Week of March 1, 2021

An Editorial from the President

Please note that the opinions shared in this editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nashua Teachers' Union.

I go through phases where I read a lot, and then other times, I don't read at all. I'm back in one of those reading phases. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I attend the suicide awareness training in January with many of the elementary staff. In the webinar, they mentioned a book: Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Teachers' Guide to Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Students. As an elementary-certified teacher, I am always looking for things that would apply to my students for when I return to teaching. I wish I had read this book years ago. Mental health concerns aren't new, they have concerned many of us for years now. I found actual strategies to use with students and the author provided suggested scripts on how to address concerns with parents.

There is a stigma in this country around mental health. Mental health and seeing a counselor or therapist can be seen as something the person should be embarrassed to admit. To that I say, why? I have never understood why this is seen as different than seeking help for other things. If your car isn't running correctly, you seek help to diagnose the issue and have it fixed. If you have trouble filing your taxes, you seek help for an accountant to check your numbers and help you file. So I'm not quite sure why there is a problem with people who are having a problem with how they're feeling should be ashamed or afraid to admit that they are seeking help to feel better or address the issue.

We should be celebrating people who recognize they need help. We celebrate children who self-advocate for help with their academics, why not when it's about their mental health? Part of the book I read was about breaking the stigma. As I read, and this won't be a surprise to you, the author pointed out that addressing mental health issues will help improve academics. Declining mental health has been a concern during the pandemic for a lot of people. However, it has been a concern for many of us in the education field well before the pandemic started. We are trying to address concerns and will continue to do that. However, in order to do that, we need additional support. We have great school counselors, social workers, and school psychologists who work beside us, but we don't have enough of them. If our community wants our schools to include these types of services in our schools, I think we're happy to do it. We are already doing it, but we need the proper staffing to do it completely. We often have to more with less. That's not going to work when it comes to the mental health of our students. Maybe if we continue to talk publicly about the concerns associate mental health, we'll continue to make improvements to the services we can provide and end this unnecessary stigma.




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Upcoming Meetings: no meeting scheduled

AFT-NH Legislative Updates

NEW UPDATE!!! February 28, 2021 Update 2021-09

NEW UPDATE!!! February 20, 2021 Update 2021-08

February 14, 2021 Update 2021-07

February 6, 2021 Update 2021-06

January 30, 2021 Update 2021-05

January 23, 2021 Update 2021-04

January 17, 2021 Update 2021-03

January 10, 2021 Update 2021-02

January 1, 2021 Update 2021-01

Free College Benefit from Union Plus

In partnership with AFSCME, the Union Pluss Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate degree completely online - for FREE. You must be a member in good standing of the NTU for your or your family member to be eligible.

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Know Your Contract

Negotiations Update


The teacher negotiating team met on February 17th. That was the last day to submit new proposals for discussion. Now that we know what's on the table from both sides, each side will now start responding - yes we agree, no, let's keep current contract language, or here's a counter proposal. We are working to schedule additional meetings in March and April.

Food Service

The food service negotiating team met on February 18th. This was the first meeting to submit proposals to the other side. Our team explained our proposals and discussed the Board's proposals. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 4th at 2:00pm.


The para-educator negotiating team met on February 19th. It was our 12th session. We are zeroing in on the final items left on the table. We will be meeting again on March 19th at 1:00pm.

Share My Lesson

2021 AFT Share My Lesson Virtual Conference

March 23rd - March 25th

All sessions are free and open to members.

You can sign up and participate when they happen in real time or you can access them after on demand.

For more information or to register, click here.

TABATA Tuesdays

FREE Workout on Zoom

TABATA (intervals)

Every Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:30pm

No equipment needed

What is TABATA?

High intensity intervals at your own level, including strengthening and cardio exercises

Ex: 20 seconds work hard/ 10 seconds rest, repeat.

To Get the Zoom Link:

RSVP “Tabata” in the subject to Deanna Lavoie (lavoiede@nashua.edu) for the Zoom link.

Scholarship Opportunities

NTU High School Senior Scholarship - 2021

Application window: February 15, 2021 - April 9, 2021

Applications most be postmarked by April 9, 2021

The 2021 Nashua Teachers' Union High School Senior Scholarship is open to children/dependents of NTU members and retirees in good standing.

Click here for the NTU High School Senior Scholarship Application

NTU Post-Secondary School Scholarship - 2021

Application window: February 15, 2021 - April 9, 2021

Applications most be postmarked by April 9, 2021

The 2021 Nashua Teachers' Union High College Scholarship is open to any children/dependents of NTU members and retirees in good standing in an undergraduate/post-secondary program at a college, community college, university, or recognized trade school.

Click here for the NTU Post-Secondary Scholarship Application

AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program - 2021

Application window: December 1st - March 31st

For more information, click here.

To apply, click here.

Have an idea for the Just for Fun section? Send it to Adam (president@nashuatu.org).

Lights or Lines

Again, not even close. Most would prefer not to have to stand in line; I agree 100%!

Would You Go?

When I was writing this edition, the Mars rover Perseverance had just landed on the Martian surface. The rover is looking for signs of life. One day, maybe we'll be jetting around the Universe like in Star Trek or Star Wars. Assuming it is safe and doable, would you leave Earth to go live on Mars? I'm undecided. What say you?

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Upcoming Events

  • March 1st

      • Special Board of Education Meeting, 5:00pm, via Zoom (agenda)

  • March 2nd

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, via Zoom

      • Executive Board, 3:00pm, via Zoom

  • March 3rd

      • BOE Budget Committee Meeting, 6:00pm, via Zoom (agenda)

  • March 4th

      • Food Service Negotiations, 2:00pm, via Zoom (Negotiating Team)

  • March 8th

      • BOE Human Resources Committee, 5:30pm, via Zoom

      • Board of Education Meeting, 6:00pm, via Zoom

  • March 9th

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, via Zoom

      • Board of Directors Meeting, 4:15pm, via Zoom

  • March 10

      • Internal Teacher Negotiations, 4:00pm, via Zoom (Negotiating Team)

  • March 16th

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, via Zoom

  • March 17th

      • Executive Board/Superintendent Meeting, 3:00pm, via Zoom

  • March 18th

      • Food Service Negotiations, 2:00pm, via Zoom (Negotiating Team)

  • March 23

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, via Zoom

  • March 30

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, via Zoom

Questions? Comments? Need Assistance? Contact a member of the Executive Board

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