Past Events

How to Keep Your Teen Safe

November 7, 2019 7:00 PM
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Presented in partnership by the Issaquah School District, Swedish Medical Center, and ParentWiser of Issaquah PTSA Council

Community Informational & Forum

Forefront’s LEARN® Saves Lives Training will help provide skills and confidence to have caring conversations that are often difficult but necessary.

Developed by Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington, you will learn the five simple and effective LEARN® steps that empower individuals to help others move in the direction of hope, recovery, and survival. These steps play an important role in helping to recognize when peers, friends, and family might be having thoughts of suicide, and to know how and where to refer those individuals to keep them safe.

Safer Homes, Suicide Aware will also have a table at the event to discuss ways to create a safer home. They will have a limited number of free locking equipment for firearms and medications available.

For PARENTS/ADULTS and TEENS.

This forum is also available on Nov 7th at Issaquah High School; please register for whichever event best fits your schedule.

Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE Issaquah, WA 98027

How to Keep Your Teen Safe

October 28, 2019 7:00 PM
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Presented in partnership by the Issaquah School District, Swedish Medical Center, and ParentWiser of Issaquah PTSA Council

Community Informational & Forum

Forefront’s LEARN® Saves Lives Training will help provide skills and confidence to have caring conversations that are often difficult but necessary.

Developed by Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington, you will learn the five simple and effective LEARN® steps that empower individuals to help others move in the direction of hope, recovery, and survival. These steps play an important role in helping to recognize when peers, friends, and family might be having thoughts of suicide, and to know how and where to refer those individuals to keep them safe.

Safer Homes, Suicide Aware will also have a table at the event to discuss ways to create a safer home. They will have a limited number of free locking equipment for firearms and medications available.

For PARENTS/ADULTS and TEENS.

This forum is also available on Nov 7th at Issaquah High School; please register for whichever event best fits your schedule.

Liberty High School, Theater 16655 SE 136th Street Renton, WA 98059

Normal Sucks

How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines

October 22, 2019 7:00 PM
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Confessional and often hilarious, inspirational writer Jonathan Mooney talks about how normal sucks and different does not mean deficient — and we shouldn't be striving for, or enforcing, normalcy on anyone. With humor, knowledge and hope, he meditates on neuro-diversity, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed.

Launching a national book tour, Jonathan shares his personal experiences as a dyslexic, ADD, and neuro-diverse student who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He gives hope for anyone who learns differently and emphasizes the impact of supportive teaching and parenting.

For parents of grades K-12.

Skyline High School, Theater 1122 228th Ave SE Sammamish, WA 98075

Challenge Success

Reduce Academic Stress without Sacrificing Achievement

May 7, 2019 10:00 AM
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Based on the Well-Balanced Student by CHALLENGE SUCCESS, a Stanford University think-tank of educators, psychologists and parenting professionals, speaker Mary Hofstedt, School Program Director for Challenge Success, shares research based insights on how to reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement.

When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you’ll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.

This presentation is an interactive workshop coupled with opportunities for personal reflection, audience participation, and brief discussion. Parents leave with practical strategies for home and school.

For parents of grades K-12.

KIDSTAGE First Stage Theatre 120 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98027

Challenge Success

Reduce Academic Stress without Sacrificing Achievement

May 6, 2019 7:00 PM
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Based on the Well-Balanced Student by CHALLENGE SUCCESS, a Stanford University think-tank of educators, psychologists and parenting professionals, speaker Mary Hofstedt, School Program Director for Challenge Success, shares research based insights on how to reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement.

When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you’ll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.

This presentation is an interactive workshop coupled with opportunities for personal reflection, audience participation, and brief discussion. Parents leave with practical strategies for home and school.

For parents of grades K-12.

Skyline High School, Theater 1122 228th Ave SE Sammamish, WA 98075

Teen Vaping

The epidemic sweeping the nation?

April 25, 2019 7:00 PM
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Smoking is out, but is vaping any different?  Find out why the FDA and American Medical Association is calling vaping / juuling an “urgent public health epidemic”; explore the impact vaping has on our young people and how parents can help.

Jerry Blackburn discusses and explores with parents:

  • dramatic impact of nicotine on the brain
  • nature of vaping and associated products
  • aggressive unregulated marketing to youth
  • dangers/concerns of vaping consumption
  • how parents can reduce the risk of use for youth

Jerry Blackburn, M.ED., CDP is the Program Manager for Substance Abuse and Prevention Services with Friends of Youth, Issaquah

For PARENTS of grades 5-12

FREE Attendance

Issaquah HS Theater, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Hidden in Plain Sight

April 2, 2019 6:30 PM
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PARENT/ADULT ONLY EVENT

Would you see the signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home? Looks can be very deceiving - especially if you don't know what to look for. Come to a Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit and learn what to look for and what to do if you find something.

The Hidden in Plain Sight initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom. After walking through the display, participants will learn more about adolescent development and common signs of substance use provided by professionals of treatment, law enforcement, substance abuse prevention, and other parents.

This exhibit encourages parents to communicate with their children about at-risk behavior that could lead to alcohol or drug disorders. Because a strong parent-teen relationship is the most effective tool to prevent youth substance use.

This event is also offered on Monday, March 4th at Maywood Middle School in Renton. Register for the date/location that works best for you!

Sponsored in partnership by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Influence the Choice drug prevention alliance for youth, City of Sammamish Police Department, Eastside Fire & Rescue, City of Sammamish Parks & Recreation, Issaquah PTSA Council 2.6, ParentWiser, City of Issaquah Police Department, Friends of Youth.


