Aug 162016

We sincerely hope that all teachers have had an enjoyable and restful summer break. ESTA would like to wish all teachers a successful and rewarding 2016-2017 academic year. As a reminder, here are the dates that youth sector teachers will return to work:

  • August 22: Baie Comeau, New Richmond, New Carlisle, Shigawake-Port Daniel, Gaspe Polyvalent, Gaspe Elementary, Belle Anse
  • August 24: Riverview, Fermont, Queen Elizabeth, Flemming
  • August 25: Escuminac, Grosse Ile, Metis Beach, Evergreen, St. Patrick’s
Oct 282013

All teachers in ESSB’s youth sector are asked to review the updated seniority list dated October 22, 2013. Any errors should be brought to the attention of ESSB and ESTA within forty (40) working days. The updated list can be found on the ESTA website here:

Aug 212013

I am posting an email from Kelli-Ann Macdonald of CTF concerning an urgent call to action. Please consider signing the petition to show your concern and support for our colleagues in Greece. (I would like to wish Mr. Richard Godfinch, QPAT President, a special thank you for sharing this information with ESTA.)

Ray Venables

From: “Kelli-Ann McDonald” <>
Subject: Urgent Action Appeal-Greece – Appel d’action urgente-Grèce
Date: 15 August, 2013 2:31:31 PM EDT
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation calls on its Member organizations toprotest against the planned suspension and dismissal of Greek teachers.
La Fédération canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants prie ses Membres de protester contre la suspension et le licenciement planifiés d’enseignantes et d’enseignants grecs.
Additional information and the petition can be found on the following EI link:
De l’information supplémentaire et une pétition se trouvent sur le site de l’IE, à l’adresse suivante :
We also encourage you to sign and give visibility to the petition condemning the above.
Nous vous prions également de signer la pétition condamnant ces mesures et de lui donner de la visibilité.


Dianne Woloschuk
President / Présidente
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4300
Dr. Calvin Fraser
Secretary General / Secrétaire général
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Fédération canadienne des enseignantes
et des enseignants
Direct line / ligne directe : 613-688-4301
Jul 252013

There remains a number of teaching jobs available for the 2013-2014 academic year within the Eastern Shores School Board. These job postings were re-posted with some revisions on July 24, 2013 and can be found online at ESSB’s website here:

Good luck to all candidates and please spread the word!

Jun 262013

On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Ray Venables presented a petition on behalf of ESTA to the Eastern Shores School Board’s Council of Commissioners. The petition, signed by 83 teachers from 14 schools, called on ESSB to reduce the number of mandatory student tests and to consult its teachers, through the Educational Policies Committee, on the issue when reviewing its Partnership Agreement. To read the full petition, click on this link.

As an aside, it’s worth noting that article 231 of the Quebec Education Act has the following to say about testing: “A school board may impose internal examinations in the subjects it determines at the end of each cycle of the elementary level and at the end of the first cycle of the secondary level.” The Education Act does not specifically make mention to internal examinations by a school board at grade levels other than those at the end of each cycle; therefore, there is no obligation under the law by a school board to insist on examinations at every level.

May 012013

The first round of teaching job postings (revised) has been published on the Eastern Shores School Board’s website here. So far, only part-time and full-time contracts have been advertised. All interested parties must apply before the May 7, 2013 deadline.

A second round of job postings for replacement contracts is expected to become available shortly after the May 7 deadline. Please visit the ESSB’s website frequently for information about future jobs.

Teachers are strongly encouraged to apply during the first round of job postings. They will still be eligible to apply for replacement contracts during the second round of job postings.

Feb 042013
TeacherAppreciation2013Dear Teachers,

Each year, the first week of February is a time to take a moment to express our gratitude to teachers everywhere for their essential roles and their contributions to society. Through your perseverance, students of all ages have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills and knowledge. But teaching is also an art — an immeasurable competency, in my opinion.  The ability to inspire and help our students believe in themselves is perhaps never fully recognized by those who do not work in the education field.

Please accept the attached, virtual card of thanks, and I invite you to share the following link with your school/centre administrator and PPO/Home & School organizations:

Have a great teaching week,