Archives for November 2014

Hooray for the Craft Show and SESAT!

Congratulations and thanks to our SESAT (Supporting ESA Talent) team of volunteers for a fantastic craft sale and silent auction!

Every year SESAT runs this special day to raise funds for all of our arts majors.  This means that every single student in the school is supported by their work and by your donations/purchases/bids at the silent auction.

Everyone I talked to on Saturday was absolutely astounded by the organization of the day and by how professionally run it was.  People also remarked on the scale of the day, the quality of the silent auction items and on the great selection of craftspeople selling their wares.

Like so many other aspects of the school, we rely on parent and community volunteers to support the school’s efforts to make ours the best programs available!

If you weren’t able to come out this year, please mark your calendars early for next year!

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

Rob MacKinnon


Late Start Wednesday, November 26

Wednesday, November 26 is a Late Start Day.

First period classes begin at 9:45 a.m.

Thank You

Thanks for your support of the ESA Silent Auction and Craft Fair

A very heartfelt thank you to all the donors, vendors, bakers, cooks, shoppers, bidders, faculty, staff,  parents, students and volunteers for your part in making our 2014 Silent Auction, Craft Fair, Bake Sale, Food Court, Spirit Wear Sale and Art Sale a huge success!  None of it would have been possible without your support and we are confident it will enhance the programs available for our students!
Extra thanks and congratulations for a job well done to our committee heads and assistants, Ardys Bobechko, Tracey Ehl, Claire Mackensie, Andrea Rutty, Donna Schwantes, Sue Walkovich, Suzanne Friedrichs, Trish Zado, Cheryl Shapiro, Maria Pater, Cathryn Motherwell, Trish Drynan, Jocelyne Abbott and veterans Jan Lavelle and Susan Cohen!
 Moneys raised by SESAT are divided equally between all the arts majors to purchase additional equipment and supplies as well as fund visiting artists and other enrichment opportunities.  We also contribute to the principal’s discretionary fund and purchase proficiency awards for our graduating seniors.  Thanks again!  See you next year on November 21!
Supporters of ESA Talent (SESAT) would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations.  Please join us in showing your appreciation by shopping with them whenever possible. Take a look at the video here.



  • Do you write prose?
  • Do you write poetry?
  • Do whimsical words make you giddy?
Then perhaps you would like become a part of E.S.say! This is our school’s new monthly publication and creative writing blog, culminating in an end of year book of letters!
It is an exciting way to get your work read, get feedback and just get it out there.
Interested in finding out more? Visit and bookmark our blog:
We will curate submissions and post once a month.  Follow the blog by e-mail so you don’t miss any posts.
Interested in sending something in right away? Send it to us here: [email protected]
Welcome to E.S.say…
Sauvanne Julien, Creative Director
Ms.Wray, Librarian and Executive Producer


The Library is having a SALE!

The Library is having another Book and Vinyl Sale.  The sale launches on Saturday, at the SESAT Craft Fair, and continues for at least the next week or so.

Drop by the Library to check out our selection of new and used books, as well as more vinyl from our vinyl vault.

Offerings include:

  • Adult Fiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Books for foodies
  • Non-Fiction
  • Classical music
  • Easy listening music
  • Female Pop and Rock
  • Musical Theatre
  • Christmas and Chorale
  • Opera

Prices range from 25 cents to $2 as follows:

  • 50 cents for discarded trade paperbacks (not bad to pretty good condition)
  • $1.00 for used hardcover books
  • $2.00 for new hardcover books
  • $2.00 for vinyl LP’s
  • there are some “special” items – books and vinyl – which are individually priced, please ask about these

Bring small change, please and thanks.


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).


ESA’s Annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction is TODAY!

Stop by ESA today from 10-3 p.m.!  Bring your friends, family and neighbours to get a jump on holiday shopping or enjoy a wonderful day of art, music and treats, sure to get even the Grinch himself into the holiday spirit!

Don’t forget cash or a chequebook, as SESAT and some vendors cannot accept credit cards.  Parking, admission and smiles are always free!  Thank you for supporting your school!


Relax with Mindfulness

To all ESA staff and students, Mindfulness workshops continue every Tuesday in the Library Seminar Room! 

Staff session – 8:10-8:35 am    

Student session – 11:35-12 pm  (staff welcome if they are unable to attend morning)

Experience the benefits of guided breathing, relaxation techniques, and mindful awareness.  This is a powerful technique to bring calm to your day.

Sessions are led by Trish Drynan through the Tools for All Teens program being offered at ESA.

Staff sponsor – Ms Meherali, Student Services Department

All are welcome!

One Day Until the ESA Annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction

Tomorrow is going to be a great day at ESA!  Only one day left until the annual Craft Fair, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Food Court and SpiritWear Sale!   Visit nearly 100 vendors or bid on as many wonderful donations!  Pick up some delicious home baked treats, enjoy some homemade chili, a hot dog or a drink and take a look at the fabulous new ESA merchandise and Spirit Wear.

Parking, admission and smiles are always free!  But make sure to bring plenty of cash and cheques as not everyone can take credit cards

Sponsored by SESAT, the Craft Fair and Silent Auction is our largest fundraiser. We are grateful to raise thousands of dollars each year to support all our arts majors.

See you tomorrow


Thank you!

I want to send a big thank you to everyone who has helped with our first three events so far this school year!

Three events – three huge successes! We had the Magenta Flash Forward Incubator auction in which all thirty photographs sold – our largest Portfolio Day event ever – and a very successful exhibition at York University.

We have at eight significant events already scheduled for January – July 2015 and many more to come!

Thank you amazing ESA community!!
Matthew Varey

ART TALKs 2015!

Art Talk 3 will take place on Friday February 6 and Art Talk 4 will take place on Friday February 27, 2015 at 7pm in the OCADU Auditorium!

Thanks OCADU!

Spread the word!!!

Bohemian RhapsoTEA

The ESA Dance Department is doing a loose leaf tea fundraiser! House of Tea, a highly recognized tea shop in Toronto has provided us with 12 different teas (Black, Green, Herbal, and Rooibos), none of which has any artificial flavours. Below is the catalog that explains each flavour of tea we have available. Please contact an ESA dance major to order your tea no later than November 24th.

Bohemian RhapsoTEA

Photo Sale

Come out to the SESAT craft sale on Saturday from 10-3 to support the visual art department. We will be selling off photographs, picture frames and a small selection of art books.

See you there!