Newcastle Elementary E-news

December 12, 2019

Upcoming Important Dates

  • December 13 - Last Chance For Lost and Found
  • December 17 - 5th Grade Camp Fundraising Extended
  • December 20 - Yearbook Cover Contest Submissions Due
  • December 23 thru January 3 - First Winter Break, NO SCHOOL
  • January 14 - 5th Grade Concert, 6:30 pm
  • January 14 - Reflections Reception, Issaquah High School
  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL


Our Lost and Found area is overflowing! Coats, hats, water bottles, lunch boxes, gloves, you name it! Please check for your child's belongings before December 13. After that date we will be donating all items left behind. The Lost and Found area is now upstairs near the office.

5th Grade Camp Fundraising EXTENDED!

Until December 17th you can:

1. Purchase a Newcastle logo shopping bag, tote or blanket at

2. Purchase Brown Bear Car Wash tickets on the PTSA website here

Yearbook Cover Contest Submissions Due by Friday, Dec. 20

Would your child like to see his or her artwork on the cover of this year's yearbook? Then be sure to submit art to the main office no later than Friday, Dec. 20 at 3pm. Submission forms can be found here or pick one up in the main office. Good luck!

Reminders for student absences

As we are heading into a busy holiday period, please remember we need to know, before an absence, if you are taking your child out of school or away on vacation. If your student will miss one or two days of school, please email the office at with the following information: student name, teacher, dates of absence and reason for absence.

If you are going to be gone three consecutive school days or more, you need to fill out the appropriate form and return it to the office at least one week prior to the first day of the absence.

Forms are available from the office, or here for absence of 3-20 days, or here for absence greater than 20 days.

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Annual Community Report for the 2018-2019 School Year

The Issaquah School District invites the community to view our annual report online for the 2018-2019 school year. The report contains an interactive scorecard along with links to take a deeper dive into student performance data on state assessments. Because student achievement is also demonstrated through extra-curricular activities, the arts, community service, leadership, and citizenship, the report connects to our snapshots page celebrating these accomplishments. Information and links are also provided to learn about programs and services designed to assist students in accomplishing the ISD School Board’s Ends for Students. An overview of the District’s finances including revenues and expenditures is reported along with a comprehensive guide to understanding the 2018-2019 budget. For more information regarding the community report, please contact Executive Director of Communications, L. Michelle at or 425-837-7004.

Important Note:

The Issaquah School District is committed to providing access to all individuals visiting our district website, including persons with disabilities. If you cannot access content on our website or this annual report because of a disability, please call L. Michelle at 425-837-7004 or email and describe the nature of the accessibility needs and your contact information. We will make every effort to provide the information requested in an accessible format and seek to correct any accessibility issues on our website.

Elementary Phase 1 Curriculum Adoption – Foundational Reading Skills Parent Survey

The ISD Teaching and Learning Department will review instructional reading materials for teaching foundational reading skills beginning in December 2019. During this literacy adoption, a district committee will review evidence-based practices and instructional materials to make recommendations. As partners in your child’s education, we invite you to follow this link to complete a survey.

Reflections Reception


The Issaquah PTSA Council celebrates the ISD Reflections participants and their families. Join us at an art walk gallery viewing of our students' interpretation of the 2019 theme:


Tuesday January 14th, 2020 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Issaquah High School 700 2nd Avenue SE

Highly Capable for 2nd Grade

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on theHighly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.
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Check our Peachjar community bulletin boards!

Newcastle Elementary partners with Peachjar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.