Archives for February 2015

Tour 4 Humanity: Last Chance to Get on the Bus

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 2.55.07 PMThe Tour 4 Humanity is coming to the ESA Parking lot on Monday February 23rd and Tuesday February 24th.

All students currently enrolled in Grade 10 Canadian History will have the opportunity to get on the bus with their classes, as will students taking World Religions and ModWest (History).

We are inviting any and all other members of the ESA Community – Staff, Grade 11 and 12 students, Parents, Grads – to join us during the lunchhour on Tuesday Feb 24th.  You will be treated to the same educational experience as the Grade 10 History students.

If you would like to attend during either of these lunchhour sessions, please fill out this Google Form to advise.

A brief description of the session is as follows:

THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE explores both Canadian history – “ the tolerance timeline” and current events. Some of the historical topics include slavery, Residential Schools, immigration policies and the internment of Japanese Canadians. Discussions surrounding the Internet and cyber-bullying, as well as current hate crime statistics bring the session back to present day. Real world heroes, such as Anne Frank, Simon Wiesenthal, Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi serve as inspiration and motivation for students to begin making a positive difference.

Additional information about the Tour 4 Humanity may be found at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal website:

Any other questions, please contact Ms. Wray in the Library at [email protected]

Please note that there is a maximum capacity of 30 per session, so invitation is on a first come first served basis.  You will be contacted one way or the other.


Congratulations to Meghan Farbridge for being named one of the top 5 artists to participate in the Artist Project this weekend by BlogTO !

Meghan’s drawing, A Dream of Tongues, was listed as one of the highlights of the entire fair!

Congratulations on all the sales and for taking such a huge risk! We are so proud of you!!

Tickets to A Doll’s House Are Going Fast

Make sure to book your tickets now for the amazing MainStage production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Performed by ESA students and directed by teacher Natasha Brault and ESA alumnus Taylor Sutherland, the production has already played to two sold-out crowds.

The show runs Tuesday-Saturday this week at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto. General Admission. Tickets on sale at

Don’t miss out!

Reminder: Cookie Dough!!

There is still time to support the dance department by selling or purchasing cookie dough. All funds raised go toward bringing in guest artists for all dance majors. The fundraiser wraps up on Tuesday, February 24th.

Graduation Portraits February 27 to March 6, 2015

On Friday, February 27, 2015 to Friday, March 6, 2015  Edge Imaging will be at ESA  taking Graduation Photos.

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More Exciting News !!!

esava grade 10 student Meghan Farbridge is participating in The Artist Project this weekend in her own booth (she is the youngest participant at 15!!!)

Sales have been brisk during the opening night (12 works sold !!!!) – please visit her in booth 426 !!!

Exciting News !!!

Two members of the esava and film community – Sarah Ballentine and Kevin Nguyen – are in Generation Edge – an international travelling exhibition in some pretty amazing places!!!:

New York: Jan 22
Vancouver: Jan 29
London: Feb 12
Chicago: Mar 5
Toronto: Mar 12
Mumbai: Mar 24

Check it out!!!

A Doll’s House – Get Your Tickets Now

ESA Drama presents Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, an amazing MainStage production that opens Friday night at The Theatre Centre. Students and staff have spent five months preparing for the show, directed by ESA drama teacher Natasha Brault and ESA alumni Taylor Sutherland. The play raises questions about gender politics that are as resonant today as they were in Ibsen’s time.

Show dates are Feb. 20, 21, 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at The Theatre Centre 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto. General Admission. Tickets on sale at

Facility Issues – Roof Repair Smells and Cold Rooms

The past week at ESA was a full one and I wanted to give you some information specifically about facility issues we encountered.

Last weekend’s very cold weather proved a problem for many schools and, sadly, we were not exempt.  One of the boilers gave out and the other one did not fire up.  Usually, an alarm would have gone off at a central station to indicate that the school was going into very low temperatures, but that too failed for some reason.  The result was a couple of frozen pipes, with one in the kitchen area bursting.  The other frozen pipe, in Room 100, did not burst, but it did mean we could not put heat on in that space. In the afternoon, when the water began to flow, the main water source was turned off and we were without water for about 25 minutes.  As soon as that happened, we entered into communication with the Board about closing early; we were able to turn the water back on before this decision had to be made.  On Tuesday, it took the whole day to warm the school up; the boilers are continuing to have some issues but reps from the manufacturer were in Tuesday, Wednesday and again today.  Most rooms were back to normal today (Thursday).

Our next facility issue was related to smells coming from the replacement of our roof.   I sent out notes earlier about this and we knew that there would be some smells; both Tuesday and Wednesday, however, had particular problems and we had to move students in the dance wing to other teaching spaces. On Tuesday, the intake vents were not all turned off and‎ some strong smells got into the north end of the school. We have charcoal fans and they were running, but not well enough to get all smells out. Staff now understand that all intake vents must be turned off whenever work is being done on the roof. On Wednesday, the smell continued (though not as bad) and I’ve ordered a carpenter to work on some air gaps on the back doors (ingress for smells). I’m hoping this is going to take care of it and will monitor the situation.

As always, please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.  My apologies for not writing on Tuesday when we were first dealing with these issues.

Art Talk 4 Friday February 27

Art Talk 4 takes place in the OCADU Auditorium Friday February 27th, 2015 at 7pm.

ESA Visual Art students will speak about their connection to creativity and provide insight into their research and passions.

Art Talk 3 was a huge success! Art Talk 4 involves all new speaers! We hope to see you there!

This event is FREE

Trustee Pamela Gough will be hosting her next Ward Forum on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Library of ESA starting at 7 pm.

Trustee Pamela Gough will be hosting her next Ward Forum on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Library of ESA from 7 pm to 9 pm.

The Agenda is jam-packed: there will be reports from the Ward 3 Reps of PIAC (Parent Involvement Advisory Committee), French as a Second Language Advisory Committee FSLAC) and Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) as well as updates from Trustee Gough and Superintendent Jane Phillips-Long. The featured Guest Speaker will be Karl Subban, former Principal at TDSB (and father of NHL player P.K. Subban). Mr. Subban will be speaking about Leadership.

Part of the evening will be set aside for networking. Trustee Gough has invited experts in fundraising through grants, student health, special education programs, virtual library resources and special programs available to students at the schools in Ward 3. Information tables will be set up to allow you to circulate to the topic of your choice.

Parent can check out Trustee Pamela Gough’s website and prescribe to her newsletter following this link.

Early Dismissal Thursday, February 19, 2015

Due to Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, February 19th there will be an early dismissal at 12:16 p.m.

There will be no cafeteria service.