Monday Memo – October 17, 2016

MEMO TO: Staff Rep
COPIES TO: STA Executive Committee
FROM: Gioia Breda, STA President
Date: October 17,, 2016

Rookie Staff Rep Training: Tuesday, November 1st
By popular demand, we have added a third session of rookie staff rep training! New(ish) staff reps who have not attended rookie training are welcome to attend. You can still attend the rookie training, even if you also attended the Code of Ethics staff rep training; there will not be much overlap in subject matter. Please note that you may only attend staff rep training if you have registered at this Eventbrite link:

Please forward:

October STARA Meeting 4pm Wednesday October 19th at Eaglequest Golf Centre
STARA is the venue of communication between your school and the STA. What school concerns do you want to share with us? Not sure? Hold a union meeting and ask your staff. (Remember that you can be reimbursed for food for school union meetings!) This STARA will be our first opportunity to have discussions with members around variances. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Childcare for STA meetings
It is important to us that childcare responsibilities not prevent members from attending important meetings. For STARA and General Meetings, the STA provides childcare on-site, but will also reimburse (at BCTF rates) additional childcare costs associated with using your own childcare provider. If you require childcare for STARA or a General Meeting, please contact Dana Ionescu at, or call her for more details.

STA Survey on Assessment and Reporting Practices
The STA is interested in hearing from membership regarding assessment and reporting. Please take a few minutes this week to participate in our anonymous survey. We are interested in hearing about your questions, comments, and concerns both positive and negative. What has been working for you? What has been challenging? If you have reviewed the DRAFT CSL template and guidelines which have been released to principals, you can use the survey to provide feedback. Thank you for taking the time to participate.

IEP Meetings outside of school day
We have been contacted by a number of Integration Support Teachers and Classroom Teachers who have been asked to schedule or attend IEP meetings before school, at lunch, or after school. We have grieved this practice and are now in the process of collecting information. If you are an Integration Support Teacher who has been asked to schedule meetings outside of instructional time or if you are a Classroom Teacher and have been asked to attend such meetings, please, contact Joanna Cerazy, Grievance Officer at 604 594 5353 or .

Variance applications – Deadline November 16th
Secondary teachers in continuing assignments teaching credit courses within the instructional day who wish to apply for a variance for the 2017-2018 school year are encouraged to complete the attached variance application form and submit it to the STA no later than November 16, 2016. Teachers teaching in extended day schools will not be approved for a variance as collective agreement Article D.22.1.d. does not apply to an extended day. Guideline attached.

A separate application should be completed for each variance that you are applying for. The application must be approved and signed by the school staff committee before being sent to the STA. The STA will have final approval, however the applications must be sent to the School Board and they may decline any application.

We are now accepting applications from beginning and experienced teachers for our mentorship program. Please see the attachment for more information on our redesigned STA/SD36 Mentorship program.

Labour Affairs Film Night! October 27th
The Labour Affairs Committee of the STA is pleased to host a film & dinner night featuring the film, Resistencia – The Fight for the Aguan Valley on Thursday, October 27th, 3:45 pm at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School. Dinner will be provided for free to STA members, non-members $15. All welcome. Please register at You can watch the movie trailer for this film of the amazing plight of the Honduran people at:

DVDs available to be borrowed!
Did you know the STA International Solidarity committee has a mini video library on Social Justice themes that any Surrey teacher can borrow? Some teachers show them to their classes and others just borrow them for home use. All you have to do is browse the film list on our wiki choose a DVD or more than one that you want to borrow, and then email Julia MacRae at Fraser Heights and she will pop it in the courier to you at your school. After a couple of weeks you can send it back the same way.

Why not check out one of our newest films such as He Named Me Malala, or This Changes Everything!

