Archives for 2014

Happy New Year! What’s Up @ Your Library

Happy New Year! 2015 is starting off with a “bang” at the ESA Library.

  • WIN (student) tickets to Art Spiegelman @ Bloor Hot Docs on January 26th, and a copy of CO-MIX: A Reptrospective (the book).  Learn more at the ESA Library Daily Blog posting.  Entries due by Wednesday January 14th.

Have a safe and happy rest of your break.  See everyone back at school on Monday January 5th.

The 60 Sec. Film Fest Food Drive generates 552lbs of food

ESA Film has had quite a week.

In addition to screening over 90 films to a sold-out crowd on Wednesday and sitting in on a Master Class with acclaimed Canadian director Bruce McDonald, the Department generated 552lbs of food that was delivered today to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

To celebrate, here’s Carol Nguyen’s How do you Pronounce Pho?  Fittingly, it’s an exploration of Carol’s relationship with food, as it explores themes of culture and identity.

Holiday Reads 2014: Winners

Congratulations to the following staff and students, the winners in our Holiday Reads 2014 Book Draw:

  • Dove Salsberg
  • Alana Park
  • Linda Badgley
  • Daniel Pines
  • Ms. Chrisman

If you have not already stopped by the Library to collect your book prize, please do so on Friday.

Network Password Resets: Strongly Recommended

As students – and staff – were advised on the Thursday morning announcments…

  • Think you might need to access AW or your TDSB Google Drive over the holiday break?
  • When is the last time you changed your network password?
  • More than a month ago?

All students – and staff – are strongly encouraged to change your network password sometime today or tomorrow so that it does not expire during the holiday?

Drop by the Library sometime Thursday or Friday…  Student passwords must be changed on a school networked computer.

The Spirit of Giving…Time is Running Out!

The holiday season is about more than just presents, it’s a time for charitable giving.  Please consider a gift to ESA to contribute towards a superior arts education for our students and we will give back a tax receipt (for any amount over $20) which can be a nice gift for you at tax time!  Donations can go to a specific major, be split between the majors or where needed most.  See below for deadline information.
New this year, it is easy to give online with a credit card.  Simply scroll to the bottom of our home page, and click on ESA Donations.  Your donation will be processed through SESAT (Supporters of Etobicoke School of the Arts Talent) and Canada Helps.  Both are registered charities.  Donations processed through December 31 are eligible for 2014.
If you would prefer to donate cash or write a cheque, donation forms can be found in the report card insert, Festive Program insert or in the school office.  (Address, phone number and where you would like your donation invested can also be written on a blank piece of paper.) Please be sure that any donations delivered to the office are in by tomorrow, Friday, December 19, prior to Winter Break, so they can be deposited prior to the end of year deadline.
Of course, there are many other ways to contribute.  Please consider volunteering some of your time to benefit ESA in 2015!  There is something for everyone and the rewards are immeasurable.
On behalf of SESAT, thanks for your support of our students and the arts, creating the magic that is ESA!  We wish you a most joyous holiday season and all the best in the new year.

Tea is Ready for Pickup!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the ESA Dance Department Tea Sale. As a result of all your efforts we have raised over $13,000 for the ESA Dance Department. Please come pick up your tea from Mrs.Wolfson as soon as possible.

Library Closure: Thursday December 18th

Just a reminder to all that the Library will be open in the morning – at 7am as usual – but will be closing between 8:15am and 10:30am for a special event.

Your hot apple cider will be available before and after tomorrow morning’s closure.

Your teeth on sugar! (dental screening at ESA)

In co-operation with Toronto Public Health, ESA will be sponsoring a dental clinic on Friday, January 9th for any interested students.  This day will be organized through the Guidance office where students can sign up (starting today) for a 5 minute check up.  Students will receive a regular guidance slip to excuse them from class.  Please find below the note from Public Health (with some additions/deletions from me) that more fully explains the day:

Dear Parent/Guardian: School Year 2014-2015

In an effort to improve the health of our youth, Toronto Public Health is offering a dental screening program for high school students in the City of Toronto. The goal of this program is to:
a) Identify high school students with urgent dental needs
b) Assist these students in accessing dental treatment
c) Provide oral health education and information to students

The screening will be done using sterilized instruments by a registered dental hygienist employed by the City of Toronto.

Students identified as being at risk for dental diseases will be offered support and referred for appropriate care. Students who live in the City of Toronto, who do not have dental insurance and who cannot afford to pay for dental care may be eligible for services offered by Toronto Public Health.

Please be advised that this screening assessment does not replace the dental examination done by a licensed dentist.

For additional information, please contact the TPH registered dental hygienist at phone number: 416-338-8338. or visit the TPH website at

(This letter, from Dr. Hazel Stewart, Director, has been slightly altered by me for our school’s purposes.  Please free to contact me at [email protected] , if you have any questions.)

Last Chance for 60 Second Film Fest Tickets

There are still tickets available for the Sixty Second Film Fest. Happening Wednesday at 3:30 in the Auditorium, it’s a great opportunity to put your finger on the pulse of the Film department.

Tickets are available here (but online sales will close at 11:30am – any remaining tickets will be sold at the door)… and to get you even more excited for the event, here are two classics from last year.

Sam Hughes and Adam Bovoletis’ Don’t Sweat It is a story about greed, betrayal and perspiration.

The Voices of Ryan Manning is a documentary on one level about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and another about trusting those people who are closest to us.  On both levels, it makes for compelling viewing.

60 Second Tickets going fast

60 Second Film Fest Tickets are available here.  Get them while you still can.

The show happens Wednesday at 3:30 in the Auditorium and will feature work from 90 or so of ESA’s filmmakers.

To stoke your film viewing fires, check out these two films from last year:

Dylan Vogel’s award winning short, Criterion, examines the impact relationships can have on an individual.

Raine Bracken’s paper animation, Creation 101, looks at humanity’s devastating impact on the planet (in an irreverent and memorable fashion).

Late Start Wednesday, December 17

Wednesday, December 17th is a Late Start Day.

First period classes begin at 9:45 a.m.

Thank You

Name the Author Contest

In anticipation of Writers’ Week, ESA’s first Canadian Festival of Authors…  The Library is holding a contest.

Name the author

  • How many of the authors pictured below can you identify?
  • Send an e-mail with your answers to [email protected] by Sunday January 11th.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday January 12th, when the schedule for the week is unveiled.

Please also be sure to consider a donation to our IndieGogo campaign in support of this very special week of Library programming.

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