License Renewal Reminder!

For all Paraprofessionals (Teacher Aides),

 Another friendly reminder!

Time is running out.

 If you have not already renewed your license through ISBE please do so by June 30, 2018. If you do not have your license renewed by then there may be additional requirements that will be needed in order to renew. Without a license you also will not be able to continue to work as a Paraprofessional in the state. This is for those of you who got your license in 2013 as they are due for renewal every 5th year. The fee is $50 for another 5 years.


ParaPro License Renewal Reminder

For all Paraprofessionals (Teacher Aides),

 Another friendly reminder!

 If you have not already renewed your license through ISBE please do so by June 30, 2018. If you do not have your license renewed by then there may be additional requirements that will be needed in order to renew. Without a license you also will not be able to continue to work as a Paraprofessional in the state.

 Please let me know if you have any questions.




JoAnne Clemans

President, PASS

Special Ed. Paraprofessional

Plainfield Academy

23930 W. Lockport St.

Plainfield, IL 60544


NEA Education Insider


May 20, 2018

Keep the pressure on! Tell Congress not to add a voucher program to the must-pass defense bill

military familytake actionYour advocacy has succeeded – thus far – in staving off the addition of a voucher program for military-connected students to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act While it may appear that support forvouchers is softening, the battle is far from won – a potential amendment to the bill could provide vouchers for students with special needs. Whether they’re called vouchers, education savings accounts, or tuition tax credits, the impact is the same: robbing public schools of funding and resources that may already fall short of what is needed. A voucher program could also reduce Impact Aid for public schools serving large numbers of military-connected students – one of the reasons the National Military Family Association and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) are against it. Click on the take action button and tell your senators and representative to oppose private school vouchers for military-connected students.

Farm bill that makes harsh cuts in SNAP fails, but House could vote again this week – please weigh in one more time

farm billYour advocacy against cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s largest anti-hunger program, is also getting results. The farm bill (H.R. 2) that makes harsh cuts in SNAP failed take actionby a vote of 198-213, largely due to squabbling among House Republicans – members of the far-right Freedom Caucus voted against H.R. 2 to force a vote on unrelated, NEA-opposed immigration legislation. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has left the door open for another vote on H.R. 2 this week, however. Click on the take action button and tell your representative one more time to oppose H.R. 2 because it hurts working families and jeopardizes free school meals for up to 265,000 students.

Senate votes to preserve net neutrality

net neutralityIn a near party-line vote of 52-47, the Senate voted to preserve net neutrality by blocking a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to undo Obama-era rules governing the internet. While House Democrats are planning to file a discharge petition to achieve the same goal, it will be an uphill climb because the chamber is so bitterly divided. Net neutrality helps ensure that students have equal access to content on the web at equivalent speeds. NEA has a long history of championing equitable and robust access to the internet by advocating for the FCC’s E-Rate program – critical not only to connecting nearly 100 percent of schools to the internet, but to maintaining equitable broadband connectivity.

Cheers and Jeers

thumbsupRepublican Sens. Susan Collins (ME), John Kennedy (LA), and Lisa Murkowski (AL) for voting with Democrats to preserve net neutrality


thumbsupRepublican Reps. John Katko (NY) and Dave  Trott (MI) for becoming the 19th and 20th members of the GOP to sign the discharge petition that could force Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to hold votes on the NEA-supported Dream Act and other immigration bills
thumbsupRep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) for leading a bipartisan letter to President Trump stressing the need to include schools in the administration’s infrastructure package


thumbsupSen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) for leading discharge petitions on net neutrality in their respective chambers


thumbsupRep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Democrats on the House Education and Workforce Committee for taking the opportunity, during a hearing on privacy and data security,  to acknowledge the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education by highlighting the continuing need for civil rights for all students


thumbsupReps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) for introducing a resolution acknowledging the continuing obligation of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act


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Wellness-Walker Tracker Program

Good afternoon!

The school year has ended, but your steps don’t have to stop.  We are excited to inform you that the WalkerTracker program has been extended.  We will plan another district-wide challenge next school year.  Please see the attached handout from WalkerTracker to learn how you can continue to utilize the website and setup challenges with your co-workers over the summer.

Below are tips to safely walk:

  1. Be an Early Bird or a Night Owl – avoid walking during the hottest part of the day, between 10am and 2pm
  2. Seek Out Shade – direct sun can make the temperature feel up to 15 degrees hotter; find paths or parks with trees
  3. Ice Your Thirst – freeze a half-full water bottle, then top it off as you head out
  4. Try Sports Drinks – if you don’t like water try a sports drink with less than half the calories of fruit juices
  5. Switch Shoes – for warm-weather workouts, ventilated walking shoes are cooler than leather or try a walking sandal
  6. Listen to Your Body – your body will tell you when you can push yourself; if you develop a headache or become dizzy or weak, stop exercising and head for a cool place

Have a safe, wonderful summer!


PSD202 Wellness Team