Archives for February 2014

ESA Film – More Good News – Part 3

First, the bad news: ESA’s Overexposure Film Fest will not be happening next week.

Now, the good news: it’s being replaced by a reprise of last year’s massively successful Big Screen Student Film Fest.  Happening April 5th, at the Queensway Cineplex, it will once again celebrate the great work being produced by ESA’s filmmakers in an amazing venue.

Tickets will go on sale shortly after the March Break.

To celebrate, check out Ryland Dinneen’s Blue – a stand out from this year’s 60 Second Film Fest, it looks at the complex issues of relationships and identity.




Suitcase Theatre Volunteer Opportunity

Suitcase Theatre seeks students to be volunteer program assistants.

For more information, see the attachment below:


Reminder: StoneGate Workshop on March 4th

A reminder to all ESA students that Megan Hope from StoneGate CHC will be at ESA on March 4th for a workshop on financial planning.  This workshop is open to all ESA students and will take place in the library conference room.

Poetry in Voice: Volunteers Needed

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  • Have some time after school on Monday, March 3rd?
  • Are you planning on coming and hearing your friends perform in the Poetry in Voice In School Finals?
  • Need Community Service hours?

We have the opportunity for you!  We need approx. 6 student volunteers to serve as ushers and crowd control (!).  You need to be in the Auditorium by 3:15 pm.  We expect to wrap up sometime between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.

If you are interested in this opportunity…  stop by the Library on Friday and talk to Ms. Wray.

Reminder: Course Selection Due Date

A reminder to all ESA students that course selection submissions are due on Friday, February 28th.  Current grade 12 students are asked to log on to their My BluePrint account and select “Not-Returning.”

SESAT Meeting

This is just a reminder that there is no SESAT meeting in March.  Our next meeting is scheduled for April seventh. On behalf of SESAT have a safe and wonderful March Break.  See you April.  Thanks.

Jan Lavelle

Poetry in Voice: In School Finals

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The in school finals for Poetry in Voice will take place after school on Monday March 3rd in the Auditorium.  All members of the ESA community are invited to come and join us for this exciting finish to the work which has been taking place in English classrooms throughout the school.  A donation of a twoonie and/or a canned food item at the door would be greatly appreciated.

This year we have finalists in all three categories: English, French and Bilingual.

Poetry in Voice is a national poetry recitation contest for high school students across Canada.  Students memorise and then recite poems from among the hundreds in an online anthology.  Students who win the school competition vie for a spot at the National Finals, to be held in Vancouver this year.  More than $75 000 in prizes, trips and books are awarded each year.

Two years ago one of our ESA students, Sadie Hirschfield, went on to the National Finals.  We are hoping to repeat this success once again this year.

Additional details may be found at the Poetry in Voice website.

School Council Meeting – March 18th, 7:00 pm, Library – call for agenda items

Please send your suggestions for discussion items to [email protected] Among the items on our agenda so far is a presentation by Mara Baldassi, head of Student Services. She will be discussing the “Pathways to Success” course options currently available to our students. We look forward to an engaging evening of updates and discussion. This is a wonderful forum to voice what matters to you as parents and to learn more about what’s going on at the school. Arrive at 7 pm for an opportunity to informally meet and greet before we formally begin our meeting at 7:30.

Feb. 4, 2014 School Council Minutes

Please visit the School Council page on the website for info on past meetings and agendas

Sandra and Tanja

School Council Co-Chairs

ESA Film – more good news – part 2

Recently, a number of grade 9 ESA Film students took part in the Tiff Next Wave 24-hour Film Challenge.

Their adventure was covered here in The Grid and here on CTV.

To celebrate their efforts and their moment of celebrity, we’re showcasing a film by another member of the grade 9 class.  Check out Aoife O’Mahoney’s Mix Matched – a personal exploration into the complicated nature of familial ties.


Scholastic Art and Writing Award Update

In Canada, 191 Gold Keys were awarded in the Regional round.

141 of those went to students at Etobicoke School of the Arts.

Congratulations ESA.

National Award Winners announced March 17.

ESA Film – more good news

Recently, Scholastic handed out their first wave of awards and as everyone knows, the ESA community was well represented.

Lost among all of the deserved celebration was the fact that ESA’s filmmakers won a staggering 84% of all the non U.S. awards in the Film and Animation category.


To celebrate, we kick off our annual Film of the Week showcase with a film by one of those award winners.  Starring another ESA filmmaker, Adam Bovoletis, Sam Hughes’ This Little Piggie is a lighthearted look at what a young man can do once he sets his mind to it.




Science Guest Speakers at Lunch Wednesday

Science Guest Speaker Lunch

Wednesday, February 26, in the Library

The ESA Science Department is hosting the first annual (?) “Science Speakers Lunch”, Wednesday at lunch in the library.

This year’s three professional scientist-speakers are:

* Dr. Mark Taylor, a chemistry professor at U of T
* Dr. Diane Pendlebury, an atmospheric physics research associate at U of T
* Bernardo Majano,  an engineer at R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd., who helped design and build the Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland.

Interested students are invited to be in the library, with their lunches and questions, no later than 10 minutes into the lunch period.