Archives for April 2014

One Teen Story: Short Story Writing Contest for Teens

From School Library Journal:

Calling all teen writers ages 14–19. One Teen Story, a literary magazine for young adults, is looking for original, unpublished fiction written by teens. Any genre is fine, and the short story must be between 1,500–4,000 words. Submissions can be made from May 1 through June 30, and the winning story will be featured in the May 2015 issue of One Teen Story. The author will also receive $500 and some great swag.

Who’s the judge? None other than Tara Altebrando, author of The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, Dreamland Social Club, The Pursuit of Happiness and several other critically acclaimed young adult novels.

For more information, visit the One Teen Story contest website.


Harbourfront Reading Festival: The Forest of Trees

Come celebrate with us at the 2014 Toronto Festival of Trees and see why 8,000 young people join us every year!
White Pine™ Award Ceremony: 10:00am on May 14th at the Harbourfont Centre

There are over 80 Authors and Illustrators attending the Festival this year including eleven White Pine authors:

  • Lisa Harrington – Live to Tell
  • Jill MacLean – Nix Minus One
  • David A. Poulsen – Old Man
  • Don Aker – Running On Empty
  • Colleen Nelson – The Fall
  • Courtney Summers – This Is Not A Test
  • Marion Fargey Brooker – Hold the Oxo!: A Teenage Solider Writes Home
  • Cindy Babyn – moving Out!: A Young Adult’s Guide to Living on Your Own
  • Laura Scandiffio – People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression
  • Cynthia J. Faryon – Real Justice
  • Liedewy Hawke – The Secret of the Blue Trunk

Readers have the opportunity to meet their favourite authors and to participate in creative workshops put on by the authors themselves. There will be lots of entertainment, games and prizes to be won.

Permission forms will be available from Ms. Wray, in the Library, on Monday April 28th.

Creative Writing Workshops

Students who were recommended for the Creative Writing workshops on May 12th and/or 15th are reminded to return their RSVP’s to Ms. Wray, in the Library.

Earlier is always better than later.  We don’t want any interested students to miss out on these opportunities.

Journalism in Action: Tuesday in the Library

The ESA Library is pleased to welcome ESA Grad Felicity Feinman to the Library, at lunch, this Tuesday, April 29th.

Felicity has recently graduated from the Bachelor of Journalism Studies programme at Carleton University.

At the end of next week Felicity is heading to Tanzania on an Internship run through Carleton University’s Centre for Media in Transitional Societies.  The centre was founded by Allan Thompson, who has extensively studied the impact of the media in the Rwandan genocide.  Felicity has taken classes with Allan, most especially enjoying a class on journalism and conflict which she took in her final semester at Carleton.

While in Tanzania, Felicity will be doing radio and TV work for Farm Radio. Felicity is very excited about this placement, because it’s an opportunity to learn about life in a developing country, while working with an incredible organization… in her field of study, communications.

Join us in the Library, at lunch on Tuesday, April 29th.  Meet Felicity, learn more about her programme of study and experiences so far.  Learn more about Farm Radio.

Plan to come back again – after Felicity has completed her internship –  to find out how things went and learn what insights Felicity gained through her experience.

Reminder – Helping Your Child Become More Resilient! – Monday April 28th, 7pm, Library

Building resiliency in your child starts with you! This workshop will introduce you to resiliency building strategies that you can use in your daily interactions with your child to strengthen their resiliency.
Our presenter, Carol Barbosa, has over 15 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of capacities. She currently is the Manager of Health Promotion with Stonegate Community Health Centre and is a part-time instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Humber College.


Please join us.
Sandra and Tanja
School Council Co-Chairs

Creative Writing Workshops

Students who were recommended for the Creative Writing workshops on May 12th and/or 15th are reminded to return their RSVP’s to Ms. Wray, in the Library.

Earlier is always better than later.  We plan to do the scheduling for the sessions this weekend so be sure you’ve replied.

