Yearbooks will be coming home on Friday, June 15th
  A limited quantity of yearbooks will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis in the PTSA office until supplies last on Monday, June 18th from 3:00pm -3:35pm, and again (if any remain), on Tuesday, June 19th 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.                           ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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Missed Communications? Check out all the eBlast Reminders and more here
  In case you have missed communications - reminders, updates and/or other announcements - from the PTSA, you can view them all in one place by   {clicking here} . Interested in viewing the PTSA calendar items to your gmail, outlook or other iCal supported application without adding each item?  As events are added and changed on this website, your other calendar applications will automatically update to reflect the changes.  At the same time, events coming from this website will be kept separate from your personal calendar items, and you can easily hide these events at any time.  To find ... read full article
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Laurel Webb 
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Deadline for PTSA Check Requests is Friday, June 15thLaurel Webb6/13/20186/16/2018
Deadline for PTSA Check Requests is Friday, June 15th
  Please complete the check request form { here} . Any questions, contact Mary Brown at brown073104@comcast.net .                 ... read full article
Yearbooks will be coming home on Friday, June 15thLaurel Webb6/13/20186/23/2018
Yearbooks will be coming home on Friday, June 15th
  A limited quantity of yearbooks will be available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis in the PTSA office until supplies last on Monday, June 18th from 3:00pm -3:35pm, and again (if any remain), on Tuesday, June 19th 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.                           ... read full article
Missed Communications? Check out all the eBlast Reminders and more hereLaurel Webb5/30/20188/31/2018
Missed Communications? Check out all the eBlast Reminders and more here
  In case you have missed communications - reminders, updates and/or other announcements - from the PTSA, you can view them all in one place by   {clicking here} . Interested in viewing the PTSA calendar items to your gmail, outlook or other iCal supported application without adding each item?  As events are added and changed on this website, your other calendar applications will automatically update to reflect the changes.  At the same time, events coming from this website will be kept separate from your personal calendar items, and you can easily hide these events at any time.  To find ... read full article
Introducing the Newcastle Biennial Auction & Artwork ContestLaurel Webb5/21/20186/4/2018
Introducing the Newcastle Biennial Auction & Artwork Contest
  Introducing "The Road to the Emerald City".  On Saturday, March 30th, 2019 we will hold our biennial auction event at The Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.    We need Newcastle Lion artists to help us bring the Road to the Emerald City to life!  Students can help us create the artwork that could serve on our website, on invitations, on the auction program and on a variety of other auction communications.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on the auction (including how you can help) and on the artwork contest.   {click here for the Auction Introduction Flyer} ... read full article
Orange Ruler Fun Run Laurel Webb5/14/20185/19/2018
Orange Ruler Fun Run
  Orange Ruler Fun Run! Students will participate in the Orange Ruler Fun Run  on  Friday, May 18th . Parents are welcome and encouraged to cheer on our students as they run, skip or walk with friends! Since the  PTSA  is spearheading the Fun Run this year, some extra helpers would be appreciated. There will be three sessions: 1:20pm - 1:50pm   Grades 2nd - 3rd  1:55pm - 2:25pm  Grades K - 1st  2:30pm - 3:00pm  Grades 4th - 5th    Sign up to volunteer by clicking here:   https://www.signupgenius.com/ go/9040c45a5ad2aa20-orange   Please remember to send children to school in ... read full article
Orange Ruler Success and Class Winners!Laurel Webb5/9/20185/20/2018
Orange Ruler Success and Class Winners!
