Kirkwood Special School District
November 2021 Edition
SSD Student Scholarship Deadline Approaching!
Many opportunities for scholarships and awards are now open for SSD students! SSD scholarship applications for graduating high school seniors are active and due Dec. 17, 2021. Students applying for The James E. Westbury/SSD Board of Education Scholarship, The Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship, or The Bonhomme Lions Club Scholarship must receive at least one service from SSD and plan to go to a college, university, or postsecondary program. All scholarships require a letter of recommendation. Visit ssdmo.org/scholarships for more information.
The Special Education Foundation (SEF) sponsors the John Cary Scholarships for high school seniors, as well. Applications are due Jan. 24, 2022.
For more information, please contact Deana Parsons, SSD internal communications coordinator, at email@example.com or 314.989.8102.
Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA)
Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA) Program invites families and community members to visit our Family and Community Resource Center at the Learning Center in Hazelwood. The program is excited to offer a diverse collection of materials, including many new books that are ready to be shared.
Workshops have been added to the schedule. The workshops can be found on PEDA's website. The workshops include:
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders Two Part Series
Session 2 | November 15, 6:30 PM
Identify and understand the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and learn effective and practical strategies that will support your child’s success at home and school. The second session will focus on strategies. Both sessions will have time for discussion and questions.
Presenter: John Bruno, Ph.D., SSD Autism Effective Practice Specialist
Zoom Meeting Information
Meeting ID: 982 8634 6135
Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse (Workshop in Collaboration with St. Louis ARC)
November 18, 2021 6:30 PM
Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) is a set of eight principles developed to support people with IDD and their families so they can have their best lives. In this workshop, we will learn about the CtLC principles and work together to create planning and problem-solving tools. Participants will also receive updates about LifeCourse Connect Missouri, which is a new online platform that can be used by individuals and family members to access tools. This workshop is for everyone but especially self-advocates, families, and support staff.
Presenters: Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Support, St. Louis Arc and Debra Fiasco, Administrator, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness, Special School District
Zoom Webinar Registration:
Supported Decision Making: Hands on Toolkit to Build Capacity (In collaboration with St. Louis ARC)
Dec. 9, 6:30 PM
PEDA is happy to announce that we are taking applications for our Spring Parent Leadership Institute (PLI). PLI will occur over 4 evenings in February and March. You can learn more and download the application here: Parent Leadership Institute
Finally, PEDA would love your feedback! Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey
Virtual Lunch and Learn Series for SSD Families and Stakeholders
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:
My name is Rachel Amsden and I am one of the resource teachers at Robinson. I love working at Robinson because we have a team dedicated to meeting the needs of each student. We create positive relationships and collaborate daily to ensure student success. During my free time I love to read. I currently have been reading books by Sandra Brown. If you love a good plot twist, I recommend her! I also love to cook new pinterest recipes. The bigger the bulk, the better so I can eat something good on the go!
My name is Molly Boesch and I am in my 16th year as a Speech Language Pathologist at Tillman Elementary School. I love working at Tillman because of my amazing SSD team, the supportive Tillman staff, and my awesome students and families! Outside of school, I enjoy reading, hiking with my family, coaching volleyball and baking.
My name is Melinda Barry and I work as a paraprofessional at Westchester Elementary. I have worked with SSD since the Summer of 2008 and I love being a part of the Westchester Family! Westchester is an amazing place that works hard to ensure all students are included and feel like they belong. When I am not at work, I love to garden and spend time with my two grandchildren and am excited to be welcoming a third!
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.
SSD Board of Education Meetings:
Nov. 9, 2021, 5:45 PM Business Meeting
Please visit the SSD Board of Education for more information.
Kirkwood School District Board of Education Meetings:
Nov. 15, 2021, 5:00 PM Board Work Session
Nov. 29, 2021, 7:00 PM Board Meeting
Please visit the Kirkwood Board of Education for more information.
Nov. 10, 2021, 7:00-9:00 SSD Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting
Nov. 18, 2021, 6:30-8:30 Kirkwood PAC Meeting with Superintendents
Nov. 24-26 NO SCHOOL
Special School District of St. Louis County
12110 Clayton Road
Town & Country, MO 63131
- Special Education Coordinator-North Glendale, Tillman, Nipher