Write Across Ontario: Student Writing Contest is Now Open!

FINALLY…  Write Across Ontario is back!

Competition opens on October 3rd and closes on November 6th, 2017!
The winners will be announced in early December.

Write Across Ontario is a creative writing competition open to middle grade and high school students across the province, in collaboration between IFOA Ontario and Open Book.

  • Students in grades 5 to 12 will write a story using the story-starter provided for their age group by one of four acclaimed Canadian authors.
  • The story-starter is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.

Terms and Conditions:

  • You must be a student in Ontario to enter
  • Entries will be judged by IFOA, in conjunction with Open Book
  • There will be four (4) winners selected, one (1) from each grade category
  • One submission per student will be accepted and entries will not be returned
  • Only entries submitted online via [email protected] will be accepted

Find all of the rest of the fine print here.

 

If you’re interested in this…  then join us also for the Creative Writing Workshop, in the ESA Library, on the afternoon Wednesday October 11th.

 

 

Creative Writing Workshop: Wednesday October 11th

REMINDER… The ESA Library is pleased to announce the return of one of our favourite workshop authors: Canadian writer David Poulsen.

David lives in Western Canada and doesn’t head this way very often… but when he does we are always thrilled to have him come in and run a Creative Writing workshop for students.

  • Award winning author David A. Poulsen’s writing workshops will give students useful, easy-to-understand strategies they can use in creating their own stories.
  • The one and 1/2 to two hour workshop focuses on helping young writers create real, believable stories that include all of the elements of good story writing including (and focusing particularly on) character and setting.

David will be here the afternoon of Tuesday October 11th, 2017.  The workshop runs from 12:30pm to 3:10pm, with a break for treats and a stretch in the middle.

  • Any interested students are invited to attend.
  • Fill out the attached form and return to Ms. Wray in the Library ASAP.
  • Space is limited.  We take a maximum of 25 students for the afternoon.
  • First come, first served.

Creative Writing Invite

TDSB Network Access: This weekend

For those of you who are night owls and working after dark…

ALL Staff and students – anyone who might be attempting to access the TDSB Network over the weekend – are advised that the following applications, services and systems will not be available between 10:00pm Saturday Sept 23rd and and 7:00am on Sunday September 24th

  • All AW sites
  • ServiceIT
  • myINFO
  • G-Suite for Education (formerly GAFE)
  • G-mail
  • Google Drive, Docs, Hangouts, and Sheets

DO NOT get mad at your computer or your home internet service provider when you can’t connect to the TDSB.

  • Have patience, get some rest, and try again after a nice sleep in on Sunday morning.

ESsays Creative Writing Blog: Student Editors Wanted!

ESsays is ESA’s own Creative Writing Blog.

  • Do you like to write poetry and/or prose?
  • Would you like to work with fellow ESA students in moderating and publishing student writing?
  • Do you have good technical skills?…  be that as they relate to the English language and/or computer technology and word processing.
  • Are you looking for a different way to earn community service hours this school year?

The job of student editor involves the following duties (under the supervision of, and with the assistance of, Ms. Wray):

  • Vetting and posting submissions to the blog.
  • Promoting the blog.
  • Liasing with the new creative writing club.
  • Engaging in fundraising activities in support of the print publication.
  • Preparing the content for the print publication.

Interested students should apply by completing this Google Form.  All students who apply will be contacted shortly.

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E.S.says accepts submissions year round.  So send us the absurd, the witty, the bold and the downright nonsensical.

Best yet, this blog culminates in an end of year book of letters!

Indeed hard copies of each of our first two published collections, Letters Vol1 and Vol2, are available for sale in limited quantities for just $5 each.   See Ms. Wray in the Library to purchase a copy for posterity.

With that said, what are you waiting for? Grab your plumes and start scratching!

Find the blog here:  http://esaycreativewriting.blogspot.ca
Send your submissions to [email protected]

Information about submissions:

  • Submissions are accepted on a regular basis, year-round
  • Submission can include, short stories, essays, poetry and prose
  • Submissions must not exceed 3,000 words
  • Submissions must be written by a current ESA student, or an ESA Grad
  • Submissions are accepted: [email protected]

Used Book Sale! Young Adult Fiction, Part #1

The hardest part of being a Teacher Librarian is letting books go.  But sometimes we must…

We have done an initial light weeding of our YA collection in order to make room for the great new YA books we’ve been cataloguing.

  • Books get weeded for a variety of reasons… most commonly due to currency, relevancy, redundancy, condition and/or duplication… but also sometimes because they just aren’t popular enough anymore to justify the shelf space.

The books we’ve just weeded are available for sale… generally 50 cents for a paperback, and $1 for a hardcover… but we do make deals for bulk purchases and/or based on the condition of the book.

  • All funds collected go back into collection development and/or fun stuff for the Library.

Find a list of the titles we’ve pulled in the attached PDF file.

YA Discards Sept 2017

Creative Writing Workshop: Tuesday October 11th

The ESA Library is pleased to announce the return of one of our favourite workshop authors: Canadian writer David Poulsen.

David lives in Western Canada and doesn’t head this way very often… but when he does we are always thrilled to have him come in and run a Creative Writing workshop for students.

  • Award winning author David A. Poulsen’s writing workshops will give students useful, easy-to-understand strategies they can use in creating their own stories.
  • The one and 1/2 to two hour workshop focuses on helping young writers create real, believable stories that include all of the elements of good story writing including (and focusing particularly on) character and setting.

David will be here the afternoon of Tuesday October 11th, 2017.  The workshop runs from 12:30pm to 3:10pm, with a break for treats and a stretch in the middle.

