Archives for October 2014

NOV 7 – Portfolio Day 5!!!


The chaos has begun! Portfolio day 2014, our fifth edition, is shaping up to be our most dynamic so far.

Join us in celebrating the work done by the grade 12’s by visiting the show from 6.45pm-8.15pm on Friday November 7th.

We will witness some of the strongest work ever at ESA. We are hoping for a large crowd so please feel free to invite friends and family!

Schools/programs registered to date:

1. Harvard, Cambridge MA
2. School of Visual Art, New York NY
3. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO
4. College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
5. McMaster University, Hamilton
6. Emily Carr, Vancouver BC
7. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NS
8. Max the Mutt, Toronto
9. Columbus College of Art and Design, OH
10. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB
11. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City
12. Ryerson University, Toronto
13. Ryerson RTA School of Media, Toronto
14. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, NY NY
15. Western University, London Ontario
16. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
17. Kendall College of Art & Design, grand Rapids Michigan
18. The San Francisco Art Institute, California
19. Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design University of Michigan
20. Parsons Paris, France
21. Parsons the New School, New York NY
22. SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, San Francisco California
23. York University Visual Art Department, Toronto
24. York University Design Department, Toronto
25. California Institute of the Arts
26. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York
27. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
28. Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
29. New York School of Interior Design
30. School of Creative Arts University Of Windsor
31. Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto 32. Paris College of Art, Paris France
33. Sheridan College Game Design, Toronto
34. Sheridan College Illustration, Toronto
35. Sheridan College Animation, Toronto
36. Sheridan College Photography, Toronto
37. Sheridan College Interaction Design, Toronto
38. Sheridan College Bachelor of Crafts and Design, Toronto
39. Camberwell College of Arts, London UK
40. Central Saint Martins, London UK
41. Chelsea College of Arts, London UK
42. London College of Communication, London UK
43. London College of Fashion, London UK
44. Wimbledon College of Arts, London UK
45. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver Colorado
46. Pratt MWP Utica, New York
47. Queens University, Kingston
48. Concordia University Photography, Montreal
49. Concordia University Studio Art, Montreal
50. Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach California
51. Columbia College Chicago, IL
52. George Brown College Graphic Design Program, Toronto
53. George Brown College Game Design Program, Toronto
54. George Brown College Interaction Design Program, Toronto
55. University of British Colombia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
56. University of Guelph, ON

Thank you so much!

Matthew Varey [email protected]

Events in Ottawa

I have attached my announcement to the students and staff regarding the tragic events in Ottawa yesterday.  I have also attached a note from our Director of Education, Donna Quan, that some of you may find useful as you talk about this situation with your children, family and friends.

Rob MacKinnon

Good Morning,

Sadly, you will notice that our flag is at half-staff again.  It is lowered in honour of reservist Nathan Cirillo, the young reservist who was killed while guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier in Ottawa yesterday.

As I am sure you all now know, Reservist Cirillo was shot by a man who later went up to our Parliament buildings and opened fire there.  Luckily, no one else was injured, except the alleged perpetrator, who was killed.  Events like these open up many questions… most fundamentally, ‘why did this attack occur?’  It will also bring up questions around safety, surveillance, democracy and even the kind of Canada we want to live in.  You may be discussing some of these issues in class today and with your families over the next while.  As always, whenever major events like this happen, they can raise issues for our students and staff.  Our guidance staff and administration are always available if you would like to talk about yesterday’s events.

Finally, at this upcoming Remembrance Day, we will be thinking about all of the soldiers in the past who have made personal sacrifices for their country; this year, we will also think about Nathan Cirillo and all the men and women who serve our country today.

Message from TDSB Director of Education on Events in Ottawa

Student Vote: Bring Photo ID

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All ESA students are reminded to come out and vote in our in-school Municipal Election.  Our polls will be open from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, Friday, October 24th.

Drop by the Library on Friday and share your democratic choice.

Be sure to have Photo ID with you..  Your ESA Student Card will do brilliantly for our purposes. 

No Photo ID?  Bring a friend with Photo ID to vouch for you!

Join the “Carn-Evil” – ESA’s Hallowe’en Dance!

Friday October 31st will see the school transformed into a creepy carnival for the Student Council’s annual Hallowe’en Dance. Tickets are on sale every day at lunch – no tickets at the door!

