“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” ~Dolly Parton
We have officially reached the month of December, even though it sure has felt like December for the past month or two! Hope everyone had a great five-days off!
Have a Mindful Monday!
Need to relax more, even though you just came back from having five-days off? There’s an App for that! Check out a few apps to help you get into the right mindset to accomplish your day-to-day tasks and focus on positivism: Happify; Sanvello; Headspace; Stop, Breathe, & Think; & Calm.
Beginning in January 2020, members of the SEA will be offered opportunities to meet with various SEA leadership teams. We will be conducting monthly listening sessions, which are focused conversations on various topics that impact us on a day-to-day basis. We are seeking your input for topics to consider which impact our members most. These listening sessions with help us gather information as we enter into negotiations during the 2020-2021 School Year. In order to gauge what topics impact our members the most, please click here to complete a one-minute survey. Thank you for your assistance with this!
Building Representative Shout-Outs
As we are in officially in the season of gratitude and giving, I want us to take a moment to thank our SEA Building Representatives. Our building representatives wear many hats, not only as educators, but as an adviser, advocate, problem solve, contract enforcer, and communicator for you, our members. Take a moment sometime this week to recognize your building rep(s) for what they do to support you and the members in the buildings by clicking here to fill out the form.
NEA Member Benefits – Travel & Vacations
With winter break right around the corner, you may be already trying to figure out how you are going to get some extra relaxation in. Check out NEA Member Benefits NEA Vacations site and their “Travel & Vacations” site to start planning. You are already rewarded travel dollars to use just by being a member of the NEA. And once you login, they send you travel dollars each year to use.
SEA/SEEO’s Feed My Starving Children event
We have just a few openings available for our Feed My Starving Children event next Monday, December 9 from 6-7:30 PM at Schaumburg’s NEW FMSC location. Click here to register to join us. Families and friends are welcome to attend!
ISBE’s Emergency Rules and Employee Rights Regarding Workplace Safety
On Wednesday, November 20, the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica posted an article about the use of isolated time-out rooms and certain physical restraints on some students in public schools. The ISBE was quick to respond to the article and issued emergency rules. If you have not yet heard about ISBE’s response, click here to read the response. Also, because of these new rules, the Illinois Education Association has been contacted with many questions. Click here for a link to IEA’s Memorandum regarding ISBE’s Emergency Rules.
Important Dates in December
December 2: SEA Executive Board Meeting, 3:30-5:30 PM
December 5: “Share the Workload” event at Frost, Room 121, 2:30-6 PM
December 9: Feed My Starving Children, 6-7:30 PM – Wear your #RedForEd SEA shirt
December 16: SEA Building Rep Meeting
December 9: Feed My Starving Children (6-7:30 PM) – Join Code NM631G
January 13: Addams Community Closet (6 – 8 PM)
May 4: Addams Community Closet (6 – 8 PM)
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