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Hello Autumn!

I'm so excited to tell you about the great offerings I have coming up this fall...
and beyond!

Epic Family Scavenger Hunts

October 13th - Vashon Island
November 10th - Tacoma (Pacific Ave)
December 8th - Vashon Island

You’ll be provided the exact meeting location upon signing up. 

Peggy Rubens-Ellis creates a unique family friendly event that gets you and yours away from the computer to explore neighborhood treasures.

Type in the code "HuntThanks" for a 20 dollar discounted price.

Scavenger Hunt
Family Strengths Art Adventures
Make a family-orientated collage to express a visual picture of your family’s strengths. Perfect as a special gift for the holidays. Bring photos you would like to integrate into your art and wear comfortable clothes. This is a facilitated activity and is a sweet relaxing experience to share with your loved ones. As well, you will leave with a priceless work of art.

December 18 th - Vashon Island
December 20 th - Tacoma

For more information click here .
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
November 17th from 8 am - 5 pm
Vashon Island Presbyterian Church
Pre-Registration Required

This FREE 8-hour class is offered through King County and taught by myself and Woody Pollock.

It’s a great introduction to supporting the mental health of young people. We give you an easy plan to follow to help support a young person and to direct them to the right resources. We also help break down the stigma of mental health. This class is geared towards anyone who has an interest in the health of youth-parents, educators, social service providers, neighbors, community members.  

It's a long day but chocked full of information and well worth the time. Classes tend to fill up quickly. Sign up by emailing Sue Wyder at
Helping Solve Tough Friendship Challenges
Taking reservations now for this two-hour talk

Parents/Guardians: Learn strategies for helping your child navigate friendship problems big and small. Explore valuable resources. Discuss the way our own challenges around friendships brush up against our child's.

Educators:  Explore different strategies for Tier 1, 2 and 3 interventions on friendship. Perfect for a staff meeting or part of an in-service.

Youth: Use games and activities to explore friendships and healthy relationships. Perfect for kicking off a program or working with specific challenges in a school or community.
Perfect for...
  • PTSA Parent Education Night
  • Church & Community Groups
  • Home School Groups
  • Social Service Organizations
Email Peggy for more information at
My website's gone through a metamorphosis! Click here to have a look!

I now have a downloadable Digital Media Package! You can find it on my website by clicking here !
I’m almost done with draft one of my first book!

This is a curriculum book for school counselors and educators with 32 engaging lessons for grades K-3. The unique part of the book is that it doesn't just tell you the lesson but gives you the "real" version of what happened when I taught the lesson to one particular group of kids. I share my great successes and my epic fails. Perfect for a new counselor or someone who wants to spice up a curriculum they’re using with tried and true experiential activities.

It Takes an Island Radio Show!

Look out world, Peggy and Woody are going live with a 1/2 hour weekly radio show on parenting!

Although this show will be centered on our community of Vashon Island, much of the material will be appropriate for all.  
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Peggy Rubens-Ellis M. Ed | (206) 335-9051 | |