ESA Community Choir Registration is now Open – Please Pay by January 10th

ESA’s new “pop-up” Community Choir is starting up in January for six weeks! Rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings Jan 16 – Feb 20, 2018; 7:00 – 8:30pm, in the Choir Room (rm 115) at ESA (675 Royal York Rd). The final performance is still TBD but will be confirmed shortly.

You can now complete your Registration by paying your $60 Choir fee before January 10, 2018, via SchoolCashOnline at the following link: https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/13000/153/False/True

You do not need to have a student in the TDSB to pay and you will not be prompted for a student’s name. You will however need to set up an account with SchoolCashOnline if you don’t already have one. Just click ADD TO CART and follow the prompts.

We are still seeking a piano accompanist if anyone is interested in volunteering or in a paying gig. Also seeking a volunteer to help with record keeping at rehearsal (small commitment).

If you or your friends would like to join but haven’t yet signed up, the Sign Up form is still open at https://goo.gl/forms/178Ev3IFs438DsOD2 – so feel free to send the link and an invitation. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the Google Sign Up form, then pay fees at the SchoolCashOnline link. More info at http://www.esainfo.ca/esa-community-choir-is-a-go-sign-up-now-if-you-havent-already/209644

Looking forward to seeing and hearing you all soon! Any questions, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Mary Bella
Conductor, ESA Community Choir

ESA Community Survey in Response to the TDSB Task Force Report

ESA School Council is seeking input from the ESA community to inform its response to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force report. Complete the ESA Community Survey at: https://goo.gl/forms/x795JY9XFw09y5822. DEADLINE is 11:59pm, Wednesday Nov. 15 to submit your feedback through this survey.

Your feedback will impact School Council’s response, which must be submitted to the Task Force by November 20, 2017. Have your Say!

If you have any questions or comments contact us at: [email protected].

Check out the vendors at this year’s Winter Craft Fair – Photo Gallery

This year’s Winter Craft Fair and Silent Auction (coming up Saturday November 18th at ESA) is shaping up to be the best ever! Check out a sampling of some of the treasures that will be on offer!

And don’t forget to LIKE, SHARE and INVITE your friends to the event through the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1761511124151281/

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]

NEW! ESA COMMUNITY CHOIR – for parents, alumni and the broader community

Calling all ESA parents, alumni, parents of alumni 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]

2017-18 School Council Planning Meeting Tonight

Please join us at Artisano’s tonight (Tuesday, June 6) at 6:30 as we put plans in place for a wonderful new year. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions or input and cannot attend, please contact Ann Agar at annieagar. Food and drinks are available. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early so we can start at 6:30. See you then.

You are invited to “Because I am A Girl”

I am sending an invitation to the entire ESA community to join me for “Because I am a Girl,” a special evening at ESA on Thursday, June 1, organized by Ms. Moorhouse and ESA students.

This is ESA’s second annual concert to benefit the “Because I Am A Girl” campaign, and features a wide range of performances by talented individuals and groups, all for this important and worthy cause! The performances take place in our auditorium on Thursday night at 7:00 PM. $10 tickets can be purchased at www.esainfo.ca [“Tickets” top right side of the screen] and also at the door.

All the proceeds from our evening go to Plan Canada in support of their “Because I am a Girl” campaign.

“Girls’ Rights are Human Rights. Every day, millions of girls around the world are denied their basic human rights – simply because they’re girls. Because I am a Girl is a global initiative working to end gender inequality and promote girls’ rights.”

You can read more about this program at the Plan Canada website, http://plancanada.ca/because-i-am-a-girl

You can see more of the work of this group at their youtube page
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=unlock+the+power+of+girls

I hope to see you Thursday night.

Peggy Aitchison, Principal
Etobicoke School of the Arts

School Council Meeting, Elections and Understanding Your Teen Presentation Tonight!

Don’t forget to join us tonight for our final meeting of the year and interim elections, starting at 6:30 and our presentation from Psychologist Sara Dimerman at 7:30 in the library (also available live-streamed at http://connect.tdsb.on.ca/understandingyourteen/).  If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected].  See you then. View the Meeting Agenda.
Sara Dimerman – Understanding your teen
The teen years can present a challenge for both parents and children. During adolescence, kids need their parents more than ever. Ms Dimerman’s presentation will offer a fresh and positive perspective, along with practical tips on how to reduce your teenagers stress, encourage cooperation and develop effective parenting approaches. The presentation is open to everyone.Some of the topics she will address include:  Peers and Priorities, Drugs and Alcohol, Dating and Sexuality, Communication and Privacy, Homework and School, Technology, Responsibilities and Chores.

Sara Dimerman is a Psychologist who has been counselling parents, teens and families for 25 years. She has authored four books, one of which will be auctioned off at the meeting. She is a. Columnist for Parents Canada and a frequent contributor to the CBC, CTV and Newstalk 1010. Find out more about Sara Dimerman at helpmesara.com.

