SSD/Normandy Monthly Communication

Staff and Family Newsletter -October 2021

Is it October already?

Can you believe it is already October? We are overwhelmed with the level of excitement for learning displayed by scholars. They have embraced our culture and climate norms as well as academic learning expectations. Kuddos to you and your children!

This month, our scholars will begin setting academic and social emotional goals for themselves. Teachers will facilitate those conversations to ensure our students are setting attainable goals for themselves. Ask your children about their goals and what data they look at to determine how close they are to reaching their goals. We also encourage you to connect with teachers should you have any input on goals or have questions.

As always, should you need to connect with a member of the leadership team, our contact information is below. Be safe and be well!

DeAndria Player, Director of Special Education

Barbara Champagne, Special Education Coordinator

Lynette Swift-Elliott, Special Education Coordinator

Normandy Schools Collaborative Website

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Discounted Home Internet Access

Home internet access is important for student success, whether learning in-person or at home. To provide all families with the opportunity to access the internet, the FCC has launched a temporary program, Emergency Broadband Benefit, to help families struggling to afford internet service. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible families and households who are struggling to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households can also receive a discount of up to $100 for the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. For more info, please visit:

SSD Parent Workshops

All SSD workshops are provided free of charge to parents, families, educators and community members. For a full listing including dates and times, please visit the SSD website.

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Lunch & Learn with SSD

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:

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA)

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA): Workshops have been added to the schedule. The workshops can be found on PEDA's website. The workshops include:

Supported Decision Making: Hands on Toolkit to Build Capacity (in collaboration with St. Louis ARC) - Dec. 9, 6:30 PM

PEDA has several workshops scheduled for October. These include:

WORKSHOP: Planning for the Future - Augmentative Communication Funding

Oct. 14, 2021

Starts at 12:30 PM


Augmentative Communication facilitators from Special School District will discuss ways that families and students can pursue funding for augmentative communication devices. An additional discussion will include what the process is for families to purchase dedicated communication systems for their student when considering transition and post-secondary outcomes.

WORKSHOP: Why is my Child Misbehaving? (This is a workshop for families who have early childhood aged children)

Oct. 20, 2021

Starts at 12:30 PM


This training will focus on early childhood specific positive parenting strategies to manage challenging behavior. Parents will leave with hands-on strategies that can be implemented in the home setting.

Along with workshops, PEDA also has a Family and Community Resource Center at the Hazelwood Learning Center that has books and resources available for check out. Families and community members are welcome to visit the center and/or contact PEDA with inquiries. In the Spring of 2022, PEDA will be hosting another Parent Leadership Institute and will begin taking applications soon. Please contact us at 314.989.8460 or if you have any questions and visit our website at

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Special School District Upcoming Events

October 6 Lunch & Learn w/Community Action Agency of St. Louis

October 12 Board of Education Work Study Meeting

October 13 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting

October 14 Workshop: Planning for the Future: Augmentative Communication Funding

October 20 Workshop: Why is my Child Misbehaving?

October 26 Board of Education Business Meeting

Normandy Schools Collaborative Upcoming Events

October 1 Early Dismissal-All Schools

October 8 Early Dismissal-All Schools

October 12 JEGB Board Meeting 6:00pm

October 15 Early Dismissal -All Schools

October 21 Parent Teacher Conferences (pm sessions/students in attendance)

October 22 NO SCHOOL-Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 29 Fall Break-NO School/District Closed

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.