Trustee Pamela Gough is inviting parents to her Ward 3 Council Meeting on January 22nd at ESA focusing on the TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Initiative

Trustee Pamela Gough is hosting a Ward 3 Council meeting focusing on the
 TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Initiative
 on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7 pm
- 9 pm in the ESA library. TDSB Superintendent Jim Spyropoulos will be at the meeting to discuss and answer questions on the Equity Task Force.

Childminding is available, but please preregister children with Araz Hasserjian [email protected]

All are welcome.

Come Participate in the Joint School Council / SESAT Meeting Monday, January 8th

School Council and SESAT are holding a joint meeting this evening starting at 7 pm in the library to update you on accomplishments so far and discuss upcoming plans for the remainder of the year. All are welcome!

Come hear about the activities and initiatives that you can still get involved with and contribute your ideas.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Here’s the agenda:

Etobicoke School of the Arts

Joint School Council / SESAT Meeting

Monday, January 8, 2018 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Agenda:

7:00            Welcome from School Council / SESAT

7:05            Approval of November’s minutes

7:07            Principal’s Update

7:15             Wendy Luck’s Update

7:20            Enid Wray’s Faculty Update

7:25            SESAT Craft Fair Recap

7:40            Snack Shack Update

7:45            SESAT Upcoming events

7:55            TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force Report Update

8:15            PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Grant Update

8:25             Launch of ESA Community / Parent Choir – Mary Bella

8:35             Speakers’ Series Update

8:45             Other Business

9:00             Adjournment

 

 

JOINT SESAT/PARENT COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY JANUARY 8th

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.

The Enhancing Equity Task Force Report to be Presented to TDSB Trustees at the December 13th Board Meeting

The Enhancing Equity Task Force Report will be presented to TDSB trustees at its Wednesday, December 13th board meeting. The trustees will have a chance to ask questions of the consultant Liz Rykert, who wrote the report.

Trustee Pamela Gough has requested that ESA parents send her any questions in advance that they wish her to address at the meeting during her allotted time. Please e-mail the trustee at [email protected] with your questions by the end of the day today.

Parents can attend the board meeting at 5050 Yonge St. in person or they can watch the discussion live stream on the TDSB website at www.tdsb.on.ca. The board meeting begins at 7 pm and the task force report is expected to be presented at 8 pm. But this will not be an opportunity for public presentations.

The Director of Education has recommended that the trustees receive the task force report and refer it to the TDSB staff for review and analysis. Following the review, the Director of Education is expected to go to the Planning and Priorities Committee on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with next steps. The public will have an opportunity at that time to make presentations by giving notice several days in advance to Denise Joseph Dowers at [email protected]

Pamela Gough will also be hosting a ward meeting on the task force report at ESA on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7 pm. The TDSB’s lead staff person, Jim Spyropoulos, will be attending to answer parents’ questions and listen to their feedback.

The task force report and recommendations can be found at the following link:

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1164/Enhancing-Equity-Task-Force-Report-and-Recommendations

If you have any questions or comments contact us a [email protected]

 

 

 

Applying to Post-Secondary

Access a copy of the presentation to School Council made by Ms. Baldassi, ACL of Student Services.

In addition to reading the slides, you can listen in on the recording from the November 14th School Council meeting.

  • The Student Services presentation starts about 1:20 into the recording, give or take.

 

Important School Council Meeting Tuesday, November 14 starting at 6:30 pm in the library

Join us tonight at the School Council meeting in the library where we will be discussing a number of important issues, including:

  • Seeking input from parents/guardians in response to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force Draft Report. The School Council’s response must be submitted to the Task Force by November 20th.
  • ESA Guidance staff will make a presentation on the post-secondary application process and answer parents’ questions.

We will be starting early – at 6:30 pm to cover a full agenda. The meeting will conclude at 9:00 pm. All parents and guardians are welcome. If you can’t join us in person, you can connect with the meeting by web cast at http://connect.tdsb.on.ca/nov2017schoolcouncil/

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

Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting.

Agenda:

6:30                Welcome and approval of October’s council minutes

6:35                Principal’s report

6:45                Enid Wray’s Faculty report

6:50                Kevin Martindale’s Ward #3, meeting update

6:55                Pamela Gough – update

7:00                Lisa Egri, President, SESAT – update

7:05                ESA Guidance post-secondary application process presentation

7:35                Council response to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Draft Report discussion

8:25                Alumni Outreach / future council plans

8:45                New Business

9:00                Meeting adjourned

 

Come and Have Your Voice Heard at an Important School Council Meeting on Tuesday November 14th

Join us and share your opinions and provide feedback at the next School Council meeting on Tuesday November 14th starting at 6:30 pm in the ESA Library. We will be discussing School Council’s response to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force Report. We are seeking input from parents and guardians to inform the School Council’s response, which must be submitted to the Task Force by November 20th.

