Parent Association of Student Services

The Parent Association for Student Services in District 39 (PASS39) in District 39 is a parent organization committed to supporting parents of children with learning, behavioral, emotional, and developmental challenges.

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.

Goals

  • 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 pass39@wilmette39.org to be added to the PASS39 group e-mail. All addresses are blind copied for confidentiality. 

PASS39 on the Web

The PASS39 website provides more information about Wilmette D39 Student Services and contains educational, therapeutic and recreational resources for parents with children with specialized needs.

PASS39 also has a private Facebook Group. To receive access, you must request admission here.

2020-2021 PASS39 and District Sponsored Meetings and Presentations

All District 39/37 parents are welcome to attend.

Date Time Topic/Title Host/Presenter(s)
9/17/20 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Event Recording
Welcome Back!
Kristin Swanson, Administrator for Student Services, and Angela DeMay, Assistant Director, will introduce special education coordinators, share information related to our school models, and information related to special education in District 39.  
PASS39 - Dr. Kristin Swanson, Administrator for Student Services, Angela DeMay, Assistant Director for Student Services, Amanda Barton, Amy Freese, Tonya Martin, Special Education Coordinators
9/22/20 7:00 pm.

Parenting During COVID-19: Supporting Adjustment at Home and at School
(Follow up facilitated discussion group on 9/24 at 7:00 p.m.)
Family Service Center - District wide parent presentation
10/14/20 10:00 a.m.

Event Recording
Supporting Students with Social Delays PASS39 - District 39 Social Workers
10/20/20 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
Whole Brain Child Approach: Strategies for Effective Parenting During Highly Emotional Times
(Follow up facilitated discussion group on 10/21 at 7:00 p.m.)
Family Service Center - District wide parent presentation
10/28/20 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
Supporting Physical Health in a Digital World District wide parent presentation
11/10/20 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
Anxiety and Growth Mindset: Helping Kids Cope with Challenges and Setbacks
(Follow up facilitated discussion group on 11/11 at 7:00 p.m.)
Family Service Center - District wide parent presentation
11/18/20 10:00 a.m. Effectively Communicating with Your Child’s Educational Team PASS39 - TBD
12/8/20 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
Stress Management: Helping Kids Cope with Stress
(Follow up facilitated discussion group on 12/10 at 7:00 p.m.)
Family Service Center - District wide parent presentation
1/20/21 10:00 a.m. Helping Your Child Navigate and Cope with Anxiety PASS39 District 39 Social Workers
1/27/21 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
Development Expectations: Helping Kids Increase Competency and Independence
(Follow up facilitated discussion group on 1/28 at 7:00 p.m.)
Family Service Center - District wide parent presentation
2/16/21 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
Social Relationships: Helping Kids Navigate Friendships and Groups
(Follow up facilitated discussion group on 2/18 at 7:00 p.m.)
Family Service Center - District wide parent presentation
2/24/21 10:00 a.m. Self-Care for Parents: How to Balance Your Many Roles PASS39 - TBD
3/10/21 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
Parenting in a Digital Age District wide parent presentation
4/14/21 7:00 p.m.

Register Here
App Roundup District wide parent presentation
5/19/21 10:00 a.m. Independence 101: Knowing When to Help and When to Step Back PASS39 - TBD

2019-2020 PASS39 Representatives

Chair Jocelyn Shook
Central David Ben-Arie & Peter Matt
Harper Carey Personette
McKenzie Kinley Kemnitz
Romona Leavey Ballou
Highcrest Jody Boquist & Ellen Sternweiler
WJHS Kristen Dean & Jennifer Nash

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.

PASS39
Parent Association for Student Services in District 39
Wilmette Public Schools District 39
615 Locust Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
847-512-6000
pass39@wilmette39.org

Online Resource Links

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


PASS39 Materials

Who Do I Contact For What

Transitions March 9, 2020

Fostering Resilient Learners February 6, 2020

Building Resilience Presentation January 15 2020

January 2019 Special Education Child Count

Self-Regulation Presentation

ADHD Presentation 10292018

Facilitating Positive Peer Relationships - November 28, 2017

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

PASS39 - Growing Bodies, Hormones, Learning & Behavior

Characteristics of Successful (But Different) Learners

Videos for Social Learning - Sheet 1

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