Dear Parents Newsletter: December Edition

Dear Parents December 2016

Greetings from The Office of Student Transition at UTM!

As the semester draws to a close, we would like to extend our hope that you and your family are able to enjoy some time together through the school break.

During the month of December, your student will be completing final assignments and exams. Many students during this time of year spend the majority of their time studying and preparing for exams. It is important for your students to remember to take breaks, eat properly, and exercise. With this in mind, for the month of December we are exploring "Health, Wellness, and Your Student" through our workshop and our newsletter. Register and learn more about our workshop in our "Parent and Family Workshop" section below.

In this issue...

Office of Student Transition

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Thank you once again for joining us on this road trip through the university experience along with your student.  With your student preparing for the end of the semester, they may encounter many roadblocks throughout the month of December.

As your student prepares for exams and completes end of semester assignments, it can be common for them to experience physical drain or illness.  With an often overwhelming workload, your student may experience stress. As a parent, you can coach your student through this time by checking in with them.  It can also be useful for students to take an opportunity to reflect on the growth and development they have experienced during the first term of university.

Consider asking your student the following questions:

  • When is your last exam scheduled?
  • What type of stress relieving activities are you building into your study schedule (e.g. exercise, time with friends)?
  • What topics did you most enjoy studying during your first semester?
  • What are some differences between your expectations and the realities of attending university?
  • What are some things that you have learned about yourself over the past few months?

For commuter students, some conversation starters may include the following:

  • How can we support your schedule during this busy time?
  • Are there considerable changes to your schedule over the month of December that we may expect?

If your student lives in residence and is travelling home over the school break, there may be some changes that have taken place while they have been away.  Some potential conversations to have with your student could include the following:

  • What are some expectations you have when visiting home during the school break?
  • How can we support you while you are living away from home during this time?

To help with developing a plan for supporting your student, check out our Parent & Family Workshop on December 8, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at UTM on “Health, Wellness and Your Student.”  More information is provided along with registration link in the following section.

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Health, Wellness and Your Student
Thursday, December 8, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 PM
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Deerfield Hall 3055

With Guest Speakers:
Dr. Erin Kraftcheck, Health & Counselling Centre Medical Director
&
Najwa Alshamassi, Health & Counselling Centre Mental Health Nurse

Join us for this session that explores resources and programs at UTM for your student to help maintain a healthy life balance as they complete their exams.

Staff from Health & Counselling Services, Student Housing & Residence Life, and the Office of Student Transition will be available to provide information about resources and supports available to your students.

In addition to the session, you are welcome to come and visit the beautiful UTM Campus, meet with student service representatives, and converse with other UTM families.

Register now at http://www.uoft.me/utmparents

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Exam Jam
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 5:30pm

Your student can experience a day full of helpful academic review and de-stressing fun at Exam Jam! While students are preparing for final exams, Exam Jam provides an opportunity to attend course-specific review sessions led by course instructors, general exam preparation workshops offered by the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre, and Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs).
 
When they are not attending review sessions and other academic activities, students are welcome to participate in a variety of exciting wellness activities that help build healthy study practices and manage stress, such as therapy dogs, nature walks, crafts, music, healthy snacks and more!

For more information about our Exam Jam program, visit:
https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/transition/all-students/exam-jam

Health and Counselling Centre

Located in the Davis building, the Health and Counselling Centre (HCC) is the place UTM students can access a variety of services related to health and wellness. The services offered by the HCC include medical care, counselling & psychiatric care, and health education and promotion.

The HCC is also the home for the Healthy Campus Crew, a group of ambassadors who promote initiatives and campaigns organized by the centre. In addition, the Peer Health Education program exists within the HCC.  Through peer-to-peer outreach, students educate and empower others to make choices that better the health and wellness of the UTM community.

The HCC is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00 pm, with extended evening hours until 7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Appointments are primarily appointment-based, but some same-day appointments are held for more urgent health issues.  

