Riverview Gardens/ SSD

Newsletter for Families, February 2022

Riverview Gardens School District Information

Riverview Gardens Parent Advisory Committee

February 7th

6:00pm

Zoom ID 976 5764 4770

Password 198620

Special School District Information

Variety The Children’s Charity Camp Flyer

FREE At-Home COVID Test

Introducing The Family Resource Hub

The Family Resource Hub Satellite Food Pantry

The Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis Summer Program Guide Announcement


  1. The Family Resource Hub – 1 min. video highlighting the features and an attached flyer. Family Resource Hub Virtual Grand Opening
  2. Variety Club – Free Camp Opportunities – Enrollment ends on 2.7.2022 (flyer attached)
  3. Recreation Council Flyer – Summer Program Guides available on 1.21.22 (flyer attached)
  4. Assistance for families who may have challenges accessing the FREE Covid Tests (flyer attached)

Awards

Applications for awards which honor the contributions of SSD staff and community members are awaiting nominations, due Feb. 7, 2022.

Please nominate SSD staff and community members to ensure they are recognized for their meaningful work in SSD.

Key to the Classroom Award (classroom teachers)

Building Block Award (paraprofessionals)

Lasting Impression Award (staff who are not classroom teachers or paraprofessionals

Special Ambassador Award (community members, and SSD staff in some cases)

SSD PAC New/Renewal of Membership Self-Nomination Forms information:

Hello, SSD PAC members and potential members! We are approaching that time of year when we prepare to hold elections and renew membership. Nomination is through self-nomination. The self-nomination form is available to all parents of students receiving services through SSD.

Per the SSD PAC Bylaws, potential members must consent to make their names and contact information available to the public. Notices requesting self-nomination forms shall be received by parents no later than January 10th. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Executive Committee no later than February 15th. The election of new/renewal of SSD PAC members shall take place no later than May 31st. We will hold the election at the April 13th General Meeting.

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 complete and submit the self-nomination form linked above ASAP. Please note

that even if you recently submitted a self-nomination form and were elected as a member of the SSD PAC but are in a district that has an election in even numbered years, you will need to submit another self-nomination form. Please reach out to us at pac@ssdmo.org with any questions.

Love and Light,

Dr. Camesha Carter, SSD PAC President

PEDA Communications Survey

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

Upcoming PEDA Workshops


PEDA also has a Family and Community Resource Center at the Hazelwood Learning Center that has books and resources available for check out. Families and community members are welcome to visit the center and/or contact PEDA with inquiries. Please contact us at 314.989.8460 or ssdpeda@ssdmo.org if you have any questions and visit our website at www.ssdmo.org/PEDA

Virtual Workshop

Meeting your child's needs using Charting the LifeCourse Tools in the IEP process



When: Tue, March 15, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Description: Your child’s school Individual Education Plan (IEP) can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. Find out how to utilize LifeCourse Tools to help prepare and communicate effectively with your child’s IEP team to determine the most successful goals and interventions to help your child reach their potential.

To register for this workshop, click here: https://SSDPEDA.as.me/CTLCwithSTLARC

Parent Leadership Institute will be held via ZOOM

If you have always wanted to participate but life made it too hard to get away from home, NOW IS THE TIME TO ENROLL!!!

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 you to 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.

The Institute will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm-8:00 p.m. on February 16, March 2, 9, and 16, via zoom.

Learn more about this opportunity or download the application at: Parent Leadership Institute

Lunch and Learn

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:

Family and Community Engagement Information

Mental Health First Aid Training for SSD Families

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, and others to help adolescents experiencing mental health and/or addictions challenge or crisis. It is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Nationally this course is valued at $170; due to a grant from Missouri's Department of Mental Health and a collaboration with the Ferguson Community Center, you have the opportunity to attend at no cost.

Saturday, March 19th from 9 – 1:30 PM at Ferguson Community Center. 1050 Smith Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135

Space is limited. To register click here. Registration will close on Monday, March 7th or when all seats are filled.

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.