RTA meeting Wed., Mar. 19 @ 4:30pm at SMS

Subject: RTA Meeting regarding upcoming trial
Date: Wed., Mar. 19, 2014
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Suffern Middle School

As many of you already know, former Assistant Superintendent Brian Miele’s trial is scheduled for April 2. Over 100 RTA members and former RTA members will be subpoenaed to testify as witnesses at the trial. The list grows everyday. We will continue to notify teachers through RTA leadership as more teachers are added to the list.

We will hold an emergency membership meeting on Wednesday, March 19 at the middle school at 4:30 PM. At the meeting, we will discuss the details of the indictment and hope to have legal counsel available for a general discussion.

It’s been an extremely difficult week for many of our members and the next few months will be equally difficult. Though not every member will be directly involved, our teaching staff and school district will be turned upside down by the oncoming storm. It is important that we support each other.

In solidarity,

John Canty

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RTA Runs its 43rd Annual Blood Drive

Despite the frigid temperatures, snow, and cold and flu season, the 43rd Annual RTA Blood Drive on January 22, 2014 was a success.

Forty donors turned out, 3 donors were deferred and 37 people were able to donate. Of those 37, 7 people gave double red blood cells so Ramapo Central collected 44 blood products during yesterday’s drive.

Thank you donors, for saving lives…

-Christine D’Antonio Krebs

Thank you, also, Christine, for all the work that you do…

Janet Feger
Debby Galanti
Jerry Ventola
Kathy Salmon
Lisa Castaldo-Green
Dawn Wilson
Arlene Noonan
Lisa Weber

High School:
Janie Howell
Jared Gelb
Altagracia Taudel
Stephanie Knapp
Bonnie Chillino
Craig Jacoby
Bonnie Kellman
Edwina Califano
David Bamond
Ed Provanzana
Gary Weed

Middle School:
Gina Rossi
Rich Velardi
Jackie Curran
Melissa Monaco
Christine D’Antonio

Cherry Lane:
Veronica DeMartino

Dave McNally
Nancy Struhar

Donna Lappetito
Barbara Miranda

Brad Sahlstrom
Theresa Dolan
Melissa Jefferson

Ellen Killelea
Gloria O’Connell

*sorry if I missed you, this was based off the sign in sheet* Please let me know if I forgot you.

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Nationwide Day of Action Mon., Dec. 9

Subject: Nationwide Day of Action to Support Public Education
Date: Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Action: Please wear blue to support public education

On December 9th, there is a “Day of Action”. We are encouraging all members to wear blue, take pictures and share with the world.

What does that mean?

Show your support for:

• Funding for public schools
• A three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences for standardized tests
• A focus on teaching and learning

I know our attention has been driven more by local concerns and rightfully so, however, lack of funding is still our number #1 enemy.   So…….be creative.

Share your photos. Wear blue, share blue. Send NYSUT your photos of blue solidarity via email or social media. They’ll post the photos as a massive message in support of public education.


Spread the word.

RSVP and share the event on Facebook. Let your friends know you’re taking part.
Download and print the poster.
NYSUT PAGE WITH ADDITIONAL INFO (open in Firefox or Chrome)

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Meet with Assemblywoman Jaffee Mon., Dec. 9

Subject: Meet with Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee
Date: Mon., Dec. 9, 2013 at 7:00pm
Time: 7:00pm
Location:  Suffern Free Library

Find out about how state funding has changed and understand key phrases: “Gap Elimination Adjustment,” “Unfunded Mandates.” This discussion will focus on how these state issues impact the Ramapo Central School District & student education. It will touch on Common Core and how it places additional financial burdens on the district.


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RTA Picnic Tues., Sept. 3rd – Save the Date!

Annual RTA Family Picnic
Tuesday, September 3rd 4-9pm
Canty Home
5 Stillo Drive, Airmont NY

Hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages and prizes for the kids.  Please plan on bringing something to share such as an appetizer, side dish or dessert.  I’m sure we all have some summer favorites up our sleeves!
What better way to recoup from our return to the grind?!?
Hope you all can make it, as it is a fun time to reconnect with colleagues before the school year begins.
There will be a pool and lifeguard this year so be sure to bring suits and towels for the kids!
Again we are asking for a donation of $10.00/person and $20.00/family to be collected at the picnic.  Proceeds go back to the unit in the RTA family scholarships.
Looking forward to seeing everyone and enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Register for Rally

June 8 Rally

June 8 Rally

Make your voice heard in Albany!
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Time: Bus leaves Suffern Middle School at 9:00 A.M.
Rally begins in Albany at Noon.
We expect to return to Suffern around 6:00 P.M.

Bus transportation is available FREE of charge.

If you have trouble seeing the registration form below, please Click here to register for rally

Instructions: If you don’t see the Submit button, you need to click the down arrow on the embedded scroll bar to finish the form & click Submit.

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