Friday Updates

Friday, April 20


Happy Friday!

I wish everyone could see all the work outside the classroom that our educators do to make our schools the best they can be for our students.  We have so many committees that most people don’t see (and may not even know exist).  I attend many of these meetings so I see the tremendous effort so many of  you put in for our kids.  The Full Day K review committee met last evening.  Each level has a leadership group that has met throughout the year.  These are just a few.  We have lots to refine, tweak, or even outright change.  But we also have many things to appreciate—and your hard work and effort for kids is on the top of that list.

Conference & Credit Fund

Our Conference & Credit Fund committee met on Monday.  The committee definitely had their work cut out for them.  We had 40 applicants with requests totaling over $36,000. With only $15,000 to distribute, some hard decisions needed to be made.  The committee was able to fund 28 applications at least partially.  I look forward to hearing about the conferences folks will be attending.  The next round to submit applications will be in October of next school year.


Educators of the Year


Yes, there is still time to nominate a colleague for SEA’s Educator of the Year.  We have 4 categories for nominations this year:  New Educator (1 to 5 years), Elementary, Secondary, and Specialist.  Take a few minutes before Monday at 4pm (yes a slight extension in case you need the weekend to complete that nomination you have been thinking about) to complete the nomination form.  


Here are the questions if you want to prepare your thoughts before beginning the survey monkey form.


1.  How does the educator inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities?

2.  In what ways is the nominee an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator?

3.  How does the educator demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom?

4.  Explain how the educator has the respect and admiration of students, parents, administrators, and colleagues.

5.  How does the educator go above and beyond to meet the needs of students and colleagues?


Retirement Workshop

Whether your retirement plans are in a few years or 30 years, you want to be well informed.  Of course, the sooner you start planning for retirement, the more likely you will be able to actually retire when you want to retire.  The next TREC sponsored retirement workshop will be on May 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 at the OEA office, 2815 Coburg Road. Registration is required.  RSVP tojohn@bridgeswealth.comto attend.


2018/19 Calendar

Our school board approved the calendar for next year at the last board meeting.  Critical dates for next year:  First day of school September 5 (or 6th).  Winter break will be from December 24 through January 6. January 7, our first day back from break, will be a nonstudent day.  Spring break is from March 25 to 29.  The last day of the year will be

June 14.  


Do you know when your license expires?  If not—find out.  It will always expire on your birthday so that part is easy to remember. Now, what year?   Depending on your license, every 3 or 5 years.  Your ability to teach requires a valid license.  Make sure you have one.



Anne Goff

Springfield Education Association President

Phone: (541) 726-8388 
              (541) 343-1151

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. 
--Margaret Mead