• Friday Reminders for 1/11/2019

    Teachers and Certified Administrators  !!Review TIMS Certification Portal

    The Department of Education (PDE), has requested the district's assistance to update the Act 48 continuing professional development educator records.  Act 48 of 1999 requires all educators holding a PA public school certification including Instructional I and II, Educational Specialist I and II, Administrative, Supervisory, Letters of Eligibility, and all voactional certifices to participate in ongoing provessional education.

    Monthly, the Department mails a formal notificaiton letter to those individuals that are approaching a 4-year, and 5-year Pending Inactivation Status.  This method of communicating has been ineffctive for many of the recipients due to incorrect addresses.  It is imparative that teachers and administrators update address and name changes as they occur,  via the TIMS portal on the PDE website.

    Please visit the PDE website TIMS portal to review your certification information for accuracy.  See the attached "TIMS Log In Instructions for Educators" to assist you with accessing the portal.

    Health and Wellness

    January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. 

    Visit the American Cancer Society's Cervical Awareness Month web page at https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/special-coverage/cervical-health-awareness-month.html for more information about screenings, treating, understanding HPV, shared stories from survivors, and other helpful information.  

    PSERS’ Foundations for Your Future Announcements:

    The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations for Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15, 55 Miller Street, Enola onFebruary 13, 2019 at 4:30 PM. These FFYF presentations provide active members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all active members attend an FFYF seminar, particularly if planning to retire within the year.

    Advance registration is not required to attend PSERS’ large-group presentations. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335 if you require an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate. 

     
    Friday Reminders for 1/4/2019

    Benefits Information

    403b

    An important benefit to employees of public schools is the voluntary tax deferred annuity, under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue code.  These plans provide for funds later in life, while taking advantage of the tax savings today.  Changes have been made to catch-up provisions to allow additional contributions.  There are exceptions, and the IRS rules are complex, so consultation with the provider's representative is suggested.  Since the funds are for the employee, he/she may work with his/her representative and have them invested as appropriate.  The District is not involved with employee investment decisions and is not made aware of employee account's makeup or performance.

    The District has approved a schedule of providers, but makes no recommendation.  Interested employees should call a selected vendor from the attached listing.  New providers may be added to our schedule if at least 5 employees enroll with the provider.  

    If you decide to enroll in a 403(b) plan, or change your contribution amount for a current plan, you must contact the business office.  The vendor must also contact the business office, in writing, before your deductions will begin/change.

    For more information please read the attached 2018 Universal Availability Notice and Vendor listing.

    PSERS-Foudations for Your Future Meeting

    The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations for Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, 65 Billerbeck Street, New Oxford, on January 31, 2019 at 4:30 PM. These FFYF presentations provide non-retired members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions and interest, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all active members attend an FFYF seminar, particularly if planning to retire within the year. 

    Advance registration is not required to attend PSERS’ large-group presentations. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335 if you require an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate.

    Health & Wellness

    Baby Blue Prints 

    Baby Blue Prints is a maternity education support program through Highmark.  If you are a member of Highmark you are eligible for this program.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    Aim For Change Program

    Have you made a New Year's resolution to live a healthier lifestyle?  Let Highmark help you by joining the Aim for Change Program.  You can choose to work one on one with a wellness coach, or at your own pace.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to join.

     
    Friday Reminders for 12/21/2018
    Have a wonderful holiday!

    From the Business Office

    Mileage Reimbursement

    The IRS has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.  Beginning on January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be .58 cents per mile driven for business use.

    The form Request For Travel Reimbursement, can be found  by clicking the staff tab and the forms link on the UASD website.  Please note that the form will be updated immediately after returning from the holidays.

    PSERS Foundations for Your Future

    The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations for Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey, 4751 Lindle Road,Harrisburg on December 27, 2018 beginning at 10:00 AM. These FFYF presentations provide active members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all active members attend an FFYF program, particularly those planning to retire within the year.

    Advance registration is not required to attend any of these FFYF presentations. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335 if you require an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate.

    Health and Wellness

    How to Fit in Fitness During the Holiday Season

     
      It’s cold, you’re busy, and the focus is on food and family, not working out. Don’t let the holidays set back your fitness goals. With a little discipline and determination, you can stay on track and enjoy your traditions and time off. Try these tips:  
     
     
      Power walk between errands.1 Walk an extra block or lap while you’re shopping or walking to a friend’s house to drop off a card or gift.
     
      Get the family moving. Instead of a board game or a movie, encourage your family to get up and move. Go for a walk, go roller or ice-skating, or just put on some music and dance around the living room.
     
      Give yourself a present. New workout clothes, new fitness equipment, a new fitness tracking device or a new gym membership might help you stay motivated when you’re tempted to take it easy. Look for holiday discounts and specials.
     