    THANK YOU for your overwhelming support and generosity during our Spring Fundraiser, the Orange Ruler Fun Run!  The fundraiser was a tremendous success and we surpassed our goal of $50,000 and raised over $86,000, setting a new record for the Orange Ruler Fun Run!!!  Here are some important notes: All classes will get to participate in the Fun Run on May 18th . Snacks will be provided during the Fun Run. However, students are welcome to bring their own snack. There will be a sign up for parent volunteers to help with the Fun Run. More communication to ... read full article
Orange Ruler UpdateLaurel Webb4/24/20185/8/2018
Orange Ruler Update
  It's time for our Spring Fundraiser - the Orange Ruler Fun Run! Money raised from the fundraiser is critical to help bridge funding gaps until our school auction next year. The program also streamlines the entire fundraising process to make it easy for you to help in this important cause. Just follow these four simple steps: Step 1 - Register your child or children by going to  orangeruler.com/signup . Step 2 - Send donation requests via email or Facebook to your friends and family. Step 3 - Enter cash or check donations on your personalized page as soon as ... read full article
2nd & 4th Grade Class Buddy Movie NightLaurel Webb4/16/20184/23/2018
2nd & 4th Grade Class Buddy Movie Night
  Newcastle Elementary Commons Friday, April 20th, 2018 6:00 - 8:00pm Please bring an appetizer, a main dish, or snacks to share. Come in your pjs and bring your pillows and sleeping bags! All family members are welcome. NO DROP-OFFS! {click here for the 2nd & 4th Grade Class Buddy Movie Night & Potluck flyer}                                           ... read full article
Variety Show Volunteers NeededLaurel Webb3/30/20185/12/2018
Variety Show Volunteers Needed
  Calling all volunteers!   We have an exciting event that is coming to Newcastle this year. Our Variety Show is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their amazing talents. Here are the dates/times for auditions, dress rehearsal, and the evening performance. Auditions  April 30th from 3:40pm - 5:15pm May 1st from 3:40pm - 5:15pm May 3rd from 3:40pm - 5:15pm Dress Rehearsal May 10 th from 3:40pm - 5:30pm Evening Performance May 11th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm P erformers would need to be here at 5:30 pm . We need parent volunteers at each of these events in ... read full article
Orange Ruler Fun RunLaurel Webb3/29/20185/6/2018
Orange Ruler Fun Run
  We are excited to announce our Spring Fundraiser, the Orange Ruler Fun Run! The program will last for approximately two weeks with our kick-off assembly on Tuesday, April 24th. The Newcastle PTSA has put together a fun-filled experience for our children and school that focuses on teamwork, staying active and believing in yourself. This important program will help us raise much needed funds to maintain ongoing technology support, student enrichment like the LionArt Docent program and Science to Go labs, intervention programs in math and in reading and so much more. Money raised from the fundraiser is critical to ... read full article
1st Annual Variety Show!Laurel Webb3/22/20185/6/2018
1st Annual Variety Show!
  We have an exciting event that is coming to Newcastle this year. Our Variety Show is a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase their amazing talents. There are permission slips, located outside the music room and stage, that students need to fill out and turn into the box in the office. Auditions will be at the end of April and the Variety Show performance will be Friday, May 11th. We are looking for a variety of acts to audition. From singers, to dancers, joke telling, instrumentalists, gymnasts, etc.  Newcastle is on the lookout for students who love to shine ... read full article
Lunch for the BreakLaurel Webb3/18/20184/20/2018
Lunch for the Break
  The Newcastle PTSA is holding a food drive to support the Lunch for The Break program. This is an Issaquah Food Bank program that provides extra food to students during breaks who might otherwise not have enough to eat . Each classroom will be assigned a specific item to donate. Please have your child bring the requested item and place it in the donation box located in your child’s classroom. Classroom specific donation details will be sent out in an email from your Room Parent. Thank you for helping our community! Please have your student bring the listed item ... read full article
