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November Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

person holding credit card next to laptop to pay for online purchasesThe holiday season will be here soon—get started on your preparations now and take advantage of great savings exclusively for CEA and NEA members.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for November 2019

Prepare now for a stress-free and enjoyable holiday season! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for November!* Read more

ACES Teacher’s Grant Brings Music to Special Education Students

Music therapy makes a big difference for her students, which is why ACES teacher Jaime Plancon is excited to have some extra funds to purchase instruments thanks to a grant from California Casualty.

Plancon, a music therapist, works at ACES Village School—a school for pre-K through eighth grade students with cognitive, physical, behavioral, language, and medical challenges. She says that music is an important tool to facilitate functional learning for her students.

ACES music therapist Jaime Plancon with ACES Education Association President Bill Jacobs.

Each class at the Village School receives music therapy for 30 minutes once a week, and Plancon also directs a choir for verbal students who are interested in participating and leads a community drum circle once a month.

Because of the population she serves, Plancon says, “I need a lot of adaptive instruments and technology that can enhance the therapy experience.” Read more

Mold, Rodent Droppings, Extreme Temperatures: Connecticut’s Schools Are Falling Apart and Making Students and Teachers Sick

Mold is a serious problem in many Connecticut schools, including this one in Stamford.

Students are vomiting and complaining of headaches and feeling like they are going to pass out.

It’s too hot, it’s like teaching in a pizza oven, and our students are overheating.

Every morning, I find rodent feces in my pre-k classroom where students work and play.

There are high levels of mold in my classroom and in the building, making students and teachers sick.

Sometimes in the winter, it’s warmer outside.

These are just a few of the comments reported by teachers from across the state who responded to a new CEA survey on environmental issues in their schools. The shocking findings highlight the need to address environmental problems in Connecticut’s school buildings that jeopardize the health and safety of students and teachers.

“From Stamford to Manchester and towns in between, teachers have been reporting illnesses related to environmental problems within their schools,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “There’s black mold, rodent droppings, extreme heat and cold temperatures, dust, asbestos, and other issues that are putting our students and teachers at risk every day.” Read more

Get Out Tomorrow and Vote!

Municipal elections are taking place in towns across Connecticut tomorrow, and candidates for Board of Education, Town Council, and Board of Finance are all on the ballot. Make sure your voice is heard!

Want to see what the ballot in your town will look like?

Not sure where to go to vote?

Polls will be open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. tomorrow. If you still need to register to vote, you can do so by going to your town hall tomorrow.

Connecticut Schools Celebrate Halloween

In ways big and small, many Connecticut schools are celebrating Halloween today. Here are just a few of the fun activities and costumes making it a special day for students.

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Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.

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Resources for National Geography Awareness Week

Since 1987, Geography Awareness Week has provided opportunities for schools and families to engage in entertaining educational experiences. Geography Awareness Week is celebrated every third week of November, this year that’s November 10-16.

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How You Can Help a Child This Holiday Season

It may still be October, but you can act now to help out a child in need this holiday season. By sponsoring a child through the Holiday Bear project, you can brighten the holidays for a child who would otherwise go without gifts this year.

Holiday Bear—a project of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm—helps make a difference for needy children who have been nominated by their teachers.

Gifts and donations must be received by Monday, December 2, at CEA’s offices in Hartford or at CEA UniServ offices for distribution before the holidays.

Click here for more information, or contact Mary-Pat Soucy at marypats@cea.org.

November Is Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month

Grand Entry, Omaha Powwow Project Collection. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Estimates of the population of the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans range from 8 million to more than 100 million. Cultures were as varied as the stationary Mayas in the Yucatan and the nomadic Plains Indians in North America. Explore Native American culture with the following lessons, activities, and resources.

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