ESA Alumni Making a Difference for Michael J. Fox Foundation

Team Fox members have always brought a certain amount of magic to their events, but Escaping Parkinson’s takes it to another level. Our Foundation is grateful for Mark Correia’s creativity and sheer lunacy in helping bring us one step closer to a cure.
–Michael J. Fox

Mark majored in drama at ESA. He is completing his first year at the National Theatre School. Many of you will remember Mark from Miscellaneous, Magic and his energy and passion to make a difference. Mark has come up with a special-only-Mark-could-have-thought-of-it-stunt to raise awareness and funds to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For two weeks, 24/7, Mark will be confined in a straitjacket – no tricks, no freedom, no escape. His goal is to highlight the daily challenges faced by those with Parkinson’s.


Watch the trailer:

There are lots of ways to help and be part of the project: share the news; like the video, watch the daily blogs in July and donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (a registered charity). Click here for more details.

ESA’s Film of the Week

Have a spare 67 seconds?  Then watch Haley Parker’s copies -a meditation on identity and communication.

The 2014 Fall Craft Fair needs your help:

2014 Craft Fair prep work:
The ESA Annual Fall Craft Fair/Silent Auction is the main fundraiser for the school, bringing in anywhere from $5000.00 to $11000.00 dollars.  This money goes directly to all of our fabulous art majors. SESAT the proud Supporters of ESA Talent would like to ask for your help.

For a number of years a dedicated group of proud parents have been at the forefront of all the major fundraising activities at the school. With a great number of our SESAT parents graduating this year we are looking to the future and hoping to fill two key Craft Fair/Silent Auction positions which will be vacant during next year’s operation.

Positions Available:

Craft Vendor Coordinator:
The Coordinator responsibilities are listed below:
1) Organization of Craft vendors
2) Coordinating  Vendors thus ensuring a variety of craft options
3) Floor plan set up and coordination.

Silent Auction Coordinator:
The silent auction would not be possible without many volunteers to go out into the community to encourage donations. We do however need a person to coordinate all these volunteers.
The Coordinators responsibilities are listed below:
1) Coordinate solicitation of auction items to ensure donators are only approached once
2) Organize auction items as they arrive at the school
3) Ensure all donators receive a Thank you for their contribution.

The individuals who have taken on these roles in the past will be available for consultation.   A more detailed description is available for anyone interested.  All other positions (Bake Sale Coordinator/ Food Court Coordinator/ Publicity) have been filled for the Craft Fair 2014. We know it seems like we have plenty of time before our next Fair on November 22, 2014 but all these things need to be organized well in advance of the actual Craft Fair day. If you are interested please let us know.

If you have any questions you can contact Kim Hartford-Allems @ [email protected] and I will do my best to help.
Thank you

Dance Night tickets selling fast!

Dance Night tickets for Gabby Kamino’s final show “To Be Perfectly Honest” are selling quickly. Buy your tickets as soon as possible to ensure you get a great spot.

Here are the tickets sales to date:

Wednesday evening -- 43% sold out

Thursday evening -- 56% sold out

Friday evening -- 71% sold out

Come on out and show your support for the dance department, and be a part of this amazing show!

Creative Writing workshops

Students who were recommended for the Creative Writing workshops on May 12th and/or 15th are reminded to return their RSVP’s to Ms. Wray, in the Library, by no later than this Friday, April 25th.

Earlier is always better than later.  We plan to do the scheduling for the sessions this weekend so be sure you’ve replied.

Great Soup Returns for a Spring Luncheon…

Great Soup returns on Monday May 5th.  Mark your calendars.

ESA’s SEEDS Me to We group has a tradition of serving community luncheons a couple of times a year.  Members of the group cook and bake – mostly vegetarian and vegan fare – and serve up a feast in the Library.  This is consistently one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the school year.

On average we serve 75 – 100 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies.  For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist.

In November, we served over 100 meals and donated $625 to relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

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