Archives for June 2016

Help a Garden… Summer Volunteers Still Needed

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help out with garden maintenance this summer.

  • We’re still looking for volunteers for a couple of weeks…  and we are very flexible with which weeks work for you.

Do you like to garden?  Do you have a few hours, once a week during the summer, to do a light weeding and water the ESA gardens?

  • Volunteers – staff, students, parents, friends – are needed to mind our garden for one week each during the summer.
  • This typically means watering once, subject to weather conditions.
  • You do need to be able to get to the school between 7am and 2:30pm…  the task takes approx. 1.5 hours.

Environment Canada’s 3 month summer forecasts suggests that this summer will be a little warmer than usual, with just about our usual to be expected precipitation levels.  This means the gardens, despite being almost exclusively native plant materials, really could use some TLC throughout the summer months.

  • If we get a good rain the week you’re on, it’s a free pass.
  • If it’s a scorcher that week, a second day of minding is greatly appreciated.

Community service hours are available for students who participate in summer maintenance.

Send en e-mail to [email protected] indicating which week(s) you would be available to assist.  We’re building the schedule now…

Many thanks in advance.

 

ESA’s Own Book Club

After a most successful inaugural year in which we read our way through three (3) books together, we are launching our first Summer Reads 2016 Book Club.

  • If you’re interested in reading along with us this summer, please follow this link to our shared Google Doc.
  • This shared Google Doc provides a brief outline of the books we’re considering for our Summer Reads 2016 title of choice.
  • Follow the link embedded in the shared Google Doc to have your say about which book you want to read.

We will discuss our Summer Reads 2016 book selection at our first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year – tentatively scheduled for Wednesday September 28th (date to be confirmed very shortly).

  • We meet in the Library at 6:45pm for tea and treats, and talk about our book from 7pm to 9pm.

If you’d like to join us on our adventure – we plan to read our way through five (5) books next year – please fill out this Google Form.

  • We’ll add you to our e-mail distribution list and send you everything else you need to know about our little book club.

 

Get Fit Opportunity for Youth

GoodLife Fitness is offering a free Summer membership for youth ages 12-17.  This program is available beginning July 4th and ends on September 4th.  Registration is required.  Please see this link for details:  https://www.teenfitness.ca/ .

Valedictorian Vote

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL GRADE 12’s

  • Nominations for valedictorian are due Fri. June 17th by 3pm (that`s today)

 

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  • Think carefully who you would want representing your grade 12 class

 

  • Voting will take place all next week in student services
  • Cast your ballet with the guidance secretary
  • Winner will be announced at PROM

Great Garden News!

You may have noticed the prep work which has already been done getting ready for the installation of bike racks along the parking lot walk.

After submitting a proposal – for the next phase of work on the front gardens, and in support of the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the little courtyard – we are pleased to announce that we are to be the beneficiaries of a charitable donation totalling $4200.  WooHoo!

This donation comes – with thanks – from a group of Royal York CI grads – graduates from longer ago than they probably want me to admit to here! – who get together for an annual charity Golf Tournament each spring.  This year, they approached us wanting to contribute something to the school which would have a positive impact on climate change.

Ergo, new planting beds, and the coming of the bike racks!

The work on the front beds should be completed this fall.  The work on the courtyard will be on-going over the next 12 – 18 months.

We will be looking to assemble a team of students, parents and staff for a couple of work days in the fall of 2016, spring 2017 and the fall of 2017.  Last time round, when we did the major renovations out front, we had a team of approx 40 people helping on three separate days to get the work done.

If you like to garden, and/or don’t really garden much but would like to lend a hand to these projects, send an e-mail  to [email protected] and we’ll get in touch when we’re ready to get to work in the fall.

 

Help a Garden: Summer Maintenance Volunteers Needed

Do you like to garden?  Do you have a few hours, once a week during the summer, to do a light weeding and water the ESA gardens?

  • Volunteers – staff, students, parents, friends – are needed to mind our garden for one week each during the summer.
  • This typically means watering once, subject to weather conditions.
  • You do need to be able to get to the school between 7am and 2:30pm…  the task takes approx. 1.5 hours.

Environment Canada’s 3 month summer forecasts suggests that this summer will be a little warmer than usual, with just about our usual to be expected precipitation levels.  This means the gardens, despite being almost exclusively native plant materials, really could use some TLC throughout the summer months.

  • If we get a good rain the week you’re on, it’s a free pass.
  • If it’s a scorcher that week, a second day of minding is greatly appreciated.

Community service hours are available for students who participate in summer maintenance.

Send en e-mail to [email protected] indicating which week(s) you would be available to assist.  We’re building the schedule now…

Many thanks in advance.

Library Closures

Please be advised as follows regarding access to the Library as of the end of classes, Wednesday June 15th:

  • The Library will be CLOSED after school on Wednesday for a year end celebration for Library Volunteers.
  • The Library will be CLOSED during tutorials – the morning of Thursday June 16th – for exam set-up.
  • The Library will be CLOSED for exams EVERYDAY from Thursday until the end of day Friday June 24th.

