Updated Silent Auction Catalogue & Craft Fair Volunteering Information

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to work at the 21st Annual Winter Fair,

We really appreciate your help in making this the best event ever!

If you signed up to volunteer and you haven’t received an email from SESAT please contact us at [email protected]


We are still looking for a few more volunteers.  If you are available to help out on Saturday please sign up here

Volunteers Needed



Here is our updated Silent Auction Catalogue featuring many of the items that will be available this Saturday 10am – 2:30pm in the School Library.

See Catalogue


And don’t forget about our Online Silent Auction that is open from now until Friday.  There are some great items to bid on, including a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 cell phone with a starting bid of $525.00 yet worth over $1,000, Landscaping Design, Jewellery and more!!


Thank you!

Your SESAT Team

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/

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

Have to start your holiday gift shopping? Here’s a tip

Finding that special something is made easy at this event with over 85 artisan vendors sharing their hand crafted works. a silent auction featuring 100 items including student art, jewellery, event tickets and beautiful baskets. You can even top off the day with lunch at our Polar Express Cafe featuring delicious homemade meals and take some scrumptious treats home from our Bake Sale too!

Attending the event is a win-win for you and ESA fundraising efforts so make it a day, bring your family, friends and neighbours.

Please help us promote the event by sharing.

Here is a link to the event for Facebook


Thanks everyone.

The SESAT fundraising team






SAVE THE DATE: 21st Annual Craft Fair & Silent Auction Saturday, November 18th


Please mark your calendars for ESA’s 21st Annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm.  You can help us raise funds for the Arts Programs at ESA.

This is not your average Craft Fair:

  • There will be more than 85 vendors with one-of-a-kind handmade crafts
  • Fantastic Bake Sale
  • Polar Express Food Court

This year our Silent Auction will have more than 100 items including:

  • Art
  • Tickets
  • Adventures
  • Baskets
  • Jewellery
  • and many more exciting auction items!


Please spread the word and check for updates at:



Thank you!

-Your SESAT Team

REMINDER: SESAT Meeting Monday, October 2nd, 2017 & Agenda



We will be holding our second SESAT meeting of the school year on Monday, October 2nd in the ESA library from 7:15 – 9 p.m.

Please join us for our Meet ‘n Greet from 7:00 to 7:15pm.





 7:00-7:15     Meet ‘n Greet

7:15-7:25       Welcome and Introductions

7:25-7:30       Approval of September Minutes 

7:30-7:35       School Council Update

7:35-7:45       Vice Principal’s Update

 7:45-7:55       Student Council Update

7:55-8:05       SESAT Updates and looking ahead

8:05-8:30       Craft Fair and Silent Auction Update

8:30-8:40       Wine and Cheese Social

8:40-8:45       Volunteer Social

8:45-9:00       Open Discussion/New Topics

9:00pm            Adjournment


SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent) is a Registered Charity that raises money for the Arts Majors at ESA.

SESAT September Newsletter

 http://www.esainfo.ca/community/sesat                  E-mail:  [email protected]         President:  (416) 316-2143


Welcome Back to School!


SESAT would like to welcome all of our new ESA families and welcome back all of our returning families.   We hope that you had a great summer and are getting into your back to school groove.

Last year SESAT was pleased to offer the ESA students Pancake Breakfasts and Snack Shack.  These fundraisers were very successful last year and we were happy to be able to provide students with a good breakfast and healthy afterschool snacks.  We are sad to inform you that we will no longer be hosting Pancake Breakfasts on the Second Late Start of the Month.  Students can continue to purchase breakfasts in the ESA cafeteria.  They are extremely lucky to have a well stocked cafeteria with many healthy options.  The good news is that we will now be having Snack Shack three times a week during after school rehearsals…Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  At this time we can only accept cash payments and are looking into the possibility of offering digital payments.  We want as much money going to the Arts Majors as possible.  If you have any connections or suggestions, I would love to hear from you.

We will be having our next SESAT meeting on Monday, October 2nd at 7:15 pm in the ESA library.  We hope that you can join us as we move forward with our plans for the upcoming year.  Everyone is welcome, and we hope that you can join us a bit earlier for our Meet ‘n Greet from 7:00 to 7:15pm in the library.  Please feel free to come if you would like to get involved, if you are just curious about SESAT or if you just want to meet some parents/guardians just like you.

