News & updates
May 31st, 2018
I can't believe there are only a few days left of the 2018 school year! I hope everyone has some fun summer plans to look forward to.
We will be heading down to Beer 30 between 2:30 and 3 tomorrow and hope to see a group of you there. This is just an informal way for staff to get together outside of our annual holiday party. For anyone who doesn't drink Beer 30 does offer a variety of soda. The Carpos food window will be open but everyone is free to bring in outside food as well.
Monday June 11th is our mini fundraiser at Discretion. All day $1 of each beer sold will be given back to Balance4kids. If you are in town please consider heading down to have a drink or two!
May 25th, 2018
I just wanted to give everyone a heads up before the long weekend that next Friday we will be having a Balance4kids get together at Beer 30 after school. Time to be determined, but probably around 3. This is just a chance for staff to get together and hang out. We will hope to see you there!
May 22nd, 2018
Happy Tuesday, sorry I'm a little late!
Unfortunately it appears that a reminder is needed about cell phone usage, the number of complaints coming in is out of control . Cell phones need be put away AT ALL TIMES while on the clock. I understand the draw of technology but it is really important that this rule is adhered to, and unfortunately we have gotten several complaints recently about aides using their cell phones excessively. When you are on a school campus or out in the community with your student, you are representing Balance4kids. Additionally, everyone who came in for an orientation this summer signed a copy of our policies and agreed to keep cell phones away. We so appreciate everyone who has been working hard to stick to this rule. If you have any questions regarding the cell phone policy please feel free to call or email us.
Our Discretion Brewing fundraiser is coming up! Please consider joining us for a beer...or two...on June 11th at Discretion. All day $1 from each beer sold will go back to Balance4kids to help support the Quest Center. No need for a flier, just head down to celebrate the start of Summer!
I am excited to say that we are restarting our selection of an Employee of the Month. Each month we'll be checking in with teachers, specialists, and administrators for help in selecting an employee who goes above and beyond the call of the job. This will definitely not be easy!
Our May Employee of the Month is...Megan Henderson!
We got the following email about Megan and it helped inspire the resurgence of the Employee of the Month selection.
"She is always here early and will start before 8:30 if needed.
Always willing to help out with any student; in addition, she is great with all the students and changes her approach as appropriate.
When her student arrives late, she will happily help me and [the other teacher] with laminating, copying, basically anything that is needed.
In addition: Today, Soquel High is hosting a track meet on the field. This happens once a year, and it’s always a problem because attendees get here early and take up all our parking spaces. Today, Megan got here extra early (like 7:10), put up the gate and monitored the parking!"
Thank you for all that you do Megan, we really appreciate it.
In addition to a lovely shout out on our News/Updates page we will be giving each employee of the month a certificate for a massage at Well Within. :)
Many thanks- Regina
May 8th, 2018
Hey everyone, we did it! Last Tuesday we raised more than any other agency participating in the Human race, over $5,000! This means we won the extra $1,000 to go towards all of Balance's awesome programs.
If you haven't signed up already it's not too late! We have just under a week left to try to raise another $8,000. The t-shirts are here, and they look pretty awesome if you ask me, so if you've been wanting some Balance swag now is your time. This year's shirts are a nice dark heather grey.
April 30th, 2018
2 weeks left to fundraise for the Human Race! Woohoo!! Thank you so much to all the employees who have fundraised so far and to those who have donated! We really appreciate it.
Tomorrow is Give Local Day and that means the organization that brings in the most money tomorrow will win an extra $1,000 towards their end goal. If you have any extra energy at all please consider spending some of it to ask a few family members and friends if they will sponsor you in this year's Human Race.
Our t-shirt order went in today so if you've been wanting an awesome Balance4kids t-shirt now is the time! They are going to be "pewter" colored and awesome! I will post a photo as soon as we get them...though that may be right before the race!
Many thanks, -Regina
April 23rd, 2018
Happy Monday everyone!
The top fundraiser for week 3 of the Human Race was Vicky! Someone out there has to be able to challenge her spot as the top fundraiser this year. We have 3 weeks left and a long ways to get to our $30,000 goal. If you haven't already, now is the time to sign up and send a quick email to a few friends and family members requesting their support.
I think that's it for now, have a great week.
April 17th, 2018
Alright, throwing a little test your way. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org this week to let me know you got this week's announcement. I'll send out a reminder email to check as well.
