Parent Association of Student Services

The Parent Association for Student Services in District 39 is a parent organization committed to supporting parents of children with disabilities.

Mission Statement
PASS39 members will facilitate and promote communication and teamwork between parents of children who receive support and services in District 39 schools and the district staff.


  • Organize forums for parents to exchange information and support one another
  • Educate parents and staff on various topics related to raising and educating children with special needs
  • Develop information resources for parents and staff
  • Collaborate with District 39 staff to increase a sense of teamwork in working with our children

PASS39 Email List

Join our email list to receive information on area and district events related to children with learning disabilities and/or special needs. Email us at to be added to the PASS39 group e-mail. All addresses are blind copied for confidentiality. PASS39 also has a private Facebook Group.  If you would like to receive access to this group, please email Jennifer Nash, PASS39 Communications Director at:

PASS39 Meetings

All District 39/37 parents are welcome to attend. Here is the 2016-2017 PASS39 Meeting Schedule:

Meetings with District Personnel

Connecting Parents Group Meetings
Informal, parent and caregiver social gatherings. Locations will be announced prior to the event dates.

September 22, 2016, 6:30pm MEC: Ice Cream Social
October 17, 2016, 9:15am Harper School (Student Services Updates & Assistive Tech)
November 29, 2016, 7:00pm MEC (Topic: Mental Health Conditions)
January 19, 2017, 9:15am WJHS (Student Services Updates & Camps)
February 23, 2017, 7:00pm MEC (Topic: Growing Bodies, Hormones, Learning & Behavior)
April 4,2017 9:15am Central (Student Services Updates & TBD)
May 18, 2017 7:00pm MEC (Topic: Characteristics of Successful (Different) Learners)

October 11, 2016 (Tues) 9:30-11:00am
December 8, 2016 (Thurs) 9:30-11:00am
February 2, 2017 (Thurs) 7:00pm Parent Night Out
April 19, 2017 (Weds) 9:30-11:00am

2016-2017 PASS 39 Contacts

President Betsy Crosswhite
Communications Jennifer Nash
Early Childhood Heather Atagan
Central School Coord. Megan Matt + Peter Matt
Harper School Coord. Janine Rosenberg
McKenzie School Coord. Erika Hlavacek + Jodi Boquist
Romona School Coord. Ellen Sternweiler
Highcrest School Coord. Christina Tavares + Jennifer Nash
WJHS School Coord. Tracy Kearney

Parent Handbook

Are you confused by the terminology? Have you ever wondered who constitutes as a “special needs” child? Do you know what IEP stands for? Look it up in our District 39 Student Services Parent Handbook (261.09 kB).

Parent Association for Student Services in District 39
Wilmette Public Schools District 39
615 Locust Road
Wilmette, IL 60091

Online Resource Links

An extensive list of online resources for everything from Adoption to Visual Impairment.

PASS 39 Materials

Who Do I Contact For What

Behavior Strategies for Adolescent Children With School Anxiety (2.79 MB)

Parent or Private Provider Observation Request 2015-16 (83.72 kB)

Special Services Survey Results 2015 (495.46 kB)

Special Ed Primer 11-17-15 (1.32 MB)

Pass 39 Executive Functioning Presentation 4/16/2015 (9.94 MB)

Pass39 Presentation November 19, 2014 (5.43 MB)

February 2014 ADHD Presentation (1.89 MB)

PASS39 IceCreamSocial 2013-14.pptx (14.5 MB)

2012 Elementary to Highcrest Middle School Transition Tips (47 kB)

2012 HMS to WJHS Transition Tips (71 kB)

Technology Tips and Tricks to Help Your Child Success at Home (3.6 MB)

District 39 Student Services Parent Handbook (261.09 kB)

PASS39 Parent Guide To Parapros (113.99 kB)

Parent to Parent Transition to Elementary Tips (38.48 kB)

Parent to Parent Transition to New Trier Tips (35.65 kB)

PASS Tips for Talking to Your Children About Puberty 

Conversation Starters - Puberty

PASS 39 - Growing Bodies, Hormones, Learning & Behavior

Characteristics of Successful (But Different) Learners

Videos for Social Learning - Sheet 1

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