May 1
Orange Ruler Fundraising Drive ENDS
Orange Ruler Fundraising Drive ENDS

Wednesday, May 4
2:00p Orange Ruler FUN RUN
Orange Ruler FUN RUN

Friday, May 6
2:00p - 3:00p
Newcastle Elementary
Spirit Day: Grade Color Day
Spirit Day: Grade Color Day

Wednesday, May 11

5th Grade-purple; 4th Grade-black; 3rd Grade-white; 2nd Grade-blue; 1st Grade-red; Kindergarten-green. Wear the color corresponding with your grade level to show spirit today!
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Parent Ed: Guiding Your Teen on the Bumpy Road to Independence

For parents of grades 6-12: How do you balance trying to keep teens safe while also allowing them increasing freedom? How do you let your teens learn from their mistakes?  Please join us for an engaging discussion on helping your teens grow into adults who can thrive on their own.

Speaker Kathy Slattengren, M.Ed., sponsored by Skyline HS PTSA. Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00-8:30 PM, Skyline HS Library.


Bell Times and Sleep Forum
For ALL parents/community members in the Issaquah School District:
Wednesday, May 18th
6:30-8:30pm at Briarwood Elementary
Monday, May 23rd 6:30-8:30pm at Beaver Lake Middle School
Wednesday, June 1st 6:30-8:30pm at Issaquah High School

See Superintendent Ron Thiele’s Announcement on School Start and End Times ('s-announcement-on-school-start-and-end-times), and come hear the objectives and parameters to optimize bell times and teen sleep in our community. 

Parent Ed: Cybercrime-Keeping Your Child Safe Online

For parents of grades 6-12: Join us for a discussion with School Resource Officer Diego Zanella in the Issaquah Middle School Commons on May 23rd at 7:00 PM. We’ll discuss how to avoid potential dangers as our kids navigate social media and the online world.  Kids don’t mean to run into trouble online, but their developing brains are curious and want to explore.  A large portion of middle schoolers already have internet-enabled devices and potential dangers include cyberstalking, cyberbullying, sexting, access to pornography, harassment, and assaults.  Learn how to keep your child safe and your family’s information private.  This is an adults-only event. Childcare will be provided in the IMS library.

Sponsored by IMS PTSA. Monday, May 23rd, 7:00-8:00 PM, Issaquah Middle School Commons.      

Parent Ed: Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Support (PBSES) Information Night

Come and attend one of the Positive Behavior and Social Emotion Support Information Nights:

For parents of Clark, Cougar Ridge, IVE and IMS: Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:30-8:00 PM at Issaquah Middle School.

For parents of Endeavour, Cascade Ridge, Challenger and BLMS: Wednesday, May 4th from 6:00-7:30 PM at Beaver Lake Middle School.

Student Support Coaches, staff in our Issaquah School District, are hosting parent information nights about what PBSES is and what your child’s school is doing to support the behavioral and social/emotional needs of students.  Student Support Coaches will also provide information on Growth vs Fixed Mindset and how what we say can empower our students to build resiliency.  Parents will also learn how to support their students at home with evidence-based strategies used at each school.  Q&A sessions will follow each presentation.

"Screenagers" Screening - May 5th, 7:00-8:00 PM, Issaquah High School Theater
For parents & teens: In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Watch the trailer at: 

*This showing is privately sponsored by:
Reisha Holton, One on One College Essays
Dr. Maria Elena Lara, Ph.D,Clinical Psychologist
Kara Neary, Educated Choices College and Career Counseling
Kirsten O’Malley, Pacific Learning Academy
Dr. Bizzy Riley, Naturopathic Physician
 In partnership with IHS PTSA

Parent Ed: Skills for Emotional Competence

For parents of grades K-5: Emotional struggles children endure during elementary school can be confusing.  Every child is different.  With guidance and support from Dr. Janice Driver, you will learn simple emotional coaching skills to help your child gain emotional intelligence. Thursday, May 12th, 7:00-8:30 PM, Grand Ridge Elementary, Library.

"Paper Tigers" Screening & Panel Discussion - May 16th, 6:30-9:30 PM, Issaquah High School Theater
“Exposure to chronic and adverse stress (and the altered brain function that results) leaves a child in a fruitless search for comfort and escape from a brain and body that is permanently stuck in flight or fight. That comfort comes in the form of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food and more.”  This documentary takes a look at how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect teenage behavior, and how parents, school staff and community members can use positive behavior and social emotional support (PBSES) to reinforce societal norms and expectations. Watch the trailer at:

Before and after the film, Issaquah School District personnel will discuss real statistics in Issaquah schools, how common experiences and even divorce of parents affect our kids behavior, and our own community efforts to positively influence classroom learning for all students.

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Register for the Science Fair!

Please click here to register your student or group to be a part of the second PTSA sponsored Newcastle Science Fair to be held at our Spring Family Event on May 19th from 6:00-8:00 PM. 

Open Volunteer Positions
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help with the PTSA programs this year! We have a wonderful group of parents to chair and coordinate our many programs, activities and other PTSA related responsibilities.  We still have some openings we need to fill, and some of them urgently. If you have interest in any of these positions, please contact Julie Pedraza at Thank you!
2017 Auction Co-Chairs - Fall 2015 through Spring 2017
Posters Chair - All year 
Bulletin Board Chair - All year 
Spring Fundraiser Chair - Spring
Corporate Rebates Chair - All year
Polar Express Chair - Winter
Winter Family Night Co-Chairs - Winter
Spring Family Night Co-Chairs - Spring
Grant Writing/Research Chair - All year

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