Our main topic of discussion of the October meeting with be our upcoming Craft Fair and Silent Auction which will be taking place on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.  This is our 21st year of running the event, and it is always a great day for families as well as vendors.  Last year we had over 700 shoppers attend the Craft Fair and we had almost 90 Silent Auction items.  We are hoping to increase those numbers this year.  We have been working on getting even more Silent Auction Donations as well as looking at ways to increase traffic.

We typically need 50 volunteers at this event, so we hope that you can help.  You can sell refreshments, call for Silent Auction Donations, Donate goods or services to the Silent Auction, put gift baskets together, help us set up or tear down the event…whatever you can do, no matter how small, is always appreciated.

Click  Sign Up to Volunteer to get involved

We are also looking for donations of items for the Silent Auction.  We would appreciate donations of

  • Theatre Tickets
  • Tickets to Sporting Events
  • Donations of new items for our gift baskets
  • Gift Certificates for goods/services
  • Memorabilia

I look forward to meeting you at our events and please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

Take gentle care,

Lisa Egri, SESAT President


We have had several families graduate in June, so we are looking to recruit some new families to fill some vacancies.  If we are going to reach our goal of $50,000 this year, we are going to need your help.  We have many volunteer opportunities throughout the year and I’m sure we can find something for you.

  • Refreshment Sales at Events
  • Displays for our Events
  • Supply Representatives to purchase stock
  • Home Bakers
  • Professional Service Providers
  • Writers for our Newsletter


And if you can’t volunteer there are many other ways to get involved at ESA

  • Attend Meetings
    • These are informal meetings and anyone is free to attend. You don’t even have to say anything…but if you do happen to want to share an idea, we are always open to suggestions         
  • Become a Board Member
  • Make a Donation
  • Come out to one of our many events throughout the year…all money goes directly to the Arts Majors to cover costs not covered in the TDSB Budget.




Snack Shack:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during rehearsal weeks (check ESA calendar)

Because I’m a Girl:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017

21st Annual Craft Sale and Silent Auction:  Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Wine and Cheese Social:  January 2018 (exact date to be determined)

Flower Sale:  April 2018 (for pick up on at Garage Sale)

3rd Annual Community Garage Sale:  Saturday, May 26, 2018


All of our events can be found on the ESA calendar at ESA News


SESAT meetings take place from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the ESA Library following our SESAT Meet ‘N Greet from 7:00 to 7:15.  All are welcome!  Please feel free to drop by and get involved with this year’s fundraisers…or just come and listen in and meet some of your fellow parents/guardians.  Be as involved   as you like!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018 – Joint Meeting with School Council

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018



15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You

Volunteer for others but also for yourself

Written by Joanne Fritz


If you have ever volunteered, you may have noticed that you felt fantastic afterward. Maybe you saw a little boost in your mood, or that you felt like part of a team. You felt like you made a difference.

When we volunteer, we may see real changes as a result of our efforts. We may even witness the effects that our efforts have on others in our community. When we volunteer, we know that we are helping others by giving our time and resources…

To read the full article please go to:



Global Voices: Volunteering is antidote to back-to-school stress

Written by Marc and Craig Kielburger


Across the country, students are starting high school and facing life’s biggest questions: Where’s my locker? Do I know anyone in homeroom? What is that grey stuff on my cafeteria tray?

And they’re getting very stressed out.

With unfamiliar environments, heavier workload, and social challenges, the switch from elementary school to high school is rough.

When 800 new high schoolers rated their feelings of anxiety on a scale of one to 10, one quarter said seven or more, indicating serious stress. Disturbingly, these anxiety-ridden youth were the most likely to cut classes, start smoking or even engage in self-harm, according to McGill University researcher Dr. Nancy Heath, who studied the students for three years.

Forget fidget spinners, there’s a better cure for high school worry — volunteering…

To read the full article please go to:


Pancake Breakfast – Wednesday Sept 27th 8:30-9:45am (SESAT Fundraiser)

Start the day off right with a great breakfast….and help kick start our 2017-18 fundraising year.  Join us in the main lobby!

