Five students from OECTA Waterloo have been recognized by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) for excellence in writing. The Young Authors Awards/Prix jeunes écrivains acknowledge English and French writing, from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, in categories ranging from poetry and short stories, and from plays to non-fiction.
“It’s always exciting to get a glimpse into the minds of young writers” says Chris Stockie, OECTA Waterloo President. “In this year’s Young Author’s/jeunes écrivains program, topics ranged from fantasy and science fiction, to how the Internet affects the lives of students. It was great to see students enjoying the creative process of incorporating comedy into their work. The fantastic work from these students is truly a testimony of the amazing teachers we have in the WCDSB!”
OECTA has sponsored the Young Authors/jeunes écrivains awards as an effective literacy program in Catholic schools since 1985. Winners are selected from hundreds of entries from across the province. For every student who makes it to the provincial level of competition, there are thousands more who participate in, and benefit from, the program locally.
Warm congratulations to the winning entries for 2017 from Waterloo:
Alexandra Rose, St. Anne (Kitchener), Grade 3-4 Story entitled “Caribbean Mist”
Mateo Nosic, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Grade 5-6 Story entitled “Fixing the Fixed”
Caitlyn Mask, St. Kateri, Grade 7-8 Story entitled “The Things We Leave Behind”
Candice Rubie, St. David CSS, Grade 9-10 Story entitled “7 Minutes”
It's not too late to take advantage of some amazing PD opportunities - brought to you by OECTA Provincial. Read on for more details....click here
With elections now complete, we would like to introduce you to the OECTA Waterloo Unit Executive for the 2017-2018 school year:
President - Patrick Etmanski
Treasurer - Mark Devlin
Recording Secretary - Amy Brillinger-Tuka
Past President - Chris Stockie
Elementary Vice-President - Simon Dallimore
Occasional Vice-President - Jeannette Cowen
Secondary Vice-President - Ed Wyse
Elementary Assistant CEO - Dorothea Kruger
Elementary Councillors - Sharon Farrow & Heather Poje-Fascinato
Elementary Secretary - Mary Deimert
Occasional Assistant CEO - John Kearns
Occasional Councillors - Giuseppe Sicoli, (vacant)
Occasional Secretary - Kyle Sutter
Secondary Assistant CEO - (vacant)
Secondary Councillors - Breeann Hureau, Michael Kearns
Secondary Secretary - Kelly Tronko
Warm congratulations to Amy Shantz, a Grade 1 French Immersion teacher at St. Anne Catholic School in Kitchener, who is the very first winner of the Kitchener Citizen Community Teaching Award!
Amy was nominated by the parent of an autistic student in her class, and is described as a teacher who shows care, compassion, and respect for all her students and the families that she works with. Amy inspires her students, thinks outside the box and has introduced exciting learning experiences for all of her students. Parents, colleagues, students and community members all think that Amy is so very deserving of this recognition.
Mme Shantz always takes the time to share personal messages of support with all of her students and shares constant updates with parents. Everyone feels special and supported when they interact with Amy.
Excellent work, Amy - congratulations!
“Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living”
The National Day of Mourning was first declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. More than 100 countries now observe a Day of Mourning on April 28.
There are three basic rights that workers should know about:
- the right to know about workplace hazards,
- the right to participate in ways to best address these hazards, and
- the right to refuse unsafe work when hazards go unaddressed.
This April 28, let’s demand more of what works:
• quality, proven training
• health and safety programs developed by and for workers
• laws and regulations that support primary prevention and a hierarchy of controls.
On Saturday April 22, join with millions of Canadians to celebrate Earth Day 2017. As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, and with a new mandate to connect kids to nature and build resilient communities, Earth Day Canada is asking people across the nation to #EarthPLAY for Earth Day, and support better outdoor play in our parks, schools, and on neighbourhood streets.
Recent data suggests that most children get outside for less than an hour each day. This has important consequences for children’s health and well-being. Also, kids who don’t get outside, and who aren’t stimulated by their environment, often grow up with less motivation to protect our planet.
Teachers are invited to register for a workshop for the morning of the April 7 Professional Development day. If you don't find a workshop there that suits your professional needs, feel free to propose a workshop.
