• JUULING and Other Trends

    Thursday, May 24th 
    Vashon High School Cafeteria


    Please register as space is limited (https://varsanetwork.org/juul/)
    Light refreshments will be provided

    No, it’s not a fancy USB Flash drive – it’s the latest trend in vaping, it’s virtually undetectable and is everywhere.

    Come talk with the experts who have the facts and trends about Juuling - happening in school bathrooms across the country! Hear Arti Patel, Public Health and Education Director at the Washington Poison Center, and Erin James, Out-reach Marijuana & Opiate Prevention Coordinator for King County, discuss Juuling, vaping and marijuana use trends among youth.

    If you are an educator, healthcare or social service professional, parent, or concerned community member this is a discussion you won't want to miss!

    Presented by VARSA - working with our community partners to reduce youth substance use on Vashon Is-land, in partnership with Neighborcare Health at Vashon School-Based Clinic.


    Strengthening Families

    an interactive course for parents/caregivers
    AND their children ages 10-14.

    Parents want to protect their children, but it's challenging.
    Youth need skills to help them cope with stress and resist peer pressure.

    This seven-week "Best Practice" program brings parents and their
    children (ages 10-14) together to build positive relationships.

    Refreshments/light meal will be provided.

    The class and childcare for younger children are FREE.  Registration is required. 
    Weekly classes 
    April 18 to May 30
    Wednesday Nights 6:15-8:45 at McMurray Middle School
    (attendance at all classes required)

    Register now



    What Do You Think?  

    Every year, as part of our grant requirements, VARSA asks families to take the Community Survey. Information gathered is used to track community attitudes and respond to the underage substance use issues we face here on Vashon.





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     McMurray Middle School

    Wednesdays join a  free weekly Parent Coffee Hour, facilitated by Parent Educator, Teacher & Counselor Woody Pollock.  Consider joining Woody and other parents for lively discussion and support around navigating the adolescent years.

    During the month of October, Coffee Hour will highlight how parents can maintain a sense of curiosity and seek to understand the often puzzling behavior of our adolescents.  See attached flier.  Coffee Hour meets each Wednesday at McMurray in the Portable from 8:00-9:00 a.m.
    Questions?  Contact Woody Pollock at wpollock@vashonsd.org


    Chautauqua Elementary School

    Chautauqua Coffee Hour is an opportunity for parents to get to know one another, learn and share parenting ideas, and get caffeinated! Most meetings will have a short parenting topic presented by the facilitator and parent educator, Christine Wood, as well as time for each person to check in and ask a parenting question if they choose to. Meetings are every Wednesday from 9:15-10:15 am in Room #330 (small district conference room).

    Christine Wood is the Program Manager and Parent Educator at the VYFS Family Place (formerly known as Playspace). She has made a nearly 20 year study of child development and the parenting practices that support children to reach their full potential. Christine is raising three teenage boys and finds parenting to be endlessly wonderful, amusing, and challenging.