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**Don't Lose Your Teaching License!
Time-sensitive and important information!

Mr. Bloom, the Assistant Superintendent of Westbury Schools sent an email to all staff on Wednesday April 3rd informing all staff of the Mandated Reporter Training Requirements in New York State.  Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2021 amended Social Services Law § 413 to require additional training to include protocols to reduce implicit bias in decision-making processes, strategies for identifying adverse childhood experiences, and guidelines to assist in recognizing signs of abuse or maltreatment while interacting virtually within the New York State Mandated Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect coursework.This law requires that mandated reporters, including those who have previously undergone the current training, complete the updated training curriculum by April 1, 2025: All Administrators,  All WTA members, Teaching Assistants (Levels I, II, and III), Nurses, Coaches NJROTC Instructors.

                                   ** This includes all retired teachers if you want to keep your license.

Please note that this is a new requirement that you must complete to maintain your NYSED certification/license. There is a free 2-hour course for you to take on your own time between now and the end of March 2025, so your certification will not be impacted. See the link below for more info on how to sign up for the course.

 We recommend that you complete this mandated training as soon as possible. If you do not complete it by March 2025 you will lose your license.

NOTE from Brenda Benes, Westbury District  Health Benefits Administrator:

Dear Medicare Refund Recipient,

Please forward a copy of the Nov/Dec 2023 SSA Statement Letter (Verification of Benefits) for you and/or spouse if applies, by Jan 30, 2024 so we can update Medicare Part B. Also, If you qualify for IRMAA, send in the SSA-1099 for 2023; but only if the amount deducted for Medicare Part B premiums was more than $1,978.80.(This amount is listed on your Form SSA-1099 Social Security Statement).

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WELCOME!

Committed to Excellence

ATTENTION: Annual Dues-$20.

Click link below: "Membership Renewal Form"

ATTENTION: Annual scholarship fund-please donate! (one check for both is fine)

Mail check, made out to- WSR, to:

Connie Champlin 

157 Rushmore St.

Westbury NY 11590


**ATTENTION: Please contribute to Vote Cope!

You can donate online by logging into your NYSUT account.

 Vote Cope dollars secured legislation to guarantee automatic cost-of-living pension increases for its public school retirees.

 WSR contributed $4094 from 69 members.

Check out the links below to see more of what your Vote Cope dollars do for you.

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About Westbury Schools Retirees

Who We Are

We are the retired teachers of the Westbury Union Free School District in Westbury, New York, the retiree chapter of the WTA (Westbury Teachers' Association) and a member of NYSUT RC 19 (Retiree Council-19).
The District's schools include: Westbury High School, Westbury Middle School, Drexel Ave, Powell's Lane, Park Ave, and Dryden St.

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    Thanks to all who attended our annual ZOOM General Membership 
           meeting  on Leap Day Feb 29, 2024. We played a fun game! 
                           
 

Westbury Schools Retirees        Executive Board

  **Next Exec Board Meeting: Thursday April 25, 2024

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**If you have any changes to your
contact information, please email Jennifer
Loughran, Communications, so that we
have the most updated information:
jennwrt2020@gmail.com

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The Executive Board meets monthly from September-June. We  plan and brainstorm, keeping all our members up-to-date on pertinent information. We revived our newsletter. The latest edition came out  June 2023. To view, click the link at the bottom of this page. All members received an email copy. Also, check out the "NEWS!" page on this website to view the  brochure we give to all new retirees.

In-person luncheons are back but we are keeping  general membership ZOOM meetings every year. They proved to be a great addition! They allow those who live a distance away, or who just cannot make an in-person meeting, the ability to participate and connect. We hold 3 luncheons a year for all members. Our latest  Luncheon was December 7, 2023. Our latest Zoom membership meeting was held February 29, 2024 at 1pm.

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WSR Executive Board:
Seated left to right: Connie Champlin- Treasurer, Carol Gardiner- Vote-Cope/ Co-WTA Liaison.

Standing left to right: ; Diane Watson- Recording Secretary/Webmaster/Newsletter Editor, Grace Bryant- Member-at-Large, Camille Lupa- Scholarship Committee, Dorie Ciulla- President/Legislative Representative, Marjorie Parente- Corresponding Secretary, Donna Sabella- Vice President/Co-WTA Liaison,  Jennifer Loughran- Communications Director.
Not pictured: Judy Bernstein- Member-at-Large

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         Retirement planning, setting up a will, buying a new car, even pet insurance.

    These are just some of the reasons to use NYSUT Member Benefits as a resource!

                                           Check out the link below for all the details:

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! 

The following  Westbury retirees joined  after May 2022

Kathleen Thibodeau

Susan Moors

Sharon Greco

Victor Derba

Natalie Schwartz

Jack Russo

Donald McIntosh

Michael Fiedler

Sandra Barrett

Anthony Posillico

Brenda Bluestone

Joanny Gomez

Joyce Thomas

Christine Dickson

Stanley Zwick

Susan Gabriel

welcome back!

Laure Broder,

Gwen Collins

Susan Shapiro

We are always happy to hear from our members!

*If you would like to share anything that you are doing or family updates,  please submit to Jennifer.
jennwrt2020@gmail.com

(see the NEWS! section of this website to see what our members are up to :)

Lavilla, retired social worker from Park and Dryden, writes in 2020:

Dear Connie and Fellow CoWorkers,

    Thank you for your continued work keeping us informed about what's going on in our school district and in Albany.

    I am doing well and so is my family. Keep well, say hello to everyone and please try to stay well. "Wear your masks." Stay inside!!

    Love you and Miss you,

      Lavilla Watson​

(*We miss you Lavilla. Rest in Peace)

 The  Holiday Luncheon at Frank's Steakhouse on Dec. 7, 2023 was a  success!  Lots of great food and lively conversations. Attendees brought many items for our annual scholarship raffle. Our president Dorie thanked everyone for coming. Mikey thanked Dorie for her leadership and bringing new energy into our group! Thanks to Camille for arranging the venue and dessert. Thanks also to Mikey and Connie for organizing the raffle. 

                                                                Below are some photos of the luncheon

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    Fall Luncheon at Umbertos 

         September 7, 2023           Joining us were new retirees from Drexel Ave.          Carmen Ostolaza and Mayra Cireseanu.                            Welcome!

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Previous Fall Luncheons at Umbertos

September 14, 2022

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WSR Exec Board attendees

Diane, Camille, Jen, Dorie, Connie, Donna, Carol

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The Group! Judy, Lisa, Janet, Gail, Michelle, Michael, Roseanne, Diane, Camille, Jen, Dorie, Connie, Carol and....

...Donna- the photographer

Great Food!

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Donna and Roseanne

Great Conversation!

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Connie and Donna

We're Back In-Person!!

General Membership Fall Luncheon September 22, 2021
Umbertos, New Hyde Park

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Happy Together!

back in-person

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outside

under the big tent :)

great food!!

lots of fun!

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camaraderie

lasting memories!

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More Happy Gatherings!

General Membership Meeting/ Spring Luncheon: June 8, 2022
Galleria, Westbury

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Discussing business...

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Over a great meal.

What could be better?

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Smiles all around! :)

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Link to our latest WSR Newsletter below:

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