Archives for January 2016

Library Closure: Effective Tuesday January 26th

Please be advised regarding the following changes to Library Access.

  • The Library will be CLOSED for set-up for exams as of 3:15pm Tuesday, January 26th.
  • The Library will be closed for exams EVERYDAY from that time on until we come back to regular classes on February 3rd.

There will be no access to the Library for any reason, except for students who are writing exams in the Library.

If you have Library materials which will be due during the exam break… Please:

  • return them either before the Library closes for exams; or,
  • renew them.

If you haven’t tried already, you can renew your books yourself (twice) through the new Library catalogue.

  • Go to the ESA Virtual Library
  • Select the Library Catalogue
  • Login just as you would on any networked computer here at school
  • Follow this path: My Account > My Borrowing > Loan
  • Items will appear in order by due date
  • One item at a time, select the box beside the title you wish to renew.
  • Click on Renew.
  • You will be advised of the new due date.

New PA Day – April 15, 2016

New PA day announced by the TDSB – Friday, April 15, 2016.  Please see attached letter for more information.   Additional PA Day Letter

The 2016 Shakespeare Selfie writing challenge for students

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Shakespeare took selfies all the time – but instead of a camera, he used a quill. And instead of calling them “selfies,” they were called “soliloquies” or “monologues.” When Shakespearean characters talk to themselves, or talk to the audience? That’s a Shakespeare Selfie.
Write a modern-day soliloquy or monologue by a Shakespearean character. Your soliloquy should be based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2015-April 2016). It can be in iambic pentameter or modern-day language. 
You can write about one of the topics we’ve suggested below, or choose one of your own.

Summer Jobs with the TDSB

The TDSB hires summer student workers for both in-school caretaking work and also for the warehouse.

Application forms are available at the Library Circulation Desk.

Exams are Upon Us: Study Tips and Tricks

Check out the ESA Library AW School Site for the Top Ten Study Tips and Tricks!

Know that reading is one of the best ways to reduce stress!

Just “six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds”, so drop by the Library, pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read and have it on hand when you need a study break during the exam period.

Toko Hosoya Solo Exhibition

2015 grad Toko Hosoya has her first ever solo exhibition opening tomorrow evening at Graven Feather on Queen St West, Press release below:

Emerging Toronto artist Toko Hosoya’s exhibition Burial opens at Graven Feather this week starting Wednesday, with a reception on Thursday January 21st, 7-9 pm. As young as she is, only 18, her drawings reveal unmistakable talent and a rare, comprehensive view of a world full of unfamiliar characters and expectations. In this most recent work she explores ideas related to her coming-of-age, relationships with place and questions of identity and truth.

Hosoya sites the influence of childhood illustrators Tove Jansson, Edward Gorey and Winsor McCay. Children are strangely powerful in her world, hybrid and almost as wild as the other beasts that populate the landscape. Imaginative narratives invite the viewer to consider the nature and rules of the place. Viewers can read a range of complex emotions addressed throughout these fantastic scenes including expressions of fear, shifting reality, and the search for belonging.

In describing the roots of her work, Hosoya speaks of truth as a fragile thing, constantly evolving and easily transformed. “The illustrative scenes imply grandiose narratives of epic adventures, but they are grounded by the thick roots of the forest. They remind us that no matter how far we go, we all wind up in the earth in the end. Burial is meant to be both a celebration and mourning of the death of the child. ” says Hosoya.

Join Graven Feather and friends Thursday January 21st 7-9 pm for a reception and to meet the artist. Up for two weeks only, January 20-31st 2016, visitors will be entranced and delighted by Hosoya’s characters and the world they inhabit.

PD7 meeting reminder

Anyone participating (parents and students) in PD7 this November 2016 are invited to a meeting Wednesday January 20th at 7pm in room 200.

Thank you!

G Novak and M Varey

Yale Young Global Scholars Program

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is offering a financial need-based scholarship for a high school student from Canada to attend YYGS this summer at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
The scholarship will cover tuition, airfare and travel expenses to the program. 

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is open to students who have one or two years of secondary school remaining, and offers six unique two-week sessions. The program is a rigorous academic experience, featuring lectures from renowned Yale faculty.

Applications are available online at
To be eligible for the full scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Canada and currently reside in Canada
  • Have attended school in Canada for most of the applicant’s education;
  • Complete the Yale Young Global Scholars online applicationincluding the financial aid portion

The application deadline is February 11, 2016. 

For more information:

SESAT Fundraising Meeting Minutes – from Jan 1 2016

Hello everyone,

Well the first SESAT meeting of 2016 in under our belt.  It was a great night of discussion, idea generation and celebration!.

For an overview of what we discussed, feel free to review our DRAFT MINUTES – SESAT Meeting Jan 11 2016.  They will be approved at our next meeting taking place February 1st.

The February meeting will be a Joint session with the School Council taking place in the Library at 7pm.   Come on out and join us for a coffee and some great discussion and planning.

The SESAT Team

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – No Late Start

On Wednesday, January 20th There is no late start.

Classes will begin at 8:48.

Elizabeth Strout: Tickets Available

The ESA Library has four (4) tickets – two pairs – to give away to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout – she of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys fame – at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Sunday January 24th.

She will be speaking with The Globe and Mail’s Sarah Hampson on the topic of mother-daughter relationships and her new novel, My Name is Lucy Barton.

Q&A to follow. Books are available for purchase in the Salon courtesy of Ben McNally Books beginning at 6pm. Cash or credit.

This event is SOLD OUT!  If you want to go but haven’t got tickets, this is your chance.

Please complete this Google Form to tell us why you should be the one to get a pair of these tickets.

Find the details about the event here.

Information for Students who receive Exam Accommodations

Students who are eligible to receive accommodations for exams will be given a bright pink sheet in their home form class on Tuesday January 19.  This will indicate the room number and times for the exams in which they receive accommodations.