Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ETFO Provincial Math PD for Occasional Teachers, ETFO-TVOT PD and Good Wishes!!

Math that Matters for Occasional Teachers

This is an exciting two-day math institute that provides opportunities for daily and long-term occasional teachers to deepen their mathematical knowledge while exploring various instructional strategies, tools and resources. Release time is provided for participants to attend.

Date:  February 28- March 1, 2017
Location: Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites - 5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON


Registration for this event is offered through the Event Management System (EMS) by using your ETFO membership number at and look for the tab : Math that Matters.

 If you do not already have an account on this system, please go to and register for ETFO events. Participants will be selected by random draw.

The registration deadline is Monday, January 23, 2017.

Forms for members with accessibility needs:

For additional information contact Ruth Dawson (  Jason Johnston ( or Jill Aoki-Barrett (


Remember: To attend any after-school professional development, you must be registered on our website All registrations are done in the Member Services area of the Local's website and if you need help in registering, please call our office and we will be glad to help.

Our TVOT Lending Library is now online in the Member Services area of our website! The Library is filled with hundreds of books and resources on various topics related to your elementary education practice and for use in both your long term and daily assignments. Any registered member may reserve a book/resource online and come to our local office to pick up the book on a scheduled date (be sure to call ahead to make sure someone will be there).  Look for more books to be purchased in the new year. If you have a book title that you would like to see in our library, please send us an email.

Don't forget that all our members are entitled to apply for and receive up to $50 reimbursement for any books/resources related to elementary practice. Find the book rebate form in the Member Services area of our website. All forms (along with original receipts) are due by May 31st, 2017.

On behalf of your President and Executive Members, we wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season and the best for 2017. We remind members that the office will be closed until school resumes on January 9, 2017. If it is an urgent matter please call Provincial ETFO at 1-888-838-3836.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Inclement Weather and Cancellations of Assignments, Indigo FUNdraiser for Merrymount! and January19, 2017 PD Opportunity!

L10.08 INCLEMENT WEATHER - A Long-Term Occasional Teacher or a Short-Term Occasional Teacher who is delayed by local weather conditions but arrives at school as soon as possible during the regular school hours of that day will not have a salary deduction made. "Local" means within the geographic area between the Occasional Teacher's home address and the school or worksite of said Occasional Teacher.
Your Local reminds you to use your personal judgment wisely to determine if it safe for you to travel to work in inclement weather and to let the school know if you will be delayed or are unable to make the journey that day.
Should the school be closed for an emergency, the Collective Agreement provides:
L16.04 a) In the event of a late opening or early dismissal of a school for emergency reasons, Occasional Teachers shall be paid for the assignment at the applicable rate of pay. b) In the event of a school closure for emergency reasons, a Long-Term Occasional Teacher shall be paid for the assignment at the applicable rate of pay.
And finally, regarding cancellation of an assignment:
L16.05 a) The Board shall give a minimum of two (2) hours notice of cancellation of any pre-arranged assignment. Should cancellation of a pre-arranged assignment occur without two (2) hours notice, the Occasional Teacher shall report for work and the Board shall pay the Occasional Teacher for that assignment in accordance with the provisions of Articles L16.01 or L16.02, whichever is applicable. b) In the event of inclement weather, Occasional Teachers will receive information on the status of school closures or delays in openings by the normal Board communication process. Notice of closure due to inclement weather will be deemed to meet the minimum notice requirement of Article L16.05 (a). c) An Occasional Teacher who cancels a previously accepted assignment may not accept another assignment scheduled for that same day. 


You're invited to a FUNdraiser for ....

Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre Monday, December 19th, 6-9 pm

Indigo North London Richmond Centre, 86 Fanshawe Park Rd.  519-672-6781

Please bring this invitation with you to the FUNdraiser!

Indigo North London and the staff of Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre cordially invite you to a community FUNdraising event.

Come out and go shopping while supporting Merrymount. With every purchase of regularly priced , in-store items at Indigo North London on this special evening, up to 20% of the purchase  will be donated directly back to Merrymount!

Choose from a wide selection of books, gifts, toys, magazines, music and much more! Your purchase will make a difference. Please join us to see how much fun giving back to Merrymount can be!

When you arrive at the store, please ensure that you register at the registration desk, which will be located directly inside the main doors.

Hope to see you there!

Please note, in order to ensure the most successful and profitable FUNdraiser possible for Merrymount any discounts (including iRewards, Plum Rewards, Bestsellers, etc.) will not be in effect during the event, and the purchase of Gift Certificates, Membership Cards, Electronics and Love of Reading Donations do not count towards the FUNdraiser.


Save the date:  January 19, 2017  4:30 - 7:30 PM
Where:  BMO Centre - 295 Rectory Street, London, ON
Details and registration to open soon at :

Workshops include:
The Mindful Teacher : Presenter Sherry-Lynne Kirschner
DPA for the Occasional Teacher : Presenter Claudette Andress
Power To Explore: Grades 4-6 Nutrition and Healthy Living : Presenter Andrea Kirkham, Dairy Farmers of Ontario/


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

UN Human Rights Day - Dec. 10; Paid PD; Keys for OTs; Nova Scotia Teaches

Precarious Work - It's a Human Rights Issue
The theme of this year's United Nations Human Rights Day on December 10th is 'stand up for someone's rights today!'. Article 23 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to work and just remuneration to ensure that they have an 'existence worthy of human dignity.'
Yet right here in Ontario, one in three jobs is temporary, contract, part-time or self-employed. Racialized workers, single mothers, recent immigrants and people with disabilities experience higher rates of unemployment and people with disabilities experience higher rates of unemployment and precarious work. This situation creates many risks including lack of health and safety on the job, stress, long hours, lack of legal protections and poverty.
You can "stand up for someone's rights today!" by supporting the Ontario Federation of Labour's campaign. Let's advocate for the Ontario government to revise labour laws and raise the bar for all workers. Go to for more information.


TVOT members are reminded to check the Board's Employee Portal frequently for updated paid professional development opportunities. Your Local has been in discussions with TVDSB Staff Development and we hope to have more news to release about exciting options for 2017.  Make sure to register for Member Services at so that you will receive "Blast Emails" about registration for such events.

 TVDSB is working on keying schools so that Occasional Teachers can lock their classrooms in case of an emergency situation - Code Red. Approximately eight schools per week are being completed by Facility Services, but please continue to advise the TVOT Office should you encounter a school that does not offer you a key.  Your OT Local does not accept the practice of asking OTs to exchange personal keys for classroom keys so please let us know should this be asked of you.

The Teachers in Nova Scotia are embroiled in a labour battle similar to what we endured with our fight against Bill 115 when the Liberal Government tried to impose terms rather than negotiate a Collective Agreement.  Just as they supported Ontario Teachers then, we urge you to show your support for the Teachers of Nova Scotia.  Vist to learn more.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2017 ETFO Validation Sticker Distribution and New OTIP Giving Program

You will be able to find your Edvantage validation sticker for 2017 in the December issue of the Voice magazine.  Don't forget to retrieve it prior to recycling your magazine.

For those members who have chosen to receive their copy of the Voice electronically and are also on board approved leave, you will receive your 2017 sticker to the home address ETFO Provincial has on record via Canada Post. Please ensure your personal residential information is up to date by going to : on the right-hand side, click on 'Quick Links' and go to 'Member Update Contact Information' .

