Communications

Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Make posters & signs as needed for committees to promote upcoming events and programs.
Communications Chair
Communications Chair

Chair:
(none)
Kidmail
Kidmail

Chair:
When:
Throughout the year

Help Thursday morning to prepare flyers to be sent home with our kids. Volunteers work on a rotating basis, once or twice per month.
PTSA Directory
PTSA Directory

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

The directory is prepared by the PTSA and includes basic family information (student name, parent names, address, phone number, and email address). If you would like any student or family information to appear differently from what was provided to the school, please email us with that information. Your family’s information will be included in the directory unless you have requested that it remain unpublished. If you are unsure, contact the school Registrar at 425-837-5821.
Volunteers help with editing, printing and distributing. Generally completed by the end of October.
Website
Website

Chair:

The PTSA website has forms & flyers you can print at home, a calendar, the latest information on volunteering, programs, and fundraising, plus a lot more! Check it out at www.newcastleptsa.org
Parent Education
Parent Education

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Visit the Issaquah PTSA Parent Education website, http://www.issaquahptsa.org/parented/, to learn about more Parent Education opportunities around our district.
Volunteers needed to Help coordinate parent ed seminars for our school community.

Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
Throughout the year

We need your help in capturing great photos to add to our yearbook. As you attend school events, chaperone classroom field trips, or just doing the walk-a-bout around school, bring your camera and help us capture fun candids! Please send your digital photos to newcastle.yearbook.photos@gmail.com - We look forward to seeing all the great pictures!

Family Events

Fall Costume Carnival
Fall Costume Carnival

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall - Carnival takes place in October.

An exciting family fall harvest event. Committee assists with planning, set-up and promoting of event.
Winter Family Event
Winter Family Event

Chair:
(none)
When:
Winter

Committee assists with planning, set-up and promoting of event.
Spring Family Event
Spring Family Event

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Committee assists with planning, set-up and promoting of event.

Other Committees

Caring through Sharing
Caring through Sharing

Chair:
(none)

The PTSA sets aside a portion of its budget to help Newcastle students who may need assistance. The Caring Through Sharing Program can provide students with basic school supplies, including backpacks and other necessities, as well as helping pay for students to attend field trips. This program is generously supported by the City of Newcastle. If you need assistance for your student, please see your child's teacher or any Newcastle staff member.
Volunteers of Issaquah Schools
Volunteers of Issaquah Schools

Chair:
(none)
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Issaquah Schools Foundation

Chair:
Grant Writing
Grant Writing

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Committee helps research education-related grants on behalf of Newcastle PTSA.
Golden Acorn Committee
Golden Acorn Committee

Chair:
(none)
Site Council
Site Council

Chair:
(none)
Legislation
Legislation

Chair:
(none)
Sunshine Committee
Sunshine Committee

Chair:

As an integral part of our school community, the Sunshine Committee provides a "ray of sunshine" to any Newcastle family that may need some brightening to their day. We are there to provide a gesture of kindness that will help to bring a smile during what may be a difficult time (prolonged illness, surgery, etc). Whether it be in the form of a small gift, card, flower, or food, we are there to show that we care.

Community Relations

Back to School Picnic
Back to School Picnic

Chair:
(none)
When:
Day before School Starts

Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at the Newcastle Elementary School PTSA sponsored Back-to-School Picnic. There will be several information booths where parents can learn about different PTSA programs including Art Docents and Reflections fine arts contest. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for PTSA membership and purchase Spirit Wear. Students from the 5th grade will be selling pizza, beverages and cookies to help raise money for their Camp trip.
Food Drive
Food Drive

Chair:
Kinder Connect
Kinder Connect

Chair:
When:
Throughout the year

Connecting kindergarten families together! Kids building friendships with kids, and parents building friendships with other parents. Join us for our monthly play dates. Volunteers assist with kindergarten socials throughout the school year.
Lunch for the Break
Lunch for the Break

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring Break

Coordinates food to donate to needy families during Spring Break
Holiday Gift Barn
Holiday Gift Barn

Chair:
(none)
When:
November/December

During the holiday season Newcastle Elementary will be continuing the tradition of The Polar Express giving program. Several families in the Issaquah School District are chosen for the Newcastle PTSA to assist every year. Special giving trees will be located throughout the school with train gift tags describing the needs and wishes of the children. The Polar Express program gives each of us an opportunity to help these families in need.
Translation
Translation

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Do you speak another language?
We need volunteers to translate newsletters for other school families and for teacher/principal conferences. If you speak another language fluently and would like to help, please email info@newcastleptsa.org and let us know what language you speak.
Membership
Membership

Chair:

This committee handles the PTA membership drive at the beginning of the year. We are striving for 100% membership!
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

Chair:
When:
Throughout the year

Committee assists with ideas and planning to show staff and teachers our appreciation in various ways throughout the year.
Polar Express
Polar Express

Chair:
(none)
When:
November - December

During the holiday season Newcastle Elementary will be continuing the tradition of The Polar Express giving program. Several families in the Issaquah School District are chosen for the Newcastle PTSA to assist every year. Special giving trees will be located throughout the school with train gift tags describing the needs and wishes of the children. The Polar Express program gives each of us an opportunity to help these families in need.

Art and Music Enrichment

Art Docent
Art Docent

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

This is a visual arts program designed to allow children more opportunities to explore their art talents through educational art lessons and creative art projects conducted in the classroom.
If you enjoy working with students, then this is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for you. No art knowledge or experience is required. All volunteers are welcome, from those who have no formal art training to those individuals that have an extensive art background.

