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Pack their lunches with a rainbow of superfoods 23


20-plus shows and exhibits to inspire the kids 27

PARENT INVOLVEMENT BEYOND THE PTA How to remain connected to your child’s education 37



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It’s time to break the silence around suicide. Come hear one father’s story of heartbreak and hope, and learn about his mission to end teen suicide by 2030. September 23, 7 p.m. | Seattle Children’s Hospital

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Managing the perennial preoccupations of back-to-school transitions


Increasing digital access and opportunity for Seattle-area kids

Fantastic Fall Arts! 21 picks to inspire your kids


6 smart home tools to enhance nursery security


Local youths strike for global climate action


Power up back-to-school lunches with a rainbow of superfoods


Beyond the PTA: How to remain involved in your child’s education


This father is on a mission to end teen suicide by 2030


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ne of the most ironic truisms of parenting is that if you do your job even reasonably well, your kids will leave you. (They are just as likely, if not more so, to leave you if you’ve done your job poorly, but for now let’s choose to accentuate the positive.) I reflect on this point because my first-born child, Matilda, will be departing the nest in a few weeks’ time to head to university. But no matter your kid’s age, fall becomes keenly and irrevocably associated with twin cyclical concerns: preparation and separation. September reminds us that we must get used to the idea, year to year, gradation by gradation, that our children are ever in a developmental process of leaving us. Intellectually, parents at such key transitional stages — whether it is the significant first day of preschool or the watershed first day of college, or any of so many guttwisting mile markers in between — know that each rite of educational passage should be celebrated, and, perhaps selfishly, internalized as a validation that we’ve successfully prepared our child for what’s next. In our glummer moments, we console ourselves that our consistently Matilda pictured with her father demonstrated love for and faith in our on graduation night children is proved in the awkward tango (and let’s be honest, no one really wants to see parents tango) of leaning in while simultaneously stepping back. Whether we as parents are facing our child’s first day of school ever or our kid’s last day under our roof (gulp), our job description doesn’t necessarily seem all that much clearer at each successive stage. That is why this month’s issue is aimed at addressing a number of perennial preoccupations of parenting, for, fundamentally, these concerns never really abate, no matter the age of our children. Jason Reid, profiled in this month’s Parent Day Jobs (p. 46), lost his 14-year-old son to suicide in 2018; through his nonprofit, he is on a mission to reach every parent with his family’s story and to share a critical message about how we must prioritize the mental health of our children as much as we do their physical well-being. Our feature (The Tech Tsunami Facing Education, p. 18) explores how area public and private schools are riding the ed-tech wave to enhance learning and communication outcomes for our students, especially when access to technology is an issue of equity (Technology Access Is an Equity Issue in Education, p. 10). Advocating for our children’s education can be a tough balancing act — Beyond the PTA (p. 37) advances suggestions for striking a healthy balance point on the continuum of helicoptering to more appropriate ways to involve ourselves in the classroom at every age and stage. Nurturing our kids’ healthy bodies and quenching a thirsty cultural spirit come down to providing a steady diet of nourishing food (Eat a Rainbow of Superfoods, p. 23) and family-friendly seasonal arts (Fabulous Fall Family Arts, p. 27). We expect you will champion the young people featured in this month’s It Starts With You(th) column (p. 16) — local middle school students Ian Price and Zoe Schurman have demonstrated through their dedicated climate action activism that you’re never too young to make a measurable impact. Good luck to all families in the new school year ahead! (And to my brilliant and beautiful daughter Matilda: My heart is bursting with pride for you — go get ’em, sweetie.) — Patty Lindley, interim managing editor


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Technology Access Is an Equity Issue in Education Increasing digital access and opportunity for Seattle-area kids By Malia Jacobson


eattle’s reputation as a city rich in technology is partly true. According to a City of Seattle study, some 95 percent of residents have internet access where they live, an increase of 10 percent since 2014, and rising rates of smartphone ownership mean that 98 percent of households have at least one internet-connected device. But for students in underserved communities, the digital divide is still a daily reality and an obstacle. The city reports that residents in Seattle’s lower-income neighborhoods are from five to seven times more likely to lack adequate internet access at home. Nationwide, the digital divide prevents one in five high school students from completing homework, according to a Pew Research report. The study found that teens from the lowest-income households were more than two and a half times more likely to lack a reliable computer at home; more than twice as likely to rely on public Wi-Fi to complete homework; and 10 percent of them were more likely to use their smartphone to complete homework, compared to their wealthier peers. That’s a problem for students and families, one that increasing rates of phone ownership won’t fix. “Until you break down the systems that were designed without input from women and people of color, there is no digital equity, so we’re not close to achieving it,” says Trish Dziko, cofounder and executive director of Seattle’s Technology Access Foundation ( As everything from school information to job interviews to health records moves online, families with less access to technology face a widening opportunity gap, notes David Keyes, the digital equity manager for the City of Seattle. “Everything from navigating the school system to getting a good job to viewing your health records depends on digital access and literacy.” On that front, local partnerships, politicians and community organizations are working to extend digital opportunity and access to all, especially to underserved, underrepresented students, youths of color and residents living in lower-income neighborhoods.

Building community pathways Public libraries have long provided computer and internet access for cardholders. 10 • September 2019 •

In partnership with the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Libraries ( has stepped up recent digital inclusion efforts, offering mobile Wi-Fi hot spots that can provide community centers or temporary housing encampments with internet access, laptops and hot spots on loan, and digital skills classes. “Libraries are a critical piece of this work, but they’re not the only places people go,” notes Keyes. Digital literacy courses offered by community organizations like the Somali Family Safety Task Force (, Helping Link ( and Literacy Source ( support skill building with increased focus on residents whose primary language is not English. “Helping Link helps Vietnamese families build digital literacy to navigate their schools’ systems, online and offline,” says Keyes. “Literacy Source has increased their capacity to teach digital skills, and they’ve been very thoughtful about helping residents build digital literacy.”

Expanding educational opportunities A social entrepreneur, Dziko drew on her high-tech background to establish the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) in 1996. By increasing access to quality STEM education for students of color, TAF “creates schools where kids want to learn and teachers want to teach,” says Dziko. Its flagship school is TAF@Saghalie (, a sixth- through 12th-grade neighborhood choice school in Federal Way that embodies TAF’s vision of a school where every student can share in the region’s rich digital opportunities while receiving a solid education in science, technology, engineering and math. “We’re increasing the rigor that every kid gets and not tracking kids based on perceived ability, [which] tends to be based on race, gender and class,” she explains. “Our pedagogy is interdisciplinary, project-based learning, and college and career readiness with technology and STEM integration. It all hinges around equity and that every kid’s culture is represented in the content,” Dziko says. “It is a full school model where all kids are seen and understood.” Working closely with administrators, teachers and instructional coaches over a five-year process, TAF transforms schools with its STEMbyTAF curriculum.

4 Ways to Get Involved in Narrowing the Digital Divide 1. Donate a device or purchase a refurbished one at

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2. Become a digital literacy volunteer ( digital-literacy-volunteer) with Seattle’s International Rescue Committee.