This is your opportunity to collaborate with colleagues (from your site or from across the board), and work on your professional development.
If you are running a workshop, click on the link at the bottom of the page to see who has registered for your workshop, and enter your login and password that you received in an email from the local OECTA office.
Teachers are always excited to have a PD day of their very OWN. Please consider proposing a workshop for you and your colleagues that is for your OWN Professional Development, Growth or Wellness! Link to propose a workshop will be posted shortly.
Registration will be open during the week following March Break.
On Friday, March 3rd, the Niagara Elementary Unit of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association was informed by the Niagara Catholic District School Board that unless an agreement on local terms for our collective agreement is reached by March 19th, the school board will lock out the elementary teachers effective March 20th. Teachers have been working even though their collective agreement expired on August 31, 2014. The Niagara Catholic District School Board’s lock-out notice shows a lack of respect for students and teachers.
We are surprised that the board has stated that we are at an impasse since both parties exchanged items for consideration at our last meeting, with the understanding that responses would be provided at the next bargaining date. OECTA Niagara Elementary is trying to work toward a resolution and is prepared for our next scheduled conciliator- assisted bargaining date scheduled for Monday March 6, 2017.
The Board has indicated that the pressures around their legal fees for negotiations are $160,000 and the Board anticipates that amount rising to $200,000. We feel this is a waste of taxpayers’ money, considering that we are negotiating non-monetary items. We feel this money would be better spent in a variety of ways including supplies for students, textbooks, technology and supporting the needs of our students, including students with special needs.
The Board’s media release states that they believe a lock-out is in the students’ best interest. OECTA Elementary teachers have been preparing, teaching and assessing students since the beginning of the academic school year. The elementary teachers are poised to continue educating students. It is our belief that teachers delivering curriculum in the classroom is what is best for students.
The deadline for submissions of applications for OECTA Scholarships and Fellowships is April 1, 2017.
Application forms can be found on the http://www.catholicteachers.ca/ website in the “For Your Benefit” section. Copies of the application forms are also attached to this memo, as is a flyer you can use to promote them with your members.
The April 1st deadline is firm and no applications submitted after that date will be considered by the Awards Committee.
Members of the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers (CUBGW), Component 325, went on strike on January 12 after their employer Molson Coors Canada refused to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement.
The 320 brewery workers have been in bargaining since October 2015, but it became clear that the employer wasn’t interested in reaching a deal. Instead it targeted retirement security, health and welfare benefits, training opportunities, and more.
Workers at Molson Coors are in a David and Goliath fight. They are up against the third-largest brewing company in the world.
The employer is demanding deep cuts to wages, pensions, and benefits. And it is only the workers that Molson Coors expect to make sacrifices. Their president and CEO make over $6 million a year. In the last six years, wealthy shareholders have received a 34% increase in dividends.
The National Union of Public and General Employees, of which CUBGW is a component, is requesting strike solidarity in the following ways:
• Send a message of support for the strikers to Component325@nupge.ca
• Pass a resolution to support the strike
• Support the partial boycott of Coors Banquet, Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft
Please help to ensure these brewery workers are victorious in their struggle for a fair contract.
Over the last year, Ontario has welcomed approximately 20,000 refugees, including over 16,000 from Syria. Today, more than 5,500 Syrian newcomers are improving their language skills and over 4,600 children have been registered in Ontario schools.
Our newest neighbours add to the rich cultural fabric of our province. They give back to our communities - donating their time to local activities and working to build up our economy.
With recent events in Quebec and south of the border, we are reminded that we must be vigilant in our fight against intolerance. And it's why now, more than ever, we as teachers must ensure that our schools and classrooms continue to be safe destinations for everyone.
The OECTA Provincial Professional Development department will be launching its first WebExperience, an online professional development learning platform for teachers.
A total of 11 different ‘experiences’ will be launched, exploring various elements of mathematics education from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
WebExperiences will begin Wednesday, February 15, 2017 through to Thursday, March 9, 2017, with each live session taking place between 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Specific offerings and dates are available online at: www.CatholicTeachers.ca.
Posters will be mailed to all schools in mid-January.
Registration for WebExperiences will open on Monday, January 23, 2017.