ESA guidance staff also will be doing a presentation on the post-secondary application process and answering parents’ questions.

Please note that this meeting is starting early – 6:30 pm because we have a very full agenda to cover. It will conclude at 9 pm.

We urge you to come out and share your thoughts and participate. All parents and guardians are welcome.

Hope to see you there!

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

 

 

2017 Choreographic Workshop

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Choreographic Workshop. It is a wonderful evening of talent that is happening on November 8th, 2017 at the Nancy Main Theatre at ESA. For ticket information, please visit, esainfo.ca or you are welcome to purchase tickets at the door at 6:00pm

Responding to TDSB Task Force Recommendation to Phase Out Specialized Schools

Dear parents and guardians:

We know that in recent days many of you have heard about the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force draft report dated October 3, 2017 and released on Oct. 6th.

The Task Force has developed a set of draft recommendations to provide guidance to the TDSB on how to enhance the delivery of equitable education. The Task Force recommendations include the realignment of resources, so that every cluster of local schools can offer a variety of specialty programs. Once this is in place, the Task Force recommends that optional attendance and specialized schools be phased out.

The draft recommendation of phasing out specialized schools is understandably of concern to the ESA community. School Council has had little opportunity to review the Task Force report in detailed.

However, we wanted to communicate to parents to ensure that they are aware of the October 31st deadline to provide feedback on the Task Force report. The deadline will occur before the next scheduled School Council meeting, so we would urge parents to individually provide their feedback to the Task Force if they want their voices to be heard.

Here is the link to the Task Force report.

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/Community/docs/EETFReport.pdf

Here is the link to the form to provide feedback to the Task Force report.

https://surveys.tdsb.on.ca/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=542812&newtest=Y

School Council will be developing a response to the Task Force report.

In the meantime, we urge you to review the report and to provide feedback to ensure your voice is heard. You can also contact School Trustee Pamela Gough [email protected] to voice your opinion.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us at [email protected]

 

 

Reminder: Special Speaker’s Event Tonight 7 pm in the ESA Library

Researchers Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez and Gillian Parekh are coming to ESA tonight – Monday October 23rd to have a dialogue with interested parents on their academic study on the relationship between feeder schools and programs that guide students towards Specialized Arts Programs in Toronto that was published last spring.

It’s an opportunity for parents to ask the researchers questions about their study and the implications of its findings.

Ruben is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Gillian is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University.

This event is not intended to focus on the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force draft report recommendations that could impact the future of specialized schools in Toronto.

However, parents are welcome to remain after the event to discuss a potential School Council response to the Task Force’s report.

If you have any questions or comments please contact [email protected].

 

 

Special Speaker’s Event on Monday October 23rd at 7 pm in the ESA Library

Researchers Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez and Gillian Parekh are coming to ESA on Monday October 23rd to have a dialogue with interested parents about their academic study on the demographic make up of the student population at arts schools in Toronto that was published last spring. It’s an opportunity for parents to ask the researchers questions about their study and it’s implications. The discussion will begin at 7 pm in the ESA Library.

Here is some background about the researchers:

Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His current research focuses on the experiences of young artists attending specialized arts high schools in cities across Canada and the United States. He teaches graduate courses in the arts in education.

Gillian Parekh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. As a former special education teacher and research coordinator with the Toronto District School Board, Gillian’s research interests include critical disability studies, critical analysis of special and inclusive education and structural barriers to education.

To learn more, e-mail [email protected].

 

Join us for tonight’s important School Council meeting – elections and an engaging speaker on helping teens cope with stress

All parents are welcome to come to this important School Council meeting on October 10th from 7-9 pm in the ESA library. Elections will be held to fill School Council roles. Proposed plans and activities for the year will be discussed. Come and participate and help to guide the direction of School Council this year.

We will also be hearing from Megan Hope, a registered psychotherapist and mental health counsellor at Stonegate Community Health Centre, about how parents can support their teen to better cope with stress.

Here’s the agenda:

7:00-7:05       Welcome and approval of September minutes

7:05-7:25       School Council elections

7:25-7:35       Principal’s Report

7:35-7:40       Enid Wray – library/faculty update

7:40-7:45       Lisa Egri – SESAT update

7:45-7:50       Mary Bella – community choir/ Kevin Martindale – ward meeting

7:50-8:00       Proposed School Council plan/activities

8:00-8:45       Megan Hope, mental health counsellor at Stonegate,

                        presentation on helping support teens to better cope with stress.

8:45-9:00       Open discussion

9:00                Adjournment

We are planning to webcast the meeting, but have been experiencing technical difficulties connecting to the webinar server. If this is resolved in time for the meeting the URL to connect will be: http://connect.tdsb.on.ca/Oct2017SchoolCouncil/

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Reach us at [email protected]

 

ESA