SEA side with Chery 2-11-16

Hello J I hope you are all keeping warm and feeling good.

  • On February 18th, the IEA is holding a Financial Planning session with TRS and IMRF for anyone who wishes to come and listen, ask questions, or just get the latest updates on retirement and benefits. There will also be a session included that covers Degrees without Debt. See the attached flyer and directions. RSVP by Feb 16th.
  • I have attached a PDF that helps explain the TRS retirement rules for Tier I and Tier II.
  • Train the trainers is going on today for the student growth model. The entire district will be trained on March 9th during regular staff development. Everyone should stay in their buildings to be trained. Even though some may not be filling out the form, we are all in this together.
  • Remember to treat each other with respect, patience and encouragement. We are all here for the same reason with the same goal; to help our students learn and grow.
  • Election nomination forms for Region 35, Building Reps for 2016-17 and attendance for the NEA-RA in Washington D.C. over the summer are all due by Feb 22nd to Kara Zielinski @ Enders-Salk or Mark Fletcher @ Mead.
  • Next week I will be visiting Einstein on Tuesday, Campanelli on Wednesday, and Dooley on Thursday during your lunch periods.
  • I have attached the TRS directions again for anyone who still needs to complete the process. You can always walk them into the Lisle office if that is your choice. It takes about 2-3 weeks for the confirmation to show up on the site so don’t panic if you don’t see the message disappear quickly. (proof of birth)
  • No one can log into ISBE and renew their licenses, yet. The renewal system does not begin until April 1st. Everyone needs 120 hours!!!


Keep Warm and enjoy the 3-day weekend!!!


PS – Milk cows produce more milk while listening to music! Do they give milkshakes if they begin to dance??


SEA-side with Chery 2-4-16

Good Morning! I am hoping that your week has been as beautiful as the weather! According to the groundhog only 6 more weeks of winter – I’m totally ok with that!! Let’s hope for an easy 6 weeks J


To all those who participated in the Transfair – GOOD LUCK! I know this was a very successful Transfair and many interviews took place.

My school visits next week will be Hanover Highlands on Tuesday and Fox on Friday. The visits are going very well. Jackie and I have heard many positives from many members and have been presented with some great suggestions on how to make life here in District 54 better and more collaborative. Thank you for thoseJ

There will be a full-day training session on Thursday for our new addition of the student growth model. I have at least 2 staff members from every building ready to go and anxious to work with their buildings after the training. The district will be trained on March 9th during our regular staff development time.

Our SEA executive board will be meeting Monday. If you have any issues you would like us to discuss, contact me and I will make sure they are put on the agenda.

Each of us has valuable experiences, ideas and concepts to share with our PLCs and fellow educators. Please remember to greet each idea with professionalism and respect. We are all in this together and have the same goal in mind – the students!


You know the rest – call me if you need me

(Hard to believe it’s February!!! Wow!)


PS – It is impossible to hum if you plug your nose – go ahead, I know you are dying to try it – I did – no hum L



Chery Anderson

School District 54

SEA President

Schaumburg Illinois

Seaside 1-28-16

I am heading out to all the buildings over the next couple of months so if you need me the easiest way to contact me is through email or my cell phone. Both of those are listed at the bottom of this email.

Next week’s schools are:

Monday, Feb 1st Fairview; Wednesday, Feb 3rd Armstrong; Thursday, Feb 4th Hoover; Friday, Feb 5th Addams.

I will be in the lounge during the middle of the day – please stop by and chat.

  1. i) Entertainment for the April 18th General Meeting

(1)    We are looking for a group of students to perform during our General Meeting from 3-4 PM as members are arriving.

(2)    Contact Lori Mobley via email if you have a group for our executive board to consider for our entertainment by Friday, February 5th.  Please let me know a little bit about your group, what they would be performing, about how many performers would be present, how much space the performers would need, and any other considerations we should know before making our decision.

  1. ii) General Meeting Planning Committee

(1)    We are looking for members to be on our planning committee.  Please email by Friday, Feb. 5th if you are interested.

