Archives for September 2016

November 19 – Annual Craft Fair/Silent Auction

Please mark your calendars for ESA’s 20th Annual Craft Fair/Silent Auction on Nov. 19th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. We have over 80 vendors and many amazing auction items. Keep your eyes posted on this site for a preview of what’s to come!

And here’s a little promo video if you would like to join our Silent Auction team:

Library Closure: Monday September 26th

Please note that the Library will be CLOSED, for the remainder of the day, as of the start of the lunchhour on Monday.

The Social Sciences Dept is hosting the federal Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, the Honourable Kent Hehr, for the afternoon.

  • The Library is pleased to be the venue for this event, where every Grade 10 History student – as well as other invited classes and guests – will be in attendance at some point in the afternoon.

The Library will re-open again for regular business, first thing Tuesday morning.

What’s Your Story Etobicoke? Tickets available…

Arts Etobicoke is thrilled to partner with The Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO) on their new 3- year initiative with the Toronto Arts CouncilWhat’s Your Story?, a series of literary events taking place in the inner suburbs of Toronto: Etobicoke, North York, East York, and Scarborough.

A writing contest earlier this summer selected four writers from each neighbourhood – three established and one emerging, unpublished writer – who the OBPO commissioned to write a short piece about their neighbourhood. Join us on September 29 to hear the Etobicoke writers give a public reading of their pieces.

What’s Your Story Etobicoke? is an exciting evening hosted by award-winning novelist, critic and Director of The Humber School for Writers, Antanas Sileika.

  • The evening starts at 6:00pm with a workshop “Getting it Right” led by Antanas.
  • After a short break there will be a second workshop “How to Read a Poem” led by Iranian Canadian poet Bardia Sinaee.
  • The evening will be rounded out by the readings of our Etobicoke contest winners: Farzana Doctor (who is coming to ESA in October), Catherine Graham, Maria Coletta McLean, and Transient. Read below for a detailed schedule of events.

The ESA Library has two (2) pairs of tickets to give away to attend this event.  Fill out this Google Form if you’d like to claim a pair of these tickets.  Priority will be given to ESA students, but all are welcome to put in a request.


Reminder that the ESA Library also has tickets available for the Toronto Book Awards bash at the Toronto Reference Library on October 11th.  Put in a request for a pair of those tickets here.

The Walden Room is open

The latest transformation in the ESA Library is ready to open.  One of the rear seminar rooms is now going to be known as The Walden Room.

Freshly painted, with a beautiful Zen-inspired black and white mural painted last year by (now) Grade 10 Visual Art student Michelle Su, the inspiration for the room can be found in this article (archived) from the Globe and Mail.

The article speaks to the value of having a quiet space in your home – or, in this case, the school – where anyone who needs can go and find a tranquil space to quiet themselves down, or just take a time out to meditate, or settle themselves…  generally do what they need to do to help themselves find their centre amidst the busy-ness of life.  Intended as a place for quiet contemplation, this space is also going to be designated as a prayer room.

Our weekly mindfulness sessions, which are already held in the Library, will be moving into this space – when the weather doesn’t allow for them to take place in the little courtyard (the renovation of which is another prong in this project, being led by members of SEEDS Me to We).

This room is part of a suite of Wellness Initiatives here at ESA.  These include:

•    weekly mindfulness sessions for Staff and students;
•    yoga club;
•    Final Friday Fun Days in the Library – where we go tech free and engage in activities and events designed to promote and encourage mental health and wellness.
•    a Special Collection in the ESA Library dedicated to Health and Wellness (follow the collection development here)
•    Pick-up sports offered daily in the gym at lunch-time
•    Student services open before school, at lunch, and after school
•    School based Social Worker (SW) here every Thursday…  (we’ve had the same SW here for a couple of years now and she and the students really get on well)
•    Workshops delivered by our school SW with the assistance of guidance counsellors
•    Pursuit Of Wellness (PoW), a student driven wellness group whose focus is to empower students with options to manage stress and to educate them on healthy living
•    Equity Group and Social Justice course – fostering education and student engagement both in the school and the community
•    Guidance assisting students to access community-based agencies, such as Stonegate CHC, Breakaway, Oolagen, and Youthdale
•    A Personal Fitness course, in which the emphasis is on the connection between physical and mental health
•    A variety of clubs and sport teams to support physical and mental well-being

The signage to identify the room, and to explain what the room is all about, is in production.  When the last few accessories are in place, as well as the signage, we will be holding a dedication ceremony in honour of Elizabeth Varma, the ESA Grad (2003) in whose memory the room is to be dedicated.  Invitations will be sent at that time.

For now, it’s time to open the room.

Our Bike Racks have arrived!

If we could please ask you to hold back before using them.  We know that it’s been a long wait since early June, and we are delighted that they have finally arrived…  BUT… they still need to be leveled and pinned in place.

