Student Vote: Our Results

It’s 9pm and the polls are closed.  The moment has arrived.  We are now able to announce the results of our ESA Student Vote 2018.
  • All across Ontario, between May 29th and June 7th, students took on the roles of election officials and organized a parallel vote using the materials provided.
  • The ballots were counted by each school and reported to CIVIX.

As of 4:00p.m. (ET) on June 7th, 2,166 schools had reported their election results, representing all 124 electoral districts in the province.  In total:

  • 280,691 ballots were cast by student participants;
  • 268,091 accepted ballots;
  • 7,103 rejected ballots;
  • 2,562 declined ballots; and,
  • 2,935 unmarked ballots.
Here are the ESA School Results for the provincial riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore:
  • Ontario NDP – 47 Votes
  • Ontario Liberal Party – 22 Votes
  • PC Party of Ontario – 13 Votes
  • Green Party of Ontario – 12 Votes
  • Libertarian – 1 Vote
  • Spoiled Ballots – 2
  • Declined Ballots – 0

Find a summary of the Provincial Student Vote results here.

  • Etobicoke-Lakeshore Student Vote results elected Christine Hogarth, PC Party of Ontario.
  • Overall, students in Ontario elected a New Democratic government.

Find the actual voting results for Etobicoke-Lakeshore (and all other ridings) here.

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Summer Reads 2018

Tell us what books you think everyone should have on their summer reading list this year.

  • All members of the ESA School Community are invited to contribute: students, staff, parents and graduates.

All entries will be submitted into our Summer Reads draw.

  • Entries must be received by the end of the school day on Monday June 11th to be eligible for the draw.
  • Entries may be submitted to the basket on the Library Circulation Desk (using the forms conveniently located beside said basket) or by filling out this Google Form.

All book recommendations will be posted on the ESA Library Daily Blog by the end of the school year.

ESA Poetry Contest: Winners!

After much consideration, discussion and deliberation… We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s ESA Poetry Contest, sponsored by the ESA Library.

  • WINNER:  Paper Thin Walls by Olivia Nitti
  • Second: Past Blue Sky by Laura Kim
  • Third: Love poem/2 by Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak
  • Honourable Mention: Ageing Eyes by Alexandra Lockwood

The winners should please stop by the Library to collect their prizes…

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems to the contest.



Help a Garden: Summer Maintenance Volunteers Needed

Do you like to garden?  Do you have a few hours, once or twice a week during the summer, to do a light weeding and water the ESA gardens?

  • Volunteers – staff, students, parents, friends – are needed to mind our garden for one week each during the summer.
  • This typically means watering once or twice, subject to weather conditions.
  • You do need to be able to get to the school between 7am and 2:00pm…  the task takes approx. 2 hours.

Environment Canada’s 3 month summer forecasts suggests that this summer will be pretty typical of 30 year historical averages… near normal temperatures with some extended periods of heat mid-summer and perhaps a little more rainfall that usual, but not more rainy days than normal.  Notwithstanding this, every summer brings its share of hot and dry weather.  This means the gardens, despite being almost exclusively native plant materials, really could use some TLC throughout the summer months.

  • If we get a good rain the week you’re on, it’s typically a free pass.
  • If it’s a scorcher that week, a second day of minding is greatly appreciated.

Community service hours are available for students who participate in summer maintenance.

Send en e-mail to [email protected] indicating which week(s) you would be available to assist.  We’re building the schedule now…

Many thanks in advance.

Win Free Books for Your Class… It’s not too late to enter.

Win Free Books For Your Class!

  • CBC Toronto is giving away Canada Reads books!
  • AND… the rules have been relaxed!!  Initially the contest was only open to high school students.  NOW anyone associated with a school located in the GTA may enter…
  • All you need to do is put yourself in the shoes of a Canada Reads panellist for a chance to win copies of the 2018 books for you and your classmates.

How To Enter

Send a one-minute pitch about a Canadian book you think everyone should read to Metro Morning or Here & Now for a chance to win.