(2)    After school meetings will take place prior to the General meeting.  The day of the meeting will require members to take a half day which SEA will cover.

iii)     Teachers can walk the copy of their proof of birth to TRS into the Lisle office at 4200 Commerce Ct., Lisle, if they would prefer instead of sending copies online. (Thanks, Carolyn Kraft!!)

  1. iv) When you have your one to one conversation with your building rep we would like for you to put your name on it. If we have questions or need more info we can contact you. We will not be sharing the sheets with anyone outside our committee. We understand if you still wish to remain anonymous.
  2. v) Let me know if you have any questions or concerns before I get to your buildings. I have also been attending many SEA building meetings and if you would like me to visit, let me know the date and I’ll be there. If it is something for the good of the group, please contact me so we may share the info with all.

Transfair is for ALL CERTIFIED employees – tenure AND non-tenure


Keep warm and keep smiling!


PS – Former US President Calvin Coolidge (1924-28) enjoyed “buzzing” for his bodyguards and then hiding under his desk as they frantically searched for him. Hilarious!!!

SEA-side 1-21-16

Morning All! I hope you are able to keep warm as the winter temperatures finally descend upon us. Keep good thoughts for the East Coast as they prepare for a winter storm. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as they are predicting.

Please keep the lines of communication open between each other and your administrators. Go into each situation with an open mind and remember to focus on what is best for kids. Things are looking good around the district; let’s hope the rest of the school year runs as smoothly.  Please continue to contact me with questions and/or concerns.


1 – Mark your calendars, talk it up among your local members, and plan to attend our 2016 Financial Planning and Pension Review Workshop exclusively for IEA members of the Palatine Office.  Here’s a sneak peek!

WHO:    All IEA Members of Regions 34, 35, 42, 43, and 64

DATE:    Thursday, February 18, 2016

TIME:    4:30 PM TO 7:00 PM

PLACE:  Illinois Education Association – Palatine Office, 553 N. North Ct. Suite 205, Palatine, IL  60067

Meeting will begin with a 30 minute focus on financial planning given by an NEA Member Benefits 403B Specialist, followed by one hour break out groups for:

·         Teachers Retirement System — TRS counselors will be on hand to speak about TRS pensions and benefits;

·         Illinois Municipal Retirement System – IMRF representatives will be on hand to speak about IMRF pensions and benefits;

  • Degrees not Debt – Learn about student / parent plus loan repayment options especially for public education employees.

Please RSVP to  or  or give us a call at 847.359.0300 if you are available to attend.


2 – Attached are the directions (thanks to Kelly O’Reilly) to update your TRS proof of birth. (it may block you at first, but if you hit “allow” it will let you download the directions)

3 – We have our next building rep meeting on Monday – let your reps know if you have questions or concerns.

4 – Transfair info came from Dr. Hannigan last week – deadline is Feb 1st and the Transfair is Feb 2nd. It is open to all certified employees.

5 – I will be visiting buildings beginning next week – I am beginning with Keller on Tuesday, Enders/Salk on Wednesday and Lakeview on Thursday. I will be at each building midday and will be bringing Jackie Robbins, our new UniServ Director, along with me just to introduce her to staff and administrators. We will tour the building to see the wonderful things you are doing and then be sitting in the lounge if you have questions or concerns for us. I will contact each building before I head over with a couple of questions for you to consider.

6 – Lastly, make sure you are keeping up logging your CPDUs and that you are checking your portal every once in a while.

Well – that’s about it for today. Keep warm and I hope we get the chance to talk very soon!


SEA side with Chery 1-7-16

WELCOME BACK! I hope everyone had a relaxing winter break and enjoyed the holiday season.

I was fortunate enough to spend some quality time with my extended family, it was glorious!


–PERA training will begin soon – the process will be straightforward – a majority of the information you will need you already have written into your lesson plans. J The trainers will be trained early in February and then the whole district in March during staff development.

–NEA will be conducting a poll of member households this week in early primary and caucus states, including Illinois.