      Start a new family tradition. Many communities have holiday-themed walks or runs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sign up with family or a group of friends, and plan to do it again next year.
     
      Keep workout clothes and shoes in your car. If you’re always prepared, it’s easy to stop at a park, gym or walking track and fit in a workout on the go.2
     
      Go sightseeing on your feet. If you’re traveling for the holidays, take a walking tour of nearby attractions and landmarks. Make sure you check the weather and dress appropriately.
     
      Don’t get discouraged. If you fall off the wagon and skip a workout or have an extra holiday cookie, chalk it up to being human and resolve to do better. Don’t let a little step back become a big backslide.
     
     
    Make a plan now to fit in fitness — and enjoy a healthy holiday without missing out on the seasonal fun!

    Visit Blue365Deals.com year-round and save on fitness wear and other goods and services to support your best health.
     
    1 The Greatist. S Breene. 15 Surefire Strategies to Stay Fit from Thanksgiving to New Years. November 27, 2013. Accessed October 23, 2018.
    2 Active. S Lindberg 14 Simple Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays. Accessed October 23, 2018.
     
    Friday Reminders for 12/14/2018
    Classified Employees
     
    Revised Classified Employee Handbook
    A revised Classified Employee handbook dated 12/3/18 is now available for review through the Safeschools portal.  If you have not received the email notification from Safeschools yet, you can click on  https://upperadams-pa.safeschools.com/login to view it now. 
     
    !!Timeslips for December 15-29 Pay Period 
    Time slips for the pay date of January 4th (pay period December 15-29) need to be in the Business Office no later than the morning of Friday, December 21.  Please turn in your time slip by Thursday, December 20, to your supervisor for his/her signature.  The time slip must be sent to payroll by Friday morning, December 22, through interoffice mail.
     
    Professional Employees
    The Agreement Between UASD and the the Upper Adams Branch of the PSEA, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022, is now posted on the District website.  You can find the contract by clicking on the "Staff Page" link on the home page.  The "Professional Staff Contract 7/1/18 - 6/30/22" is in the drop down list.

    For All Staff
     
    Use of  Paid Illness, Personal, and Bereavement Leave
    Changes to how time is calculated for the use of paid illness, personal, and bereavement leave were necessary to align with the new teacher's contract.  The changes are listed below, and are noted in red in the revised Classified Employee Handbook available in the Safeschools portal.
     
    Sick leave will be taken in quarter (1/4), half (1/2), three- quarter (3/4), or whole (1) day increments.
    Personal leave will be taken in either whole (1) day or half (1/2) day increments.
    Bereavement leave will be taken in either whole (1) day or half (1/2) day increments.
     
    Time calculation for vacation leave time for 12 month employees will not change.
     
    Employees may still enter a custom time, however, their accrued paid leave will be rounded to the next quarter, half, or three-quarter day increments as described above, and will be deducted in this manner from the employee's appropriate paid leave time.
     
    Homeless Students Awareness and Understanding
    Homelessness and Unaccompanied Youth otherwise known as, the McKinney-Vento Act, outlines how state educational agencies must ensure that each child of an individual experiencing homelessness, and each youth experiencing homelessness, have equal access to the same free, and appropriate public education, as other children and youth.  This includes a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth.
     
    The Act requires school districts to assign a Homeless Liaison, who is responsible for providing employees with information to make them aware of what to do if they become aware of, or think they know of, a student in a homeless situation, or who is not accompanied by an adult in the home.  The liaison is also a person who can be contacted to report this information.  The Homeless Liaison for Upper Adams School District is Cindy Steinberger.  You can contact Cindy at 717-677-7191, extension 2711, or by e-mail at c.steinberger@upperadams.org.
     
    All employees are encouraged to view a training about homeless students, in the SafeSchools training portal. The training is only 26 minutes, and can be accessed in SafeSchools by clicking on the "Extra Training" tab at the top of the homepage, then scroll down to the "Social and Behavioral" section, and click on "Homeless Students Awareness and Understanding".  
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Steinberger.
     
    Health and Wellness
    From Delta Dental 
    How about some healthy gift giving ideas?  See the attached flyer.
    Low sugar fudge recipe, just in time for the holidays!  Click the link for the recipe:  Oral Health - Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
    What to Eat to Keep Your Teeth - Watch the YouTube Video:  DD-What to eat
     
    Holiday District Central Office Hours
    The District Central Offices will be closed December 24 - January 1, and there will be no interoffice mail run.  
     
    Please contact the individual school offices for their schedule during the holidays.
     
    Friday Reminders for 12/7/2018
     
     
    Health and Wellness
    A DIY Health Expert will be offering do-it- yourself tips on relevant health and wellness issues each month.   For December the Highmark team has chosen their top five excercise and recipe videos for 2018.  Click the link below to view a video of each.
      
     
    Please see the attached flyers from Highmark:  Save The ER For Emergencies and Safe Driving.