Archives for December 2012

Happy Holidays!

ESA wishes all our students and their families and our community supporters an absolutely fantastic holiday!

Thanks and Congratulations to students and staff for a wonderful Festive Concert – enjoy the pictures.



Message from the Director

Please find attached a letter from the Director of Education regarding the recent tragic events at the elementary school in the United States.  Also, we have attached a memo, “Helping Children Deal with a Crisis”, which may be helpful as you discuss this horrible event with your children and young people in your lives.

Ltr to Parents re Sandy Hook




Gingerbread Decorating & Candy Grams

Come on down to the front foyer this Monday (December 17th) and Tuesday (December 18th) to decorate gingerbread cookies!

Student Council will also be selling candy grams, you can purchase a candy cane and it will be delivered to a friend in their homeroom on Wednesday.

We hope to see you there!

ESA Student Walkout

This afternoon, many of our students left school to participate in a protest rally at Queen’s Park to express their views on Bill 115 and the present teacher strike.  It is my understanding that this is a protest that will be attended by students of many schools of the TDSB.  This was not a TDSB sanctioned event and was not supervised by any TDSB staff.  That said, the TDSB has dispatched Safe Schools personnel and the police have been informed by the Board that this event is taking place.

I and other staff members told students to call home if they were planning to leave the school for this event.  Students were also reminded that they are representatives of ESA and should always be mindful of that.

Classes continued throughout the afternoon with the students who remained in the building.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns.

Rob MacKinnon


Inside Ride signup now available

The Inside Ride signup is now available!

No reason for delay, go sign up now!

Team captains can sign up the whole team, or just set up the account, then members can join the team.

Team Captains must get a team captain envelope from any student council member in the front foyer Tuesday & Wednesday at lunch, or from Jason Stephanian at any time.

There will also be computers available to sign up Tuesday & Wednesday at lunch, just head on down to the foyer!

No reason to delay, sign up today!

Santa Photos

Are you ready to get in the Holiday Sprit?

Come down to the front Foyer this Thursday December 13th at lunch and get your photo taken with ESA’s very own Santa!

Photo’s are $2 each, and the money goes towards Student Council’s annual charity – Inside Ride.

Printed Photos will be handed out in homerooms on Wednesday December 19th.

See you there!

Upcoming Events



Dec 11             Jr. Girls Volleyball ESA @ ECI Dismissal 3:00

Dec 10             TSO Choir @ Roy Thomson Hall Dismissal 2:00-10:00 (AMB)

Dec 11             “                                                            “ 11:00-6:00 (AMB)

Dec 13             Boys Basketball Team @ ESA Dismissal 3:10

Dec 18             Jr. Girls Volleyball ESA@ SCI Dismissal 3:00

Dec 20             Boys Basketball @ UTS Dismissal 2:45

The 60 Second Film Festival has been postponed

Because of the current teacher strike, ESA Film has made the difficult decision to temporarily postpone this year’s 60 Second Film Festival . It is our strong hope that that there will be a quick resolution to this situation and that we can re-schedule the show for a later date. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we navigate through these difficult times.

Art Talks Postponed

The Visual Art Department has suspended ticket sales for Art Talks due to the teacher’s strike. We hope very much that we will soon be able to re-open ticket sales and present the show on a new date.

We hope that those who have purchased tickets will hold on to them to be used on our new date. In the event it is necessary to cancel, we will contact all ticket holders directly.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

The Visual Art Department

“A Tribute to Fosse” Tickets Sales on Hold

The Music Theatre Department has temporarily suspended ticket sales for “A Tribute to Fosse” due to the teacher’s strike. It is our strong hope that that there will be a quick resolution to this situation and we can re-open ticket sales and present the show as scheduled in February. Those who have purchased tickets should still hold on to their tickets. In the event it is necessary to reschedule or cancel, we will contact all ticket holders directly.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty!

Simply Divas Auditions at ESA

AUDITIONS: Monday, December 17, 3:15pm, Room 3
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, December 19, 3:15pm, Room 3
This year, simply divas will be paying tribute to girl groups through the years.
We will need 9-12 smart singers who will be singing in groups of 3-5.
Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays and there are 2 confirmed
performances on April 14th & 28th.
Bring your best verse or chorus from any of the following songs:
The Andrews Sisters: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
The Crystals: Da Doo Ron Ron
Martha & The Vendellas: Heat Wave; Dancing In The Street
The Supremes: Come See About Me; You Can’t Hurry Love
The Pointer Sisters: I’m So Excited; Fire
Destiny’s Child: Say My Name; Survivor
The Spice Girls: Stop; Wannabe
No need to memorize. Sheet music & piano player will be provided.
Check out the website for info on Simply Divas, past video/photo footage, and ESA’s connection to this great charity event, and F.A.M.E


Please see attached January 2013 Exam Schedule, Exam Schedule January 2013