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“…thank you for the opportunity to grow and be stronger! :)” 2017 Year End

 Because of your funding, students have been positively impacted.” – Northshore Teacher

Dear Northshore Schools Foundation supporter,

Thank you for your support and contributions to our Northshore students.  Your annual giving statement is enclosed and we want you to know that your donations are making a difference for students and teachers across the district.

      By supporting this project you have provided opportunities for the children to apply what they are learning in a real collaborative, analytical and problem finding – solution finding experience. Because it is student led the level of motivation and engagement was high and they learned how working alongside someone leads to greater understanding and more diverse solutions. As a teacher, this project has shown me the value of trusting students to drive and own their own learning. This will continue now for years to come, thank you for the opportunity to grow and be stronger! :)” – Northshore Teacher

In 2017, much of our efforts as a Foundation were about aligning with the NSD’s new strategic plan.  While the Foundation operates separately from the district, it has become clearer than ever that our role is to actively partner with community members and organizations to fill in the funding gaps that exists between what the state and federal government provide and the educational opportunities that our students deserve.

With your help, our students received 28% more funding, nearly $350,000 and resources in 2017 over 2016.  Some of our biggest accomplishments were:

  • Expanding the Backpacks for Kids program to provide more school supplies for students in need
  • The kickoff of the Basic Needs Aid and Opportunity Fund
  • Starting Girls Who Code clubs at 6 middle schools and 4 high schools
  • Introducing “Hour of Code” to 53 new teachers district wide
  • Awarded 4 scholarships, 1 to a graduating senior from every high school in the district
  • Funding 64 innovative classroom grants and supplying 38 classroom libraries to brand new elementary teachers impacting every school in the district.

For a full listing of our 2017 granting, visit the “Impact” tab of   or download our 2016-17 Annual Report here.

As we move into 2018, our commitment continues to focus on making a meaningful impact on each student, all teachers, and every classroom. Your continued support is what will make our lofty vision possible and help us reach our goal of investing our second million dollars in students.

We are very grateful for your support in 2017 and look forward to working together with you in 2017 to expand the reach of our shared commitment to academic success and excellence for all Northshore students.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are so thankful and touched by your generosity and our classroom would not be the same without you!”- Northshore Teacher

Warmest Regards,




Katie Ruff, Foundation President 2017-18

P.S. We invite you to see your impact on students by attending our 15th Annual ALL IN FOR KIDS Business Breakfast or Community Luncheon, on April 24, 2018.

Our Mission

The Northshore Schools Foundation raises funds and builds partnerships to fill in gaps in support of District priorities for educational success and excellence for all Northshore students, teachers and staff.


Enrich & enhance individualized learning for each child in the Northshore School District

Provide funding for shortfalls in student programs for the following categories: ENGAGED LEARNERS, RELEVANT CURRICULUM, IMPACTFUL INSTRUCTION and LIFELONG SUCCESS

Increase community involvement in student success

Inform parents of their child’s benefits from Foundation funding

Engage a vibrant, active board that involves the community, runs an impeccable non-profit and makes a positive impact on student and teacher success

Support Northshore School Board & District goals



Support full-individualized learning so each child has real-world experiences becoming career and college ready

Create critical thinkers and student growth with innovative and creative programs

Invest in teacher excellence by advocating, inspiring and enabling teacher innovation

Demonstrate the values of public education by connecting community with schools

Operate with transparency, responsibility and agility


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