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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.

Liaisons

Francisca Mejia Campos (Español)
Family Partnership Liaison
425-837-7141
CamposF@issaquah.wednet.edu 
       Wenli Mithal (中文)
Family Partnership Liaison
425-837-7106
MithalW@issaquah.wednet.edu 
     
Ina Ghangurde
Family Partnership Liaison
425-837-7008
GhangurdeI@issaquah.wednet.edu
   
     
Click here for Family Partnership Liaison schedules and school information. 

Events

ISD Family Partnership Events 2019-2020

September     

Family Access Help (two sessions)

  • September 25 - Maywood from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • September 26 - Clark from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Support families that need help using and navigating Family Access.

October

What Every Parent Wants to know about the ISD

  • October 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Clark Elementary)

Separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school information. Topics include: school and classroom expectations, behavior expectations, grading, homework, communications with school and teachers, how to get involved, course selection information and Family Access.

November

Communicating with teachers at Parent-Teacher Conferences (ES only)

  • November 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Location TBD)
Topics will include - Parent-teacher conferences, contacting schools, norms, expectations for parent-teacher communications 
 

Chinese and Spanish interpreters available at all events. Contact gilmourl@issaquah.wednet.edu if you need an interpreter in another language for a specific event.


The ISD holds event such as “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.

Parents attend information sessions on Elementary, Middle or High school to get a better understanding about school programs, school structure, grading, testing and parent engagement. Events are facilitated by District staff and Family Partnership parent volunteers. Parents have 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:

 

Image of What Every Parent Wants to Know Event February 2018


Family Partnership Team

What is the Issaquah School District Family Partnership Team?

Since 2015, the ISD Family Partnership Team has been working together to support students’ success by supporting families. The team provides input and ideas on how the district and Family Partnership ISD staff can provide support for families especially our culturally and linguistically diverse community. The FPT helps plan and organize building and district Family Partnership events. The members attend district events and support family engagement. For more information, please contact Lorna Gilmour gilmourl@issaquah.wednet.edu  

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

Family Connections Meetings

New families to the district are invited to attend Family Connections meeting to better understand and navigate the school system. Families are invited to ask questions about schools and the district. District employees will discuss programs and resources offered in the district. Spanish and Chinese interpreters are available at the meetings.

  • October 2, 2019 – ISD Admin Building 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • January 8, 2020 – ISD Admin Building 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • April 1, 2020 – ISD Admin Building 9:30 to 11:30 am

Resources

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
  8. Interfaith Calendar

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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.

Cultural Bridges - Winter 2019

          

2019-2020 Family Guide

          

Parent Guide

   

Contacts

Alaina Sivadasan
Director of Equity
425-837-7204
SivadasanA@issaquah.wednet.edu

      Lorna Gilmour
Equity and Family Partnerships Specialist ISD
425-837-7205
GilmourL@issaquah.wednet.edu
       
         

Francisca Mejia Campos (Español)
Family Partnership Liaison
425-837-7141
CamposF@issaquah.wednet.edu

  Wenli Mithal (中文)
Family Partnership Liaison
425-837-7106
MithalW@issaquah.wednet.edu
Ina Ghangurde
Family Partnership Liaison
425-837-7008
GhangurdeI@issaquah.wednet.edu


Click here for Family Partnership Liaison schedules and school information.