September 15th, 2021
During a pandemic, when many things are outside of our control, it’s what we do as parents with what we can control that will shape our children into cool, kind kids with character. Join nationally recognized author and speaker Dr. Laura Kastner for a discussion about strategies to help our children, our partners and ourselves find calm in the chaos.
October 13th, 7pm on zoom
August 28, 2021
We are always looking for positive, creative ways to make the mental mind shift for back to school for you and your child. Here are four effective ways to engage mental creativity while adding life skills to your tool box. Thank you to Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger, past Artistic Support Manager & Creative Arts Director, now owner of Ignite Creative Solutions.
These lessons on story boarding, mind mapping, motivational collage making, and drawing offer a fresh approach to how you can encourage your child in the areas of goal setting, problem solving, resilience building, and development of effective study strategies.
Looking for something inspiring to do that will nurture the creative and visual side of your brain? Here are easy, fun, and inspirational lessons for you to do at home or as an activity while on vacation! Enjoy these lessons that were created and narrated by Karen Harmon. Karen shares her passion for art and nurturing creativity as a means to help with problem solving as well as ways to help with mental and emotional well-being. Karen is an Elementary Art Curriculum Specialist and a Positive Behavioral Social Emotional Support Coach. Enjoy these lessons!
There are several tutoring options available. If you are in need of support with tutoring costs, we have a Student Academic Grant program. If you need assistance selecting a tutor, view our Academic Support Partners page here.
There are MANY websites with free educational resources.
Click here to view over 150 sites with options to learn & explore everything from reading and math to virtual tours and activities.
While the Foundation does not have a connection with any of these sites, the list provides options for parents looking for new learning opportunities for their kids.
Congratulations parents and guardians, you made it through the school year! As we close out the school year, our parting post shares ideas on different ways to avoid the “Summer Slide.” Contrary to what it sounds like, this isn't a fun waterslide in town! Rather, the “Summer Slide” refers to a backwards academic slide that many children experience as a result of a loss of knowledge such as reading and math skills over the summer. Did you know that children can lose up to three months of academic progress over the summer?
Here are some ideas we’ve collected that might help your child avoid the Summer Slide
Happy Summer! Enjoy this special time with your family!
We have been saddened and heartbroken over the violence we have witnessed recently towards our Black community. As always, we stand in alignment with the Issaquah School District in promoting awareness and educating ourselves to be part of the solution.
These topics can be uncomfortable to have but they are so important to have to raise awareness and ignite change. Families that are facing racial inequities in our community cannot shoulder these topics alone. Together we can make a difference.
Here are some resources to help you have these conversations with your families.
From the Issaquah School District:
WA State Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction has launched a new video series to support parents as they navigate the current learning environment. The series provides helpful tips on a variety of topics - like how to structure your day, positive behavior support, stress management and problem solving. The webinar has been recorded and uploaded to Youtube in 20-25 minute digestible pieces, so families can access at their own pace.
NEM Golden Apple Sponsor, Amazon, is helping to keep young minds active, alert, and engaged during school closures by offering free audiobooks for kids on Audible. Available in 6 languages and free to stream on desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.
Here's the link: www.stories.audible.com/start-listen
We invite you to our mindfulness practice using simple repetitions to focus on the present moment. A good exercise for students and parents alike, see how our Creative Arts Director, Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger, helps promote relaxation and focus.
Note: An @Issaquah.wednet.edu email address (secondary students/ office 365 Educational account) is required.
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