Introducing OTIP's Newest Corporate Giving Program

Not all worthy causes are linked to registered charities.  Within the education community, there are many school projects or initiatives that support learning, provide an enriched experience or help those in need. Each project or initiative that meets the criteria below, will be entered into a draw in which four prizes of $5,000 will be awarded each year:


Any member in the Ontario public, Catholic or French system can apply for funding for their project. Projects or initiatives must be shown to positively impact the lives of students or educators. Requests do not have to be linked to a registered charity.

Entries must be made via a short video (no longer than five minutes), and permission must be granted for OTIP to use the videos on social streams and our website.

Examples of projects that would qualify for funding include:

- School nutritional programs;
- Purchase of musical instruments or band equipment;
- New playground equipment;
- Environmental initiatives like gardens or tree planting;
- Art supplies or programs.

Funding is not provided for:
- Capital projects, such as school additions, replacing building or facilities etc.
- Administration or operating costs such as salaries, utilities.

OTIP will be accepting applications online from December 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.  Between April 1 and 14, OTIP will review video applications to ensure they meet the criteria. The draw will take place on April 17. Winners will be notified the last week of April, with the winning videos posted on and social media on May 1.

Videos should be sent to

Just a reminder that to stay on the elementary OT Roster for next year, now members must teach a total of 10 full days in the elementary panel.  Paid PD days continue to count for all purposes including this requirement, as time taught. You can find out more about what activities are available for paid professional development by checking in the Employee Portal under Conference Registrations where you will see a list of elementary PD opportunities.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Int'l Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, ETFO Intermediate Conference and Health Information Advisory

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and marks the start of the annual White Ribbon Campaign, an opportunity for men and boys to work together to end violence against women.

ETFO has collected a variety of resources on violence against women here :

ETFO's new video for Women's History Month is a useful reminder of how recently women won the vote and the ongoing struggle for legal and substantive equality:

The YWCA provides rose buttons to commemorate December 6, order them here:

ETFO Intermediate Conference 2017 - Innovate, Integrate, Motivate!

Registration is now open for the ETFO Intermediate Conference 2017 - Innovate, Integrate, Motivate! to be held January 27 - 28/17 in Toronto.

This conference will support your professional learning for teaching in the intermediate grades, whether you teach in a single class, split grade or specialized assignment. Participants will enjoy dynamic presentation and practical workshops so as to learn about new integrating and innovative strategies to use in Grades 6 to 8.

Registration is $75 with a day of release for those selected and shared accommodation costs covered by ETFO Provincial.  The deadline is December 9/16 so for details and registration information, please go to


Health Information Advisory Issued November 16, 2016

Annual Reminder regarding fluoride and sodium levels in drinking water for some communities

Oxford County Public Health is issuing an annual reminder about levels of fluoride and sodium in some of the County's drinking water systems.  The presence of fluoride and sodium may present health considerations for some residents.

In this year's Health Information Advisory, municipal drinking water in Brownsville, Ingersoll, Lakeside and Tillsonburg show fluoride levels above the recommended level of 1.5mg/L. This may put children under six years of age at risk for dental fluorosis (discolouration of the teeth). Households with children under six in these communities should use bottled water for baby formula, and cutback on other sources of fluoride, like using non-fluoride toothpaste.

Sodium levels in drinking water are only a concern for individuals on a sodium-restricted diet. This includes people with kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure or liver disease.  These residents should speak with their physician or health care provider about how sodium in the water may affect their health. Communities with sodium levels that range above the recommended level of 20mg/L include: Bright, Brownsville, Embro, Ingersoll, Norwich, Otterville, Springford, Thamesford, Tillsonburg and Woodstock.

Full details on the Health Information Advisory are included in the attached PDF and can be found on Oxford County Public Health's website:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Edvantage Programme; OTs and Teachers' Pension; For New Women Teachers

As a member of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, you have the opportunity to participate in the many discounts offered to members by the "Edvantage" programme.
Just ensure you have an updated address on file with > Quick Links (right hand side) > Members - Update Contact Information, and you will receive your 2017 validation sticker for your ETFO ID Card, mailed to your residence in the winter edition of ETFO's Voice Magazine.  Discounts apply to retailers such as Roots, Soft Moc, Scholars, Apple, Bell, Hakim Optical, Goodlife Fitness, CAA, Via Rail and many more.  If you have misplaced your ETFO membership card (the one with the red apple on it), contact 1-888-838-3836 to request a replacement.  For more information on "Edvantage" we encourage you to visit

As soon as an OT begins teaching, they automatically contribute to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP). These contributions are matched by the provincial government and by every eligible employer.  T4 slips will show your tax deductible contributions from each employer.
OTPP bases your eligibility to retire on your years of recognized teaching in Ontario. Occasional Teachers need to be aware that it takes more than 10 days of teaching in a school year to gain a year of teaching credit so your Local encourages members to take every opportunity to pass this threshold. It would be unfortunate to have additional years tacked on to the end of your career as you consider your retirement factor, because of these missed opportunities at the beginning.  For further information please visit:

If you are a woman Teacher/Occasional Teacher in your first 5 years as an ETFO member, you can apply for ETFO Provincial's "Visions Program". The program will focus on union involvement both at the Local level and in the broader labour community.  Release time (i.e., you will be paid as if you taught these days) will be covered as will course materials, shared accommodations, travel, meals and dependant care. Sessions will take place January 18-19, then February 22-23 and finally March 22-23, 2017.  Registration is at under Upcoming Conferences > "Visions Program 2017". You will need to have your ETFO ID number available. Registration closes December 5/16. For further information call 1-888-838-3836.  

There are a few spots available in Workshops 1 (Equitable and Courageous Conversations) and 2 (Professional Judgement - How do I exercise it in My Workplace Effectively?) being offered to you on November 24, 2016 at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, 591 Wellington Road South in London from 4:30 - 7:30 PM.  Dinner is included.  Avoid disappointment and come out to these very worthwhile opportunities.  
Register at


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

#GivingTuesday,Web attendance and "Under Construction", ETFO Learn Website and Truth and Reconciliation Webinars for ETFO


Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on November 29, 2016.

It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The "Opening day of the giving season," it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others. Learn more about #GivingTuesday here:

Web attendance and "Under Construction"
If you are at a school trying to complete the web attendance only to find the site is "Under Construction", it means that your TVARRIS job has not yet registered  through the IT. Eventually, you will be able to log-in but if this occurs at web attendance time, your only recourse is to ask the office to provide a paper copy.
We hope this information is of assistance.

ETFO Learn Website 
The website, Playing to Learn: Engaging Junior/Intermediate Learners, website was originally launched at the World Festival of Childrens' Theatre in June 2016, and shared with Professional Learning Chairs at their session at Leadership on September 29, 2016. This is a comprehensive website to support educators in bringing play-based learning to Grades 4 to 8.

The website is a resource for junior and intermediate teachers. One section of the website features a playfulness quiz for members to see how playful they are as educators in their programming, and directs members to additional supports for integrating more play and advocating for play-based learning. The other section of the site is filled with curriculum linked lesson plans and supports for engaging junior and intermediate learners.

Truth and Reconciliation Webinars for ETFO Members
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario welcomes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Final Report and Calls to Action. In response to the importance of educating Canadians about residential schools and eliminating educational gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians, ETFO will continue to support ETFO members in their journey of learning about and understanding their history of Canada and its relationship with First Nation, Metis and Inuit people, and taking steps towards reconciliation. ETFO held and recorded two webinars for members entitled "The Truth of Canada's Legacy" and "Moving Forward into Reconciliation." Guest speakers included representatives from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, The Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and the Toronto & York Region Metis Council. The two one-hour webinars can be viewed at

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fall General Meeting; TVARRIS upgrade; ETFO Provincial Website and Survey

Looking forward to hosting the Fall General Meeting at West Haven Golf and Country Club this afternoon from 4:30 - 7:30 PM.  Approximately 100 members have registered for this ever-popular Event and we thank in advance, all those who bring donations for the Merrymount Children's Centre wish list!
See you soon!
Reminder: New TVARRIS Telephone Number:
Effective immediately this is the new number  888-209-3162 and  URL - https//
Make sure to update your personal email contact on the Provincial ETFO website
Starting November 7th, you will have an opportunity to participate in an online survey about Central Table bargaining goals. Our Collective Agreements expire this August and ETFO needs to hear from you as the bargaining process begins once again.

