Archives for 2016

Student Contest: The New York Times Year in Rap

For the sixth year in a row, we’re inviting anyone 13 to 19 years old anywhere in the world to write a rap about the news that mattered most to them this year.

To help, we’ve published a special News Quiz with all the top stories of 2016.

Find full contest details here.

Entries due by 7am EST on January 10th, 2017.



Next School Council Meeting – January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important meeting of our school community.  As always, it is a great opportunity to meet other parents and find out what is going on at ESA behind the scenes.
We also have many interesting speakers and can discuss new opportunities and issues that affect your students.  Additional details will be forthcoming.
Please note this meeting has been changed from the originally scheduled date of January 10, 2017.
In the meantime, we wish you the very best for this wonderful season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Giving Back This Winter Break

Are you dreaming of snow, a sunny beach or big tax rebate cheque?
Your parent leadership team is dreaming of a new sign for in front of our school to improve communication, a renovated cafeteria which could include collaboration space and a permanent gallery, new technology, fitness equipment, a welcoming atrium and, of course materials to enhance our arts majors and academic departments.
Please think of our students as you consider giving back this season and check into any corporate matching donations your company may provide.  It is easy to give online (click here) or by mailing a check to ESA.
See additional details in our Principal’s Year End Update.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

New Year… New Password…

Reminder to all that network passwords now have extended shelf lives:

  • Student passwords are good for six (6) months.
  • Staff passwords are good for three (3) months.

While it would be best to wait and change your network password upon your return to school – that way it will last until the end of the school year…

  • Consider the last time you changed your password?
  • Have you changed it since the beginning of November?
  • Since mid-November?

If not…  then change your password before school breaks for the holiday.  The extended password only applies to passwords changed since the new policy went into effect on November 14th.

  • If your password has expired, then see Ms. Wray in the Library for a password reset before the end of the day Friday.
  • If your password has not (yet) expired, logon to a TDSB networked machine…  CTRL-ALT-DEL and change your password.

REMINDER ALSO that the password protocols have changed.

  • Your new password must be a combination of upper case, lower case and numeric characters…  all three!!


Poetry In Voice

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-8-51-43-amPoetry in Voice: National Recitation Competition

ESA has a long standing – and very successful – relationship with the Poetry in Voice National Recitation Competition.

All of the general information you need to know about this event may be found in this shared Google Doc.

We will be holding two in-school finals:

  • National Competition Stream: Tuesday February 14th, after school in the Library
  • Team Regional Stream: Tuesday February 28th, after school in the Library

In addition to the above, ESA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first ever Live GTA Regional Team Finals here in our newly renovated auditorium.

Save the Date!  Tuesday March 28th @ 9am.

  • All are welcome to attend.
  • Additional details – re reserving seats, etc. – will be available via ESAInfo closer to the date.

If you are a student, and your English class is NOT running an in-class competition, please plan to attend a brief meeting – in the Library – at the start of lunch on Thursday December 22nd.

ESA’s STEM welcomes Mr. Michael Smith at lunch

Today (Wednesday) at lunch in Room S14, ESA’s STEM Council (Science Technology Engineering and Math) is hosting a visit from Mr. Michael Smith. Mr. Smith has a Master’s degree in Engineering from UofT in computer/electrical engineering. He started a few companies in his career and is currently running an R&D lab in Toronto.

All are welcome. Students may eat their lunches during these informal visits during which students and guests discuss their STEM-related passions, talents and pathways.

STEM is always looking for family or community volunteers who would be willing to discuss their STEM experiences with interested students at lunch. Please contact STEM student leader, Julia Jairath at [email protected]

Last chance for 60 Second Film Fest Tickets…

If you’ve been waiting to scoop up your 60 Second Film Fest tickets, a word to the wise would be to wait no longer.  The event is over 90% sold out.  Although there might be a few tickets available in the foyer at lunch tomorrow, your best bet is to get them here.



Please check the lost & found outside the main office for misplaced items such as : clothing, lunch bags, water bottles. etc.

If you have lost any valuable items such as:  wallets, phones, headphones, jewellery etc. Please check with the main office.

Please note any items unclaimed after the winter break will be donated to charity.

Thank you.




Late Start- Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday, December 21 is a late start. Classes begin at 9:45.

White Pine 2017: The Official Launch

Yes, the books have been on display for a couple of weeks now, but the passports have arrived so…

Monday December 19th is the official launch of our White Pine 2017 reading season.

  • Drop by the Library.
  • Take a look at the books – or preview them here online.
  • Sign up to track your reading and be eligible to cast your vote for your favourite book in April.
  • Take a few home for the holiday.
  • Get reading…

Festive Cheer!

Join us, in the Library, before school – every day this week – for hot apple cider.

  • In the spirit of environmental sustainability, you must have your own re-usable mug (no disposables)
  • Cider is free, while supplies last, but donations gratefully accepted.

No “school” mug?  Pick up an ESA Corn Mug, brought to you by SEEDS Me to We.  Available for $10, anytime, in the Library.

Only 2 sleeps left until The 60 Second Film Fest

Tickets are available here.  Don’t be disappointed when it’s sold out.