UPDATE: School Statement of Needs

Dear Members of the ESA Community

We thought that it would be useful to provide an update on the request for help!

Firstly, we have been provided with some great points for consideration, and we would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to provide us with your thoughts so far.  Rest assured we will be including all of the points submitted when completing the School Statement of Needs.

Secondly, a member of the community suggested we share the previous School Statement of Needs, as it may help to clarify the type of input we need.  So, here is a link:

ESA SSON Form Updated Dec 2016

If you have any questions or need more information on this, please let us know at: [email protected]

Thank you again for your help.

You input is truly appreciated.

Kind Regards

ESA School Council

New ESA Principal and the School Statement of Needs

Dear Fellow Members of the ESA Community

As I am sure you will have seen from the emails and posts on ESAInfo, that it has been a turbulent few weeks for our community.

Despite the challenges our community has encountered, I have been inspired by the passion and commitment shown to ensure that improvements are made for both the Students and the School as a whole.

I do not wish to go into detail on what has happened, in this post.  However, given that ESA is in need of a new Principal, we do have some significant things that we as a community need to achieve over the next few months, and I have been in continued discussion with Superintendent Hayhurst to ensure that we as a community have the opportunity to contribute to the process of finding a new Principal for ESA.

The key task that we must fulfill is to formulate our ideas for the School Statement of Needs.  The School Statement of Needs is a document, which contains contributions from a number of sources, including the school community, and is used by the TDSB as a tool in their search for a new Principal.  There is a responsibility for School Council to consolidate ideas from the community into the School Statement of Needs.

What is going to be done to prepare our contribution to the Statement of Needs?

1. School Council has already received some ideas from the community (a big thank you to those who have already sent in points for consideration), and we encourage all of you to send in your ideas to us ([email protected]) for what you believe are the success factors for a Principal joining the Etobicoke Schools of the Arts.

2. I will be meeting with both Superintendent Hayhurst and Trustee Gough to discuss initial input from the community prior to 20th July, so please send us your initial input as soon as you can, preferably before July 15th.

3. If you are able to contribute some time over the summer months, School Council would appreciate your assistance in the consolidation of ideas, i.e. preparing a consolidated list for discussion at the next School Council meeting.

4. The next School Council Meeting (7pm Tuesday 11th September, in the School Library) will have time devoted for the consolidated list of ideas to be presented, discussed and expanded on.  We will also accept additional contributions at the meeting, such that School Council can submit our community contribution to the School Statement of Needs.  NB: Superintendent Hayhurst will be attendance, to offer her support and assist with any questions that may arise.

Superintendent Hayhurst has reassured me that a Principal will be in place for the start of the next academic year.  However, it is important to ensure that we get the best person for the role.  Therefore, the Principal in place at the start of the academic year may or may not be the permanent Principal.

Please feel free to forward any questions you may have to us at [email protected] and we will do our best to get an answer to you in a timely manner.  You are also welcome to forward any questions or concerns you may have directly to Superintendent Hayhurst at the TDSB.

Let us work together to make ESA stronger!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for you help and support.

Kind Regards

Simon Wild

Co-chair ESA School Council

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:

bit.ly/ESAFORUM

https://goo.gl/forms/1CS84eFZGLyq1JjI3

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

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.

REMINDER: We’re All in this Together – Stress is a given…Here’s a workshop to help us all cope better

On 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.

We’re All in this Together – Stress is a given…Here’s a workshop to help us all cope better

On 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].

Reminder of School Council Meeting at 7 pm Tonight

Join us tonight for the School Council meeting at 7 pm in the ESA library.

Come and learn more about all our plans!

