“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Join us at the SEA/SEEO General Meeting
We are excited to have our members in attendance at today’s SEA/SEEO General Meeting at the Stonegate. Doors open at 3:15 PM today. Please stop by the sign-in table to pick up your table assignment. The District 54 Jazz Band will be performing at 3:30 PM and we will start our program at 4:00 PM. Although this is an event free for you to attend, SEA does have to pay for each member who RSVPd for this event. If something has come up and you are no longer able to attend, please let me know by noon today.
I am looking forward to honoring the District 54 Retirees and our 2019 Felicia Cichy Award recipient at our event today. Also, we will be welcoming several distinguished guests including IEA President Kathi Griffin, IEA Vice-President Al Llorens, NEA Director Amy Biancheri, and Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, in addition to our District 54 School Board and Cabinet members.
Building Representative Elections Today
Please be sure to stop by your designated voting location today in your buildings to help elect your building representatives for the 2019-2020 School Year. Good luck to everyone who is running today! We look forward to having your serve the SEA next year. Building Reps, be sure to bring the ballots to today’s General Meeting.
March Election Results
I am attaching the March 2019 SEA Election Results to this email as there was an error on the previous document that was sent out. Congratulations to all of the members voted to attend the NEA-RA this summer, as well as those elected to serve on our Region 35 Council!
Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly Recap
Thank you to the delegates from the SEA who attended the IEA-RA this past April 11th -13th. One of my own personal highlights was having Illinois’ Lieutenant Governor, Juliana Stratton, as one of the guest speakers. As the daughter of a teacher, she spoke heartfelt words of encouragement to the educators in the room and let us know the education will be one of the priorities with the new leadership in Springfield. You can find other highlights from the 165th Representative Assembly on IEA’s Facebook page, our SEA Facebook page and Twitter. Thank you to IEA President, Kathi Griffin, for letting voices be heard and for running such a smooth, organized event.
Changes to the DEW Process
Last year a change was made to our contract regarding the Dispensations/ Exceptions Waiver (DEW). Art, Music, Physical Education, Library Resource Teachers, Media and related service staff wishing to designate the third Wednesday of the month as an additional team plan time, would be allowed to
do so without submitting a DEW. Additional staff could request to meet with approval of the Superintendent or designee. A calendar of meeting dates will be submitted to Human Resources by September 1st of the current school year. You no longer need to submit the DEW to the SEA President.
Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:
April 15th: National Tax Day (hopefully your taxes have been filed!)
April 16th: National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
April 17th: National Haiku Poetry Day
April 18th: National High Five Day
April 19th: National Hanging Out Day
Important Dates in April:
April 15th: SEA/SEEO General Meeting afterschool at the Stonegate – ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!
April 19th: Schools and district office closed
April 27th: Volunteer at the Community Closet at Addams Jr. High 10 AM – 12 PM; Click here to volunteer with the SEA.
Schaumburg Education Association President
Cell: (847) 344-5249
Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450