Archives for September 2017

TDSB Network Access: This weekend

For those of you who are night owls and working after dark…

ALL Staff and students – anyone who might be attempting to access the TDSB Network over the weekend – are advised that the following applications, services and systems will not be available between 10:00pm Saturday Sept 23rd and and 7:00am on Sunday September 24th

  • All AW sites
  • ServiceIT
  • myINFO
  • G-Suite for Education (formerly GAFE)
  • G-mail
  • Google Drive, Docs, Hangouts, and Sheets

DO NOT get mad at your computer or your home internet service provider when you can’t connect to the TDSB.

  • Have patience, get some rest, and try again after a nice sleep in on Sunday morning.

PD8 Fundraising Campaign


We would love your assistance to pay for Portfolio Day 8 on November 3 2017. 85 grade 12 students from 5 of our arts majors will speak to representatives from 70 schools and programs from around the world, including Harvard, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Paris College of Art.

We need to raise $300 per student for materials required to create 2500+ artworks, all of our hanging materials, and food for the day. Remember that the public is welcome to join us at 7pm to see the exhibition so bring your friends and family.

Please click through to our Crowdfunding Campaign to watch our video made by grad James Perry – now at School of Visual Art in New York, and please share the link with as many people as possible. We need to hit our target to make PD8 a reality.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

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 shortly.

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]

Protégée Program for Female Students

The application for the sixth cycle of Protégée Program is now live. This unique program pairs young female Torontonians with female City Councillors for six months. For the 2018 cycle, City staff have been included as mentors to Protégées. Learn about the opportunities for women in local government, gain hands-on experience and understand the multi-faceted role of a City Councillor and City Staff.

Application deadline is October 15, 2017.

Check out the YouthTO portal for additional information and to apply 


Canada 2067 Youth Summit – Grade 10 STEM Council Opportunity

Grade 10s who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math are invited to apply to be part of team of three ESA students who will be attending a conference on November 15 to come up with innovative ideas for the future. You will have the opportunity to work with students from other schools and collaborate with industry mentors and young entrepreneurs to create a shared vision for the future of science, engineering and math in Canada. You will learn creative problem solving and leadership skills and develop recommendations that will be presented to deputy ministers, school board leaders and other decision makers.  Interested in learning more? Please speak to Mrs. Janisse or your math or science teacher.

SESAT September Newsletter                  E-mail:  [email protected]         President:  (416) 316-2143


Welcome Back to School!


SESAT would like to welcome all of our new ESA families and welcome back all of our returning families.   We hope that you had a great summer and are getting into your back to school groove.

Last year SESAT was pleased to offer the ESA students Pancake Breakfasts and Snack Shack.  These fundraisers were very successful last year and we were happy to be able to provide students with a good breakfast and healthy afterschool snacks.  We are sad to inform you that we will no longer be hosting Pancake Breakfasts on the Second Late Start of the Month.  Students can continue to purchase breakfasts in the ESA cafeteria.  They are extremely lucky to have a well stocked cafeteria with many healthy options.  The good news is that we will now be having Snack Shack three times a week during after school rehearsals…Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  At this time we can only accept cash payments and are looking into the possibility of offering digital payments.  We want as much money going to the Arts Majors as possible.  If you have any connections or suggestions, I would love to hear from you.

We will be having our next SESAT meeting on Monday, October 2nd at 7:15 pm in the ESA library.  We hope that you can join us as we move forward with our plans for the upcoming year.  Everyone is welcome, and we hope that you can join us a bit earlier for our Meet ‘n Greet from 7:00 to 7:15pm in the library.  Please feel free to come if you would like to get involved, if you are just curious about SESAT or if you just want to meet some parents/guardians just like you.

Our main topic of discussion of the October meeting with be our upcoming Craft Fair and Silent Auction which will be taking place on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.  This is our 21st year of running the event, and it is always a great day for families as well as vendors.  Last year we had over 700 shoppers attend the Craft Fair and we had almost 90 Silent Auction items.  We are hoping to increase those numbers this year.  We have been working on getting even more Silent Auction Donations as well as looking at ways to increase traffic.

We typically need 50 volunteers at this event, so we hope that you can help.  You can sell refreshments, call for Silent Auction Donations, Donate goods or services to the Silent Auction, put gift baskets together, help us set up or tear down the event…whatever you can do, no matter how small, is always appreciated.

Click  Sign Up to Volunteer to get involved

We are also looking for donations of items for the Silent Auction.  We would appreciate donations of

  • Theatre Tickets
  • Tickets to Sporting Events
  • Donations of new items for our gift baskets
  • Gift Certificates for goods/services
  • Memorabilia

I look forward to meeting you at our events and please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

Take gentle care,

Lisa Egri, SESAT President


We have had several families graduate in June, so we are looking to recruit some new families to fill some vacancies.  If we are going to reach our goal of $50,000 this year, we are going to need your help.  We have many volunteer opportunities throughout the year and I’m sure we can find something for you.

  • Refreshment Sales at Events
  • Displays for our Events
  • Supply Representatives to purchase stock
  • Home Bakers
  • Professional Service Providers
  • Writers for our Newsletter


And if you can’t volunteer there are many other ways to get involved at ESA

  • Attend Meetings
    • These are informal meetings and anyone is free to attend. You don’t even have to say anything…but if you do happen to want to share an idea, we are always open to suggestions         
  • Become a Board Member
  • Make a Donation
  • Come out to one of our many events throughout the year…all money goes directly to the Arts Majors to cover costs not covered in the TDSB Budget.