3. Lobby your district superintendent to bring STEMbyTAF ( to your school community.

4. Learn more about Sen. Patty Murray’s Digital Equity

Act of 2019 (, aimed at increasing digital opportunity in Washington.

As Tacoma’s Boze Elementary School nears the end of its five-year school transformation process, TAF is preparing to work with three more schools in 2019–2020: Roosevelt Elementary School in Tacoma, and Brigadoon Elementary School and Olympic View Elementary School, both in Federal Way. “We’re working with Seattle Public Schools to bring the model to Washington Middle School in September 2020,” Dziko adds. Before schools can teach technology skills effectively, educators need to get on the same page in terms of what STEM education is. “In some places, it’s been reduced to ‘Let’s get everyone coding,’” Dziko notes. “The STEMbyTAF model is about using STEM skills to ideate, solve problems and express ideas — and that includes using arts, humanities, communications and writing.” Seattle Public Schools has been supportive of this work, says Keyes, donating more than 1,000 laptops to local students and working on a new program to create a stronger pathway to information-technology careers for youths. “Even in a high-tech city like Seattle, we do have these divide issues,” Keyes says. “Making progress is going to take individuals, companies and organizations all stepping up together.” ■ Malia Jacobson is a health and family journalist based in Tacoma.

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How to Ramp Up Your Nursery’s Security High-tech ways to keep your family safe By Patrick Hearn


s any parent can attest, you don’t know the true meaning of worry until you have children. For the past few decades, parents have increasingly added “babyproofing” devices to their homes to alleviate some of that worry. From baby gates to bumper guards, outlet covers to cabinet locks, moms and dads equip their homes in the name of protecting their little ones. But today’s modern technology is making it easier than ever to help keep babies and toddlers safe and to give parents the ability to monitor every corner of their home. Smart home tools provide multiple options for enhancing the security of your nursery, playroom and beyond.

These devices allow you to track the data from your smartphone and will notify you if something is wrong. Just remember that they shouldn’t replace any equipment or medication prescribed by a pediatrician.

Motion sensors can help you keep tabs on roaming toddlers. Toddlers like to explore. Once babies hit a certain age and learn they have mobility, they’ll put it to use wandering around and trying to escape their crib or playroom whenever possible. While a security camera will let you see motion inside the nursery, a motion sensor placed on the floor will alert you if your toddler is crawling around and possibly getting into trouble.

Security cameras let you peek in on your baby at any time.

A smart thermostat can regulate the temperature in the nursery.

Baby monitors have been around for a long time, but security cameras take that same functionality to the next level. Some cameras are even specialized for use in nurseries, serving the same purpose as a monitor, with features like preprogrammed lullabies. Sensors and push notifications will alert you when your baby is moving around. And once baby hits that toddler stage, you’ll know when she’s attempting to climb out of the crib — you’ll be able to see it right on your smartphone or even on your big-screen TV.

If you have a zoned heating and cooling system, you can set different temperatures for different rooms. Parents often want the nursery to be just the right temperature to ensure baby’s comfort and to encourage sound sleep. If you have a smart thermostat, you can place a separate sensor in the nursery to automatically control the temperature of that room.

Smart mattress sensors let you know when your baby is asleep. Parents know how futile it is to seek sleep while their baby is still awake. Your child somehow knows when you’ve begun to drift off into dreamland and lets out a cry at just that moment. Smart mattress sensors detect motion and send an alert if no motion is detected after a set amount of time — perfect for knowing when your little one has gone to sleep.

Smart clothing monitors breathing and oxygen levels. If your baby has a cold or you’re concerned about his or her breathing, you can use special smart clothing that monitors heart rate and oxygen levels during sleep. For parents of little ones with health problems, this can provide invaluable peace of mind. 12 • September 2019 •

Security sensors alert you when doors or windows have been opened. Common elements of a good home security system are sensors. These devices monitor the opening and closing of windows and doors, and you can view their status directly from your smartphone. This activity triggers your security system, so it’s a great way for nervous parents to ensure that their little ones are safe and sound at all times. Keeping your baby comfortable and safe is the goal of all parents, and smart home technology makes it easier than ever to do just that. While you shouldn’t toss out your baby gates and outlet covers just yet, you can enhance your nursery safety measures with some smart tech. Many of these features can be easily integrated into a smart home hub and set up through your internet service provider. ■ Patrick Hearn is an Atlanta-based tech writer.




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Local Youths Strike for Global Climate Action Ian Price and Zoe Schurman dedicate their Fridays to the future By Gemma Alexander


ast year, Ian Price saw videos of large youth climate strikes in England. “I saw people working really hard at something that is a problem. [Before that] I didn’t know it was that big of a problem. I wondered, are those happening in the U.S.?” he says. His mom told him that no one had started climate strikes here, yet. So, Price, like Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Fridays For Future movement, began to protest. For months, the 11-yearold Thornton Creek Elementary School student spent an hour on the steps of Seattle City Hall every Friday. Then, on March 15 of this year, he was joined by about 1,000 people in a climate strike organized by high school students. After that collective strike, a revolving cast of youths (and increasingly, some adults) made it to City Hall every Friday. Price connected with the local chapters of Fridays For Future (fridaysforfuturese., Extinction Rebellion ( and Climate Action Families (, a local youth-led organization linked Schurman and with Plant for the Planet (plantPrice join Fridays and Zero Hour For Future youth ( to participate in a If that seems like a confusing May 24 Extinction network of organizations to you, Rebellion Seattle you’re not alone. Even those involved climate march. in the groups struggle to explain the relationships. “There’s a lot of collaboration between different organizations,” says Zoe Schurman, a student at Washington Middle School. But this post-Occupy generation of activists is not very interested in organizational structure, as long as someone steps forward to do the work. Schurman says her involvement in the climate action movement was sparked by a Plant for the Planet academy she attended when she was 9. 16 • September 2019 •

“At the academy, I learned that I could make a difference. I saw youth doing public speaking and talking to officials. I realized I can do that, too.” Now 13, Schurman is a youth leader for Climate Action Families, working with Zero Hour. She is one of the collaborators developing a localized Green New Deal and planning Seattle events for Global Climate Strike: Week for Future, set to begin on Sept. 20. Although Fridays For Future strikes every week, it is calling for an entire week of action this year, Sept. 20–27. These dates overlap with the first week of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, when the U.N. Youth Climate Summit will provide a platform for young leaders, including Greta Thunberg, to showcase their solutions. Around the world, youth leaders are timing actions to coincide with this event in order to raise awareness and spur change. Here in Seattle, Schurman says, “We’re going to be striking the whole week. We’re still developing outlines and plans, but there will be many mass actions, especially on the two Fridays.” Advocating for local adoption of the Green New Deal will be a focus for Seattle’s youth actions. Although rallies, marches and die-ins (protests in which participants simulate being dead) are all possibilities, Schurman is reluctant to reveal plans that have not been finalized at press time. “Seattle has been a progressive leader in the past. Why can’t we be with the Green New Deal?” asks Schurman. After nearly a year of Friday strikes, Price realizes that nobody can do it every single week, and striking will be more complicated when he starts middle school. “I’ll probably have to study harder,” he says.

