SSD in Affton Monthly Dispatch

October 2022

A Letter From Your SSD in Affton Administration Team

As we head into fall, we hope that you are seeing progress with your students at home like we are seeing here! If you are not, please make sure that you are contacting your child's case manager to set up a team meeting.


We have many opportunities for learning coming up for families! Please see below.


As always, we appreciate being a part of your team for your students. If you ever need to know things that we are doing here at school, please let the case managers know so that we can work together. It helps our students when we do the same things at home and at school. Please also share with us if there are things you have that help at home that we can use. Thank you!

SSD Staff Appreciation Form

Do you have a teacher or staff member who has gone above & beyond for you or your child - supporting them, encouraging them to do their best or being a listening ear when they need someone? Take a minute to write a note of thanks by sharing your appreciation with them. You may fill out this form as many times as you would like for different school personnel.


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Get to Know Our Amazing Teachers!

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Google Meet Link for All PAC Meetings

SSD in Affton PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

Wednesday, October 19 · 2:30 – 3:30pm

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FAQ's for IEP's

  • How frequently must IEP meetings be held?


    IDEA says that each school system must hold a meeting not less than once a year to review and, if appropriate, revise each child’s IEP. The legislative history of the law makes it clear that there should be as many meetings a year as any one child may need. The Missouri State Plan for Special Education Revised 2005 allows for amendments/addendums to make changes to the IEP without a meeting, if all parties agree.


  • Must IEPs be reviewed or revised at the beginning of each year?


    No. The basic requirement in the regulations is that IEPs must be in effect at the beginning of each school year. IEP meetings must be conducted at least once each year to review and, if necessary, revise the IEP of each child with a disability. However, periodic reviews may be held anytime during the year, including at the end of the school year, before the new school year, or just on the anniversary date of the last IEP meeting. Parents are required to be informed about the educational progress of their child as often as parents of children without disabilities.


  • How long should IEP meetings be?


    There is no prescribed length for IEP meetings. In general, meetings will be longer for initial placements and for children who require a variety of complex services and will be shorter for children who require only a minimum amount of services. It is expected that sufficient time will be allowed for the meetings to ensure meaningful parent participation.

  • May IEP meetings be tape-recorded?


    The use of tape recorders at IEP meetings is not addressed by either IDEA or regulations. Although taping is clearly not required, it is allowed at the option of either the parents or the school system.

  • Must related services personnel attend IEP meetings?


    If a child with a disability has an identified need for related services, at the discretion of the parent or school system, the related services personnel would attend the meeting or otherwise be involved in developing the IEP. The school system should ensure that a qualified provider of that service either attends the meeting or provides a written recommendation concerning the nature, frequency and amount of service to be provided to the child.

  • Is the IEP a commitment to provide services?


    Yes. The IEP of each child with a disability must include all services necessary to meet the child’s identified special education and related service needs. All services in the IEP must be provided in order for the school system to be in compliance with IDEA.

  • Does the IEP include only special education and related services or does it describe the total education of the child?


    The IEP is required to include those matters concerning the provisions of special education and related services, the extent that the child can participate in regular education programs, and how the child will be involved and progress within the regular education curriculum.

  • If adaptations and modifications are necessary for a child with a disability to participate in a regular education program, must they be included in the IEP?


    Yes. If supplementary provisions to the regular education program are necessary to ensure the child's participation in the program, they must be described in the child’s IEP.

  • Can the school system personnel have the IEP completed when the IEP meeting begins?


    No. It is not permissible for a school to present a completed IEP to parents before there has been a full discussion with the parents of the child’s need for services and what services the school will provide to the child. IDEA defines the IEP as a written statement developed in any meeting with the school system representative, the teacher, the parent, and if appropriate, the child.

    It would be appropriate for staff to come prepared with evaluation findings, statements of present levels of educational performance, and a recommendation regarding annual goals, short-term instructional objectives, and the kind of special education and related services to be provided. However, the school personnel must make it clear to the parents at the beginning of the meeting that the services proposed are only recommendations for review and discussion with the parents.

