ESA Community Choir is a GO! Sign up now if you haven’t already!

GREAT NEWS! We’ve had 36 responses so far for the ESA Community Choir, with Mondays and Tuesdays currently tied at 22 for first choice of weekday. If you haven’t yet indicated your interest, please do so, so that we can pin down the rehearsal day in the next week or two.

SIGN UP NOW to indicate your interest, experience and voice type (if known). There is a field to select your available weeknights to help us decide which evening would be best for rehearsals. Details below…

Calling all ESA parents, alumni, parents of alumni, teachers, staff and supportive Community members!
LOVE TO SING? Join ESA’s new COMMUNITY CHOIR (hip cool name tbd).

This will be a six week pop up choir, rehearsing one evening a week at ESA from January through February 2018, culminating in a performance at an ESA Event TBD in late February/early March. We are considering Tuesday evenings 7-8pm, or possibly Mondays or Wednesdays.

No experience necessary. All levels welcome! Songs will be chosen to suit the group.

Cost to enroll will be $60 total per person, for the 6 weeks of rehearsals plus performance(s). The funds collected will cover choir expenses and support future School Council fundraising initiatives. Payments will be made through School Cash Online in December, leading up to the start of rehearsals.

Mary Bella, a current ESA Parent, will be conducting and organizing the group. Mary has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Graduate Opera Diploma. She has 5 years choral conducting experience and 20 years of professional choral singing under her belt, including 15 years with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. She has also served choirs for many years as both manager and board president. Mary believes that a choir could bring together the broader ESA community in a very special way, in addition to raising funds for our school

SIGN UP NOW through this FORM to indicate your interest, experience and voice type (if known). There is also a field to select your available weeknights to help us decide which evening would be best for rehearsals.

Even if you’re not sure yet, please indicate your interest on the form and include any questions or concerns in the Message field. We’ll need at least 20 participants to go ahead, so please RSVP as soon as you can so we can start making arrangements!

We are also seeking a piano accompanist – volunteer or paid – so please let us know if you are interested in accompanying the group.

Questions? Email Mary directly for more info. [email protected]

Special Speaker’s Event on Monday October 23rd at 7 pm in the ESA Library

Researchers Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez and Gillian Parekh are coming to ESA on Monday October 23rd to have a dialogue with interested parents about their academic study on the demographic make up of the student population at arts schools in Toronto that was published last spring. It’s an opportunity for parents to ask the researchers questions about their study and it’s implications. The discussion will begin at 7 pm in the ESA Library.

Here is some background about the researchers:

Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His current research focuses on the experiences of young artists attending specialized arts high schools in cities across Canada and the United States. He teaches graduate courses in the arts in education.

Gillian Parekh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. As a former special education teacher and research coordinator with the Toronto District School Board, Gillian’s research interests include critical disability studies, critical analysis of special and inclusive education and structural barriers to education.

To learn more, e-mail [email protected].


PD8 Volunteering


Many of you expressed interest in helping on Portfolio Day with food and drink.

Andrea McBride has been doing an amazing job of organising this for years, and has once again produced a sign up sheet:

Information can be found there as to what we need.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Drama and Music Parents: Please Read

On November 18th, the 21st Annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction Fundrauser takes place at ESA.

Proceeds will help replenish the Bursary Fund and cover the costs of visiting artists or equipment.

Your attendance and/or contribution to the event can make a difference.

We are seeking contributions to our Silent Auction including:

– tickets to sporting events, theatre and other shows;
– access to a vacation destination (cottage, hotel stay etc)
– gift baskets or gift certificates for services or products.

In exchange for your generous donation of items valued at $25.00 or more, you will receive a tax receipt!

Thank you for considering making a donation towards this great event. You may reach us at [email protected] to firm up your contribution.

Mark your calendar and join us on November 18th from 10am to 3pm as the halls of ESA are transformed into an artisan festival.

You won’t be disappointed!

Your SESAT Team

Governor General’s Award for Fiction @ IFOA 2017: Free tickets available!

Fill out this Google Form to be in the mix for our draw for two tickets to the International Festival of Authors to listen to the five (5) authors shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in conversation with Carol Off, of CBC Radio One’s As It Happens.

  • You must be able to attend at Harbourfront on Monday October 23rd @ 8:00pm.

Entries must be received by no later than the end of the day Tuesday October 17th. The ‘winner’ of the tickets will be announced Wednesday morning.

Full details about the event and the authors may be found here.

Used Book Sale! Adult Fiction Part #1

We’ve been weeding again!  This week me made our way through the Adult Fiction collection, from A-L.

  • Find the full inventory of books that have been weeded in the PDF file attached below.

We still have some titles left from our earlier wee of YA Fiction.  Check the – original full – list of titles below as well.

Full details about our weeding and book sales may be found in this prior posting.

Adult Fiction First Half Weeding Oct 2017

YA Discards Sept 2017

Save the Date! Great Soup returns Monday November 6th

Great Soup is back. Join us for a community luncheon on Monday November 6th.  All members of the ESA Community are welcome.

We have a tradition of serving community luncheons twice 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 events of the school year.

On average we serve over 125 people an all you can eat lunch of homemade salads, soups, breads and goodies. For $6 per person, it’s hard to resist.  $5 with a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

If you would like to contribute food to this luncheon, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted by someone to go over the necessary details.

Thank you for interest and support.

Please fill out this Google Form if you are able to cook or bake or help out the day of.

Have to start your holiday gift shopping? Here’s a tip

Finding that special something is made easy at this event with over 85 artisan vendors sharing their hand crafted works. a silent auction featuring 100 items including student art, jewellery, event tickets and beautiful baskets. You can even top off the day with lunch at our Polar Express Cafe featuring delicious homemade meals and take some scrumptious treats home from our Bake Sale too!

Attending the event is a win-win for you and ESA fundraising efforts so make it a day, bring your family, friends and neighbours.

Please help us promote the event by sharing.

Here is a link to the event for Facebook

Thanks everyone.

The SESAT fundraising team






Lessons in Love and Colour

After a summer residency at Roncesvalles United Church, Grade 12 Contemporary Art student Noah Brown delivered a lecture on the Black experience to the congregation on Sunday, August 27, 2017. After his lecture, Noah was joined by special guest Soul singer, Carolyn T. and a Q&A with the congregation.

If you would like to hear the lecture, please click here

Please join us on Friday November 3rd from 7-10pm to see what Noah and 85 other grade 12 ESA students have prepared for Portfolio Day 8.

Correction: Attn Music Theatre and Dance parents/guardians


Income tax receipts will be provided for product donations valued at $25.00 or more.  We can not provide receipts for the donation of  services.

Thank you for your ongoing support of SESAT and the students of ESA.