Choosing Your Child’s Elementary School- Deadlines!

Choosing the right Kindergarten or Elementary School for your child can be an exciting decision. The Family Care Office recently held a panel discussion on the subject, where experts advised parents and guardians on how to pick the best schools for their kids.

The panellists urged parents to consider schooling options carefully. They suggested that parents think about which environments their children will do best in, and also which educational methods the parents prefer. The panellists also recommended that parents and guardians learn about neighbourhood schools by speaking to people knowledgeable about them, including local parents and real estate agents. Attending a Parent-Teacher Council meeting is also an excellent way to get a sense of a school’s environment.

You’ll find in this blog:

  1. Details on Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • French Immersion and Extended French
  • Alternative Schools
  • Optional Attendance
  • Before and After School Programming

2. Details on Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) Registration

  • Kindergarten Registration
  • French Immersion and Extended French

3. Information on school registration in the Region of Peel

1. Applying to Kindergarten in the Toronto District School Board

Children who will be four years old by December 31st, 2016 are eligible for Junior Kindergarten starting in September 2017; children who will be five by December 31st are eligible for Senior Kindergarten starting in September.

Kindergarten registration begins in February. To register, find a local school and visit it with the following documents:

  • Proof of child’s age (birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of address (two pieces of identification that show your address, such as a residential phone bill)
  • Proof of child’s immunization(this is a card provided to you by your doctor that shows a list of needles your child has received)
  • Verification of date of arrival (if applicable)

You must contact your local school for its specific registration dates and times.

French Immersion in the TDSB

Early French Immersion begins in Senior Kindergarten. To locate the French Immersion school in your area, you must first confirm the English school for your home address. The application deadline for the September 2017 year has passed. It was on December 1st, 2016.

The Junior Extended French program which has Grade 4 entry has an application deadline on February 2nd, 2017. The Intermediate Extended French program which has Grade 7 entry shares this deadline.

Alternative Schools

Admission to Alternative Schools is by lottery, but each school has its own admissions procedures and deadlines. You can apply to as many Alternative Schools as you want, anywhere in the city, but there is no busing service to these schools. Many schools have information nights in January and February. Make sure to attend a few so that you can get a feel for the school environment that would work best for your child.

Optional Attendance

Students have the right to attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address (‘local school’) but are permitted the opportunity to access schools outside of their district (‘optional attendance’). Acceptance to these schools is dependent on spaces being available as well as the program’s suitability. Schools accepting students on optional attendance are classified as ‘limited.’ If you are interested in a ‘limited’ school, contact its principal.

NOTE: The deadline to accept an optional attendance offer with an elementary or junior high school is Friday, March 24th, 2017. To accept the offer, you must contact the school directly.

Before and After School Programming

As part of the TDSB’s Kindergarten program, a Before and After School Program is offered. These programs will be made available at schools where there is a confirmed interest from the families of at least twenty children. You must complete a Kindergarten Before and After School Program Parent Survey of Interest each year and will receive confirmation if the program is to run in April. Families receiving a child care subsidy are able to request that it be applied to the Before and After School Program fees. For more information, contact your local school.

 

2. Applying to Kindergarten in the Toronto Catholic District School Board

All children born in 2013 are eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2017. NOTE: Non-Catholic children of non-Catholic parents who are not enrolled in the RCIA/RCIC program are not eligible for admission to a TCDSB elementary school.

Kindergarten registration begins on January 18th, 2017 at 10 a.m. To register, find a local Catholic school and visit it with the following documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Passport/immigration documents (if child not born in Canada)
  • Child’s immunization record (this is a card provided to you by your doctor that shows a list of needles your child has received)
  • Child’s Catholic Baptismal Certificate (or proof of parents’ Catholicity or RCIA/RCIC letter)
  • Proof of residency in Toronto

The TCDSB recommends that you call your local Catholic school for an appointment. Otherwise, you are able to register your child at https://soar.tcdsb.org/Login.aspx. Application forms will be available on Wednesday, January 18th at 10 a.m.

If you are not able to register in-person during the designated school day, most schools host extended hours for registration on one evening in January. Contact the Catholic school closest to you for more info. Registration remains open until August 2017, though parents/guardians are encouraged to apply early.

French Immersion in the TCDSB

The Toronto Catholic District School Board offers Core French, Elementary, and Secondary French Immersion. Contact the Catholic school nearest you which offers your desired program for more information.