While you are at be sure to register for the new Employee Health e-newsletter. Those in LTO assignments longer than 90 calendar days will soon be eligible for coverage under this new provincial benefit plan.

As well, take some time to review all the professional events provided by Provincial ETFO.  In most cases there is a modest registration fee with ETFO assuming all other costs such as transportation, accommodations etc.  Lots of opportunities available to all Occasional Teachers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Important TVARRIS Informaiton; Winter AQ Course Registration, ECE Appreciation Day, Student Mental Health and more....

BIG TVARRIS CHANGE On Friday October 28, the TVARRIS system will be unavailable from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM while the system is upgraded. After the upgrade is completed, the URL and the Telephone number of the TVARRIS system will be changed to the following:
Telephone Number - 888-209-3162
Please change your bookmarks and contact information to reflect this change.

Registration for Winter AQ Courses opens Monday, October 31st, 2016 and runs until January 4th, 2017.  The Winter Session runs from January 11th to March 31st, 2017.  Courses do not run during March Break.  Subsidies are still available through OTF for math, technology and kindergarten courses. Members are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

Today is Early Childhood Educators Appreciation Day.  The ETFO Thames Valley Occasional Teachers' Local reminds our members to take a moment to celebrate these crucial partners in education.

Student Mental Health Resource Development Focus Group
Provincial ETFO is seeking ten members from across member groups (Teachers, Occasional Teachers, Designated Early Childhood Educators) to participate in a year-long project focused on developing a student mental health resource. Please see the Events Management System for application details.  The application deadline is October 28 at 4 p.m.

The Visions Program 2017 is a leadership program for women in their first five years of ETFO membership.  The program highlights union renewal and will focus on building participants' knowledge of ETFO, the broader labour movement, and opportunities for activism.  Register online at beginning October 25th.

Fall General Meeting
Just a reminder to TVOT members that our Fall General Meeting will be held this Wednesday at the West Haven Golf Course off of Fanshawe Road.  Registration is still available at Come meet your peers and enjoy a lovely meal. We would love to meet you and hear of your concerns.

October 25th PD Event
Lastly, we would like to thank all of our members who attended the Local's first Professional Development Event for the 2016 - 2017 school year, held at the Four Points by Sheraton yesterday! The three sessions were well-attended and very beneficial. And of course, dinner was delicious!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Welcome to 2 new Executive Members, New Lending Library, Fall General Meeting Information, ETFO Online Webinar Series

We would like to announce and welcome our 2 new Executive Members at Large, Farida Makhani and Sharon Pinylo.  Thank you for getting involved and we look forward to your contributions.

We are also very happy to announce our new Lending Library at the ETFO-TVOT office, 521 Nottinghill Road, suite #8, in London.  We have over 150 quality volumes available for our members to take out. Titles and reservation steps can be found on the ETFO website:

Registration is open for our Fall General Meeting, taking place on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM at West Haven Golf and Country Club, 7038 Egremont Drive, London, Ontario N6H 5L2.

Enjoy a free and fabulous dinner and door prizes.
 - Assorted Rolls with Whipped Butter
 - Variety of 4 House made Salads
 - Roast Top Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding
 - Chicken Supreme with a Chasseur Sauce
 - Eggplant Parmesan
 - Seasonal Vegetables
 - Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes
 - Selection of Desserts
 - Freshly Brewed Coffee & Selection of Gourmet Teas

Donations of children's items for Merrymount Children's Center accepted at this meeting and greatly needed and appreciated .

Register at:

ETFO Online Webinar Series - Connected Communities

Phase One of the 2016 - 2017 Connected Communities project features a schedule of 16 webinars, run by members for members, during the month of November, 2016.  These webinars, funded by the Ministry, have been designed to support teaching and learning in mathematics, kindergarten and technology.

Topics include:

 - An Overview of Google Apps for Education
 - Introduction to Makerspaces
 - Gamified Learning - Learning through Game Play
 - Inquiry-based Learning in Kindergarten:  How and Where to Get Started
 - Games Layer on the Classroom - Applying Game Mechanics to the Classroom
 - Math in the Makerspaces
 - Innovate with iPad: Using iPad in the Primary Classroom
 - Using Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students
 - Getting Started with Games in the Classroom
 - Technology in Mathematics
 - Customizable, Assessment Driven Game Environments for Learning to Full Immersion
 - Observation and Documentation in Kindergarten:  Communicating and Sharing Learning with Students and Families
 - GAFE in Mathematics
 - Assessment with GAFE in the Classroom
 - Communication in Math
 - Walking the Line:  Math

Participants will have the option to participate in one or multiple webinars. Members have requested the above topics and will appreciate the support represented by this series of webinars. They will be held on a weekday evening from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Registrations will be processed on a first-come/first-served basis and will close one (1) week prior to each webinar.

To register please have your ETFO membership handy and visit the ETFO Events Management System at conferences and click on the Connected Communities 2016 tab.

For more information. contact Janet Millar Grant at the the ETFO provincial office,


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Four Points Event on Oct 25; Missed the ETFO Town Halls? Women's History Month video; Inspire to Learn

October 25th at the Four Points by Sheraton
Just a reminder of our upcoming three workshops being held on Tuesday, October 25th from 4:30 - 7:30 PM in London. As always, our evening begins with a lovely dinner (to allow members to arrive from across the valley). Spots are still available for 1) Classroom Management - A Practical Guide being presented by Cari Patterson, a fellow TVDSB Teacher; 2) DRiVE Inquiry Science presented by TVDSB's Ryan Jeffries; 3) JUMP Math - presented by Frances Agro who is employed by JUMP Math and is in charge of Teacher support.  More details and registration can be found at

Missed Your Telephone Town Hall Meeting? Listen in at ETFO's Events Portal
Earlier this week, ETFO held telephone town hall meetings to update members on Bill 115 remedy discussions with the government.
Missed your telephone hall meeting?  There's still a chance to listen in on the discussion.  An audio file of one of the town hall meetings has been placed in ETFO's member-only Events Portal, in the section called My Collective Bargaining.  The audio file will remain active for seven days until Friday, October 14 at 4:00 pm.
For information about how members can sign in to ETFO's Events Portal, go to

Women's History Month
Did you know that October is Women's History Month?
ETFO has produced a video on activism, women's struggle to obtain voting rights and equality over the last century. Go to to watch "A Women's (Political) Work is Never Done".

ETFO's New Website
"Playing to Learn: Engaging Junior/Intermediate Learners"
is anew comprehensive website to help Teachers bring play based learning to J/I students. Take the quiz then look over the curriculum linked lesson plans that can support you to increase the amount of play in your classroom.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Upcoming PD Opportunities for OTs and ETFO "Bill 115 Remedy" Town Hall Meeting

Our First PD event is quickly approaching.  You will have the opportunity to attend and participate in one of the following PD workshops on October 25th at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1150 Wellington Road South in London. This PD will run from 4:30 - 7:30 PM and dinner is included.

