Mark your calendars for 2018-2019 Parent Edge events

September 17, 2018 | by Erin Sirianni

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Mercer Island Parent Edge has announced its line-up of speakers and presentations for 2017-2018.  Mark your calendars and join your PTA for free or discounted admittance to events.  Learn more about Parent Edge at www.miparentedge.org.
Life after High School – A Four-Part Series
See various dates / event locations below
Parent Edge presents the “Life After High School” series in partnership with KCLS and Friends of the Mercer Island Library. This free series is for parents of students in grades 9 through 12. Questions about the “Life after High School” Series? Email [email protected] or call the MI Library at 206.236.3537.
A High School Parent’s Guide to Student Success in College & Beyond
September 17, 7 pm | Islander Middle School
How to Find the Right Colleges for You
October 2, 7 pm | Mercer Island Library
The Scoop on Financial Aid – Don’t Pay the Full Price
October 9, 7 pm | Mercer Island Library
Resilience & Compassion: Building Strength for the Road Ahead
October 17, 7 pm | Islander Middle School
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Top Secret Project: Decoding the Mysteries of the Teen Domain
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  Visit the Parent Edge website for any rescheduling updates.
Many parents consider their teenager’s bedroom to be off limits, but sometimes too much privacy can be harmful. Take this unique and exciting interactive look inside the lives of teenagers and open the door, and your eyes, to everyday items that could signal a young person’s involvement in risky or harmful behaviors.
Using a simulated teenager’s bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there’s a problem. Identify possible warning signs, discuss strategies and techniques and receive additional resources. 
For Adults/Parents ONLY! Presented in partnership with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services and Eating Recovery Center. 
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UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World with Michelle Borba
Tuesday, October 23, 7 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St
Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were 30 years ago — impacting children’s academic performance and leading to bullying behaviors. The trend also correlates with more cheating and less resilience as well as hampering our children’s ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve.
Hear from an internationally renowned educator about the forces causing the Empathy Crisis and learn strategies to raise empathetic, courageous, caring children with skills to thrive in a 21st century, digital-driven world.
For parents of children of any age and students in grades 5-12.
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Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents
Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St
Presented by Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team. 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. Additional information available at www.intheforefront.org. For Adults/Parents ONLY!
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Parenting with Identity in Mind with Rosetta Lee
Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 am (Morning Presentation)
Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St
Rosetta Lee, a highly-regarded, local and national expert in diversity, inclusion and equity will discuss parenting with identity in mind. Learn how to create positive self-identity in our children and teach them to be positive influences on others. The goal is to create inclusive communities which support everyone’s success. For parents of children of all ages. Presented in partnership with Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
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Beyond Sticks and Stones:  Helping Youth Navigate Conflict & Bullying with Rosetta Lee
Wednesday, January 23, 7 pm (Evening Presentation)
Mercer Island Community & Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St
Help your children build healthy friendships and relationships.  National anti-bullying educator, Rosetta Lee, will present information to help parents and educators understand the difference between natural conflict and bullying and explore key gender and cultural differences with respect to how children experience and deal with bullying. Receive pragmatically and empowering guidance and tools to effectively prevent and address bullying issues. For parents of children of any age. Presented in partnership with Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
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LIKE (IndieFlix Film): Impact of Social Media on Our Lives
Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 pm
Mercer Island High School, 9100 SE 42nd St
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.  There will be a resource fair from 6:30 to 7 pm with a film screening at 7 pm followed by a panel discussion. For parents of children of any age and students in grades 5-12.
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Youth Suicide Prevention for Parents
Wednesday, April 3, 7 pm
Islander Middle School, 7447 84th Ave SE
Presented by Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team. 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. Additional information available at www.intheforefront.org. For Adults/Parents ONLY!
Learn more / register >>
Parent Edge operates as part of the Mercer Island School District PTSA, organizing events for parents, educators, and the Mercer Island community. Learn more about the Parent Edge organization by visiting www.miparentedge.org.

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