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Mobley’s Monday Message 4-1-19

 

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”   ~Proverb

 

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great week doing whatever you needed to do to relax. And just think, you have an extra day tomorrow to sleep in, but we are glad you are back with your students today!

 

RSVP to the General Meeting

Your SEA Building Representative is in the process of gathering RSVPs to this year’s SEA/SEEO General Meeting coming up in two weeks. The deadline to RSVP for this event is this Wednesday, April 3rd. Please let your building reps know if you will be in attendance for this event. This event is for ALL of our SEA and SEEO members. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be open. We would love to have a table full of people from each school in attendance. Retirees will be honored and members of the District 54 Cabinet and School Board will be joining us as well.

 

Transfair

As a reminder the Transfair will be taking place today afterschool at Keller School. If you signed up to attend, you should have already received information from Dr. Hannigan. Thank you for your flexibility as all afterschool activities have been cancelled for today in order to allow staff to attend. We know this has impacted many staff and students, but it has been past practice and we thank you for your flexibility today.

 

Nomination Forms for President and Vice-President

Just a reminder nomination forms for SEA President and Vice-President are due to Kelly O’Reilly by this Wednesday, April 3rd. A copy of the nomination form has been attached to this email.

 

Enjoy the day off tomorrow and be sure to go out and vote in your local elections tomorrow.

 

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

April 1st: National One Cent Day

April 2nd: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 3rd: National Find a Rainbow Day

April 4th: National School Librarian Day…thank your librarian!

April 5th: National Deep Dish Pizza Day

 

Important Dates in April:

April 1st: School Resumes

April 2nd: Students/Staff Non-Attendance Day

April 15th: SEA/SEEO General Meeting afterschool at the Stonegate – ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!

April 19th: Schools and district office closed

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

Mobley’s Monday Message 3-18-19

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”   ~Proverb

 

We have made it to the last week before Spring Break! Celebrate report cards are now done for second trimester and we have a week of ‘me-time’ right around the corner!

 

Appraisal Feedback

In April, the District 54 Appraisal Committee will be meeting. Members of the SEA will be convening with some of the Cabinet members and principals to review our current Appraisal Plan. We are looking to gather some feedback from you our members to see what the strengths and challenges are with the current appraisal practice. Here is the link to the Appraisal Survey. Please take a few minutes this week to complete a short survey. The survey will close at the end of the day this Friday, February 22nd. Thank you for your time as our members’ input is valued.

 

SEA Building Elections

Please stop by your designated voting location in your buildings today to vote for the delegates who will be sent to the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Dallas, Texas, this July.

 

Building Rep Nomination Forms

Today is the due date to submit your nomination forms to be a SEA building representative for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have not submitted one yet, email it today to Kelly O’Reilly or give it to your building rep to bring to today’s rep meeting. Here is the link to the Building Rep Nomination forms.

 

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

March 18th: National Awkward Moments Day

March 19th: National Let’s Laugh Day

March 20th: THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

March 21st: National French Break Day

March 22nd: National Goof Off Day…great way to kick off spring break!

 

Important Dates in March/April:

March 18th: SEA Building Representative Meeting 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Room; Report Card Comments/Grades need to be completed by 8 AM
March 19th: Report Card Website closes

March 20th: Parents can access report cards

March 25th – 29th: SPRING BREAK ~ Enjoy the week off!

April 1st: School Resumes

April 2nd: Students/Staff Non-Attendance Day

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

Mobley’s Monday Message 3-11-19

 

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.” ~Bruce Springsteen

 

Top o’ the morning to ya’! Happy St. Patrick’s Day Week! This has to be one of the biggest holidays celebrated regardless of whether or not you are Irish, but do go pull out something green to wear and maybe check out the Chicago River if you have never seen it dyed green. It is quite the site in person!

 

Building Rep Nomination Forms

Whether you are wishing to continue being an SEA building representative or you would like to start getting more involved in our association by being a building rep, we are in need of your nomination forms for the 2019-2020 School Year. As a reminder each building is allowed one rep per 15 members.   These nomination forms are due to Kelly O’Reilly by next Monday, March 18th. Here is the link to the Building Rep Nomination forms. Feel free to contact me or your current building representative to find out more about this year-long commitment.

