OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER| ISSUE 4 PAGE 1 Our HOPES |Our Staff Newsletter| Issue 4 Hoboken & Plainfield, New Jersey December, 2015 WELCOME TO OUR 51ST YEAR OF HOPES! IN THIS ISSUE HOPES at Annual NAEYC Conference 2015 Work Anniversaries Page 2 By Joselyn Estevez Vargas Birthdays Page 2 Smile Break Page 2 Strides against Breast Cancer Page 2 Employee Spotlight Page 3 Health & Wellness Page 4 AC/NJ/HS Conference Page 4 IT Corner Page 5 Winter Gathering Page 5 Employee Wellness Survey Page 7 In mid-November Tracey Bernal, Mary Padron and Joselyn Estevez-Vargas had the opportunity to attend the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference. The Conference theme was the Power of the Profession. The Opening Session Keynote address was given by Ruby Bridges, America’s youngest civil rights icon. In her inspirational speech she talked about the impact her teacher Barbara Henry, had on her life, as well as diversity and inclusion education and the collective impact teachers can have if they organize together. There were almost 600 Professional sessions to choose from in the areas of: Advocacy, Assessment, Research, Diversity & Equality, Leadership Development, Curriculum, Language & Literacy, Head Start, Professionalism & Ethics, and Technology & Young Children. All of the sessions were relevant to educators of all children, but in particular to those working with the birth through eight populations. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE, THE WORD ITSELF SAYS “I’M POSSIBLE!” --AUDREY HEPBURN
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER| ISSUE 4 | THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION! YESICA K BIRRITTA 12/02/2013 ANA MARIA FLORES 12/09/2014 TANIA HERNANDEZ ABAD 12/08/2011 GESSELLE PICHARDO 12/06/2011 MELISSA G RIGAIL 12/18/2015 CARMELA ANN ROMAN 12/15/2003 MASSIEL UMANZOR 12/07/2012 Making Strides against Breast Cancer By Evelyn Mercado On Sunday October 18th 2015, HOPES Angels participated in the annual “Making Strides against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk” at Lincoln Park located in Jersey City. This is the seventh year, HOPES participated in this extraordinary venture in the effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The HOPES Angels team included dedicated staff, family members, and clients (two of which are survivors) with the same goal in mind. Jessica Stone, Community Services Advocate stated; “I do this for my aunt as she suffered from Breast Cancer and when I became employed by HOPES in 2013; I was intrigued by the dedication the staff had in supporting such a worthy cause. I love that we do this.” HOPES Angels’ team grows every year and we welcome new members to assist with combatting the fight against this disease. DANNY BLACKMON 12/16 IDELIA HENDRICKS 12/31 HAICEL LAZALA KROHN 12/03 DIANA MILNE 12/15 LISA MONTOYA 12/22 MERICHA MORRISSETTE 12/08 WAYNE MYERS 12/11 AMBER PURVIS 12/29 MILAGROS RIVERA 12/28 ESTELA RODRIGUEZ 12/15 CATHERINA ROSA 12/29 GUADALUPE DE BAEZ 12/12 JESSICA STONE 12/28 • Address and Contact Information – includes your address, phone number, email and emergency contact information 12/01 MIESHIA HUNTER My Information 12/08 SHUBORNA GOMES Please be advised that you are able to update your information through your Paycom Employee Self Service (ESS) if needed. Once you click in the tab below you can edit your information which will automatically update in our system after you make the changes and click on update. 12/14 MARIE FORCUM PAYCOM Reminders 12/29 GLADYS DUARTE ASK HR • HR Information – can only change your marital status 12/18 LILIANA DONARGO PAGE 2 Hot Shot A young businessman had just started his own firm. Congratulations to Kenneth O’Neill of BCB Community bank for winning Financial Business/Businessperson of the Year! He rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come into the outer office. Hoping to look like a hot shot, the businessman picked up the phone and started to pretend he was working on a big, important business deal. He threw huge figures around and made giant commitments. Finally he hung up and asked the visitor, “Can I help you?” The man said, “Yeah, I’ve come to activate your phone lines.”
