Welcome to 2016

Welcome back …… I hope that everyone had a restful holiday and had a great first week back. The OSSTF ESS Labour Management team (myself, Kristen Garrett-Spanswick, Tracey Roddy, Susan Bolton and Rose Angotti)  will be meeting with the board this week to  discuss the merging of language from the central and local agreements to form our collective agreement. The board processed the lump sum payment for members and we should  have received the  payments on the January 8th pay. Please check your pay stubs. Day to day temporary support staff will also receive their retro-active payments on their next pay as well.  We will continue to provide updates to the membership via our blog and if you have any suggestions or input please feel free to let me know.

Have you joined our Facebook page?

download (1)    OSSTF District 9 represents over 1500 Secondary School Contract and Occasional Teachers, Educational Support Staff, Professional Support Services Personnel, Linc and Employment Counsellors, Continuing Education Instructors. We use the closed group to share information and events that are available for all members of the District.


Click here to join OSSTF District 9 Facebook page

Want to win some SWAG?

The First 10 members that email me at mhradowy@osstf9.com with the correct answer (from previous blogs) will be sent OSSTF Swag in the courier.

  1. What have the OMERS contribution rates been set to for 2016?
  2. When is the OSSTF Team walking in the Coldest Night of the Year?


TEE TIME! Member Engagement Presents……

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Retirement Pension Workshops

If you are a qualified teacher you can also sign up for The Teachers Pension Plan workshop, all other members can attend the OMERS workshop.





We make it quick, convenient and easy to access plan member benefit details online. Register for Plan Member Online Services at greenshield.ca!

Greenshield Website-Sign up for a chance to win a Mini-Ipad


Brag on the Blog!

We need your ideas and suggestions!

We are starting a new feature on the blog and we are titling it “Brag on the Blog”. We need your help and suggestions to share programming ideas with other members of the bargaining unit. There are a number of unique programming ideas which will help in our roles and we want to share those ideas with everyone through the Educational Support Staff blog….simply send a short description of the program in a WORD document as well as a few pictures to my attention (Martha Hradowy)and I will include the programming idea here on the blog!!

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Information shared by:
Sue Bolton from Lakeshore Discovery Educational Assistant, Executive Officer Educational Support Staff Executive

The Book Creator app is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picture books, photo books, comic books, journals, textbooks and more.

Perfect for the Classroom:
Book Creator is open-ended, creative and cross curricular, and is one of the most popular iPad apps for teachers across the world.
The app includes a short tutorial that makes it easy to learn how to create any kind of books. It is free to try the app but well worth the $5.79 for unlimited book making and extra creative features.

A social video e-story using Book Creator demonstrates to students appropriate interactions with their bus driver.



– add text, choosing from 50 fonts on the iPad
– Add photos and images from your iPad’s photo library, from the web, or use the iPad’s camera
– Resize, rotate and position images as you like with guidelines and snap positioning
– Add video and music, and even record your voice

– Use the pen tool to draw and annotate your book
– Choose from portrait, landscape or square book sizes
– A quick tap and you’re reading your book in iBooks
See examples of published books at pinterest.com/bookcreator.

Support Worker Deaf and Hard of Hearing members could create videos to tell a social story  using Book Creator

I  have included a Book Creator sample below from my LD student about some Mischief Elves. It didn’t take long to create and I was able to print it at school. It was very easy to learn and my student was very happy with the final result.







Author: Martha Hradowy

President of the Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit District 9

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