NOTE: You do not have to speak French in order for your child to be successful in a French Immersion program!

 

3. School Registration in the Region of Peel

Check out our March 2016 blog post on registering for schools in the Peel Region.

Please note that Kindergarten registration is open in Peel. Schools will hold a Kindergarten Registration Week with special registration activities during Feb. 6 to 9, 2017.

 

 

Originally published in 2014 by Carla Murphy, updated and amended in 2017 by Gabriele Simmons

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Recognizing Aboriginal Life and Culture – FCO Library’s New Collection

The FCO library is pleased to announce that we now have a growing collection of books centered on Aboriginal Life and Culture. Our collection offers several children’s titles, such as Shin-chi’s Canoe and Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell and Kim LaFave (Illustrator). These books have received much praise and have recently won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year. They are fantastic books to read with your children to introduce them to Aboriginal life and native children’s experiences whilst attending residential schools.

Shin-chi's Canoe book

Shin-chi’s Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell and Kim LaFave (Illustrator)

For our adult readers desiring to learn more about Aboriginal life and culture, the library offers titles, such as Speaking My Truth and Life Stages and Native Women. An illuminating collection of essays, Speaking My Truth provides a more detailed account of the unfortunate injustices that Aboriginals experienced as a result of being taken away to residential schools. By this means, the authors strive to enhance discussion around reconciliation in Canada. Life Stages and Native Women, on the other hand, provides an intimate look at the lives of native women and the vital roles they play in sustaining the health of their native communities. With teachings gathered directly from native women in Canada, the author passionately shares the experiences of young native girls and women, touching upon their ever-changing responsibilities and traditions concerning pregnancy, child care, and more.

Life Stages and Native Women

Life Stages and Native Women by Kim Anderson

We invite you to come visit us at the FCO library and take one of these enlightening and thought provoking books home today! To browse through our complete Aboriginal Life and Culture collection please visit our LibGuide.      

If you are having trouble finding the information you need or would simply like a book recommendation on a family care topic, our library is happy to provide personal librarian services that you can access right from your desk. Alicja, our Library Communications Coordinator, is available to answer emails (alicja.adamczyk@mail.utoronto.ca) or drop-in queries on Mondays and Tuesdays between the hours of 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Written by FCO Library Communications Coordinator, Alicja Adamczyk. 

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PD Day Events in The GTA (January 20)

Haven’t got plans for your student’s January 20th PD Day yet?

Not to worry, we’ve got you covered!

Here are our 7 top picks for free and low-cost PD Day events across the GTA:

Bata Shoe Museum

If you’ve got the day off too, check out the Bata Shoe Museum’s Arts and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear exhibition with your little one. The museum is open from 10AM – 5PM. Student admission (with ID) is $8, adults are 14$, and kids enter for free!

White sneakers with blue LED soles on skateboard.

Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre

Now in its 20th season, Cow Over Moon is celebrating with its latest, most creative creation, Beauty and the Beast. There’s a show on January 20th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. While most appropriate for children ages 7 to 12 (the performance includes critical thinking, problem solving, and conflict resolution), it’s guaranteed to be a blast for the whole family. Tickets are $17 for adults and  $13.50 for kids.

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Try drop-in rock climbing with the kids! Full-time students and teachers get 15% off, so a day pass would only cost $15! That’s the same price for kids. They’re open 12 p.m.- 11 p.m. Orientation required for new climbers, shoe rentals available at the climbing gym.

Adult rock climbing in indoor gym

Steam Lab

This PD Day program is for kids aged 7 to 14 and it’s all about winter wearables clothing hacks! Kids’ll get to add LED’s and conductive materials to their winter clothing… From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $95/child, before and after care available.

Ontario Science Centre

Your little ones can take part in a full-day energy and physics day camp at the Ontario Science Centre. Watts Matter is for those ages 5 to 12 and is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at $75/child.

U of T’s U Can Move and Varsity Hockey Game

Check out the U Can Move physical literacy program from 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Following this, beginning at 7:00 pm, catch the Men’s Varsity Blues hockey game against U Windsor while sipping free hot chocolate! This event is no-cost. All participating family members must have tickets to participate – register at family.care@utoronto.ca

Hockey players on ice looking to goalie net.

Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library has a variety of PD Day activities across all of its branches! Find the library nearest you and see what events are happening (movies, Lego, Bingo and more!).

