Archives for June 2016

Kids Cooking Camp Volunteer Opportunity

Please see attachment for details:

Volunteer Opportunity_Kids Cooking Camps

See all 21 Ontario universities under one roof at the 2016 Ontario Universities’ Fair!

The OUF takes place September 23-25, 2016, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Admission is free.

For more information:

Dance Night 2016/17 Schedule

Dance Night Rehearsal and performance dates 2016-2017

Painting Camp this July

If you are interested in attending a painting camp July 11-15 please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

It is an excellent opportunity to spend five days in a studio environment and learn from some of esava’s best painters! Great for people in grades 8-10 this year.

Matthew Varey

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All textbooks must be returned to the school on Monday, June 27th.  Students should return any outstanding textbooks to the cafeteria ensuring that they complete a text book return form.  Each year we spend thousands of dollars to replace lost textbooks.  We appreciate your attention to this matter.



Letter from the Board Chair and Director of Education regarding Teacher strike action/end of year reporting

Please find attached a letter from Robin Pilkey, Board Chair, and John Malloy, Director of Education, regarding the teacher strike action and end-of-year reporting:

Parent Report Card Letter June 2016

ESsays Creative Writing Blog: The Books Are Here!

The ESsays Creative Writing Blog for students is a forum for ESA students to share their work and put their writing out there in public.  By the end of this year, the blog included work from 17 ESA students.

On June 16th we took delivery of bound print copies of the blog.

  • Registered with Library and Archives Canada – this volume has a registered ISBN number – which means that the participating students may now lay claim to having been, officially, published!

This publication, titled “Letters, Vol II” is available for sale – in limited quantities – for $5 per copy.

  • Every student who contributed will receive their own personal copy of the publication.
  • Students should collect their copy from Ms. Wray in the Library on Marks Review Day, Monday June 27th.

Send an e-mail to [email protected] if you’d like a copy for yourself for posterity.

Congratulations to all involved in the project.  We look forward to continuing the project next year.


There are a number of grade 12s who will NOT be able to graduate this year because you still have not handed in your community service hours. Please contact student services asap to ensure that your hours have been updated and so you can graduate. Thank you!

Chairs On the Move!

The transformation has begun! We’re all very excited that the team is in early and making great progress.  They will finish off the floors and next in will be scaffolding to fix the ceiling.  In mid-August, the ceiling should be completed (cross all fingers for no complications) and the new chairs installed.  I’ll keep you informed of the progress over the summer, as I am able.

New Skateboard Park at ESA

For those of you still considering the purchase of a chair, it’s not too late!  All monies will continue to flow into the auditorium’s beautification project.  On this site you will see the scrolling image of theatre chairs; click on that and you’ll be taken through the process of making a purchase.  We are in the process of having the plaques engraved – instructions on how to submit your information were posted yesterday.  Please contact me if you have any questions about this process… thanks for your support, as always!

p.s. the tentative date for the official opening show of the new theatre is Tuesday, November 8th!

Going, Going, Gone

Candlelight AIDS Vigil

Please come out and support Splash, and the kick off to PRIDE week at the Candlelight AIDS Vigil, Tues June 28 at dusk. Splash will perform ‘Don’t Forget Me’ and this will be particularly moving in wake of the recent tragedy in the US.

Location: Barbara Hall Memorial Park

519 Church Street (north of Wellesely St)

Last Call for Seat Inscriptions!

If you donated a new seat to the auditorium, time is ticking to dedicate your seat. Please go to the following page and complete your inscription (or indicate you don’t wish an inscription) by Thursday of this week. Thanks!

Spring Food Drive – 85% there!

The food bin for the SEEDS Me to We Spring Food Drive, for the Daily Bread Food Bank, is about 85% full…  and we’re ready to place the call for pick-up.

If you have any last donations to take us over the top, please send your food donation(s) into school with the student in your house.

  • The donation bin is located in the Library…  which is not accessible during the exam period.
  • During exams then, food donations may be dropped off to the collection box in the Main Office.
  • We are going to make arrangements for the bin to be picked up next Monday afternoon, June 27th…  so donations need to be in by Monday morning.

The most needed items are:

      Canned vegetables, pasta/ pasta sauce, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, rice, high fibre/low sugar cereal, oatmeal, flour, granola bars, canned meat in water, canned fish (tuna in water), dried/canned beans, peanut butter, baby food (vegetables and fruit)/ baby cereal/ baby formula

See more here.