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The Newcastle Elementary PTSA stands behind its mission to partner with our families, community, teachers and staff to enrich the educational experience of EVERY child at Newcastle. We recognize that we cannot do this without helping to ensure the life experience of every child is one that enables them to take full advantage of educational opportunities, which means standing up to and fighting against racism and racial injustice. One of the beautiful things about our Newcastle Elementary community is its diversity. We as a PTSA pledge to honor this diversity, promote a culture of respect, equality and inclusiveness, and to advocate for every child at Newcastle, within our schools, within our communities and at the local, state and national levels. Talking to our children about race and injustice can be difficult, but it is essential in order to affect change. Here we’re providing some resources to help you start or continue these crucial conversations. For younger kids, here’s one way to start - this Saturday at 7am PST, Sesame Street and CNN are holding a Town Hall for kids and families – Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. Tune in live or record it and watch and discuss as a family. Additional resources for all ages can be found here. 

A Very Special "Thank You" For Our Volunteers
You’ve helped organize and run events, popped popcorn, wrangled kids through class pictures and hearing/vision tests, taught art, made copies and done countless other things both visible and behind-the-scenes and we can’t thank you enough. Our Newcastle Lion community wouldn’t be what it is without each and every volunteer who has dedicated time and energy to our kids. Please accept our very sincere Thank You {click here}.
Congratulations To Our 2020/2021 PTSA Executive Board 
Our new board was elected at the June 17 General Membership meeting.


Trisha Marshall


Mary Brown

Courtney Holmes


Mei Atangan

Daisy Forsythe

VP Outreach

Marcia O’Donoghue

Bettina Vuong

VP Programs

Albert Kim

Bisa Meek

VP Volunteers

Allison Sweeney

Mary Vickers

VP Ways and Means

Teresa Fagan

Erica Marulanda

Thank you to our Nominating Committee and to our new board members!

Celebrate The End of School On Tuesday, June 23
Our farewell parade will give everyone a chance to say goodbye to this crazy school year. Join us between 11 and 1pm tomorrow, June 23, as we parade (in our cars) around the school to say goodbye to our teachers and staff. Time slots are assigned alphabetically and there is a specific route to follow – find all details herePlease DO NOT bring teacher or staff gifts to the parade as we need to keep traffic flowing. Decorate your cars and get those signs ready and we’ll see you there! 

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Pick Up Yearbooks Immediately Following The Parade
Yearbooks have finally arrived and will be available for pickup immediately following the parade on Tuesday, June 23. Simply follow the parade route and proceed to the main school parking lot when you are finished. Volunteers will be on hand to distribute yearbooks. To help the process, please have a piece of paper with your child’s last name and the number of yearbooks visible for volunteers. Didn’t order one? We’ll have a limited number of yearbooks for purchase. Please have a check for $30 made out to the Newcastle Elementary PTSA. If you’re not able to pick up on Tuesday, please contact Jessica Anderson at to make other arrangements.
Consider Helping Us Close Our Fundraising Shortfall
Our general membership approved our preliminary 2020/2021 PTSA budget on June 17. Due to the cancelation of the Orange Ruler fundraiser, we will enter next year with our budget reduced by approximately $50,000.  If you can, please consider making a donation here to help us close the gap for next year. 

You can also designate the Newcastle PTSA as your charity of choice with Amazon Smile. Simply go to and log in with your Amazon info. When prompted, choose Newcastle Elementary PTSA as your charity. Every time you order from Amazon, they will donate to the PTSA. You can also share this with family.

Parenting Masterclasses Available This Summer 
We're excited to draw your attention to a Masterclass speaking series online this summer, Parenting in Place. Nationally known expert presenters will lead weekly conversations addressing specific concerns we're facing as parents right now. Browse the list of weekly topics below and visit their website to register, Parenting In Place Masterclass. Please note a fee applies.

June 10: Summer Without Camp - Create the fun and connection of summer camp at home - while working.
June 17: Anxiety & Building Resistance - How to boost children's empathy and resilience - needed now more than ever.
June 24: Screen Time - Understanding, mentoring, and making peace with kids' use of tech.
July 1: Independence - Break free of the overparenting trap and build our kids' independence skills.
July 8: Showing Up - Why parental presence matters and how to be present during challenging times.
July 15: Finding Peace - How to tap into self-care, self-compassion, and acceptance to thrive in uncertain times.
July 22: Motivation - How to boost our kids' drive, agency, and personal growth even when things are hard.
July 29: Back-to-School - Prepping for a smooth re-entry into school for Fall 2020 (no matter what school looks like).

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