SSD Pattonville Dispatch

March 2022

Congratulations to Lindsey Cottingham and Michelle Miletic

Lindsey Cottingham was selected Teacher of the Year at Remington and Michelle Miletic was selected as Support Staff Member of the Year at Pattonville High.
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Lindsey Cottingham, Teacher

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Michelle Miletic, Social Worker

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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


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

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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.

SSD Awards Judges Needed

We are excited to begin reviewing nominations for the 2021-22 STAFF & COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARDS - Key to the Classroom, Lasting Impression, Building Block and Special Ambassador Awards. We hope you will consider playing a role in selecting the winners. People who have gone the extra mile deserve some thanks for their efforts. Often, they can be inspiring and motivating to others. YOUR PERSPECTIVE IS VALUABLE to the judging process and can help us choose the best candidates for each award.

Click here to SIGN UP AS A JUDGE for one or more award categories (please)

All reading and scoring will be conducted online via Google. Judges may sign up to score as many awards as they desire to score. Scores will need to be returned by March 14. Winners will be celebrated at the annual Salute to SSD event this spring. More information will be available soon regarding the date/location of this event (and whether it will be in-person or virtual).

If you already signed up – THANK YOU! We appreciate your support of the 2022 SSD awards process!

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:

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.

  • March 9, 2022
  • 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

Parent Leadership Institute will be held via ZOOM

If you have always wanted to participate but life made it too hard to get away from home, NOW IS THE TIME TO ENROLL!!!

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 6:00 pm-8:00 p.m. on March 9 and 16, via zoom.

Learn more about this opportunity or download the application at: Parent Leadership Institute


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

Mental Health First Aid Training for SSD Families

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others to help adolescents experiencing mental health and/or addictions challenge or crisis. It is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.


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. The course will be held on Friday, March 18, from 11 AM-3:30 PM. Due to a grant from Missouri's Department of Mental Health, you have the opportunity to attend at no cost.

Register Online



For SSD Staff interested in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training, please use this link to register in kickup.

Registration for Youth Mental Health Training for Staff

Upcoming Dates

March 11

Remington dismisses at 11:15am, elementary schools at 12:00pm for Report Day


March 16

Parent-Teacher Conferences All Grades

Elementary & Remington conferences are from 4:00pm - 7:30pm

Middle schools early dismissal at 11:15am


March 17

Parent-Teacher Conferences All Grades

Remington early dismissal at 11:15am

Elementary schools early dismissal at 12:00pm

Middle schools early dismissal at 11:15am

High school early dismissal "C" day at 1:19pm


March 18

No School following Conferences All Grades


March 21-25

No School for Spring Break



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