Lunchroom Position Available

Full-time Lunchroom position available at Essex and at Hawthorne.  Must love working with children.  Must be available every day from 11:20 to 12:35.  Please contact if interested.  Successful candidate would starting December 1st, or as soon as possible.

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Reminder: School Council Meeting Tues Dec 5 @ 6 p.m.

All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend the December School Council Meeting, Tuesday December 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the school library on the 2nd floor. It’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbours, find out what’s happening at the school and get involved.

Child care provided in room 11o.

See you there!

Debbie (Essex PS School Council Chair)

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Winona Grade 6 Information Night

Winona Drive Senior Public School Information Night

We would like to invite you to our Grade 6 information night.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a tour of the school and a short presentation about Winona’s academic and extra-curricular programs.

Please RSVP by January 12, 2018: online form

Winona Grade 6 Information Night Flyer
Posted in Announcements, Junior (Grades 4-6)

Downtown Vocal Music Academy Open House

Is your child passionate about singing and performing?

Are you looking for an opportunity to harness your child’s creative and dramatic potential?

Junior and Intermediate students now have another educational option in the downtown core to develop their musical talents. The Downtown Vocal Music Academy (DVMA) is a TDSB school which offers an enriched music education for students in Grades 4 to 8 who have demonstrated a passion for choral and solo singing, musical theatre, and the performing arts in general.

Students at the DVMA attend a full day programme in which they divide their time between academic classes focused on the Ontario Curriculum, Music, Choir, Dance, and Visual Arts classes that develop their creativity and performance skills. The DVMA is a performing school where the students have the opportunity to sing every day, to create and make music, and to form relationships with other students who share their interests. Students become part of a close and caring community, and a culture that balances academics with personal leadership, character development, creativity, and innovation.

Each student must complete an application and attend a singing workshop held at the school to be considered for a place at the Downtown Vocal Music Academy. Students entering Grades 4 to 8 in September of 2018 are welcome to apply for admission. More information about Downtown Vocal Music Academy can be found at our website:  

The DVMA will be holding an open house in early January for students and families interested in admission. The open house will be held on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 PM. The school is located at 96 Denison Ave. Toronto, ON M5T 2N1. The open house presentation will also be posted on our website if you are unable to attend.

Applications will be available online and in person at our school from January 12, 2018 onwards.   Applications will be due on February 16, 2018. If you have any questions please contact the school at 416-393-1340 or email

Important Dates & Times

DVMA Open House

Information Night

January 11th 2018 @ 6:30 PM

DVMA Applications Available

Physical Copy (at school office)

Digital Copy (on school website)

January 12th 2018

Singing Workshop

Takes place in the afternoon

March 2nd, 2018

Application Submission Due Date

February 16th, 2018

Acceptances Mailed Out

March 23rd, 2018

DVMA Open House 201718
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Primary (Grades 1-3)

Holiday Concert

This year’s Essex Holiday Concert will be on Wednesday December 20th
from 6pm until approximately 7:30pm. We are looking forward to showing
you what we’ve been working on in our music class, in choir, steel pan, and
The Wizard of Oz!
All students grades 4 through 8 are requested to be present at the school
from 5:45pm for warm ups, etc. More details will be provided as the day
Your cooperation in making this evening a musical and memorable
success is appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not
hesitate to contact me directly at
Sarah Cervinka

letter home holiday concert
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Photo Day Orders

The holidays are around the corner and the winter break countdown is on! 
Fall photo day orders placed online at by Sunday, December 10th or by phone at 1-888-416-3343 (EDGE) by Friday, December 8th* will have guaranteed delivery to home before the holidays!

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)


Cuddle up and read your favourite books after school every Monday in December!
Families and Caregivers are invited to bring students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 to the library on Mondays after school until 4:30 to warm up and share a great book or two. Students in Grade 5-8 may come down on their own to find a cozy reading spot. 

Join us and see where reading together will take you…
Thanks so much,
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Christie Refugee Centre 12 days of Giving Fundraiser

As has been the tradition in years past, the holiday tree will again be in the lobby with all items to be for the Christie Refugee Centre.  In the past, families have decorated the tree with hats, mittens and winter jackets and the office staff has delivered everything to the Christie Refugee Centre just before the break.  This charity is close to our hearts as some of our students at Essex live here. 
This year, instead of our  just hats and mittens, we would like to donate lots of household items for the Christie Refugee Centre, based on items that the refugee families really need.  Please see the poster below. 
If families could donate any of these items to the lobby,  it would be very much appreciated.  
The items are:
1.  Grocery Cart
2.  Canned/boxed food
3.  Boxes of Diapers
4.  Soccer balls, basketballs
5.  Bottles of laundry detergent
6. Backpacks
7.  Baby toys (new)
8.  $25 grocery gift cards
9.  Winter coats
10.  Receiving blankets
11.  Pillows
12.  Baby Sleepers
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Silent Auction Ends Nov 29

The Essex PS Online Silent Auction is live and it’s busy!  Don’t miss out on amazing items: the auction ends this Wednesday, November 29th @ 9:30 p.m. All proceeds go towards Essex Public School.

Please share with friends, family and neighbours!

Essex PS Silent Auction Flyer 2017
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

You’re Invited: School Council Dec 5

Essex PS School Council meetings are open to all parents and guardians at the school, as well as including a teacher rep, the school’s Principal and/or Vice Principal. It is a great place to meet your neighbours, find out what is happening at the school and get involved. Child care is provided in the school free of charge. Hope to see you there!

Essex PS School Council Chair


  • Tuesday December 5, 2017 6:00 pm
  • Location: School Library
  • Child Care: Available in Parent Literacy Centre (Room 110)


Welcome and Introductions
Principal’s Report – Harry J. Quon

  • Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising
  • Monster Mixer
  • Spirit wear sales
Meet and greet with Hawthorne School Council (6:30 p.m.)
School Support

  • Early Reading program
  • Black History Month, etc. funding for events, social media training (Parents Reaching Out Grant) 
  • Library/Daycare Puppet Show
  • School Discretionary Fund $1000 (vote)
New Business

  • Lunch Time
  • School Snack
  • Outdoor Space
  • School Statement of Need
  • Communication with daycare and events
  • Ward 10 meeting information – attendees
  • School Cash Online: help with sign-up, exceptions
  • School Council Inclusivity: translation assistance, communication
Reminder next meeting date: Tuesday Feb 6, 6:00 p.m.
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)