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The R.A.P Connection SEPT./OCT 2011 Volume 45 The Official Publication Editor: Mary Lerkins Officers Margie Brumfield- President Mary Lerkins- 1 st Vice President Angelina Rivera- 2 nd Vice President Natalie Vazzana- Secretary/Treasurer 30 N.Union St., Suite 203, Rochester, NY 14607 Office- 454-1380 Fax- 454-1383 http://ny.aft.org/rap Executive Board Members Paul Pittinaro- Board Chairperson Jewell Brown Cedric Moorehead Terry Spiva Linda Thompson Dorothy Tisdale Maryann Tychoniewicz Rosemary Wilson From the Desk of the President: WELCOME BACK! The end of last school year has been the most disheartening year ever, because of the many RIF(reduction in force) notices that went out. It started out as 142 potential notices that settled at 132 actual RIF’s. Many were also displaced. There was much, much movement! Fortunately many of our members have been called back, but not necessarily in the same positions; but back to work. To date we are aware of 55 restored positions. RAP INSTITUTE… The RCSD finally recognized our needs and offered paid PD at the end of June without RAP having to negotiate or beg for it. It was limited to 150 members with the plan of an additional 150 attending another session in the fall, the week before school started. Unfortunately; after the first session, the reports that were sent back to central office concerning our group were so disturbing, which is totally unacceptable! I believe it influenced their decision on having the second session or not! We were told that funds were no longer available. The reports that we received were horrible. It was a reflection on the entire organization. We have a list of participants of the Institute, and we know it wasn’t all of you that took part in the disrespectful and degrading behavior. Unfortunately all has to hear about our disappointment and that it has to be dealt with in some manner. RAP has made a unanimous decision to put vices in place to monitor these things and then only let members who genuinely want to be in a workshop for growth and not just to receive an honorarium. Only a choice few of the workshops sponsored by RAP will be advertised with an honorarium offered! We don’t want you to just go for the money.That comment was made this summer and that’s not what it’s about. We can’t let a choice few make the entire organization look bad! It’s unacceptable! EXPECTATIONS… It’s going to be a year of continued movement, because as TA positions become available, TA’s that are already in para positions are eligible to go into those positions. Please be as professional as possible during this critical time in order not to upset the students progress as much as possible. Continue to do all wonderful things that you do for our students to help support their continued success in education. NEGOTIATIONS…. We are hoping to call a special meeting very soon to ratify our contract! BIDG.REP/GENERAL MEETING Rap expects that every building will be represented at each General, Annual, and special called meetings. You will not be informed or be able to represent RAP if you don’t attend RAP meetings. You would be unable to support the mission and vision of the organization. Three missed meetings, you will have to come before RAP Officers for a decision to be made for removal or not, depending on circum- stances. A Bldg. Rep. training will take place at our first meeting on November 1, 2011, at East High Forum room, at 4:00pm..
From the Public Relations Committee-Angelina Rivera Come join us at the Fourth Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Wednesday October 12 th 2011 5:00pm NYSUT Conference Center- 30 North Union Street RSVP by October 5 th - by calling 454-1380 From the Desk of the 1 st Vice President: Newsletter- As an organization that is tackling many issues and has lost revenue due to the reduction in force, we are changing how we will be delivering the newsletter. We are going ELECTRONIC! I know it may be hard at first, change always is. We are still going to send one copy to each school to post. The newsletter will be available through our website http://ny.aft.org/rap. You will be able to read it or download it. This is new for us, so patience may be necessary.http://ny.aft.org/rap In this edition we have a guest writer. We welcome anyone to submit articles, upcoming events, cartoons, editorials, and anything else you might want to see. A Reminder- Please take a few minutes and check your personel information on Peoplesoft. If there are mistakes, please correct them. We have members that were laid off, but no working phone. Please make sure any time you change your information send it to HCI and RAP. Thanks. From the Desk of the Treasurer: Voter Registration- If you are not registered to vote you will be receiving a packet from RAP. Included in this packet is the necessary form to become registered along with voting instructions…..please take a few minutes to register and then get out to vote on November 8 th. “Your vote is your voice” Retirement- if you have not joined a retirement system (ERS-Paras or TRS-TA’s) and would like to join please call the RAP office for a membership form. You can also receive this form from Colleen Clarke in payroll at 262- 8420. Completed form goes to Colleen. Questions about your status(not sure if you are a member already)- please call Colleen. Health, Wellness and Safety Committee… Maryann Tychoniewicz, Chairperson RAP will not be participating in the Breast Cancer Walk this year due to very low attendance in recent years. If you would still like to make a donation or participate in the walk, October 2 at Frontier Field, go to this link. http://makingstrides.acsevents.orghttp://makingstrides.acsevents.org. Thank you for your support. Calendar of Events October 4 th Breast Cancer Walk- Frontier Field October 12 th Hispanic Heritage Celebration October 27 th Board of Education- 6:30-8:30pm November 5 th RCSD Symposium 8:30-1:30 @ Edison November 5 th Rochester Children’s Book Festival 10:00-4:00 @ MCC- Free admission November 8 th Voting Day November 15 th NYSUT SRP Recognition Day (School Related Professional) Sudoku Brain Teaser: Try this fun and easy puzzle. Enter digits from 1-9 blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. Have fun!