Topics include:

1) Classroom Management:  A Practical Guide 
Learn to develop effective classroom management strategies to use in your assignments.  Discover and learn to find resources that will help develop your own classroom management style.  Implement a "classroom economy" to engage even your most reluctant students and learn to fine tune it to your daily assignments.  Come with your questions as we will be discussing the "nitty-gritty" of practical classroom management.   Presenter:  Cari Patterson

2) DRiVe Inquiry Science:  Using Inquiry to Teach Science
Heard about "inquiry"? Curious about the DRiVe Inquiry Science framework for discovery-based learning? Learn more about DRiVe and how to structure your scince lessons to promote inquiry-based learning.  This workshop will answer your basic questions and give you a head-start to using collaborative inquiry with your students!  Presenter:  Ryan Jeffries

3) JUMP Math:  An Introduction for Using Jump Math in Your Classroom
You've probably seen JUMP Math workbooks in classrooms or resource rooms and have wondered how they are used.  Perhaps you are in an LTO and are wondering how to use JUMP Math for your struggling learners.  This workshop will give a gentle overview of the JUMP Math philosophy and resources.  JUMP Math is a numeracy program dedicated to encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students (and educators)! and assumes that all children can be led to think mathematically.
Presenter:  Frances Agro, Manager Outreach and Teacher Support, JUMP Math

Registration to open at the website in the next few days.

ETFO "Bill 115 Remedy" Town Hall Meeting 7:30 PM tonight:

Provincial ETFO will be holding a telephone town hall meeting tonight to provide members with information about ETFO's discussions with the government regarding a remedy to ETFO's successful Bill 115 challenge.  Look for an invitation by telephone tonight just a few minutes before 7:30 PM when our session is slated to begin.

Look for these paid PD Opportunities to be posted on the TVDSB Employee Portal for October 28, 2016

Your Occasional Teacher Local is pleased to co-host with the Board, the following options for paid Professional Development offered at the Stoneridge Inn in Lambeth on October 28th.  For further details and registration, please go to the Employee Portal > Conference Registration.

- Yes you can!! - Presented by Polly Stringle:  Half-day session being offered in the morning and again in the afternoon:  This Drawing Workshop for the J/I level will give Occasional Teachers the necessary strategies to help students become better artists, observers, and visual problem-solvers. Mini-lessons, valuable technical tips, and concrete ideas for longer finished artworks will be provided in this hands-on session.  Explicit links to the Math and Language curricula will be incorporated, providing OTs with rich, cross-curricular approaches to improve student learning.  Each participant will receive the resource, "Art for Kids: Drawing, The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be".
 - Maximum 25 per session (A mid-day snack will be provided by the Union).
- Soap Stone Carving - Presented by Robert Morgan: Half -day session being offered in the morning and again in the afternoon. Take part in the exciting art of soapstone carving with the Stoneman, Robert Morgan, a master carver and native Canadian.  The Stoneman will introduce OTs to the fundamentals of carving, the safe use of tools, the different uses of soapstone and the different art styles.  Participants will also learn to plan and bring hand eye coordination into action.  This course has been very successful with the J/I level and at the end participants will walk away with a completed carving.  - Maximum 25 per session (A mid-day snack will be provided by the Union.)
- Welcoming Refugee Children and Their Families into Our Schools presented by ETFO - Half day session being offered in the morning and again in the afternoon: This practical and interactive workshop will give information and strategies to support Occasional Teachers who will be welcoming refugees and newcomers into their school community.  You will have an opportunity to learn more about creating an environment for understanding, acceptance, and integration of these students, while forging important connections with families.  Topics that will be included are:  the acculturation process, second language acquisition, using first language as a resource, determining ESL/ELD programming needs and differentiated instruction will be covered.  Suggested resources to help with the inclusion and success of students will be shared.
 - Maximum 60 per session (A mid-day snack will be provided by the Union).
- Teaching Mathematics for Occasional Teachers  presented by ETFO : (full day)
A new full-day ETFO provincial workshop to increase member confidence in teaching mathematics; explore effective instructional and assessment mathematics strategies; assist in the development of predictable classroom and instructional routines; and provide hands-on materials and strategies; assist in the development of predictable classroom and instructional routines; and provide hands-on materials and strategies that can be used in mathematics lessons across all grade levels. Participants will engage in dynamic workshop training that will highlight classroom-proven strategies and practices in relation to their daily work.
- Maximum 30 (a light lunch and mid-day snacks will be provided to participants by the Union).


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bus Cancellation: October 1st Rally; News & Opportunities from Provincial ETFO; Retirement Planning Workshop

Due to low registration ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local had to cancel the bus for October 1 Rally for Decent Work in Toronto.  If you are interested in going please contact CUPE Ontario, Dan MacKenzie 416-458-1126 or to see if they have room on their bus leaving London.

ETFO staff has developed a new document to support members in the completion of the Elementary Progress Report Cards.
ETFO Professional Judgement Guidelines for Completion of the Elementary Progress Report Card is included in this week's eNewsletter and can be found on the ETFO website under Advice for Members in the Professional Judgement Matters section.

Here is the link:

From ETFO Provincial:

In our last eNewsletter ETFO announced a new resource series for teacher and occasional teacher members entitled Professional Judgement Matters.

The new issues in the series are now available on the Provincial ETFO website:

- ETFO Professional Judgement Guidelines for Completion of the Elementary Progress Report Card
- ETFO Professional Judgement Guidelines for the Occasional Teacher Evaluation and the Teacher Performance Appraisal

To access all issues of this important publication, please visit Professional Judgement Resources on the ETFO website.

New FNMI Resources
  The following resources were recently posted on the ETFO Spirit Horse website:

ETFO FNMI Brochure - 'What have you heard? An introduction to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada'  This resource was designed to introduce ETFO members to FNMI people, the legacy of Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples and to move to reconciliation by addressing common statement that exist in our society regarding FNMI people.

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Growth Chart Literacy Prompts, Grades K-8.  This companion resource supports members utilizing the FNMI texts listed in the ETFO Growth Chart by introducing diverse worldviews, perspectives and presence of Indigenous experiences, histories, knowledge and philosophies through the texts, literacy prompts and enrichment activities.

E-Women:  A new online networking site
E-Women is ETFO's new online networking site for Racialized, FNMI, Persons with a Disability and LGBTQ Women Members.

Members will participate in two face-to-face sessions and three online modules.  These will include discussions and readings to explore participants' leadership roles in both the school and the union.

Provincial ETFO Online Book Clubs

ETFO Provincial Online Book Clubs are structured as four weekly online sessions, approximately two hours in length and feature small group sizes. Participants are expected to log in for an hour or two each week, read postings and engage in online threaded discussions.

There are currently two Online Book Clubs being offered:

Perspectives and the Truth and Reconciliation.  This program aims to engage members in rich dialogue while learning about the diversity of Aboriginal peoples, perspectives, the residential school system, and reconciliation.  Register by October 14.

Learning Together:  A Teachers' Guide to Combined Grades.  This online Book Club offers practical strategies, clearly defined criteria and sample templates which support the successful organization and management of combined grade classes.  Register by October 3.


Canadian Labour Congress campaign in support of proportional representation
Members are encouraged to get involved in the new Canadian Labour Congress campaign in support of proportional representation.  For more information, please visit the ETFO website.

RTO District 37 is hosting a Retirement Planning Workshop in Oxford County on October 20th from 4:30 - 7 PM at the Mount Elgin Community Center.

This workshop is for anyone who works in an educational capacity and is contemplating retirement within the next 5 years.  Presenters will cover the pension, health benefit and financial aspects of retirement.  Registration is $10 and a light supper will be provided.

