Apr 13
10:00a Newcastle Orange Ruler Fun Run Kick-Off Assembly
Newcastle Orange Ruler Fun Run Kick-Off Assembly

Wednesday, April 16
10:00a - 11:00a
Walk to School Day!
Walk to School Day!

Friday, April 18
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
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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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Fun Run Volunteers Needed!
We are still looking for a few parent volunteers to come and cheer on the kids, provide water, etc on the day of our Fun Run,  Friday, May 2nd from 9:30 -  11:30 .  There will be two session:  9:30 -10:15  for K-2,  10:45-  11:30 for Grades 3-5. In between the two races will be a fun “Lion” Race.  To sign up, click on the link below and click on the May sign up option. ... 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

Grand Ridge Auction Volunteers Needed!
Our PTSA has a reciprocal relationship with Grand Ridge Elementary to provide auction night volunteers, and they need Newcastle PTSA members to support their auction on  February 8th .  Auction nights raise thousands of dollars to support PTSA programs and they absolutely cannot happen without help from outside the immediate school.  Please help Grand Ridge and it's students! Volunteer for Grand Ridge Auction Support -  in 3 easy steps: Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! ... read full article

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