Equity at ESA

Hello all,

On Monday, June 18, 2018, there was a community meeting that took place at ESA to discuss issues of anti-black racism within the institution.  As there was a date change, it prevented some interested ESA community members from being present. During the meeting, Chelsea Takalo, the TDSB’s Student Equity Program Advisor created a link to an online forum, where people can continue to share their experiences. Chelsea is the only person who has access to the information submitted via the online forum that can be accessed from your personal devices. Feel free to submit any questions, comments and concerns that you would like to share. If you include contact information, Chelsea will share future communications with you as we are engaging on this learning journey together.

You can access the form by copying and pasting either of the following links:



Meeting at ESA Monday 18th June

As I am sure you are aware, as many of you were there, there was a meeting in the School Library to discuss some serious concerns raised by members of the School Community. The meeting was described as:

“An important message for the ESA community… to continue this important conversation about identity, bias, anti-Black racism, and supporting success for all students.”

I am dismayed that these issues exist, and I hope that a satisfactory resolution can be reached in the near future.

I sat at the back of the Library listening intently to what everyone had to say, and I can honestly say that I am so glad to be part of a school community that is so passionate about the welfare of the students and the continuing strength of the school.

This is why I joined School Council, i.e. to help the students achieve their potential and to work with the school community to ensure the ongoing success of the school.

I heard so many passionate members of the school community say that they have ideas on how to improve things, and we feel that the School Council is one of the ways for you to voice your ideas and help us to fulfill them.  We need your help to bring these ideas to fruition, and I hope to see many of you at the next School Council Meeting, which is scheduled for 11 September 2018 in the School Library.

This meeting has shown how strong our community spirit is.

Please come and join the School Council Team and help us identify and achieve some goals for the future of our community.

Together Everyone Achieves More

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Kind Regards

Simon  Wild

Co-Chair School Council

Save the Date(s): ESA’s Own Book Club 2018-19

Save the Dates!  Members of ESA’s Own Book Club… mark the following dates in your calendars:

  • Wed Sept 26th
  • Wed Nov 21st
  • Wed Jan 16th
  • Wed Mar 6th
  • Wed May 8th

All meetings take place in the ESA Library from 6:45pm until 9:00pm.

Mark also Thursday Mar 28th… Our annual FIELD TRIP to the final day of taping for Canada Reads… the 2019 edition.

NEW MEMBERS are always welcome.

Indeed we have just recently chosen our SUMMER READ 2018…  Circe by Madeline Miller.

Find all of the titles that were on our PICK LIST for our Summer Read 2018 here.

Enjoy a wonderful summer full of wonderful books… and see you all in September!


Wonderful Interview with Rachel Burns

The Magenta Foundation recently interviewed graduating Contemporary Art student Rachel Burns. Rachel will also be featured in a soon to be released mini-documentary by the CBC.

Click here to read the interview…

As well, at Project Gallery, graduating student Amanda Blake is exhibiting with graduate Kendra Yee – it is a beautiful exhibition and highly recommended.

More exciting ESACA news on its way!

Students writing exams in the Library…

… are reminded to bring a mug with you when you come… the tea will be on throughout the exam period.

  • One of the perks of writing in the Library is a little pampering to help you keep your stress levels down.

PLEASE also be sure to arrive in plenty of time… at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for your exam…

Library access during the exam period

Reminder that the Library is now CLOSED for the season.

  • ACCESS only to students writing exams in the Library… at the appointed time.

Good luck to all with your exams.


Students with overdue Library items may return them directly to the Library on Tutorial morning on Friday, June 15th.

Else… overdue books may be returned to the collection box – labelled LIBRARY RETURNS – in the Main Office.

Please… DO NOT leave books in Ms. Wray’s mailbox!

Library Overdues

  • Do you still have overdue Library materials?
  • Have you settled your late fines from earlier in the year?
  • Have you found that missing book under the bed?

We have been chasing books for weeks now.

  • We have been sending overdue notices to your TDSB student e-mails.
  • We have been sending overdue notices to your HF teachers.
  • Worse… we have been making the dreaded phone calls home and will ramp up those efforts.

Get ahead of the curve – and save that embarrassing phone call home if you haven’t already been called! – by bringing your book(s) in first or settling your overdue fines.

  • Drop by the Library on Tutorial morning, Friday June 15th… and return those books!!
  • Else… overdue books may be returned to the collection box – labelled LIBRARY RETURNS – in the Main Office.
  • Please… DO NOT leave books in Ms. Wray’s mailbox!

Reminder that students with outstanding Library items and/or Library fines will not be able to check out new materials in September until outstanding issues have been cleared.

Calling All Gardeners! Summer Maintenance Volunteers WANTED…

Do you like to garden?  Do you have a few hours, once or twice a week during the summer, to do a light weeding and water the ESA gardens?