Contact either Sandra Stock 519-462-2643 or Brian Armstrong 519-539-3964 by October 11th to register.


New, easy web address to sign up for #ETFO eNewsletters:  - Please share with your education colleagues!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rally for Decent Work; First Paid PD Opportunity of the Year;

Rally for Decent Work - Queen's Park, Toronto Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour is holding a "Rally for Decent Work" at Queen's Park in Toronto on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

The ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local and the ETFO Thames Valley Occasional Teacher Local will provide transportation for members to participate in the rally.

Transportation Information

- Buses will depart promptly from the Thames Valley Teacher Local office (2911 Bateman Trail) on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. sharp (Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time).
- Parking is available at the Local office and car pooling is recommended.
- Buses will stop at the Woodstock Quality Inn at 9:00 a.m. to pick up ETFO members in the eastern portion of the Local.
- Please register to reserve a seat on the bus before 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 28 by registering on-line (
- Members are advised to bring a bag lunch.

Bus Information
Registration Deadline -

1. Website:
2. Select "Special Events" Located on the bottom right of the page
3. Select Event "Rally for Decent Work - Saturday, October 1, 2016"
4. Enter Password action then click on View Event
5. Click on "Register"
6. Enter Required Information
7. Click on "Complete Registration"

The Rally for Decent Work begins at 1:00 p.m. We plan to be back in the district around dinner time on Saturday.

For more information please contact the ETFO Thames Valley Teacher Local office at 519-474-3150 or the ETFO Thames Valley Occasional Teacher Local office at 519-641-3936.

NEW - First Paid PD Event is this Friday, September 23/16

TVDSB has a few spots available for members to participate in paid PD sessions being offered on Friday. Registration opens at 3 PM in the Employee Portal under Conference/Session Registration and spots will go quickly.
Select either:
1) Project Wild Training Workshop for a full day of paid professional development, (Click register and submit and your timetable will be displayed for you to print.)
2) Recertification training for those who are already BMS certified. (Under Elementary Occasional Teacher PD, select Re-Cert BMS Training and the details will be displayed)

We encourage members to act quickly since registration closes on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Latest news, reminders & ETFO Opportunities

Ontario's Anti-Racism Directorate to Hold Nine Community Meetings

Ontario is holding nine community meetings across the province over the coming months to engage with the public on addressing systematic racism and eliminating barriers for Indigenous and racialized communities.

The community meetings, hosted by Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, will help further the public dialogue and identify priority areas for the province's Anti-Racism Directorate as it applies an anti-racism perspective to government policies, programs and services.
In our region the meeting will take place on Friday, October 7 in London

Meeting details, including times and locations, will be posted on


Missed the latest issue of The ETFO eNewsletter Vol. 11 No. 1 - September 8, 2016?
Here are a few items which you may find of interest:

Professional Judgement Matters, a new resource series for Teacher and Occasional Teachers is now available on the ETFO website. It offers:
 - Diagnostic Assessment and Professional Judgement
 - Professional Judgement and the Individual Education Plan (IEP)

NEW ETFO Professional Learning Opportunities -
Infusing Aboriginal Perspectives into Math and Science, October 24-25. Register on the ETFO Events Portal by September 19th. See

ETFO ICT Conference for Women:  Technology for Teachers, October 28-29. Register on the Events Portal by September 21st. For more information visit:

New ETFO Online Networking Site for Racialized FNMI, Persons With a Disability and LGBTQ Women: Participants will meet twice in person and three times online to discuss leadership issues. Check out

Registration for ETFO Fall AQ Courses closes on September 14, 2016.  For information, visit

Just a reminder for members to register on our Local website: to take advantage of our Local Professional Development Opportunities as well to find the forms for our $50 Book Rebate and $300 Professional Learning Development Fund / PLDF. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Back all ETFO - TVOT Members!!!!

Where did the summer go??? We hope everyone had an enjoyable one. Time to get back to work educating and being there for our students.
Your OT Local has been meeting organizing PD opportunities for you so stay tuned for news in the near future.
We are pleased to advise that your ETFO 2016 - 2017 pocket calendars will once again be mailed to all members in the month of October.  Please continue to use the one mailed to you last Fall - it does include the month of September 2016 for you.

Also, please ensure your address is up to date with the following:
 - the Board (via the Employee Portal under "Your Personal Information"),
 - ETFO Provincial at (on the right hand side click on "Quick Links" and go to      "Member Update Contact Information"),
 - Ontario College of Teachers,
 - Your Apply to Education Account (if applicable).

Elementary Panel Implementation of Web Attendance

By the end of September, all elementary schools within TVDSB will be utilizing Web Attendance; to this end, instructional communications have been sent to the final set of schools.  Please ask at the school office for the "Web Attendance for Occasional Teachers" sheet when you check in, if you are not yet familiar with the system.

ETFO's ICT Conference for Women 

Technology for Teachers, funded by the Ministry of Education, will take place at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel and OISE/UT on October 28-29, 2016.  The target audience is women members interested in learning about new technology and online resources to engage today's students.  The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Camille Rutherford.
This will be an exciting learning and networking opportunity for members from across the province.  Registration can be completed online by visiting the ETFO Events Management System at, upcoming conferences and clicking on the ICT Conference tab.

Successful applicants will be notified by email prior to October 7.  For additional information, please contact Jill Aoki-Barrett (

In honour of ETFO's endorsement to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada's Calls to Action, ETFO is committed to moving forward into reconciliation and commemorates the survivors of the residential school system by recognizing the Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters Campaign on September 30, 2016.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 30th for LTOs; Paid PD Deadline; Mandatory Modules; September LTOs: Best Wishes

June 30th for LTOs
If you are in a long-term assignment with a posted end date of June 30th, the expectation is that you will attend school on Thursday, according to your FTE and you will be paid grid rate.  Please call the OT Office if you have any questions regarding your specific situation.

Deadline for designated Paid PD Opportunities
As you are aware, Thames Valley is the only Board in Canada where elementary OTs are eligible for 2 full days of paid professional development, which amounts to an additional 2 days of employment since these count for all purposes as time worked (Pension, EI hours, seniority etc.). One half of these days is to be reserved for members to complete mandatory online training but the other opportunities are posted in the Employee Portal under Conference / Session Registration and then Elementary Occasional Teacher PD 2015 - 2016. We encourage all members to take advantage of these opportunities to enhance their professional development. All PD must be completed by June 30th in order to be eligible for payment under the terms of the Collective Agreement.

2015-2016 OTE Required Training
OTE required training for 2015-16 school year must be completed by June 30, 2016 (with payment by July 22nd, 2016). Confirm electronically the completion of each module. We recommend that you log back into this page and if the checkmarks are still there, you are assured completion of the modules has been received.
Note the WHMIS, Offence Declaration and ITS Security Declaration is accessible on the main page of the Employee Portal under the heading "Personal Information".

Module 2 - Handling a Violent Situation
Module 5 - Harassment
Module 6 - Work Refusals
Module 7 - Management of Aggressive Behaviour
Module 10 - Working Late
Module 12 - Workplace Design
Module 13 - Recognizing and Coping with Aggressive Behaviour
Mental Health Awareness (May Safety Spotlight)
Concussion Awareness PART I (June Safety Spotlight) (Mandatory)
Concussion PART II - Response, Management (June Safety Spotlight) (Mandatory)
Anaphylaxis Awareness (March Safety Spotlight)
Fire Code Training
Emergency Codes and Asbestos Awareness (Mandatory) (September Safety Spotlight)
Ladder Safety Awareness (Mandatory) (November Safety Spotlight)
Workplace Violence Hazard Assessment Survey, 2016-2017 (Voluntary)

September LTO Postings
 LTO positions for the coming September will be posted the week of August 15th and will close on August 19, 2016.  Again this year, there will be no interviews. Positions will be offered according to seniority.  We recommend that applicants rank their selections so that when the call from Human Resources comes the following week, qualified applicants are ready to accept one of the positions for which they are applied.  Please ensure that your telephone number is accurate.

