Parent Education Events in San Carlos and Beyond

2019-20 SCSD Parent Education Events

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Events are listed in chronological order. Highlighted events are hosted outside of San Carlos with partners in education, including Sequoia Healthcare District, San Mateo County Office of Education and other notable organizations.

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The Vaping Phenomenon: What it is, why it happened, and what we can do about it

Presenter: Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, Stanford University

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 12:00-1:00pm Location: Stanford University Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2), Room 111



Motherload-Film Documentary Screening

Audience: Open to all ages

Presentation: Film to inspire active transportation as an antidote to climate change and social isolation. 


UPCOMING EVENT 11/2/19: Singletrack High

Puberty Talk Curriculum for 5th Grade  

Audience: Parents of 5th graders 

Presenter: Health Connected

October 22, 6:30-8:00pm  Location: SCSD District Office Board Room, Unit 9B



No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting

Audience: Parents, teachers, community-builders

Presenter: Youth expert, Charlie Applestein

October 24, 7:00-8:30PM Location: Menlo-Atherton High School PAC, 555 Middlefield Rd. Atherton



Singletrack High

Audience: Biking enthusiasts of all ages — join us for a showing of Singletrack High at Sports Basement in Redwood City! Singletrack High is an inspiring look into high school mountain biking athletics. Before the film, Sports Basement’s expert bike mechanics will teach some basics of bike maintenance. After the film, there will be a short discussion on how to get involved with our local biking community.

November 2, 5:00PM-7:00PM Location: Sports Basement, Redwood City


The Nurtured Heart Approach

Audience: Parents of students of all ages

Presenter: Matt Steinborn, nationally certified school psychologist working in San Carlos School District and certified advanced trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach TM

Tuesdays beginning 11/5 and going through 12/17 from 6:15-8:15pm (No class Thanksgiving Week)

Location: SCSD District Office Board Room, Unit 9B


No Such Think as a Bad Kid

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Coaches

Presenter: Charlie Appelstein will be sharing his humor and practical strategies to create family environments that are focused on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. These exceptionally positive and inspiring strategies focus on guiding all children (and especially those with emotional or behavioral challenges) with an approach that focuses on how to help your kids develop positive mindsets; how to create self-management tools in your home; relationship-based limit setting; and the effect of positive emotions on the brain. 

Wednesday, December 11, 6:30-8:30pm

Location: SCSD District Office Board Room, Unit 9B


Teen Talk Sexual Health Curriculum for 7th Grade

Audience: Parents of 7th graders

Presenter: Health Connected

February 12, 6:30-8:00pm Location: SCSD District Office Board Room, Unit 9B



Parent Education Series 2019-20

   Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Director, The Parent Education Series,

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Know Your Rights, Know the Law: Sex, Bullying, and Social Media

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)

555 Middlefield Road, Atherton 

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Skadden offers Know Your Rights, Know the Law: Sex, Bullying and Social Media, a free workshop for parents and teens with practical and legal information about sharing information on social media.

Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! Free admission and light refreshments. Spanish interpretation will be available.


What’s All the Buzz with JUUL & Similar Vape Devices?

Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)

199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

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What do parents, students, and educators need to know about JUUL, vaping, e-cigarettes, and vape devices? The Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit offers education for parents and teachers to prevent middle and high school students’ use of e-cigarettes and vapes (including JUUL and other pod-based devices).


The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

Audience: Parents

Presenter: William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson, Co-authors

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Menlo-Atherton High School 



Creating Gender Sensitive and Inclusive Environments for Teens

Audience: Teens and Parents

Presenter: Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Woodside MUR


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Defining Healthy Boundaries in the Digital Age

Audience: Teens and Parents

Presenter: Devorah Heitner, PhD, Author, Screenwise, Founder, Raising Digital Natives with Vanessa Kellam, Parent Engagement Coordinator, Health Connected

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Sequoia High School Carrington Hall


LIKE: The Impact of Social Media On Our Lives

Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Audience: Parents and Educators

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Location: Carlmont High School, Performing Arts Center (PAC) 1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont Info & Tickets:

   Common Ground Speaker Series

These events are created with private schools in our area. They have limited seating and usually cost a small fee of $20 or less.

The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep- Common Sense Media’s Newest Research

Audience: Teens and Parents

Presenter: Michael Robb, PhD

Monday, November 4, 7:00PM Location: Woodside Elementary School

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Late Bloomers: Patience for Alternative Paths

Audience: Parents of all ages

Presenters: Rich Karlgaard with Mary Babbitt

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00PM Location: Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton

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Under Pressure: Confronting Stress and Anxiety in Girls

Audience: Parents of all ages

Presenter: Lisa Damour, PhD

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 Location: Sacred Heart Schools, Upper School

150 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton

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