Parent Education

Parent Education at Valley

Valley School's Community Alliance of Parents (CAP) hosts a committee of parent volunteers who, in partnership with the school administration, shepherd our Parent Education Program. The mission of the Parent Education Committee is to ensure Valley School families have access to educational opportunities and resources that enhance their experience both as parents and as members of our school community. 


2019-2020 Parent Education Committee Co-Chairs: Susan Moore and Margot Case

Feel free to send us an email! 

Coming Up:

October 15, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Emotion Coaching: An Essential Part of Your Parenting Toolbox with Melissa Benaroya

Emotion coaching helps parents guide their children through life's ups and downs in a way that builds confidence, resilience and strong relationships. This process helps your child learn how emotions work and how to behave in healthy ways when feelings are strong and develop skills that help them thrive socially and academically. Come learn and practice with your community of parents.


January 28, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Talking to Youth About Heated Topics with Rosetta Lee


March 26, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Talking with Children and Youth About Race with Caprice Hollins



We hope you enjoyed:

Parenting Generation Z: Media, Behavior Challenges, and Stress Management with Laura Kastner

Thank you to everyone who attended this presentation. 


The Valley School Social Emotional Learning Program

Thank you to all who attended our evening presentation about Valley's social emotional learning program and what parents can do at home to foster social emotional growth. If you were unable to attend or would like to know more about this topic, please click on the links below to view the presentations from the evening. 


Valley Social Emotional Learning and Self-Regulation Presentation by Valley Parent Aly Frei

Valley Social Emotional Learning Presentation by Gillian Toledo and Alan Braun


The Birds and the Bees with Amy Lang

The birds and the bees can be tough to talk about, but with a little information, some careful thought and planning, it's possible to have comfortable and effective conversations that help your kids make good decisions.


Links to resource materials:

Resource List

3 Biggest Myths



Reading Pre-K through 5th Grade

One of the many treasured traditions at The Valley School is the opportunity parents have to read to their child's class. Reading aloud gives us a chance to connect to all our children through books and stories. Summer can allow us the time to continue this richly rewarding tradition at home. You can find many books and audiobooks online through the Seattle Public Library.


On the Importance of Parent Education:

“Focusing on our own education as we struggle with theirs is as much for our own benefit, joy and well-being as for our children’s. Our own education may feel like a secondary responsibility, but it is at least as important.”


~From The Genius In Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity and Creativity in Children
by Rick Ackerly (2012)


Valley Parent's currently-reading book montage

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other
Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us

Valley Parent Ed's favorite books »