Archives for October 2015

Fall Food Drive

Food drive poster 1Our Fall Food Drive has begun.

If your HomeForm class is not participating in the Home Form Challenge, please drop off your non-perishable food items in the Library.

Our Fall Food Drive continues until after ARTS Showcase on November 19th.

Most needed items include: rice, flour, pasta, canned fish and meats, stews and soups, canned or dried beans, canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, canned or powdered milk, cereals, tomato sauce, peanut butter, and baby products.

Collection bins will remain in the Library until after ARTS Showcase.  Please consider picking up a few extra items when grocery shopping and sending them in to the school.

Learn more at Who’s Hungry 2015.

Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Monday Movie Madness

Join us after school in the Library on Monday October 26th for our first “Monday Movie Madness”

Our feature film screening will be appropriately themed for Hallowe’en Week.

  • Listen to the Monday morning announcements to learn what movie we will be screening.

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a donation to the Fall Food Drive. Popcorn will be available for $1 per bag.

Great Soup is Back!!!

Great Soup is back.  Join us for a community luncheon on Monday November 2nd.  Bring a bowl and a spoon and you’re ready to go.

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.

This year students in the new Social Justice course will be lending their time and efforts to help make this the best Great Soup ever.

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.

Everyone in the ESA Community is invited to join us…  and to help cook! If you would like to contribute food to this luncheon, or are available to help out on the day of, please fill out this Google Form.  You will be contacted by someone to go over the necessary details.

Thank you for interest and support.  All of the monies raised this time around will be added to the funds raised by ARTS Showcase and other initiatives to raise funds – and matching funds – for Syrian Refugee Relief.

Take Our Kids to Work

All Grade 9 students are encouraged to participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 4, 2015.  They will have the opportunity to spend the day at work, job shadowing a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host.  Take Our Kids to Work Day provides these students with the opportunity to “live their learning” while spending a day at a worksite. 

Please sign and return the attached Parent/Guardian Permission Form for Excursion (511C) as well as the Media Release Consent Form to the office as soon as possible.  Take Our Kids to Work 2015 Perm. Form.


IFOA Tickets: One Pair Still Available

The ESA Library has two (2) tickets – one pair – to give away to the following IFOA events.  Please fill out this Google Form if you are interested in claiming these tickets.

  • The Door You Came In
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 4:00 PM
  • Studio Theatre
  • Special Event: IFOA
  • Participants: Douglas Cameron, David Macfarlane
  • The year 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of The Danger Tree, David Macfarlane’s memoir about his mother’s family. Weaving together the major events of the 20th century in Newfoundland, the memoir brought to life this storied region with wit, insight and deep affection. Drawing on his award-winning book, Macfarlane has collaborated with gifted musician, composer and songwriter Douglas Cameron to create a spectacular 90-minute performance of spoken word and song. More play than reading, more duet than monologue, The Door You Came In casts The Danger Tree in a new, moving light.

Library Book Sale…

As we gear up for a BIG Book Sale – timed to co-ordinate with the SESAT Fall Craft Fair – we are putting out selected items each day in advance of the Big Day!

Today’s new offerings on the “Used Book Sale Bin” – located just inside the Library entrance – include the following:

  • Numerous copies of Cinefex, a quarterly magazine devoted to Cinematic Special Effects
  • A wide selection of songbooks and Easy Piano books including titles like: The Randy Newman Songbook, Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Neil Young Anthology for Easy Guitar, the Bacharach/David SongBook for Organ, Dan Hill’s Longer Fuse and, wait for it… the Anne Murray Songbook!

Most sale items are priced between 25 cents and $2.  All are welcome to come and browse…

Spare Couch?

Do you have a spare couch about which you would be prepared to donate to the ESA Library?

  • While “beggars can’t be choosers”…  the couch would need to be (somewhat) attractive, durable and in decent shape.
  • We’re not looking for the couch that is ready to be put to the curb!

As part of the Library’s on-going commitment to supporting Mental Health and Wellness initiatives here at ESA, we are preparing to turn one of the rear Seminar Rooms into a “Walden Room”…  an inviting space for anyone who needs it to find a little peace and quiet and tranquility.

  • This will be a space for quiet contemplative study and/or a space where anyone dealing with a stressful situation may seek privacy and/or sanctuary.

The idea is evolved from William Powers’ book Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital AgeYou can find a summary of the concept in an article from The Globe and Mail.

If you have something you think might be suitable, please send a photo to [email protected]

Thanks in advance.

Student Vote: Federal Election 2015

It’s 9:30pm and the polls are closed in Ontario.  The moment has arrived.  We are now able to announce the results of our ESA Student Vote 2015.

James Maloney, Liberal Party, 130     (ELECTED)
Phil Trotter, New Democratic Party, 91
Bernard Trottier, Conservative Party, 36
Angela Salewsky, Green Party, 32
Liz White, Animal Alliance Environmental Voters Party, 22
Janice Murrary, Marxist-Leninist Party, 7

Total Number of Valid Ballots = 318
Total Number of Rejected Ballots = 3

As of 1:00pm ET today, more than 850,000 “Student Vote” votes were reported from over 6,000 schools, representing 337 federal ridings.

The Liberals won a majority government with 223 seats and the Conservatives formed the official opposition with 69 seats. The NDP won 40 seats, and the Greens won 4. The Bloc Québécois won 1 seat in Quebec.

The complete national summary and riding results will be available at the Student Vote website at the close of polls in British Columbia (7pm PT).  Results for everywhere but BC and the Yukon Territory are available on the Student Vote website now.

Find the actual voting results across the country here at the Elections Canada Live Election Results webpage.

Introducing ESA’s own STEM Council

ESA announces the launching of its new “STEM Council” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

  • The council meets every Wednesday at lunch in Room S15.
  • Grade 12 Student Harriet Chorney leads the council
  • Mr. Schumacher is the staff advisor.
Several plans are underway.
One plan is to extend the existing “Science Speaker Lunches”
  • ESA STEM Council is currently looking for speakers, including ESA students’ parents and relatives,  who would be interested in sharing their professional STEM-related knowledge and experiences with ESA students at lunch, in an ESA science classroom or the library.
  • If you are interested, please contact [email protected] (or at 416-394-6910 x20095).
Stay tuned for more information.

U.S. College Expo Tours Start Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, throughout the GTA, PrepSkills will be delivering a US College Expo School Tour.  Learn about SATs and speak to various American College reps.

Upcoming dates and locations include:

Tuesday, October 20th – Crescent School, Toronto

Wednesday, October 21st – Thornhill Secondary School, Thornhill

Thursday, October 22nd – Oakville Trafalgar School, Oakville


Be Part of Something Great and Donate!

The Silent Auction/Craft Fair is happening on Saturday November 21st!

If you haven’t already donated something


Asked someone you know to donate something…….

Please take a moment and do it today

It will make a ton of difference.

Silent auction items needed


Nominations: Queen’s Chancellor’s Award

Attention Grade 12s:  Nominations are being accepted for the Queen’s Chancellor Award.  ESA can nominate two grade 12 students.  Drop by Student Services to pick up a nomination form.