Welcome back! I hope all of you had a restful and enjoyable summer.
I am writing to give you a quick update on a couple of things and to thank you for the hard work you do for our children every day in the classroom. As paraprofessionals, you are the faces of our union and community. You are our unsung heroes.
But we paraprofessionals and other UFT members still have a lot of work ahead of us.
After 12 years of Mayor Bloomberg, we need a new mayor who will work with us and end the destructive policies of the Bloomberg administration. Thanks to all of you who helped in the campaigns for yesterday’s primary election. While the mayor’s race is still undecided, we scored some significant victories in City Council contests and in the race for city comptroller.
To ensure that you get updates from UFT on political action and other matters, please be sure you sign up on the union website.
Shelvy Young Abrams
Paraprofessionals Chapter Leader
Reminder on who to contact:
I want to remind everyone to get to know your school’s chapter leader if you haven’t already. Many schools also have paraprofessional representatives. Your chapter leaders and paraprofessional representatives can be a great source of information and help.
You should also know the number of your UFT borough office so that you can reach out to them with questions or concerns.
Borough offices’ addresses, phone numbers and hours are here.
Paras not covered by new evaluation system:
As most of you know, the new evaluation and development system is for K-12 teachers. It does not apply to paraprofessionals.
Save the date:
Our annual Paraprofessionals Festival and Awards Luncheon will be on March 15, 2014. Mark your calendars and plan to come. This is an important event for our chapter!