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Spotlight on Success: July 2019

Issaquah Schools Foundation

Inspiring through Innovation!

Inspiring through Innovation NEM 2019
Inspiring through Innovation NEM 2019
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.

Fueling Success for Every Student, Every School

Grant Winner Spotlight:  Backpack Buddies: Fostering Students' Love of Reading
The Backpack Buddy program at Newcastle Elementary, funded by an Issaquah Schools Foundation grant, circulated 20 backpacks through 18 Kindergarten-2nd grade classes reaching 228 kids.
The purpose of the Backpack Buddies is to entice and turn primary students into enthusiastic and joyful readers. Children can take the backpack home and then read the book to their stuffed animal buddy or cuddle with it while they read with a family member.
One parent of a first grader said, "As a volunteer in the library at Newcastle Elementary, it's been so fun to see the kids' excitement over the new Backpack Buddies this year!  Ms. Berry makes sure that as many kids as possible get a turn with the backpacks. The kids who get to check them out are positively thrilled each week.  My own son is a 1st grader and waited patiently for his turn to take one home and was so excited to have it with him for the week.  The books and the stuffed animal made a great conversation piece in our home, and I love that so many kids get to have that experience with their families.  It's something new and different that helps kids get excited about reading and making it a hobby and I love that! 
Here are a few thoughts from kids:
"I really like it because you have the stuffy at night while you're reading and you can cuddle with it."
"Backpack Buddy is great because you can cuddle with the stuffy and read to a little brother!"
It's donors like YOU that make programs like these possible!  To learn more about Teacher Grants and see the list of 2019 Winners click HERE!  

The Tools They Need to Succeed

Tools for School - Donations needed and Registration info
Tools4School is a partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies for Issaquah School District K-12 students who need financial assistance.
You can help by donating a school supply kit, backpack or both at: supplyallkids.com/#/donate/isf or new empty backpacks can be purchased and dropped off at Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, or Issaquah Schools Foundation office. 
Does your child need a backpack or school supplies for next year?
Register to receive a backpack and supplies at isfdn.org/tools-for-school-registration by August 2nd!  Backpack pick-up will be at Clark Elementary on Monday, August 12, 2019 3:00-8:00 pm
Cultural Bridges Summer Bilingual Book Club
Bring your family or join us as a volunteer at the Summer Bilingual Book Club! 
July 17th, 24th, 31st and 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, 17, 24, 31 de julio y 7, 14th de agosto! 1:30p en Valley Church y 6p en la biblioteca de Issaquah.
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