Archives for June 2014

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2014 Prom Photo Link

Dear Grads and Parents/Guardians of Grads:

Please view this link: to view and order any photos from this year’s Prom.

Silent Auction 2014! Let’s Make Some Noise!

Hello ESA Community!

I am writing to introduce the coordination team for the upcoming Silent Auction 2014 – Claire MacKenzie, Andrea Rutty and Tracey Ehl Harrison; that’s me.   We are looking forward to jumping in to work with all of you and building on all of the great stuff that’s been done in previous years to support the programs at ESA.  The Silent Auction and Craft Fair will be taking place on Saturday, November 22, 2014.  Mark your calendar!


As a parent of a grade 9 student, I have to say that I was blown away by the school environment and the creativity and extent of student talent.  Wow.  I bet planning is already underway for next year’s shows and so it’s fitting that we start our planning too for the craft fair and silent auction, SESAT’s largest annual fundraiser.
I am hoping that you will start to think about your networks and where we might be able to find some great donations for the 2014 auction.  Be creative….maybe you know a chef who’d give a lesson for 2 or someone with a cottage they rent out.  Maybe your sister-in-law owns a car dealership and has some extras on the lot…Maybe your favourite travel agent, spa, restaurant or clothing spot would be willing to pitch in.  Maybe your student would be willing to paint a family portrait, do a photo shoot or invite a cameo appearance in their film.


Every donation counts.  Don’t be afraid to THINK BIG.  This year, an orthodontic treatment brought in the single largest bid in auction history.  We’ve got a great list of organizations who have been generous before and SESAT members will be reaching out to them over the summer.  Starting early means that some organizations with longer approval timelines can also get involved.


Attached is the ESA Silent Auction Donation Form 2014 v1 for your use.  Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20.  (Please note that gift cards and in-kind services are not eligible for tax receipts.)  You’ll see that we’re seeking all donations by Tuesday, November 11.  That way, we can have all of the bid sheets ready to go and, importantly, create a thank you video that includes all of our donors.  The video will be shown at the Silent Auction and posted on the ESA website for all to enjoy!


If you have some ideas, questions or are able to source a donation over the summer months, please contact me with the good news at [email protected].  In September, we’ll get back in touch with a reminder and let you know how it has been going so far.


Thank you for your help!  It’s a silent auction, but together let’s make some NOISE!

Enjoy the summer.  It’s finally here.  All the best,

World Pride – Candlelight Aids Vigil

Members from Splash and Into the Woods will be performing at the World Pride – Candlelight Aids Vigil in Cawthra Park on Tuesday, June 24th at dusk.  Please come out and celebrate with ESA at this special event.

Semestering Survey: Survey closes Friday June 20th

If you have not already…  please take a moment and vote on whether or not ESA should be semestered.  Voting closes at the end of the day on Friday June 20th.  Your opinion matters.


Follow this link:

Action Required-Semestering Vote

Please visit this link and cast your vote on whether ESA should adopt a semester timetable.  Only 3 days left!  The survey closes FRIDAY JUNE 20th. 


Vote at: .  THANK YOU!





Library Overdues




Thanks to everyone who has been returning their overdue Library items.  Please keep them coming.

If you are returning books during the exam period…  Please note that the Library is being used for exams all day long.

There is a box labelled “Library” on the bench in the Main Office.  Please drop off your returns to the box, and we will clear it periodically throughout the day.

Semestering Survey

Please take a moment and vote on whether ESA should be semestered.

Follow this link:  .

Voting closes this Friday.  Your opinion is SO important.

Thank you!

Only a few spots remain at Lens Flare Film Camp

Attention all students interested in movies:

LENS FLARE FILM CAMP is an 8 day summer camp hosted at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Students in grade 7-10 who want to learn about film making at a beginner or advanced level are invited to come join us from July 2-4, & 7-11 and work with the best instructors in the business.

Only a few spots remain – learn more at or [email protected]

Library Contests: Winners Announced

The ESA Library is pleased to announce the following winners of the Summer Reads Draw, as well as the inaugural ESA Library Poetry Contest…

Summer Reads 2014: Congratulations to our Summer Reads winners.

  • Parent: Lisa Bendall
  • Staff: Natasha Brault
  • Students: Caroline Biel, Alana Park, Lindsay Roland-Mills, Natasha Bhanushali and Emily Badgely.

If you did not collect your book prize yesterday, please drop by the Library on Contact Day to collect it.

Also…  be sure to check the ESA Library Pinterest page by the end of today, where all of our Summer Reads recommended books will be posted.


ESA Library Poetry Contest: Congratulations to our winners.

  • Third Place: Lauryn Withnell
  • Second Place: Cristina daPonte
  • First Place: Charlie McLaughlin

If you did not collect your prize yesterday, please drop by the Library on Contact Day to collect it.


Finally, Congratulations to Jory Bertram-French who is our final TDSB Just Read It winner of the year.  WooHoo!


See you in September!

Library Hours and Closures… and Outstanding Book Returns

Please be advised that the Library will be CLOSED on Friday morning, June 13th, for set-up for exams.

The Library will remain closed – except to students writing their exams in the Library – until the end of the exam period, Monday June 23rd.

After exams, the Library will generally be open from 8am until 3pm, barring any closures for meetings or other end of year celebrations.


If you still have outstanding books to return to the Library…

  • during the exam period, please leave any books, or other circulating items, in the box in the Main Office
  • on Contact Day, please bring items directly to the Library, and place them in the book return

Many thanks for your assistance in getting all books returned and accounted for in a timely fashion.

Student Vote 2014: ESA Results

The moment has arrived.  I am now able to announce the results of our ESA Student Vote 2014.

Drumroll please…

  • CHOO , P. C. – New Democratic Party of Ontario – Votes: 77…  32% of the popular vote
  • MILCZYN , PETER – Ontario Liberal Party – Votes: 68…  29% of the popular vote
  • SALEWSKY , ANGELA – Green Party of Ontario – Votes: 37… 16% of the popular vote
  • HOLYDAY , DOUG – Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario – Votes: 24… 10% of the popular vote

From the folks at Civix, who brought us Student Vote 2014:

  • By the end of the school day, 167,416 votes were reported from 1261 schools representing all 107 electoral districts in the province.
  • The complete results will be available on our website as soon as the polls close (tentatively scheduled for 9:00pm). Three districts will be held back due to late closing of polls, they are Trinity—Spadina (9:30), Dufferin—Caledon (9:30) and Kenora—Rainy River (10:00).
  • Link: (link will become live and publicly available at approx 9pm)
  • On this page you will find a written summary of the results and you will be able to access the province-wide summary, results by electoral district and individual school results.
  • We do not have a formal partnership with a broadcast partner so there will not be dedicated time on one particular station. However we are hoping that some stations will pick up the story and share the results.
  • Many daily newspapers have committed to publishing the results, including the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Record, Sault Star, Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, Northumberland Today and hopefully many more.

Come back again and join us for another exciting round in the upcoming Municipal Elections, this October.


LATER UPDATE from Student Vote 2014:  This graphic shows the distribution of student vote in Etobicoke Lakeshore.  Click on graphic for larger image.

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