Enjoy!

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Starting Your Year Off Fresh

It seems like every time that January rolls around we promise ourselves to eat better, make more time for our family and friends, and to end our procrastination for good. Often times, the goals that we make are too lofty or unachievable and so after a few weeks are slowly let go. When making year-long intentions it’s important to start small. As well, they tend to work best when you consider making ones that work with your schedule and commitments. That way, you won’t experience the discouragement of not being able to keep them.

Here’s our list of 7 resolutions that involve the entire family. Better yet? It’s largely UofT-specific!

1. Expand your network – Being a parent- especially a student parent- can be isolating at times. Attending Family Care Office events is a great way to meet other student parents. We sometimes host kid-specific activities (U Can Move & Varsity Hockey Game), so even your little ones can make new friends! Another great spot is Hart House, which hosts free Family Sundays once a month.  And… are you in Graduate Studies? Then access U of T’s Grad Talks to build skills and gain balance!

Family Care Office text graphic with cartoon depictions of diverse families

2. Practice mindfulness – Mindfulness affects tangible, positive change in both children and adults’ management of their emotions. Parent Toolkit does a great job breaking down how to incorporate a practice of mindfulness into your family’s routine. One of their suggestions is creating a “‘mindfulness corner’” in a main area to act as a “zone of peace.” Another involves fridge notes that remind you to: “NOTICE emotions, NAME the emotion, ACCEPT what is going on, and BREATHE before jumping into action.” If you’re on-campus, make time to drop-in to the free meditation and yoga classes as your schedule allows.

3. Practice self-care – Schedule a block of time for weekly self-care, but try to ensure that you initiate mini-moments of the practice daily. This could include a family activity like reading a story together, but should also involve time designated for you alone. In these moments you can step away from your role as student/caregiver/etc. and just be you.

E-reader atop of colourful notebook with eyeglasses and ceramic mug beside it.

4. Be physically active – In case you aren’t able to make use of the University’s free drop-in recreation programs, make it a point to be physically active each day. Where possible, walk with your family instead of taking transit. Also, check out  the Athletic Centre schedule for low-cost drop-in family skating, squash and table tennis, and fun swim!

5. Focus on your mental health– Need support talking through family care-specific issues? You can always drop-in to see one of our Peer Mentors, or book a confidential one-on-one appointment with a Family Care Office Advisor. Our Mentors are available in-office twice a week and/or can be assigned specifically to you.

6. Get on-top of your budget– The Family Care Office is here to help you understand the financial resources made available at the University of Toronto as well as government benefits and tax credits. Check out the  Dollars for Daycare grant, a needs-based bursary open to full-time or part-time University of Toronto undergraduate students (including international students!) or peruse the financial resources section on our website to learn about additional resources.

7. Schedule weekly family meetings – Planning a weekly family meeting is something that many of our Peer Mentors swear by. This is because it allows everyone to slow down and to communicate with each other, work through any conflicts that have arisen, and plan the weekend!

Yellow sofa with gray pillow pictured from birds eye view.

These seven resolutions, with a bit of work, can be applied anytime throughout the year -January isn’t the only time to set goals! We hope that you and your family adopt whichever intentions work best for you, and that together you keep each other on track.

Let us know how it goes!

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Advocating Parenting Literacy

At a recent Grad Talk put on by the Family Care Office, which discussed the option of becoming a parent while pursuing graduate studies, one of the panelists was Nana Lee. Nana Lee is the Director of Graduate Professional Development at the University of Toronto and is also a lecturer. She is a huge advocate of parenting literacy. In her words, “In lieu of village wisdom, we have the next best thing – experts in various fields who pass along the wisdom in the form of books. I am an advocate of reading, attending these types of workshops, and asking other parents about the experience.”

For thousands of years, mothers and fathers have relied on their support systems, including grandmothers, aunts, and other mothers to provide insight as to how to raise their children. In the past, families lived close together and were always available to provide help and advice. Therefore, literacy during parenting received little importance or support. However, times have changed and these days parenting literacy is now receiving much attention again. Here is why parenting literacy is important and why you, as an expectant or new parent, should pick up a good parenting book today.