Best wishes
On a final note, the ETFO-TVOT office will be closed over the summer but emails and telephone messages will be checked on a weekly basis.  In the event of an emergency, please contact ETFO Provincial at 1-888-838-3936 /
On behalf of your President and Executive at the ETFO-TVOT Local, we wish you a happy, healthy and restful summer break.
See you in September when we will resume our Wednesday Blogs!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ETFO Summer Academy 2016; TVDSB Postings for Permanent; PD Day on June 30th; OTF Summer Institutes

Summer Academy - Register now!Registration has been steady with over 1000 registrants to date.  There are still spots remaining in some courses.
Please review the course descriptions and locations on the ETFO website by clicking on the Summer Academy icon.  All registration is done through the online process linked off of the the ETFO website.
For more information, please contact Ruth Dawson ( or Jane Bennett ( or Joanne Myers ( at the ETFO provincial office.

Postings for Permanent Positions
It is our understanding that permanent teaching positions will be posted next week in First Class under "Job Postings" and will remain open over the Canada Day weekend.  This means that those who need to finish their LTO assignment on June 30th to be eligible for permanent hire (by the Board's interpretation) will have that weekend to apply for positions for which they are qualified.

PD Day on June 30th
For those LTOs with a posted end date of June 30th, the expectation is that you will attend school that day according to your FTE and you will be paid grid rate.  Please call the OT Office if you have any questions regarding your specific situation.

summer institutes logo 2016 This summer OTF with the support of the Ministry of Education, is offering 3 day workshops similar to ETFO's Summer Academy.  A registration fee of $50 covers workshop materials, on-site meals, and two nights of shared accommodations. Participants may be eligible for a transportation subsidy and the registration fee will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the workshop. For further information see:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LTOs and June 30th; Sick not weak Rally; Fort McMurray Donations; EI information for TVOTs

LTOs and June 30th PA Day
Just a reminder that Long-Term Occasional Teachers are expected to attend school for the PD Day slated for the last day of school, if June 30 was the posted end date of your assignment.  LTOs must participate and will be paid according to the FTE of their assignment. Please call the office if you have any questions in this regard.

Sick Not Weak Rally
Canadian sports journalist and mental health advocate, Michael Landsberg of TSN will host a rally #Sicknotweak Thursday, June 16 from 7-9 PM at the Woodstock Community Complex, 381 Finkle Street. "There is hope - mental health doesn't have to be a death sentence - sharing and dialogue can be life saving."   Registration is free at  We hope to see you there.

ETFO and Locals donate to Fort McMurray Relief 
"Children and families in Fort McMurray have faced displacement and lost everything to the fire that swept the city," said ETFO President Sam Hammond.  "When tragedy hits like this, it is incumbent on us to help our fellow Canadians find a way forward to rebuild their lives."
ETFO committed an initial $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal and pledged to match ETFO local donations up to an additional $50,000.  The latter matching amount was realized with donations from ETFO locals across Ontario recently reaching $57,500.  ETFO's combined provincial and local donations currently total $157,500.

Employment Insurance
N.B. In this region, the Government of Canada will require 630 insured hours of work to qualify for Employment Insurance benefits this year.  For purposes of EI, the hours reported by TVDSB changed from 7 hours to 8 hours as of December 16, 2015.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pan-Canadian Survey of Beginning Teachers; Offence Declaration and Modules; PD for Next Year

Survey for Newer Teachers/OTs
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) is funding a study to explore the impact on teacher induction and mentorship programs on the retention of beginning teachers across all Canadian provinces and territories.  Professors from Queen's University and the University of Saskatchewan are undertaking this work.  This study has the full support of teacher organizations across the country, including ETFO.

Teachers within the first 5 years of employment in a publicly funded school in Canada (this includes occasional teachers) are encouraged to participate in an online survey that will take about 15-20 minutes to complete.  The questions pertain to teachers' perspectives and insights about their early career experiences with teaching, induction and mentoring programs, professional learning opportunities, and career development.  Upon completion of the survey, members can enter their name into a draw for an iPad Mini3.

The learnings from this research study will be helpful to ETFO and for beginning teachers across Canada.

Annual Offence Declaration and Training Modules
Remember to complete the modules for the 2015-2016 OTE Required Training along with WHMIS, Offence Declaration before the last day of school!

For those of you who are in LTOs, make sure you submit your QECO ratings to the Board if they don't have one for you or if there have been any changes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ETFO Summer Academy; PD Book Rebates; ETFO Stewards' Mailings

 Registration is now open for ETFO's Summer Academy.  This year there are over 80 courses to consider. Each course is 3 days in length and include practical classroom-ready strategies. Enjoy networking with colleagues and working with dynamic presenters.  Registration is $75 and includes your lunch on site and supporting resources.  Courses fill quickly so register now at

$40 PD Book Rebate a resounding SUCCESS!!
Over 100 members have participated in and received up to $40 in rebate for Professional Development Book purchases this school year.  We are happy you are finding this Professional Development helpful and applaud your initiatives.  Stay tuned for exciting developments with this PD for next year!

ETFO Stewards' Mailings
As daily OTs we do not have access to Provincial ETFO mailings that are distributed to staff through permanent Teacher stewards but we can get the same information by checking . There you will see that the most recent mail out contained information on teaching abroad through Project Overseas; being a witness in a court proceeding and using your professional judgment when completing report cards.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TVOT Executive for 2016 - 2017; $40 Book Rebate deadline: ETFO Responds to Auditor General's Comments

The results from the Spring General Elections for the ETFO - TVOT Executive for 2016-2017 are:

Terry Card - President / Chief Negotiator
Nancy Springer - First Vice-President
Vivek Nath - Second Vice-President
Kevin Utley - Treasurer
Gina Droppo - Secretary
Nicole Henderson - Health & Safety Officer
Meera Jain - Executive Member at Large
Sheri-Lynn Honyust - Executive Member at Large
Sarah Pye - Executive Member at Large
Shasta Tunks - Executive Member at Large


Deadline for your $40 PD Book Rebate Application is fast approaching.  All applications must be received by May 31st. You can find the application at website under: Member Services, Useful Forms/Documents.

Again, we advise all members to have accounts on the website to keep apprised of all current information and to be able to participate in various rebate programs (PD Book Rebate, PD Learning Fund)  available to you as ETFO- Thames Valley Occasional Teachers.


ETFO Responds to Auditor General's Comments on Allocation of PD Funds to Unions

Here is an excerpt of President Sam Hammond's response from the Toronto Star of May 20th:
"...the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and its predecessors have provided PD to Ontario's public elementary teachers since the 1950s.
While school boards do provide some PD, the Education Ministry has long recognized that ETFO's professional development model is more efficient, practical, extensive and equitable than school boards could possibly deliver.  Our PD is developed by academic and classroom teachers for teachers making it relevant to current curriculum and classroom needs.  School Boards do not have the human capacity to deliver sustained and practical PD and many recognize this by partnering with our locals to deliver ETFO created PD for educators.
ETFO has always maintained rigorous accountability and reporting mechanisms for the professional development funding received from the government. .."

