Congratulations to the Grade 12 Ballet Class!

After 4 highly successful elementary school dance workshops this week I thought it only appropriate to congratulate the grade 12 ballet class!

They were wonderful ambassadors of ESA. They had elementary students (and teachers) exploring the elements of dance and trying new ways of moving. There was no shortage of energy or smiles in the studios.

The grade 12’s workshops were creative and engaging. Their warmth, encouragement and support were clearly felt by our guests. They modeled exemplary teamwork and leadership.

Congratulations once again.

I am so proud of all of you!

Mrs. Michailidis

Free Parent Workshop offered by SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health is offering a free workshop to parents on February 22, 2018.  The focus of the workshop will be on building trusting relationships with your teen to help reduce their anxiety, manage stress and develop more meaningful communication.  See the attached flyer for details.  Feb22-2018-SHEPPARD-validation-teens_JKedit

Looking for a March Break job or volunteer opportunity??

Neilson Park Creative Centre is currently seeking secondary students to support our upcoming March Break Camp through the following positions:

Position title: Camp Counsellor

The Camp Counsellor supports a priority of providing art instruction and activities for children at NPCC. The Camp Counsellor is responsible for providing supervision of children ages 5-12.

Job type: Contract 37.5 hours per week

Start date: March 12, 2018

End date: March 16, 2018

​Positions available: 2

Application deadline: January 31, 2018

See job posting below.

Position title: Camp Volunteer

The Camp Counsellor supports a priority of providing art instruction and activities for children at NPCC. The camp volunteer will assist in the instruction and supervision of children ages 5-12.

Job type: Volunteer

Start date: March 12, 2018

End date: March 16, 2018

Application deadline: January 31, 2018

See job posting below.

NPCC Camp Counsellor Job Posting  NPCC Call for Volunteers

Contest Opportunity for Students from EduTravel

EduTravel for Credit is hosting an amazing contest for High School students across Ontario and we’d love your students to get the chance to win a trip this March Break 2018! They would they get the chance to travel to New York and earn a school credit from one of our exciting programs.


EduTravel is launching a new initiative called No Borders. It is a scholarship and bursary fund that they will be using to help more students across Ontario travel while earning high school credits. In order to finance their fund, they are launching an apparel line that they will be selling; all profits will go to No Borders and will fund travel for students from all walks of life in Ontario. They are looking for students to help design the logo that will be featured as our 2018 logo, and the FIRST ever No Borders logo.


The prize is: one (1) For Credit Bus Trip (NYC: World of Fashion, International Business, The New Yorker, or Civics & Careers),(2) their logo becomes the face of No Borders for 2018, and  (3) one full set of the No Borders clothing once it has launched


This is a great opportunity for students to design a real-world portfolio piece for up-and-coming designers and designer hopefuls and be able to travel on one of our amazing trips! Attached we have our promotional materials for this contest and the website is listed below where students can learn more about the contest.



NINE musical in concert – student rush seats

Get ready ESA for an amazing concert featuring an all-Canadian cast, chorus and orchestra of over 80 performers.  WOCO will be featured with some of the leading stars of Broadway, Stratford Festival, and Mirvish Productions to name a few.  3 shows only / January 12 & 13

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for the Arts

To purchase tickets visit or call 647-800-4745

Use discount code ‘NINE15’ to receive an extra 15% off tickets

ANY STUDENT may purchase $30 rush seats – cash at the door before each show.  Please present the box office with your current student card.



$15.00 each

This is a Black History Month fundraiser. Part of the show’s proceeds will be donated to a not-for-profit “Generation Chosen” to help provide mental health programs for Black youth.

Bags can be picked up Thursday at lunch (11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.) in the main lobby or by contacting Emily McInnes at [email protected]

Purchase by clicking on the link below and selecting “Etobicoke School of the Arts Black Magic Tote Bag Fundraiser.”

WoCo Welcomes Stars of Stratford, Mirvish, West End and Broadway!

On Tuesday, ESA’s WoCo choir will be visited by a star-studded group of performers in rehearsal for the concert production of the Tony award-winning musical Nine, being presented by Podium Concert Productions this coming weekend. WoCo is featured as the ensemble throughout the entire show, joining leads from all of the major North American stages as well as a 23-piece orchestra. To see the exciting performances on Friday (7:30 pm) and Saturday (2:00 and 7:30 pm) at Trinity St. Paul Centre (Bloor and Spadina), visit their website here ( and use the discount code NINE15 to receive a 15% discount.

New York Times

Congratulations to grad Calla McInnes who is in her second year at School of Visual Art in NYC for appearing in the New York Times this weekend with a drawing that was sold to Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Magazine while Calla was in grade 11 Contemporary Art at ESA.


Calla appeared on the Akimbo Hit List while she was here and that piece can be found here

Congratulations Calla!


We hope that everyone can join us for the Joint SESAT/Parent Council Meeting on Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 7pm in the library.

All are welcome!


Please come and see what we have accomplished so far this year, and hear about our upcoming plans for the remainder of the year.


We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

ESA Film raises 490 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank

After a great 60 Second show on Wednesday, ESA Film has once again made a significant contribution to The Daily Bread Food Bank, putting our year over year donation at over 5000 pounds of food.

Thanks to everyone for all of your support and happy holidays.

And as a special treat, check out Oliver Atherton’s Other, a sinister look at how we deal with things we don’t understand.

Subscribe to The Film Shack – ESA Film’s little corner of the Youtube universe.

And follow us on Instagram – @esa_film.

One more sleep until The 60 Second Film Festival

The 60 Second Film Festival is nearly upon us… and literally only a handful of tickets are still available.  You can get them here. If any are still available at lunch, they will be sold in the foyer.  With a donation of three non-perishable food items, you can get in to the show for only $5.  All donated food will go to support the efforts of The Daily Bread Food Bank.

To get you in the mood, we dug into the 60 Second Vault and came up with Ava Young’s Meat of the Matter, a deceptively simple look at the impacts of bullying.

Subscribe to The Film Shack – ESA Film’s little corner of the Youtube universe.

And follow us on Instagram – @esa_film.


Snack Shack closed until after the holidays



Snack Shack will be closed this week and will resume in 2018.


We hope that you all have a wonderful winter break and we will see you in the New Year!


-Your SESAT Team