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

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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


See You Tonight for ESA School Council and Dr. Gini-Newman!

Please join your school council tonight for our monthly meeting, as we talk about progress this year and priorities for next year, including fund-raising, alumni relations, graduation, wellness, etc.  It is a great time to ask your questions, bring your concerns and ideas and get involved in making ESA the best possible experience for our students and community.  We are thrilled to start our meeting with renown expert, Dr Gini-Newman, speaking on nurturing critical thinking skills in our teens.  See you tonight at 7:00 in the library.


ALICE Dance Performances: Wed, April 26, Thurs, April 27 & Fri, April 28

Over three nights, our dance students will perform “Alice”, based on Alice in Wonderland. All performances start at 7:00 PM.

“We are so excited to present our take on Lewis Carroll’s enduring children’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. While we have tried to stay true to the spirit of the story, we have taken liberties with the text and eliminated some characters, added some others and changed the order of Alice’s encounters to accommodate the 100 students in the production.”


April 26th @ 7:00pm, April 27th @ 7:00pm, April 28th @ 7:00pm


B1-5 and B19-23 have removable seats to allow for wheelchair seating. Please contact Peggy Aitchison prior to the show at [email protected] to reserve these seats.

Does Your Student Have the Skills Necessary to Face Upcoming Challenges?

Based on your input, we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Garfiend Gini-Newman will be at ESA this Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 to speak on Nurturing Critical Thinking Skills.  He will do a one hour program with specific practical strategies to aid parents and teachers in developing critical thinking in our high school students, followed by a question and answer session in the library.  Dr. Gini-Newman is an expert in this field and it is an honor to host him at ESA, thanks to our Pro-Grant.
Your School Council will conduct our monthly meeting following the speaker.  We will hear from our principal on her first months at ESA, as well as other school reports and talk about our priorities for the remainder of this year and look at pre-planning for next year.  Please join us!  We look forward to seeing you then.

REMINDER: Tuesday, April 11 – Nurturing Critical Thinking presentation hosted by the school council 7:00pm, ESA Library

The school council is hosting a special presentation on Tuesday April 11, 2017 by Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman on Nurturing Critical Thinking. Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman will present on strategies for parents and teachers in engaging and facilitating development of critical thinking for high school student. She will be providing examples and practical strategies in how to help your child become a critical thinker. This presentation is open to all. We will end our meeting with a regular school council meeting. If you have any agenda item you would like school council to address in this meeting please email us at [email protected].

Looking forward to seeing you! Tanja and Ann. School Council co-chairs

Our website is now MOBILE RESPONSIVE, and come visit Council’s FACEBOOK PAGE! now Mobile Responsive!

For those of you who have given up trying to read ESA news on your phone – good news! The ESA website is now mobile responsive! As your new webmaster, this was bugging me for awhile so I took a little time over March Break to apply some mobile styling. Please let me know if you notice any issues or problems with the site.

Like and Share the ESA Facebook Page

In other news, we have revived the ESA Facebook page ( This page is affiliated with our school councils (not affiliated with the TDSB or the school administration). We will share information about upcoming performances, exhibitions, film shows, fundraising events, opportunities for students etc. Please visit, Like/Follow and share the Page with your contacts in the ESA community or anyone you think might be interested in ESA activities – students, parents, friends, family, alumni, neighbours in the area, arts professionals etc etc. We have so much great stuff to share at ESA! Feel free to tag the Page on your own posts as well so we can share relevant material.

We would like to remind everyone that this Page is not the place to submit complaints – negative commentary will be removed. If you have an issue or problem please direct it to the school administration via the school office 416.394.6910.

Help wanted to Admin the Facebook page

If there are parents out there who are active on Facebook and would be interested in helping to admin the ESA Facebook page, please get in touch via the contact button on the page. Several admins will make sharing content and monitoring this page light work!

Help wanted to update the ESA Alumni site

We are also working on reviving the ESA alumni site. If you know of alumni who might be interested in helping out, please direct them to the site to get in touch. The site runs on WordPress, which is fairly easy for even non-web-pros to learn. I can offer a little training, via skype or in person, to get you started. Mostly the ongoing work will involve entering new alumni profiles as they come in, and perhaps a little networking to solicit or write profiles from prominent alumni.

Thanks to all and Hope you had a wonderful March Break!

Mary Bella (Maestra Web Design)
ESA Parent and volunteer Webmaster

Updates for the ESA Community from Principal Aitchison

If you are a student receiving this email, please be sure to share the information with your parent/guardian.

What a Family Day Weekend with weather on Saturday more like May than February! I hope you and your family were able to enjoy time together.