We’ll let you know when they are ready for use.

SESAT (parent run fundraising committee) needs Volunteers!

Welcome to another SESAT year of fun and fundraising.

We depend on the energy of ESA Parents and Guardians to ensure we can host events, run concessions at shows and show support of our kids throughout the year.

Currently, we have a couple of roles available in our committee that we could really use some help with especially as we head into our Biggest Fundraising Event, the Craft Fair & Auction taking place Saturday November 19th!


We are looking for:


  1. Someone to Co-chair the Food Court during the event in November.  This commitment runs from September to November.
  2. Multiple people to help throughout the school year as Supply Representatives to    ensure we have items to sell at the shows and events.

Please see below for the role profiles. Should you be open to helping out, please send an email to [email protected] and we will connect right away.



If neither of these roles appeal you but you want to get involved, please note that there are many other things that SESAT will need help with in prep for the Craft Fair & Auction and throughout the year, so feel free to check out the role descriptions here:






Thanks and look forward to connecting soon.

P.S – Our next SESAT Council meeting takes place Monday October 3rd so if you want to learn more about the great work we do and get involved, join us in the Library at 7pm.

The SESAT Team

ESA Survey: Parents make a huge difference at the school!

It is such a great feeling when we see what are children can achieve with a little support.
Explore your own untapped dreams and talents while supporting your child’s by giving a little of your time toward simple or more involved project(s).
Your commitment, whether big or small, is sure to enhance your child’s secondary school experience at ESA.
Our children have worked so hard to get where they are today so let’s help to launch them in the direction of success by making ESA one of the best, if not the very best, secondary school in the world by taking them steps further.  Our time is all that it takes.
So with that in mind we want to know how we can get you using that time.  Fill out this very brief survey below and help us attach an appropriate task (one you will enjoy) to your interests.
Link to Survey:
Thank you from SESAT – Your Parent Run Fundraising Committee.

School Council Elections

ESA’s School Council will be holding elections for a variety of positions at our upcoming meeting of October 11th.

The School Council is an important group that advises the school’s administration, provides information to the parent and wider community and supports both the academic and arts goals of the school.

Along with parents and guardians, School Council Meetings are attended by Principal Rob MacKinnon, teacher representative Enid Wray, the Student Council President Jayda White and SESAT President Beverly Marinucci. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The ESA school council meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month in the Library from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.

The elected positions that are up for election this year will be:

Open positions (as provided by our School Council):

Co-Chairs:  prepare meeting agendas in consultation with the Principal and other Council members and ensure that appropriate notice of meetings is given. Communicate with the Principal on matters related to the business of the Council. Ensure democratic procedures for decisions and conduct of the Council. Encourage maximum involvement of the Council members.

Treasurer: maintains the financial records of the Council, monitors and reports on the funding granted to the Council by the school board and the PRO grant (when given).

Ward representative: attend the Ward meeting organized by the Trustee and report back to the Council on these meetings as well as events and situations that might impact the school.

Parent Engagement: assist the Council in organizing speakers during and outside of the School Council Meetings. Reaching out to parents and ensuring helpful and relevant information is shared on variety of topics.

ESAinfo : manage the ESAinfo site (Word Press), assist the School Council in posting minutes and other relevant information. Keeping the site current and up to date.




TDSB Network Service Alert

All students and staff need to be aware that ALL TDSB applications will be unavailable from 2pm until 4pm on Saturday September 24th.

This includes student and staff access to:

  • All Academic Workspace (AW) sites, including ServiceIT and myINFO
  • Chromebook/Chromebox access
  • Continuing Education (ConEd)
  • Google Apps for Education (GAFE), including Google Drive, Docs, Hangouts, and Sheets

ESA Reads is Back!

ESA Reads is Back!!  Please join us in sharing your own personal “books that matter most” with the larger ESA Community.

  • All staff, students and parents are invited to tell us about that one special book.
  • Book choices – and the reasons why they matter – will be displayed in the small Library display case facing the Main Office.
  • We hope to garner enough interest to rotate this display every two weeks.
Additional information about ESA Reads may be found in this PDF file.
Check out the original incarnation of ESA Reads here:
  • We will be in touch with everyone who signs up to make arrangements for timing and for getting your information to put on display.

Drama & Film trip to New York

Drama & Film trip to New York!

Parents, please see the attached forms for more information.   nyc-2016-cost-of-trip nyc-2016-itinerary The trip is Nov. 16-20 and deposits of $200 are due the week of September 19. Let’s get as many students as possible out on this fabulous, memorable trip! Email [email protected] with any questions.

Thanks very much,

Natasha Brault

Welcome Back Letter and Forms

Please Find attached letter and forms that were distributed in homeroom classes. Please complete the forms and return to your child’s homeroom teacher.       parent-letter-and-forms-2016