The Bear Necessities

11/2/18

What a week

I hope this week finds you smiling with great memories made. I've sent a survey regarding the Pumpkin Patch, please complete that. I forgot to include a question regarding students who attend part time. I would like to know your thoughts on their attendance if a special event lands on a day they are not in attendance. We need to be consistent with this.


The owner of Faulkners, Christine Loneman gave us a book to use with students. The picture are below. She has based her Pumpkin Patch experience on this book. It let's students see the pumpkin patch through the seasons. It's in my office on the table if you want to use it.

Big picture

Leave for Voting

Next Tuesday November 6, 2018 will be an election day. I wanted to provide some guidelines for appropriate leave usage for employees who wish to vote.


Board Policy GDBDA:


Leave to Vote - Employees who do not have three successive hours free from work while the polls are open will be granted a leave period of up to three hours to permit the employees three successive hours while the polls are open for the purpose of voting. Requests for such leave must be made prior to election day, and the employee's supervisors will designate when during the workday the leave should be taken. Any employee who properly requests leave to vote and uses the leave for that purpose will not be subject to discipline, termination or loss of wages or salary.


The polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. If staff have at least three consecutive hours away from work (either from 6:00 am to 9:00 am or from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm) where work schedules do not overlap, they would not need to use any time. Supervisors should be notified by staff prior to election day so that they may designate when the leave should be taken.


Once supervisors have granted the leave, employees may submit a modification request through the payroll dashboard at payroll.lsr7.org indicating 'leave to vote' with the times they are away and the payroll team will make the adjustment to the timesheets.


For example:

  • If an employee is regularly scheduled to work 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, they would have from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm (3.50 hours to vote in afternoon). Therefore they would not need to request vote time.
  • If an employee is regularly scheduled to work 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm, they would have from 6:00 am - 2:30 pm (8.50 hours to vote all day). Therefore they would not need to request vote time.
  • If an employee is regularly scheduled to work 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, they would have from 6:00 am - 9:00 am (3.00 hours to vote in the morning). Therefore they would not need to request vote time.

Our Week

Monday - 10:00-12:30 MARC mtg downtown for both of us, 1:00 home visit observation for Kerry


Tuesday - PD for all - Evening event you are welcome to attend, Money Sense 5:30-7:30


Wednesday - Kerry 9:00-10:00 home visit observation, Jeanie here


Thursday - 9-10:00 Jeanie home visit observation, Kerry PDO - Evening Event you are welcome to attend, Sensory Made Simple 6:00-7:30


Friday - both here