We look forward to a successful launch of OECTA’s WebExperience.
Yesterday afternoon, the members of the Thunder Bay Elementary Bargaining Unit were informed that rotating strikes would commence effective January 30th. Every attempt by the Thunder Bay Elementary Unit to resolve the dispute without disruption to the classroom, including an offer of voluntary binding arbitration, was met with refusal from the school board. In the face of the school board’s intransigence, our members in Thunder Bay were left with no other alternative than to escalate to full strike action.
The school board’s bargaining team is led by Toronto lawyer, Steve Wilson, who is also leading the table in Niagara.
Please keep these colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.
There will be a Women’s March on Washington taking place Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump.
To join our neighbours to the south, there will be similar events here - north of the border. Canadians across the country will be rallying in support of the Women’s March on Washington. The day will be recognized as the International Day of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. There will be a number of marches taking place in Ontario on Saturday, Jan. 21st – including a rally at Queen’s Park from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
More details about the Toronto event and others around the country can be found at: canadianwomenmarch.ca. Click on the links to find out more about events in your area.
Attached you will find details from the WCDSB regarding the tax credit possibly available to you.
Registration for the Association’s spring AQ courses – including our innovative modular format – is now open!
The full course menu and registration information can be found in the For Your Career section at catholicteachers.ca. Some subsidies are available, including new opportunities for full math courses and math modules.
The Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities Recognition Program acknowledges and celebrates women and girls who demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their communities through volunteer work, such as:
Do you know someone who is breaking down barriers and encouraging women and girls to get involved in careers where women are underrepresented? Please consider nominating someone who is involved with:
Actively promoting equality, diversity, healthy equal relationships
Preventing violence against women and girls
Reducing racism and discrimination
Encouraging women and girls to participate in any part of public service
Acting as a positive role model by mentoring, coaching, leading events or organizations
Providing a positive example to women and girls in their communities
Who is eligible for the award?
Leading Girls Building Communities nominees must be girls or young women under the age of 18 who have not received the award in the past.
Leading Women Building Communities nominees must be women over the age of 18 who have not received the award in the past. Nominees who have received the Leading Girls Building Communities award may be nominated for the Leading Women Building Communities award if they have different accomplishments.
How do you nominate someone?
Our local MPP - Daiene Vernile - is responsible for the nominations in our community. The nominations for this year’s program close on Friday, January 20th, 2017. Nominations can be forwarded to this office. Award recipients will be announced by the end of February 2017.
Two (2) separate Letters of Support must be submitted and must address these three areas:
- Describe how the nominee’s efforts improved the lives of women and/ or girls in her community.
- Explain how the nominee’s achievements demonstrate her leadership.
- Please specify the number of volunteer hours the nominee contributes annually. _____ hours
Letters may be submitted by a community leader, mentor, employer, or another individual who has experience volunteering with the nominee. (Letters of support from family members are not accepted.)
How will nominees be informed that they are receiving the award?
Recipients receive a Certificate of Recognition and a congratulatory letter from the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues (Hon Tracy MacCharles).
Warm congratulations to our very own Rosemary Kavanagh Etmanski - the winner of the OECTA Provincial Communications and Public Relations 2016 Christmas card contest. You'll find Rosemary's beautiful artwork entitled "Bethlehem Star" gracing the cover of this month's @OECTA magazine, as well as being delivered with warm Christmas wishes across the entire province of Ontario.
Did you know that one in five children actually contemplate suicide!!?? Kids Help Phone is an amazing organization that provides free, 24/7, confidential support for kids in crisis. Teachers representing the group Together In Education (from left Sherry Freund OSSTF, Patrick Etmanski OECTA, Sarah Lagrove (Kids Help Phone), Chris Stockie OECTA, and Kevin Johnston OSSTF) present a donation to Kids Help Phone. Please remember those students who may be in need of their help over the holidays.
Warm thanks, once again, to our generous Staff Reps and Office Staff for their donations of gifts to children in our local communities in need during this Christmas season. It is always heartwarming to recognize how thoughtless and kind teachers can be during this busy season!
Merry Christmas to ALL!
