Archives for December 2013

Save the date – School Council Meeting Jan. 14th

Call for agenda items – Please send your suggestions for discussion items to [email protected]

Meet and greet at 7:00 p.m., meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Library.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Happy New Year!

Sandra and Tanja

Council Co-Chairs

The 60 Second Film Fest gives over 400 pounds of food to the Daily Bread Food Bank

A big thanks to all of ESA’s filmmakers and the entire ESA community for making yesterday’s film event such a huge success.  Over 80 films were shown, each showcasing the personal voice of their respective filmmaker.

And to make the event even more special, as part of the alternative ticket buying program for the show, over 400 pounds of food was raised for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Special thanks to Susan Cohen, Linda Wolsley and Matt Foster for their behind the scenes work.


Scholastic Awards

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Update!

We have more than 1300 entries so far! Bravo!

There is still plenty of time to submit writing and art to this amazing competition.

All ESA students are welcome to submit. At this point we have only a handful of writing entries, and it would be wonderful to have students from all majors submit their written work this year. Deadline is January 6th, 2014.

Winners may have their work shown/published in New York and Washington, and are invited to participate in an exciting ceremony at Carnegie Hall!!

Be a part of our Scholastic team! Help us hit 2000 entries! You are able to enter as many pieces as you like, it is free to enter, and there are lots of categories for written work, plays, art, etc.

You can create an account and enter work at:

Matthew Varey

Art Talk

Art Talk 1

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for our first Art Talk event on Monday night.

Judging from the faces of those who were brave enough to speak it was a huge success.

We hope to find a home for Art Talk 2 early in the New Year – stay tuned!

Thanks to Mr. Foster for all his help on this event, and to SESAT for selling goodies, and to Rachel, Hannah, and Rivka for making it happen.

M Varey

60 Second Film Festival is this afternoon!

The 60 second film festival is today after school. Buy tickets online or students can purchase them at lunch. $10 for adults, $5 or 3 non perishable food items for students. See the ad from film major Anthony Prum:

We can’t wait to see you at the festival and show off this excellent student work.

Monday, Dec. 16th – Art Talk 1

You are invited to join us for Art Talk 1, at 7pm on Monday December 16th in the auditorium at Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Road. $5 student $10 adult – tickets at the door. Proceeds to the Visual Art Department at ESA

Donations over $100 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt – cheques to be made out to SESAT – Visual Art.

60 Second Film Festival – this Wednesday. See the short ad…

The 60 second film festival is this Wednesday after school. To get you excited we offer the following short ad from film major Anthony Prum:

Tickets are on sale and going fast. Buy them online OR students can purchase them at lunch.

$10 for adults, $5 or 3 non perishable food items for students.

We can’t wait to see you at the festival and show off this excellent student work.

ESA CornMug

POSTERJust a reminder that the ESA CornMug is back.

If you’re looking for that perfect gift for Secret Santa look no further.

Only $15 each.  See Ms. Wray in the Library.

Winter Reads… Take one home for the holidays!

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 9.54.31 AMDrop by the Library and check out our great collection of new books, just waiting for that someone special to take them home.

Check out your options at the new ESA Library Pinterest site.  Our Pinterest boards highlight all of our new acquisitions since September.

While you’re at the Library, fill out a book review and enter our Holiday draw.  Prizes to be awarded next Thursday, December 19th.

Cider and Strad in the Library

Join us, before school, on Monday and Wednesday morning for hot apple cider.  Strad will provide musical accompaniment for the festivities.

Also, the Library volunteers will be holding a bake and book sale in the Foyer at lunch on Monday.

We are also hoping to have carolers around the tree on Thursday morning, to accompany our hot apple cider.  Stay tuned for confirmation.

Libraries: A Thought for the Day

I came across this earlier in the week… I think NOT!!

A library is thought in cold storage.
Herbert Samuel, politician and diplomat (1870-1963)

In how many ways is this wrong?  I hardly begin to know where to start.

Do you have a response to this assertion?  Tell us about it.  Fill out this Google Form to let loose. We’ll display your responses – exact format TBA – at a later date.


Ms. Wray

Exam Accommodations and IEP’s

All students who have an existing IEP should have brought it home to parents for signatures by now.  Special Education staff has met with each student to go over the accommodations that they will use for the exams in January.  Students will be receiving a personalized timetable telling them what room they will write each exam in.  Students receiving accommodations will need to be in the exam room no later than 8:20 for a.m. exams, and 12:20 for p.m. exams.  Please understand that accommodations must be planned ahead of time in order to facilitate space allocation and staffing for all students who require them.  For this reason, any request to consider accommodation changes must be received no later than Thursday  December 19, accompanied by the required documentation.