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Cultural and Family Partnerships

Upcoming Events

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:

Family Partnership Meetings


  • September 17 – Issaquah Valley Elementary P6
  • October 15   – Issaquah Valley Elementary P6
  • November 19 – Issaquah Valley Elementary P6
  • 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)

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
  8. Interfaith Calendar

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:


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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


Winter 2018


Parent Guide



Lorna Gilmour
Equity and Family Partnerships Specialist ISD

Francisca Mejia Campos (Español)
Family Partnership Liaison

  Wenli Mithal (中文)
Family Partnership Liaison
Ina Ghangurde
Family Partnership Liaison
Issaquah High School
Issaquah Middle School
Pacific Cascade Middle School
Clark Elementary
Grand Ridge Elementary
Issaquah Valley Elementary
Sunny Hills Elementary
Sunset Elementary 

Skyline High School
Beaver Lake Middle School
Pine Lake Middle School
Cascade Ridge Elementary
Challenger Elementary
Creekside Elementary
Discovery Elementary
Endeavour Elementary

Gibson Ek High School
Liberty High School
Maywood Middle School
Apollo Elementary
Briarwood Elementary
Cougar Ridge Elementary
Maple Hills Elementary
Newcastle Elementary

Weekly Schedule:


Weekly Schedule:


Weekly Schedule: 

8:00am-11:45am: Admin Building
12:30pm-4:30pm: Sunny Hills Elementary


8:00am-11:45am: Admin Building
12:30pm-4:30pm: Cascade Ridge Elementary


8:00am-11:45am: Admin Building
12:30pm-4:30pm: Apollo Elementary


7:30am-11:45am: Issaquah Middle School
12:00pm-4:30pm: Issaquah High School


7:30am-11:45am: Creekside Elementary
12:00pm-4:30pm: Challenger Elementary


8:00am-11:45am: Newcastle Elementary
12:30pm-4:30pm: Maple Hills Elementary


8:00am-11:45am: Grand Ridge Elementary
12:30pm-4:30pm: Pacific Cascade Middle School


8:00am-11:45am: Beaver Lake Middle School
12:30pm-4:30pm: Skyline High School


8:00am-11:45am: Cougar Ridge Elementary
12:30pm-4:30pm:Liberty High School

8:00am-11:45am: Clark Elementary
12:30pm-4:30pm: Issaquah Valley Elementary 


8:00am-11:45am: Endeavour Elementary
12:30pm-4:30pm: Discovery Elementary


7:30am-11:45am: Maywood Middle School
12:00pm-4:30pm: Briarwood Elementary

8:00am-11:45am: Sunset Elementary
12:30pm-4:30pm: Admin Building


8:00am-11:45am: Pine Lake Middle School
12:30pm-4:30pm: Admin Building


8:00am-11:45am: Gibson Ek High School 
12:30pm-4:30pm: Admin Building

Issaquah School District Family Partnership Team