SSD/Normandy Monthly Communication

Family and Staff Newsletter July 2022

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Greetings Families & Staff~

I hope each of you are indulging in some fun and enjoying time with family and friends. I have enjoyed time with my family and friends, and I look forward to spending a little more time with them before August!

Can you believe it? We are quickly embarking upon the 22.23 school year. Our leadership team has interviewed and selected the best staff for our students. They are excited to join our community and look forward to meeting our families. Please join me in welcoming them to Normandy.

Pedro Salazar, Teacher, Barack Obama School

Jamila Dampier, Teacher, Lucas Crossing School

Kalonna Carpenter, Teacher, Washington School

Adrienne Schlake, Teacher, Early Learning Center

Jordan Petzoldt, Teacher, Normandy High School

Meredith Alton, Teacher, Normandy High School

Kevin Dailey, School Psychologist

Alison Bonderer, Occupational Therapist

Daphne Redding, Paraprofessional, Barack Obama School

Eric Hollins, Paraprofessional, Lucas Crossing

Tara Green, Paraprofessional, Early Learning Center

Patricia Jones, Paraprofessional, Early Learning Center

Also, Normandy Schools Collaborative has a new website. To ensure you have information regarding the start of school, please visit the site frequently at Of course if you would prefer to speak to someone directly, please feel free to contact me or anyone on my leadership team.

In partnership,

DeAndria Player, Director of Special Education

Barbara Champagne, Special Education Coordinator

Lynette Swift-Elliott, Special Education Coordinator

Mashyllia Minor, Instructional Coach

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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Summer School & ESY Information

Below is a link to provide us with feedback for this summer's ESY Program. Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience. Thanks!!!

June 6-July 15 (No School July 4)

Early Learning Center (K-2) 7:30am-2:45pm

Barack Obama (3-5) 8:20-3:35pm

Lucas Crossing (6-8) 7:30am-2:45pm

Session 2: July 6-July 29 (No School July 4)

Normandy High School/CASA (9-12) 9:00am-3:00pm

SSD Normandy Schools Collaborative

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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.

Are you still thinking about what to do this summer?

The PEDA Summer Resource Packet can help!

PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet

Other helpful resources:

St. Louis Recreation Council

Blueprint for Summer

St. Louis County Parks Activity Guide

Early Childhood Summer Resource Guide

The highly successful SSD Parent Leadership Institute that has had more than 280 participants since 2007 is once again being offered under a new name of Family Leadership Institute (FLI).

The Institute will be Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm at SSD Central Office: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2.

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 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.

Apply today

Contact us at or call 314.989.8460 if you have any questions or concerns.

PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey


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:

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness Program

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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:
  4. Youth Mental Health Training for Families – Google link:
  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

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.

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.
SSD Parent Advisory Council

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SSD Superintendent Updates

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Special School District Upcoming Events

July 4 Independence Day (Buildings Closed)

July 12 Board of Education Work Study & Executive Meeting 5:45pm

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.

Normandy Schools Collaborative Upcoming Events

July 4 Independence Day (ALL Sites Closed)

July 12 JEGB Meeting 6pm


Need help? Have a question? Click here to share what's on your mind. Parents Matter is an easy way to submit feedback at your convenience directly to Normandy Schools Collaborative.