Mobley’s Monday Message 12-3-18

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~Anthony Robbins

 

 

Kathi Griffin, IEA President, News

Many of you already know District 54’s own Kathi Griffin is the President of our Illinois Education Association. Last week we received some exciting news that she has been appointed as a co-chair to Governor-Elect Pritzker’s Educational Success Transition Committee. If you don’t already follow Kathi on Facebook or Twitter you can search for her at Kathi Griffin IEA President or @kathigrif. Don’t forget to like the Illinois Education Association’s FB page as well. We are proud of you and thank you for being the voice for all of the educators across the state of Illinois, Kathi! We know you will represent us well on this committee!

 

Building Rep Shout-out

I just want to thank SEA’s 83 Building Representatives for volunteering for their role in our association. Our building reps wear many hats not only as educators, but as an advisor, advocator, problem solver, contract enforcer, and communicator for you, our members. Please take a moment to recognize your building reps by clicking here and completing this short Google Form.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

We still have openings available for our January 16th Volunteer Event at Feed My Starving Children from 6-7:30 PM.   All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ. If you have never had the opportunity to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, we would love for you to experience the food packing teamwork and excitement with us!

 

Also, I have saved three dates for the SEA to volunteer at the Community Closet at Addams Jr. High: January 26th (10 AM -12 PM), April 27th (10 AM – 12 PM), and May 14th (6-8 PM). To register for these events, please click here. Thank you to Cynthia Dressler, ELC, for already registering for two of these three days!

 

 

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

December 3rd: National Disability Day

December 4th: National Sock Day…find a fun pair to wear today!

December 5th: National Sacher Torte Day

December 6th: National Gazpacho Day

December 7th: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

Important Dates in December:

December 10 th (Revised Date) SEA Executive Board Meeting – 4:30-6:30 PM

December 17th: SEA Building Representative Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

December 24th – January 4th: No School – Winter Recess

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 11-26-18

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
~Winnie the Pooh

 

Snow Day Monday!

Hope everyone enjoyed the past five days and are re-energized especially after today’s snow day for the next four weeks before our winter recess.  Just think, report cards are done.  CHECK!  Hard to believe we are ready for our second round of MAP testing this year as well.  With today’s Snow Day, please be sure to change the last day of school in your calendars to Friday, May 31st, with Monday, June 3rd as our Student Non-Attendance Day (formerly known as Record’s Day).

 

SPARKS

You are going to hear me remind you about our SPARKS conference put on by members of our Region 35 council for our SEA and SEEO early career teachers (10 years or less).  The goal is to create an energy of honesty and openness by our attendees and is a springboard for emerging voices to connect with other voices as you explore and make your own discoveries about our associations.  The event will be held on January 18-19, 2019.  For more information or to register, the flyer is attached or here is a link to the SPARKS flyer.  Register by December 21st.  First person to register wins a prize!

 

 

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

January 16th: Feed My Starving Children 6-7:30 PM – All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ

 

What can you do to celebrate this week?

November 26th: Cyber Monday & National Cookie Day

November 27th: National Day of Giving – Giving Tuesday

November 28th: National French Toast Day

November 29th: National Electronic Greetings Day

November 30th: National Mason Jar Day…got any fun crafting ideas?

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 11-18-18

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey

 

Being Thankful

It’s nice to know we have only today and tomorrow, and then we have the rest of the week off to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends. Do take the time for your own personal self-care, especially since report cards are now just about officially done. Take time to express to those most important to you why you are thankful they are a part of your life!

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

On January 16th, 2019, we have reserved spots to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children from 6-7:30 PM. All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ.

 

Nomination forms

All election forms for our December 12th election are due at the Building Rep Meeting today.  We have open positions on the Region 35 Council and for representatives to the IEA-Representative Assembly this April 11-13, 2019, in Rosemont.  If you have never attended the IEA Representative Assembly, you should really consider going.  Yes, I know it will be two days worth of sub plans, but it is something everyone should experience at least once.  Want to find out more, contact me or Kelly O’Reilly, our Elections Chair, TODAY!

 

SPARKS

What is “SPARKS” you wonder? SPARKS is a fun, spirited learning experience targeted toward newer emerging voices (10 years of experience or less) in our Associations (SEA and SEEO).  Attendees will gain a better understanding of our Associations while learning skills and making connections that will help increase your success on the job. Come with a teammate…come with a friend! The event will be held on January 18-19, 2019. For more information or to register, here is a link to the SPARKS flyer. Register by December 21st. First person to register wins a prize!

