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.

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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.

Grade 9 Geography: Important Notice to all

Very important notice for all Grade 9 Geography students… and their parents!

We are preparing for students to come down to the Library lab to work on ArcGIS activities.

  • All Grade 9 students will be down within the next two (2) weeks to start working on ArcGIS projects.
  • We begin this Friday, November 10th, with Ms. Arsu’s Day One classes.

Students need to have an ArcGIS account ahead of their arrival to the Library.

If the student in your house has not yet activated an ArcGIS account…

Students who complete(d) the form to create their accounts in advance will (have) recieve(d) an e-mail – at their TDSB Student e-mail address – subject line ‘TDSB ArcGIS Online subscription’.

  • The e-mail contains/contained an activation link… active for a period of two (2) weeks.
  • If you previously submitted your details but it has been more than two (2) weeks and you have not yet activated your account… please re-submit your details using the GOOGLE FORM above.

REMEMBER… to store the LOGIN credentials for this account with the rest of your school related login credentials.

Indigenous Education Month

November is Indigenous Education Month.

  • Drop by the Library to check out our display of – mostly brand new – Indigenous Fiction and Non-Fiction titles.

Each school day in November we will feature a title from our collection here at the ESA Library Daily Blog.

Great Soup: Another Success

Thank you to everyone who cooked and baked and ate and helped out in any way…

Our latest Great Soup – today at lunch – was a huge success.  We raised $500 as well as donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

We will advise as soon as we have decided which charity we are going to send funds to this year.

Author Talk: Wednesday November 8th @ Lunch in the Library

All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us for lunch this coming Wednesday for a very special Visiting Authors session.

We are delighted to welcome up and coming young Canadian authors Naben Ruthnum and Rudrapriya Rathore to ESA for the morning to work with the Grade 12 Writer’s Craft classes.

  • They will be staying on over the lunchhour to chat with anyone else who would be interested in talking to them.

Naben won the 2013 Journey Prize which “recognizes emerging writers for the best short story first published in a Canadian literary journal.”

Rudrapriya, an ESA graduate with a Masters in Creative Writing, won the 2014 Irving Layton Award for Fiction from Concordia University.  Currently one of the masthead editors at The Puritan, one of the foremost Canadian literary journals, Rudrapriya has had a number of her own pieces published, including:

We are so looking forward to their visit.  Please plan to join us.

 

Join us for Great Soup on Monday November 6th

Don’t worry about packing a lunch on Monday.  Join us in the Library for Great Soup.

  • If you can, bring your own bowl and a spoon.
  • We have a decent stash in hand, but every bowl you supply is another meal we can serve.

Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered to cook or bake.

  • You should have received an e-mail with the subject ‘Great Soup: Info for Cooks’ sometime in the last few days.
  • If not, please e-mail [email protected] and we’ll get you what you need to know.

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Great Soup is back. Join us for a community luncheon on Monday November 6th.  All members of the ESA Community are welcome.

We have a tradition of serving community luncheons twice a year. Members of the ESA school community cook and bake – mostly vegetarian and vegan fare – and serve up a feast in the Library. This is consistently one of the most anticipated events of the school year.

On average we serve over 125 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies. For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist.  $5 with a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

If you would like to contribute food to this luncheon, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted by someone to go over the necessary details.

Thank you for interest and support.

Please fill out this Google Form if you are able to cook or bake or help out the day of.

2017 Choreographic Workshop

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Choreographic Workshop. It is a wonderful evening of talent that is happening on November 8th, 2017 at the Nancy Main Theatre at ESA. For ticket information, please visit, esainfo.ca or you are welcome to purchase tickets at the door at 6:00pm

Great Soup! Cooks wanted…

Thanks to those who have already signed up to cook and/or bake and/or help out on Monday November 3rd.

Thinking about it… but not signed on yet?  No worry… We’re still looking for additional cooks and/or bakers for our first Great Soup event of this school year.

