Archives for June 2014

Art Contest Extension

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 23 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 23 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!

Library Book and Vinyl Sale: Update #3

Thanks to everyone who came out to the sale today.  Sales continue to be brisk, but we are still busy replenishing items regularly.  See details below…

The sale continues Thursday, before school, at lunch and after school.

Prices range from 25 cents to $2 as follows:

  • 25 cents for discarded mass market paperbacks (not the greatest of condition) and VHS tapes
  • 50 cents for discarded trade paperbacks (not bad to pretty good condition)
  • $1.00 for hardcover books
  • $2.00 for vinyl LP’s

Bring small change, please and thanks.

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Regarding the vinyl…We have lots. We have all types.  For information about the basics, refer to our previous postings.

We have a brand new bin of operatic works (although most of the Pavarotti was just scooped as soon as it went out) as well as some great new offerings in the jazz bin.

For Thursday we have the following specials.  All of these items are priced at 25 cents per album:

  • Crooners and Soft Rock…  we have a somewhat reduced selection of items from Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, etc.
  • Various Vocal…  especially Christmas and holiday music…  featuring the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Mendelssohn Choir, the Festival Singers, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Vienna Boys Choir, and more…

Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift?  Look no further… We have a selection of “very special LP’s” which are individually priced (more than $2 per item!)…  Please talk to Library staff if you are would like to know what we have set aside.  A sampling of these items includes:

  • Ella Fitzgerald, Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook
  • Teatro alla Scala Madama Butterfly, Herbert von Karajan (3 disc set, pristine condition, but incomplete packaging)
  • Nina Simone, My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Jazz Gala 79, recorded live in Cannes
  • (Thelonius) Monk’s Greatest Hits
  • Oscar Peterson Stephane Grappelli quartet
  • Don Ho, Tiny Bubbles
  • Glenn Gould, The Goldberg Variations
  • Peter Ustinov reads The Orchestra
  • Arlo Guthrie Original Soundtrack to “Alice’s Restaurant”
  • Handel’s Messiah, English Chamber Orchestra, featuring Elizabeth Harwood (full 3 disc set, pristine condition, but incomplete packaging)

If you don’t find something you like tomorrow, check back in September.  We will replenish the offerings daily until the end of the day Thursday.  At that time any remains will be put back in storage and brought back out again in the fall…  along with the rest of the stuff that still has not come out yet.  Yes, there is still more!

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All buyers are reminded to please be advised:

  • LP’s are sold in “as is” condition.
  • Album covers are in better or worse condition as they go.
  • These items were all previously in circulation in the ESA Library (in the days before CD’s and digital recordings).
  • We can make no guarantees or warranties as to the “playability” of the items you purchase.
  • Some of the vinyl looks like brand new, some looks like it has been in storage for some time (as indeed it has, and not necessarily in the best of conditions).

New York Update

Congratulations again to all those involved in the three exhibitions we had open in New York City over the weekend!

The Art Write Now exhibition is at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 14!

Congratulations again to Kevin Nguyen and Nigel Westgate for their exhibition in New York at TAG https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.729282720443860.1073741832.184393751599429&type=1

Here are some photos from the Scholastic Awards of our students:

Toko Hosoya - 587946
Varvara Nedilska - 640338
Pia Graham - 404718
Art.Write.Now.2014
Alessia Dowhaniuk - 632766
Hannah Zbitnew - 390747
Samarah Iddon - 439815
Kevin Nguyen - 440277
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Max Perone - 596735
Reed Hollett - 628606

And a huge congratulations once again to Nigel Westgate for his/our first ever appearance in Teen Vogue!!!! http://www.teenvogue.com/my-life/2014-06/teen-art-gallery/?slide=10#?slide=10&_suid=1402322135868020920381899754514

Art Camp

Summer art camp is a go!

It is a great opportunity to spend 30 hours of focused work on a significant piece for Portfolio Day, or, if you are new to ESA, a great chance to become familiar with the school and the sorts of work you will be doing during you time in Visual Arts.