 

Presentation at the Partnership Breakfast

At last week’s District 54 Partnership Breakfast, I presented our $1 per member donation to Lakeview School, Eisenhower Jr. High, and the Muir Literacy Academy. Each school received $500 towards the kick-off of their Food Pantries and Community Closets. Thank you to our building reps who brought your canned food donations to last month’s Building Rep Meeting. I was able to deliver these donations to those three schools last month.

 

 

Sick Days and Personal Business Days

As we have a few holidays and breaks approaching, I just wanted to remind people to check their contracts for the language of inappropriate use of sick leave and business leave. We did recently have a large number of teachers call in on the morning of Friday, November 9th which flagged a concern for the district especially since it was the day after the first snowfall of the season. We do each have five business leave days and we cannot use more than three days consecutively without a written request; however your business leave may not be granted on days immediately preceding or following holidays/school breaks. It is your right to take up to 14 days of sick leave and of course, we don’t want you coming to school when you are sick. Just be sure to look at your contract or talk with your building rep at any time you are unsure of the language in the leave section of our contract.

 

Appraisal Tips

If you are a non-tenured teacher, you are in amidst of appraisal season and have already had one observation (prior to November 1) and will be having a second observation by January 1 (or prior to Winter Break). Be sure to advocate for yourself. If there is any concerns, you may be asked to bring a building rep to your meetings. If you do receive a needs improvement form, take time to reflect and make sure you are looking at the supports being provided to you especially in the particular components which have been challenging.

 

All members being appraised should take time to put your own evidence into all four domains and make sure you are aware before leaving any meetings whether or not your administrator has any concerns. Fill out the Charlotte Danielson Framework before your meeting so that you can have a collaborative conversation with your evaluator.

 

Don’t forget:

The Village Tavern will be recognizing our District 54 employees throughout the entire month of November. Show your school ID and get 20% off your food order.

 

Important Dates in November:

November 19th: Report Card Comments/Grades Completed – 8 AM

November 19th: SEA Building Representatives Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

November 20th: Report Card Website Closed – 11:59 PM

November 21st: Report Cards Posted Online

November 21st-23rd: No School – Thanksgiving Break

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

January 16th: Feed My Starving Children 6-7:30 PM – All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ

 

Here are some fun national days this week:

November 19th : National Play Monopoly Day

November 20th: National Absurdity Day…make smart choices!

November 21st: National Stuffing Day (one day too early)

November 22nd: Thanksgiving Day & National Cranberry Relish Day

November 23rd: Black Friday & National Buy Nothing Day (I can’t make this stuff up…)

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 11-12-18

“One book, one pen, one child, and one TEACHER can change the world.”
~Malala Yousafzai

 

American Education Week

Today is the kick-off of American Education Week, which celebrates and honors the team of people who work with our students-everyone from the classroom teacher and the paraprofessional to the nurses and our secretaries…and countless others. This week we want to honor and thank everyone involved in the education of our students. YOU make sure our schools are a place of discovery. YOU ensure our students are safe, ready, and free to learn. YOU are amazing!

Our SEA and our SEEO members will be receiving a small token of thanks from the SEA this week. I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am to work in a district of such caring educators who go above and beyond each day to foster a love of learning in our students!

 

The Village Tavern will be recognizing our District 54 employees throughout the entire month of November. Show your school ID and get 20% off your food order.

Riccardo’s will also be providing 30% discount during this American Education Week. Show your school ID here as well.

 

Mandatory Open Enrollment

Don’t forget, all employees must participate in the mandatory Open Enrollment process by this Thursday, November 15th. All information was sent to you via an email from Nancy Rogers on November 1st.

 

Important Dates in November:

November 15th: Last day of Mandatory Open Enrollment (check your email from Nancy Rogers)

November 19th: Report Card Comments/Grades Completed – 8 AM

November 19th: SEA Building Representatives Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

November 20th: Report Card Website Closed – 11:59 PM

November 21st: Report Cards Posted Online

November 21st-23rd: No School – Thanksgiving Break

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

January 16th: Feed My Starving Children 6-7:30 PM – All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ (flyer is attached for more information)

 

Save the Date:

January 18th -19th: SPARKS – An overnight retreat for any of our early career teachers put on my members of the SEA/SEEO…more info coming soon!