RAP’s National Union Affiliations NYSUT and AFT, provide ads which offers different opportunities for our members. Please check out all the benefits at their websites. www.aft.org and www.nysut.orgwww.aft.org www.nysut.org Fred Sarkis Returns to his Alma Mater-Jefferson Last school year (2009-2010) English teacher, Ms. Christofaro and Mary Gilman, TA utilized the “Yes Pa” book with their students. The author, Fred Sarkis graciously corresponded with their students and encourages them in their education. Gilman noticed that Mr. Sarkis had little time for his favorite sport, tennis while he was finishing the WWII Veterans HS program and then working after school. She decided he would have been a phenomenal tennis player if he had the time in his youth. So we created an Honorary Varsity Tennis Coach Certificate for him. Principal, Mary Andrecolich-Diaz and Varsity Tennis Coach Laura Bingaman concurred and signed the Award for Mr. Sarkis. The principal included a Jefferson HS T- shirt with the award and sent off the package to him. The following school year(2010-2011)Gilman was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter from Mr. Sakis stating how much the Award meant to him. He included a picture of himself in the T-shirt an a tennis court. The letter included an invitation to the Rochester Radio Press Club Dinner at the Riverside Convention Center. On May 24, 2011 Mary Gilman was thrilled to be one of Fred Sarkis’ guests at the Champions Dinner, where he was honored with the Charlie Wagner Award (founder of the Club). Mr. Sarkis is the founder of the Yes Pa Foundation(a not-for-profit), which provides a free character- building program to schools. He has a website which contains all the information about his foundation. Go to www.yespa.org. He’s the founder of Bristol Mountain and later Bristol Harbor Village on Canandaigua Lake. Mr. Sarkis reached a No.3 Tennis ranking in Florida and No. 13 national ranking in 2009 in the 80-85 age group. His goal is to be ranked No.1 in his age group.www.yespa.org Mr. Sarkis eagerly accepted Gilman’s invitation to speak at Jefferson HS to the latest group of “Yes Pa” readers and offered to play tennis with the Jeffersons’ Tennis Team. On May 12 th Mr. Sarkis surprised the class with a phone call of a lifetime. The students were all smiles and disbelief as they chattered with the author of the book they were reading and shared what school was like now at Jefferson, and their hopes and dreams. After sixty-five years, Mr. Sarkis returned to his alma mater, Jefferson High School on June 2, 2011. He entertained, educated and amazed the students and staff with his repertoire of knowledge, sense of humor, and enthusiasm for life as reflected in “ Yes Pa”. The students presented him with a Jefferson book bag and a thank you poster at the end of his talk. After school, co-host; Coach Bingaman gathered the girls’ and the boys” tennis players for some back and forth volleys with Mr. Sarkis and his sister Anne Nealon(retired RIT Tennis Coach). At 85 years young Mr. Sarkis powerfully and gracefully returned numerous serves and volleys. He provided an experience of a lifetime to our students at Jefferson with the “Yes Pa” book and personal appearance. After all how often does one read a well written book about the city you live in, the author graduated from the school you attend and then takes time to come into your classroom and literally bring the book and lessons to life: maybe just once if you’re fortunate. Submitted by guest writer Mary Gilman Mary Gilman & Mr. Sarkis at Rochester Radio Press Club Dinner, May 24, 2011 Fred Sarkis in front of “Yes Pa” timeline created by Mary Gilman decorated with students’ essays and art work Fred Sarkis is welcomed back to Jefferson after 65 yrs. To talk to the 7 th grade. Teacher Ms. Christofaro, Author Mr.Sarkis,TA,Mary Gilman, Fred’s sister,Anne Nealon.
