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Classroom Enrichment Grants 2019

The Issaquah Schools Foundation recognizes that school budgets are limited and classroom demands are high. Each year, the Foundation awards Classroom Enrichment Grants to enhance the learning environment of individual classrooms, libraries, computer labs, resource centers and schools. Grants in this program are funded up to $3,000.

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Announcing the 2019

Classroom Enrichment Grant Recipients:

Grant Title

Grant Recipient


"The Big Day" with PNW National Best-Selling Author, Suzanne Selfors
This grant will allow Suzanne Selfors to spend an entire day at the school.  She will give three presentations, have lunch with the students, meet with a special group of students, and have a book-signing time.  Suzanne's stories are age appropriate and highlight diverse chacters, many with mixed-race families.  All students and staff will have the opportunity to hear from this native Pacific Northwest guest author. 

Marcelle Waldman

Issaquah Valley Elementary

Advisor Growth & Development Grant
This grant will allow teachers at Gibson Ek to visit a school in Boise, ID called One Stone.  A group of teachers will have the opportunity to visit a school similar to ours and then apply the knowledge learned into future academic systems throughout our school and the student body. 

Karin Walen 

Gibson Ek

Binder Bootcamp: Restoring Order and Teaching Organization one Student at a time
Binder Bootcamp is a PTSA sponsored, school supported event that pairs one adult with one student to organize the student's binder and to introduce an organizational system for going forward.  This grant would purchase supplies of pocketed dividers, pencil pouches and zipping binders.

Kristen Allen-Bentsen, Seth Adams 

Issaquah Middle School

Connecting with Families: A Reading at Home Program
This grant will provide books at Fountas and Pinnell Levels Pre A through J to support students reading skills and provide them with “Just Right Books” to take home and practice reading. 

Christy Otley

Clark Elementary

Engaging students in learning human anatomy and biomechanics with a high quality classroom skeleton
"Make no bones about it!"  Student benefit when granted the opportunity for hands on, interactive learning.  This grant will provide a high-quality replica human skeleton for use in advanced life science courses as a tool to engage students, help them to connect, and love learning about the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the human body.

Gretel von Bargen 

Skyline HIgh School

Flying into Literacy with High Interest Leveled Books
This grant will provide a set of high interest leveled books to use with english language learners.  Helping the teacher to design vocabulary rich reading lessons around the books to improve students' skills in reading and oral english.

Sarah Mitchell 

Issaquah Valley Elementary

Learn to Read - Read to Learn (Year 3)
This grant will provide the Learn to Read – Read to Learn (Year 3) program which will help emerging younger readers and struggling older readers in the school by providing over 400 eBooks, which their teachers can set at the just-right level for them.

Emily Mitchell

Apollo Elementary

Playaway Audiobooks: Building Proficient Readers and Launching a Love of Literature
This grant will provide a selection of Playaway audiobooks that will be available for check out as part of the library collection. Playaway audiobooks support students who struggle with reading fluency, reading stamina, or visual impairment by providing  equitable access to the stories that engage their peers. 

Tracy Guillen 

Clark Elementary

Social Emotional Learning and Literacy - Adapting to Diverse Student Needs
With this grant, we will enrich the district adopted Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum with SEL texts that align with the curriculum, best practices of social/emotional development, and what our school data shows are areas of growth and student need. These texts will be available to teachers, staff, and students for checkout in our building library to be utilized effectively and with continued support from specialists and teachers.

Amanda Blashaw 

Sunset Elementary

Summer Slide: Just Say No!
This grant will provide a minimum of two new books to each child in the Title/Learning Assistance Program (LAP) to read and enjoy over the summer in an attempt to prevent Summer Slide, academic loss over summer break.  

Trudy Watts

Maple Hills Elementary

Ukulele Unit for Upper Elementary Music Students
This grant will provide Ukuleles for the program. Ukuleles are versatile across a variety of musical styles, (no longer limited to Hawaiian music), and are relatively easy to play when compared to guitars due to their light weight, small size, and fewer strings (4 rather than 6). They are easy to store for general music teachers and more durable as well, when compared to guitars. Overall, ukuleles have been shown to have a positive impact on elementary music education.

Caryssa Murphy and Gina Caulton

Endeavor Elementary

Sense-ational Kids: Creating sensory experiences from tactile bins to alterternative seating.
This grant will provide sensory bins for kindergarten classes to promote learning through engagement of tactile based experiences. Alternative seating supports kinesthetic and vestibular movement for children who need increased postural control or a quiet space for self-regulation.  

Sunayna Thakur 

Endeavor Elementary

Association of Washington Student Leaders ASB Retreat
This grant will enable 20 ASB leaders to attend a two night/ three day intensive retreat with the Washington Association of Student Leaders.

Hillary Nadell

Gibson Ek

Small Programmers, Big Ideas: Blue-Bots
This grant supports the purchase of Blue Bot Hives, mats and accessories for first grade classrooms.  These fun tools help students develop a strong foundation in computer science skills and fundamental understanding of algorithms and sequencing.

Karen Bankson

Apollo Elementary

It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Divides By Zero
This grant supports STEM in middle school by providing a math club and access to math competitions. 

Eileen Rubenstein

Maywood Middle 

First Grade ABC's: Adventurous Blue-Bot Coding
This grant supports the purchase of Ble Bots and asccessories to build foundation knowledge and excitement for STEM in first grade.  Blue-Bots are bluetooth enabled floor robots used to code, debug and simulate algorithms in a fun, hands-on way for primary students.

Molly Bankson & Sarah Fulghum

Grand Ridge Elementary

Boosting Brains With Books
This grant supports the purchase of books for 2 classrooms that provide variety and challenges all levels of readers.

Laura Saiki & Jessica Suarez

Creekside Elementary

Cougar Ridge Heritage Festival
This grant supports the administrative costs in organizing the heritage festival to ppromote a culture of inclusivity and celebrate diversity.

Priyanka Raha, Shamitha Sridharan & Nancy Benter

Cougar Ridge Elementary

Fantasy Book Clubs
This grant supports the purchase of books to provide more variety and student choice to meet the students' reading needs.

Kristin Page

Cascade Ridge Elementary


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