Contemporary Art + Portfolio Day

Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Art Program

Event: Join us Friday December 16th at 7pm at OCADU for Art Talk 6 – 15 of our students will be speaking about their research and process. Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/126320841167525/

Event: Meeting for those participating in PD8, PD9, and the summer program in NYC July 2017 – please join us at 7pm on December 14 in room 102. We will provide insight into Portfolio Day and the exciting summer program being developed with SVA in NYC

Donations: We are seeking donations on an ongoing basis of art supplies and materials for our students. Any donations of paper, ink, paint (oil + acrylic + latex house paint), stretchers, drawing materials, cameras and lenses, tools, plywood, Plexiglas, mat board, etc is greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off between 8.30 and 4.30 Mon-Fri at ESA

I can be contacted at [email protected]

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

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Parents of PD7 Participants

So excited for next Friday!

Just wanted to remind folks that some of the 62 schools and programs will be setting up at 6.30 in the library to speak with you, the parents, about their programs.

The public is invited to join us at 7pm. Invitation below:

Invite to PD7 to be shared

Hello families of those participating in PD7!

I am writing to ask a favor of all parents of grade 12 parents of those in PD7 and invite you to a preliminary meeting Tuesday October 4 at 7pm in room 102.

We are about to engage in three very intense and important weeks and we need your help.

On October 28 we will be visited by 60+ post-secondary schools – the most ever! Programs from 6 countries and 3 continents are coming to see the work of 70 of our grade 12’s. Nothing like this happens anywhere else on the planet as far as we know. This is a truly memorable experience and perhaps the single most significant day of high school for participants.

The representatives from all of the attending schools use this opportunity to scout top picks for the 2016-2017 year. As far as we can figure, ESA students are offered more top scholarship offers than any other group of students on the planet – in large part because of Portfolio Day.

Many of the schools are spending thousands of dollars to fly representatives to Toronto just to meet your kids. The benefit on our end for those applying to these schools is significantly increased scholarship offers and a near perfect acceptance record – almost every one of our kids gets into every program they apply to.

It is vitally important that we make their time with us as enjoyable and rewarding as possible so that they support our kids during the application and scholarship process, and so that they want to come back to ESA next year. The personal relationships made during Portfolio Day are the foundation of vital support when it comes time to decide who gets what scholarship money.

We want to be prepared to prove that we are the top picks on the planet, and help the representatives have a really fantastic day. We can do a better job with your help.

I would like to ask you for three things.

– We are feeding and hydrating and caffeinating 110 representatives and 70 students for ten hours. Donations of special food and drink items would be enormously appreciated by all involved. Anyone who would like to contribute please feel free to drop off whatever you can the afternoon/evening of October 27 or the morning of October 28. We do have several folks with nut allergies so those should be avoided.

– We can really use your help setting up and taking down. This may be one of the largest art shows on the planet – something in the range of 3000 works – that is set up and seen and taken down in two days. We also need a builder at this point able to help us with several fixtures. Most of the install happens after school on October 26, and between noon and 10pm on Thursday October 27th. Take down begins at 9.30pm on Friday October28th and takes 1.5 hours. We endeavour to have every aspect of PD removed by the time we leave ready for the photographer to arrive Monday morning to document all the work.

– Advertising – one of the most exciting moments of Portfolio Day is at 7pm when the public is invited to join us for a look at what we have been up to. We have something in the neighbourhood of 1200 people attend that night. If you could please invite as many interested friends and family members as possible, it would greatly contribute to our experience. Anyone with press or media contacts is invited to make special invitations as we would appreciate the publicity. In the past we have had coverage by CBC news and the Toronto Star, etc. More of the same helps increase our reach for potential future applicants to the program.

Thank you all very much!
Matthew Varey

Volunteers Still needed…

For the Toronto Public Library Cyber Seniors programme.  The start date has been pushed back two weeks, to Oct 15th to allow additional time to train new volunteers.  So..