For information please email [email protected]

M Varey

Semestering: Information Meeting

Calling any and all interested parents and/or students.  We will be holding an information session to discuss the options and possibilities around semestering ESA on Tuesday June 17th. 

Members of the ESA Administration, School Council and interested staff will be available to answer questions.

The meeting will be held in the ESA Library, starting at 7:00pm.

Library Book and Vinyl Sale: Update #2

Thanks to everyone who came out to the sale today.  Sales continue to be brisk, but we are still busy replenishing items regularly.  See details below…

The sale continues Wednesday, before school, at lunch and after school.

Prices range from 25 cents to $2 as follows:

  • 25 cents for discarded mass market paperbacks (not the greatest of condition) and VHS tapes
  • 50 cents for discarded trade paperbacks (not bad to pretty good condition)
  • $1.00 for hardcover books
  • $2.00 for vinyl LP’s

Bring small change, please and thanks.

*******************************************************

Regarding the vinyl…We have lots. We have all types.  For information about the basics, refer to our previous postings.

For Wednesday we have the following specials.  All of these items are priced at 25 cents per album:

  • Crooners and Soft Rock… a vast selection of items from Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, etc.
  • Various Vocal…  especially Christmas and holiday music…  featuring the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Mendelssohn Choir, the Festival Singers, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Vienna Boys Choir, and more…

Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift?  Look no further… We have a selection of “very special LP’s” which are individually priced (more than $2 per item!)…  Please talk to Library staff if you are would like to know what we have set aside.  A sampling of these items includes:

  • BBC recording of Charles and Diana’s wedding (my grandmother would be swooning over this one!)
  • Don Ho, Tiny Bubbles
  • Glenn Gould, The Goldberg Variations
  • Peter Ustinov reads The Orchestra
  • Gershwin, Boxed Set, All the Work for Orchestra & for Piano & Orchestra (quite likely never been played)
  • Bach, Boxed Set of “representative recordings” (quite likely never been played)
  • The Story of Jazz (with documentary recordings), narrated by Langston Hughes
  • Arlo Guthrie Original Soundtrack to “Alice’s Restaurant”
  • Clockwork Orange, Original Soundtrack
  • Good Morning Vietnam, Original Soundtrack
  • Handel’s Messiah, English Chamber Orchestra, featuring Elizabeth Harwood (full 3 disc set, pristine condition, but incomplete packaging)

If you don’t find something you like tomorrow, check back again Thursday.  We will replenish the offerings daily until the end of the day Thursday.  At that time any remains will be put back in storage and brought back out again in the fall…  along with the rest of the stuff that still has not come out yet.

****************************************************************

All buyers are reminded to please be advised:

  • LP’s are sold in “as is” condition.
  • Album covers are in better or worse condition as they go.
  • These items were all previously in circulation in the ESA Library (in the days before CD’s and digital recordings).
  • We can make no guarantees or warranties as to the “playability” of the items you purchase.
  • Some of the vinyl looks like brand new, some looks like it has been in storage for some time (as indeed it has, and not necessarily in the best of conditions).

 

Library Book and Vinyl Sale: Update

Thanks to everyone who came out to the sale today.  Sales have been brisk, but we have been busy replenishing this afternoon.  See details below…

The sale continues Tuesday, before school, at lunch and after school.

Prices range from 25 cents to $2 as follows:

  • 25 cents for discarded mass market paperbacks (not the greatest of condition) and VHS tapes
  • 50 cents for discarded trade paperbacks (not bad to pretty good condition)
  • $1.00 for hardcover books
  • $2.00 for vinyl LP’s

Bring small change, please and thanks.

*******************************************************

Regarding the vinyl…We have lots. We have all types.

