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

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.




REMINDER: SESAT’s first council meeting of 2017 takes place next Monday, January 9th 7-9pm in the Library

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to 2017!

SESAT looks forward to seeing you at our first meeting of 2017, on Monday January 9th between 7-9pm in the Library.

Draft Agenda Items

-Financial Review

-Board Members – vacancies in 2017=2018

-Fundraising Plans/Events for the remainder of the year

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

Take care and see you Monday!


Your SESAT Team


Grade 9 Parent’s Night: Presentations

Thank you to everyone who came out to Grade 9 Parent’s Night on Thursday evening.

In case you missed it, please find links to the various presentations posted here:


Parents of 2016/2017 grade 12’s

45% of ESA’s grade 12 students have signed up to participate in Portfolio Day 7 on October 28.

We can not afford to run PD7 with a 35% increase in participants over 2015 and meet our financial responsibilities. The Visual Art Department has paid for 100% of costs incurred in PD1-PD6. We have created a crowd funding campaign so that you are able to easily contribute to this event. If every participating student has $210 donated on their behalf we will be full steam ahead.

If we do not raise the required amount the event will be reconsidered. The Visual Art/Photography Department has grown significantly in the past three years which has increased our total expenditures. As well as more students to support, costs of supplies have jumped due to the dollar dropping and a natural inflation of prices – a triple hit to our budget.

If this does not happen the structure breaks and opportunities for non Visual Art students decrease – which we do not want.

Fundraising information is found here:

Only 6 days remain! Thank you!

Matthew Varey

ESA-A Place Where Talent Soars

It is amazing what can be accomplished when passion and energy come together with talent and drive. Throughout the 2015-16 year, many elements of the ESA community joined forces to support students to excel in disciplines across-the-board.

As we applauded their achievements, we were keenly aware of the many dedicated faculty and staff at ESA that made it possible for each and every student to reach for the stars. ESA also owes its vibrancy to the energetic and engaging involvement of parents and guardians. Our parent community continued to help make ESA a special place for students to thrive.

Please read on for some highlights of the past year and to find out about more incredible plans that await ESA in the coming school year. We look forward to seeing you in September!

ESA School Council & SESAT

A Place Where Talent Soars

Got Something to Give? Silent Auction is less than a month away….

What do romantic dinners for two, theatre tickets, a stay at a wonder hotel have in common?  All are going to be up for auction at this year’s SESAT Craft Fair and Silent Auction, coming your way on November 21 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

We are counting on the ESA community to continue rustling up more fantastic auction items.  We challenge everyone to donate at least one item; large or small, it’s all good.  Be creative.  It can be a product, service, experience or place.  Stop by your favorite business and ask them for a donation.  If one of your family members has a talent they’d be willing to share (paint a puppy, sing a song at a birthday….) we’d all be celebrating!

Got something?  Please get in touch with our coordinators Claire and Tracey at [email protected]   and plan to drop off your items in the office as soon as possible!

ps – Don’t forget – we’ve written an introductory letter and created a handy donation form available for download here.



Take Two! ESA Volunteer Survey – We count on your support. Please take a moment to complete it.


We all benefit when we see that look of appreciation in our child’s eyes.
Explore your own untapped dreams and talents while supporting your child’s by giving a little of your time toward simple or more involved project(s).
Your commitment, whether big or small, is sure to enhance your child’s secondary school experience at ESA.
Our children have worked so hard to get where they are today so let’s help to launch them in the direction of success by making ESA one of the best, if not the very best, secondary school in the world by taking them steps further.  Our time is all that it takes.
So, with that in mind we want to know how we can get you using that time.  Fill out this very brief survey below and help us attach an appropriate task (one you will enjoy) to your interests.
To complete the Survey, Click Here
Thank You.

Joint School & SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent) Council Meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Location: ESA Library; Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for our first joint council meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. We welcome your input and suggestions for the year. This is an opportunity for you to take part in shaping our school!  Council meetings run monthly and are open to all. They are an excellent forum to voice what matters to you as parents. It is a great way to connect with other parents, administration, and the goings on at ESA as well as find out how you can get involved in all the fundraising events and programs we have planned for the 2015/16 school year. If you have any suggestions or questions, please send them to us at [email protected] or [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there.


Tanja & Maureen

School Council Co-Chairs



SESAT President

Are you an Accountant? Are you an ESA Parent?

If you are choosing to read beyond the title, then you are likely just who SESAT needs a little help from!   Kindly reach out to us at [email protected] should you have a little time to volunteer to help between now and end of August to help with our books for this year.  Your contribution of time goes a long way to helping our students, the school and the volunteer members of SESAT.



The SESAT Team

Spring Cleaning?

Please think of ESA as you do your spring cleaning.
 It is never too early to start gathering items for the Silent Auction!  So, if you find any new items you bought and cannot use or have received as gifts that missed the mark, we will put them to good use and can even issue a tax donation for items valued over $25.
 Please label them for SESAT and bring them to the school office.   Thank you.

2015/16 SESAT Volunteers Wanted – We’re busy having fun and need you!

The 2014-2015 School year may be coming to a close but SESAT (Supporters of Etobicoke School of the Arts Talent”) is just gearing up, preparing to make next year better than ever!

This doesn’t happen without effort, commitment and LOTS OF HANDS! Won’t you join us?

SESAT has all kinds of opportunities for volunteers, roles that can fit into anyone’s schedule. There are big and small tasks that all require someone to own them and love them.

Current Openings:

OFFICER ROLE: Yearly position – approximately 5-10 hours per month

Correspondence Secretary –  Facilitates internal communication between key members of our ESA community including ACLs, School & Student Councils, ESA Alumni and Arts Majors Representatives


Food Court Coordinator (September to November) –  approximately 40 – 50 hours focused on the Craft Fair & Silent Auction fundraiser

Public Relations/Media Coordinator (all year) – project based – liaise with media/community partners/businesses/residents and local government

Advertising Coordinator (all year) –  project based – facilitate advertising for major events (i.e. Craft Fair & Silent Auction)

Merchandising Coordinator (all year) –  project based – oversee the design and development of SESAT merchandise (apparel and promotional products)


Concession/Information Representatives – all year as your schedule permits – each event shift is between 2-4 hours – to open/close the booth, sell food/drinks/merchandise and share information at school shows and events

Supply Representatives – all year, in advance of events – approximately 1-2 hours to purchase and deliver items to the concession booth (e.g. water, pop, cookies, flowers, etc.)

To find out more about these roles or to get started, email us at [email protected]

And……Don’t forget to come out to our 2015-2016 SESAT planning session on Monday, June 15, 6:30pm at Artisano’s located at 1020 Islington Avenue – See you there!


If every ESA family bought just one ticket, we would sell out our benefit concert, SHINE, this Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
 Please do your part to support our school revitalization and renewal project.  Discounted tickets are now available.
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