Parent Association News

Please join us for the October Parent Association meeting on Friday, October 6 at 8:30am in Egan Hall. We will hear more about Partners in the Gospel, the Endowment Event, our PA-sponsored Guest Speaker, the Middle School Musical, the 2024 Thursday Ski Bus and more. Come and catch up with other parents and hear the latest about all the exciting things going on around St. John. All parents/guardians of students attending St. John School are members of the PA and are welcome to join meetings. Hope to see you on Friday!

Guest Speaker – Dr. Schoenfelder Gonzalez

Our first PA-sponsored Parent Education Night will feature Guest Speaker Erin Schoenfelder Gonzalez, Ph.D. She will join us virtually on October 24 to discuss executive function. Dr. Schoenfelder Gonzalez is a psychologist at Seattle Children’s in the PEARL (Program to Enhance Attention, Regulation and Learning) clinic. She focuses on helping youth and their families become resilient and successful.

During this parent education event, Dr. Schoenfelder Gonzalez will discuss executive functions (EF), activities based in the brain’s frontal lobe, which is the “boss” or “executive” of our brain. Executive functions help us plan, organize, and manage our thoughts, actions, and emotions. For kids, this means things like paying attention, setting goals, and controlling impulses. Developing strong EF is crucial for success in school and everyday life. The elementary school years are the ideal time for children to learn good EF habits and strategies to compensate for EF weaknesses.

During our time together, Dr. Schoenfelder Gonzalez will share:

  • A “lens” for understanding core executive functions and their impact on school and other childhood activities.
  • How parents can support their child’s EF by modeling organization and time management tools, providing consistent routines, and scaffolding children’s decision-making.

This event will take place virtually on Tuesday, October 24 at 7pm. A Zoom link will be provided prior to the event.