Jul 21
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Dear Newcastle Lions,

As I prepare to step down from the PTSA, I am filled with immense gratitude. Over the years, I have had the privilege of witnessing the incredible dedication of our families up close. I have seen parents and caregivers, despite their busy schedules, find the time to be on our campus or assist behind the scenes from home. When I came into this position, we were still trying to find our new normal after COVID. Many of the traditions our school had, I was not a part of, so it was a lot of making it up as we went along. 

From helping with lunch and recess to organizing Popcorn Fridays, LionArt, movie nights, the Fall Festival, and school supply setups; from sending room rep emails, staff appreciation efforts, and coordinating Orange Ruler, book fairs, and picture days; to managing the lost and found, principal chats, the Angel Program, food drives, Kinder Connect, and vision and hearing screenings—you have all contributed in countless ways.

Often, the president receives much of the praise when things go well, but I want to reiterate that it is YOU who make this school as fabulous as it is. Your dedication and hard work are what truly make a difference.

Thank you for a wonderful experience. I am proud of the work of this community and humbled by your generosity. I know this PTSA will continue to thrive with our fabulous new board under the direction of Mindy Niehaus and Shellie Colby. 

Have a fabulous summer,

Mary Vickers

What a great day! We got most of our fun in before the rain came. Blitz, the Seahawks mascot, made an appearance along with Leo the Lion! We hope your students had a wonderful time and we would like to give a great big THANK YOU to Mindy Niehaus, Fiorella Tapiarene, and Bisa Meek for their planning and hard work.
Some photos to share are in the album HERE. Please add any you have to share as well!
Also, we could not have done this without our wonderful volunteers:
Albert Kim, Ali Bligh, Alicia Singh, Alma Feldpausch, Andrea Gilchrist, Angela Kim, Anh Tran, Ayako Santo, Beth Sidell, Brett Beetham, Cathy Jeong, Charles Porter, Chelsea Bernard, Cindy Fang, Courtney Holmes, Cyd McCall, Dalyn Huveldt, Diane Huang, Elena Timotin, Ellen Lubbers, Emily Olstein, Erica Bouquet, Erin Davidson, Erin Olson, Gina Hall, Hai-Mien Nguyễn, Hansen Tjioeng, Hiruni Weerakoon, Inga Napp, Irit Levin, Jackie An, Jamie Xu, Jennifer Goltz, Jessica Julius, Johanna Miller, Katie Green, Ken He, Kristen Hu, Kristin McNamara, Kristina Todhunter, Kyle Miller, Lindsay Miller, Lindsey Davidson, Lisa Simpson, Lulu Patel, Mandana Keipour, Maria Park, Nan Chen, Nicole Danley, Ophelia Elmer, Pam Calvo, Patrick McCall, Randi Belcher, Rebecca Nguyễn, Rena Han, Rose Allen, Sarah Hasson, Shauna Barron, Silin Tam, Sonja Ng, Thanh Tran, Thomas Nikl, Vanessa Kruyshoop, Whitney Walker

Wishing everyone a great summer! We will see 1st through 5th grade on August 29th and Kindergarten on September 4th. Thank you, Card My Yard Newcastle for always helping us celebrate!

The Newcastle PTSA has once again partnered with School Tool Box to make your school supply shopping easy! Our teachers have submitted their supply list and it’s all ready to go.

Simply go to, search for Newcastle Elementary, then select your student’s grade for next year. If you order before June 23rd, the boxes will be sent directly to the school and will be ready for the first day. Should you shop after June 23rd, the boxes will be sent directly to your home.

Prefer to shop on our own? Check out the supply list on the website and you can see what each grade is asking for. If you need financial support in purchasing, please contact Ms. Mutter: or call 425-837-5817.
2024/2025 PTSA Board

For the Office of President – Mindy Niehaus & Shellie Colby

For the Office of VP of Volunteers – Alice Kim & Nicole Danley

For the Office of VP of Outreach – Stephanie Shujman

For the Office of VP of Programs – Fiorella Tapiarene & Danielle Colatasti

For the Office of VP of Ways & Means – Alicia Singh

For the Office of Secretary – Katie Green & Sangeeta Iyer

For the Office of Treasurer – Kathryn Sciba & Paul Graves



Get a jump start on the application if you plan on volunteering at the school! ALL volunteers must have an approved application through the Issaquah School District each school year. Reviewing and approving volunteer applications may take up to three weeks. *Hint, if you submit before school starts, you will get approval FASTER!

Link to the application is HERE!


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