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New Teacher Orientation July 12 & 13
An orientation session will be held for new teachers on July 12 and July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the RIMSD #41 Administration Center in Room 32. 
Questions - contact HR at 309-793-5900 x205.
Neighborhood Canvas Day, Saturday, July 14
Last July, over 50 RIMSD Staff members went out into their school boundary neighborhoods to promote school registration! Over 1000 door hangers were left with households and people noticed our staff out and about that morning! It was a great grassroots effort.
RIMSD #41 is planning another Neighborhood Canvas Day the weekend before school registration on Saturday, July 14. Volunteers are needed for the morning from about 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.! Please consider helping out in this important endeavor to touch base with our RIMSD #41 families and encourage them to get registered for school on time!
If you would like to participate - email Holly Sparkman or let your building principal know before the end of the school year!

Summer 2018 Professional Development Opportunities
Please read through the details below and use the link for each area to sign up. Misc. pay will be provided to those who attend. Lunch will be on your own for each session.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-8: Sign up to have an in-depth learning about the NGSS standards. There are a limited number of seats so sign up quickly! You may only sign up for one day. Those who participate in one of these days will be invited to "play" in some science resources we are exploring during next school year. 
  • MAP Zone Analysis: Learn how to analyze your student MAP data to better inform your daily instruction.
  • MAP Skills: Learn how to use the MAP Skills between MAP assessments to help students with skill mastery; and progress monitor student performance to help you drill down to the specific skills each student needs to learn.
Additional opportunities:
  • AVID -- teams previously identified and details set for June 13-15th.
  • Social Studies Jr. High Collaboration - Date TBD.
  • Still in the works/discussion are opportunities for high school social studies teachers, high school science teachers, K-12 English Learners, and K-12 Special Education.
  • TeacherEase, K-8 ELA curriculum, K-5 math curriculum, 6-8 math review pilot, high school math review pilot -- will be scheduled on an individual or group basis.

403(b) Deferral Limit Changes for 2018
The maximum deferral limit for employees who participate in the 403(b) plan is increasing in tax year 2018.
The elective deferral maximum will now be $18,500, up from the previous $18,000. Employees 50 or older (or who attain age 50 during the 2018 calendar year) who wish to contribute to a catch-up contribution may also defer an additional $6,000. This limit did not change. The 403(b) deferral is calculated on a calendar year contribution (January-December).
If you wish to change your current 403(b) contribution, please contact Dawn Wolf at 309-793-5900 x203, or 

EAP Reminder!
RIMSD #41 has an EAP (employee assistance program) available 365 days a year!
School District employees can attend five free counseling sessions by calling 1-309-779-2273. Sessions are private and confidential. 
Illinois State Board of Education is staggering licensure renewal for 2018
The 2018 renewal year is much larger than usual because it is the first year that educators who were issued a substitute teaching license (SUB) or educator license with stipulations endorsed for paraprofessional (ELS-PARA) in the 2013 certificate-to-licensure exchange will be able to renew these licenses. THEREFORE, the Illinois State Board of Education is staggering the periods for renewal >>