School Supplies: Bulk supplies fee rather than shopping.
We will continue to give you a break from back-to-school shopping.  We have switched to a “Supply Fee” that goes to the school to provide classroom supplies.  Buying bulk supplies saves a great deal of money and ensures quality materials for all students. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: HOW & WHEN TO PAY:   At the start of August, families can pay the supply fee through our PTSA site {HERE} During EVP, our Enrollment Verification Process, you will be prompted to pay the Supply Fee.  You may also bring a check or cash to the school office if you prefer. ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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6/20/2017-9/1/2017

Guidelines for Sunscreen for Elementary Students
As the weather improves, we are happy to share that Washington recently passed a law that allows students to bring sunscreen to school and to self-apply it.  We welcome you to take advantage of this opportunity to better protect your child’s health.  Please see the important directions below before sending sunscreen with your child. Students will apply the sunscreen to themselves.  Please do not apply to other students, due to possible allergic reactions.  Write your student’s name on the sunscreen container with a permanent marker. Send ONLY rub-on sunscreen to school. Many students do not have the coordination to effectively ... read full article
Author:
Laurel Webb 
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6/2/2017-6/30/2017

New Bell Schedule for 2017-2018 School Year
The Issaquah School District will be operating with a new bell schedule next school year.  Please visit our 2017-2018 Bell Schedule website for a by school and program listing of bell schedules for the 2017-2018 school year. For bus pick up and drop off, please visit our Transportation page . For specific building schedules, including lunch, recess, and activity details, please contact your child's school. Bell Times Regular  Wednesday  Early Release   General 9:10 AM - 3:35 PM 9:10 AM - 1:25 PM 9:10 AM - 11:40 AM Half-Day Kindergarten 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM  ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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5/23/2017-9/1/2017

Are you looking for ways to engage your child in reading and online learning activities?
Your Lion Learner has access to two great resources using their student ID number.  Both MackinVIA and the KCLS Student Account take your child to databases and eBooks, and they’re free!  On the flyer your child brought home, you will see your child’s 7-digit student ID number.  Keep that sticker handy as kids have access to these resources throughout elementary school ( MackinVIA ) or until their 21 st birthday ( KCLS Student Account ). kcls.org/students mackinvia.com User ID: 411(student ID#) (10 digits) / Password: last 4 digits of student ID# Select “Elementary Students” tab. You won’t enter your user ... read full article
Author:
Laurel Webb 
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2/1/2017-6/30/2017
Dare to Dream Online Auction Item PickupLaurel Webb12/9/201612/31/2016
Dare to Dream Online Auction Item Pickup
Your item(s) will be available for pick up at the PTSA office at Newcastle Elementary Monday Dec. 12th from 9am -11am or arrange another option via dare2dream2017@gmail.com .   ... read full article
5 Reasons to Join the PTSA!Laurel Webb11/3/201612/31/2016
5 Reasons to Join the PTSA!
You could win a $25 Amazon gift! Are you one of the 591 members of the Newcastle Elementary PTSA? If you are currently a Newcastle PTSA member, thank you very much for your support! If you aren’t yet a member, it isn’t too late to join!  Complete and return the slip found HERE , to your classroom teacher or the box in the main office by Thursday, Nov. 10 th to be entered in one of three drawings for a chance to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card!  Questions?  Contact our Membership Chair, Stina Fluegge , at newcastleptsa.membership@gmail.com. ... read full article
Annual Staff Appreciation Cookie ExchangeLaurel Webb11/30/201612/14/2016
Annual Staff Appreciation Cookie Exchange
Treat our Newcastle Staff to your homemade goodies! Look for an email from you Room Parent for more details, or sign up  to be part of this sweet event!    ... read full article
School Supplies: Bulk supplies fee rather than shopping.Laurel Webb6/20/20179/1/2017
School Supplies: Bulk supplies fee rather than shopping.
