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Spotlight on Success: August 2019

Issaquah Schools Foundation

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We are pleased to announce Cornell Atwater as Executive Director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation.  Since February, Cornell has been serving as Acting Executive Director and for the past three years on the  Board of Trustees as Vice Chair of Resource Development.  Cornell shares, "I've gained valuable insight to the inner workings of the Foundation and witnessed firsthand the countless hours of work and energy the Foundation staff, volunteers, and Board puts forth in serving students, parents, staff, and the entire Issaquah School District community.  I am ready to lead the Foundation and will continue to strive to make a difference for our community."


Cornell brings significant strategic, operational and organizational development experience that comes at a needed time with the rapidly changing landscape for educational Foundations.  The Foundation strives to meet the educational funding gap for all students in every school within the Issaquah School District.  Cornell further shares, "I am thrilled to continue working closely and in collaboration with Ron Thiele and the Issaquah School District, the Issaquah School Board, PTSA, businesses and our community partners to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience.  We have a changing demographic in our area and we need to be sensitive, responsive and agile to support our student needs and prepare them to be future ready."  


As a business person and community leader, Cornell also served in a variety of leadership roles, including LearningRx Executive Director,  Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chair, and as President-Elect for the Rotary Club of Issaquah.   Over the past 20 years, she has held leadership and Board positions for several for profit and non-profit organizations, demonstrating her longstanding commitment to ensure every child has an opportunity to unlock their potential.  Keep reading.

Program Spotlight: Skyline Robotics

Skyline Robotics - Video by Students


Video by Skyline Robotics Students

Fueling Success for Every Student, Every School

Show your support for the Foundation and PTSA/PTA during enrollment in August!

Ron Thiele Special Message to Families About PTSA and ISF Fall 2019

Ron Thiele Special Message to Families About PTSA and ISF Fall 2019


Step up to support your community by engaging with the Issaquah Schools Foundation!

When enrolling your child through the EVP (Enrollment Verification Process) this summer, please consider a donation to the Foundation. Your support fuels vital programs including after school homework help, artistic support, STEM/Robotics clubs, snack/lunch support, teacher grants and more. 

Click here to learn more about the programs the Foundation, through donors like you, funds.

Ready for School Fair - Online Verification Help for Families (EVP, BTSCI, RSVP) 

Each August, all ISD families must complete the required "Online Verification Process" for K-12 student(s) so the district knows your student(s) will be attending school in September 2019. All families can receive help with the different ISD online verification processes: EVP, BTSCI, or RSVP. The ISD Cultural and Families Partnership Team can help families complete this process. 

ISD Family Partnership Liaisons, parent volunteers and interpreters will be available to answer questions about school programs such as ELL, bus information, lunch, and Family Access. 
Spanish and Mandarin interpreters will be available. Children's corner and snacks provided. 
If you need interpretation in another language or have any questions, please contact Lorna Gilmour gilmourl@issaquah.wednet.edu by August 6, 2019.

For more information, click here.

Tools4School - Donate or Register for a backpack today!


Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing bank to provide new backpacks filled with basic school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial support.  

 You can help by donating a school supply kit, backpack, or both here:   

  • If you, or someone you know needs a backpack and supplies, registration to receive one is at: http://isfdn.org/tools-for-school-registration. Pick up of the backpacks and supplies will be Monday, August 12, 2019 from 3:00 - 8:00 pm at Clark Elementary School. 335 1st Ave. SE, Issaquah.
  • Backpack pick up info: Tools 4 School Backpack pick-up will be at Clark Elementary on Monday, August 12, 2019 3:00-8:00 pm
  • If you are registered and are unable to pick up your backpack on this date, backpacks will be available at your child's school by August 26, 2019. To receive your backpack at the school, please mention the Tools4School Program. If you experience any challenges picking up your backpack at your school, please contact us at info@isfdn.org or 425-391-8557.

Cultural Bridges Summer Bilingual Book Club

Bring your family or join us as a volunteer at the Summer Bilingual Book Club! 

August 7th and 14th at Valley Church in Renton and Issaquah Library in Issaquah. Meeting times at 1:30pm (Renton) and 6pm (Issaquah) on all days.

Asiste con toda tu familia al Club de lectura de verano! Los miércoles,  7, 14th de agosto! 1:30p en Valley Church y 6p en la biblioteca de Issaquah.

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