Upcoming Events

Join us for these upcoming events. All of them are free or discounted rate for Issaquah PTA/PTSA members. To attend any of these events click on its Register button. Advanced registration is highly recommended to make sure you get a seat. Some of our events do sell out, so please be sure to cancel your registration if you are unable to attend.

iRules Workshop - Morning Edition

November 8, 2017 11:30 AM
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If you’re like most families, you’re concerned about how technology may be taking over your child’s life. So, let’s talk about tech! In this morning workshop we’ll come together with Janell Burley Hofmann, creator of the original iPhone contract (featured in SCREENAGERS) and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, to talk about raising the digital generation – and all of the challenges and joys it brings. Everyone will leave with a working set of iRules (tech agreements) to bring home and support their families. Come ready to participate and learn from each other.  For parents only.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Pickering Barn, Issaquah

iRules Workshop and Parents Night Out!

November 8, 2017 5:30 PM
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Parent's Night Out! Join us casually 5:30-6:30pm for food trucks in the courtyard, socializing with other parents and community. Workshop starting at 6:30pm.

If you’re like most families, you’re concerned about how technology may be taking over your child’s life. So, let’s talk about tech! In this evening workshop we’ll come together with Janell Burley Hofmann, creator of the original iPhone contract (featured in SCREENAGERS)  and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, to talk about raising the digital generation – and all of the challenges and joys it brings. Everyone will leave with a working set of iRules (tech agreements) to bring home and support their families. Come ready to participate and learn from each other.  Come early and grab dinner from one of the food trucks lined up outside Pickering Barn—a great way to learn and have a fun night out!   For parents only.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Pickering Barn, Issaquah

ANGST Documentary: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

January 24, 2018 7:00 PM
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Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Angst will feature interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they’ve learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety, and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects, while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible. A Q&A will follow the film with experts who can answer your questions about the film and treatment options for anxiety.

Teens and tweens welcome to attend with parents (recommended for ages 12 and up).  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Issaquah High School Theater

Stress on the Rise

How to support your child’s successful development

February 7, 2018 7:00 PM
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Laura Kastner, Ph.D.

Surveys of school children show that their stress levels are at all-time highs. They cite school, home, peers and fears of the future as major sources. Parents want their children to work hard at school, but sometimes this understandable goal can intensify the stress. What’s a parent to do?

All stress isn’t bad. Stress can energize us and challenge us to reach goals. However, when situational demands exceed our ability to meet challenges, stress can lead to mental flooding and burn out. Kids can learn to be resilient, as long as challenges are not overwhelming. Today’s parents need to understand the science of stress, so they can help their children with coping strategies and wise decision-making. They also need to make mental health a top priority.

Advantaged kids can be especially harmed by excessive pressure to perform academically and their parents’ own stress levels. Cultural pressure to perform, look good and achieve excellence at everything affects teens adversely. Parents can feel the same pressures, with success equated with measures from test scores and grades. Research shows that teens benefit when parents balance reasonable academic goals with healthy habits related to sleep, authoritative parenting, and media management. 

This talk will focus on what parents can do to enhance their children’s resilience, social and emotional competence and healthy resistance to stress. The good news is that by making family health a priority, parents will build skills for improving their own well-being as well as their children’s.

For parents only. Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Issaquah High School Theater

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 four 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.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Skyline High School Theater

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.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

First Stage (Kidstage) Theatre, Issaquah

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Past Events

ESCALATION

Film & Workshop

October 17, 2017 6:30 PM
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One Love is working to end relationship violence by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships and mobilizing them in a movement for change. One Love was created to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before graduation. One Love partners with high schools, colleges, and community groups, to provide digital campaigns and the film-based Escalation Workshop as a catalyst for this conversation.

For high school students grades 9-12, and parents.  (Due to mature content, younger children will not be admitted).

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Liberty High School Theater.

Ivory Tower Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Sponsored by MI Parent Edge & Friends of the Mercer Island Library

September 27, 2017 6:30 PM
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Join us to view portions of Ivory Tower, a documentary that looks at the cost and value of a college education. After the film, a panel including college counselors, parents, and a student activist will answer questions about choosing a college and financing a college education.

Three of the panelists will cover the following in-depth programs at the library in October:

Tom Barry, CollegeWise - 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 3

Finding the Right Colleges for You

How can you identify schools where you will be happiest and most successful? This workshop teaches you how to be a savvy college shopper. We’ll share ways to recognize a good college fit, discuss factors to consider, and offer insights from students flourishing at their chosen colleges.

Dr. Jonathan Brown - 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 17

Pros and Cons of Community Colleges: The Last College Bargain

Dr. Brown has worked for both four-year universities and community colleges. He uses history and current data to challenge the societal myths about community College.

Peg Keough, Way to the Quad - 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 24

The Scoop of Financial Aid - Don’t Pay Full Price

Colleges and universities offer significant discounts and scholarships Did you know that an in-state public university could cost more than a private institution? Come to this workshop to learn the about the nuts and bolts of  financing college, the  financial aid application process, sources of aid, and how to find out if you are eligible for aid.

