Spotlight on Success: September 11, 2020
Can you help us?

We are Stepping Up for Kids this fall! Will you join us? You can make a difference by helping to raise funds to support programs that meet the emerging needs of our student and teachers. With your help, the Foundation can continue to support district-wide programs for all 24 schools. The educational environment has changed rapidly in the last six months, making support of the Issaquah Schools Foundation critical.  We need your help. 
  
For 33 years, the Issaquah Schools Foundation has been funding programs and resources for Issaquah School District students and teachers. We seek to inspire innovation to adapt to our new environment including providing access to technology and on-line tools and resources to support remote learning for more than 20,000 students.  
  
If you are in a position to make a gift, please visit isfdn.org/donate to Step Up for Kids. Help us stay agile to make an impact in our community!  
Fall Fitness Challenge - Registration is Open
The Challenge is ON!
 
Thank you for Stepping Up for our Fall Fitness Challenge! As of today, we’re at 360 registered challengers and counting, leaving us feeling grateful and inspired. 

Send your pictures and stories to info@isfdn.org – we love seeing you in action! For Challenge updates and weekly raffle prize announcements, follow the Step Up for Kids Fall Fitness Challenge Page. A sneak peek of this week’s raffle prizes include: Super Jock n Jill gift cards, a headset & webcam set, Spikeball, Safeway gift cards, and STEM activity kits. 

Are you a team captain? Check out the FFC Event Page this weekend for a special announcement about your chance to win valuable prizes for your PTSA, organization, or group! It’s not too late to join the FFC fun… registration remains open, and we’d love to have you join us now that the back to school dust has settled.
Making an Impact
Tools4School is a great program where the Issaquah Schools Foundation partners with the Issaquah Food & Clothing bank to offer new backpacks filled with school supplies each year. This year we were able to distribute almost 600 backpacks with supplies on August 18th, sent over 250 more out to each of the school buildings for staff to hand out, and have even more on hand to offer as the need arises this school year. Thanks to you, we are able to provide 1200 school supply packs to students in need this year, thank you! 
 
We also partner with Friends of the Issaquah Library to offer free books to families who participate in our Tools4School event and they gave out over 730 books to students!
 
Partnerships are important in helping support our community, and we are proud to work with these wonderful organizations to provide what our students need to succeed.

Special thanks to: Community Church of Issaquah, Eastridge Church, Egger Orthodontics, Grand Ridge Plaza, Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Issaquah Rotary, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sammamish Rotary, Safeway, Toys For Kids, and all of the individual donors who provided funding for backpacks & school supplies!
Upcoming Parent Education Events
Sept 14, 2020
What and when are our kids learning about race and bias? Not sure how to handle complicated conversations at home? Rosetta Lee, local educator, diversity consultant and activist, will explain what racial concepts are absorbed at what age and provide straightforward language on how to introduce hard topics like race, bias, diversity, and inclusivity. She will teach us how to process our childrens’ points of view and methods to develop intentionally inclusive children. Rosetta will close with advice on how to incorporate lessons of respect and tolerance in day-to-day activities before leaving time for Q&A.

How much do your teens know about race and racism? In what ways do our students experience the effects of implicit bias? Does your family want to know how to be an ally? Join Rosetta Lee, local educator, diversity consultant and activist, for an evening full of age-appropriate tools on how to address the complexities of race, racism, privilege, bias and inclusivity. Walk away with increased confidence and tools will help you handle tough topics and conversations for years to come with your teen. Q&A to follow. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend with supervision. 

Upcoming YMCA Webinar Series - Suicide Prevention
Join the Foundation and the YMCA throughout September, as we observe Suicide Prevention Month. YMCA's series of free webinars feature the topics we need to talk about more, and are led by local experts—including therapists from the Y's Social Impact Center.

Webinars run from September 15th - 30th. Visit this site to see the list of free webinars: Click here!

Registration is required.
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Just go to smile.amazon.com and search "Issaquah Schools Foundation" and select the Foundation as your charity of choice.