Apr 20
7:00p General Member PTSA Meeting
General Member PTSA Meeting

Monday, April 21
7:00p - 8:00p
Newcastle Commons
6:30p 3rd Grade Concert
3rd Grade Concert

Thursday, April 24
6:30p - 8:00p
Walk to School Day!
Walk to School Day!

Friday, April 25
9:15a Mochas with Marla
Mochas with Marla

Friday, April 25
9:15a - 9:45a
May 1
Orange Ruler Fun Run Donations Deadline
Orange Ruler Fun Run Donations Deadline

Wednesday, April 30

Newcastle's Orange Ruler Fun Run Donations Deadline is at 9:15 AM.
Jamba Juice Fundraiser Packets Go Out!
Jamba Juice Fundraiser Packets Go Out!

Friday, May 2

Jamba Juice Fundraiser Packets go out to 4th Grade Students
Spring Food Drive
Spring Food Drive

Fri 5/2 - Fri 5/16

Benefits both the Tiger Mountain Community High School as well as the Issaquah Food Bank.
9:30a Newcastle's Fun Run and Lion's Race
Newcastle's Fun Run and Lion's Race

Friday, May 2
9:30a - 11:30a
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Orange Ruler Fun Run Update!
Thank you Newcastle families! Our spring fundraiser, the Orange Ruler Fun Run is off to a fantastic start! So far we have raised over $12,000 on the way to our goal of $55,000. Our families have registered almost 50% of the students, allowing family and friends to easily sponsor their student for the Fun Run through a PTSA donation. Registering your child couldn’t be easier, plus it enters your child into our daily lunchtime prize draws. Simply click on the link: to sign up your child, and follow the steps on the website.

Congratulations to Ms. Andrews’ Kindergarten & Mrs. Pfeffer’s 4th grade classes for both being a daily top contributor this week and earning the chance to be the proud owners for the day of the traveling Orange Ruler Mascot! There is a lot of excitement in the halls between classes, as kids want the chance for their class to host the Ruler for one day. Online, families can monitor the rankings of the classes and can see if their child's class is in the running for a Jamba Juice Party or the “Lion Race” as well as which classrooms will meet their fundraising goal and attend the Kona Ice Party!

Our walk to school day last Friday was well attended and everyone had fun walking in the great weather! We’re doing it again this Friday, rain or shine, so please come join the kids as they get out and train for their Fun Run, which will be on Friday, May 2nd. Families are invited to come and watch their kids show how healthy and active they can be. Kindergarten through 2nd Grade classes will race from 9:30 through 10:00 on the field, followed by a “Lion”race at 10:15. Grades 3-5 will then race from 10:50 – 11:20. Come on out and cheer on your kids!

Thank you for all of your support for the Fun Run, the fundraiser and your PTSA.

Attention Parents! Our Big Spring Fundraiser, the Orange Ruler Fun Run, is Almost Here!
This program will last for approximately two weeks beginning with our kick-off assembly on 04/16/2014. The Orange Ruler team has put together a fun-filled experience for our children and school that focuses on teamwork, staying active and believing in yourself. This important program will help us raise needed funds that will be used for PTSA funded programs like Reading Club EA support, classroom grants and the art docent program. Please go to to get started!

In addition to raising much needed funds, we will be hosting TWO "Walk to School Days". On these days, rain or shine, come join your Newcastle Elementary community by ditching the car or bus and walking to school. Feel free to drive close to the school if needed, and then join up with friends as we support the healthy activity of walking with friends. The "Walk to School Days" will be Friday April 18 and Friday April 25.

** Please be on the lookout for the Orange Ruler parent letter and donation envelope which will be coming home with your child on the day of the kick-off assembly.

We look forward to working together with you to help make this one of the most successful fundraiser our school has ever had.

Newcastle Elementary PTSA

Love & Logic Handouts!
Thank you to all who attended the parent education Love & Logic two-day series sponsored by the PTSA this month! Tori Berntsen, a certified Love & Logic Facilitator and veteran middle and high school teacher, provided parents with helpful strategies for being the loving authority figure at home, using enforceable statements, and responding to temper tantrums. Here are some handouts that Tori provided during her two sessions.

Guiding Children to Solve Their Own Problems
Guidelines for Sharing Control Through Choices
Love and Logic Solutions
Self-Concept Builders and Stealers
Turn Your World Into Gold

Community Event: Helmet Giveaway!
Hello Parent Ed Reps,

Here is a great opportunity for kids to get free helmets next month! Please share at your schools, if you haven't done so already. Here is the link to the event:

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Buy One Get One Free Jamba Juice Smoothies?! Contact a 4th Grader to get yours today!
Newcastle's Fourth grade students are currently selling Jamba Juice Fundraiser Cards for just $10 dollars each to raise money for their 5th Grade Camp experience at Camp Seymour.  By purchasing a card, you will receive up to $60.00 in savings at Jamba Juice.  Each card is good for eight (8) buy one get one free, any size smoothie, plus two (2) buy one get one free menu items.  That’s up to $60.00 worth of smoothies/food for just $10.00!  The best part is that an incredible 50% of the sales proceeds will go directly toward offsetting 5th Grade camp expenses.  (**limit ... read full article

Spring Food Drive 2014: May 2nd to May 16th
As part of our health and fitness focus this spring, the Newcastle Elementary PTSA is sponsoring a Spring Food Drive to benefit families in our community both at Tiger Mountain Community High School as well as the Issaquah Food Bank. Tiger Mountain Community High School is the only alternative high school in our school district. Many of the students there receive their only meals of the day at school and struggle without the basic necessities of life at home. The donations we collect will be given to the administrators at the high school to be distributed to the students as ... read full article

Newcastle Elementary Celebrates Read Across America Week: March 3rd-7th
Get ready to celebrate Read Across America Week with special activities for each school day, including: Monday : The school-wide kick off for our Read Across America celebration begins by reading the Reader’s Oath with Mrs. Newton. Teachers will read aloud a Dr. Seuss book. Tuesday :  Each class will be given picture books related to one of the 50 states. After reading the books, the class will place the “book cover” on a United States map displayed outside the library.  By  Thursday , Newcastle will have Read Across America! Wednesday : Storybook Character Day! Students are encouraged to dress ... read full article

Staff Appreciation Luncheon - February 11th
It's the time of year for 2nd and 3rd grade families to show our staff and teachers how much we appreciate them!  We're asking families to provide an Italian themed feast to our wonderful staff.  Details have been sent home directly to families, but just in case if you would like to bring an item for our Italian Luncheon, please click on the following link:   Please email Kara Ford at  or Kiersten Byus at with any questions.   Thank you in advance for helping us show our staff how much they are appreciated! ... read full article

Shopping Just Got Better!
Fred Meyer is putting control of community donations in your hands. With their new Community Reward Program, you can help earn money for our students and schools each time you shop.  All you have to do is go online to connect your Fred Meyer Reward Card to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. How easy is that?! The program begins on  February 3rd ; but you have to register now. Follow the directions below to get started. Thank you! Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Issaquah Schools     Foundation at ... read full article

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