Apr 15
6:30p ParentWiser presents Hidden in Plain Sight
ParentWiser presents Hidden in Plain Sight

Monday, April 16
6:30p - 8:30p
Central Washington University
Class Picture Day
Class Picture Day

Thursday, April 19
5th Grade Class Photo
5th Grade Class Photo

Friday, April 20
9:30a Principal's Coffee Talk
Principal's Coffee Talk

Friday, April 20
9:30a - 10:30a

6:00p Grade Level Potluck and Movie Night
Grade Level Potluck and Movie Night

Friday, April 20
6:00p - 8:30p
7:00p PTSA General Membership Meeting
PTSA General Membership Meeting

Monday, April 23
7:00p - 8:00p

PTSA General Membership Meeting: Electing 2018-2019 Officers
Kickoff Assembly for Orange Ruler Fun Run
Kickoff Assembly for Orange Ruler Fun Run

Tuesday, April 24
6:30p 1st Grade Concert
1st Grade Concert

Tuesday, April 24
6:30p - 7:00p
WA State PTA Convention
WA State PTA Convention

Fri 4/27 - Sun 4/29
SeaTac Hilton
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2018 Golden Acorn Award Winners...

Angela Ursino and Khanh Dang

While keeping Parents informed, Teachers supported, and Students intellectually engaged, these dynamic volunteers have Added to the value of the Newcastle Elementary community greatly. The PTSA Golden Acorn Committee received numerous nominations, highlighting many incredible volunteers who give their time and energy to improve the lives of students at Newcastle Elementary and people throughout our community every day. Through deliberation and inquiry, we learned just how much each of our Golden Acorn recipients contributes to others.

Click on each recipient's name above and read about the many facets of service each undertakes on behalf of all our students. We were humbled by the depth and breadth of their dedication!

Join us in congratulating (and thanking!) the 2018 Newcastle Elementary PTSA Golden Acorn Recipients: Angela and Khanh.   On April 3rd, these two were celebrated at a District-wide reception. In receiving this recognition, they continue to give, as a donation is made to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program in their honor as well! 

With many thanks and kudos, 
2018 Golden Acorn Committee

































Please join us at the Issaquah Schools Foundation's Nourish Every Mind Event

Do you ever wonder what it takes for kids to learn – a well-nourished child, a rich learning environment, a well-prepared and educated teacher, a supportive family? Each of these elements contribute to the success of student learning.
Please join us to learn how our community can support the needs of students at the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Nourish Every Mind Luncheon, to be held at Meydenbauer Center May 10, 2018, or breakfast held at Eastridge Church in Issaquah on May 22, 2018.
We're hosting some tables at the luncheon on May 10 and would be honored to have you join us. Although we don't currently have a table dedicated to Newcastle Elementary at the breakfast, we are happy to help sign you up for that event if it works better for your schedule. We'll make sure you are well taken care of.
Nourish Every Mind is a great way to learn more about the Issaquah Schools Foundation and hear first-hand from students and staff who have directly benefited from Foundation investments. You’ll also discover why private support is the quickest path to improvement of our public schools.
The requested minimum donation at the luncheon and breakfast is $150, or $12.50/month, all used to support programs and initiatives that touch the lives of all Issaquah School District students. 
We hope you will join us for this inspirational and informative event. Please RSVP directly to Trisha Marshall at as she is leading the effort for Newcastle.
20th Annual Nourish Every Mind Benefit Luncheon
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue
11:00am – Networking time, wine wall, displays & more
Noon – 1:00pm - Lunch & Program
5th Annual Nourish Every Mind Benefit Breakfast
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Eastridge Church, Issaquah
7:00 – 7:30am – Networking time & breakfast buffet
7:30 – 8:30am - Program
If you’re unable to attend, you can still support our students and schools.  Participate in the Online Auction from April 27 – May 7, 2018 at


























































2018/2019 Board Slate

The PTSA is looking for leaders like you!  We have several current board members who are in their 2nd year and, though they are willing to continue serving on the board, we also want to ensure the long term health of our board by introducing new leaders each year.

We will present our 2018/2019 Board Slate at our General Membership Meeting on Monday, April 23rd.

If you’ve been thinking about a board position, please reach out directly to Angela Ursino at or Elysa Piha at by
April 18th to express your interest and discuss the available opportunities.




















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2nd & 4th Grade Class Buddy Movie Night

Newcastle Elementary Commons
Friday, April 20th, 2018
6:00 - 8:00pm

Please bring an appetizer, a main dish, or snacks to share.

Come in your pjs and bring your pillows and sleeping bags!

All family members are welcome.

{click here for the 2nd & 4th Grade Class Buddy Movie Night & Potluck flyer}






















Variety Show Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers!  We have an exciting event that is coming to Newcastle this year. Our Variety Show is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their amazing talents.

