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:

Parenting with Love and Logic

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – YMCA on Coal Creek Parkway, Newcastle, WA
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Love and Logic is an approach to raising kids that provides loving support from parents while at the same time expecting kids to be respectful and responsible. Build and refine the skills necessary to parent children of all ages. These sessions with speaker Tori Berntsen will provide you the opportunity to learn with other parents and problem solve with a trained professional in a fun and welcoming environment. This event is for parents of all elementary students and is sponsored by the Newcastle Elementary School PTSA.

Skills for Emotional Competence

Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Grand Ridge Elementary School Library, 1739 NE Park Dr., Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.Emotional struggles children endure during elementary school can be confusing.  Every child is different. With guidance and support from Dr. Janice Driver, you will learn simple emotional coaching skills to help your child gain emotional intelligence. This event is present by speaker Dr. Janice Driver and sponsored by Grand Ridge PTSA.

Paper Tigers: film documentary & panel discussion

Monday, May 16, 2016 – Issaquah High School Theatre, 700 2nd Ave. SE, Issaquah, WA
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
“Exposure to chronic and adverse stress (and the altered brain function that results) leaves a child in a fruitless search for comfort and escape from a brain and body that is permanently stuck in flight or fight. That comfort comes in the form of drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, sex, food and more.” This documentary takes a look at how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect teenage behavior, and how parents, school staff and community members can use positive behavior to reinforce societal norms and expectations. Watch the trailer at: Before and after the film, Issaquah School District personnel will discuss real statistics in Issaquah schools, and how even divorce affects our kids behaviors, and our own community efforts to positively influence classroom learning experiences for all students. This event is for parents of all grade level students and is co-sponsored by Issaquah Schools Foundation & Issaquah PTSA Council

Guiding Your Teen on the Bumpy Road to Independence

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
How do you balance trying to keep teens safe while also allowing them increasing freedom? How do you let your teens learn from their mistakes? Join us for an engaging discussion from Kathy Slattengren, M.Ed. on helping your teens grow into adults who can thrive on their own. This event is sponsored by Skyline High School PTSA.

Cybercrime:  Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Monday, May 23, 2016 – Issaquah Middle School, 400 1st Ave. SE, Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Join us for a discussion with our school Resource Officer Diego Zanella. We’ll discuss how to avoid potential dangers as our kids navigate social media and the online world. Kids don’t mean to run into trouble online, but their developing brains are curious and want to explore. A large portion of middle schoolers already have internet-enabled devices and potential dangers include cyberstalking, cyberbullying, sexting, access to pornography, harassment, and assaults. Learn how to keep your child safe and your family’s information private. This is an adults-only event for parents of 6-12 grade students. Childcare will be provided in the IMS library. This event is sponsored by the Issaquah Middle School PTSA.