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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

What Every Parent Wants to Know about the ISD? Part 2

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Issaquah Valley Elementary

Parents - You did not have to attend Part 1 to attend Part 2. Part 2 is follow up information about the school system.

The general session for parents from grades K-12 will include information about curriculum, ELL program, testing/assessments, Special Services, and parent involvement at schools. 

Children’s corner and snacks provided. Interpretation will be available in Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese. 

Please contact gilmourl@issaquah.wednet.edu for more information or if you need an interpreter in another language.

Lo que a todo padre le gustaría saber sobre el sistema educativo de el Distrito Escolar de Issaquah (Segunda Parte)

miercoles, 5 de diciembre, 2018 6:30 a 8:00 pm Issaquah Valley Elementary

La sesión general para padres de los grados K-12 incluirá información sobre el plan de estudios, exámenes, evaluaciones, servicios especiales, programa de ELL y participación de los padres en las escuelas.

Rincón infantil y bocadillos seran disponibles

Interpretación sera disponible en español.

Póngase en contacto con camposf@issaquah.wedney.edu para obtener más información.

 这是给幼儿园到12年级的父母的一般会议。内容包括有关课程,测试评估,特殊服务,英语语言学习计划等信息。以及家长如何投入和参与学校的个项活动。

我们会提供儿童游戏区和点心并有普通话的口译服务。

若您有任何問題,請聯繫 Wenli Mithal mithalw@issaquah.wednet.edu 謝謝您。

What Every Parent Wants to Know About the Issaquah School District

October 3, 2018
Issaquah Valley Elementary, 6:30pm

Chinese, Korean, and Spanish Interpreters will be available. Please email Lorna Gilmour by Thursday, September 20 if you need an interpreter in another language.

More information:

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:

 

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Family Partnership Team

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. 

Family Partnership Meetings - 9:30am-11:30am

  • September 17 – Issaquah Valley Elementary P6
  • October 15   – ISD Admin Building, Boardroom B and C
  • November 19 – ISD Admin Building, Boardroom B and C
  • December 17  – please email GilmourL@issaquah.wednet.edu for location (TBD)
  • January 14 (Location TBD)
  • February 11 (Location TBD)
  • March 18 (Location TBD)
  • April 22  (Location TBD)
  • May 20 (Location TBD)
  • June 17 (end of year celebration) (Location TBD)
     

Purpose of the meetings: 

  • Help families understand and navigate our school system.  
  • Connect with families and offer resources (home language support, resources regarding financial support, mental health resources)
  • Support Family Partnership volunteer leaders plan and organize building and district Family Partnership events (PTA, Cultural Bridges, etc)

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

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 - Fall 2018

          

2018-2019 Family Guide

          

Parent Guide

   

Contacts

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.