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Look for the CEA Advisor in Your Mailbox

The December 2017 – January 2018 edition of the CEA Advisor will be in your mailbox this week. It’s already available to read online. Don’t miss these and other stories.

Connecticut Teachers Honored for Innovation, Excellence

More than 100 teachers took the stage at a ceremony naming the 2018 Teacher of the Year and honoring all the great educators who innovate and inspire.

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CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey This Sunday!

Join your colleagues for a special game this Sunday, December 17, at 3 p.m., where teachers and their families receive special recognition.

Get your tickets today.

CEA members save more than 60% on premium seats at select games throughout the season. You and your family pay $16 for seats normally priced at $41.

More CEA Teacher Appreciation Days are coming up this winter at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday, February 10, and Sunday, March 11.

Get Easy Access to the Most Requested NEA Member Deals and Discounts

You’re sitting at your computer, pondering the details of your next vacation, an outing with your kids, or maybe what to have for dinner tonight. You know you have lots of discounts available through your NEA membership, but you’re not sure where to start.

NEA Member Benefits wants to make it easier for you to find the discounts you’re looking for, so they’ve gathered up the most commonly asked questions received through the Member Service Center.

Q: Does NEA offer discounts on laptops?

A: Yes! You can find discounts on laptops and other electronics through NEA Click & Save. Shop Lenovo, HP, Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Samsung and more through the NEA Click & Save Electronics Store.
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Old Saybrook Teachers, School Community Host Fourth Annual Jingle Bell Run

Teachers, students, administrators, and community members all took part in Old Saybrook’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Run.

Saturday’s bright sun and brisk morning temps made for perfect conditions for Old Saybrook’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Run.

A major fundraiser organized by Old Saybrook High School building rep and science teacher Amber Scherber and fellow science teacher Karen Carlone, the December 2 race brought in nearly 100 participants and garnered the strong support of teachers from every school in the district.

“This race is really a collaborative effort of so many educators,” says Carlone. “The Old Saybrook Education Association and the PTO work hand in hand to make it a success.” Read more

West Hartford Students Spread Holiday Cheer at Festival of Trees and Traditions

IMG_20171201_105533Visitors to the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Festival of Trees and Traditions on a recent morning were treated not only to brightly decorated trees and sparkling lights, but also to the sweet sound of holiday classics performed by middle school musicians from West Hartford.

First String, a selective chamber orchestra from Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford, has been performing at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s annual Festival of Trees and Traditions since 1980. The 30-member ensemble meets before and after school and involves the most dedicated sixth- through eighth-grade musicians from the orchestra program. Read more

December Deals and Discounts From NEA Member Benefits

December is here! Remember to check out NEA Member Benefits for a wide variety of deals and discounts this holiday season. Below are highlighted offers for December.

NEA Click & Save Holiday Fair 2017

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and take advantage of best-in-market pricing at the NEA Click & Save Holiday Fair! Plus, there are other exciting events planned throughout December, like Green Monday, Free Shipping Day, 5 STAR for a Day and, of course, post-holiday sales!

Visit www.neamb.com/clickandsave often to get the best deals as they happen! Read more

Holiday Bear Project Teaches Spirit of Giving

Social studies teacher Lil Diachenko and her Avon seventh-graders loaded up a U-Haul today with gift donations for the Holiday Bear Project.

When Holiday Bear season comes to Avon “there’s real excitement in the air,” says social studies teacher Lil Diachenko.

Diachenko and her seventh-graders today filled up a whole U-Haul truck with gift donations from across the Avon Public Schools. Homeroom teachers, student clubs, educators, and families work together every year to purchase, compile and wrap presents for students around Connecticut who otherwise might not receive any gifts this season. Read more

December Holidays Lessons & Resources

Photo by Nancy Sims via Flickr. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Photo by Nancy Sims via Flickr, CC license.

Celebrate the holiday season and learn how others celebrate with these lessons and resources for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years.

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Haddam-Killingworth Building Rep Offers Information and Support

Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson.

That’s why, here at CEA, we’re recognizing building reps around the state for their dedication to their colleagues and their willingness to devote time out of their busy schedules to this important job.

Today’s featured building rep is Wendy Adamczyk, a Haddam-Killingworth High School math teacher who has taught for 28 years and been a building rep for five years. Read more

High School & Middle School Teachers: Apply Now for a California Casualty Athletics Grant

Bloomfield’s 5th-8th grade softball team received a California Casualty Athletics Grant last year to purchase uniforms and needed equipment. Coach Mary Kay Rendock is at right and assistant coach Lauren Serafino is at left.

Public high schools and middle schools in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, is providing grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics.

Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2018 for consideration for the 2017-2018 school year.

Thanks to a California Casualty Athletics Grant, last year Mary Kay Rendock, a math instructional coach at Carmen Arace Intermediate School in Bloomfield, was able to purchase uniforms, specialty catcher gloves, and other crucial equipment for the girls middle school softball team she coaches.
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