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:

At Home Literacy: Bridging the Home-School Connection

January 27, 2015 – Creekside Elementary Library, 20777 SE 16th Street, Sammamish
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exploring ways to support readers and writers at home with National Board Certified Teacher and Literacy Specialist Pamela Washington.
For more information contact: Creekside PTA

Teaching Your Child How To Share Smart and Stay Safe Online

January 29, 2015 – Briarwood Elementary, 17020 SE 134 St., Renton
6:30 p.m.

Parents can learn practical and effective strategies that can be put into action as soon as you get home! Just like the real world, the digital world holds tremendous opportunities as well as pitfalls. By sharing your expectations early and often about online behavior, you can help your child make healthy decisions in the digital world. The best online protection your child will ever have is between their ears. Join Anne Livingston to learn about: what activities elementary kids are doing online, understand the risks they may encounter,  get scripts to help establish rules & contracts, learn tips for managing your digital family, and hear what is ahead in middle school. Presentation by Anne Livingston explains the trends and risks of the digital world for elementary students. Includes scripts and help with managing your child’s digital life.
For more information contact: Issaquah PTSA Council

Understanding Assessments

February 9, 2015 – Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 NE Park Dr., Issaquah, WA 
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Come listen to Debra Hawkins, ISD’s Director of Assessment & Research, as she covers the tests that will be given to K-5 students this year, including the new Smarter Balanced tests and the Highly Capable Testing process. She will provide answers to common parent questions about elementary school testing.
For more information contact: Grand Ridge PTSA at

Race to Nowhere

February 26, 2015 – Cascade Ridge Elementary School, 2020 Trossachs Blvd., SE Sammamish 
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

See the film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. It features the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve.
For more information contact: Cascade Ridge PTSA VP of Programs Co-Chair Kelly Huber at or Marci Bartholomae at

FLASH for 5th Graders: Parent Preview For Briarwood, Cougar Ridge, Maple Hills, Endeavour, Grand Ridge, and Issaquah Valley Elementary School Families

April 16 – 18, 2015 – Issaquah School District Administrative Boardroom, 565 NW Holly St., Issaquah, WA
The Spring parent preview presentation will be Thursday April 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
For more information contact: Teaching and Learning Services at  (425) 837-7113.

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