January 15, 2020

January 15, 2020

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. 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

From our Assistant Director, Apostolo Zeno:

“To all Residents of 30 and 35 Charles,

The Province of Ontario recently declared a State of Emergency and imposed a “stay-at-home” order as of Thursday, January 14, 2021.  This means that people should only go out for essential purposes.  The government has defined essential as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, leaving your residence for exercise or for essential work. Additional public health measures are also in effect including: 

  • restricting outdoor gatherings to 5 people,  
  • a new recommendation that masks be worn outdoors when physical distancing of 2 meters is not possible. This is in addition to the requirement for masks in indoor spaces. 
  • Face coverings or masks are to be worn in hallways, elevators and stairways. 
  • New enforcement measures will be in place and those not abiding by the order could be subject to fines and/or prosecution. 

As part of the stay-at-home order, all school-age students will be attending virtual school at home with their families.  During this unprecedented time, with so many of our residents at home, we must all have realistic expectations regarding noise levels in these building; these young students are partaking in music class, gym class, recess and lunch breaks, etc., all from their apartments.  We strongly suggest those attempting to work from home to purchase noise cancelling headphones, and that those contacting Security with noise complaints consider the circumstances under which families with children are living during this time.   

While we cannot be together in person, I urge you to take advantage of the many programs and services available to you online. Virtual programming continues to be offered by Hart HouseSport & RecFamily Care, the Centre for International Experience, and Student Life

Here at Student Family Housing, we continue to offer a wide range of virtual programming initiatives for both children and adults alike. You can find out more about these by visiting us on our Instagram @sfhreslife, Facebook @UofTSFH, and by visiting the blog section of our website. 

In an effort to provide additional outdoor space for resident use, we have decided to keep the Roof Garden open throughout the winter months. The space will be open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm weather permitting and some sections will be restricted in order to address safety concerns. Aligning with the Province’s outdoor gathering restrictions, we are limiting occupancy to the Roof Garden to 5 people.  

We are also keeping the playground open and ask that physical distancing is maintained and that users abide by the new outdoor gathering limits of 5 persons. Signage will be posted in both locations. 

We want to hear from you! Over the coming weeks we intend to host a virtual brainstorm session with our Student Family community. This is a great opportunity for our staff and community to work collaboratively to think through some creative and unique approaches to our program delivery so that we can provide programming initiatives with your input in mind. Please stay tuned for further information on this initiative. 

The University recognizes the extraordinary impact of the pandemic on your year and I want to personally thank you for your perseverance as we navigate this together.  

As a reminder, please do not hesitate to reach out to staff if you have questions, ideas, or concerns.  We are here to support you.”

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 January 31st to move out on March 31st
Submit by February 28th to move out on April 30th
Submit by March 31st to move out on May 31st

Residence Life Updates and Resources

Children’s Bike Giveaway. Bikechain is excited to offer free secondhand
bicycles, bike lights, and helmets to up to 20 children and youth living in Student Family Housing. Hurry! Bikes will be given on a first
come first-served basis. REGISTER TODAY AT
HTTPS://BIT.LY/38VTEI6. For more information contact
bikechainuoft@gmail.com.

New Programs for 2021. Check out the great offerings for you and your children for the new year. If you have questions or concerns, contact sfh.recreation@utoronto.ca.

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, resuming Monday, January 11, or contact them to arrange an online meeting. 

Upcoming Family Care Office Events

Expectant Parents Group
Starts Monday, January 18 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Life Management Series for Students: Manage Time, Manage Distractions
Thursday, January 21 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Consent for Families
Thursday, January 28 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Self-Advocacy for Students – Navigating the University
Friday, January 29 • 11:30 – 1:00 pm

Studying at Home with Children
Thursday, February 4 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Under the Iceberg of Separation and Divorce: An Online Discussion Group
Starts Thursday, February 4 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Becoming a Parent While in Graduate School: Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 4 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

From the School of Graduate Studies: Virtual Coffee Chats with Dean Barker

Share your experiences of graduate school and postdoctoral studies with the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at an informal virtual coffee chat along with other graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Help make a difference by providing feedback on your graduate or postdoctoral experience at U of T. What could be improved? What is working well? What do you wish you knew when you started your graduate or postdoctoral program?

These informal meetings have no agenda: feel free to bring whatever questions and topics for discussion you may have. Groups of approximately five graduate students or postdoctoral fellows will join the Dean on Zoom or Teams. Click here to register by January 29.

Upcoming CIE Events

January 15: Learn more about submitting an International Student Experience Award proposal. 

January 19: Discuss the relationships between food and culture as we talk about Food on Films at our next Intercultural Films Series session. 

January 21 & 26: Join Global Chatter Hour to connect with other international students, facilitated by CIE’s International Student Experience Ambassadors. 

January 21: Learn more about filing your Canadian income taxes as an international student. 

January 28: Discover the Service Canada programs and services available to you as an international student. 

January 28: Join us to learn about the different permanent residency programs at the next Permanent Residency Webinar. 

As always, students can register and find more details on CLNx. Thank you in advance for sharing widely with your student groups!