Vashon Island School District

To equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute within an ever-changing world.

Parent Education Events


Anxiety, Stress, and Our Kids

VHS Theater

with Yvonne-Monique Aviva, MA

More and more evidence is pointing to a high level of anxiety in our children. Where does it come from? How can we manage it? And when is it too much? Find out how to help you and your child successfully navigate life’s stressful situations in healthy ways.

With over 20 years of experience, Yvonne-Monique offers clients a combination of brain science, evidence-based prevention strategies and practical tips on navigating the teen years. She works with school districts, social service agencies and individuals. She has two sons, 23 and 14 years old.





with Amy Lang, MA

What is the #1 unavoidable fact about teen sexuality? What are typical middle schoolers up to in the sexuality department? What’s the key to getting them to listen to you about appropriate expectations and boundaries? Spend a humorous and informative evening with child sexuality expert, Amy Lang.

If you are looking for a proven professional who can show you how to have fearless and effective talks about sexuality; what kids need to know at each age and stage; and how to become a trusted resource so your children see you as their first and best source of information, I’m your gal! I use humor and a healthy dose of well researched advice to help you wholeheartedly jump into the sex talks.

I am fiercely committed to guiding parents and other adults to become empowered to have regular, open and effective conversations about the birds and the bees with the kids they love. My goal is to help you raise up your children into healthy, happy and whole adults who understand and embrace their unique sexuality.

With over 10 years of experience working with amazing clients with similar worries and concerns and guiding them to achieve remarkable success, my mission and commitment is to change and challenge cultural beliefs about children and sexuality. I aim to do this by teaching adults the best and most effective ways to talk, learn and think about the birds and bees talks. I provide research based, high quality, keynotes, workshops, webinars, books and other tools for adults so they can be true champions for the kids they care for and love. I want every child to grow up knowing sexuality is a healthy, normal, positive and fun part of life that comes with great responsibility.

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CES Coffee Hour with Parent Educator Melanie Salonen
Weekly on Wednesdays, 9:15am-10:15am

We are delighted to announce that the Vashon School District is one again supporting a drop-in coffee hour for parents! Beginning September 14, Chautauqua will host a weekly, informal coffee hour on Wednesdays from 9:15-10:15 for parents of elementary aged children. Coffee and tea will be provided. The group will meet in the District Office conference room and will be facilitated by parenting educator and coach, Melanie Salonen.
Discussions will include current and relevant hot topics, developmental information, and a chance to meet and share with other parents. There is no charge for this group, and you can join in at any time!

Middle School Parent Coffee Hour
Starts Oct 5
In the counseling portable behind McMurray

The start of a new year can be exciting and full of promise…

It can also be ripe with new parenting challenges, including friendship worries, homework struggles, and a wide variety of other developmental dilemmas. If you are feeling stuck, have used all the tools in your tool-box, or could simply use a little shared wisdom from other parents… you’re in luck! 

Join Parent Educator and Counselor Woody Pollock for weekly support, conversation, resources, and a cup of coffee!

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