Applications for the ESTA Scholarship must be postmarked May 1, 2018. New application form available here:
The nominations committee are calling for nominations for the following ESTA Exective positions:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
2nd Member at Large
Nominations must be received at the ESTA Office by 3:00PM on April 18, 20182018 call for nominations
When applying to use PIC funds, this is the form that you need to use.
#1 Your timetable is a legal document. Once you have signed it, you must follow it. That means arriving at school before you are scheduled to start and staying until the end of your WPN, unless you have an agreement to the contrary with your principal.
#2 It is up to you to choose where you place your, Work of a Personal Nature (WPN) on your timetable. Sometimes your principal needs to place some during the school day, because you can’t have any empty spaces during the day. You can place your WPN before and after school, or at lunchtime if your lunch is longer than 50 minutes. If your principal has already placed your WPN on your timetable, you may ask to move it.
#3 When you look at your timetable, do your best to have the total number of minutes each day be as close as possible to 384. This will ensure that if you are sick or take a Personal day you will not be deducted more than a full day.
#4 Always make sure that you check your schedule before signing it. Make sure that you are not teaching more than the maximum number of minutes per cycle, see below.
Maximum number of Teaching minutes per cycle:
5 day cycle 1380 minutes
6 day cycle 1656 minutes
9 day cycle 2484 minutes
5 day cycle 1200 minutes
6 day cycle 1440 minutes
9 day cycle 2160 minutes
#5 Assigned Presence (ct) is time where you are assigned to be in the building, but are NOT with students. Your administrator chooses when this time is and can assign you tasks which are related to your teaching duties.
#6 Maximum class sizes range depending on both the grade level that you teach, the school you teach in and the number of special needs students that you have with codes, for full details on the weighting of coded students check with your school’s union representative. Certain schools have lower maximum class sizes because they are a disadvantaged school, these schools are Belle Anse, SPDS, Riverview, Grosse Ile, Gaspe Elementary, Escuminac, St. Pat’s and Flemming. The maximum numbers for each grade level are on the ESTA website.
#7 Supervision of students is a necessary part of your workload, even if it’s not your favourite thing! You cannot be assigned more than 100 minutes per day, unless you request to do so. Overall the total number of minutes for the cycle depends on the number of minutes your have assigned to teaching, remediation and home room.
#8 Take some time to get to know your coworkers right now. They can be a great sounding board, a friendly shoulder to cry on or a wonderful person to vent with. There will be ups and downs throughout the year and a good support system makes those rough days easier. It also never hurts to have someone’s ideas to “steal”!
#9 Teaching is an amazing profession, full of people who are extremely dedicated to learning and of course our students. Many people give far more than what is required. However, in order to give your students your best, you need to be at your best. Work/life balance is extremely important! Make sure you take time for yourself, eat right, exercise and get a goodnight’s sleep. This will enable you to be at your best!
#10 In order to help things run smoothly in schools, committees are part of our professional responsibilities. Consider joining School Council, Governing Board or your school Special Education Parity Committee (SEPC.) This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and make some of the decisions about how the school runs.
Have a wonderful year!
Maximum class sizes range depending on both the grade level that you teach, the school you teach in and the number of special needs students that you have with codes, for full details on the weighting of coded students check with your school’s union representative. Certain schools have lower maximum class sizes because they are a disadvantaged school, these schools are Belle Anse, SPDS, Riverview, Grosse Ile, Gaspe Elementary, Escuminac, St. Pat’s and Flemming.
***Note the maximums for PreKindergarten and Kindergarten change when they are combined and PreKindergarten are there all day. Contact your union for more information.
***In a combined class use the average (the second number) as the maximum.
Please take note that effective immediately there are changes to the office contact information, as outlined below.
Physical Office: 80 Gerald D. Levesque, New Carlisle (The Anchor)
Mailing address: 40 Mountsorrel, New Carlisle, Qc, G0C 1Z0 (Board Office)
The Priority of Employment List and Adult and Vocational Education lists from June 2017 can be found under the members section of our website.
REMINDER concerning all travel out-of-province/country after July 1, 2017: An absence whose expected length is less than 90 consecutive days is covered. If the absence is expected to exceed 90 days, there is no coverage during the entire absence. For more information on your insurance plan, contact Industrial Alliance at (514) 499-3800 or 1-800-363-3540 or consult your online client space.
ESTA’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the following date and time:
Friday, June 2 at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. Atlantic)
The meeting will be held online in each school and centre. Eastern Shores teachers will receive more information soon from their union delegates.