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

Following exams:

  • There will be limited access – for students – to the Library during the morning on Marks Review Day, Monday June 27th.
  • The Library will be CLOSED to students June 28th to June 30th.

If you have Library materials which you have not yet returned… Please:

  • return them to the Library on Wednesday June 15th, or on Tutorial morning;
  • return them to the box – labelled LIBRARY – on the bench in the Main Office when you come in to write your exams; or
  • return them to the Library on the morning of Marks Review Day

All books being returned late will be subject to late fines.

  • Drop by the Library on Marks Review Day to settle your late fines.
  • Students will not be able to borrow Library materials in the fall until Library accounts have been cleared.

Library Overdues

  • Do you still have overdue Library materials?
  • Have you settled your late fines from earlier in the year?
  • Have you found that missing book under the bed?

We have been chasing books for weeks now.

  • We have been sending overdue notices to your TDSB student e-mails.
  • We have been sending overdue notices to your HF teachers.
  • Worse… we began making the dreaded phone calls home on Tuesday (June 14th).

Get ahead of the curve – and save that embarrassing phone call home if you haven’t already been called! – by bringing your book(s) in first or settling your overdue fines.

  • Drop by the Library on Wednesday June 15th, or on Tutorial morning, Thursday June 16th.

Reminder that students with outstanding Library items and/or Library fines will not be able to check out new materials in September until outstanding issues have been cleared.

Exam Schedule June 2016

Exam Schedule June 2016

Orlando Shooting

Please find below a note from our Director and Chair of the School Board regarding the devastating situation in Orlando over the weekend.  Beyond the note below, I would like to remind students and their families that the school has a wonderful Student Services Department to support students who would like to talk about this profoundly sad event.  Our staff can also refer students who need more or deeper counselling than the school can offer to appropriate community agencies.  As always, please contact me directly if you have any questions about school/Board supports or if I can be of assistance in any way.

Message About Events in Orlando, Florida

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Sadly, we have once again seen another senseless act of violence unfold in the world, this time in Orlando, Florida. The thoughts of the Toronto District School Board community are not only with the victims, families and friends impacted by this act of terror, but the larger LGBTQ community that was targeted by an act of hate.

As the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, this story will no doubt be prevalent in the news in the upcoming days. With this in mind, our Professional Support Services staff have prepared the following tips that may help with discussions with your children, who may experience a wide range of reactions and emotions at this time.

  1. Bring up the topic at a time and place where a discussion can occur. If there are distractions, a shortage of time or if either you or your child are too tired or busy, it is likely the conversation will be interrupted.
  2. Begin by listening. Let your child tell you what they believe they know, how they learned it and how they are feeling. Don’t rush to correct or reassure.  Allow them to finish their thoughts. Open-ended questions are better than specific ones. It is better to ask, “How are you feeling about what happened?” than “Are you scared because of what happened?” You can be a bit more specific if general questions fail.
  3. Respond to what your child tells you. Their concerns may be specific or general, concrete or abstract, closely related to the events or related very little. Address what they are concerned about. Don’t overload children with information or solutions. Talk to them with ideas they can handle at their age. If you help them with their concerns today they will likely share more in the future.
  4. It is normal for people to try to make sense of things when a serious loss occurs. Allow your child to share his or her ideas and speculations. Help them to separate what they know from what they are guessing about.
  5. Limit exposure to media coverage as it can become overwhelming.
  6. Be aware that new stresses may open old wounds. When a child is confronted with a crisis, losses and upsets from the past may be remembered. The child may or may not wish to talk about these old issues.
  7. Talk about specific things you can do to make your child feel secure.
  8. While tragic events can be extremely upsetting, it can be helpful to remind children that this type of event is very rare.
  9. Children deal with stress in many different ways and at different paces. While children may not wish to talk today, they may wish to talk in weeks or days to come. Follow up discussions may be helpful.

Parents, students and staff are encouraged to contact their school principal for more information about additional supports through our Professional Support Services department.

John Malloy
Director of Education
Robin Pilkey
Chair

 

Grad Breakfast

Grad Breakfast in the Library from 8:15am to 9:15am on Friday June 10th.

  • The Library will be closed before school for set-up.
  • The Library will be open again for second period.

ESA-A Place Where Talent Soars

It is amazing what can be accomplished when passion and energy come together with talent and drive. Throughout the 2015-16 year, many elements of the ESA community joined forces to support students to excel in disciplines across-the-board.

As we applauded their achievements, we were keenly aware of the many dedicated faculty and staff at ESA that made it possible for each and every student to reach for the stars. ESA also owes its vibrancy to the energetic and engaging involvement of parents and guardians. Our parent community continued to help make ESA a special place for students to thrive.

Please read on for some highlights of the past year and to find out about more incredible plans that await ESA in the coming school year. We look forward to seeing you in September!

ESA School Council & SESAT

A Place Where Talent Soars