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.

White Pine 2018 Reading Club

Plan to join us at lunch next Monday, December 4th, for the official launch of our 2018 WHITE PINE reading season.

  • Additional details to follow once we’ve launched.

Drop by the Library to sign up in advance… or fill out this online form.


The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

Goals of the Forest of Reading

  • Love of reading: Create a meaningful experience for your readers and create exciting opportunities for reluctant readers to create lifelong readers.
  • A proven head start: The results are in! Children who read for fun have higher literacy scores, have more success in science and math, and are more socially and civically engaged (Reading for Joy, P4E, 2011).
  • Libraries at centre stage: With fun activities, prizes and more, the Forest of Reading puts libraries at the heart of the action!
  • Reading Canadian: Help support and celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators by taking advantage of the Forest’s curated, all-Canadian reading lists for all ages and levels.

Great Soup: Our charity of choice

After due consideration, we have decided to donate the proceeds from Great Soup – $500 – to Covenant House.

A note about Covenant House:

As Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support to as many as 250 youth a day. A national leader, we educate and advocate for change by influencing public policy and delivering prevention and awareness programs.

More than a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community, along with comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare.

To do all this, we rely on donors for more than 80 percent of our $27-million annual operating budget.

Our doors are open to youth 16 to 24 regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or the circumstances that have brought them to our doors.

Since 1982, Covenant House has served almost 95,000 young people and helped them move from a life on the street to a life with a future.

Library Hours: Thursday and Friday

Please be aware of the following:

Thursday November 23rd

  • Library closed after school on account of Parent Teacher Interviews.

Friday November 24th

  • It’s a late start for EVERYONE!… teachers included.
  • Ms. Wray will be on a field trip with Ms. Moorhouse to the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the UofT.
  • Ms. Wray’s supply teacher will open the Library for 9am.

ESA Family Cookbook… 25th Anniversary Edition

Need another great idea for a stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift?

Consider a copy of the 25th Anniversary Edition ESA Family Cookbook.

  • We have a few copies left after the SESAT Fall Craft Fair.

Recipes from current and former Staff members, including but not limited to:

  • Ms. Miller, Ms. Wolfson, Mr. Humphreys, Ms. Neag, Ms. Kamino, Ms. Moorhouse, Mr. Aikins, Ms. Wray, and Ms. Holod.

Drop by the Library and pick up your own personal copy. $5 per book.

The Vinyl Vault is open again!

We’ve opened up new boxes of vinyl LP’s for the SESAT Fall Craft Fair.  A great selection awaits you upon your arrival to ESA on Monday morning…

This latest batch includes:

  • Two new bins worth of Musical Theatre titles – Original Broadway Cast Recordings!!
  • Some great female vocalists – including Carly Simon, Carolyn Mas, Anne Murray, Pearl Bailey, Dolly Parton, and many more.  Some are pretty classic!!
  • Lots more…

Single LP’s are priced at $2 each

There is also lots of other stuff… some of which is inventoried in this PDF file.

  • Mind… this PDF file is NOT an complete inventory…

Drop by the Library and check it out!

Important Reminder:  All vinyl is sold in “as is” condition.

  • While we are fairly confident of the “playability” of the albums we are putting out for sale, we cannot make any warranties.
  • All of the offerings in this batch come in their original jacket.



Meet the Original ESA CornMug

ESA CornMugs are available for purchase now… while quantities last.

  • Made from 100% corn plastic this mug is long lasting as well as 100% biodegradable and compostable at the end of its life span.
  • Microwave safe with a medical grade plastic lid.  Handwash only!!

The ESA CornMug makes a great stocking stuffer… or Secret Santa gift.

Get yours for only $10… See Ms. Wray in the Library.

  Corn Mug Poster 2017

Adult Fiction Book Sale

We’ve been weeding again…  We finally got around to a light once over the last half of the alphabet in the Adult Fiction collection.

  • 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.

See something you like?  Have the student in your house come and get it, OR, drop by the Library on Saturday during the SESAT Winter Craft Fair and Silent Auction.

Adult Fiction Discards Nov 14th

Applying to Post-Secondary

Access a copy of the presentation to School Council made by Ms. Baldassi, ACL of Student Services.

In addition to reading the slides, you can listen in on the recording from the November 14th School Council meeting.

  • The Student Services presentation starts about 1:20 into the recording, give or take.


Library Access: Week of November 13th

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

Monday Nov 13th

  • Gr 9 GEOGRAPHY ArcGIS: All Grade 9 students are down within this two (2) week period to start working on ArcGIS projects.
  • We continue today with Ms. Arsu’s Day Two classes.

Tuesday November 14th

  • Library open before school and for students on spares during class periods.
  • There will be no lunch hour on account of Grade 8 Open House in the afternoon.
  • There will be no access to the Library after classes end, prior to Gr 8 Open House, while we set-up for the afternoon.

Wednesday November 15th and Thursday November 16th

Access outside of class periods…

  • Please note that while we will be open before school, at lunch and after school each day… there will be no tables available in the main area on the lower level of the Library.
  • The tables will have been removed for the duration and the available seating will be set-up in circles for our workshops.
  • There will be access only to the computers on the upper level of the Library, as we will have incorporated the chairs from the lower level computers into our circles.

Friday November 17th: Profession Development (PD) Day

  • No classes for students.

EnVision Student Conference: Permission Forms Available

Student who are interested in attending the EnVision Student Conference next Thursday, November 16th need to pick up an official TDSB Permission Form.

The EnVision conference focuses on identity, self-acceptance, navigating relationships, dealing with and overcoming homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, intersectional oppression, and discrimination in our schools and communities.

It’s a full day of workshops, activities, speakers, and resources and a space to meet other people! Students are invited to join the conversation in how to create safer schools and how to build skills to form and maintain healthy relationships with themselves and others.

  • Hard copies of the signed and pre-populated TDBS Permission Form – and cover letter – are available from: Ms. McInnes, Mr. Vritsios and/or Ms. Wray
  • Digital copies of the ‘raw’ TDSB Permission Form – and cover letter – are attached to the bottom of this posting.  Please print off and return the Parent Signature page.

Forms must be returned to Ms. Wray by no later than the end of the school day Tuesday, November 14th.


REGISTRATION for this conference is a two-part process.

  • Students also need to complete the online registration form and choose their workshop sessions in advance of the Conference.
  • Access the Conference Registration Form here: http://bit.ly/2jczqak
  • This step is MANDATORY… as is the return of the Field Trip Permission form.


ENVISION 2017 Cover Letter

excursion form ENVISION 2017

The First Page Student Writing Challenge is OPEN!

I am delighted to announce that the CBC’s The First Page Student Writing Challenge is now open!

The challenge?

We want students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167.

Write the first page of a book set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that’s topical today and setting the scene for how it’s all playing out in a century and a half.

Submission will be accepted from Nov. 9, 2017 at 9 a.m. ET to Nov. 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. ET. 
  • Five writers, including Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Cherie Dimaline and The First Page judge Erin Bow, read from the first page of their books and pass on some wisdom that students may find helpful.
  • A teacher’s guide with discussion questions are provided for each video.