eNewsletter September 26, 2016

In this issue of your ETFO Waterloo Newsletter:
  • Teacher Performance Appraisal
  • Join a local committee!
  • OTIP
  • Annual Defence Declaration
  • Maternity and Parental Leave Workshop
  • CLC Proportional Representation Website
  • Upcoming Events
  • On The Blog


If this is your evaluation year, you MUST be informed by your administrator by the end of the day on Monday, October 3rd, 2016.  We will be offering a TPA workshop on Tuesday, October 25th.  Registration will open soon.  A staff member from Provincial will be reviewing the process and a local released officer will be on hand to answer questions.  

Professional Judgement Guidelines for the Occasional Teacher Evaluation and the Teacher Performance Appraisal outlines the scope with which members can utilize their professional judgement during the evaluation and appraisal processes, including the completion of the Annual Learning Plan. The document outlines essential components of the processes and outlines both areas where members can apply their professional judgement and where there is not room for the exercise of professional judgement.

Please contact Joanne Threndyle at the ETFO office or via Waterworks with any questions regarding the TPA process.   

Looking to become more involved in your federation? ETFO Waterloo has numerous committees that currently have vacancies for the 2016/2017 school year.

These committees include:

  • Anti-Racist Education
  • Archival/Historical
  • Elections/Nominations
  • Environmental
  • FSL
  • Girl's Conference
  • Men's Issues
  • New Members
  • Political Action/Public Relations
  • Professional Learning
  • Status of Women

If interested in joining one of these exciting, dynamic committees, please contact Joanne Threndyle by Friday, September 30!


At last Thursday Rep Council Meeting, Jeff Kidd from the Ontario Teacher Insurance Plan shared about the many programs offered by the organization. This plan is made for teachers, by teachers.

Our members are encouraged to visit the OTIP website and request a quote for their home and auto insurance. As well, we remind you to visit the Edvantage website for deals and offers available exclusively to Ontario teachers.

Learn more about OTIP by watching the video below:



Regulation 521 under the Education Act requires all school board employees complete an offence declaration on an annual basis. All staff must complete the offence declaration electronically NO LATER THAN Friday, September 30, 2016.

The only exceptions are NEW employees to the WRDSB who submitted a formal Police Reference Check during the past summer (July or August of 2016).  These individuals do not need to complete an offence declaration this year. 

The electronic offence declaration is located via the Internet in the WRDSB Self Service Portal. 

ETFO Maternity and Parental Leave Workshop

This workshop is for expectant parents or those who are hoping to be expectant parents. You will learn about the steps to taking a maternity or parental leave.

Partners are most welcome to attend this workshop. 

This workshop is for contract teachers & partners only!

Register here

CLC Campaign on Electoral Reform

The Canadian Labour Congress has launched a new campaign in support of proportional representation. Visitwww.ChoosePR.ca to learn more about the electoral reform process. A parliamentary committee is currently examining alternatives to our first-past-the-post system for federal elections.

Learn more about the campaign by viewing the video below:

Waterloo Region Dates of Significance

Friday, September 30 - Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters Campaign
Friday, September 30 - Annual Offence Declaration due date (See System Memo)
Tuesday, October 4 - Maternity and Parental Workshop
Thursday, October 22 - Fall Business Meeting at Bingemans - All members welcome!
Tuesday, October 25 - TPA Workshop
Monday, October 31 - Earliest date for progress reports to be due.
Friday, November 4 - Health and Safety Training Due Date
Thursday, November 10 - Fall Dinner Honouring 25 Year and New Teachers.
Wednesday, November 30 - Concussion Management training completion due date

Provincial Opportunities

October 10 - November 4, 2016 Learning Together Online Book Club - A Teacher’s Guide to Combined Grades - Registration closes October 3.
November 1-29 FNMI Online Book Club - Perspectives and the Truth and Reconciliation - Registration closes Friday, October 14
November 19, 2016 - E-Women: ETFO’S Online Networking Site for Racialized, FNMI, Persons with a Disability and LGBTQ Women Members - Registration closes Monday, October 3, 2016
November 21-22, 2016  - ETFO's MentorCoaching Institute for Women: Mentee Program Registration closes Monday, October 17, 2016. 
Board Room Highlights - Vice President Jeff Pelich attend weekly WRDSB board meetings and prepares reports for the membership. Follow the meeting live on Twitter by searching for the hashtag - #etfowr

ETFO Waterloo's First Monthly Rep Council Meeting of the Year! -  Local ETFO School Reps attended the first meeting of the school year. Speak to your in-school rep for details!

Take Back the Night 2016 - Members of Status of Women’s Committee were proud to represent proud to represent our local at Thursday, September 22’s Take Back the Night event in Kitchener.

Professional Judgement - ETFO provincial has released the first two ‘Professional Judgement Matters’ documents which will be developed and shared with members this year. 
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