Counseling & PBSES Newsletter

Newcastle Elementary

Dear Families,

October is Bullying Prevention Month and Disability Awareness Month. It is so important to address these topics with your children, to ensure we have a community that is inclusive, kind, safe, and responsible.

Below are some resources to help guide your discussions at home:

Books on the topic of Disability Awareness -

Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

Ricky, The Rock That Couldn’t roll Book by Jason I. Miletsky

Bullying Prevention-

  • Cyberbullying Research Center:

Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response

  • GoGuardian:

Digital Citizenship Week: Why Your Digital Footprint Matters

~Kailey & Alex

Tips for When Your Child is Avoiding School Work

Why Does my Child Refuse to do Schoolwork?

Check out this great article from Understood that offers perspective on types of school work avoidance and how to address each with our kids.

Resources for Families

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:
** 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**