Happy Birthday from R.A.P!! According to RAPS latest Information SEPTEMBER 2011 1- Teddy Bivins 15- Judy Scott 2- Nancy Harter16-Charlotte Dickerson 2-Kelly Johnson16- Sandra McCullough 3-Joanne Gamble17-Virginia Post 4-Tunisia Bradshaw17-Jude Gates 4-Ruby Martinez17-Brenda Kearns 5-Evelyn Rivera17-Robin Thomas 6-Cassie Harrell19-April Roberts 6-Karen Wolfe19-Nicole Rosen 7- Retha Giles20-Doriy Jackson 7-Shandorah Bouie21-Susan Pire 8-Charnette Ludd21-Raymond Clemons 8-Ronald Lipton22-Carol Tschanz 9-Avamaria Glende23-Lisa VanGorder 9-Chad Reynolds23-Rosetta Young 9-Jacquelyn Johnson23- Jeremy Trifeletti 11-Moses Tanksley24-Joyce Pettway 11-Dannetta Dunaway26-Johnny Dawkins 11-Natalie Vazzana26-Beth Walsh 11-Yulandia Walker27-Elizabeth Kelley 11-Donte Kennedy27-Patricia Burris 13-Yolanda Sanchez27-Inez Johnson 13-Hazel King29-Ivette Figueroa 13-Maria Perez-McKnight29-Doris Kennedy 13-Patricia Roberson29-Ivette Figueroa 15-Ruth Aquino29-Richey Jackson 15-Andrea Gorkin30-Karen Mee OCTOBER 2011 1-Donna Clarke20-Phouangmaly Tiwapth 2-Ezekiel Anderson20-Sonji Simkin 2-Arlene Porter21-Jerrina Walker 2-Richard Williams21-Charles Lurry 2-Angela Wicks21-Evelyn Vazquez 4-Michael Lee22-Vivian Cole 4-Maryann Tychoniewicz22-Cheryl Placious 4-Edward Wilson22-Demetrius Walker 5-Rebella Muoio23-Tara Pios 5-Schwanda Lewis23-Andrea Smith 5-Melissa Winters24-Keyonna Dixon 6-Jodi Burger24-Maxine C. Green 7-Gail Scott-Premo25-Margie Brumfield 7-Louvander Welch25-Maria Datsko 9-Janice Henderson25-Jimmie Dillard 9-Sherry Short25-Elizabeth Rios-Bakari 9- Danielle Shine25-Dorothy Smith 10-Chad McDonald27-Lisa Alexender 11-Peggy Tucker27-Rosemary Ortiz 12-Valerie James27-Carrie Travers 15-Susan Allen27-Anne Walters 17-Tiffany Bumphis28-Valerie Medley 17-Cory Washington29-Melinda Torres-Light 17-Lisbet Vargas29-Margaret White 18-Cheryl Costa30-Bette Staszewski 18-Myron Hall31-Leon Tate 20-Nilda Figueroa CONGRATULATIONS TO: Lazane Traywick-Terrance a TA from #43 has graduated from Nazareth with a dual certification in Childhood 1-6. She will be considered an inclusive educator. Useful links to have-------- Rochester City School District- http://rcsdk12.org/rcsd/site/default.asp Rochester City School District Web Mail- http://mail.rcsdk12.org/ Avatar- http://rochesterny.courseinsite.com/login.html #