Mobley’s Monday Message 3-7-22

Good morning, SEA!

Welcome to the month of March and the final trimester of this school year. That teaser of spring-like weather on Saturday was so unfair now that the snow is back.  Hope you got to enjoy a little bit of time outdoors!

Here is the link to the March 7 Edition of the Monday Message.  

Some of the important links and other information are listed below:

Just one other thing that came to my attention last week…not everyone was aware that next Tuesday, March 15 is now a regular day of school.  Initially it was an election day, but because the election was moved to June, the District 54 calendar was changed.  Our last day of school with students is now May 25, with Record’s Day being May 26.   Be sure to adjust your calendars accordingly. 

Mobley’s Monday Message 2-28-22

Welcome to the last day of February, SEA!

As you know, effective today Monday, Feb. 28, the Illinois school mask mandate has been lifted.  As Superintendent DuRoss shared in his community message yesterday, students and staff will still be allowed to wear masks in school if they choose.  Additionally, District 54 will no longer require masks on buses. 

This week’s Monday Message has some important information regarding our contract ratification process and an informational meeting we will be holding on Wednesday, March 16, during staff development in which all members are invited to attend to find out more about all of the tentative agreements.  We will be having a virtual election on Friday, March 18, in which our members will vote “Yes” or “No” to approved the contract.  Attached to this email is the election notice that our building reps have been asked to post on your SEA boards. We understand this is over two weeks away, but SEEO is still in negotiations and our SEA team worked with the district to allow us to present during staff development.  This allows all groups the time they need to prepare as necessary.

Other information from this week’s Monday Message (Feb. 28 Edition) includes:

  • 2021-2022 SEA Award Nominations
  • Performers needed for our General Meeting: 
    Singer of the National Anthem, Dual Language/Immersion Student(s) to lead the Pledge of Allegiance

NEA’s Read Across America

Mobley’s Monday Message 2-21-22

Happy Presidents’ Day, SEA!

Thank you for being so quick to adapt to a virtual format for our parent/teacher conferences last week.  I hope you have been able to find some well-deserved downtime this weekend.

Here are some of the highlights and links from this week’s Monday Message:

I have also attached the nomination forms to be a Building Rep or a Region 35 Council Rep during the 2022-2023 School Year once again this week.  The Monday Message shares a little bit more about these roles.  I appreciate the way in which our building reps have really stepped it up over the past couple of years to support all of the SEA members in your buildings.  It is such a valued role! You will see that some of your buildings still have opportunities for more representation.  If you have never been a representative before and want to find out more about what it entails, feel free to give me a call.  

Mobley’s Monday Message 2-14-22

Good morning SEA,

Hope you had a good weekend and got to enjoy whatever part of Super Bowl Sunday you like best, whether it be the commercials, the half-time show, the snacks, or the actual game itself!

With conferences just ahead, this week’s Monday Message includes a review of the conference expectations for staff and February’s Contract Tidbits which reviews night commitments for our members.

You can also find copies of an Election Notice and nomination forms to be a Building Representative or a Region 35 Council Rep for the 2022-2023 School Year attached.  Just a reminder that nomination forms to be a delegate at this summer’s NEA Representative Assembly in Chicago are due today to Kelly O’Reilly (RAC).   

Here are other important links for you this week:

Our monthly SEA Building Rep meeting is today from 3:30-4:30 PM at the PLC.  All members are welcome to attend.  Meetings are being held in person as well as a virtual option.  For the link to the Zoom, please email me.  Superintendent DuRoss will be attending and accompanying him will be Dr. Nick Myers and Darcy Kriha who will all be speaking about District 54’s COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Mobley’s Monday Message 2-7-22

Good morning SEA,

As we prepare for a day with uncertainties, know that Kathy Jesuit and I are meeting with Superintendent DuRoss this morning to discuss the many questions and concerns sent our way over the past 24 hours.  I am appreciative of the principals who are sending out messages to you and setting aside time today to meet with you as well.  Please be sure to address your questions with them as we work together to keep learning and working environments safe inside our schools the best we can despite recent decisions impacting our classrooms. 

Important links this week:

Mobley’s Monday Message 1-31-22

Good morning, SEA!

It’s exciting to see various ways in which our schools are honoring Black History Month which kicks off tomorrow, February 1.  Be sure to check out the Learning for Justice website for lessons and activities that can be used not just in February, but year-round in your classrooms.  I’ve highlighted an article in this week’s Monday Message from the LFJ website.  This week you will also find registration for Region 35’s Beyond Chequity Discussion on Wednesday, February 23, which focuses on how to respond to challenging conversations with students, colleagues, or administrators centering on equity.

Here are some other helpful links and information highlighted in the 1/31 Edition of the Monday Message:

Just a reminder February 1 is contractually the last day to notify district of your participation in the Transfer Fair, as well as any type of leave for 2022-2023 which includes parental leave, general leave of absence, or a job sharing leave.  See Appendix F & G in our SEA contract for the forms to submit.

Mobley’s Monday Message 1-24-2022

Happy snowy Monday, SEA!

There are several attachments and other important information being sent out to our membership this morning.  Please take a moment this week to review the information.

As a reminder, today is our monthly Building Rep meeting at the PLC from 3:30-5:00 PM.  All members are welcome to attend.  A Zoom link is available upon request. 

Mobley’s Monday Message 1-17-22

Good morning SEA!

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  Though many of you won’t be checking work email until Tuesday (I hope!) I still wanted to send this week’s edition of the Monday Message (1/17) out to you. 

Here are some of the highlight and links in this week’s edition:

Attached to this email is the flyer for the Beyond Chequity Discussion Series any SEA or SEEO member is welcome to attend.  You can also find a copy of D54’s Staff and Student Exclusion Chart, recently updated based on Quarantine Guidance from the CDC and IDPH; the Health Alert is also attached for you.

This week SEA’s bargaining team will be in negotiations with our District 54 Administration/BOE on Tuesday and Thursday.  We will keep you posted.  

Take care and stay warm, SEA!

Mobley’s Monday Message 1-10-22

Good morning SEA and welcome back!

Attached you will find a copy of this week’s Monday Message.  Additionally you will find a flyer for Region 35’s Beyond Chequity Discussion Series that will be starting this month.  For more information and to register check out the flyer and registration

SEA’s texting distribution list was updated over break. If you did not receive a text from me, you may have opted out in the past from other texts from IEA or NEA. I have worked with IEA to try and get as many of our members added as possible before sending out an all-membership survey this week. We appreciate you taking just a few minutes to complete the simple two-question survey to gather some data for our contract negotiations team. SEA’s negotiations will resume throughout the next couple months.

Other links from this week’s Monday Message:

Have a great start to 2022!

Mobley’s Monday Message

Good morning, SEA!  

Attached is the last Monday Message for 2021.  In this week’s edition, you will find information about TRS’s new Supplemental Savings Plan and a reminder about the Jason Eliasek Scholarship. 

Important links for you…

As a reminder per the mail that was sent out on Friday, I will be sending out texts using the Hustle app throughout the day today to make sure those who want to be included on further text correspondence from the SEA are included.  If you did not accept the texts last year, you may not be receiving them from me.  So, anyone who does not receive a text from my by 8 PM this evening, please email me tomorrow so I can work on getting this corrected for after break.  Anyone who DID NOT include a cell phone on their SEA membership forms, may not be receiving the texts. 

Please do not try communicating with me through those text messages.  If you need to get in touch with me, use my cell phone listed below.  Thank you!