April 8, 2014
As the members of the Issaquah High School Robotics Society accepted the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award at the district competition held in March, it represented a win for thousands of district students.
In six short years, the robotics club raised awareness in the community and generated a wave of interest and demand for robotics among students in younger grades.
It’s also led to increased interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics class across the district, according to Dennis Wright, Issaquah School District director of career and counseling services.
March 25, 2014
NEW — 11:45 a.m. March 25, 2014
Fred Nystrom has been named executive director of Life Enrichment Options, a community-based nonprofit that advocates for and assists individuals with developmental disabilities.
Nystrom has an extensive background in media and fundraising with both nonprofit organizations and businesses.
He is very involved in the Issaquah community, serving previously as a board member for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
February 18, 2014
Nonprofit lending, flip-flops and composting are leading the way in innovation, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.
Local businesses received recognition Feb. 13 in the fourth annual Innovation in Issaquah Awards. From 19 nominees, collected through area suggestions, the chamber chose three winners who best represented business innovation in Issaquah.
In a large luncheon at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the nominees, Cedar Grove Composting, Semble and Combat Flip Flops received the top awards.
January 19, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 19, 2014
With Fred Meyer’s new Community Rewards Program, you can help earn money for local students and schools each time you shop.
All you have to do is go online to connect your Fred Meyer Reward Card to the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The program begins Feb. 3, but you need to register now.
You will still earn your Rewards points, fuel points and rebates. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
Learn more or sign up here. Search for the foundation by its name or nonprofit number — 91119.
December 3, 2013
Giving Tuesday should be only the beginning
If you missed the opportunity to make a charitable donation on Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3, never fear. The need is still there today and your check will be every bit as welcome.
If there is a community with a bigger heart than Issaquah’s, we’d like to meet it. It may be true that much of Issaquah’s population is well off enough to be able to write donation checks, but that doesn’t mean they have to.
Just last week, 2,419 people turned out for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s fourth annual Turkey Trot. That’s a few miles of running down the road — and runners actually paid for the privilege.
November 20, 2013
NEW — noon Nov. 20, 2013
The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All in for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, with the aid of 256 high school student volunteers, called more than 9,800 families Nov. 12 and 14.
After 180 minutes of calling, the students had helped net $92,400 in pledges. Their proceeds, combined with donations collected over the past three and a half months brought the foundation’s campaign total to its highest total ever — $412,000.
October 22, 2013
Football fans, show your spirit and support the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the rivalry game of the season, Issaquah vs. Skyline, on Friday, Oct. 25, at Issaquah High School Stadium.
Battle of the Fans in the Stands is a friendly competition between Issaquah and Skyline to see which fans can rally the most support for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
October 15, 2013
A celebration of life for beloved Issaquah art and youth advocate Vicki Hoffman is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Redmond’s Timberlake Church, 4505 236th Ave. N.E.
The family will receive friends at Flintoft’s Funeral Home from 4 -7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah.
Hoffman, a tireless advocate for art in schools, as well as a board member on the Issaquah Community Network and the Issaquah School District PTSA Council, passed away Oct. 12, after suffering a brain aneurysm Oct. 10, according to a slew of emails from Hoffman’s friends and colleagues.
An active parent in the Issaquah School District, Hoffman once served as the Clark Elementary School PTSA president, and is largely responsible for reviving the district’s volunteer art docent program.
October 15, 2013
NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 15, 2013
At Discovery Elementary School, fourth-grade students recently huddled around plastic bins filled with sediment and conducted science experiments about water flow.
It was a simple lesson, but one that might not have been possible without private funding.
Each of the 15 elementary schools in the Issaquah School District has received money to improve its science curriculum from the Issaquah Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization. It’s just one of dozens of programs ISF assists every year at all grade levels.
October 1, 2013
Alison Meryweather and Lisa Callan are familiar with each other, having been finalists for the Issaquah School Board’s vacant position earlier this year.
Meryweather was appointed to the Position 4 post — left open by Chad Magendanz’s move to the state House of Representatives — in March. But Meryweather will have to impress voters to keep the job, and Callan will challenge her again on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The Position 4 seat covers the southeast region of the district. Although candidates run for a specific geographic seat, voters districtwide cast ballots for all Issaquah School Board members. Members are elected to four-year terms.