Limited Time and Separation from Extended Family

In the past, there was a high chance that mothers stayed at home to raise their children and as a result, had the time to seek advice from relatives and other loved ones. However, over the years our society has experienced a shift. In the 1960s, 65% of families had mothers who stayed home with their children whereas more recently in 2012, it was found that now only 22% of families have mothers who stay at home (Luscombe, 2014). For graduate students wishing to become parents, parenting may have its challenges, as school and other work responsibilities may limit the time that students have to seek wisdom and advice from family members and other outside support groups. Furthermore, graduate students may travel long distances to pursue their education and can experience separation from relatives and friends they would traditionally go to for support. Considering these factors, it is important for graduate students who are parents to seek advice and authoritative information by other means. Parenting books written by experts can provide this necessary information for parents.

Important Information That Our Support Systems Cannot Provide

Certain types of information important for child development can only be attained by reading expert books and articles. Necessary information that fits this category includes health information, since health suggestions for children are continually changing as new studies are performed. Health and nutrition information that family members and friends are able to offer may not always be up to date or reliable. As a result, parents should act on behalf of their children by practicing reading and educating themselves about current health and nutrition facts for children (Velardo & Drummond, 2013). This is of utmost importance, as parental health literacy directly influences how parents make health related decisions for their children, how parents speak to their children about health, and how parents create a healthy home environment (Velardo & Drummond, 2013).

Developing Your Own Parenting Style

By consistently seeking advice from extended family members and other supporters, certain parenting strategies or styles may be imposed onto new parents without their recognition. These specific styles may not always be the right style for a particular parent or their child. Luckily, numerous parenting books shed light on a multitude of parenting approaches and provide parents with the information they need to adopt a parenting style that is not only the best for their child, but also for themselves. Furthermore, expert titles encourage parents to discover their individual strengths and inspire parents to apply these strengths to their parenting practices. Considering this, parenting literacy has special importance in helping parents develop and nurture their own unique parenting style.

 

Feeling inspired to enhance your parenting literacy? Check out our TipSheet, which highlights great books suggestions for expectant parents. Also, listed below are some books that expectant or new parents have found extremely helpful in their parenting journey!

5 Love Languages of Children Book

Strengths Based Parenting Book

First Meals Your Questions Answered Book

Well Beings Book

Breaking the Good Mom Myth Book

If you have any questions about our library or collection please contact Alicja at alicja.adamczyk@mail.utoronto.ca. Alternatively, feel free to drop in and ask a question in person between the hours of 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Mondays, and 9:00am to 12:00pm on Wednesdays. To browse through our collection online please visit our LibGuide.

Written by FCO Library Communications Coordinator, Alicja Adamczyk. 

 

References

Luscombe, B. (2014). There is no longer any such thing as a typical family. Retrieved from http://time.com/3265733/nuclear-family-typical-society-parents-children-households-philip-cohen/

Velardo, S., & Drummond, M. (2013). Understanding parental health literacy and food related parenting practices. Health Sociology Review, 22(2), 137-150.

 

 

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How I Ended Up Taking My 2-Year-Old Daughter to Tutorial

PDH_Young Mom Studying With Infant Color-12 By Patrick House

Taking a 2-year-old to a tutorial sounds crazy, I know. But it really felt like I didn’t have a choice.

This all began because I’ve been planning a family trip to India for the winter break, and travelling to India means getting my daughter an Indian visa. I started my day by taking two buses, a subway, and another bus to get to BLS, the Indian visa application processing centre. Let me tell you, this place is not efficient: what I thought would be a one to two hour stop on my way to class ended up taking four hours! As the minutes passed I felt worse and worse; I kept stressing about missing my lectures. Because I hadn’t planned for those four hours that I lost, I ended up missing a lecture and getting to the university daycare when it was already nap time. We all know what arriving at nap time means: I couldn’t drop off my daughter.

At this point in time, I had to get to my tutorial. If I were to miss it, two points would be taken off my overall grade. Being a perfectionist means that I cannot stand missing a tutorial. Without other better choice, I decided to email my TA and ask her if I could bring my daughter to tutorial. She replied in less than five minutes saying it wasn’t a problem and that she would see both me and my daughter soon. I gave a sigh of relief… Ok, so I would not miss out on anything important and most important of all I would not be getting a grade penalty.

