dental Day- see below
Feb. 28: Class Picture Day

From our Counselor, Mr. Gilmore
Free Counseling Opportunity: Individual and Child/Adolescent Counseling is offered through the Psychology Department at Western Washington University. The clinic is open from January until June on the WWU campus. For more information please call 360-650-3184

Gift Certificates Available for Little Bugs Consignment: If you have a need for clothing assistance for your children, please contact our school counselor, Brian Gilmore, at 676-6470 ext.2328

After School Enrichment:
Winter programs are starting this week, but it’s not too late to sign up! Classes will start January 18th and go until March. For more information, sign up websites and a schedule of classes please visit our webpage: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-weekly
Individual Class Sign-Up links are as follows:
All BAAY programs (Crochet, Creative Theater, Guitar, Art I, Choir): http://baay.org/eduarts/register
Tennis: https://programs.rectennis.com/locations/silver-beach-elementary-taz
Spanish: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-spanish
Karate: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-karate
Trailblazers: http://www.whatcomymca.org/trail-blazers.html
Fustal: http://www.whatcomymca.org/futsal.html
Strings: http://www.silverbeachpto.org/asp-strings
Please forward any questions regarding afterschool programs to our Enrichment Chair Sarah Elmer, [email protected]

5th Annual Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair

The Silver Beach Science Fair will be held on Friday, March 17th
Project submissions are due by Thurs. Feb. 9
How to Participate:
1.      Turn in a Science Fair Sign-up form with parent signature for each student/ team member by Friday, March 3rd.
2.      Receive a display board.
3.      Conduct an experiment or research a science question!
4.      Return your completed display board to school between Mon., February 27th – Thurs., March 16th
5.      Present your project to an adult feedback team the morning of March 17th.
Return to school later that evening to celebrate all of the projects and to share your project with your friends and   family.
Science Fair Questions???  Contact Kristen Mason [email protected] or Kristen Isakovic [email protected]
Science Fair Sign-up forms are now available:
·        SB Website: silverbeach.bellinghamschools.org > Academics > Science
·        PTO Website: silverbeachelementarypto.digitalpto.com > Helpful Information

The Spring Book Fair will be here February 16th – 24th.  See below for shopping hours:
Thursday February 16th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday February 17th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Monday February 20th: Closed, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday February 21st: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday February 22’d: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursday February 23’d: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday February 24th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

KNOW ANY KIDS WHO NEED FREE DENTAL CARE??
A Day of Free Dental Care for Kids!!!  Saturday, February 25, 2017!
Dental Exams, Sealants, X-rays, and Fluoride
Who: Any kids, ages 0-18 years old, who do not see a dentist every 6 months
When: 8am – 4pm, by appointment
Where: 220 Unity Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
How do I sign up? Call (360) 788-2649 Leave a message and we will call you back to schedule your appointment!

Enrichment Opportunities
Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW)
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades K-5 to explore science activities with Kids Night Out @ Western this winter! An hour of swimming at the Wade King Student Recreation Center is offered to participants. The winter program will be held from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.
WWU Early Release Enrichment
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades K-5 to explore science and art activities with Early Release Enrichment this winter! The program coincides with early release Thursdays, offering an alternative to traditional childcare while also providing an early introduction to campus life. Sessions are from 2 to 4:45 p.m. Thursdays, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.
WWU GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Night Out
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades 3-8 to explore hands-on science activities with GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Night Out this winter! An hour of swimming is offered at the Wade King Student Recreation Center for participants. The program will be held from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.
GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy
WWU Youth Programs invites students in grades 5-8 to explore engineering, math, science and technology with GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) Academy this winter! The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 4. For more info, visit wwu.edu/youth or call (360)650-3308.

Reminders:
• If you need to pick your child up early for any reason other than illness or injury, so as not to interrupt quality instruction time by the teacher, please allow yourself enough time to come to the classroom or other location where he/she is, and help him/her get packed up and ready to go.
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Jan
13

Note about Soccer and Futsal after school program link

Silver Beach Soccer and Futsal players, if you’ve tried to sign up for the After School Futsal program, you might have noticed that it hasn’t been working.  The YMCA has solved the registration problem, and you can register here.  http://tinyurl.com/SBYMCA-Futsal. The program starts on January 26th and runs through March 16th, Thursdays at 1:15  for 2nd – 5th graders.

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