Noteworthy News

November 2022

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. No glitz, no presents to buy and a meaningful purpose—to give thanks for everything we have as individuals. In the spirit of Thanksgiving or the “Giving of Thanks”, please join me in acknowledging the members of the SRP union. November 15, 2022 is School Related Professionals Day, on this day please join me and recognize these dedicated employees for all their hard work in keeping this school district running smoothly. You will find these employees in the titles of auto mechanic, typist, food service helper, senior food service helper, assistant cook, cook, custodial worker, custodian, head custodian, maintenance worker, bus driver, teacher aide, school monitor and clerk.

💡 Important information

Benefit Enrollment

Once again, District employees, who are benefit eligible, are offered the opportunity to change and/or enroll in health insurance plans during the upcoming Open Enrollment Period: Tuesday, November 1st through Wednesday, November 30th. The District currently offers two health insurance options, both through Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield: DEHIC Alt-PPO and DEHIC EPO-20. See Laura Rafferty if you did not receive the email with the plans.

If you are satisfied with your present plan, you do not need to do anything.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

Life during a recession can be very stressful and take an emotional toll on many people. Then this stress can be compounded by the approaching holiday season. Remember that your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help. The ESI Employee Assistance Group provides a free and 100% confidential assessment, short-term intervention, information and referral services to all employees and their immediate family members experiencing difficulties that may adversely affect their lives. Contact the EAP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Telephonic in-the-moment counseling from clinical professionals 24/7/365 for anxiety, depression, mental health issues, and more. Call our toll-free number day or night – 800.252.4555.
  • One-to-one professional coaching for stress management, resilience, and wellness issues. Call 800.252.4555 to talk about Coaching options.
  • Online self-help resources, assessments, and video courses for mental health issues. Login to and click on Emotional Wellbeing.

All Staff: 403b Reminder

Every employee is entitled to contribute to a 403b (Tax Sheltered Annuity) program. A 403(b) is an Employer-sponsored “pre-tax” savings benefit designed to allow you to reduce your income taxes while saving additional money for future use and/or to supplement your other retirement programs. For additional information visit the Omni website at or stop in and see Aileen Waltke, x1409 for additional information.

🙌 Monthly Shout-Outs

Transportation Rocks!

A special shout out to all of the employees in the Transportation Department. We are short staffed this school year in the Transportation Department.

Randy Coons, Auto Mechanic and Matt Cade, Auto Mechanic are picking up runs on short notice and we are thankful! All of our dedicated bus drivers / monitors and staff are putting in the extra mile to get our students to and from school. Thank you!

If you know someone that wants to become a bus driver, please have them call Julia W. Tomaine at 518-398-7181 x1408.

What's Going On?


New Staff:

Kristina Comesanas, Food Service Helper, Stissing

Sara Von Burg, Assistant Principal, Stissing

Aimee Vincent, School Monitor, Transportation

Carina Moore, School Monitor, Transportation

Greta Anderson, RN, Stissing

Jennifer Heath, RN, Cold Spring

Kyle Ludwig, Long Term Substitute, Stissing

Relsiea Pruner, Long Term Substitute, Cold Spring

Welcome to the Pine Plains Central School District!

Interesting Dates (at least to me!)

Diabetes Awareness Month

Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Aviation History Month

November 10 - USMC Day (Marines Day)

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 13 - World Kindness Day

November 16 - Board of Education Meeting

November 23 - Recess Day, no students or 10 month staff

November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Break