Save the Date- New Members Conference
April 29-30th, 2016 A conference for new members with up to 10 years experience. The conference will take place at the International Plaza Hotel. Watch the OSSTF provincial website for more information. Remember we have Individual PD money that members can access of up to $800.00 every other school year. For more information contact our New Member Engagement Representative Tyler Campbell at Southwood PS.
Attendance Management Update
Kristen, myself and representatives from the OSSTF Teacher bargaining unit met with the Board on Thursday February 4th, 2015 to raise concerns with respect to the implementation of the Attendance Management Program. We raised some very specific issues that we would like the Board to address.
- We said the BAR was too low and that the average should be reviewed.
- Proper Communication to members and the union was not received as to when the board would start reviewing the period of absences.
- 12 rolling months was not the same as 12 calendar months
- The current Disability Management program does not reflect the new Central Table language and negotiated improvements for our members.
The Board received our concerns and we received a commitment from the Board to reconvene before the end of the month to respond to our concerns. I do feel that the Board did understand that they needed to review the implementation of the program. We will provide updates to the membership as we receive them.
Federation Family Education Fund
(information courtesy of OSSTF website) The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation established this fund to assist financially the children of OSSTF/FEESO members (or deceased members) to obtain their first degree/diploma/certificate or apprenticeship. Ten $1,500 bursaries are available this year. Bursaries are awarded through a lottery process.
The following are the criteria for the Federation Family Education Fund:
The applicant must be a dependent child or ward of a member, or deceased member, of OSSTF/FEESO in good standing.
The applicant must have applied to enter a publicly-funded post-secondary college or university program or an apprenticeship program that includes an academic portion offered through a college.
Interpretation and administration of the terms of this fund are at the discretion of the OSSTF/FEESO Educational Services Committee subject to the approval of the Provincial Executive.
All awards are made conditional upon the recipient being enrolled in the program and proof of tuition paid equal to or greater than the $1,500. It is the responsibility of all successful applicants to ensure that documentation confirming enrollment and paid tuition is received at:
Attn: Karen Metherall
60 Mobile Drive
Only on-line applications will be accepted.
Although one may apply multiple years, applicants may only receive funding in the amount of $1,500 once in a lifetime.Online Application Here
Applications must be received at OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Office no later than April 15.
Due to the overwhelming number of applicants, only award winners will receive notification in June. The list of winners will be posted by the end of June on the OSSTF/FEESO website as a related link under the Federation Family Education Fund web page and the list will also be published in the Fall issue of Update.
Open to all Members This is a reminder about the council meeting being held at the District office on Thursday, February 18th at 4:30 p.m 547 Victoria Avenue. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, February 11th if you wish to attend in a non-voting capacity.
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Please encourage families to choose the GECDSB for their journey in learning! Our Kindergarten programs are facilitated by excellent Early Childhood Educators and Educational Support Staff and we would be proud to support their children and families in their learning!!