29 years ago, in an act of gender-based violence, we lost 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique. Moving forward, we ask that you stand up against violence of any kind against women and girls. #rememberthe14
MATHEMATICS, PRIMARY & JUNIOR PART 1 AQ online is being offered in Waterloo Region exclusively for WCDSB teachers in January 2017. Participants will pay the standard OECTA $600 course fee at registration, but upon successful completion of the course, teachers are eligible for the $450 Ministry Math Subsidy (which is processed through the OECTA Provincial office). Along with the Ministry & OTF, the Board is once again offering an additional $150 subsidy for this MATHEMATICS, PRIMARY & JUNIOR PART 1 AQ course only (this payment is processed through WCDSB)!
Once the course has been successfully completed, the WCDSB subsidy is accessed through a request for reimbursement by:
* completing the WCDSB Expense Reimbursement Form (found on our forms page)
* including proof of completion from the faculty delivering this course
* including the original receipt (not a copy) showing payment for the course
The completed form and required documentation should then be sent to Alice Figueiredo at the Catholic Education Centre.
Reimbursement will be issued through the Payroll department as an automatic bank deposit.
The Teachers of Waterloo Region, through our affiliation with TIE (Together in Education), are so pleased to be able to support Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. Pictured here are Chris Stockie (OECTA), Jeff Pelich (ETFO), Kourtney Beckman (Haven House), Joanne Threndyle (ETFO), Sherry Freund (OSSTF) and Kevin Johnston (OSSTF).
Please consider attending a panel discussion on the sale of Hydro One on Thursday, November 24th from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex in the Hauser Haus Room (101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo). The panel will feature Catherine Fife and Rosario Marchese, and discussions will focus on the concerns about privatization of Hydro One.
Tampon Tuesday is an event that was started in London approximately 9 years ago and is still going strong. This event has been adopted here in K-W by the Waterloo Region Labour Council, the CLC and the United Way. It’s is a unique way for women and men in the community to come together for a night of socializing, networking and support for women in crisis.
Everyone is encouraged to bring unopened feminine hygiene products that will be donated directly to the YWCA, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.
The objective is to raise awareness of the need for these products by women and girls in our community who may not have the means to acquire them on their own.
When: Tuesday November 22 from 6:30-8:30
Where: Huether Hotel, Uptown Waterloo (in the Billiard Room)
What: A gathering of local union members and their friends and family for a night of socializing, food and giving back to our community and women in crisis.
Guest speakers: Angie Hill from K-fun, Jan Varner from UWKWA, and a representative from WCSWR
Where do donations go: Food Bank of Waterloo Region, YWCA, and Womens' Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
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On Saturday, October 1st at 1:00pm at Queen's Park in Toronto, please consider coming out to a rally for DECENT WORK. This is a call for safe working conditions, decent hours, paid sick days & vacation, access to a union, $15 minimum wage, an end to the gender/ racialized wage gap and much more! Watch for more details coming in September.
The OECTA Beginning Teachers' Conference will be taking place on October 14-15 in Toronto. This conference is open to all teachers who are in their first 5 years of teaching. Interested candidates will be provided with the opportunity to complete an application form during the first week of September - so please watch for details coming soon!
CUPE employees at Wilfred Laurier University are on strike, fighting to maintain working conditions for newly-hired custodial workers.
Please consider attending a rally on Friday, July 15th starting at 11:00am to support these workers who are fighting for the rights and wages of new workers in their union!
Three students in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board have been recognized by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association for excellence in writing. The Young Authors Awards/Prix jeunes écrivains acknowledge English and French writing from Grades Kindergarten to 12, and in categories ranging from poetry and short stories to plays and non-fiction.
The winning submissions in the Young Authors/jeunes écrivains awards are among some of the best youth writing we’ve seen. We arealways inspired by the students’ demonstration of their love of language, their imagination, their creativity and insight. We would also like to celebrate the knowledge and support from our teachers that contribute to the finished product.
Winners were selected from hundreds of entries from across the province. For every student who makes it to the provincial level of competition, there are thousands more who participate in the program locally.
