Communications

Cub News
Cub News

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(none)

Cub News is the PTSA’s bi-weekly electronic bulletin. It will contain articles, brief updates and notices about events in the upcoming weeks. If you do not have access to a computer, you can request a paper hard copy of the newsletter by emailing info@newcastleptsa.org.
Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board

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(none)
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Throughout the year

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

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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

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(none)
When:
Fall

All Couples & Individual PTSA Memberships will receive a complimentary Student Directory.
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 Your family’s information will be included in the directory unless you have requested that it remain unpublished.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

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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

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(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

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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!

Corporate Gift Back

GoodSearch.com
GoodSearch.com

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Now you can raise money for Newcastle PTSA just by search the internet at www.GoodSearch.com.
You use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine – the site is powered by Yahoo! – but each time you do, money is
generated for us. Here’s how it works:
• Go to www.goodsearch.com
• Type Newcastle Elementary into the “I support” box and click on “verify”
• Search the internet just like you would with any search engine
Since GoodSearch.com shares its advertising revenue with charities and schools, every time you search the Internet at GoodSearch, you'll be earning money for us.
You can keep track of our estimated earnings by clicking on "amount raised" once you designate us as your organization of choice. The more people who use the site, the more money we’ll earn, so spread the word!
Office Depot
Office Depot

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Office Depot will credit Newcastle Elementary with the value of 5% of qualifying school supply purchases made throughout the year. Help Newcastle Elementary by buying your school supplies at Office Depot. Our ID # is 70204283 and will be available at local Office Depot stores. You can also go on line to www.OfficeDepot.com and designate Newcastle Elementary to receive the bonus on your online purchases.
Orthodontic Excellence
Orthodontic Excellence

Chair:
(none)

6981 Coal Creek Pkwy SE
Newcastle, WA 98059
425-747-4944
Website
Precision Autocraft
Precision Autocraft

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

If you take your vehicle to Precision Autocraft for autobody repairs, tell them you'd like to support the Newcastle Elementary PTSA and they will donate 5% of the cost of your repairs. Precision Autocraft is located right here in Newcastle near the city hall. Contact them at 425-277-0845.
This program applies to any customer, not just families who attend the school, so tell your friends and neighbors to
consider Precision Autocraft when their vehicles get crunched. All they have to do is ask Precision to support the Newcastle Elementary PTSA and we automatically receive a check when the repairs are done!
Safeway
Safeway

Chair:
(none)

6911 Coal Creek Pkwy SE
Newcastle, WA 98059
425-641-0902
Target
Target

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

If you have children in elementary school chances are you shop at Target. Now, every time you use your Target Visa or Target Guest Card (r) at a Target store or on www.target.com, Target will donate an amount equal to 1% of purchases made to Newcastle Elementary. When you use your Target Visa anywhere else, Target will donate 1/2% of total purchases. Call 1-800-316-6142 to designate Newcastle Elementary as your school of choice.

Other Committees

Caring through Sharing
Caring through Sharing

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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

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(none)
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Issaquah Schools Foundation

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Grant Writing
Grant Writing

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

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

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(none)
Legislation
Legislation

Chair:
(none)
Sunshine Committee
Sunshine Committee

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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

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Day before School Starts

Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at the Newcastle Elementary School PTSA sponsored Back-to-School Picnic. This event will be held outside the gym from 3:30-5:00 on Monday, August 29th following Meet-your-Teacher. 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, purchase Spirit Wear and create a bank account for your child. Students from the 5th grade will be selling pizza, beverages and cookies to help raise money for their Camp Warm Beach trip.
Food Drive
Food Drive

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Kinder Connect
Kinder Connect

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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 2017

Coordinates food to donate to needy families during Spring Break
Polar Express Drive
Polar Express Drive

Chair:
(none)
When:
November/December 2015

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.
Membership
Membership

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

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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

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(none)
When:
November - December 2015

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.

Fundraising

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Box Tops
Box Tops

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When:
Throughout the year

Clip Box Tops from hundreds of participating General Mills products with the original Box Tops program. Box Tops are worth 10 cents each. Save your box tops and have your child drop them in the collection box at school. You can help Newcastle Elementary earn even more by visiting www.boxtops4education.com where you will also find a complete, updated listing of qualifying products. Join the Box Tops for Education booster club at that site, and you will find coupons and opportunities to earn even more box tops for our school. Shop on line at the Box Tops for Education Marketplace and up to 10% of each qualifying purchase will be donated to Newcastle Elementary.
Campbell's Soup Labels
Campbell's Soup Labels

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When:
Throughout the year

Campbell's "Labels for Education" is an easy, fun way to help Newcastle Elementary get free educational merchandise, including computers, sports equipment and musical instruments. All you have to do is save labels from participating Campbell's brands that families use every day. Simply remove the label AND UPC code from participating products (look for the "Labels For Education" logo) and send them to school, so your child can deposit them in the collection bin at Newcastle Elementary. For more information go to www.labelsforeducation.com.
Auction
Auction

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When:
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

The Auction is our biggest fundraiser. We hold the auction every other year. Our next auction will be in March of 2017. This committee helps with everything from procurement to class projects to day of the event set-up, check-in, or clean up.
Corporate Matching
Corporate Matching

Chair:
(none)
When:
Throughout the year

Research and promote corporate matching opportunities.
Corporate Rebates
Corporate Rebates

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When:
Throughout the year

Family Events

Fall Costume Carnival
Fall Costume Carnival

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Fall - Carnival takes place in October 2015.

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

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Winter - 2015/2016

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

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(none)
When:
Spring

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

School Services

Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear

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When:
Fall 2015

Help sort and distribute spirit wear orders.
Popcorn
Popcorn

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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

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(none)
When:
Spring

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

Art and Music Enrichment

Art Docent
Art Docent

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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

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(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.

General Enrichment

Chess4Life
Chess4Life

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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

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(none)

Reading and Language Enrichment

Spring Used Book Fair
Spring Used Book Fair

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(none)
When:
Spring
Library
Library

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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.

Health and Safety

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

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(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

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When:
October 2016

Volunteers assist with administering vision and hearing tests.

Student Life

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

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When:
Beginning of school year

Volunteers help students during the first week of school. Greet when they arrive. 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. Help kindergarten students during Thurs & Fri of the first week and all of the second week of school at lunch time.
Picture Day
Picture Day

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

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

Lunchtime volunteer

Wednesday Game Room
Wednesday Game Room

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(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

Science-to-Go Program
Science-to-Go Program

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(none)

Outreach

Coffee Talk with Rich Mellish
Coffee Talk with Rich Mellish

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

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

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 Elizabeth or Jeanie at 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

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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

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Partner with the teacher coordinator to facilitate the school geography bee.
Room Parent Coordinator
Room Parent Coordinator

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(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

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Oversee execution of student spelling bee.
Spring Fundraising
Spring Fundraising

Chair:
(none)

Implement spring fundraising campaign.
Tour Guides for new Families
Tour Guides for new Families

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(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.