Archives for May 2014

Grade 12 Music Theatre Grad Showcase

Tickets for the Gr. 12 Music Theatre Grad Showcase at LULA LOUNGE are selling out quickly.  Purchase tickets online at

Dinner reservations can be made at Lula Lounge by contacting the website or calling directly.  Dinner reservations are filling up and almost sold out!

The performance begins at 7:30 pm and will feature ALL of our graduating class in a variety of entertaining acts.

Student tickets may be purchased at the door only for $5.

Semestering Survey

All students, parents, teachers and members of the wider ESA community.

The school council needs your feedback on the potential of a semestered timetable. Please complete this survey before the end of term:


Election Volunteers Needed: Student Vote 2014

  • Do you still need community service hours to graduate?
  • Are you looking to get some regardless?
  • Do you want to get a behind the scenes look at an election?

We are still looking for additional student volunteers to help with our Student Vote 2014… the ESA in-school version of the current Provincial election.  E-Dday is next Wednesday, June 4th.

We are especially in need of volunteers during the lunchhour and during Period Eight (which will be immediately after the lunchhour on Wednesday as it is a Week B).

See Ms. Wray in the Library (or send an e-mail to [email protected]) to advise that you are interested, and able, to help out.  Our polls will be open from 8:30am until 3:30pm.

Garden Clean-Up: This Saturday

May 2014 garden party

We can still use more volunteers!!

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for our annual spring garden clean-up.  We’ll be weeding the front gardens and mulching the trees out front and round back.

We work rain or shine (unless it’s raining cats and dogs!).

RSVP that you are able to join us to [email protected]

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SESAT Student Art Contest



Calling All Student Visual Artists and Graphic Designers! Would you like to get your work published and build your portfolio? Then SESAT wants You!


First, we are looking for a fresh look for our 18th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Silent Auction and would love to showcase your work! In the past, we have used a winter holiday celebration motif, but this is not a requirement. Feel free to be as creative as you wish, in fact, you can even come up with a new name. Your work must be able to be re-sized and translated into a 11×17 poster, various sized newspaper ads, 8×11 flyers and silent auction forms.  This is the single largest fundraising event of the year for SESAT, which annually donates nearly $6,000 to each of our major departments. The event will be held on November 22 from 10 -3. We have wonderful community artisans and craft vendors with one of a kind gifts, great silent auction items and the day also includes a bake sale and food court. The deadline for this project is June 13 and there is a cash prize of $50 for the winning design. Artists will be given attribution wherever possible.


Second we are looking for a creative cover for an ESA calendar and other art to be considered for calendar pages or future SESAT projects. The calendar will be approximately 5×7, like your student agenda. The cover design could be either horizontal or vertical. The deadline for this is June 20 and there will be a prize of $25 for any artwork used. Again artists will be given attribution wherever possible.


Competition artwork can be done in Photoshop or Illustrator, then converted to a pdf file and submitted to [email protected] The final files must be produced in layers as copy will be added or deleted based on end use for the Craft Fair and Calender Cover. For the calendar pages only, we may be able to use a scan or photo of your original artwork. If you have any questions, please email this address or call 647-344-2730. Initial awards will be made by June 25.


Thanks, in advance! We can’t wait to see your work. Good luck!


Toronto Fringe Festival Volunteer Opportunity


The Toronto Fringe Festival is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers for our 2014 Festival!

Join us July 2nd-13th while we feature over 150 shows with local, national, and international artists. There will be new plays, old favourites and experimental works (including family-friendly shows in our FringeKids! series) of dance, drama, comedy and music. Our outdoor Fringe Club will feature the McAuslan Beer tent, buskers, bands, visual artists, Alley Plays, and Tent Talks – ALL FREE!