Local winners at the Provincial include:
Jacy Morneau from St. Nicholas for her Short Story entitled “Un monde qui n’est pas la maison”,
Joel Skanes from Sir Edgar Bauer for his Poem “On the Radio I Hear…,” and
Jessica Rice of Resurrection, whose Nonfiction submission is entitled “Be the Woman a Man Needs”.
A list of 2016 winners and a commemorative book of all winning submissions are at available at www.oecta.on.ca
Tonight, Friday, June 10th, at Grey Silo, we will be celebrating the careers of our many retirees. We look forward to seeing guests there beginning at 5:30 (cocktails and hors d'ouvres) with dinner starting at 6:00.
In 2017, Canada will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. As part of the lead up, Equal Voice is launching “Daughters of the Vote,” a national initiative to recognize the 100th anniversary of the first voting rights for a select number of Canadian women.
Young women aged 18 to 23 can apply to participate in this national program, in which 338 women, one from each federal riding, will be selected to take their seat in Parliament, literally. Participants will meet and hear from outstanding women leaders from every sector.
Interested young women are invited to APPLY ONLINE by June 15, 2016.
Students are invited to participate in the Worker Health & Safety Centre’s 16th annual student scholarship contest.
The contest aims to raise awareness of health and safety issues among young workers. Applicants will write an essay on an existing or emerging occupational health or safety hazard, explaining why and how employers should prevent or control exposures, based on the hierarchy of controls.
The contest is open to full-time students who will be starting post-secondary studies at a publicly funded Ontario university or college in the fall. Up to six winners will receive scholarships of $1,200 each.
For rules and application forms visit the WEBSITE.
Registration is underway for summer institutes in Math, Technology, and Kindergarten.
More than 30 sessions are being offered in 12 different locations.
Summer institutes are offered in-person only, over three days in either July or August.
A full list of session locations, dates, and descriptions is available here.
Space is limited, so register today.
Registration is officially open until June 7, but members can register for any course that is not at capacity up until the course start date of July 4.
Don’t forget that $450 subsidies are available for participants in Math and Kindergarten AQ courses.
Planning on getting out this summer? No problem! The majority of OECTA’s AQ courses are offered online and can be undertaken from the comfort of your backyard or cottage!
CLICK HERE for more information or to register for a summer AQ course.
OECTA will once again be offering summer institutes in math, technology, and Kindergarten. These three-day institutes will be offered in July and August in the following locations:
Barrie, Cornwall, Durham, GUELPH, Halton, Sault Ste. Marie, Kenora, Kingston, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Windsor.
Registration opens May 24.
Go to www.oecta.on.ca for course descriptions and dates.
French as a Second Language (FSL) teachers are invited to spend part of their summer meeting colleagues and enjoying informative, fun-filled activities.
The Centre international d’apprentissage du français, at the Université de Moncton – Campus de Shippigan, will offer two intensive pedagogical sessions this summer. The two-week sessions will offer participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the French language and Acadian culture.
The sessions will run from July 3 to 15, and July 17 to 29. Some participants will be eligible for a bursary that covers tuition fees for the program, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. If you have questions, contact Mélanie Chiasson at 506-336-3400 ext. 8205, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Choose from our diverse menu, which includes courses such as Co-operative Education Part 1, English as a Second Language, Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, and Religious Education. Some courses are available in modular format, enabling you to find a professional development opportunity that fits your busy schedule.
Registration closes June 3. A limited number of $450 subsidies are available for all math and Kindergarten courses, so don’t delay!
Please go to the OECTA Provincial website for course descriptions and registration information: www.oecta.on.ca
The deadline for submissions of applications for OECTA Bursaries is May 1, 2016. A copy of the application form was attached to the email from Chris on April 5, or you can download it from the Provincial website.
Please note that the May 1st deadline is firm and no applications submitted after that date will be considered by the Awards Committee.
On Thursday, April 28th starting at 4:30, OECTA Waterloo will be hosting our annual LGBTQ Conference in our office at 219 Hartwood Ave, Waterloo. “Reaching Every Student” will address the realities facing LGBTQ students and how to effectively address the homo/bi/transphobia happening in our schools.
Dinner will be provided, so please RSVP BY April 21st to email@example.com. Space is limited – don’t be disappointed.
Hope to see you there!
