AASD Weekly Update 10-04-18


  • OCTOBER 24th AASD MEMBERSHIP MEETING. This meeting is for all Members in good standing, Affiliate and Retired members to receive important business updates. Come early and visit our vendor partners – get your “bingo” card stamped by our vendor partners and enter a raffle for great prizes. There will be heavy appetizers and beverages.  Prizes are donated by vendor partners or are a result of vendor table rental fees – no AASD dues money is used. Thank you to CALPRO for being the premiere sponsor of this event.  Please plan on attending – our Union is only as strong as the participation of our members!  Click here for the flyer.
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR AASD HOLIDAY DINNER AND PARTY!   Please mark your calendar now and save the date, Friday, December 7th. This event is free for all AASD Members in Good Standing, Affiliates and Retired. Click here for the flyer and make a reservation! 
    Listed below are our Fall Empower Hour events!  Please share this information with any other colleagues who may be interested!  Spread the word!
    The Mission of Empower Hour is "To encourage, support and inspire female educational leaders through various growth opportunities." Empower Hour is for current, aspiring and retired female administrators, managers and supervisors -- classified and certificated in the San Diego County area.  Come and see what we are all about!

    October 11, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (at the AASD office, Mission Valley)
    Empower Hour Workshop – Stress Management 101
    STRESS! We all have it -- now let's learn how to manage it!  Join Empower Hour for an evening of networking and education regarding Stress Management.  Learn great techniques to implement to make your work and personal life less stressful.  Our professional presenter, Loran Thompson, will offer tips that are life changing!
    Light dinner, beverages and door prizes provided.  Wear your Empower Hour T-Shirt and get an extra raffle ticket.  Or buy a T-Shirt at the event for $20 and get an extra ticket.

    This event is sponsored by CALPRO, California Casualty, ACSA Region 18, VEBA and the Administrators Association of San Diego (AASD).
    RSVP required and seating is limited. Please only sign up if you are able to attend. If you sign up and plans change, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite.
    RSVP at:

    October 16, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (at the AASD office, Mission Valley)
    Empower Hour Workshop – Long-Term Care for Women – Protect Your Wealth from Poor Health
    Long-Term Care Insurance are words that can create confusion.  But not anymore!  Don’t miss out on this educational and strategic session presented by a long term care specialist who will teach you how to protect your wealth from poor health.  If you’re single, divorced, separated or married, long term care is truly a woman’s issue for five major reasons which will be discussed and solutions given.   Did you know…it is a fact that 70% of people will need long term care in their lifetime.  Did you know there are six ways to obtain long term care insurance including a 30-year old program that if you qualify you can get at zero cost?   Did you know the average time a woman will need long term care is over three years?
    These, plus many more questions will be answered at this workshop.  Come and learn!

    Light dinner, beverages and door prizes provided.  Wear your Empower Hour T-shirt and get an extra door prize ticket.  Or buy an Empower Hour shirt at the event and get an extra ticket!

    This event is sponsored by Mark Dice Insurance, ACSA Region 18 and AASD.
    RSVP required and seating is limited. Please only sign up if you are able to attend. If you sign up and plans change, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite.
    RSVP at:


    November 1, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (at the AASD office, Mission Valley)
    Empower Hour Workshop – Leadership for Women
    This workshop is designed specifically for women and will cover the history of women in leadership as well as the special challenges, trends and needs women have when being in positions of leadership.  The workshop will be very interactive and will cover role models, obstacles, and tools for women who want to enhance, refine or develop their leadership skills.  If you are a current leader or aspiring leader – come and learn! 
    Light dinner, beverages and door prizes provided.  Wear your Empower Hour T-shirt and get an extra door prize ticket.  Or buy an Empower Hour shirt at the event and get an extra ticket!
    This event is sponsored by CALPRO, California Casualty, VEBA,  ACSA Region 18 and AASD.
    RSVP required and seating is limited. Please only sign up if you are able to attend. If you sign up and plans change, please cancel your reservation via Eventbrite.
    RSVP at:


    Saturday, November 3  OR  Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:45am to 4:15 p.m. (at the VEBA Resource Center, Mission Valley)
    Empower Hour – VEBA RESOURCE CENTER HEALTHY REBOOT  (choose ONE date only)
    Join your Empower Hour colleagues for a FREE Saturday program with a focus on holistic health and well-being.  This program will introduce all of the services offered at the new VEBA resource center including biometric screenings, movement, stress management, education, acupuncture (optional) and nutrition.  Healthy snacks and lunch will be provided by VEBA.  What a wonderful opportunity! 

