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                            Monthly News Items from ISF



       Sept 2015

Welcome Back! We’re looking forward to a great year with a wonderful group of ISF/PTSA Ambassadors. What is an ISF Ambassador? Your “go-to” person for all Issaquah Schools Foundation information. ISF Ambassadors do a tremendous job of building bridges of understanding, support, and enthusiasm between our schools and the Issaquah Schools Foundation. This year’s ISF Ambassador at Pine Lake MS  is: OPEN  and she (he) can be reached at  


How can you contribute to a great education for your child?

Donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, running now through November 17th! Your gift will fund programs and initiatives that elevate education for your child and every Issaquah School District Student. Please give what you can—$5 a month to $5,000 a year.  Your donation will fuel success for students in every school, and every classroom. Visit to make your donation today.


Shop with Amazon and Give Back!

Visit for all of your back to school shopping needs and please use the ISF site to take you there.  Visit and click on the Amazon logo in the top left corner. Add the link to your bookmarks and up to 8% of your total purchase will be donated to the Foundation. Happy shopping!


Career Cruising for High School Students

Issaquah students in all of our high schools will be cruising into their future with Career Cruising starting this year. This powerful program will help students build a plan that connects their schoolwork to real life - and to their futures - by engaging students to learn about themselves, explore their options, create a plan, then bring that plan to life.  Their work is supported by the high school career counselors who can see how each student is doing and help guide them along the way.  Parents will also have access to their child's progress at all times through the parent portal.  The Foundation will also be expanding this valuable tool into the community through Inspire, which connects students to the local community so they can ask questions of real working people and learn about internship opportunities. 


Thank you Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy is helping to ensure that all Issaquah schools and classrooms are safe and emergency prepared. Every school will now have a fully functioning Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and every classroom will be equipped with a fully stocked emergency backpack and first aid kit. Thank you Puget Sound Energy for keeping us safe!



     May 2015 

Look What You Did!

You came together as a community and raised over $700,000 at the Nourish Every Mind Breakfast and Luncheon to support Great Schools and a Great Community! Your investments benefit every student in every classroom, every day. If you missed the event, visit our website to view photos or contribute.


Make New Friends Across the District

There’s still room for you at one of our fun themed parties benefiting the Issaquah Schools Foundation. View the Auction Catalog to see where there’s space for you and which of your friends are already attending.


Who Says There’s No YOU in Team?

Come learn more about the many ways to volunteer with the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Attend our Volunteer Open House on June 3 from 7 to 8:30 pm at 6061 167 th Ave SE, Bellevue. Call 425.391.8557 for more information.


You’ve Got Their Backs

Through the Tools 4 School program, we’re gearing up to provide 1,000 fully stocked backpacks this August so that students can arrive at school equipped for learning. Your organization, workplace or neighborhood can participate as a Tools 4 School team, raising funds for backpacks and school supplies or simply collecting new backpacks. To participate or for more information, contact Barb de Michele at 425-391-8557 or


Cool Beans!

Love coffee? Join our Coffee for Kids program with a monthly subscription to Camano Island Coffee. Ten percent of every order supports the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Receive $20 off your first order. Visit Coffee for Kids to register.




    April 2015

Your Place at the Table

Have you reserved your seat for Nourish Every Mind? The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s signature event is your opportunity to meet, mingle and learn how much our students benefit from your support. Join us for the 17th Annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center or the 2nd Annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on May 20 at Eastridge Church. For more information, contact your PTSA’s Schools Foundation representative or Carolyn Kennedy at


New Scholarship Opportunity!

The Issaquah Schools Foundation impacts every student at every school. Now, high school juniors and seniors can earn a $1,000 college scholarship by describing how donor-funded Foundation programs have impacted their education. The Foundation’s new Impact Scholarship will be awarded in two categories—written and oral. Application deadline: April 13. Learn more at


Bringing Big Ideas to Life

Our Balloon Brigade was back on the town on March 27 to surprise the winners of our Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grants. Twelve teachers received Kateri Brow grants ranging in amount from $1,500 to $9,800 to fund innovative programs for students throughout the district. Learn about this year’s awards at


      March 2015

Become a VOICE Mentor, Change a Life

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s VOICE Mentor Program matches caring adults with students in need of academic or social support. We’ve made hundreds of matches this year, but more than 100 students throughout the district are still waiting for a mentor. Could that mentor be you? Contact VOICE Director Susie Gierke at Learn more at


The Write Stuff

Thanks to Issaquah Schools Foundation donors, the top-notch writing instruction in all our elementary schools will soon arrive at every middle school. Foundation donors are funding teacher training to help middle school educators bring the new curriculum to their classrooms. Want to support writing at home? Our innovative teachers suggest starting a family journal!


