Annual Staff Holiday Cookie Exchange
  SHARE YOUR FAVORITE COOKIES! Announcing the Annual Staff Holiday Cookie Exchange on Tuesday December 12th! Please help us host a Cookie Exchange to show the Staff how much we appreciate them. We will provide bakery boxes so they can take a variety of  treats home with them (if they make it that far!) Items can be dropped off on the tables in front of the office on Monday December 11th, or before 10am on Tuesday December 12th . Please label your treats so we know what they are and include a recipe, if you like! Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/3wZCGf ... read full article
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Annual Staff Holiday Cookie ExchangeLaurel Webb12/10/201712/16/2017
Annual Staff Holiday Cookie Exchange
  SHARE YOUR FAVORITE COOKIES! Announcing the Annual Staff Holiday Cookie Exchange on Tuesday December 12th! Please help us host a Cookie Exchange to show the Staff how much we appreciate them. We will provide bakery boxes so they can take a variety of  treats home with them (if they make it that far!) Items can be dropped off on the tables in front of the office on Monday December 11th, or before 10am on Tuesday December 12th . Please label your treats so we know what they are and include a recipe, if you like! Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/3wZCGf ... read full article
MOD Pizza Day - Tuesday, December 5thLaurel Webb11/21/201712/8/2017
MOD Pizza Day - Tuesday, December 5th
  Newcastle families, mark your calendars. Bring your friends and family to the New MOD Pizza in Factoria for lunch or dinner on Tuesday December 5th, and 20% of your bill will be donated to Newcastle’s 5th Grade Camp Fund.   Come support the 5th Grade Lions!  Don’t forget to bring in or show your flyer {click here for the MOD Pizza flyer} and they will generously donate a portion of your bill!  Questions? Please contact Sara Brester at  slbrester@hotmail.com .                                       ... read full article
Holiday Gift Barn Toy Drive - Nov 15th to Dec 1stLaurel Webb11/15/201712/4/2017
Holiday Gift Barn Toy Drive - Nov 15th to Dec 1st
  Help brighten the day of children in need of extra support and cheer by donating new & unwrapped gifts. Please bring all donations to the school and place them in the bins near the front office.  Gifts will be delivered to the Pickering Barn in Issaquah, where it becomes a giant toy store for families in need to shop. Need gift ideas or more information?  Visit www.issaquahfoodbank.org/holiday-gift-barn . {click here to view the flyer}                                                   ... read full article
Join us for Coffee Talk with the PrincipalLaurel Webb11/13/201711/20/2017
Join us for Coffee Talk with the Principal
  This Friday, November 17th, at 9:30 on the Newcastle Stage in the Commons, we will be holding Coffee Talk with Principal Mellish.   Coffee Talk is a time to discuss current Newcastle happenings and issues on your mind.  Questions are welcome.   Possible topics to discuss can include: Parent-Teacher Conferences: how to make the most of this time The ISD Levy Proposals: facts about school funding Our School Improvement Plan: Math and Social-Emotional Focus Why Writer's and Reader's Workshop?  How teaching literacy has shifted and what this means for your children.                 ... read full article
Take the night off from cooking & support 5th Grade Camp! Laurel Webb10/25/201711/8/2017
Take the night off from cooking & support 5th Grade Camp!
  Tapatio/ZoeYogurt Day - Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 Newcastle families, mark your calendars. Get ready for another great community building event! Our friends at Tapatio and zoëyogurt will be supporting the 5th Grade class effort to raise money for Camp Seymour. Tapatio will generously donate a portion of all sales for the entire day - lunch and dinner! And…once you've had your fill of delicious food, walk on down to zoëyogurt to top it off with dessert! Bring in {this flyer to zoëyogurt} and they will generously donate a portion of your bill!  Questions? Please contact Sara Brester,  slbrester@hotmail.com or ... read full article
Food Drive | Pajama Day vs. Sports Day!Laurel Webb10/16/201711/1/2017
Food Drive | Pajama Day vs. Sports Day!
