Final Friday Fun Day… on Wednesday!

Due to scheduling conflicts Final Friday Fun Day is happening today…  Wednesday..  and we’re delighted to announce the return of…

Buddha Bowls!

  • Join us for lunch in the Library.
  • For only $5 per person get your fill of a delicious healthy lunch.

Reminder that the Library will be Tech Free for the lunchhour…

  • Room 217 will be open for any students needing computer access for school related purposes.



Final Friday Funday

  • …  is here!
  • Yes, we know it’s Thursday… but tomorrow is exams, and by next Friday…  it’s already February!!
  • Bring your lunch – and, of course, a mug for tea.
  • Come play some games, take a break from cramming, and find your happy place before getting into the busy-ness of exams.

Final Friday Fun Day

Advance reminder…

Join us tomorrow, at lunch in the Library, for Final Friday Fun Day.

  • Reminder that the Library will be a TECH FREE ZONE during the lunchhour tomorrow.
  • Bring your lunch and share in some Festive cheer and Festive activities.
  • Or just come and play your favourite games.

Whatever you do…  do come and join in the fun.

Great day today… next up, tomorrow…

Great day in the Library today.  Final Friday Fun Day (yes, we know it was Thursday…  read on).  Tech free lunch in the Library accompanied by dip your own caramel apples – thanks to the folks from PoW – and great safety themed games thanks to our wonderful Toronto Public Health Nurse Wendy G.

TOMORROW…  The Library is out of bounds all day as we host the Portfolio Day Reps. (Hence Final Friday Fun Day on a Thursday!  P.S.  There are one or more times this year where we run into the same issue!)

We’ll be open again for regular business on Monday.

WooHoo! Final Friday Fun Day today…

It’s here! Our first Final Friday Fun Day of the 2016-17 school year.

Final Friday Fun Day‘s are an opportunity to turn off, settle in, relax and take a load off.  The Library goes tech free for the lunchhour…  no computers, no printing, no personal devices.

This week, for our first Friday, we’re going to have a good old fashioned “Rainy Day Games Day”…  (how appropriate for what promises to be a rainy day!).

The Library has a collection of games including cribbage, chess, backgammon, Jenga, Yahtzee, Sorry!, and more.  Or you can bring your own games.

Whatever you do, bring your lunch and come join the fun.

The Walden Room is OPEN!

The latest transformation in the ESA Library is ready to open.  One of the rear seminar rooms is now going to be known as The Walden Room.

Freshly painted, with a beautiful Zen-inspired black and white mural painted last year by (now) Grade 10 Visual Art student Michelle Su, the inspiration for the room can be found in this article (archived) from the Globe and Mail.

The article speaks to the value of having a quiet space in your home – or, in this case, the school – where anyone who needs can go and find a tranquil space to quiet themselves down, or just take a time out to meditate, or settle themselves…  generally do what they need to do to help themselves find their centre amidst the busy-ness of life.  Intended as a place for quiet contemplation, this space is also going to be designated as a prayer room.

Our weekly mindfulness sessions, which are already held in the Library, will be moving into this space – when the weather doesn’t allow for them to take place in the little courtyard (the renovation of which is another prong in this project, being led by members of SEEDS Me to We).

This room is part of a suite of Wellness Initiatives here at ESA.  These include:

•    weekly mindfulness sessions for Staff and students;
•    yoga club;
•    Final Friday Fun Days in the Library – where we go tech free and engage in activities and events designed to promote and encourage mental health and wellness.
•    a Special Collection in the ESA Library dedicated to Health and Wellness (follow the collection development here)
•    Pick-up sports offered daily in the gym at lunch-time
•    Student services open before school, at lunch, and after school
•    School based Social Worker (SW) here every Thursday…  (we’ve had the same SW here for a couple of years now and she and the students really get on well)
•    Workshops delivered by our school SW with the assistance of guidance counsellors
•    Pursuit Of Wellness (PoW), a student driven wellness group whose focus is to empower students with options to manage stress and to educate them on healthy living
•    Equity Group and Social Justice course – fostering education and student engagement both in the school and the community
•    Guidance assisting students to access community-based agencies, such as Stonegate CHC, Breakaway, Oolagen, and Youthdale
•    A Personal Fitness course, in which the emphasis is on the connection between physical and mental health
•    A variety of clubs and sport teams to support physical and mental well-being

The signage to identify the room, and to explain what the room is all about, is in production.  When the last few accessories are in place, as well as the signage, we will be holding a dedication ceremony in honour of Elizabeth Varma, the ESA Grad (2003) in whose memory the room is to be dedicated.  Invitations will be sent at that time.

For now, it’s time to open the room.