Congratulations, 2015 Grant Winners!

Our intrepid Balloon Brigade volunteers traveled the district on February 27 to surprise the 15 Classroom Enrichment Grant Award winners. Classroom Enrichment grants fund projects of $1,000 or below that reflect innovation in learning or cover basic needs. Learn about this year’s awards at Watch for the Balloon Brigade on March 27 to celebrate our Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grant winners. Want to be part of the Banner Brigade fun? Contact Stacy at 425-391-8557.


     February 2015

It’s February and the Issaquah Schools Foundation is all about the love. Who’s on our Valentine’s list? Our parents, volunteers and donors, our teachers, and our students! We LOVE seeing your children discover, develop and achieve their academic potential.


Save the Date for Nourish Every Mind

Join us for the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th Annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on Thursday, May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and the 2nd Annual Nourish Every Mind Breakfast on Wednesday, May 20 at Eastridge Church.

Contact Theresa Nguyen and Connie Ellis for a seat at the PLMS PTSA table. We'd love to have you as our guest.


You Shop, They Give, Students Win!

You can earn money for our students when you shop with Amazon and Fred Meyer.

  • Use the Issaquah Schools Foundation website to log onto You’ll earn 8% of your purchase for the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Visit for our Amazon link.
  • Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Issaquah Schools Foundation at Search for us by name or number, 9119.


Empty Your Closets = Full Student Tummies

Donate to Issaquah’s new Value Village store February 17-21, and the Issaquah Schools Foundation will receive a portion of your donation. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s Basic Student Needs program. Stop by 5530 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway with your donation, and thank Value Village for supporting our students.


Bring the Happiest 5K on the Planet to Town

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has the opportunity to bring the Color Run to town this August. We need your help assuring organizers we can attract 2,000 participants.

  1. Click Here to go to the Color Run website
  2. Look for the ‘JOIN VIP List’ box on the right side of the page.
  3. Add your name and email.
  4. Select Issaquah as your first choice city.

Color Run will tally all entries received by February 28th. Thank you!


     January 2015


Happy New Year!

Our community rocks! Your donations topped off our All in for Kids Annual Fund campaign in December, allowing us to begin 2015 with even more support of our students and schools. Because of you, the Start Strong Program for freshmen will be expanded and we’ll be able to fully fund our Academic Enrichment Grants. THANK YOU for continuing to elevate education for every student in the District. Our best wishes for a fantabulous 2015.


Mail Call

If you made a donation to the Foundation during calendar year 2014, please keep an eye out for your tax-receipt letter. It should hit your mailbox by Monday, January 26th.  Call us at 425-391-8557 if your copy does not arrive by this date.


Planting the Seed - Nourish Every Mind Luncheon or Breakfast

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the Annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon, Thursday, May 14th at Issaquah Community Center and/or Nourish Every Mind Breakfast, Wednesday, May 20th at Eastridge Church. The Breakfast and Luncheon are THE BEST ways to learn about the District/Foundation partnership and see how students directly benefit from your investments. Plus, both events are inspiring and fun!

If you'd like a seat at the Pine Lake PTSA tables please contact Theresa Nguyen,  

If you’d like to be a Table Captain or event volunteer, please contact Audrey Clark,


Empty Closets = Full Tummies

Value Village is opening a store in Issaquah and has selected the Issaquah Schools Foundation as its local nonprofit partner. All clothing and household goods donated at the Issaquah store February 17-21 will result in a cash donation to the Foundation. We’ll direct the money to the Basic Student Needs program which provides food, health care, clothing and school supplies for students in need. Stop by 5530 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway with your donation, and thank Value Village for supporting our students.


Cracking the Code

Thanks to your donations, computer-coding instruction will soon be available at several elementary schools. The Foundation has approved training for 19 elementary teachers so they can bring Scratch programming into their classrooms. Developed at MIT, Scratch is a programming language that allows children to design interactive media using stories, games and animation. The Free Scratch Coding Clubs will be piloted at four elementary schools this spring. With their launch, Foundation donors will bring computer programming to students as every level – elementary, middle and high school.