Building Block Award
“Mrs. Reinitz works so hard each and every day for all students. She creates environments where students feel safe to share, they feel supported, and she is instilling compassion and understanding to these students through the personal stories she shares. Having Mrs. Reinitz around truly makes the most positive difference in our classroom and we all cannot thank her enough for all that she does.” -Liz Vasilopoulos
After School Meals
Operation Food Search will provide free after school meals starting Monday, August 22, 2022 to children at select SLCL locations during the school year. Stop by after school and enjoy a nutritious meal along with activities for kids. Meals will be available Monday-Friday, free of charge for children ages 5-18.
The After School Meals program is offered at the following branches:
- Florissant Valley Branch, Monday-Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Jamestown Bluffs Branch, Monday–Friday from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Lewis & Clark Branch, Monday–Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Natural Bridge Branch, Monday–Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Parkview Branch, Monday-Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Prairie Commons Branch, Monday–Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Rock Road Branch, Monday–Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Weber Road Branch, Monday–Friday from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
We turn the lights up and the sound down, so you can feel free to be you at these unique showings for people living with autism or other special needs.
Recreational Council of Greater St. Louis
If you or someone you know may be interested in accessing this amazing resources, check them out here:
Where kids can volunteer in St. Louis
SLU Basketball Summer Camp
Saint Louis University Women’s Basketball is hosting a summer-day camp July 17 – 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. All students, kindergarten through eighth grade, can receive hands on instruction from the coaches and student-athletes. The Billikens are coming off their most successful season to-date, winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament and making their first NCAA Tournament appearance this past March.
Day camp is $200 and includes lunch each day and a shirt. Students can work on their basketball skills, participate in friendly competitions, and build relationships with the team’s student-athletes and coaches.
Attached is a flyer with information and registration instructions. Please feel free to print or distribute to your staff and students. We would love for them to participate this summer. Any questions, please email Coach Tra’Dayja Smith at Tradayja.Smith@slu.edu.
SEF Accepting Applications for Kid to Camp Program:
The Special Education Foundation is now accepting applications to assist children with disabilities served by SSD to attend one or more camps this summer. Each year, the SEF provides tuition assistance to enable students served by SSD to attend summer camps. Sometimes children with disabilities cannot join their peers in a summer camp experience due to financial constraints or other hardships. SEF steps in to help young people and their families take advantage of these experiences that can sometimes be life-changing. Parents and caregivers can have peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe and healthy place. Apply here.
Student Leadership Opportunities: Please check out these unique and FREE leadership opportunities for high school students with disabilities, ages 16 - 21.
Family and Community Engagement
Join the FACE team on May 24th for a Lunch and Learn to discover new and exciting ways to engage your students this summer. Face will highlight various local opportunities as well as ways to keep your students’ skills sharp over the summer break.
The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTL) will be at the HUB, located in North County Technical School, on May 12, 2023 from 9-4pm. CAASTL can help families in need of rental assistance, utility assistance, and weatherization needs.
SUMMER HOURS FOR THE HUB: Access to the HUB, located in North Technical High School, will only be available over the summer by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Still on the hunt for good summer camps or activities? There are search engines that can help with that. Blueprint 4 Summer and Kids out and About are great resources to help fill those hot summer days.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is available for families in SSD. The course is located at Maryland Heights Community Center on July 22, 2023 from 9 - 3:30 PM. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. To join us please register at https://forms.gle/CRFvDJH76XbSyFQg7. Seats are limited. Register to become a mental health first aider today.
The National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers meaningful resources to support youth, educators, families, and caregivers have productive discussions about mental health with youth and young adults. Please visit the website to review the resources. https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults/Youth-and-Young-Adult-Resources
Lunch and Learn Series 2022 - 2023: Special School District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is excited to offer a virtual Lunch & Learn series for SSD families and stakeholders. The series, which will involve community organizations sharing information about their work, will continue during the 2022-23 school year and take place from 11:30 AM - Noon.
Representatives from three community organizations and three SSD departments will participate in order to increase awareness about their agencies or programs and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services.
Features in the 2022-23 Lunch & Learn Series are:
SSD Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Summer Engagement Activities - May 24, 2023
Each event is held virtually through YouTube Live. To access the video, please click on the organization's name in the list above. The videos will not be available to view until their scheduled date and time.
PAC.ED: Parent Advisory Council of Children with Educational Diversity
It is never too early to start thinking about Summer options! Whether you are thinking about this Summer or subsequent Summers! Knowledge is power when planning for your student. Programs such as SWEP (Summer Work Experience Program) have deadlines!
Don’t forget to check out the following links:
· Clayton Disability History & Awareness Proclamation Clayton Disability History & Awareness Proclamation (including presentation video).
· Award Winning Disability History & Awareness Video Series 2021.
· Intelligent Lives (the film) & Panel Discussion – available in three(3) formats including Spanish.
· Disability Awareness Video Showcase – a collection of films from acclaimed Director and Advocate Dan Habib.
PAC.ED: Parent Advisory Council of Children with Educational Diversity, advocates for awareness, understanding, equity, and inclusion of and for all students with disabilities in the School District of Clayton. PAC.ED is a volunteer organization made up of families, Clayton and Special School District (SSD) staff and administrators, as well as community members.
We have wonderful actives, events and programs planned for the 2022/2023 school year!
Stay up-to-date with Clayton PAC.ED by visiting our Dashboard
For more information or questions regarding PAC.ED, please contact: Clayton PAC.ED President, Christina Blankenship at email@example.com , or call 314.402.4920.
SSD Parent Advisory Council (SSD PAC)
The SSD Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of families advising and collaborating to improve the education, confidence and social outcomes of each student served by SSD. The PAC consists of five parents or guardians – one member and four alternates – from each of the 22 St. Louis County school districts and from each of the five SSD special education schools. The parents or guardians of students receiving special education services in that district or school elect SSD PAC members.
The SSD PAC operates as a completely separate organization from the School District of Clayton PAC.ED. However, due to the nature of “dual district” structure that exists uniquely in St. Louis County, both PACs benefit from ongoing engagement, support, and collaboration. In fact, members of the Clayton PAC.ED often represent the School District of Clayton on the SSD PAC.
- April 12, 2023 7-9pm via zoom
- May 10, 2023 7-9pm via zoom