Counseling & PBSES Newsletter

Newcastle Elementary

Dear Families,

We hope your family is getting back into the school groove as we dive into our second week of school after winter break! With news about the possibility of returning to school soon floating among us, many are wanting to prepare their children for that possibility. We hope that the resources below help you as you navigate these uncertain times and support your children in doing so!

~Kailey & Alex

Resources for Families

Meal Distribution Schedule for Weeks of January 18 and January 25

Due to Martin Luther King Jr. day on January 18, the District will make the following changes to the meal distribution schedule:

  • We will distribute three days’ worth of meals on Thursday, January 14. Normally only two days’ worth of meals are distributed on Thursday evenings.
  • We will not distribute meals on Monday, January 18. Instead, we will distribute two days’ worth of meals on Tuesday, January 19.

Also, we will distribute three days’ worth of meals as usual on Monday, Jan. 25, even though it is not a school day. Pickup times on all days will still be from 4 to 6 p.m. at all usual meal pickup locations.

The free meal program provides free, nutritious meals to all children 18 and younger, regardless of income or enrollment in the Issaquah School District. See the ISD website for full details of the meal program, including regular distribution days, times and locations.

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:

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:
** 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**