SEA-side with Chery 8-10-17

Just an early SEAside for those that are already in the buildings.

Welcome back! I sincerely hope your summer was what you had hoped it would be.

A couple of very important attachments:

  • Our current salary schedule
  • Volunteer opportunities to support our Foundation during Septemberfest – if you are interested, please contact Donna Anderson @ 5138
  • SCORE grants for our early career educators – these applications are due AUGUST 28th! Team up with an experienced staff member (or experienced staff – team up with an early educator) and don’t forget to include your ESPs! This is the link (so no attachment) – https://ieanea.org/score/ Please, please check this out – look at the requirements and then think of the possibilities! Look at the list of past winners – you might see something you can do in your classroom!

 

FYIs – we are bargaining this year and your input will be invaluable and lastly our UniServ director, Jackie Robbins, retired in June so we are searching for a new person. A UniServ Director (UD) is our link to the IEA and NEA and helps us connect with legal services, financial assistance, one on ones with members, the UD attends meetings and makes sure that our district is following the IEA/NEA guidelines just to name a few of the critical roles he/she plays. This person is a VITAL part of our team. We hope to have our new UD in place in a couple of weeks.

 

That’s it for now. I wish you all the best for a great school year.

Below is my contact information and remember I am here for you!

Chery

PS – Taking a nap after learning something helps improve your retention – let’s hear it for naptime!!!

 

Chery Anderson
SEA President

SEA-side with Chery 6-1-17

THANK YOU!  My fondest wish…

  • For our returning staff is that you spend as much time as you can away from thoughts of D54. Rest, Relax and Reenergize.
  • For those that leave us for one reason or another, may your road be smooth and your burdens be light.
  • And for those who are retired (as of today), as you move onto your next leg of the journey, may it be blessed with love, joy and good health for you and yours.

Much love and happiness from a grateful friend and colleague!
Chery

SEA-side with Chery

It’s hard to believe that it’s May, especially with the horrible weather lately.

*As we begin to close things down, pack up, finish projects, etc, remember to take time for yourself to reflect and to destress. I hope you know what a wonderful job you have done this year with your students and colleagues.

*Bargaining News. The team will meet for the first time very soon. Watch your email and our webpage for more information over the next few weeks.

*Your executive team will meet for the last time on Monday. If you have any items you wish us to discuss, please contact me so we may do just that.

*On May 22nd your building reps will have their last meeting of the year. We invite any new reps for next year to attend. As always, if you have ideas, suggestions or concerns, please let your reps know or contact me so we may discuss them with all the reps and create solutions.

 

Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful weekend! No more rain – my lilies of the valley are now lilies of the lake!!

Chery

Sea-side with Chery 4-13-17

Not much this week. I hope you enjoy your extra day off, please try to avoid doing any school work if at all possible.

According to the SEA By-Laws, in the event that the total number of candidates equals the number of elected officers’ positions allotted, no election will be necessary.

Per SEA Bylaws, this list of nominees will be sent to the schools at least 48 hours prior to the SEA General Meeting.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor of the SEA General Meeting, April 17th, provided that the consent of the nominee has been obtained.

Candidate for President

Chery Anderson: I believe I have represented my members well and helped them achieve and acquire the information/materials and support they needed over the past two years and would like to continue protecting SEA members and their rights as president.  I strive to make and keep the SEA strong while listening to and acting upon the needs of my members.  I also look forward to bargaining a new contract for them that will meet their needs as we move into uncertain times for Illinois.

 

Candidate for Vice-President

Lori Mobley: Lori has served SEA at all levels of leadership including building representative, on the School Board Relations Team, on various SEA committees, and most recently as vice-president for the past term.  She has committed her personal time to furthering her knowledge of the union and collecting ideas to bring back to SEA.  Lori has worked tirelessly to ensure voices of all members are heard, leading to our union’s continued strength.

 

Have a great weekend!

Chery

PS – Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day. On average a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute.

 

SEA-side with Chery 4-6-17

Happy Spring! Let’s hope the weather keeps improving and actually decides to stay nice!

o  If you plan in attending the general meeting on April 17th (and I hope you are – it looks to be a great meeting), please make sure you tell your building rep TODAY! Tickets will be delivered next week.

o  No date has been set for when you can begin packing rooms. You may begin packing the middle of May, but please be cognizant of leaving boxes out in view of students and keep safety in mind at all times. Do not pack too early – it sends the message that “we are done” when in fact we have much left to do.

https://nwsuburbaniea.wordpress.com/  This is the new Palatine IEA office webpage. Check here for information from the IEA about many topics J

Enjoy the wonderful weather this weekend! Hope to see many of you at the General Meeting!