  Newcastle PTSA is holding a Food Drive on October 16th - 31st to benefit Issaquah Food Bank, a local non-profit organization serving our community. Its mission is to provide basic needs for our community members to promote self-s ufficiency.  Donations will benefit newborns to age 90+, including homeless, struggling seniors, the mentally ill and victims of tough times or tough streets. Please help make a difference in our community by donating the following non-perishable food items and essential supplies in the marked collection bins within Newcastle Elementary School during the drive. For a list of items, the Issaquah Food ... read full article
Calling all Newcastle Artists - Lion Art Contest!Laurel Webb10/15/201711/4/2017
Calling all Newcastle Artists - Lion Art Contest!
  Illustrate your best Newcastle Lion and your creation could end up on the cover of this year's PTSA Directory or on the cover of the yearbook! Use crayons, markers, pencils, charcoal...whatever you want! All entries due in the PTSA office by Friday, November 3rd. Please look out for the Contest Entry Form!!!                     ... read full article
Gift-A-BookLaurel Webb10/14/201711/11/2017
Gift-A-Book
  What is Gift-A-Book?   It is a great way to recognize your child or a loved one and to help keep our school’s library supplied with new and exciting hardcover books!  By donating to Gift-A-Book , your child or loved one will: Be recognized in a special display in the library area. Have a personalized bookplate in the selected book. Be the first student to check the book out of the library. How do you participate?   Until Thursday, November 9 th , tax-deductible donations can be made in two ways: Select a book title during your child’s library ... read full article
Costume CarnivalLaurel Webb10/13/201710/29/2017
Costume Carnival
  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH 6:00PM - 8:00PM NEWCASTLE  ELEMENTARY COMMONS Family Event with Games, Prizes, Fun & Surprises !  Treat Walk & More! Limited food available for purchase from : Pie Seattle Food Truck Kentucky Fried Chicken Papa John’s Pizza Children must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer: http:// signup.com/go/fEobJSq For more Information :  newcastleptsa.costumecarnival@gmail.com {click here to view the flyer}                                                           ... read full article
ISF Honk & Wave event at NCE!Laurel Webb10/11/201710/18/2017
ISF Honk & Wave event at NCE!
  It is time for the annual "Honk and Wave" Issaquah Schools Foundation event. This event helps raise much needed funds for various  programs at our school.  The event will take place on Tuesday, October 17th right in front of the main entrance .  The event will not take up time just 20 minutes before and 20 minutes after school in front of the main entrance.  What do you need to do?   It's simple: bring your kids, friends, smiles and energy and wave at people!  It's really that simple.  This is great event for kids to participate in, they have ... read full article
2017/2018 National PTA ReflectionsLaurel Webb10/1/201711/5/2017
2017/2018 National PTA Reflections
  Be a part of the National PTA’s Annual Reflections Program! Students of all abilities are encouraged to express their creativity with original works related to this year’s theme “Within Reach” All students are encouraged to enter in the following categories being offered this year at Newcastle: Literature: works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics. Photography : color or B&W, incl: photo-gram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure. Visual Arts : drawing, painting, computer generated art, collage, printmaking. All entries must be submitted by Friday, November 3rd . There will be a box outside the PTSA ... read full article
New Issaquah School District E-News Format ComingLaurel Webb9/25/201710/13/2017
New Issaquah School District E-News Format Coming
  In case you missed this notification from the Issaquah School District... New E-News Format Coming... Please Re-Subscribe to Keep Receiving Issaquah School District & Newcastle Elementary News! The Issaquah School District is transitioning to a new format called Blackboard for our E-News ! We are making this switch to help us comply with the American Disabilities Act requirements for accessibility and to enable some features that help us to increase our ability to send messages translated into several languages. When we make the shift, we will no longer have email addresses for people who do not have a child ... read full article