  • Are you aged 13-19 years old?
  • Looking for a volunteer opportunity?
  • Are you good with computers?
  • Are you available on Saturday afternoons throughout October and into early November?

Volunteer at the Toronto Public Library in their Cyber Seniors programme.  Teen mentors work with seniors to help them learn new computer skills.

  • Training provided.
  • Community Service Hours awarded

Programme starts this weekend at Brentwood Library (Bloor and Royal York), as well as a few other TPL branch locations.

  • Information flyers, and applications, are available in the ESA Library.
  • Or contact Ana Malespin, Youth Librarian, Brentwood Branch: [email protected] or 416-394-5240.

Read this testimonial from a programme participant.

Volunteer Opportunity: Toronto Public Library Cyber Seniors

WANTED!  Teens aged 13-19 years old.

  • Looking for a volunteer opportunity?
  • Are you good with computers?
  • Are you available on Saturday afternoons throughout October?

Volunteer at the Toronto Public Library in their Cyber Seniors programme.  Teen mentors work with seniors to help them learn new computer skills.

  • Training provided.
  • Community Service Hours awarded

Programme starts this weekend at Brentwood Library (Bloor and Royal York), as well as a few other TPL branch locations.

  • Information flyers, and applications, are available in the ESA Library.
  • Or contact Ana Malespin, Youth Librarian, Brentwood Branch: [email protected] or 416-394-5240.

Read this testimonial from a programme participant.

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:

 

Grade 9: Movin’ On Up

What a day!  Welcome, again, to all of our incoming Grade 9 students and parents.

It was lovely to meet everyone today.  We’re looking forward to a great school year.

As promised – for your (later) reference – here are links to the presentations shared during each of the student and parent sessions.

  • Parents were provided with copies of both the TDSB Virtual Library Learnmark and the ESA Bookmark during their session.
  • If you didn’t get one, be sure to drop by the Library during Grade 9 Parent’s Night on Thursday September 15th.  Start time 6pm.

Do also be sure to…

Reminder also that the first – joint – SESAT and School Council meeting of the year will take place in the Library beginning promptly at 7pm on Tuesday September 13th.

Links to the Movin’ On Up presentation outlines:

(Use this link to access the ESA Virtual Library…  apologies, the link did not stay live with the changed in format to PDF!)

Toronto Public Library: Volunteer Readers Needed

The IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Collection for Young People with Disabilities, located at North York Central Library Children’s Department (Toronto Public Library), is looking for readers to help read and evaluate submissions for the 2017 IBBY Outstanding List.

Deadline: before Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct. 10, 2016)

What to do: You will be asked to read the whole book, evaluate and write short answers to the evaluation form. We will send info about this IBBY project and criteria for evaluation.

How: You would need to be able to pick up and return a reviewing copy of the titles at a TPL location.

What: While we have books in English, we particularly need readers for Greek, Japanese, German, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque, and Turkish.

Why: We do need your help with this project but it is a great opportunity to see what is emerging in children’s publishing outside of North America.

We hope you will be interested to learn more about IBBY and about this reference collection. Check out IBBY’s webpage.

Questions: Email: ibby <at> torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Leigh Turina and Deb Pearson at North York Central Library Children’s Department 416-395-5630.

Rio 2016!

We have had some amazing coverage this week around our assisting Moss + Lam in making parts of Canada House in Rio.

Spencer Julien was interviewed on CBC’s Here and Now and appeared on the CBC 6pm tv news. Here are two articles supporting the story:

ESA Contemporary Art in Rio 1

ESA Contemporary Art in Rio 2

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:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esa-portfolio-day-2016#/

Only 6 days remain! Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Kids Cooking Camp Volunteer Opportunity

Please see attachment for details:

Volunteer Opportunity_Kids Cooking Camps

Get Fit Opportunity for Youth

GoodLife Fitness is offering a free Summer membership for youth ages 12-17.  This program is available beginning July 4th and ends on September 4th.  Registration is required.  Please see this link for details:  https://www.teenfitness.ca/ .

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