 

Accessing IEA’s Members Only Page

Have you ever visited IEA’s Members Only page? This is where you can access membership forms, discounts & deals, and the Online Learning Portal (FREE clock hours on your own time). Go to www.ieanea.org and click on the Members Only link above the red banner in the right corner. Login or register on the following page. If you need you IEA number, registration, or login information, use IEA Connect located in the lower right hand corner of every screen.

 

Out of the District

I will be out of the district this Friday at the NEA Leadership Summit. If you are in need of anything, don’t hesitate to contact your building representative or our Vice-President Victoria Mikos (vamikossea@gmail.com).

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

March 11th: National Johnny Appleseed Day (do we still have the Johnny Appleseed books in our school libraries?)

March 12th: National Girl Scout Day (time to enjoy more of those Thin Mints!)

March 13th: National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day (isn’t that bad luck?)

March 14th: National Pi Day (3.1415926535…time to find my ∏ t-shirt)

March 15th: National Everything You Think is Wrong Day (huh? I think that’s wrong…)

 

Important Dates in March:

March 18th: Report Card Comments/Grades need to be completed by 8 AM;
SEA Building Representative Meeting 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Room

March 19th: Report Card Website closes

March 20th: Parents can access report cards

March 25th – 29th: SPRING BREAK

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

Mobley’s Monday Message 3-4-19

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”   ~Aesop

 

We have officially made it to March, it’s just about the end of trimester two, and Spring is getting closer and closer, despite another wind chill advisory! What is more exciting is that we have Spring Break just right around the corner.

 

Weingarten Rights

As a reminder to all of you, if you are ever in a meeting with administration without representation and you feel you need a member of the SEA to be sitting there with you, you can invoke your Weingarten Rights. This will then allow the meeting to stop mid-discussion and be rescheduled to a time when SEA representation can be present. I have asked for our UniServ Director Crystal Bush to provide us with more of the Weingarten Rights cards, so if you are in need of one, let your building representative know. You do not need this card to use your Weingarten Rights, but many members keep this card tucked in behind their IDs.

 

Common Ground

As I mentioned last week, anytime between March 1st and May 1st, tenured teachers on year two of the evaluation cycle will be having their summative meetings with their administrators. It does not state anywhere in our appraisal document when you need to have your information in to Common Ground by. After talking to our Appraisal Chair, Cynthia Dressler, we agreed that it would be to your advantage to have all your evidence in prior to March 1st. So, if you do not have everything updated, it would be to your advantage to make sure your evidence from the past two years is up-to-date and ready for your administrator.

 

Visit IEA’s Website to Voice Your Opinion

At your building level SEA meetings, reps have been sharing with you to visit IEA’s Website to sign the 3% Salary Cap petition. There is a great “Explainer Video” to watch which helps to understand why it is important for us to be taking action.   Our profession continues to be under attack and we have to make sure to contact our legislators as well and ask them to support SB60 and HB350 which would repeal the 3% salary cap.

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

March 4th: National Pancake Day…time to head to IHOP

March 5th: Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

March 6th: National Oreo Cookie Day

March 7th: National Be Heard Day

March 8th: National Proofreading Day

 

Important Dates in March:

March 4th: Member Benefits visit to Campanelli (during lunch) & Nerge (afterschool); SEA Executive Board Meeting 3:30-4:30 PM in the Board Room; SEA/SEEO General Meeting Planning Committee 4:30-5:30 PM in the Board Room

March 8th: End of Trimester Two

March 18th: Report Card Comments/Grades need to be completed by 8 AM;
SEA Building Representative Meeting 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Room

March 19th: Report Card Website closes

March 20th: Parents can access report cards

March 25th – 29th: SPRING BREAK

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

Mobley’s Monday Message 2-25-19

 

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

Just a few reminders for the week ahead…

 

SEA Nominations Forms Due TODAY

If you are interested in being a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly this summer in Houston, Texas, nomination forms are due TODAY. Also, we have five open positions (both one-year and two-year terms) available to our Region 35 Council which you can apply for. Please give your nomination forms to your SEA Building Representative to give to our Elections Chair. As a reminder to building representatives, we will be meeting today afterschool from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Room. As always, all members are welcome to attend.