–TRS needs proof that you are who you say you are so they will begin contacting members to go into the system and provide a birth certificate, driver’s license or passport as confirmation. It is VITAL that you take care of this or when you retire you will NOT be paid. Go into your TRS account (if you don’t have one, set one up – it’s easy). Once you log in the system will tell you what to do – they provide you with a document that you print. I copied my driver’s license, attached it to the bottom of the letter and faxed it to the number provided – easy! At the next rep meeting I will go through the process so they reps can see how to do it so if you have questions, please hold on until after the 25th. For those that are retiring this year, HR said they would cover this in your retirement session sometime in February or March.

–For those who need to renew their licenses this year – information will come through HR in late March or early April – the ISBE (ELIS) system will not allow you to begin the process before then. Hopefully you have been continuing to log in your CPDUs on ELIS.

–I will begin to make building visits soon just to check in with everyone. I will bring Jackie Robbins, our UniServ Director, with me. She is looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing just how great you are – I’ve been doing a lot of bragging about “my” members. J


As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, please contact either your building reps or me. Keep up the great work and most of all keep the conversations between each other flowing.


SEA side with Chery 12-17-15

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I would like to thank all those who contacted legislators to help get ESSA passed by both the House and Senate and then signed by President Obama. This is a great victory!!! I have attached an info sheet for you to peruse if you want to see some of the changes. More info here…

I have attached the election results from Monday’s elections.  Congratulations to all who ran. I am happy to see so many getting involved and letting their voice be heard. WOOHOO!!!

I would like to wish you all a wonderful relaxing winter break. I hope you enjoy the time you get to spend with family and friends and the memories that will be shared and created.
Blessings of Peace – Chery and the Anderson Family
PS –
Holiday Past
The original ball lowered in Times Square on New Year’s Eve back in 1907 was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 light bulbs.

Holiday Present
The modern New Year’s ball is made of Waterford crystal, covered with 696 light bulbs, 96 strobe lights, and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors.

I hope your New Year’s sparkles as much!!!

PPSS – I am turning off my cell phone at 5pm tomorrow evening and will not check messages until Jan 3rd.  Please leave messages (if you need to) either on my voicemail or through email; I will pick them up and get back to you when we return in January. I am spending time with my parents and I promised my dad I would not “work” over the holidays. I NEVER argue with my dad!! Thanks for understanding.

SEA side with Chery 12-10-15

Happy Thursday!

Getting close – I hope all is going well and that we will all be able to leave in only about a week’s time with all our plans completed and be able to relax over winter break. You are wonderful and deserve the time to relax.

v  Don’t forget Monday’s election for our IEA-RA reps – these members will represent us at the Illinois Education Association’s Representation Assembly and vote on issues on your behalf.

v  We could still use a few ballot counters on Monday at the DO at 3:30 – the more members we have counting the less time it takes. Please consider helping. If you still don’t know whether you will have the time today, just show up and head upstairs to the room behind the Board Room to help. Thanks J

As always, if you have concerns, questions or even suggestions for me, please contact me. If there is something going on in your building that you would like me to see or just spread the word, please let me know. Let’s highlight the great things you all do every day – the joys of being an educator!!


Have a fabulous Thursday and Friday and then a great weekend!



PS – Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day. We definitely need to laugh more!!

SEA side with Chery

Wow – hard to believe we are in December and beginning our second MAP test session. Best of Luck to you all and to your students. I also hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and found time to relax and regenerate.

*If you are interested in purchasing a tree for the holidays, please take a look at the attached flyer from the Foundation. What a great way to support the district.

*Remember to update your CPDUs often so you can stay current.

*Check AESOP occasionally to make sure you have a full 5 subs chosen – sometimes they get hired or decide not to sub anymore.

*We need ballot counters at the DO on Monday December 14th beginning at 3:45. If you are interested reply to this email or contact Mark Fletcher or Kara Zielinski. You can add in to common ground in Domain 4! More hands make work light…and fast J

*If an issue arises between you and fellow staff member, please try and settle it without your administration. Care to Confront! Have your building reps help. The last thing anyone wants is to be called into the principal’s office to settle a dispute. Make the effort – you need to be able to work together on every issue even if it means agreeing to disagree.

*Have a wonderful Thursday and Friday!!