Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Phys. Ed and Brain Breaks !!! Upcoming TVOT - PD Event and OTF Webinar Opportunities

Join us for a nice hot dinner and an early evening of PD on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the BMO Centre, 295 Rectory Street in London from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Our January PD traditionally centers around physical activity and well-being.  Workshops this year include:

1) Brain Breaks in the Mindful Classroom,
2) Simple Can Be Fun!  Daily Physical Activity and Physical Education Strategies for the Occasional Teacher  (On the soccer field, bring your running shoes),
3) Physical Education for All:  Engagement and skill Development for all your Students.

There are still spots available in each workshop.

Please go to for further descriptions and registration


Start the new year off with OTF Connects from the Ontario Teachers' Federation! The 2018 Winter Program is full of rich professional learning opportunities on topics such as Media Literacy, Kindergarten Learning, Using Digital Tools. Register now for these worthwhile FREE evening courses -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tim Hortons Petition for $15 for Fairness; Upcoming TVOT Health and Wellness PD Event at the BMO Centre;

Welcome back and Happy 2018 to all!  

Tim Hortons and the $15 for Fairness Campaign:
To Protest Tim Horton's franchises that are penalizing their workers for the new minimum wage increase, please consider the following -

1. Sign the petition. Once you've signed it, ask 3 of your friends to do the same.

2. Join an emergency action happening near you today! (Wednesday). In over 15 communities across Ontario, we will organize joint actions together with the Fight for $15 and Fairness (see media advisory) in support of Tim Hortons workers. Scroll down for details about the leaflet.

3. Spread the word. If you or someone you know has a problem at work or is dealing with a bad boss, they can call 1-855-531-0778. This is a toll-free, province-wide hotline operated by the Workers' Action Centre.

You can support a $15 and Fairness Petition protesting some Tim Hortons franchises for cutting workers' benefits in response to the increase in minimum wage through this link:

BMO Centre PD Event
What better time to present and participate in our upcoming Professional Development event being held on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at the BMO Centre, 295 Rectory Street in London from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Dinner included for all ETFO-TVOT Members.

Workshop topics to choose from are:

- Brain Breaks in the Mindful Classroom
- Simple Can Be Fun! Daily Physical Activity and Physical Education Strategies for the     Occasional Teacher
- Physical Education for All: Engagement and Skill Development for all your Students

Further details about each workshop and registration can be found at

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Your ETFO Thames Valley OT Local is proud to be a supporter of this valued non-profit community facility and we congratulate Tom Partalas on being named to the Mayor's New Year's Honour List.

Please never hesitate to contact us at the OT Local Office 519-641-3936 with any of your questions or concerns.  We have your back!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

ETFO Member Validation Sticker, Health & Wellness PD Event; Happy Holidays

Once again, the 2018 ETFO member validation sticker will be mailed to members' homes in the winter edition of VOICE magazine.
We are very happy to announce our next PD Event which will focus on Health and Wellness taking place on January 25th, 2018 from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, at the BMO Centre, 295 Rectory Street in London.  Full dinner is included for TVOT members.

Workshops being offered are:

I.  Brain Breaks in the Mindful Classroom

II. Simple Can Be Fun! Daily Physical Activity and Physical Education Strategies for the Occasional Teacher

III. Physical Education for All:  Engagement and Skill Development for all your Students

Please go to to register.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members.
The TVOT Office will be closed during the Christmas Break and re-open when classes resume in January.
Should you have an emergency which requires Provincial ETFO assistance, please call 1-888-838-3836.
Enjoy your Winter edition of our Newsletter and we look forward to serving you in the New Year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Collapsed Classes/Coverage Assignments; January PD Day; Returning from a Mat Leave; Inclement Weather

Collapsed Classes / Coverage Assignments
In times of inclement weather, classes are often collapsed. Per Articles L18.02 & Article L18.03, the Occasional Teacher (OT), is to follow the exact time-table of the teacher they were hired to replace. Where an OT is hired for coverage purposes, that OT shall cover no more than 1 (one) Supervisory Duty.
Please don't hesitate to contact our office with any questions (519)641-3936.
January 19, 2018 is a PD Day

Did you know that if you are a daily OT or in a long-term assignment of less than .5, you can be paid on Board professional development days as if you were working that day? This year, daily OTs have access to 6 half-days of paid PD (a half time LTO can access 3 half-days). One half-day must be reserved for mandatory training which will be posted in April, but registration is now open on the Employee Portal for Friday, January 19th.  There should be something for everyone in the selection, so we encourage you to have a look and register soon as spots go quickly.
Returning from a Maternity Leave?
Since seniority in TVDSB is calculated by accumulated number of days worked, be sure to contact Corissa Parker in Human Resources on your return from maternity leave to have your seniority  adjusted to reflect the average number of days you have worked since being hired.  That way you will not be disadvantaged by taking this statutory leave.