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Your School Council Would Like to Hear From You! + Agenda for Tuesday’s meeting

Whether this is your first year, last year or somewhere in between, as you marvel at all the year end performances, please take a moment to reflect on your experiences.  Your Council would like to hear from you.  You can always reach us at [email protected] or [email protected].  (Your feedback will be kept anonymous.)  Better yet, below you will find the agenda for our meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday May 9 at 6:30 in the library.  Come and share your thoughts and ideas as we wrap up 2016-17 and pave the way for an even brighter future!

ESA School Council Meeting Agenda
Tuesday May 9, 2017; 6:30 p.m.
ESA Information Resource Room (Library)

Welcome and Introductions: Tanja Corovic and Ann Agar (6:30-6:33)

New Business: Equity and Diversity: Tanja Corovic (6:33-6:43)*

Principal’s Report: Ms. Peggy Aitchison (6:43-6:46)

Additional Reports: Council (6:46-6:55)

Trustee: Pamela Gough

SESAT: Bev Marinucci

Faculty/Staff: Enid Wray

Student Council: Ann Agar

Parent Engagement/PRO Grant: Frank Sgarlata

On-Going Business: Council (6:55-7:05)

Fun(d)raising: Flower Sale, Future Efforts

Graduation: Awards, Assistance

Air Quality/Environmental Compliance

Academics and the Arts:

Waitlists, AP Offerings, Post Secondary Preparation, Meeting the Needs of all Students, Wellness

Outstanding Issues and SSON

2017-2018 Planning

Officer/Interim Officer Elections: Ann Agar (7:05-7:15)

Recognition of Retiring Officers: Ann Agar (7:15-7:20)

Break (7:20-7:30)

PRO Grant Presentation: Understanding Your Teen: Frank Sgarlata, Sara Dimerman (7:30-8:45)

Question and Answer/Additional Council Needs (8:45-9:00)

Adjournment (9:00)

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Planning for 2017/18, tentative

*Pre-Meeting at 6:00 for task force and all those interested.

Stand Up, Get Involved, Make a Difference, Dream Big!

Calling all parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, alumni parents, neighbors and friends:  You have a unique opportunity to help create the school you dream of!  Did you know you are all eligible to join the ESA School Council and even, the Executive Board?  Come join us on Tuesday night, May 9 at 6:30 in the library as we launch new initiatives on equity and diversity, recap our successes this year, start other plans for the future and elect new officers or interim officers to get us to the fall.  We have many exciting programs underway and a strong group, but with many leaders retiring, so we need your ideas and involvement.  With an exceptional new principal and team, the sky is the limit!
The ESA School Council works with the TDSB, SESAT, school leaders, parents, students, alums and administration to build a great community.  We seek to support and engage our community through socials, educational programs, the discussion (and hopeful resolution) of issues, communication, alumni relations, capital improvement projects, safety/wellness initiatives and more.
Thanks to a PRO Grant, we will be hosting speaker Sara Dimerman after the meeting, starting at 7:30 to discuss Understanding Your Teen.  
We look forward to seeing you.  If you have questions in the meantime, please email [email protected] or [email protected].  Don’t miss this exciting evening!

Reminder: Understanding Your Teen – presentation Tuesday May 9 at 7:30pm

Mark your calendars! On Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30pm, in the Library, ESA School Council invites you to hear Psychologist Sara Dimerman’s presentation on Understanding Your Teen.

The teen years can present a challenge for both parents and children. During adolescence, kids need their parents more than ever. Ms Dimerman’s presentation will offer a fresh and positive perspective, along with practical tips on how to reduce your teenagers stress, encourage cooperation and develop effective parenting approaches. The presentation is open to everyone.

Some of the topics she will address include:  Peers and Priorities, Drugs and Alcohol, Dating and Sexuality, Communication and Privacy, Homework and School, Technology, Responsibilities and Chores.

Sara Dimerman is a Psychologist who has been counselling parents, teens and families for 25 years. She has authored four books, one of which will be auctioned off at the meeting. She is a. Columnist for Parents Canada and a frequent contributor to the CBC, CTV and Newstalk 1010. Find out more about Sara Dimerman at helpmesara.com.

Like, Share and Invite your friends on Facebook. Showing support for this event will ensure more like it in the future.

Understanding Your Teen – Sara Dimerman, Special Presentation for Parents Tuesday May 9

Sara Dimerman, Psychologist

On Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00pm, ESA School Council invites you to hear Psychologist Sara Dimerman’s presentation on Understanding Your Teen.

The teen years can present a challenge for both parents and children. During adolescence, kids need their parents more than ever. Ms Dimerman’s presentation will offer a fresh and positive perspective, along with practical tips on how to reduce your teenagers stress, encourage cooperation and develop effective parenting approaches. The presentation is open to everyone.

Find out more about Sara Dimerman at helpmesara.com.

 

ESA