All the way to my Victoria College tutorial location, I prayed that my daughter would fall asleep. After all, it was her nap time. For a few minutes I thought this was the case- because she was quiet, but then I saw her smiling. This made me not as smiley…

When we got there we sat down and I put some Peppa Pig on the computer (with no voice). I waited for my little one to interrupt and to be difficult like we all know a toddler can be. But, to my surprise, she wasn’t, she was absolutely great! She didn’t even want to see the TV show. She listened when the TA spoke and laughed when everyone laughed. This made everyone laugh even harder. Together we had a great experience that reminded me of when I used to endlessly study while pregnant with her in my belly.

I wouldn’t say I think it’s possible to bring a 2-year-old with you to every lecture. But if your back is up again the wall and you have to bring your kid to university, don’t expect the worse, it might even be an enjoyable experience!

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The Joy of Reading

The winter break is the best time to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a good book. Whether you’re starting a new book or diving back into an old favourite, reading is a great way to unwind and clear your mind. Not sure what to read? No problem – we have tons of great reads for everyone…

  • Are you struggling to juggle your work and family life? Are you feeling overwhelmed and can’t seem to find any time for yourself? Come pick out one of our many titles on work-life balance. Our books provide advice on how to balance your responsibilities without giving up leisurely activities. Begin the New Year with a new plan, one that includes more of that precious and well deserved “me” time.
  • Are you looking for fun activities to keep your toddler engaged over the winter break? Whether you and your little one enjoy rhyming, singing, crafting, or dancing, our library has books that can help make playtime magical again!
  • Are you expecting a child? We have books for that! Our library offers books on infant care, infant sleep, breastfeeding, health, and much more!
  • Are you a new Dad? Confused about how to change a diaper the right way? Not sure how you should bond with your new baby? Well, you’re in luck. Our library has numerous Daddy survival guides to help ease your transition into fatherhood.
  • Are you a parent hoping to reconnect with your child? Our parenting section has titles that can help you learn how to be more present in your child’s life so that you and your child can build a stronger, more fulfilling relationship.

Here’s a list of some of our most popular and recommended reads! Also, be sure to check out our new titles on Aboriginal Life & Culture! Learn the truth about residential schools and the Native American community.

Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding

 

 

 

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep

 

 

 

 

The New Dad's Survival Guide

 

 

 

 

Overwhelmed Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

 

 

 

Child's Play

 

 

 

5 Love Languages of Children Book

 

 

 

Parenting with Presence

 

 

 

 

Speaking my Truth

  • Speaking My Truth edited by Shelagh Rogers, Mike DeGagne, Jonathan Dewar, and Glen Lowry

 

 

 

 

We hope that you’ll feel inspired to pick up a good book from our library.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Written by FCO Library Communications Coordinator, Alicja Adamczyk. 

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Financial Survival: Best Tips Contest

On January 25th, the Family Care Office and University of Toronto Student Union are hosting a Financial Survival Workshop and Fair! In advance of the date, we’re asking YOU to send us your best budgeting and saving tips. Send us an Email, Tweet, or Facebook message with the hashtag #FCOmoney and share with us your top advice. You’ll be entered into a draw to win two tickets to Hart House’s 5-buck lunch held on Tuesday, January 31st!

This contest is open to all current UofT students. DISCLAIMER:  The Family Care Office does not endorse and does not assume any responsibility for any of the tips submitted.

Event Details

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 3-4:30 pm

Location: Hart House’s East Common Room

Guest speaker Anne Arbour, financial educator from the Credit Counselling Society, will cover student-specific topics like debt, practical ways to budget, and how to handle your student loans. She’ll also address how best to manage large lump sums of money (OSAP!) when you’re trying to pay off debts and how to save for after graduation without affecting your eligibility for OSAP.

You’ll also get to learn about filling out UTSU’s Dollars for Daycare grant application, the Food Bank service, free income tax clinics, and more!

Coins stacked atop of budget sheet surrounded by pens

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Top 10 Things to Do with Kids Over the Holidays

It can be overwhelming, having your little ones at home over the winter break. How to keep them entertained in this cold weather? How not to go crazy?

Well, here are our top 10 things to do over the holidays that’ll occupy the entire family and that won’t break your bank:

1. Help out at Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank on one of its 2016 public food sort dates. You’ll be helping in the fight against hunger and will get to teach your little ones about the importance of giving back. Shifts are two and a half hours on: December 23rd, 27th, and 28th. Registration begins on December 6th at 10am. Children must be 8 and up to assist.

