2017-2018

UPCOMING EVENTS

Welcome to Mercer Island Parent Edge. We operate as part of the Mercer Island School District PTSA, organizing events for parents, educators and our community. All events are free or at a discounted rate for MISD PTSA members. Please register to attend an event by clicking on the Register button next to the description. We look forward to seeing you!


Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team present:
Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

7 PM, APRIL 23, IMS, Free Event

Eventbrite - Jessica Lahey | The Gift of Failure

Learn evidence-based prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. Like first aid and CPR, this valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities. www.intheforefront.org for more information.

Click for Helpful Handouts 


PRIOR EVENTS / 2017-18

Ivory Tower (film & panelist session)

6:30 PM, SEPTEMBER 27, Mercer Island Library, Free Event

KCLS Presents the “Life After High School Series” 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. For parents with students in grades 9-12. Sponsored by Friends of the MI Library

Three of the panelists will offer the following in-depth programs in October at the Mercer Island Library:

  • Pros and Cons of Community Colleges: The Last College Bargain – Dr. Jonathan Brown Oct 17, 7 pm
  • The Scoop on Financial Aid – Don’t Pay Full Price – Peg Keough, Way to the Quad, Oct 24, 7 pm

Download event flyer HERE


Teens, Tweens & Tech Straight Talk with Jo Langford

7 PM, OCTOBER 25, MIHS PAC

Do you know what your kids are doing on their phone? Join us for a straightforward conversation with Jo Langford, a Masters-level therapist, a sex educator for tweens, teens, and parents, and author of Spare Me ‘The Talk’! (for boys & girls). Jo will address the most popular apps teens are using; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – The Three Big Bads; Sexting, Cyberbullying and Porn, and what parents can do about them.

Learn how to help your kids make healthy choices with tips and tools on navigating these difficult topics. Don’t miss what is sure to be a lively and enlightening evening! Find more information about Jo Langford at www.beheroes.net  For parents of middle/high school students. No children; parents only! Island Books will have Jo Langford’s books available for purchase at the event.

Download event flyer HERE


Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team present:
Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents

7 PM, NOVEMBER 15, MIHS, Free Event

Learn evidence-based prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support. Like first aid and CPR, this valuable knowledge supports healthy families and communities.

www.intheforefront.org for more information.

Click for Helpful Handouts 


Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative 

7 PM, JANUARY 18
Northwood Elementary School
4030 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA

How can parents and educators empower their children to be successful participants in an increasingly racialized world? Learn from Jasen Frelot how the stories we unintentionally tell our children to have the greatest impact on their racial identity development and steps for empowering families to address racial injustice in a loving, sustainable, humble way. Jasen Frelot is a father, early childhood educator, social justice advocate, and co-founder of Kids and Race Seattle, which has been featured in Parent Map Magazine and on NPR. For parents of preschool through middle school students.

Resources for Talking with our Kids about Race:


Angst (IndieFlix Film)

6:30 PM, FEBRUARY 6, MIHS PAC

MI Parent Edge in partnership with friends of Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island Youth and Family Services presents the IndieFlix documentary, Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. Youth and young adults offer intimate, honest and accessible perspectives on suffering from and managing anxiety. Experts highlight research and offer tools and resources that provide hope. There will be a resource fair from 6:30-7 with a film screening at 7 followed by a panel discussion.

Audience Guidance: Families, educators, students and community members will benefit from this film. Appropriate for age 11 years+. Under age 11 viewer discretion advised.www.angstmovie.com 

RESOURCES
Click HERE for additional resources to identify, manage and overcome anxiety.

Did you miss the Parent Edge screening of the IndieFlix film “Angst”?
Find an upcoming local screening HERE!


Anxiety and Our Kids: Join the Discussion
6:30 PM, FEBRUARY 13, Mercer Island Library

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services counselors will facilitate discussions about anxiety that began after the viewing of the film Angst. Find out more about preventing and addressing anxiety with parents and counselors grouped by elementary, middle and high school age levels. Counselors will answer questions, offer resources, and we will discuss ways to address anxiety together as a community. All parents are welcome. No students, please. Presented in partnership with Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, Friends of Mercer Island Library and Mercer Island Parent Edge.

RESOURCES
Click HERE for additional resources to identify, manage and overcome anxiety.


The Gift of Failure Giving Kids the Chance to Experience Failure and the Opportunity to Solve Their Own Problems

7 PM, MARCH 20, MIHS PAC

Research has shown that the key to motivating students to own their education and develop resilience is intrinsic motivation. Jessica Lahey offers practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades while giving kids the support and encouragement they need in order to succeed. Jessica is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, The Gift of Failure – How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Island Books will have copies of The Gift of Failure for purchase at the event. www.jessicalahey.com  

Download Bibliography/Resources shared by Jessica Lahey

Download “Gift of Failure” Discussion Guide