The board announced on May 15, 2017 that WRDSB is making the move from WaterWorks (FirstClass) to Gmail. The move to Gmail – they’re calling it G Day – will happen on Monday, August 21, 2017, before the start of the new school year. This is the official date when Gmail will become the official email system for the Waterloo Region District School Board.

This move will include email, calendar and a number of other features. Moving email and calendar from WaterWorks to Gmail means we will gain the benefits of Google’s reliable, innovative apps and the ability to access email and calendars easily from any device.

WaterWorks will continue to be the primary communication tool until G Day, but starting June 1, 2017 they are enabling dual-delivery of email to both systems to allow staff to explore and start using Gmail. All email sent to WaterWorks will automatically be forwarded to your Gmail.

This first phase gives you the chance to explore and test Gmail, Google Calendar and contacts before we start using Gmail as our primary email system on G Day – August 21, 2017.

Important notes

•    On G Day, your new email address (first_last@wrdsb.ca) will come into effect. Schools should take this into consideration when preparing communications for the 2017-18 school year and ordering materials (e.g. attendance magnets).

•    For staff who are already using Gmail as their primary email service, please turn-off the email forwarding settings in WaterWorks. If these are not turned off, you will receive duplicate emails.

We will share information on the migration of WaterWorks email and our plan for replacing conferences in future updates.

As we build up to G-Day we will provide a range of supports to help you get comfortable with Gmail, Google Calendar and other tools. Over the past number of weeks approximately 175 staff have participated in a pilot project to build and test training and support material for the transition.

These supports will include:

•    Individual support
◦    When you log in to any Google application using your PAL, look for the question mark G Suite training icon to find help topics and tips right inside the app. Read how to activate the Google Training Extension. Example: If you are in Gmail, simply click the question mark icon and choose from a list of videos to help you with using the features of Gmail.
◦    Self-guided resources are available on the staff intranet.

•    School/Department support
◦    Staff members from each school are being trained by ITS staff throughout June to provide additional support at each location.
◦    In-school technicians will be available for all secondary schools. If needed, please ask your principal to contact your school’s designated technician.

•    Centralized support
◦    Staff can register for classroom training through PD Place.
◦    Principals can also request the support of our Digital Learning Support Teachers who can visit schools to provide hands-on advice and coaching.

•    Technical support
◦    The board is committed to making this a smooth transition and recognizes that you may have issues that you can’t resolve using the online tools. Please continue to submit requests for help through the ITS Help Desk by submitting a ticket using our online system.

The board is providing everyone with more information on the switch to Gmail, including FAQstraining resources and the opportunity to provide feedback, located on the staff intranet.  They recommend that you take a look at the articles on:

•    how to log in to the Chrome browser to personalize your experience with Gmail
•    tips on using G Suite in 7 easy steps

Please visit staff.wrdsb.ca/gday to stay up-to-date.

Local Election Results


As a result of the elections held at our Annual General Meeting on May 25, 2017, the slate of officers for the Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Local for the school year 2017-2018 will be:


President: Nathan Core

First Vice President: Marsha Cober

Second Vice President: Aimee Chard

Treasurer: Mary Karchemny

Communications’ Officer: Josh Heisler

Executive Members-at-Large (4): Breanne Bellingham, Tiffany Cooper, Amy Filsinger, Megan Murray

Joint Health and Safety Representative: Marsha Cober

Delegates (6) to the ETFO Annual Meeting – August 14-17, 2017

Ramzi Abdi, Breanne Bellingham, Marsha Cober, Aimee Chard, Mary Karchemny, Carol Moller


Amy Filsinger, Megan Murray

*Local President, Nathan Core, will be attending the ETFO Annual Meeting as a delegate of the Provincial Executive

Congratulations to the successful candidates!  We wish to express our appreciation to those members who were willing to stand as candidates in this process. Thank you to Angelo Volpini and Ramzi Abdi for your service.


All members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting 2017!


Thursday May 25, 2017

Schwaben Club

1668 King Street East, Kitchener

Parking is available via the Weber Street entrance


Business 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Executive, Committee and

Financial Reports

Election of 2017/2018 Executive

Amendments to the Constitution

Election of Delegates to the ETFO FAM

Presentation of Draft Budget



Dinner served at 7:00pm


Delicious pork schnitzel, turkey with

stuffing and cranberry sauce,

mashed potatoes and

PEI mixed vegetable

Complimented with sauerkraut,

caesar salad and dinner rolls

Lemon Torte, coffee and tea

Special dietary accommodations available



All members are welcome to attend the business portion of the meeting without registration, even if unable to stay for dinner (registration required for dinner).


All Committees are open for the 2017/2018 school year.  Sign up forms will be available at the AGM.

To register please click here.


Staff who participate in BMS training will possess a greater level of expertise in the management of both every day and critical incident behaviour. The primary emphasis is prevention and non-physical interventions. Knowing the child, acting on “early warning signs”, and the effective use of calming and de-escalation techniques are some key strategies. The secondary emphasis is defensive techniques (avoidance, releases, blocks) coupled with calming and de-escalation techniques. The tertiary emphasis is safe restraint methods (an absolute last resort rarely required by most staff) coupled with calming and de-escalation techniques.

This training is being provided by the WRDSB.  Release time is provided (you will be paid!)

Where: Bingeman’s Ballroom A, B, and C

When: Friday June 2, 2017

Time: 9:00am to 3:30pm

Registration: Please register through PD Place on the WRDSB website (www.wrdsb.ca)


Please note that there are 3 separate sessions offered in PD Place on the same day, with registration limited in each session due to space limitations.  If one session is full, please register for the next available session.


Lunch will be provided.  Water will be available throughout the day.


The Equity & Social Justice Committee is excited to announce our upcoming “FNMI in the Classroom” Workshop.  Sheila Maracle is returning to the WROTL Office to work with our members on creating purposeful ways to incorporate FNMI culture into our classroom teaching.  Sheila is a FNL teacher in Southern Ontario and is working with us to create this workshop tailored to our memberships’ questions.  We hope that you can join us on May 31st at the WROTL Office.


Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time: 4:45pm-6:15pm

Location: WROTL Office (130 Highland Rd. E, Kitchener)

Registration: Click here.


A light meal will be provided.  Dependent Care Subsidy available upon request.

WROTL Bowling Night – End of Year Celebration

unnamedWe have lots of reasons to Celebrate….

So pick one and come on out to the Waterloo Region Occasional Teachers’ Bowling Night

Thursday May 18th


There is no cost to this event

Food and Drinks will be provided

Bowling and Shoes included


Location: Kingpin Bowlounge  *BOSTON PIZZA DINING* – Bingemans

425 Bingemans Centre Dr, Kitchener



Your local leadership will be available to answer any collective agreement questions

RSVP HERE by May 15th at 4Pm, Space is Limited

*This is a members only event, sorry no children*

Free Movie Night

The Status of Women Committee Presents…


Come out and join your colleagues with an enjoyable evening of a screening of Hidden Figures.

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

When: Wednesday May 10 at 7:00 pm-10 pm
Where: Princess Twin Cinema – 46 King Street North, Waterloo

This event is FREE for OT members. Please register at the link below:


Pleases bring your ETFO card to the event.