Chery

PS – Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.

SEA-side with Chery 3-23-17

Happy Thursday! Hang in there only 2 days left to Spring Break!

 

o  DCFS Clarification – for some reason we have had many questions around calling DCFS – I hope that in your career you never have to do this but here is the agreement between the SEA and the administration.

  • If you need to call DCFS because of something you heard a child say – please contact your building admin, social worker, counselor or nurse – only because I do not want you to make the call alone. Print off the top portion of the report form and fill it out ahead of time so when you do call you have “script” to follow.
  • If you need to make a call against a teacher or SEEO member, (fingers crossed that this will NEVER happen) call me after you make the call to DCFS. I just want a heads up.
  • Also, if there is a report against you, CALL ME. I will need to call the IEA and get our legal department up to speed just in case. Let’s hope that none of this ever occurs but now we are all clear on what to do.

o  If anyone is interested in canvasing a neighborhood with flyers for one of our recommended candidates over break, call me and I can hook you up! Would be great exercise and would help him out J

 

Have a wonderful spring break; rest, relax, rejuvenate and get ready to end the year strong. There is a group of members attending the IEA-RA over break to speak and vote on your behalf. As we know your work as teachers never really ends when we leave, the work of your association doesn’t either.

Be safe, have fun and relax!

Chery

PS – In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand. Don’t you be accused of burying your head in the sand – let your voice be heard – if you haven’t voted in the current election, please do on or before April 4th!

SEA-side with Chery 3-16-17

Good Morning.

Here are some of the results from Monday’s elections. The rest of the results will be posted online soon – it was a huge document and I wanted to keep this week’s SEAside short.  (www.sea54.org) Please go online to see who will be representing you at the building level. Congratulate them and thank them J

 

The results from Monday’s NEA-RA delegate election are below.  Specific results may be furnished upon request.

 

2017 NEA-RA Delegates

Michelle Burke

Kara Zielinski

Adriana Caballero

Cynthia Dressler

Laura Valenzano

Daniel Argueta

 

2017 NEA-RA 1st Alternate Delegate

Phyllis Ardagh

 

Region 35 Representative (2 year term):

  • Kelly O’Reilly
  • Sandra Bostrom
  • Ariel Robinson
  • Victoria A. Mikos

 

Region 35 Chair (3 year term):

  • Kara Zielinski

 

Region 35 Vice Chair (3 year term):

  • Adriana Caballero

 

Region 35 Ethnic Minority Council Representative (3 year term):

  • Daniel Argueta

 

Have a great day J

Chery

PS – Did you know ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine? Yum!

SEA-side with Chery 3-9-17

It’s difficult to believe that we are 2 weeks away from Spring Break and so much will follow when we return. Take the time during your break to rest and relax as much as possible.

 

  • General Meeting announcement coming soon – save the date – April 17th from 3:15 – 5:30
  • Eliasek scholarship applications need to be postmarked by Monday and must be complete. Head to the website for the applications. www.sea54.org.
  • Last week a team of 15 SEA/SEEO members met with each of the candidates, asked questions and listened carefully to their responses.  The team discussed, at length, those responses as well as the responses from each candidate’s questionnaire they submitted prior to the interview. We feel that we are recommending the candidates that not only have our student’s best interest at heart but will also treat members of the associations with professionalism and collaboration. We feel each recommended candidate knew the district and our associations well and also had a good grasp on the issues we are facing at the state level. They each expressed a willingness to continue the conversation that we began at their interview if they are elected to the school board. I would like to thank the members listed below for the commitment to the associations and the hours they spent in preparation and the actual interview process – Jessica Astrug, Karen Chin, Cynthia Dressler, Mariann Hrycko, Laura Kaye, Michelle Mason, Susie Mayle, Vicki Mikos, Lori Mobley, Michele Mogilinski, Jackie Robbins (our UD), Linda Stolt (retired representative) and Kara Zielinski. School Board Recommendations are on our webpage www.sea54.org and our FACEBOOK page “Schaumburg Education Association”
  • We Need Your Help – Ballots counters are needed on Monday @ Addams. This is a great way to give back to your association. Please contact Kara Zielinski or Kelly O’Reilly. We really need you!!! Many hands make the work lighter!