ARRIVE LEAVE CURIOUS. INSPIRED. Schurman says having her parents sign her out every Friday has helped her avoid disciplinary action from her school, but she has to rely on her friends to share their notes and tell her about homework assignments. She has less time to finish assignments and has had to schedule makeup tests, all of which has probably affected her grades. Yet she has no regrets. “People never talk about the positive impacts on my life that this has had, only the negative, and there are so many more good things. I have gained so much confidence and maturity, and have learned facts and life skills I never could have otherwise. I have learned about how social movements and our political structure work, how messed up the world is and how we can at least try to fix it. I have learned time management, responsibility and how to be professional, not to mention the huge amount of friends and fun that I have had along the way. Activism has transformed my life, but in a good way, not a bad one,” says Schurman. “We have a bigger voice than a lot of adults,” says Price. “Don’t underestimate it.” The youths striking at City Hall have been granted meetings with city and state elected officials, including Gov. Jay Inslee. Schurman has testified at public hearings, contributing to King County’s moratorium on fossil fuel projects. “The most common way we give up power is to think we don’t have any,” notes Schurman. Obviously, it takes a healthy dose of idealism for a bunch of kids to tackle climate change. But both Schurman and Price temper their idealism with pragmatism. “As kids, it’s not necessarily our responsibility to write policy. We just need to speak out. But the problem will only get worse the longer we wait. We should have been doing things yesterday,” says Schurman. Acknowledging that many people can’t afford to miss school or work, Price says he has seen some kids plan actions at school — like ringing a bell every day to sound the climate alarm. “Just do what you can,” he says. n

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Facing Education Area schools are finding unique ways to ride the technology wave By Rebecca Hill


t St. Thomas School in Medina, the continuing advancement of the technological revolution has fundamentally changed, and continues to change, how students and teachers communicate, collaborate and learn. One example is the school’s use of Microsoft OneNote, a platform of digital notebooks and workspaces that connects individual students to their teachers — and to each other. By using OneNote as their online student engagement platform, teachers are able to seamlessly deliver learning content, provide instant feedback on coursework and facilitate collaboration between students. Kimberly Mecham, director of St. Thomas’ Center for Leadership and Innovation, says OneNote has been the single most transformative tool the school has employed in recent years to deliver the school’s curriculum and support student performance. St. Thomas School ( is one among many area schools actively working to effectively

integrate technology into curricula that support increasingly individualized learning and classroom management, innovation and collaboration. Simply put, technology is streamlining and transforming education in the United States, at all levels and in public and private school environments alike — and at a pace that few of us can or will comprehend. From laptops and ed-tech software platforms and services to virtual-reality (VR) experiences and maker spaces, technology has dramatically changed the classroom over the past decade.

their own devices. Seventy-three percent of the teachers stated that students use these devices daily. As the costs of hardware continue to decrease and the accessibility of software and devices increases, schools are increasingly invited to access sustainable education technology in a more integrated, realistic and — ideally — equitable classroom model. (See “Beyond Tolerance: Technology Access Is an Equity Issue in Education,” p. 10.) Cost-effective education software is rapidly becoming the new textbook and can no longer be ignored as a standard tool used in today’s schools.

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A recent study conducted by MidAmerica Nazarene University puts numbers to this burgeoning of technology in the classroom. Of the 1,000 educators surveyed in the study, 66 percent reported that students are supplied with tablets or laptops in their classrooms; and in 25 percent of schools, students use

A key question that administrators and teachers grapple with is how to best incorporate technology into the curriculum and into the day-to-day student experience. Are assistive tech solutions seamlessly integrated into the classroom to enhance learning? Or is tech an add-on? Are teachers comfortable with utilizing these • September 2019 • 19


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tools, and are they employing them effectively and with intention? Answers to these questions determine how well a school technology program ultimately serves its students in their educational experiences and learning outcomes. Administrators, teachers and parents alike must consider whether technology and traditional methods of teaching complement one another, particularly in regard to the teacher-student relationship. Despite the fact that teachers in the MidAmerica Nazarene University study reported that more than half — 56 percent, to be exact — of their teaching tools are tech-based, a 2018 Cambridge International Global Education Census found that 90 percent of teachers still rely on traditional implements of teaching, such as pens, pencils, textbooks and chalkboards, to get the job done. Eric Ferguson, director of instructional technology with the Bellevue School District, believes the best results are achieved when there is a strategic balance struck between technology and traditional teaching methods. He encourages parents to ask the right questions, no matter their school choice: Are teachers still engaging one to one with your student or have they let technology replace that all-important trifecta of teacher-student-parent interaction? And how, specifically, is technology employed to support the best outcomes in learning? For technology to be effective in the classroom, says Jeff Tillinghast, director of learning design and technology at University Prep (, a private middle and high school located in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle, success in the classroom often hinges on the teacher’s overall attitude about learning: “It’s about whether or not the classroom is envisioned as a one-direction environment or whether it’s a place where students can create, experiment and innovate,” notes Tillinghast. Once technology becomes a buttressing factor in a school’s curriculum, “personalized learning” — a catchall term for how institutions tailor learning experiences, instructional approaches and support strategies to address the distinct needs, interests, aspirations and cultural experiences of individual students — becomes a key discussion point, opportunity and possibility. An individual school or district can strategically and operationally employ technology tools to focus on developing students’ decision-making, judgment, fluency with subject matter and adaptability in an increasingly individualized learning context. Collaboration, engagement and lesson-plan integration are all critical goals for personalized learning. What does this look like in practice? A page from the St. Thomas School playbook helps to illustrate this. The school uses reading instruction software called Raz-Kids (; a teacher assigns the class the same story, but the software program tailors the text to each student’s individual reading level. Then, the students are brought together in a reading circle to discuss the book, with individual students not necessarily realizing that they might have all read the book at different reading levels. This appropriate level of exposure to the content maximizes individual understanding, and typically results in increased student engagement and participation during the discussion. The same is true of Newsela (, a content platform that local teachers use to adapt current-events content to different reading and comprehension levels. St. Thomas School also uses Nearpod (, “a software that’s like PowerPoint on steroids,” explains Mecham. With Nearpod, students can easly share their questions, opinions and ideas via posting digital “sticky note” comments about a discussion or lesson to a message board. Mecham notes that feature-rich platforms like Nearpod assist the type of personalized learning the school prioritizes for its students. (See sidebar: “Tech Tools That Enhance Learning in the Classroom,” p. 38.) Being able to manage and simultaneously personalize learning experiences on a classroom-wide scale with technology assistance heralds a monumental shift —

and opportunity — for today’s teachers. Through self-guided exploration on predominantly cost-effective instruction platforms, individual students are able to grasp curriculum material in a more authentic, immersive and real-time manner, one that is conducive to their unique learning needs, style and pace. For instance, a student could use Google Earth ( to explore highly detailed 3-D imagery of entire cities and towns all over the world for a history or geography lesson; or access a primary-source slave narrative or digital photos from the Library of Congress to enhance their understanding of a lesson unit on slavery. Ed-tech platforms also assist teachers in delivering lessons to those students who might need that extra boost or who require visual or multisensory learning experiences to better grasp the material. “Now, we can meet more different learners at the same time,” explains Tillinghast. Whereas traditionally teachers would have taught from a textbook, one possibly limited in content and often outdated, today, with the raft of technology options available, educators can provide multiple avenues to explore a subject. “We now have the ability to provide a wider range of resources; plus, we have the ability to coach kids to find the information they need,” says Tillinghast.