Here’s the agenda for the council meeting:

7:00        Welcome; approval of April Minutes

7:05        Principal’s Report

7:15        Faculty Report

7:25        SESAT Update

7:30        Pro-Grant application, due June 5th

7:35        Overview of Strategic Focus, discussed @ April’s meeting; approval

7:45        Constitution/Bylaws update:

  • Timing of elections
  • Election of Council members, and Council electing Executive positions
  • Terms, of Council positions (1 year)

8:10        Speakers for the fall – October & November Council meetings

  • Gayla Forer, Breakaway Addictions Services – substance abuse and teens: October 9 (TBC)
  • Liz Henriques, George Brown College – post-secondary transition: confirmed for Nov. 13th

8:20        Recap of FACES Community Choir

8:30        Administrative Items:                                                                                                                                                    

  • Gmail account being set-up for Council; Bank account to be converted to non-board account
  • Discussing ideas / themes for developing a Council logo
  • Discussion on contributing funds raised through FACES Community Choir, i.e. supporting piano tuning

8:45        June 12th Wellness Workshop/Social

  • Trish Drynan to facilitate
  • Social to follow at local restaurant, TBC

8:55        Year-end newsletter recapping council activities

9:00        Meeting adjourned

Questions? Comments? Reach us at [email protected]

 

 

School Council’s Planning for the Future

Join us on Tuesday May 8th at 7 pm in the ESA library as School Council continues to plan for the future by:

  • Reviewing it’s constitution and bylaws (see link below)
  • Discussing upcoming speakers for the fall
  • Filling vacant positions – we’re in need of a new treasurer and ward rep
  • Finalizing year end plans

Come and learn more about all our plans!

Questions? Comments? Reach us at [email protected]

ESA_School Council Constitution_Bylaws_proposed draft

 

 

Reminder: Drumming Circle Workshop Tonight! Council Meeting to Follow

The drumming circle workshop starts at 6:30 pm in the ESA cafeteria tonight for those who signed up to participate. The ESA community is also invited to come out and watch the hands on workshop unfold, which will be led by Alpha Rhythm Roots using West African Djembe drums. Refreshments will be served after the hour-long workshop.

A shortened monthly School Council meeting will follow the workshop.

Here’s the agenda for the evening:

Agenda

6:30 – drumming workshop facilitated by Alpha Rhythm Roots in the ESA cafeteria to precede School Council meeting

7:45 – Abridged School Council meeting; welcome and approval of outstanding minutes

7:50 — Principal’s report

7:55 – General Updates – Faculty report (Enid Wray); Ward report; SESAT

8:05 — School Council – Planning for 2018/19

  1. Strategic Plan/Areas of Focus
  2. Proposed Calendar of Events to be presented/ratified
  • Vacant Positions – Ward Rep and Treasurer/requirements through end of year
  1. Pro Grant Application; deadline June 5th
  2. School Council’s Bylaws; timing of council elections?   (may carry forward to May)
  3. Bank account options
  • School Council, End-of-year event (proposed: May 30th)
    1. Community/Parent Choir (FACES); highlights from the year – various groups
    2. Volunteers/logistics

8:55 – Agenda items for May Council Meeting/New Business

9:00 — Meeting adjourned

You can reach us at [email protected].

 

Hands on Drumming Circle Workshop and School Council Meeting – April 10th at ESA!

Looking forward to joining the drumming circle workshop with those who have signed up to participate on April 10th at 6:30 pm in the ESA cafeteria. There are still a few spots left for anyone who would like to take part in the hands on workshop, which will be led by Alpha Rhythm Roots, using West African Djembe drums. The ESA community is also invited to come out and watch the workshop unfold. Refreshments will be served after the hour-long workshop.

A streamlined monthly School Council meeting will follow the workshop in the cafeteria where upcoming exciting events for the remainder of this school year and potential plans for next year will be discussed. Don’t miss out on what will be a memorable evening!

If you have any questions or would like to grab one of the few remaining spots for the drumming workshop, you can reach us at [email protected].

See you there!

There’s Still Time to Join the Drumming Circle Workshop

You now have until Monday March 26 to sign-up for School Council’s free drumming workshop on Tuesday April 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the ESA cafeteria. So don’t delay. The workshop is being facilitated by Alpha Rhythm Roots – an approved TDSB presenter – that has led many engaging workshops creating rhythms with traditional West African Djembe drums.

Parents and students are welcome. But space is limited, so if you’re interested in participating send an e-mail to [email protected].

Drumming circles can help relieve stress and build a sense of community. Come join the fun!

ESA