Have a wonderful rest of the day and a great weekend – don’t forget to move clocks forward on Sunday L sorry…

Chery

PS – (before you read this begin humming the Twilight Zone theme) In the Durango desert, in Mexico, there’s a creepy spot called the “Zone of Silence.” You can’t pick up clear TV or radio signals. And locals say fireballs sometimes appear in the sky. (Repeat theme one more time for full effect!)

SEA side with Chery 3-2-17

SEA Awards – Our General Meeting is quickly approaching! And every year we celebrate individuals who have helped our association in an extraordinary way. Below are the awards and their descriptions. If you know of anyone who fits these descriptions, please email me their name and why they should receive the award and the executive committee will take it from there. I need recommendations by March 3rd.

o   Felicia Cichy Award – This award is given to recognize SEA members who have demonstrated service and leadership in SEA, IEA, and/or NEA.  Their names appear on a plaque which is displayed outside the board room of the District Office. (Ms. Cichy passed away this year – we will honor her at the general meeting)

o   Friend of SEA Award – The Friend of SEA Award began in 1993 as a way to honor an individual who is not a member of SEA, but who has contributed or assisted members of our association in a meaningful way.

o   Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is presented to an individual who has been an integral part of SEA, IEA, and/or NEA during their career in District #54.  It is meant to show appreciation for a lifetime of dedication, leadership, and service to our members.  The award is given when the individual is retiring, or has retired, from teaching.

Plans have begun for the General Meeting on April 17th at the Stonegate. Please put this date in your calendar and plan to be there. A flyer will be coming soon. Along with honoring our retirees, and a short business meeting there will food, fun and prizes! I truly hope you can join us!

The state required RIF email went out yesterday from Dr. Hannigan. Please log on to see where you are on the list. The list is locked and will not be changed until next November. REMEMBER – the district WILL NOT BE USING this list – it is only fulfilling the state’s requirement.

Chery

 

PS – Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear any pants. Not sure I find that funny, but I do!

SEA-side with Chery

To my Fantastic SEA Members! I certainly hope that you all got outside this past week and were able to enjoy our break from winter. Fingers crossed that the worst of our winter weather is over (sorry skiers!!)

Ballot Counters Needed!  Are you looking for a risk-free way to get involved with SEA with minimal effort?  Are you looking for a way to beef up your domain 4?  Ballot counting is for you!  SEA is in need of ballot counters for our March 13th election.  Counters will meet from 3:30-5:30 at Addams to count ballots for the day’s election.  Requirements: Must be able to count to 60 and know how to operate a pencil. Treats will be provided!

SEA Awards – Our General Meeting is quickly approaching! And every year we celebrate individuals who have helped our association in an extraordinary way. Below are the awards and their descriptions. If you know of anyone who fits these descriptions, please email me their name and why they should receive the award and the executive committee will take it from there. I need recommendations by March 2nd.

o   Felicia Cichy Award – This award is given to recognize SEA members who have demonstrated service and leadership in SEA, IEA, and/or NEA.  Their names appear on a plaque which is displayed outside the board room of the District Office.

o   Friend of SEA Award – The Friend of SEA Award began in 1993 as a way to honor an individual who is not a member of SEA, but who has contributed or assisted members of our association in a meaningful way.

o   Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is presented to an individual who has been an integral part of SEA, IEA, and/or NEA during their career in District #54.  It is meant to show appreciation for a lifetime of dedication, leadership, and service to our members.  The award is given when the individual is retiring, or has retired, from teaching.

I am out of the district the rest of the week at an NEA Leadership Summit. If you need to speak with me, please call my cell  and leave me your name and a contact number. I will call you as soon as I can. I will be back in my office at Mead on Monday morning.

Still looking for members for bargaining. The deadline is looming closer. Here is the form one more time. Thanks for thinking about joining the team.

 

Chery

PS – In 1935 a writer named Dudley Nichols refused to accept the Oscar for his movie The Informer because the Writers Guild was on strike against the movie studios. In 1970 George C. Scott refused the Best Actor Oscar for Patton. In 1972 Marlon Brando refused the Oscar for his role in The Godfather.