Please help in the fundraising efforts to support a 12 year old Merrick boy, Jake Lonigro and his family. Jake suffers from a rare form of children's cancer. The money raised will help pay for Jake's treatment and medical bills. See the two attached pages with more specific details.
Please join us as we walk for a cure for breast cancer in our annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk: Sunday, October 16, Field 5. Please visit our website team page where you can make donations easily online to the American Cancer Society: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/BMUST
For more details, please contact Bruce Reed: firstname.lastname@example.org, or text at 516-443-3304.
Thank you very much for your generosity for a cause that has touched so many of our lives.
Please see attached.
Sal LaRocca from VOYA Financial (an approved annuity company) will be visiting your school. Please see the attached flyer for dates & times.
As most of you know, our beloved Rich Anderson, Special Ed Teacher at Grand Avenue, recently passed away. Rich is survived by his wife and three young children. We are appealing to everyone to join us in supporting his family in any way you can. ALL proceeds will benefit the Anderson Family.
Link for details on the Anderson fundraiser & donations:
Please feel free to share this link with others.
On Labor Day weekend, the full time and adjunct faculty at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University were informed, with less than a day’s notice, that they were locked out of their campus. They are no longer being paid and their health insurance has been cut off.
The faculty at LIU and their families depend on their paychecks and health insurance. Please help them in their time of need by clicking here to donate to the Long Island University Faculty Federation solidarity fund.
The lockout is an employer’s strike—it’s a contemptible way to bully workers. As far as we know, this is the first time in American history that an institution of higher education has locked out its faculty! But if LIU gets away with this lockout you can be sure it won’t be the last. The LIU lockout has also deprived its students of the quality education they deserve – and pay for! – by redeploying unqualified administrators and replacement workers to teach classes. The LIU students, by the way, are standing in solidarity with the faculty and conducted a mass walkout on Thursday.
Our brothers and sisters need your help. The faculty’s ability to continue to stand strong against the administration depends on their being able to weather this lockout financially. Click here to donate to the LIU Faculty Federation solidarity fund today.
Adding insult to injury, the LIU administration chose Labor Day weekend, when Americans reflect on the importance of the labor movement, to lock out its own faculty—and disrupt the education of the 8,170 students on its Brooklyn campus.
We will continue to fight until LIU’s administration restores our members’ pay and benefits and returns to the bargaining table to settle a fair contract.
In the meantime, show your solidarity with your New York State United Teachers/American Federation of Teachers brothers and sisters and their families by clicking here to donate to the LIU Faculty Federation solidarity fund today.
Contributions can be made by individual members and by locals. Please circulate this message to your members and strongly encourage them to give whatever they can afford IMMEDIATELY. Time is of the essence if the members of the LIUFF are to prevail in this struggle.
We hope everyone enjoyed their summer! The Bellmore and Merrick Street Fairs are right around the corner and we need your help to ensure that we have sufficient coverage to run both events successfully. The Bellmore and Merrick Street Fairs are important events in our community. Both fairs are early this year and we would appreciate it if faculty and staff members would consider volunteering 1-2 hours of their time.
The Merrick Street Fair:
• Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th
• Volunteers should report to the BMCHSD table/tent located in front of RS Jones Restaurant
The Bellmore Street Fair:
• Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th
• Volunteers should report to the BMCHSD table/tent located in the LIRR parking lot near the corner of Bellmore Ave and Sunrise Hwy
We could use 1 or 2 teacher volunteers for each time slot. Below is a link to our Google spreadsheet to view what time slots need to be filled by teacher volunteers.
Those interested in volunteering 1-2 hours of their time should email Jessica Chilton at email@example.com with the time slots they are interested in filling. An email will be sent to each teacher volunteer giving them specific directions on what they need to do to help out on their assigned day!
Attention Art Club and Honor Society Advisors:
In the past you have done a wonderful job setting up student volunteers, we would appreciate the help- please email us with any questions and concerns. Your students' talents are always a welcomed addition.
We ask that teachers please make announcements in their classrooms including the event details. Students should volunteer for a minimum of two hours. They will be expected to assist the children with some simple and fun crafts. Children who attend the festivals especially enjoy the face painting. Teachers may e-mail us the names, dates, and times students plan to attend. Students will be required to sign in with Ms. Azzara or Mrs. Chilton and we will inform teachers of student participation. (This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service!)
Thank you again for your help and we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!
Jessica Chilton (JFK) & Catherine Azzara (GAMS)
Political Action in Nassau County – 9/6/16
Tuesday Sept. 13: Democratic Primaries
Please get the word out to
who are registered Democrats and who live in the 20th Assembly District to vote on Tuesday September 13
& vote for Anthony Eramo.
The district is primarily made up of Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Point Lookout, Island Park, Oceanside, and the 5 towns.
And don’t forget turnout in this primary is expected to be very light. So every vote is going to be important.
Please join us at our Welcome Back Party on Friday, September 23. See the attached flyer for details.
Dear BMUST Members,
Welcome back to a new year which I sincerely hope will be a happy, healthy, and productive one for all of you. A challenging summer for the district as several construction projects were undertaken has led to an uneasy start of the year for many of us. Please know that every effort will be made by the district and BMUST to assist all staff members to make the beginning of the school year run as smooth as possible. I certainly anticipate that the uneasiness many of us are feeling now will dissipate shortly and we will all be able to enjoy the benefits of these projects. Communication about this work is ongoing between the district and BMUST and I encourage anyone with questions or concerns to address them right away with your Head Building Representative and principal.
As I begin my 33rd year here in Bellmore-Merrick and my 4th as your President, I find this job to be incredibly challenging and rewarding. With well over 500 teachers and paraprofessionals, I continuously strive to keep the “big picture” in sight while relying heavily on my outstanding Board of Trustees and Representative Assembly to help me navigate my way through the highs and lows of my position. Working together, I’m confident that we can confront any difficulties we face professionally and personally, and come up with reasonable solutions to make our Bellmore-Merrick experience a fantastic one.
As far as our contract, the negotiating team has been working on some language and items that both sides agreed need to be updated and cleaned up. Our goal continues to be to have a new contract printed and distributed as soon as possible. When needed, please continue to refer to our blue contract booklet and the information emailed and distributed to the staff at the end of last year about changes to the contract.
While our union has been very fortunate recently in several court cases, including Friedrichs and Vergara, which I spoke about last year, challenges to our profession are on the horizon. Our participation in the upcoming statewide and presidential election is critical and BMUST is planning a pledge to vote campaign shortly. NYSUT members typically make up from 4-8% of the electorate here in New York. Several close races may get decided by our ability to get out the vote. However you choose to vote, just vote!
As the years go by and I find myself getting much closer to retirement, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with wonderful, dedicated staff members throughout my career. I will miss Rich Anderson and Jack Rice, colleagues of mine at Grand Avenue who unfortunately passed away this summer. Rich’s passing at such a young age with a wife and three young children left behind is particularly painful. My wife Lisa and children Michele and Ben saying “YOLO” to me when deciding how to live our lives has unfortunately taken on a new meaning and importance recently. I know I’m in a good place here and I will do my best to appreciate my time in Bellmore-Merrick.
Again, welcome back! I encourage everyone to refer to our website (bmust.org) for important information about our union and upcoming events. I hope to see everyone at the opportunities we have to get together this year. If you need to communicate with me, our office extension is 1068 and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at the Welcome Back Party on Friday, September 23 (2:30-5:30 PM) at the Grillfire Restaurant in Merrick.
Best wishes for a fantastic year!