  • Maybe you loved one of the Canada Reads contenders, or perhaps there’s another title you prefer.
  • Tell us why in 60 seconds or less and your whole class could enjoy some brand new reads, thanks to you.

What: A chance to win copies of the Canada Reads books for you and your classmates

How: By submitting your own one-minute defence for a book of your choosing — Canada Reads style!

  • You can email a recording (audio or video) of your defence to [email protected] or [email protected].
  • You can also leave a recording of your defence on the Metro Morning VoxBox by calling 416-205-5807.
  • All submissions will be randomly entered for a chance to win a classroom set of Canada Reads books.

(MIND:  The VoxBox was FULL at 7am on Friday morning, June 1st… recommend sending in an audtio or video file of your pitch)

It’s never too late to join ESA’s Own Book Club

We have just announced our SUMMER READ 2018: PICK LIST

We’ll make our call on which book we will be reading based on all choices submitted by the end of day on Monday June 4th.
New to Book Club?

Student Vote 2018!




Another successful Student Vote has come and gone.

A public thank you to the students who acted as Poll Clerks and Deputy Returning Officers today… and managed our in-school election brilliantly.

Thank you also to the students who came out to vote, and get a taste of what awaits them once they turn 18.

I will make our results public here on ESAInfo at 9pm on election night, Thursday June 7th.

The complete results from the Student Vote across the province will also be released at that time.

Stay tuned.

Student Vote… this Tuesday May 29th




Student Vote – the 2018 Provincial edition – is here.  Our in-school Election Day will be Tuesday May 29th.

  • Is the upcoming Provincial Election of interest to you?
  • Would you like to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes reality of an Election Day?

We’re still have openings for a couple of student volunteers to help out before school and during the lunchhour.

  • Please either drop by the Library or send an e-mail to [email protected] ASAP if you are able to help out.
  • Community service hours apply.

Library Circulation Closes May 31st

Reminder – as per the SHREK inspired posters up around the school – that Library circulation CLOSES at the end of May.

  • We have been chasing overdue items and would appreciate your returning them ASAP.
  • We will be phoning home this week to students in Gr 11 and Gr 12 with outstanding Library materials.

Grade 9’s and 10’s with books out for READING CIRCLES and CULMINATING’s…

  • Your due dates are the first week of June.
  • PLEASE return your books as soon as you are finished with them.
  • Your co-operation is appreciated.

Student Vote! Tuesday May 29th




Student Vote – the 2018 Provincial edition – is here.  Our in-school Election Day will be Tuesday May 29th.

  • Is the upcoming Provincial Election of interest to you?
  • Would you like to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes reality of an Election Day?

We’re looking for student volunteers to act as Poll Clerks and Deputy Returning Officers for our in school Student Vote 2018.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google Form.  You will be contacted shortly.

If you would like additional information, please see Ms. Wray in the Library.

Children’s Book Bank Book Drive

Further to the mention in the SESAT Yard Sale posting yesterday

We are, again this year, collecting new and gently used children’s books for the Children’s Book Bank in Regent Park.

  • We are looking for books suitable for early reader’s right up through Young Adult.

If you have any such books laying about that you are finished with and have no one to pass down to… please consider sending them into the Library for donation.

We will be collecting books until the end of May.

TCAF comes to ESA: Monday May 14th









Jen Wang, graphic novelist and founder of the Comic Arts LA comics festival, will be at ESA for the morning this Monday, May 14th.

  • Jen will be work-shopping the Grade 9 and Grade 10 Visual Arts classes.

Can’t make it during the morning?

  • Everyone in the ESA Community is invited to join us for lunch, in the Library, with Jen.

Didn’t sign up for a pre-ordered copy of her latest graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker – a thoroughly modern day fairy tale?  Never fear, you’re in luck!

  • Our friends at The Beguiling shipped us some additional copies.

If you would like to purchase one of these additional copies, please complete this Google Form to advise.

  • We will monitor the activity on the Google Form, and when we have SOLD OUT… the form will no longer accept responses.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Completion of this form is a COMMITMENT to pay for the book.
  • Please send in $20 with the student in your house – or bring in $20 when you join us for lunch.