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tomorrow's Meeting; ETFO Assessment; Free Apps for OTs from Teachers' Pension

Tomorrow's Meeting
Your Executive is looking forward to meeting everyone who has registered for tomorrow's lovely dinner and Spring General Meeting at the Lamplighter Inn.  There have been a couple of cancellations so if you are a TVOT member, have become available and wish to join us, please call us at the office to register: 519-641-3936. There are plenty of door prizes to go around.

ETFO Assessment Website
ETFO has created a very practical new website called ETFO Members Sharing in Assessment (  The website reinforces our strong position on the importance of teacher professional judgement, the importance of classroom assessment and the information that teachers gather on a daily basis.  This new site is an opportunity to help members enhance their understanding of assessment and learn new strategies and approaches that are meaningful, well-organized and utilized by their peers in the classroom.  ETFO Members Sharing In Assessment was developed by members for members. Members have the opportunity to choose what strategies and tools work for them and modify them to meet their daily needs. New practical tools will be added to the site moving forward.

Free Apps from Your Pension Plan
The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan has released new apps that might be of interest to members:
Classtime - a free mobile app available from Google Play and the App Store to help Occasional Teachers track of where and when they worked, as well as when they get paid.
Worklog - a free mobile app for iPhones and Android devices to help re-employed Teachers keep track of their days anywhere and anytime so as not to exceed their 50 day teaching restriction.
BabySteps - an aid to figuring out maternity leave buyback payments and deadlines.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bargaining, Mandatory Online Training and More....

Debriefing After Last Round of Bargaining
Provincial ETFO is seeking feedback from our key stakeholders in order to reflect upon and evaluate the 2014 collective bargaining process.  Presidents and Chief Negotiators participated in this debrief at the Collective Bargaining Conference in March. ETFO will now be seeking information regarding the 2014 bargaining round from our members through a short online survey.

The survey will be open until Monday, May 16 (ending at 5pm) at

The link is also posted on ETFO's main website ( , and in ETFO's member-only Collective Bargaining Facebook group.

Mandatory Online Training Modules;
TVDSB has now posted the mandatory training modules for this school year. Log in to the Employee Portal. On the right hand side you will see "Staff Development & Training" and under the heading is "Mandatory Training". Open this for the 2015-2016 OTE Required Training and be sure to click on "Submit" as you finish each module. If your completed modules have been received, the check mark will still be in place the next time you log onto this section. Completion must be done no later than June 30th if you want to be paid for .5 of a day.

2015-2016 OTE Required Training
OTE required training for 2015-16 school year must be completed by June 30, 2016 (with payment by July 22nd, 2016). Confirm electronically the completion of each module. Note the WHMIS, Offence Declaration and ITS Security Declaration is accessible on the main page of the Employee Portal under the heading "Personal Information".

Module 2 - Handling a Violent Situation
Module 5 - Harassment
Module 6 - Work Refusals
Module 7 - Management of Aggressive Behaviour
Module 10 - Working Late
Module 12 - Workplace Design
Module 13 - Recognizing and Coping with Aggressive Behaviour
Mental Health Awareness (May Safety Spotlight)
Concussion Awareness PART I (June Safety Spotlight) (Mandatory)
Concussion PART II - Response, Management (June Safety Spotlight) (Mandatory)
Anaphylaxis Awareness (March Safety Spotlight)
Fire Code Training
Emergency Codes and Asbestos Awareness (Mandatory) (September Safety Spotlight)
Ladder Safety Awareness (Mandatory) (November Safety Spotlight)
Workplace Violence Hazard Assessment Survey, 2016-2017 (Voluntary)

Earning an Extra Day and a Half Salary
Your Local has negotiated that TVOT members have the opportunity for 2 days of paid PD per year, one half day of which is to be used for the mandatory training referred to in the preceding paragraph. (N.B. For those who are in part-time LTO or partial contract, your PD entitlement is pro-rated based on your LTO or contract FTE. For example, if you're in a .5 LTO or a .5 FTE contract teacher, then your entitlement is pro-rated to two half days i.e., 1 full day).  For details, log in to the Employee Portal. On the right hand side under "Staff Development & Training" is "Conference/Session Registrations" and in there are listed the options for Elementary Occasional Teacher PD 2015-2016. This time counts for all purposes (including EI credit, pension credit, seniority etc.) as time worked.

TVOntario - Teach Ontario This online resource is a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, the Unions and TVO to provide education resources and professional learning opportunities developed "by teachers for teachers."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Bill 115 Decision; TVOT Spring Banquet; ETFO AQ courses; 2016 Census

We Were Justified!
You may have noticed the full page ETFO ad in Saturday's London Free Press celebrating the Ontario Supreme Court Justice decision that Bill 115 was a violation of the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.  We invite you to view the above message from ETFO President Sam Hammond.

Local Spring Banquet and Elections
Thursday, May 19th at London's Lamplighter Inn is the date of the TVOT Spring General Meeting. We would love for  you to take this opportunity to  meet some of the other elementary OTs who are out in TVDSB schools. - they truly share your experiences. Join us for a lovely meal and perhaps win one of the door prizes.  Nominations have closed and the list of candidates for your 2016 - 2017 Local TVOT Executive is now posted on the Local website

ETFO-AQ Just a reminder that registration for ETFO summer Additional Qualification courses opened April 25th and will close on June 22nd.  Courses run from June 22 - August 5th and TVOT members who have been with us for longer than 1 year are eligible to apply for the Local's $150 PLDF subsidy (Professional Learning Development Fund).  Applications are available on the Members' Section of our Local website

Census- Proud Community SupporterETFO Supports Canada's 2016 Census and reminds members that completion is mandatory. The data collected remains confidential and informs all levels of government and many social services as they plan social services. transportation, education etc.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TVARRIS Info; May 19th; The New Phys Ed and Health Curriculum: Win 1 of 10 iPad Minis

 TVARRIS and Speakerphones

Just a heads-up that the TVARRIS system may fail to recognize your PIN if you have answered using the speakerphone function.  Apparently using a speakerphone can create an "echo effect" which distorts the PIN number and makes it unrecognizable.  Problems have also been reported using systems such as "Magic Jack".  Remember that the telephone is your main access to daily employment so be sure you have a reliable carrier if using a cellphone and hardware that will allow you to accept work.

TVOT Spring Celebration and Elections
Please register on our website to join us at the Lamplighter Inn on May 19th for a lovely banquet: California, Potato. Greek and Caesar Salads, Fire Roasted Atlantic Salmon, Pastas and Assorted Desserts. Take this opportunity to meet and mingle with your peers and have a say in the affairs of your OT Local.  We would love to see you there.

The New Phys. Ed and Health Curriculum
ETFO has just released a Professional Relations Services Matters sheet on what ETFO members need to know when it comes to this newly released curriculum.  It is unlikely that daily OTs would be asked to teach this because of the sensitivity of the subject but those in LTOs should make themselves aware of the expectations and their duties around delivering the material.  Follow this link for further information:

ETFO Provincial All-Member Survey
Complete this online survey for a chance to win one of ten mini iPads. Membership information is used to develop ETFO programs and ensure that contact information is up to date so that members remain informed. You can participate at:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nominations Open; 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum; ETFO AQ courses; Math Conference

Nomination Forms for Local Executive positions are now posted on our website . Please consider joining the Executive table for the upcoming school year.  Take advantage of the many leadership opportunities we can provide, find out more about your working relationship with the Board and offer input into services the Local provides to members.  We would love to have you on our team. Deadline for receipt of nominations is April 29, 2016 at 5 PM.

