SSD Pattonville Dispatch

May 2022

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

Coming Soon!

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=land, 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 would love your feedback!

Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

SLU STEM Summer Program for students with Autism

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To register, use the QR code or click this link:

SLU STEM Camp for Children with Autism

Pre-Employment Program at Mercy

Parents, Teachers, and Administrators,


We would like to explain a program offered as a partnership between Mercy Hospital and the Eastern Region Alliance that could be beneficial to your graduating students. This program would specifically benefit your students who are considering competitive employment. This program is called the Supported Volunteer: Pre-Employment program. This program has gone through a restructure in the past few years, and we would like to provide some updates for potential referrals.


There are two potential paths that an individual may take when entering the program.


The first path is designed for people who have an immediate focus on employment. These individuals are likely involved with VR and have either been placed into Job Development or have ended discovery and Exploration and need to build additional skills before searching for competitive work. We also accept Individuals who are already employed and would either like to learn more about working in a hospital or would like to gain additional skills to advance in their current careers.


The second path is focused less on obtaining employment quickly and is designed for individuals who have a long-term goal of employment. These individuals are given less intensive training and are given the opportunity to volunteer in a supportive manner. This allows them to work on both their hard and soft skills in a professional environment, while receiving the support needed to succeed. The tasks that these individuals work on are generally less than competitive and more focused on the social skill development.


In addition to the skill building and the work, participants in the program become part of the Mercy team. This includes building professional relationships with those they work with, and others in the community. If they choose, our participants can take part in inclusive bowling nights, sand volleyball parties, going to the cinema, and other recreational events.


The qualifications for this program are as follows:

1. Age 18-65

2. Have a diagnosed developmental disability prior to the age of 22.

3. Reside in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and St. Charles County.

4. Provide proof of Covid and Flu vaccination

5. Able to adhere to all standards set by the Mercy Healthcare System.


If any of your students would like more information about the program, we would love to hear from you! Our contact information is listed below.


Cole Sibley

Supervisor of Pre-Employment Services

314-251-4844

Cole.sibley@mercy.net


Angela Liotta

Pre-Employment Specialist

314-251-4614

Angela.Liotta@mercy.net

Lunch and Learn Series

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:

The Family Resource Hub

The Family Resource Hub is where families and educators develop effective partnerships to improve student outcomes.


For more information visit the The Family Resource Hub.


The Family Resource Hub Satellite Food Pantry is located at North Tech High School which supports families with access to non-perishable food items and household supplies.


The Family Resource Hub Satellite Food Pantry

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Pattonville Parent Advisory Council Meeting

The Pattonville Parent Advisory Council will hold the monthly meeting Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. A local parent advisory committee provides parents an opportunity to learn more about the supports and resources available to parents of students with disabilities and collaborate with other local parents.


Join Zoom Meeting: ZOOM LINK

Meeting ID: 918 6652 7871

SSD Parent Advisory Council

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.


Get Involved with the SSD PAC:

  • Network and communicate with other parents of children who receive special education services

  • 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.


Meeting Dates

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.

  • May 11, 2022 (this meeting will be held virtually and in-person)


Please contact the Superintendent's Office at 314.989.8419 or 314.989.8281 by noon on the Wednesday before the meeting and an American Sign Language interpreter will be provided.

For more information about the SSD PAC or who represents your district, e-mail pac@ssdmo.org.

SSD PAC New/Renewal of Membership Election

Hello, SSD PAC members and potential members! We are approaching that time of year when we prepare to hold elections and renew membership.


The election of new/renewal of SSD PAC members shall take place no later than May 31st.


Elections are rotated each year. The following districts will hold elections in even numbered years: Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Hancock Place, Ladue, Mehlville, Normandy, Rockwood, University City and Valley Park.

Please reach out to us at pac@ssdmo.org with any questions.


Love and Light,

Dr. Camesha Carter, SSD PAC President

Free At-Home COVID-19 Test

Residential Households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 FREE at-home tests from usps.com. To order the free tests visit covidtests.gov.


Special School District is providing assistance to those who need help accessing or completing the online form. For assistance, visit FREE At-Home COVID Test.
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Upcoming Dates

May 20

High school dismisses at 10:30am


May 23 - 24

High school dismisses at 10:30am


May 24

Last day for students

High school dismisses at 10:30am

Middle school dismisses at 11:15am


May 25

No school - report day for staff


May 26

Graduation


May 30

No school for Memorial Day



Pattonville District May Calendar

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.

Pattonville School District

Dee Byrnes, SSD Director of Special Education

Latoria Cain, Director of Student Services

Deidre Smalls, Special Education Coordinator - Bridgeway, Parkwood, Rose Acres

Carla Addoh, Special Education Coordinator - Remington, Willow Brook, Robert Drummond

Dee Byrnes, Special Education Coordinator - Holman Middle

Leigh Ann Richelman, Special Education Coordinator - Pattonville Heights & Pattonville High