Newcastle Lions - Learning together with Pride!
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Purchasing School Supplies
For the 2016-17 school year we will be trying something new to provide classroom supplies for students. Rather than predict the school supplies students will need and create lists or kits for students to buy supplies, we will be asking parents to pay a one-time supply fee and then leverage our bulk buying power to buy student classroom supplies and consumables as we go.
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Is your child riding the bus to or from school?
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Hurray for Full Day K!
The Issaquah School District is pleased to offer Full Day Kindergarten at no cost for all students beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Half day, morning Kindergarten will still be an option for families and half day kindergarten students may still ride the bus in the morning. However, parents or guardians will be responsible for picking their child up at the end of the three-hour, half day morning session. Registration begins in February and ends in March at your neighborhood school. For more information about Full Day and Half Day Kindergarten, visit ourKindergarten FAQ. Visit our Kindergarten Registration Page for details on when to register at each school, transportation, and what you need to bring to registration.
The Family Partnership Team is hosting an event for parents who need interpretation and individual help with kindergarten registration. The event is Friday, March 4. Additional information can be found by clicking the link here which contains flyers written in several different languages.
Attendance: Reporting Absences or Tardies
Registration: how to enroll
Parent Guide to Newcastle
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Before and After School Care
HIB Resources (harassment, intimidation and bullying)
Issaquah School District Calendar
E-Mail School Webmaster
New Procedure for Volunteers
New this year, all volunteers must complete an online application. If you have students at different schools in Issaquah, you only need to fill this out once and will be asked to mark which schools you want to volunteer at. Click the link, https://issaquahvolunteers.hrmplus.net to apply to volunteer.
Amazing Race 2016! Newcastle's Amazing Race is coming up on Friday, June 3rd! This is a fun family event that benefits both the Make a Wish foundation and the P.A.W.S. organization. Click here to access the registration form.
Parent Input into Class Placement for fall 2016 Now Open
If you have input you feel you need to share with school staff regarding class placement for the next school year please be sure to read this letter for directions. Then you can email Mr. Mellish using the enclosed format or use these forms (word version – pdf version) and return the form to the school office or email it to Mr. Mellish. Please remember that the school is responsible for sorting through many considerations for placement. We carefully consider parent input and weigh that input with other factors when making class placement but cannot guarantee that all suggestions from parents can be implemented.
School Staffing Updates: April 8, 2016
We are in the midst of planning for our staffing for next year. Our staffing plan will change throughout the spring and summer, so we will occasionally update our page. Currently this is what is known about our staffing:
Growth. Though we are slowly growing as a school, at this time our overall school size and number of classes at each grade in the fall looks to be the same as this year. There are a few areas we are watching closely, but it will likely depend on summer enrollment and the results of the EVP (Enrollment Verification Process) in August that will determine if we need to add staff at any grade level.
Yvonne Mackaay. Our registrar is transferring to a school closer to her home. We are supportive and sad as we announce that Yvonne’s last day at Newcastle is going to be April 29th. We will be hiring a new registrar after the spring break.
Mr. Laing. Mr. Laing has decided to return to the Portland area. He has taught 5th grade for 3 years and been an invaluable addition to our team, so we send him with our best wishes even as we wish he could handle a 3-hour commute so he could stay with us!
Mrs. Hirshberg. Ms. Hirshberg (1st grade teacher) has decided to take a year of leave to spend more time with her new baby (coming in May). We will miss her even as we celebrate with her. We will be holding a spot for her return.
Ms. Barcello. Some know that we have another teacher on child-rearing leave. Ms. Barcello will be taking another year of leave.
So at this time we are working on hiring two new teachers, hoping to make the decision in early May. This does not preclude additional changes - there are always more surprises to come!
Below are testing windows for Highly Capable Qualification for Grades K & 2, Smart Balanced Assessment for Grades 3, 4, 5 and MSP testing for Grade 5.
Please click here for the complete Issaquah School District Assessment Calendar for all grades.
For specific questions regarding testing, please contact Mr. Neugebauer at NeugebauerT@issaquah.wednet.edu.
Highly Capable Testing Windows
CogAT Screener (Kindergarten) ............. Oct. 12-Oct. 23
CogAT/ITBS (Kindergarten).................... Dec. 1-Dec. 11
CogAT/SOI (Grade 2) ........................... Mar. 8-Mar. 11
ITBS- (Grade 2) .................................... Jan. 26-Jan.29
Smarter Balanced Assessment Windows
Click here to view each class's testing schedule for Newcastle.
Grade 3 ............................................. April 25-29
............................................. May 23-30
Grade 4 .............................................. May 2-13
Grade 5 .............................................. May 9-27
Measurements of Student Progress (MSP- Science) Assessment Windows
Grade 5 .............................................. June 1-3
* Specific dates for each class will be provided by the teacher.
The Issaquah School District provides equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation—including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status and HIV/Hepatitis C status, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
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