2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum
ETFO's Professional Relation's Services has just issued Volume #87 to advise members about issues regarding the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. We advise members to check the following link for important information:

ETFO AQ Courses
Provincial ETFO is a leader in offering high quality and affordable Additional Qualification courses in Ontario. The 2016 - 2017 course calendar is now posted with offerings throughout the Spring and Summer months. Please check for                                                         additional details.
 Learning Math in the Early Years
ETFO Learning Math in the Early Years Conference
Registration is now open for this exciting opportunity for members
to explore effective practices and pedagogy in Math instruction for
Kindergarten to Grade 3. This event will be held at the lovely Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City/Toronto from May 27 - May 28. Registration is $50 with most other costs paid. Check for further information.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Have you considered joining the TVOT Executive

About the TVOT Executive
Nominations for Local Executive elections will soon be posted to our website for positions to begin for next school year.  We meet for a full day in early September with the time to be paid as a day of teaching by TVDSB.  After that orientation session, we meet monthly after school (with the exception of January when the weather can be a factor) at our Local office where we share a catered dinner before discussing emergent issues that impact both daily and Long-Term Occasional Teachers.  The main focus of TVOT is member representation however we participate on many Board committees, host lots of professional development events and interact with organizations that can promote public education and the fine work of our elementary OTs. Your OT Local has the mandate to deal with every aspect of members working relationship with the Board and it can be rewarding to resolve member issues and debate interactions with the Board that can have such far-reaching consequences.
Executive positions require a commitment for just 1 year, except for the position of President which is a 2 year position.  We encourage members to give consideration to putting their names forward and learn more about the Union by serving on the Local Executive.  Your input is greatly valued and whether or not you decide to run, please join us at our Spring General Meeting on May 19th at the Lamplighter Inn for a fine dinner (free), great door prizes and an update on OT matters.  Registration will be on our Local website. We look forward to meeting lots of you there.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Upcoming April PD Opportunities for ETFO-TVOT Members

Please take note of and plan to join us for some or all of the following Professional Development being offered to you:

April 7th, 2016  Google Drive Classroom Workshop: Beginners - Part 1
Presenters: Cari Patterson and Carolyn Cowie
Where:  John Wise P.S.  (100 Parkside Dr. in St. Thomas, from 4:30 - 7:30 PM)

 April 12th, 2016  Choose one from the following:
1) Paper! Paper! Paper! -  Presenter: Polly Stringle  (limited to 25 participants)
2) Math Workshop - Part-Whole Relationships  -  Presenter: Ann Pigeon
3) IEP's in your LTO: A Case Study Approach  -  Presenter: Ray Wiersma
Where:  Best Western Lamplighter Inn  (591 Wellington Rd. south in London, from 4:30 - 7:30 PM)

April 15th Paid PD Event (OTs paid to participate):
- Welcoming Syrian Refugees into our Schools (AM or PM Session)
- Dairy Farmers Nutrition workshops (AM or PM Session)
Where: BMO Centre (295 Rectory Street London) Registration via TVDSB Employee Portal > Conference Registrations

April 21st, 2016  Google Drive Classroom (More) Advanced - Part 2
Presenters:  Cari Patterson and Carolyn Cowie
Where:  John Wise P.S.  (100 Parkside Dr. in St. Thomas, from 4:30 - 7:30 PM)

Meal is included before each workshop!
Please register at

Perspectives and the Truth and Reconciliation Book Club
For all members who are interested in learning about the diversity of Aboriginal peoples, perspectives, the residential school system and reconciliation.
It's welcoming online learning environment is aimed at engaging members in critical thinking, rich dialogue and personal reflection and professional connection.

This opportunity is made available to you by ETFO Provincial.
For more information, contact Rachel Mishnene, ETFO Executive Staff 416-962-3836, ext. 2256
or Toll Free: 1-888-838-3836.
Registration required through FNMI Online Book Clubs

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NEW Google Drive Workshop PD Opportunities in St. Thomas for ETFO-TVOT Members

We are pleased to provide our members with Beginner and Advanced PD workshops in
Google Drive/ Classroom as requested.

Google Drive / Classroom - Beginner's Workshop  April 7th, 2016 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Come join us for an introductory session on how Google Drive and Classroom can be used in both Daily Occasional Teaching and and Long Term Occasional Assignments.  Learn how to create, edit and share docs with everyone involved.
Workshop assumes a basic knowledge of computers: turning on, using Web browser, accessing e-mails, etc.

Google Drive / Classroom - (More) Advanced Workshop  April 21st, 2016 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM
This is the follow-up session to the Beginner's Workshop, or a stand-alone session if you already have a moderate comfort level when using Google Drive and Classroom.  This session will showcase many of the powerful options that you have at your fingertips and will provide resources that will maximize your Google experience.

Both Workshops will take place at John Wise P.S. , 100 Parkside Drive in St. Thomas, N5R 3T9
Presenters for both Workshops:  Cari Patterson and Carolyn Cowie
A light meal will be provided with both sessions.

Registration will be available at please check later today/tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

TVOT Social Justice Night: Thursday, March 31st, 2016 - Lamplighter Inn; NEW Paid PD Opportunities

Join us after school on March 31st from 4:30 - 7:30 PM at the Lamplighter Inn for an informative workshop and dinner.  Choose one of the following workshops being offered:

Workshop #1:   LGBTQ Inclusive School Place Starts Here    
While many ETFO members strive to make schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, it is equally important to ensure that workplaces are safe for Federation members. This workshop introduces ETFO's new "Inclusive School Place Starts Here" video and accompanying resource guide with professional development learning modules to assist us in challenging homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia and addressing issues of discrimination, harassment and stigmatization. Presenter:  Alan Heatherington
Workshop #2:  Math as a Vehicle for Social Justice and Equity in the 21st Century
Equity and mathematics? Integrating the values of citizenship and character building into our lessons can be a challenge, even for the seasoned educator! Join us for a night of mathematics and learn how you can use math concepts to develop a dialogue of social justice in your long-term and daily occasional assignments! Presenter:  Vera Teschow
Workshop #3: Deconstructing Stereotypes of Aboriginal People
As a school board serving three First Nations communities, it is important for TVDSB Occasional Teachers to have the knowledge needed to confront negative attitudes toward First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples and to honour their rich histories, languages and cultures. This engaging workshop from ETFO Provincial will explore issues related to Aboriginal people, the influence and impacts of media and the role they can play in deconstructing stereotypes. Presenter:  Sheila Maracle
Register at

New: Opportunities for Paid Professional Development in Partnership with TVDSB
As a result of the recently negotiated Central Agreement, the Board has set aside April 15th as an additional PD Day in Thames Valley. 
Your OT Local has negotiated to offer several workshops at the BMO Centre that day and the Board will pay our members who attend a half-day of salary per session for those who participate. (NB. the Math workshop is a full-day session and participants will be paid to attend the full day.) OTs must still reserve .5 of a day for paid online mandatory training, with modules to be posted by the Board after April first.
Registration will be made available on the TVDSB Employee Portal and the courses will be:
- Power 2B Me (intermediate nutrition) with a capacity for 35 participants in the morning
- Power to Explore (junior level cross-curricular health) with capacity for 35 participants in the afternoon who did not attend the morning session of Power 2B Me
- Making Math Happen! Practical Strategies and Activities for Daily OTs with a capacity of 30; this is a full day workshop
- Welcoming Refugee Children and Their Families into our Schools with a maximum capacity of 60; this session will be offered in the morning and for other registrants, in the afternoon
For a full explanation of these sessions, please check the TVDSB Employee Portal.  We will also offer more details in next week's Blog.