Archives for August 2016

Grade 9: Movin’ On Up

What a day!  Welcome, again, to all of our incoming Grade 9 students and parents.

It was lovely to meet everyone today.  We’re looking forward to a great school year.

As promised – for your (later) reference – here are links to the presentations shared during each of the student and parent sessions.

  • Parents were provided with copies of both the TDSB Virtual Library Learnmark and the ESA Bookmark during their session.
  • If you didn’t get one, be sure to drop by the Library during Grade 9 Parent’s Night on Thursday September 15th.  Start time 6pm.

Do also be sure to…

Reminder also that the first – joint – SESAT and School Council meeting of the year will take place in the Library beginning promptly at 7pm on Tuesday September 13th.

Links to the Movin’ On Up presentation outlines:

(Use this link to access the ESA Virtual Library…  apologies, the link did not stay live with the changed in format to PDF!)

Revised Welcome Letter To Parents

Welcome letter to parents

New School Year, New Network Passwords

All students are advised that TDSB IT Services reset all student account passwords effective Wednesday August 17th, 2016.

“This central action will help reduce the effort required by the schools to reset passwords through LAS and reduce the disruption to classrooms during the September school opening timeframe.

The passwords will be reset to the Student Shared Secret password which consists of the last 4 digits of student number followed by the two digit day and two digit month of student’s birthday. The format will be nnnnddmm.”

This central resetting may cause disruption in your ability to login remotely to your TDSB AW and Google Drive accounts on your personal devices until you validate your account on a school networked machine.

Students will need to drop into the Library – or find another school networked machine to login on – to reset passwords for seamless access.

ESsays Creative Writing Blog: Student Editors Wanted!

ESsays is ESA’s own Creative Writing Blog.

  • Do you like to write poetry and/or prose?
  • Would you like to work with fellow ESA students in moderating and publishing student writing?
  • Do you have good technical skills?…  be that as they relate to the English language and/or computer technology and word processing.
  • Are you looking for a different way to earn community service hours this school year?

The job of student editor involves the following duties (under the supervision of, and with the assistance of, Ms. Wray):

  • Vetting and posting submissions to the blog.
  • Promoting the blog.
  • Liasing with the new creative writing club.
  • Engaging in fundraising activities in support of the print publication.
  • Preparing the content for the print publication.

Interested students should apply by completing this Google Form.  All students who apply will be contacted during the second week of school.

E.S.says accepts submissions year round.  So send us the absurd, the witty, the bold and the downright nonsensical.

Best yet, this blog culminates in an end of year book of letters!

Indeed hard copies of each of our first two published collections, Letters Vol1 and Vol2, are available for sale in limited quantities for just $5 each.   See Ms. Wray in the Library to purchase a copy for posterity.

With that said, what are you waiting for? Grab your plumes and start scratching!

Find the blog here:
Send your submissions to [email protected]

Information about submissions:

  • Submissions are accepted on a regular basis, year-round
  • Submission can include, short stories, essays, poetry and prose
  • Submissions must not exceed 3,000 words
  • Submissions must be written by a current ESA student, or an ESA Grad
  • Submissions are accepted: [email protected]

Toronto Public Library: Volunteer Readers Needed

The IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Collection for Young People with Disabilities, located at North York Central Library Children’s Department (Toronto Public Library), is looking for readers to help read and evaluate submissions for the 2017 IBBY Outstanding List.

Deadline: before Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct. 10, 2016)

What to do: You will be asked to read the whole book, evaluate and write short answers to the evaluation form. We will send info about this IBBY project and criteria for evaluation.

How: You would need to be able to pick up and return a reviewing copy of the titles at a TPL location.

What: While we have books in English, we particularly need readers for Greek, Japanese, German, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque, and Turkish.

Why: We do need your help with this project but it is a great opportunity to see what is emerging in children’s publishing outside of North America.

We hope you will be interested to learn more about IBBY and about this reference collection. Check out IBBY’s webpage.

Questions: Email: ibby <at> or call Leigh Turina and Deb Pearson at North York Central Library Children’s Department 416-395-5630.

Principal’s Welcome Back Letter

July Letter to Parents 2016

Cogratulations to Viona!

Viona Charles will be exhibiting with The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities main office as part of Art.Write.Now.DC, a special year long exhibition of National Medalist work from the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

This year, 25 works of art from the tens of thousands submitted will be displayed in the offices of the Department of Education and PCAH in Washington, D.C.

WHERE:The Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building – 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. Across from the National Air & Space Museum

Congratulations Viona, Glenn Novak and ESA Contemporary Photography!

Ms. Moorhouse – Finalist for the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching

Each year, Canada’s History Society | La Société Histoire Canada honours teachers of Canadian History through the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This year, our own Ms. Moorhouse is one of the 25 finalists to be recognized! Please take a look at the site for a brief sample of the work that Ms. Moorhouse is being honoured for and to check out the other nominees –  Governor General’s Award.

Congratulations to Ms. Moorhouse for this honour!

We’re all cheering you on for the next step!



Rio 2016!

We have had some amazing coverage this week around our assisting Moss + Lam in making parts of Canada House in Rio.

Spencer Julien was interviewed on CBC’s Here and Now and appeared on the CBC 6pm tv news. Here are two articles supporting the story:

ESA Contemporary Art in Rio 1

ESA Contemporary Art in Rio 2