 

What fun national days are happening this week?

November 12th: National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day (that’s a mouthful) & Kickoff to American Education Week

November 13th: World Kindness Day…what can and your students do today to show a little extra kindness?

November 14th: National Education Support Professionals Day…thank one of our SEEO members for all they do to support your students and your schools!

November 15th: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

November 16th: Substitute Educators Day…be sure to thank a sub in your building today!

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Mobley’s Monday Message 11-5-18

“Every sunrise is an invitation to brighten someone’s day.”
~Richelle E. Goodrich

 

GO OUT AND VOTE

It’s nice to know that even though it’s a Monday, we get to take tomorrow off! Not only is this a student and staff non-attendance day, it’s Election Day. This means after today we will have a lot less political commercials and mailings to sort through, but it also means it’s the day we should be heading to the polls, unless you were an early voter like myself. Hope you find something to do to relax tomorrow (maybe not work on those report cards due later this month)!

 

IEA’s Online Learning Portal

There is not much in life that is FREE, but I can tell you IEA’s Online Learning Portal is FREE. What is it you ask? It is a way for you to complete professional development for FREE from the comfort of your own home. The Learning Portal is an ISBE approved provider of clock hours and some segments are as short as 15 minutes. How can you access this FREE staff development? Log-in to IEA’s Member’s Online Site by clicking here and then select the orange link to the Online Learning Portal. At the end of a session, you can print out a certificate as proof of completion.

 

Mandatory Open Enrollment

Last week all employees received an email from Nancy Rogers with information about this year’s Open Enrollment, which is mandatory for everyone to complete whether or not you are making changes to your benefits. If you are not making any changes, it will take less than a minute to click a couple boxes. If you are making changes due to Blue Advantage HMO no longer being an option and Single +1 being an option, here is the link to the Benefits Video. You are also welcome to attend the Benefits Fair this Thursday, November 8th, from 2:30-5:00 PM in Rooms 103/104 at the PLC. All employees must participate in the enrollment process by November 15th.

 

Out of the District

I will be out of the district this Thursday and Friday. If you need to talk with anyone from SEA those days, feel free to contact Vicki Mikos (vamikossea@gmail.com), our Vice-President, or Crystal Bush (crystal.bush@ieanea.org, 847-794-5204), our Uni-Serv Director.  Thank you!  Have a great week ahead!

 

 

Important Dates in November:

November 5th: SEA Executive Board Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

November 6th: No School – Go out and vote! Visit IEA’s website for a Voter’s Guide

November 9th: End of First Trimester

November 15th: Last day of Mandatory Open Enrollment (check your email from Nancy Rogers)

November 19th: Report Card Comments/Grades Completed – 8 AM

November 19th: SEA Building Representatives Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

November 20th: Report Card Website Closed – 11:59 PM

November 21st: Report Cards Posted Online

November 21st-23rd: No School – Thanksgiving Break

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

January 16th: Feed My Starving Children 6-7:30 PM – All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ

 

Save the Date:

January 18th -19th: SPARKS – An overnight retreat for any of our early career teachers put on my members of the SEA/SEEO…more info coming soon!

 

Here are some ways to celebrate with family, friends, and co-workers:

November 5th: Color the World Orange Day…perfect for District 54!

November 6th: National Nachos Day…and it’s Taco Tuesday.

November 7th: National Stress Awareness Day

November 8th: National Cappuccino Day

November 9th: National Scrapple Day…I had to look that one up too!

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 10-29-18

“Use your smile to change this world. Don’t let the world change your smile.”

~Unknown

First Dues Deduction of the Year

Now that you have your paychecks you can confirm the following amounts were deducted. SEA members who are full-time employees should see $42.17 as the deduction for the next 18 paychecks. Part-time employees should see $22.53 as the deduction.

Report Cards

Last Friday, our report card window official opened for teachers to work on the comments and standard sections. If your administrator is not editing your report cards this year, be sure to take the time to have a colleague look over your comments. You will be able to start posting grades as of November 9th.

