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Mobley’s Monday Message 1-28-19

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Extreme Weather This Week

Happy Snow Day…will it be the only day schools are closed this week? I know there are a lot of us looking ahead and wondering what is going to happen later this week, especially on Wednesday, an Inservice Day. SEEO President Kathy Jesuit and I have already been in communication with Superintendent DuRoss this past weekend. As soon as a decision is made, you will be notified. We thank you in advance for your patience. He is also talking with administration about what is the best way to run Bus Duty on extreme days.

 

Building Rep Meeting Rescheduled

Due to the snow day, today’s Building Rep meeting will be rescheduled to next Monday, February 4th, from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Board Meeting. Because next Monday was originally an Exec Board meeting, I will be sending out information to the Exec Board via email. Thank you for your flexibility!

 

Food 4 Thought

Did you know District 54’s Education Foundation has committed to raising enough money to fund breakfast programs in all of our schools? $1 buys breakfast for a student for a day. $200 buys breakfast for a student for a year. $10,000 sponsors an entire school for a year. To learn more or donate to “Food 4 Thought” visit the Foundation’s website at www.d54foundation.org.

 

Transfair

Last week Dr. Hannigan sent out information about this year’s Transfair on Monday, April 1st, at Keller Jr. High. If you are interested in attending, the deadline to notify Dr. Hannigan via email is this Friday, February 1st. Many teachers in the district submit their interest in participating just to make sure they are on the list. Even if you don’t end up attending, it at least allows you to see what other positions in our district are available to you.   I realize February 1st seems early to be submitting this information, but it is based on our contract: Any tenured or non‐tenured teacher requesting a change in teaching assignment for the following year must make a written request to the Assistant Superintendent by February 1.

 

Online Learning Portal

As a reminder to you, one of the benefits of being a member is you have access to IEA’s online learning portal which you can access by signing into the Members Only page. This is FREE professional development at your fingertips that can be completed at any time and at your own pace. A complete list of course offerings can be found on the IEA Online Learning Portal. Some of the topics I saw which may be of interest include managing student behavior, social emotional learning foundations, understanding rigor in today’s classrooms, positive discipline, project based learning for student engagement, communicating with families using technology, and much more! Login to Members Only to get started!

 

Community Closet Volunteers

Thank you to the team of teachers from the SEA who volunteered at Addams’ Community Closet this past Saturday. I enjoyed having the opportunity to serve with Cynthia Dressler (ELC), Lin Hsieh (Campanelli), Steven Kitowski (MacArthur), and Lu Temoczuk (MacArthur). It’s nice seeing how many members across the district have filled the volunteer slots for the entire school year. If you have never volunteered, the SEA has two more dates reserved: Saturday, April 27th (10 AM – 12 PM) & Tuesday, May 14th (6-8 PM). We would love to have you join our team those days!

 

Out of the District Later this Week

I was fortunate to be one of 15 local presidents across the state to be selected to attend a National Education Association conference for new presidents in Washington DC this Thursday, January 31st and Friday, February 1st. I will still have access to my email. If you need immediate assistance on those days, please contact our Vice-President, Vicki Mikos, at vamikosSEA@gmail.com or at x. 1902.

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

January 28th: National Have Fun at Work Day (oops, guess we will be having fun at home instead!)

January 29th: Plan for Vacation Day (don’t take one yet, just plan for it…and don’t forget to be add up to five snow days to the end of the school year)

January 30th: National Croissant Day

January 31st: National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day (thank you art teachers!)

February 1st: Decorating with Candy Day

 

Important Dates in January/February:

January 28th: SNOW DAY!

