SSD Webster Groves Schools
February 2023 Community Engagement Newsletter
Hixson Middle School Welcomes Caitlin Reyes
Please welcome Caitlin to Special School District serving as the Essential Skills teacher at Hixson Middle School in Webster Groves.
Caitlin Reyes who is a native of St. Louis, Missouri is in her 4th year of teaching. She graduated from Mizzou in 2019 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 Autism. Caitlin is returning to the St. Louis area from Texas. She has taught Essential Skills for 2 years at the middle school level and 1 year and the elementary level. Caitlin states, “I have to say how proud I am of all of the students in this class. Getting a new teacher in the middle of the year is a difficult transition and they have been handling the change with so much grace”!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2023
12:00 - 1:30 - GIVENS CAFETERIA
Lunch & Learn Event
This event is an opportunity for parents/guardians to obtain support
for your children, ask questions, and gain resources & information!
We will provide lunch and a "Speed Dating"-style informational
session with 4 Topic Tables on:
SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Q&A
MEET & MINGLE WITH ROOM PARENTS
THE TRANSITION TO HIXSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH
THE GIVENS SCHOOL COMMUNITY
SUPERVISION IN THE GYM FOR THE KIDDOS WILL BE PROVIDED.
We hope to see you there!
Webster Groves Transition Fair
Location: Webster Groves High School
Date: February 7, 2023
In conjunction with the College and Career Night, join us for informational sessions about employment, educational, and recreational opportunities in our area that help support students with disabilities. Families will have an opportunity to attend up to 4 sessions. The following organizations will be available:
Center for Specialized Services
St. Louis Arc
Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis
UMSL SUCCEED Program
SSD Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
Dream Big Career Camp
Summer Work Experience (SWEP)
Oak Tree Respite
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Information
FLI - Spring Application Open https://ssdface.as.me/SpringFLI
FACE has two Hub Huddles this month at North Tech High School. A representative from CAASTLC (County Action Agency St. Louis County) will be there on February 10th from 9am to 4pm. CAASTLC can provide support for utilities and weatherization along with food resource support. The HEC (Higher Education Consortium) provides support to individuals 16 and up in the area of higher education or career support. A representative from HEC will be at the Hub in North Tech on February 21st from 11-12pm.
There will be a Lunch and Learn webinar on February 22nd from 11:30-12. This Lunch and Learn will feature SSD’s ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Join this virtual opportunity to learn about Applied Behavior Analysis and the services provided to special education students of St. Louis County. Join us live on our SSD YouTube Channel.
Join FACE for a Family Cafe! Cafes are hosted by families for families. They provide parents and caregivers with a safe and welcoming space to connect and learn from each other. They are centered on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors: Resilience, Relationships, Knowledge, Support, and Communication. Our next cafe will be held on February 23rd at North Tech High School from 6-8pm. Register here.
FACE is hosting SSD’s Early Childhood Special Education department to bring to you a workshop titled “Why is my Child Misbehaving” on February 28th from 11am to Noon. This workshop is geared toward children 3 to 6 years old but may be helpful for children up to 8 years old. Register here.
Celebrate Black History Month with the St. Louis County Library
Events include a Keynote address from Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine on Friday, February 17th at 7PM at the Ethical Society of St. Louis ( 9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117)
The Black Rep Presents “Turn Up” - Lewis and Clark Branch on Saturday, February 4th at 2 PM.
Visit the slcl.org website to learn additional ways to celebrate; opportunities are available throughout St. Louis County and include the Black History Magic Show, Africa Alive drumming circles, Story Quilts, and African dance.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
Join FACE for a workshop all about assistive technology. In this virtual session, participants will be introduced to Assistive Technology, by SSD Assistive Technology Specialist Kim White. Learn how to request an AT consultation and participate in demonstrations of universal tools available to all SSD students. Examples will be provided for low- and high-tech AT options that can be implemented in the home and school environments.Click here to register: Assistive Technology Workshop Registration
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:
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.