SSD/Maplewood Richmond Heights

July 2022

Dear MRH Families,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the many activities that summer allows. Although we aren't quite to the half way point of summer break, planning is well underway for the start of school on August 23.

Please read on for information about the MRH Parents as Teachers Wet Wipe Drive that is happening during the month of July. If you are able, please consider supporting this important effort.


Ben Gleason

Lead Special Education Coordinator

SSD Extended School Year and MRH Summer School

Students who were eligible for SSD's Extended School Year (ESY) program had a great experience from June 13-July 1. ESY helped each student maintain previously learned skills while also having some summer fun.

Many students with IEPs also attended the MRH Summer School program. For the first time, we were able to hire several SSD staff members to support students' participation in MRH summer school. The SSD staff were a welcome addition to the MRH summer school team.


August 23- First day of school

Family Leadership Institute

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

Family and Community Engagement

SSD's Family Engagement department and the Parent Education and Divsersity Awareness department have merged to become the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department.

  • Mission

To partner with students, families, and staff to support students' specialized academic, social, and emotional needs to promote self-determination, equitable opportunities, and authentic inclusion.

  • Vision

To enable high-quality evidence-based strategies and supports to partner with families and school personnel for:

  • Family engagement initiatives in SSD and partner districts for academic and life success
  • Professional learning of staff around family engagement
  • Community outreach programs
  • Parent Advisory Council (PAC) support and ongoing development
  • Direct supports for families
  • Increase family efficacy through Family Leadership Institute (FLI) and family/community workshops

MRH Parent Advisory Council

The MRH Parent Advisory Council offers an opportunity to connect with other parents of students with disabilities and to learn about topics of interest. Please contact MRH parent Mrs. Kim Gifford if you are interested in participating.

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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.