January 29th: Member Benefits visit to ELC (during lunch) & Fairview (afterschool)

January 30th: Half-Day Teacher In-Service & Member Benefits visit to Eisenhower

January 31st: Member Benefits visit to Einstein (at lunch)

February 1st: Member Benefits visit to Dooley (at lunch)

February 4th: SEA RESCHEDULED Building Rep Meeting

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

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 1-21-19

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”   ~Albert Einstein

 

Happy Monday! Happy MLK Jr. Day! Hopefully everyone is finding some ‘me time’ today. I had the opportunity to have lunch with a great mentor and advisor to me, IEA President, Kathi Griffin. She gave some of our early career teachers some great advice at SPARKS this past weekend, “On Monday, do something that’s good for you! Take care of yourself!” Something we all need reminding of every once in a while.

 

Feed My Starving Children Recap

Thank you to the members or SEA and SEEO who volunteered at Feed My Starving Children last week. Our totals for the evening were 157 boxes packed with 33,912 meals which fed 92 children for an entire year. It was nice having Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison, as well as School Board President Mary Kay Prusnick, Dr. Knoll, and Superintendent DuRoss join our group that evening.

 

SPARKS Recap

What an amazing time I had this past weekend at our SPARKS event! I wanted to take a moment to thank the SPARKS planning committee (Kara Zielinski, Vicki Mikos, Michelle Mason, Kelly O’Reilly, Crystal Bush and myself) for all the behind the scenes work and for being willing to present various sessions on special education, classroom management, and all about our association. And to the SPARKIEs in attendance, thank you for not only attending, but for helping both groups escape from the escape rooms on Friday night! It was a pleasure to meet you!   A special shout-out to our IEA President, Kathi Griffin, for attending on Saturday and being a part of our Discussion Panel. Also, thanks to our NEA Member Benefits representative Justine Sallee and financial planner Danielle Rovner for braving the snow on Saturday morning to attend.

 

Instructional Materials and Supplies Credit for Educators

When you begin to file your taxes for the 2018 year, an ‘Instructional Materials and Supplies Credit’ is allowed equal to the amount paid during the year for instructional materials and supplies, of $250, whichever is less. This is provided to any educator who was employed at least 900 hours during a school year.

 

Community Closet Volunteers

This Saturday, January 26th, from 10 AM – 12 PM, is our first of three SEA volunteer days at Addams’ Community Closet. We still have two openings available to join us. If you are free and able to help out, please email me or sign-up on our Volunteer Doc by clicking here. We still have openings for our April 27th & May 14th Community Closet dates as well.

 

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

January 21st: Squirrel Appreciation Day….squirrel!

January 22nd: National Blonde Brownie Day

January 23rd: Library Shelfie Day (post a picture of your library #LibraryShelfieDay)

January 24th: National Compliment Day

January 25th: National Opposite Day (so we can actually use the phrase, “It’s opposite day!”)

 

Important Dates in January:

January 22nd: Member Benefits visit to Frost (at lunch) & Hoover (afterschool)

January 23rd: Member Benefits visit to Hanover (at lunch)

January 24th: Member Benefits visit to Hale (at lunch)

January 25th: Member Benefits visit to Fox (at lunch)

January 26th: Community Closet (Addams) 10 AM – 12 PM

January 28th: SEA Building Representative Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

January 30th: Half-Day Teacher In-Service

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

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SEA Feed My Starving Children Event

Thank you to all that helped make this event a success!

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 1-14-19

 

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
~Anthony Robbins

 

Feed My Starving Children

I am looking forward to attending this week’s Feed My Starving Children event. There are just a few spots available so check out their website (or email me) if you are still wanting to attend. Superintendent DuRoss and Dr. Knoll will be serving with members of the SEA & SEEO at this event.

 

If you are signed up, it is this Wednesday, January 16th, from 6-7:30. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to confirm your attendance. Wear your SEA gear or show your school spirit! Feed My Starving Children has a strict jewelry policy, so be sure to remove all jewelry (earrings, watches, rings, necklaces, pins, etc). Wedding bands are permitted by if your band has a stone, you will be required to wear a glove. Lockers are available for your personal belongings. If you cannot attend, consider making an online donation to Feed My Starving Children.

