Workshop: Introduction to Design Thinking for Your Classroom – Kitchener, Jan. 26, 2016

future-design-schoolFuture Design School (FDS) enables youth through entrepreneurship experience, design education and real-world experiments. They want to inspire kids to see things differently. Enable them to see opportunity where there are challenges. Foster their creativity, encourage them to pursue their curiosity and empower youth everywhere to reshape the world around them.

They are giving a workshop next week in Kitchener on using design thinking and a problem solving approach to engage students. This was referred to me by a teacher friend:

“I attended this workshop in Toronto in November and I implemented the strategies the following week in my classroom. They also introduce possible employment opportunities for summer and after school programs. I highly recommend checking it out.”
Join Future Design School at Communitech for an Introduction to Design Thinking for Your Classroom workshop. Learn about how to implement this problem solving approach in your classroom, and walk away with some great challenge ideas that you can use to engage your students.
Jan 26, 2016
City: Kitchener/Waterloo
Place: Communitech Hub
Price $25 (Appetizers and drinks will be served. The $25 fee includes all materials and food.)

7th Annual Family Tubing Night – Thurs., Jan 28, 2016

Registration DeadlineFriday January 22, 2016.

Join us for an evening of winter fun at Chicopee Tube Park! This subsidized event is provided at almost a 50 percent discount!

After a couple of hours out on the hills, dinner (chili, pasta, etc.) will be served in the chalet. Cash bar available.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
LocationChicopee Tube Park!


The discounted fee per participant is $20.00 for members, partners, and family. $10.00 for either dinner or tubing only.

Payment must be received before Monday, January 25, 2016. Payment can be made at the OT office, through the Board courier (address the brown envelope to ‘OT Office – Highland Road’), Mail, or online through our Pay Pal Account: You may also make an “e-transfer” to

Children must be at least 4 years old and over 42 inches tall to participate. CSA approved helmets must be worn by children under 12 years old and can be rented for an additional cost of $4.00 at the park.  

Please RSVP at (519) 571-0222 or by emailing us at

The PA/PR Committee
130 Highland Road East,
Kitchener ON, N2M 3V9
Telephone: 519-571-0222

Report Card Comments – Tues., Jan. 12, 2016


The PL Committee invites you to our next Drop-In Event!  Drop by the office (130 Highland Road East) Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm.  The topic for this Drop-In will be report card comments.

Bring some comments to share or bring some questions!

Feel free to also drop in if you have questions about anything else.

A light snack will be provided.

ETFO – Edvantage Renewal Sticker

ETFO renewal stickers have been sent!  You will find your renewal sticker along with a link to this years’ member survey in the Winter Edition of Voice Magazine.


ETFO have received a number of messages from people who have misplaced the ETFO renewal sticker that was included in the winter issue. If you need a replacement, please contact


You can also contact if you need a ETFO card.


One of ETFO’s Priorities is to promote the care and protection of the environment. With this in mind, we are moving to a paperless, electronic survey in early 2016!


Why complete the Survey?

  • To provide automatic updates to Member Services
  • To provide the organization with data (number of members, gender, age, etc.)
  • To help develop programs and services to meet your needs
  • To stop 2.6 tons of paper from ending up in landfill

The survey will be completed using the MyETFO Portal in our Events Management System (EMS). You must have an account on EMS to complete the survey. The survey will be available to complete online in early 2016.  If you have an account on the EMS system you will be notified when the survey is available.

Be ready and create your account now at  For help in creating your account their are detailed instructions located here


All members completing their survey, will be entered to win one of 10 iPad Minis!