We will continue to give you a break from back-to-school shopping.  We have switched to a “Supply Fee” that goes to the school to provide classroom supplies.  Buying bulk supplies saves a great deal of money and ensures quality materials for all students. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: HOW & WHEN TO PAY:   At the start of August, families can pay the supply fee through our PTSA site {HERE} During EVP, our Enrollment Verification Process, you will be prompted to pay the Supply Fee.  You may also bring a check or cash to the school office if you prefer. ... read full article
Guidelines for Sunscreen for Elementary StudentsLaurel Webb6/2/20176/30/2017
Guidelines for Sunscreen for Elementary Students
As the weather improves, we are happy to share that Washington recently passed a law that allows students to bring sunscreen to school and to self-apply it.  We welcome you to take advantage of this opportunity to better protect your child’s health.  Please see the important directions below before sending sunscreen with your child. Students will apply the sunscreen to themselves.  Please do not apply to other students, due to possible allergic reactions.  Write your student’s name on the sunscreen container with a permanent marker. Send ONLY rub-on sunscreen to school. Many students do not have the coordination to effectively ... read full article
Final PTSA General Membership Meeting on MondayLaurel Webb6/1/20176/6/2017
Final PTSA General Membership Meeting on Monday
Please join us for our final PTSA General Membership meeting of the school year coming up on Monday, June 5th at 7 PM in the school library . We will be reviewing and voting on our budget for the 2017-18 school year. ... read full article
Lost & Found Overflowing!Laurel Webb6/1/20176/13/2017
Lost & Found Overflowing!
Our lost and found areas is overflowing with items! Please have your child take a moment to look and see if anything belongs to them. At the end of the year, any unclaimed items will be donated to a charity. The Lost & Found is located just outside of the music room. Additionally, please take a moment to put your child's name on any items that have the potential to be lost . ... read full article
Culture & Heritage Festival Thank You!Laurel Webb6/1/20176/15/2017
Culture & Heritage Festival Thank You!
We'd like to extend a huge thanks to all that were able to attend the Culture & Heritage Festival. Everyone had a great time trying out authentic food samples, getting their Henna tattoo, and watching and participating in some great entertainment. We look forward to next year! ... read full article
Do You Want Your Money?Laurel Webb6/1/20176/15/2017
Do You Want Your Money?
The deadline to submit Check Requests for reimbursements is THURSDAY, JUNE 15th . You can find the {CHECK REQUEST FORM HERE} . Also, if you have a reimbursement check that needs to be cashed, please do so by the JUNE 15th deadline. If you have any issues with previously issued checks, please contact Ali or Debbie . ... read full article
New Bell Schedule for 2017-2018 School YearLaurel Webb5/23/20179/1/2017
New Bell Schedule for 2017-2018 School Year
The Issaquah School District will be operating with a new bell schedule next school year.  Please visit our 2017-2018 Bell Schedule website for a by school and program listing of bell schedules for the 2017-2018 school year. For bus pick up and drop off, please visit our Transportation page . For specific building schedules, including lunch, recess, and activity details, please contact your child's school. Bell Times Regular  Wednesday  Early Release   General 9:10 AM - 3:35 PM 9:10 AM - 1:25 PM 9:10 AM - 11:40 AM Half-Day Kindergarten 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM  ... read full article
Spring Book Fair Returns to Newcastle Elementary! Laurel Webb5/1/20175/31/2017
Spring Book Fair Returns to Newcastle Elementary!
