SSD Pattonville Dispatch

April 2022

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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THE SUMMER RESOURCE PACKET IS HERE!

Get tips and tricks to make this your child’s best summer yet by checking out the PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet. You can also access the most recent Summer Resource Fair on YouTube.


Summer Resource Packet

Summer Resource Fair
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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 usps.com. To order the free tests visit covidtests.gov.


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.

Lunch and 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:

Pattonville Parent Advisory Council Meeting

The Pattonville Parent Advisory Council will hold the monthly meeting Tuesday, April 19, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. A local parent advisory committee provides parents an opportunity to learn more about the supports and resources available to parents of students with disabilities and collaborate with other local parents. Topics this evening include Maryland Heights Community Recreation resources and strategies for parents with students who have social emotional needs.

Join Zoom Meeting: ZOOM LINK

Meeting ID: 825 4910 8460

Passcode: 732698

SSD Parent Advisory Council

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.


Get Involved with the SSD PAC:

  • Network and communicate with other parents of children who receive special education services

  • 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.


Meeting Dates

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.

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


Please contact the Superintendent's Office at 314.989.8419 or 314.989.8281 by noon on the Wednesday before the meeting and an American Sign Language interpreter will be provided.

For more information about the SSD PAC or who represents your district, e-mail pac@ssdmo.org.

SSD PAC New/Renewal of Membership Election

Hello, SSD PAC members and potential members! We are approaching that time of year when we prepare to hold elections and renew membership.


The election of new/renewal of SSD PAC members shall take place no later than May 31st. We will hold the election at the April 13th General Meeting.


Elections are rotated each year. The following districts will hold elections in even numbered years: Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Hancock Place, Ladue, Mehlville, Normandy, Rockwood, University City and Valley Park.

Please reach out to us at pac@ssdmo.org with any questions.


Love and Light,

Dr. Camesha Carter, SSD PAC President

Upcoming PEDA Workshops

All workshops offered by SSD's Parent Education and Diversity Awareness program (PEDA) are provided free of charge and are open to all parents, families, and community members.


All of our currently scheduled workshops will be held virtually. Unable to attend the live workshop? Register for the event to receive a link to the recording a few days after the workshop! Click here to learn more about how to register and access the sessions.


Understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Two Part Class with Dr. John Bruno Autism Effective Practice Specialist


April 14th and 21st 6-8pm


Identify and understand the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and learn effective, practical strategies that will support your child in being more successful at home and school.

The second session will focus more on strategies, with time for discussion and questions.


Click the following link to register for this event: https://SSDPEDA.as.me/understandingautism

Congratulations to our Spring 21-22 Parent Leadership Institute (PLI) graduates!!!

If you are interested in participating in a future PLI email us at ssdpeda@ssdmo.org.

PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

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Upcoming Dates

April 14

No School for Staff Development Day


April 15

No School for Spring Holiday



Pattonville District March 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.

Pattonville School District

Dee Byrnes, SSD Director of Special Education

Latoria Cain, Director of Student Services

Deidre Smalls, Special Education Coordinator - Bridgeway, Parkwood, Rose Acres

Carla Addoh, Special Education Coordinator - Remington, Willow Brook, Robert Drummond

Dee Byrnes, Special Education Coordinator - Holman Middle

Leigh Ann Richelman, Special Education Coordinator - Pattonville Heights & Pattonville High