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Attention all U.T.I.T. Members!

As of September 1, 2016, our Vision Care mirrors our Dental Coverage.

Dependents will be covered up to their 26th birthday.

The Welfare Fund.

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As many of you know ABIGAIL LEVITZ is a special education teacher at Sparke Elementary School. Over many years, she has participated in a walk that will raise money to help find a cure
for autism and again this year she will be participating at this walk. This walk is called Island Trees Walks for Autism and takes place at Jones Beach (Field 5) on October 2nd, 2016 at 9:00am (we will meet between 8:30 and 8:45). 

We have formed a team called Island Trees Walks for Autism. We would love to have you join us on the team. It's easy to join; just follow the link below.

Please join us on this day. There is a Community Resource Fair, children's activities, music, snacks and more!! If you can't join us, please consider sponsoring us at the link below. Thank you for your time and support!!

Follow This Link to visit Abby's personal web page and help her in her efforts to support Autism Speaks

Follow This Link
 to visit Abby's team web page and help her in her efforts to support Autism Speaks

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Looking ahead...

It's not too early to SAVE the DATE!

UTIT End of the Year Party 2017- June 8th

Here's to a great school year!

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See the Benefits Page for updated Dental and Vision Plan Summaries of Benefits.

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Effective 4/1/2016, the UTIT Welfare Fund will extend dental coverage to all dependents up to the age of 26. This enhancement mirrors the Obamacare coverage. Participants will need to fill out a Dental Enrollment form to add their dependents who may have aged out in the past. 
 
In addition, Brown and Brown will send all benefit checks directly to providers in and out of network.

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For NYSUT Member Benefit Information visit the link below:

Visit: http://www.nysut.org/memberbenefits/mbRedirect.html

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NYSUT-supported Homework Hotline back on the air

Source: NYSUT Communications
Homework Hotline

Students returning to the classroom in the fall will find a familiar and helpful friend available if they are faced with a particularly challenging homework assignment this year.

Homework Hotline returns to public broadcasting stations across New York State on Sept. 12, offering homework help on the air and online to students in grades four through 12.

The award-winning program, which is beginning its 27th season, is funded in part by NYSUT, one of the original underwriters, and produced by WXXI in Rochester. Teachers from Dial-A-Teacher – members of the Rochester Teachers Association -- take students’ calls and send them to the studio, where the hosts -- also RTA members and experts in subjects across the curriculum -- assist the students work through their homework assignments live on television. Students not making it on the TV program are still helped by the Dial-A-Teacher volunteer.

This season, the show will air live Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m., an hour earlier than in past years. Alison Zero Jones, WXXI’s director of sales and marketing, explained that the PBS affiliates requested the earlier timeslot, saying the program could be even more useful if it was broadcast closer to the time students return home from school.

Meanwhile, a live webcast at homeworkhotline.org means anyone who needs help can see the show from his or her computer or phone. Past shows are also available on the website.

In addition to the homework help, Homework Hotline video segments explore careers, animals, New York State history and the arts. Special guests show up for live performances and students can win prizes with “Math Mazes” and “Science Challenges.”

Six master teachers host the series; all are RTA members. They include math teachers Laura Drake, Ed Hathaway, Donna Mineo and ;Samuel Simpson, and science teachers Craig Zaremba and Joe Zuniga.

Homework Hotline’s website features video segments that are searchable by subject, plus access to interactive games, homework help tips and a list of educational links. Homework Hotline is also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where it shares homework tips, behind-the-scenes work on the show and entertaining educational facts.

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Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft

indentity theftEvery year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name.  

It is important that you take steps to protect your Social Security number from theft. If someone obtains your Social Security number, they can use it to get other personal information about you, including your bank or credit information. Someone can steal your Social Security number by:

  • Stealing your wallet, purse, or mail;
  • Obtaining personal information you provide to an unsecured site on the Internet;
  • Rummaging through your trash; or
  • Posing by phone or email as someone who needs information about you.

If someone asks for your number, you should ask why, how it will be used, and what will happen if you refuse. Make sure you give your employer and your financial institution(s) your correct Social Security number, so your records and tax information are accurate.

To minimize the risk of identity theft, keep your Social Security card and any other documents that show your Social Security number in a safe place. Do not carry your Social Security card or other documents with you that display your number unless you need them.

If you suspect someone’s using your Social Security number for work purposes, report the problem to us immediately by contacting the Federal Trade Commission. We will review your earnings with you to ensure our records are accurate. You may also verify your earnings on your Social Security Statement. You can get your Statement online by opening a personal my Social Security account.

If someone misused your Social Security number to create credit or other problems for you, immediately go to http://www.identitytheft.gov and report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission. Their website provides detailed information to help you defend against identity theft. You can reach them by phone by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261.

You may also want to contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and file an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Safeguarding your identity and Social Security is of the utmost importance. If you think you’re a victim of identity theft, please act now. For more information, read our publication Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number or visit us online

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