During the festival volunteers may sell and tear tickets, usher, help out with special events, and interact with festival-goers of every age and ilk. For each shift you’ll receive a stamp on your volunteer comp-card which you can use to see a show for free. You’ll also be able to attend volunteer appreciation shows, receive a Fringe t-shirt, get community service hours, and meet and talk to professionals working on the theatre scene!


Simply go to and fill out the registration form.

Questions? Contact Natasha at [email protected] or call 416-966-1062 x 2

Thank you and we hope to see you out on the Fringe!


ESA and the TDSB have not vetted this opportunity.  We do not endorse it but are merely providing you with information.

Music Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra!

The Music Theatre Department continued its collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last week with two great opportunities for its students. On Tuesday, a group of Grade 9 students attended the dress rehearsal of the TSO’s Broadway Pops concert and enjoyed a Q & A with Resident Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and soloists Amy Wallis, David Curry and Jonathan Estabrooks. On Thursday, five of our graduating Music Theatre students traveled to Roy Thomson Hall for a special private masterclass with TSO Resident Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and Canadian born/New York bass Jonathan Estabrooks. The students dazzled the panel and came away with positive and constructive feedback as they each pursue a career in performance at the post-secondary level this fall. Thank you to the TSO for making this possible!

reinekePictured above: David Ambrose (teacher), Jonathan Estabrooks, Michaela Mar, Lindsay Roland Mills, Hailey Balaz, Tyler Pearse, Jacoba Barber-Rozema and Steven Reineke


Two More Legal Professionals Needed to Judge Student Mock Trials

Thank you to everyone who responded to the first “help wanted” ad.  As a result, six of the eight trials have legal professionals scheduled to judge the students’ arguments, and a number of student groups have volunteer coaches.

Whether you are a practicing lawyer (in any type of law, not necessarily criminal) or you are not currently practicing but have trained in law, you may enjoy judging one of trials.

The teacher will take care of the assessment of students’ learning skills, but a legal professional is a terrific addition to the trial because s/he can guide student role-players with his/her rulings (admission of evidence, objections, etc.) and, based on his/her training, can better advise students about the presentation of their case.  The “judge” will make a final ruling of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ but students’ assessments are not based on whether the team wins or loses the case.


Wednesday June 4 (12:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.)

Thursday June 5 (12:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.)

Think about it and, if you are able to volunteer for one of the trials noted above, contact Linda Wolsley at[email protected].  She will provide you with a PDF of the case file.

Thank you

p.s.  FYI — the schedule of student trials:

TUESDAY JUNE 3 (Day 1 classes)

1.   8:15 a.m. until 10:05 a.m. — R. v. O’Neill — to be judged by Ms. Loreta Zubas

2.   12:20 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Throxalon — to be judged by Ms. Meaghan Longfield

WEDNESDAY JUNE 4 (Day 2 classes)

3a.  8:40 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.  — R. v. O’Neill (part 1) — to be judged by Mr. Joe Yassi

4.   12:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Von Chovi — to be judged by (Volunteer Needed)

5.   3:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  — R. v. Thompson — to be judged by Ms. Emma McAuliffe

THURSDAY JUNE 5 (Day 1 classes)

6.    8:30 a.m. until 10:05 a.m. — R. v. Surette — to be judged by Mr. Michael Kleinman

7.    12:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Von Chovi — to be judged by (Volunteer Needed)
FRIDAY JUNE 6 (Day 2 classes)

3b.  8:40 a.m. until 10:05 a.m. — R. v. O’Neill (part 2) — to be judged by Mr. Joe Yassi

8.    12:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. — R. v. Throxalon —  to be judged by Mr. Steven Safieh

