Archives for August 2013

Woo Hoo! School Starts on Tuesday!

Hello Students,

I hope you are all excited to be coming back to school on Tuesday!  I have enclosed the letter (with some edits) that we sent out in the summer just in case anyone has forgotten what they have done with it and would like the details again.

Have a great long weekend,
Principal MacKinnon


Dear Students, Parents/Guardians:

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer!  We’re looking forward to welcoming all of our new students and welcoming back all of our returning students.  Below is the format for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Grade 9 Students

On September 3 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 Wednesday, August 28.  Timetable changes should be done as soon as possible due to strict class size restrictions set by the TDSB.


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 the reverse of this letter for more information on fees).  Student fees should be paid to the homeroom teacher by Friday, September 6.


Wednesday, September 4 is a regular school day with classes commencing at 8:48 a.m.  I look forward to seeing all of you!  Finally, enjoy the remaining days of summer!




Rob MacKinnon


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.










Music Theatre Vocal Auditions for Ensemble Placements: Closed for 2013

Students must register on-line to participate in the Music Theatre Vocal Auditions — including ALL Music Theatre Majors and any non Music Theatre Majors wishing to audition for an ensemble.




The deadline to register is Thursday, September 5th at 8:30am.

Moving On Up

On Tuesday, we welcomed over 230 new grade 9s to ESA through the Moving On Up Program (see the photographs below). The program started at 9 am. Students were greeted by some ESA staff and students. They were registered into colour groups and had a tour of the school followed by team building activities. The students then moved into their arts major groups. They met their major teachers, received their timetables and agenda booklets. Major teachers discussed the grade 9 arts program with them. Students then had pizza lunch, followed by a mock day one where the school bell was rung and students had to find their classrooms. The day ended with a spectacular and energy-filled performance by Splash. A great day was had by all!

Photographs by Tess Lavelle-Sutton



ESA Photography Book Launch

Hello friends of ESA!

Fifteen ESA artists will be highlighted in this year’s Flash Forward publication.

This year’s Flash Forward 2013 book launch and exhibition will take place on:
Thursday October 10, 2013 at Neubacher Shor Contemporary, 5 Brock Ave, Toronto.

To see the book, please visit:

ESA images begin on page 240


Exciting News!

Exciting News!

This year Etobicoke School of the Arts will be included in Magenta Foundation’s publication Flash Forward 2013!

Save the Date and Spread the Word!

Mark the evening of October 10th in your calendars and plan to attend the Flash Forward 2013 Book Launch & Exhibition, taking place at Neubacher Shor Contemporary. Come celebrate and meet some of the talented art stars chosen by an international jury to represent the best emerging photography being made in Canada, the US and the UK.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Drama Department Excursion to Stratford Festival Sept. 20th & 21st, 2013

Drama Majors entering grade 11 are invited to join the Stratford Festival Excursion departing Friday, September 20th in the morning and returning Saturday, September 21st in the evening. Students will attend the musical Tommy at the Avon Theatre and the closing performances of both Waiting for Godot and Measure for Measure at The Tom Patterson theatre. Students will be given a tour of the extensive costume and prop warehouse; as well, students will participate in a fight workshop conducted by professional fight choreographers. The price also includes return bus fare, one night accommodation at The Albert Street Inn, and one buffet lunch catered by the Stratford Festival. Rooming assignments will be arranged with Mr. Black during the first week of school.

Students who join the excursion will be permitted to use one of the productions for their 1st term play review.

Total Cost: $250 (Note: the price does not include lunch and dinner on Friday Sept. 20th or breakfast on Saturday Sept. 21st)

There are nine spots still available for the excursion. Students who are interested in participating must contact Mr. Black immediately at [email protected]. Spots will be reserved first come, first served. Full cost of the excursion must be paid on the first day of school. Permission forms will be handed out on Sept. 4th.

Workshop with LA Casting Director Dorian Frankel – ESA students get discounted rate

frankelMs. Frankel’s credits include the award winning show Parks and Recreation (NBC) with Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza. Other award winning projects include Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), Maron (IFC), Kroll Show (Comedy Central), and the Chris Elliott series Eagleheart (Adult Swim), as well as multiple pilots (several of them improvised) and the feature films My Uncle Rafael (with John Michael Higgins and Missi Pyle), Unaccompanied Minors (Warner Brothers) and Let Go (E1 Entertainment).

The 2-day workshop takes place this weekend, Saturday August 24th & Sunday, August 25th from 10am to 6pm at Second City.

ESA students will get the early discounted rate for the workshop.

Please click here for more details and registration information.