Archives for February 2014

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Extended

Music Theatre and Dance Departments greatly appreciate your fundraising efforts with this campaign.  Orders will now be accepted until MARCH 3RD.  One more weekend to sell, sell, sell!

The date to pick up the orders remains the same, Tuesday, March 25th.  3:30pm outside the Auditorium.  Orders must be picked up on this date.  There is no cold storage available to store the orders.

Please make sure that somebody picks up your order to bring home.

Your fundraising efforts help offset our main production (Musical/Spring Showcase and Dance Night) costs, costume rentals & construction, guest artists, Auditorium equipment updates, and much more.  We thank you for your continued support of our departments.

Under the Stars – ESA Semi 2014


ESA’s annual Semi Formal takes place this Friday at the Atlantis Pavilion at Ontario Place! Tickets are available at lunch in the foyer: $60 for students  and $65 for guests. You can pay by cash or cheque.

Grad Photos

Grade 12 graduation photos are taking place from February 26th to March 5th.

If you haven’t picked up a graduation brochure, please pick one up in the office.

There are different grad sessions this year including graduation photos, casual and/or friend shots or the new vintage photos.  You choose which session you want to do and book your appointment online at:

Graduating high school is a great achievement and milestone.  Book your appointment today so you have a date and time that works best for you!

Pat Anderson Vocal Scholarship Competition

All Grade 11 and 12 vocalists have an opportunity to audition for the Pat Anderson Vocal Scholarship, with a first prize of $750. Deadline for all applications is March 6. Please see information at Competitors will perform one piece from both the Classical and Broadway repertoires.

Music Theatre Department commences Concert Choir rehearsals

All music theatre students and their parents are reminded of the concert choir rehearsal tomorrow, Tuesday February 25th at 8 am. We are rehearsing this co-curricular choir on Tuesday mornings until Music Theatre showcase on April 10 and 11. A letter was sent home last week outlining expectations. Thanks again for your support.

Freedom to Read Week

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Join us in the Library to celebrate Freedom to Read Week.

We are delighted to welcome our friends from the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the U of T on Tuesday morning.  They will be here to workshop students in the Philosophy and Media Studies classes.

Reminder: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain Presentation- March 5th, 7 pm, Library.

We are inviting you to attend this interesting and informative presentation. This presentation is about the changing adolescent brain, the workings of memory, changes in mood, attention, stress and decision making during the teen years. A brain-based understanding helps develop approaches to interact with teens that maximize relationships and development of positive patterns that protect against mood disorders and contributes to future success. Parents, teachers and students are welcome to attend.
About the Presenter: Lori Nichols, RN, MS, has 25 years of experience in various inpatient and outpatient pediatric mental health settings in both Canada and the US. Lori teaches teachers, nurses, social workers and parents on mental health and resiliency. Her graduate work focused on anger in adolescents. Other areas of competence and interest include depression, anxiety, neurobiology, ADHD, psychopharmacology and resiliency. As a mental health and addiction nurse at Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, she currently works with the School Boards to help address mental health needs of students.


PACT Volunteer Opportunities

PACT Life and Job Skills Community Service Projects is offering volunteer opportunities.

See attachment for more information:

PACT LifeSkills Flyer February 2014

Visual Art Parent/Student Event – Tuesday Feb 25 7pm

Hello Visual Art/Photography Families

I have booked the library to hold a meeting for parents and students on the evening of Tuesday February 25th at 7pm.

We will outline what we have done so far, discuss some of our hopes and dreams for the program, how things are progressing, some of what will happen between now and next Portfolio Day, some fundraising desires, the End of the Year Art show, and share a list of desired donation items to assist the program.
We hope to see you here!

Matthew Varey



On February 12

th, 2014 the ESA swim team competed at the West Region Swimming

Championships and had a fantastic meet.

12 personal best’s, 52 top 10 finishes and 22 medals:

7 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze.

Being one of the smaller teams, ESA’s swim program has consistently proven to have some

the best swimmers in the West Region and this year is no different.

Our small Men’s team, consisting of 3 Seniors and 5 Juniors,

was impressive as usual finishing 5

th overall out of 8 schools. Pretty incredible when you consider all the teams ahead and behind

us had at least twice as many boys.

BUT, for the first time in the ESA Swim Team’s 10 year history, our Junior and Senior Girls

showed that they are a powerhouse of swimming in the West Region racking up one of the biggest

points totals in the last 10 years as they became the West Region Overall Girls Team


Additional icing was provided by the Senior Women who also won the Senior

Women’s team title!

Our Junior Women’s Team came 2nd and missed 1st by only 4 points!!!

Quite an accomplishment!

Our Team finished ranked 3 overall in the West Region!

Special Congratulations to grade 9 student Micaela McNulty for winning Gold Medals in both

the 50 meter and 100 meter Breaststroke, a Bronze Medal in the 50 Freestyle and a Silver

medal anchoring the 4×50 Freestyle Relay. Micaela goes into the City Championships on

Wednesday February 19th being ranked #1 in Toronto in both 50 and 100 Breaststroke! Quite

an accomplishment for her first year on the team!


Congratulations to the following Regional Championship medalists:

Micaela McNulty

2 Gold and 1 Bronze

Stefan Jemuovic




Eva Stefanova




Dana Unninayar




Rachel Asevicius


3 Silver


Sophie Sutcliffe


Silver and Bronze


Shiloh Light-Barnes




Anthony Louch




Skylar Curtis




Kathryn Murray




Linden Phillips




Eric Sheppard




Maddy Steele




Women’s JR 4×50 Free Relay ‘A’




Olena Leshchyshen, Jada White, Nevine Gacich and Micaela McNulty

Women’s SR 4×50 Free Relay ‘A’




Danielle Benedeck, Maddy Steele, Macayla Heldt-Large and Rachel Asevicius

Women’s Open 4×100 Free Relay ‘A’




Macayla Heldt-Large, Maddy Steele, Danielle Benedeck and Eva Stefanova

Women’s Open 4×100 Free Relay ‘B’




Olena Leshchyshen, Nevine Gacich, Cecily Sheldon and Skylar Curtis

Also, congratulations to the following City Championship qualifiers and their current Rack in


Sophie Sutcliffe 200 Free-18


Micaela McNulty 100 Breast-1

50 Breast-1


Anthony Louch 50 Free-14



Linden Phillips 50 Free-22

 100 Free-18


Eva Stefanova 50 Free-16

th, 100 IM-4th, 100 Free-15


Joe Comi 50 Fly-21


Stefan Jemuovic 100 Back-10





Dana Unninayar 100 Back-18



Shiloh Light-Barnes 50 Breast-20


Rachel Asevicius 50 Breast-20


Women’s SR 4×50 Free Relay ‘A’-18



Women’s Open 4×100 Free Relay ‘A’-8



Women’s Open 4×100 Free Relay ‘B’-9



Congratulations on an outstanding meet and good luck at City Championships!

Upcoming Talks at Brentwood Library

Brentwood Public Library is continuing their evening workshops for students and parents on financial literacy.  Please check out these flyers for more  information:  Life Strategies Full Page , Smart Savvy Young Consumer – Money Matters – Portrait Flyer , and  How to Teach Kids About Money – Personal Finance – Portrait Flyer – Mar 19 2014 .

 ESA and the TDSB have not vetted these events.  We do not endorse or recommend them, we are merely providing you with information.

Course Selection Submissions Due Soon

A reminder to all students that the deadline for course selection submissions via My BluePrint is Feb. 27th.  Students must also hand in their My BluePrint submission print-out to their homeroom teacher on or before Feb. 28th.