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The OCTA Advocate is a monthly newsletter available to all OCTA members and contains updates and information relavant and pertinent to the union side of public education. Click on the boxed image to view a recent issue of The Advocate.
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In this EDITION of THE September 2020 ADVOCATE: 

1. Welcome message from your OCTA PRESIDENT
2. Contract Extension & Salary Notices
3. NEXT GENERATION NYSUT - Member Benefits
4. NYSUT Article (Stop Education Cuts NOW)
5. OCTA fundraiser highlighted in NYSUT UNITED
6. OCSD New Hires in this month’s OCTA SPOTLIGHT
7. Still time to PURCHASE Buc Strong Tee Shirts
8. VOTING & Absentee BALLOT requests
9. Important info from NYSTRS
10. Self-Care And Setting Boundaries For Teachers
11. Re-opening Guidance packet from NYS
12. Who is your building rep?
13. LINK TO THE OCTA WEBSITE
In this EDITION of THE OCTOBER 2020 ADVOCATE: 

Message from your OCTA PRESIDENT
NOMINATE AN OCTA MEMBER FOR THE MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT
NYSUT NEXT GENERATION
VOTE-COPE drive kicks off in OCTOBER: Why should you donate
What is your plan to VOTE?
NYSUT highlights best practices for REMOTE learning
OCTA Shut-down fundraiser highlighted in NYSUT magazine! 
MEET the OCSD (and OCTA) New Hires 
2020-2021 Dues Withholding explained
JOIN THE OCTA SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE 
NYSUT releases 2020 VOTER GUIDE
Retirement System News: Read the latest newsletters
Want to save $ on your dental bills? Select an in-network provider!
Self-Care Tips for Teachers
Get to know your OCTA Leadership (building by building) 
John Manion running for State Senate 
Access the OCTA Website for EVEN MORE INFORMATION 

In this EDITION of THE NOVEMBER 2020 ADVOCATE: 

​Join us in celebrating our School Related Professionals!
OMS Physical Education Teacher in this Month’s OCTA Spotlight!
Join the Retirement Benefits Virtual Seminar November 18th
OCTA Christmas Fundraiser
Students Loan Debt Workshop 
THANK YOU from Vote-Cope!
Purchase Holiday gifts from the Buc Strong Gift Store
Mary Kay Discounts for OCTA Members 
New NYSUT Covid Tracker Released 
2020-2021 Dues Withholding explained
JOIN THE OCTA SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE 
Pandemic heightens need for school psychologists
Save Money On Your Dental Bills 

In this EDITION of THE DECEMBER 2020 ADVOCATE: 
Message from your OCTA President

OHS Special Education Teacher in this Month’s OCTA Spotlight
OCTA MEMBERS Build Desks for Students in NEED
Families First Coronavirus Response Act set to expire on December 31, 2020
Virtual New York State Teachers’ Retirement System Seminar a SUCCESS
NYS Deferred Compensation Information
OCTA IN THE GIVING MOOD! DECEMBER DONATIONS LIST
VOTE-COPE DRIVE A SUCCESS
2020-2021 Dues Withholding explained
JOIN THE OCTA SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE 
Oswego Teachers Publish book
Save Money On Your Dental Bills 
NYSUT Member Benefits
Get to know your OCTA Leadership (building by building) 
Access the OCTA Website for EVEN MORE INFORMATION 



In this EDITION of THE JANUARY 2021 ADVOCATE

CER MUSIC TEACHER IN THE OCTA SPOTLIGHT
How choir happens: singing in the pandemic
NYSUT statement on announcement that state will seek federal testing waiver
Biden Extends Student Loan Freeze
NYS Deferred Compensation Information 
OCTA Scholarship Committee 
The Value Of Being Part of a Union
During Tax Season, Remember: Your Union Won You These Tax Deductions 
NYSUT Member Benefits
Save Money On Your Dental Bills 
Get to know your OCTA Leadership 
What to do if a NYSUT Member dies
Access the OCTA Website for EVEN MORE UNION INFORMATION 

In this EDITION of THE FEBRUARY 2021 ADVOCATE

President's Message
OMS Social Studies Teacher in SPOTLIGHT
Book Deliveries Make Reading Fun
THANK YOU to the Oswego Children's Board
Travel Advisory Reminders
Union Sees Path Forward
Sign Up for March Retirement Seminar
What is a 457 PLAN and Why Might I Want One? 
February OCTA News Blast
AETNA Insurance Concerns Addressed 
What's Up with STATE Testing? 
Teachers Must Report Covid Vaccinations per Governor's Orders
In this Edition of the March 2021 Advocate: 

President's Message
KPS Teacher in the OCTA SPOTLIGHT
Budget / BOE Vote May 18, 2021: Save the DATE 
MISSED the RETIREMENT SEMINAR? HERE’s the INFO!
Want to know more about the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan (AKA 457 PLAN)?
GET INVOLVED! Become our OCSD NYSTRS Delegate! 
March OCTA Newsblast 
OCTA Officer Elections in May!
How to utilize a TA to fill in, if no teacher subs 
MOTHER’S Day Mary Kay Discounts for OCTA members
2021 NYS Assessments and Diploma Requirements
Thinking of Retiring this year? Letter Template HERE!
Women’s History Must Be Amplified! 
In this Edition of the April 2021 Advocate: 

President's Message
Minetto Teaching Assistant in the OCTA SPOTLIGHT
Budget / BOE Vote May 18, 2021: Save the DATE 
GET INVOLVED! Become our OCSD NYSTRS Delegate! 
April OCTA Newsblast 
OCTA Officer Elections in May!
Utilize an in-network Dentist
2021 OCTA Dental Rates
Read the OCTA Resource Guide
How to FREEZE Your Credit
MOTHER’S Day Mary Kay Discounts for OCTA members
Tools To Combat Racism