Parent Education

Parent seminars

A year-long list of parent seminars and workshops will be updated regularly by the PTSA and posted here so that anyone interested can see the programs being organized this year to help parents be even stronger partners and "first teachers" of their students. Each seminar lists a contact person who has answers to questions and more details about the seminar. To learn more about the Issaquah PTSA Council, please visit:

Healthy Youth Initiative (HYI) Forum: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Monday, February 1, 2016 – Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 NE Park Dr., Issaquah, WA
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Adult and student HYI members and friends are invited to a presentation by Pam Ridenour, Issaquah School District Director of Counseling, on the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences research and the impacts of ACEs on physical and mental health. The presentation will include small-group discussions about the material. This is the second Healthy Youth Initiative Forum of the year, with the purpose of providing education and information about major new developments in the field of youth behavioral health. To register, please visit

Success: Stay Organized, Manage Time and Study Skills

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 SE Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Help your teen succeed by learning practical organizational, time management, and study skills that be personalized to the individual learning style. Put basic office supplies to use and reduce mind clutter. This presentation is by Jenni Butz of Pacific Learning Academy.

Anxiety — Yours, Mine, and Ours

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave., SE, Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
This lecture will discuss research on teen stress by author of Wise Minded Parenting (among other publications), Laura Kastner, PhD. Some stress is good! Challenges energize, focus, and motivate use. Stress management and resilience are key personal strengths that can determine success or failure. Learn how to help, rather than hinder, your teens' stress management.

State of Mind Mini-Conferences

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave., SE, Issaquah, WA
Saturday, April 2, 2016 – Liberty High School, 16655 SE 136th St., Renton, WA
Saturday, April 23, 2016 –Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish, WA
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Adults and students are invited to attend one, two or all three State of Mind mini-conferences focused on topics related to youth mental health. Each school mini-conference will have a different focus, including how to cope with stress, how to help friends who are struggling with depression, or how to detach from technology. Each mini-conference will also offer a core of basic classes in topics such as the impacts of drugs on the developing brain, healthy relationships, body image, and living with mental illness. Registrations for these conferences, as well as programs with a list of speakers and topics, will be available by February 15th.

Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human -- Kick Off Event

Friday, April 29, 2016 – Issaquah Senior Center
6:00 p.m.
The Issaquah Schools Foundation and ArtEast are partnering on the "Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human" project. This very special months-long event will bring an art exhibit focused on the themes of mental illness and mental health to Issaquah schools and community. The exhibit itself will run from April 18 through June 30th and feature juried art located at three different art galleries in the greater Issaquah area. In addition, the exhibit will serve as a platform for panel discussions, tours, and school/community art, poetry and music activities focused on the theme of mental wellness. Everyone is invited to attend this kick-off event, which will be followed by a reception located at the ArtEast gallery on Front Street in downtown Issaquah. Put this on your calendars! More information and a complete list of activities will be provided later in the spring.  

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