Deep dives equate to deep learning Teaching students about life in ancient Rome, as an example, has for centuries meant instructing from dry textbooks. But now, imagine being able to experience ancient Rome in 3-D, navigating Roman roads or drinking from an aqueduct — this is

precisely the type of immersive period-learning experience that is available to students today. St. Thomas School uses a mobile media cart outfitted with specialized 3-D computers and VR goggles to expand student engagement and access to an increasingly prolific body of dynamic multimedia content. Not only can students explore ancient Rome via a VR walkabout, they can explore intricacies of the human body, put together a circuit board or paint in 3-D, says Mecham. With 3-D printers and hands-on design software, student inventors can design and create three-dimensional solid objects from digital files and explore many other “sky’s the limit” options. For those schools that have maker spaces (as University Prep does), students can access fabrication and design facilities to build prototypes, explore robotics and other engineering and multidisciplinary fields, and more.

Old dogs, new tricks Despite the seemingly innumerable learning advantages today’s technologies afford contemporary classrooms, significant implementation and utilization challenges persist. Today’s students are often referred to as digital natives, given the ubiquity of technology in every aspect of their lives since birth. Though digital natives are credited with having an almost innate ability to use and master technology, a how-to on using learning tech still requires a caring and engaged teacher. But the rapid proliferation of technology means that some teachers have a hard time catching up • September 2019 • 21 0319_ascend_1-2h.indd 1

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and keeping up. Veteran teachers may feel resistant to such rapid technological change, worrying that their tech-savvy students are more competent than they are at mastering and incorporating technologies into learning. While thorough professional development and exposure to various technologies may ease these concerns for teachers, schools are pressed to educate teachers about the tech they need to use in order to be successful and meet required standards.

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Power Up Back-to-School Lunches With Brain Food Basics Help kids eat a ‘rainbow’ of superfoods to boost learning


By Jackie Freeman

etting through the school day is tough enough as it is, but if energy stores are running low, “hangry” kids have a hard time focusing on their tasks. Pack their lunch boxes (or snack sacks) with a rainbow of choices to keep kids fueled, focused and ready for what the day brings. So, what is a superfood, exactly? Most kids probably think it’s a vegetable that can leap over a building in a single bound, or perhaps a fruit with X-ray vision. What the grown-ups know is that superfoods are whole foods packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats and other good-for-you nutrients. These foods will supply kids with much needed body fuel, which in turn gives them energy and a boost in brainpower. When packing lunches and snacks, try to include as many colors as possible. Kids will enjoy a colorful experience with different flavors, textures and nutritional benefits.

RED: Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene, which has been shown to decrease

wheezing and asthma during exercise and protect the skin from sun damage. Salsa that’s loaded with tomatoes, red bell pepper slices with hummus, and watermelon cut into cubes (or made into a smoothie) are all kid-approved sources of lycopene.

ORANGE: Beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps the immune system, fights cell-damaging free radicals and boosts night vision (it is converted into vitamin A, which creates pigment in your retinas), is found in brightly colored orange fruits and vegetables. Orange, mango and cantaloupe slices will do the trick, but you can also make sweet potato or squash fries, or pack carrot sticks with ranch dressing for dipping. Salmon, crossing the border of orange to pink, is a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are absolutely necessary for healthy brain development. Don’t think your kid will eat a piece of salmon for lunch? Try swapping that canned tuna for salmon in their sandwich, make salmon tacos, or try breaded salmon fingers.

YELLOW: Like orange foods, yellow fruits and veggies are chock-full

of carotenoids. One of the best known is beta-cryptoxanthin (if that’s not a fear-inducing supervillain name, I don’t know what is!), which helps decrease inflammation. That means better jumping and harder playing during recess. Bananas, pineapple and corn are all easy ways to get yellow into your kiddo’s diet, but also consider yellow squash baked into muffins or raw yellow bell pepper slices. Eggs, with their bright yellow yolks, are rich in B vitamins and also contain vitamin D. In addition to being an easy protein source, they contain a nutrient called choline, which supports brain and memory development. Eggs that have been hard-boiled and made into egg salad sandwiches or baked into mini quiches are just two of the many popular ways to get this protein into school lunches.

GREEN: Most of us know that greens are good for you, but what we may not know is that they’re rich in iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin C and folic acid. Lutein, found in greens, promotes healthy vision (not quite X-ray vision, but close). Kale is the powerhouse of greens, packed with 15 percent of the suggested daily intake of calcium and tons of vitamins A and K. Raw kale might be too strong a flavor for younger palates, so try making kale chips or blending it into smoothies. Don’t forget to try avocado in guacamole or smoothies, asparagus or zucchini made into cheesy “fries,” or peas mixed into pasta salad. BLUE/PURPLE: Berries are a no-brainer when it comes to incorporating superfoods into the lunch lineup, and kids will eat them fresh, frozen or dried. Berries are packed with vitamin C, which is vital for tissue growth and development, and manganese, which helps support bone structure. They are also packed with antioxidants and fiber, but no need to mention that boring fact to the kids. BROWN/TAN: This might be a catch-all category, but it’s one of the most important. Most of our healthy fats (in the form of nuts and seeds) and healthy carbs (such as whole grains) land here. Pulses (think “beans”) are a great source of vegetarian protein and fiber. The high doses of fiber and complex carbohydrates found in beans will keep blood sugar levels stable, reducing the risk of a “crash” from traditional sweet snacks. Most kids love a bean burrito, but you can also roast chickpeas or black beans in the oven and add them to trail mix. Nuts and seeds are easy to incorporate in a number of ways. Peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds are great made into spreads for sandwiches, and they cover continued on page 26 • September 2019 • 23




PICKS Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair, Aug. 29–Sept. 2

Washington State Fair, Aug. 30–Sept. 22


Live Aloha at Seattle Center, Sept. 8 Seattle Children’s Festival, Sept. 21–22

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SUNDAY 1 Olympia Harbor Days. Tugboats are the stars at this maritime fest with tours and races, kids’ activities and more. Friday– Sunday, Aug. 30–Sept. 1. FREE. Olympia. Bremerton Blackberry Festival. Live music and fantastic kids’ entertainment, car show and loads of berries. Saturday– Monday, Aug. 31–Sept. 2. FREE. Louis Mentor Boardwalk, Bremerton.





