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NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Date:
Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24

No school for students or staff. February 20th is Presidents' Day (observed). Consider what qualities make a leader, and think of ways that you can implement these qualities with your family and at Newcastle Elementary School.
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Date:
Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24

No school for students or staff. February 20th is Presidents' Day (observed). Consider what qualities make a leader, and think of ways that you can implement these qualities with your family and at Newcastle Elementary School.
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Date:
Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24

No school for students or staff. February 20th is Presidents' Day (observed). Consider what qualities make a leader, and think of ways that you can implement these qualities with your family and at Newcastle Elementary School.
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Date:
Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24

No school for students or staff. February 20th is Presidents' Day (observed). Consider what qualities make a leader, and think of ways that you can implement these qualities with your family and at Newcastle Elementary School.
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break
NO SCHOOL: Second Winter Break

Date:
Mon 2/20 - Fri 2/24

No school for students or staff. February 20th is Presidents' Day (observed). Consider what qualities make a leader, and think of ways that you can implement these qualities with your family and at Newcastle Elementary School.
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2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Author Visit
2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Author Visit

Date:
Monday, February 27
Where:
Library

STEM author SEAN CONNOLLY will be here on Monday, Feb. 27th to share fun and engaging science experiments! Book pre-orders will go through the University Bookstore and are due by Thursday, February 15th. Flyers were sent home in KidMail Feb. 2nd. Questions? Please contact Ms. Berry in the library.

Read Across America! Horton Hears a Who
Read Across America! Horton Hears a Who

Date:
Monday, February 27

Monday, 2/27 ~ Horton Hears a Who.

The school-wide kick off for our Read Across America celebration begins by reciting the Reader’s Oath with Mr. Mellish. It’s also a day where we focus on kindness. Can you be like Horton and commit a random act of kindness?
Golden Acorn Award - Last day to nominate!
Golden Acorn Award - Last day to nominate!

Date:
Monday, February 27

Each year our PTSA awards the Golden Acorn award to individuals in our school who have given outstanding, continued and dedicated volunteer service to the children and youth in our school community. This is an excellent way to honor our volunteers that have gone “above and beyond”!

5th Grade Environmental Camp
5th Grade Environmental Camp

Date:
Mon 2/27 - Wed 3/1
5th Grade Environmental Camp
5th Grade Environmental Camp

Date:
Mon 2/27 - Wed 3/1
6:00p Read Across America! Read My Shirt Day
Read Across America! Read My Shirt Day

Date:
Tuesday, February 28
Time:
6:00p - 8:00p

Tuesday, 2/28 ~ I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Read My Shirt Day - Wear a shirt with words on it.

6:30p Keynote John O’Sullivan, “Changing the Game”
Keynote John O’Sullivan, “Changing the Game”

Date:
Tuesday, February 28
Time:
6:30p - 8:30p
Where:
Issaquah High School Theater

For more information, please contact parentwiser@issaquahptsa.org
5th Grade Environmental Camp
5th Grade Environmental Camp

Date:
Mon 2/27 - Wed 3/1
Read Across America! One Fish, Two Fish
Read Across America! One Fish, Two Fish

Date:
Wednesday, March 1

Wednesday, 3/1 ~ One Fish, Two Fish
Twin Day - Dress the same as someone else at school.
Read Across America! Hunches in Bunches
Read Across America! Hunches in Bunches

Date:
Thursday, March 2

Thursday, 3/2~ Hunches in Bunches

Drop Everything and Read Day - All Newcastle Lions will stop what they’re doing sometime on Thursday to read a good book. Have a book ready to read that day!
7:00p “Helping or Hindering”
“Helping or Hindering”

Date:
Thursday, March 2
Time:
7:00p - 8:30p
Where:
Issaquah High School Theater

“Helping or Hindering”, by Issaquah School District and Brooks Powers. For more information, please contact parentwiser@issaquahptsa.org
Read Across America! Cat in the Hat Character Day
Read Across America! Cat in the Hat Character Day

Date:
Friday, March 3

Friday, March 3rd ~ The Cat in the Hat Storybook Character Day

Students are encouraged to show off their creativity by dressing up as their favorite book character. (It doesn’t have to be a character from a Dr. Seuss book, but you can always wear red and white and/ or a hat like The Cat in the Hat!)
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Dare to Dream PTSA Auction Updates
 
FOR THE WINTER ONLINE AUCTION CATALOG, CLICK HERE
 
Still curious about what this is?  Attend one of our Wednesday Meetings -  every week at 10 AM at the KCLS Newcastle Library. 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DAY OF AUCTION! SILENT AUCTION LEAD still needed to help with organization and set up on day of Auction.   We are in search of a Signage Coordinator and a Registration Lead. In addition, if you are not planning to attend the evening's festivities or if you have some time to spare on March 11th, we could certainly use your help with general event set up and other various tasks.
 
