March 12, 2021

March 12, 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

COVID-19 Grey Zone. The City of Toronto has recently entered the Grey Zone of their COVID-19 response framework. Visit the city’s website for more information on what is allowed in this stage. A reminder that “bubbles” still do not exist and households should be remaining separate at this time.

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.

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

Residence Life Program Series. Your RA team is offering two new adult educational series – Peer-to-peer Spanish, launching March 13th and Zentangling, launching March 15th.

Financial Literacy Workshop. This workshop, offered exclusively to SFH residents, will help residents acquire and develop practical knowledge and skills to improve their financial well-being. March 24th, 3:30-4:30pm.

To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Sujata at sfh.green@utoronto.ca.

Introduction to Mindfulness. During these unprecedented times, we’re experiencing stress and uncertainty unlike before. Mindfulness is a practice with known positive benefits for mental health like stress reduction and increased resilience. If you’re curious and want to incorporate mindfulness into your self-care routine, then join us on March 23rd at 7:10 PM to learn more about mindfulness and try it out for yourself with a guided practice!  Lauren Brown, Mindfulness and Meditation Programming Coordinator, will be our instructor for the evening. 

To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, or if you have questions or requests for accommodation, please contact Kevin at sfh.yellow@utoronto.ca.

Communicating Your Skills: ​Resumes and Interviews. Curious to learn more about communicating your skills in a resume and interview? This interactive session with your peers and colleagues will help you foster understanding on how you can communicate your skills on application documents and during the job search. Friday, March 26, 2021 from 1 – 2:30 pm. If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send me an email at sfh.red@utoronto.ca to RSVP. Hope to see you there! 

Toronto’s Children’s Book Bank. The Children’s Book Bank is launching a mental health initiative to educate children about topics including immigration, family changes, and illness/death, through family friendly story time events. The story times can be found at the YouTube channel linked below. In addition, you can find updates and content from The Children’s Book Bank here: 

Website physical books can be accessed through the curbside pickup service – book online for a pickup time through the website!
YouTube 
Instagram
Facebook  
Twitter

Grad Minds conference. Grad Minds is proud to present their annual mental health conference: Finding Your Place in Virtual Space. The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly shifted the way we live our lives and has limited our interactions with others to online communities. Navigating one’s wellbeing and cultivating connections in these virtual spaces can be challenging. On Thursday, March 25th, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST, join Grad Minds and mental health leaders from across the country to explore resiliency and resolve during these uncertain times. All are welcome! For more information and to register, visit: gradminds-conference.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, or contact them to arrange an online meeting. 

Family Care Office Updates

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 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