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Health and Wellness

Research shows that certain foods are known to have a positive impact on our mood. While we may first gravitate towards foods that fulfill an immediate need, such as candy for a quick burst of energy or chips to satisfy a salty craving, these foods in the long term do not benefit our overall well being. Being mindful and present while eating, and not just our food choices, can promote a positive mood and mindset. Check out the chart to see a range of foods that benefit our physical and mental health.

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Affton By the Numbers

Family and Community Engagement Program (FACE)

  • Lunch and Learn Series 2022 - 2023: Special School District’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department is excited 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 continue during the 2022-23 school year and take place from 11:30 AM - Noon.

    Representatives from three community organizations and three SSD departments will participate in order to increase awareness about their agencies or programs and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services.

    Features in the 2022-23 Lunch & Learn Series are:

    Each event is held virtually through YouTube Live. To access the video, please click on the organization's name in the list above. The videos will not be available to view until their scheduled date and time.

    FACE (Family and Community Engagement) 3 Part Series: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse Framework will be held on Tuesdays, October 4th, 11th, and 18th from 11:30-12:00pm. In these 30-minute virtual sessions, families will receive an overview of Charting the LifeCourse, gather insight on the history of the framework, and learn how it can provide a systematic way to plan for the future. The second and third sessions will focus on the Trajectory tool and Integrated Supports Star planning tool and how to successfully use them. RSVP for Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse.

    Parent Cafe: A Parent Café will be held on October 27th from 6-8 at North Technical High School. Cafes are hosted by families for families. They provide parents and caregivers a safe and welcoming space to connect and learn from each other. They are centered on the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors: Resilience, Relationships, Knowledge, Support and Communication. RSVP for Family Cafes

    Community Action Agency of St. Louis County: Join FACE as they welcome CAASTLC to the Family Resource Hub located in North Technical High School on Friday, October 14th from 9am-4pm. Families can learn about case management, utility assistance, rental assistance, financial education, weatherization, program development and education activities. A CAASTLC representative will be available to answer questions and assist with applications. To learn more about Hub Huddles please call 314-989-8034.

Additional Learning Opportunities on Tuesday's

You are officially invited to participate in our Transition Tuesdays Webinar Series:

The St. Louis Youth Interagency Team is proud to announce our Second Annual Transition Tuesdays Webinar Series! This series will cover a different topic every week and explore services and resources in these various area. All teachers, staff, agencies and groups working with young adults(14-24) and families in the St. Louis area are welcome to attend this virtual series. CEU/CRC’s are being offered and we will have great guest speakers. Please forward this invite to others in your agency or other agencies who may be interested. It is a fantastic way to learn about resources and services that can help the youth you are working with. The dates and topics are as follows:

October 4th Job Corps Services and Hi-Set options 2:00-3:30pm

October 11th Metro transportation options 2:00-3:30pm

October 18th Intro to housing services and process for youth and families 2:00-3:30pm

October 25th Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship programs 2:00-3:30pm

November 1st SQSH Peer Support Helpline and Behavioral Health Services at SSM 2:00-3:30pm

Please join us for one or all of these webinars!! If you have any questions you can contact me at amy.siekerman@vr.dese.mo.gov

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Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.

You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling 877-384-2575.

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Who Should I contact?

Katy Meers - Affton Special Education Director K-12 and Special Education Coordinator for Mesnier and Gotsch - kmeers@afftonschools.net or call at 314-633-5912


Ky Schlundt - Special Education Coordinator for Gotsch and Rogers - kschlundt@afftonschools.net


Tim Orr - School Psychologist for Mesnier and AHS - torr@afftonschools.net


Marie-France Castor - School Psychologist for Gotsch and Rogers and assists with EC -mcastor@afftonschools.net


Beckie Rainbolt - SSD Social Worker for Mesnier and AHS - brainbolt@afftonschools.net


Deanna Wright-Coffman - SSD Social Worker for Gotsch and Rogers - dwright@afftonschools.net


Pam Miller - SSD Social Worker for Rogers and AHS - pmiller@afftonschools.net


What if I would like to get more frequent or less frequent data on goals? Please contact your child's case manager or service providers.


What if I would like information regarding a class assignment? Please contact the teacher for that assignment.


What if I have a concern? Please contact the students case manager. If you have already contacted the case manager and you have not received results, please contact Ky or Katy.