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LAST UPDATED: February 22, 2015

  • Topics on the this page:

    1. 2015 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing
    2. Rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
    3. March 2nd rally
    4. IMPORTANT NOTE: Anthem security breach
    5. Regents put off action on mandatory field testing
    6. Don't forget about the WINTER COAT DRIVE - ENDS FEBRUARY 28TH
    7. 6 Hour required DASA Training Program for Professionals
    8. Free professional learning opportunities
    9. Fight Back - Click Here for a To-Do List!
    10. Help us fight back! Join the fight! Text nysut to 38470!
    11. The Deferred Compensation Plan (457)/shield money from taxes similar to a 403B.
    12. Food collections at Shoprite
    13. Minutes

    WINTER COAT DRIVE

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    February 28th

    • Needed: New or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for all ages.
    • For Who: Coats will be distributed to B.O.C.E.S. families in need
    • Where to donate: You can give donations to your building rep or drop it off at the collection box in Bldg. 3 (CTEC).
    • Where to pick up a coat: Joan Raynor at the Family Resource Center

     

    If you have any questions please contact
    Elena Temple
    845-627-4800 or
    etemple@rboces.org


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    6 Hour required DASA Training Program for Professionals

    Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools:
    Prevention and Intervention 6 Hour required DASA Training Program for Professionals
    plus FREE Violence Prevention Training (if you need it)

    Saturday, February 28, 2015
    9:00 – 3:30 pm / 3:30 – 5:30
    SNOW DATE: Sat. March 21, 2015

    TRAINING SITE:
    Iona College: Ryan Library
    Auditorium
    715 North Avenue
    New Rochelle, NY 10801
    (Auditorium is LEFT inside the Library building)

    FEE: $70 per person—pay at the class. Check, cash or money order payable to
    "The Health Network" includes FREE
    violence prevention course (if needed.)

    LUNCH is on your own
    Certificate awarded on training day


    REGISTER WITH ISABEL BURK
    Isabel is NYS DASA trainer # 33
    E-mail your full name, telephone number,
    and date of class to:
    isabel@dignityact.com
    Website: www.dignityact.com
    We will e-mail you a confirmation!
    Questions? isabel@dignityact.com


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    IMPORTANT NOTE: Anthem security breach

    Anthem, Inc., the parent organization of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the hospital administrator for the NYSHIP Empire Plan reported an extensive security breach of their members' data. Names, dates of birth, member IDs/Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information of current and former members were impacted. In the coming weeks, Anthem will send letters to impacted members with an offer of free credit monitoring and identity protection services.

    In the interim, direct inquiries to www.anthemfacts.com or 877-263-7995. The website includes FAQs and will be updated as additional information becomes available.
    You should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Anthem members. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as "phishing"), are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem and the emails include a "click here" link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem.

    • DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
    • DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in email.
    • DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.

    Anthem is not calling members regarding the cyber attack and is not asking for credit card information or Social Security numbers over the phone. For more guidance on recognizing scam email, please visit the FTC website: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.

     


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    2015 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing

    Hosted by:

    • Senator David Carlucci
    • Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski
    • Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee
    • Assemblyman James Skoufis

      Thursday, March, 5, 2015 - 3:00-5:00 PM

      Nanuet Public Library
      149 Church Street • Nanuet, NY 10954


      Come join your Rockland County State Legislature Delegation
      to discuss Governor Cuomo's proposed 2015-16 Budget

      To RSVP and sign up to speak, please email Kim Giordano (Zebrowski) at giordanok@assembly.state.ny.us
      or call the district office at (845) 634-9791

      Each speaker will be allotted ten minutes.

    You can find a copy of the Governor's budget here.


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    ESEA (NCLB)

    Congress is currently rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Under ESEA, the focus has shifted from student learning towards testing, labeling, and punishing schools-with no significant closure of opportunity gaps. That's why we need your help right now!

     

    4 ways you can help Congress get ESEA (NCLB) reauthorization right

     


    16,000 emails

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    Regents put off action on mandatory field testing

    Thanks to activism by thousands of NYSUT activists, friends and family, the Board of Regents got the message loud and clear -- and this week put off action on a plan to require school districts to participate in field testing for state exams.


    The delay came after the Regents received more than 16,000 emails via NYSUT's Member Action Center. In addition, many members submitted feedback during SED's 45-day comment period. Let's keep up the pressure!

     


    Save the Date!

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    Save the Date! for a 4 p.m. March 2 action event in Albany.

     

    Deails are in the works, but save the date March 2 to rally for what #AllKidsNeed at the state capital.

    Everyone who cares about public education -- pre-K through higher ed -- is welcome. Parents, students, friends and family will help us send a message to Gov. Cuomo.

    We'll be sharing details as they become available on the website at nysut.org/AllKidsNeed.


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    Help us fight back! Join the fight! Text nysut to 38470!

    The governor has made a huge mistake.

    With a budget proposal that favors hedge fund billionaires over needy children, rich contributors over working families and private education profiteers over public school teachers and staff, the governor has declared war on teachers, public schools, and working men and women across New York.

    Help us fight back!

    Join the fight! Text nysut to 38470!
    Sign up for MAC text alerts and get breaking news, legislative updates and critical action alerts that will help you help us win this war!

