SSD/Normandy Monthly Communication

Staff and Family Newsletter -November 2021

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Season of Thanksgiving

Be Thankful


Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?



Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.



Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.



Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.



Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.



Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.



Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.



It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.



GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings.


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We, the special education leadership team in Normandy, are thankful for each and every one of you. We appreciate you allowing us to serve this community with special education services, supports, and resources.


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

Normandy Schools Collaborative Website

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SSD Student Scholarship Deadline Approaching!

Many opportunities for scholarships and awards are now open for SSD students! SSD scholarship applications for graduating high school seniors are active and due Dec. 17, 2021. Students applying for The James E. Westbury/SSD Board of Education Scholarship, The Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship, or The Bonhomme Lions Club Scholarship must receive at least one service from SSD and plan to go to a college, university, or postsecondary program. All scholarships require a letter of recommendation. Visit ssdmo.org/scholarships for more information.

The Special Education Foundation (SEF) sponsors the John Cary Scholarships for high school seniors, as well. Applications are due Jan. 24, 2022.

For more information, please contact Deana Parsons, SSD internal communications coordinator, at dmparsons@ssdmo.org or 314.989.8102.

Parent Education & Diversity Awareness (PEDA)

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


Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders Two Part Series

Session 2 | November 15, 6:30 PM

Identify and understand the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and learn effective and practical strategies that will support your child’s success at home and school. The second session will focus on strategies. Both sessions will have time for discussion and questions.

Presenter: John Bruno, Ph.D., SSD Autism Effective Practice Specialist

Zoom Meeting Information

https://ssdmo-org.zoom.us/j/98286346135?pwd=VVJSTFl6ZHBVeng2dkJMTUVNYWQzZz09

Meeting ID: 982 8634 6135
Passcode: 103277


Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse (in Collaboration with St. Louis ARC)

November 18, 2021, 6:30 PM

Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) is a set of eight principles developed to support people with IDD and their families so they can have their best lives. In this workshop, we will learn about the CtLC principles and work together to create planning and problem-solving tools. Participants will also receive updates about LifeCourse Connect Missouri, which is a new online platform that can be used by individuals and family members to access tools. This workshop is for everyone but especially self-advocates, families, and support staff.


Presenters: Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Support, St. Louis Arc and Debra Fiasco, Administrator, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness, Special School District


Zoom Webinar Registration:

https://slarc.zoom.us/webinar/register/2516310324235/WN_baEHWPyjRquQSLVXDcfmLw


PEDA is happy to announce that we are taking applications for our Spring Parent Leadership Institute (PLI). PLI will occur over 4 evenings in February and March. You can learn more and download the application here: Parent Leadership Institute


Finally, PEDA would love your feedback! Please complete are PEDA Communications survey here: PEDA Survey

Lunch & 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:

· Behavioral Health Response – Dec. 1

· Easterseals Midwest – Jan. 5

· The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis – Feb. 2

· Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) – March 2

· St. Louis ARC – April 6

· St. Louis County Library – May 4

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Special School District Upcoming Events

November 9 Board of Education Work Study Meeting

November 10 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting

November 18 Workshop: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse (In Collaboration w/STL ARC)

November 19 Board of Education Policy Sub: Committee Meeting

November 24 Thanksgiving Break- No School

November 25 Thanksgiving Break- No School

November 26 Thanksgiving Break- No School

Normandy Schools Collaborative Upcoming Events

November 9 JEGB Board Meeting 6:00pm

November 12 Early Dismissal -All Schools

November 19 Early Dismissal- All Schools

November 24 Thanksgiving Break-No School

November 25 Thanksgiving Break- No School

November 26 Thanksgiving Break- No School

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.