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Monday, June 17th, 2019
2018/2019 School Year



Important Dates to Remember

Wed, June 19th
Deadline for Spring Fling Permission Slips

Fri, June 21st
Spring Fling

Deadline for PTSA Check Requests for Expense Reimbursement

Mon, June 24th
Teachers to Distribute Yearbooks to Students

End of Year Yearbook Sales

Mon, June 24th - Tues, June 25th
Newcastle Book Donation/Swap

Tues, June 25th
End of Year Yearbook Sales {if any yearbooks remain}

Wed, June 26th

5th Grade Promotion

Thurs, June 27th

Last Day of School

End of Year Yearbook Sales
As with previous years, a limited quantity of yearbooks will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis in the PTSA office on:
  • Monday, June 24th from 3:00pm - 3:35pmIf you have ordered a yearbook for your child, be on the look out as teachers will be distributing yearbooks to students on this day.
  •  If any yearbooks remain - Tuesday, June 25th from 3:00pm - 3:35pm
If interested, please bring with you $30 cash or a $30 check made payable to Newcastle Elementary PTSA. Only purchases made in person during these hours will be accepted.
Note: if you do not remember if you have ordered a yearbook for your child go to the PTSA website, click on ‘my account’, log in, and go to “current orders”.
Questions? Please contact Christine McClure at

Check Requests for Expense Reimbursements

Please send in your check requests to the attention of Mary Brown in the PTSA office by Friday, June 21st.

5th Grade "I Need a Vacation" Music Concert

To view the video, {please click here}.  Thank you to our music teacher,  Ms. Ells and George Conway of GSC Video for the videography!

Summer Reading!


Students have access to their MackinVIA account for databases and eBooks all summer long.

  • Go to 
  • Select Newcastle Elementary
  • User ID: your child’s 7-digit District ID
  • Password: Last Name (capitalized)

King County Library System

The King County Library System’s annual summer program kicked off June 1st.

All students are encouraged to participate! There are LOTS of great science-themed activities planned all summer long. Check out their website!

Our wonderful Newcastle KCLS Children’s Librarian, Kelcy Tiger, recommended lots of great books for the kids at our Summer Reading assembly.

Click here for her list of awesome books for summer reading!

Free Access All Summer to Capstone Interactive eBooks!

Now through August 31st, Capstone is providing free access to thousands of eBooks that can be read from home or on-the-go.  These eBooks can be used with a laptop or desktop computer or a tablet.

Best of all, Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists.  Plus, the easy navigation makes it inviting for your student to find their Capstone favorites: like the spunky Katie Woo, stunning photography from PebblePlus books, and thrilling reads like Library of Doom from Michael Dahl.

And you can feel comfortable knowing your student is exploring an ad-free website bursting with resources to help them read.

Check out all the titles available using the login information below.


Spring Fling is Coming!     

What can PARENTS do to help?

  • Return the double-sided permission form that your child brought home.  If your child does not turn in a completed permission form, they will not be able to participate in the Spring Fling activities.  {Click here for a pdf of the permission form}
  • Permission slips are due Wednesday, June 19th.
  • Talk to your child about POSITIVE CHOICES they can make during Spring Fling.
  • Lather your child in sunscreen in the morning.
  • Send sun protection like a hat and send water with your child.
  • SOCKS (must have to go on the inflatable) and comfortable clothes.

Newcastle Book Donation/Swap

Please join us for the Newcastle Book Donation/Swap on Monday, June 24th and Tuesday, June 25th.  {Click here for additional information}

2019/2020 PTSA Board Members and Chairpeople
Thank you so much to our outgoing PTSA Board and congratulations to our 2019/2020 PTSA Board Members and Chairpeople. 
President Trisha Marshall
Treasurers Mary Brown and Daisy Forsythe
VPs Outreach Nicole Anderson and Tammy Chin
VP Programs Sarika Sikka
VPs Volunteers Allison Sweeney and Mary Vickers
VPs Ways and Means Ali Bligh and Shannon Welter
Membership Chair Teresa Fagan
Communications Chair   Christina Hanson
ISF Ambassador Hilary Doherty
Following a hugely successful Auction, our PTSA has many opportunities to enrich the educational experience for our kids in the coming years, but success depends on parent involvement. Volunteering as a Board Member or Chairperson is a fantastic way to get to know people, get to know the school, and most importantly, make a real and lasting impact on the lives of our kids. We are still in need of the following positions:
  • Secretary (Board Position) - help us maintain our critical PTSA documents
  • Co-VP of Programs (Board Position) - help shape the family and student enrichment programs that create a strong school community
  • Kinder Connect Chairs (2) - have an incoming Kindergartner? Help us welcome new Kindergartners and their families to Newcastle Elementary by organizing a few outreach events.
  • First Two Weeks of School Volunteer Chair(s) - help us make sure the transition back to school in the Fall goes as seamlessly as possible by organizing volunteers to help at pick up and drop off and at lunch.
If you're interested in learning more about these positions or other PTSA opportunities, please contact Trisha Marshall at

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