Archives for 2017

ESA Film raises 490 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank

After a great 60 Second show on Wednesday, ESA Film has once again made a significant contribution to The Daily Bread Food Bank, putting our year over year donation at over 5000 pounds of food.

Thanks to everyone for all of your support and happy holidays.

And as a special treat, check out Oliver Atherton’s Other, a sinister look at how we deal with things we don’t understand.

Subscribe to The Film Shack – ESA Film’s little corner of the Youtube universe.

And follow us on Instagram – @esa_film.

STEM Council sends best wishes with a chemis-tree

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) council wishes you a safe and happy holiday!  Now that the winter solstice is passed, the amount of daylight will increase daily until the summer solstice in June.  To celebrate the light, check out our beautiful crystal tree, made by STEM council students by reacting copper with silver nitrate.  The branches of this evergreen are actually tiny silver crystals, viewed under the microscope.   If you’re interested in science and you’d like to join, please see Mrs. Janisse for info or come to a meeting.  STEM council meets every other Wednesday at lunch in room 108.  Until the new year, all the best to you and yours!


Our Holiday Reads Winners!!

Thank you to everyone who played along.  We have drawn for ten (10) lucky winners!

Seven (7) folks go home with a new book for the holiday: Laura Kim, Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak, Kaitlyn Hamilton, Gabrielle Schwartz, Audrey Irenhead, Ariel Milne, Tashi Gombu

Our second and third prize winners each go home with two (2) new books and a blanket: Annie Spence and Hannah Mark

AND… our GRAND PRIZE winner goes home with three (3) new books, a blanket, a hand painted mug and a selection of teas: Jeanne Polochansky


WINNERS…  please drop by the Library to pick up your winnings!

  • If you are already on holiday… drop by when you get back in January.

Everyone who submitted a HOLIDAY READS chit will also have their name entered into the TDSB Just Read It! monthly draws with additional opportunities to win free books.

Password Manager: Make sure you’ve signed up before the holiday break!

Parents… if the student in your household doesn’t get this e-mail blast… PLEASE make sure they know about this!

New this year…  Password Manager! 

We tested it out with the Grade 9’s during their Orientation sessions and advertised to the rest of the school population afterwards…

As we head off for the holiday break – Password Manager is the ONLY option if you have a problem with your TDSB network password.  Don’t get shut out in the cold with respect to network access.

  • Recover and/or reset your TDSB network password on your own 365 days a year, 24/7.
  • No need to wait until you are at school and able to get into the ESA Library.
  • Create your own personal security questions – keep track of your answers in a secure location!
  • Use the ‘Forgot my Password’ or ‘Lost your password?’ options when logging into the TDSB network via AW.

Access the new Password Manager here.

  • Enter your TDSB student e-mail address.
  • Create your security questions and away you go.

Posters with QR codes and links are posted around the school.

  • ALL ESA students should be signed onto the Password Manager as soon as possible.


One more sleep until The 60 Second Film Festival

The 60 Second Film Festival is nearly upon us… and literally only a handful of tickets are still available.  You can get them here. If any are still available at lunch, they will be sold in the foyer.  With a donation of three non-perishable food items, you can get in to the show for only $5.  All donated food will go to support the efforts of The Daily Bread Food Bank.

To get you in the mood, we dug into the 60 Second Vault and came up with Ava Young’s Meat of the Matter, a deceptively simple look at the impacts of bullying.

Subscribe to The Film Shack – ESA Film’s little corner of the Youtube universe.

And follow us on Instagram – @esa_film.


Snack Shack closed until after the holidays



Snack Shack will be closed this week and will resume in 2018.


We hope that you all have a wonderful winter break and we will see you in the New Year!


-Your SESAT Team

The 60 Second Film Fest is 75% sold out…

Do not be disappointed… The 60 Second Film Fest always sells out.

Tickets are available here.  They will also be sold in the foyer at lunch.  With a donation of three non-perishable food items, you can get in to the show for only $5.  All donated food will go to support the efforts of The Daily Bread Food Bank.

To get you in the mood, check out Callahan Bracken’s dark vision of childhood, Sewn.