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER| ISSUE 4 | PAGE 3 Residence: Hoboken, NJ What do you do for fun? Inhabitants at residence: My two cockatiel birds Biejo and Gigi. My youngest son Jose, and husband Edwin. I love listening to all kinds of music and dancing to salsa Years with current position at HOPES: 17 years What I like best about working for HOPES: I love cooking for the kids. They call me Ms. Lily and they always ask me “What are you making for us today Ms. Lily?” Employee Spotlight: Lillian Colon By Tatiana Ferraro *Editor’s note: Lillian Colon resides in Hoboken, NJ. She has worked at HOPES for 17 years. Lillian’s specialty is her passion and love for cooking. She is a huge fan of the series, The Walking Dead. Lillian is a proud mother of 3 children Jessica, Jay, and Jose. Lillian also has 11 grandchildren. Her two cockatiels, Biejo and Gigi are very dear to her heart. What are three artists you would choose to listen to for the rest of your life? Prince Royce Akon Barry White What are two goals you are trying to accomplish this year? Before working at HOPES. What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had? I would love to buy a house and get a dog. I’ve always had Chihuahua’s so to get another would be nice When I used to work at the mall. I worked in maintenance at Sears when they first opened in 1986. How do you plan to accomplish these goals? Before working at HOPES, what was the worst job you've ever had? I can’t say there was one. I was busy enjoying my baby after 15 years. What is your proudest moment at HOPES? When I was chosen to be the head cook in 2012. If given the chance to be anyone in the world, who would you like to be for a day? Governor of NJ Favorite place to live: Salina, Puerto Rico Motto, Personal Mantra or Favorite Quote: “It is what it is” I’m happiest when: I’m watching thrillers/horror movies with no one bothering me What I fear most: Thunder and lightening Work, work, work… unless I hit the lottery (fingers crossed) What is your favorite memory? When my daughter Jessica told me I was going to be a grandmother (now she has 5) Before I die, I would like to (top 3 items on bucket list): Travel Get that house See all my kids marry If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring: Lamp Blankets Matches ● ● ● START BY DOING WHAT’S NECESSARY; THEN DO WHAT’S POSSIBLE; AND SUDDENLY YOU ARE DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE --FRANCIS OF ASSISI ● ● ●
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER| ISSUE 4 PAGE 4 New Jersey Head Start Association Affiliates Meeting By Bonnie Eggenburg Resolve to Make a Healthier You By: Mary Caldwell Thanksgiving has passed and some of us are probably feeling guilty about the food coma we brought upon ourselves and yet, we’re eagerly waiting for the next office pot luck and holiday dinner with the family. Now is the best time to consider participating in the HOPES CAP, Inc. Employee Wellness Initiative beginning January 4, 2016. In general, wellness programs carry many benefits for the employee and employer such as improved health status which can lower healthcare costs, improved job satisfaction that in turn increases morale and productivity, and increased social support. Many of you may not be aware of this, but if you are under the agency’s insurance plan, you already have access to quite a few perks. If you enroll on HorizonbFit.com, you can get a $20 monthly reimbursement on your gym membership. On Blue365Deals.com you have access to various discounts on all kinds of health-related products and services such as weight control vendors (Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, & Jenny Craig), hearing and vision care (Lasik and hearing aides), fitness apparel (Skechers & Reebok), etc. Now, some may be wondering, “How will our progress be tracked?” At the start of this program, we will be using a handy web based fitness tracker called, Daily Endorphin. Through this website I will be creating and sending these challenges out agency wide via email. If you’re interested, all you have to do is click on the attached link, set up your profile, and join the challenge. Through Daily Endorphin you’ll be able to track fitness, nutrition activities, accumulate points, and create teams. For more information visit DailyEndorphin.com. On November 12, 2015 Veronica Ray, NJHSA President, welcomed affiliate members to the meeting. Sixteen programs were represented including: Gateway CAP, Ocean Inc, Newark Public School, Greater Bergan CAP, Bayonne Head Start, Pathstone, Norwest CAP, Center for Family Resources, CDI Newark Head Start, HOPES, Union Twp CAO, East Orange Child Development Corp, Acelero (Middlesex, Monmouth), Morris County Headstart, North Hudson Headstart, Leaguers, Inc. Suzanne Burnette, the NJ Head Start Collaboration Director (DOE), provided information regarding Grow NJ Kids, Quality Information and Resources System (QRIS). The system is being promoted by the Federal government to assist parents in being an educated consumer. The system gives access to scholarships (includes CDAs and