Archives for October 2013

Glo performs Friday,October 25 at Fork York Armoury

Glo will perform tonight (Friday, October 25) at 6:30 pm as part of the CESBA Ringside for Kids charity event at the Fort York Armoury.  Admission is free, and the public is welcome.  More information can be found at


October 23, 2013
Today marked another extraordinary day for ESA athletics at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. At the city championships of cross country ESA’s athletes again proved to be worthy adversaries up against the city’s finest athletes. Overall we had 12 runners who all put forth outstanding individual efforts. Grade 9 boys Christian Filan and Cabot Fox placed 105th and 103rd respectively, and Matias Bessai finished an excellent 26th place – narrowly missing out on OFSAA qualification. Jake LeBlanc placed 25th in the extremely competitive junior boys race that was run in the middle of a temporary hailstorm! Our junior girls team placed a fantastic 7th, which was best of all west region schools at their age category. The team was lead by a resilient 23rd place finish by Julia Jairath, followed by Alana Park in 46th, Jade O’Hara 65th, Sofia Goulart 71st, Olena Leshchyshen 85th, Sophie Henke Tarnow in 94th and Deanne Balas in 106th. It was a really tremendous effort by this spirited group of girls and they made our school extremely proud with their efforts. Undoubtedly the race of the day, however, was the one senior boy representing ESA, Santi Bessai. The U of T trained athlete aggressively attacked the lead pack of runners, and stuck to that group as the numbers slowly dwindled from 10 down to 7, 5, 3, then ultimately 2. In a wild finish, Santi fell just short of being the Metro Region champion, but settled for a ridiculously impressive 2nd place in the race of his life. He will also be the one ESA runner representing OFSAA on November 2nd in Sudbury, Ontario.
Congratulations to all the runners on another wonderful season and thanks to all involved who keep building up ESA’s reputation as a strong athletic school.
M. Colbert

Youth Information Forum

You are invited to attend an Investing In Youth Information Forum
Thursday October 24, 2013
1-4 p.m.
Registration begins at 12 p.m.
Ourland Community Centre
18 Ourland Ave, Etobicoke
(near Islington & Evans Avenues)

Open Houses at Queen’s University

Queen’s University is hosting 2 open house events:

  • A University wide Fall Preview Event
  • A Visual Art Open House
  •   The dates are Saturday, October 26 and Saturday, November 9.

Halloween Dance, Spirit Week and SPC Cards

Poster-1-halloween-danceHalloween Dance

The Halloween Dance is this Friday, October 25th from 6:30pm – 10:00pm. You can purchase tickets in the foyer: Juniors are $8; Seniors are $6; Guests are $10.


Spirit Week

Spirit Week starts this Wednesday, October 23rd with “Wednesdays, We Wear Pink.”


SPC Cards

Student Council will be selling SPC cards until the end of lunch on Thursday, October 24th. Cards are $9 each. SPC cards get students discounts at many major retailers.


Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Open Now

It is Scholastic Time again!

Last year ESA won 248 Scholastic Art and Writing awards, including 128 Regional Gold medals! This is half of all awards won around the world by students outside of the US.

In the National Award round, of the 44 Gold and Silver medals awarded to Canadians, 24 went to students from ESA!

It is free to enter and there are lots of categories for written work, plays, art, etc.

Please consider participating in this amazing opportunity. Winners may have their work shown in New York and Washington, and are invited to participate in an exciting ceremony at Carnegie Hall!!

You can create an account and enter work at:

Any questions please feel free to ask me.

Matthew Varey

SESAT Celebrates My Ride

Calling all Parents, Students over 14 and Community Members!

We need your help. ESA has been given the opportunity to participate in the program Celebrate My Drive. Not only is it a great way to educate students in driving safely it also can help raise money for the school. All you have to do, is register, use Toronto as the city, and M8Y2T1 as the postal code with no spaces.

There is no monetary commitment, just a little of your time. You can send from as many email addresses as you have, once a day. The more we send, the greater our opportunity to raise money. Please help support Celebrate My Ride.

Thank You,

Jan Lavelle on behalf of SESAT

Academic Honesty: Policy and Procedures

Expectations regarding Academic Honesty are defined in the Ontario Ministry of Education document titled “Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario.

Additional information may be found in the TDSB Operational Policy PR613 on Academic Honesty.

Students in Grades 10 – 12 have been workshopped on our school expectations, policies and procedures in previous years (and some refreshed again recently).  All Grade 9 students have now been workshopped on these expectations, policies and procedures.

Full details are available in the Etobicoke School of the Arts Academic Honesty Manual. This document includes everything that Students, Parents, and Teachers need to know about our policies and procedures here at ESA.

Remember that ESA can win $25,000 (or even $100,000)!

Just a reminder that the “Celebrate My Drive” campaign continues every day, including weekends. ESA can win $25,000 or even $100,000. You can help by making a commitment at:

Our city is “Toronto”

It is easier to make a commitment now than it was to join (before the contest). Also, on Friday the site had technical problems for a few hours in the afternoon (see apology, below), but things seems to be much better now.

Please remember: anyone 14 years and over (with an e-mail address) can make a commitment, once per day.

Please consider the contest. Stay tuned for announcements on Monday.


Mr. Schumacher

on Behalf of the ESA “Celebrate my Drive Team”


(apology from State Farm)

We apologize for the technical difficulties we’ve experienced today at We took down the site for several hours so we could make repairs to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate.

The site is now working as it should and we ask that you re-rally your students, teachers and community members to make safe driving commitments in support of your schools. The leader board has been temporarily removed, but will be restored over the weekend.

We hope to see your school at the top of the leader board soon! Remind everyone to make a safe driving commitment once a day, every day between now and October 26th.

We appreciate your partnership in celebrating safe driving with your students and communities.

With sincere apologies,
The Celebrate My Drive Team

New Teacher for some Grade 9 and 10 classes

Due to our very large class sizes, ESA has been granted a new .5 teacher.  This is great news as it allows us to add 1 Grade 9 French class, 1 Grade 10 History class and 1 Grade 10 Civcs/Careers class.  The downside of the news, of course, is that there will be some disruption to some student timetables.  I spoke to all of the Grade 9 and 10 Majors classes today in order to inform students of this change and to answer questions about it.   Students affected will receive new timetables on Tuesday and will start their new classes on Wednesday.  Please feel free to write to me or your student’s VP if you have any questions. 


Principal MacKinnon

Fall Garden Party

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday October 19th, from 10am till noon, to put the gardens at ESA to bed for the winter.

Treats will be provided.  Bring your own canteen.  Community Service hours for student volunteers.

Let us know you’re able to join us by completing the Google Form found here.

Carol Nguyen’s “Uprooted” wins the Heartland Film Fest’s Student Prize

Tonight, current grade 10 Film student, Carol Nguyen, is in Indianapolis celebrating her victory.  In addition to her free trip to Indianapolis and hobnobbing with Vanessa Hudgens and Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2, Road to Perdition), Carol brings home a $2500 prize.

If you missed it, check out her work: