Friday in the Library

Please note that there will be NO ACCESS to the Library during morning class periods on Friday February 9th.

  • Access during class periods is by invitation only with your class/teacher.

We are delighted to be hosting OCAD Professor and Aboriginal Advisor/Mentor David General while he visits ESA.

  • A gifted artist, Professor General ‘consults on best practices for Aboriginal student engagement, curriculum development and outreach initiatives for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students’.

There will also be limited access to the lower level before school, and during the lunchhour, as there will be no tables available and no chairs at the computers.

Equity, and other invited guests, will be having a special session – at the back of the Library – with Professor General during the lunchhour.




$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.”

Library Access: Week of November 13th

We have another busy week in the Library – indeed at ESA – this week, with some very special special events.

Monday Nov 13th

  • Gr 9 GEOGRAPHY ArcGIS: All Grade 9 students are down within this two (2) week period to start working on ArcGIS projects.
  • We continue today with Ms. Arsu’s Day Two classes.

Tuesday November 14th

  • Library open before school and for students on spares during class periods.
  • There will be no lunch hour on account of Grade 8 Open House in the afternoon.
  • There will be no access to the Library after classes end, prior to Gr 8 Open House, while we set-up for the afternoon.

Wednesday November 15th and Thursday November 16th

Access outside of class periods…

  • Please note that while we will be open before school, at lunch and after school each day… there will be no tables available in the main area on the lower level of the Library.
  • The tables will have been removed for the duration and the available seating will be set-up in circles for our workshops.
  • There will be access only to the computers on the upper level of the Library, as we will have incorporated the chairs from the lower level computers into our circles.

Friday November 17th: Profession Development (PD) Day

  • No classes for students.

EnVision Student Conference: Permission Forms Available

Student who are interested in attending the EnVision Student Conference next Thursday, November 16th need to pick up an official TDSB Permission Form.

The EnVision conference focuses on identity, self-acceptance, navigating relationships, dealing with and overcoming homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, intersectional oppression, and discrimination in our schools and communities.

It’s a full day of workshops, activities, speakers, and resources and a space to meet other people! Students are invited to join the conversation in how to create safer schools and how to build skills to form and maintain healthy relationships with themselves and others.

  • Hard copies of the signed and pre-populated TDBS Permission Form – and cover letter – are available from: Ms. McInnes, Mr. Vritsios and/or Ms. Wray
  • Digital copies of the ‘raw’ TDSB Permission Form – and cover letter – are attached to the bottom of this posting.  Please print off and return the Parent Signature page.

Forms must be returned to Ms. Wray by no later than the end of the school day Tuesday, November 14th.


REGISTRATION for this conference is a two-part process.

  • Students also need to complete the online registration form and choose their workshop sessions in advance of the Conference.
  • Access the Conference Registration Form here:
  • This step is MANDATORY… as is the return of the Field Trip Permission form.


ENVISION 2017 Cover Letter

excursion form ENVISION 2017

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, or you are welcome to purchase tickets at the door at 6:00pm

Sidra Project: W Nov 23rd and T Nov 29th

The ESA Library and Social Sciences Dept are pleased to host the Sidra Project for two days (as noted above).

  • The Sidra Project is a unique collaboration between the United Nations and Artscape that is designed to sustain interest and support for refugees to ensure their successful resettlement in Canada.
  • Take part in an immersive technology experience by viewing the short film Clouds Over Sidra using Samsung Gear VR.  We invite you to engage in dialogue about the global refugee crisis and take concrete actions to make a difference.

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  • Clouds Over Sidra, by United Nations Creative Director Gabo Arora, tells the story of life inside a refugee camp in Jordan through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl named Sidra, placing viewers within the centre of the camp through a 360-degree experience.

PLEASE NOTE THAT… there will be limited access to the Library on each of these days.

  • Participation is by invitation only.
  • There will be no additional classes booked in on either of these days.
  • The Sidra Project will be using the lower level of the Library…  staff and students who need access to the Library will be restricted to the upper level.

The schedule for each day is as follows:

Nov. 23th – Day 1                                                          Nov. 29th – Day 1
P1 –
*no one booked
P1 – 8:50-10am
Sidra Team arrival and set up 8:30-45
Mandl HSP11 (31 students)
P2 10:15-11:25
Sidra Team arrival and set up 9:45-10am
Moorhouse HIST12 (~40 students) 10:15-11:15
P2 – 10:15-11:25
McInnes ENG11/12 (7 students)
Mandl HSP11 (31 students)
LUNCH – 11:30-12:25
Break for Sidra Team
LUNCH – 11:30 – 12 (Break for Sidra Team)
12-12:30 –  Teacher session
P3 – 12:30-1:45
Morgan FILM11 (25 students)
P3 – 12:30-1:45
McInnes LAW12 (26 students)
P4 – 2-3:10
Johnson FILM12 (25 students)
P4 – 2-3:10
Lordon HSP11 (30 students)







Library Closure: Monday September 26th

Please note that the Library will be CLOSED, for the remainder of the day, as of the start of the lunchhour on Monday.

The Social Sciences Dept is hosting the federal Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, the Honourable Kent Hehr, for the afternoon.