Congratulations to:

  • the students who performed in Poetry in Voice on Tuesday after school. We are hoping for a finalist heading to the west coast for the Canada-wide competition.
  • the Junior Girls Volleyball team who won their semi-final game last week and is going for the gold on Tuesday at Silverthorn Collegiate, 291 Mill Road. The opening whistle sounds at 3:00 PM. Join us, if you can, and cheer on the Eagles.
  • every student and staff member whose hand touched the African Heritage Month assemblies and showcase on Thursday. The morning and evening programs both entertained and reinforced important messages for the audience.

Reminder: If your child was absent on Thursday and did not pick up the February report card, please have your child stop by the office and pick it up on Tuesday morning.

This week at ESA…

  1. Sears Drama Festival: Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 PM
    Our entry in this year’s Sears Drama Festival will be staged at ESA on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Come and settle into your seat to watch “What If,” five short, comedic plays. The show runs just short of an hour. This is a run-through in advance of the actual Drama Festival competition on Tuesday, February 28 on the stage at 7:00 PM at Lakeshore Collegiate, 350 Kipling Ave.
  1. Late Start: Wednesday, February 22
    Please note we will follow the Late Start Schedule on Page 4 of the Student Agenda Book. This late start is to allow our teachers to meet together in professional development activities.
  1. Swim Team City Finals: Wednesday, February 22
    Channel positive energy to our swimmers as they are in competition throughout the day on Wednesday. If your child is competing, it would be great to have you there to watch. Please connect with me if you want specific event timing and location.
  1. Grade 9 Drama Showcase: Wednesday, February 22, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
    I will send a separate email to parents/guardians of our Grade 9 Drama Major students with details of this event.
  1. Parent/Guardian-Teacher Interviews: Thursday, February 23 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM
    Please be sure you have booked your interview time slots. Instructions were emailed last week. If you need help, please let me know and I will direct you to the right folks who will get your appointments booked. Appointments are set for five minutes. If you need more time, please make arrangements for an additional meeting time following February 23.

We will run an altered schedule on Thursday morning, Day 2A:

Period 5: 8:48 – 9:40 AM

Period 6: 9:45 –10:32 AM

Period 7: 10:37 –11:24 AM

Period 8: 11:29 – 12:16 PM

Students will be dismissed at 12:16. There are no afternoon classes.

  1. Semi-formal: Friday, February 24 from 6:00-10:00 PM
    The ‘Semi’ is slated for Berkeley Church on Friday evening. Staff will be present to supervise. Please remind your child that this is a school-sponsored event and behaviour expectations outlined in the Agenda Book apply at the Semi as well. We want this to be a happy evening for all students and staff who attend.
  1. Grade 9 Tafelmusik Fiddle Project Performance: Sunday, February 26 at 5:30.
    Our Grade 9 Strings students will be taking part in a short concert on Sunday, February 26th between 5:30 and 6:00. This is the culmination of the work the students have been engaged in with fiddle ‘aficionado’, Anne Lederman, and Tafelmusik’s Christophe Verrette. The students will join Tafelmusik onstage and perform with them. If your child is performing, I hope you will be able to join me for the event.  The concert is at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church on Bloor Street W. If you want more details, please connect with me.

Looking ahead…

  1. Grade 9 Drama Showcase. February 27, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  1. Course Selection Sheets due to Home Form Teachers: Tuesday, February 28
  1. Grade 10 Drama Showcase. March 1 and 2, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  1. “Music Theatre,” hosts Toronto Sing: Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4. “GLO” and “Splash” will be participating.

African Heritage Month Evening Show – “More Than My Melanin”

The African Heritage Month Crew is excited to announce that we will be holding an evening performance this Thursday, February 16th!  The show, titled “More Than My Melanin”, is about different aspects and generations of black identity. The show calls into question the stereotypes that black people have had to live with for decades in an attempt to promote conversation and ultimately change societal views and rediscover what it means to be black in our society today.

There will be a visual art and film show from 5:30-6:15pm and then a performance in the Auditorium from 6:30-8:30.  The cost of tickets is $2 (or pay what you can).  There is no reserved seating for the event; tickets are being sold at the door, so come early!

See you Thursday!

Jada, Jenoya, and Jess (The African Heritage Month Crew Directors)

Next School Council Meeting – January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important meeting of our school community.  As always, it is a great opportunity to meet other parents and find out what is going on at ESA behind the scenes.
We also have many interesting speakers and can discuss new opportunities and issues that affect your students.  Additional details will be forthcoming.
Please note this meeting has been changed from the originally scheduled date of January 10, 2017.
In the meantime, we wish you the very best for this wonderful season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.