OCCASIONALLY YOURS... York Region Occasional
A Newsletter published by the: Occasional Teacher Local, ETFO-York Region District
Issue #2, December 2010
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Betty Lou Twiddy School Year: 2010-2011
September, October and November have certainly gone by quickly. Not only were there many
more LTOs this year but the levy information indicates daily work was up as well. I am sure
everyone is looking forward to some time off to relax over the upcoming winter break – a well
New Vice President: (New phone numbers for VP and President…) Nadia Ciacci
was appointed Vice President effective November 5 and has hit the ground running. Nadia
brings a wealth of ETFO experience to the position and has been busy assisting members with
various job related challenges. We have included two business cards in this mailing. Please Dedicated to communicating
note there are two new phone numbers where you can reach either the President or the Vice with our members...no matter
where they are!
President. If we are not available when you call, please leave a voice message as these are
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
“Read all about it!” (use the internet; paper stuff is stopping…) Newsletters are President’s Message 1,2
a very important means of communication for OTs. It is most important that you read all the Health & safety update 2
information in Occasionally Yours. There will only be one more paper copy of the newsletter
Int’l Women’s Day dinner 2
this year. All other copies will be posted on our site with a notification sent to you by our
MS Office & Windows7 2
webmaster, provided that we have your non-Board email address! Next year we plan on one
newsletter in the Fall and all other communication will be on our web site. We are still missing
EASP update 3
over 600 non Board email addresses!
Equity Workshop 3
We NEED your non-board email addresses… please send this to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Development 3
If you are in an LTO position you must make sure you are being paid appropriately. There is
OT’s “Staff Room” Social 3
some confusion for those who are in an LTO for the first time. Your salary is divided by 194
More FAQ’s 4
days. When you get your pay in January it will be substantially less than what you are used to
Fall General Mtg Update 4
receiving because of the two week break. This can be a shock if you have not prepared for it.
Contact info & Executive 4
You are receiving the same salary over the year as a contract teacher on the same step in the
grid – the difference is the contract teacher’s pay is stretched out over the year and the LTO’s
pay is not. In other words – you need to budget for that.
WE NEED YOUR
Star System NOTES: (French Immersion schools not identified; students with
special medical needs; PLEASE dial the correct STAR phone number…)
French Immersion Schools are not identified as such when the system calls you. You might webmaster@etfo-yr-
want to run a copy of Schools at a Glance (found on the YRDSB site) and have it by your phone ot.ca We
so you can check when the call comes in. (Note: we also have posted the PDF “Schools at a will NOT send
Glance” on our website. Just use the search box at the top right.) union emails
via your board
Some schools have a booklet they give each OT when they arrive. Please check that infor- emails. We
mation and the daybook to see if you have students with special medical needs. If a student
personal non-Board email
makes a request and you are unsure about what to do, check immediately with the office, e.g. address to keep you informed!
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President’s message ...continued
PHONE #’s: If a student claims they need to check blood sugar levels because they are diabetic and you question this
1-877-809-8053 request, call the office immediately to get direction.
Please make sure you are dialing the correct number when you want to reach the STAR
system 905-727-7071 or 1-877-809-8053
I am sure you will find the information in this newsletter most informative. If you have any questions, do
not hesitate to email or call: President Betty Lou Twiddy: email@example.com OR Vice President Nadia
READ Ciacci: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAREFULLY! On behalf of the ETFO YR OT Executive, I extend best wishes for the New Year.
Betty Lou Twiddy
We email you; post
info on the website;
and send newslet-
ters. The information
included is very im-
portant in your role
as an Occasional
Teacher in York Re- Health and Safety: Melissa Bancroft– Health & Safety Representative
gion. Please remain
In the November 24, 2010 YRDSB “Weekly Update” there was a memo for all OT’s. On-line training
READ your Collective modules for OT’s have been developed and can be found on Connect2Learn. Please follow the
Agreement (CA) to
know your rights instructions found in the weekly memo as soon as possible.
(see the CA on our The flow chart for ALL accidents/Incidents included in this mailing should be kept with you at all times. It
will help you if you ever need clarification in an accident/incident situation!
A new accident/incident form (P540-02) has been developed and has now been implemented in all
schools. This form is to be used for ALL accidents and/or ALL incidents. If ANY violence is directed at an
Occasional Teacher, please be sure to complete the P540-02 form and submit as required. You can find this
form on the BWW site, as well as on our website under Health & Safety.
$$$ SAVE $$$
The board is in the works of developing a ‘Footwear Guideline’ for all board employees. Please remember
Microsoft that this is a guideline and not a policy. Please look for this document in the weekly memo, as it should be
“Work at Home read by all employees.
