My Final Post…

That’s a wrap.  

I am officially retired after 29 years of teaching… first at West Humber CI – until I went on maternity/parental leave – and then at ESA for the past 19+ years.

I have been honoured to be a part of many wonderful communities of people over the course of these years.  Whether it be the individual school communities, or the wonderful world of Geography and Social Science, or more recently, working in the warm embrace of the Teacher Librarian community.

While I am truly indebted to the colleagues I have worked with over the years, many of whom have become cherished friends, it is my students to whom I am most indebted.

I have been honoured to have met so many incredible young people over the course of my career.  You have kept me young – at heart – and pushed me to be the best person I can be.

I have also had the good fortune that so many of you have become good friends as well.  I look forward to being able to spend more time nurturing these important relationships now that my time will be a little more flexible!

I must say however – without prejudice to any earlier grads in any way –  that this year’s ESA graduates are an exceptional lot.

Commencement this past Thursday night was the most spirited and hopeful ceremony I think I’ve ever attended.  

We’ve been through a lot these last few weeks, as a school community, but the passion and energy of the 2018 grads has restored my faith in humanity and made me hopeful that we will make it through this, and be better, and stronger.

We will move forward and you will change the world.

This knowledge makes me profoundly happy.

Now to begin the next chapter in my life…


Enid Wray

ESA Library Open House: Tuesday June 26th, 9am until 11am

An open invitation to all members of the ESA Community to drop by the Library on Marks Review Day, Tuesday June 26th.

  • The tea will be on… and there may be treats (while supplies last).
  • Remember to BYOM – Bring your own mug!!

Check out our New Arrivals in Books… and sign out some great summer reads!

  • You must be a returning student, and you must have ‘good Library credit‘ to check out books over the summer.

Score yourself some great vintage vinyl – prices reduced to $1 per LP.

  • We’ve put out some great new Broadway Cast Recordings, some new Classical, some new classic female vocalists.
  • There are also some real gems, including the likes of Maria Callas, for premium prices.  Ask about these items at the Circulation Desk

There will also be a selection of (gently) Used Books available…

  • Nothing more than $1.
  • Mass market paperbacks, trade paperbacks and hardcover editions.

We also have some free stuff available… most notably our entire collection of CBC News in Review CD’s.

  • These are now all available online (teacher access only with an education account) and haven’t circulated in a couple of years.
  • If you are interested in these, most likely for an Art Project we would expect, send an e-mail to anytime after you read this posting to claim them.
  • First come first served.
  • You must come in and pick them up on Tuesday morning…

Summer Reads 2018! Online Winners

Congratulations to the following people who submitted online entries to our Summer Reads 2018! Draw.

Winners… Please either drop by yourself – or send in your designate – to collect your prize – a free book! – from the ESA Library.

  • The best time is during the Library Open House from 9am until 11am on Tuesday June 26th.
  • If this doesn’t work, please send an e-mail to so we can make arrangements to get you your free book.

STAFF: Elvina Barclay

    • Elvina is looking forward to reading The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz.
    • I love a good mystery and the author has put himself in the story as the Watson to the main character’s Sherlock Holmes detective.



STUDENT: Tiffany Stummer

    • Tiffany is looking forward to reading Bear Town by Frederick Backman.
    • This book has a web of characters that are all going through issues that are relevant to their lives. It delves into secrets, a small town, and a web of lies.



PARENT: Carlo Ribeiro

    • Carlo is looking forward to reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
    • This is a beautiful and epic story of the lives and times of the descendants of two women. Set in Ghana and the US, the stories trace the impact of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade on two branches of the same family, on two continents, and all the way through several generations, until a kind of homegoing brings the two threads together in beautiful and unsurprising ways.




Save the Date(s): ESA’s Own Book Club 2018-19

Save the Dates!  Members of ESA’s Own Book Club… mark the following dates in your calendars:

  • Wed Sept 26th
  • Wed Nov 21st
  • Wed Jan 16th
  • Wed Mar 6th
  • Wed May 8th

All meetings take place in the ESA Library from 6:45pm until 9:00pm.

Mark also Thursday Mar 28th… Our annual FIELD TRIP to the final day of taping for Canada Reads… the 2019 edition.

NEW MEMBERS are always welcome.

Indeed we have just recently chosen our SUMMER READ 2018…  Circe by Madeline Miller.

Find all of the titles that were on our PICK LIST for our Summer Read 2018 here.

Enjoy a wonderful summer full of wonderful books… and see you all in September!

Summer Reads 2018

Tell us what books you think everyone should have on their summer reading list this year.

All members of the ESA School Community are invited to contribute: students, staff, parents and graduates.

All entries will be submitted into our Summer Reads draw.

  • Entries must be received by the end of the school day on Monday June 11th to be eligible for the draw.
  • Entries may be submitted to the basket on the Library Circulation Desk (using the forms conveniently located beside said basket) or by filling out this Google Form.

All book recommendations will be posted on the ESA Library Daily Blog by the end of the school year.

ESA Poetry Contest: Winners!

After much consideration, discussion and deliberation… We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s ESA Poetry Contest, sponsored by the ESA Library.

  • WINNER:  Paper Thin Walls by Olivia Nitti
  • Second: Past Blue Sky by Laura Kim
  • Third: Love poem/2 by Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak
  • Honourable Mention: Ageing Eyes by Alexandra Lockwood

The winners should please stop by the Library to collect their prizes…

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems to the contest.