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January 2018: Spotlight on Success

Issaquah Schools Foundation
January 2018 - Spotlight on Success
THANK YOU for your support of Feeding Student Success!
Before the holiday we launched a new initiative - Feeding Student Success - a program to combat hunger in our schools.  Thanks to YOU, we have raised $6,000 towards our $22,000 goal to get the program off to a good start.
"Students experiencing hunger often have trouble behaving and focusing in class, and this shows itself particularly when students struggle to stay awake.  Without their basic needs being met, even students who desperately want to succeed and learn have an insurmountable barrier.  By providing assistance in meeting these needs, we are not only providing food, we are also opening the door to their ability to learn and grow."  Sean Martin, Principal, Liberty High School
Haven't made a donation yet, there is still time. 
  • A gift of $500 provides a student with lunch for five months
  • A gift of $100 provides a student with lunch for a month
  • A gift of $50 provides a student with lunch for two weeks
  • A gift of $30 provides two cases of breakfast bars
Click HERE to make your contribution.  Your gift supports our mission that all students reach the promise of their potential! THANK YOU!
Your Donation Dollars at Work! 
Made possible by YOU!
Summer Slide: Just Say No - was a Classroom Enrichment Grant awarded last year to Maple Hills Elementary designed to help students maintain reading skills gained throughout the school year and prevent "Summer Slide" - academic loss over the summer break.  Out of the 51 students who participated in the program and returned to school, 71% maintained or increased their reading level.
"Thank you so much for your kind gift that was used to purchase books for students in the Title I/LAP reading program. Students chose titles that interested them from a variety of choices at the school book fair. They were elated! This opportunity helped students maintain reading skills gained throughout the school year and prevented "Summer Slide"-academic loss over summer break.
With much gratitude for your support and generosity, "thank you for helping us LOVE to read!"
Maple Hills Elementary - Sheri Ogilvie
Title 1/LAP Program Reading Zone Teacher
Over 200 students attended the Great Careers Conference
The Great Careers Conference was held in December and served over 200 students eager to learn more about potential future careers.
The Great Careers Conference is organized by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Education Committee along with partners from the Issaquah School District, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council and Bellevue College.
PCMS Robotics Team on Their Way to State Semifinals!
Thanks to YOU and funding from the Foundation, the robotics program promotes STEM and has had an amazing impact on the students at PCMS.
PCMS Team 'The Lynx' moves on to State semifinals to hone their skills.  This is the first time in three years of the program, they have made it to the next level.  We are so proud of the students. Your support makes it possible!
Nurse's Fund Breakfast - Check Presentation
The Issaquah Schools Foundation was honored to present the annual grant of $3,000 to the Nurse's Fund.  
The Nurse's Fund are discretionary dollars that school nurses use to help students/families with social needs not covered by other funds.
School nurses are often the individuals who recognize the social need in their schools.  This fund is used as individual student needs arise, filling the gaps to make sure all students succeed.
Grant Applications due January 10th!
Last call for Grant Applications!  Grants are due next week, Wednesday January 10th! 
Our website is updated with the newest Grants application. Click HERE to see the requirements and links for submitting a Grant to the Issaquah Schools Foundation.  Don't miss your chance to get your idea funded by the Foundation!
More ways to make a Difference 
Dining for Kids is TONIGHT!  Join us at Zeeks Pizza! 
Join us for Lunch and/or Dinner today at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands.
2525 NE Park Drive
Issaquah, WA 
Zeeks is donating a portion of your bill to the Issaquah Schools Foundation where it will go directly to the programs that benefit your kids!  An amazing meal out can make a difference for every student, every school!  See you there!
Nourish Every Mind - Save the Date!
We need Table Captains!  Interested? Contact Katie@isfdn.org
January is National Mentoring Month
January is National Mentoring Month and we're celebrating the real life impact mentoring has on our youth. A student who has a quality mentor is more likely to experience increased school attendance and academic achievement, demonstrates responsible decision-making, and develops skills to better navigate relationships at school, socially and at home. 
So we say THANK YOU as we remind you of the important work you are doing in our community with the Foundation's VOICE mentor program. 
ParentWiser 1/24 7pm - ANGST Documentary
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Angst will feature interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they've learned.
The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety, and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects, while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible. A Q&A will follow the film with experts who can answer your questions about the film and treatment options for anxiety.
Teens and tweens welcome to attend with parents (recommended for ages 12 and up). Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.  Issaquah High School Theater, January 24th at 7pm.  Sign up HERE to attend.
Another date better? 
ParentWiser is also hosting this screening on January 30th 7pm at Liberty High School. Register just once for the date or location most convenient for you!
Dining for Kids - February 7th at Agave!
Join us for Lunch and/or Dinner on February 7th at Agave!  A portion of your bill will be donated to the Issaquah Schools Foundation where it will go directly to the programs that benefit your kids!  Remember to mark your calendars - Give yourself a break from planning dinner on the first Wednesday of the month - Dining for Kids has you covered! 
1/3 TODAY!  Dining for Kids at Zeeks Pizza in Issaquah
1/10 Grant applications due
1/24 Parentwiser:  Breaking the Stigma around Anxiety
7pm Issaquah High School
1/30 Parentwiser:  Breaking the Stigma around Anxiety
7pm Liberty High School
2/7 Dining for Kids at Agave
Help Students Reach the Promise of their Potential!

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