Here are the dates/times for auditions, dress rehearsal, and the evening performance.

April 30th from 3:40pm - 5:15pm
May 1st from 3:40pm - 5:15pm
May 3rd from 3:40pm - 5:15pm

Dress Rehearsal
May 10th from 3:40pm - 5:30pm

Evening Performance
May 11th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
erformers would need to be here at 5:30pm.

We need parent volunteers at each of these events in order for the Talent show to run smoothly. The parent volunteers would be monitoring children during the auditions (making sure they are waiting respectfully for their audition in the gym), helping during the dress rehearsal and evening performance, monitoring performers and helping performers get up on the stage.  The evening performance would be free for families.

Please use the link below to sign up as a volunteer for our upcoming Variety Show: 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Blackburn at or Mrs. Webb at






































Orange Ruler Fun Run

We are excited to announce our Spring Fundraiser, the Orange Ruler Fun Run! The program will last for approximately two weeks with our kick-off assembly on Tuesday, April 24th.

The Newcastle PTSA 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 much needed funds to maintain ongoing technology support, student enrichment like the LionArt Docent program and Science to Go labs, intervention programs in math and in reading and so much more. Money raised from the fundraiser is critical to help bridge funding gaps until our school auction next year.

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.

Get ready for our great Spring Fundraiser! Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact Vivian Bastron at or Gina Hall at
































1st Annual Variety Show!

We have an exciting event that is coming to Newcastle this year. Our Variety Show is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their amazing talents. There are permission slips, located outside the music room and stage, that students need to fill out and turn into the box in the office.

Auditions will be at the end of April and the Variety Show performance will be Friday, May 11th.

We are looking for a variety of acts to audition. From singers, to dancers, joke telling, instrumentalists, gymnasts, etc.  Newcastle is on the lookout for students who love to shine on stage!

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Blackburn at or Mrs. Webb at























Lunch for the Break

The Newcastle PTSA is holding a food drive to support the Lunch for The Break program. This is an Issaquah Food Bank program that provides extra food to students during breaks who might otherwise not have enough to eat.

Each classroom will be assigned a specific item to donate.

Please have your child bring the requested item and place it in the donation box located in your child’s classroom.

Classroom specific donation details will be sent out in an email from your Room Parent.

Thank you for helping our community!

Please have your student bring the listed item to the donation box in their classroom between March 21st and 30th.

Questions?  Contact Yvette

{click here to view the Lunch for the Break flyer}





























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ParentWiser presents...


Hidden in Plain Sight - Spot signs of at-risk behaviors

March 12, 2018 6:30 PM at Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA


April 16, 2018 6:30 PM at Central Washington University, 120 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA


ADULTS ONLY.  Open house 6:30-7:30pm, with a presentation by experts 7:30-8:30pm.

Would you see the signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home?  Looks can be very deceiving - especially if you don't know what to look for.  The “Hidden In Plain Sight” initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom.  After walking through the display, participants will learn more about adolescent development and common signs of substance use provided by professionals in law enforcement, treatment, substance abuse prevention, and other experts and parents.


Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings - How to stop the fighting and raise friends for life

May 17, 2018 at 10:00AM  at First Stage (Kidstage) Theatre, Issaquah


Conflict is a part of every human relationship, and children learn essential skills when they encounter conflict and resolve it. The key is supporting them to resolve conflict with mutual respect, so they’re learning conflict resolution rather than bullying. In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you will learn:

  • Teaching peace: how you can help your children learn to express their needs and emotions without attacking their sibling. 
  • A radical approach to sharing that eliminates conflict and develops generosity.
  • How to connect with each child so they truly believe you couldn’t love anyone else more.
  • How to foster a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting.

For parents only.  Free for PTSA members of Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids - How to help children WANT to cooperate without yelling, bribes, threats or punishment

May 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Skyline High School Theater


Are you tired of battling with your child? Do you wish you knew how to get your child cooperating without yelling and threats? Are you trying to find the sweet spot between spoiling and strict? Dr. Laura Markham gives you practical everyday strategies to help you raise a child who WANTS to cooperate, by working with your child rather than trying to manipulate or control.

No parent is peaceful all the time, but it's completely possible to create a more peaceful home where affection, connection and humor help you resolve conflict happily, and where kids WANT to follow your lead.

In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you'll have a chance to ask questions about your own parenting, and you'll learn:

  • Why children misbehave -- and how to help them WANT to cooperate without yelling, threats, bribes or consequences
  • What research shows about how children develop self-­discipline
  • The 4 power tools you can use to connect with children and help them with their emotions
  • Why yelling and timeouts actually cause more misbehavior
  • How you can create the relationship you want with your child

For parents only.  Free for PTSA members of Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.


Register for these and future events at  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.