The Enhancing Equity Task Force Report to be Presented to TDSB Trustees at the December 13th Board Meeting

The Enhancing Equity Task Force Report will be presented to TDSB trustees at its Wednesday, December 13th board meeting. The trustees will have a chance to ask questions of the consultant Liz Rykert, who wrote the report.

Trustee Pamela Gough has requested that ESA parents send her any questions in advance that they wish her to address at the meeting during her allotted time. Please e-mail the trustee at [email protected] with your questions by the end of the day today.

Parents can attend the board meeting at 5050 Yonge St. in person or they can watch the discussion live stream on the TDSB website at The board meeting begins at 7 pm and the task force report is expected to be presented at 8 pm. But this will not be an opportunity for public presentations.

The Director of Education has recommended that the trustees receive the task force report and refer it to the TDSB staff for review and analysis. Following the review, the Director of Education is expected to go to the Planning and Priorities Committee on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with next steps. The public will have an opportunity at that time to make presentations by giving notice several days in advance to Denise Joseph Dowers at [email protected]

Pamela Gough will also be hosting a ward meeting on the task force report at ESA on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7 pm. The TDSB’s lead staff person, Jim Spyropoulos, will be attending to answer parents’ questions and listen to their feedback.

The task force report and recommendations can be found at the following link:

If you have any questions or comments contact us a [email protected]




Tickets to The 60 Second Film Fest are on sale now

Closing out ESA’s stellar run of 2017 shows is another edition of the school’s great pre-holiday tradition, The 60 Second Film Fest.  Featuring films by most filmmakers in the department, it’s a fantastic opportunity to see what’s been happening film-wise so far this year.

Tickets are available here… and will be sold in the foyer at lunch starting on Thursday.  With a donation of three non-perishable food items, you can get in to the show for only $5.

And to get you in the mood for the show, here’s a blast from the past: Alex Moity’s Fweep.

There’s more to see at The Film Shack.  Become a subscriber today.

60 Second Film Festival tickets on sale!

The 60 Second Film Festival showcases the work of ESA’s filmmakers, as they each get one minute to make you laugh, cry, and think. There truly is something for everyone. Click on the ticket link above to purchase yours!

Wednesday Dec. 20 at 3:30 pm

2018 Forest of Reading: White Pine Book Club

Readers wanted to join the ESA White Pine Book Club.  Sign up today!

  • The Forest of Reading is an award winning programme that connects Canadian authors, illustrators, and publishers with students in schools.
  • Attend the Toronto Festival of Trees at Harbourfront Centre on May 15, 2018 & meet your favourite Canadian YA authors.


White Pine Spotlight

 Everything Beautiful is not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

  • There are no words to do justice in describing this book.
  • Gorgeous. Beautiful. Sensitive. Compelling.  Funny.  Heartbreaking. This book will make your heart sing.
  • Slow to start, this book will have the tears streaming down your face.
  • I read this book at the cottage surrounded by blackflies and in-between paddles on perfect glassy water… if you can, read it outdoors in the wilderness as it will make the entire experience that much more authentic for you.
  • This book provides so many opportunities for frank and honest conversations about depression, suicide, family, responsibility, expectations, fears, bullying, personal strength… I’m not sure I can even articulate/predict all of the other conversations that could arise…
  • I loved the interplay between the stories and the voices and the letters and the looking back.  I could totally relate to the wilderness trek and thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters. (I won’t go so far as to include ‘Bob/Peace the slimeball’ in that group though… but I get that he’s ‘real’)
  • I love – and feel for – Ingrid.  I loathe and despise Margot-Sophia – but I get her.
  • The portrayal of depression – hidden depression – may strike many just a little too close to home.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

Nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature.


  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, we will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Kennedy or Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

Cookie Dough Pickup – Splash orders

Cookie Dough orders from the recent Splash Fundraiser arrive on Mon. Dec 11th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Please make sure your son/daughter pick up their orders during this time or parents to pickup. The orders MUST be picked up on this day, as there is no freezer storage at the school. The orders will be packaged in one parcel according to the seller (student from Splash).  Thanks again for your support!

Breakaway Information Night for Parents – January 24, 2018

Breakaway is hosting an information night at 21 Strickland Ave. on January 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  This event is for parents, concerned adults, and professionals who want to know more about substance use or abuse.  Learn about:  drug education, generation gap, communication skills and problem solving.  See attached flyer for details:  AIN Flyer (1)

ESA Community Choir Registration is now Open – Please Pay by January 10th

ESA’s new “pop-up” Community Choir is starting up in January for six weeks! Rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings Jan 16 – Feb 20, 2018; 7:00 – 8:30pm, in the Choir Room (rm 115) at ESA (675 Royal York Rd). The final performance is still TBD but will be confirmed shortly.

You can now complete your Registration by paying your $60 Choir fee before January 10, 2018, via SchoolCashOnline at the following link:

You do not need to have a student in the TDSB to pay and you will not be prompted for a student’s name. You will however need to set up an account with SchoolCashOnline if you don’t already have one. Just click ADD TO CART and follow the prompts.

We are still seeking a piano accompanist if anyone is interested in volunteering or in a paying gig. Also seeking a volunteer to help with record keeping at rehearsal (small commitment).

If you or your friends would like to join but haven’t yet signed up, the Sign Up form is still open at – so feel free to send the link and an invitation. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the Google Sign Up form, then pay fees at the SchoolCashOnline link. More info at

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you all soon! Any questions, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Mary Bella
Conductor, ESA Community Choir

Holiday Reads is Back!!

All members of the ESA Community are invited to participate in our annual Holiday Reads Draw.

Drop by the Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Holiday Reads ballot.

  • Tell us what book you’re planning on reading this Winter Break
  • Or tell us what book is your favourite Winter Read ever

Every book recommendation submitted will be entered into our Annual Holiday Draw.

Five lucky winners will go home for the holiday with books and blankets and more!  Winners to be drawn on the morning announcements on Thursday December 21st.


Parents and others who aren’t in the building regularly…

CLICK here to see a full size version of the poster.

White Pine Spotlight

 Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

  • Ken Oppel brings us a smart, literate, fresh take on the contemporary western, mixed in with just the right romantic appeal for teens.
  • Great writing, wonderful imagery, and a fast paced narrative – based on solid historical research – make for a compelling read.
  • At heart, this book is about charting your own course in the world, about not being bound by convention or expectation, addressing broad socio-political issues of discrimination and sexism.
  • The science and the exploration and the journey into the uncharted – literally! – territory will keep you reading.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.


  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, we will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.