Anyone interested in helping out with our breakfast fundraising program events is encouraged to contact us at [email protected]

For more info about SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent), contact us at [email protected]


The SESAT Team

Agenda for the first Joint SESAT and School Council Meeting – Tuesday, September 12 @ 7pm in the ESA Library

Welcome parents/guardians!

We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.  ESA is fortunate enough to have two parent councils and we will be having a joint meeting on Septmber 12th at 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the ESA Library so you can meet both teams and we can tell you of our plans for the upcoming school year.

The ESA School Council provides a forum where parents, the school principal and other members of the school community discuss school issues and plan ways to improve the school.

SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent)  is our school fundraising committee solely for the Arts Majors.  SESAT hosts events, sells refreshments at every ESA performance/show and prepares pancake breakfasts and afterschool healthy snacks for the students.  With the support of parents, guardians, community members and partners, SESAT raised more than $46,000 last year to support the Arts programs at ESA.

Together , both councils drive events that are both informational and fun  We collaborate to affect positive change in our school and we strive to bring members of our wonderful community together.

If you are new to ESA and want to learn more, meet other parents or get involved, we would love to see you at the meeting.  If you have joined us in the past, we look forward to seeing you again.

Here is the draft agenda for the evening:


 Joint SESAT and School Council Meeting  

Tuesday September 12, 2017

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Meet and Greet:      7:00pm – 7:15pm

Location:  ESA Library

Everyone is welcome!



7:15-7:25       Welcome, introductions, review of Agenda

Approval of Minutes from last meetings

7:25-7:40       Introduction:  School Council

  • Overview of the ESA school council
  • Parent engagement and PRO grant
  • Available positions on the school council/elections in October
  • Developing a targeted fundraising strategy for non-arts activities                                                             and initiatives

7:40-7:55       Introduction: SESAT

  • Overview of SESAT functions and intro of the team
  • Goals for this year/list of events
  • Call for action: craft fair and auction planning

7:55-8:10       Introduction: Admin Faculty and Staff

8:10-8:20       Introduction: Student Council

8:20-8:45       Break Out Sessions

8:45-9:00       Wrap-up

9:00                Adjournment


Should you have any questions in advance of the meeting, please feel free to reach out at [email protected] or [email protected]


Best regards,

Maureen Murray & Darilyn Cole – Interim Co-Chairs of the School Council

Lisa Egri & Bev Marinucci – President & Vice-President of SESAT


SESAT (fundraising council) Meeting tonight -January 9th 7pm in Library

Please join us to hear about what we’ve accomplished so far and help us prepare for and plan upcoming fundraising events that will help us reach our 2016/17 goal of $40,000k!

We are looking for fresh ideas and new faces at SESAT.

As well, don’t forget to RSVP at [email protected] to join us for our Parent Social,taking place Jan 30th,6:45 at Kelsey’s on the Queensway.

Hope to see you soon.

Your SESAT Team


SESAT requires Parent Volunteers for Audition Day – January 20th

Hello ESA Volunteers

The New Year is upon us which means Audition Day cannot be far behind.  We are getting organized for this year’s big day and because it is so early in the New Year we are asking for you to look at your schedules and let us know if you can volunteer to help make this day a success.

ESA’s Audition Day Volunteers:
A new batch of ESA student hopefuls will be descending upon the school on
Friday January 20th.

We all remember what a stressful day that is for both the young students and those anxious parents who refuse to leave the building. We need volunteers to help direct traffic in the halls and to help organize and distribute the food to the student volunteers and adjudicators. Your day would start at 8:00 am and finish at approximately 3:30 pm. We require 10 to 12 parents in the kitchen and hallways so if it is at all possible for you to come and help during that day, it would be appreciated.

Please let us know by responding to [email protected]

Thanks, The SESAT Team

Parent Social: Monday January 30th, 6:45pm – Please RSVP to join in!

Hello Parents!

Your two parent run councils – SESAT and the School Council invite you to come out and join us for the evening.  This is a great way to meet other parents in the school, as well as have a great meal and some laughs too!  Starters and a door prize will be provided by the councils. A lovely dinner menu is available for your review at http://www.kelseys.ca

Date: Monday January 30th, 2017

Time: 6:45 PM Start

Venue: Kelsey’s – Queensway and Islington

RSVP: by January 18th at [email protected]

Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out.