In the 2016 Budget, the Federal Government has announced that Teachers and ECEs are now able to claim a “School Supply Tax Credit”. Eligible expenses include supplies used in a school or child care facility up to an annual maximum of $1000. The refund rate is 15%, allowing teachers up to $150 in tax credits for monies they spend on classroom supplies. Start saving your receipts.
Another action-packed day at AGM.
The morning started with a reivew from the Finance Working Group, the report from which I am working on, on the side.
The next major speech of the day came from Education Minister Liz Sandals, who reaffirmed the Liberal government's support for Catholic Education.
The room was left awe-struck by the stories from guest speaker Joseph Boyden, who spoke of the plight of First Nations peoples, with--among other things--a haunting story about a native girl who went through the Residential School system. We have a lot of work to do to repair the damage, but there is hope!
In the afternoon we were visited by Chris Buckey of the Ontario Federation of Labour and Heather Smith of the Canadian Teachers Federation.
Catholic teaching in Ontario is alive and well, and we do good things!
Follow the proceedings at AGM on Twitter by following the hashtag #OECTAAGM2016, and follow Provincial at @OECTAProv.
The first day of meetings is done. Today we dealt with many resolutions, heard speeches by our President Ann Hawkins, General Secretary Marshall Jarvis, and Treasurer (Waterloo's own) Warren Grafton.
This afternoon we also heard that--for perhaps the first time in OECTA history--candidates for all positions were acclaimed. Congratulations to Warren for being re-elected Provincial Treasurer!
This morning twenty three of our teachers started representing our Unit at the Provincial AGM in Toronto. If you use Twitter, follow the hashtag #OECTAAGM16 to see delegate tweets about the proceedings.
The application deadline for submission of applications for OECTA Scholarships and Fellowships is firm on April 1, 2016. After this date, no applications will be considered by the Awards Committee.
The maximum amount available is $10,000 for a variety Memorial Scholarships and Fellowships for teachers who are studying in a post-graduate degree program, in Religious Studies, or in Labour Studies. (Additional details can be found in the OECTA Handbook under By-laws 2.185 – 2.188 and Procedures 4.36 – 4.49.)
Elementary and Occasional teachers have ratified local agreements in Waterloo - and Secondary teachers are close. Teachers in these bargaining units can expect to see their 1% lump sum payments and any grid increases retroactive to Sept. 1, 2015 on their March 3rd pay.
Due to challenges in booking meeting dates and times, our next secondary collective bargaining meeting is not until Friday, March 4th. We hope to have details to share with Secondary Teachers shortly after that day.
We are pleased to inform you of the new and improved FeelingBetterNow® (FBN) website which offers an easy-to-use online tool to help you maintain good mental health at work and at home.
With FeelingBetterNow, you can:
If you created an FBN account prior to October 2015, you will need to create a new account to use the new website.
Previously when you logged into FBN, you were asked to enter your employer’s name. With the new and improved website, in the “Organization” field, school board employees will now need to type the name of their union, affiliate, federation (AEFO, ETFO, OECTA, OSSTF/FEESO, CUPE) and select from the list or type in “Other Education Employee” if this is not applicable.
This evening, 84% of Occasional Teachers in attendance at our ratification meeting voted in favour of accepting a new 3-year agreement. Warm thanks to the Negotiating team: Melanie Bristow, Michael Devoy, John Kearns, Peggy Leroux, Jeannette Cowen (Chief Negotiator) and David Dolan (OECTA Provincial) and to all those who came out to voice their opinions!
On Monday, Feb. 8th, Elementary Teachers exercised their right to vote by endorsing the Tentative Agreement presented by their hard-working, dedicated Negotiating Team. 88% of teachers voted in favour.
Warm thanks to team members: Kevin Donelson, Virginia Hansraj, Angela Martin, Amy Tuka, Heather Poje-Fascinato (Chief Negotiator), and David Dolan (Provincial OECTA).
Your OECTA Waterloo Occasional Collective Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that we have a TENTATIVE AGREEMENT to share with YOU!
We would be pleased to present you with the details and would ask that you consider attending a ratification meeting on Tuesday, February 9th beginning at 5:30 pm at the OECTA Office - 219 Hartwood Ave, Waterloo (near the corner of Weber and Union).