 

GPA Mini-Convention

The 2019 GPA Mini-Convention (Feb. 1-2 in Springfield) is an opportunity for GPAs (Grassroot Political Activists) to bring their GO-Teams for a fun, hands-on training.  The convention will also focus on legislative updates and how to engage members and influence legislators. Please email Michelle Mason (michellemason@sd54.org), our GPA for Region 35, for more information or to be included on our GO team and attend this convention. Expenses to attend would be paid for and you would receive a half day of union leave on Friday, February 1st for travel.

 

Retirement Workshops

The Palatine Office is hosting a set of retirement workshops taking place February 7th (TRS), and February 19th (IMRF) in the Palatine IEA-NEA Office, 553 N. North Ct., Palatine, IL 60067 – Suite 205, from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm. Workshops will be conducted by representatives from two Illinois Retirement Systems – TRS (for Teachers/certified faculty) and IMRF (for Education Support Personnel).

 

Information is geared for all members seeking information about their Illinois Retirement System benefits whether considering retiring soon or desiring to learn about this benefit. Click here to register, but hurry — space is limited!

I am excited to be attending our upcoming SPARKS event this Friday and Saturday, and then getting to enjoy our day off on Monday! Have a great week!

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

January 14th: National Clean off Your Desk Day

January 15th: National Hat Day

January 16th: National Nothing Day (yep, that’s what it is!)

January 17th: National Kid Inventors Day (perfect for our Maker Spaces!)

January 18th: National Winnie the Pooh Day

 

Important Dates in January:

January 14th: Member Benefits Visit to Muir School (at lunch)

January 15th: Member Benefits Visit to Mead (at lunch) and MacArthur (afterschool)

January 16th: Member Benefits Visit to Link (at lunch) & Feed My Starving Children – 6-7:30 PM; Join Code: 76G1ZZ

January 17th: Member Benefits Visit to Lincoln Prairie (at lunch) & Lakeview (afterschool)

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 1-7-19

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to make it right!” ~Oprah Winfrey

 

 

Welcome Back

Happy New Year 2019! Can’t believe those two weeks flew as fast as they did! What are your resolutions and goals for this year? Hopefully seven days into the year you are still headed in the right direction! And just think, now we have baseball season to look forward to!

 

Feed My Starving Children

Tonight I will be giving back some of the unreserved spots for Feed My Starving Children. Please register today if you are planning on attending this event next Wednesday, January 16th. All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join, or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ.

 

Jason Eliasek Scholarship

For those of you with children who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in the area of public service, they are eligible to apply for the Jason Eliasek Scholarship. The applications are now available. I have attached a copy for you to this email, but you can also find it on the forms page of our SEA website. Click here for the application. Check with your building representative for a copy or on our SEA website. For any questions, please contact Linda Stolt, Scholarship Chair, at lindast05@hotmail.com.

 

SPARKS

The SPARKS planning committee met over break to plan our sessions and other activities for the “SPARKIES” who will be attending on January 18-19.  If you have registered to attend, more information will be sent to you soon. Did you know SPARKS has been around a lot longer than the orange frog we know and love with the same name? Just a little coincidence!

 

I look forward to our first SEA Executive Team meeting of the year today afterschool at 3:30 PM. Have a great first week back and remember, some of your students are really looking forward to your positivity and encouragement as they head back to school today!

 

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

January 7th: National Bobblehead Day

January 8th: National Bubble Bath Day

January 9th: National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – time to thank our District’s SROs

January 10th: National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

January 11th: National Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

 

Important Dates in January:

January 7th: School Resumes; SEA Executive Board Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

January 16th: Feed My Starving Children – 6-7:30 PM – Join Code: 76G1ZZ

January 21st: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 26th: Community Closet (Addams) 10 AM – 12 PM

January 28th: SEA Building Representative Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

January 30th: Half-Day Teacher In-Service

 

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org

 

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Mobley’s Monday Message 12-10-18

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

SEA Elections

Your building reps will be running an SEA Election this Wednesday, December 12th. Please be sure to stop by your lounges or wherever your election will be taking place in order to vote for the representatives we will be sending to the IEA-Representative Assembly in April.  We will also be voting for new members to our Region 35 Council.

