Back to school: 10 ways to keep students, pedestrians and motorists safe

September 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2014

As the new school year begins today in the Issaquah School District, AAA Washington urges drivers to be aware and extra cautious when traveling in school zones, backing out of driveways and navigating through parking lots and neighborhoods.

More than 1.1 million students in Washington state are preparing for back to school, which brings an increase in child pedestrian activity in and around roadways, especially during morning and afternoon hours.

In the Issaquah district, 135 buses travel more than 1.2 million miles and provide rides to and from schools and school-related activities to more than 8,000 students.

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Editorial — Please slow down; school is in session

September 2, 2014

It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.

We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.

State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.

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Godly giveaway

August 20, 2013

Eastridge Church hosts food bank backpack handouts

By Greg Farrar Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

By Greg Farrar
Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

Eastridge Church is hosting a community festival Aug. 24 where, in partnership with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, school children in need will be given backpacks filled with basic school supplies.

The festivities and fun begins at 10 a.m. at the church, 24205 SE Issaquah Fall city Rd, with outdoor activities that include inflatables, face painting and science shows by Eastridge children’s pastor Dan Metteer.

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Welcome Back

August 20, 2013

New superintendent is ready to hit the ground running

Dear Issaquah School District community,

After more than 12 years here in Issaquah in leadership positions ranging from principal to associate superintendent, I am thrilled to write my first message to you as the new superintendent!

Ron Thiele

Ron Thiele

My heart and my passion is for public education, and I want to work together to ensure that every student has a successful and fun experience in their school. As such, one of my top priorities is getting out into the community to hear from you about how we are doing.

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Back-to-School Essentials

August 20, 2013

District website: The main district web address is

Verify enrollment: If you have not registered or still need assistance, contact your school directly.

Family Access: A link to this website sits at the bottom left of the district main page. The site provides parents and students online access to student information, including test scores, attendance, class schedules and immunization records. If you have forgotten your password, you can get a new one sent to the e-mail address on file with the district.

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Bartell Drugs seeks school supply donations

August 17, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 17, 2013

Through Aug. 31, Bartell Drugs stores welcome donations of schools supplies for their 10th annual “School Tools for Kids in Need.” The drive supports students in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties through World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center in Fife.

The school supplies help restock the center, where teachers with students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs “shop” free of charge for school supplies to meet students’ needs.

As many as 58,000 local students begin the school year without basic school supplies, according to World Vision.

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Issaquah School District registration opens online this month

August 1, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2013

For the first time, all Issaquah School District levels will be able to confirm enrollment status online this year.

The Enrollment Verification Process for elementary schools is Aug. 1-7, while Back to School Check-In and RSVP for middle and high schools, respectively, go live from Aug. 12-18.

Through the online portal, families will be able to confirm enrollment status, download and print necessary forms, sign up for PTSA, add money to a student’s lunch account, subscribe to the district E-news mailing list and donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Depending on the grade level, it may also be possible to pay fines and fees, or join boosters.

For more specific information, contact your child’s school. The district will post notice of registration and the instruction page when the processes go live.