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.


  • 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 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.

2019-2020 PASS39 Meetings

All District 39/37 parents are welcome to attend.

Evening Meetings

Day Meetings

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Ice Cream Social

Monday, October 21st, 2019
Location: Mikaelian Education Center (MEC)
Helping your child navigate social conflict and bullying

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Location: MEC
Coping With and Overcoming Anxiety
Presented by Jackie Rhew, LCPC, CADC, and cofounder for the Center for Emotional Wellness of the Northwest Suburbs.
*Parents Night Out - 8:45 PM
Napolita, 1126 Central Ave., Wilmette

Monday, April 20th, 2020
Location: MEC
Long-Term Planning for your child with Comprehensive Needs
*Parents Night Out following this event. Location TBD

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

9:00-11:00am for location information.

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Location: McKenzie
Positive Behavior Management Strategies

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
Location: Highcrest
Fostering Resilient Learners

Monday, March 9th, 2020 
Location: Romona
Preparing for Transitions

2019-2020 PASS39 Representatives

Chair Jocelyn Shook
Early Childhood Margie Swain
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.

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.

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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