If you are interested in any of these positions, feel free to be a write-in on the ballots.  For any questions about the election, contact your building reps or our Elections Chair, Kelly O’Reilly at the RAC.

 

SPARKS

We still have openings for our free SPARKS conference on January 18th-19th.  This is an event to any SEA or SEEO member having 10 years or less of work experience.  This conference is a fun, spirited learning experience targeted toward newer emerging voices in our associations.  Included with your registration is a one-night hotel stay at the Wingate by Wyndham in Schaumburg, Friday night dinner and Escape Room event, and Saturday breakfast, lunch, and various sessions and professional development.  For more information or to register, here is a link to the SPARKS flyer.  Please register by December 21st.

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Please join the SEA and SEEO on January 16th at Feed My Starving Children from 6-7:30 PM. All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join, or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ.

 

Have a great week and stay warm. Enjoy these last two weeks before winter break!

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

December 10th: National Pastry Day

December 11th: Human Rights Day

December 12th: National Poinsettia Day

December 13th: National Cocoa Day

December 14th: National Salesperson Day…if you go shopping, thank the sales associate!

 

Important Dates in December:

December 10th: SEA Executive Board Meeting – 4:30-6:30 PM

December 17th: SEA Building Representative Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

December 24th – January 4th: No School – Winter Recess

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

http://www.sea54.org

Mobley’s Monday Message 12-3-18

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~Anthony Robbins

 

 

Kathi Griffin, IEA President, News

Many of you already know District 54’s own Kathi Griffin is the President of our Illinois Education Association. Last week we received some exciting news that she has been appointed as a co-chair to Governor-Elect Pritzker’s Educational Success Transition Committee. If you don’t already follow Kathi on Facebook or Twitter you can search for her at Kathi Griffin IEA President or @kathigrif. Don’t forget to like the Illinois Education Association’s FB page as well. We are proud of you and thank you for being the voice for all of the educators across the state of Illinois, Kathi! We know you will represent us well on this committee!

 

Building Rep Shout-out

I just want to thank SEA’s 83 Building Representatives for volunteering for their role in our association. Our building reps wear many hats not only as educators, but as an advisor, advocator, problem solver, contract enforcer, and communicator for you, our members. Please take a moment to recognize your building reps by clicking here and completing this short Google Form.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

We still have openings available for our January 16th Volunteer Event at Feed My Starving Children from 6-7:30 PM.   All District 54 employees and their families are welcome to attend. Click here to join. Or visit the Feed My Starving Children Website and enter join code: 76G1ZZ. If you have never had the opportunity to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, we would love for you to experience the food packing teamwork and excitement with us!

 

Also, I have saved three dates for the SEA to volunteer at the Community Closet at Addams Jr. High: January 26th (10 AM -12 PM), April 27th (10 AM – 12 PM), and May 14th (6-8 PM). To register for these events, please click here. Thank you to Cynthia Dressler, ELC, for already registering for two of these three days!

 

 

 

Here are some fun ways to celebrate this week:

December 3rd: National Disability Day

December 4th: National Sock Day…find a fun pair to wear today!

December 5th: National Sacher Torte Day

December 6th: National Gazpacho Day

December 7th: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

Important Dates in December:

December 10 th (Revised Date) SEA Executive Board Meeting – 4:30-6:30 PM

December 17th: SEA Building Representative Meeting – 3:30-5:00 PM

December 24th – January 4th: No School – Winter Recess

 

Lori Mobley

Schaumburg Education Association President

lorimobleysea@gmail.com

Cell: (847) 344-5249

Office @IKE: (847) 357-5450

www.sea54.org