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Spotlight on Success: March 2019

Issaquah Schools Foundation
Your Donations at Work
2019 Kateri Brow Grant Winner Spotlight:
Challenger Elementary - The Positive Inclusive Playground (PIP) Project
The PIP Project sets out to transform recess into a positive play environment where all children feel included, stay active, build valuable social emotional skills and become problem solvers. 
Through the use of Playworks, a national non-profit recess implementation program, the team at Challenger will employ a playground coach, train staff, create playground zones, purchase activity equipment, and provide daily inclusive games and activities in hopes of reducing office referrals and creating a safer space for all children.
Hear Challenger students talk about what the new recess program will mean to them.
Challenger PIP Project kid responses
We are excited to see this project in action and show you how your donations through Foundation grants are benefitting Issaquah students.  
Teacher Grant applications are open now until March 13th.  To learn more about the Kateri Brow Grant, the 2019 winners and who can apply, visit our Grants page.
Feeding Student Success with Dining for Kids
Dining for Kids is next Wednesday (3/6) at Ohana
We have your Wednesday meal plans covered!
The Issaquah Schools Foundation invites you to Dining for Kids to raise funds for our Feeding Student
Success program, which provides food aid in schools.
Join us anytime, lunch or dinner, on Wednesday, March 6th at Ohana off of Gilman in Issaquah.  Ohana will generously donate 20% of your bill to the Foundation!
The Tools They Need to Succeed
ISD Students need Mentors!  VOICE Program
A student who has a quality mentor is more likely to experience increased school attendance and academic achievement, demonstrate responsible decision-making, and develop skills to better navigate relationships at school, socially and at home.
328 - the number of VOICE mentor matches in the Issaquah School District
165 - the number of students currently on the waitlist for a VOICE mentor 
The number of waitlisted students continues to grow. We need your help!
We challenge everyone to think about someone in your life who may be a good fit as a VOICE mentor - yourself, friends, colleagues, neighbors, family, or members in your church group or community organization. Let them know that being a VOICE mentor is an opportunity to make a positive, personal connection with a student in the community.
Please share this link to our application: VOICE Mentor Application.  For more information about becoming a Mentor, click HERE.
ParentWiser Presents: Hidden in Plain Sight, March 4th
Would you see the signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home? Looks can be deceiving - especially if you don't know what to look for. 
Come to a Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit and learn what to look for and what to do if you find something.
The Hidden in Plain Sight initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom. After walking through the display, participants will learn more about adolescent development, substance abuse prevention and common signs of substance use from professionals, law enforcement and other parents.
This exhibit encourages parents to communicate with their children about at-risk behavior that could lead to alcohol or drug disorders. A strong parent-teen relationship is the most effective tool to prevent youth substance use.
Monday March 4th at Maywood Middle School.  There is no charge and is for PARENTS ONLY. Register HEREThe Issaquah Schools Foundation is a proud sponsor of ParentWiser.
Artistic Support Lesson: March 7th
Thursday March 7th, 6:30 - 9PM at ArtEast.
ISD Art Docents can attend a FREE class to expand their art skills and bring that information to their students.
Naveen Khan, a local artist, will teach you how to use watercolors with elementary school students.  She will cover several techniques specific to water color paints. Your students will get to experience the ah-ha moment of taking the masking tape off of their painting and finding white trees underneath. Register HERE.
The Foundation's Artistic Support program provides free art instruction and lesson plans for volunteer art docents in each elementary school, which align with our states visual arts learning standards.  
ParentWiser Presents: LIKE Film Documentary & Discussion
Are you using technology, or is technology using you?
LIKE is a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives, and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of this film is to inspire and help equip us to teach ourselves and our children to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care...but is that what's really happening?
Q&A with local experts from our schools & community will follow the film.
Monday, March 25th at Liberty High School, Wednesday, March 27th at Issaquah High School, and Thursday, March 28th at Skyline High School.  All showings at 7:00PM.  This movie is for parents and students in grades 6-12. FREE for PTSA members in the Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members or guests.  Register to reserve a seat for the date/location most convenient for you. Walk-ins seated if space available.  
The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a proud sponsor of ParentWiser.
Save the Date: Nourish Every Mind
Every year, the Issaquah Schools Foundation holds the Nourish Ever Mind Breakfast and Luncheon events to raise funds to support our programs.  We hop you can join us!  Click HERE for more information.
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