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Weekly Briefing – September 4

This will be my last official Weekly Briefing before we reopen this week. With it, I'd like to do three things: Identify and provide updates on items members brought to our attention during this week's Conference Days. Summarize and highlight what we've done to get where we are. Reflect on the state [...]

Weekly Briefing – September 42020-09-05T07:17:49-04:00

Mental Health Conference Opportunity

Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 on Workers and their Families Good afternoon! Through our Welfare Trust, we are members of an international foundation that deals with employee benefits. They host some excellent events. One was announced recently that I want to share with you. Between September 15 and September 18, they're hosting [...]

Mental Health Conference Opportunity2020-09-05T07:15:46-04:00

Childcare Registration Now Live

Childcare Update - September 1 Good afternoon! This quick email is just to let members know that our Childcare Partnership with Tutor Time is officially up and running! Here are a few quick details / reminders Our partnership provides a 60% discount on 'School Age Camp' programs at participating Tutor Time, Child [...]

Childcare Registration Now Live2020-09-05T07:13:38-04:00

Para Welcome Back Letter

September 2020 Dear Paraprofessional Staff, I am sure you will be reading my welcome letter to the 2020-2021 school year as an email. There will be no typical Superintendent’s Conference Day where we start our first morning back seeing and meeting new friends and catching up at High School East.  Along with this and so many other changes we have faced in the past six months, we must acknowledge those who have lost a loved one; those whose graduation or a move to college looked way different; a wedding postponed; having to wait to hold a first born grandbaby. And then, as we always do, we push through together, even at six feet apart. Distance has made us closer than I could ever have imagined.  The bonds between family, friends and colleagues have become stronger in that we all share a common uncertainty. We may not be face to face, but we are heart to heart. And therein lies our solidarity.  Heart to heart.  We as paraprofessionals do what we do because we are caregivers; our students and their successes mean everything to us.  But things are different now and that means we must be flexible.   In baseball, a pitch comes at the batter- is it a changeup?  A knuckleball?  The batter has to adjust the swing to meet the pitch.  We have to adjust and be ready to swing at whatever is pitched at us.  We must remain steadfast in knowing that our contribution and our value to Half Hollow Hills is from the heart.   That means so much to our students and their families.  They look to us to help them thrive and to be happy, whether in peace or turmoil.  As paraprofessionals it is what we do, it is what we give. Heart to heart. Always Grateful, Lori Levine Paraprofessional Vice President HHHTA

Para Welcome Back Letter2020-09-05T07:11:24-04:00

Update for Nurses

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope this email finds you all in good health. Some of you have recently reached out for updates on PPE supplies available for the start of the school year. Of course it's absolutely critical that you have everything you need to do your work safely. As we've reached [...]

Update for Nurses2020-08-29T07:46:02-04:00

Childcare Update

As of this morning, the HHHTA has entered an official partnership with the parent company that manages Tutor Time (as well as Child Time and Everbrook Academy). The partnership will provide our members with kids grades K through 6 a 60% discount on the "School Aged Camp" program at any of their locations.  It will take a week or two [...]

Childcare Update2020-08-28T13:58:48-04:00

Weekly Briefing – August 21

This week we host our annual welcome for New Members. Next week is Superintendent's Conference Day, and the week after that, it's "go time," so things are starting to feel more real by the minute. With that, all the little details of what we do that drift to our subconscious during summer [...]

Weekly Briefing – August 212020-08-25T07:06:28-04:00

Weekly Briefing – August 15

Dear Members, Thanks to all of you who were able to attend yesterday's Q&A with Central Administration. As many as 900 employees from across the district participated. For those of you who were unable, the presentation was recorded and will be made available for your viewing.  Since the presentation offered more than [...]

Weekly Briefing – August 152020-08-15T15:39:45-04:00

Weekly Briefing – August 7

Reopening - Let's start with the biggest news... as of this morning, the Governor has officially given schools across the state a green light to reopen. Accommodations and Leaves - A lot of the questions coming in over the last week or two have been about workplace accommodations and leaves. We've worked with Central [...]

Weekly Briefing – August 72020-08-07T12:49:34-04:00

Weekly Briefing – July 31

This is gonna be a long one, with lofty 'halftime' speeches interspersed, so I'll just dive right in. Though we have discussed much more than what's below, and I could probably spend an hour on each bullet, I've tried to summarize where we stand on the things members reach out the most [...]

Weekly Briefing – July 312020-07-31T20:57:53-04:00