What Superpowers do YOU want to bring to the PTSA next year?
  We are so energized by the possibilities created by our successful fundraising efforts over the last two years and the generosity of our families, and we are looking for people to make those possibilities a reality!  We have a complete turnover of our PTSA board and several committee chair positions this year and we have several openings we still need to fill.  The good news is that many of us will still be around to provide support for the new board.  We are fortunate to have elected Trisha Marshall (President) and Allison Sweeney and Mary Vickers (Co-VPs of Volunteers) ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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Auction Update - We Did It - Thank you!
  Not only did we come together as a community and meet our aggressive stretch goal of raising $275,000 - we beat it! Over the course of this year, you all delivered for the students, the staff, and the entire Newcastle community, raising over $300k (over $230k net) to the Newcastle Elementary PTSA to support our children's programs and events !   And what's more, Auction-night attendees and those who have donated since made a huge difference, raising over $60k that will be used to expand our playground, making better use of our space with new equipment, a congregation area, ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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News from Issaquah Schools Foundation
    Action Forum for Youth - May 23rd Want to know what’s going on with youth in our community? The Healthy Youth Survey is given every 2 years assessing behavioral health issues (stress, anxiety, drinking & drug use etc.) effecting youth.  Join Issaquah School District community leaders for a complimentary breakfast and presentation of the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey results.   Thursday May 23rd 7:00-9:00am at Issaquah Holiday Inn - 1801 12th Ave NW, Issaquah.   All are welcome!  Registration is required and can be found here:   http://bit.ly/ActFor .  This event is sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation and Influence the ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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5/20/2019-6/8/2019

Check out the Auction Videos
    Watch what our kids have to say {click here for the Raise the Paddle Auction Video} and visit our Auction site { here} to donate today.   You can also watch some adorable Kindergartners as they urge you to "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" {click here for the Follow the Yellow Brick Road A uction Video}               ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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4/1/2019-6/30/2019
What Superpowers do YOU want to bring to the PTSA next year?Laurel Webb5/10/20196/30/2019
What Superpowers do YOU want to bring to the PTSA next year?
  We are so energized by the possibilities created by our successful fundraising efforts over the last two years and the generosity of our families, and we are looking for people to make those possibilities a reality!  We have a complete turnover of our PTSA board and several committee chair positions this year and we have several openings we still need to fill.  The good news is that many of us will still be around to provide support for the new board.  We are fortunate to have elected Trisha Marshall (President) and Allison Sweeney and Mary Vickers (Co-VPs of Volunteers) ... read full article
Staff Appreciation Italian Pasta Bar!Laurel Webb1/4/20192/23/2019
Staff Appreciation Italian Pasta Bar!
    Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 UPDATE: Because of uncertain weather conditions, we are postponing the Staff Luncheon on Thursday.     Every year, we provide 3 luncheons for our fabulous Newcastle Staff to show them how much we appreciate them!  In Fall, it is provided by the 4th and 5th Grade parents, Winter the 2nd and 3rd Grade parents and Spring the Kinder and 1st Grade parents. The luncheons are for ALL the staff - 75 people!  We need YOUR help to create a delicious PASTA BAR on Thursday, February 7th. The staff will be able to help themselves to ... read full article
Auction Update - We Did It - Thank you!Laurel Webb4/1/20196/30/2019
Auction Update - We Did It - Thank you!
  Not only did we come together as a community and meet our aggressive stretch goal of raising $275,000 - we beat it! Over the course of this year, you all delivered for the students, the staff, and the entire Newcastle community, raising over $300k (over $230k net) to the Newcastle Elementary PTSA to support our children's programs and events !   And what's more, Auction-night attendees and those who have donated since made a huge difference, raising over $60k that will be used to expand our playground, making better use of our space with new equipment, a congregation area, ... read full article
News from Issaquah Schools FoundationLaurel Webb5/20/20196/8/2019
News from Issaquah Schools Foundation
    Action Forum for Youth - May 23rd Want to know what’s going on with youth in our community? The Healthy Youth Survey is given every 2 years assessing behavioral health issues (stress, anxiety, drinking & drug use etc.) effecting youth.  Join Issaquah School District community leaders for a complimentary breakfast and presentation of the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey results.   Thursday May 23rd 7:00-9:00am at Issaquah Holiday Inn - 1801 12th Ave NW, Issaquah.   All are welcome!  Registration is required and can be found here:   http://bit.ly/ActFor .  This event is sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation and Influence the ... read full article
Staff Appreciation WeekLaurel Webb4/19/20195/15/2019
Staff Appreciation Week
  May 6th - 10th 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.   Mon, May 6th Bagel Bar.  The Staff will be treated to a Bagel Bar today, provided by the PTSA. Tues, May 7th Mexican Fiesta Luncheon. Provided by K & First Grade families.  Click here sign up:   https://signup.com/go/xMQiShO Wed, May 8th "Words from the Heart & Bouquet Day" Students are asked to bring in thank you notes and flowers for teachers and support staff.  Thurs, May 9th "Love from ... read full article
Author Visit to Newcastle on May 9th!Laurel Webb4/15/20195/11/2019
Author Visit to Newcastle on May 9th!
