East Hampton Education Association Newsletter
From the EHEA President
By Steve Archibald
Happy New Year EHEA! The 2015-16 school year has been a busy one but a good one so far. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Winzler for his compassionate leadership during his time as interim superintendent. He was instrumental in many things which were helpful to all of us: the new contract with the Board of Education, the creation of a true sick bank for Pat Farrington, school climate and many other “issues”. I feel fortunate to have cut my teeth as EHEA president working with such a supportive superintendent and hope to continue that relationship with Paul Smith. I will be meeting with him every other Friday beginning this week so if there is anything which you would like me to discuss with him that you have not been able to resolve at a building level with your representatives please let me know.
The location of the January County Forum has been changed from its usual location to the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. 2016 is going to be a year that could bring big changes to our association from NEA to EHEA pending the outcome of the Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association court case. The US Supreme Court is expected to hear opening arguments in the case on January 11th so this is happening soon! This is nothing less than an assault on organized labor by forces that want to destroy unions. It is an attack on our individual and collective right to organize, bargain and protect ourselves. It is very important that we do as much as we can to stay organized, strong and united at this time and moving forward. Please make an effort to join us in Cromwell on Wednesday, January 27 at 4:00 pm. RSVP to Jody Dumeer.
This holiday season EHEA again participated in the CEA Holiday Bear project by sponsoring a local family’s Christmas. We had runners participating in the Hartford Marathon, supporting the Connecticut Education Foundation which helps needy children. In the fall we had an EHEA picnic and are planning a second one for the spring. If you have ideas for any other EHEA functions or activities please share them with your building reps. Together we are EHEA. EHEA needs you and every single one of us to be as effective as possible. To those of you who are and have been involved with the union I thank you. If you have not yet gotten involved I would love to hear from you and help find a way for you to get involved.
Finally, it is not too early to nominate one of your colleagues for a Teacher Appreciation award. We have an annual recognition dinner which is not only fun but also meaningful as we recognize our members for the hard work they do each and every day for the children of East Hampton. Please see you building reps for a nomination form.
Best wishes for a prosperous and healthy 2016!
EHEA Donates to the 2015 Holiday Bear Project
By: Sue Engelhardt
For the past four years, EHEA has done their own version of the CEA’s Holiday Bear Project. Families that could use some extra holiday caring are selected by the district’s team of social workers and psychologists. Union leadership helps with the shopping, and the presents are delivered to the family prior to the holiday. The family is told the gifts are from EHEA, but the identity of the family is kept confidential.
This year, the EHEA executive committee appropriated $400 for this project. Three children will benefit from this generous donation. One of the special gifts will be a membership to the Connecticut Science Center which the family will be able to use during Christmas vacation and throughout 2016. They will also be able to visit other special museums in the state that have a reciprocal program with the CSC.
Sue Engelhardt coordinates this effort. According to Sue, “Families are thrilled when I call and ask if they would like a holiday gift from EHEA. I am fortunate that I get to hear and see their appreciation when I talk to them about the gifts. We try to provide opportunities for them to spend positive family time. I want to thank the membership for supporting this effort.”
Teacher Appreciation Party
The Teacher Appreciation Program has been developed to give teachers the opportunity to recognize their EHEA colleagues for their contributions to the East Hampton Public School System.
Nominations will be accepted by building representatives in each building.
Please submit your nominations to:
EHHS: Linda Chambers
EHMS: Pam Penn
Center: Pam Peter-Cohen
Memorial: Donna Kirk
The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015.
The number of recipients for recognition per building is based on the teacher population at each school.
The celebration will take place on Thursday, May 19 and location is TBD.
Calendar of Events
January County Forum
Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 4:30pm
100 Berlin Road
The keynote speaker will address the need to conduct network building. In anticipation of the Supreme Court decision due in 2016, CEA is trying to engage as many members as possible to get involved in the union.
Please RSVP to Jody Dumeer no later than the 15th; so please consider attending this most worthwhile event.
CEA Retirement Workshop
Monday, Feb. 29th, 4-6:30pm
6 Mann Memorial Drive
CEA Retirement Workshop
Wednesday, March 9th, 4-6:30pm
124 North Maple Street
CEA Retirement Workshop
Thursday, March 24th, 4-6:30pm
100 Black Rock Turnpike
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