Archives for January 2017

REMINDER: SCHOOL COUNCIL and SESAT Meeting on Monday Feb 6th. Today is your last chance to submit your questions for Principal Aitchison

Please submit your questions for our “Fireside Chat” with Ms. Aitchison by the end of today via this link
Ms Aitchison will answer your questions on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the ESA library.  A joint SESAT and School Council meeting will follow.  If you can’t join us in person, connect via Adobe Connect using these login details.


Introduction to the Adobe Connect interface

  • Use this link to access a shared Google Doc which covers everything you need to know about how Adobe Connect works and what to expect when you join the virtual meeting on Monday February 6th
  • This document includes basic troubleshooting tips
  • URL:

Connecting to the meeting on Monday night

  • Use this URL to join the meeting:
  • Feel free to use the URL to ‘join’ the meeting anytime…  this will allow you to make sure that you have the Adobe Connect add-in properly functional before trying to login on Monday.
  • Quit Adobe Connect and re-launch when it’s time to join the actual meeting on Monday night

Presentation Slide Deck

  • Use this link to access the Slide Deck which will be used for the Virtual Meeting:
  • We will (likely) be adding additional links and information to this slide deck as we get nearer to the meeting, so do check back again on Monday, and even after the meeting.

(7:00-7:02) Welcome and Introductions

(7:02-7:30)  Fireside Chat with Ms. Aitchison

(7:30-8:30)  Spring Event: Focus Group/Planning

(8:30-8:45) Social Media Shut Down Presentation from Tools for Teens

(8:45-8:50) SESAT Announcements/Approval of Minutes

(8:50-8:55) School Council Announcements/Approval of Minutes

(9:00)          Adjournment


We look forward to having you join us.

Your SESAT and School Council

ESA’s Own Book Club does Canada Reads 2017!

The 2017 Canada Reads Finalists have been announced.  This year’s theme is: What is the one book Canadians need now?

Join us, in the evening, on Wednesday March 8th, as the ESA Book Club engages in our own Battle of the Books.

If you’d like to join us, please:

Stay tuned!  We’re going on a field trip to the Canada Reads taping on the morning of Thursday March 30th.

  • Details to follow shortly.

Letter from the Director and Chair Re: Events in Quebec City

Letter from TDSB Director and Chair – January 30 2017

Mainstage production of Our Town

ESA Drama Department proudly presents Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer winning play Our Town.  Curtains rise February 8th.  Get your tickets at esainfo

CAMH Group for Parents Concerned about Their Child’s Excessive Gaming

CAMH is hosting a group for parents concerned about excessive video gaming and tech misuse among youth aged 16 to 25.   It runs from  April 5th – May 24th, 2017 for 8 sessions.  For further details and to register please see the attached flyer:  Parent Group External Spring 2017


White Pine Spotlight: The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay

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The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay

  • A powerful little novella which attempts to help us understand on-going cycles of violence.
  • A meditation on a family caught up in the violence of retribution.
  • A family forced to choose which of their twin sons to ‘offer’ up to the glory of God, perpetuating violence as the means of resolving political differences.
  • Years later, we witness the surviving son, struggling to come to terms with the fact of being the one left behind.
  • Tremblay leaves us with much food for thought.

Read the review at The Literary Review.



  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors.  We will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 16th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.

Ask Your Principal!

On Monday, February 6 promptly at 7:00 in the ESA library, you can join a “Fireside Chat” with our incoming principal, Ms. Aitchison.  Please RSVP and submit your questions ahead of time via

If you cannot attend in person, we will provide an opportunity to join remotely through Adobe Connect -details forthcoming Wed Feb 1 via ESAinfo.   This chat will be followed by a joint SESAT and School Council meeting.

Evening Agenda:

(7:00-7:02) Welcome and Introductions

(7:02-7:30)  Fireside Chat with Ms. Aitchison

(7:30-8:30)  Spring Event: Focus Group/Planning

(8:30-8:45) Social Media Shut Down Presentation from Tools for Teens

(8:45-8:50) SESAT Announcements/Approval of Minutes

(8:50-8:55) School Council Announcements/Approval of Minutes

(9:00)          Adjournment

We look forward to seeing you there





Kick Off the New Semester with Gusto!

Please join us for late Happy Hour tomorrow,  Monday, January 30 at 6:45 at Kelsey’s (1011 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 6C7).   Light appetizers and non alcoholic beverages will be provided.  Additional food and drinks are also available.  Please come and bid farewell to Rob Mackinnon, meet our new principal, Peggy Aitchison and get to know other ESA parents and alumni parents .  Everyone is welcome!  Brought to you by SESAT and your School Council.
Please message [email protected] if you plan on attending and have not already rsvp’ed. Space is limited.
SESAT and School Council


Library access during the exam period

Reminder that the Library is now CLOSED until classes resume on Friday Feb 3rd.

  • ACCESS only to students writing exams in the Library… at the appointed time.

Good luck to all with your exams.

Students writing exams in the Library…

Important information for students writing exams in the Library…

  • Library exams (mostly) start at 8:30am and 12:30pm.
  • Students are expected to confirm start times on their personalised exam schedule.
  • Please arrive to the Library 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled start time so that you have time to get seated and settled and relax before starting your exam.

Students writing in the Library are welcome to – indeed encouraged to – bring a canteen for water.

  • Refills available in the Library.

Feel free to bring a re-usable (hot) mug as well.

  • There will be hot water and tea available for students writing in the Library.

TDSB Mental Health and Well-Being Consultation Opportunity

Event for parents and caregivers on February 2nd.  Details:  MentalHealthConsultation-PosterWEB .

Toronto Sing – Exciting Event!

Please join Splash and Glo on Friday March 3 for Toronto Sing – the culminating concert of the Show Choir Festival. The concert will feature our two show choirs, as well as choirs from Don Mills Collegiate, York Mills Collegiate, FAME school, and Essex-Hawthorne. TorontoSing_Poster_2017_11x17