Editorial

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.

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All in for Kids campaign sets record for donations to schools

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.

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Battle of the Fans in the Stands is Oct. 25

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.

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Artist, youth advocate Vicki Hoffman dies

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.

Vicki Hoffman

Vicki Hoffman

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.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation donations make a big impact in Issaquah classrooms

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.

By Neil Pierson Ansley Jaye reads in Stephanie Keibel’s third-grade class at Discovery Elementary School. Students are seeing their reading scores improve thanks in part to funding from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

By Neil Pierson
Ansley Jaye reads in Stephanie Keibel’s third-grade class at Discovery Elementary School. Students are seeing their reading scores improve thanks in part to funding from the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

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Alison Meryweather, Lisa Callan vie for Issaquah School Board seat

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.

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Issaquah schools partner with Amazon to raise funds

September 30, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 30, 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation has started its annual All in for Kids fundraiser, and is looking for families to donate money to fund basic programs throughout the school district.

Issaquah remains near the bottom of the state’s public school districts in terms of per-pupil funding. The foundation’s goal is to make up the gap between what the state provides for basic education and the actual cost.

As part of the fundraiser, anyone who shops at Amazon.com can earmark up to 8 percent of his or her purchase for the foundation. Donations can also be made on the ISF website.

Schools Foundation annual fund campaign begins Aug. 1

August 27, 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All In for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, its fall fund drive, began Aug. 1. The fundraiser goes until Nov. 14, ending with a phoneathon as in previous years.

Once parents start to register their children for the upcoming school year, parents can donate to the campaign as part of the online process. The foundation will also put out flyers and letters to district families in the coming months.

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Issaquah Schools Foundation annual fund raising campaign begins Aug. 1

August 20, 2013

The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s All In for Kids Annual Fund Campaign, its fall fund drive, began Aug. 1. The fundraiser goes until Nov. 14, ending with a phoneathon as in previous years.

Once parents start to register their children for the upcoming school year, parents can donate to the campaign as part of the online process. The foundation will also put out flyers and letters to district families in the coming months.

“Parents and community members are still the driving force behind education,” Lynn Juniel, development director of the foundation, said.

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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.

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