2. Sift through your family’s clothing and household items to determine what it is that you no longer make use of. The City of Toronto has compiled a Holiday Wish List of the           donations that local agencies supporting individuals living homeless or on the margins      are requesting. Your donation of gently used items could greatly impact the lives of the       individuals accessing these services.

3. Check out the ‘Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books’ event going on now to January 15th at the Toronto Reference Library.     You’ll find free guided tours, fairy tale storytimes, puppet shows, ballet workshops, a costume display from The National Ballet of Canada, and movie showings!Book lying open on wooden desk with christmas lights in background and yellow mug nearby

4. Head on over to the Toronto Zoo for Treats and Talks on Monday, December 26th for 50% off your Zoo admission! On this special day, pick from one of three Treks to attend to learn about different animals and to watch them enjoy special holiday treats.

5. Catch the Spectacle of Lights on Toronto’s Waterfront! You’ll get to see the Toronto Music Garden come alive with a fully-animated lighting experience. There are three huge installations along the water at The Westin Hotel, the Fire Hall, and the Toronto Music Garden. On now until January 1st, 2017.

6. Get tickets to Ross Petty’s Sleeping Beauty, the ‘deliriously dreamy family musical.’ Kids and adults alike love the pantomimes that Petty puts on each holiday season, they’re a winter tradition! Find the ticket calendar here.

7. Take a hike! Rouge Park, Toronto’s well-hidden national urban park, offers guided, family-friendly, themed walking tours almost every day in December. Did you know that the park is accessible by public transit? Explore it today!Forest of evergreens coated in snow

8. Make delicious holiday treats with the kids! There are so many fantastic kid-friendly recipes to choose from on the internet, but maybe you have family recipes or cookbooks from the library that you make use of? No matter the source, the results are always delicious. Here’s a fun list of 24 treats to make with the family that we’ve found.

9. Watch a holiday classic! There’s a great selection of family-specific films on Netflix and at your local library branch, but you can also always head to the Cineplex Cinema nearest you. On December 10th The Polar Express 3D is showing as A Cineplex Family Favourites Presentation, which means it’s only $2.99 per person! Find the participating locations here.

10. Go for a skate! There are many free skating rinks across the GTA, both indoors and out. Many of them even have skate rentals, helmets, and sharpening services, though it is recommended that skaters bring their own CSA-approved helmets for their little ones. Find the rink nearest you here.

Person skating alone on urban outdoor rink

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On-Campus Food Banks!

Did you know that the University of Toronto’s tri-campuses have free year-round Food Banks available to students in need? This service is available to graduate, part-time, and full-time students. As well, it can be accessed by anyone from single individuals to entire student families!


 

St. George Campus

The University of Toronto’s Student Union operates a Food Bank out of the Multi-Faith Centre on Spadina Avenue. To register, bring your TCard to the Centre’s main floor during the Food Bank’s hours of operation, Fridays from 12 pm- 3 pm. For the month of December, the Bank will be open on Friday the 9th and 16th. It will re-open on January 6th. Families hoping to receive toys for the holiday season can register at the Food Bank on Friday, December 9th beginning at 9 am. The toy distribution will take place on the 9th as well. This location no longer operates a Clothing Closet, though if donated clothing items have been received they will be made available to students.

Location, contact information, and operating hours can be found here.

Collection of various buns on a wooden cutting board

Mississauga Campus

The Mississauga Campus’ Student Union runs a Food Centre that is located in the Davis Building, room 2102. It’s open Mondays from 9 am -12 pm, Tuesdays from 8 am- 10 am, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm – 4 pm, and Fridays from 9 am – 2 pm. Also available at the Centre are toys, clothes, home necessities, and toiletries. There’s even a Shopping List System that allows students to request specific perishable items to be bought on their behalf. The Centre takes confidentiality very seriously and so keeps specific confidential hours for individuals desiring anonymity to access the space.

Location, contact information, and operating hours can be found here.

Image of sliced fruits on a wooden table- kiwi, orange, banana, lemon

Scarborough Campus

The Scarborough Campus’ Student Union is currently undergoing the process to set up a permanent Food Bank on campus. Until this happens, it is operating a monthly pop up Food Bank service. On the last Wednesday of every month, a temporary Bank is set up in the HW Kiosk and non-perishable items are given out to any student who requests them. For the month of December, the Food Bank will be available via pop up on Wednesday, December 14th from 11 am – 3 pm.

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