The ETFO eNewsletter Vol. 11 No. 5 - November 14, 2016
Updated: ETFO Assessment Website
Check out the ETFO Members Sharing in Assessment website this month as many tools have just been added to the site. Browse through the Gallery Walk and then access new tools that will support you with your daily classroom assessment. Watch videos to hear members talking about the tools and how they use them.
PRS Matters Bulletin: Employee Records

ETFO PRS - just a call away
Volume #90 of the PRS Matters bulletin advises members to regularly monitor their employee records such as their pay statements and sick leave usage. The bulletin also reminds members to maintain receipts and records of any electronic submissions they make for reimbursement through their benefit plan.

Social Justice Begins With Me

Social Justice Begins With Me
Social Justice Begins With Me is an ETFO literature-based resource kit for the Early Years to Grade 8 that addresses issues of equity and social justice. For more information on Social Justice Begins With Me, visit the ETFO website.
What's in a Student Safety Plan?

Health _ Safety - make it happen
A Student Safety Plan is developed for a student whose high-risk behaviours--including violence--pose an ongoing risk of physical injury to self or others at school. It is based on the findings of a risk assessment. 

The Safety Plan includes information such as a description of the high risk behaviours, including violence; preventative and protective strategies; getting immediate assistance; crisis response; first aid; emergency procedures; and reporting requirements.

The Safety Plan is reviewed and revised as often as necessary to control the risks of harm. If you believe that a safety plan is needed, or that it's time to revise the current version, then make a request to your principal.

What else can you do? Get advice and support from your ETFO local. Review PRS Matters Bulletin #80, The Student Safety Plan. And check out for more information.

ETFO's Heart and Art Blog

Heart and Art blog
A plethora of interesting posts have been added to the blog in the past few weeks. Enjoy!
Use your valid member card to access discounts

Edvantage logo
As a member of ETFO, you're automatically enrolled in the Edvantage Program
This program gives you discounts and special deals from retailers throughout Ontario a nd around the world. It is free to ETFO members and their families--all that's needed is a valid ETFO member card . Your 2017 validation sticker will be included in the winter issue of Voice Magazine. If you are a digital-only subscriber, please contact your steward in order to receive your sticker.
LGBTQ Inclusive SchoolPlace Starts Here - Video _ Resource
LGBTQ Inclusive SchoolPlace

This LGBTQ Inclusive SchoolPlace Starts Here video and accompanying resource guide has sparked conversation and ongoing dialogue amongst ETFO members, administrators and family members.

the ETFO website for a preview of the video, information about professional development, what our members are saying and a sneak peak of the resource guide.
  • Enter your class in Community Living Ontario's Together We're Better Contest. Send in videos, poems or stories that show how "together we're better" because students of all abilities are included. The contest is open to all elementary students between the ages of 4 and 14.
  • Worried about your use of copyright-protected materials in the classroom? The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) has just launched The Copyright Decision Tool designed to help educators determine what can and can't be done without having to pay royalties or get copyright permission. Resources on copyright are also available on the ETFO website.
  • To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation is introducing an Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative to help make Canada more inclusive and accessible. Visit to access grants, free presentations, and educator resources.
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