Archives for March 2015

Call for agenda items – School Council meeting – Tuesday April 14, 7pm, Library

Save the date for our next meeting! In addition to the usual updates, we have two agenda items so far: (1) creation of an all gender washroom, and (2) Commencement – June vs October. Please send your suggestions for additional items to [email protected] School Council meetings provide an excellent opportunity to connect with other parents and with administration, and to voice what matters to you. Please join us for an engaging evening of updates and discussion.

Sandra and Tanja
School Council co-chairs

Congratulations Patrick!

The dance department is so pleased to announce that Patrick Blain has been awarded a National YoungArts Foundation Scholarship. The National YoungArts Foundation (previously the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, or NFAA) is a talent-based scholarship program which honors and awards high school and college students, mostly American, for their prowess in the performing, visual and literary arts. The program is considered by many to be the most prestigious arts competition for young adults in North America. Congratulations Patrick!

The BSSFF brought to you by Scotiabank® SCENE®* is now sold out

Unfortunately, ESA’s Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE is now sold out.

The good news is that if you can’t make it to the event, the winners of the Scotiabank SCENE awards will be posted online in the days following their presentation after the screening.  Stay tuned to ESAinfo.ca to see the award winning films.

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ONE NIGHT ONLY – ESA To Shine at the Winter Garden Theatre!

The talent of ESA past and present will unite on stage at the famed and historic Winter Garden Theatre for one night only this spring to launch the ESA Capital Campaign and School Renewal Project. This gala evening of performances brings together some of our illustrious alumni with current students in a variety show of the many talents our school has produced. Co-hosted by ESA parent and SCTV/SNL alumni Robin Duke, the show features performances including jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, recording star Justin Nozuka, Broadway and Stratford performer Michael Therriault, actor/comedian/magician Mark Correia, dancer and choreographer Ben Kamino and classical singer Jennifer Taverner. The programme also features performances from a number of ESA’s current ensembles from many of its arts programs.

Tickets are available at the Gold, Silver and Bronze level

Gold level tickets ($150) include an elegant pre-show reception and $75 tax receipt

Silver level tickets ($100) include a $50 tax receipt

Bronze level tickets ($50) get you a great seat to a fantastic show!

Tickets are expected to go fast! Click here to connect with Ticketmaster to get your tickets for this star-studded celebration of education and the arts!

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For more information on how to get involved in this campaign, please email Rob MacKinnon at [email protected]

The BSSFF brought to you by Scotiabank® SCENE®* is almost sold out

Don’t miss out.  The Big Screen Student Film Fest brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE is now 80% sold out.  Get your tickets here or Monday at lunch in the foyer.

BSSFF poster_Rev Mar 18

The show happens at 4pm on April 1st at the Queensway Cineplex and will feature the best work from all grades of Film Majors.  It will be a diverse and exciting program and will be capped off by the presentation of Scotiabank SCENE awards as selected by a group of Film industry professionals.  Hope you can join us.

Cookie Dough Pick Up

Cookie dough will be ready for pick up on Tuesday, March 31st. All orders must be picked up on Tuesday. Enjoy!

Special Education IPRC Waiver Forms

This message is pertinent only to guardians of students who have an exceptionality that has been determined by an IPRC in the TDSB .  A notice of this year’s IPRC meeting/waiver form was mailed to you before the march break, and was due back on March 25.  If you have not yet returned it, please do so by Monday March 30 at the latest, so that the meeting schedule can be finalized.

Thank you

Congratulations Sarah!

Congratulations to Sarah Ballentine who has a series of photographs on Petra Collins’ blog !!!:

http://www.theardorous.com/portfolio/adolescence/

The BSSFF brought to you by Scotiabank® SCENE®* is already 50% sold out

After only one day of sales, the Big Screen Student Film Festival brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE is already fifty percent sold out.  Do not miss out on this exciting event.  Tickets are available here or at lunch on Friday and Monday in the foyer.

BSSFF poster_Rev Mar 18

The Roof… at last.

The asphalt kettle is gone and all of the major elements of this job are now complete.  The roofers will continue to install the flashing for the next few days; they will be coming in on Saturday to finish up (as always, dependent on the weather).

This will be my last post on this subject unless there is some unexpected development in the final stages.

 

Big Screen Student Film Fest brought to you by Scotiabank® SCENE®* Tickets on Sale NOW

Tickets for ESA Film’s Big Screen Student Film Fest brought to you by Scotiabank SCENE are now on sale.  This event will sell out, so get your tickets while they’re still available.

BSSFF poster_Rev Mar 18

The show happens at 4pm on April 1st at the Queensway Cineplex and will feature the best work from all grades of Film Majors.  It will be a diverse and exciting program and will be capped off by the presentation of Scotiabank SCENE awards as selected by a group of Film industry professionals.  Hope you can join us.

 

SPLASH auditions for 2015/16 season

Open Dance Call will be on Tuesday, April 21 in R3
Please sign up on the registration posting outside the Cafeteria on the Music Theatre bulletin board.
There will be two scheduled times to audition: 3:30 – 5:15 and 5:30 – 7:15
Students should wear appropriate dance wear for the audition – bring character shoes and tap shoes (if you are an experience tapper).
Students from any major are encouraged to audition. We are looking to cast 32 women and 22 men (approximately). There will be a great variety of musical styles, choreography and several male/female acting roles as well.
There will be a vocal call back for certain auditionees scheduled for Thurs. April 23 from 3:30 – 7:30 in R3. Certain candidates may be asked to prepare 32 bars of a broadway song and/or specific music/excerpts from ‘Bombshell’ the Smash musical, which is available in our library. This year’s theme will focus on the rise to fame of Marilyn Monroe and will feature roles for strong dancers, singers and actors.
There is a heavy commitment involved with being a member of Splash, with rehearsals commencing in May on Tues/Thurs 3:30 – 5:30, until exam moratorium. There is a mandatory show choir camp from Aug 31 – Sept 2 and then rehearsals resume from Sept – mid April on Tues/Thurs 3:30 – 6:30 (general rehearsal times). The company continues to perform in the community for fundraisers and corporate gigs until June. There will also be a period from Oct 26-30 and Nov 2-6 where the company will be called every night (3:30 – 8pm) for the choreography and staging of the entire show with acclaimed Chicago based choreographer Mike Weaver, who will be at ESA for two weeks. Fees for Splash members will be approximately $800 this year, and the schedule of payment & special considerations can be negotiated privately upon acceptance. The fees will mainly cover the cost of guest instructors & choreographers, acting coaches, set/prop/costume designers fee & construction, musical arrangement licences, score rentals/purchases & orchestral arrangement & creation of tracks, certain travel costs and cargo transportation costs, costumes supplemented/uniform maintenance, and competition fees in some cases…. an extensive list of rewards.
There may be a special dance audition call on a lunch hour between April 22-24 for auditionees who are involved with the mandatory Dance Night tech rehearsals. TBA
We are in the midst of planning the show choir season for next year with engagements, gigs, festivals, travel and competitions. Once details are confirmed, we will let you know.
Please consider auditioning!

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