We are starting on week 3 of 6 for the Human Race fundraiser. I am really hoping to get some more of you signed up and fundraising for us. Don't forget to check over here to see what the prizes are this year. My goal is for each staff member to ask 5 people for $10. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, dentists... all of these are a great place to start and hopefully $10 is an amount that most people would be willing to donate to an amazing cause.
Last week I asked for help with a design for hats/t-shirts and didn't get much luck. I have to believe we have some artistic staff who may want to help us take this project on.
Thank you! - Regina
April 10th, 2018
NEW PRIZES!!!/Happy Tuesday!
I have an updated prize to offer to staff who fundraise with us for the Human Race! Any employee who raises over $50 will get to choose between a newly designed Balance4kids shirt or hat. (I'm asking every staff member to please consider asking 5 friends or family members for $10)
On that note...I need help with the design! I am asking anyone with any creativity at all to help us come up with a design for our Human Race shirts and/or hats. Please take the rest of the week and this weekend to come up with some fabulous ideas and send them my way at email@example.com
Stragglers...if you haven't gotten us the form for next year's plans please get that in ASAP.
Also, I got a few questions about my previous post regarding time cards and the weekly totals...Please see the sketch below for clarification.
April 2nd, 2018
Hey everyone, happy Spring Break! I've got a little video below, please check it out.
Also, please note that anyone and everyone who does respite through Balance needs to start totaling their weekly hours on their school timecards. You can do this in the "Saturday" box each week and circle it. Please please please remember to do this starting in April.
Another reminder that our Pizza My Heart fundraiser is next Monday April 9th. Between 4pm and 9pm 30% of all proceeds will go to the Quest Center when you mention the Balance4kids fundraiser. Hope to see you all there!
Thanks and I hope you all get some well deserved down time.
March 28th, 2018
2 quick things:
1. If you are on Facebook, please do me a favor, head to Balance's page and click "like". Ditto for Instagram. You can find direct links for both on our home page.
2. Find the newest post on Facebook with our Human Race Event and share with any and all Balance or school employees you are friends with to encourage them to sign up as a fundraiser with us.
Thank you!! -Regina
March 26th, 2018
Hey everyone, this week's announcements are super short, for now. The Human Race goes LIVE in TWO days. Have you registered to be a fundraiser yet? Are you considering it? Don't forget about the awesome prizes this year, you can check those out here.
I know you are all busy with your lives outside of Balance but this fundraiser is REALLY easy once you get going. I would love to help you set up your page and even give you email scripts to send to friends and family. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Timecards are due THIS FRIDAY.
Also at the drop boxes are the sheets for next years plans. These are also due on the 30th, please grab one, fill it out, and drop it with your time sheet. If you have questions or concerns give us a call or shoot us an email.
Thank you! - Regina
Welcome to the first installment of the employee newsletter! :) I am hoping that this can be used as a more straight forward way to get news across to all staff. I ask that you each check in here at least once a week. Most posts and announcements will go up Mondays. Go ahead and take a minute to check out the website while you're here too.
March 19th, 2018
As many of you know we have switched to a new respite time card. For your respite hours to be billed they MUST be turned in on the new time card. If you have questions just let us know. The new time card can be found here.
Forms for "Next Year's Plans" will be going to drop boxes today (Monday 3/19) and tomorrow (Tues 3/20). These forms need to be filled out by every employee. Please grab one and turn it in with your March time card no later than March 30th.
Human Race fundraiser registration has begun! Woohoo! Are you excited? Maybe not, but I am, and I'm hoping to get you to that point too! My goal this year is to get YOU to want to participate, I have some new prizes that you can check out here, as well as a whole page of resources for you that you can find here, including a link to register. If you need help AT ALL, whether it's with setting up your page or coming up with an email script, don't hesitate to ask, you can reach me directly at email@example.com. We're even going to have links directly to your fundraising page on this website, you can check that page out here.
Next month, April 9th, we will be having a "mini" fundraiser at Pizza My Heart. From 4pm-9pm 30% of proceeds will go to Balance4kids when you mention the fundraiser. Last year our turnout was just OK, this year let's to get a HUGE turnout! You can find more info and the flier here.
Last announcement is that I would love to get a monthly Friday employee gathering together, perhaps at Beer 30? Let me know what YOU think about this by emailing me your input/suggestions.