Jetty Island Trash Bash and Closing Ceremony. Last chance to visit Everett’s sandy, man-made island this season; help with clean-up and meet Smokey Bear. Noon–4:15 p.m. $1–$2 donation for ferry. Everett. Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair. Exciting rodeo action and frontier fair fun. Thursday–Monday, Aug. 29–Sept. 2 (rodeo starts Friday, Aug. 30). Check online for pricing. Ellensburg.;

Tooth Fairy Story Time. Get your kids excited about the dentist at this special story time that includes Lego flossing and dental bingo! 10 a.m. FREE. New Seasons Market Ballard, Seattle. Pool Playland. It’s the last week for an outdoor splash. Daily, 11 a.m.–noon through Sept. 8. $4–$6; under 1 free. Ages 0–5 with caregiver. Mounger Pool, Seattle.



Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival. Hawaiian music and dance performances, workshops, local food vendors and activities for keiki. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. FREE. Seattle Center. Bicycle Sunday. Last few chances for a car-free family bike ride along the lake; helmets required. Sept. 1, 8 and 15, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE. Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle.

Washington State Fair. Carnival rides, fair treats, animal exhibits and more. Aug. 30–Sept. 22 (closed Tuesdays and Sept. 4). $11–$14; ages 5 and under free; shows and rides extra (check online for deals). Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup. Magic Monday. Local magicians perform in the cozy quarters of the bookstore the second Monday of the month, 7–8 p.m. FREE. Third Place Books – Ravenna, Seattle. ONGOING EVENT



Seattle Fiestas Patrias. Celebrate the diverse cultures of Latin America in the South Park neighborhood with a parade and festival (Saturday) and at Seattle Center (Saturday–Sunday) with music, kids’ activities and more. Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 14–15. FREE. Seattle. ‘The Addams Family: The Musical.’ A wacky and fun family musical that will entertain all ages. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 13– Oct. 6. $22–$31. Rated G. Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Self-Guided Hatchery Tour. Grab the brochure and check out the hatchery and spawning salmon in Issaquah Creek. Daily, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. FREE; donations appreciated. Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Pajamarama! Evening Story Time. Cozy up in your jammies and bring your favorite stuffie for stories, songs and rhymes. Mondays, 6:45–7:30 p.m. Ages 3–6 with families. FREE. Shoreline Library.




Seattle Children’s Festival. Multi-cultural family fest with music, dance and kids’ activities. Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 21–22. Suggested donation $10/person. Seattle Center. Whidbey Kite Festival. Gaze at the breathtaking colorful air displays and bring your own kite to fly; delta or cellular kites on Saturday, flat/bowed or sparless kites on Sunday. Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 21–22. FREE. Camp Casey, Coupeville.

ParentEd Talks: Teen Suicide. Jason Reid, who lost his 14-year-old son to suicide, shares his experience and insights in a talk titled “The Most Important Conversation You’ll Ever Have With Your Kid.” $25–$30; preregister. Seattle Children’s Hospital, Wright Auditorium. Toddler Weekdays at the Farm. Last week for farm fun and tot rides. Monday– Friday, Sept. 3–27, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $10. Ages 0–5 with caregiver(s). Remlinger Farms, Carnation.

Experience Science Story Time. Science demos and stories connect in today’s selection, “Count Down to Fall.” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Included with admission. Ages 1–12 with adult. Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett. Visit the Animals at Kelsey Creek Farm. Stop by Bellevue’s city-owned farm park to see pigs, ponies, sheep, chickens, rabbits and goats, then head to the playground or wander the trails. Daily 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. FREE. Bellevue.



Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. Dig into our local maritime heritage by getting out on the water in historic wooden boats. Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 28–29. FREE; some activities have fee. The Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle. Festa Italiana. Celebrate the arts, food and spirit that are uniquely Italian at this annual cultural festival. Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 28–29. FREE. Seattle Center.

Hoppy Hour. Bounce time for energetic kids to get the rainy-day (or any-day) wiggles out. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $7–$12. Elevated Sportz Trampoline Park, Bothell. Kitty Literature. Call ahead for your child to practice reading with shelter cats; 20-minute sessions. Monday–Friday, various times. FREE. Ages 5–10. Seattle Humane, Bellevue.

10 Shoreline Indoor Playground. Open again after a summer hiatus! Banish rainyday wiggles playing in the gym. Monday– Friday, 9:30–11:30 a.m. $2–$2.50. Ages 1–5 with caregiver. Spartan Recreation Center, Shoreline. Carnation Farmers Market. Get your picnic fixings for dinner and stock up on hyper-local produce. Tuesdays through October, 3–7 p.m. Carnation.

17 Family Game Night. Enjoy a variety of board games with friends and fam! Tuesdays, 6–8:30 p.m. FREE. Pierce County Library, Bonney Lake Branch. S.P.I.N. Dance. Groove to the tunes of a live DJ with peers of many abilities. 7–9 p.m. $1 donation at door. Social evening for developmentally disabled youth and adults. Floral Hall at Forest Park, Everett.

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WEDNESDAY 4 Kaleidoscope Play & Learn. Meet other families and watch your littles pick up life skills through guided play. Wednesdays, 10–11:30 a.m. Ages 0–5 with caregiver(s). FREE. Skyway Library, Seattle. Live at Lunch. Pack a lunch and bring the kids to enjoy live tunes outdoors. Tuesday– Thursday through Sept. 12 (locations vary). Noon–1:30. FREE. Today at Bellevue Downtown Park.

THURSDAY 5 Late Play Date. Hurry up and finish dinner, then head to the museum for fall crafts, activities and fun. First Thursdays, 6–8 p.m. FREE. Ages 3–12 with families. White River Valley Museum, Auburn. Si View Farmers Market & Summer Concerts. Stock up on late summer crops and enjoy live music at the second to last week of this summer series. Market 4–8 p.m., concert 5:30–7 p.m. FREE. Si View Park, North Bend.

FRIDAY 6 Small Frye. Dramatic story time at the museum followed by a related art project. First Fridays, 10:30–11:45 a.m. Ages 3–5 with caregiver. FREE; preregister. Frye Art Museum, Seattle. San Gennaro Festival. Italian music, cooking demos, kids’ activities and more. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 6–8. FREE; food for purchase. Georgetown Neighborhood, Seattle.

SATURDAY 7 Harvest Home Festival. Turn up for 19th-century-style games, performances and grub. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $8.50–$10.50; ages 3 and under free (family packages available at discounted rate). Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma. Summer Park Pop Up. Last chance to enjoy this fun summer series with a farmers market, food, live music and art in the park! 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE; items for purchase. University Heights Center, Seattle.




Student Wednesday at BAM. Students welcome to view museum collections for free every second Wednesday of the month. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE for grades K–12 with online coupon. Bellevue Arts Museum. ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.’ Hilarious, heartwarming show opens tonight. Select dates through Oct. 20. 7:30 p.m. $38–$80. Village Theatre, Issaquah.

