SSD Webster Groves Schools
March 2023 Community Engagement Newsletter
Clark and Givens Elementary welcomes Jessica Klimpel
Please welcome Jessica Klimpel to Special School District serving as a Resource teacher at Givens and Clark Elementary Schools in Webster Groves. Jessica is who is a native of St. Louis, Missouri is in her 1st year of teaching. She graduated from Webster University in 2022, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the area of Special Education with an emphasis in Severe Disabilities and Autism at Webster University. Jessica states, “I look forward to working with you & your child as we teach them to reach for the stars! ”
Dream Big Exploration Camp
Students Celebrate Black History Month!
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Information
Lunch and Learn Series 2022 - 2023
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:
High-Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities
DESE Special Education Survey
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has contracted with the University of Missouri’s Institute of Public Policy to conduct the 2022-23 Parent Special Education Survey required for federal reporting. To complete this survey, visit http://spec.education/ and enter the following Access Code: DJVWMG. DESE thanks you for providing your input by March 31.
Special Education Foundation Information
SEF Accepting Applications for Kid to Camp Program: The Special Education Foundation is now accepting applications to assist children with disabilities served by SSD to attend one or more camps this summer. Each year, the SEF provides tuition assistance to enable students served by SSD to attend summer camps. Sometimes children with disabilities cannot join their peers in a summer camp experience due to financial constraints or other hardships. SEF steps in to help young people and their families take advantage of these experiences that can sometimes be life-changing. Parents and caregivers can have peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe and healthy place. Apply here.
Student Leadership Opportunities: Please check out these unique and FREE leadership opportunities for high school students with disabilities, ages 16 - 21.
Affordable Connectivity Program
Affordable Connectivity Program: The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps connect families or 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.