    If you haven't seen the governor's budget proposal yet, let me give you just a few lowlights:


    - Testing Instead of Teaching. The governor calls for a radical increase in the reliance on high-stakes student testing in teacher evaluations, from 20% of the evaluation to an absurd 50%!

    - Threats to Collective Bargaining Rights. The governor wants to give state bureaucrats the power to seize control of local school districts and invalidate collective bargaining.

    - Higher Education Shortchanged. The governor again grossly underfunds public higher education and adds insult to injury by subjecting our campuses to ill-conceived pay-for-performance schemes designed to hide his lack of support for our campuses and our students.

    - Tenure Under Fire. The governor wants to weaken and effectively end our tenure protections.


    And, as a bully would, the governor is planning to hold school funding hostage in order to get his way.

    Join the fight! Text nysut to 38470!
    Sign up for MAC text alerts and get breaking news, legislative updates and critical action alerts that will help you help us win this war!

    Please help us fight back. Together, we can stand up to the governor and win this war!



    In solidarity,

    Andrew Pallotta
    NYSUT Executive Vice President


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    Rockland Reading Council, Rockland Teachers' Center
    and St. Thomas Aquinas College Free Professional Learning Series

    4:30PM - 5:30PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas College
    Lougheed Library

    125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY


    Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    "Best Practices to Support Early Literacy Development that Create the Foundation for Pre-K Common Core Standards Success"
    Presenter: Debbie Silver (Snow date 3/9/15)



    In the event of inclement weather, check www.stac.edu

    Social Studies: The Core of Teaching and Learning
    New York State Council for Social Studies Annual Convention

    in partnership with
    Learning Forward New York
    March 11 - 14, 2015
    Syracuse, New York


    Science, Invention,Technology Exhibition

    April 26, 2015 @ NRHS
    Student registration is open.
    http://sitfair.org/

    SAT/ACT Preparation for May 2015 Exam

    SAT Preparation: 27 Hours of review in math, critical reading, and writing strategies, plus test-taking tips for the SAT exams. You must register in advance on our homepage at www.rockteach.org. Please bring the additional $30 materials fee (due in cash at first session). Course may be cancelled if less than 10 participants. No refunds will be issued after start date of class.

    Test date is May 2, 2015. NYS Learning Standard: ELA, MST. Cost is $545, plus $30 materials fee.

    Saturdays - RTC# 858-01 - Dates: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, April 11, 18, 2015
    Snowdate-April 25, 2015.
    Times: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Place: North Rockland High School, 106 Hammond Road, Thiells, NY 10984
    Instructors: Math Lori Arduini/English John Joyce Click here to register.

    Sundays - RTC# 858-02 - Dates: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 12, 19, 2015
    Snowdate-April 26, 2015.
    Times: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Place: Outdoor Education Center, 135 Convent Road, Nanuet, NY 10954
    Instructors: Math Lori Arduini/English Kathleen Landy Click here to register.

    ACT Review: This course will review English, Math, Reading, and Science, plus test-taking tips for the ACT exam. Bring a bag lunch. There is no food available on site. NYS Learning Standard: ELA, MST. Test date is June 13, 2015. Cost is $275, plus $40 materials fee.

    Saturday and Sunday - RTC#868-01 - Dates: May 16 and 17, 2015
    Times: 9:00 am-3:30 pm
    Place: Outdoor Education Center, 135 Convent Road, Nanuet, NY 10954
    Instructor: Lenore Gavigan Click here to register.
    You should register in advance at www.rockteach.org. Look for courses on our homepage.

    Payments made by check must be made 2 weeks before the start date of class., unless otherwise instructed.
    The fee for materials (paid in cash/money order) will be collected at first session.
    Class size is limited to 20 students, but courses may be canceled with less than 10 participants.
    No refunds will be issued after course start date.

    For registration information, contact: Rockland Teachers' Center Institute 845-553-9516 or e-mail jmurray@rockteach.org.
    For specific program content information contact Lenore Gavigan at 914-629-8600 or
    Rosanne Citarella at 845-638-1486.

     


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    Food collections at Shoprite

    Food Drive:
    • Tentative dates for food collections at Shoprite are as follows:
    • February 28th, March 21st, April 11th
    • To volunteer or if you have questions please contact Elena Temple at
    emelone@aol.com.

    Contribute within your building!

    When: January 8th-April 11th

    Needed: Canned foods and non-perishable food

    Where to donate: You can give donations to your building rep. or place in designated drop off locations

    Locations: Kaplan Bldg. 6 & 10, Hilltop, and BERC


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    BSA Members: The Deferred Compensation Plan was approved.

    In the coming weeks a presentation by Tom Migliano will be made to inform the staff about a new savings option.

    Mr. Migliano will discuss the Deferred Compensation Plan (457) which allows individuals the ability to shield money from taxes similar to a 403B. Please look for future details.


    Dates to Remember:

    February 24th or 25th – BOCES Lobby Day in Albany
    March 2nd & 3rd – Committee of 100 in Albany
    March 19th- Bowling Extravaganza to benefit United Hospice of Rockland
    March 20th & 21st – SPR Conference in Connecticut
    April 30th – may 2nd – Local Presidents Conference an RA in Buffalo
    June 4 - Celebrate With the Retirees
    July 20th – July 24th –LAP Saratoga
    August 11th – 13th – Summer Leadership – Parsippany NJ

     


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