eNewsletter January 9, 2017

In this issue of your ETFO Waterloo Newsletter:

  • The Kindergarten Program Report Card
  • Bad Feminist Book Club
  • Proposed Local Constitutional Amendments and Resolutions to ETFO Annual Meeting
  • FSL Committee Make and Take Event
  • Ask Ali: Slips and Falls
  • Classroom Assessment that Works! Workshop
  • Three Keys to a Happier Winter
  • ETFO Waterloo Visits with Local MPPs
  • Mental Health Issues in the Classroom

The WRDSB has released a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) pertaining to the Communication of Learning process and a TWEA Tips and Tricks sheet has been prepared. Both documents can be found on our website and Memberhub.

ETFO Provincial has also released a Professional Judgement Matters document with advice for Kindergarten teachers. This has been shared with the Early Years Consultants as well as senior administration.

Kindergarten teachers now have access to the new report card on TWEA.

Continue to monitor the www.etfowr.ca secure website (or Memberhub) over the next month for important updates and advice for members regarding Kindergarten reporting. Please contactJoanne Threndyle if you have any questions or concerns.

Status of Women Committee Book Club

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
: February 7, 21, and March 7
Where: ETFO-WR Office
Time: 4:45 to 5:45 pm

Learn more about the book here!

Register here

We are seeking input from the members of ETFO – Waterloo Region regarding possible amendments to our local Constitution and By-Laws.

Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws will be made at the Winter General Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Motions for constitutional amendments may not be made from the floor of the General Membership Meeting.

As well, the ETFO Provincial Annual Meeting will be held in August 2017. ETFO - Waterloo Region will send 21 delegates to attend the meeting. Locals may submit resolutions to the meeting that can help steer the direction of the Provincial Organization by affecting the constitution and by-laws or policy and position statements.

To learn more about the process, please visit our website or CLICK HERE to learn more.

When: Tuesday, January 17 2016
Where: ETFO-WR Office
Time: 4:45 to 6:00 pm

Click here for more information or to print a poster.

Register here

Slippery conditions at work? Wet hallways after nutrition break? Extreme temperatures have you concerned about yard duty?

ETFO Waterloo Chief Negotiator Ali Lyon (with help from Health and Safety VP Jeff Pelich) explains these situations and more in this week's edition of her Blog Column, "Ask Ali."

Learn more

ETFO Waterloo Professional Learning Committee Presents...
Classroom Assessment That Works!

When: Thursday, January 19 and Wednesday, February 1
Where: ETFO Waterloo Office
Time: 4:45 – 6:45 pm
Cost: $10 
Click here for more information or to print a poster.

Register here

Thee keys to a happier winter!

Winter is upon us here in Canada. The days are shorter, the weather is colder and sunshine is a rare sight. Often, this can lead to low energy and general malaise so it’s important to be proactive about keeping a positive attitude during the colder months.Visit www.otip.com/article14 to read the full article.


ETFO Waterloo Visits with Local MPPs

 (from left to right - Mark Burbidge, Matthew Hunter, Kathryn McGarry, Kim Stenhouse, Jeff Pelich)

On Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21, members of your local Political Action/Public Relations committee met with all four local MPPs to discuss the ETFO Building Better School Platform.

earn more about our visits!


Waterloo Region Dates of Significance
Tuesday, January 10 - Equity Book Club - Register Here
Tuesday, January 17 - FSL Make and Take! - Register Here
Thursday, January 19 - Classroom Assessment that Works! - Register Here
Thursday, January 27 - Local Rep Council
Thursday, February 23 - Local Winter Business Meeting
February-March - Status of Women Book Club - Register Here!

Provincial Opportunities
February 6 - March 3 - ETFO Online Book Club FNMI - Registration closes January 13.
February 10-11 Equity Conference – Focusing on Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy WP - Registration closes Monday, January 23
February 16-17 FNMI Women Leadership Symposium - Registration closes Friday, January 13.
March 4 and April 29 - Leading The Way: A Two-Part ETFO Leadership Institute- Registration closes Friday, January 27.
April 3 - May 12  Connected Communities Online Webinars - Registration closes Friday, March 10.

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