May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021

Weekly updates for Student Family Housing residents:

Residence Office and Admissions.

This a friendly reminder that the office is closed to the public 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. In lieu of confronting fellow residents directly about apartment conflicts, noise, etc., residents are urged to call Security for the safety of all involved, especially at this time.

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

Asian Heritage Month. In May, Canada celebrates Asian Heritage month. Toronto Public Library is offering a great series of virtual programs to celebrate Asian heritage in Canada.

Plumbing and Prohibited Appliances. The building continues to have higher than normal reports of clogged sinks, foam, etc. indicating that surrounding units could be using prohibited portable dishwashers and washing machines. These appliances cause a major strain on our older plumbing systems – if you are using one, please stop immediately; you may be held financially responsible for any damage caused.

Booking Vaccines. This week the City of Toronto partnered with Vaccine Hunters Canada to help promote clinics across the city. Check regularly on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vaxhunterscan) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/VaxHuntersCan) for real-time updates on vaccine availability across the city. For clinics targeted to our location, search “M4Y” on these sites regularly. Many sites are currently opening to all “M” postal codes. Also, the City of Toronto vaccination website will be updated regularly to reflect the changing eligibility criteria for vaccination.

Parcels in LobbyWe’ve recently been having issues with couriers (Amazon, etc.) leaving parcels in the lobby in lieu of door-to-door delivery. Security works to deter them, but it continues to happen. If you’re expecting a parcel, please set a delivery alert so you can either directly retrieve it, or ask a friend to do so. If you’re not at home, consider using a pickup point – there are several in the area that most couriers will use. The Residence Office is working to prevent this from happening, and is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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 May 31st to move out on July 31st
Submit by June 30th to move out on August 31st
Submit by July 31st to move out on September 30th

Residence Life Updates and Resources

United Hearts for Canada Partnership. Starting this May, the Student Family Housing Residence Life team is partnering with United Hearts for Canada to offer free items, from toiletries to clothing to school essentials, to our residents in need.

As goods become available, information will be posted on Instagram, Facebook and the weekly blog to sign up for a contact-free drop off of items. So follow us for your opportunity to participate!

Spring Programs. Our Community and Recreation team has a great line-up of virtual programs this spring, including the ever popular tutoring program for residents ages 6-13. Register online at uoft.me/sfhevents.

Upcoming UofT Programming. 

Blues Around the World Virtual 5k. Residents are invited to join in to the upcoming UofT Virtual 5k on June 26 – for more info, visit the Varsity Blues website.

Writing and Wellness Meet Up for Grad Students. Do you need to write this summer? Want to do it together? Create & Connect is a virtual writing meet up for graduate students. In each class we will:

  • Get to know one another and our writing goals.
  • Engage in creative writing exercises to spark creative thinking for the work ahead.
  • Write independently, together!
  • Take a short movement break such as gentle yoga, mindful walking, or mindful movement.
  • Connect at the end in small groups at talk about how the writing is going

This workshop is open to graduate students only. Students from all departments welcome.

Dates: May 19th, 26th, June 2, 9, 16 – 5 weeks

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Place: Zoom

REGISTER HERE

Academic Success Accountability Group. Academic Success and Accessibility Services are launching a pilot Accountability Group program (“Managing Mondays and Follow-up Fridays”) that is open to all students this summer, starting on Monday, May 10th. https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/…/accountability-group…/These online group sessions are designed to be short but impactful (40min or less!) in order to get students on their way and will be co-facilitated by learning strategists and student peer mentors from both departments.

Feel Good Friday Meditation Breaks! The weekend is almost here!  Let’s get through Friday together. Join graduate students from across many academic departments as they lead a variety of mindfulness meditations.

We know you are busy so late arrivals and early departures are not a problem. All students, faculty and staff across all campuses are welcome to join us. 

Register and Zoom details will be emailed to you.  By registering you also get those handy reminders that help us keep our commitments to ourselves.

Cameras can be on or off, whatever works best for you.
Practices are secular.

4 Weeks – Starts April 30th 12-1PM

Register Here :

***Remember to register for each week so you get those reminders 

Take some time to check out the great upcoming workshops from the Family Care Office!

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.