December 15, 2016
Happy Holidays
  • Don't Be a Hero
    Cold and flu season is here! The idea that work is “making you sick” suddenly becomes a reality! According to statistics, 70 percent of working professionals admitted they frequently go to work when they're feeling sick. That means it's not unlikely that Bob in the cube next to you and Mary down the hall could be coughing up a storm, blowing their noses, and spreading nasty germs as we speak. 

    Just stay home. We all come in when we shouldn't and what happens? We inadvertently get our co-workers and students sick.  Taxing our immune system even more by trying to work, delays recovery time. Plus, when we are ill, we lack motivation and are less productive.  Here is a good rule-of-thumb guideline for when to stay home.  

    by Tanya Edwards
    Raise your hand if you've been here: It's Monday morning, and you've been up all night wiping your runny nose, coughing, and feeling achy all over. All you *really *want to do is wrap that duvet even tighter around you and guzzle Gatorade, but you're going to tough it out and go into work, right?

    Wrong. So wrong.

    I know, I'm not your boss, but I do know what it's like to have employees and co-workers show up to the office looking like they might keel over, and I'm giving you permission to call in sick. You especially have permission if you think you have the flu. (WebMD has this list of symptoms to help you decide.) Flu season is in full disgusting swing, with 25 states reporting outbreaks. The flu often comes with a fever, so if you're running any sort of temperature, stay home. If you're sick to your stomach, stay home. If you have aches from head to toe, for the love of all your fellow co-workers, stay home. You're not going to get a medal for getting everyone sick...even if you tell yourself the following:

    "I Can Tough It Out"

    Maybe you have an important project due, and maybe technically you can tough it out. But when you're more contagious than the Outbreak monkey, it's time to work remotely. Getting everyone in the office sick because you want to impress your boss with your no-102-degree-fever-can-k eep-me-down attitude is actually pretty selfish. Nobody else wants to get sick, and for those with elderly relatives or young children at home, the impact of flu can be especially serious.

    "I Have to Go in or My Boss and Co-Workers Will Think I'm Lying"

    If you're a dependable, enthusiastic employee, chances are pretty slim your boss will think you're just trying to get a free vacation day. And even if they do (say, you get sick on a Friday), if you're getting your work done and don't call in sick all the time, odds are they won't really care. Most managers would rather have a great employee take a health day than worry about if they're really sick or not.

    "If I Do Call In, I Need to Be Really, Really Convincing"

    The best way to show your boss that you're dependable is to plan ahead for problems. This means asking  how they'd like to hear from you in the event you get sick—whether by phone, email, or maybe text. When you do reach out to tell them you're under the weather, don't give them a list of all your symptoms, all the details about your appointment with the doctor that day, and how you're just so, so upset to not be at work. Or, if you call, skip the whole routine of making your voice sound super sick (cough, cough) and just shoot it straight. They don't need a show—just a heads-up that you're not going to be in. When you're still well, talk to a co-worker about being your recap buddy so you'll be caught up on what you missed while you're out, and make working remotely easy—seriously, do this! You may need passwords and other information to access email from home. Let your boss know what work you will be available to do. And if you're too sick to work from home, communicate that upfront clearly and concisely.  

    Be safe. Be Healthy.


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  • IRS Security Awareness
    Here is some important information from the IRS about protecting yourself from identity thieves.  


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  • Fishman's Prize
    Have you ever had a teacher who has inspired you to reach for your dreams? Nominate them to receive a $25,000 award and the recognition they deserve. Winners participate in a summer residency with their peers, providing them with a platform to speak out about teaching and learning.  Learn More


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  • Science & Engineering Program for Teachers
    Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) is a program that is open to all full-time teachers who integrate science and technology into the classroom. The top 25 applicants will travel to MIT for a week next summer to participate in a STEM forum put on by the Institute. The winners will also be allotted $500 for travel money.

    For more information call 360-315-2738. Check out these pages with materials from the presentations, tours, and hands-on workshops that took place at SEPT 2016.


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  • Santa's Help Auction 
    We still have some things available for the Santa's Helper auction. Contact Ioanna Cossack for more information at 31031


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  • Volunteer Corner
    Happy Holidays and Many Thanks to All Our Volunteers and to Those Who Appreciate Them and All They Do!
    Need Volunteers?
    Click Here
    We have many volunteers eager to help! We have a large database of people waiting to assist our staff and students. When you click on the button above you'll be asked a few questions about what you need. Giving us a detailed description of the task(s) will help to us find just the right volunteer to fit your needs. 
    For questions or more information about volunteering, please contact your Building Volunteer Coordinator or District Volunteer Coordinator Joyce Cowdery 360.620.7291.  
    IMPORTANT For the safety of our precious students and staff, please remember that all volunteers must be cleared BEFORE they chaperone field trips/school events or help in the classroom.  

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    This section of the Staff Memo is to share policy and procedural changes implemented by the School Board and the District.  Please contact your principal or Patty Glaser if you have questions about how a specific policy change might impact you.
    The following Bremerton School District Policy and/or Procedure(s) have recently been approved by the School Board:

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    Central Washington University has partnered with VESi to provide online courses that are available for professional development credits or Washington State Clock Hours.


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    Visit the OESD website for more information about PD opportunities.

    Classified Staff Developmen

    The District encourages all classified employees to pursue professional and personal growth through training opportunities and has reserved a budget solely for classifed staff training. To access these funds, an Application for Classified Staff Development Funds must be completed and sent to the Superintendent's office. If you have any questions, please contact Patty Glaser at 473.1003.

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    Do you have something to sell, trade, rent, or give away? Advertise here for FREE! Email Pattye Pennachi Heuer with all the info for the next Staff Memo.  Photos are always good!  

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