Congratulations to our 9 SVEA retirees. Thank you for your contributions to our students, profession, and union. Enjoy your last few days of school!
Since Monday, there has been much work and collaboration to make our June 2 rally happen. Principals know that you are free to come and participate. If you are unavoidably kept from the start time, please join us when you can. Here is the plan for Friday:
What: Speeches and sign-waving to encourage our community to speak up for fully funded schools
When: Friday, June 2, 1-4PM
Who: You, other SVEA members, support staff, secretaries, principals, administrators, school board members, parents and students (Please invite your friends and neighbors by sharing our Facebook event.)
Where: Snoqualmie Ridge (Parking can be found at Cascade View ES, Ridge Street, and Kinsey Street.)
Spread the word and see you there!
Our students have a right to amply funded public schools, but our legislators in Olympia haven't lived up to the McCleary promise. In response, SVEA will rally on Friday, June 2 from 1-4PM in Snoqualmie.
We will rally because fully funding quality basic education for all children is Washington’s paramount duty. This includes voter-approved smaller class sizes, professional compensation, and local control of our schools.
SVEA members invite community members to join us as we speak up for our students' right to fully funded schools.
Members met in the Mount Si High School Auditorium on Monday, May 15th to review progress made during the 2016-17 school year and discuss legislative inaction in Olympia. By a vote of 51-0, members decided to hold a rally on June 2 to demand fully funded public schools. More information will follow by the end of the week.
From the meeting minutes: Two years ago SVEA and the District joined forces collaboratively to publicly advocate for education funding for our schools. The district approached us about doing something like this again to make our community aware of education funding issues. They suggested that we go off the clock on June 2nd, a TDD, and rally again up on the ridge. Marcella Murphy (MSHS) moved that SVEA members hold a rally on Snoqualmie Ridge during the TDD portion of the school day on June 2. Ann Heideman (MSHS) seconded the motion. Discussion followed. The motion passed 51-0 with 1 abstention. SVEA will work with the district on planning and logistics.
Slides from the meeting are here and meeting minutes can be found here.
Two Fall City Elementary teachers traveled to Olympia last week to remind legislators of their paramount duty. They were featured in an OurVoice blog post.
Daionda Davis and Emily Lazenby are first grade teachers at Fall City Elementary in rural King County. They’re both union reps, and they’re both third-year teachers.
And on Tuesday, they were both first-time lobbyists in Olympia, tracking down their lawmakers to talk about the House and Senate’s competing budget plans.
“The Senate budget would reduce teacher pay and increase class sizes,” said Lazenby. “It would reduce our ability to collectively bargain, and that would make our jobs even harder than they already are.”
Davis and Lazenby joined Seattle Education Association President Phyllis Campano, who is helping organize Occupy Olympia and Resist the Senate Budget in Olympia. Every week day until May 12, dozens of WEA members are traveling to the state capital to lobby in support of the House Democrats’ K-12 budget and to oppose the Senate funding plan.
Read the rest of the post featuring Daionda and Emily here.
Woodland Park Zoo Educator Appreciation Day
Explore the zoo for a day! On Saturday, June 3rd Woodland Park Zoo invites P-20 educators to visit the zoo for free and receive half-priced admission for one adult guest!
Please check in at the South Entrance between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for your ticket into the zoo. You are welcome to stay until closing time but check-in will end at 3:00 p.m. Please bring something to verify your employment as an educator.
You may use this day to both enjoy the zoo and explore opportunities to include the zoo in your curriculum. There will be a variety of events including Bear Affair: Living Northwest Conservation Day, along with all summer programming. Please contact the zoo registrar with any questions (email@example.com or 206.548.2424).
Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium
The FREE Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium will be held at UW's Kane Hall on July 26 & 27. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder that is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social communication as well as the presence of restricted interests, repetitive behaviors, difficulty with change, and/or sensory hyper-/hypo-sensitivities. Educators will learn the diagnostic criteria and how symptoms may manifest and effect school behavior. The presentation will include how the diagnosis is made, common co-occurring conditions and a brief overview of recommended interventions for ASD.
Mark your calendar for our May 15 General Membership Meeting (4:15-5:30 @ MSHS Auditorium). In addition to action on local and state issues, NEA Director Pam Kruse will be in attendance. Now is the time to stay united and strong for our students! RSVP today.
Congratulations to SVEA member Anne McGavran! She's been awarded the 2017 Washington School Nurse of the Year by the School Nurse Organization of Washington.
Anne goes above and beyond caring for the 1,200+ kids at Snoqualmie Elementary and Cascade View Elementary. SVEA members appreciate her ongoing commitment to keeping all students healthy, safe, and learning!
The Snoqualmie Valley Education Association represents the 415+ certificated staff of the Snoqualmie Valley School District. We believe empowered educators, working together, are the foundation of great schools.