Check your email or snail mail to find out about benefit enrollment options. If you are not changing medical plans, you do not have to do anything. Kristi Gilmore is out on leave, so follow instructions in your email for making an appointment. We are finalizing a set rate for WABE (waive of benefits) under SISC and details will come out soon.
All GSCFT and SCCCE members are invited to come participate in our endorsement forum for the SCCS Board. Three seats are open. Our COPE committee will be interviewing candidates; then we will discuss and vote on endorsements. Participate in democracy at the grassroots! This is our school community.
LIGHT DINNER WILL BE SERVED. RSVPS are not required, but would be appreciated to plan for food.
GSCFT Site Représentatives: Mark your calendars and make sure one Rep. from each site is at our 1st meeting. We will meet in the Library at Delaveaga School. Healthy and delicious snacks and beverages are always served to get you through that afternoon energy crash.
All GSCFT Site Reps. are encouraged to attend our October Reps. meeting at PAL (Partnership Labor and Administration) Convening. We will have the union meeting from 3:45-4:30, then move into our PAL convening for the 18-19 school year. This PAL session will focus on curriculum looking through the frame of the four SCCS focus areas. We will have presentations from our new Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum Directors, then will meet with our sites to look at our site programs, then share in large group so we can understand where we are as a District. Dinner will be served.
An email has been sent out to all GSCFT members with a link to our digital vote for the Evaluation Article of our Contract. If you didn't receive the link, please email me from your non-school email and I will send you the link. Your Site Reps. have information about the vote and there is a hard copy of the proposed article at each school site.
Dolores Huerta, one of the founders of the United Farm Workers, will be in Watsonville Friday with our Sisters and Brothers in PVFT to support Robert Rivas for Assembly, District 30. Rivas was endorsed by the CFT.
WEAR RED FOR ED! Every Wednesday: Tell California and the United States: Its time to fully fund our public schools!
Due to Spring Break, the GSCFT SITE REPS meeting takes place on the 2nd Monday this month. Same place, same time, new topics!
March for Our Lives Events are taking place around the Bay Area: one in San Jose and one in San Francisco. We have seen news that there will be a March in Santa Cruz, but details are not known. Here is the website to look up Marches: https://marchforourlives.com
AFT AND NEA ARE ENCOURAGING US TO WEAR ORANGE ON MARCH 14, 3/14, TO HONOR THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WHO WERE KILLED IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA. THIS IS A WAY TO SHOW SOLIDARITY.
OUR MONTHLY MEETING OF GSCFT REPS TAKES PLACE IN THE DELAVEAGA LIBRARY. GSCFT PROVIDES HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS SNACKS. CHECK IN WITH YOUR REPS PRIOR TO THE MEETING IF YOU CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS.
ELEMENTARY TEACHERS: We need your input on the meeting times that have been discussed. We want to make sure we hear from all of you so that we are representing you as best as we can. Please complete the very brief, 2 question survey that was sent out. If you did not get it, its because I don't have your correct, non school email. Email me with that email and I will send you the link. (for GSCFT Members only)
An email has gone out to GSCFT members with a link to an online vote on our 2017-2018 contract proposal. If you have not received this link, we don't have your correct email. Please contact me directly through that email so I can add you to our contact list. Voting closes at 4:30 on Wednesday, 2/14/18 .
GSCFT Reps: we will meet Monday, Feb. 5 at Delaveaga in the Library. Special Guest: Lucia Calderon from Safe Ag Schools. Healthy snacks and hot tea served.
We will also have a portion of the meeting for General Membership items: Negotiations Update and AFT Convention.
Please join GSCFT to march in the anniversary Women's March Santa Cruz. We are co-sponsors of this march. We will gather near the intersection of Locust and Pacific, in front of Verve Coffee. We start gathering at 11:00 and march to Louden Nelson center at noon. There is an activist fair at Louden Nelson after the March. Please RSVP if you think you will attend so I have an idea of how many CFT signs to bring. I can also drop signs off at your school site if you would like to make a sign ahead of time.
Here are links to more information about the March.
· Friday Make Night: Power to the Picket
Fri, Jan 19, 2018, 5–8 pm
Come to the MAH and MAKE your sign for the 2018 Women’s March! Power to the Picket is a picket sign making drop-in art activity where you can make a picket sign with either a blank canvas or use a MAH made template and fill in the blanks. Great for all ages. The MAH is working with and helping promote the Women’s March with this activity. Casey will bring CFT sign blanks to the event.
Landed is now in Santa Cruz County and is offering home buying assistance to all school district employees across our county. Representatives Ian Magruder, (SCCS graduate) and Jessica Zhao will be presenting information and answering questions for potential home buyers. landed.com
This is a free public event and all are welcome.
Meet and Greet Gavin Newsom, Candidate for Governor 2018
Saturday, December 9th
11:30am at the SCPD Community Room
155 Center St Santa Cruz
The Democratic's Women Club is co-sponsoring this event.
In regard to the email about Employment Verification from HR:
"Human Resources is reviewing information in your personnel file regarding your seniority, assignment and credentials. Please review your employment information below. Your first date of paid probationary service may not be the same as your hire date. Your first date of paid probationary service is your first day of work in probationary (not temporary) status. If your information is correct, you do not need to do anything further. If you need to update your information, please reply to this email by Friday, December 8, 2017, and include your changes. You will receive confirmation of any changes made from Human Resources.
Thank you, Desiree Dominguez
This is the annual Employment Verification form we fill out every January on paper, now being sent out digitally. You need to check to make sure the information is accurate. You do not need to respond to Desiree's email, unless there is a correction to be made. Your response is requested back by 12/8. This is not connected to any plan for transfers; this is the same procedure we do every year, but via email to save paper etc.
GSCFT Reps Council will be meeting at Delaveaga School on Monday, Dec. 4. We have a special guest, our State President, Joshua Pechthalt. We will be having a holiday tamale treat.
SAVE THE DATE! Our November Site Reps. Council meeting will feature a special presentation by CFT Budget expert Emily Gordon to help us read our school district budgets. Emily is informative and interesting and explains the budget in terms we can all understand. We will start at 3:45 and Emily will begin presenting around 4:15.
At the Museum of Art and History, a panel discussion about our Housing Crisis in Santa Cruz and how to move forward with solutions.
SCCS District has brought to negotiations the topic of Restructured Wednesdays, and how they are utilized. We do not have a specific proposal yet. GSCFT will then need to respond on behalf of the elementary teachers.
To inform our GSCFT Bargaining Team, we are going to hold a Listening Session on October 16, at Gault School in Room 1A (Kinder) at 3:30. This will be a structured meeting, functioning in Round Robin style. All ideas, responses etc will be recorded without judgement.
(If needed we can have more sessions in the future)
Our negotiating team wants to hear from you about how the use of Wednesdays has evolved over time, what staff would think about making changes to any Wednesdays, how staff feels about adequacy of collaboration time, teacher prep time etc.