We are pleased to announce that Dr. Konni deGoeij will be joining the Local as Executive Assistant April 1, 2014, fulfilling the secondment approved by CSR in May 2013. Dr. deGoeij brings with her an extensive ATA background, most recently in the Member Services program area.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted an application form for the one-half day of release time to observe a colleague in action. The winners have been notified by email.
The Political Engagement Committee wants you and two of your colleagues to attend a training session on Thursday, April 24, 2014 to assist teams of teachers to more effectively contact MLAs and share with them consistent, core messages. Complete the form and return it to the Local's office before April 17, 2014.
The Professional Development Committee is hosting a Specialist Council Showcase on Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm. Drop in and bring your colleagues to learn more about what your specialist councils have to offer, and stay to enjoy light refreshments.
The Social Committee is hosting the Family Fun Night at the West Edmonton Mall Water Park on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 7:30-10:30 pm. Tickets are $5.00 per person (2 and under are free) and are available from Social Committee members or the Local's office. Only cash or cheques will be accepted. Forms can be completed and returned to the Local's office on Board truck or in person until April 23, 2014.
The Communications Committee is hosting a Committee Showcase prior to the Council meeting on Wednesday, April 30th. Plan to come out and see what the committees have to offer and consider putting your name forward to serve on a committee for one year! The fun will begin at 4:30 pm. See you there!
A General Assembly has been called before the Council of School Representatives Meeting on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 5:00 pm to approve changes to the Local's Constitution. The regular Council meeting will commence immediately after.
Education Week was established by teachers more than 75 years ago to call attention to the importance of public education and its role in the development of Alberta. This week of celebration provides opportunities to speak up for public education; highlights partnerships among teachers, parents and students; and recognizes the contributions of staff, students and volunteers in Alberta schools.
The PD Committee is hosting a workshop with presenter Dr. Darren Lund, University of Calgary, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 7:00 pm. Keep posted for more information on this exciting PD opportunity.
The Social Committee will be hosting the 2nd Annual Car Rally Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The rally will begin at 4:00 pm at Barnett House (11010-142 Street) and end at Barnett House for a BBQ and prizes. Pre-register your team (maximum of four people) with Sharon Thorn at the Local's office (780-455-2164) no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.
The Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Subcommittee of the Service to Members Committee is supporting the Paper Kite Foundation, which works directly with two orphanages in the Bihar state of India. All funds raised go directly to the well-being of the children. Each year a member of the foundation goes to India at his/her own expense to purchase goods and services in the community for the orphanages. The committee is selling $25 gift cards for Salisbury Greenhouses with 20% of the money going to the charity. Complete the form and return it with your school representative or directly to the Local's office (780-455-2461).
The Local offers PD grants-in-aid to help individual teachers defray the cost of professional development (conferences, courses, seminars) to a maximum amount of $300. To apply for a grant-in-aid, complete the form and return it to the Local's office no later than 4:30 pm Thursday, May 22, 2014.
We need you! The Local is all of us and its success depends on the extent that we each contribute our talents. Consider volunteering your services to one of our standing committees for next year. Complete the form and return it to the Local's office by Friday, May 23, 2014. If necessary, elections will take place at the May 28th Council meeting.
The Local's Retiring Teachers' Banquet, to honour our retiring members, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe on Friday, June 6, 2014 beginning with cockails at 5:30 pm. Please contact the Local's office if you are aware of a colleague who is retiring this year to ensure they receive an invitation (780-455-2164; firstname.lastname@example.org). Retirees receive two complimentary banquet tickets; additional tickets maybe purchased for $65 each.
The Service to Members Committee is looking for 10 teachers who are interested in volunteering to serve dinner at the Hope Mission on Tuesday, June 10th from 4:00-7:00 pm. Interested teachers can register by contacting the Local's office (780-455-2164; email@example.com).
An update on the work of the C2 Committee to date is available here.
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