Food Drive

The RCFA sponsored a food drive on Superintendent’s Conference Day that, once again, filled a pickup truck with non-perishable food for the Phillips Avenue Food Bank.



AHRC Donation

The Suffolk County AHRC is in the final stages of creating a sensory garden at their Shoreham location. To help support this project, SWRTA and the RCFA joined together to donate recycling and waste receptacles. The sensory garden will be open to AHRC residents as well as community members and these receptacles will help to keep it beautiful.

For more details, see the article in The Riverhead News-Review.

Pictured below are Linda Bruno and J. Adreassi of AHRC, RCFA 2nd VP Gary Karlson;  SWRTA President Lucille McKee, and RCFA President Lisa Goulding.

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Opening Day Food Drive

The RCFA held a food drive at Riverhead High School to benefit the Phillips Avenue Food Pantry.  We filled up VP Gary Karlson’s truck with non-perishable food items and delivered them to Phillips Avenue. Thank you to all who contributed.

RCFA Scholarship Fundraiser at Ralph’s Italian Ices

The RCFA Scholarship Fund’s fundraiser at Ralph’s Italian Ices was a huge success. Thank you to all of our  “scoopers”  for volunteering their  time.  We had a great representation from across the district and all of us had a great time! We also had many RCFA members and their families  I’ve included just a few pictures of the day for you to enjoy!rcfa_ice1 rcfa_ice2 rcfa_ice3 rcfa_ice5 rcfa_ioe4

Submitted by Donna Verbeck

Upcoming Events

I hope you all are having a great first day of school.
Here is some info on the upcoming events that we spoke about yesterday.
Thanks to all of you who contributed to the food drive. The food pantry was very grateful, as their supplies were dwindling. Because of the great response, we are going to continue the food drive through next Tuesday. So if you forgot or didn’t get to the bus to drop off your food, please give it to a building rep in your building by Tuesday.
Joe’s Garage Friday, September 5th from 2:30-6ish. The RCFA will be providing appetizers.
Please RSVP as soon as possible
Save the date…Sunday, September 21st from 12-3.
The North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s, 5K walk for Breast Cancer Awareness is Sunday, September 28 from 8-11. If you are willing to coordinate a team for your building, please let me know. If you are interested in walking, save the date! We will be sending out the sponsorship form shortly.
And here is the last request for RCFA shirts. If you still haven’t completed this survey, it’s your last chance! I will be placing the order on Friday.

Support The RCFA Food Drive

Support the RCFA food drive by bringing in non-perishable foods! 


A Message From Our President:

Hi All,
I hope that you are enjoying the last few days of summer.
Thanks to all of the elementary teachers who joined us for the Kindergarten Ice Cream Socials today. I know that many of you were busy setting up your classrooms and I appreciate you taking time to welcome the children and helping to alleviate some parental concerns.

Just a quick RCFA update….

Please remember to bring non-perishable food items for what I hope will become an annual food drive to help those in the Riverhead community who are less fortunate.

The RCFA will be hosting another get together at Joe’s Garage. Please join us on Friday, September 5th from 2:30-6ish. The RCFA will supply the appetizers.

Save the date North Fork Breast Health Coalition 16th Annual Tanger 5K Walk will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 7:30 am – 11 am. More info to follow.

The RCFA will be providing each member with an RCFA shirt and I need your size. If you did not complete the survey in June or over the summer, here it is again….

See you on Tuesday!

A Message From Our Vice President!

Hi Everyone, and Happy 2014/15 School Year!
The RCFA food drive is ready to receive your donation on Tuesday morning.  The District has provided a bus for us to fill and we will deliver the food immediately following the RCFA portion of the opening ceremonies.
I spoke to a very grateful gentleman, Tony, at Helping Hands on Roanoke Avenue, and he will be waiting for the delivery.  He stressed how bare the pantry shelves currently are, and his appreciation of our anticipated donation was quite evident.
Let’s make his day!

RCFA Budget and Election Information

Dear RCFA Members,

I want to share some information regarding the upcoming budget vote and elections for open positions.


At the end of this school year, Barbara Ebeling will be retiring as treasurer of the RCFA. Barbara has served as the RCFA treasurer for almost 2 decades. She has agreed to work with the new treasurer over the next year in order to ease the transition.

If you are interested in running for the position to complete the remainder of her term(July1 2014-last day of school 2015), please complete the declaration of intent, have it endorsed by two RCFA members and return it to Jeff Greenberger at the HS by April 30th.


NYSTRS Delegate Special Election

There is an opening for a delegate and an alternate delegate to the NYS Teachers Retirement System

Delegates attend a two-day annual meeting held in November at which a teacher member is elected to the NYSTRS Board. The delegate is responsible for conveying information to the membership. The delegate may also act as a liaison between NYSTRS and the members of their school district/college.

                Delegates have two main functions:

  • To elect a teacher member to the Retirement Board at the Annual Delegates Meeting; and,
  • To serve as a liaison between NYSTRS and the delegate’s co-workers.

The alternate delegate does not attend unless the delegate is unable to attend.

If you are interested in running for the position to complete the remainder of the term(July1 2014-last day of school 2015), please complete the  declaration of intent, have it endorsed by two RCFA members and return it to Jeff Greenberger at the HS by April 30th.


The 2014-2015 budget will be available in your buildings after vacation. While NYSUT dues increased $12 and AFT dues increased $.45, the RCFA dues will be decreasing $12.45 to make up the difference. Chris, Gary and I thought it was important that dues remain the same and worked to reduce the budget by $4731 so we could reduce RCFA dues and keep the total dues the same.


The elections will be held on May, 13, the same day we vote on the RCFA budget.

We will be holding meetings about the budget prior to the vote.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact me.


Lisa Goulding

RCFA President

 Note:  See your email for the Declaration of Intent forms.


Take Action!

Dear RCFA Members,


On Monday April 28th, Andrew Cuomo will be the guest speaker at the Suffolk County Democratic Committee Spring dinner, being held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. 


In response, the RCFA will be joining with other locals to picket and rally outside to make sure that the governor hears our voices.


This is a perfect opportunity to make Cuomo aware of just how angry we are and to make Suffolk County Democrats aware that they can no longer support his failed policies regarding education, as well as the 2% tax cap that is and will destroy public education. Many of these elected officials have used the excuse for some of their votes that “the Governor put a lot of pressure on us.” It’s time that we put pressure on them to do the right thing because our professions, our children, our students, and our communities depend on it. We would like to have a huge turnout and make our voices heard loud and clear that enough is enough!


When: Monday, April 28th at 4PM

Where: Villa Lombardi’s;  877 Main Street; Holbrook, NY 11741  

Who: YOU – no excuses; we need a big turnout (for the elementary teachers, coaches and anyone else who can’t make it by 4, the dinner starts at 6 so please show up when you can. If you can’t stay for long, then just stop by for a little while).


I look forward to standing with you as we stand up for public education.