For Tuesday we have out a selection of the following:

  • Classic rock… 70’s and 80’s mostly
  • Female rock…  a second bay of material by female artists has been added… mostly classic, but not exclusively
  • Canadian classics… Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Murray McLaughlin, etc.
  • Classical…  4 additional bays of classical have been added
  • Jazz and Swing
  • Various Vocal… ranging from operatic performances to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, also lots of Christmas and Holiday music
  • Movie and Musical Soundtracks and/or cast recordings…  a second bay of these has been added
  • Crooners and soft rock… Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, etc.

We also have a selection of “very special LP’s” which will be individually priced (and will be more than $2 per item!)…  Please talk to Library staff if you are would like to know what we have set aside.  A sampling of these items include:

  • BBC recording of Charles and Diana’s wedding (my grandmother would be swooning over this one!)
  • Camelot, Broadway cast recording, starring Julie Andrews, Richard Burton and Robert Goulet
  • Don Ho, Tiny Bubbles
  • Glenn Gould, The Goldberg Variations
  • Peter Ustinov reads The Orchestra
  • Gershwin, Boxed Set, All the Work for Orchestra & for Piano & Orchestra (quite likely never been played)

If you don’t find something you like tomorrow, check back again Wednesday.  We will replenish the offerings daily until we are sold out.

All buyers please be advised:

  • LP’s are sold in “as is” condition.
  • Album covers are in better or worse condition as they go.
  • These items were all previously in circulation in the ESA Library (in the days before CD’s and digital recordings).
  • We can make no guarantees or warranties as to the “playability” of the items you purchase.
  • Some of the vinyl looks like brand new, some looks like it has been in storage for some time (as indeed it has, and not necessarily in the best of conditions).

Congratulations X 4!!

Congratulations to Nigel Westgate for his/our first ever appearance in Teen Vogue!!!!

Way to go Nigel!!

http://www.teenvogue.com/my-life/2014-06/teen-art-gallery/?slide=10#?slide=10&_suid=1402322135868020920381899754514

Congratulations to Kevin Nguyen and Nigel Westgate for their exhibition in New York at TAG
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.729282720443860.1073741832.184393751599429&type=1

And a huge congratulations to all the ESA people who were in New York over the weekend to collect their Scholastic Art and Writing National Awards!! What a year!!!

And a final congratulations to all who exhibited in the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo which closed on Sunday – bravo!

M Varey

Historic Year for ESA Track and Field

May 28, 2014 was a historic day for ESA track and field at the Metro Regional Championships at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough. As expected, Kristen Metcalfe and Santi Bessai cemented their spots as the two best runners our school has ever seen by winning the 400m dash and 2000m steeplechase respectively. That alone was an amazing moment for Etobicoke School of the Arts – a school that does not usually produce athletes of such calibre.
There were a few near misses for OFSAA, like Chiara Ferrero-Wong who finished 7th in the 80m hurdles and the enormous grade 10 student, Hale Murphy, who came 6th in the discus and 7th in the shot put. The moment of the day, however, belonged to the senior girls 4x100m relay team of Katrina Hubler, the aforementioned Kristen Metcalfe, Hailey Radigan, and Emma Cullen Shaw, who ran a fantastic time of 51.65 to scrape into the OFSAA championships in 4th place, qualifying by 0.02 seconds.
May 29, day 2 of the city finals, saw Kristen win the 400m hurdles, as expected, and Santi Bessai ran his way into OFSAA with an excellent 3rd place in the 3000m with a run of 8:48.82. All of our athletes – even those who have unfortunately not made it to OFSAA – have greatly impressed. I cannot officially say that ESA has never had so many OFSAA qualifiers, or had such a strong team, but it was a massively impressive season and one that has not gone unnoticed by coaches and officials from across the city.
The OFSAA championships in Mississauga marked the end of the season June 5, 6 and 7. The objectives of our qualifiers were admittedly very different. Our girls relay team was honoured at the opportunity to brush shoulders with the greats, and with grade 9 student Phoebe Wolfe admirably filling in for the injured Hailey Radigan, the girls ran another fantastic race and finished a respectable 19th place.
Santi Bessai knew he had an outside shot at a top 3 in the 2000m steeplechase, and he ran like a man possessed in the final. He constantly attacked and pushed himself to the absolute limit and with a fantastic time of 6:02.90 he placed 4th – unfortunately missing the podium but breaking his personal best by almost 6 seconds. This fantastic runner also placed 16th in the 3000m, a result he was unhappy with but he has served our school so fantastically well over his four years here and will be greatly missed.
Kristen Metcalfe was constantly surrounded by coaches and scouts who were scrutinizing her every move and giving her as many cliches and pep talks that they could think of. Under this pressure, she ran a phenomenal 55.17 in the 400m and placed second, earning ESA a remarkably rare spot on the OFSAA podium on Friday June 6. She tried to follow it up with another podium finish the next day but settled for a wonderful 6th place in the 400m hurdles. Kristen’s accomplishments will surely not be matched for a very long time by another ESA athlete. She has very quietly and humbly dominated her region for three years now, and this year she has made a meteoric rise into becoming one of the elite of Ontario and even Canada while still maintaining her gentle demeanour. Some of her coaches have told me she has a reasonable shot at becoming an Olympic athlete in a few years.  Like Santi, she is graduating this year and our track and field program owes her a huge debt for her dedication and monstrous success over these four years and the OFSAA medal marked a fitting end to the journey.