Snack Shack:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during rehearsal weeks (check ESA calendar)

Because I’m a Girl:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017

21st Annual Craft Sale and Silent Auction:  Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Wine and Cheese Social:  January 2018 (exact date to be determined)

Flower Sale:  April 2018 (for pick up on at Garage Sale)

3rd Annual Community Garage Sale:  Saturday, May 26, 2018


All of our events can be found on the ESA calendar at ESA News


SESAT meetings take place from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the ESA Library following our SESAT Meet ‘N Greet from 7:00 to 7:15.  All are welcome!  Please feel free to drop by and get involved with this year’s fundraisers…or just come and listen in and meet some of your fellow parents/guardians.  Be as involved   as you like!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018 – Joint Meeting with School Council

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018



15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You

Volunteer for others but also for yourself

Written by Joanne Fritz


If you have ever volunteered, you may have noticed that you felt fantastic afterward. Maybe you saw a little boost in your mood, or that you felt like part of a team. You felt like you made a difference.

When we volunteer, we may see real changes as a result of our efforts. We may even witness the effects that our efforts have on others in our community. When we volunteer, we know that we are helping others by giving our time and resources…

To read the full article please go to:


Global Voices: Volunteering is antidote to back-to-school stress

Written by Marc and Craig Kielburger


Across the country, students are starting high school and facing life’s biggest questions: Where’s my locker? Do I know anyone in homeroom? What is that grey stuff on my cafeteria tray?

And they’re getting very stressed out.

With unfamiliar environments, heavier workload, and social challenges, the switch from elementary school to high school is rough.

When 800 new high schoolers rated their feelings of anxiety on a scale of one to 10, one quarter said seven or more, indicating serious stress. Disturbingly, these anxiety-ridden youth were the most likely to cut classes, start smoking or even engage in self-harm, according to McGill University researcher Dr. Nancy Heath, who studied the students for three years.

Forget fidget spinners, there’s a better cure for high school worry — volunteering…

To read the full article please go to:

Used Book Sale! Young Adult Fiction, Part #1

The hardest part of being a Teacher Librarian is letting books go.  But sometimes we must…

We have done an initial light weeding of our YA collection in order to make room for the great new YA books we’ve been cataloguing.

  • Books get weeded for a variety of reasons… most commonly due to currency, relevancy, redundancy, condition and/or duplication… but also sometimes because they just aren’t popular enough anymore to justify the shelf space.

The books we’ve just weeded are available for sale… generally 50 cents for a paperback, and $1 for a hardcover… but we do make deals for bulk purchases and/or based on the condition of the book.

  • All funds collected go back into collection development and/or fun stuff for the Library.

Find a list of the titles we’ve pulled in the attached PDF file.

YA Discards Sept 2017

Creative Writing Workshop: Tuesday October 11th

The ESA Library is pleased to announce the return of one of our favourite workshop authors: Canadian writer David Poulsen.

David lives in Western Canada and doesn’t head this way very often… but when he does we are always thrilled to have him come in and run a Creative Writing workshop for students.

  • Award winning author David A. Poulsen’s writing workshops will give students useful, easy-to-understand strategies they can use in creating their own stories.
  • The one and 1/2 to two hour workshop focuses on helping young writers create real, believable stories that include all of the elements of good story writing including (and focusing particularly on) character and setting.

David will be here the afternoon of Tuesday October 11th, 2017.  The workshop runs from 12:30pm to 3:10pm, with a break for treats and a stretch in the middle.

  • Any interested students are invited to attend.
  • Fill out the attached form and return to Ms. Wray in the Library ASAP.
  • Space is limited.  We take a maximum of 25 students for the afternoon.
  • First come, first served.

Creative Writing Invite

ESA’s Own Book Club: Wednesday @ 6:45pm in the Library

Plan to join us for our first meeting of this school year – in the Library for tea and treats at 6:45pm.

Our first meeting is a Meet and Greet… and also a discussion of our 2016 Summer Read, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.

  • All members of the ESA community – past and present – are welcome to attend.
  • We have a great group of students, staff, parents and grads among our complement.

New members are always welcome.

Mark your calendar as follows:

  • Wed Sept 27th, 2017
  • Wed Nov 22nd, 2017
  • Wed Jan 17th, 2018
  • Wed Mar 7th, 2018
  • Wed May 2nd, 2018

New Arrivals in the Library

We’re catching up to the cataloguing!!

Make time for reading!  Our first batch of fall 2017 New Arrivals is ready to circulate.

Today’s “new to the shelf” books include some of the hottest titles of the season – some just released yesterday! – as well as a few of the titles on the Giller Longlist which was announced last week or the Man Booker Longlist announced a couple of weeks ago.

Today we put out selections of each of the following:

  • Adult Fiction;
  • YA Fiction;
  • Non-Fiction (mostly Memoirs); and,
  • Short Stories

Author’s like Carrie Mac, Allan Stratton, Meg Rosoff, Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdrich, Omar el Akkad, Orhan Pamuk, George Saunders, Salman Rushdie and many, many more.

  • Drop by the Library to see what’s new.
  • Check out a book, or two (as long as you have no overdue items!!)

Keep tabs on what’s new at the Library at the ESA Library Pinterest webpage.

  • The Pinterest pages will be updated daily as new arrivals are catalogued and available for circulation.

Dance – Cookie Dough Orders Due!

Dance Department Fundraiser.

All cookie dough orders from QSP are now overdue. Please submit all orders to Ms.Saum or online by tomorrow, please!

Reminder: Pancake Breakfast tomorrow!

It may be a late start but you can start the day off right supporting SESAT at breakfast!

See you in the main lobby between 8:30-9:45am.  $4 for a great morning meal!

See you there

Your SESAT fundraising team