I hope this note finds you and your families well. NYSUT Members Benefit is presenting a couple of webinars/workshops that might be of interest to you. The first is a one-hour identity theft webinar presented by Cambridge Credit Counseling, a NYSUT Member Benefits endorsed program provider. The second is a workshop focusing on your personal well-being.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, NYSUT Member Benefits hosted a workshop on Everyday Resiliency yesterday and the feedback was great! This session focuses on ways to prioritize your own well-being during times of stress. Another session of this workshop is scheduled for May 18 at 4:00 p.m. To register click the following link:
Everyday Resilience Series (nysut.org)
Also, as the initial four Member Benefits webinars on Identity Theft presented in April were so popular, four additional ID Theft Webinars have been scheduled on May 19 at 4 p.m., May 20 at 4 p.m., May 26 at 4 p.m., and June 2 at 4 p.m.
Presented by Member Benefits-endorsed program provider Cambridge Credit Counseling, these one-hour webinars will offer details on what NYSUT members can do to avoid, detect and resolve identity theft. Click the following link to register for a particular webinar and for more information:
Matt Jacobs, Regional Staff Director
New York State United Teachers
1000 Woodbury Road -Suite 214
Woodbury, NY 11797
Office: (516) 496-2035
Mobile: (516) 319-7065
Meg HirschFri, May 7, 12:03 PM (3 days ago)
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As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, BMUST has decided to switch over to a digital form of voting for our local elections. We chose to go with the ElectionBuddy platform to host our electronic elections.
To learn about how voters vote in ElectionBuddy and how secret ballot voting works, please feel free to watch this video: Election Buddy for Unions
The following link provides an overview of how voting works in ElectionBuddy: Voting Overview — the Process for Voters. We will be using the email notices to vote.
When our elections go live, you can always contact me or ElectionBuddy at: email@example.com, and of course, you are welcome to reach out beforehand as well.
ElectionBuddy claims to be “the easiest way to improve voter engagement, save time, create a better voter experience, and guarantee election integrity.” Based on what I’ve seen, I must agree and hope you will as well.
Since the ballots will be sent out via email, we would like to make sure that we have everyone’s best personal email address on file. If you need to update your email address, please contact Meg Hirsch.
Dear Faculty and Staff,
I hope this finds you and your families safe and well! This is Paul Southard from Equitable Advisors. First, I would like to thank you all for your commitment and dedication to your students and your communities during these very stressful times. I am here to help in any way I can.
I’m reaching out regarding the 403(b), the 401k of the public school system. Due to the pandemic and the safety of both faculty and staff, I am not visiting the buildings like I normally do. As part of my practice, I have come up with a solution to be a virtual resource for anyone who may have questions. Below, you will find a scheduling link to my calendar.
If you click on the link you can select a half hour individual time slot to review your current 403(b), establish a new account, or ask any other financial questions you may have. If you currently have a 403b with another provider and would like a complimentary review, I would love to meet with you as well. I look forward to speaking with you soon. Thank you again, have a terrific week and stay safe!
Paul E. Southard
May 6 through 12 is School Nurses’ Recognition Week. The significance of May 12th is that we celebrate the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Although it continues to be difficult to stop by their offices today to say thank you in person, please take a moment to send a note to our nurses to let them know how much you appreciate the work they do for our children and us as teachers.The pandemic has only served to amplify how essential the nurses are to our school community.They are the heart of healthcare for our students and faculty and we are lucky to have such an outstanding collection of nurses as members of BMUST.
To all of our nurses, thank you for all that you do. You are greatly appreciated!
Anthony Dolisi and Ronald Dinehart from Equitable Advisors, LLC (formerly AXA) will be available for in-person consultations at the Brookside Board Room on Tuesday May 11, from 10-5. Please see their note below. Sign-ups available here.
Dear Bellmore Merrick Faculty and Staff,
We hope this email finds you and your families well and we’d like to thank you for your continued commitment and support for everything you do.
On Tuesday, May 11th from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM we’ll be visiting the district to go over the Equitable’s 403(b) Plan and discuss how it fits into your retirement , as well as offer any guidance on any financial planning you may need. We’ll have a table in the boardroom in the Administration building all day.
If you‘d like to review your current 403(b) or learn about enrolling in a new plan, please make sure to stop over and see us. Additionally, if you currently have a 403(b) with a different provider and would like a complimentary review, we’d be happy to assist with this as well. Have a terrific week and we look forward to seeing you next week.
Also, we’ll be serving complimentary wraps, salads, and deserts all individually wrapped for your convenience and safety!!!
Anthony Dolisi II
Retirement Benefits Group
1000 Woodbury Rd, Suite 300, Woodbury, NY 11797
Phone: (516) 355-3344 |
It is with a heavy heart that I am reaching out to let you know of the passing of Mario DiChiara, the husband of Rita DiChiara who teaches English at Merrick Avenue Middle School and at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program and the brother-in-law of Anna DiCiara, who teaches Italian at Merrick Avenue. Here is a link to the GoFundMe page created in memory of Mario.
Please keep Rita and her family in your thoughts during these most difficult of times.
Please take a moment to review the following Member Benefits:
Defensive Driving - available through NYSUT at the low rate of $21.95, to you and your family members. Register here. If this is your first time signing up, please select "New Student". Discount Code: NYSUTDDC.
Health Care FSA Eligible Items - The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, expanded the list of products eligible for reimbursement from health savings accounts (HSAs) and medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
Identity Theft Webinars - available through NYSUT on April 14 & 21. The presentation will look at the measures you can take to protect your personal information, detect identity theft if it does occur, and the steps you will need to quickly take if you become a victim of this insidious crime.
BMCSHD, along with the component districts, have contracted with Walgreens to administer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine this Thursday afternoon (3/25) and Sunday (3/28).
If you, and/or a qualifying spouse, are interested in receiving the vaccine, please contact Ann Kaprat at firstname.lastname@example.org or during office hours at x1041 at your earliest convenience. Appointments are available on a first come first serve basis.
As many of you know, BMUST and the BMCHSD lost an incredible educator and an even better human being with the passing of Betsy Siegelaub. Betsy is survived by her devoted husband Marc and loving son Nathan. Together with her family, the Mepham World Language Department is establishing a scholarship fund in Betsy’s memory, with the goals of honoring and remembering her legacy and recognizing a Mepham student that demonstrates excellence in world language and chooses to pursue a degree in world language or education in his or her college studies.
If you would like to contribute, please follow the link below to a GoFundMe page for the Betsy Siegelaub Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Thank you and please continue to keep Betsy’s family in your thoughts.
Robert G. Porter Scholars Program
This program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to graduating seniors who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members. Grants can be used for continuing education and also for implementing programs or introducing tools in the classroom, workplace and/or community.
Please visit the AFT Scholarships page for more information
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