Teacher Times #16
December 15, 2014
Birthdays of the Week
Demetri Nicolopoulos 12/15
Jose Alvarez 12/21
You should have received your Teacher's Choice funds (on your latest pay check. Please be reminded that your paperwork is due no later than March 15.
Please see information below in regards to accepting Holiday gifts, as taken from Chancellor's Regulation C-110 "Gifts, Fundraising, and Celebrations for New or Newly-Promoted Staff Members":
1. Gifts and Fundraising
No student, parent, guardian, school class, official, or employee is required or expected to contribute toward any gift or testimonial to an official or employee of the Department of Education. No class, student, parent, official, or employee shall be expected or required to participate in any fundraising activity.
a. Gifts from individual students, parents and/or guardians Individual students, parents and/or guardians may wish to make gifts to officials and employees at the end of the year and at similar occasions, such as holidays, weddings, and the birth of an official’s or employee’s child. However, discretion must be used to ensure that officials and employees do not accept gifts of value from individual children, parents, or guardians. Only those gifts that are principally sentimental in nature and of small financial value may be accepted.
b. Gifts from School Classes
In addition to individual gifts, sometimes an entire school class may wish to make a gift to officials and employees at the end of the year and at similar occasions, such as holidays, weddings, and the birth of an official’s or employee’s child. Officials and employees may accept gifts from whole classes of students, their parents and/or guardians, provided that each student, parent or guardian in the class has the opportunity to sign the card or note that comes with the gift, whether or not the student, parent or guardian contributed to the cost of the gift.
In addition, students, their parents and/or guardians may not be asked to contribute more than a small amount of money toward such class gifts.
Pic Of The Week
Professional Development and Student Opportunities
Professional development and student opportunities are posted on the PD and Student Opportunities page. This week’s highlights include:
§ Apply by December 11: Service in Schools Service-Learning Grant Opportunity
§ Ongoing through December 19: Joy Maker Challenge Dates Extended!
§ Register by December 22: Free Full-Day Professional Development in Support of P.S. -Art 2015
§ Register by January 13: Hands-on Workshop on Immigration and Identity at the Museum of the City of New York
§ Register by January 15: Teaching New York City Through Art: The Ashcan School-Hands-on Workshop
§ Submit by February 23: Call for Student Artwork for the 13th Annual P.S. Art Exhibition
§ Ongoing: Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island
Elementary and Middle:
§ Register by January 6: Professional Learning Session on Increasing Reading Achievement in Grades 3–8
§ Participate on January 8: History & Theater
§ Apply by December 30: New York Film Academy Summer Program Scholarship