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W e l c o m e to t h e L i f e l e s s o n s p ro g r a m

The LLP is a new program that encompasses instructional and supportive activities that teach skills for residence living: how to do laundry, cleaning, cooking , recycling , composting, and performing inspections, etc. related to our facilities and operations. We organize seminars, post videos, administer our facebook, youtube channel and twitter acVolume 1, Issue 1

A LIFE LESSONS ORIENTATION newsletter

E ve n M . O. R . E N E W S

What’s the Life Lessons Program?

LIKE and FOLLOW US ! McGill Rez Operations Life Lessons Program Page

In this issue: Introduction

1

Get in the Know

2

Chore Chart

4

Important Contacts

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Who coordinates the Residences Operations’ Life Lessons Program? Helen Dicso. I am pleased to play a role in making your stay in residences even better. Living in rez means respecting those around you as well as your facilities. We’re here to make that transition easier! This newsletter is the first of what we hope is a great support for those living in residences.

https://twitter.com/McGillRezLLProg

TIP ! (better late than never !)

Make sure to check out our chore chart so that pile of dishes doesn’t become an elephant in the kitchen (they are harder to clean! )

Paving the Road to Independent Living


Four M.O.R.E Things You Need to Know

1.

Composting

is available in all of our shared UG

houses and a few grad buildings. Get involved. Make a positive environmental impact. What? Composting is the collection of organic waste, to be used as fertilizer later. Why? Com? posting keeps certain items out of landfills, and now K ld turns your waste into a usable product. Where? You eho ds s d i u n D ho Green compost bins can be found in each house ge 0 pou ard a r 0 y e 6 v e s a l kitchen, larger bins are located in the back. OK, An oduce ostab rly. p a r p com e ye So now what? When your composting bucket is of wast full or smelling, remove the bag and bring it outside to be collected by compost Montreal. Compost bags can be picked up at the housing office, as well as the combination for the outdoor bin. Remember, taking your compost outside is your responsibility. Do not compost bones, high fat content, or chemically treated foods.


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Security

should always be your

number one priority while living in Rez. Always remember to lock your doors and windows when you are not in your room, and do not leave your valuables such as laptops lying around your common areas. Fire Safety is also crucial. Make sure never to leave the stove on when you are not in the room. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe or you are experiencing an emergency, call 911, and then inform McGill Security at 514-398-3000.

Laundry for new arrivals in January

Machines can be found in each M.O.R.E. house. Upon arrival in Rez, you will receive a card that can be used with all of the Rez laundry machines. Money can be added to your card via credit card payment on the website https://laundry.campus.mcgill.ca/login.aspx or you can do it in person using cash at 475 Sherbrooke West. Laundry cost $2 to wash, and $2 to dry. After filling your card, just swipe it, fill the machine, and you’re ready! to go! A Quick Tip: (TIP: don’t forget to type the letter “s” after the http The first time you wash or the site won’t pull up !)

an article of clothing the colors may run. Sometimes it is better to wash that new pair of jeans by themselves first, unless you want all of your clothes to be that color!

4.

Service Requests

are made for

anything you need repaired or maintained in your house. This includes everything from a closet door that’s sticking to a light bulb replacement. Service requests can be made via email housingofficer.residences@mcgill.ca Remember that most maintenance is routine, and is the financial responsibility of the housing office, and not you! So don’t be afraid to let us know what you need fixed!


SWEEP

BATHROOM

TIDY KITCHEN

DISHES

TIDY COMMON AREA

TAKE OUT COMPOST

TAKE OUT TRASH

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

So you’ve settled into your M.O.R.E house and your having a great time, but you begin to notice the clutter piling up around the house. Division of labor in a new environment can be a tricky field to navigate. Use the Chart below to divide some of the daily responsibilities among your housemates. Divide the work fairly in the beginning, and set yourself up for happier, healthier living !

Divide and Conquer the Messy House Monster

SUNDAY


Tips and Tricks for Clean Living Did You Know?

Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner

Play-Doh was first manufactured as a wallpaper cleaner.

1. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water.

Have a cleaning plan Begin from the point furthest away from the door and “clean your way out of the house. Having a plan focuses your efforts and prevents you from getting off-task, meaning you don't waste time and you do a better job.

Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.

Cleaner House = Cleaner Grades

(Excerpt taken from www.Canadianliving.com)

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Feeling Lucky?

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An Office Max survey found that 77% of adults believe that a messy desk effects their productivity. So don’t let that clutter hide the answers from you on that next exam!

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Turn Chores into a Game! 1. Cut out the wheel of chores. 2. Poke a Pencil through the center. 3. Set it down back in its place, using the arrow below to mark what it lands on. 4. Take a spin and wish for luck!

Cut Along the Dotted Line

S HE DIS


Rez Cooking Now that it’s the new term, the first week in your house will in all likelihood be pretty hectic and, without proper cooking utensils, cooking may be difficult. Here is an easy recipe requiring very few ingredients, and almost no utensils.

Easy Shakshuka You -

will need: 1 jar of salsa 2 eggs Chopped garlic (to taste) ¼ cup feta cheese Warm pitas, for serving

To prepare: In a skillet, add the salsa and garlic and let it simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly. Crack the eggs over the salsa so that they are evenly distributed across the surface. Cover the skillet and cook until the yolks are set (about 5 minutes). Take the skillet off the heat and sprinkle with feta and parsley. Serve with warm pita triangles for dipping.

Take a look at our McGRezLifeLessons Channel for more cooking how to videos being posted soon !

Contacts: People you should know for services Helen Dicso (That’s Me): Tel. 514-398-3318, Helen.dicso@mcgill.ca

Monique Mercier Tel. 514-398-6050 Monique.mercier@mcgill.ca

EMERGENCY: McGill Security 514-398-3000

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