February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

Weekly updates for Student Family Housing residents:

Residence Office and Admissions.

This a friendly reminder that the office is closed during the pandemic to reduce health risks to residents and staff. We are still here to help, but for the health and safety of all, please do not come to our offices unless instructed to do so by a staff member. Office staff will not be answering the door unless an appointment has been arranged. For assistance, please call the Residence Office on 416-978-8304 or charles.street@utoronto.ca.

For eligibility concerns or lease information please contact the Admissions at 416-978-8049 or apply.familyhousing@utoronto.ca.

If you need to deliver cheques, forms and notices please use the secure drop box outside of the Residence Office – suite 102. If you are not sure please call or email ahead of time. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this health emergency and stay safe.

Security. Our Security staff continue to be available 24/7 via phone at 416-729-1592. If your security concern requires any type of follow up, please leave the guard a phone number to contact you, to avoid face-to-face interactions where possible.

Residence Reminders and Updates

Playground Project and Drawings. University Family Housing will be seeking proposals for enhancements to our existing playground located at 35 Charles St W. We want to provide a welcoming and improved local play experience for children and will explore creating a new modern updated play area that will replace the existing structure, new sandbox area, new and improved seating and a higher metal fence.

We know how important this playground is to our student family community – to both our children and the families that congregate within the playground. It is important that we hear from our community as suggestions and recommendations will help us during the initial design process. To get our children involved, we will be asking them to draw their dream playground; we’ll share submissions via social media and have a draw for three Indigo gift cards. Submissions can be sent to sfh.reslife@utoronto.ca by March 1st, 2021. Following this, we’ll be releasing a survey so that children and parents can share some additional information about what they like about the current playground, what they would like to see improved, and why they enjoy visiting the playground in general.

This is an exciting initiative, and we look forward to compiling all the creative drawings and suggestions from our community so that we can deliver a new and improved space that our student families will enjoy for years to come.

Construction Project Updates. For ongoing information on the construction project that will soon begin at 30 Charles/730 Yonge, please visit the construction project updates section of our website.

Smoke Alarm Reminder. If you are cooking in your apartment, please take care to make sure the stove is always supervised and turned off when leaving the unit. If you happen to trigger the smoke detector, please clear smoke out of your apartment by opening windows and the balcony door. Do not open the door to the hallway. Doing so can trigger the central fire alarm, causing a disturbance to the community, and more importantly, causing emergency services to needlessly come on-site.

Phishing Scams. It has come to our attention that during lockdown there has been an increase in phishing, both at the university and beyond. The Ontario government and the University have resources regarding this.

Smoking in Residence. In recent months there has been a great increase in smoke complaints in our buildings. This is not acceptable, and we are working to identify units involved, as this is in violation of the lease agreement. If you are smelling smoke, please notify security, as well as emailing your RA or sfh.reslife@utoronto.ca. The residence life team will ask further questions to try to identify the offending apartment, with the help of any evidence provided by security. Following both these steps is essential to identifying the issue as soon as possible.

Rent schedule. In order to make this easier to follow and avoid having to pay an extra month’s rent, please use this chart as a guide:
Submit by February 28th to move out on April 30th
Submit by March 31st to move out on May 31st
Submit by April 30th to move out on June 30th

Residence Life Updates and Resources

Women’s Wellness. The 2021 Student Family Housing exclusive series Women’s Wellness, running this February and March, is still accepting registrations! Take some time from your busy schedule to relax, connect with other residents online and learn how to attend to your physical, mental and spiritual well-being through discussion and learning strategies and tips.  Raffle prizes each session! We strongly encourage participants to register for all sessions in order to receive the full benefits of this series. Registration is open to all female identified students and female identified student partners/spouses residing in Student Family Housing.

Virtual Yoga.  On Fridays we have an ongoing yoga class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and on Saturday’s beginning on March 13th we’ll have an Introduction to Yoga class from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Interested people should email me at sfh.recreation@utoronto.ca and I’ll get them the zoom information for both classes. 

Recycling Info for families.  Your Residence Life staff have compiled a great list of recycling resources for families.  For more great tips, check out our Instagram (@sfhreslife):

Book Reading: The Earth Gives More – with Brit and Mosie

Recycled Gift Wrapping – with Katherine

5 Ways to Make our Diet Better for the Environment – with Katherine

Eco-Friendly Back to School Tips – with Michelle

Eco-Friendly Back to School Tips – with Michelle pt. 2

Cereal Box File Folders – with Katherine

How to Grow Kitchen Scraps – with Mika

How to Make Paper – with Mika

Activity: Pollution Catcher – with Michelle

Easy Energy Saving tips – with Michelle!

Go Green: Homemade Compost!

Art Around the House: Robot from Recyclables – with Kate

Virtual Bulletin Board. To find out what’s going on in our building, campus and community, watch our virtual bulletin board for up-to-date information.

RA Contact Info and Office Hours. If you’d like to meet with your RA, please visit them during their daily Zoom office hours, or contact them to arrange an online meeting. 

Upcoming Family Care Office Events

February 2021

Online Behaviour Guidance Series
Monday, February 22

Elder Care: Safety at Home
Wednesday, February 24 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

CIE Events

February 25: See if you have what it takes to help your team solve a virtual escape room. 

Every Wed & Thurs: It’s not too late to join the Language Exchange Program! 

Intercultural Teaching Circle for TAs.  TATP, CIE, and Academic Success are partnering on a conversational program called “Intercultural Teaching Circles”, directed at both domestic and international teaching assistants (TAs). The goal is for these TAs to discuss and co-create intercultural communication strategies as they pertain to inclusive teaching and learning practices.

The dates of the teaching circles are:

  • Wednesday, February 24th, 1pm – 2pm EST
  • Wednesday,  March 31st, 1pm – 2pm EST
  • Wednesday, April 28th, 1pm – 2pm EST
  • Wednesday, May 26th, 1pm – 2pm EST

Note: We will also offer drop-in hours on these days at 9am EST for students situated in different time zones.

Follow this link to self-enroll in the program: https://q.utoronto.ca/enroll/LT746M and please contact Yaseen Ali you have any questions at yaseen.ali@utoronto.ca

In addition, the CIE’s Winter Wellness Challenge is taking place from now until March 14th to encourage international students to try different wellness activities. All students can participate and have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate towards the wellness activity of their choice. 

Graduate Student Life Events

Optimize your Graduate Student Experience Week: Connect and Thrive as you Work Remotely  

March 8-12, 2021 

GRADS: Join your graduate peers for a week of virtual workshops and events and learn ways to thrive personally and academically as you work from home.

Sessions include practicing talking to new people online, learning tools for being productive from home and facilitating teams remotely. Connect with your graduate peers. Space is limited. 

 uoft.me/grad-week-21 Register for all sessions via CLNX. Offered in partnership with Academic Success, and U of T’s Poet in Community program.

 Monday, March 8 Build your Productivity Toolkit to Support Working Remotely as a Graduate Student

Staying on The Path: An Offer from an Indigenous Perspective on Self-Care and Wellness

Tuesday, March 9 Talking to New People Online for Graduate Students 
Wednesday, March 10 9 Ways to Find Community as a Graduate Student While Working from Home
 Thursday, March 11 How to Be a 3D Person in a Flat-Screened World for Graduate Students
 Friday, March 12 How to Facilitate Teams Effectively Online During Graduate School

Virtual Speed Networking for Graduate Students (Finale)