Inclement Weather and OTs/LTOs
The Board no longer routinely closes school when buses are cancelled. Regardless of whether you are in a daily or long-term assignment, the Collective Agreement in Article L10.08 provides that if you are delayed by local weather conditions but arrive at school as soon as possible during the regular working hours, you will not have any deduction of salary. "Local" is defined as the geographic area between your home and work site.  You are encouraged to notify the school to let them know you will be delayed.
Should a LTO not be able to attend school at all due to weather conditions, that LTO can enter an absence using one of their "Act of Nature" days as provided by Article L.9.04. This time will be deducted from the 5 care days (pro-rated for part-time and part-year assignments).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Merrymount donations from Fall General Meeting; Award to Sandi Douglas; Renewed Math Strategy (RMS) Survey

Donations from TVOT members to Merrymount Children's Centre
On behalf of Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, we thank those who so generously donated two teeming  tables of items to assist this unique facility serving more than 8000 families and children each year. 
We know they very much appreciate these items from our Fall General Meeting participants.
It was a pleasure to meet so many members this evening, many who came after working all day.
We very much appreciate your support!

Outstanding Service to the Local Award to Sandi Douglas

Though it may seem peculiar for the Union to give an award to someone who has spent their career working for the Employer, your Executive was honoured to recognize former TVDSB Staffing Officer, Sandi Douglas for her years of fielding calls and later emails from tens of thousands of our members, generally with patience, professionalism and consideration.  Sandi enhanced the working lives of our members and helped us in the Local to meet the needs of our membership.  Congratulations Sandi!

The Ministry of Education is currently reviewing the Renewed Math Strategy (RMS). ETFO is a part of the RMS workgroup which is assisting with the review. The workgroup feels it is critical to gather data from frontline educators to tap into their experience of the implementation the RMS since September 2016. This will assist the Ministry in making modifications to the strategy in years two and three. While the survey will be anonymous, respondents will include demographic information so that the survey findings can be generalized to different educator groups (e.g., elementary, secondary, lead teacher, administrator, level of math support at the school, etc.).  ETFO and the affiliates have provided feedback on the survey questions. Please go to the following link to take the survey:  Renewed Math Strategy Survey

- The survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
- Participation is voluntary.
- Individual respondents will remain anonymous. Information will be aggregated and summarized for sharing.
- If you receive multiple invitations to complete the survey, please do so only once.
- The survey will remain open for the month of December.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What to bring for Merrymount Dec. 6th; OCT Fee Increase; And Still we Rise

Join us for our ever-popular Fall General Meeting and Banquet on December 6th, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton London, 1150 Wellington Rd in London. This festive dinner event is free to ETFO-TVOT members and all those in attendance will receive a hard-copy of our newest Collective Agreement. Registration is available at
This is also members' opportunity to donate goods to Merrymount Children's Center - a family support and crisis centre which has children up to 13 years of age from across the Valley staying in their Crisis Residential/Respite Program.
Merrymount tells us that these children are in need of:
  • New children's clothing, all sizes
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks and Underwear, all sizes
  • Shoes
  • Pants, shirts and sweatshirts
  • New books
  • Gift cards
  • Movie passes
  • New toys for birthdays, holidays
  • Non perishable food items
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Children's toothbrushes and toothpaste

The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) is considering another fee increase of between 11-19%.  ETFOTVOT wants members to be aware that one of the driving forces for this increase is the cost of OCT's real estate on Toronto's Bloor Street - one of that city's most expensive neighbourhoods.
The Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) asks all Teachers/Occasional Teachers to take a few seconds to click on the link and voice their opinion:

And Still We Rise: Did you know that ETFO Occasional Teachers are eligible to register for all ETFO Provincial conferences and workshops, including the annual women's leadership conference "And Still We Rise"? 
Registration for this particular event closes December 4th and preference is given to those who have not previously attended. The conference runs from the evening of Feb. 21 - 23, 2018 with ETFO covering travel, shared accommodations and payment as time worked (release time) for those who attend.  For more details visit

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fall General Meeting : December 6th, 2017

We are looking forward to hosting you on Wednesday, December 6th, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Four Points Sheraton at our Fall General Meeting and Banquet.  This Event is always very well attended and along with enjoying a wonderful Festive Dinner and Door Prizes, you will be able to socialize with your peers and hear the most recent news from your President, Terry Card and your Executive.

Registration is open at