“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”
~ C.S. Lewis
Happy New Year 2020! Time to get used to writing (or typing) a new year! Welcome back from your well-deserved break. Hoping you have come back refreshed and energized to do the work you were called to do in SD54!
Reminders to Any New Teachers
Just wanted to remind our new teachers, you are always welcome to bring an SEA Building Rep to any of your pre- and post-conferences or student growth meetings. Additionally, be sure to be putting in your evidence into Common Ground, before you attend these meetings. If you need assistance using Common Ground, be sure to reach out to your building mentor. Entering your evidence into Common Ground should be an ongoing process throughout the year and the conversations had with your administration should be based on both of your evidence.
IEA Bargaining Workshop
We are still recruiting a group of SEA and SEEO members to attend the IEA Bargaining workshop on Saturday, February 8, from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM. This workshop will be held at the NIU Hoffman Estates, 5555 Trillium Blvd. The sessions offered will help us to prepare for our year of negotiations in 2020-2021. If you are interested in attending, please let me know so that we can RSVP our group for this event.
SPARKS – REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENSION
We are keeping the registration for SPARKS 2020 open through this Friday, January 10. The SPARKS planning committee met over break and we are excited to bring this event to our early career teachers. Click here to register.
Donation to the District 54 Education Foundation – Food for Thought
Did you know about 19 percent of our SD54 students qualify for the free lunch program and may not be starting their day with a nutritious, filling breakfast? Fortunately, the District 54 Education Foundation’s Food for Thought
program helps provide breakfast to these students. Many of our members have made donations to this program in the past. If you haven’t, will you consider being a donor to this program? $5 buys breakfast for a student for a week. You can make an online donation by visiting www.d54foundation.org. All donations are tax deductible.
Important Dates in January
January 10: District 54 Education Foundation’s Windy City Bulls Night
January 13: SEA Exec Board Meeting, 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Room
January 15: Listening Session @Pop’s Pizza (4:30-5:30 PM); Topic – School Climate
January 17-18: SPARKS 2020
January 27: SEA Building Rep Meeting, 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Room
January 13: Addams’ Community Closet (6 – 8 PM) – Let me know if you would like to join our team of volunteers next Monday evening.
May 4: Addams’ Community Closet (6 – 8 PM)