  • The Library is pleased to be the venue for this event, where every Grade 10 History student – as well as other invited classes and guests – will be in attendance at some point in the afternoon.

The Library will re-open again for regular business, first thing Tuesday morning.

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

NEWWAVE: ESA’s All NEW Official Fashion Show

The official fashion show “NEWWAVE” is set to launch April 21, 2016.  NEWWAVE will be featuring a collection of student fashion designs and photography.

The fashion experience will include:

1.)  A Runway Show featuring original student made designs

2.)  A Mix & Mingle featuring fashion photography and film with music provided by Neo-J

Our mission is to create an innovative and impactful experience showcasing ESA’s design and art talent presented through fashion. Our vision is to maintain a platform for future students interested in fashion to have an outlet to showcase their work.

We hope to see you there!

  • Date: April 21, 2016
    Time: 4pm and 7pm
  • Location: Mini Theatre & Room 100
  • Tickets: At the door for $2

Please Contact:

Student Vote 2014: ESA Results

The moment has arrived.  I am now able to announce the results of our ESA Student Vote 2014.

Drumroll please…

  • CHOO , P. C. – New Democratic Party of Ontario – Votes: 77…  32% of the popular vote
  • MILCZYN , PETER – Ontario Liberal Party – Votes: 68…  29% of the popular vote
  • SALEWSKY , ANGELA – Green Party of Ontario – Votes: 37… 16% of the popular vote
  • HOLYDAY , DOUG – Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario – Votes: 24… 10% of the popular vote

From the folks at Civix, who brought us Student Vote 2014:

  • By the end of the school day, 167,416 votes were reported from 1261 schools representing all 107 electoral districts in the province.
  • The complete results will be available on our website as soon as the polls close (tentatively scheduled for 9:00pm). Three districts will be held back due to late closing of polls, they are Trinity—Spadina (9:30), Dufferin—Caledon (9:30) and Kenora—Rainy River (10:00).
  • Link: (link will become live and publicly available at approx 9pm)
  • On this page you will find a written summary of the results and you will be able to access the province-wide summary, results by electoral district and individual school results.
  • We do not have a formal partnership with a broadcast partner so there will not be dedicated time on one particular station. However we are hoping that some stations will pick up the story and share the results.
  • Many daily newspapers have committed to publishing the results, including the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Record, Sault Star, Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, Northumberland Today and hopefully many more.

Come back again and join us for another exciting round in the upcoming Municipal Elections, this October.


LATER UPDATE from Student Vote 2014:  This graphic shows the distribution of student vote in Etobicoke Lakeshore.  Click on graphic for larger image.

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Two More Legal Professionals Needed to Judge Student Mock Trials

Thank you to everyone who responded to the first “help wanted” ad.  As a result, six of the eight trials have legal professionals scheduled to judge the students’ arguments, and a number of student groups have volunteer coaches.

Whether you are a practicing lawyer (in any type of law, not necessarily criminal) or you are not currently practicing but have trained in law, you may enjoy judging one of trials.

The teacher will take care of the assessment of students’ learning skills, but a legal professional is a terrific addition to the trial because s/he can guide student role-players with his/her rulings (admission of evidence, objections, etc.) and, based on his/her training, can better advise students about the presentation of their case.  The “judge” will make a final ruling of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ but students’ assessments are not based on whether the team wins or loses the case.


Wednesday June 4 (12:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.)

Thursday June 5 (12:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.)

Think about it and, if you are able to volunteer for one of the trials noted above, contact Linda Wolsley at[email protected].  She will provide you with a PDF of the case file.

Thank you

p.s.  FYI — the schedule of student trials:

TUESDAY JUNE 3 (Day 1 classes)

1.   8:15 a.m. until 10:05 a.m. — R. v. O’Neill — to be judged by Ms. Loreta Zubas

2.   12:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Throxalon — to be judged by Ms. Meaghan Longfield

WEDNESDAY JUNE 4 (Day 2 classes)

3a.  8:40 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.  — R. v. O’Neill (part 1) — to be judged by Mr. Joe Yassi

4.   12:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Von Chovi — to be judged by (Volunteer Needed)

5.   3:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  — R. v. Thompson — to be judged by Ms. Emma McAuliffe

THURSDAY JUNE 5 (Day 1 classes)

6.    8:30 a.m. until 10:05 a.m. — R. v. Surette — to be judged by Mr. Michael Kleinman

7.    12:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Von Chovi — to be judged by (Volunteer Needed)
FRIDAY JUNE 6 (Day 2 classes)

3b.  8:40 a.m. until 10:05 a.m. — R. v. O’Neill (part 2) — to be judged by Mr. Joe Yassi

8.    12:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Throxalon —  to be judged by Mr. Steven Safieh

June 4th: Election Day at ESA

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As previously posted, ESA is taking part in Student Vote 2014.  This just in…  our in-school Election Day will be Wednesday June 4th.

Campaigns for the various political parties will be run by students currently taking Civics.

For everyone else at ESA:

  • Is the upcoming Provincial Election of interest to you?
  • Would you like to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes reality of an Election Day?

We’re looking for student volunteers to act as Poll Clerks, Deputy Returning Officers and Scrutineers for our in school Student Vote 2014.

If you are interested, please see Ms. Wray in the Library.