The YRDSB has Please feel free to contact me at any time for clarification for any of the information above and/or if you
both Windows 7 have any questions regarding health and safety.
& MS Office
2007 available for Have a great holiday season! Melissa Bancroft—-905.252.7044—-email@example.com
OT’s at a greatly
Each OT can order
ONE copy of each
via the board. International Women’s Day Dinner: February 24, 2011. $10. Speaker Dinner Refreshments. See website
To purchase visit: and Eventbrite link for details.
OCCASIONALLY YOURS... York Region Occasional
FIRST EVER “OT STAFF
ROOM” SOCIAL EVENT:
EASP: (Employment Assistance Support Program, the YRDSB support program for employees be- Come and meet your OT
ing away from work for more than 11 days) colleagues over compli-
Do everything the same as before, i.e. Book off sick. mentary appetizers and
Document why and when you were away.
If you are called in to speak with admin, do NOT meet with the Principal and/or the VP without beverages.
your union rep being there. Call Betty Lou (President) or Nadia (Vice President). Meet, mingle and be
mellow! It’s our first
This workshop will explore the cultural and religious practices related to world religions that teach- February social evening
ers must understand in order to provide safe learning environments for all of their students. The for OTs. We recognize
workshop will highlight the key components of the world religions as well as help to dispel myths,
stereotypes, and prejudices that are related to cultural and religious differences. that many OT’s have
family and/or second job
Place: ETFO-YR-OT offices in Aurora. Date and Time: We are waiting on confirmation of these de-
tails. Please check your website and emails for further information. obligations, so, drop by
for a quick snack and
beverage or stay for the
P.D. That Pays! (Tania Mardirosian– PD Chair) evening.
Question (OT): Will the full day PD workshops during the 2010-11 school year be paid sessions? Ask your OT Executive all
those questions that
On Fri. Nov. 12, 2010 ETFO-YR-OT offered its members two fantastic professional learning opportu- impact your daily role as
nities; Technology in the Classroom and Effective Literacy Instruction. These workshops were spe-
an OT and gain some
cifically requested from OTs as being subject areas where more professional learning support was
needed. As such, ETFO-YR-OT worked closely with the Board’s curriculum and technology depart- more understanding of
ments to bring our members workshops that are relevant in today’s classroom. the role your union plays
in helping you succeed as
Anticipating a high demand coupled with our mandate not to turn away any OT, the Professional an OT. Casual dress.
Learning Committee prepared and ran two venues simultaneously. Unfortunately, attendance for
both venues was low. Time and again, members have reported that one of the key reasons that We’ll have some door
they were unsuccessful in the interview process was rooted in the answers they provided to liter- prizes and other draws
acy based questions. In particular, The Effective Literacy Instruction workshop was designed with during the evening, so
the intention of helping OTs strengthen their understanding of literacy based initiatives as well as come and beat the win-
enhancing their ability to answer literacy based questions with a degree of relevance, depth and ter blues!
confidence. The bottom line is simple - if you want to secure an LTO position or a full-time contract
More details to come.
position it is fundamental that you have a strong understanding of literacy in the classroom.
Register on the Event-
On Fri. Jan. 14, 2011 ETFO-YR-OT will once again be offering its members both the Effective Literacy brite link on our website.
Instruction workshop and the Technology in the Classroom workshop. Both sessions will be full day Yours in Action,
events and will run from 9am to 3pm. OTs who attend either of these events will receive a $100 Michelle Colacci
honorarium (to be paid through payroll). Political Action
If you are interested in participating in these workshops, please register ASAP via connect2learn.
Kindly note that these workshops are only for daily OTs and not for those in LTO positions (who
must be present at their respective schools on this day).
As we kick off 2011, I encourage OTs to broaden their exposure to professional learning opportuni-
ties and to dig deep to the core of curriculum based topics and instruction that are front and centre
in education today. Not only will this heighten what you bring to the classroom but it will also en-
hance what you will bring to your next interview.
Answer (Professional Learning Chair): Participating in PD sessions always pays!
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Some More FAQ’S:
1. How many Preferred lists may I be on? Only TWO. The memo sent to all schools last June was also sent to
your board email. You can find this information on the BWW. Call the office with any questions. Do not
listen to rumours.
2. How do I know what my reference will say about me? Make SURE you ask the person giving you the
reference what will be included. As a courtesy you should inform the referee (person giving the reference)
that their name has been put forward.
