Mobley’s Monday Message 4-11-22

Welcome to the start of a four day school week, SEA!

We are just one week away from our SEA/SEEO General Meeting.  Please RSVP by the end of the day today if you are wishing to attend our event in-person.  Click here to RSVP today!

Attached to this week’s Monday Message, you will find IEA’s most recent Professional Development newsletter which highlights book groups and courses that are being offered this summer.   

You will also find more information about the TRS Retirement session being offered at the Palatine IEA Office on April 28.  Click here to register for that event. 

Here are some other quick links for you…

Lastly, special thanks to all of our SEA and SEEO members who served as delegates at IEA’s Representative Assembly on April 8-9 in Rosemont! Check out some of our photos from the event on Twitter and Facebook. 

Mobley’s Monday Message 4-4-2022

Good morning, SEA!

Welcome to April and to hoping we see true spring-like weather soon!

Here is this week’s edition of the Monday Message.  Be sure to check out some of the grants available to our members through California Casualty and the IEA, such as the Music & Arts Grant and the SCORE Grant. 

Please be sure to RSVP to the SEA/SEEO 2022 General Meeting by the end of this week.  We will be finalizing our numbers for our annual event taking place on Monday, April 18, at the PLC.  I have attached the invitation for you.  You can RSVP you attendance by clicking on this link

Today is the last day to register for SPARKS 2022.  We have a limited amount of spots available. To find out more about this event, check out the attached flyer or contract our Early Career Liaison, Rachel Martin, for more information. 

Take a moment to enjoy some of that sunshine today!

Mobley’s Monday Message 3-28-22

Good morning, SEA!

Hope spring break treated you all well! This week’s edition of the Monday Message comes with several attachments.  Please note, the SEA is now accepting nomination forms for SEA Secretary and SEA Treasurer both for two year terms. Please submit your nomination forms to Kelly O’Reilly by Monday, April 18.

Speaking of Monday, April 18, that is the date for our 2022 SEA/SEEO General Meeting.  The invitation is attached or you can RSVP to attend our annual membership event here.  There will be both in-person seating, as well as a virtual option to attend.  We will be recognizing our 2022 SEA Award winners as well as our Class of 2022 Retirees. 

It’s not too late to register for SPARKS, our special event happening on April 22-23, for all of our early career members of SEA and SEEO.   There are still a limited amount of spots available for you to attend.  Registration closes this Friday, April 1.  If you plan on registering, click here to join us!  Feel free to reach out to me or our early career committee chair, Rachel Martin (ELC), if you have questions about our event. 

Mobley’s Monday Message 3-14-2022

Good morning SEA!

Please be sure to vote in today’s election that is taking place in your buildings.  You will be voting for the delegates who will be attending the NEA-RA this summer in Chicago and Region 35 Council reps.  Thank you to our building reps for running today’s election for us.  

We are in need of ballot counters afterschool at the PLC.  If you are interested in being a ballot counter, please email Kelly O’Reilly. 

Also, there is a building rep meeting today afterschool from 3:30-5 PM in the PLC.  All members are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend virtually, please email me for the Zoom link.

Here is this week’s edition of the Monday Message.  There is a lot of important information included this week.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • March’s Contract Tidbit – Focusing on Involuntary Transfers
  • Contract Ratification – zoom link for the meeting will be sent out to all members on Wednesday
  • SPARKS 2022 – a special event for all early career educators in the SEA and SEEO.  Registration is now open and this event is completely FREE!
  • Nominations are available to apply to be on a 2022-2023 IEA Committee.  Check out IEA’s website for more information.

If you were interested in being a building rep for the 2022-2023 School Year, nomination forms are due today!  You can send your form with a building rep to hand to Kelly O’Reilly at today’s rep meeting.  Also, Jason Eliasek Scholarships are due and must be postmarked with today’s date.  

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.