Past Events

Is Your Teen At Risk?

Presented by the OC Sheriff’s Department
May 12, 2016 at 6:30pm

Target Audience is Grade 5-8 Parents.



Balanced Child

Presented by a Panel of St. Mary’s Experts
April 7, 2016 at 6:30pm 

Come and hear from a panel of St. Mary’s experts on how to encourage your children to work hard, remain playful, and learn from their mistakes.                                                                         


Tools for Constructing Good Behavior, Strong Character and Resilience in Children and Teens

Presented by Dr. Michele Borba
January 28, 2016 at 6:30pm

 Internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development parent education program. Dr. Borba’s work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. Her practical, research-based advice is culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide. 

Media outlets regularly depend on Dr. Borba as the “go-to” expert on parenting, bullying prevention, education and child/teen issues. She is an NBC contributor appearing over 1 00 times on the TODAY show. Her work has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, The Early Show and CNN as well as in Newsweek, People, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post and The New York Times. Dr. Borba is the award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books translated into 14 languages. 


State of the School

Presented by Sharon Taylor, Head of School
January 12, 2016 at 6:30pm






IB 101 Educational Series

Presented by St. Mary’s Faculty
See dates below

Join us for the four-part educational series on the International Baccalaureate Program in the Primary Years. All sessions will be held at 2:00 PMClick to view recording from a recent session.

Alan November

October 14, 2014 at 6:30pm

The Future of Education as it Merges with Technology

Please join us for the 2014-15 St. Mary’s Speaker Series on Tuesday, October 14 to hear Alan November, an international leader in education technology, discuss the future of education as it merges with technology. Alan November is recognized as one of the nation’s most influential thinkers, and has delivered keynotes and workshops in all 50 states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America. Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed as one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007, he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden.

His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

The Speakers Series is free and open to the public. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with Alan November, as each Speaker Series event concludes with a question and answer session. This event will be held in the St. Mary’s gymnasium. 


Michael Gurian

January 14, 2014 at 6:30pm

What are they Thinking? The Minds of Boys & Girls: Practical tools to meeting gender differences that influence learning.

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, join us as best-selling author of 26 books and social philosopher, Michael Gurian helps to demystify the differences in the behavior, learning styles and focused interests of girls and boys. Drawing on emerging neuroscientific data, Gurian reminds us to never lose sight of the reality of individual differences. He will suggest creative ways to modify the environment to encourage sons and daughters to do their best in school and life.

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Dr. Michael Thompson

October 8, 2013 at 6:30pm

The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and in Life: The importance of connection, recognition and mastery in childhood.

Join us on Tuesday, October 8 as acclaimed author and clinical psychologist, Dr. Michael Thompson, helps make sense of your child’s journey through adolescence. The bestselling co-author of Raising Cain, The Pressured Child, and many other notable books, will address America’s performance-driven obsession with the accomplishments of its kids. As to the age-old question, “How was school?” children may not divulge much, but psychologist Michael Thompson suggests that the answers are there if we know how to read the clues.

After the presentation, you are invited to participate in a Q & A session, followed by a book signing. Reserve your seat today!

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Derek Carroll at St. Mary's School in Orange County, CA

Strategies for Taming Temper Tantrums

DEREK CARROLL, M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

January 26, 2012 at 6:30pm

Derek Carroll completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and English at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland and has a graduate degree from Chapman University with a Masters in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). He is a Child Behavior Specialist and has a number of strategies for early childhood behavior development and eradicating tantrums. Derek will be discussing how best to promote more healthy self-control and communication in our children.

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Wendy Mogel at St. Mary's School in Orange County, CABlessings of a Skinned Knee


February 16, 2012 at 6:30pm

Dr. Wendy Mogel is an internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and the author of the New York Times bestselling parenting book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Her new book, The Blessing of a B Minus, is about raising teenagers. A popular keynote speaker, she lectures widely at conferences and schools. Dr. Mogel will be providing psychological insights, into key parenting issues to include teaching respect for adults, coping with frustration, avoiding over-scheduling and overindulgence, and helping children develop independence and self-control.

