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.

PASS39 Meetings

All District 39/37 parents are welcome to attend. Here is the 2018-2019 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.

Monday, September 17, 2018
Ice Cream Social (Parents Only) 
Topic: Year overview, Parent Satisfaction Survey Results, Student Services Primer/overview
Location: MEC

Monday, October 29th, 2018
Evening Education
Topic: ADHD
Location: MEC

Monday, December 17th, 2018
Topic: Self-Regulation Strategies (sensory, etc)
Location: Harper School

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Topic: Social/Emotional Learning
Location: WJHS

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
Topic: Child Find Count
Location: Central School

Monday, April 29th, 2019
Evening Education
Topic: Child Anxiety             
Location: MEC

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

9:00am- 11:00am
Connecting Parents Coffee Social

Thursday, February 7th, 2019
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Parents Night Out
Location: The Bottle Shop
              1148 Central Ave, Wilmette             

Monday, April 29th, 2019 
8:30pm (following Evening Education on child anxiety)
Parents Night Out
Topic: Light on Anxiety
Location: Fred's Garage in Winnetka

2018-2019 PASS39 Representatives

Chair Jocelyn Shook
Communications Jennifer Nash
Early Childhood Margie Swain
Central David Ben-Arie
Harper Carey Personette
McKenzie Erika Hlavacek
Jodi Boquist
Romona Leavey Ballou
Highcrest Kristen Dean
Ellen Sternweiler
WJHS Betsy Crosswhite
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

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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