Sep 012017
 

#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:

Elementary
5 day cycle 1380 minutes
6 day cycle 1656 minutes
9 day cycle 2484 minutes

Secondary
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!

Aug 262017
 

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.

Grade Level Maximum/Average Maximum/Average

Disadvantaged school

PreK 17/14 17/14
Kindergarten 19/17 19/17
Grade 1 22/20 20/18
Grade 2 24/22 20/18
Grade 3 26/24 20/18
Grade 4 26/24 20/18
Grade 5 26/24 20/18
Grade 6 26/24 20/18
Secondary 1 28/26
Secondary 2 29/27
Secondary 3 32/30
Secondary 4 32/30
Secondary 5 32/30

***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.

Aug 042017
 

Please take note that effective immediately there are changes to the office contact information, as outlined below.

Phone: 418-680-2163

Email: esta.aees@gmail.com

Physical Office: 80 Gerald D. Levesque, New Carlisle (The Anchor)

Mailing address: 40 Mountsorrel, New Carlisle, Qc, G0C 1Z0 (Board Office)

Jun 272017
 
In 2016-2017, unused sick days are no longer accumulated in a teacher’s “bank.” Instead all six (6) days are worth money and unused days are paid at the end of the school year. ESSB will calculate the sick day payout only on the last day of work; it will then pay teachers the unused sick days for the year on July 13, 2017. The reason for this date (rather than June 29) is to avoid the need to recoup money in the event of illness during the final working days in June.
May 312017
 

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.

May 182017
 

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.

May 022017
 

There are many resources for those who have depression or mental health problems and are considering suicide. The Suicide Help Line is 1-866-277-3553 (1-866-APPELLE). This service is available throughout the Eastern Shores School Board’s territory.

Apr 142017
 

The Nominations Committee (comprised of Ray Venables and Zak Likely) for the recent executive by-election, declare the result as follows:

For the position of 1st Vice-President: Averill McWhirter-Huxter –  Acclaimed

Since this was a by-election, the position of 1st Vice-President will end on June 30, 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS AVERILL!