Message From The President




Greetings and happy spring!  At the moment, we are having another day of snow showers, but by Friday, we should be close to 70!  If you don’t like the weather in St. Louis, wait five minutes!  But, the weather is always perfect to write in your journal or pick up a good book.  St. Louis Suburban ILA is here to help you learn more about supporting your kiddos and building your support network. Whether you are in a new position, a new seasoned veteran, it’s revitalizing to attend high quality professional development.  My wish for you is that you find a comfortable balance of learning, teaching and taking great care of yourself.  We’re here for you!

We continue to work hard to provide you some helpful and inspiring programs and resources to help you be successful during your schoolyear.  It’s the time of year to begin to look forward to summer, but without help and guidance, some students don’t read daily and some slip backwards in academic skills.  This is called the summer slide.  Our next evening is on Thursday, April 20th, featuring Kelli Westmoreland and Kim Favaza, from Booksource.  They will be sharing information and strategies for helping teachers and students prevent summer slide.  Sounds so helpful, right?  Check out the rest of the newsletter to see the amazing programs planned, and please let us know any other suggestions for PD needs you or your school may have. We are here to be of service to you.

One of our goals is to increase membership. Please try to encourage your colleagues to join us. When teachers join professional organizations, you gain the latest literacy information from our local organization, as well as Missouri Reading Council, not to mention the networking opportunities, lots of chances to meet other like-minded people in the area to network with and learn alongside. You’ll grow as a professional and have a great time in the process!  Again, we are excited to serve you and I look forward to another evening of learning and networking with you!


Leslie McKinstray,