Archives for January 2014

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Congratulations to everyone who entered and everyone who won awards in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!

ESA has earned 829 awards in the art and writing categories, with numerous Gold Keys. Gold Key winners move on to the second and final round of judging for the opportunity to participate in the celebration in New York.

Our 697 Art awards equal more than half of all art awards given around the world, outside of the USA, this year.

Congratulations all!

M. Varey

Visual Arts Awards

Writing Awards



February 10th – Next StoneGate CHC Workshop for Students

Megan Hope from StoneGate CHC will be at ESA during lunch on February 10th to deliver a workshop on self-care.  Students will learn how to address issues related to low self-esteem and learn how to recognize and value personal needs.  Students will learn to attune to what are the signals that tell them they are feeling exhausted and why it is important to listen to these signals.  As always, the workshops will be held in the library conference room.  Plan to attend!


SESAT Meeting

Do you need an excuse to come out from under your blanket?  Are you feeling house bound?  Come out to the next SESAT Meeting on February 3, 2014.  We will be meeting in the library at 7:30.  We will be discussing how to support the majors, and the events scheduled in February.    We look forward to seeing you.

Personal Finance Management Seminar for Students at Brentwood Public Library

Michael Goldberg, winner of the 2011 Outstanding Educator in Financial Literacy Award, has been asked to present a one-time informational session to and for youth with regards to financial necessities such as:
* Opening and maintaining a bank account
* Managing your income
* Budgeting
* Investing your money

This program is absolutely FREE and will be run on Thursday, February 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Please see the attached poster for futher details:  Personal Financial Management for teens .   

ESA and the TDSB have not vetted this posting.  We do not endorse or recommend it, we are merely providing you with information.

School Council Meeting – Feb. 4th, 7:00 pm, Library – call for agenda items

Please send your suggestions for discussion items to [email protected] We already have several items of interest including a special presentation on Pathways to Post-Secondary Success (see details below). We look forward to an engaging evening of updates and discussion. This is a wonderful forum to voice what matters to you as parents and to learn more about what’s going on at the school. Arrive at 7 pm for an opportunity to informally meet and greet before we formally begin our meeting at 7:30.


Special Presentation:

Tips, Tricks, and a Couple of Tears: Pathways to Post-Secondary Success — How to make effective post-secondary transitions for students and families

Drawing upon her work with the Transitional Year Program at the University of Toronto, Meredith Lordan shares a selection of practical tips for students and families as they make the transition from ESA to post-secondary studies. Applicable to college- and university-bound students, this presentation looks at time management, reading techniques, note-taking, and finding a bit of balance. Having joined the ESA community in 2013, Meredith also serves as the ACL of Canadian and World Studies.


January 14, 2014 School Council Minutes (pending approval)
Please visit the School Council page on the website for info on past meetings and agendas
Sandra and Tanja
School Council Co-Chairs

Library and Exams

A quick reminder to all that the Library will NOT be available as a Study Space during the exam period.  The Library is being used as a formal exam setting.

While I’ve got you, remember also to drop by and pick up those books you’ve been meaning to read so you can jump right in when you’re finished your exams.

Good luck!

Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – Canvas for Dates of Presentation March 20th or March 27th?

Volunteers from PFLAG have offered to do a presentation for ESA Parents, Friends and Allies of LGBTQ Students. The speakers will discuss diversity, promote acceptance, empower allies, and share their personal experiences as inclusive families. Toronto PFLAG has provided support and education in the GTA for more than 30 years. 
Please contact Mary-Anne Popescu at [email protected] if you are interested in attending this presentation. We would like to know if Thursday March 20th, or Thursday March 27th at 7:00 pm would work better for your schedules. We will go with the date that the largest number of you can come.

Performance Opportunity

Each year, for the past 3 or 4 years, Richview United Church has been host to a gala event titled A Showcase of Stars.  The stars in their showcase always include a wide selection of performers from ESA.

This year’s event will be on Saturday April 26th.

If you are interested in performing at this event, send me an e-mail (to [email protected]) and I’ll arrange to get you in touch with the organising committee.

Ms. Wray

Examination information for Students

Please find attached student information for Exams.

A pink copy of this along with an individual exam schedule has been sent home with students today.

Please note any student with an accommodation will have a white slip attached with the location of their exams.


Please help us reach our goal!


As of Wednesday night, we’ve achieved 53% of our goal. We could really use your help! To donate to an individual or team, please click here.  The funds go to support oncology camps, community support programmes, research scholarships and other areas which contribute to inspiring hope and improving prognoses for children and their families impacted by cancer. Help us help the kids.

Thank you,
ESA Student Council

Audition Day 2014 – A few reminders for applicants and parents


Audition Day is Friday, January 17th.


  • the registration desk opens at 8 am;
  • the written response needs to be written before 2:30 pm


  • if possible, please arrange to pick up your child after their audition as the whole school is being used



Special Education Exam Accommodations

On Thursday Jan. 16, all students in the school will receive a pink sheet with the details of their exam dates, times, and room numbers.  For students who are using their exam accommodations, a white slip was stapled to the back of this sheet, indicating the accommodation rooms and times. 


Please note:  if a student with accommodations  is writing a morning exam, they should be in their exam room by 8:20 a.m.; and if they are writing a p.m. exam, they should be in the exam room by 12:20 p.m. 

By this time, all students should be actively preparing for their exams by reviewing material, making study notes, doing practice questions, and completing the exam review packages.  Success is best achieved through consistent and continuous reviewing!