Skyline High School - 1122 228th Ave Se Sammamish, WA 98075

LIKE film documentary & discussion

March 28, 2019 7:00 PM
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Are you using technology, or is technology using you?

LIKE is a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives, and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of this film is to inspire and help equip us to teach ourselves and our children to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care…but is that what’s really happening?

Q&A with local experts from our schools & community will follow the film.

For parents and students in grades 6-12. FREE for PTSA Members in the Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members or guests.

Watch the trailer here!

Register to reserve a seat. Walk-Ins seated if space available.

This screening includes Mandarin subtitles.

Another date better? ParentWiser is also hosting this screening on

Mon, Mar 25th 7PM at Liberty High School

Wed, Mar 27th 7PM at Issaquah High School (with Spanish subtitles)

Register just once for the date / location most convenient for you!



Skyline High School, Theater 1122 228th Ave SE Sammamish, WA 98075

LIKE film documentary & discussion

March 27, 2019 7:00 PM
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This screening includes Spanish subtitles.

Are you using technology, or is technology using you?

LIKE is a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives, and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of this film is to inspire and help equip us to teach ourselves and our children to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care…but is that what’s really happening?

Q&A with local experts from our schools & community will follow the film.

For parents and students in grades 6-12. FREE for PTSA Members in the Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members or guests.

Watch the trailer here!

Register to reserve a seat. Walk-Ins seated if space available.

This screening includes Spanish subtitles.

Another date better? ParentWiser is also hosting this screening on

Mon, Mar 25th 7PM at Liberty High School

Thurs, Mar 28th 7PM at Skyline High School

Register just once for the date / location most convenient for you!


Issaquah High School, Theater 700 2nd Ave SE Issaquah, WA 98027

LIKE film documentary & discussion

March 25, 2019 7:00 PM
Register

Are you using technology, or is technology using you?

LIKE is a documentary about the impact of social media on our lives, and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of this film is to inspire and help equip us to teach ourselves and our children to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care…but is that what’s really happening?

Q&A with local experts from our schools & community will follow the film.

For parents and students in grades 6-12. FREE for PTSA Members in the Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members or guests.

Watch the trailer here!

Register to reserve a seat. Walk-Ins seated if space available.

This screening includes Spanish subtitles.

Another date better? ParentWiser is also hosting this screening on

Wed, Mar 27th 7PM at Issaquah High School (with Spanish subtitles)

Thurs, Mar 28th 7PM at Skyline High School

Register just once for the date / location most convenient for you!


Liberty High School, Theater 16655 SE 136th Street Renton, WA 98059

Hidden in Plain Sight

March 4, 2019 6:30 PM
Register

PARENT/ADULT ONLY EVENT

Would you see the signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home? Looks can be very deceiving - especially if you don't know what to look for. Come to a Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit and learn what to look for and what to do if you find something.

The Hidden in Plain Sight initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom. After walking through the display, participants will learn more about adolescent development and common signs of substance use provided by professionals of treatment, law enforcement, substance abuse prevention, and other parents.

This exhibit encourages parents to communicate with their children about at-risk behavior that could lead to alcohol or drug disorders. Because a strong parent-teen relationship is the most effective tool to prevent youth substance use.

This event is also offered on Tuesday, April 2nd at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Register for the date/location that works best for you!

Sponsored in partnership by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Influence the Choice drug prevention alliance for youth, City of Sammamish Police Department, Eastside Fire & Rescue, City of Sammamish Parks & Recreation, Issaquah PTSA Council 2.6, ParentWiser, City of Issaquah Police Department, Friends of Youth.


Maywood Middle School - 14490 168th Ave SE Renton, WA 98059

Parenting with Identity in Mind with Rosetta Lee

January 23, 2019 11:30 AM
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Rosetta Lee, a highly-regarded, local and national expert in diversity, inclusion and equity will discuss parenting with identity in mind.

Learn how to create positive self-identity in our children and teach them to be positive influences on others. The goal is to create inclusive communities which support everyone’s success.

For parents of children of all ages.

Presented in partnership with Friends of the MI Library.

Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040

DIGITAL SAFETY 101 with Jo Langford

January 9, 2019 7:00 PM
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Jo Langford helps parents balance kids’ digital lives with boundaries, etiquette and good judgment. He provides an overview of adolescent digital behavior with the risks and benefits of online life. Jo will discuss the social sites you need to know about --the good, the bad and the ugly, all explained! Including a primer on sexting, cyberbullying and more.

Learn to set limits, monitor behavior, and start the important conversations around kids’ relationships to tech in a connected world. PLUS a healthy dose of Q&A.

Jo Langford is a dad, therapist and sex educator for kids and parents in greater Seattle. Jo has worked over 20 years at the intersection of adolescence, sexuality, technology and behavior, providing training for organizations and therapy to adolescents and families around a gambit of sexuality themes, including LGBTQ issues, internet safety, digital citizenship and comprehensive sex education. Jo also authored the books Spare Me the Talk, a Guy’s/Girls Guide to Sex, Relationships and Growing Up. (Buy your book in advance and bring it along for book signing!)

For PARENTS of grades 3-12. (This is a PARENT ONLY event due to the sensitive nature of some content).

Free for current PTSA Members and VOICE Mentors in the Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Register for the # of seats you wish to reserve. Walk-Ins admitted only if space available.

Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

What Every Parent Wants to Know about the Issaquah School District (Part 2)

December 5, 2018 6:30 PM
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This is a general session for parents of grades K-12 which includes information about curriculum, ELL program, testing/assessments, Special Services, and parent involvement at schools.

Families did not have to attend Part 1 to attend Part 2. Part 2 is a follow up information about the school system.

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. More information here.

Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 NW Holly St, Issaquah, WA 98027

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