DJ’d by John Kiss and Liam Sullivan

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Relieve Stress with Mindfulness

Mindfulness workshops are being presented to staff and students:

Every Tuesday for 20-25 minutes, October 21 – December 2
Teachers: 8:15am – 8:35 am (Library Seminar Room)
Students: Lunch, 11:30 -11:50 am (Library Seminar Room)

Facilitated by: Trish Drynan (Tools for All Teens)
Staff Sponsor: Ms. Meherali (Student Services)

Please see attachment for more details.

Relieve Stress with Mindfulness fall 2014 (3)

TDSB Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) annual conference – open to all, free admission

PIAC Presents: The 8th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference 
Saturday November 15, 2014, 8:30 am at Earl Haig Secondary School
For more information visit:
Check out the above link to find out which workshops may be of interest to you. There is always a good selection of interesting and informative workshops from which to choose. Admission is free and breakfast and lunch are included.

Student Vote 2014: Get out and vote!

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All ESA students are invited – and encouraged – to come out and vote in our in-school Municipal Election.  Our polls will be open from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm this Friday, October 24th.

Drop by the Library on Friday and share your democratic choice.


Student Vote 2014: Volunteers Needed

  • Need community service hours?
  • Want to experience an election from the inside?

We still have three spots available for Poll Clerks for our in-school Municipal Election, to be held this Friday October 24th.

If you are available during Period One on Friday, please e-mail Ms. Wray directly to get on the schedule.  Send your e-mail to [email protected]



Tickets for fundraiser Don’t Stop Believing

Two-for-one tickets for DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ benefit with the company members of WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON!

One night only! Get your tickets today for DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: an evening of song and dance benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Actors’ Fund of Canada on Monday, October 27, 8 p.m., at the Panasonic Theatre, Toronto.

As a thank you to Etobicoke School of the Arts staff, students and alumni for supporting the Actors’ Fund, use the promo code BELIEVE to get two-for-one tickets!

Produced by company members, the evening is an opportunity for them to kick up their heels performing some of their favourite non-show related material in support of charity!

VIP Plus admission is $250, which includes a pre-show reception with cast members, preferred seating, professional photography with cast members, refreshments and WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON merchandise. VIP admission is $125, which includes preferred seating and show merchandise. Reserved admission is $55. The Monday, October 27 event will also include live and silent auctions featuring some once-in-a-lifetime WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON experiences.

DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ will be a magical, one-night-only experience, so get your tickets today at or by calling 1.800.461.3333.

Arts Showcase Auditions: Nov 4th

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If you are interested in auditioning for this years Arts Showcase (Nov 20) then note the following details about auditions.

Auditions take place:

  • Tuesday November 4th
  • 3:30 PM
  • Drama Hall (room 110 & 111)

Show up with your group to present your piece.

Want to learn more or get mentoring to help prepare your piece?  Join us in room 100 Wednesday’s at lunch in October (the 22nd and 29th)


We have been introducing students to their new TDSB student e-mail addresses since the beginning of the year.  This has been a fairly seamless process, with the exception of the Grade 9’s or any other student who is new to the building this year.

These problems should be resolved by the end of this coming week, as per the following notice put out by IT Services yesterday…

Grade 9 students are encouraged to access their AW accounts, and get into their student Google Drives to confirm the status of their TDSB G-mail inboxes after Oct 21st.  Any students who still encounter difficulties should pop into the Library for assistance.


On October 21, 2014 the TDSB will launch student email accounts to further support learning in a digital age. Interested teachers will have an additional way to communicate, collaborate and make connections to the curriculum with students.

Students will access their TDSB email through Academic (AW) Workspace by selecting the “Mail” tab. Access to AW is available 24/7 from anywhere in the world on any device with an internet connection. Below is a summary of TDSB email initiative:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3: TDSB email is not provided*
  • Grades 4 – 5: Internal – communicate with TDSB students and staff only
  • Grades 6 – 12:  External – communicate with TDSB students, staff and email accounts outside of TDSB
  • Grade 3 students in a 3/4 combined class may be added to the Student Email group in LAS with principal’s approval.  

Gmail (Google mail), as part of TDSB’s Google Apps for Education set of digital learning tools, will be the student email product.

Student Vote: In-School Municipal Election, Fri Oct 24th

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Once again, ESA is taking part in Student Vote 2014.  This just in…  our in-school Election Day will be Friday October 24th.

  • Is the upcoming Municipal Election of interest to you?
  • Would you like to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes reality of an Election Day?

We’re looking for student volunteers to act as Poll Clerks and Deputy Returning Officers for our in school Student Vote 2014.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google Form.  You will be contacted shortly.

If you would like additional information, please see Ms. Wray in the Library.