 

Message to Our Non-Tenured Teachers

Just a reminder to our non-tenured teachers that your third observation of the year should be completed by this Friday, March 1st. Your Student Growth ‘Ending Meeting’ should be completed prior to March 1st as well. Administrators have until March 15th to give you your “Summative Appraisal Report”. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you have your evidence in all of the components on Common Ground. It is so important to advocate for yourself, especially in the areas that are not directly observed by your evaluator. For any other questions about your appraisal and the timelines, you can refer to our online Teacher Appraisal Plan.

 

Message to Our Tenured Teachers on Year Two of the Evaluation Cycle

If you are on your second year of the evaluation cycle, your two observation should be complete by March 1st. There is a minimum of one formal and one informal observation that be completed. Your Student Growth ‘Ending Meeting’ should be completed prior to May 1st. Administrators have between March 1st and May 1st to give you your “Summative Appraisal Report”. And I encourage you as well to make sure you have your evidence in all of the components on Common Ground. You are your best advocate!

 

Grade Reporting Timeline

Just a reminder, the grade reporting timeline has been revised to reflect the emergency days used. The report card window opened last Friday, Feb. 22nd. The new end of trimester two is Friday, March 8th. Comments/grades need to be completed by 8 AM on Monday, March 18th. The website will close on Tuesday, March 19th. Parents will be able to view report cards on Wednesday, March 20th.

 

NEA’s Read Across America Day

Did you know every March 2nd is Read Across America Day? The National Education Association (NEA) first brought up to have a special reading day in 1997. Because this idea was well-liked, a year later in 1998, the first Read Across America Day was held. This date was chosen as it also is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Because March 2nd is a Saturday this year, schools across the nation will be observing Read Across America Day this Friday, March 1st. Time to pull out your favorite Dr. Seuss books or engage the students in some extra “Drop Everything and Read” times. What else can you do to celebrate reading with your students on Friday? Check out NEA’s Read Across America Day 2019 Online Toolkit for more information.

 

 

NEA Member Benefits Meetings

Thank you to our NEA Member Benefits representative, Justine Sallee, for scheduling visits to all 28 of our schools. She will be wrapping up her visits this week and her schedule is listed below. If you were unable to attend her presentation, be sure to check out the NEA Member Benefits website for more information on how you can be saving money with your membership.

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

February 25th: National Clam Chowder Day

February 26th: National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 27th: National Strawberry Day

February 28st: National Chili Day

March 1st: National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)

 

Important Dates in February:

February 25th: Member Benefits visit to the ELC & RAC (during lunch) & SEA Building Rep Meeting

February 26th: Member Benefits visit to Fairview (during lunch); Retirement Meeting for TRS Employees @RAC (contact Diana Peters if you are attending)

February 27th: Member Benefits visit to Eisenhower (during lunch)

February 28th: Member Benefits visit to Einstein (during lunch)

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

Mobley’s Monday Message 2-18-19

“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”
~A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

 

Hope everyone is enjoying their President’s Day and has had a nice long weekend after completing last week’s student-led conferences!

 

SEA Nominations Forms Due Next Week

If you are interested in being a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly this summer in Houston, Texas, nomination forms are due next Monday, February 25th. Also, we have five open positions (both one-year and two-year terms) available to our Region 35 Council. For more information about Region 35, contact our Region Chair, Kara Zielinski, or Vice-Chair, Adriana Caballero. Copies of the nomination forms have been attached to this email. Nomination forms may be submitted by interoffice mail, fax, or scanned into an email with actual signature, and sent to Kelly O’Reilly at the Rafferty Administration Center.

 

3% Salary Cap Repeal
Thanks to educators across Illinois for taking time to sign the 3% Salary Cap Repeal Petition. The House Personnel and Pensions Committee moved the 3 percent repeal bill out of the committee last week, so it can now be heard on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives. No date has been set for that debate. The committee vote was 6 to 3. It’s not too late to sign the petition. Visit IEA’s website for more information.

 

SEA Awards
We are still accepting nominations through the end of February for the following SEA Awards: The Felicia Cichy Award, The Friend of SEA Award, and The Lifetime Achievement Award. The Felicia Cichy 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 displayed outside the Board Room at District Office. The Friend of SEA Award honors an individual who is not a member of SEA, but who has contributed or assisted members of our association in a meaningful way. Finally, the Lifetime Achievement 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. Here is the link to if you have someone in mind to nominate: SEA Awards Form.