We hope to see you there!
Your OECTA Waterloo Elementary Collective Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that we have a TENTATIVE AGREEMENT to share with YOU!
We would be pleased to present you with the details and would ask that you consider attending a ratification meeting on Monday, February 8th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Glen Acres Fellowship Hall (next door to the OECTA office on 219 Hartwood Ave, Waterloo - near the corner of Weber and Union).
We hope to see you there!
The provincial government has commenced its pre-budget consultation process. The Budget Talks website allows the public to provide input, by submitting an idea and/or commenting/voting on the ideas of others.
As in past years, proposals to eliminate Catholic school funding and/or amalgamate school boards, are among the most popular. You can find them by using “Catholic Education” to search posts. Here is a link to one of the more popular ones.
This is no doubt fueled by the One School System organization and others who oppose our existence. Although we have had repeated assurances from the government and Premier Wynne of their support for the Catholic education system, it is important that we make our voices heard.
Please take a few minutes to register on the website, voice your opposition to these posts and vote against them. Thanks for your support.
The Canadian Centre For Gender and Sexual Diversity would like to invite you to thier Ontario Educators Conference: Implementing the Accepting Schools Act Conference 2016.
The conference will be held on April 29th, 2016 at City Hall, Toronto (100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON).
The goal of this conference is to give educators, staff, and administration the tools to directly implement and comply with Ontario Accepting Schools Act. Through our amazing line up of workshops we hope to change the landscape of inclusivity in education and create liberating spaces for students, staff and communities.
For more information and to register, please visit the conference website. Please use the code ‘rainbow’ for an early bird discount of 66%. This discount is available until February 15th, 2016.
It has come to our attention that the College of Teachers has sent emails to some teachers with the subject line “Members’ Survey Regarding Coroner's Jury Recommendation on Attestation”. The College is requesting participation in a survey related to the Coroner’s Jury recommendation that the College consider having its members attest annually that they have reviewed materials issued by the College relating to their duty to report abuse and/or neglect pursuant to the Child and Family Services Act.
You should also be advised that OECTA as well as OTF and the other affiliates have already been consulted by the College on this matter, and all are in agreement that it is not within the College’s mandate to have members provide an annual attestation to the College in this regard.
It is important for teachers to know that they are under no obligation to provide input to OCT regarding this attestation. If you DO provide input, you are under no obligation to answer beyond question #2 (unless you agree with the College. The rest of the questions beyond #2 are hypothetical and assume the College is implementing the attestation and would only justify the College’s position.) If you feel that there is no need for an attestation and that the College is not the right organization to implement an attestation, there is no need to answer any further. Or better yet, why not just answer “no” to the attestation.
Young Authors entries are due back into the unit office by Monday, March 21. For more information or to download copies of the submission form, please check the Forms page under Documents.
OECTA Waterloo teachers have been asked to gather and donate books of all sorts to be shipped to the OECTA Kenora Unit. This group of teachers will then ship all donations to isolated aboriginal communities.
Please help us to help marginalized students through your kindness and generosity.
Please place any K-12 textbooks, reading books, magazines, activity or colouring books in boxes and forward to your OECTA staff rep.
Books can be dropped off at the OECTA Waterloo Office, located at 219 Hartwood Ave, Waterloo (near the corner of Weber and Union). Final drop off date is at the Association Rep meeting on February 8.
We thank you sincerely for your warm and giving gesture.
Communities of students without access to resources will benefits from your gift!
Congratulations to Kelley Lamarre, Laura Livingston, Susan Borges, and Kerry Rose! They were selected from a long list of teams from across the province to participate in the Ministry-funded Collaborative Learning Communities project. Way to go, ladies!
Congratulations to our three candidates for the OECTA Provincial Foundational Leadership program (Part I): Colleen Harrington, Amy Tuka, and Paul Butler. Thank you to all teachers who applied.
Candidates in the Part II program will be contacted directly by OECTA Provincial.
Want to recognize a teacher who does great work in the school? Anyone can nominate a teacher from a publicly funded school in Ontario for the OTIP Teaching Awards. Nominations are open until March 31, 2016. See http://en.teachingawards.ca/ for more info.
