Counseling & PBSES Newsletter

Newcastle Elementary

Dear Families,

We hope everyone has "found their groove" and gotten settled into their new routine. If not, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for help with creating your "new normal". Keeping the routine as similar as possible to a typical school year is one way to achieve that stability and success!

This week, we have been getting to know our fabulous New-to-Newcastle lions during our virtual Lunch Bunches. It has been so great to see the new excited faces, and learn about their hopes for the year and for their new school. If you have a new student who missed the Lunch Bunch for their grade, let us know and we will be sure to make it happen for them!

~Kailey (counselor-right) & Alex (PBSES coach-below)

Back-to School Care Package!

Developed with the help of a child development specialist, you’ll find tons of ideas and tools for both parents and children on everything from setting up at-home learning spaces, helping children combat loneliness, and helping children keep “teacher you” and “parent you” separate. You’ll also find useful calming exercises and ideas, including guided breathing prompts, to help you and your children refocus and reset. Just, click HERE for your care package!

Resources for Families

Coal Creek YMCA LEAP Program

The Y is pleased to introduce Y LEAP Academy, a full-day program designed in partnership with individual school districts to support kids and families with distance learning and school-day care along with the enrichment activities, social emotional learning, and play that the Y is known for. For more information visit:

Schoolhouse Rec!

Starting September 8th, the Issaquah Parks & Community Services is launching a new full-day program to help with online learning. Schoolhouse Rec! is available for students in grades K-5 and will be assigned to a classroom cohort based on their grade. Each cohort will have a dedicated classroom and staff team to help ensure a healthy learning environment. The school day and program calendar will follow the Issaquah School District plan. Health and Safety plans are in place. For more information and to register:

Issaquah Meals Program

The Issaquah Meals Program is now offering a FREE grab-and-go hot and fresh breakfast for the whole family! First come, first served. For more information visit:

Limited dates include:

9/14, 9:30 am

9/21, 9:30 am

9/28, 9:30 am

10/5, 9:30 am

10/12, 9:30 am

10/19, 9:30 am

10/28, 9:30 am

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency Schools Meal Program

Get help buying groceries while schools are closed. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on 9/11. This is applicable for children who receive free or reduced-price meals or families enrolled in Basic Food Benefits. This resource is separate from the summer meals programs or current school meals program. Families are eligible for both.
** If you have complications with accessing our available district food supports (or know someone who does), or if you are needing school supplies, please reach out to Ms. Mutter ( and she will assist in finding a solution that best meets your needs**