Counseling & PBSES Newsletter

Newcastle Elementary

Dear Families,

We hope you are enjoying all the fun and beauty that accompanies fall. It is a time ripe with tradition for many. October 1st marks the Mid-Autumn Festival also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival which is celebrated by different East and Southeast Asian people in countries such as China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. It is the second-most important Holiday after the Lunar New Year with a history dated back 3,000 years. It traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which can be from mid-September to early October. People celebrate it by gathering for dinners, family reunions, mooncakes and lighting paper lanterns. Perhaps your family associates this time of year with other festivities and traditions. No matter what, this is a great time of year to be with family and treasure moments together to appreciate all that is good.

~Kailey & Alex

Taking a Break

Click HERE for guidance on using a Calm Down Area at home.

Looking for more Calm?

You or your child may find some peace of mind by spending a moment in a Virtual Calming Room. One “Room” even has an animal cam if you’re needing some furry cuteness in your moment!
Helping Our Kids Manage BIG Feelings

Resources for Families

Let's Build! Help Your Child Develop STEM Skills

Swedish School Based Health Counselors

The Issaquah School District, in partnership with Swedish, have our Swedish School Based Health Counselors (SBHCs) available to offer virtual mental health services to students in the Issaquah School District! See the file below for more information:
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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:

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**