LAST WEEK! — Flex Spending Open Enrollment until November 30
Flex Spending Open Enrollment runs through November 30. Read more about Flex Spending, which allows you to set aside a portion of your paycheck tax free to pay for expenses like dependent care, medical and dental care, and more.
NEW, ONGOING — Computer Trainings for Paraprofessionals
There are many options for computer training sessions for paraprofessionals. Please see the BTU website for an updated list.
FRIDAY — November Science Social!
Enjoy a post-Thanksgiving Science Social! Appetizers will be generously provided by the UMass Boston COSMIC (Center for Math and Science in Context) office. Join us this Friday, November 30 from 3-6 PM at Yard House Restaurant, 126 Brookline Avenue in Boston, 02215 For driving, public transit, and parking directions, please visit sciencesocials.blogspot.com.
BTU Holiday Party: December 7
Please join us for our annual adults-only holiday party at the BTU on Friday, December 7 from 3-8 PM. See the flyer for more.
SMART Plan Meetings: December 10
Are you on track for retirement? The SMART 457(b) Plan offers tax advantaged savings to help you build a more secure retirement. Our SMART Plan Advisor, Marianne Cole, will be holding SMART Plan meetings at the BTU on December 10. All are welcome to attend, whether currently participating in the SMART Plan or not, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those participating in the plan, we are offering Retirement Readiness Reviews. As a Retirement Plan Advisor, Marianne is now able to provide more comprehensive overviews of participants’ financial pictures, and assist with a personalized savings and investment plan based on each individual’s unique goals.
NEW — Election Committee Meeting: December 11
The Election Committee has now met three times, and is in the process of selecting a vendor for the 2019 BTU election. Four proposals have been received, and three of the vendors have been invited to give a final presentation to the committee. Each meeting is open to the membership, with the first 15 minutes devoted to questions and comments from members. Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 11 at 5 PM. Meetings from previous minutes can be accessed on the member portal at members.btu.org.
BTU Children’s Holiday Party: December 27
Please join us at the BTU from 12-2 PM for the annual Children’s Holiday Party! We’ll have a DJ, Magician Jim Munsey, face painting, an obstacle course, crafts, a photo booth, and light refreshments. Tickets are free but must be picked up in advance. See the flyer for more.
NEW — Election Committee: Information for Potential Candidates: January 10
For those who may be interested in running for office, the Election Committee will hold an “Information for Potential Candidates” meeting on Thursday, January 10 at 4:30 PM at the BTU. Former President Richard Stutman will join us for a presentation and Q&A about the details and responsibilities of the various offices and positions up for election.
BTU @ the Celtics: Get Your Tickets Now!
We have 47 tickets left to the December 6 game vs. the Knicks for $60 each, and we have just 4 left tickets to the January 16 game against the Raptors for $65 each. Both games are at 8 PM. To buy, bring your cash or check to the BTU office any weekday between 8 AM and 4:45 PM. First come, first served.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites high school students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year JFK was born. The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second-place receives $3,000. Five finalists receive $1,000 each. Eight semifinalists receive $100 each. Ten students receive honorable mention. Learn more.
NEW — New England Schools for the Deaf Basketball Tip-Off Tournament: Saturday and Sunday
You are invited! The Horace Mann Cougars will host the American School for the Deaf, Marie Phillip School for the Deaf, Rhode Island School for the Deaf and OUR Horace Mann School for the Deaf, girls and boys basketball teams at Emmanuel College, on December 1 and 2. Admission is $3 for one day and $5 for both days. Horace Mann School Students and under 12 years old are free of charge. Refreshments available for cash purchase. If you need more information, please call the school at 617-635-8534.
NEW — Ebony Winter Gala: December 14
The Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts is a co-sponsor of the Annual NABA Ebony Winter Gala. BEAM donates proceeds from the event to award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Last year they awarded seven scholarships. See the flyer for details. For more information, contact Karen King at 617-480-9338 or Johnny McInnis at 617-510-2281.
Get Involved: Become an InSPIRED Fellow!
DESE is now accepting applications for the inaugural cohort of InSPIRED Fellows! InSPIRED Fellows are In–Service Professionals who are committed to Increasing theRacial and Ethnic Diversity of our teacher workforce. This Fellowship is designed around two goals: (1) increase the diversity of the teaching workforce in Massachusetts and (2) increase the retention rates of current educators committed to a diverse workforce. Read more, and email EducatorDevelopment@doe.mas.edu with any questions. Applications close on December 13.
AFT-MA / AFL-CIO Scholarship Program
Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarship program awardees receive between $500 and $16,000 towards their education. Over 40 unions, central labor councils, area businesses and charitable trusts from across Mass. participate in awarding scholarships that total nearly half a million dollars. Read more and register on their website, or check out the flyer for details.
We are sorry to let you know that Gloster James Harris passed away last week. He is the husband to retired BTU member Bettye Harris, and he is the father of Jerina Harris, a teacher at the Joyce Kilmer School. Gloster will be laid to rest on Saturday, December 1 in Alabama. Cards and flowers may be sent to Bettye Harris, 2311 Washington Street #709, Roxbury, 02119.
On behalf of the BTU, we send our condolences to Bettye, Jerina and all the friends and family of Gloster.