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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

Communicating with Teachers At ISD Elementary School Conferences

November 7, 2018
Issaquah Valley Elementary, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

This event will provide some suggestions on how to make the most of the conference and provide you with some resources as you prepare for the conference. You will also have an opportunity to sign up or learn how to sign up for the conferences on December 5 and 6 on Family Access. All elementary school families are invited to attend. Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian and Japanese interpreters will be available. More information on the event can be found here.

Como comunicarnos con los maestros en las conferencias de las escuelas primarias 

Las Conferencias de Padres y Maestros son una excelente oportunidad para aprender sobre el progreso de su hijo en la escuela, hablar de los planes para el futuro del estudiante y encontrar soluciones a las preocupaciones académicas o de comportamiento social, si es necesario. El propósito de este evento es el ofrecer las herramientas necesarias que le ayudaran a aprovechar al máximo la oportunidad de platicar con el maestro, así como también preparar preguntas para ella o el. También tendrá la oportunidad de aprender a usar el sistema de Family Access para inscribirse a las conferencias del 5 y 6 de diciembre. Todas las familias de las escuelas primarias están invitadas a asistir.

Habrá intérpretes de español disponibles. Bocadillos y un lugar para que los niños pequeños jueguen.
¿Preguntas? Hable con Francisca Mejia Campos (425) 837-7141.

在學區小學裡 如何在家長教師會議時與老師溝通?

長教師會議是討論孩子在學校學習狀況的重要會議,您可與老師討論學生未來的計畫,並在必要時找到學習或行為問題的解決方案。本次活動將就如何充分利用這個會議為您提供一些建議及資源協助您做準備。同時並可經由 Family Access學習或為 12月5日和6日兩天的會議做登記。歡迎家中有小學生的家庭參加。

活動當天會有中文翻譯員在場服務。 

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若您有疑問請聯絡 Wenli Mithal | mithalw@issaquah.wednet.edu (425)837-7106

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  – Issaquah Valley Elementary P6
  • 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.