Past Events

Hidden in Plain Sight

March 4, 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 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

Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

November 14, 2018 7:00 PM
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Learn evidence-based prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. Like first aid and CPR, this valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities.

Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St, Mercer Island, WA 98040

BREAKING POINTS - Film Documentary and Discussion

October 29, 2018 7:00 PM
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HOMEWORK. COLLEGE ESSAYS. SOCIAL MEDIA.SPORTS. VOLUNTEERING. PART-TIME JOBS. FRIENDS. Teens' lives are jam-packed from the time they wake up until the time they fall sleep; just keeping up can be a daily struggle.  BREAKING POINTS explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including abusing prescription stimulants.

The film includes candid perspectives from students, as well as nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived “safety” and effectiveness of using stimulants. It serves as a catalyst to inform discussions about what parents and communities can do to support teens struggling to manage stress. 

Intended for PARENTS & STUDENTS AGES 14+.  The film will be followed by Q&A discussion by local mental health experts, Substance Use Disorder Professionals, and students in our community

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

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World with Michelle Borba

For parents of children of all ages and students in grades 5-12.

October 23, 2018 7:00 PM
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Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were 30 years ago — impacting children’s academic performance and leading to bullying behaviors. The trend also correlates with more cheating and less resilience as well as hampering our children’s ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve.

Hear from an internationally renowned educator about the forces causing the Empathy Crisis and learn strategies to raise empathetic, courageous, caring children with skills to thrive in a 21st century, digital-driven world.

Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St, Mercer Island, WA 98040

An Evening with Matt Glover

For parents of K-5. Sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

October 17, 2018 6:30 PM
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Do you want to instill a love of reading and writing in your child? Do you want to learn additional ways to support your child in reading and writing?   Matt Glover is a nationally known literacy consultant and author who has been working with teachers in ISD for six years.  Matt presents on topics related to nurturing writers and supporting children’s intellectual growth and development. Matt has been an educator for over 20 years, including 12 years as a principal.

For parents of K-5. Sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation.  Wed,Oct 17, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm

Register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOsotNOOGBmET2AIpUL3HxbrXXL70WEVqtYNls9oebGDXdwg/viewform

Issaquah School District Administration Building, 565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah WA 98027

Seth Perler: Habits for Middle School Success - Maywood Middle School

Hands-on workshop to support your unique learning needs

September 27, 2018 6:30 PM
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Seth teaches students how to navigate school successfully by personalizing study habits forany individual learning style. Seth will walk you through proper setup of systems so you’re on top of school work, so bring your stuff!

·   Planners – how to use it, even if you dislike it

·   Papers – organize folders, binders, syllabi, notebooks

·   Backpacks – how to keep it simple, working for YOU!

·   Browser – how to quickly access what you need

·   SSS – how to create your own Sacred Study Space

Seth will also teach you about:

THE BRAIN: How Executive Function differs for each brain.

ROUTINES: Why/how homework routines enable success.

ADVOCACY: How students feel empowered, effective.

RESISTANCE: Seek help on planning, organizing, chores.

EMOTIONAL REGULATION: How to deal with overwhelming emotions (anger, sadness, etc)  in a healthy way.

You will leave with a printout of all the systems and a cheat sheet on how to use them to your advantage!

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

Seth Perler: Habits for Middle School Success - Beaver Lake Middle School

Hands-on workshop to support your unique learning needs

September 26, 2018 6:30 PM
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Seth teaches students how to navigate school successfully by personalizing study habits forany individual learning style. Seth will walk you through proper setup of systems so you’re on top of school work, so bring your stuff!

·   Planners – how to use it, even if you dislike it

·   Papers – organize folders, binders, syllabi, notebooks

·   Backpacks – how to keep it simple, working for YOU!

·   Browser – how to quickly access what you need

·   SSS – how to create your own Sacred Study Space

Seth will also teach you about:

THE BRAIN: How Executive Function differs for each brain.

ROUTINES: Why/how homework routines enable success.

ADVOCACY: How students feel empowered, effective.

RESISTANCE: Seek help on planning, organizing, chores.

EMOTIONAL REGULATION: How to deal with overwhelming emotions (anger, sadness, etc)  in a healthy way.

You will leave with a printout of all the systems and a cheat sheet on how to use them to your advantage!

Beaver Lake Middle School, 25025 SE 32nd Street, Issaquah, WA 98029

Seth Perler: Habits for Middle School Success - Issaquah Middle School

Hands-on workshop to support your unique learning needs

September 25, 2018 6:30 PM
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Seth teaches students how to navigate school successfully by personalizing study habits forany individual learning style. Seth will walk you through proper setup of systems so you’re on top of school work, so bring your stuff!

