Parent Association of Student Services (PASS39)

The Parent Association for Student Services in District 39 (PASS39) 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 children of parents 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 [email protected] to be added to the PASS39 group e-mail. All addresses are blind copied for confidentiality. 

2023-24 PASS39 Representatives

President Jocelyn Shook
Education and
Debbie Theiling 
Event Coordinator  Kristin Harper 
Central Allison Desantis | Sarah Null
Harper Tricia Oerke | Lori Pacovsky
McKenzie Margie Swain | Michele Yeh
Romona Jessica Eliscu | Colleen Larkin
Highcrest Kinley Kemnitz | Leavey Ballou
WJHS Vanessa Fawley | Kristin Harper 
LEEP Alison Ouska

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.

District 39 Parent Events

Join us for presentations held in-person and via Zoom, all recorded for later viewing, on topics ranging from academics to social-emotional health to technology use. Most events will have a 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A time. The full schedule, links to registration, and recordings of past events are available on the District 39 Parent Education page.

PASS39 Events

NOTE: Parent Connect events will take place the last Wednesday of the month at Valley Lodge and Kids Connect will occur the second Sunday of each month. Locations vary for Kids Connect.

Feb 2024 PASS Parent Connect
PASS 39 Kid Connect March 2024
PASS 39 coffee
Pass39 golf event
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.

Online Resource Links

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

PASS39 Materials

Effectively Communicating with Your Child’s Educational Team

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