Newcastle Elementary Celebrates "Read Across America"Laurel Webb2/16/20183/3/2018
Newcastle Elementary Celebrates "Read Across America"
  February 26th - March 2nd, 2018 Monday, Feb 26th Horton Hears a Who!  The school-wide kick off for our Read Across America celebration begins with your teacher reading their favorite Dr. Seuss book to your class. It’s also a day where we focus on kindness. Can you be like Horton and commit a random act of kindness? Tuesday, Feb. 27th I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!  (Read My Shirt Day) Wear a shirt with words on it. Wednesday, Feb. 28th Fox in Socks (Crazy Socks Day) Wear your craziest socks to school. Anything goes! Thursday, March 1st Hunches ... read full article
Coffee Talk with Mr. MellishLaurel Webb2/1/20182/10/2018
Coffee Talk with Mr. Mellish
  This Friday at 9:30 am in the Commons Stage Room, the PTSA and Mr. Mellish are hosting another Coffee Talk .  This is an open and informal forum for conversation about what is happening at Newcastle and the issues that affect our school and community.  Participants are welcome to bring topics to discuss. Some possible discussion topics include... The ISD Levy: What is the Levy used for and how will that benefit our students? Technology at Newcastle Classroom communications - email, website, Seesaw and Dojo - what works best? A new Principal - What is the process and potential ... read full article
Culture & Heritage FestivalLaurel Webb1/23/20183/17/2018
Culture & Heritage Festival
  * IMPORTANT NOTICE OF DATE CHANGE * N ewcastle families, save the date for the upcoming Culture & Heritage Festival, to be held on March 16th from 6-8 pm in The Commons. WE ALL FIT TOGETHER AT NEWCASTLE ELEMENTARY! We invite your family to participate in the following ways: Decorate a “puzzle piece” that will be displayed at the school. Ideas include family and cultural traditions, flags, photos. At the Event: Set up a visual display that showcases your family’s ethnicity and cultural traditions. Bring a traditional food to share. Host an art/craft or interactive demonstration (examples: craft project, ... read full article
T-Shirt Fundraiser in Memory of Mrs. RobinsonLaurel Webb1/17/20182/15/2018
T-Shirt Fundraiser in Memory of Mrs. Robinson
  Miss Gaul has organized a t-shirt fundraiser in memory of Mrs. Robinson.  The proceeds of this fundraiser go to the pulmonary fibrosis foundation.  Staff and students will be wearing these shirts on Valentine’s day to show their love for Mrs. Robinson.  Shirts can be picked up at Newcastle in the Kindergarten pod on February 12th and 13th .  Please {click here} if you would like to order a shirt. Thank you!                                     ... read full article
We hope you enjoy the 2017 – 2018 Student Directory!Laurel Webb1/9/20181/31/2018
We hope you enjoy the 2017 – 2018 Student Directory!
  Student directories have been delivered to classroom teachers and will be coming home for PTSA members, very soon! If you have more than one student at Newcastle, your directory will come home with the oldest sibling at the school. Are you interested in a directory, but not yet a PTSA member? There is still plenty of time to join! We are so appreciative of our 570 members so far and are only 60 members shy of reaching 100% membership at Newcastle! Wow! If you have not yet joined, we would appreciate your support! To join, simply go to: http://newcastleptsa.org/Page/Pta/Membership ... read full article
Kinder & 5th Grade Class Buddy Movie Night & Potluck on January 19thLaurel Webb1/9/20181/20/2018
Kinder & 5th Grade Class Buddy Movie Night & Potluck on January 19th
  Newcastle Elementary Commons Friday, January 19, 2018 6:00 - 8:00pm Please bring an appetizer, a main dish, or snacks to share. Come in your pjs and bring your pillows and sleeping bags! All family members are welcome. NO DROP-OFFS! {click here for the Kinder & 5th Grade Class Buddy Movie Night & Potluck flyer}                                           ... read full article
Classroom Membership Challenge Results!Laurel Webb1/5/20181/31/2018
Classroom Membership Challenge Results!
