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TSC Matters
Brain Brigade showcases TSC State of Mind
State Senators Ron Alting and Brian Buchanan, along with representatives from Committee for Children, toured schools and met with TSC educators to learn more about a districtwide initiative to improve social and emotional learning.

TSC brain brigade and guests
Apply for Anne DeCamp Award
All regular contracted teachers, media specialists and counselors in the TSC can apply for the Anne DeCamp Award for Creative Teaching. The winner will receive $500 to use toward a classroom project, activity or professional development.

The award is presented annually in honor of the late Mrs. John DeCamp, a former TSC board member (1974-1982).

Click   here   for more information and to apply online. The deadline is December 20.

Sign up for notifications
TSC conducted a test of the new push notification feature within the new mobile app, TSC2GO .

If you did not receive the message yesterday (November 4) on your phone, make sure you have enabled push notifications for "TSC Alerts, Delays and Closings."

If you need assistance, please contact our Technology Department Help Desk at 765-269-8060.

The first notification of a delay or cancellation will be sent through our mobile app. Media are notified and the information is posted on tscschools.com .
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Four technology scams targeting holiday shoppers
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Online fraud attempts rose 22 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve last year. Between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday alone, malware infections jumped 123 percent, per reports from Enigma Software Group’s anti-malware SpyHunter software.

Here are some of the seasonal scams the BBB is warning consumers to watch out for, and how to fraud-proof your holiday shopping plans.

Shopping red flags

Don’t get so caught up in the Black Friday frenzy that you miss warning signs that a deal is too good to be true. So-called “online purchase scams” — which include fake web sites, among other woes — were the BBB’s top-reported scam in 2017.

Don’t click on emailed links without scrutinizing the source of that sale mail. You could end up at a look-alike site out to collect your credit card details and other info. At checkout, make sure the browser shows a lock symbol and a web address starting with an “https” (versus “http”), meaning it’s secure.

Fake shipping notifications

This scam shows up as an email purportedly from a big retailer (one that you may or may not have ordered from) or from a shipper such as UPS or FedEx. Usually, it’s a vague warning of a shipping delay or some other problem to entice you to click on a link and get more information.

But doing so could trigger a malware download. Instead, go to the retailer or shipper’s site directly, and look up your order status using details such as an order confirmation or tracking number.

Santa letter phishing

Want your child to receive a letter from Santa? Be careful about the company you pick and what kind of personal details you give out. The big risk here isn’t that your child won’t hear from Santa, but that you’re providing key details to a phisher who will use it to  perpetuate other fraud or identity theft .

Check for reviews and a good BBB rating before you order a Santa letter and think twice before providing details such as your child’s full birth date.

Bogus charities

Roughly 40 percent of all charitable donations are made in the last few weeks of the year. Scams pop up in the form of donation solicitations via email, social media and text.

Before you give, check into the charity to make sure it’s legit. Give directly via a channel you know is correct — say, the nonprofit’s website — to thwart attempts where the charity is real but the donation request is a phishing attempt.

Source: CNBC
Benefits open enrollment underway
Any changes in benefit elections for 2020 must be made before November 15. If you do not log in to the benefits portal, your current insurance elections will roll over into the new plan year at the new rates. It is highly recommended that you review your benefits and beneficiaries every year.

TSC/LSC Health and Wellness Clinic news
Flu shots

Health insured employees and family members can receive a flu shot at no cost in the Health and Wellness Clinics . Please call to schedule an appointment.

Win a $25 Visa gift card

Each time you visit the TSC/LSC Health & Wellness Clinic between now and the end of the year, you will receive an email with a survey. Complete the online survey and be entered into a monthly drawing to win a $25 VISA gift card. Click here for details.

November - Mindfulness: de-stress
Everyone wants to reduce their stress levels, right? Click  here  to see an easy, simple practice that can have a significantly positive effect on your well-being and stress levels.
Mindfulness Matters
What do attention and anxiety have to do with breathing? Check out this recent article to find out .  

Focused Attention Practices are an important brain care strategy to intentionally incorporate in to your daily routine. Consider the practice as “small moments many times," or work to build stamina by cultivating a designated time in the day to quiet the thousands of thoughts that distract you from tending to task.

Mindfulness Matters
TSC INtegrate employee discount guide
A new vendor, Pure Barre, is new to our TSC INtegrate employee discount guide .
The exercise center in West Lafayette offers classes designed to pinpoint various muscles in your body using small, precise movement. Employee can also find discounts at ParkWest Fitness, Orange Theory and Green Bean Delivery.

How do you INtegrate?
Burnett Creek Elementary School teachers pause for a photo during their "Workout Wednesdays."

Be sure to use  #TSCINtegrate  to encourage others when you tweet/post pictures of how you are integrating movement into your daily routine.
Burnett Creek teachers
with Kathy Nimmer

Those in a school district who are not standing in front of a classroom may sometimes feel as if your work goes unnoticed. It doesn’t. In fact, your impact can often surpass all expectations. Just take a look at this story of a bus driver who knows that she can change lives too.

Crystal McFadden
Employee Name: Crystal McFadden
Years with TSC: 10
Position: Custodian, Wea Ridge Middle School
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: Crystal keeps our building operating every day. She is flexible and willing to help with anything that needs to be done.

Ron Ausbun
Employee Name: Ron Ausbun
Years with TSC: 4
Position: Bus driver, McCutcheon, Wea Ridge Elementary
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: Ron is dedicated to safely transporting students to and from school. As evidence of this, he has only missed one day of work in the four years he has been with TSC.

November 27-29 - No school, Thanksgiving break
December 20 - End of the second nine weeks, end of first semester
December 23 - No school, winter break begins