FACES & Friends fundraising concert for ESA – Wednesday November 21st at Mimico Baptist Church

“FACES & Friends” fundraising concert for ESA
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Mimico Baptist Church, 80 Hillside Ave.
Pay what you can. (Suggested $10 – $15 per person)

Join ESA parents, alumni, parents of alumni and community “friends” supporting ESA for a feel-good concert of vocal music ranging from folk, to opera, music theatre, and vintage jazz. It will be a night to remember in the intimate setting of Mimico Baptist Church, located South of the Queensway near Royal York and Mimico Ave.

Admission is pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $10 – $15 per person. The concert starts at 7:30pm and will run for just over an hour with no intermission.

FACES (Family, Alumni and Community of ESA Sing) is conducted by Mary Bella and accompanied by Kate Carver. Our fantistic line-up of special guest perfomers will include opera singers bass-baritone Andrew Tees, mezzo-soprano Cassandra Warner, and tenor Michael Colvin, actor-singer Brandi Ward, entertainer Brair Boake as MC, singer-actor-director Rick Jones and all-round jazz musician Brigham Phillips!

Support ESA by coming to this special concert, and enjoy a fantastic evening of music to warm up your soul this fall evening.

Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…and your GIFT CARDS!

Okay, maybe it wasn’t written on the Statue of Liberty, and yes, we are in Canada…
But, wouldn’t it be nice to find a good home for those gift cards that are currently rattling around your kitchen drawer? They are one of the most popular items at the ESA Silent Auction on Nov. 17th, and we need more of them! Your donation will be appreciated more than you know. Even the smallest $10 Tim Horton’s card can make our “coffee lovers” gift basket come to life! Just drop Wendy a line at [email protected] or put gift cards right in the SESAT mailbox, in the office.
Wendy, Rochelle
and your SESAT Silent Auction team

Need mulch? FREE mulch!!!

Following the gardening last weekend, we have some leftover mulch.  This time around we were delivered quite nice ground cedar mulch.

So… if you need mulch:

  • Help yourself.
  • First come, first served.
  • Bring a shovel, some buckets (or bags) or the back of a pickup truck and dig away at what remains of the pile.

The remaining mulch must go!  As of this posting it is surface wet only… but the dry interior is exposed on the face side, so if it rains some more it will start to get soaked through.

If interested, the mulch is located at the back of the school by the portable and the dumpsters.

Library and The Walden Room Closures

The Walden Room is CLOSED for the entire week

Lest We Forget workshops: We are delighted to have Laura Freeman from the Toronto Public Library present the Lest We Forget workshops to all grade 10 history classes this week.

Closures on Monday October 29th and Tuesday October 30th  

The Library will be CLOSED all teaching periods except Period 2/6. The library will still be open before school, lunch and after school.

Closures on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd

The library will be closed on Thursday during Period 4 and after school. Friday the library will be closed all day and reopen on Monday for regular library hours.

Great Soup returns! Calling all cooks!!

Ms. Wray is coming back to host Great Soup!

Join us for a community luncheon – in the Library – on Monday November 5th.

  • All members of the ESA Community are welcome.
  • Students, staff, parents, grads…  Come one. Come all.

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 your interest and support.

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

Thank you to our student gardeners!

Thank you to all of the students who came out to help with the gardening after school on Friday.

Together we moved almost 6 yards of mulch onto the trees in the front garden, and the new hydrangea bed by the bike racks.

We have also distributed the mulch around the trees in the rear arboretum.  That mulch still needs to be raked. Stay tuned for details on when we’ll head out to finish that job.

Want to join the ESA Garden Club?  Send an e-mail to Ms. Chrisman at [email protected] .

ESA Book Club at the Toronto International Festival of Authors

Members of the ESA Book Club – who met in September to discuss Circe by Madeline Miller – attended her session at the Toronto International Festival of Authors together on Sunday October 28th.

In the opinion of some who attended, this was the best session they’ve ever attended at the Festival.

Fear not as, apparently, it was being taped.  We will endeavour to find out for what purpose and when – and where – the recording will be available.

Anyone who is interested in the book itself, Greek mythology in general, or the writing process is strongly recommended to watch the interview when it is available.

Want to join the ESA Book Club?  New members are always welcome.

Auditions – Choreographic Workshop

Auditions for Choreographic Workshop are being held on Tuesday, October 30th at 3:30pm in Dance studio 1. Please sign up in Dance studio 1 on the “Audition Form” prior to the audition times and complete a Lighting Information Sheet that needs to be submitted at the time of your audition.The music for the dances needs to be on a USB stick and all dancers must be present for auditions to be considered. All successful dances will be posted November 1st at the end of the day.

Interested in Fundraising for the Arts at ESA? SESAT Meeting November 5, 2018

Are you interesting in Fundraising at ESA?

Please come to our meeting on Monday, November 5, 2018

7pm in the Library

SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent) is a non-profit group that fundraises solely for the Arts Programs at ESA, to help cover the costs not covered by the TDSB Budget–
Lighting, costumes, workshops, guest teachers, sound equipment
–all of the extras that bring our students’ art education up a notch.
They work so hard to excel at their art, let’s give them the help they deserve!


All funds raised are split equally between the six Arts Majors, so everyone benefits!


We hope to see you there!


-Your SESAT Team

The perfect chance to share your skill, service or talent with our community!

The ESA Silent Auction provides the perfect opportunity for you to share and promote your business, while helping every student at ESA. Are you a counsellor, massage therapist, aesthetician, dressmaker, caterer, dog-walker, or…fill in the blank…with a service to offer? Just drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know what what service or item you are willing to donate and the approximate value. We are happy to create a custom gift certificate for the lucky bidder, using your logo (if you have one) and display any brochures, artwork and/or business cards you have, along with the bid-sheet for your service. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to help our school while potentially reaching hundreds of new, local customers!
Thank-you from your silent auction team!