    Attendance is limited to 32 participants per Saturday.  First come, first served.  IMPORTANT - See sign up process information below. 

    Once you sign up via Eventbrite (link below), then you will be contacted by Empower Hour coordinator Donis Coronel by email with instructions to complete the registration process.
    Participants will be provided with a Registration Form and Assumption of Risk Form which must be completed and returned to VEBA by October 26 (for November 3) or by November 2 (for November 10).  Participants are not fully signed up until the forms are received by VEBA.  For confidentiality purposes, the forms must be sent directly to VEBA.
    Once participants complete the registration process participants are expected to attend the event.  This is an event being provided by VEBA at VEBA's expense.  If a participant needs to cancel, please do so 72 hours prior to the event by canceling the reservation on Eventbrite.
    This event is sponsored by VEBA and Empower Hour.

    Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
    Participants must be 18 years of age to attend.
    What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
    There is parking available at the facility. 
    What can I bring into the event?
    Dress in active wear and bring a water bottle.
    Is there childcare?
    Yes!  Please complete the section requesting childcare when the registration form is completed.
    RSVP at:

    Note:  Do not sign up for both dates – select one of the dates only.
    Our Empower Hour 2018-19 Mentor-Mentee program is up and running!  18 mentees have been paired with mentors and connections are being made!
    Thank you from your Empower Hour Planning Team:     Becky Bravo, Jennifer Carbuccia, Donis Coronel (coordinator), Clorinda Espinoza, Suzie Fore, Elizabeth Kramer, Carla Love and Randy White

    AASD acknowledges deaths of our members, retirees, or their immediate family members via the Weekly Update.  If you have information on a death to be reported in the AASD Weekly Update, please contact any of the staff at the AASD office with the information.  We appreciate your help with this – we don’t always know right away when a death has occurred or the information on services.

    AASD offers our condolences for the family of Miko Uhuru, Vice Principal at Wangenheim Middle School. His mother-in-law passed away on September 22, 2018 from lung cancer. Your thoughts and prayers are requested by the family during their time of mourning.

  • JOB POSTINGS FOR CERTIFICATED POSITIONS AND CLASSIFIED POSITIONS IN THE AASD UNIT.  AASD has been asked to publish the job postings in our Weekly Update. AASD also suggests that all applicants (classified and certificated) mark their calendars to check weekly for new job postings each Monday.  This way, you will not miss out on a posting you might be interested in (as all jobs in the AASD unit must be posted for 10 days).  Additionally, jobs in other units will be posted.


    Program Manager, Special Education Instructional Programs and Support - Closes 10/15/18
    Program Manager, Restorative Justice Practices - Closes 10/12/18
    Principal, Fay Elementary - Closes 10/22/18
    Principal, Madison High -Closes 10/22/18
    Principal, Torrey Pines Elementary- Closes 10/22/18



    Program Manager, Restorative Justice Practices - Closes 10/12/18
    Manager, Instructional Facilities Planning - Closes 10/8/18


    NOTE: The Program Manager Restorative Justice Practices is posted as a Certificated and Classified position.


  • IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ This information pertains to current AASD members who were AASD members prior to June 28, 2018.  It does NOT apply to affiliate members or retired members.  Many have asked how to “re-join” AASD in light of the Supreme Court Decision, Janus v. AFSCME.  If you were an AASD member on June 27, 2018, per the Decision, you automatically stayed as an AASD "Member in Good Standing" and will remain so.  However, we are asking all AASD members to re-commit to AASD by completing the form (link below) and returning it to the AASD office.  This re-confirms your AASD membership and ensures that you have access to the benefits of being an AASD member – legal representation, AASD representation, discounted services, scholarships for your children, professional development reimbursements, etc. 