3. Do I accept a call for a French Immersion (FI) school even though I do not speak French? Once the calls
start coming to OT’s who are not bilingual or fluent in French, it means that the STAR system has exhausted “The kids in our class-
the French speaking OT’s, and is now trying to fill the vacancy with a qualified teacher. Most FI room are infinitely
administrators will recognize that situation and support your role as an OT that day. If you run into more significant then
the subject matter we
problems at an FI school after having accepted such a daily OT call, then call Betty Lou Twiddy (President) teach.” -Meladee
or Nadia Ciacci (Vice President) to get advice. McCarty (Author &
4. At which Schools do you want to work? You can see the schools you have chosen on your profile at educator.)
https://star.yrdsb.ca If you want to add schools/remove schools contact firstname.lastname@example.org by
FALL GENERAL MEETING UPDATE
Our first general meeting of the year was on Thursday, October 21. We had about 40 attendees. The President’s report
and reports from the other members of the executive were heard. Michelle Colacci was voted in as our new Political Ac-
Your 2010-2011 York Region Occasional Teachers’ Local Executive: (see the website for all email addresses and other contact information)
President: Betty Lou Twiddy Health & Safety Representative/Officer: Melissa Bancroft
Vice President: Nadia Ciacci Political Action Chair: Michelle Colacci
Treasurer: Anna Vallarino Status of Women Chair: Edith Shore
Awards Chair: Nelda Hennigar Professional Learning Chair: Tania Mardirosian
Human Rights Chair: Joan Cavanagh Communications Chair & Webmaster: Dirk Mast
Secretary: Christine Peckhover
Other Important Contact information
ETFO-YR-OT website: www.etfo-yr-ot.ca
ETFO-YR-OT office address: 126 Wellington St . West, Unit 216, Aurora, L4G2N9
President Betty Lou Twiddy’s contact info: Office Phone: 905-726-8316 Cell: 416-580-2497 Fax: 905-727-2637
Vice President, Nadia Ciacci’s contact info: Office Phone: 905-726-7925
OCT (Ontario College of teachers): 1-888-534-2222
STAR SYSTEM: 905-727-7071 or 1-877-809-8053 STAR Website: https://star.yrdsb.ca STAR Email: email@example.com
ETFO AQ Courses: www.etfo-aq.ca
ETFO professional relations services: 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836
Occasional Teachers’ Resources: www.etfo-ot.ca
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2010-2011 Professional Learning Workshops...
The Café: 3 part Book Study Series Jan.5,19,26 ETFO Office 4:15 pm to 6:00pm
See be- The Daily 5: 3-part Book Study Series Jan.11,18,25 Forest Run P.S. 4:15 pm to 6:00pm
PAID PD Effective Literacy Instruction Jan.14 Premiere Ballroom 9:00 am—3:00 pm
(PAID PD) Registration at
PAID PD Technology in the Classroom Jan.14 Centre For Leadership & Learn- 9:00 am—3:00 pm
(PAID PD) ing (CLL) Registration at
Strategies That Work: 3-Part Book Study Feb.1,8,15 CEC CENTRAL 4:15 pm to 6:00pm
NEW Step Forward with French Feb.7 ETFO OFFICE 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
(Note: for OT’s NOT qualified in French
NEW Tried & True, What Works for You: Feb.9 ETFO OFFICE 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
(Classroom Management for the OT)
NEW Tried and True Feb.28 ETFO OFFICE 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Differentiated Instruction Mar. 22 & 29 CEC CENTRAL 4:15 pm to 6:00pm
NEW Tribes Basic Training Mar.29, Legacy P.S. 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
8-Part Series Apr.5,12,26
NEW Symphony: March 31 Centre for Leadership & Learn- 4:15pm to 6:00 pm
Library Circulation Training ing (CLL)
How to Give Effective Feedback: 3-Part Apr.6,27, CEC CENTRAL 4:15 pm to 6:00pm
Books Study Series May 4
Resume Writing & Interview Workshop April 12 Centre For Leadership & Learn- 4:15 pm to 6:00pm
Resume Writing & Interview Workshop May 4 Centre For Leadership & Learn- 4:15 pm to 6:00pm
*Please note that the Daily 5 book study series in January is NOT on connect2learn as this workshop was added to accommodate
only those on the Fall waitlist.
If you are interested in participating in any of the above noted workshops, please register via connect2learn. All details pertaining
to workshop are noted on the registration page. Just because you register on connect2learn does not mean that your spot in the
course is guaranteed. You MUST send in a cheque for $35 made payable to ETFO-YR-OT. Please mail all cheques to the attention of
Lee Lewis, Centre for Leadership and Learning, 300 Harry Walker Parkway South Newmarket L3Y 8E2. If there is a wait list in ef-
fect and your cheque has not been received, you WILL be bumped off the list and your spot will be given to another OT.