·   Planners – how to use it, even if you dislike it

·   Papers – organize folders, binders, syllabi, notebooks

·   Backpacks – how to keep it simple, working for YOU!

·   Browser – how to quickly access what you need

·   SSS – how to create your own Sacred Study Space

 

Seth will also teach you about:

THE BRAIN: How Executive Function differs for each brain.

ROUTINES: Why/how homework routines enable success.

ADVOCACY: How students feel empowered, effective.

RESISTANCE: Seek help on planning, organizing, chores.

EMOTIONAL REGULATION: How to deal with overwhelming emotions (anger, sadness, etc)  in a healthy way.

You will leave with a printout of all the systems and a cheat sheet on how to use them to your advantage!

600 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Rosalind Wiseman: Queen Bees & Masterminds

Navigating Friendships, Social Conflicts & Popularity

August 29, 2018 6:30 PM
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Rosalind Wiseman pulls back the curtain on what's really going on in boys` and girls` friendships and social hierarchies. She'll share how group dynamics influence interactions and offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people how to navigate common yet complex situations. She’ll explain why our youth can be reluctant to ask for help and give common-sense suggestions to break through communication barriers.

Rosalind Wiseman is a teacher, author and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, and the use of social media, on a mission to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing,

She is the national bestselling author of “Masterminds & Wingmen” and “Queen Bees Wannabes”, the basis for the movie “Mean Girls”. She also wrote the “Owning Up Curriculum: empowering adolescents to confront social cruelty, bullying and injustice”.

This talk is for parents of grades K-12.

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

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

Buy your copy of her book in advance! And support the Issaquah Schools Foundation! Rosalind will meet the audience and sign books in person after the talk.

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

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

How to stop the fighting and raise friends for life

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM
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Conflict is a part of every human relationship, and children learn essential skills when they encounter conflict and resolve it. The key is supporting them to resolve conflict with mutual respect, so they’re learning conflict resolution rather than bullying. In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you will learn:

  • Teaching peace: how you can help your children learn to express their needs and emotions without attacking their sibling. 
  • A radical approach to sharing that eliminates conflict and develops generosity.
  • How to connect with each child so they truly believe you couldn’t love anyone else more.
  • How to foster a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting.

For parents only.  Free for PTSA members of Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

First Stage (Kidstage) Theatre, Issaquah

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

How to help children WANT to cooperate without yelling, bribes, threats or punishment

May 16, 2018 7:00 PM
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Are you tired of battling with your child? Do you wish you knew how to get your child cooperating without yelling and threats? Are you trying to find the sweet spot between spoiling and strict? Dr. Laura Markham gives you practical everyday strategies to help you raise a child who WANTS to cooperate, by working with your child rather than trying to manipulate or control.

No parent is peaceful all the time, but it's completely possible to create a more peaceful home where affection, connection and humor help you resolve conflict happily, and where kids WANT to follow your lead.

In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you'll have a chance to ask questions about your own parenting, and you'll learn:

·      Why children misbehave -- and how to help them WANT to cooperate without yelling,         threats, bribes or consequences

·      What research shows about how children develop self-­discipline

·      The 4 power tools you can use to connect with children and help them with their         emotions

·      Why yelling and timeouts actually cause more misbehavior

·      How you can create the relationship you want with your child

For parents only.  Free for PTSA members of Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Skyline High School Theater

Hidden in Plain Sight

Spot signs of at-risk behaviors

April 16, 2018 6:30 PM
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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.  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 in law enforcement, treatment, substance abuse prevention, and other experts and parents.

ADULTS ONLY.  Open house 6:30-7:30pm, with a presentation by experts 7:30-8:30pm.

Central Washington University, 120 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA

The Mask You Live In

Film Documentary & Discussion

April 3, 2018 7:00 PM
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The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can do better to raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

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

State of Mind Conferences

Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation

March 24, 2018 10:30 AM
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The State of Mind Conferences offer education for students and adults around: stress management, healthy relationships, teens & tech, body image, suicide prevention, drug use and more.  Attendance is free. 

(Sponsored by Swedish Medical and organized by the Issaquah Schools Foundation in collaboration with the Issaquah Youth Advisory board and Influence the Choice).

REGISTER HERE

Gibson Ek High School, 379 1st Place SE, Issaquah 98027

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