P-3 certification) and small grants for supplies. Call Suzanne if your program needs assistance with enrolling. Directors shared concerns about how districts are partnering or not partnering with Head Start programs, particularly with the new four year old program and ELLI/ECPA. Questions were asked about the districts involvement in enrollment. Burnette shared that the push is to move away from central enrollment and have programs initiate enrollment when working with districts. Head Starts need to ensure that they are following Head Start ERSEA regulations and assert themselves with districts. Eventually all Head Starts will have identifier code and child identifiers to do enrollment electronically. The need for Head Starts to review and modify contracts with districts as needed to ensure compliance with Head Start regulations was discussed. An overview of the New Jersey Head Start Association (NJHSA) was shared. The association is made up of four affiliates: directors, staff, parents, and friends. Each affiliate sends three representatives to the board. The board members communicate back with their affiliates. However, in the last few years, there have been some inconsistencies. The focus is to strengthen the association. Members are encouraged to consider serving as leaders, representing the majority of the programs in the state of New Jersey. Commitment is being asked of everyone to attend meetings and to be part of various committees. NJHSA has been successful in ensuring that state programs, such as Grow NJ Kids, reflect the Head Start philosophy and regulations. Members make a difference. If you have an interest in shaping the future of the New Jersey Head Start Association by participating as a member of the Staff Affiliate, please sign up with me prior to the next meeting in January.
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER| ISSUE 4 | By BJ Palencia How to Register/Log in 1) Open your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc). Type the following into the web address bar: www.myschoolbuilding.com. Press the Enter key or click on Go. Enter the account number (16647168) then click on Submit Organization. Or you can use the following link to access the login page: http://www.myschoolbuilding.com/myschoolbui lding/myitdrequest.asp?acctnum=16647168 2) You will be prompted to enter your email address then click Submit. If you have been to this website before and have entered a work request into the system, you are already registered as a user. Enter your email address then proceed to page 2, “How to Submit a request”. 3) If you are a new user, the system will not recognize you right away. Enter your last name to proceed with the registration process. Click Submit to continue. 4) Enter your first name then click Submit. The Phone, Cell Number, and Pager fields are optional; however you may be required to enter your phone number on the next screen. HELPFUL INFORMATION: You can create a shortcut to your desktop, find a blank area on this screen and right click on your mouse. You will have the option to create a shortcut or add to your favorites. Creating a shortcut will add an icon to your desktop. You can double click it the next time you want to sign in. PAGE 5
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER| ISSUE 4 | PAGE 7 Employee Wellness Survey Please complete and return to: Hoboken: Plainfield: Mary Caldwell at the Rue Building Computer Lab Daisy Velazquez-Glasgow at the Watchung Ave. Site 1) Would you participate if HOPES CAP, Inc. offered an employee wellness program? ☐Yes ☐No 2) What time of day would be best for you to participate in a wellness program? ☐Before work ☐Lunchtime ☐After work ☐Anytime ☐Would not participate 3) How long should a wellness activity last? ☐30 min. ☐45 min. ☐60 min. 4) Which of the following incentives would increase your likelihood to participate in wellness activities? (Check all that apply.) ☐I would participate without an incentive. ☐Financial rewards (cash, gift cards, lower cost in health insurance) ☐Days/hours off ☐Free food at the program. ☐Small gifts ☐Raffles ☐ I would not participate even with an incentive. ☐Other
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OUR HOPES |OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER| ISSUE 4 | PAGE 8 5) Are there any barriers preventing you from participating in wellness activities? (Check all that apply.) ☐Inconvenient time and location ☐Lack of time ☐Lack of support ☐Uncertain or hesitant about what to do/how to exercise. ☐My duties at work and home do not allow me to participate. ☐Not interested ☐Other 6) If the following health topics were offered, which would you participate in? (Check all that apply.) ☐Managing Chronic Conditions ☐Diabetes ☐Heart Health ☐Weight Management ☐Nutrition Presentations ☐Physical Activity Presentations ☐Exercise classes offered at work. ☐Walk-Fit Programs ☐Fitness/wellness challenge at work. ☐Stress Management ☐Other ☐Agency Recreation (basketball, volleyball, softball) ☐Confidential Health Screenings at work
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