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Mon, Oct. 12, 2020
2020/2021 School Year



Important Dates to Remember 


Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1pm - ParentWiser Talk

Monday, Oct. 19 - No School

Friday, Oct. 30, 3:30pm - Reflections Art Contest Deadline

Friday, Oct. 30, 6-8pm - Costume Carnival Boo-Thru Food-Fund Drive


Join the PTSA Costume Carnival Boo-Thru Food-Fund Drive on Friday, Oct. 30, 6-8pm

We couldn’t let Halloween pass without celebrating, so join us in the Newcastle Elementary bus loop for a stay-in-your-car, socially distanced celebration! Wear your costumes, decorate your car and come for surprises and prizes. We’re also continuing the Spooky Spaghetti tradition with a Food Fund Drive. Last year we served over 1000 spaghetti dinners and this year we want to provide 1000+ meals to families in need in our community. Help us raise $6,250 by donating directly to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank between Oct. 20th and Oct. 30th.

We Need YOU to Help Make the Boo-Thru Great! Volunteer to help before, during or after the event. Do you have blow-up Halloween decorations? Loan them to us! Contact Peter O’Donoghue at 425-691-7910 or for more info.

National PTA Reflections Student Art Contest Underway - Submission Deadline Oct. 30 by 3:30pm

The National PTA Reflections Art Contest is open to all students from K-5th grade. This year’s theme is I Matter Because… Categories include Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Film/Video, and Choreography/Dance. More info can be found HERE. Contact our Reflections Chair, Alice Kim, at for submission details and more. 

Volunteers Needed for Virtual Fun! 

Do you love to cook or bake? Want to share your passion with Newcastle students? The PTSA would like to launch some fun, virtual programming featuring the talents of our very own families. No experience required, just a willingness to share 30-45 min of your time. We’d especially love to showcase the diversity of our community by sharing local treats and/or dishes. If you’re interested or want to learn more, please contact our Programs VPs at or contact Albert Kim directly at

Shop Amazon Prime Day with AmazonSmile and Benefit the PTSA

Prime Days are Oct. 13-14 and you can help the Newcastle PTSA with every dollar you spend. Simply go to on your desktop or mobile browser. If it’s your first time, you’ll be prompted to select a charity. Search for and select Newcastle PTSA. To change your charity to Newcastle PTSA, simply go to Your Account and Change your Charity. Be sure to bookmark so you always shop there. Friends and family can do it too!

School and District News

Newcastle Library Book Check Out is Now WEEKLY 

Library book pick-up will now be every Tuesday from 3:20-5:00. Feel free to pick up as often as every other week. There are four steps involved:

  1. Sign up for a pick-up time using SignUpGenius
  2. Browse for books on Destiny (Select Newcastle, then Catalog, then Destiny Discover on the left)
  3. Use our Google Form to Request your books. Please fill out a separate form for each student.
  4. Pick up books at your scheduled time

ParentWiser Presents - Building Better Brains: 5 Easy Steps for Improving Your Child's Organization, Planning and Focus on Oct. 14 at 1pm

Tired of struggling with your student over school, homework or chores? Dr. Sharon Saline will give you a deeper understanding of organization, focus and prioritizing and why they're critical to the learning process. October 14th, 2020 at 1pm.

Register online at or Eventbrite

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