March 5, 2021

March 5, 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.

Locker Access Hours. In order to balance the tasks Security is responsible for and optimize their presence in the buildings, there have been a few changes to the locker access times.  Please take a moment to review the following updated schedule of locker access times, and share it with your family members:

Mondays: 7pm – 11pm
Tuesdays: 5pm – 11pm
Wednesdays: 7pm – 11pm
Thursdays: 7pm – 11pm
Fridays: 7pm – 11pm
Saturdays: 5pm – 11pm
Sundays: 5pm – 11pm

Security can be contacted at 416-729-1592.  Depending upon demand at that time, there could be a short wait for locker access; please take this into consideration when making arrangements.

Residence Reminders and Updates

LMR Top-up Info. The Residence Office has recently had some inquiries about our process for determining the last month’s rent (LMR) top-up.  We’ve put together information residents can reference on our website. If you have any additional questions regarding the LMR top-up, please email our Residence Communications Assistant, Michelle Tran, at emt.tran@utoronto.ca

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.

Covid Vaccine Information from our City Councillor. Kristyn Wong-Tam, our city councillor, has provided an updated post on the vaccine roll-out for downtown Toronto. We will continue to update residents with information on vaccine availability as it comes forward in the coming months.

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 March 31st to move out on May 31st
Submit by April 30th to move out on June 30th
Submit by May 31st to move out on July 31st

Residence Life Updates and Resources

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. Registration for Saturday Yoga at http://uoft.me/sfhevents.

Zentangling for Adults. Are you looking for opportunities to be creative and imaginative yet relax and improve your focus? Join us for a 4-week Zen Tangling series starting March 15th from 3:30-5pm, run by RAs Sujata and Nushrat. Please email sfh.purple@utoronto.ca or sfh.green@utoronto.ca to register for the series.

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. 

Family Care Office Updates

Mental Health for New Parents during the Pandemic – Thursday, March 11
This workshop will explore issues new parents face and how they can find resources and support during the pandemic. Most new parents struggle with a lack of sleep, needing support, mental health, infant care, and more. Learn strategies to care for your baby’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs while taking care of your self too. Discover strategies, tools, and resources to help.

Chat with Family Care Advisor – for Prospective and Current Student Families – Friday, March 12
A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:
• Child care & child care subsidies
• Schools
• Children’s programs
• Balancing study and family responsibilities
• How to get connected with a peer mentor
• Other issues that you might have to deal with as a student parent

Stress Management for the Sandwich Generation – Wednesday, March 24
Are you juggling the responsibility of caring for aging parents while supporting your own children? Have you ever felt that there is too much going on? That there is so much on yor plate? Between your job, commute, dreams, family, (insert your issue here), you can’t find time to breathe? You are not alone! Learn how you can alleviate your stress and take control of your response when you are juggling multiple responsibilities. Join us for a 90-minute session, where you will discover 3 simple keys to managing stress in healthy ways, and you will walk away with transformational tools that you can use to minimize the chaos right away.

Elder Care – Long Term Care Planning: What Is It And Why We Should Care – Thursday, March 25
Join us for a workshop that will help you answer the following care questions: If something were to suddenly happen, who would take care of my loved one? How would I or my loved one pay for that care? The vast majority of us want to age with dignity and control. But that takes long term care planning, and this planning— which involves more than just money—needs to be a part of every financial and/or retirement plan written today.

Family Support Series: Self-Care for Caregivers – Tuesday, April 6
The last thing caregivers need is another item to add to the to-do list and another thing to feel guilty about. In this interactive session, we will consider the complex experience of caregiving and all the feelings that come with that. Together we will discuss and practice simple strategies that don’t take much time at all and that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. We will reframe self-care and affirm what participants are already doing to cope with caregiving, already a uniquely difficult journey, now made even harder by the pandemic.

CIE Events

March 2: Share what “Friendships in Films” means to you in the next Intercultural Film Series session. 

March 3: Gain practical skills for career exploration in this student led initiative funded by International Student Experience Awards. 

March 4 & 9: Join Global Chatter Hour to connect with other international students, facilitated by CIE’s International Student Experience Ambassadors.  

March 8: Learn more about filing your Canadian income taxes as an international student. 

March 10:  Reflect on job search strategies in Canada during this job navigation workshop for international students. 

March 22: Take part in this interactive AGO workshop exploring the theme of Art and the Canadian Identity and including an artmaking activity with materials easily accessible from home. 

March 23: Learn more about common scams and financial frauds and how to protect yourself at this informative session hosted by UofT’s Investor Protection Clinic. 

March 23 & 24: Join Global Chatter Hour to connect with other international students, facilitated by CIE’s International Student Experience Ambassadors.  

March 24: Learn more about filing your Canadian income taxes as an international student. 

March 24: Hear from UofT alumnus Edmund Koh, President of UBS Asia Pacific on global citizenship and perspectives during this month’s “An International Conversation with” session. 

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