Critter Club. Kids’ program features stories, hands-on exploration and an animal surprise. Thursday–Friday, Sept. 12–13 and 26–27, 11 a.m.–noon. $11–$15; preregister. Ages 3–5 with caregiver. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma. Green Lake Bat Walk. Learn all about bats as you search for them in the evening sky. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake, Seattle.

Puget Sound Bird Fest. It’s bird-mania with many guided bird walks, kids’ crafts and interpretive activities. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 13–15. Many activities free; some with fee. Edmonds. The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival. Games, crafts, tasty brats, live music and beer at this popular end-of-summer fest. Friday–Saturday, Sept. 13–14. FREE entry; food for purchase. St. Benedict Catholic School, Seattle.

Pioneer Days Festival. Get a taste of early settler life with crafts, storytelling and panning for gold. Noon–4 p.m. FREE. Job Carr Cabin Museum, Tacoma. Chinatown Night Market. Food, music and performances. 4 p.m.–midnight. Chinatown/ International District, Seattle. Frog Frolic. Explore a 5,000-year-old peat bog and enjoy live music, food truck fare and kids’ activities. 1–5 p.m. Donations appreciated. Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, Renton.





Story Time in the Arboretum. Bring your tots and preschoolers for some outdoor stories, songs and fun with a librarian. 11–11:30 a.m. FREE. Washington Park Arboretum (meet at the “Tot Lot” playground), Seattle. Sammamish Farmers Market. Last week! Stop by for live music, a kids’ activity and late summer produce bounty. 4–8 p.m. Sammamish City Hall.

Chess Club: Beginners Welcome. Drop in to learn and practice chess skills; new members always welcome. FREE. Grades K–8. Pierce County Library, Gig Harbor Branch. Free Tacoma Museums. Romp (gently) around the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum. FREE on the third Thursday evening of the month.,,

St. Demetrios Greek Festival. Join in for some delicious Greek food, music, dancing and cultural festivities. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 20–22. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle. Mommy Matinees. Take a break and enjoy first-run matinees in a child-friendly theater environment every Friday; see website for titles and times. $11; ages 4 and under free. Babies with caregiver. The Historic Admiral Theater, Seattle.

Fishermen’s Fall Festival. Catch a trout, build a toy boat, watch exciting survival suit races and more. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE. Fishermen’s Terminal, Seattle. Community Garden Fall Festival. Fruit tasting, story time, plant and seed games and more at fun new fest. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE. Magnuson Children’s Garden, Seattle.





Toddler Time. Open-early play gym lets the little ones burn off energy with bikes, slides and toys. Weekdays, 8 a.m.– noon. $2; adults free. Ages 3 and under with caregiver. Issaquah Community Center. Storybook Corner. Cozy up for story time and nurture a love of books in the little ones. Wednesdays, 10:30–11 a.m. FREE. Ages 1–5 with adult. Island Books, Mercer Island.

PM: Producers Market. Last evening chance to shop for produce and enjoy market fun; baby goats and watermelon-eating contest, too! 5:30–8:30 p.m. FREE. Pike Place MarketFront Pavilion, Seattle. Family Open Mic Night. Share your talents with your community at this family-friendly event. All ages, talents and abilities welcome! 5–7 p.m. Pierce County Library, University Place Branch.

Toddler Trails. Explore the trails of Lewis Creek Park with your tots and a park ranger. 10–11 a.m. FREE. Ages 1.5–3 with adult. Bellevue. Refuge Outdoor Festival. Newer fest designed for people of color (allies welcome) to enjoy music, activities and discussions about representation in the outdoors. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 27–29. $45–$110 for weekend passes, $20 for camping field space; bring your own tent. All ages. Tolt-Macdonald Park, Carnation.

HAWKtoberfest. Gear up in your 12th Man attire for this Seahawks-themed car show! Also featuring a kids’ corner, vendor booths, food and music. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE. Kent. Seattle Children’s Book Festival. Meet your favorite children’s authors and illustrators. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE. Greenwood Elementary, Seattle.


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Brain Food Basics continued from page 23 your kid’s protein, magnesium, B vitamin and healthy fat requirements. Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium, and can be mixed into homemade energy bars, smoothies and yogurt. Whole grains, such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta and quinoa, boost nutrition and reduce the risk of chronic disease in the future. They are also packed with fiber (and some even have protein and iron) that gives you long-lasting energy throughout the day. Mix oatmeal into cookies or make sandwiches with wholegrain bread instead of white.

CLEAR! Last but not least, don’t forget how important proper hydration is to keep kids going strong all day long. Most kids are dehydrated by the time they are done running around during recess, so make sure they have a water bottle handy throughout the day. You can even pack a rainbow in their water — watermelon, cucumber, orange or melon slices add flavor, color and nutrition. ■ Chef and mom Jackie Freeman is a recipe developer, food stylist and culinary tinkerer.

SUPERFOOD ENERGY BARS No need to turn on the oven for these super kid-friendly superfood bars. Not only can the littles choose the fillings to include, they also can help prepare them on the stovetop with a grown-up supervising. Yield: 18 bars

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on offer this fall. Here we present a list of our favorite options. It’s not complete — many smaller companies were still developing their fall seasons at press time — but it is a great start.

SEPTEMBER ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Sept. 12–Oct. 20 (and Oct. 25–Nov. 17 in Everett) Village Theatre This playful Tony Award–winning musical follows an eclectic group of middle schoolers as they fight for the glorious title of regional spelling bee champ. $46–$80.

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‘The Delicious Revenge of Princess Rubyslippers’ Sept. 27–Oct. 20 Olympia Family Theater This irresistibly titled play follows Ruby’s hilarious adventures dressing as a princess, hiding from


‘Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest’ Opens Sept. 28 Tacoma Art Museum Artistic radicals in their own time, the French Impressionists are what most people today think of when they think of painters. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to enjoy art by Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Morisot and Degas right here at home. It also includes work by American artists they influenced, including some local to the Northwest. $15 ($40 family rate).


‘Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination’ Oct. 4–Feb. 2, 2020 Bellevue Arts Museum Focusing exclusively on the artist’s paintings and sculptures from the past decade, this exhibit of Robert Williams’ fun and appealing artwork has a lot for kids to enjoy. Think wildly colorful paintings and playful structures featuring a lot of monsters and unexpected images. That said, there are still some themes and imagery in the paintings that might be issues for some parents. Be prepared for some nudity and the potential for some pieces to spark family discussions.

‘Warner Bros. Studios Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony’ Oct. 4–6 Seattle Symphony Let’s face it, if it weren’t for Looney Tunes, most of us would not be very familiar with classical music. “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” screens the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes cartoons with live accompaniment by the Seattle Symphony. This 30thanniversary program highlights classics like “The Rabbit of Seville” alongside new Warner Bros. 3-D theatrical shorts. Pricing TBA.