Summer Garden Watering and Maintenance: Volunteers Wanted

We’re putting together our summer garden maintenance team.  Volunteers mind our garden for one week each during the summer.  This typically means watering once, subject to weather conditions.

Community service hours are available for students who participate in summer maintenance.

Send en e-mail to [email protected] indicating which week(s) you would be available to assist.  We’ll get back to you when we have a tentative schedule put together…  hopefully within the next week or so.

Many thanks in advance.

Need mulch? Still some mulch left…

Thank you to those of you who have helped yourself from the leftover mulch pile.  Much appreciated.

Even after what removal has occurred, we still have leftover mulch.  This is coarse tub ground mulch suitable for mulching trees…  not the finest of materials that you would want to spread on a garden bed.

If you need mulch, help yourself.  First come, first served.  Bring a shovel, some buckets (or bags) or the back of a pickup truck and dig away at the pile.

The remaining mulch must go.  The area it is located in is scheduled to be re-paved early this summer.

If interested, the mulch is located in the little parking lot at the back on the south side of the school (where the basketball net is).

Library Sale: Books, Vinyl LP’s and more

Come one.  Come all.  The Library is having a sale.  Used books, new books (donations which have not been catalogued), old VHS movie musicals and vinyl LP’s.

The sale starts Monday June 9th, at lunch, in the Library.

Prices range from 25 cents to $2 as follows:

  • 25 cents for discarded mass market paperbacks (not the greatest of condition) and VHS tapes
  • 50 cents for discarded trade paperbacks (not bad to pretty good condition)
  • $1.00 for hardcover books
  • $2.00 for vinyl LP’s

Bring small change, please and thanks.

*******************************************************

Regarding the vinyl…We have lots. We have all types.

For Monday we have out a selection of the following:

  • Classic rock (70’s and 80’s mostly)
  • Female rock (mostly classic, but not exclusively)
  • Canadian classics (Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Murray McLaughlin, etc.)
  • Classical
  • Vocal (ranging from operatic performances to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir)
  • Movie and Musical Soundtracks and/or cast recordings
  • Crooners and soft rock (Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, etc.)

We also have a selection of “very special LP’s” which will be individually priced (and will be more than $2 per item!)…

If you don’t find something you like on Monday, try again on Tuesday.  We will replenish the offerings daily until we are sold out.

All buyers please be advised:

  • LP’s are sold in “as is” condition.
  • Album covers are in better or worse condition as they go.
  • These items were all previously in circulation in the ESA Library (in the days before CD’s and digital recordings).
  • We can make no guarantees or warranties as to the “playability” of the items you purchase.
  • Some of the vinyl looks like brand new, some looks like it has been in storage for some time (as indeed it has, and not necessarily in the best of conditions).

 

 

 

 

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