  To get ready for summer reading, our school will host a spring book fair in the school library.  The University Book Store will bring a great variety of books to sell at school during the week of May 15 th -19 th .  Purchases benefiting Newcastle Elementary can be made at the stores as well as online. Look for a flyer with all the details to come home via Kid Mail on May 4 th .  This is a great way to support our school library and stock up for fun summer reading! {for more information, click here}   ... read full article
Staff Appreciation WeekLaurel Webb4/18/20175/31/2017
Staff Appreciation Week
May 1st-5th is Staff Appreciation Week and we have a fun line-up of events to show the staff how much we appreciate everything they do for our children. Monday, May 1st   "You're All That (and a bag of chips!) Chip Bar" Tuesday, May 2nd   Mexican Fiesta Luncheon (Provided by K & First Grade families) Go to http://signup.com/go/R4NyNY to sign up. Wednesday, May 3rd   Love From the Oven Let's treat our staff to a beautiful homemade cookie bar! Volunteer to bake your special treat and bring it in on Wednesday morning by clicking http://signup.com/go/nhManE . Thursday, May 5th   ... read full article
Proposed PTSA Board for 2017/2018 School YearLaurel Webb4/10/20174/30/2017
Proposed PTSA Board for 2017/2018 School Year
Hello PTSA Members! We hope you all are having a fun and safe Spring B reak!  The 2017 Newcastle Elementary Nominating Committee would like to present the Slate for the 2017-18 PTSA Executive Board.  Voting on the recommendations will take place at the PTSA General Membership Meeting, April 24th in the Newcastle Elementary Library. Co-President: Angela Ursino / {OPEN} Secretary: {OPEN} Co-VP Programs : Sarika Sikka and Luisa Gass Co-VP Outreach : Tammy Chin and Heather Ackermann Co-VP Ways & Means : Elysa Piha and Vivian Bastron Co-Treasurer : Debbie Park and Mary Brown Co-VP Volunteers : Jeanie Johnson / ... read full article
2017 Golden Acorn Award Recipients...Laurel Webb3/24/20176/1/2017
2017 Golden Acorn Award Recipients...
Danielle Dixon , Eva Downs , Kate Lonni ng & Michelle Riley While keeping   P arents informed,  T eachers supported, and   S tudents intellectually engaged, these dynamic volunteers have  A dded to the value of the Newcastle Elementary community greatly. The  PTSA   Golden Acorn Committee received numerous nominations, highlighting many incredible volunteers who give their time and energy to improve the lives of students at Newcastle Elementary and people throughout our community every day. Through deliberation and inquiry, we learned just how much each of our Golden Acorn recipients contributes to others. In addition to the Golden ... read full article
DEADLINE EXTENDED - Last Call for YearbooksLaurel Webb3/24/20174/30/2017
DEADLINE EXTENDED - Last Call for Yearbooks
"Memories are made to be remembered" This is your LAST chance to order your child’s 2016-17 Yearbook!  All orders must be placed by April 9th .  You can reserve your child's copy online at NewcastlePTSA.org by clicking on the 'Order Yearbooks!' icon on the left of the column on our home page and follow the prompts to complete your purchase.  The PTSA cannot guarantee your child a yearbook if you have not purchased one by the final deadline of April 7th. If you bought one at the beginning of the school year, your order is confirmed and you do not ... read full article
STEM Afternoon at the Newcastle Community LibraryLaurel Webb3/14/20173/27/2017
STEM Afternoon at the Newcastle Community Library
Saturday, March 25th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Presented  by the Newport High School STEM League.  Ages 7 and older.  Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fun! Featuring Minecraft, Snap Circuits, Little Bits, Gum Drop Towers, and more!   Drop in anytime from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Newcastle Library.  {click here for more information} ... read full article
Help us recognize our volunteers with a GOLDEN ACORN!Laurel Webb2/1/20172/28/2017
Help us recognize our volunteers with a GOLDEN ACORN!
Help us recognize our volunteers with a GOLDEN ACORN! Each year our PTSA awards the Golden Acorn award to individuals in our school who have given outstanding, continued and dedicated volunteer service to the children and youth in our school community. This is an excellent way to honor our volunteers that have gone “above and beyond”! Award winners receive the Golden Acorn Award Pin and a special certificate from the Washington State PTA.  The Newcastle PTSA also makes a donation in the winners’ names to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to selected high school students entering ... read full article
News from the Library!Laurel Webb2/1/20173/10/2017
News from the Library!
