THURSDAY — West Roxbury/Roslindale Meet and Greet
For BTU members who live or work in the West Roxbury/Roslindale area, please stop by anytime Thursday from 4:30-7:00 PM at Kelleher’s Bar & Grille, 1410 Centre Street in Roslindale! Contact Building Rep Regional Leader Rob Carroll with questions or for more info: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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 Winter Conference on February 9 & Action Step for Building Reps
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the Winter Conference on February 9! As we build on the learning that took place at our Fall Conference, we want to hear from you about what workshops you would like to see at the Winter Conference. Please fill out this quick survey to give us your thoughts.
NEW — Help Build a New Resource from the Inclusion Committee
Have you ever spent money on Teachers Pay Teachers, just to find the worksheets don’t work for your students? Have you spent endless hours scrolling through Pinterest, just to spend more time recreating and differentiating the materials for your classroom? Do you teach students with varying levels and abilities in the classroom? Have you ever modified a worksheet? Have you been given a curriculum and created supplemental materials that worked well with your class? Are you willing to exchange resources with other teachers? Please share your resources with the BTU Inclusion Committee at email@example.com! Attach the resources, copy and paste a great web page, or send a great community resource. Please use the subject line, “Resource for ____________, grade level _______.”
NEW — BPS Incentive for Early Notice of TerminationIn an effort to assist in early planning and hiring for the 2019-2020 academic year, BPS is once again offering a $1,500 incentive to eligible members of the teachers unit who inform us of their intent to terminate at the end of the school year. The application for the incentive must be submitted by January 11. Submitting the application does not mean you have retired. You must go to the Boston Retirement Department at Room 816 in City Hall to retire. Additionally, submitting the early notification of intent to resign is irrevocable. See this circular for more details.
NEW — Support O’Donnell BTU Member Running Marathon for Alzheimer’s Association
Brian Johnston writes: “I’m a 5th grade teacher at the O’Donnell School in East Boston and have been teaching in Boston for the last nine school years. This upcoming April, my bother and I will be running the Boston Marathon for the Alzheimer’s Association. We are running in memory of our mom, who passed away a little over a year ago from Alzheimer’s. We are both charity runners and are trying to raise funds for this wonderful organization.” Support Brian and his brother.
NEW — Bobbie Skillin Retirement Party on January 17
Bobbie takes care of coverage paras and one-to-one. Celebrate her retirement at 5:30 at Common Market Quincy. See more, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Support the WREC Black History & College Tour
From April 15-19, 10th and 11th grade students from the West Roxbury Education Complex will travel to Atlanta and Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama for a Black History & College Tour. Please read more and support their trip as you are able!
Special Paraprofessional Request
A UMass Boston researcher is doing a survey on school discipline and is especially looking for input from Paraprofessionals. Take the School Discipline survey. If you complete the questionnaire and are interested in being interviewed, you could earn $50 cash. If you have any questions about this survey, or difficulty in accessing the site or completing the survey, please contact Erin at email@example.com.
Scholarship Fund from Massachusetts Reading Association
Do you have a plan for conducting action research in your educational setting? Would you like financial support for your idea? The Massachusetts Reading Association invites you to submit a proposal for the Sylvia D. Brown Scholarship and receive up to $1,000 to fund your project. See the application and information form and the Participant Information Form for more. Please read all information carefully. Proposals are due by January 4, and must be submitted electronically to the Sylvia D. Brown Committee Chair, Terrie Marr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance, enrich, and expand your understanding of literacy!
We are sorry to let you know that Charles Kilmain, the father of Sumner teacher Karen Kilmain-Patriquin and husband of retired Lyndon and Tobin secretary Carol Kilmain, passed away yesterday. Charles’ wake will be held Thursday from 4-8 PM at Lawler & Crosby in West Roxbury, and the funeral mass will be Friday at 10 AM at St. Theresa’s Church.
On behalf of the BTU, we send our condolences to Charles and Karen’s friends and family.