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BEYOND THE PTA How to remain appropriately involved in your child’s education at every stage By Gemma Alexander


owadays, it can feel like every aspect of parenting is fraught with dilemmas and pitfalls. In 20 years, it probably won’t matter what kind of diapers you used or if you packed boring lunches, but your kids’ education is definitely important. So, how do you make sure that your kid thrives at school? Do you really have to join the PTA? When does helping become helicoptering? We talked to local educators about the best ways to support your child’s education at every stage.

Find a community for preschoolers “The most important thing is picking your school. Think about your personality and your child’s personality,” says Thomas Hobson, who is a teacher at Woodland Park Cooperative School, a blogger ( and the author of “Teacher Tom’s First Book.” Parental involvement varies widely depending on the preschool’s model. It’s critical to find an environment where you and your child feel safe and comfortable.

Whatever type of school you choose, “Try to get to know classmates’ parents. Try to connect outside of school times by having families over for dinner or playdates. Hang out on the playground for a few minutes after school,” suggests Hobson. Whether you spend time in the classroom or not, learn your child’s schedule and describe it to them as part of the daily transition from home to school. “Knowing what to expect gives kids a sense of control,” notes Hobson. “There’s going to be separation anxiety. It’s okay to cry when Mommy leaves. But that should become less pronounced over time.” “You know your child. Trust your instincts,” advises Hobson. If something doesn’t feel right, check in with the teacher. Describe your observations and really listen to the teacher’s perspective without judgement. They see a different side of your child than you do, so between the two of you, it’s usually possible to work out a solution. continued on page 38 • September 2019 • 37

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Beyond the PTA continued from page 37 The first time you talk to the teacher should not be when there is a problem. “Formal meetings are stressful for everyone. A few minutes of conversation at drop-off and pickup can help build a social, friendly relationship with the teacher before there is a problem. Remember, you and the teacher are colleagues. You are working together. The teacher is your greatest ally in creating a safe learning and growth environment for your kid,” says Hobson.

Build connections through elementary school Most homeroom teachers are straightforward about their preferences to communicate by email or phone and give specific instructions to parents about how they want families to handle homework. But the need for parental involvement goes beyond following teachers’ instructions. “When a single teacher is dealing with 500 kids — the entire school — it’s just not possible without parent involvement,” says Elizabeth Waltzer, an art teacher at Wedgwood Elementary School. In addition to teaching art classes in her school on a rotation schedule, Waltzer also manages the school concerts and musicals. These days, even public schools couldn’t run without volunteers, so be assured that your child’s school can benefit from as much time and energy as you can commit. That said, teachers understand that not everybody has the ability to contribute directly to the classroom or attend special events at school. “The most impact you can have is not even at the school. It’s at home. Find time to check in with your student and really talk to them about school. Knowing that someone at home is really excited about their learning makes such a difference,” says Waltzer. If your child is having trouble at school, “There has to be a conversation with the teacher,” says Waltzer. “The trifecta of parent, student and teacher [voices] are all necessary and must be heard to build success. Remember that teachers really do have students’ best interests at heart, so be prepared to work together, as opposed to assuming negative intent.”

Stay connected in middle school “Middle school is a safer space to fail than high school,” notes Chelsey Hays, a counselor in the Shoreline School District, so it’s a good time to practice independence. But the trick for parents is to step back without disengaging. “It’s a common misconception that kids don’t want parents involved in middle school. They want autonomy, but all the research shows that kids with involved continued on page 40 parents do better,” she says.


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Beyond the PTA continued from page 38 “The parents’ role is not to solve problems directly. It is to encourage kids to develop their own solutions,” explains Hays. Parents can encourage kids to manage their own deadlines and talk to their teachers when they have a problem, and then check up to make sure they’ve succeeded. Consider asking kids how they would like you to be involved in special events and field trips. “Some kids love parents to be there, some don’t,” she says. Open-ended questions can help draw kids out, but if they’re reluctant to talk about school, parents can keep up on what’s happening using online resources, such as The Source, Schoology, email newsletters, and school websites and Facebook pages. Attending concerts, plays and other after-hours school events, even when your student is not a participant in them, can help students and parents feel like they’re part of the school community. Parents whose availability for community activities is limited can take heart, though. “The best way to be involved is to hold kids accountable. Research shows that kids whose parents hold them accountable and help them keep track of their academics and homework deadlines have the best success in middle school,” says Hays. “Don’t be afraid to be involved. Be quick to email the teacher or the principal when kids can’t take the initiative or haven’t had success. You can be a role model for how to have those conversations.”

‘Hey, how’s it going?’ every day. It makes a difference.” Theater and language arts teacher Shawn Riley, also at Ballard High, agrees. “I encourage parents to ask questions about social events and what’s going on in class,” he says. But he also suggests that they “not necessarily [believe] everything your student says.” With the new Washington state graduation requirements, students cannot afford to fail even a single class. Riley says parents need to be informed about testing and graduation requirements, and students are not always the best sources for that information. Attending parents’ nights and open houses is helpful, but online resources make things easier for parents with limited time. “Befriend your student’s counselor. They can help with college, Running Start, scholarships, credit requirements and tutoring connections,” he says. When do parents need to take a more active role? “Show up when kids ask,” says Maykut. “If possible, encourage them to find ‘their thing.’ It will help them get connected into the community.” Supporting your child’s extracurricular activities can also give you an unobtrusive glimpse into their world. “If you enjoy being involved, there is so much need,” says Maykut. Many extracurricular programs rely on booster clubs, school events require coordination, and field trips generate lots of paperwork. “If grades are dropping, if a student is showing signs of anxiety or depression or aggression, talk to your kid first. Show interest without grilling,” Maykut suggests. Then, “Treat the teacher as part of your student’s community network and talk to them for data.” Riley concurs. “I appreciate you getting involved in your child’s education.” ■

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Trust but verify — communicating in high school “Students often need support making healthy choices. The biggest thing is providing the structure and support at home. Kids are more independent [in high school], but they need the space and time and expectation to do homework,” says Ballard High School science teacher Samantha Maykut. “Just because teens need independence doesn’t mean they don’t need you,” says Maykut. “No matter how distant they get, take time to make eye contact and say,

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Research has shown that babies can discriminate between the sounds of all the languages of the world beginning at around 6 months of age — in other words, we are born with the potential to speak any language. At 12 months, an infant’s brain begins to specialize and focus on the sounds of the primary language(s) she hears. When it comes to learning multiple languages, the lesson is that the earlier children are exposed to multiple languages, the better their chances are of retention and proficiency. One of the best ways to introduce another language, especially if it’s not already spoken in the home, is through language-immersion learning. When children have direct access to native speakers and use a language in social contexts, they are most likely to experience a longterm impact from that language. As a result, languageimmersion preschool programs have become increasingly popular across the country, and Seattle is no exception.

