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Mon, Dec. 4, 2023
2023/2024 School Year



Important Dates to Remember 

Friday, November 17 - Monday, January 15: Ice Skating Fundraiser

Tuesday, December 12 - PTSA Board Meeting

Thursday, December 14 - Staff Holiday Cookie Exchange

Monday, December 17 - Monday, January 1: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL



Ice Skating Fundraiser
Planning on ice skating this holiday season? ⛸️ When you take the whole family to the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink and mention Newcastle Elementary, a $3 donation goes to our PTSA! Easy peasy!

Scan the code to reserve your time but remember to mention us to the employees as you check in! Going on now through January 15th!
Holiday Joy for Newcastle Staff
As we approach the festive season, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the wonderful community we have at Newcastle Elementary. This time of year is not only about celebrating the joy of learning but also about expressing our appreciation for the incredible team that makes our school a nurturing and supportive environment.

You should be receiving emails this week from your room representatives regarding gifts for our fantastic teachers during the holiday season, and we would like to take a moment to shine a spotlight on the dedicated staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the success of our students. (If you do not receive an email from your class room rep, please email

From the friendly faces in the front office to the hardworking custodial and maintenance teams, everyone plays a vital role in creating a positive and enriching school experience.

This year, let's extend our gratitude beyond the classroom and consider including all members of our school staff in our holiday celebrations. A small token of appreciation, whether it's a heartfelt note, a handmade card, or a modest gift, can go a long way in expressing our thanks for their continuous efforts.

To make it easier for you to include all staff members, we've compiled a list of our staff that contribute to the success of our school:

Heidi Ashraf—Paraprofessional
Bisa Meek—Paraprofessional
Mona Pang—Paraprofessional
Marie Birve—Paraprofessional
Connie Aherns—Paraprofessional
Chieko Edwards—Paraprofessional
Nikki Wiebe—Paraprofessional
Sharon Woodruff--Paraprofessional
Teresa Bockes—Paraprofessional LRC I 
Kristina Amundsen—Paraprofessional LRC I
Nancy Shepard—Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Emeka Oguike—School Psychologist
Kailey Mutter— Counselor
Nicole Wu— Speech Language Pathologist
Michelle Gangi—Occupational Therapist
Sydney Calderwood--Special Education LRC I
Amy Mudrovich--LRC
Edith Delgado—ELL
Stacy Gazjuk--ELL
Ali Webb—Music Teacher
Jenny Martin—Music Teacher
Seth Miller—Physical Education
Sarah Gaffin—Physical Education
Trisha Snyder—Librarian
Priscilla Hooke--Reading Club/LAP
Kristina Blackburn--SAGE
Barb Seegmiller—Custodian
Banister Mansaray—Custodian
Daniel Dang—Technology Specialist
Shannon McNeil—Custodian—Lead
Marianne Sabas—Food Services
Michelle Miller—Food Services Assistant
Tod Wood—Principal
Chad Porter—Dean of Students
Lyndee Lee—Health Room Specialist
Jamie Heintz—District Nurse
Pam Stucky—Office Professional/Registrar
Tammy Anderson—Assistant to the Principal

*Remember your bus drivers too!

Your thoughtfulness will surely make this holiday season brighter for the entire Newcastle family. Remember, it's the collective effort of every staff member that shapes the positive learning environment we cherish.

Thank you for considering our entire school staff in your holiday celebrations!

�� Exciting News for our Amazing School Community! ��
We're thrilled to share that we've hit a major milestone - 100% PTA Membership! ���� This means we've enrolled as many members as there are full-time enrolled students at our school, making it the ultimate achievement in PTA membership. ����‍��‍��‍�� Every child in our school community now has a dedicated and paid PTA member to be their voice. ����
A HUGE thank you to all the incredible parents, caregivers, staff and community members who have joined and supported our PTA. Your commitment to our school and our children's education is truly inspiring. ���� Together, we're making a positive impact on the school experience for every student.
Let's keep the momentum going! If you haven't enrolled yet, it's not too late to be a part of this fantastic achievement. Join the PTA family and help us continue to advocate for the best possible educational experience for our kids. ��✨
Crayon Spirit Week
Our student leadership has organized a spirit week! It begins today!
PTSA November in Review
Here are some of the things your PTSA has done for November. There are many volunteers involved to make these all happen and we are grateful for this community!
Popcorn Friday Help!
If you are approved to volunteer, please consider helping on Fridays for popcorn! It's a fun and easy way to spread joy to our students and staff! Sign up link is HERE.
Holiday Cookie Exchange for Staff
Share your favorite cookie or any baked goods with Newcastle staff! Please help us host a Cookie Exchange on Thursday December 14th.

We will provide containers for the staff to fill up with a variety of your favorite homemade treats to take home (if they make it that far!). Items can be dropped off at the table in front of the office on Thursday, December 14th, before 10am.
Link to sign up is HERE

***Please label your treats so we know what they are, and include a recipe if you’d like!

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