CEA 2018 Summer Conference

Click this link to see the full brochure for the 2018 Summer Conference Brochure

It is being held at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, August 6-7.

Please review and let me know if you would like to attend by Tuesday, June 12th.
The WHEA will pay for the cost of the conference.
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Retirement Checklist

Here’s Your To-Do Checklist

 Contact your local Association to see if your district has a retirement notification deadline. In some cases, severance payouts are linked to informing your district by a certain date. If you announce your retirement from WHPS in September, there are no expectations for official TEVAL! If your retirement date is June 30th of the current school year, the sooner you let HR know, the better. If you plan to retire mid-year or over the summer, there is a 60-day notice clause in our contract.
 If you are purchasing additional credited service, make sure that all the required
documentation has been submitted to the State Teachers’ Retirement Board (STRB). All forms required for the purchase of service are found on the STRB website (www.ct.gov/trb).
 File your retirement application (also found on the STRB website) 4-6 months before your effective date of retirement. Although you legally have until the last day of your last teaching month to file the application, you are strongly encouraged to file as early as possible.
 If you and/or your spouse will be enrolling in Medicare upon retirement, you must submit the STRB’s insurance application to STRB at least 6-8 weeks prior to the effective start date, which is usually July 1 or September 1, depending on your district’s policy. You can obtain a copy of the STRB’s insurance application from the STRB website.
 Make a copy of the application before you send it and mail the original via return receipt requested so you have proof that it was received by the STRB.
 Touch base with your local Social Security office. Even if you are not yet eligible for Social Security benefits or Medicare, your local office can help you understand your specific timeframe for filing for these benefits in the future.
 Be sure you have your birth certificate and/or marriage license. A photocopy of your birth certificate must be provided as part of your retirement application. If you are electing retirement Plan D, you will also need a photocopy of your co-participant’s birth certificate. If you will be enrolling your spouse in the STRB’s Medicare supplement insurance plan, you will need to provide a photocopy of your marriage license.
 Consider what the appropriate tax withholding will be for your teacher’s pension, which is subject to state and federal taxes. If you typically receive assistance from a tax advisor or accountant when you file your taxes, you may wish to touch base with him/her for advice about what the appropriate with holding will be for you in retirement.
 Contact Laurie Rosano ~ WHPS Benefits Specialist to set up an appointment to discuss your Sick Day payout and healthcare and retirement concerns.

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WHEA Annual Recognition Dinner


Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Farmington Club
162 Town Farm Road
Farmington, CT

Tickets: $58

Send checks made out to WHEA Attn: Laurie Noyes

The annual Recognition Dinner gives us an opportunity to honor our retiring colleagues (Lorri Cetto, Kathy Crowley, Celeste Higgins, Kathy Miller, Theresa Somerville, Pat VanInwagen) as well as our Citizen of the Year, Member of the Year, and Teacher of the Year (TBA May 1.)

More information and reservation details to come!

(P.S. to any other retirees whom I’ve contacted: Please don’t wait too long to let me know if you wish to be recognized!)

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Yard Goats CEA Teacher Appreciation Days

Screen-Shot-2018-04-18-at-3.57.12-PMBaseball season is in full swing. Save on tickets to CEA Member Appreciation Days at the Hartford Yard Goats. Hurry—games sell out fast!

Back by popular demand, the Hartford Yard Goats are holding three CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this baseball season—Saturday, May 5Friday, July 27; and Friday, August 24—with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game.

The last day to buy tickets to the May 5 game is April 21—so don’t wait!

Come out to cheer on the home team and enjoy special recognition for CEA member teachers and fireworks after the game.

  • Saturday, May 5, at 6:05 PM vs. the Portland Sea Dogs
  • Friday, July 27, at 7:05 PM vs. the New Hampshire Fisher Cats
  • Friday, August 24, at 7:05 PM vs. the Trenton Thunder
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10 Steps to Proficiency-West Hartford Flyer (1)(2).docx

WHEA flyer

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