SSD Ritenour Dispatch

October 2022


The Ritenour School District is hosting "Community Data Dialogues with Ritenour Schools" in late September and early October. These meetings will give families and community members the opportunity to learn about the school's performance on academic, social-emotional and attendance measures.

The "dinner and dialogue" meetings will take place from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations. Please click on the school name to RSVP for the event (if you have children at multiple schools, please RSVP for each school):

Dinner and child care will be provided and the district will have translators available. Please complete the RSVP forms above if you plan to attend, or need child care or translation services so the schools can plan accordingly at each site.

Thanks for supporting "Victory in the Classroom" and we hope to see you this fall!

Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Workshops

Parent/Family Workshops

All of the workshops offered by FACE are provided free of charge and are open to all parents, families and community members.

After registering, participants will be provided with information about the platform that will be used for the workshop.

If you are unable to attend the live workshop, please still register so that we can send you the link to the recording a day or two after the workshop.

The workshops will be set up as webinars, so you will be able to see the panelists but not other attendees. Your confirmation and reminder email will contain information about how to submit questions to the panelists in advance, or you can use the chat and Q&A features during the workshop. If you have any questions, please let us know.

If you need more information, or if you require an alternative format as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact, 314.989.8460 or 711 (Deaf/HOH).

Registration Options

To register for a workshop, please email or call 314.989.8460.

Upcoming Workshops

October 4th 11:30am - 12:00pm

FACE Workshop: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse Framework - 3 Part Series

RSVP for Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse

October 11th 11:30am - 12:00pm

FACE Workshop: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse Framework - 3 Part Series

RSVP for Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse

October 14th 9:00am - 4:00pm

Hub Huddle: CAASTLC

To learn more about Hub Huddles please call 314-989-8034.

October 18th 11:30am - 12:00pm

FACE Workshop: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse Framework - 3 Part Series

RSVP for Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse

October 26th 11:30am - 12:00pm

Lunch & Learn: SSD FACE

October 27th 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Family Cafe

RSVP for Family Cafes

SSD Parent Advisory Council Meeting

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. SSD's PAC works closely with the SSD Board of Education, Governing Council, and District administration to provide valuable input and feedback from the parent perspective.

October's Meeting - Oct. 12, 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

SSD Central Office - 12110 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63131

RSVP by Oct. 5th.

Meetings are open to the public.

For more information or to join the meeting virtually, please visit the PAC website.

PAC general council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.

Ritenour School District PAC

The goal of the RSD-SSD PAC is to collaborate with parents/guardians, Ritenour School District Administration, and SSD Administration to improve the overall results of our kids. We seek parent input on matters concerning special education services.

We meet monthly to develop our abilities to:

  • Share information and support with other parents navigating the special education process

  • Learn about advocating effectively for our children

  • Improve communication and promote collaboration between Ritenour Schools and Special School District

  • Promote a positive, inclusive understanding of students with disabilities

The RSD PAC will hold their first meeting Monday, October 24, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m at the Ritenour Administrative Center. Future meetings will be held on the 4th Monday of each month.

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Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.

You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting, or by calling 877-384-2575.

SSD Family Leadership Institute – Fall 2022

SSD’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program is seeking applicants interested in participating in the Fall 2022 SSD Family Leadership Institute.

Family Leadership Institute participants have the opportunity to:

  • Build understanding of future planning and problem-solving utilizing the Charting the LifeCourse tools.

  • Learn to effectively participate in their student's education and improve the educational climate for all children.

  • Learn how to positively interact and collaborate with other families and school personnel.

  • Discover new resources and network with other families.

This program, which is offered at no cost to participants, is designed for family members who are the educational decision-makers for a student with a disability.
The four sessions will be held in-person on Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 PM on Oct. 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2. Dinner will be provided for attendees.

For More Information

Call 314.989.8460 or email

Lunch and Learn Series

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), Activities for Family Engagement Month - Oct. 26, 2022

Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis, Summer Resources - Dec. 15, 2022

Productive Living Board (PLB), Resources for Families - Jan. 25, 2023

SSD Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) department - Feb. 22, 2023

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - April 26, 2023

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.

The Family Resource Hub

The Family Resource Hub is where families and educators develop effective partnerships to improve student outcomes.

For more information visit the The Family Resource Hub.

The Family Resource Hub Satellite Food Pantry is located at North Tech High School which supports families with access to non-perishable food items and household supplies.

The Family Resource Hub Satellite Food Pantry

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Free At-Home COVID-19 Test

Residential Households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 FREE at-home tests from To order the free tests visit

Special School District is providing assistance to those who need help accessing or completing the online form. For assistance, visit FREE At-Home COVID Test.
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Upcoming Dates

October 13

Early Release Day (K-12)

October 24

PreK-8 Evening Conferences

October 25

Grades 9-12 Evening Conferences

October 26

PreK-12 Evening Conferences

End of First Quarter

October 27

PreK-12 AM Conferences / Teacher Off PM (NO SCHOOL PreK-12)

October 28 - 31

Fall Break (NO SCHOOL PreK-12)

All District Offices and Schools Closed

Ritenour District Event Calendar

Let's Talk!

Let’s Talk is an open invitation from Special School District (SSD) to tell us what’s on your mind.​Let’s Talk is an easy way to submit feedback at your convenience directly to the SSD staff member who can help.

Ritenour School District

Kyle Johnson, Special Education Coordinator - Kratz, Marvin & Wyland

Emya Williams, Special Education Coordinator - Iveland, Marion & Buder

Stephanie Genenbacher, Special Education Coordinator - Hoech & Ritenour Middle

Nathan Dwyer, Special Education Coordinator - Ritenour High