Monthly Archives: June 2015

Connecting…Occasionally – June 23, 2015

Hello Members,

nathan-core-2015The last week of school is upon us! Summer means many different things to a lot of people, but especially for Occasional Teachers. Some will be furiously applying to Contract and LTO positions in hopes of obtaining something concrete for September, others may be actively seeking a summer job to simply make ends meet. As seasonal workers, we are often eligible for employment insurance and I encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements (the code is on our website). Wherever your summer takes you, I wish it to be productive and most importantly, re-energizing for the 2015-2016 school year. I would like to personally thank the membership for their support during this year, it has not been without it’s challenges and I am thrilled to represent again for 2015-2017. A special thanks to the elected delegates and alternate who will be volunteering their time to represent the membership at the ETFO AGM in August. Thank you to Angela Duquette, Marsha Cober, Judy Cutts, Mary Karchemny,and Laura Schilling. I look forward to working with all of you to make sure that the WROTL voice is heard. A special thank you to Angelo Volpini who will be attending as an observer and assistant campaign manager. I’m not sure what next September will bring us, however, I do suspect that we will not see much movement during the summer months. This local will continue to lobby those that can make changes and I encourage members to actively monitor their communications from both the local and provincial office. The local office will begin summer hours at the end of this week and will officially be back to full time on August 31st. During summer hours the best way to contact the local is through e-mail. In an emergency situation please contact ETFO Provincial Toll Free: 1-888-838-3836

Summer Academy 2015

Summer AcademyThese 40 three-day professional learning courses are offered in partnership between locals and the provincial office throughout July and August. The Summer Academyregistration site includes course descriptions and information about dates, times, and locations across the province. Be sure to check it out and choose a course or two for you. These practical and dynamic courses fill up very quickly!

Staffing Update

hiringReminder that the Board’s Contract and LTO process has been published through the newsletter as well as posted on the website, here.

Please note that those not on the LTO list will be able to apply as of June 30th. You will not be able to see the postings on Apply to Education until then. Postings can be viewed through waterworks under “Staff Opportunities.”

Also remember that you no longer need to search for the jobs on Apply to Education. They are listed under the heading “Occasional Employees” and “View Openings

EI Assistance

service-canada-logo1As seasonal workers, we are often eligible for employment insurance and I encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements

The Reference Code for EI Applications for June 2015 school-related intake:

Effective: 19 Jun, 2015
Expiry: 24 Jul, 2015

For a “Members Guide to EI” follow the link below

And the School of the Year is…

School-of-the-Year-36Thank you to all the members who sent in nominations for School of the Year. We had 64 nominations this year! Although it was a very tight race, I am happy to announce that Queensmount Public School has been selected! Queensmount will be presented with a plaque and cake on the last day of school.

“The admin, secretaries, staff, and students always make you feel welcome. Staff is always willing to assist if you have questions. The programs the staff are working with are innovative and the students really seem to enjoy the learning environment at QPS.”

Congratulations to Queensmount Public School! The nominators will be contacted and invited to attend the celebration.

Strawberry Social – Thursday, June 25, 2015

strawberrysocialThe PL Commitee in conjunction with the PA/PR Committee will be holding our annual Strawberry Social again this year!  Drop by the OT Office (130 Highland Road East, Kitchener) Thursday June 25, 2015 anytime after 3:45pm.

There will be strawberries and ice cream, wine and door prizes!  Come out to celebrate another successful school year (or to ask any questions or voice any concerns!)

This is a drop in event!

We hope to see everyone there!

The PL & PA/PR Committees

Project Overseas

etfo-project-overseasProject Overseas is a program of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) under which educators from across Canada volunteer their time in the summer (three and five weeks, most often during July) to work with co-tutors in host countries to present professional learning workshops to teachers in host countries.

All expenses are paid by CTF and the affiliated federations. Some past host countries include destinations in the Caribbean and East Africa.

ETFO participants are recommended to the Executive by ETFO’s International Assistance Committee after applicants have successfully progressed through a two stage selection process that includes a thorough review of their application and references and telephone interview.


ETFO sponsors 14 members each year to participate in Project Overseas.

Application forms and information will be available at the end of August with applications due October 30th, 2015.