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Great Soup is back. Join us for a community luncheon on Monday November 6th.  All members of the ESA Community are welcome.

We have a tradition of serving community luncheons twice a year. Members of the ESA school community cook and bake – mostly vegetarian and vegan fare – and serve up a feast in the Library. This is consistently one of the most anticipated events of the school year.

On average we serve over 125 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies. For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist.  $5 with a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

If you would like to contribute food to this luncheon, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted by someone to go over the necessary details.

Thank you for interest and support.

Please fill out this Google Form if you are able to cook or bake or help out the day of.

Library Access: Week of October 30th

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

Monday Oct 30th

  • Before School:  Access only to the computers on the Upper Level of the Library… DECA will be using all of the machines on the lower level
  • Lunchtime:  Final Friday Fun Day
  • Join us for a tech free lunch hour… with fun and games and dip your own caramel apples!
  • Take an intentional time out to relax and find your happy place.

Tuesday Oct 31st: Hallowe’en

  • Regular business all day
  • Drop by at lunch to ‘Trick or Treat’… and get your photo taken against our Green Screen.

Wednesday November 1st: Take Our Kids to Work Day

  • Regular business all day
  • It will be ‘Shhh… vewy vewy quiet’ with no Grade 9’s in the building for the day… but we will miss them…

Thursday November 2nd

  • Library closed from 8:30am until 11:45am for the Canadian Open Math Contest.
  • Good luck to all those who are taking part.
  • CLOSED after school for set-up for Portfolio Day.

Friday November 3rd:  Portfolio Day

  • No student access to the Library.
  • A spectacular day at ESA.

INTERNET ACCESS at ESA on Thursday October 26th

All Staff and students are advised and/or reminded – again – that there will  be no wired or wireless network access at ESA during the school day tomorrow, Thursday October 26th.

This means

·         NO Internet access

·         NO access to Home Drives or Google Drives

·         NO access to Shared Drives

·         NO access to Academic Workspace

These restrictions are in place for the day while ESA is changed over the new Bell Wide Area Network.

·         This is a case of short term pain for long term gain.

·         After the conversation we should see significant increases in our network speed here at ESA.

PLAN accordingly as it relates to any work which may be due to teachers tomorrow… 

  • You will not be able to access your work – or print – for the duration of the downtime.

We don’t know exactly what time they are taking us offline, or how long it will take, so best to prepare for the worst case scenario which is all day…

Library – and Internet – Access: Week of October 23rd

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

Monday Oct 23rd to Wed Oct 25th

  • Library CLOSED all periods except Grade 10 Major (Per 2 and Per 6)
  • Laura Freeman, Toronto Public Library Outreach Librarian, will be with us for Lest We Forget… an opportunity for ALL Grade 10 History students to engage with Primary Source materials belonging to soldiers who fought in WWI
  • Refer to the attached schedule of classes.

 

Thursday Oct 26th

  • Final Friday Fun Day is rescheduled to Monday October 30th on account of our special guest for the afternoon.
  • Join us for fun and games and treats!

 

  • The Library will be CLOSED all afternoon for sessions with one of our favourites: Visiting Author Don Aker.
  • Don will be working with students in select Grade 9 classes.
  • All Grade 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to work with a minimum of one Visiting Author during the course of the year.  Refer to the attached schedule.

 

  • ****Please also note that on Thursday October 26th there will be NO TDSB network access AT ALL at ESA as we are moved over to the new Bell Wide Area Network (WAN).
  • There will be no internet access… including HomeDrives, Shared Drives, all AW sites, Google Drive, Chromebook/Chromebox access

 

Friday Oct 27th… ESA’s first ever in house University Fair!!!!

  • University Fair at lunch!
  • Representatives from a number of Universities will be in the Library at lunch to chat with.
  • CLOSED second period for set-up.
  • CLOSED after lunch for knock-down.

Lest We Forget Schedule

2017-18 Reading Circle Visits

ESA