SSD/Normandy Monthly Communication

Staff and Family Newsletter March 2022

Greetings Families & Staff~

Hello March and Goodbye February!

The return of the sunshine and being able to enjoy the outdoors has certainly brought new enthusiasm to Normandy. As we approach warmer days, let's ensure that we continue to be safe! As a reminder, parent teacher conferences will take place next Thursday and Friday, March 10th and 11th. We look forward to seeing you there. Additionally, Spring Break will take place March 14th-March 18th. We hope this small break will be restful and rejuvenating. As always, should you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We thank you for your continued commitment and partnership with us. We value your support and collaboration.


In partnership,

DeAndria Player, Director of Special Education dmplayer@ssdmo.org

Barbara Champagne, Special Education Coordinator bachampagne@ssdmo.org

Lynette Swift-Elliott, Special Education Coordinator lswift-elliott@ssdmo.org

Mashyllia Minor, Instructional Coach mgminor@ssdmo.org


Has someone made a positive impact on you or your student? Let them know!

Click here to submit a Cause for Applause!

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Teaching & Learning

High-leverage instruction continues to be an area of focus for our district. Using data and feedback from instructional observations, focused professional learning has been provided to increase teachers’ implementation of these evidence-based approaches, specifically Explicit Instruction and Active Student Engagement, designed to increase the educational growth of our students.

The SSD Leadership Team is conducting another round of observations to capture teacher growth and develop actionable steps as we grow toward full implementation of high-leverage instructional practices.


To learn more about Teaching, Learning, & Accountability please visit https://www.ssdmo.org/Domain/292


~MaShyllia Minor, Instructional Coach

Employment Opportunities

SSD Normandy Schools Collaborative

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Normandy Schools Collaborative Upcoming Events

March 1 Middle School Parent Meeting

To join. https://zoom.us/j/94003554874?pwd=eEt5SnZEZkdGZDV0Ym1mdENqUmJTQT09

March 4 Early Dismissal -All Schools

March 7 4th Quarter Begins

March 8 JEGB Board Meeting 6:00pm

March 10 Parent Teacher Conferences

March 11 NO SCHOOL-Parent Teacher Conferences

March 14-March 18 Spring Break

March 21 JEGB Candidates Forum 5:30pm

March 25 Early Dismissal-All Schools

Normandy Schools Collaborative Website

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Parent Leadership Institute

SSD’s Parent Education and Diversity Awareness Program is seeking applicants interested in participating in the Spring 2022 SSD Parent Leadership Institute.

Parent 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 child’s education and improve the educational climate for all children.
  • Learn how to positively interact and collaborate with other parents and school personnel.
  • Discover new resources and network with other parents.


This program, which is offered at no cost to participants, is designed for parents and family members who are the educational decision makers for a child with a disability.


If you are a parent or family member who makes the educational decisions for a child with a disability, investing the time to attend these four Wednesday evening sessions will provide:


  • Vision for the future of your child.
  • Knowledge to help you to effectively participate in your child’s education.
  • Leadership skills to improve the educational climate for all children.
  • Access to new resources, friends and experts to help you on your journey.


The Institute will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on February 16, March 2, 9, and 16, at the SSD Central Office, 12110 Clayton Road, 63131. The institute is offered at no cost and dinner is provided. Learn more about this opportunity or download the application at: Parent Leadership Institute


PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

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Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA)

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA): PEDA has several workshops scheduled. The workshops can be found below and on PEDA's website.


Virtual Workshop: Meeting your child's needs using Charting the LifeCourse Tools in the IEP process

When: Tue, March 15, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Description: Your child’s school Individual Education Plan (IEP) can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. Find out how to utilize LifeCourse Tools to help prepare and communicate effectively with your child’s IEP team to determine the most successful goals and interventions to help your child reach their potential.

To register for this workshop, click here: https://SSDPEDA.as.me/CTLCwithSTLARC


PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

THE SUMMER RESOURCE PACKET IS HERE!

Get tips and tricks to making this your child’s best summer yet.


To access The Summer Resource Packet, click here: PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet


To access the YouTube Video of our recent Summer Resource Fair, click here: https://youtu.be/VVeYDiL8ykM

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness Program

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Lunch & Learn Series

Special School District’s Family and Community Outreach, Social Work, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA) and Communications departments have teamed up 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 take place on the first Wednesday of each month during the 2021-22 school year, from 11:30 AM - Noon.

Representatives from nine community organizations will participate in order to increase awareness about their agency and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services. Organizations represented in the Lunch & Learn series include:


· Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) – March 2

· St. Louis ARC – April 6

· St. Louis County Library – May 4

Family and Community Engagement Spotlight

  1. The Family Resource Hub – 1 min. video highlighting the features. Family Resource Hub Virtual Grand Opening. The Family Resource Hub Sattelite Food Pantryr
  2. Recreation Council Flyer – Summer Program Guides The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis Summer Program Guide Announcement
  3. Youth Mental Health Training for Staff –Kickup registration link: https://pulse.kickup.co/events/browse/SKSWHzR83mUrJ7gpEPUpeh
  4. Youth Mental Health Training for Families – Google link: https://forms.gle/28CzBcceYgadDhJk6
  5. Assistance for families who may have challenges accessing the FREE Covid Tests FREE At-Home COVID Test


The Family Resource Hub located at North Tech High School is a space dedicated to families and our community stakeholders. The resource hub offers families computer and internet access, a satellite food pantry, and support navigating community resources. The space is also dedicated to supporting families by hosting learning labs, community events, and a safe and supportive environment to learn with and from one another.


You’re welcome to set an appointment to visit.

Please call 314-989-8311 or email FamilyEngagement@ssdmo.org

Family Engagement

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Parent Advisory Council (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 Parent Advisory Council has scheduled the following meetings for the 2021-2022 school year. All meetings are held virtually via Zoom, from 7-9 PM. Additional information about meetings, including agendas, can be found on the PAC's website.

  • March 9, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • May 11, 2022 (this meeting will be held virtually and in-person)

Get Involved with the SSD PAC

  • Network and communicate with other parents of children who receive special education service.
  • Become as informed as possible about special education services
  • Improve communication between your local school district and SSD
  • Create a positive understanding and awareness of students with disabilities
  • Establish a network of advocacy for local, state and national disability issues


Complete this online form to learn more about getting involved with the SSD Parent Advisory Council.
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Special School District Upcoming Events

March 2 Lunch & Learn with Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) 11:30am

March 5 St. Louis County Apprenticeship & Careers Pathway Showcase

(North Tech High School) 10:00am-1:00pm

March 7 Governing Council Meeting 7pm

March 8 Board of Education: Business Meeting 5:45pm

March 9 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting 7:00pm

March 12 St. Louis County Apprenticeship & Careers Pathway Showcare 10:00am-1:00pm

(South Tech High School ) 10:00am-1:00pm

March 15 Public Review Committee Meeting 6:00pm

March 15 Meeting your child's needs using Charting the Lifecourse Tools in the IEP process 6:30

March 18 Mental Health & First Aid Training 11am

March 19 Mental Health & First Aid Training for SSD Families 9am

March 25 Board of Education Policy Sub-Committee 1:30p

March 29 Public Review Committee Meeting 6pm

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.