  Author Ben Clanton will be visiting Newcastle Elementary on Thursday, May 9th! He is the author of the graphic novel series, Narwhal- Unicorn of the Sea as well as many picture books including Rex Wrecks It, It Came with the Mail, and Rot - The Cutest in the World ! We are very excited to have this talented author come and talk to the students about writing!   Local independent bookseller, Brick & Mortar, will be doing a pre-order for students interested in purchasing a book to have signed by Ben Clanton !   To purchase books for this ... read full article
Check out the Auction VideosLaurel Webb4/1/20196/30/2019
Check out the Auction Videos
    Watch what our kids have to say {click here for the Raise the Paddle Auction Video} and visit our Auction site { here} to donate today.   You can also watch some adorable Kindergartners as they urge you to "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" {click here for the Follow the Yellow Brick Road A uction Video}               ... read full article
Snow Make Up Days - Thursday, June 27thLaurel Webb3/5/20194/15/2019
Snow Make Up Days - Thursday, June 27th
    March 12, 2019 -Issaquah School District E-News This past February’s historic snowfall created many challenges for our community and school system. Now that it appears our snowy winter weather is subsiding, we can communicate the remainder of our school year calendar. In accordance with our negotiated agreements and approved 2018-19 school year calendar, the six days of school missed due to weather will be added to the end of the current school year calendar. The last day of school is now Thursday, June 27.  High School Graduation dates will not change. Every school district in our region has a ... read full article
Newcastle Elementary Celebrates Read Across America!Laurel Webb2/8/20193/9/2019
Newcastle Elementary Celebrates Read Across America!
    Please contact Mrs. Berry at BerryL@issaquah.wednet.edu with any questions.    {Click here for the flyer and additional information.}   Monday, March 4th Hears a Who The school-wide kick off for our Read Across America celebration begins with your teacher reading their favorite Dr. Seuss book to your class. It’s also a day where we focus on kindness. Can you be like Horton and commit a random act of kindness? Tuesday, March 5th I Can Read With My Eyes Shut ! (Read My Shirt Day) Wear a shirt with words on it. Wednesday, March 6th The Cat in the ... read full article
Parent Ed/Maker NightLaurel Webb1/9/20191/25/2019
Parent Ed/Maker Night
  Thursday, January 24th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Gibson Ek Commons Join Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger in an evening of exploration of creativity and education.  Why is creative thinking necessary?  How can we use it for success in school and industry? And how does it fit into STEM? We will start with a 20-minute TedTalk by Sir Kenneth Robinson about creativity and education.  We will then discuss the importance of creative thinking, and how to apply it to diverse fields, including STEM.  Finally, we will put our knowledge to the test with an open-ended exercise. {Click here for the flyer and ... read full article
Impact Scholarship Applications Due February 15thLaurel Webb1/9/20192/15/2019
Impact Scholarship Applications Due February 15th
  The Issaquah Schools Foundation is once again offering scholarships to help juniors and seniors in the Issaquah School District continue their educational journeys. The Impact Scholarship will be awarded to students who submit essays that describe how Foundation-funded programs have enriched their education.  For more information on the scholarships and how to apply, please visit our   Impact Scholars Page . {Click here for the flyer and additional information.} ... read full article
Mr. Miller's Holiday Hair CutLaurel Webb1/2/20191/31/2019
Mr. Miller's Holiday Hair Cut
  Thank you to everyone who helped make sure Mr. Miller got a fresh new look for the holidays. Thanks to you, we raised over $1,100 for the school.   A big thank you to Brighton Flint, Malak Helal, Gabi Thoenson, Mia Carr, Harper Brown and Justice Tarleton for being great barbers. And the biggest THANK YOU goes to Mr. Miller for being such a great sport. For all of the action, check out the video and photos below. To view the video, {click here} . To view the slideshow, {click here}.     ... read full article
Thank You for making Gift-a-Book campaign the most successful ever!Laurel Webb12/17/201812/31/2018
Thank You for making Gift-a-Book campaign the most successful ever!
  Thank you to the Newcastle families and PTSA  for  making this year’s Gift-a-Book campaign the most successful ever!  Thanks to your generous support, the library now has more than 275 new books for kids to enjoy! Thank you so much for supporting the library and helping to keep our collection current. Debbie Park was an amazing job of organizing Gift-a-Book this year. Thank you to Debbie and all of the helpers who assisted the kids in selecting their books. Thank you Debbie Park, Heather Ackermann,  Vivian Bastron, Marci Beppu, Ali Bligh, Melissa Bowers, Ashley Brown, Tammy Chin, and Gina ... read full article
Wishing You A Happy Holidays and A Happy New Year! Laurel Webb12/17/20181/2/2019
Wishing You A Happy Holidays and A Happy New Year!