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Pat Bassett at St. Mary's School in Orange County, CA21st Century Schools


May 10, 2012 at 6:30pm

Patrick Bassett is the President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a membership organization for more than 1,400 independent (private) schools and associations of schools in the U.S. and 250 affiliated schools and associations internationally. NAIS is a leader in educational leadership, research and trend analysis for independent K-12 college-prep education. Mr. Bassett will be providing a framework on “Schools of the Future” and the critical skills and values schools must develop in students to prepare them for the 21st century.

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Louis Zamperini coming to St. Mary's SchoolBe Hardy! An Evening with a Great American Citizen

Louis Zamperini

May 23, 2012 at 6:30pm

From Laura Hillenbrand’s New York Times bestseller, “UNBROKEN: Louis Zamperini’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

As an IB World School founded on Christian values, we are honored to host a true American hero on our campus for this special event. Mr. Zamperini will share his inspirational story followed by a brief Q&A from our audience. It is an evening you won’t want to miss.

All St. Mary’s parents*, faculty, and administration are invited to attend this special evening with Louis Zamperini. Please feel free to invite 2 Adult guests.

(*His message is appropriate for St. Mary’s Middle School students and they are encouraged to attend if accompanied by a St. Mary’s parent.)

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We are delighted to inform you that our evening with Louis Zamperini has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6:30pm in the St. Mary’s School Gymnasium. We hope you will be able to join us for what proves to be an inspirational evening with a true American hero.

Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary, Finding Kind

September 20, 2012 at 6:30pm

In Finding Kind, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who met while in school at Pepperdine University, set out in a cross country journey of discovery and education. Interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences, Parsekian and Thompson find, among all of the unique personal stories, some universal truths about growing up as girls. Finding Kind is a document of that journey, and of the filmmakers’ quest to take these experiences and find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect. This is a must see film for parents of both girls and boys.

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Learn more about the Kind Campaign

The Entitlement Trap

Richard and Linda Eyre

November 8, 2012 at 6:30pm

For nearly twenty years, Richard and Linda Eyre have been among the most prominent and popular speakers in the world on topics of parenting, life-balance, and family-strengthening. Presenting as many as 100 keynotes, lectures, seminars, and workshops a year, the Eyres are known as much for the interactive and entertaining nature of their presentations as for the content which is based on their New York Times bestsellers.

With clients ranging from national association conventions like the American Bar Association, the AARP, and the American Dental Association to the top management of Fortune 100 Companies like Disney and Merck, and from national and international organizations like The Young Presidents Organization and the Junior League, to local and sponsored community and church groups, Richard and Linda tailor their presentations to the interests and needs of their audiences but stay always true to their mission statement of validating values, bolstering balance, and popularizing parenting.

For the Eyres, speaking and in-person presentations are the third corner of their “influence triangle.” The other two corners are 1. Writing (their Teaching Your Children Values was the first family and parenting book in fifty years - since Dr. Spock - to reach #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and their latest, The Book of Nurturing, was endorsed by Dr. Phil) and 2. Media. (They are frequent guest on national shows like Oprah, the CBS Early Show, Prime Time Live, Today, and Good Morning America.)

St. Mary’s is honored to have the Eyres as part of our 2012-2013 Speaker Series.

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Talking Back to Facebook

James Steyer

January 31, 2013 at 6:30pm

A Common-Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age.

James Steyer is one of the nation’s most respected experts on children’s media and education. He is founder of Common Sense Media, a leading organization dedicated to improving media and technology choices for kids and families. His new book, Talking Back To Facebook explores how social media and cellphone technology have transformed the lives of today’s young people in very dramatic and surprising ways. Mr. Steyer is a frequent guest on shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN National News, Fox News, Oprah and The Early Show on CBS.

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Please access Common Sense Media for educational tools and resources

Is Your Teen at Risk?

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department

March 14, 2013 at 6:30pm

This community education workshop presented by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department focuses on current street drug trends, substance abuse, teen driving and internet safety. This is not designed to be a “scared straight” kind of event but rather one where we create a dialogue between parents and their teens on topics that are often difficult, but necessary to discuss.

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