  • Any interested students are invited to attend.
  • Fill out the attached form and return to Ms. Wray in the Library ASAP.
  • Space is limited.  We take a maximum of 25 students for the afternoon.
  • First come, first served.

Creative Writing Invite

ESA’s Own Book Club: Wednesday @ 6:45pm in the Library

Plan to join us for our first meeting of this school year – in the Library for tea and treats at 6:45pm.

Our first meeting is a Meet and Greet… and also a discussion of our 2016 Summer Read, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.

  • All members of the ESA community – past and present – are welcome to attend.
  • We have a great group of students, staff, parents and grads among our complement.

New members are always welcome.

Mark your calendar as follows:

  • Wed Sept 27th, 2017
  • Wed Nov 22nd, 2017
  • Wed Jan 17th, 2018
  • Wed Mar 7th, 2018
  • Wed May 2nd, 2018

New Arrivals in the Library

We’re catching up to the cataloguing!!

Make time for reading!  Our first batch of fall 2017 New Arrivals is ready to circulate.

Today’s “new to the shelf” books include some of the hottest titles of the season – some just released yesterday! – as well as a few of the titles on the Giller Longlist which was announced last week or the Man Booker Longlist announced a couple of weeks ago.

Today we put out selections of each of the following:

  • Adult Fiction;
  • YA Fiction;
  • Non-Fiction (mostly Memoirs); and,
  • Short Stories

Author’s like Carrie Mac, Allan Stratton, Meg Rosoff, Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdrich, Omar el Akkad, Orhan Pamuk, George Saunders, Salman Rushdie and many, many more.

  • Drop by the Library to see what’s new.
  • Check out a book, or two (as long as you have no overdue items!!)

Keep tabs on what’s new at the Library at the ESA Library Pinterest webpage.

  • The Pinterest pages will be updated daily as new arrivals are catalogued and available for circulation.

Library Lunch ‘n Learn for students (not Gr 9!) new to TDSB

We had posted – and e-mailed students – that we would be running a Lunch ‘n Learn session as follows:

Tuesday Sept 19th

Open except for Gr 9 Orientation, Period 8 (HUM)

  • Lunch ‘n Learn… for students in Grades 10,11 and 12 who are new to the TDSB
  • Condensed version of Gr 9 Orientation sessions
  • Learn what’s on offer at, and how to explore, AW and the ESA Virtual Library
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) is most advantageous
  • E-mail invitations are being sent to your TDSB student e-mail addresses.

We are POSTPONING this session until a date TBA next week… on account of the heat in the school and opening up the Library for folks to cool down while they eat lunch.

  • E-mails have been sent to the affected students – but parents, if you’re seeing this and had mentioned it previously…  please advise the student in your house.

Student Contest: Closes Tuesday Oct 3rd

We want to hear from you! Tell us in 500 words or in a short video, about why history matters to you, to your community, or to the nation’s future. We’ll share our favourite responses both online, but one participant will be invited to present their response live at the 10th Canada’s History Forum in Ottawa this November.

We think that history is essential for understanding and addressing contemporary issues. Engaging with the past helps individuals, communities and even nations navigate both the present and the future.

That’s why Canada’s History Society has dedicated the 10th Canada’s History Forum to making history relevant. It’s especially important during this sesquicentennial year to think about the many diverse stories that make up Canada’s history. Making history as broad and inclusive as possible is critical to understanding the future.

The deadline for responses is Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Enter now!

Forum for Young Canadians

Applications are once again open for students to participate in the Forum for Young Canadians.

A week that will change your life. Would you like to contribute to the future of your community and your country? Are you interested in decision-making and politics? Do you want to create relationships with people from different places? Forum is for you! Be a part of an incredible week behind the scenes of the world of federal politics on Parliament Hill. Make your voice heard during parliamentary simulations and develop unbreakable links with peers that share the same ideas and passions as you.

ESA has sent students to participate in the Forum in past years.  Please see Ms. Wray in the Library if you would like any further information about the programme, or to speak to a student who has previously participated.

The deadline to submit applications is November 27 2017.

Library Access: Week of September 25th

We have another busy week in the Library – indeed at ESA – this week, with some very special special events.

Monday Sept 18th

Open except for Gr 9 Orientation, Period 2 (HUM)

Tuesday Sept 19th

Open except for Gr 9 Orientation, Period 8 (HUM)

  • Lunch ‘n Learn… for students in Grades 10,11 and 12 who are new to the TDSB
  • Condensed version of Gr 9 Orientation sessions
  • Learn what’s on offer at, and how to explore, AW and the ESA Virtual Library
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) is most advantageous
  • E-mail invitations are being sent to your TDSB student e-mail addresses.

Wednesday Sept 20th… Book Club!!

Open except for Gr 9 Orientation, Period 2 (HUM)

Thursday Sept 21st… Final Friday Fun Day!!

Open except for Gr 9 Orientation, Period 8 (HUM)

  • Final Friday Fun Day @ lunch in the Library… Yes we know it’s Thursday, but Club Fair has been re-scheduled for tomorrow…
  • Bring your lunch.
  • Enjoy a traditional ‘rainy day games day’.. borrow a game from the Library circulating collection, or bring your own.
  • OR come and finish the art project you started in the Library with Ryan on Gr 9 Wellness morning… we’ll have all the supplies out again for you to use.
  • The Library will be tech free for the lunchhour – and Room 217 is not yet available to open for the duration, so plan accordingly.

Friday Sept 21st… Club Fair!!!!

Open before school.

  • CLUB FAIR at lunch! Come one, come all. Learn about all of the fabulous extra-curricular activities ESA has to offer. You will be amazed at how much there is. Sign-up for your favourites.
  • CLOSED second period for Club Fair set-up.
  • CLOSED after lunch for Club Fair knock-down.
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