Archives for April 2017

Spring Flower Sale – Closes at Midnight Thursday April 27th- don’t miss out, please order today!


With our Annuals and Hanging Baskets, your gardens can look as wonderful as these!


Order Your Flowers Here

They are going to be stunning!




2nd Annual Community Yard Sale is coming – Saturday May 27th 9am-2pm in South Parking Lot

Last Summer, this sale, hosted by SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent) proved most successful in our drive to hit our fundraising goal for the year.  We had many donations of wonderful treasures from parents, guardians and community neighbors.  Under the sun, with temperatures in the high 20’s, we welcomed 100s of patrons who scoured our tables of wares and walked away with many wonderful items.  Please help us make this year’s sale as big a success by donating items to sell and/or dropping by to search for something new to you!

This is also a wonderful opportunity to volunteer with SESAT so if you are interesting in helping out please let us know at [email protected]


Hope to see you there!

The SESAT Team

Chamber Choir performs in the Canadian premiere of Elgar’s The Apostles

Tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday. Follow the link below and don’t miss this opportunity to see the ESA Chamber Choir perform with Pax Christi, soloists and orchestra at Grace-Church-on-the-Hill.

Opus – Music Department Showcase May 11 & 12 – Tickets on sale now

Opus tickets are on sale! Please join the Music Department for our final two shows of the year. We have two different shows with exciting repertoire Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 and Friday, May 12th at 7:00. Tickets here >

Workshop on Navigating Teenage Stress, Anxiety, and Mood – May 1

Martingrove Collegiate Institute Parent’s Council cordially invites parents and students of ESA to attend

Where:  Martingrove Collegiate Auditorium,  50 Winterton Drive

When: Monday May 1st, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Gayle Saifert D.C.S, RSW

Gayle is a Clinical Social Worker in private practice working with clients who struggle with issues related to anxiety, depression , Attention Deficit Disorder, ASD and Learning Disabilities

The Workshop will cover:

-teenage anxiety mood disorders in teens

-evidence based treatment approaches like CBT and Mindfulness based interventions

-associated parenting challenges when your teen has issues with their mood

-mental health resources for youth

Gayle is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Toronto, and she is also a mother of 3 teens

Understanding Your Teen – Sara Dimerman, Special Presentation for Parents Tuesday May 9

Sara Dimerman, Psychologist

On Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00pm, ESA School Council invites you to hear Psychologist Sara Dimerman’s presentation on Understanding Your Teen.

The teen years can present a challenge for both parents and children. During adolescence, kids need their parents more than ever. Ms Dimerman’s presentation will offer a fresh and positive perspective, along with practical tips on how to reduce your teenagers stress, encourage cooperation and develop effective parenting approaches. The presentation is open to everyone.

Find out more about Sara Dimerman at


ALICE Tickets on sale!

Don’t be late for this very important date! Join Alice on her journey through Wonderland on Wednesday April 26, Thursday April 27, and Friday April 28. Performances start at 7:00 pm. The show features our Dance majors grades 9-12, our dance company, DancESAtion, and a special guest. It has a little something for everyone so get your tickets today at [Read more…]

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help with the official White Pine ceremony @ 10:00am on Tuesday May 16th.

Volunteers are needed to help out as each of presenters, sign holders and awards announcers.
  • Presenters only need to prepare a very short one minute introduction to their author.
  • Sign holders have to hold a sign to shepherd their author onto the stage, and then stand behind the author holding the sign up during the ceremony.
  • Awards announcers do not need to prepare anything, they only need to each open an envelope and read the card inside, one for the list of finalists and one for the winner.
Any students who are interested in volunteering should contact Ms. Wray ASAP.
  • Community service hours are available.

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Tuesday May 16th

There are a few tickets still available to take part on the field trip to Harbourfront for the Ontario Library Association Festival of Trees.

The Festival of Trees is Canada’s equivalent of a rock concert for young readers!

  • Spend the day with your friends and your favourite Canadian YA authors.
  • Enjoy everything there is to experience on a lovely spring day on the Toronto waterfront.

The initial schedule is available at the Festival of Trees (Toronto) webpage.

  • Keep checking back as additional authors and events keep getting added right up until the day of.

Permission forms are available, in hard copy, from Ms. Wray in the Library.

OR… you may access electronic copies using these links:

Remaining tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Network Password Problems? Never fear…

It’s that time.  If you haven’t changed your password since the new protocols came into play last November… you’re bumping up against the best before date!

  • All student passwords are now good for 6 months… and many of your passwords are expiring right now!

Having trouble connecting to the TDSB WIFI?  Probably a password issue.

  • If you haven’t logged on for a little while, try to logon to a school networked computer – i.e. Library computer – and see what message you get.
  • If you’re lucky you’ll be prompted to change your password.  If so, do so…  but mind the new criteria (see below).
  • If you get a ‘Username and password are incorrect’ message, then you need a password reset.
  • REMEMBER to only try to logon no more than three (3) times, else you run the very real risk of getting ‘locked out’ of your account… then you’ll have to wait half an hour to try again.

NEW CRITERIA for TDSB passwords…

Both the default ‘Secret Shared’ password and the requirements for your new password have changed.

  • Refer to the instructions in either the .jpg or .pdf file attached to this posting.

You will find copies of this file posted on bright orange paper near computer stations throughout the school tomorrow.

  • We strongly recommend that you save this information somewhere handy – although you can always pick up a small password reset stub at the Library Circulation Desk anytime you need one.

We also strongly recommend that you set yourself a calendar alert for 6 months time, with a 2 week notification.

  • Then two weeks before your password expires your phone will start reminding you to change your password.
  • When you change your password, change your calendar alert for another 6 months into the future so it will remind you again when it is due to be changed.

Reset Stub LARGE

SVA Summer Pre-College Program Meeting

For all those interested in discussing the ESA specific photo summer pre-college program at SVA this July – we would like to invite you to a meeting this Wednesday night April 25 at 7pm in room 200.

Thank you!

National Poetry Month: Griffin Poetry Prize

Week 3 of National Poetry Month has come to a close.

For Week 4 we are pleased to announce another Poetry Contest for members of the ESA Community.  The wonderful folks who run the Griffin Poetry Prize – who are the very same folks behind Poetry in Voice – are running a contest to Guess the Winners of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prizes.

  • Winners will be randomly drawn after the deadline – June 8th 2017 – and each will receive a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.

The ESA Library is running a parallel contest.

  • Everyone who enters the ‘real’ Griffin Poetry Contest should also advise the ESA Library as to their choices using this Google Form.
  • We will draw randomly from everyone who submits to our parallel contest… and the winner will go home with their own personal copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.
  • You must enter the ESA Library parallel contest by the end of the day Friday June 8th to be eligible.
  • Should it turn out that anyone – or more – who enters our contest correctly chooses both winners…  then we will, a second time, randomly draw names… and that winner will go home with a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.


REMEMBER also to enter the 4th Annual ESA Library Student Poetry Contest.

Poems must:

  • be on the theme of time;
  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 28th.

  • Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Wray, in the Library.
  • E-mail: [email protected]

The top three entries will each receive a collection of poetry, as well as publication on the ESsays Creative Writing Blog.

  • Publication in, and a personal copy of, the print edition of ESsays is also included.

Good luck…