New Month, New Network Password

All students – and Staff!! – are reminded that they are strongly recommended – indeed encouraged – to get in the habit of changing network passwords at the start of every new month.

  • You will be forced to change your network password every 42 days anyway.
  • Do it every month and you’ll never end up in a bind and be frozen out of your account because your password has expired.

You must also have a minimum repertoire of 5 unique network passwords.

  • Pick a word that has meaning for you and follow it by the number of the month, each and every month.
    i.e. October = icecream10,  November = icecream11, etc.
  • This is a guaranteed recipe for success for those among us who have trouble remembering the myriad different passwords we maintain for all different aspects of our lives.

(Strategy not recommended for passwords outside the secure TDSB network!!)

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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.

It’s a Wrap…

The first day of the 2016-17 school year is history.

Regular Library hours begin tomorrow morning, Wednesday September 7th, 2016.

Basic Library hours are:

  • 8am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday;
  • 8am to 3:10pm on Friday;
  • open for lunch, unless there is a special event which necessitates closure

Reminder to all that there is NO FOOD in the Library – unless there is a special event.  Please eat your lunch before coming to the Library.

  • Students who are found eating in the Library will be asked to leave.
  • Students who are found eating in the Library repeatedly will be invited to take a holiday from visiting the Library.

Reminder also that students wishing to use the Library during class time must bring a pink admit slip – or note of some kind – from their teacher.

  • Failure to provide proof of permission to be out of class will mean you won’t be granted entry to the Library.

Library Closures

Please be advised as follows regarding access to the Library as of the end of classes, Wednesday June 15th:

  • The Library will be CLOSED after school on Wednesday for a year end celebration for Library Volunteers.
  • The Library will be CLOSED during tutorials – the morning of Thursday June 16th – for exam set-up.
  • The Library will be CLOSED for exams EVERYDAY from Thursday until the end of day Friday June 24th.

There will be no access to the Library for any reason, except for students who are writing exams in the Library.

Following exams:

  • There will be limited access – for students – to the Library during the morning on Marks Review Day, Monday June 27th.
  • The Library will be CLOSED to students June 28th to June 30th.

If you have Library materials which you have not yet returned… Please:

  • return them to the Library on Wednesday June 15th, or on Tutorial morning;
  • return them to the box – labelled LIBRARY – on the bench in the Main Office when you come in to write your exams; or
  • return them to the Library on the morning of Marks Review Day

All books being returned late will be subject to late fines.

  • Drop by the Library on Marks Review Day to settle your late fines.
  • Students will not be able to borrow Library materials in the fall until Library accounts have been cleared.

 

 

Year End Returns

end of year past due poster

Thank you to everyone who has been clearing their Library accounts. There’s still a long way to go though

    • Return your Library materials and settle your account so you’re clear for the start of next year.
    • You will not be able to borrow any more Library materials until you have returned all Library materials, and settled any outstanding overdue fines or replacement fines for lost items.

Not sure whether you have outstanding Library materials?

  • Login to your student account on the Virtual Library, and check for any Library loans.
  • Check your TDSB Student e-mail for notifications regarding any outstanding items – or Library fines – which you might have.

New Month. New Password.

If you haven’t already done so in anticipation… Change your TDSB network password.

All students – and Staff!! – are reminded that they are strongly recommended – indeed encouraged – to get in the habit of changing network passwords at the start of every new month.

  • You will be forced to change your network password every 42 days anyway.
  • Do it every month and you’ll never end up in a bind and be frozen out of your account because your password has expired.

You must also have a minimum repertoire of 5 unique network passwords.

  • Pick a word that has meaning for you and follow it by the number of the month, each and every month.
    i.e. February = icecream02,  March = icecream03, etc.
  • This is a guaranteed recipe for success for those among us who have trouble remembering the myriad different passwords we maintain for all different aspects of our lives.

(Strategy not recommended for passwords outside the secure TDSB network!!)