Kinder Connect EventsLaurel Webb9/14/201710/12/2017
Kinder Connect Events
  Hello Kindergarten Families, Welcome to Newcastle Elementary!  We are Elise Crumpacker and Christine McClure, your Kinder Connect contacts for the upcoming school year.  Our daughters are 3rd graders at Newcastle, and like you, we have incoming kindergartners in the Fall.  (Quinn, Elise's son, and Brinley, Christine's daughter).  We look forward to the year ahead! Mark your calendars for these events - Friday, September 29th at 6:00pm Families Night Out at Red Robin, Factoria Monday, October 9th at 7:00pm Moms Night Out at Vino Bella, Issaquah Kinder Connect is a PTSA program that gives kindergarten families a chance to get ... read full article
Coffee Talk with Principal MellishLaurel Webb9/14/20179/30/2017
Coffee Talk with Principal Mellish
  This is a friendly reminder that the first Coffee Talk with Principal Mellish is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd at 9:30am on the stage in the commons .  The topics that could potentially be discussed include, but are not limited to the following: Status of building new schools and potential impact on Newcastle. Did the state actually fix state funding? What are the 3 most important messages Newcastle staff has for parents? What do we know about student academic achievement at Newcastle? Lessons learned from Maywood Middle School. Yes, these lessons apply even to kindergarten. Cultural Competency Initiative. What ... read full article
Upcoming deadline for Spirit WearLaurel Webb9/14/20179/23/2017
Upcoming deadline for Spirit Wear
  We are excited to share great new spirit wear options to show your Newcastle Lions school pride. Order by September 29th and receive by October 23rd.  All Spirit Wear will be delivered to Homeroom Teachers and 10% of proceeds will be donated to Newcastle Elementary PTSA. Click here to purchase your spirit wear now!  Questions? Please contact Vivian or Gina at newcastleptsa.waysmeans@gmail.com .     ... read full article
PTSA General Membership Meeting Laurel Webb9/13/20179/22/2017
PTSA General Membership Meeting
  Please note the PTSA General Membership Meeting is scheduled for next Monday, September 18th at 7 PM in the school library. Main focus of meeting is final approval of budget and identifying open volunteer opportunities.  During the PTSA General  Membership Meeting, there will be a movie playing down the hall for kids.                 ... read full article
Welcome back to Newcastle Elementary!Laurel Webb9/1/201710/7/2017
Welcome back to Newcastle Elementary!
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School SuppliesLaurel Webb8/1/20179/24/2017
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.  So what do you need to know? HOW & WHEN TO PAY.  At the start of August, families can pay the supply fee through our PTSA payment system {click here to pay now} .   During EVP, our Enrollment Verification Process, you will be prompted to pay the Supply Fee.  ... read full article
Updated Bell ScheduleLaurel Webb8/1/201710/1/2017
Updated Bell Schedule
For the master schedule, please click here.   General   Regular 9:10 AM - 3:35 PM Wednesday 9:10 AM - 1:25 PM Early Release 9:10 AM - 11:40 AM Half-Day Kindergarten Regular 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM Wednesday 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM  Early Release 9:10 AM - 11:40 AM ... read full article
Updates to our Newcastle Elementary StaffLaurel Webb8/1/201710/1/2017
Updates to our Newcastle Elementary Staff
  Please {click here } for updates to our Newcastle Elementary staff.       ... read full article
Join the PTSA! Laurel Webb7/1/20179/30/2017
Join the PTSA!
  We strive for 100% parent participation at Newcastle.  The membership fee is for the current school year and is to be renewed annually. PTSA Membership Levels: Family Membership – $25 Staff Membership – $10 A portion of the Newcastle PTSA membership fee goes toward the National and Washington State PTA Membership Service Fees and the remaining portion goes to cover the expense of producing our Newcastle Elementary School Directory.  Only paid Newcastle PTSA members will receive a printed school directory.   Your child's teacher gets $50 to spend on books for the classroom if 100% of their students have a ... read full article