• Newsletter November 23rd 2020

    Dear Families and Caregivers,


    A land acknowledgement is a way to recognize the people that came before you, to consider how you came to reside on that land, and to consider the historical context of where we all are now.


    When I first started thinking about doing a Land Acknowledgement with my class, my concern was that it might not feel authentic and I didn’t want to create more misconceptions or for it to feel forced. My colleague, Mika Hilbers, showed me how important it is to just try it and then work with your class to make meaning of it together. I shared a Land Acknowledgement that I found  from the University of Portland with my 2nd grade class, and then we worked together to understand it and make it our own. Each afternoon, we say our land acknowledgement to honor Native people that came before us. 


    I asked my students to share why they think a land acknowledgement is important and here is what they said:


    -You have to be respectful to people and the land.

    -We have to care for the land, because if we don’t, there won’t be anywhere to live.

    -Native people rightfully cared for this land and without them we would have to be somewhere else instead of this wonderful city that we live in. 

    - When we think of this land we feel thankful for having a house and everything but we should actually be thankful to the people who were here first, not the people who think they “DISCOVERED” this land.

    -If no one cared for this land it wouldn’t be as beautiful as it is now. 

    -Once you read a land acknowledgment, it’s good to realize it’s meaning and really get to know what it means so that you pay more attention to the message.

    -All of us need to be thankful and keep caring for this land and honoring it- that is important. 

    -We can care for the world the way tribes before us and now care for it.


    Here is a great resource if you would like to know more:




    Anna Davila Marquez





    Happy Fall Beach Families!!!

    I hope you have all been doing well and have been staying safe, healthy and sane during this time! Please know that the Beach Family Support Form is still available and will remain open for families to fill out requests for support when you need! If you foresee you and your family needing additional support over the Holidays, you can also request Holiday support through this form as well as FredMeyer gift cards to help with your families needs. Please allow 3-5 business days for your gift card to arrive via USPS. This form also has a self service portal with information on SEI's Short Term Rental Assistance with a link to schedule your own appointment directly as well as SEI's Energy Assistance Hotline number. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at moniquesh@selfenhancement.org Have a great day!!!

    You can fill out the Beach Family Support Form at: https://forms.gle/iQvx3oPpzfvYXh2t6


    Ms. Mo


    Dear Beachies,

    Today, November 20th, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Today we hold in our hearts the many transgender lives that have been lost this year, and every other year.More transgender people have been murdered in the first 7 months of 2020 than were lost during the entirety of last year. And it is important for us all to remember that Black, Indigenous and Latinx transgender women face higher rates of violence than other trans people, or cisgender Black and Indigenous people. 

    Today is a day of mourning, and also a day to look to justice. 

    I am so grateful to be a part of the Beach community as we all work towards safer and more just communities. 

    In love and solidarity,

    Rhys Hills, school social worker



    Beach Parents and Caregivers, we hope you will join us for Topic Talk next week on either conference day!  Several of our Beach staff and community partners would love to connect with and hear from you at either of two (virtual) Listening Sessions for  families ~ one on Monday evening and one on Tuesday afternoon. Spanish speaking staff will break out to meet with any Spanish speaking families who attend.  Ms. Mo (SUN), Ms. Ilza (REAP), Ms. de Boer (school counselor), Mr. Rhys (social worker), Ms. Tina (principal's secretary), Ms. Romero (school secretary), Ms. Megan (reading specialist) and I will be present in some combination at both meetings; we'll introduce ourselves and share a thought with you, then invite you to introduce yourselves and share any thoughts or questions.  We'll take notes as we listen, then we'll all talk and connect on those topics.

    Please simply click the date below to join the Topic Talk. 




    I hope your child’s conference will be a time for you to pause and reflect on something to celebrate, no matter how small!  There is a lot of hard work going on in your homes, and it’s a great time to pause and look at the growth that’s been made.  If things really aren’t working for your student yet, we want to know if there is a way to create something they’d want to come to.  All teacher’s links for conference sign-ups are located on our website. Parent Teacher Conference Sign up Link.

    Thank you for all you do, and hope to connect with you at a Topic Talk/Listening Session next week.




    Mark your calendars for another Beach restaurant night!


    When: Thursday, December 3rd (4PM-close)

    Where: Atlas Pizza at 710 N. Killingsworth (503.232.3004)


    Atlas Pizza on Killingsworth has generously offered to donate 20% of all sales from 4PM-close on Thursday, December 3 to the Beach Elementary community.

    Call and order for delivery or take out.


    Help spread the word~ more pizza, more money!!



    Free COVID tests are offered to families who believe that they were in close contact with someone who had symptoms or tested positive for COVID. We are including both Spanish and English flyers below.


    Testing Flyer (Spanish)

    Testing Flyer (English)



    Beach Families, 

    This is a message from Katrina de Boer, Beach's school counselor. I want to let you all know that I am available to meet with families next week during conferences. I am happy to support concerns related to your child's health and well-being or school challenges as well as answer questions related to 504 plans, middle school choice, and other areas of concern. Feel free to call or text me at 503-908-9890.


    Please also reach out if your family would benefit from a gift card to Fred Meyer over the extended times away from school in November and December. This includes families that would like support related to holiday giving for their children. Gift card requests can also be made from my school counseling website. If you would like to donate to the Beach Family Support Fund you can do that from my website as well.


    Beach Family Support Fund -- https://bit.ly/2UJj34i 

    Fondo de Apoyo Familiar para la Beach -- https://bit.ly/397LeCJ