from Aimee Rinere/RTA Treasurer

HOLIDAY GIFT BASKETS:

The RTA Action Committee sponsors an annual Holiday Food Basket Giveaway. There will be a Holiday Dinner Basket provided for two needy families from each school. The value of each basket is $75.00 to a total of $150.00 for two per school Contact Mike Tobin <michaelrtobin@hotmail.com> or Jake Rohan <jakerohan@yahoo.com> with questions.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TRIBUTE:

Nomination forms for students receiving the award for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute are due to the RTA Office by December 13th. Each school is asked to submit one student who best personifies the qualities exemplified by Dr. King. Every school should have ONE student entered!!! This is a wonderful ceremony for the students and their families. Contact Yolanda Montalvo at 262-8080 or <ymontalvo@rochesterteachers.com> with questions.

REACH OUT:

This is a great time to reach out to your new members in your building to see how they are or if they need anything. By November 30th, most of the new members have been observed. This is a good time to check in on them and let them know about rebuttals! Remember, they may not know who to go to or procedural processes for your building. Check-in on them and see what is going on!

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:

BalanceWorks is a free counseling service available to you at no cost to help you manage a variety of stressful issues such as health, depression, marital, and grief, to name a few. For help call 1-800-327- 2255 or log on at <www.mybalanceworks.com>.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

• November 30 – First Formal Observation for Non-Tenured Teachers
• December 3rd – Deadline for Filing Grievances as of December 3rd that were known on September 4th

BEDS

BEDS need to be completed online by December 13th. If you have any questions, please email <BEDS@rcsdk12.org>.

THINKING OF RETIRING:

RTA will host a Drop-in informational session on January 23rd from 3:00-5:30 pm at the RTA office, 30 N. Union St., for all members interested in learning more about the retirement process. Topics covered will include: New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS), the forms and letters, retiring from the RCSD, important dates, Health and Dental benefits, and the Absentee Reduction Plan. Please share this information with your members!

SENIORITY NUMBER:

The RTA has found that the district has provided us with flawed seniority lists. We are in the process of correcting them as fast as we can.

You may email either Margaret Sergent <msergent@rochesterteachers.com>, Aimee Rinere <arinere@rochesterteachers.com>, Matt Lavonas <mlavonas@rochesterteachers.com>, or Dave Wurz. <iandb999@aol.com>

GOING GREEN!

The NYSUT, AFT and NEA Delegate Election will be conducted online. If your email address has changed or we do not have a personal email on file for you, please send your email address to the RTA Office.

EMAIL SCAM ALERT:

It has come to our attention that some teachers may have received fake emails appearing to come from Adam requesting funds or gift cards. Please note the email was NOT sent by Adam. THIS IS A SCAM! Do not respond and delete.