2018 Golden Acorn Award Nomination Form
  We have so many parents who help our kids in so many ways, whether in the classroom , through the PTSA, or out in the community. Do you know someone like this? If so, consider nominating them for the Golden Acorn Award. Each year we recognize outstanding volunteers for their time and energy. {Click here to nominate an incredible volunteer online}   {Click here to view & print the 2018 Golden Acorn Award Nomination Form} Forms can be returned via KidMail to the PTSA office, Attention: 2018 Golden Acorn Award Nomination .  The nomination deadline is Tuesday, February 27th, ... read full article
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2018 Golden Acorn Award Nomination FormLaurel Webb2/1/20182/28/2018
2018 Golden Acorn Award Nomination Form
  We have so many parents who help our kids in so many ways, whether in the classroom , through the PTSA, or out in the community. Do you know someone like this? If so, consider nominating them for the Golden Acorn Award. Each year we recognize outstanding volunteers for their time and energy. {Click here to nominate an incredible volunteer online}   {Click here to view & print the 2018 Golden Acorn Award Nomination Form} Forms can be returned via KidMail to the PTSA office, Attention: 2018 Golden Acorn Award Nomination .  The nomination deadline is Tuesday, February 27th, ... read full article
One Warm Coat DriveLaurel Webb1/22/20182/16/2018
One Warm Coat Drive
  Girl Scout Brownie Troop 42536 and the Newcastle PTSA are holding a One Warm Coat Drive starting  January 22nd to February 16th . Please consider donating a gently worn or new coat to be donated to Eastside Baby Corner and other local communities. Collecting sizes from newborn through age 12, or size 14.   Contact Alice Kim at  aliceh.kim@hotmail.com  for any questions.   {click here for One Warm Coat Drive flyer}                                     ... read full article
The Newcastle 2018 National Geographic Bee Champion is…Laurel Webb1/9/20181/31/2018
The Newcastle 2018 National Geographic Bee Champion is…
  After outstanding effort by all thirteen finalists in the Newcastle Elementary National Geographic Bee, the exciting championship round came down to Carter Ackermann and Caleb Chin!  In the end, it was Carter who earned the title of school champion. Carter will now take an online test provided by the National Geographic Society in an attempt to qualify for the state competition. The top 100 students in the state (selected based on qualifying test scores) will represent their schools and compete at the state level on April 2, 2018. Compliments again to all of our school finalists who competed on ... read full article
Newcastle Conversations about CultureLaurel Webb1/8/20181/31/2018
Newcastle Conversations about Culture
  Conversations about Culture: What is your story?  What is OUR story? January 26 th at 9:30-11:00 , on the school stage.  Principal Mellish will host a ‘coffee talk’ style conversation about Culture, Diversity and Inclusion at Newcastle Elementary and our School District as a whole.  Why?   Our school and district is committed to promoting a school climate where ALL children and families are effectively included as partners in learning. Our school and district is becoming increasingly diverse in nearly every imaginable way including race, culture, language, religion and family make-up.  To build our skills in engaging across differences ... read full article
Yearbook Photos Needed!Laurel Webb1/7/20181/31/2018
Yearbook Photos Needed!
  We are at the time of year when we are beginning the layout for our yearbook and a big part of the yearbook are the candids that we receive from parents and teachers.  Please submit pictures to Jessica Anderson via email to Yearbook Photos at jessiej0608@gmail.com .     This is a great way to ensure your kids and their friends show up in the candids of the yearbook!                           ... read full article
Memorial for Michelle RobinsonLaurel Webb1/2/20181/15/2018
Memorial for Michelle Robinson
  Open to All Who Would Like to Attend Date: Saturday, January 6th, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm Location:  Newport Hills Community Church at 5833 119 th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98006 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.o rg                       ... read full article
Finalists determined for the Newcastle Elementary Geography Bee!Laurel Webb12/20/20171/13/2018
Finalists determined for the Newcastle Elementary Geography Bee!
  Congratulations to the following 4th and 5th grade students who have qualified during their classroom Bees to compete as finalists in Newcastle Elementary’s National Geographic Bee! Compliments to: Carter Ackermann, Jordan Arnold, Dylan Banh, Ava Bastron, Hudson Carlson, Caleb Chin, Carson Downs, Jacob Ficken, Lukas Fluegge, Andrew Kang, Aditi Marehalli, Kaela McLachian & Jacob Shigaki. The above students will share their geography knowledge during the school Bee on January 8th beginning at 2:40 PM.  After the school Bee, our school champion will have the opportunity to take a written test in an attempt to continue on to the state ... read full article
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
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
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
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
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
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
Welcome back to Newcastle Elementary!Laurel Webb9/1/201710/7/2017
Welcome back to Newcastle Elementary!
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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