Riverview Gardens/ SSD

Newsletter for Families, May 2022

Riverview Gardens School District Information

Special School District Information

Work for SSD as a Substitute

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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 www.recreationcouncil.org

Blueprint for Summer https://blueprint4.com/stl/

St. Louis County Parks Activity Guide https://bit.ly/3LHpRsp

Early Childhood Summer Resource Guide https://adobe.ly/3vSuol1

SSD Family Leadership Institute

Applications will be available soon for the Fall 2022 semester SSD Family Leadership Institute FLI (Formerly Parent Leadership Institute PLI). The Institute which has over 275 graduates to date, was created for families in 2007 to offer information, training, and resources. Participants gain the knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate with other families, school personnel and develop leadership for SSD and their home districts.

Participants will:

  • Build understanding of future planning and problem-solving, utilizing Charting the LifeCourse tools;
  • Learn to effectively participate in their child’s education and improve the educational climate for all children;
  • Learn how to positively interact and collaborate with other families and school personnel; and
  • Discover new resources and network with other families.

FLI Graduates have:

  • Served on School boards
  • Been elected as Parent Advisory Council (PAC) President(s)
  • Actively participated in SSD and/or local school district PACs
  • And further increased their leadership training in policy development and mentorship.
  • Contact us at ssdpeda@ssdmo.org or call 314.989.8460 if you have any questions or concerns.

Some Quotes from graduates.

  • Thank you so much for everything! I feel very lucky to have found this opportunity.
  • It was helpful to learn how Charting LifeCourse Tools could play a part in every step of the way.
  • The topics and presenters made the program engaging and informative.
  • Learned a lot about planning for my child’s future and the IEP process.
  • I'm really glad I signed up for this program. I had no idea what to expect and learned so, so much about the available tools and all the SSD processes we will be experiencing during his life.
  • The deep dive on the IEP history/process was incredibly helpful to give a framework on my ability to participate since my family is very new to the IEP process.
  • The IEP information was incredibly helpful. It was a bit like pulling back the curtain on something that was previously a complete mystery.
  • I am so thankful for this workshop and for the information, and materials you’ve shared w/ me. Thanks for facilitating the training so well. It’s great to have a safe space to talk openly with experts and other parents about education, IEPs, 504, Inclusion, challenges, etc. The choice of speaker, topics, resources and lending library was all great.
  • Amazing group of people. Chance for honest conversations. Helps me be a better advocate & team member.
  • Amazing experience – tons of knowledge shared. Lots of great connections with families. Better understanding of IEP process. I feel empowered to do more – create positive change. Opened my eyes to some realities approaching with transition to adulthood.
  • We received a lot of great information in this class! I has made me change the way I look at the whole process, and how I approach things with my daughter. I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity!
  • I am no longer feeling so alone & confused. Feel I can be a better advocate.
  • Attending this institute was an awesome opportunity I turned out to be much more than I expected. It gave me a better understanding about the transition process & how I can best support my child through transition. It generated a lot of ideas for my child’s last IEP. I feel so much more equipped to navigate SSD, as well as help others navigate it too.
  • Amazing. Blessing. You’ve enabled me to think more positively and concretely about my son’s future. I have always said “there’s no outline for me to follow” – but you’ve given me the framework I desired, support & connections!

PEDA Communications Survey

Finally, PEDA would love your feedback! Please complete our PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

Upcoming PEDA 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. Please contact us at 314.989.8460 or ssdpeda@ssdmo.org if you have any questions and visit our website at www.ssdmo.org/PEDA

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.