March 26, 2021

March 26, 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

Playground Survey. Our management team is exploring updating the playground on the south side of 35 Charles St. W. Now’s your chance to let us know what you’d like to see! Families can participate by filling out our survey at https://baseline.campuslabs.ca/ut/sfhpes by April 2nd. Only one survey per household. We’re looking forward to receiving your feedback!

Dream Playground Art. Thanks to everyone that took the time to participate in our Dream Playground drawing activity! The following three residents had their names drawn to receive $25 to Indigo Books:

Amelia D. (five years old)
Deon H. (eight years old)
Lavrin T. (seven years old)

Take a few minutes to watch our slideshow of all the fantastic entries we received!

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.

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

“Chag Pesach Sameach” to all residents celebrating Passover over the next week!

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. Spaces are still available!

Earth Hour. As most of you know this Saturday, March 27th is Earth Hour. We are sorry that we can’t get together again this year for this special event, but do want you to know a bit more about Earth Hour and how you can mark this event from your own home. Switch off your lights for an hour on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:30 pm your local time.

Plan on staying in? We’ve put together a list of 20+ things you can do for a memorable (and impactful) on-the-night experience all from comfort of your home!

To find out more just go to: https://www.earthhour.org/ . They have information on Earth Hour, the history of Earth Hour and lots of fun and creative ways to mark this important global environmental event!

ARCDO Anti-Asian Racism Programming. The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre invites the University of Toronto community and external community members to join us in a series of collective healing spaces to denounce anti-Asian racism, misogyny and all forms of racial and gender-based violence. Let us centre love, restoration and action as we navigate these challenging times together.

These following events are free and open to faculty, staff, students and the external community.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 • 10:00am – 11:30am ESTShared Unity, Shared Action: Dismantling Anti-Asian Racism

  • Includes a presentation and Q &A with May Lui, Educator and Consultant, on the topic, “Confronting Anti-Asian Racism: What you Need to Know”.
  • This conversation will explore the complexities of anti-Asian racism, its impact and the principles that must be centered as we move forward to meaningful change.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm ESTPurposeful Resilience: Restoration through Dialogue and Meditation

  • We invite members of the Asian community to a curated space of healing that supports the reprioritization of self-care and compassion. 
  • Includes a community dialogue facilitated by Jia Yao from the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre, followed by a restorative movement and meditation practice led by Anne Chan.

For further information and registration, please visit the ARCDO website.

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

The Family Care Office at the University of Toronto would appreciate if students with family responsibilities can take 5-10 minutes to answer the survey questions found in this link:  : https://baseline.campuslabs.ca/uot/sfrs

The mission of the Family Care Office is to provide confidential guidance, resources, referrals, educational programming and advocacy for the University of Toronto community and their families.

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.

Springtime Origami for Students

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Let’s celebrate Spring! Origami instructors will teach us how to fold bunnies, a flower basket, egg holders and more! Children are also welcome. The session will include breakout rooms to accommodate kids and complete beginners (~10 folds per model) and intermediate level.

All prospective, new, current U of T students and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required. A joint event by APUS, UTFOLD and the Family Care Office.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.