May 20, 2009 Want to save money and increase your income? Did you know you can increase your take-home pay by The money is then deposited into your personal Flexible lowering your income tax and Social Security deductions Spending Account for you to make withdrawals each month? All you need to do is participate in a “Section throughout the year. You can use this money to pay for 125 Flexible Spending Account”. any of the qualifying out-of-pocket medical expenses or dependent day care expenses TAX FREE. Please look at the list below and check to see if you have any items that you currently have as out-of-pocket For example, if you know you spend $50 every month on expenses. If so, you can save money in taxes. prescription drug co-pays, you can have that $50 taken from your paycheck BEFORE IT IS TAXED, therefore o Daycare expenses lowering your taxable income. Then when you spend o Prescription drug co-pays money on your co-pays, simply use your Flexible o Office visit co-pays Spending Account to access your tax-free dollars. o Medical insurance deductibles o Orthodontia (You can now take an advance from Although you should use up your entire account by your account for this.) August 31, 2010, new IRS regulations allows for you o Dental care to have a 70-day grace period (starting September 1), o Eye exams to spend any of the unused money from your account. o Laser eye surgery This greatly eases the pressure of making sure that o Contact lenses or glasses you estimate your expenses accurately. o Chiropractors o Hearing aids and batteries To find out more information on Flexible Spending o Insulin Accounts, including a comprehensive list of items o Acupuncture that are allowed and are not, go to the American o Christian Science practitioners Fidelity website. o Certain corrective surgeries o Physical therapy Representatives from American Fidelity will be visiting o Massage therapy buildings throughout the next few weeks to help you o Medical equipment enroll, or you can contact Brian Hall, our local AF rep o Mileage related to medical care directly at (425) 576-0247 ext.31. Please remember to o Certain over-the-counter medications (such as pain sign up for an appointment on the day that American relievers, acid reducers, and antihistamines) Fidelity is visiting your school. For a list of upcoming building visits, see page 3. It is easy to set up a Flexible Spending Account. Simply add up the qualifying expenses you anticipate you will have between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010. Divide this amount by 12, and then request that amount to be deducted from your paycheck each month. This deduction will be taken right off the top of your gross income, BEFORE taxes are calculated. Therefore, you are lowering your taxable income and paying less in taxes. 2009-10 contracts issued It’s election time again! The District will issue the 2009-10 contracts within the Each year the members of the LWEA must elect the next few weeks. This practice allows the District to be President, Vice President, and Executive Committee able to effectively work on staffing by knowing which Reps (Primary, Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, staff members are returning. Special Services, Specialists, and Ethnic Minority) for next year. Upon receipt, signed contracts are due back to Human Resources within 10 calendar days. In order to aid in that process, the following timetable has been put in place: It’s important to note that signing a contract is legally binding. That means that once your contract is signed, May 22 Nominations open – 9 AM you are legally obligated to fulfill that contract. May 29 Nominations close – 5 PM June 2 Candidates speak at Rep Assembly The District will allow teachers to resign their contracts June 3 Ballots arrive in buildings if the resignation is received by Human Resources on June 10 Ballots due back to LWEA or before June 30. After June 30, the resignation will June 15 Ballot count finalized – results announced be allowed only when a replacement is found. If there are extraordinary circumstances (such as the transfer of a spouse or domestic partner) that make it necessary for the teacher to resign, the District will accept the resignation. Educational Bosses’ Week! Quick reminder Since many secondary buildings are working on master schedules for 2009-10, we want to remind everyone Thanks for your leadership! that new teachers, in their first or second year of teaching, should not be assigned more than two courses for preparation. LWEA Executive Committee www.lakewashingtonea.org President - Kevin Teeley Junior High Rep – Victoria McCarter LWEA Office LWEA / 425 822-9898 Kamiakin / 425 823-6750 10628 NE 37th Circle, Kirkland 98033 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org 425 822-9898 phone Senior High Rep – David McGibney 425 827-7220 fax Vice President – Mike Blodgett EHS / 425-836-6600 Kirkland / 425 822-6224 Special Services Rep – Colleen McAlerney UniServ Rep: Caroline McDowell Rush / 425 881-6047 email@example.com Primary Rep – Ken Egawa Blackwell / 425 836-7300 Specialist Rep – Jim Eaton Admin Assistant: Sheila Hagerman Resource Ctr / 425 702-3363 firstname.lastname@example.org Intermediate Rep - Peggy Solum Admin Assistant: Ila Rhea Morrow Ethnic Minority Rep – Ernest Young Frost / 425 821-8238 email@example.com Kamiakin / 425-823-6750 Open enrollment time – Flex Spending Accounts They need a living wage A representative from American Fidelity could be in your The members of the LWESP are the backbone