Date: January 28, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn Kitchener, 30 Fairway Rd. S. Kitchener
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org – register early as space is limited!
A light dinner will be served, please note any dietary requirements at time of registration.
Recently OECTA has obtained accreditation to offer the Co-operative Education, Part 1 additional qualification (AQ) course. In order to add this course to the spring session AQ menu, we are seeking a qualified instructor to deliver this online course.
Additional information and qualification requirements can be found in the application form.
Are you looking for different ways to celebrate your multicultural classroom during this season leading up to Christmas? Check out this site which has Merry Christmas on over 100 different languages!
Are you familiar with the Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form? You must complete one if you witness an event that is in contravention of what is considered a safe school.
From OECTA Provincial's Facebook page:
Today is Human Rights Day. This year, the UN is launching a year-long campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 16, 1966.
Especially as the country prepares to welcome tens of thousands of refugees, let's recommit to protecting and enhancing rights and freedoms for all - including freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
Congratulations to the following teachers for their on-going support for Social Justice. Their school projects were supported by the Human Rights Committee.
Gina Carvalho and Kristine Bayou - St. Gregory's
Their project of obtaining supplies for Christmas Ornaments, Valentine and Easter Baskets will support building a school overseas.
Michael Morris - Resurrection CSS
On-going support for "Into the Cold" and "Walk against Violence".
Zenalia Kroeger - Blessed Mother Teresa
To purchase fair trade Hot Chocolate to be sold during the Christmas Concert to provide funds for health care in Sierra Leone.
Mary McCallum Baldasaro - St. Teresa of Avila (Elmira)
To develop a teaching kit for teachers in Intermediate and Senior Divisions to teach about First Nations Residential Schools.
In December the Recognition Committee made donations to the following worthy charities:
Lutherwood, Ray of Hope, The United Way, The Working Centre, KW Counselling, Cambridge Shelter, Parents for Community Living and KidSport KW.
The 2015-2016 membership cards are being mailed out from OECTA Provincial very shortly. Teachers should receive them before they leave for their holiday break.
Are you interested in taking on a leadership role within OECTA?
OECTA will offer both the Foundational and Specialized Programs in the 2015-2016 school year. The Foundational Program will run with a capacity of 70 participants. One session each of Advocacy & Member Engagement, Collective Bargaining, Grievance Officer and Conflict Management specialized programs will be offered with a capacity of 30 participants in each. The four days of training are scheduled for March 31, April 1, May 19 and May 20, 2016 at the Hilton Suites Toronto, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham.
Please take a look at the attached information specifically if you have an interest in teaching gifted students ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 9. This unique opportunity offered through WLU is one that teachers will want to share!
Please see the attached poster regarding the OECTA Christmas Mass on Wednesday December 9, 2015, at 4 pm at the OECTA Office.
The theme of the Mass is Oh Come Let Us Adore Him, and in this spirit we are asking that you bring an unwrapped toy for our toy drive.
The Mass will be followed by a dinner, so please RSVP by December 4 so we can determine how much food to order.
Please be advised that the suspension of the Faculty of Education practicum at Nipissing University has been lifted as a tentative agreement has been reached. Associate teachers may resume their voluntary activities with faculty students as of Monday, November 30, 2015.
Click here for a special statement about the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, December 6.
Click here to read a statement by OFL president Sid Ryan about the recent world events.
As you are aware, Provincial AGM is held the first weekend of March Break. This year, that falls on March 12-14.
Every Unit sends delegations to the AGM to debate and discuss resolutions which will be sent out to the membership shortly.
If you are interested in being a delegate to AGM, please refer to the email sent out by Chris today. Download the form, complete it, and either email it to the office or send in a printed copy.
Applications are due into the office by December 8.
Tuesday, October 27 the Legislation Committee will be meeting to look over our bylaws, constitution, and any motions to be brought forward at Provincial AGM in March. If you are considering submitting resolutions, please forward them to the office ASAP.
Yesterday evening, your finance committee met to set the budget for this fiscal year. The budget, which was passed in principle in May, was fine tuned based on the closing numbers at fiscal year-end, June 30.
The budget will presented to the membership at our Fall General Meeting on November 9.
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