ESA Coming of Age in Track and Field

On Thursday and Friday, ESA’s track and field participated in the west regional championships at Centennial Park, trying build upon last year’s amazing results. This year’s ESA team has proven to be even more impressive than last year. The school finished second only to Richview in overall points, and won BOTH the junior and senior girls points titles. Our amazing athletes picked up 16 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 9 bronze medals, and have a total of 26 athletes who have advanced to the Metro Regional Championships on Wednesday and Thursday at Birchmount Stadium. Additionally, 12 school records were set during this one meet!
The gold medal winners were Matias Bessai in the 800 and 1,500; Santi Bessai in the 1,500, 3,000, and steeplechase (setting two school records); Chiara Ferrero-Wong in the 80 metre hurdles; Katrina Hubler in the high jump; Kristen Metcalfe in the 200, 400, and 400 metre hurdles (setting three school records); Hale Murphy in the shot put and discus (both school records); Quinn Spurrell in the high jump (a school record); Carly Turner in the 3,000; Phoebe Wolfe in the long jump; and the senior girls 4 x 100 metre relay team of Katrina Hubler, Kristen Metcalfe, Hailey Radigan, and Emma Cullen Shaw (that was a school record as well). Notably, Julia Jairath placed second in all three of her events – giving the team a crucial 24 points.
That, of course, was not all! We actually fielded two 4 x 400 metre relay teams featuring Katrina Hubler, Hailey Radigan, Emma Cullen Shaw and Phoebe Wolfe who finished second, and the boys team placed fourth (and advanced) in a very competitive race thanks to the Bessai brothers, Ian Hogeboom-Burr, and a huge run from Adam Finkelman.
One huge throw by Andrew Young saw him advance in the brutally difficult senior boys javelin. Ned Carolan broke his own school record to advance in the triple jump. Jade O’Hara endured the terrifying prospect of her first-ever 400 metre race by placing fourth and advancing. Olena Leshchyshen’s two third-place finishes in the 800 and 3,000 got the team a huge 12 points and show her great improvement. Emma Cullen Shaw scraped through in fourth place in the 200, bettering her Grade 9 time by 3 seconds (when she last ran the race).
Adam Finkelman miraculously qualified in the 200, edging his opponent by a hundredth of a second! Shantall Permaul leapt her way into second place in the triple jump with a huge last jump – beating out teammate Emily Michetti-Wilson. Sienna Csunyoscka grabbed fourth place in the 80 metre hurdles, and ran the first leg of the junior girls’ bronze medal relay team with Caroline Biel, Chiara Ferrero-Wong, and Phoebe Wolfe. Paige Court maintained her status as one of the great throwers in the west region with medals in the shot put, discus and javelin and has a decent shot at making it to OFSAA in the discus next week. Christian Filan almost fell in the 100 metre hurdles but stayed on his feet and advanced in fourth place, and placed a very good second place in the 400 metre dash.  Rachel Krueger qualified in the 1,500, but couldn’t repeat her victory from last year in the 800, settling for second place.
This meet has further verified ESA’s excellence in athletics and we hope to send even more of our runners to OFSAA track and field – one of the toughest accomplishments for any high school athlete. Way to go Eagles!
For full results, go to
-Michael Colbert

Library Books Are Due: Keep Them Coming in…

end of year return poster-page-001Thanks to everyone who has been returning their Library materials.  Your assistance with getting all Library materials returned in a timely fashion is greatly appreciated.

If you have not yet returned your Library materials…  the drop box is just inside the Library door!!

Summer Reads 2014

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Summer Reads 2014

  • What is your favourite book ever for summer reading?
  • What books are on  your summer reading list this year?

Tell us, by Monday June 9th, and be entered in the draw to win a book to take home for the summer.  Submit your choice(s) to the basket on the Circulation Desk in the Library.

Parents are invited to submit as well.  Send an e-mail with your name and book pick (include title and author) to [email protected]

ESA Staff are invited to share their picks on the shared Google Doc (see e-mail sent last Friday, or open your Google Drive in AW).

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Looking for volunteers from RBC

We are looking for ESA parents who either work for Royal Bank or have friends who work there and are willing to spend one day volunteering in our ESA garden on May 31, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This will assist us in obtaining the RBC Day of grant.
If you are interested please contact [email protected]