“Your life as a teacher begins the day you realize that you are always a learner.” ~Robert John Meehan
Happy Monday! The district created a new distribution list for me to send out these Monday Messages with. If you are receiving this email by accident and are not an SEA member, please let me know.
Today afterschool is our first Building Representative Meeting of the year in the Board Room from 3:30-5:00 PM. After today’s meeting, your building reps will be scheduling their monthly meeting with members and another meeting with administration to go over some of the highlights from the meeting. Be sure to share any questions, concerns, or shout-outs you have with your building reps so they are sure to share them with us.
At this point of the school year, everyone should be aware of which building level administrator will be evaluating you. Additionally, you should have received a copy of the following either electronically or written: a copy of the Framework for teaching or appropriate Specialist Work and a summary of the district’s teacher appraisal procedures related for non-tenured and tenured staff.
Some of you may have already scheduled your first pre-conference meeting and/or initial meeting date for Student Growth Plan. As a reminder, your Student Growth Plan may occur during pre-/post-conferences. Both assessments for Student Growth plans must be agreed to by November 1st for non-tenured teachers and for tenured teachers on year two of the cycle. Click here to view our appraisal plan available on SEA’s website.
A great visual for appraisal is the “Appraisal Process At-A-Glance Calendar” on page 23 of the appraisal plan. I have attached a copy of this timeline to my email. For any appraisal questions this year, you can contact SEA’s Appraisal Chair, Cynthia Dressler (ELC) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cynthia60133@gmail.com.
This Wednesday is not only a Teacher In-Service Day, but it is also District 54’s Education Foundation’s fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s. Both the Lou Malnati’s on Roselle Road and Barrington Road are participating. Just mention the fundraiser and Lou Malnati’s will donate 20% of your pre-tax purchase (excluding alcohol) from every dine-in, carryout, or delivery (within zone). You could have your lunch delivered for the In-Service day! Yummy Lou’s pizza and salads…I can just taste them now!
Did you know District 54’s Education Foundation has committed to raising enough money to fund breakfast programs in all of our schools? $1 buys breakfast for a student for a day. $200 buys breakfast for a student for a year. $10,000 sponsors an entire school for a year. To learn more or donate to “Food 4 Thought” visit the Foundation’s website.
Don’t forget to order your SEA Spirit Wear and use the access code SEASEA. Click here to order your Spirit Wear.
Lastly, we are having an SEA member outing on Wednesday, October 10th, at Fox & Hound (1416 N. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg) beginning at 3:30 PM (come when your staff development is over). It’s an opportunity to meet the new SEA leadership and mingle with members across our district. If you are interested in attending, reply to my email so I can reserve the right amount of space for us. Mark your calendars!
Think back to the peak moment from your weekend and be sure to share with a staff member today! I know many of us have something to look forward to this upcoming weekend: RUN TO READ! Let me know if you are running or volunteering at this great event. I hope to see you there!
Important dates in September:
September 17th: SEA Building Representative Meeting 3:30 PM Board Room
September 23rd: Run to Read – Run with SEA!
September 24th: SEA Building Representatives Training 3:30 PM PLC
September 25th: Early Career Teacher’s Trivia Night 5-7 PM @Mead
September 28th: Last day to order SEA Spirit Wear
October 11th: SEA Member Outing – “Meet the SEA Leadership” Fox & Hound (1416 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg) beginning at 3:30 PM or whenever you can get there!
Let’s celebrate the week ahead nationally:
Monday, September 17th: National Monte Cristo Day
Tuesday, September 18th: National Cheeseburger Day
Wednesday, September 19th: National Talk like a Pirate Day
Thursday, September 20th: National String Cheese Day
Friday, September 21st: National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Schaumburg Education Association President
Cell: (847) 344-5249
Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450