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Issaquah Schools Foundation - Help Meet Basic Student Needs This Holiday SeasonLaurel Webb12/11/201812/31/2018
Issaquah Schools Foundation - Help Meet Basic Student Needs This Holiday Season
  The season of caring and sharing is here! At this special time of year, we invite you to join us in giving students the essential support they need for success at school. Throughout the Issaquah School District, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is there to lend a helping hand through our  Basic Student Needs  programs. Beaver Lake Middle School Principal Stacy Cho shared the story of how the Basic Student Needs programs made a world of difference for one student: Let me tell you about an 11-year-old whose family recently experienced homelessness. During the first days of the school year, ... read full article
Issaquah Schools Foundation Dining for KidsLaurel Webb11/30/201812/5/2018
Issaquah Schools Foundation Dining for Kids
  Issaquah Schools Foundation Dining for Kids at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill Wednesday, December 5th: All day - Enjoy a great meal for a great cause! Dine at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill in Issaquah Highlands on December 5th and Chinoise will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation.   ... read full article
'Love from the Oven' Cookie Exchange for Newcastle StaffLaurel Webb11/26/201812/13/2018
'Love from the Oven' Cookie Exchange for Newcastle Staff
  For the past few years, we have had the tradition of spoiling our fabulous Newcastle Staff with a Holiday Cookie Exchange to show them how much we appreciate everything they do for us. Volunteer to bake your favorite sweet treats and help make their day! Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/CgZEyHh Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Note : SignUp.com does not share your ... read full article
Usborne Book Fair Laurel Webb11/26/201812/15/2018
Usborne Book Fair
  Newcastle Elementary is excited to be hosting an Usborne Books & More Winter Book Fair, December 5th & 6th!  The book fair will be open during conferences from 8:30am to 4:30pm in the hallways near the front door. Parents and kids alike are invited to join us for shopping during those hours.   With over 2500 titles, we have books to inspire, educate, and entertain children of all ages.  Come find the perfect gifts for everyone on your Holiday List!   Know who else enjoys our books? Teachers!  Why not surprise them with an Usborne Books & More Gift Certificate, ... read full article
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping & help earn money for the auction!Laurel Webb11/19/201812/3/2018
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping & help earn money for the auction!
  Newcastle mom, Heather Thibeau, is generously donating her commission from all Stella and Dot sales placed thru December 2nd!  Stella & Dot is known for all of their amazing jewelry, but did you know they now have adorable tops and leggings!?  That's in addition to the cute purses, bags, scarves and even a line of DIAMONDS! They will make great gifts for family, friends, teachers, even yourself!   Visit the {Newcastle Auction Trunk Show} and start shopping!  You won't want to miss out on  the Black Friday deals!   ... read full article
Y-O-U! Spelling Bee Chair Needed Laurel Webb11/14/201812/16/2018
Y-O-U! Spelling Bee Chair Needed
  What's the buzz about? We are getting ready to organize the Newcastle Elementary Spelling Bee in order to send our students to the local and hopefully National Scripp's Spelling Bee Competition. In order for this to happen we need a couple of volunteers to help chair and work with the PTSA to coordinate our school's event.  If helping kids with literacy in a fun competitive manner is up your alley, then let us know! Planning starts now with our school's competition to be held in January . It's a nice way to join in and volunteer with a time ... read full article
Holiday Gift Barn Toy DriveLaurel Webb11/14/201811/30/2018
Holiday Gift Barn Toy Drive
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5th Grade Camp Fundraiser at Tapatio Laurel Webb11/14/201811/28/2018
5th Grade Camp Fundraiser at Tapatio
  For more information: {click here for the event flyer}         ... read full article
Food Drive Ends Friday, November 2nd!Laurel Webb10/29/201811/3/2018
Food Drive Ends Friday, November 2nd!
    Last Day to Donate to the Food Drive & Vote for Pajama Day or Crazy Hair Day is T his Friday !! vs. Help make a difference in our community by donating non-perishable food items and essential supplies in the marked collection bins within Newcastle Elementary School.  Your donations can be deposited into one of the bins labeled "Pajama Day" or "Crazy Hair Day" -the bin that has collected the most food will determine which kind of fun day the whole school will have.    If you have any questions, please contact Heather Ackermann at hm_ackermann@yahoo.com .   ... read full article
Gift-A-BookLaurel Webb10/29/201811/14/2018
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 Tuesday, November 13th, tax-deductible donations can be made in two ways: Select a book title during your child’s library time. Donate a dollar amount ... read full article
Donations Needed for Treat Walk!Laurel Webb10/12/201810/19/2018
Donations Needed for Treat Walk!