of the building soon (see dates below) to enroll employees in LWSD. They are office managers, building secretaries, Flex Spending Accounts (medical or dependent care), clerical assistants, data processors, library catalogers, Salary Protection, Cancer Insurance, and Accident media technicians, account technicians, and Insurance. Keep in mind that the IRS requires you to administrative secretaries. They work in schools, at re-enroll in the Flex Spending Account in order to Support Services, and at the Resource Center. participate in the program for the next school year. Currently, these hardworking employees are attempting Bring your questions! We encourage you to find out to bargain a “Living Wage.” Did you know that a single how a Flex Spending Account can save you money! parent with one child needs an hourly salary of $23.05- $24.55 to live on the Eastside? Since the LWESP American Fidelity reps will be in the following salary is well below those figures, many of the LWESP buildings over the next few weeks: members must work two jobs to just make ends meet. May 26 Kirkland (8 AM - 3:30 PM) This week - take a few minutes to let LWESP members know that you support them. Give them an extra smile, May 27 Finn Hill (8 AM - 3:30 PM) a kind word, a friendly note - or even one less question Environmental (12 PM - 1 PM) to answer! May 28 Finn Hill / Environmental (8 AM - 3:30 PM) Do you have unclaimed June 1 Rush (8 AM - 3:30 PM) RHS (7:30 AM - 3 PM) Rockwell (11 AM - 1 PM) money? June 2 EHS (7:30 AM - 3 PM) RHS (7:30 AM - 3 PM) The Washington State Department of Revenue has a website that allows people to find out if there is June 3 EHS (7:30 AM - 3 PM) unclaimed money or property waiting for them. Take a LWHS (7:30 AM - 3 PM) few minutes and check to see if there is money just Frost (9 AM - 2 PM) waiting for you to claim! June 4 LWHS (7:30 AM - 3 PM) Franklin (8 AM - 3:30 PM) Lakeview (7:30 AM - 3:30 PM) June 5 Carson (8 AM - 3:30 PM) Calendar Community & ICS (11 AM - 1 PM) Wilder (8 AM - 3:30 PM) May 22 LEAP Day – No Students June 8 Transportation/Facilities (8 AM - 2 PM) May 22 Nominations Open – 9 AM May 25 Memorial Day – No School June 9 Audubon (8 AM - 3:30 PM) Transportation/Facilities (8 AM - 2 PM) May 26 Executive Committee June 10 JHS (7:30 AM - 3 PM) May 29 Nominations Close – 5 PM Resource Center (9 AM - 1 PM) Last Rep Assembly – June 2 June 11 JHS (7:30 PM - 3 PM) Muir (8 AM - 3:30 PM) WANTED FOR SALE Treadmill w/ motor (not manual). $200 or less. Inflatable boat & accessories. Pkg includes: Achilles Gretchen Thomas (Smith) 206-799-9225. 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Comes w/ the works & to 405 & Lk Wash. Non-smoking only. $1,375/mth. Leisure Time Resort membership. $18,500. Call Abe Call Luis at 206-250-8688. (Lisa Martinez, LWHS). at 360-801-2231. (Veronica Hernandez, Keller). Kirkland rental, 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Living area Sears Kenmore Elite refrigerator, white, side-by-side approx 700 sq ft. Wired for Internet. Small view of w/ exterior ice & water in door. Excellent condition, Lk Wash. Undercover parking w/ extra parking for about 8 yrs old. Fits in smaller space, 33”Wx66”T. multiple cards & visitors. Day dock & swimming $200. Sally Kirkman (Rockwell) 425-747-2370. pool. Available end of May or 6/1. Call Lisa Thompson at 206-920-1002. Sammamish house, 3 bedrooms, 2.25 baths, on .42 acr5es. New everything (stainless steel appliances, VACATIONS cherry hardwoods). MLS# 29058691. $479,950. Ryan Scott (Wilder) 206-734-0718. Beautiful 6-bedroom summer home in Long Beach, WA. $185/night - rent a week & 7th day is free. Perfect SERVICES get-away for family & friends. Sleeps up to 12. Photos available. Sorry – no pets. Marjean Smart (Retired) Home Improvements, Repairs, & Remodels: 425-402-7888 or email@example.com. Specializing in trim, crown, doors, windows, siding, decks, wall repair, bath & kitchen remodels. Pics & OPPORTUNITIES references. Free estimates. Lic# NWNECNC927DM. NW by NE Carpentry Services at 425-691-7000 or Income opportunity: Interested in learning new things? firstname.lastname@example.org. (Kathy Kier, Resource Ctr). Teaching small groups about new products in home settings? (Teachers are naturals for this.) Recession Ben’s Painting – professional painting service: proof, great people, great fun, set your own hours. Quality work & reasonable prices. Licensed & Sharon Pape (Retired) Sharon@papesgrapes.com. insured. References available. Call 206-778-3866. (Carrell Quinn, RHJH/Kamiakin). SERVICES Home Remodels & Repairs: Bathroom & kitchen Keri Meyers Photography - now booking senior portrait remodels, trim, crown & doors, precise tile setting, sessions. Basic $150 (+ tax) DVD w/ 10 of your interior/exterior painting, update hardware, large & small favorite high resolution images presented in color/B&W. repairs. Background at Montgomery Homes, Inc 25 images presented in color/B&W hosted in password building multi-million $$$ homes – quality workmanship protected online gallery for up to 1 yr to purchase – fair prices. Experienced, licensed bonded, insured. additional prints. Mention this ad & receive a free 8x10 Pictures & references available. Call Ryan at RH print. Keri Meyers (LOA) 425-445-1552. Renovations, 206-954-0311. (Jennifer Harris, RHS). Pending available space, ads are run in the UPdate on a first come, first served basis. Ads are accepted only in written form – send directly to Sheila Hagerman – email@example.com. 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