10/14/21 – October Vital Link


Voting for the next JCEA Treasurer is open!

All JCEA members in good standing should have received a ballot, biography, candidate flyer and a brief candidate video about Andrew Gitner to your school email.

If you did not receive a ballot please email Callie Orgeron at corgeron@coloradoea.org.

Voting will be open through October 20th at 5:00 pm 

Materials from October Council

Council Recap: 

JCEA Bylaws – your documents committee has spent a lot of time and energy working on the bylaws and they have made their recommended changes.

Council members will vote in our November meeting to approve or deny these changes; please take some time with them and if you have questions, reach out to Dale Munholland at prezdelvis@yahoo.com.

Updated Bylaws HERE.

Election 2021 – Our board majority will be decided on November 2nd!

The bulk of our conversation last night was around the upcoming school board election and what is working well to recruit fellow members (and non-members, parents and/or community members!) to volunteer to ensure that we elect fantastic candidates who will work with educators to keep our district moving forward. We compiled suggestions from the room to share with you all below!


We have heard loud and clear that the sub shortage is getting worse and worse and nearly everyone is being asked to cover for unfilled sub jobs.

We also heard that in some buildings people are not being paid for this work.

This is a VERY clear violation of our collective bargaining agreement.

If this is happening in your building please email us ASAP – Lelliott@coloradoea.org



Slides from the meeting 

Council will be VIRTUAL ONLY for the next few

months, unless we find ourselves in a crisis

situation.  Keep an eye on your email for our

zoom registration for next month!


How should ESSER funding be spent?

ESSER funding survey 


Please outreach your members and talk to them about how they hope these dollars will be spent and take a moment to report back in our brief ESSER survey.

Click the box above to take the survey!

What is working for you to activate your

members to volunteer for election work?

– Connecting the dots for educators who were here in Jeffco during the WNW days, ask them how they feel about going back?

The opposition slate running this fall is closely connected to the same people and organizations that brought us Witt, Newkirk and Williams. 

– Educating newer folks about our district’s history! Almost more than 50% of our current employees joined us post-recall and many of them haven’t heard about the incredible fight to recall the bad board members and reclaim our district. Share your stories about what happened and why we don’t want to go back.

– Offer lots of options! Volunteer on a Saturday, coordinate different days for walking with colleagues from school, or join another school’s walk – any time you have to give, we will find a way to get you out to talk to voters!

– Send reminders! We are all incredibly busy and juggling too much. Sending email and text reminders helps people show up on the right day and time.

– Buddy up! Lots of folks are nervous about doing something new and talking to people they don’t know. It’s ok! Partner up and head out in pairs! It’s an easy way to test the waters and get comfortable talking to community members about the election.

– Hold a stand up meeting (or a few!) to get the word out and sign folks up to volunteer.

– Share your personal experiences – it helps to share your personal stories of positive experiences you have had talking to voters in the past.

– Work with your admin team to make time for volunteering. The reality is, they also care about what happens in this election and many of them will be more than willing to help you find the space and time to get folks engaged. Many principals have walked and are supportive – just ask!

– Make easy groups (text/email/Facebook etc.) so you can communicate quickly with your people outside of district email.

60 second ways to support Varda, Reed and Parker

1. Vote!

IN EARLY! Help us reach voters who don’t yet know who to support!

The sooner you get your ballots turned in, the faster you come off of the outreach lists for phone banking, door knocking and mailings.

Getting your ballot in early means volunteers will use their time to outreach voters who may have no idea about the election coming up, who the pro-public education candidates are and why it’s so incredibly important to vote this year as it will determine the majority of our school board.

2. Change your social media profile photos until election day!
Download and use either of the graphics below!

3. Text/email/call/outreach every Jeffco voter you know and ask them to support educators, students and public education in Jeffco by voting for Danielle Varda, Paula Reed and Mary Parker.

– Share the graphics above with your family or friend text chains or group chats

– Print and post in your front windows at home (or on the inside of a car window)

– Headed to a student sporting event? Take some time on the sidelines to chat with fellow Jeffco parents about the upcoming election.

– Make an announcement during community or faith events.

– Belong to social media groups that are local to Jeffco? Share these graphics and encourage people vote with educators this fall!

– Do you own a local small business? Print and post Varda, Reed and Parker information and support in your front windows.

– Active on Nextdoor? Post and share candidate information and encourage your neighbors to vote Varda, Reed and Parker!

Upcoming events

Be a mobile billboard!

Want your car windows painted?

Stop by any of our three canvas locations this Saturday from 10 – 11am to get your windows painted!  

South – Chaucer Park (near Ute Meadows Elementary)
Central – Sunset Park (12th and Miller)

North – Nottingham Park (87th Dr. and Allison)

We are 18 days

from election day!

Sign up to pick your day and school ASAP!

Have you scheduled your building walk yet?
Want to sign up for Saturday Canvassing?
Willing to phone bank next Monday?


October all-member meeting cancelled

Please join us for canvasing from the JCEA office or for the CCG forum!