Engage Your ART!

Big day today!   Engage Your Art!

Founders Engage is being launched to showcase activities, deliver inspirational music and talks, to empower teens to look for ways that they can use their arts, academics and sports backgrounds to build community, build resiliency and promote positive change.

The concert on Saturday May 6th, 2017 will be accompanied by the official launch of our website, foundersengage.ca.  The website will continue to evolve and become a space to highlight student community philanthropy, activism and creative endeavours that challenge existing stereotypes, progress dialogues of positive change, and bring awareness to how their actions can have a positive impact and encourage others to follow suit.

Join us this afternoon in the ESA Library.

  • 5:30pm – Meet and Greet and Light Refreshments
  • 6:30pm – Concert and Inspirational Voices

National Poetry Month: Griffin Poetry Prize

Week 3 of National Poetry Month has come to a close.

For Week 4 we are pleased to announce another Poetry Contest for member of the ESA Community.  The wonderful folks who run the Griffin Poetry Prize – who are the very same folks behind Poetry in Voice – are running a contest to Guess the Winners of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prizes.

  • Winners will be randomly drawn after the deadline – June 8th 2017 – and each will receive a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.

The ESA Library is running a parallel contest.

  • Everyone who enters the ‘real’ Griffin Poetry Contest should also advise the ESA Library as to their choices using this Google Form.
  • We will draw randomly from everyone who submits to our parallel contest… and the winner will go home with their own personal copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.
  • You must enter the ESA Library parallel contest by the end of the day Friday June 8th to be eligible.
  • Should it turn out that anyone – or more – who enters our contest correctly chooses both winners…  then we will, a second time, randomly draw names… and that winner will go home with a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.


REMEMBER also to enter the 4th Annual ESA Library Student Poetry Contest.

Poems must:

  • be on the theme of time;
  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 28th.

  • Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Wray, in the Library.
  • E-mail: enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca

The top three entries will each receive a collection of poetry, as well as publication on the ESsays Creative Writing Blog.

  • Publication in, and a personal copy of, the print edition of ESsays is also included.

Good luck…

Hot Docs for Schools In School Film Festival

It’s here!  The Docs for Schools In School Film Festival starts this week!  A selection of films will be screened in selected classes as they pertain to the course curriculum.  A selection of films will also be shown after school, in the ESA Library, as per the following schedule:

Screenings begin promptly at 3:20pm.

Poetry in Voice: National Finals Update

A great day here in Vancouver…  where the forecasted rain held off and while the sun was not shining, it was all in all a pretty decent weather day.

This morning we had the English Qualifiers.  Sadly ESA’s Katie Beale is not moving on to  the Grand Finale tomorrow night, but Katie excelled at her job here in Vancouver.  Her recitations were top notch, presented with grace and poise.

The competition was stiff and it was anybody’s guess as to who would move on.  Everyone here in Vancouver is a winner.  24 students from across the country… chosen from over 500 hopefuls.  Phenomenal.

This afternoon everyone took a break from the pressure of the event, and explored ‘Poetic Vancouver’ on the Great Recitation Race.  Lots of zany tasks, improv poetry, writing haikus, and more saw the teams of teachers and students criss-crossing everywhere from the CBD, to the Chinatown Gate, to the Vancouver Art Gallery, to Granville Island – via the AquaBus – with a final stop at the Vancouver Public Library.  If we weren’t all ready for a nap earlier – thank you jet lag! – we certainly are now.


Reminder that you can still tune in to more exciting happenings from Vancouver tomorrow:

Then be sure to tune in on Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm Eastern Daylight Time

  • Whether you’re in Hay River or Antigonish, Grosse Île or Moose Jaw, join us at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre via our livestream as we celebrate the power of poetry, name our 2017 National Champions, and award over $25,000 in prizes.

Poetry in Voice: National Finals… and Library Hours the week of April 18th

Ms. Wray and Gr 10 Drama Major Katie Beale  are off to Vancouver this week…  where Katie will be competing at the National Finals for Poetry in Voice.

  • Support Katie by using #2017poetryinvoice or #recite2017

Don’t miss out on any of the action. Watch online:

Then be sure to tune in on Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm Eastern Daylight Time

  • Whether you’re in Hay River or Antigonish, Grosse Île or Moose Jaw, join us at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre via our livestream as we celebrate the power of poetry, name our 2017 National Champions, and award over $25,000 in prizes.


On account of Ms. Wray’s absence this week…

  • The Library will be not be open, in the mornings, until sometime around or after 8:00am.
  • The Library will be closing early – at 3:45pm – each day after school (Tues/Wed/Thurs).
  • The Library will not be open – as indeed it usually is not – after school on Friday.

The Library will return to regular before and after school hours the week following – when Ms. Wray is back – but there are a number of special events during the day the last week of April which will see the Library open only by invitation at certain times.

  • Details of these events will be posted next weekend.


Great Soup… MONDAY!!!

What do I love about the ESA Community?  Generosity of time and spirit.

THANK YOU to everyone who heeded my plea yesterday on ESAInfo and has pledged food for Great Soup next Monday.  I have been so busy with Poetry in Voice that I let slide the publicity for Great Soup.  Had we had to cancel next Monday, there really isn’t another date between now and the end of the year.

So again…  Thank you.

Everyone in the ESA Community is invited to join us for a fabulous community luncheon.

  • Bring a bowl, a spoon and a mug…  Enjoy!

ESA’s SEEDS Me to We group has a tradition of serving community luncheons a couple of times a year.

  • Members of the ESA school community cook and bake – mostly vegetarian and vegan fare – and serve up a feast in the Library.
  • This is consistently one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the school year.

On average we serve over 100 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies.

  • For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist.
  • $5 per person with a donation to our Daily Bread Food Bank spring food drive.  Cooks eat for free!!

If you can help contribute food to this luncheon, please fill out this Google Form.

  • We are always also welcome to have extra hands for help with set-up and clean up (washing dishes!!!).
  • You may indicate such on the Google Form.

We will be contacting people on Saturday morning with all of the logistical details…

  • If you’ve contributed before, it will be same same.
  • If you’re new, we’ll fill you in on the routine…  which is pretty straight forward.

Poetry in Voice: Vancouver, here we come…

We have just received word regarding the results of the Poetry in Voice Online Semi-finals.
While our Bilingual champion, Isabel Wleugel is not moving on, our English champion, Katie Beale, has been invited to attend the National Finals in Vancouver in April.
I wish to extend, again, my congratulations to both young ladies for their hard work and wonderful recitations, and special good wishes to Katie as she prepares for Vancouver.