Music Room Helpers
Music Room Helpers

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Volunteers work on an as needed basis under the direction of Mrs. Wood to support the music room. Tasks may include copying, typing programs, making sets, program set up, etc.
Reflections
Reflections

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program that provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme. The program increases community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.
Entries will be due the beginning of November.
Help coordinate volunteers, distribute information and promote the program, display entries, identify judges, and help coordinate a reception for participants.

School Services

Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear

Chair:
(none)

Help sort and distribute spirit wear orders.
Popcorn
Popcorn

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Help on Friday afternoons to prepare popcorn and sell to our kids during afternoon recesses. Volunteers work on a rotating basis, once or twice per month.
School Supplies Kits
School Supplies Kits

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Coordinate ordering of school supply kits. This process begins in the spring and then distribution before school starts.

Reading and Language Enrichment

Spring Used Book Fair
Spring Used Book Fair

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring
Library
Library

Chair:
When:
Throughout the year

Volunteers assist in library with direction from librarian. Volunteer once a week, every other week, or once a month – it’s up to you.

Student Life

First 2 Weeks of School Helpers
First 2 Weeks of School Helpers

Chair:
(none)
When:
Beginning of school year

Volunteers help students during the first week of school. You will greet students when they arrive at school in the bus lanes and guide them to the playground. At the end of the day, volunteers assist to make sure students get onto the correct buses and that pick-up kids are waiting for their parents in the pick up line. Help kindergarten and first grade students during the first weeks of school at lunch time. What a fun way to help out!
Picture Day
Picture Day

Chair:

Recruit 2-3 volunteers to help manage students during fall and spring picture days.
Gift-a-Book
Gift-a-Book

Chair:

Volunteers to help cut and glue book tags before event and then adhere bookplates in donated books at the end of the event.

Health and Safety

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
(none)
When:
Emphasis in the Fall

This chairperson works with office staff to inventory and update classroom emergency supplies and procedures.
Vision and Hearing Screens
Vision and Hearing Screens

Chair:
When:
October

Volunteers assist with administering vision and hearing tests.

General Enrichment

Chess4Life
Chess4Life

Chair:

Chess Club is for students K-5 who enjoy learning and practicing the game of chess. They meet every Tuesday from 3:45 - 4:45 PM in the school library. For more information, contact Brad at: 425-442-2723 or click here for registration information: Newcastle Elementary Chess Fall Registration
Classroom Grants
Classroom Grants

Chair:
(none)

Lunchtime volunteer

Wednesday Game Room
Wednesday Game Room

Chair:
(none)
When:
Lunchtime on Wednesday only

Wednesday Game Room Volunteers – give students another way to spend lunchtime recess: playing a quick game! Games have been provided, and you can volunteer for as few as one Wednesday a month. These volunteers will work with the Dean of Students, Nami Kusunose, to help students learn expectations in the Game Room.

Math and Science Enrichment

First Lego League (FLL)
First Lego League (FLL)

Chair:
(none)

FLL (FIRST Lego League) is the 4th-8th grade robotics competition where students are given a challenge and approximately 3 months to build and program a LEGO robot that can complete tasks specified in the challenge. Students learn basic programming, building skills, and problem solving.

Meetings are on Wednesdays after school for 2 hours. Students also MUST be available to attend the competition in the first or second week of December. Team Lead, Khanh Dang: newcastlefll@gmail.com Staff Advisor, Will Bland: bland@Issaquah.wednet.edu
Science-to-Go Program
Science-to-Go Program

Chair:
(none)

Fundraising

Auction
Auction

Chair:
When:
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

The Auction is our biggest fundraiser. We hold the auction every other year. Our next auction will be in March of 2019. This committee helps with everything from procurement to day of the event set-up, check-in, or clean up.

Community Liaison

Community Liaison
Community Liaison

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year Round

Attends monthly PTSA meetings and reports on things happening in the greater Newcastle community

Outreach

Coffee Talk with Dr. Wood
Coffee Talk with Dr. Wood

Chair:
(none)

Each Month our Principal, Dr. Wood, sits down with parents in a casual environment to have a talk about Newcastle Elementary.

Volunteers

Volunteer as Needed
Volunteer as Needed

Chair:
(none)
When:
all year

Available to be called upon as needed throughout the year.

We still have several key positions still available; if interested contact NewcastlePTSA.Volunteers@gmail.com to learn more about these positions or other opportunities to bring your talents to our community.

Other

Fifth Grade Fundraising
Fifth Grade Fundraising

Chair:
(none)
When:
January - December

Develop plan for and oversee all fundraising for 5th grade class, including food sales at PTSA family events, Brown Bear car wash tickets, etc., and to oversee the 5th Grade Promotion Chair.
Geography Bee
Geography Bee

Chair:
(none)

Partner with the teacher coordinator to facilitate the school geography bee.
Math Adventure
Math Adventure

Chair:
(none)
Room Parent Coordinator
Room Parent Coordinator

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Sends out emails to Classroom Parents to distribute to parents. This job does not require any work at the school.
Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee

Chair:
(none)

Oversee execution of student spelling bee.
Tour Guides for new Families
Tour Guides for new Families

Chair:
(none)
When:
Meet the teacher

A few seasoned Newcastle parents are needed to offer tours of the school to the new families, and explaining the sign in and sign out procedures at the front office.