    Please complete the form referenced below as soon as possible and return it to AASD  by scanning and e-mailing it to jim@aasdcs.org; faxing to 619-295-6274; placing it in school mail addressed to AASD; or sending it via US mail to the address on the form.   (Some of you have already filled out the new membership form this summer – if so, it is not necessary to complete it again.)  If you have any questions regarding the re-commitment form, please contact the AASD office at 619-295-2118 or e-mail one of the AASD staff members for assistance.  Thank you in advance for your commitment to our Union – AASD.   Click here for Form. 

  • IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW MATERNITY LEAVE LANGUAGE FOR CLASSIFIED AND CERTIFICATED AASD MEMBERS.  Background -- In the Spring of 2018, the District and AASD agreed to provide a new type of leave for mothers who have given birth. Effective July 1, 2017, employees who give birth will be granted three consecutive workweeks of maternity leave immediately upon the birth of her child.  Prior to this leave entitlement, birth mothers were required to use their sick leave in order to receive pay while on a leave following the birth of a child. In the state of California, unused sick days may be converted to service credit (see STRS and PERS websites). This meant women who have given birth were negatively affected as they have less unused sick days available to apply upon their retirement. For this reason, maternity leave can only be accessed by mothers who give birth. Maternity Leave -- Maternity leave is a new leave entitlement for birth mothers employed by the San Diego Unified School District. This leave entitlement is separate from other contractual and statutory leaves available to new mothers.  Employees who have been employed for at least 12 months shall be granted three (3) consecutive workweeks of leave with pay immediately following the birth of her child. If an AASD member gave birth between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, please contact your Payroll Specialist for next steps.  If an AASD member gave birth July 1, 2018 and after, please complete a Maternity Leave form at the member’s site or department and provide it to the site timekeeper.  Human Resources has attached frequently asked questions to this notification; additional information and forms are located on the website: https://www.sandiegounified.org/forms-0    
    Click here for attachment.

  • UPDATE- 2019-2020 WORK YEAR CALENDARS.  Note- there was an error on the Traditional Elementary/Middle Principal and Vice Principal Traditional Calendars. New Calendars have been posted. AASD and the District have set the work year calendars for 2019-20.  Please see below for the various calendars.  (Note:  The calendar for Classified Food Services AASD will be forthcoming).  Thank you to the AASD Calendar Committee representatives Juan Romo, Reashon Villery, Jeff Thomas and Donis Coronel for their input and to District Representatives Krista Conn, Jim Solo and Cheryl Hibbeln for their collaboration.  Please note that the furlough days are returned on July 1, 2019 so furlough days are not reflected on the calendars.  Please be aware that the District has submitted a request to bargain reopeners – including the Hours of Employment article, which would contain any new furlough day language.  Stay tuned! 
    Click here to view the calendars.

    Face your darkest fears in Southern California’s scariest, most intense event - Universal Studios™ Halloween Horror Nights™. The movie studio that invented the horror genre brings to life all-new immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television. Brace yourself for 8 spine-chilling mazes designed to bring you nightmares so real you’ll wish you were already dead. And with the terror tram, a high-energy live show and five scare zones, unimaginable horror is awaiting around every dark corner. Halloween Horror Nights 2018 – Where True Fear Comes From Within.

  • AASD WEBSITE Click here www.aasdcs.org  to view our website.  The website is kept up-to-date and current for all of our members (members in good standing, retirees and affiliate members).  Visit the website to view the AASD calendar and for forms and information on our Union, as well as discounts for members.

    If you have any feedback on the  website, please e-mail
    jim@aasdcs.org with your comments.  We hope our website is a great resource for you!

