Archives for December 2014

Call for Agenda items – School Council meeting Tuesday January 13, 2015

Please forward your suggestions for agenda items for our upcoming School Council meeting. Save the date – Tuesday Jan.13, 2015 at 7:00 pm meet and greet, 7:15 pm meeting starts. School Council meetings are open to all and are an excellent forum to voice what matters to you as parents. It is 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 discussions.

Please send your suggestions to [email protected] by January 8th. ESA_-_School_Council_Minutes,_November_11,_2014

Looking forward to seeing you!
Sandra and Tanja
School Council co-chairs


The ESA 60 Second Film Fest Ticket Blitz Begins Now

Tickets are available here.

The event always sells out, so get them now to avoid disappointment. And to put you in the mood, here are two highlight’s from last year.

Loulie McMaster’s Things is a delicate examination of our relationship with the material world.

Erika Verhagen’s Eyebrows, on the other hand, is a not so subtle examination of our relationship with our eyebrows.

Win tickets to… Art Spiegelman CO-MIX: A Retrospective

spiegelman giveaway

Attention all ESA students!

Win a copy of CO-MIX: A Retrospective by Art Spiegelman…  and a ticket (or tickets!) to a very special evening with Art Spiegelman on Jan 26th, 2015 at the Bloor Hot Docs cinema.

  • Submit a 3 panel BitStrip comic telling us why you deserve to win this special prize pack and it could be yours.
  • All entries must be received in the Library by the end of the school day on Wednesday January 14th.
  • Additional details about the retrospective and the contest may be found on the attached poster (click on the image to see full size)

Good luck!



Writers’ Week: ESA’s Festival of Canadian Authors on Indiegogo

The ESA Library and English Department are excited about our upcoming inaugural Canadian Festival of Authors.

As this is a major undertaking for the two departments, we have launched an Indiegogo campaign…  and have already received our first 4 pledges.

We appreciate that this is a busy time of year for all, and that there are many organisations offering holiday gift ideas.  If you have an ESA student – past or present – on your Christmas gift list, please do consider making a donation to support this week of enrichment for our students.

  • Thanks in advance for any and all support you, the members of our ESA community, are able to provide.
  • Please do share this on your social networks.
  • The shortlink to the Indiegogo campaign is:


“Writers’ Week” will run on the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, of the week of January 19th – 23rd, 2015.

  • Over the course of these four days, every student at ESA will have the opportunity to spend time in a workshop or presentation session with a local Canadian author.
  • In total, we have 12 Visiting Authors coming in to do 19 individual sessions with students.


E.S.say: Creative Writing blog

Exciting news!

Last weekend, the first bi monthly publications to the new E.S.say writing blog were posted! We have some fantastic work by various ESA students and are very excited to share.

Haven’t had the chance to send us anything yet? Do not put down your pens in defeat, there is still hope!

E.S.say accepts submissions all year round. So send us the absurd, the witty, the bold and the downright nonsensical. And remember, this blog will culminate in an end of year book of letters!

What are you waiting for? Grab your plumes and start scratching!

Information about submissions:

  • Submissions are accepted on a regular basis, year-round
  • Can include, short stories, essays, poetry and prose
  • Must not exceed 3,000 words
  • Must be written by a current ESA student
  • Submissions are accepted: [email protected]

Holiday Reads… and Book Draw @ Your Library

Holiday Reads 2014 has arrived.

Drop by the ESA Library and tell us about your favourite Winter Read…  or, what book you plan to read over this coming Winter Break. All submissions will be entered into our Christmas Book Draw.

  • Check out the newest offerings in the Library.
  • Take one home for your holiday reading.
  • All new titles may be found on the ESA Library Pinterest page.

Year-end Charitable Giving

Dear family and friends of ESA,
 Please consider a gift to your school as you think about year-end giving and your tax deductions for 2014.  It is easy to give online with a credit card.  Simply scroll to the bottom of our home page, and click on ESA Donations.  Your donation will be processed through SESAT (Supporters of Etobicoke School of the Arts Talent) and Canada Helps.  Both are registered charities.  Donations processed through December 31 are eligible for 2014.
If you would prefer to donate cash or write a cheque, donation forms can be found in the report card insert, Festive Program insert or in the school office.  They can be dropped off at the school or mailed.  Please make sure your donation is in to the office by December 19, prior to Winter Break, so it can be deposited before the end-of-year deadline.
Receipts can be provided for any donation over $20.  Gifts can be designated to a particular arts major or where it is most needed.  Other gifts will be divided equally between the majors, with a small amount given to the principal to use at his discretion and for proficiency awards for our graduates.
Thanks for your support of our students and the arts, creating the magic that is ESA!