  News from the Library! Monday, February 27th ~ Horton Hears a Who The school-wide kick off for our Read Across America celebration begins by reciting the  Reader’s Oath with Mr. Mellish. It’s also a day where we focus on kindness. Can you be like Horton and commit a random act of kindness? Tuesday, February 28th ~ I Can Read With My Eyes Shut !  Read My Shirt Day - Wear a shirt with words on it. Wednesday, March 1st ~ One Fish, Two Fish Twin Day - Dress the same as someone else at school. Thursday, March 2nd ~ ... read full article
Are you looking for ways to engage your child in reading and online learning activities? Laurel Webb2/1/20176/30/2017
Are you looking for ways to engage your child in reading and online learning activities?
Your Lion Learner has access to two great resources using their student ID number.  Both MackinVIA and the KCLS Student Account take your child to databases and eBooks, and they’re free!  On the flyer your child brought home, you will see your child’s 7-digit student ID number.  Keep that sticker handy as kids have access to these resources throughout elementary school ( MackinVIA ) or until their 21 st birthday ( KCLS Student Account ). kcls.org/students mackinvia.com User ID: 411(student ID#) (10 digits) / Password: last 4 digits of student ID# Select “Elementary Students” tab. You won’t enter your user ... read full article
Help us recognize our volunteers with a GOLDEN ACORN! Laurel Webb1/1/20173/13/2017
Help us recognize our volunteers with a GOLDEN ACORN!
Help us recognize our volunteers with a GOLDEN ACORN!  Each year our PTSA awards the Golden Acorn award to individuals in our school who have given outstanding, continued and dedicated volunteer service to the children and youth in our school community. This is an excellent way to honor our volunteers that have gone “above and beyond”!   Award winners receive the Golden Acorn Award Pin and a special certificate from the Washington State PTA.  The Newcastle PTSA also makes a donation in the winners’ names to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to selected high school students ... read full article
Reflections: Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!JuliAnne Diesch9/27/201611/2/2016
Reflections: Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!
The National PTA annually sponsors its Reflections program to recognize students for their artistic creativity. The theme this year is “What Is Your Story?” Students of all grades and abilities may participate by submitting their original work related to that theme in one or more of the following categories: visual arts, literature, photography, dance choreography, film production, or music composition. Individuals with expertise in each of these areas will judge the submissions, and finalists from Newcastle Elementary will continue on to the District competition. Visit http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/reflections/program_details.html for specific information about the program process and guidelines adopted by the Washington State ... read full article
Another Opportunity for Creative CompetitionJuliAnne Diesch9/27/201610/11/2016
Another Opportunity for Creative Competition
The National PTA needs students to propose ideas for its 2018-2019 Reflections theme! The theme should be appropriate for all grade levels (preschool through 12 th ) and applicable to all six arts categories (visual arts, literature, photography, dance choreography, film production, and music composition). The winner will receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA’s annual convention. Entries are due November 11, 2016 to: Washington State PTA Office c/o Reflections Theme Search 1304 S Fawcett Avenue, Suite 300 Tacoma, WA 98402 The theme search entry form is available here: 2016-2017 Reflections Theme Search Entry Form . This site also ... read full article
Dare to Dream PTSA Auction UpdatesLaurel Webb9/27/20163/13/2017
Dare to Dream PTSA Auction Updates
  OUR BIENNIAL PTSA FUNDRAISING EVENT IS ALMOST HERE!!  We've been working to make it a great time, and we want to help you get on to the fun as soon as possible by using our Advance Check-In feature! You still need to stop at the Check-in desk to get your Bidder number, Table assignment and Catalog, but this will help speed up the process!! When using Advance Check-In, you will be asked to confirm the information we have on file for you, and enter the credit card you want to use to pay for the items you buy during ... read full article
SpiritWear available NOW!JuliAnne Diesch9/5/20169/18/2016
SpiritWear available NOW!
Show your Newcastle Lion Pride!  SpiritWear is now on sale! We have some amazing new items this year - be sure to check out the shirts, hoodies, bags & more! Place your order by September 16th at  NewcastleLions.com  and your  SpiritWear items will be delivered to your homeroom classroom on October 14th. If you have any questions, contact  Mary Brown . ... read full article