• Feb. 11, 2021

    Dear parents,

    We're writing because you, like us, are a parent of a child with an IEP who is enrolled in the Upper St Clair School District. We want to make sure that you know about an organization called Partners in Education, a partnership between volunteer parents and District student support staff and administrators designed to provide programming and support that serves the community, and especially families of children with IEPs in Upper St Clair.

    Our names are Katherine DelGrande-Zesch and Elizabeth Agnew Cochran, and we became the parent volunteer coordinators for PIE this year. Each of us has a child with an IEP (Katherine's daughter is a seventh grader and Elizabeth's son is a third grader). We have benefited from the support of other parents in situations similar to ours, and we are excited to be part of finding ways to work with other parents to build up a network of support.

    As a first step, we are interested in learning more about you and your children, your past experiences with PIE, and your ideas about future programming PIE might offer that could benefit you and the community. We'd be grateful if you can take about 5 minutes to complete the PIE Survey. The survey can be submitted anonymously, but it also provides an option for sharing your contact information with us at the end, if you would like.

    In addition to completing the PIE Survey, please don't hesitate to contact one of us if you have concerns or questions and would like to get the perspective of another special needs parent. We're hoping that this group can be a resource that allows parents to share ideas about extracurricular activities and other ways to help our kids, as well as to brainstorm about school-related matters. You can reach us at  katherinezesch@gmail.com (Katherine) and agnewcochran@gmail.com (Elizabeth).

    Best wishes as you continue to navigate this extra challenging school year, and we hope to meet many of you soon,


    Elizabeth and Katherine

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