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July 2018 Spotlight on Success

Issaquah Schools Foundation
Help a Student: Donate a Backpack
Can you help students return to school in the fall with the tools they need to succeed? Please donate backpacks and school supplies to Tools4School!
Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank that provides new backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District students who need financial support. 
To learn more about donating, click HEREWith your support, hundreds of students will be able to start school ready to learn with the core supplies requested by their teachers. July 28 is the last day to donate. This fall, we hope to distribute 1,000 backpacks. Thank you!
Does your family need support with backpacks and school supplies? Tools4Schools can help! To register for free backpacks and school supplies, click HERE.
Your Donations Make an Impact
Foundation Grant Helps Orchestra Program Serve More Students
Did you know that the Foundation supports fine arts programs at schools across Issaquah School District? During the 2017-18 school year, the Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the District for its orchestra program. 
The grant - made possible by donors like you - funded the purchase of new instruments and the replacement older instruments, allowing more students to participate in orchestra. In total, the Foundation funded the purchase of 50 instruments, including basses, cellos, violins, violas and guitars. Teachers worked collectively to ensure that each school received the instruments needed to enable even more students to be a part of this exciting program.
Teacher Professional Development for Special Services Educators
Thanks to a professional development grant from the Foundation, a team of six Issaquah School District special education teachers and specialists traveled to North Carolina for TEACCH training (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communications Handicapped Children). After their return, the six educators paid it forward by sharing key insights with the Learning Resource Center II teaching team, which works with students ranging in age from kindergarten to age 21.  
"Our teachers were so energized about the TEACCH methodology and were so thankful to have had the opportunity to go to the training. It is not easy to access TEACCH training in our area, and they have wanted/needed to expand their skills in this method. The Special Services department is so appreciative of the partnership that we have had with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, and we thank you so much for allowing us to have the chance to send a team to TEACCH, and most importantly to impact the lives of our most complex students." - Melissa Madsen, Special Services, Issaquah School District
Foundation Grant Supports Highly Capable Program 
During the 2017-18 school year, the Foundation awarded more than $10,000 to the Highly Capable program, which supports close to 900 students. The grant was applied to a variety of needs, including classroom resources and equipment purchases. For example, the grant was used to purchase robotics kits, which students will continue to use year after year. The kits generated hands-on time for students to put coding, problem solving and teamwork together.
Pictured here, students tinker with Makey Makeys and Microbits: "We were super impressed with their inquiry, discovery, perseverance, and growth mindset. Thanks for making it possible for our students to have this amazing technology and for showing us how to use both tech tools so that we could use it in our classrooms!" - Jilian Murdock, science tech teacher, Cascade Ridge Elementary
Targeted Academic Intervention Helps Students Thrive
Did you know that the Foundation supports after-school academic support and enrichment programs? At Maywood Middle School, the Foundation funds the "7th Period - All In" program, which helps students reach grade level in math, reading, writing or science. The 2017-18 program demonstrated remarkable success: 73 percent of  participants improved from failing grades to earning at least a C-, and 94 percent of participants improved from failing grades to passing grades or better. Without this intervention, an additional five percent of the entire student body would have earned failing grades in a core class. What did students think?
"My teacher could help me a lot more than my parents."
"I thought I wouldn't really like this, but it turned out to be a really good thing."
Foundation Supports Elementary Art Education
Clark Elementary School's art education program - which is led by volunteers and funded by the PTSA - now has the materials it needs to help students grow as artists and learners. The Foundation recently awarded a grant to the program for the purchase of essential storage equipment and art supplies
"As you know, it is so important that we make art accessible and readily available for our students! We surely would not have been able to purchase the various valuable art supplies needed for each art station, as there are three of them at this incredible new school. We have been able to stock each art station with identical supplies for both the teachers and the art docents to use with our kiddos. Thank you so very much for helping us to make each art station open and available at Clark Elementary. Your generosity will be felt for years to come!" Katy Tuttle, volunteer art docent, Clark Elementary School
Feria de Regreso a la Escuela
Back to School Fair
Save the Date: Friday, August 10 - All Welcome!
Maywood Middle School, Renton: 9 am to noon
Issaquah Valley Elementary, Issaquah: 3 to 7 pm
Cada Agosto todas las Familias necesitan completar el "Proceso de Verificación en linea" para todos los estudiantes de Kinder hasta el 12 grado. Nosotros podemos ayudarte a comprender y a completar este proceso, el cual tiene como fin que el Distrito Escolar sepa cuantos estudiantes tendrá en la escuela. 
Every August, all families need to complete the Online Verification Process for students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The Issaquah School's Foundation Cultural Bridges program can help you understand and complete this process, so the District knows how many students will be attending school. Join us on Friday, August 10. Translation support will be available. All welcome!
¿Te gustaría ayudar en este evento? Envía un mensaje a Marisol Visser a marisol@isfdn.org. Would you like to volunteer at the event? Please email marisol@isfdn.org.

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