Positions needed:
•  RSVP manager- table manager
•  Invitation coordinator / RSVP manager
•  Visual presentation coordinator for Raise the Paddle & LIVE Auction PowerPoint
•  Volunteer coordinator for event night
•  Decoration chair + team of 3
•  Signage-communication coordinator
 
Know a local business that would want to support our school?  We are still looking for corporate sponsorships - levels from $250 to $2,750! 
 
See link: Corporate Sponsorship Packages & Info
Want to help procure items! Use this doc: Donation Information Sheet.
 
Contact us!  We put the FUN in fundraising!  Helen Gray & Lisa Lewis, Auction Co-Chairs
 
 
 
 
Cost per person will be $85 until February 10.  The ticket price will increase to $95 on February 11th. Be a Table Captain and grab 9 of your friends to join you on this fun filled night benefiting our children. 
 
FEBRUARY 1st-8th
Mark your calendar for February 1st and be the first one to bid on those coveted first row spots at your child's performances for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, as well as the priceless and truly memorable teacher experiences like....

* 5th Grade-Virtual Sports - Two hours of LazerTag, X-Box One, and Pizza. Warning: the Teachers have been practicing!

* Two hours of rock climbing fun and food with the Principal and Dean of Students at Stone Gardens (Bellevue).

THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN DASHING FOR DESSERT! 
Calling on all baking enthusiasts! The Dessert Dash is a fun and entertaining part of our auction evening where tables of attendees can bid at a chance to dash to the desserts first and select from an array of fabulous confections. Showcase your talents and donate a cake, pie or sweet treat to the Dessert Dash by contacting Christine McClure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Help us recognize our volunteers with a GOLDEN ACORN!

Each year our PTSA awards the Golden Acorn award to individuals in our school who have given outstanding, continued and dedicated volunteer service to the children and youth in our school community. This is an excellent way to honor our volunteers that have gone “above and beyond”!

Award winners receive the Golden Acorn Award Pin and a special certificate from the Washington State PTA.  The Newcastle PTSA also makes a donation in the winners’ names to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to selected high school students entering post-secondary education. 

Do you know a Newcastle Elementary volunteer who deserves recognition? If so, please complete a Golden Acorn Nomination form (links below) and return it to the PTSA office by February 27th. Last year's recipients – Yvette Blauvelt, Stina Fluegge & Eileen Rubenstein - are eager to recognize this year's outstanding volunteers! You can find a complete list of past award recipients, HERE. Since they evaluate the nominations, they cannot nominate volunteers themselves, so please help if you can! Nominees are evaluated on the criteria below, in overall service not just this year. The more details and/or examples you can provide, the better.

  • PTA: Service, Advocacy or Education through the PTA
  • School: Volunteer work, Advocacy or Education in the School (non-PTA)
  • District: Service, Advocacy or Education district-wide to the school’s community
  • Community: Service, Advocacy or Education in the community (non-school/non PTA)

Complete the nomination online HERE, or by printing the form at HERE.  Send the completed form to the PTSA, ATTN: Golden Acorn through Kidmail. The Golden Acorn Committee will make the final selections and notify the winners this March. Thank you for your help!

John O'Sullivan - Creating a High Performing Mindset in our Kids

February 28, 2017 6:30pm - Join us for a fascinating talk with John O'Sullivan, author of Changing the Game

Conventional wisdom holds that youth sports are a positive experience for our children, yet 70% of children drop out of organized athletics by the age of 13. Youth sports has become an ultra-competitive, adult centered enterprise that has taken the “play” out of “Play ball” for far too many kids, but we can change that. In this talk, you will learn: How to Keep Your Kids in Sports!,How to Give your Child a Competitive Edge, To Push and Praise Your Kids to Perform Well, 3 Ways to Change Your Kids Sports Experience for the Better, How To Motivate Your Kids to Take Ownership for Sports,  How to Help, and not Hinder, Their Performance Through the Things You Say and Do.