Curriculum Non-Instructional Day – November 4, 2016
The SD/STA Joint Curriculum Implementation Committee has arranged for a variety of options for teachers to choose from on the November 4 NID. Teachers can:
Work independently or with colleagues on curriculum implementation at their own site or another school;
Attend an EdCamp at Fleetwood Park Secondary to share ideas, network and dialogue with colleagues; (a flyer with more information is attached)
Attend a session facilitated by a Helping Teacher (offered at various sites). Watch for information about these sessions in the next day or two.

Call for Resolutions
The deadline for resolutions to the BCTF Annual General Meeting is mid-December. The first meeting of the STA Resolutions Committee is October 12th. Please see the attached form for more information about the call for resolutions, the Resolutions Committee, and the form for submitting a resolution for consideration to the committee. If there are things that you would like to see the BCTF do, or you have an idea for how to improve the BCTF, this is one way to try to make that happen.

October 21st Provincial Specialist Association Day
It’s time to register for your October 21st PSA Conference and there are many excellent choices. Take a look at the choice of 32 Provincial Specialist Association Conferences here and choose the one that’s right for you. October 21st is one of your 5 teacher-directed professional development days. While you aren’t required to attend a PSA Conference, it is strongly encouraged. PSA Conferences are a great opportunity to participate in meaningful professional development planned and directed by teachers.

Teachers can apply for up to $350 in Consolidated Funds for pro-d events once every two years. Consolidated funds are a great way to pay for PSA workshops, and can also be used for travel and accommodation expenses for out of town events. Consolidated funds are approved on a first-come, first served basis, and applications for consolidated funds for PSA conferences are always approved, so you don’t have to wait for pre-approval before you register for your PSA. Register now! PSA conferences fill up quickly! Your school PD rep can tell you how to apply for consolidated funds (directly to the STA office), and will also let you know if you can apply for PD funds through your school.

Opportunities for Members:

Peer Support Consultants
We are seeking applications from teachers who are interested in volunteering with our peer support program. The program is jointly funded and coordinated by the STA and the district. We have extended the deadline for applications to Friday, October 21st. A flyer and application form is attached, and you can also find out more information here: or contact Anne McNamee.

STA New Teachers’ Conference and Induction — Friday, October 28, 2016
Beginning teachers in their first or second year of contract teaching are invited to attend the STA’s day-long New Teachers’ Conference and BCTF Induction Ceremony. Find out more about your rights and responsibilities as both a new teacher and as a new STA /BCTF member. Release time and lunch are provided. Please make sure all new teachers in your school are aware of this opportunity! More information on how to register are on the attached poster. Registration at

BCFed Convention November 28-December 2, 2016
The STA Executive passed the following motion:

THAT the STA send as many members to the BC Fed Convention as the BC Fed Convention budget line will permit given that costs will include registration fee, release time, hotel room, mileage, parking, per diem, and child care.

Interested members should submit their name and a brief statement to the STA by November 8, and must be elected at the STA General Meeting on November 23.

Speaking out for Public Education:

NDP opposes privatization of Surrey Schools
Last Friday John Horgan came out publically against the suggestions that a Public-Private Partnership was an option to deal with the overcrowding in Surrey Schools. Public schools need to be publically funded.

Calendar of Events:
October 17 — STA Ad Hoc LGBTQ Committee Meeting
October 19 – Resolutions Committee Meeting
October 19 – STARA Meeting, Eaglequest Golf Centre
October 21 – PSA Day (Non-instructional Day)
October 25 – STA Executive Committee Meeting
October 26 – Resolutions Committee Meeting
October 28 – STA New Teachers’ Conference, STA office
November 1 – STARA Rookie Training – STA office
November 4 – Curriculum Non-Instructional Day
November 8 – STA Executive Committee Meeting
November 10 – Non-Instructional Day
November 11 – Remembrance Day

If you have any questions or need further clarification regarding this Monday Memo please email directly to the following STA Table Officers: Gioia Breda, Laura Barker, Matt Westphal, Anne McNamee, Sue Heuman, Kristine Olsen and Joanna Cerazy.

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