Archives for September 2014

Post-Secondary Transition Information for Students with IEP’s

For students who have IEP’s, the transition to post-secondary accommodation support varies from institution to institution.  The following website gives an overview of this support at the major Ontario colleges and universities.  It is a great place to start the transition process!  Good luck!

IEP Consultation Letters

For any students who have an IEP, you should have received a consultation letter in the mail. Thank you to all who have already returned the response form. If you still have it, we ask that the student returns  it  to the main office tomorrow,  to the attention of the special education teacher listed on the letter.

Call for Agenda items – School Council meeting Tuesday Oct. 14th

Please send us your suggestions for agenda items for our upcoming School Council meeting. Save the date -Tuesday Oct. 14, 7:00 pm meet and greet, 7:15 meeting starts. School Council meetings are open to all and are an excellent forum to voice what matters to you as parents, and a great way to connect with other parents, administration, and the goings on at ESA. We look forward to an engaging evening of updates and discussion.


Please send your suggestions to [email protected] by Oct. 6th


Looking forward to seeing you on the 14th!

Sandra and Tanja

School Council co-chairs

Indiegogo Show Choir Campaign

Please help ESA’s award-winning Show Choirs SPLASH and GLO help raise funds for adding a new live stage band to their competition sets this year in NYC!

Please visit the campaign site for details and perks for donating!

QSP Magazine Fundraiser for Music Theatre

Please submit all orders by this Friday.  Thanks for your continued support of our first fund-raiser.  Online sales are the quickest and easiest way to contribute.

Arts Showcase 2014: Beautiful Losers

Arts Showcase is a student driven performance happening this November with 3 major goals:
  1. To allow students to create their own work
  2. To encourage students create pieces that are interdisciplinary (using more than one major)
  3. To have ownership and fun as they present their work to an audience of 300+ all over the school on one great night.
If this sounds appealing, students are invited to an information session this week
  • Wednesday Oct 1
  • Room 100
  • Lunchtime
Bring your lunch, bring your energy, bring your questions, bring your friends.
For more details see Payne, Moorhouse, Warnock, Morgan, Bourne, Benjafield…

Young Voices Writers Conference

Once again this year, the Toronto Public Library is hosting their Young Voices Writers Conference.  This year it will be held in the Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday October 25th.

  • Meet awesome published writers and artists
  • Work with them in workshops to improve your craft
  • Get your work published in the Instant Anthology magazine
  • Meet teen writers from across the city
  • Win prizes!

Full details, including the online registration template are available here at the Conference website.

MADD Canada seeking Film Extras

Please see the following notice from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada. For more details, please see Mr. Ambrose in Guidance. 
As you know, each year MADD Canada produces a School Assembly Program that is presented personally by MADD Reps to about one million students in middle & high schools across Canada.  It’s a 30 minute drama, followed by about 15 mins of pretty hard-hitting scenes of real people talking about the losses of their loved ones.  The MADD Rep follows it up with an empowering discussion with the students.  MADD hopes that in presenting their message in a creative and engaging way it will encourage teenagers to think twice and plan ahead when they’re making social plans…and save lives.  This year we are producing a French version for them as well, that will be made available in Quebec, and likely other French schools elsewhere in Canada.
No DVDs are sold, and MADD Canada doesn’t show the program anywhere but in schools, other than a short promo on their website to help promote the School Assembly Program itself.
This year we’re putting together a “bush party” for one scene and we’re looking for Volunteer Extras!
It’s a good cause, and one we enjoy contributing to each year.  If one kid calls home for a ride instead of getting behind the wheel of a car, we feel we’ve made a difference.
We are currently in “pre-production” and be locking down details in the next few weeks.  
This is an OVERNIGHT shoot, and will be on one of the following dates:
Wed Oct 22
Thur Oct 23
Fri Oct 24
Sat Oct 25


Since we’re putting out this request to several schools, anyone interested should contact Jane Rowan (MJM Media) 

Flash Forward Exhibition and Auction TONIGHT 7-10pm!!!


The Flash Forward Incubator Program Exhibition and Silent Auction is taking place tonight!!!

All proceeds will benefit the art programs at ESA and Rosedale.

Auction and Opening;
Thursday Sept. 25 at the Twist Gallery
1100 Queen West from 7-11

Music by DJ Sumation

Preview of photos:

SEE YOU TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Payment of Student Fees

Students received their student cards on Tuesday, September 23rd in their home rooms.  If your child did not receive a card, it is because we have not received the activity and arts enhancement fee of $150.00.  If this information is incorrect please call the school. 

Arts fees pay for art supplies, guest artists, new instruments, and many other things that a regular high school could not provide.  Activity fees cover the cost of a yearbook, student agenda, supports student council activities, student athletics and printing costs in the library.  Student activity cards are now used as TTC indentification cards. 

Please make a cheque payable to ESA for $150.00 or view attachment to pay online. Payment of Student Fees at ESA

For families for whom these fees would prove a hardship, please contact the Vice Principal assigned to your student.

Thank you for your support of ESA!







Please view the attached for more information on payment of $150.00 for Student Activity fee and Arts enhancement fee. Payment of Student Fees at ESA

School success – what is it and how should it be measured?

People for Education is asking students, parents, educators, and any interested citizen to take their poll. They are undertaking a major initiative to change the way we measure success in education.  They are looking beyond literacy and numeracy to areas such as creativity, social-emotional skills, citizenship, health, and the quality of the learning environment. Let them know what you think by taking this poll:

Yearbooks: Going, going, gone… and for sale!

If you have not picked up your Yearbook from last year, please drop by the Library to collect it.

Additionally, the Library is selling off surplus copies of yearbooks from a number of prior years.  Limited numbers are available.  Prices range up to $15, depending upon the year.  You must be able to pick your book up from the school during school hours.