Free for PTA/PTSA members of Issaquah Schools. For non-members, requested donation of $10 at the door.  {for more information, click here}   

Register for these and future events at ParentWiser.org.  Walk-in are also welcome.  The Issaquah School District PTSA, in partnership with the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Swedish Hospital, bring you ParentWiser, a lecture series focused on bringing parents of our schools the latest research and information to be the most effective parents they can be. 

 

News from the Library!

Newcastle Elementary Celebrates Read Across America!

2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Author Visit
Monday, February 27, 2017 - STEM author SEAN CONNOLLY will be here on Monday, Feb. 27th to share fun and engaging science experiments! Book pre-orders will go through the University Bookstore and are due by Thursday, February 15th. Flyers were sent home in KidMail February 2nd. Questions? Please contact Ms. Berry in the library.

Are you looking for ways to engage your child in reading and online learning activities?
Your Lion Learner has access to two great resources using their student ID number.  Both MackinVIA and the KCLS Student Account take your child to databases and eBooks, and they’re free!  On the flyer your child brought home, you will see your child’s 7-digit student ID number.  Keep that sticker handy as kids have access to these resources throughout elementary school (MackinVIA) or until their 21st birthday (KCLS Student Account).

mackinvia.com
User ID: student ID # (7 digits) / Password: Last name

Fun features:  Tumblebooks, PebbleGO, World Almanac for Kids, Zoobooks, CultureGrams and EasyBib.

kcls.org/students
User ID: 411(student ID#) (10 digits) / Password: last 4 digits of student ID#

Select “Elementary Students” tab. You won’t enter your user information until you access a database or resource. This is in addition to your personal KCLS account. Do not use the red Log In tab in the upper right hand corner. That’s your personal account.

Fun features:  Hundreds of downloadable audio and eBooks from KCLS, Britannica Online for Kids, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Mango Languages, Opposing Viewpoints, Science Online, and Tutor.Com.

Monday, 2/27 ~ Horton Hears a Who
The school-wide kick off for our Read Across America celebration begins by reciting the  Reader’s Oath with Mr. Mellish. It’s also a day where we focus on kindness. Can you be like Horton and commit a random act of kindness?

Tuesday, 2/28 ~ I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
Read My Shirt Day - Wear a shirt with words on it.

Wednesday, 3/1 ~ One Fish, Two Fish
Twin Day - Dress the same as someone else at school.

Thursday, 3/2~ Hunches in Bunches
Drop Everything and Read Day - All Newcastle Lions will stop what they’re doing sometime on Thursday to read a good book. Have a book ready to read that day!  

Friday, March 3rd ~ The Cat in the Hat  Storybook Character Day - Students are encouraged to show off their creativity by dressing up as their favorite book character. (It doesn’t have to be a character from a Dr. Seuss book, but you can always wear red and white and/ or a hat like The Cat in the Hat!)

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

   

ALL GRADES MOVIE NIGHT! 
featuring The Secret Life of Pets
Friday, February 17th at 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the Commons

Hello Parents! Enjoy an ALL GRADES Movie Night and Potluck, featuring "The Secret Life of Pets" with other Newcastle Elementary Families.

Get Cozy!!  Bring your sleeping bag, a pillow, your PJs or lounge chair as well as a POTLUCK dish - appetizer, salad, main dish, dessert, movie snacks, or drinks to share. 

THIS IS NOT A DROP OFF EVENT, so you or an adult chaperone must accompany your child at all times during the movie and potluck.   Any questions, please contact the organizer, Nancy Ko at nancyko@yahoo.com.

 

Click {HERE} for the Movie Night & Potluck Sign up Form. 

To be conscientious of those with severe food allergies, dishes with dairy or nuts will need to be labeled.

 
Contact your class Room Parent or email the VPs of Outreach  at NewcastlePTSA.Outreach@gmail.com to sign up for a potluck item or if you have any questions. Hope to see you there! {for more information, click here}.