SSD/Normandy Monthly Communication

Family and Staff Newsletter June 2022

Greetings Families & Staff~

I'd like to start by congratulating all of our 2022 graduates! They have been on this journey amid many challenges and obstacles. Kudos to them for courageously forging forward. Thank you to our faculty, staff, and families for your continued commitment to education. We would not be able to do this important work without you. Lastly, below is information regarding summer school. We look forward to continuing on this journey with you. Wishing you all a restful and blessed summer.


June 6-July 15 (No School June 20 and July 4)

Early Learning Center (K-2) 7:30am-2:45pm

Barack Obama (3-5) 8:20-3:35pm

Lucas Crossing (6-8) 7:30am-2:45pm


Session 1: June 1-June 30 (No School June 20 and July 4)

Session 2: July 1-July 29 (No School June 20 and July 4)

Normandy High School/CASA (9-12) 9:00am-3:00pm


In partnership,

DeAndria Player, Director of Special Education dmplayer@ssdmo.org

Barbara Champagne, Special Education Coordinator bachampagne@ssdmo.org

Lynette Swift-Elliott, Special Education Coordinator lswift-elliott@ssdmo.org

Mashyllia Minor, Instructional Coach mgminor@ssdmo.org


Has someone made a positive impact on you or your student? Let them know!

Click here to submit a Cause for Applause!

Job Opportunities

Please consider sharing SSD & Normandy employment opportunities with your family and friends.

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SSD Normandy Schools Collaborative

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Normandy Schools Collaborative Upcoming Events

June 14 JEGB Board Meeting 6:00pm

June 20 District Closed-Juneteenth Holiday

Normandy Schools Collaborative Website

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Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA)

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA): PEDA has several workshops scheduled. The workshops can be found below and on PEDA's website.


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


The highly successful SSD Parent Leadership Institute that has had more than 280 participants since 2007 is once again being offered under a new name of Family Leadership Institute (FLI).

The Institute will be Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm at SSD Central Office: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2.

If you are a parent or family member who makes the educational decisions for a child with a disability, investing the time to attend these four Wednesday evening sessions will provide:

VISION: for the future of your child.

KNOWLEDGE: to help effectively participate in your child's education.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: to improve the educational climate for all children.

ACCESS: to new resources, friends, and experts to help you on your journey.


Apply today https://SSDPEDA.as.me/FALL2022FLI


Contact us at ssdpeda@ssdmo.org or call 314.989.8460 if you have any questions or concerns.


PEDA would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

THE SUMMER RESOURCE PACKET IS HERE!

Get tips and tricks to making this your child’s best summer yet.


To access The Summer Resource Packet, click here: PEDA 2022 Summer Resource Packet


To access the YouTube Video of our recent Summer Resource Fair, click here: https://youtu.be/VVeYDiL8ykM

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness Program

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Family and Community Engagement Spotlight

  1. The Family Resource Hub – 1 min. video highlighting the features. Family Resource Hub Virtual Grand Opening. The Family Resource Hub Sattelite Food Pantryr
  2. Recreation Council Flyer – Summer Program Guides The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis Summer Program Guide Announcement
  3. Youth Mental Health Training for Staff –Kickup registration link: https://pulse.kickup.co/events/browse/SKSWHzR83mUrJ7gpEPUpeh
  4. Youth Mental Health Training for Families – Google link: https://forms.gle/28CzBcceYgadDhJk6
  5. Assistance for families who may have challenges accessing the FREE Covid Tests FREE At-Home COVID Test


The Family Resource Hub located at North Tech High School is a space dedicated to families and our community stakeholders. The resource hub offers families computer and internet access, a satellite food pantry, and support navigating community resources. The space is also dedicated to supporting families by hosting learning labs, community events, and a safe and supportive environment to learn with and from one another.


You’re welcome to set an appointment to visit.

Please call 314-989-8311 or email FamilyEngagement@ssdmo.org

Family Engagement

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Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The SSD Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is comprised of families advising and collaborating to improve the education, confidence and social outcomes of each student served by SSD. The PAC consists of five parents or guardians – one member and four alternates – from each of the 22 St. Louis County school districts and from each of the five SSD special education schools. The parents or guardians of students receiving special education services in that district or school elect SSD PAC members.


The SSD Parent Advisory Council has scheduled the following meetings for the 2021-2022 school year. All meetings are held virtually via Zoom, from 7-9 PM. Additional information about meetings, including agendas, can be found on the PAC's website.


Get Involved with the SSD PAC

  • Network and communicate with other parents of children who receive special education service.
  • Become as informed as possible about special education services
  • Improve communication between your local school district and SSD
  • Create a positive understanding and awareness of students with disabilities
  • Establish a network of advocacy for local, state and national disability issues


Complete this online form to learn more about getting involved with the SSD Parent Advisory Council.
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SSD Parent Advisory Council

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Special School District Upcoming Events

June 6 Governing Council Meeting 7:00pm

June 14 Board of Education Work Study 5pm

June 15 SSD Job Fair 4:00pm

June 20 Juneteenth Holiday Observed

June 24 Board of Education Policy Sub-Committee 1:30pm

June 28 Board of Education Business Meeting 5:45p

SSD Superintendent Updates

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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.