Archives for January 2015

SESAT Meeting: Monday, February 2

The next SESAT meeting is on Monday, February 2, beginning with a meet and greet at 7:00 in the Library
Supporters of ESA Talent would love to have you join us as we plan our first ever, late start pancake breakfast, identify new proficiency awards, discuss SESAT involvement in new ESA initiatives and community engagement projects and brainstorm new ideas!
Come help us create an organization that you can be proud of as we support the talent and magic of ESA.  No matter what your interest, availability or experience we have opportunities for everyone to get involved and make a difference in the lives of our students, families, staff and community.  We promise to strive to always keep the fun in fundraising and, who knows, you might make a new best friend.
If you have new ideas or would like to get involved but cannot attend the meeting or for all things SESAT, please contact Ann Agar at [email protected].  Thank you for your support.

E.S.say: New postings of student creative writing

Everyone in the ESA community is invited to peruse the latest offerings of new creative writing by ESA students.

Find the latest postings at our Blog:

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis via email to: [email protected]

Carleton University Creative Writing Contest

The timelines are kind of tight but…  Carleton University is currently accepting entries to it’s Creative Writing Contest.

  • This year’s theme: Passages: Transitions Between Worlds
  • Two age categories:
    18 and under; over 18
    Two writing categories: Poetry and Short Story
    Canadian and International Entries Welcome!
  • Winning entries will be featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2015 by In/Words Magazine and Press. They will also receive a $300 cash prize.
  • Second-prize winners will receive $100. First and second-place winners will receive books donated by House of Anansi Press.
  • Postmark Deadline: February 15, 2015
  • Winners will be announced March 15th, 2015.

Find all the details here.

Writers’ Week: A Success

This has been a phenomenal week in the Library.

What a roller coaster ride it’s been…  laugh out loud funny in some sessions, wiping tears away in others.  We have certainly run the gamut here this week.

Our wonderful visiting authors have been truly inspiring.  From pure and simple storytelling, to advice and workshopping on process and structure…  not to mention the reflections on the responsibilities of the artist to help make the world a better place followed up with absolute encouragement to live one’s life to the fullest doing something you love, passionately.

Thank you to our students for being wonderful audiences.  If the student in your house came away inspired by and/or raving about their session with their visiting author, please do consider a donation to our IndieGogo campaign, in support of this week of very special programming.

Here’s to hoping this is just the first of many such events here at ESA.



Emerging Voices Creative Writers’ Conference 2015

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This free creative writing conference for youth 17-24 gives young writers a chance to meet and interact with a variety of professionals, students and other young writers, and celebrate the diversity of Toronto’s writing community.

Work with award winning poet, storyteller and writers, including George Elliot Clarke,J. Torres, Trevor Haldenby, Farzana Doctor, Andrew Westoll, Daniel Tysdal, Nino Ricci and Richard Scarsbrook.

Hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough Students of English Literature & Film (SELF) in partnership with the Toronto Public Library.

NFB Canada Day Challenge 2015

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In 2015, Canada celebrates the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, and the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada. Drawing inspiration from these events, youth can participate in the 2015 Canada Day Challenge by submitting their creations in three exciting categories:

  • Draw it!
  • Snap it!
  • Write it!

There will be a total of nine finalists selected, three from each category. Three finalists will also be selected as the National Winners to represent each category as part of winning posters for Celebrate Canada.

Get ready to pack your bags for an unforgettable, all-expenses-paid adventure in the Nation’s Capital Region!
This year, nine grand-prize trips for two to Ottawa will be awarded: finalists and their family members will get the chance to attend Canada Day 2015 celebrations, receive VIP access to exciting places, and meet some of Canada’s most inspiring personalities. They’ll also tour museums, galleries, and so much more!

Lights! Camera! Action!
Finalists will also have the opportunity to work with the NFB’s amazingly talented team of Education Specialists, who will help them create their very own short films about their adventures in Ottawa.

Learn more at the Canada Day Challenge 2015 website.

Audition Day Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone who auditioned on January 16, 2015.  Offers of admissions will be sent out via email on Monday, February 2, 2015 after 4 pm.

Successful students will be asked to confirm their place by replying to the acceptance email by Friday, February 6, 2015.  We will be emailing these students registration information on February 9, 2015 .  This includes a grade 9 course selection sheet.  A reminder to all successful students to meet with their grade 8 guidance counsellors in order to complete the course selection process.  All registration information will be due to Student Services post-marked by Friday, February 27, 2015.

ESA/SESAT SpiritWear is in

Please come and pick up your items in the cafeteria after school Thursday, January 22 (today) or Friday, January 23 (tomorrow).  If you cannot make it on one of these days, please check during lunch on Monday.  This pick up is for pre-orders only.  Please bring your receipt, if possible.  We do have a few extra items, so stop by if you missed the order and we will see if we have what you need.  Thanks for supporting  ESA!

Pan Am/Parapan Games Volunteer Opportunity!

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games are looking to recruit volunteers for the Medal Ceremonies Team for the Panam and Parapan Games to be held in Ontario in July and August of this year. Volunteers will escort dignitaries, escort athletes and bear the medals trays at the medal ceremonies. In general, volunteers can contribute up to 12 shifts over 18 days – July 10-26 for the Pan Am Games, and 6 shifts over the 9 days of the Parapan Am Games – August 7 to August 15, 2015. They are looking for volunteers for both games and preference will be given to volunteers that apply to both. The deadline to apply is February 13th, 2015. Please see the attached documents for information on how to apply. There are many benefits including a uniform, meals, free transit, discounted tickets and more! See these documents for more detail: Medals Ceremonies Newsletter.ESA MEDALS TRAINING DECK.ESA

The process of volunteering is web-based, and includes a video interview. They will make special note of volunteers coming from ESA in the application process.
 For further information, please contact: [email protected] or by phone: 416-234-1310.

Reminder: Choreographic Workshop DVDs

Just a reminder that all Choreographic Workshop DVD orders are due by Friday, January 23rd. See Mrs.Wolfson to order a DVD for $15.

Late Start Wednesday, January 21

Wednesday, January 21 is a late start day.

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

Thank you

Grade 9 & 10 Art Show opens Thursday 6-8pm

Please join us for the opening of Common Abstratction at the Edward Day Gallery – 952 Queen Street West – on Thursday January 22nd from 5.30 to 8.30pm

Exhibition is open Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm.