Archives for August 2015

Moving On Up! September 2nd, 2015

A reminder to all of our new students that Moving On Up! (orientation day) is scheduled for September 2nd, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Registration opens at 9:30 am in the school cafeteria.  Please dress comfortably.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  The parent session will run from 1 to 2 pm in the auditorium.  We look forward to meeting you this Wednesday.

Any of our new students, who have not registered for this day, are still welcome to attend.  We do ask that you submit your registration forms on September 2nd at the registration table. 


Principal’s Letter August 2015

Please find attached a letter from the principal. Please follow the link to pay your activity/arts fee online.

Thank you

August 2015 Principals letter to Parents

Central Resetting of Student Account Passwords

All students are advised that TDSB IT Services has reset all student account passwords .

This central action helps reduce the effort required by the schools to reset passwords and reduces the disruption to classrooms during the September school opening timeframe.

All student passwords have been reset to the Student Shared Secret Password which consists of the last 4 digits of the student number (xxxx) followed by the two digit day and two digit month of student’s birthday. The format is xxxxddmm.

This central resetting may cause disruption in your ability to login remotely to your TDSB AW and Google Drive accounts on your personal devices until you validate your account on a school networked machine.

Students who are unable to authenticate their accounts using the password reset will need to drop into the Library – or find another school networked machine to login on – to reset passwords for seamless access once school begins on Tuesday September 8th.

Enjoy the rest of your summer holiday.

Grade 12s and Timetable Concerns

Student Services will be open on September 1st, 2015 from
1 pm to 3 pm to assist grade 12s with any timetable concerns/issues.

WANTED: Library Volunteers

The Elizabeth Downie Media Library is looking for volunteers.  Student volunteers will be trained in all aspects of running the Library.

Library volunteers will be scheduled before and after school, and/or over the lunch hour to help keep the Library open for students to use.  Time spent in the Library is eligible for the awarding of Community Service hours.

New student volunteers will be contacted during the second week of school to schedule an orientation session.

Returning student volunteers are requested to drop by the Library after collecting their timetable – on Tuesday September 8th – so that we may get the schedule up and running as soon as possible.

Sad News

Dear ESA Community,

I am very sorry to inform you that Gillian Watters, one of our students, has passed away.  The family will be having a service here at the school on Monday, August 10th at 3 pm.  The school will be open from 2 pm for family and friends to gather in the library for talk and companionship.  We will have a team of Social Workers present for those who would like to speak to someone.  I have also appended some resources from our Social Worker that students and parents may find helpful. Please click here for a list of resources (BEREAVEMENT RESOURCES) and here for information on bereavement(Facts about Grief).

Gillian’s mom, Heidi, wanted to make sure that all of Gillian’s friends know how much they meant to her and how appreciative Gillian and the whole family was of the unwavering support shown by so many; she felt loved and cared for from the first diagnosis until the very end.

Heidi also wanted to share Gillian’s obituary with you:

Gillian Claire Watters, 16, of Mississauga, passed away August 1, 2015 at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was born on January 4, 1999, the daughter of Heidi Schobel and Robert Watters.  She attended Trelawny Public School, Kenollie Public School, Queen Elizabeth Middle School and was attending Etobicoke School of the Arts, in Toronto, where she majored in dance.

Gillian was a competitive dancer from the age of 6 and started ballet at 2 ½. She was an avid skier, supreme board gamer and friend to all.

Gillian is survived by her parents, Heidi Schobel and Robert Watters; brothers Trevor, Brian and Jason; maternal grandparents,  Sandy and Bruno Schobel; paternal grandmother, Patricia Watters; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a collection of the most supportive and caring friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you consider a donation to Sick Kids Foundation.

 (Please note, the entire TDSB network will be down from August 6 until August 9, so if you have any questions about the service at the school, I will not be able to answer emails until the morning of August 10th).