  Thank you to the many Newcastle Elementary teachers & parents who have shown their support of the Newcastle Elementary PTSA and congratulations to the eight following classes who met the goal of 100% of families either being members of the PTSA and/or having registered on the PTSA website for the 2017 – 2018 school year! The following teachers will soon receive $50.00 to purchase books for their classroom libraries! Ms. Andrews = 100% Ms. Bhatia = 100% Ms. Binks = 100% Mr. Bland = 100% Ms. Graff = 100% Ms. Hirshberg = 100% Ms. Noblat = 100% Ms. Wilhelm ... read full article
Are you one of the 570+ Members of the Newcastle Elementary PTSA?Laurel Webb1/2/20181/31/2018
Are you one of the 570+ Members of the Newcastle Elementary PTSA?
  If you haven’t yet joined PTSA, there is still plenty of time to become a member! A $25.00 family membership is a wonderful way to show support of the volunteers and for the programs connected to the Newcastle PTSA and also a great way to receive the fabulous student directory (free for all PTSA members and ready to be distributed)! Did you know that the Newcastle PTSA funds and facilitates monthly art experiences for all 640+ students at Newcastle through the art docent program? For more information on membership, please click here. To register (log in to your account ... read full article
MOD Pizza Day - Tuesday, December 5thLaurel Webb11/21/201712/8/2017
MOD Pizza Day - Tuesday, December 5th
  Newcastle families, mark your calendars. Bring your friends and family to the New MOD Pizza in Factoria for lunch or dinner on Tuesday December 5th, and 20% of your bill will be donated to Newcastle’s 5th Grade Camp Fund.   Come support the 5th Grade Lions!  Don’t forget to bring in or show your flyer {click here for the MOD Pizza flyer} and they will generously donate a portion of your bill!  Questions? Please contact Sara Brester at  slbrester@hotmail.com .                                       ... read full article
Join us for Coffee Talk with the PrincipalLaurel Webb11/13/201711/20/2017
Join us for Coffee Talk with the Principal
  This Friday, November 17th, at 9:30 on the Newcastle Stage in the Commons, we will be holding Coffee Talk with Principal Mellish.   Coffee Talk is a time to discuss current Newcastle happenings and issues on your mind.  Questions are welcome.   Possible topics to discuss can include: Parent-Teacher Conferences: how to make the most of this time The ISD Levy Proposals: facts about school funding Our School Improvement Plan: Math and Social-Emotional Focus Why Writer's and Reader's Workshop?  How teaching literacy has shifted and what this means for your children.                 ... read full article
Take the night off from cooking & support 5th Grade Camp! Laurel Webb10/25/201711/8/2017
Take the night off from cooking & support 5th Grade Camp!
  Tapatio/ZoeYogurt Day - Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 Newcastle families, mark your calendars. Get ready for another great community building event! Our friends at Tapatio and zoëyogurt will be supporting the 5th Grade class effort to raise money for Camp Seymour. Tapatio will generously donate a portion of all sales for the entire day - lunch and dinner! And…once you've had your fill of delicious food, walk on down to zoëyogurt to top it off with dessert! Bring in {this flyer to zoëyogurt} and they will generously donate a portion of your bill!  Questions? Please contact Sara Brester,  slbrester@hotmail.com or ... read full article
Food Drive | Pajama Day vs. Sports Day!Laurel Webb10/16/201711/1/2017
Food Drive | Pajama Day vs. Sports Day!
  Newcastle PTSA is holding a Food Drive on October 16th - 31st to benefit Issaquah Food Bank, a local non-profit organization serving our community. Its mission is to provide basic needs for our community members to promote self-s ufficiency.  Donations will benefit newborns to age 90+, including homeless, struggling seniors, the mentally ill and victims of tough times or tough streets. Please help make a difference in our community by donating the following non-perishable food items and essential supplies in the marked collection bins within Newcastle Elementary School during the drive. For a list of items, the Issaquah Food ... read full article
Gift-A-BookLaurel Webb10/14/201711/11/2017
Gift-A-Book
  What is Gift-A-Book?   It is a great way to recognize your child or a loved one and to help keep our school’s library supplied with new and exciting hardcover books!  By donating to Gift-A-Book , your child or loved one will: Be recognized in a special display in the library area. Have a personalized bookplate in the selected book. Be the first student to check the book out of the library. How do you participate?   Until Thursday, November 9 th , tax-deductible donations can be made in two ways: Select a book title during your child’s library ... read full article
ISF Honk & Wave event at NCE!Laurel Webb10/11/201710/18/2017
ISF Honk & Wave event at NCE!
