Mideastern Region PSEA

April Newsletter

Welcome to the Mideastern Region newsletter! Each month we will be featuring information to help our members stay informed, get involved, and advocate for our profession.

Our region represents the 15,168 public school educators across the 35 school districts and two intermediate units of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Your hard work and the power of collective bargaining help to bring an exceptional education to the 195,426 students in our buildings.

CAPS/MER Unsung Heroes

To the media specialists that get the most out of every Dewey Decimal, the school counselors who moonlight as community fundraisers, and the nurses and social workers who meet the needs of students outside the classroom so they can perform their best when inside of one: Thank you.

Your superhuman roles ensure that every child in our public schools can thrive — each and every day. We encourage you to watch our Unsung Heroes’ stories on our website and to vote for your favorite. The winner will implement a project of their choice with the winning grant!

Advocacy in Action

Earlier this year, students in Tina Spiegel's (Council Rock EA) classes wrote letters to federal elected officials about what they thought our country's energy policy should look like. They had to choose two resources such as coal, nuclear, solar, wind, etc., to either support or oppose as being part of the USA's energy plan.

We are happy to report that students have received responses from a variety of individuals! Representative Fitzpatrick wrote to every student who sent him a letter. Secretary Wheeler (acting director of the EPA) wrote one letter to all of us. Of the project, Tina says, "One of my goals of this project is to help my students learn how our government works and that a key part of that is communicating with our elected officials. It's really neat to see the kids' faces when they get a response to their letter." Well done, Tina!

Trenton Thunder

MER is going to a baseball game: join us for a Family Day in Trenton! Enjoy a private all-you-can-eat buffet (hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, BBQ Chicken, sides, snacks and drinks), a Trenton Thunder vs. Binghamton Rumble Ponies game, and good company of your colleagues! Tickets are only $25 each and available here. For questions, please contact Sue Brown at suebrownwea@gmail.com

PSEA House of Delegates

The next PSEA House of Delegates is on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel. An election for the offices of PSEA President, Vice President, and Treasurer will take place. Delegates will also vote for three NEA directors. Local leaders: delegate rosters are due in Harrisburg by April 26th.

Do you have an idea that you'd like PSEA to act on? Consider submitting a New Business Item in Philadelphia! Take a look at the video below about how the process works and how you can make your voice heard in our organization.

MER House of Delegates

Our next region House of Delegates is on Thursday, May 2 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. An election for the MER office of President-Elect will take place at this event, as well as a vote to reauthorize our CAPS campaign. Local leaders: delegate rosters are due to our region secretary, Sue Brown, by April 18th.
2017 PSEA Lobby Days

Be Part of the Conversation!

Join your colleagues in Harrisburg on June 11, 12, 18, or 19 to meet with your legislators or their staff before the PA budget is finalized and other important policy decisions are made.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed and PSEA will schedule your legislator meetings for you

prior to your arrival. If needed (traveling more than an hour and a half to Harrisburg), overnight accommodations can be made for the night prior to your lobby day.

We will meet at PSEA Headquarters at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast followed by a briefing by PSEA Government Relations Staff. Talking points and handouts will also be provided.

For more information, please contact Jen Statler in PSEA Government Relations.

ESP Updates

Both the ESP region and ME Division recently held officer elections at their spring meetings.

The newly elected officers of the MED are Chris Cooke, President; Deneen Dry, Vice President; and Randy Godin, Secretary/Treasurer

The ESP region officers elected are Dawn Bandle, President; Holly Harrington, Treasurer; and Cindy Lawn, Secretary.

Our next MED meeting is May 7th. Dinner is at 5:30pm and training starts at 6pm. The evening will feature a short presentation on the ACT 5 pension changes by Kades Margolis. Following that, there will be a training from PSEA Ed Services. All are welcome to register and attend!

Skills USA

SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory, and leadership skill go complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites. SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education occupation programs in Pennsylvania.

PSEA UniServ Jeff Grinaway, State Representative Steve Malagari (D-Montgomery), State Representative Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin), and Bucks COunty Technical High School EA member Colin Marsh recently took a tour of the SkillsUSA competition in Lebanon. Students from across Pennsylvania competed in events like crime scene investigation, cyber security, plumbing, welding, and automotive service technology.

Wissahickon at the Ballpark

Wissahickon Middle School music teachers Susan Brown, Kathleen Gibson, and Jill Moyer led the WMS chorus and strings students in the singing of the National Anthem at a recent Phillies game! Band Director Travis Hill directed the Marching band in an exciting pre-game show for an almost sold-out crowd! Wissahickon teachers: going beyond the classroom. Priceless.

Family Picnic

It's time to sign up for the region picnic at Mermaid Lake!

Registration is now open for the second annual MER Family Picnic! Join us at Mermaid Lake in Blue Bell on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 from 12 pm to 7 pm for a day of fun, food, and festivities.

FOOD (service from 1 to 4 pm): BBQ chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salad, snacks, soda, water, and adult picnic beverages.

FUN: Mermaid Lake’s million-gallon swimming pool, Mermaid Picnic Express train rides, water slides, moon bounce, face-painting, basketball courts, softball fields, horseshoes, and bocce! Attendees can also pay an additional $9 for a round of 9-hole golf or $3 for a round of mini golf.

FESTIVITIES: Door prizes will be awarded! Last year's winners walked away with coolers, lawn chairs, and other great items. And that was just the stuff that we found in the parking lot! (Kidding!)

The cost is $20 for adults (ages 9 and up) and $10 for children (ages 2-8... children under age 2 are free.) MER is paying most of the cost for the event. Parking is FREE and yes - $20 per adult gets you all-you-can-consume fun of everything listed above.

Please join us for a great day! You can register yourself and your guests and pay at the following link on the conference system: www.psea.org/mer/mermaidlake-2019.

Please double-check your registration BEFORE checkout to confirm that your total charge is correct. Please contact Kim Smith at ksmith@psea.org with any registration issues.

Summer Leadership Conference

It's time to register for the PSEA Summer Leadership Conference at Gettysburg College! This event runs from Sunday, July 21 through Thursday, July 25. Members can select schools for the week such as bargaining, organizing, government relations, professional issues, and much more! Take a look at the conference schedule here and contact your local president for registration details.

19th Annual DPS Conference

Save the date for the 19th annual PSEA Department of Pupil Services Conference! The event will be at a new location this year: The Nittany Lion Inn in State College, PA on July 30-31. The conference will include information for certified school counselors, school nurses, school dental hygienists, school psychologists, and home and school visitor/school social workers. For additional information, contact Veronica Biegen.

Mideastern Region PSEA

Alan Malachowski, President (amalachowski@psea.org)
Bill Senavaitis, President-Elect (bsenavaitis@psea.org)
Bill McGill, Vice President (wmcgill@psea.org)

Kathy Hornberger, Treasurer

Susan Brown, Secretary

Theresa Prato, PACE Director

Debbie Lee, NEA Director