Types of immersion programs Preschool language programs range from “complete” to “partial” to “two-way” and “one-way” immersion. In a complete immersion program, children are exposed to the foreign language 100 percent of the time. There are variations to this approach, such as partial immersion, when 50 percent of the time is spent with the foreign language. In some schools, there are two teachers per classroom who each speak a different nonEnglish language exclusively, providing kids with a truly multilingual environment. In a two-way program, kids’ fluency in both English and the foreign language is the goal. But many preschool programs don’t offer two-way immersion, instead teaching only in a non-English language. Spanish is the most common immersion language being taught to young kids, but French, German and Chinese are other popular choices for parents in the Seattle metropolitan area. If you are considering a language-immersion preschool

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program for your child, first evaluate it as you would any preschool. Then, carefully appraise the foreign-language options, method of instruction (complete versus partial, two-way versus one-way), location, reputation and cost. Begin researching potential programs early, because there are often long waiting lists for the good ones. Know that there are a lot of options for kids ages 3 and older, but not as many for the younger set. If you’re interested in other early foreign-language exposure opportunities for babies and toddlers outside the home, check out multilingual story times at local public libraries or sign up for child-andcaregiver language classes offered by area providers, such as Polly-Glot Tots ( and Sponge (

The benefits of bilingualism Long-term language immersion is a significant commitment to the pursuit of multilingualism, and it may not be possible for every family or child. But there is no disputing the tremendous benefits of learning another language, regardless of the proficiency level attained. Here are just a few of the key advantages of bilingualism: • Because learning a new tongue teases out similarities and differences between the primary language and other languages, bilingualism encourages better understanding of one’s primary language. • Brain activity tests show that bilingual kids have a heightened ability over monolingual children to monitor their immediate environment and keep track of what’s going on more efficiently. • A bilingual child’s ability to alternate between two languages strengthens mental flexibility, improves self-control/self-regulation and increases their ease in switching between mental tasks. • Bilingualism may even delay the onset of dementia in old age by as many as five years. • Finally, there are the less measurable but equally valuable advantages of bilingualism, such as a more nuanced understanding of how to communicate, sharpened problem-solving skills, and enhanced appreciation of people and cultures from other parts of the world. — Kali Sakai

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THE MOST IMPORTANT CONVERSATION talk about { Ateen suicide }

Meet Jason Reid

This father is on a mission to end teen suicide by 2030

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By Patty Lindley


y all outward appearances and measures, Jason Reid is a highly successful and prodigiously productive person: He’s a go-getting CEO who has started numerous businesses and who coaches and consults internationally on leadership; an author of multiple business books as well as lighter titles for kids and families; and, more recently, he’s tried his hand at filmmaking. Heck, he’s somehow even found time to earn a black belt in Tae Kwon Do along the way. And while Reid would call himself an entrepreneur by trade, he’d also tell you he’s a dad by passion. In March 2018, this dedicated family man and father of four experienced something no parent should ever face when he received the news that his 14-year-old son, Ryan, had committed suicide by hanging himself in the attic of their home while Reid and his wife were on vacation. Reid’s seemingly perfect life was shattered, and he was left to confront the truth that while he believed he had been doing everything You’ve shared Ryan’s story in a widely viewed TEDx Talk as well as in other speaking engagements around the country; you’ve also produced a documentary, “Tell My Story,” which will be released in spring of 2020. What else is on the docket? This fall, I’m hoping to use [the film] to get some celebrities together to do interviews about their own relationship with mental health for a “Tell My Story” YouTube channel. I want them to be able to say, “Okay, well, I’ll get behind this movement, put my weight behind it and tell my story.” The reality of our story is that one of the things I deeply regret in life is getting Ryan a phone at the age of 12. He used that phone to research how to kill himself. So, another piece of it that you’ll see is Kids Safe Mobile, a new app that I created for kids’ mobile phones. The app allows a parent to lock down the kid’s phone so they can only make a phone call, send a text, take a picture. And there’s an app on the parent’s phone, so if [the kid ever tries] to shut down or delete the app, the parent gets an immediate notification. It’s also a tracker, so you know exactly where your kid is at all times. And the final piece of it: Any text that they send, you get a copy of on your phone. Why do you think people don’t understand depression as a disease that can and must be acknowledged as such and treated, particularly in youths? I don’t think people appreciate it because they don’t understand it, medically. It’s hard to understand. Science doesn’t even understand it completely. We grew up with the idea that you can shake off depression if you try — we revert to how we were raised, and it takes a long time to change that kind of thought process. We’re starting to. Do you feel like you had an awareness of mental health concerns for your kids? Absolutely not. I never thought something like this

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“right” to raise happy, healthy kids, he had missed the signs of his son’s secret, silent battle with depression; that he had failed to ask the right questions and to have the difficult but necessary conversations that may have revealed to him that his son needed help. In the aftermath of Ryan’s death, as the family attempted to come to grips with the loss, Reid discovered two Post-it Notes his son had left where he knew they would be found: One read, “Here’s my username and passwords”; the other read, “Tell my story.” And that is what Jason Reid is doing. He started a foundation,, with a mission that is likely more ambitious than any he has yet attempted in his career as a businessman: to end teen suicide by 2030. We caught up with Reid to talk about what’s ahead for the organization and how parents can better take ownership of their kids’ mental health.

would happen to us. I just thought Ryan was going through a phase. All kids go through phases. I think that’s the hard thing for parents to grapple with: Is this a phase or is this something real? And unfortunately, we’re not well-equipped as parents and even as a medical community to be able to judge that. How do we end teen suicide? I didn’t originally start with the intention of ending teen suicide. I had intentions of doing a movie, and I knew a TED Talk would help me get some publicity for the movie. And that would be my contribution to this. I tell Ryan’s story, I’m done. But as I started doing the movie and I started having all these different conversations with everybody who is in the space, I realized, “We’re not doing this the right way.” We’re not tackling this like a problem that can be solved. We’re just saying, “Everybody should be aware.” [Teen suicide] gets worse every year. Awareness is not helping. It’s simply not enough. Of all the things I want to do on’s website, I’m starting with the easiest ones. If you want to end teen suicide, it starts with parents. And parents I can affect right now. I can do this movie. I can get out there and speak. I can create an app. That will hopefully get me to be able to do the rest of what I need to do here.

What is your advice to parents for having that most important conversation? What I want parents to understand is it’s not like it was when we grew up. We’re not connected with our friends anymore; we’re not connected with our families anymore the way we used to be. Because everybody’s in front of their phones and computers. So, it’s about sitting down and saying, “Okay, I’m going to recognize the fact that I’m part of the problem. I’m going to take the time. I’m going to be present with my children. I’m not going to be on the phone checking my Instagram, checking my Facebook, texting my friends, working.” [The latter of which] was always my problem. The ironic thing is that I wrote a book on being more connected as a family. Because we were. There are no phones at our dinner table. But that still wasn’t enough. Because I never asked the question. Ryan had Crohn’s disease, so I’d ask him, “How’s your stomach?” But I never asked him how his head was. I never asked him if he was depressed. I never asked him if he thought about killing himself. Those are the hard questions that parents don’t want to ask, but those are the questions we have to ask. Because if you ask someone who’s thinking of killing himself, the reality is he will tell you in most cases. And he’ll probably be relieved that you asked. ■

Patty Lindley is ParentMap’s interim managing editor.






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