  • Volunteers – staff, students, parents, friends – are needed to mind our garden for one week each during the summer.
  • This typically means watering once or twice, subject to weather conditions.
  • You do need to be able to get to the school between 7am and 2:00pm…  the task takes approx. 2 hours.

Environment Canada’s 3 month summer forecasts suggests that this summer will be pretty typical of 30 year historical averages… near normal temperatures with some extended periods of heat mid-summer and perhaps a little more rainfall that usual, but not more rainy days than normal.  Notwithstanding this, every summer brings its share of hot and dry weather.  This means the gardens, despite being almost exclusively native plant materials, really could use some TLC throughout the summer months.

  • If we get a good rain the week you’re on, it’s typically a free pass.
  • If it’s a scorcher that week, a second day of minding is greatly appreciated.

Community service hours are available for students who participate in summer maintenance.

Send en e-mail to [email protected] indicating which week(s) you would be available to assist.  We’re building the schedule now…

Many thanks in advance.

Still at it

This time of year has traditionally been associated with slowing down, cleaning up, and putting things away. We have the art camp in the second week of July, but other than that, it usually goes pretty quiet.

Our new normal is not as pastoral. On Saturday we closed a very successful exhibition, “Only Some of Us Want to be Artists” at Project Gallery with thirty three of our grade 12’s. The exhibition was met with hugely positive reactions, including a wonderful review – click here to read the piece.

Rachel Burns continues to find success and sales of her work continue. Rachel has made sales since the end of her solo exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary last month to significant collections, private and corporate, and the level of interest in her new series has several unfinished works already on hold. Rachel recently spent three days filming a mini-documentary with the CBC to be aired later this month. As well, look for a lengthy interview with Rachel and Magenta Magazine to be published soon here: http://www.magentafoundation.org/magazine/

Noah Brown continues his successful run in the art world here in Toronto before his departure to the Cooper Union in New York, with a recent exhibition in Guelph care of curator Andrew Hunter. Noah will be featured in Dave Bidini’s West End Phoenix Newspaper – https://www.westendphoenix.com/, and joins Shellicka Anglin and others in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph this fall.

Amanda Blake heads off to school in San Francisco soon but before she does she will participate in the summer group exhibition at Project Gallery with Contemporary Art grad Kendra Yee – opening is Thursday June 14 6-8pm. Kendra also just exhibited in References at Neighbour Gallery. Amanda and I are installing one of her stunning resin pylons at the QueenSpecific Gallery this Friday – so stop by any time after that over the next few weeks to see it and join us for the opening next Thursday evening for cake. QueenSpecific is next to Dufflet Pastries at 787 Queen St West.

Les Enfants Terribles sees the opening of Giselle Valencia’s first solo exhibition Rebirth & Regression Thursday June 14 7-9 pm

Next Thursday June 22 the exhibition BONOFIDE opens, featuring young multi-cultural artists from across Toronto. Curated by Spencer Julien and Temple Marucci-Campbell, it features work by Shellicka Anglin, Noah Brown, Isabella Ferrer Fernandez, Hailey Hanson, Luca Soldovieri, Teodore von Baeyer, and Alexis Vo, and is presented with support by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada. UNITED CONTEMPORARY 1444 Dupont Street, Unit 22, Toronto, 7pm – 9pm.

Canadian Art Magazine has spent time with us over the past few weeks, and we look forward to being written about in an article in an upcoming issue – more info to come.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 2018 End of Year Sale our best ever, and the 2017 2018 academic year our most successful to date. A huge thank you to SESAT for helping with sales on May 24th.

For those interested in statistics, PD8 recipients received something in the order of $17 000 000 in scholarship offers. Our top four recipients alone received over $8 000 000 combined, which exceeds our previous record total for any entire grade. Invitations to PD9 were sent out around the world on Wednesday evening, and we already have 40 schools confirmed for November 2nd, 2018. We warmly invite you to tour the work of next year’s grade 12’s on November 2nd from 7pm – 10pm.

More info on its way as the ESA Contemporary Art community adds to the more than thirty exhibitions we have participated in since the start of 2018.

Matthew Varey

Come to the Wellness Workshop Tonight!

Tonight, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the ESA library, parents and guardians are invited to participate in a workshop that focuses on providing tools and strategies to help manage our own stress so that we are able to navigate the ongoing complexities of raising teens and finding more balance within our daily lives.

The workshop will be facilitated by Tools for All Teens which focuses on school-wide wellness by introducing life-long stress management tools such as yoga, mindfulness and wellness strategies. This workshop includes mindfulness and breathing exercises and yoga suitable for all levels.

Wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to relax and exhale! You will walk away feeling more calm and less stressed in addition to having a tool or two for your life toolbox.

Let us know if you’re interested in participating in this free workshop by e-mailing [email protected].

After the workshop, at 8:30pm, we will be adjourning to the Crooked Cue in Etobicoke for some informal relaxation! Please feel free to join us, even if you are unable to attend the workshop.