  • ESTATE PLANNING – DISCOUNT FOR AASD MEMBERS!   AASD is pleased to announce our partnership with Greg Runge, Estate Planning Attorney.  Greg is an estate planning attorney with approximately 10 years of experience practicing in the areas of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives. In addition to his legal work, Greg is also currently a Lieutenant with a local police department, where he is in his 18th year of service as a sworn officer. As a public employee, Greg is very aware of the unique estate planning issues that can come into play with our members. Greg has focused his legal practice on providing essential estate planning services to public employees and their families at an affordable rate.  This benefit is available to all AASD Members in Good Standing, AASD Police Management Association (PMA) Members in Good Standing, AASD Affiliate Members and AASD Retired Members.  Greg is offering this service to our members for a flat fee of $750, which is 50% off the going rate for estate planning (very complex or very large estates may require a higher fee that would be individually negotiated with the member).  To contact Greg Runge, please e-mail gregrunge@gmail.com or call (858) 395-4011 and be sure to mention you are an AASD member so you receive the discounted rate.
  • MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (ACSA).  There are many benefits of being an ACSA Member – as detailed in this handout (click on link).  Dues are deducted 10 times a year (September-June).

    If AASD members are interested in membership with ACSA, please complete the application (click on link) and return it via e-mail to Deborah Burke, ACSA, at dburke@acsa.org. Please review the attached summary of benefits sheet for ACSA membership (click here)


  • PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS.  AASD communicates with members via  personal e-mail address.  We do not communicate via "sandi.net."  If your personal email address changes, please remember to notify AASD by e-mailing our Office Clerk, Jim Costello, at  Jim@aasdcs.org .
  • AASD PROFESSIONAL GROWTH GRANT.  The Administrators Association San Diego City Schools (AASD), in conjunction with the San Diego Unified School District, provides financial grants to members to assist them in their professional growth. Unit members who participate in professional development activities related to job-connected skills or potential careers with the District may qualify to have the cost of registration fees defrayed by available funds up to $100. This includes ACSA-sponsored Academies, Conferences and Institutes. Click here  for more details. 
  • "BENEFIT HUB" - PLEASE NOTE THIS WEBSITE HAS CHANGED!  Benefit Hub is an online discount program.  All AASD members have access to thousands of discounts which allows you to save on everything from movies and theme parks to restaurants and sporting events

    This free service provides discounts to car rental companies, theme parks, hotels, and entertainment destinations (i.e., San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Universal Studios, Sea World, etc.). Register online to take advantage of these terrific discounts.  Special offers and discounts are always changing, so check back frequently You can purchase and print tickets from the convenience of your home. 

    Enter the following address in the browser bar, with no leading  w's -
    aasd.benefithub.com Do not do a "search" for Benefit Hub as it will take you to the wrong website.  Click on "Guest" at the upper right-hand side of the screen. Fill in the information and create a password.  If you have any questions about registering, or encounter any problems, call the AASD office for assistance.  If you have any questions about or need assistance with the Benefit Hub website, you can contact Support at (866) 664-4621.

  • DISCOUNT MOVIE TICKETS.  AASD has both AMC and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal/Edwards/UA) movie passes available to members in good standing, affiliate and retired members.  Regal tickets are now $9.00 each. hese passes have no expiration date and are unrestricted, so they can be used any time and for newly-released movies.  

    The AMC "Black" tickets are $10.25 each, have no expiration date, and do not have any restrictions.  Contact AASD to purchase tickets or if you have any questions.  

  •  SEE'S CANDIES.  See's Candies gift certificates are available for purchase at AASD by members in good standing, affiliate and retired members.  A gift certificate for one pound of chocolates is now $17.25 each.  There was a recent $0.35 price increase.  They have no expiration date. The current retail amount for a pound of chocolates is $20.50, which saves you $3.25 per pound.   

    Administrators Association of San Diego (AASD) members qualify for quantity discounts on See's candy at the Quantity Discount Rosecrans store. To redeem your discount, show a valid ID; your AASD member card, and provide our account number 6472612. You can also give them the AASD office phone number (619-295-2118) for the discount.  This discount is only valid at 3751 Rosecrans Street, San Diego, CA 92110.



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