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NEM Week 1


Welcome to Nourish Every Mind Week 1!

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Below you will find links to all our online content highlighted for this week!

Video: Welcome to Nourish Every Mind (NEM) Week 1: Academic Support

Join Cornell Atwater, Executive Director, and Ellie Roberts and Tanvi Shah, two of our Student Trustees, as they share more about NEM and this week's focus on Academic Support! 

Video: Hear Stories Directly From Our Students!

Join some of our district students as they share their stories about what school was like during remote learning and some of the academic obstacles they faced. They will also share how the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s programs, funded by your generous donations, has helped them find success as they headed back to the classroom.

Issaquah Schools Foundation Program Impact

Natalia shares her family’s story about receiving academic support from programs that the Issaquah School Foundation provides thanks to your generous donations! 

Natalia’s son, Nico, was struggling in school until Natalia reached out the Foundation. After receiving a Student Academic Grant, Nico participated in a tutoring program that allowed him to pass math, gain self-confidence, and achieve future academic success.

Learn more about Student Academic Grants

Video: Weekly Wrap Up - Voices from the Issaquah School District

Join Rich Mellish, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Services, as he explains how the Issaquah School District provides multi-level tiered support systems to accommodate for each student in the district by providing the teachers, time, and services that each student needs to achieve academic success. Rich will also touch on how before and after school learning programs, funded by your donations, support our students, along with a new literacy program called Learning Ally, which support student learning and helps to overcome reading struggles.

Stay tuned as we proudly present Dr. Dana Bailey, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services with the Issaquah School District. She offers her insights on what impact the pandemic and remote learning has had upon students in general education, and those that benefit from special service support as it relates to academics. Dr. Bailey also shares some of the academic resources available for the families in our district and how the Issaquah Schools Foundation supports those resources. Learn more!

Welcome to NEM Week 1, where our focus is on Academic Support. We are excited to hear from YOU, our parents and community members! We invite you to share your experiences and questions by participating in our short, 10 question poll (available in English, Spanish and Chinese), so that we can work together toward building a vision of what support for our community’s kids will look like in the future! At the end of the week, the Issaquah Schools Foundation will share what we have heard, and answer some of your questions. We can't wait to hear what YOU have to say!

Complete our polls and be entered to win a $100 gift card valid for use at any Grand Ridge Plaza store, restaurant, or theatre!*

English – Parent Survey: Mental Health & Social Emotional Support  
English – Community Member: Mental Health & Social Emotional Support  

Spanish – Parent Survey: Mental Health & Social Emotional Support 
Spanish – Community Member Survey: Mental Health & Social Emotional Support 
Chinese - Parent Survey: Mental Health & Social Emotional Support 
Chinese – Community Member Survey: Mental Health & Social Emotional Support 

*All Tell Us in Ten submission email addresses to be entered into a digital drawing on 5/25/22. One entry per week per email address. E-gift card to be delivered to by email and valid at any of Grand Ridge Plaza’s 55+ retail shops, eateries and services including Safeway Gas and Regal Cinemas.

Video: Did You Know? The Issaquah Schools Foundation Provides Literacy Support!

Julianna McDowell, Teacher Librarian at Cedar Trails Elementary School, shares her thoughts on providing the students in the Issaquah School District with books that support diversity and inclusion, and shares her thanks to the Issaquah Schools Foundation for the books that your generous donations allow us to provide each of the 26 schools in our district. Learn more!

We ask, you answer! Each week we will provide a brief recap of what we have learned so far from our parent and community polls. You can expect to hear about some of the questions we’re receiving, and some of the data that we have collected so far. 

We want to hear what you have to say! It’s never too late to participate in our polls! Let us know how you feel about this week’s focus topic and take the survey anytime that works for you and your schedule! 

Join Cornell Atwater, our Executive Director, as she says a little about what we have learned so far!

A highlight of our month-long Nourish Every Mind event is the online auction that excites families about supporting both our local businesses and our local students! The auction is a prominent focus of our programming at the beginning May and then we transition to an inspiring conclusion to bring our community together around the shared effort to ensure that kids have what they need to learn. 

You have the opportunity to bid on items you can't find elsewhere: from exciting school experiences and special graduation gifts for our students, to great getaways, dining and exceptional wines for you! Find the NEM Auction online at https://isf.schoolauction.net/nemauction2022.

All proceeds from the auction support students in every school in the district by helping fund the programs and grants provided by the Issaquah Schools Foundation. A round of applause for our generous donors for providing so many great items this year. Now don't delay - check out all that you can bid on today!

Video: Cornerstone Golden Apple Sponsor Presentation

Thank you Cornerstone, for being a Golden Apple Sponsor for Nourish Every Mind 2022!  

 Over the years, Cornerstone has supported students in our community through generous financial support of the Foundation and employee giving programs. This support fuels resources and programs in the areas of Academic Support, Mental Health, Basic Student Needs, Community Engagement & Outreach, and more. Thank you, Cornerstone, for prioritizing resources for students in all 26 Issaquah School District schools through your support of the Foundation.” 
Visit Cornerstone at https://cornerstonegci.com/ to learn more about their services!

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