Back to School Toolkits and First Meeting Info
Building Reps, you all should have received your Back to School Toolkits in the mail last week. These packets will help you facilitate your 30-minute union meeting on the first day back to school. We have updated the PowerPoint to adapt and share (find it under Back to School Resources). If you do not have a Building Rep or have not received your packet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP! Remember that ALL members, both current and new, must fill out the updated membership card or update their information online and turn it in to you to bring to the first membership meeting on Wednesday, September 13.
Building Rep Conference: October 13-15
Please register for the 2017 Annual Building Rep Conference! This year’s conference will take place at the Dedham Hilton Hotel from Friday, October 13 at 5 PM through Sunday, October 15 at noon. There is no cost to attend the conference when rooming with another Building Rep or commuting, but a deposit check of $250 is required before the September 30 deadline. Please read details about the conference and register today!
New: Paraprofessional Times Monthly Newsletter
Check out the Paraprofessional Times! It’s a newsletter to keep paraprofessionals up-to-date on upcoming events, important dates and information for all paraprofessionals. Look for it monthly.
September 8 Paycheck Reminder and Helpful Credit Union Information
Every 7-8 years, BPS must make this change to align the pay calendar with the school year calendar. This is a result of the pay calendar running 364 days (i.e., 26 14-day pay periods), one day less than the actual calendar year. You can read the details, but the bottom line is remember to plan ahead and save!
Credit Union Information: Skipping Payments
The Tremont Credit Union and the City of Boston Credit Union have provided info for credit union members who may want to skip a payment due to the upcoming pay calendar adjustment.
- For City of Boston Credit Union members, see their memo or contact Daniel Picard with questions at 617-635-3008.
- For Tremont Credit Union members, see their memo or visit tremontcu.com/skip.
Credit Union Special Loan Offer
Tremont Credit Union is offering a Back to School Personal Loan Special. Apply online, call TCU at 781-843-5626 x2, or visit one of their four locations. Read more about the Back to School Loan.
International Dot Day at the Russell: Friday, September 15
Join the Russell community on Friday, September 15 from 9:30-11 AM for International Dot Day! Peter H. Reynolds (author and illustrator of the inspirational book The Dot) and Paul Reynolds (co-author of Going Places) will be returning to the Russell to help celebrate. Read more about Dot Days, and check out the flyer for the Russell Dot Day September 15 event.
Back to School Fair: Saturday, September 23
Please plan to join us from 1-3 PM on Saturday, September 23 for our Back to School Fair! We have flyers available in six languages on our website. We will need volunteers September 20-22 to get the books ready for the fair. Get details, sign up to help, or reserve a community resource table at btu.org/back-to-school.
Meeting on Unassigned Teachers and Teachers in SPC Roles
All members are invited to a meeting on Monday, September 11 from 4:30-6:30 PM to learn more about the issue of teachers being assigned to suitable professional capacity roles. The meeting will include background on the issue, information about the rights of and experiences of teachers in SPC roles, and our options for addressing the issue through ongoing contract negotiations and other avenues. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can plan for refreshments. For more on the issue, see our recently released FAQ for Building Reps. This meeting is open to members only.