SSD/Normandy Monthly Communication

Staff and Family Newsletter -September 2021

Greetings from your special education leadership team!

September is here! It has been wonderful to see your children's smiling faces (under their masks) in their classrooms, learning rules, routines, and expectations. It is evident they are ready to learn. We hope you have seen evidence of their learning at home.

In the upcoming weeks, teachers will introduce your children to their grade level literacy and math standards. Special education staff will be in classrooms to support their new learning. Your child may receive small group or one-on-one supports as well. Should you have questions regarding the services and supports your child is receiving, please let us know. We are here to help.

We look forward to getting to know you and your children more.

DeAndria Player, Director of Special Education

Barbara Champagne, Special Education Coordinator

Lynette Swift-Elliott, Special Education Coordinator

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SSD's Commitment to Family Engagement

Special School District (SSD) believes that the responsibility for the education of a student is shared between the family and the school. Parents and families of all economic, racial and ethnic, cultural, and educational backgrounds can have positive effects on their student's learning. SSD recognizes the importance of eliminating barriers that limit family engagement, and believes that is is important to provide an environment that encourages partnership with families.

Special School District welcomes the support of families and encourages involvement in their student's learning both at school and at home.

We hope you find the information in the Family Engagement Guide to be helpful when communicating with your student's teacher and the school team. The administration, teachers, and staff of SSD are here to help in every transition of your student's life, from early childhood through post-secondary.

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA)

The 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.

PEDA will be hosting the Parent Leadership Institute (PLI) this Fall. This program, which is offered at no cost to participants, is designed for parents and family members who are the educational decision makers for a child with a disability. The three sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, Sept. 29, and Oct. 6, 2021, at SSD Central Office, 12110 Clayton Road, 63131. To learn more about this program and/or apply to be part of it, please visit this link: Parent Leadership Institute | Fall 2021. PEDA is also happy to announce that there will be a second Parent Leadership Institute in the Spring of 2022. We will be announcing dates in the very near future. Please check in with us if you have any questions!

SSD Parent Workshops

All SSD workshops are provided free of charge to parents, families, educators and community members. For a full listing including dates and times, please visit the SSD website.

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Lunch & Learn with SSD

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:

St. Louis County Offers Free Immunizations, COVID-19 Vaccines

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is offering no-cost immunizations for children aged 3 to 18, and free COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 12 and up.

This effort is crucial in the fight against the Delta variant, given that we are seeing dramatic spikes in COVID-19 infections among young people. It is imperative that parents get their children aged 12 and older vaccinated.

The opportunity to get no-cost immunizations and COVID-19 vaccinations will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 17 at three locations:

  • John C. Murphy Health Center, 6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley;
  • North Central Community Health Center, 4000 Jennings Station Road, in Pine Lawn;
  • South County Health Center, 4580 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills.

Additional opportunities will be available from 4–7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the South County Health Center.

For more information, visit:

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Special School District Upcoming Events

September 8 Parent Advisory Council Meeting

September 13 Governing Council Meeting

September 14 Board of Education Work Study Meeting

September 28 Board of Education Business Meeting

Normandy Schools Collaborative Upcoming Events

September 3 Early Dismissal-All Schools

September 6 No School/District Closed

September 10 Early Dismissal-All Schools

September 14 JEGB Board Meeting 6:00pm

September 17 Early Dismissal -All Schools

September 24 Early Dismissal-All Schools

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.