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

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront

Attend Canada’s Rock Concert for Readers!

JOIN US on our field trip to the Ontario Library Association’s Festival of Trees.  We have a few spots remaining…

All ESA students are invited to take part in the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th.

Permission forms are due back ASAP… with payment ($16 per person) to guarantee your spot.


Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.

Black History Month Spotlight

Our final spotlight title for Black History Month this year is The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

Among many accolades, this debut novel was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and a host of other awards.

  • The Hate You Give explores complicated community relationships in the aftermath of the police shooting of an unarmed black youth.
  • This is my ‘must read’ pick of all of the (American) Young Adult titles from last year.
  • If you have a Netflix account, then I highly recommend that you watch the Netflix documentary 13th after reading this.  They are brilliant companion pieces.

Read the reviews at:


The Marrow Thieves: Pre-orders available for pick-up

Anyone who was unable to collect their pre-ordered copy of Cherie Dimaline’s novel The Marrow Thieves on Friday afternoon can drop by the Library anytime to pick up their signed copy.

Didn’t pre-order one but would like one?

  • We have a limited number of extra signed copies available for purchase for $15.
  • See Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • While supplies last.

Cherie Dimaline @ ESA

Today is the day!  Join us in the Library….

Cherie Dimaline will be at ESA for the afternoon on Friday February 23rd, 2018.

In addition to being nominated for White Pine, The Marrow Thieves is also:

All members of the ESA Community are invited to join us for this very special event.

  • Students in select classes will be joining us with their teachers during class time.
  • Session One: from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Session Two: from 2:10pm to 3:10pm
  • Students who are participating in our White Pine Club have been invited to join us for an in-school field trip.
  • Any other students who are reading – or have read – The Marrow Thieves have also been invited to attend as an in-school field trip.

Cherie will be signing books while she is at ESA.

Books are available for purchase by all members of the ESA Community.

  • Books that have been pre-ordered using School Cash Online will be available for pick-up starting at NOON on Friday.
  • Books will be available this afternoon… for $15 (including tax).  Cash only.

This event is co-sponsored by:

Can’t make it to ESA during the afternoon hours?

  • Connect with Cherie at A Novel Spot Bookshop later that afternoon at the bookstore (expect approx. 5pm – 6:30pm).

If you have any questions please feel free to send an e-mail to

Today in the Library

The wonderful folks from the IBBY Book Project at the Toronto Public Library will be here after lunch to work with the students in the Grade 9 Visual Arts Elective course.

  • IBBY books are special books designed for young people with disabilities.
  • A fundamental goal of the IBBY Book Project is to: give children everywhere access to books with high literary and artistic standards, including young people with disabilities.
  • While IBBY Books come in a variety of formats, today we will be focusing on working with tactile books.

While the Library will not be closed, students on spare are asked to contain themselves to the upper level of the library while the session is taking place.


Black History Month: Spotlight

#28DaysOfBlackCosplay is Happening Now on Twitter

From the folks at BookRiot:

  • Right now on Twitter is one of my favorite parts of Black History Month, which is the #28DaysOfBlackCosplay hashtag. This hashtag is a celebration of black cosplayers and it is both impressive and inspiring. There are a few ways to join in on the fun.

Read the rest of the posting, and learn more, here at BookRiot.

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