Drama Department: Speak The Speech, I Pray You: An Evening of Shakespeare

The Grade 12 Drama Majors present “Speak the Speech, I Pray You…”: an evening of Shakespeare on Thursday December 11th in the Mini Theatre. The students will present a series of monologues and a collective creation piece entitled “2B”, which was recently featured during Arts Showcase. These students have dedicated a great deal of time and effort in the research and creation of their roles; as well, the students designed and created their own costumes for their characters.

Two performances, one at 4pm and a second at 7pm, will be held on Thursday. Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, will be available at the door. The performances are dedicated to John Stead and his stage fighting directors in honour of their extensive voluntary work with the cast of The Three Musketeers during rehearsals for Mainstage last year. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Performing Arts Lodge in honour of John Stead and his team. The production will run approximately two hours and 20 minutes with two 10 minute intermissions. Please join us and witness the incredible work that these final year students have created!

This will be a fantastic opportunity for applicants to Drama at ESA, who are planning to audition for the program in January, to see the type of work that students do and to ask Ms. Bourne and/or Mr. Black any last minute questions about audition prior to January 16th. We hope to see you there!

Student Council on Social Media

Do you want to stay up to date on what Student Council is up to? Be sure to follow us on twitter!: @StudCoESA

As well, add us on snapchat! @ESAStudCo

If you ever have any ideas or questions, please e-mail us! [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.



Community Safety Alert (Bloor West Village)

This is a little out of our neighbourhood, but I did want the community to be aware of this situation in the Bloor West Village area.

Third attempted child luring incident reported in Bloor West Village area

Toronto Star (December 3)

Summary: Parents and guardians are being warned about four men allegedly attempting to lure young girls into their truck in the Bloor West Village area, as police investigate the third reported incident of the past week.  Runnymede Public School wrote to parents Wednesday about an incident on Tuesday afternoon, in which five teenage girls were walking on Evelyn Cres. when they were approached by a white truck with four men inside. One man asked the girls to enter the truck, but they were able to return to the school and tell staff. Police were called immediately.

Last Chance to Order ESA Spiritwear, Pick Up Silent Auction Items and Enjoy a Great Performance!

Join us tonight at Festive for a wonderful performance, the Music/Music Theatre Raffle AND it is your last chance to order your ESA t-shirts and hoodies!

T-shirts are red, blue or black with a white ESA logo in either men’s or women’s styles for just $15.  Hoodies are full zip with a small white logo or pull over with a large white logo.  Both are black.  They are $ 30 each.  ESA mugs, sportsacks and ornaments will also be available or stop by for some special homemade fudge (back by demand) or chocolate pretzels.  Final Silent Auction items will also be available for pick up by the highest bidders.  (You have been called.)

Share the magic of ESA, show your pride, support our students and staff and their brilliant work.   The festivities begin at 7:00.  See you tonight!  Just can’t attend, but need a hoodie or other assistance?  Give us a call 647-344-2730.

Harmony Singers’ Christmas Event

Harmony Singers’ Christmas Event

 Our Community partner, the Harmony Singers is celebrating their 50th Season and they are hoping that you will consider joining them on Sunday, December 7th.  Their special guest singer will be our graduate, Michaela Mar.  Harvey Patterson, their conductor, notes:

We have a happy program planned with such hits as REINDEER RAP, COOL SANTA, WINTER WONDERLAND, THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS and MERRY CHRISTMAS, MOZART! (Mozart would have loved it.) Plus we have our usual sing-alongs (bring your voice), a fund-raising sale of jam and cheese (bring money), and refreshments afterwards. It’s going to be a great afternoon in the lovely setting of Humber Valley United Church. For more information please go to: or connect with them at [email protected] or call 416-239-5821