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Below you will find links to all our online content highlighted for this week!
Join Rachel Hines, one of our Student Trustees, as she shares more about NEM and this week's focus on Mental Health & Social Emotional Support!
Join some of our district students as they share their stories about what school was like during remote learning and some of the mental health & social emotional 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.
Natalia shares her story as a Learning Needs Specialist for the Issaquah School District. Natalia participated in the Youth Mental Health First Aid® session. Youth Mental Health First Aid helps to build knowledge, skills, and awareness of resources to support students experiencing mental health challenges.
Natalia shares how participating this Foundation-funded training has helped prepare her to help our students in their path to success.
Holly Stipe, Middle School Teacher at our newly opened Cougar Mountain Middle School (CMMS) shares her story about Where Everyone Belongs (WEB). She speaks to the importance of this program and its impact upon the emotional and social well-being of students in building their confidence, character, leadership skills, and friendship connections.
Holly is proud to lead the WEB program at CMMS where she selects 8th grade leaders to then become mentors for incoming 6th graders and help them find their place in the school community.
Dr. Nathan Brown, psychologist and data scientist with TrueBearing Consulting, shares a summary of the recent Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The HYS is a statewide, collaborative effort of the Office of Superintendent of Public Education, the State Department of Health, Health Care Authority, and the Liquor and Cannabis Board. The survey asks students their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors pertaining to a variety of health and safety topics, including school climate and community safety, anxiety and depression, substance use and abuse, and healthy eating habits, and physical activity.
Welcome to NEM Week 2, where our focus is on Mental Health & Social Emotional 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!*
*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.
Because 1 in 5 youth will experience a mental health challenge, it is crucial that adults know how to identify, understand, and respond to young people showing signs of mental health or substance use concerns. Youth Mental Health First Aid® training helps to build knowledge, skills, and awareness of resources to support students who are experiencing mental health challenges. Training sessions are led by mental health first aid instructor Michelle Brode, who shares her expertise and years of experience working in schools, supporting students, staff, and parents. Educators who attend also receive clock-hours towards their certification.
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!
The Nourish Every Mind Auction is live! Online only through May 15th!
Don't miss out on your chance 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
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.
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!
Thank you for helping us support our community’s students!
Thank you to Microsoft for being a 2022 Nourish Every Mind Golden Apple Sponsor! Our partnership with Microsoft Philanthropies fuels access to technology, skills, and opportunity for our community’s students. The Foundation also thanks Microsoft employees that support our organization through employee giving and engagement programs. We celebrate the collective impact that Microsoft helps us make on the lives of Issaquah School District students!
Microsoft Philanthropies Team Picture: Sr. Program Manager - Jolenta Coleman-Bush, Skyline High School Alumni – Business Program Manager for TSI, Minji Kim, and former Issaquah School District parent - Sr. Program Manager for TSI, Jeremy Pitman.
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