  PTSA is seeking parent donations of baked goods for the very popular Treat Walk of the Costume Carnival.  Donations must be store bought and nut-free.   Please no home baked goods.  Donations can be delivered to the school front entrance on the table that will be set up on the day of the event. Volunteers or Questions: newcastleptsa.costumecarnival@ gmail.com     ... read full article
Cultural Bridges Family GuideLaurel Webb10/8/201810/31/2018
Cultural Bridges Family Guide
  Download a Free Family Guide in Chinese (Mandarin), English, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese today! This guide has information on how the school system works in the Issaquah School District and how to get involved at your child’s school. The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Family Guide is available online at  bit.ly/CulturalBridges .     ... read full article
Go All in for Kids!Laurel Webb10/7/201810/31/2018
Go All in for Kids!
  The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites you to go All in for Kids and donate today! Gifts to the Foundation’s All in for Kids annual campaign fund programs such as robotics, art education, food aid, STEM clubs, one-to-one mentoring, orchestra and band – and much more – in each of the Issaquah School District’s 24 schools. Learn more at isfdn.org/all-in-for-kids .     ... read full article
Reflections 2018: Heroes Around MeLaurel Webb10/3/201810/29/2018
Reflections 2018: Heroes Around Me
  The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. Student artists can get involved in Reflections through the Newcastle PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. Theme : Heroes around me Categories : Literature, Photography, Visual Arts, Dance, Film, Music Submission deadline : October 29, 2018, 3:30pm More information : Click here to view\print the flyer - Newcastle Reflections ... read full article
Popcorn Fridays Starts September 28thLaurel Webb9/26/201810/27/2018
Popcorn Fridays Starts September 28th
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Dine to Donate - 5th Grade Camp FundraiserLaurel Webb9/14/20189/27/2018
Dine to Donate - 5th Grade Camp Fundraiser
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First Two Weeks of School Volunteers Needed!Laurel Webb8/28/20189/21/2018
First Two Weeks of School Volunteers Needed!
  We need a lot of helpers the first couple weeks as kids transition back to school. The kids will need help navigating Drop Off/Pick up lanes, having their bus numbers written on their hands and finding the correct bus. New families to the school will need help with greeting and finding their way to get their kids to the right classrooms. Volunteers are needed to help kids get through the hot lunch lines and to their tables as well as reminding them to eat when there's all this stimulation around them! :) Staff will need extra eyes during recess ... read full article
Renew your Newcastle PTSA Membership beginning Tuesday, August 7thLaurel Webb8/6/20188/31/2018
Renew your Newcastle PTSA Membership beginning Tuesday, August 7th
  Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year!   {Click here} or select "s chool supplies & more " from the left hand menu.  Please use this packet for the EVP process as it includes the following: Update your information.  Be sure to update your child's grade level and choose " not known or not listed " for teacher until classes are assigned.  Sign-up for volunteer opportunities. Renew your PTSA membership. Pay the School Supply Fee. Purchase the 2018/2019 Yearbook for your child. Make a Gift-a-Book Donation Donate to the PTSA Your 2018/2019 PTSA membership dues support our curriculum enrichment programs and ... read full article
Enrollment Verification Process - EVP Laurel Webb8/1/20188/31/2018
Enrollment Verification Process - EVP
  Please mark your calendars for the week of August 7th - August 13th.   You should receive an email notification with a link directing you to the EVP.  If not, please use the link here {Family Access} .  The EVP must be completed for confirmation of your child's attendance and placement for the 2018-2019 school year. If you do not receive the email or need assistance completing the EVP, please call Tammy Anderson at 425-837-5802. EVP will close after August 13th.                             ... read full article
Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind Laurel Webb4/22/20195/4/2019
Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind
      Please join one of our Newcastle tables at this year's Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind luncheon, taking place on Friday, May 3 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.  You'll hear from Cougar Ridge Principal Drew Terry and two of his students who have greatly benefited from the After School Academic Program. With donor support, we have been able to expand this targeted assistance program to all 15 elementary schools, ensuring that students are able to receive the support they need.  You also won't want to miss the Liberty Jazz Choir.   We are excited to have them ... read full article
Lunch for the Break - Thank you!Laurel Webb4/4/20194/30/2019
Lunch for the Break - Thank you!
    Thank you to everyone who donated to our Spring Food Drive - Lunch for the Break!  With your generous donations we were able to provide 25 complete boxes to families in need, in our area. Thank you again to everyone that participated. ! Classes that met their goal will receive their treat after Spring Break.   Thank you Newcastle! To view additional photos,  {click here}!                         ... read full article