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Cultural and Family Partnerships

Upcoming Events

Ready for School Fair (Online Verification Support)
August 10, 2018
Maywood Middle School

Issaquah Valley Elementary

Chinese and Spanish Interpreters will be available. Please email Lorna Gilmour if you need an interpreter in another language.

More information:

Family Partnership Team

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“If only my parents had had this information when we moved here from the Philippines, my life would have been much easier as a student.” - Ligaya Peterson

The Issaquah School District supports students' success by supporting families.


Below are some resources that will help you:

  1. Translated documents and resources for families: 
  2. Transportation – find your school and bus route
  3. Email Assistance (en Español, in Chinese) – How to sign up for an email address, District e-news, get email app on phone, change the language on your email
  4. Family Access/Skyward Assistance (en Español, in Chinese) – How to sign up for Skyward (Family Access), change the language on Skyward, and how to get the Family Access app on your phone
  5. What Every Parent Wants to Know about the US School System.
    - Elementary
    - Middle School
    High School
  6. English Language Learner Program information here.
  7. Kindergarten Registration

What does Family Partnership mean to parents?

It means supporting your child in many ways. Here are some ideas:

  • Discuss school work or new learning with your child. “What did you learn today?”
  • Talk to or read with your child in your home language. Help your child maintain their home language.
  • Connect with other families to get important information and build friendships - through PTSA events, social media, neighborhood friendships, and friends who speak your language(s).
  • Build a positive relationships with your child’s teacher(s) and principal
  • Ask the school/teacher how you can help or volunteer in the school

Why is Family-School partnership important?  

Research says:

  • Your student will do better in school and get better grades
  • Your student will have better school attendance
  • Your student will be more prepared for class
  • Your high school student will earn more credits
     (Research from Catsambis, 2001 and Simon, 2004)

What is the Issaquah School District Family Partnership Team?

The ISD Family Partnership Team is a group of parents and district employees who work together to support students’ success by supporting families.  

  • We help families understand and navigate our school system.  
  • We seek to connect with families and offer resources in their home languages.
  • We host a few district-wide events throughout the year. 


The ISD holds the event “What Every Parent Wants to Know About the Issaquah School District” to help our culturally and linguistically diverse families learn more about schools and programs in the district. This has been the third year the district has held the event. Interpreters and free childcare were provided.

Parents attend an information session on Elementary, Middle or High school to get a better understanding about school programs, school structure, grading, testing and parent engagement.  Sessions were facilitated by district staff and Family Partnership parent volunteers. Parents had an opportunity to ask questions and talk to district staff and Family Partnership parent volunteers.. 

Click below on your child's school level for information shared during the event:

WEPWTK Event Photo 1
WEPWTK Event Photo 2
WEPWTK Event Photo 3

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Cultural Bridges Magazine

The Cultural Bridges for Education Program is a family engagement strategy that serves as a bridge of communication between the Issaquah School District and parents who were not born in America. Cultural Bridges helps families overcome language and cultural barriers and empowers them to become a part of our community while helping their kids be successful in school. Cultural Bridges is sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

Winter 2018


Fall 2017


Parent Guide



Rosann Rankin
Equity and Family Partnerships Specialist
Works Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays. 
                     Marisol Visser
Cultural Bridges Program Manager
Issaquah Schools Foundation

Lorna Gilmour
Equity and Family Partnerships Specialist ISD


Issaquah School District Family Partnership Team