CBC Short Story Prize

Calling all writers! The CBC Short Story Prize is now open

Ready to submit? Enter now!

The 2019 CBC Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. Canadian writers can submit original, unpublished short stories until Oct. 31, 2018. Your story can be up to 2,500 words in length.

The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their story published on CBC Books. Four finalists will win $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.

You have until Oct. 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter. The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.

Last year’s winner was Leah Mol for Lipstick Day. You can read all the 2018 finalists’ stories here.


ESA’s own Book Club

Please join us for our very own Book Club.  

First meeting? Here’s what to expect…

Meetings take place in the ESA Library on Wednesday evenings.

At 6:45 PM, get settled in with tea and treats. Discussion begins promptly at 7:00 PM, and we are usually done by 9:00 PM.



Save the following dates!
  1. Wed, Sept 26th (Circe by Madeleine Miller)
  2. Wed, Nov 21st
  3. Wed, Jan 16th
  4. Wed, Mar 6th
  5. Wed, May 8th
Mark also Thursday, Mar 28th. Our annual field trip to the final day of taping for Canada Reads…the 2019 edition.

New members should sign up on this Google Form.

For more information please visit the ESA Book Club Website

New students to ESA (Grade 10-12 )

                                                                            You are invited to come to the library at lunch on

Thursday, September 6th


Monday, September 10th

to learn all about your e-mail, password, virtual library and more!



Please note that all grade 9 students will have an orientation session in the third week of September.

Toronto Public Library Cards

All ESA students are eligible for, and strongly encouraged to have, a Toronto Public Library (TPL) card.

Any student in Grades 10 – 12 who need a valid TPL Library Card should see Ms. Kennedy in the Library to fill out an application form. Alternatively, students can download this TPL Application Form and return it to the Library. Applications for TPL cards must be returned to the Library by no later than Wednesday, September 26th for processing.

Note: Grade 9 students will fill this form out in the Grade 9 Library Orientation Sessions.

Please bring back any outstanding library books next week.

Library Ambassadors Needed

Are you enthusiastic about the ESA Library?

Do you think the ESA Library is amazing?

The Elizabeth Downie Media Library is looking for Library Ambassadors. Library Ambassadors will be trained in all aspects of running the Library.

Student library volunteers will be scheduled before and after school, and/or over the lunch hour to help keep the Library open for students to use. Time spent in the Library is eligible for the awarding of Community Service hours. You need these hours to graduate!

Please fill out the New Library Ambassador Application Form.

Returning student library volunteers are requested to drop by the Library on Tuesday September 4th.

Looking forward to seeing you next week,

Ms. Kennedy

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