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

February 18th: President’s Day

February 19th: National Chocolate Mint Day (Have your ordered your Girl Scout Thin Mints yet? I’m picking up my Girl Scout troop’s cookies tonight!)

February 20th: National Love Your Pet Day

February 21st: National Sticky Bun Day

February 22nd: Skip the Straw Day

 

Important Dates in February:

February 19th: Member Benefits visit to Hoover (during lunch) & Frost (afterschool)

February 20th: Member Benefits visit to Hanover (during lunch)

February 21st: Member Benefits visit to Enders-Salk (during lunch) & Fox (afterschool)

February 25th: Member Benefits visit to the ELC & RAC (during lunch) & SEA Building Rep Meeting

February 26th: Member Benefits visit to Fairview (during lunch); Retirement Meeting for TRS Employees @RAC (contact Diana Peters if you are attending)

February 27th: Member Benefits visit to Eisenhower (during lunch)

February 28th: Member Benefits visit to Einstein (during lunch)

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

Mobley’s Monday Message 2-11-19

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~Lucille Ball

You made it to your second round of conferences of the year! Enjoy preparing your students to get ready to show off some of the work they are most proud of this year. Consider taking a moment to allow your students to share some gratitudes towards their loved ones accompanying them at conferences. And when it’s all over, take some time for yourself on this long weekend!

Parent-Teacher Conference Hours

As a reminder, here is the information sent out to your administrators regarding the amount of time work this Thursday and Friday during Parent-Teacher Conferences:

  1. At least one and one-half hours must be worked on Friday, February 15 by all full-time employees except all instructional assistants and registered nurses.
  2. Everyone must get a “dinner break”.
  3. The total work hours (not including meals) over February 14 and 15 are as follows:
    1. Licensed Staff (this includes CIA’s, OT’s, PT’s, Floor Time Specialist and Signing Interpreters) -at least 12 hours, but enough to complete conferences.
    2. Elementary Fine Arts and PE - work their regular school hours on Thursday and 1.5 hours on Friday.
    3. Paraprofessionals, registered nurses – work their regular hours on Thursday. Because this is a conference and student nonattendance day you may leave a half hour early. Friday, February 15 is not a scheduled work day.
    4. Secretaries, LRAs – 14 hours (Two 7.5 hour days minus 30 minutes early dismissal on Thursday and 30 minutes early dismissal on Friday, because these are conferences and student nonattendance days.)

SEA Awards
Each April at our SEA/SEEO General Meeting, we have like to present three awards: The Felicia Cichy Award, The Friend of SEA Award, and The Lifetime Achievement Award. The Felicia Cichy 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 displayed outside the Board Room at District Office, which is currently being updated with last year’s recipient. The Friend of SEA Award honors an individual who is not a member of SEA, but who has contributed or assisted members of our association in a meaningful way. Finally, the Lifetime Achievement 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. We are now accepting nominations for these three awards. If you have a nomination, please fill out the following
SEA Awards Form by Thursday, February 28th.

School Visits
Throughout the months of January and February, I’ve been visiting various schools to attend SEA Building Meetings and 1st year mentor meetings. Additionally, I’ll be visiting various classrooms to see not just the innovation taking place, but to enjoy seeing members in action doing what they love…teaching! Feel free to reach out to me and invite me to your class anytime. Have a great week!

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

February 11th: National Clean Out Your Computer Day

February 12th: National Plum Pudding Day

February 13th: National Tortellini Day

February 14th: Valentine’s Day & National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

February 15th: National Gumdrop Day

Important Dates in February:

February 11th: Member Benefits visit to Armstrong (at lunch)

February 12th: Member Benefits visit to Aldrin (during lunch) & Link (afterschool)

February 13th: Member Benefits visit to Addams (during lunch)

February 14th: Early Dismissal; Parent-Teacher Conferences (PM)

February 15th: Parent-Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 25th: SEA Building Rep Meeting

February 26th: Retirement Meeting for TRS Employees @RAC (contact Diana Peters if you are attending)

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org