Archives for August 2012

Mainstage Auditions

The ESA Drama Department will be presenting “The Arabian Nights” by Mary Zimmerman on March 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2013.

Auditions will take place on September 17th, 18th and 19th from 3:45pm – 6:00pm in the Mini Theatre. Initial auditions will take place in groups of 4. Callbacks take place on Friday, September 21st 3:45pm – 6:00pm in the Mini Theatre.

To schedule an audition, you must register online by 6pm on Monday, September 10th. You will receive an email with your confirmed audition date and time.

See Mainstage Auditions: The Arabian Nights for more details on audition preparation and the links to register.



Welcome to ESA!

“Moving on Up,” a special orientation session for new students, took place on Wednesday, August 29th. Thanks to the teachers, staff,  student council, student volunteers and our new students for making it such a success!


Photographs are courtesy of Tess Lavelle Sutton


Casting Call: Life With Boys, Season 2

The hit YTV series about a teenage girl living with her three brothers and her dad is back and we are seeking teenage boys to audition for the new season!

If you match the following criteria.

  • a boy (any ethnicity)
  • between the ages of 12-18
  • want to be on TV
  • unrepresented by an agent (if you have an agent, please allow them to submit you)
  • and are fun and enthusiastic
  • please follow the instructions below:

To Submit (read instructions carefully and be sure to include everything):

  • You must have parental consent
  • Send a current photo where it is just you in the picture. We want to be able to clearly see your face and teeth.
  • Send a resume. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, list any sort of related activities (such as school plays, drama clubs, special skills, sports you’re good at, languages you speak, etc).
  • On your resume you must include your height, age, parent/guardian names and contact info (phone & email)

Send Submissions to: [email protected] by Saturday, September 15th, 2012.

Note: This show shoots in Toronto from September – December 2012. You must be able to work as a local – we are unable to fly people in for this show. If you get a role on the show, you will be paid at professional union rates.

“Life with Boys” – Casting Call

Welcome Back Student Letter

All families should have now received our Welcome Back Letter.  For those who have not yet received one, here is a copy.

ESA Choir (Splash) and the Sunshine Foundation

Just in case you missed it…

ESA’s ‘pop up choirs’ throughout the city  were a HUGE hit (kind of like a flashmob) and brought lots of attention to the Sunshine Foundation!! It was very exciting to meet and share the stage with Naya Riverra from ‘Glee’ – check out the video link below and some attached photos.  I’m sure you will see LOTS of video clips and tweets in various places on the internet, news, and other media, which has brought lots of exposure to the Show Choir and Sunshine Foundation!  Lots of pics on the Show Choir Canada Facebook page too.

Special thanks to Michael Vieira for creating such a fantastic Sunshine Mash Up and Annie Wood for creating such ‘gleeful’ choreography, and of course to SPLASH and the other ESA choristers who donated their time, commitment and creative energy throughout rehearsals and the incredibly sunny day! Special shout out to Ira Baptiste, Winners/Sunshine Foundation & Public Inc. who helped make this all happen! And huge thanks to Laurie Raymond for the use of her rehearsal studio and to Teri McMahon and Carolyn Madonia for the incredible feast and pool party to celebrate the end of ESA’s performance season with this event.

Spread sunshine online.  For every post Winners and Homesense will donate $5 toward sending 80 Sunshine kids to Disney on the Sunshine DreamLift this fall.

Visit or tweet #spreadsunshine

See the video clip:

Schedule for the First Day of School: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Grade 9 Students

On September 4 please arrive to school no later than 8:40 a.m.  Class lists, according to your arts major, will be posted in the hall.  Find your name and remember the teacher’s name and the room number that is listed.  You will then proceed to the Theatre for a short assembly.  Following this program you will spend about one hour in your homeroom class. You will receive your timetable and you will be able to choose a locker.  Traditionally, ESA has students entering Grade 9 from over 50 different elementary schools.  You will begin every morning in your arts major so it will not take long before you meet a whole new group of friends who have similar interests.  ESA is a great place and we hope you have a fantastic year!

 Grade 10 and 11 Students

Between 9:30 and 9:55 a.m. students should consult the lists posted in the cafeteria to find their homeroom location.  Following a short assembly in the Theatre at 10:00 a.m. students should report to their homeroom class.

Grade 12 Students

Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. and find your homeroom on the lists posted in the cafeteria, then proceed to the Theatre for a brief assembly at 11:00 a.m.  Should you require any timetable changes, the guidance counsellors will be available on Tuesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 30 from 1:00 – 3:00.  Timetable changes should be done as soon as possible due to strict class size restrictions set by the TDSB.

All Students, please note:

The school office is now open – please ensure that you have returned all owed textbooks before the start of the school year.  (We spend thousands of dollars of your money each year to replace lost textbooks – thanks for helping us to get back as many as we can!)

All students should bring a Dudley combination lock and a cheque for $150 to cover Student Fees (please see “Student Fees” for more information).  Student fees should be paid to the homeroom teacher by Friday, September 7.

Wednesday, September 5 is a regular school day with classes commencing at 8:48 a.m.  We look forward to seeing all of you!

Finally, enjoy the remaining days of summer!

Student Fees at ESA

Every year the school collects $50 in Student Activity Fees.  These fees cover the cost of a yearbook, school agenda, Student Council activities, Athletics, and student photocopying (among other things).

Individual Arts Majors also charge fees to support the purchase of materials and to cover the costs of their enhanced Arts Programs.  ESA, as you all know, offers a program that goes far beyond what traditional high schools can provide for their students.  These fees ($100 per major) help the school to bring in guest artists and instructors, and to provide materials and technology that help to prepare students for a professional life in the Arts.  The breakdown of how these fees are used is outlined in each department’s program information that you will receive at the beginning of the year

In order to facilitate the collection of these fees, we ask that parents provide a cheque for $150 made payable to Etobicoke School of the Arts ($50 will cover the Student Activity Fee and $100 will cover the Arts Enhancement Fee per major).  Homeroom Teachers will be collecting these during the first week of school.  In future, these fees will be payable through an on-line service.

We understand that these fees may pose a hardship for some families.  If this is the case, please feel free to contact your student’s Vice Principal in order to further discuss this; these conversations are, of course, confidential.

No additional fees will be charged for curricular materials (e.g. French Cahiers and Geography workbooks).

This fee policy respects the new Board and Ministry guidelines around school fees.  For further information, the Board’s policy (PR 579) on Student Fees may be reviewed at the Board’s website .


If you would like to make a contribution to the school above this fee, tax receipts are available.  Please make a separate cheque payable to “Etobicoke School of the Arts –TDSB”.  These donations are gratefully received and can be used for general school improvement or can go to a specific major when so indicated.   Please ensure that you have included all pertinent information if you would like a tax receipt.

Grade 9 Orientation (Wednesday, August 29, 2012): “Moving On Up”

This is a reminder to all students of our Grade 9 orientation program, Moving On Up, taking place on Wednesday, August 29.  If you did not fax in your registration in June, please send an email to [email protected] with your name and your arts major indicating that you will be attending.  This is a great day to meet your new peers and we encourage all students to attend.

Performers Wanted!

Richview United Church is hosting an outdoor Country Fair of Artisans of handmade crafts “in concert” with the treasures of a rummage sale.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 22nd from 8am-3pm.  The organisers are looking for a variety of entertainment to attract attention and entice traffic into their fair.

ESA students have performed for Gala fundraisers at Richview United in the past.  The organisers are hoping to continue that tradition.

Any interested students should contact Mary-Jane Jarvis directly at [email protected].