  It is time for the annual "Honk and Wave" Issaquah Schools Foundation event. This event helps raise much needed funds for various  programs at our school.  The event will take place on Tuesday, October 17th right in front of the main entrance .  The event will not take up time just 20 minutes before and 20 minutes after school in front of the main entrance.  What do you need to do?   It's simple: bring your kids, friends, smiles and energy and wave at people!  It's really that simple.  This is great event for kids to participate in, they have ... read full article
New Issaquah School District E-News Format ComingLaurel Webb9/25/201710/13/2017
New Issaquah School District E-News Format Coming
  In case you missed this notification from the Issaquah School District... New E-News Format Coming... Please Re-Subscribe to Keep Receiving Issaquah School District & Newcastle Elementary News! The Issaquah School District is transitioning to a new format called Blackboard for our E-News ! We are making this switch to help us comply with the American Disabilities Act requirements for accessibility and to enable some features that help us to increase our ability to send messages translated into several languages. When we make the shift, we will no longer have email addresses for people who do not have a child ... read full article
Kinder Connect EventsLaurel Webb9/14/201710/12/2017
Kinder Connect Events
  Hello Kindergarten Families, Welcome to Newcastle Elementary!  We are Elise Crumpacker and Christine McClure, your Kinder Connect contacts for the upcoming school year.  Our daughters are 3rd graders at Newcastle, and like you, we have incoming kindergartners in the Fall.  (Quinn, Elise's son, and Brinley, Christine's daughter).  We look forward to the year ahead! Mark your calendars for these events - Friday, September 29th at 6:00pm Families Night Out at Red Robin, Factoria Monday, October 9th at 7:00pm Moms Night Out at Vino Bella, Issaquah Kinder Connect is a PTSA program that gives kindergarten families a chance to get ... read full article
PTSA General Membership Meeting Laurel Webb9/13/20179/22/2017
PTSA General Membership Meeting
  Please note the PTSA General Membership Meeting is scheduled for next Monday, September 18th at 7 PM in the school library. Main focus of meeting is final approval of budget and identifying open volunteer opportunities.  During the PTSA General  Membership Meeting, there will be a movie playing down the hall for kids.                 ... read full article
School SuppliesLaurel Webb8/1/20179/24/2017
School Supplies
  Bulk supplies fee rather than shopping.  We will continue to give you a break from back-to-school shopping.  We have switched to a “Supply Fee” that goes to the school to provide classroom supplies.  Buying bulk supplies saves a great deal of money and ensures quality materials for all students.  So what do you need to know? HOW & WHEN TO PAY.  At the start of August, families can pay the supply fee through our PTSA payment system {click here to pay now} .   During EVP, our Enrollment Verification Process, you will be prompted to pay the Supply Fee.  ... read full article
Updated Bell ScheduleLaurel Webb8/1/201710/1/2017
Updated Bell Schedule
For the master schedule, please click here.   General   Regular 9:10 AM - 3:35 PM Wednesday 9:10 AM - 1:25 PM Early Release 9:10 AM - 11:40 AM Half-Day Kindergarten Regular 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM Wednesday 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM  Early Release 9:10 AM - 11:40 AM ... read full article
Updates to our Newcastle Elementary StaffLaurel Webb8/1/201710/1/2017
Updates to our Newcastle Elementary Staff
  Please {click here } for updates to our Newcastle Elementary staff.       ... read full article