Newsbits
October 2, 2017
Issue No: 
6

Contents

2017 MEA-MFT Pre-Retirement Workshops

Flu Shots, October, 2017

2017 Benefis Flu Shot Schedule
Great Falls Public Schools is again offering free flu shots for all employees and spouses of district employees.  (You do not have to carry insurance to be eligible for the free flu shot.) Please note the below listed dates and times.  Shots are not available for children at these times/dates.

Please RSVP to 268-6010. 

Employee Assistance Program Offered By GFPS

 
Need help? Call 1 (866) 750-1327. Or go to MyRBH.com and enter “LifeMap” as your Group Code.
 
Sometimes life hits a rough patch. Just when you think things are fine, the kids hit their teens, parents need eldercare or someone needs counseling. Now you have somewhere to turn. The EAP (Employee Assistance Program), which is run by Reliant Behavioral Health, gives you private, expert support to get you through tough times. This program covers all financial dependents, living at home or away, plus other household members, whether they’re related or not.
The services that are provided are as follows:
  • Counseling: Up to 4 visits for grief, anxiety, stress, parenting, etc.
  • 24/7 crisis help: Toll-free support
  • Adult/eldercare and end-of-life services: Support for daytime care, in-home care, housing, transportation, meals and more
  • Legal support and mediation: A free, half-hour consult, plus a 25% discount on legal services and personal or family mediation (legal services not provided for employer-related issues)
  • Financial services: Telephonic consult and up to 30 days of support for resolution of financial issues with a financial professional, plus a 25% discount off normal fees if a CPA is retained
  • Wills: A free kit with review by a legal pro
  • Identity theft: Help restoring your identity and credit
  • Home ownership: Free support for buying, financing, moving or selling 
  • Parenting: Free help with school issues, teen challenges, adoption, college planning, day care,and more
  • Work/life balance: Online, interactive tools through the Personal Advantage website
  • Wellness: Go to MyRBH.com for health assessments, wellness content, webinars and more
  • Pet concierge: Info on choosing, traveling and caring for pets, plus referrals to vets, groomers, kennels, etc.

Need help? Call 1 (866) 750-1327. Or go to MyRBH.com and enter “LifeMap” as your Group Code. 

Retiring Teachers

SEVERANCE PAY FOR RETIRING TEACHERS

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than December 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the first semester. You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.   You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information. Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by October 20, 2017 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.                                                         Human Resources Office 

School Safety Training

 

Safe Schools Online Safety Training

$50.00 Card Drawing

 
During the month of October, Montana School Boards Association invites you to participate in Safe Schools online safety training.  Safe Schools offers online video safety training to all Great Falls Public Schools employees.    Please follow the instructions below to access the video trainings:


Instructions:
  1. Make sure you are using Google Chrome Browser
  2. Go to the Safe Schools Link http://www.greatfalls.mt.safeschools.com
  3. Sign-in with your first name_last name
  4. Password  will be your first name_last name
  5. Click “View More Courses”
  6. Choose a safety training to view
  7. Once you have viewed the safety video, please go to the provided Google Doc’s Link https://goo.gl/forms/WmxZXuuAovGasgZw2
  8. Sign into your google account to fill out a 2 question survey on the training. You will be entered in a $50.00 gift card drawing upon completion of the survey. The drawing will end Oct 31st with the winners being announced the following week.

Fundraising Event for Amanda Hagel-Kinsey

Amanda is the daughter of Sue Hagel (Accounts Payable), the sister of Scott Hagel (Health Enhancement Teacher at Riverview), sister-in-law of Shannon Hagel (3rd grade teacher at Lewis & Clark), and sister-in-law of Arika Hagel (3rd grade teacher at Morningside).

On August 9, 2017 Amanda Hagel-Kinsey was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. With no time to wait, she immediately started her brave fight against this terrible disease on August 16. We are hosting a fundraiser at The Sting Sports Bar, not only to help with the mounting medical bills, but also to show Amanda that she is not alone in this fight. Please join us to help support Amanda and show her how much she is loved.

Saturday,
October 7 6pm-9 pm
The Sting Sports Bar
1121 5th Street South
All Ages Welcome to this event!

Click here for more information.

Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat, 2017

Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat (TOTS-Eat) is the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative.  Since the first campaign in 2003, Thespians have collected and distributed nearly four million pounds of food nationwide for their neighbors in need.


The CMR Drama Department will participate in Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat this year on Saturday, October 28 from 12 – 4 pm.  They will be in costume and will have a badge identifying them as TOTS-Eat participants.  Students will go to Great Falls neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for the CMR Food Pantry. 


If you would like to donate, you can drop off items in the CMR Drama room (603) in Bill Williamson Hall from 12 – 4 pm.  For more information call 268-6117.