HCPS 411 Update
November 5, 2020
Coming Soon - Good to Great Moments
Employee Health Guidelines Related to COVID-19
GET More Program
Are you interested in becoming a teacher? The Growing Exceptional Teachers More (GET More) Program is a program that provides tuition reimbursement equivalent of the negotiated tuition reimbursement rate for instructional staff (currently $300 per graduate credit hour) for employees who are represented by HCESC or AFSCME. The purpose of this tuition reimbursement assistance is to allow program participants to complete a teacher certification program in a high needs area of teacher education, with the ultimate goal of receiving their teacher certification and returning to work as a teacher in HCPS. This program is open to employees who have been employed with HCPS for one (1) or more years of service. More information is available by clicking the provided link: GET More Application
Questions on how to apply for this program should be directed to Benjamin Richardson, in Human Resources, at Benjamin.Richardson2@hcps.org.
KEPRO Employee Assistance Program
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress: Building Resilience Muscles
The November 2020 KEPRO Employee Assistance Program (EAP) communication resources are here! How do we define resilience? The key to resilience is understanding yourself and identifying the mental obstacles that get in your way.
Monthly Online Seminar Title: Building Resilience Muscles
Description: Learn resilience by understanding yourself and identifying the mental obstacles that get in your way.
Date: Available on demand beginning November 17, 2020
Broadcast Length: 50 Minutes
How to Access: Go to your EAP web site: www.EAPHelpLink.com. Enter your code: HCPS and look for Online Seminars in the lower right-hand corner of this homepage, or you can search for them by title.
Available anytime, any day, the EAP is a free, confidential program to help you balance your work, family, and personal life.
Call them toll-free at 1-866-795-5701 or visit them online at www.EAPHelpLink.com.
Upcoming Parent Academy Event: Bedtime in a Box
Most parents, at some point, have struggled with their child’s bedtime routine, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Good early childhood sleep routines are associated with several positive developmental outcomes and can increase oral language development, supporting our little ones’ healthy minds and bodies.
Join the HCPS Early Childhood Office online for a live Parent Academy Real Talk on Tuesday, November 10, at 5:00 p.m. and receive a FREE “Bedtime in a Box” (includes age-appropriate books, bath wash, a towel, bath toys, a toothbrush and toothpaste, pajamas, a stuffed animal, an alarm clock, a Teach My Learning Kit, and a kid-friendly routine log). Registration is required for the Bedtime in a Box gift; click here to register now.
The Bedtime in a Box gift is fully funded through a grant from the Maryland State Department of Education.
The link to the join the event will be emailed to those registered and posted on the HCPS Parent Academy Facebook page.
“A better tomorrow begins tonight.”
Mindfulness Virtual Conference by Learning Forward Maryland
Date and Time:
Saturday, November 14, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To purchase tickets, please click here.
Maryland State Retirement and Pension System Pre-Retirement Webinar
If you were not able to attend the October 3 HCPS pre-retirement webinar, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, through the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), is holding webinars for members who are within eight (8) years of retirement.
These webinars will cover the following topics:
- The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System,
- Legal Issues,
- Social Security and Benefits, and
- Financial Planning.
Webinars are scheduled for:
Thursday, November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1. Visit the website http://www.ccbcmd.edu/ceed-preretirement-county
2. Under the headline, How to Register, click the Register Online link.
3. Click the Select button next to the course titled "Pre-Retirement Webinar," towards the bottom of the screen.
4. Scroll back to the top of the screen to click on the button, Register for Selected Courses.
5. If you are not already logged in, you will be redirected to the login page.
a. If you have previously attended a Pre-Retirement Seminar or other class at CCBC, log in using your current username and password. Not sure what your username and password are? You can call CCBC at (443) 840-5059.
b. If this is your first Pre-Retirement Seminar, choose "New Account" on the right-hand side of the screen. Fill out your information (anything in red is required information) and choose Submit.
6. After you have registered for your seminar, choose "Finalize Selection" and print your confirmation. You should receive an email confirmation of your registration within three (3) business days.
As the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, through CCBC, schedules more webinar dates, those dates will also be posted in the weekly HCPS 411 Update for interested individuals. If you are unable to attend an event but are interested in learning more, a shorter presentation about the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System is available on the Maryland State Retirement Agency website.
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Miller, Coordinator of Benefits, at Elizabeth.Miller@hcps.org.
-Trish Schoen, Health Services
"I would like to give a shout out to Jason Hall. Jason covered my position while I was on maternity week for 9 weeks. He handled this extraordinary time with proficiency and poise. Knowing that he was here taking good care of our students, staff, and our community made it easier for me to focus on family and return to work ready to face new challenges. Thanks Jason!"
-Kelly Curio, Assistant Principal, Bel Air Middle School
"The Bel Air Middle School Physical Education (PE) Department would like to ‘Shout Out’ one of our members, Nicole Cosgrove. Nicole has been a leader in technology for our department throughout last spring and this fall. She designs and shares best practices and new strategies for use with our students. Nicole has assisted the department in planning and preparing curriculum that is engaging, easy to use, and shareable. Our department is moving forward with student centered learning because of Nicole’s knowledge of technology. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!
-Pat, Courtney, Jeff, Grant, Christina, Brian and Brooke, Bel Air Middle School PE Department
Office of Communications and Family Outreach
To submit an HCPS Shout Out or recognize a colleague in the Spotlight on Customer Service, please email the information and photo (if available) to HCPS.firstname.lastname@example.org.