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:

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.
Professional, technical, and practical information will be exchanged in all workshops, but each school mini-conference will have a different focus; common topics at all schools are substance abuse, self confidence, and self-care / stress management. Attendees will attend 3 one-hour workshops of their choosing. Workshops topics are March 19: Mental Health Crash Course - Identification, Level, Recognition; and Body Image, Eating Disorders; April 2: Healthy Relationships, Helping Loved Ones with Mental Illness; and April 23: Reliance on Technology, Managing Expectations from Parents, Self, and Peers; and Finding Your Own Definition of Success. Attendance is FREE, but advance registration is requested.

Birds + Bees for Elementary Parents

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Challenger Elementary School, 25200 SE Klahanie Blvd., Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
It’s time for “the talk!” Learn why, when and how to have easy, effective and age appropriate conversations with your elementary age kids about the birds + the bees. Since 2005, award-winning parenting expert, speaker and author Amy Lang, MA has been helping parents of all beliefs turn conversations they dread into a regular (and fun) part of their family lives. In this talk, you will discover: the ideal age to start the talks and how to get the conversation started, the best ways to answer their questions, tips and tricks to make the talks easier and effective, and how to confidently keep the conversations going, even when they don’t want to talk!

Parent Night: Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Support and Building Resiliency 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Pacific Cascade Middle School, 24635 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd., Issaquah, WA
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Student Support Coaches are hosting a parent information night in April and May. The presentations will contain information related to Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Support (PBSES). The workshop will contain information about what PBSES is and parents can learn about what your child’s school is doing to support the behavioral and social/emotional needs of students. The Student Support Coaches will be providing information on Growth vs. Fixed Mindset and how what we say can empower our students to build resiliency. Parents will be provided with evidence-based strategies that are being used at each building and can be used to support their students at home. There will be an optional Q & A session following the presentation. Presentations will take place at the middle school and information for parents of students at the middle school and elementary schools in the feeder pattern are welcome to attend. 

Strategies in Mindfulness 

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Beaver Lake Middle School, 25025 SE 32 St., Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Mindfulness has been described as bringing moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Such practices have been used by schools and companies to strengthen focus, decrease anxiety, and encourage creativity. The presentation will cover techniques and strategies for mindfulness at home and in the classroom and will include: mindfulness defined, history of mindfulness, neuroscience and research behind mindfulness with youth and adults, and basic practices and tools. This event will be presented by Sivie Suckerman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Mindful Schools Instructor. This event is sponsored by the Beaver Lake Middle School PTSA.

Social Lives of Elementary Girls 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Grand Ridge Elementary School, 1739 NE Park Dr., Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand! A workshop about the social lives of elementary girls. Gain an understanding about girl friendship issues and learn how to help your daughter navigate the important world of friendships in a positive and fulfilling way. Speaker Sheri Gazitt, Teen Wise founder will present. This event is co-sponsored by the Grand Ridge PTSA and the Issaquah PTSA Council  

Social Media Platforms for Parents

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Maywood Middle School, 14490 168th Ave. SE, Renton, WA
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
As a parent, social media can be scary. Knowing the basics about these platforms can give you confidence AND peace of mind. And, just when we all think we have a handle on it – a new site enters the game. In this session we will discuss the popular platforms YOUR children are using, how they are being used, and potential dangers and most importantly, how to protect your kids! Speaker Tracy Warren of The Social Playground will present. This event is co-sponsored by Maywood Middle School PTSA & Issaquah PTSA Council and is for parents of teens in grades 6-12.

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.  

Screenagers: a documentary film screening

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Issaquah High School Theatre, 700 2nd Ave. SE, Issaquah, WA
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
A film documentary about growing up and parenting in the digital age. Watch the trailer at:  
This showing is privately sponsored by: Reisha Holton, One on One College Essays; Dr. Maria Elena Lara, Ph.D,Clinical Psychologist; Kara Neary, Educated Choices College and Career Counseling; Kirsten O’Malley, Pacific Learning Academy; Dr. Bizzy Riley, Naturopathic Physician; and in partnership with Issaquah High School 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

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.

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.