Mercer Island Library

Debrief Discussion: The Gift of Failure

Fostering Intrinsic Motivation & Resilience in Kids

May 22, 2017 7:00 PM
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Join our book discussion on the national best-selling book "The Gift of Failure" by Jessica Lahey. Read a copy in advance if you can, and come exchange ideas on how together we can implement a cultural change in raising resilient, self-motivated kids.

Author Jessica Lahey talks to parents about her research and advice on April 25th in the Issaquah school district. Whether you attend her talk or not, you can participate in this debrief discussion Monday, May 22 at 7pm, to provide insight on our own local society to enable all ages of kids (and parents?) to learn, grow, and succeed from their mistakes.

CAFE' 1910 at Swedish Issaquah Campus, 751 NE Blakely Drive, Issaquah, WA 98029

Hidden in Plain Site

Spot signs of at-risk behaviors

May 18, 2017 6:30 PM
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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 parents.

Inglewood Middle School, 24120 NE 8th Street Sammamish, WA 98074

State of Mind Mini-Conferences

Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation

April 29, 2017 11:30 AM
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Students, parents, teachers, any community members are invited to participate in the 4th annual discussion on mental health and substance abuse challenges facing community youth.  Various keynote speakers and breakout sessions, conversations, and food provided for adults and students at each event.

Register at http://www.healthyyouthinitiative.org

Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids

April 25, 2017 7:00 PM
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What's the best way to motivate students to own their education, learn deeply and durably, and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Jessica Lahey summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure. Finally, she explains how parents and educators can give students the support and encouragement they need in order to stay motivated over the long term. 

Free for PTA/PTSA members of Issaquah Schools. For non-members, requested donation of $20 at the door. Save your seats by clicking the 'Register' button.

Join our Community Book Read!  Books available at Issaquah Barnes & Noble after Feb 13th, or anytime at KCLS or Amazon (via ISF).  Be ready to meet the author Apr 25th, and attend post discussions (TBD) how we can bring about a cultural change in our community!

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

Jessica Lahey

The Gift of Failure: Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids

April 25, 2017 10:00 AM
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What's the best way to motivate students to own their education, learn deeply and durably, and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Jessica Lahey summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, praise, and failure. Finally, she explains how parents and educators can give students the support and encouragement they need in order to stay motivated over the long term.

Free for PTA/PTSA members of Issaquah Schools. For non-members, requested donation of $20 at the door. Save your seats by clicking the 'Register' button.

Join our Community Book Read!  Books available at Issaquah Barnes & Noble after Feb 13th, or anytime at KCLS or Amazon (via ISF).  Be ready to meet the author Apr 25th, and attend post discussions (TBD) how we can bring about a cultural change in our community!

Village Theatre - FIRST Stage, 120 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98027

Hidden in Plain Sight

Spot signs of at-risk behaviors

March 28, 2017 6:30 PM
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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 parents.

Liberty High School, 16655 SE 136th St., Renton, WA

Disciplina Positiva para Padres (Positive Discipline-in Spanish)

March 15, 2017 6:00 PM
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No te pierdas la oportunidad de escuchar a la educadora de padres de familia Lupita Zamora en una interesante serie de 6 talleres totalmente en español sobre Disciplina Positiva. Disfruta de la primera clase GRATIS en el  Sala de Voluntarios de la Escuela Issaquah Valley Elementary, de 6 a 8 pm el miércoles 15 de marzo. El costo es de $ 40 por persona para las 5 sesiones restantes de este taller, estas tendran lugar los miércoles 10 am-12 pm en el mismo lugar.  Cuidado de niños será proporcionado de ser necesario. 

 

Join parent educator Lupita Zamora for an exciting 6-class series in positive discipline, in Spanish.  Enjoy the first class for FREE at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, in the Volunteer Room, from 6-8pm on Wednesday March 15. $40 per person for the remaining 5 sessions, which will take place on Wednesdays 10am-noon in the same location. Childcare will be provided if needed.

Issaquah Valley Elementary School, 555 NW Holly St, Issaquah, WA 98027

State of Mind Mini-Conferences

Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation

March 11, 2017 11:30 AM
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Students, parents, teachers, any community members are invited to participate in the 4th annual discussion on mental health and substance abuse challenges facing community youth.  Various keynote speakers and breakout sessions, conversations, and food provided for adults and students at each event.

Register at http://www.healthyyouthinitiative.org

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

Brandyn Roark & Kire Dassel

Helping or Hindering

March 2, 2017 7:00 PM
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Join us for an evening with Brandyn Roard and Kire Dassel to learn about various parenting styles (permissive, authoritative, authoritarian.) and how they affect a child's developing mind and their behaviors. We will introduce and explore several ways of problem solving with children, by using different parenting techniques, styles, and approaches.

Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

John O'Sullivan

Creating a High Performing Mindset in our Kids

February 28, 2017 6:30 PM
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Join us for a fascinating talk with John O'Sullivan, author of Changing the Game. Conventional wisdom holds that youth sports are a positive experience for our children, yet 70% of children drop out of organized athletics by the age of 13. Youth sports has become an ultra-competitive, adult centered enterprise that has taken the “play” out of “Play ball” for far too many kids, but we can change that. In this talk, you will learn:

 - How to Keep Your Kids in Sports!    

- How to Give your Child a Competitive Edge    

- To Push and Praise Your Kids to Perform Well    

- 3 Ways to Change Your Kids Sports Experience for the Better   

 - How To Motivate Your Kids to Take Ownership for Sports    

- How to Help, and not Hinder, Their Performance Through the Things You Say and Do

Free for PTA/PTSA members of Issaquah Schools. For non-members, requested donation of $10 at the door. Save your seats by clicking the 'Register' button. If you are unable to attend on February 28th, you are invited to see John O'Sullivan speak at Mercer Island on February 27th, 2017.

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

State of Mind Mini-Conferences

Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation

February 4, 2017 11:30 AM
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Students, parents, teachers, any community members are invited to participate in the 4th annual discussion on mental health and substance abuse challenges facing community youth.  Various keynote speakers and breakout sessions, conversations, and food provided for adults and students at each event.

Register at http://www.healthyyouthinitiative.org

Mary Queen of Peach Church, 1121 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

Houston Kraft

Teen Kindness Advocate

January 17, 2017 6:30 PM
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Do you want your teen to be kind? Helpful? Generous? Empathetic? Houston has worked with nearly 500 schools across the country and nearly a half a million young people talking about how to make their school and their lives more selfless and compassionate. Through his candid conversations and interactions, he has learned a few things about what students today NEED to be more thoughtful, successful, KIND people. In a short hour, he will help you think about character in a new way, make you laugh, and give you some practical tools to engage your teen in meaningful and powerful conversations.

For parents of grades 6-12

Issaquah Middle School , 600 2nd Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Amy Lang

Birds + Bees + Kids

January 12, 2017 7:00 PM
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Ready to take the STING out of the Birds and Bees talks? If you rely on strangers and their peers to teach your kids about sexuality, they lose out on learning from the person they most want and need to hear from - YOU!  Worse yet, they don’t get the information you want them to have about your values and related topics like love and healthy relationships.

And when you know how to talk to your kids about sex, this can lead to talking about many other parts of their lives.  These talks are key to raising safe, healthy, happy and well adjusted kids.

For parents of grades K-5.

Cascade Ridge Elementary, 2020 Trossachs Boulevard SE Sammamish, WA 98075

Documentary Screening

Screenagers

November 29, 2016 7:00 PM
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Back by popular demand!

SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Watch the trailer at: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/.

The film runs approx 68 mins and will be followed by an expert panel Q&A.

Free to Issaquah PTA/PTSA members.  For all others, $5 per person suggested donation at the door. Reserve your seats by clicking the 'Register' button.

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

Officer Diego Zanella

Run, Hide, Fight

November 21, 2016 7:00 PM
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More and more we're hearing about shooters in schools, offices, churches and around town. It's an unfortunate but real threat in today's society.  In fact in 2011, there was a shooter in Issaquah. Have you ever thought about what you would need to do to keep you and your family safe? Join Officer Diego Zanella, School Resource Officer at Issaquah High School and Active Shooter Trainer for the Issaquah Police Department, for an informative, and potentially life saving, safety talk.

Free to all. Reserve your seats in advance by clicking the 'Register' button.

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

Brandyn Roark & Kire Dassel

Parenting and the Developing Mind

November 7, 2016 7:00 PM
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Join us for another wonderful talk from the Brooks Powers Group. This training is a culmination of brain science and research for parents about how and when children’s minds/brains develop and how they can "follow, shape, and guide” the needs of their child's developing mind from kindergarten to adolescents. We discuss key components in knowing what we can expect from our children at various stages in their development. In addition, you will learn how to identify when or if your child needs additional support to manage life’s hurdles.

Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Influence the Choice

What is The Power of Me, The Power of We?

October 29, 2016 9:00 AM
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This is an inspirational one-day FREE event for middle school students. We will enjoy food, fun, and friends as we learn about becoming change makers in the areas of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.  The day will be facilitated by nationally known youth leadership and coalition training expert Nigel Wrangham. 

Interested high school students are invited to participate as facilitators throughout the day. There is a separate training in the afternoon on Oct. 28th for high school facilitators.

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and t-shirts provided.

Come join the fun!

www.influencethechoice2016.eventbrite.com

 

Pacific Cascades Middle School, 24635 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd, Issaquah, WA

Brandyn Roark & Kire Dassel

Positive Parenting

October 19, 2016 7:00 PM
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Join us for an intriguing talk with Brandyn Roark and Kire Dassel of the Brooks Powers group on how to reframe and shift our thinking about kids and parenting by using key strategies and skills based in positive reinforcement and how to set firm, consistent, and kind limits; while understanding the stages of the developing brain.

Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

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