Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school year!
 
I hope you had a successful start last week.  There’s a lot to look forward to already – the new Social Justice Committee, the new Sick Bank (info coming under separate email), the new contract ….  The Board of Education Business Office expects the salary raises to be in our October 15th paycheck.  Always remember to check your paystub.
 
And what about this new virtual school year?  This is definitely a trying time for everyone.  Lean on your colleagues when you are stressed out or have questions.  Are you doing virtual PLCs?  If the stress is too much to handle, remember the NJEA has a confidential 24/7 Helpline @ 866-Aid-NJEA. 
 
I also want to remind you of something I said to our Rep Council on March 12, 2020.  Do not compare yourself and your position to other members.  Don’t assume that someone else’s job is easier than yours.  Everyone will be affected differently by this virtual education.  Do the best you can at your job.  This is a time for us to pull together, not pull apart.
 
And finally some info and dates for you.  Members are encouraged to attend the Union Township Education Association Representative Council meetings and/or join a committee, see flyer for contact names.  If you want help with virtual learning, check out this one:  NEA Distance Learning Webinars Fall 2020.  And if you’re thinking about the open enrollment for New Jersey Educators’ Health Plan (NJEHP), NJEA has some webinars for you to check out. 
 
Next weekend is traditionally a UTEA Back to School social event.  I hope you’re able to relax with some friends.  Good luck moving forward!

Ann-Margaret Shannon

ashannon@njea.org