Hello Fellow Educators,
Happy 2019 to you all. I hope each of you had opportunities to relax and decompress over the winter break. We all work incredibly hard at the best profession out there, so those moments of rest and rejuvenation are much needed and well deserved.
It has been a whirlwind for me, as well, as your president. A quick review of my time spent in this position reminds me of many positive connections and conversations I have had. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting at (almost)every site, discussing issues and discussing what you want to see changed, included, or deleted from our contract. Discussing these issues face to face is very powerful and, along with our surveys, is driving our work heading into negotiations. I’ve also been involved in the Special Education CRT meetings with dedicated SLCTA members who are looking for solutions to a very complex issue. Additionally I have met with members individually and in small groups to listen and help problem solve issues that have come up. As part of this position, I also get to meet with district administration on your behalf and continue building a dynamic relationship with our district leaders.
We have an amazing group of dedicated Site Reps and Executive Board members this year. Every month they share the programs and activities at your site as well as any concerns or questions that you have brought up. The discussions around these concerns and questions have been constructive, thoughtful and helpful. If you ever want to come to a Site Rep meeting, you are always welcome. We meet the second Tuesday of the month and alternate between the SLCTA office in Los Osos and Bishop Peak Elementary’s library. Our next meeting is Feb. 12 at 4:00pm at Bishop Peak Elementary. A light meal/dinner is provided for all who attend.
Speaking of dates, we have a few fun events coming up thanks to our Membership Engagement Chair, Eric Jarvis, and his great committee. Our first event is the Board Meet and Greet at Laguna Grill. This is a chance for you to come, socialize, and meet a few of our school board members. This has been a great way for members to share the learning, activities and issues that are happening at their school, as well as get to know our board members better.
So mark your calendars for Friday, Feb. 22 at 4:00pm at Laguna Grill! Two more social events for your calendar are: Friday, March 15 – Social hike up to Turtle Hill (Los Osos) at 4:15pm and Friday, April 12 – Our annual Bingo SLCTA Scholarship Fundraiser! This is a great event for members, partners, and staffs to attend! Look on your site’s SLCTA bulletin board for details!
Separately I want to mention two very important member information workshops that we have brought to you due to listening to your concerns:
*Student Discipline in Schools: Part of the Problem or the Solution? is a short workshop to support YOU in supporting all of your students when it comes to discipline. This is an issue that came up at many sites and we thought it was important to bring a workshop to you that would give you information and support you in your classroom or setting. Mark your calendars for Monday, March 18, 2019 at 4:00pm at the SLCTA office in Los Osos. Please RSVP to Terry Finegan here.
* “Planning for Retirement” information is another important workshop we are offering. This is an exciting one as well as the CTA Retirement Savings Plan will be shared. This plan was designed for educators and is the only plan endorsed by CTA. Even if you have a retirement plan, plan on attending as this plan may be a better option for you.
When: March 28, 2019 at 4:00pm
Where: in the SLCTA office.
Who: This is for ALL members! RSVP to Terry Finegan: HERE
Lastly, our productive negotiations team has been working diligently to preparing for our upcoming negotiation cycle. We’ve been looking at surveys, unit member input, the district budget, and contract language. Our “sunshine letter” was submitted to the school board this past Tuesday. Our team is comprised of a dedicated, intelligent, and varied group of educators. We will share updates with you as meetings get underway in February.
Thank you all for supporting each other, our students and families, and public education. You make a difference everyday!
Your SLCTA President