During the busy school year, students are encouraged to drop into the HCC’s Mindfulness Meditation exercises. These weekly sessions give the students an opportunity to slow down the busy pace of university. Participants will be guided through the week’s exercise in an accepting environment, free of any judgement. Mindful Meditation takes place on Wednesdays through December 14 from 12:10 to 1:00 pm, located in the RAWC Multi-Purpose Room B.

This information and more about the Health & Counselling Centre are available at:
http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/health/

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December 5, 2016
Fall term (F) classes end, Full year (Y) classes break for holidays.

December 5, 2016
Last day to request LWD (Late Withdrawal After the Drop Date) status for F courses.

December 6, 2016
Exam Jam: This full-day event is a chance for your student to catch up on their academics through instructor-led review sessions as well as de-stress with a variety of engaging activities to promote wellness! http://uoft.me/ExamJam  

December 6, 2016
"Lecture Me!" seminar hosted by Professor Josh Milstein titled "From Biology to Quantum Computing: Manipulating the hysical World with Light." Come out to this event at Mississauga Central Library to learn more about the research done by our very own UTM faculty in a fun and engaging way! More information here: https://utm.utoronto.ca/experience/lecture-me-series

December 6, 2016 - December 7, 2016
Study Break

December 8, 2016 
Parent and Family Workshop: "Health, Wellness, and Your Student." Join us in this co-facilitated workshop with Student Housing/Residence life to learn more about how to help support your student in adopting healthy habits for this upcoming exam period and throughout the academic year! 

December 8, 2016 - December 20, 2016
Examination period. Ensure that vacation plans are not scheduled during this time, as students will not be able to defer exams due to personal commitments. 

December 12, 2016
Registration cancelled if payment or deferral of fees has not been received, for students who have enrolled in S courses ONLY. Students whose ACORN account does not show "Registered" status will be removed from classes.

December 13, 2016
Late registration fee begins for S courses ($44 + $5 for each additional weekday). (Only applies to students who are required to reinstate their registration after being removed from courses for non-payment of fees or for students who enrol in S courses for the first time as of Dec. 13).

December 15, 2016
For students registered in the Fall/Winter session: Service charges on outstanding Winter fee balances begin (if you were registered by paying at least the minimum payment). Note: Winter term service charge dates are different for students who have been deferred due to a loan, scholarship/award or received tuition waiver. 

December 21, 2016
University closed for the holiday season - Enjoy some well-deserved downtime with your student!

For more important dates and deadlines, visit the Office of the Registrar's Website.

 

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RAWC
This is an acronym that stands for Recreation, Athletic, and Wellness Centre. The RAWC is a facility for all current University of Toronto students, staff, alumni, and community members. The facility provides fitness centres, fields/outdoor courts, gymnasiums, a pool, a dance studio, a fitness studio, a multi purpose room, and squash courts.

Exam repository
A collection of exams provided by UofT Mississauga Library, that contain the three most recent academic years of certain courses.

5 Ways to Wellbeing
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing is a set of evidence-based health messages that promote positive mental health, increase happiness, and reduce stress and anxiety.  The recommendation is that individuals engage in each of these 5 activities once a day:

  • Be active
  • Connect
  • Give back
  • Learn
  • Take notice

Learn more about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing at the Health Promotion section of the Health & Counselling Centre Wesite.

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Time to hit the books! While your UTM student may be spending their days in the library as we near exams, it is only fitting that we present you with some facts about the UofT Library System, starting with our own Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre. Until 2007, UTM's library occupied the space that is now the TFC (Temporary Food Court) within the Davis Building. Our library now has a beautiful facility that includes study spaces of all kinds and provides services including bookable study rooms, laptop loans and the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.  As an affiliate of the U of T, your students have access to the 44 total libraries and 19.3 million physical holdings.  Did you know that U of T maintains the third largest library system in North America, behind only Harvard and Yale?


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