Archives for October 2014

The 2014 ESA Film Promo

In case you missed it at our Grade 8 Open House, here is the 2014 ESA Film Promo.

Made up of interviews with last year’s grads and visual highlights from films produced during the 2013-14 school year, the Promo gives you a sense of what ESA Film is really all about.

Watch, enjoy and share it with friends.

Take Our Kids To Work Day is Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 is Take Your Kids to Work Day.

Signed permission forms were due to the office on Thursday, October 30th. If your child has not submitted their form please complete the attached and have them bring it to the main office A.S.A.P.  Consent form En

Thank you




Splash Documentary Nominated!!

Dear Paul:

UNSUNG: BEHIND THE GLEE is nominated for a Shaw Rocket Prize and we need YOUR VOTE to win!

The best part? When you sign up to vote, you are automatically entered in a draw to win a $2,500 scholarship.

Want an even sweeter prize? If you record a short, creative video telling us why you’re choosing UNSUNG: BEHIND THE GLEE, you could win the grand prize:

A $2,500 scholarship, a tablet and a trip to Ottawa for the exclusive winner event!n PLEASE SEND THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN.

Here’s how to vote in three easy steps (please note: you must be 17 or younger to vote):
Visit with a parent (they have to sign up, too!)
Your parents will register themselves, then they will register you to vote.
Now it’s your turn: cast your vote for UNSUNG: BEHIND THE GLEE
Wouldn’t it be great to shine an even bigger spotlight on the mega talented show choirs across Canada?
We can’t do it without you, so please help us spread the word by email and social media, and ask your friends to vote for UNSUNG: BEHIND THE GLEE, too!

Suggested tweets:
Gleeks! Show your support for show choirs by casting your vote for Unsung: Behind the Glee! #Vote4Unsung

A vote for Unsung: Behind the Glee is a vote for world peace! (And also for how AWESOME show choirs are) #Vote4Unsung

History @ the IFOA

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The ESA Library has a couple of remaining tickets for the International Festival of Authors.  Any member of the ESA community is welcome to these tickets.

Session details as follows:

  • ROUND TABLE: Over There
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 4:00 PM
  • Brigantine Room @ Harbourfront Centre
  • Participants: J.L. Granatstein, Charlotte Gray, David Macfarlane, Michael Winter
  • Three award-winning writers weigh in on the WWI Canadian experience, both on the homefront and across the ocean.
  • Charlotte Gray hosts and moderates.

If you are interested in these tickets, please e-mail [email protected]

You must be able to collect your tickets from ESA before 4pm on Friday October 31st.

Great Soup is Back!

Great Soup is back.  Join us for a community luncheon on Monday November 10th.

ESA’s SEEDS Me to We group has a tradition of serving community luncheons a couple of times 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 fundraisers of the school year.

On average we serve over 100 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies.  For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist. This year we will be offering a discounted price on your meal ($5) if you bring a donation to the Fall Food Drive with you.

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.

Thank you for interest and support.

Silent Auction Donations Needed

Our ESA Silent Auction, our largest fundraiser of the year, is just one month away!  We are asking all ESA families to contribute one item or service to this event.
This can be something you have purchased, a gift certificate, a new re-gifted item, a service you can provide or a donation from a local business that you visit.  All donations over $20 are tax deductible. Items can be dropped off in the office until November 11.
Businesses that make a donation can have business cards on display and will be thanked on our website and on a reel playing on the day of the event, attended by more than 1,000 patrons.  Please come and participate!
Thank you for supporting this event and our students.  Click here for the Prospective Donor letter, and click here for the Donor Form 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

SESAT Meeting Monday November 3

Come One, Come All…
Our next meeting for all Supporters of ESA Talent (SESAT) is this coming Monday, November 3 in the library!  We will begin with refreshments at 7:00 p.m. and start promptly at 7:15.
  We will be rolling up our sleeves and making final arrangements for the Holiday Festival on November 22, including our annual Craft Fair, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Food Court and Spiritwear Sale.  We will also have updates on other activities going on at the school.
Everyone is invited to attend, but even if you are not able to do so, we would love to hear from you, or better yet, come out and volunteer a few hours of your time with us!  It is a fun way to be involved at ESA, meet some other great parents and make a difference for your student!
 The library is across from the main doors, parking is in the south lot.  We hope to see you there!  You can contact us at any time at  [email protected]

Call for Agenda items – School Council meeting Tuesday Nov. 11th

Please send us your suggestions for agenda items for our upcoming School Council meeting. Save the date – Tuesday Nov. 11, 7:00 pm meet and greet, 7:15 meeting starts. School Council meetings are open to all and are an excellent forum to voice what matters to you as parents, and a great way to connect with other parents, administration, and the goings on at ESA. We look forward to an engaging evening of updates and discussion.

Please send your suggestions to [email protected] by Nov. 3rd

Looking forward to seeing you on the 11th!
Sandra and Tanja
School Council co-chairs

Arts Showcase Auditions: Nov 4th

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If you are interested in auditioning for this years Arts Showcase (Nov 20) then note the following details about auditions:

  • Tuesday November 4th
  • 3:30 PM
  • Show up with your group to present your piece.

Sign up in room 100 Wednesday October 29th  at 12:15.  See Mr. Payne, Ms. Moorhouse or Ms. Warnock for details.

Student Vote: Our Results

It’s 8pm and the polls are closed.  The moment has arrived.  We are now able to announce the results of our ESA Student Vote 2014.
For Mayor:
  • Olivia Chow – Votes 100
  • John Tory – Votes: 67
  • Doug Ford – Votes: 39
For Ward 5 Councillor:
  • Guy Bowie- Votes 103
  • Tony del Grande – Votes: 48
  • Shane Bennett – Votes: 38
For Public School Trustee:
  • Pam Gough – Votes 71
  • Justin di Ciano – Votes: 26
  • Kinga Surma – Votes: 25


In all, approximately 127,000 students cast ballots from 1,146 schools in over 200 municipalities.


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Opportunity at Queen’s University for Female Students Interested in Science

Queen’s University is hosting a conference for young women interested in studying science or engineering at a post-secondary level. This conference will run for the day of Saturday January 10th, on the Queen’s campus. Delegates will get the chance to meet current students, professors, and professional engineers and scientists, as well as participate in a variety of workshops aimed to give a taste of the topics studied in science and engineering programs. Students considering a future in science or engineering should consider this opportunity – whether they are interested in Queen’s or not. The goal of this conference is to make female high school students more aware of their options after graduation, and to increase interest in historically male dominated areas of study.

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions at all please email Simone Markus (ESA grad 2012) at [email protected]. We are excited to offer this opportunity to ESA students, and hope to get an idea of the number of students who are interested. Sending an email does not mean you have to sign up, and there is no initial commitment, we just want to see if there is interest – and keep you in the loop for future updates.

Hope to hear from you!


1) Though this is mainly directed to grade 11 and 12 students, younger students are also welcome to attend.

2) Parents: we would be more than happy to answer your questions, please don’t hesitate to use the above email address

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 is Take Our Kids to Work Day for grade 9 students. Please click on the attached link for more information and to download permission forms Consent form En .

Please note signed permission forms are to be returned to the Office by Thursday, October 30, 2014.

We encourage all grade 9 students to participate in this wonderful opportunity.  For students not taking part there will be a program supervised by grade nine teachers here at the school; they will not be attending regular classes.