Garfield Re-2 News You Can Use

April 16, 2019

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Welcome Mr. Tom Slappey to the Garfield Re-2 School Board. Mr. Slappey has been appointed to the Director A School Board seat that was vacated when Shirley Parks retired.

His first official School Board meeting will be on April 23, 2019.

FREE - Mental Health First Aid Course

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

There is a FREE Mental Health First Aid course available in Garfield Re-2 at the District Offie from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on April 26. The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

You can register online here. The flyer is below.


It is that time of year again to honor your peers with Teacher of the Year and Staff of the Year awards!

If you are at a school, everyone should complete a ballot for both a Teacher and a Staff person of the year. If you are at an "off-site" like Support Services, Transportation or the District Office please complete a Classified Staff of the Year ballot.

Teacher of the Year ballots can be found here. Celebrate a teacher who goes beyond the call of duty, who provides extraordinary support to colleagues, students and/or the community and who is innovative and is a risk taker. Teachers of the year get $500 for their accomplishments to spend on their classroom and/or professional development opportunities that do NOT move them on the salary schedule.

Classified Staff of the Year ballots can be found here. Celebrate a staff member that provides exceptional customer service, goes above and beyond, and would be your anchor if you were starting a new school. Classified staff receive $100 for their outstanding accomplishments.

Ballots are due by May 3, 2019 and awards will be given at the HOOT on May 31 at Coal Ridge High School.


Did you know that there is a News You Can Use ARCHIVE?

Under the staff resources on the Garfield Re-2 web site ( The direct link is here.

IT'S HERE - Open Enrollment meetings continue next week.

Open Enrollment meetings began across the District on April 8.

You will be able to receive GREAT information from:

  • YOUR Human Resources team;
  • Benefit Enrollment Specialists to help explain the benefit options AND;
  • Retirement Plan experts

You will NOT WANT TO MISS these presentations. They will last only about an hour.

Beginning about April 15, we will be scheduling opportunities to meet one-on-one with every benefit eligible employee. This schedule will be finalized in April.

The schedule is below AND as a linked Google Doc.

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It's always being updated!!!

Keep checking out the Employee Benefits guide. It is being updated all the time!!!

Be informed and educated about your benefits prior to the group meeting by reviewing this guide.

This year, even if you do not plan to make changes, you will still meet with a Benefit Enrollment Specialist to review your enrollment selections and finalize those selections at that time. It is attached below.

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Financial and Legal advice through TRIAD!

Have you been a victim of identity theft? Do you wish you could afford some legal advice?

Your TRIAD EAP Benefit can help!

When a legal issue, financial matter, or an instance of identity fraud disrupts your life, it can create substantial stress for you and your family. To help minimize the impact, your employee assistance program will assist you with managing the many complexities of these events. Through professional consultation, these programs can save you time, while providing valuable information and peace of mind.

Check out the info below!

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Before your open enrollment meeting, be sure to check out this information!

The Open Enrollment for health insurance schedule is posted at the top. The information you may want to review prior to your meetings is still posted here.

All benefit eligible employees MUST login to the CEBT online enrollment platform this year to select benefit options. You will log into the CEBT online portal here:

Below is a PDF that includes the Open Enrollment information along with all of the linked PDFs. Those links should be live in the PDF, if they are not, they are provided in the text below as well.

Benefit Enrollment Specialists will meet with each benefit eligible employee following the group meeting this year to assist you with your health insurance options. We will also have Retirement Plan experts on-site to tell us about the updates to PERA and other retirement information.

Useful links embedded in the flyer

Read more about the PPO6 Coverage Here

Read more about the HD 3500 here

SurgeryPlus Flyer

Search Healthcare Bluebook

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