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April 2018 Spotlight on Success

Issaquah Schools Foundation
Your Donations at Work
Classroom Enrichment Grants
Thanks to the support of donors like you, 12 schools received Issaquah Schools Foundation Classroom Enrichment Grants. Each year, the Foundation awards grants of up to $1,000 to enhance the learning environment of classrooms, libraries, computer labs and resource centers. 
The 2018 grant recipients included students and teachers at Apollo, Grand Ridge, Maple Hills and Newcastle elementary schools; Issaquah Middle School; and Gibson Ek and Skyline high schools. Grants ranged from the creation of a peer helpers program for a school playground to the purchase of Sphero robots to teach coding. Grants also supported the purchase of culturally diverse classroom libraries; training for paraprofessionals; seating options for classrooms such as stools, bike pedals, bean bag chairs, cushions and floor chairs; supplies to renovate an unused space into a greenhouse; and backpack kits with books and matching stuffed animals to build reading fluency that students can check out and bring home. Click HERE to learn more.
Nourish Every Mind: Register Now
Please join us to learn how our community can support the needs of students at the Nourish Every Mind Luncheon or Breakfast. Nourish Every Mind is a great way to hear first-hand from students and teachers who have benefited from Foundation programs. Click HERE to register.
Luncheon: Thursday, May 10 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue
Breakfast: Tuesday, May 22 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah 
Programs That Make a Difference 
What Every Parent Wants to Know
Now in its third year, the What Every Parent Wants to Know About the Issaquah School District event helps our culturally and linguistically diverse families learn more about our schools. This year, the free event helped more than 200 family members gain a better understanding of school structure, grading, schedules, testing, family engagement, volunteering and more. The event, which also offers interpreters and childcare, is jointly coordinated by the Foundation and District.
"有学习氛围和公平的学校里学习。不仅告诉我们如何去了解自己孩子的学习情况和完成作业的状况。而且最后也给我们家长很多很好的见议,让我们这些家长也在不断的学习中成长。不仅是他们的家长更要做孩子需要的朋友" - Sandy Deng, District Parent
"I learned a lot about the school atmosphere. They told us how to understand the way the kids are taught and how to check their homework. They gave parents a lot of good advice, so that we can also continue learning as parents, like how they need us as parents but also as friends." - Sandy Deng, District Parent. Click HERE to learn more.
Volunteer VOICE Mentors
Did you know that more than 330 students are mentored by community members through the VOICE mentoring program? Each year, volunteers are partnered with students as one-to-one mentors.
At the Foundation's recent volunteer appreciation reception, mentors learned from the University of Washington's Dr. Polo DeCano, who discussed incorporating mindfulness and resiliency into mentoring. They also enjoyed browsing through hundreds of new books (donated by Barnes & Noble), looking for the perfect one to give to their mentees. 
One mentor shared the excitement of the mentor-mentee relationship: "My mentee was SO excited to share with me that she got a part in the fifth grade play! She wanted to spend our time together having me hear her part. She told me she had a song to sing with a small ensemble. She wasn't sure she had the confidence to practice it 'solo' in front of me. She said she had never sung a solo in front of anyone. Long story short... SHE DID IT!" Click HERE to learn more.
Cultural Bridges: Lee nuestra revista en Español
Cultural Bridges es una revista bilingüe que se publica 3 veces al año, con información que ayuda a familias para sentirse conectadas con el sistema educativo en los Estados Unidos. Lee AQUI nuestra revista en Español.
Cultural Bridges is a bilingual quarterly magazine published in Spanish, Korean and Chinese by the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Click HERE to read the latest edition in Spanish and English.
The Foundation's Cultural Bridges for Education family engagement program serves as a bridge of communication between the District and parents who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse. Cultural Bridges helps families overcome language and cultural barriers, and empowers them to become a part of our community while helping their students to be successful in school.
Events and Opportunities
Dining for Kids is TODAY!
Join us for lunch and dinner today at Tutta Bella.
Tutta Bella
715 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA
Tutta Bella is donating 15% of your bill to the Issaquah Schools Foundation where it will go directly to the Feeding Student Success program, providing breakfast bars, snacks and lunch support for students in the Issaquah School District. 
Influence the Choice Video Contest
Influence the Choice Drug Prevention Alliance for Youthinvites middle and high school-aged students who live within the Issaquah School District boundaries to create short video commercials telling their friends how to positively resist alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug temptations, and how to encourage others through discussion and dialogue. To celebrate the contest's sixth year, three submissions in three different categories will be awarded cash prizes. The deadline to enter is April 13, 2018. Click HERE to learn more.
Spotting the Signs of Alcohol & Drug Use: Free Event 
Would you see the signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home? Looks can be very deceiving, especially if you don't know what to look for.  
Attend the free Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit to learn what to look for, and what to do if you do find something, on Monday, April 16 at Central Washington University (120 228th Ave NE, Sammamish)Tour the exhibit at an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by a presentation with experts from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Please note: Parent/adult-only event. Click HERE to register.

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