 

IEA-RA Nomination Forms & Region 35 Council Reps

Nomination forms are now available for both the IEA-Representative Assembly and to be a Region 35 Council representative. This year’s IEA-RA will take place from April 11th-13th in Rosemont.   If you have never attended an RA it is something every member should do at least once for the experience and to help be the voice of our SEA members. Elected delegates to the convention will have their housing, parking, and meals paid for. We are able to send 15 delegates from SEA to the RA-this year. Your building reps have copies of these nomination forms, but I am including them as attachments to this email as well.

 

Additionally we have openings for our Region 35 Council, which includes representatives from both the SEA and SEEO. We currently have three open positions: one 2-year term and two 1-year terms. For more information about what our Region 35 Council does, contact our Chair, Kara Zielinski, or Vice-Chair, Adriana Caballero.

 

SEA Spirit Wear

You should have received your SEA spirit wear orders. If you do not receive it by the end of the day today, let me know. Thank you to Kelly O’Reilly and Dawn Czajka for sending those orders out for us. As to what days you can wear your spirit wear, aim for “Better Together Tuesdays” as the day. Here’s a challenge to you: I am looking to see who will be the first person or group to post a Tweet tomorrow with your new spirit wear and use the hashtags #SD54SEA and #BetterTogether.

 

Move your clocks back

One of the days we look forward to most each year happens this Sunday, November 4th…Daylight Saving Time ends! We get an extra hour of sleep this weekend! I would remind you to move your clocks back on Saturday night, but almost everything nowadays automatically changes on its own. Enjoy that extra hour!

 

Enjoy having this Wednesday’s staff development off. Don’t splurge too much on your favorite candies, chocolates, and other fun Halloween treats! And remember not only do you have an extra hour of sleep this weekend, but next Tuesday is a student and staff non-attendance day!

Important Dates in October:

October 26th: Report Card Window Open (Comments/Standards only)

October 31st: Halloween – No Staff Development Today

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

January 16th: Feed My Starving Children 6-7:30 PM – All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ

 

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for these fun national days:

October 29th: National Cat Day

October 30th: National Candy Corn Day

October 31st: Not only is it Halloween, but it’s National Caramel Apple Day

November 1st: National Cook for Your Pets Day – or – National Family Literacy Day

November 2nd: National Jersey Friday…bring out your favorite sports team jersey

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

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Mobley’s Monday Message 10-22-18

“Good Teaching is more a giving of right questions, than a giving of right answers.” ~Josef Albers

 

 

SEA Dues

You received an email last week from the payroll departments stating union dues deductions will be starting with this week’s paycheck. Please be sure to look over your statement to make sure everything looks correct. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the payroll department or myself.

 

Trauma-Informed Schools Training

Last week the SEA sent another team of teachers to IEA’s three-day Trauma-Informed Schools Training. Thank you to the following members who joined Vice-President Vicki Mikos and myself to attend this event: Katherine Plata, Chloe Nissen, Liz Umlauf, Deanne DiDomenico, and Denise Baker. I know these educators were excited to return to their buildings wearing a new trauma-informed set of lenses. We have close to 50 educators from SEA and SEEO who have participated in these trainings over the past few years. I’m going to share something Chloe shared with some of us the other day about her experience:

“I just finished the three-day ACEs training and it was LIFE CHANGING! The training completely shifted my mindset and I am so excited about becoming trauma informed…I highly recommend ANY training on ACEs/restorative practices/trauma-informed schools. The science is necessary to understand HOW to help students become more resilient.”

The good news is there is ACES 101 happening this Thursday night at the Palatine Illinois Education Association Office from 4:30-7:00 PM and we have a new team of educators attending. Click here to register. This is something our association strongly believes in and will continue to educate our members to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.

 

Shout out to Dooley School

At the recent Superintendent’s Communication Council Meeting, the rep from Dooley shared how last week they started their staff development out by sending a positive email to a student’s parent. I challenge you to do the same this week. Send out an encouraging note or email to a parent, colleague, or someone you know would appreciate a little inspiration this week.

 

 

 

Important Dates in October:

October 25th: ACEs 101 – 4:30-7 PM Palatine-IEA; Click here to register.

October 26th: Report Card Window Open (Comments/Standards only)

October 31st: Halloween – No Staff Development Today

 

What can you do this week to celebrate the following national days?

October 22nd: National Nut Day

October 23rd: National TV Talk Show Host Day

October 24th: National Bologna Day

October 25th: National Greasy Foods Day…probably not good for our health!

October 26th: National Pumpkin Day…time to start carving those jack-o-lanterns!

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org