Subscribe to The Film Shack – ESA Film’s little corner of the Youtube universe.

And follow us on Instagram – @esa_film.

White Pine Spotlight

EXO by Fonda Lee

  • Wow!  SciFi is not my genre of choice, but Wow!  This book is one wild ride.
  • Things to love about this book include: the worldbuilding; the (black) humour (and word play); the imagery; the general believability of it all… the ‘real feel’; the scathing social commentary and appreciation of the complicated morality of life
  • Then there are the characters… both the good, the bad and the ugly (the zhree) – the author does bad guys really well (including parents!)
  • There is nothing predictable about this book, and while there is clearly a sequel to come, this book absolutely stands alone on its own legs and its own merit.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

Holiday Reads… last days to get your entries in

All members of the ESA Community are invited to participate in our annual Holiday Reads Draw.

Drop by the Library Circulation Desk and fill out a Holiday Reads ballot.

  • Tell us what book you’re planning on reading this Winter Break
  • Or tell us what book is your favourite Winter Read ever

Every book recommendation submitted will be entered into our Annual Holiday Draw.

Five lucky winners will go home for the holiday with books and blankets and more!  Winners to be drawn on the morning announcements on Thursday December 21st.


Parents and others who aren’t in the building regularly…

CLICK here to see a full size version of the poster.

Holiday Cheer in the Library

The cider is on!  As is the tradition – the ESA Library’s contribution to Spirit Week… we will be serving hot mulled cider every morning before school… while supplies last.

The cider will be ready to serve for 8:00am.

You must have your own re-usable mug… no disposables!… This is a sustainable event.

Cider is free, but donations are accepted.

We will also be playing contemporary holiday tunes every morning before school as well.

Come join in the fun.


Library Access: Week of December 18th

Please be advised re the following:

Monday December 18th: First Period

  • The Library will be closed during first period, and into second as long as it takes to clean-up.
  • The Writer’s Craft classes are hosting Grade 1 students from Norseman… to share their illustrated children’s stories.
  • We will also be doing some holiday themed arts and crafts.

Tuesday December 19th: All Morning… and after school

  • The Library will be closed first and second period while we host actress, author and screenwriter Barbara Radecki.
  • We’re delighted to have Ms. Radecki back to ESA… both of her daughters being ESA graduates.
  • Admission by invitation with specified ENG classes.
  • The Library will also be closed after school – special schedule for the day with shortened periods – for a special Joint Staff Student session on the TDSB Equity Report
  • See schedule here:  Tues Dec 19th schedule

Wednesday December 20th: Late Start… and after school closure

  • Reminder we have a Staff Meeting late start day.
  • The Library will be closed after school on account of the ESA Staff Holiday Party

Thursday December 21st: After School

  • The Library will be closed after school for the ESA Library Volunteers Holiday Appreciation Party

Friday December 22nd: Holiday Fun

  • The Library will feature holiday themed fun for the day… including some of your favourite winter movies and musicals.


Need a Secret Santa gift? or last minute stocking stuffers?

Consider an ESA Family Cookbook – with recipes from some of your favourite teachers – or an ESA CornMug.

  • Limited quantities of each are still available.

Or consider some ‘Vintage Vinyl’… Get a sense of what’s available in this prior posting.

  • Mind, some of this has been sold… and it is not a complete inventory of what is available.
  • Lots of great classical recordings as well.
  • More new stuff to go out on Monday morning…


The 25th Anniversary Edition ESA Family Cookbook includes recipes from current and former Staff members, including but not limited to:

  • Ms. Miller, Ms. Wolfson, Mr. Humphreys, Ms. Neag, Ms. Kamino, Ms. Moorhouse, Mr. Aikins, Ms. Wray, and Ms. Holod.
  • Drop by the Library and pick up your own personal copy. $5 per book.


ESA CornMugs are made from 100% corn plastic this mug is long lasting as well as 100% biodegradable and compostable at the end of its life span.

  • Microwave safe with a medical grade plastic lid.  Handwash only!!
  • Get yours for only $10… See Ms. Wray in the Library.

  Corn Mug Poster 2017