Archives for April 2015

Turn Off Your Sites Pledge a Success!

This past Thursday over the lunch hour, many ESA students formally pledged to “turn off their sites” for the 24 hour challenge which is coming up on Tuesday, May 5th.

Student names are displayed on a pledge poster which will be displayed in the main foyer of the school.

Staff, parents, friends, including all remaining ESA students, you still have time to make your pledge!

The constant use of technology and social media can be overwhelming at times. This is an opportunity to take a conscious  break from social media. It’s only 24 hours. We know you can do it.

Check out this short, fun, film promo……….

Auditions for GLO 2015-2016

The auditions for Glo 2015-2016, ESA’s all-female show choir, will take place on Tuesday, May 5 from 3:30 to 6:30, with callbacks on Thursday, May 7 from 3:30 to 6:30. The auditions consist of a dance open call and vocal callback, with vocal music posted outside of room 115. We are looking for triple threat female performers! All students, regardless of major, are encouraged to audition.

GLO, under the direction of Patricia Warnock and Janine Hynes, will be rehearsing twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the 2015-2016 school year, and will be traveling for competition at least once in the school year, along with various outside gigs and school concerts. The fee for next year’s group will be $500 per person, which includes outside choreographers, most costumes, and all rehearsals. Please contact Patricia Warnock or Janine Hynes for more details.

ESA’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest: Last Call for Submissions

Join us for the 2nd Annual ESA Poetry Contest.

  • Submissions are due to the Library by Friday May 1st.
  • Additional details on the posters posted around the school (or by clicking on the image attached below).

This year’s theme is “Food and Poetry”…  the same as this year’s theme for National Poetry Month.  Learn more about the theme at the Canadian League of Poets website.


An Evening of Dance

It’s not too late!  Tickets for tonight and tomorrow’s performances of An Evening of Dance are still available.  Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a fabulous and fun show and support the dancers and WoCo.  Come see Mr. Ambrose and Rob Trustee onstage and sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody.

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End of Year Art Sale and Exhibition

Please join us on Thursday May 21 between 3.30 and 8 p.m. for our annual sale of art work.

Work from all grades of art and photography will be hung throughout the school.

Tax receipts will be issued for 50% of the cost of art works purchased.

Report Card Distribution

To Parents & Guardians,

Report Card Distribution

The date for report card distribution has been changed to first period on Friday, May 1st.  Please note that students are directed to give their report cards to parents and guardians on Friday evening.




TDSB Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Symposium

On 9 May 2015, the first annual Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Symposium, “Parents as Partners – Taking Action Together” will take place at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  The day will feature workshops for parents that will:

  • Increase parent engagement in supporting mental health and well-being of their children
  • Raise awareness regarding mental health issues
  • Provide an opportunity for parents to gain an understanding of what mental health and well-being supports are available within the TDSB and the community

Please see the attachment for registration details:  ParentSymposiumMentalHealthRegv2

esava @ Queen Specific Gallery

Join us for the opening of our first ever exhibition at Queen Specific Gallery with Agnes Wong’s photographic installation on Thursday May 7th from 6 – 7 pm. Queen Specific is located next to Dufflet at 787 Queen Street West.

Our second opening happens Friday June 5th from 6 – 7 pm with Varvara Nedilska’s sculptural installation.

Agnes and Varvara were chosen from 36 submissions by a jury consisting of artists Micah Lexier, Joy Walker, Roula Partheniou, author Derek McCormack, and curator Christina Ritchie. Queen specific is generously sponsored by Dufflet Pastries and programmed by Joy Walker.


“Shine” Artist Profile #4 – Meet Emilie-Claire Barlow!

We are one month from the big night – “Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA” comes to the Winter Garden Theatre and the spectacular line-up takes to the stage! Allow us to introduce one of our guest artists and ESA 1994 Music Theatre grad…Emilie-Claire Barlow!

Emilie-Claire Barlow is a Juno Award and National Jazz Award winning vocalist from Toronto, Canada. She has released nine albums over the past 15 years, racking up multiple awards and nominations, including 5 Juno nominations, A Gemini nomination, and winner of the National Jazz Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2008.

Her 2012 studio release, Seule ce soir  took home the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year as well as the Felix Award (ADISQ) for Best Jazz interpretation in 2013. In 2014, she released her first live album, Live in Tokyo, recorded at the famous Cotton Club in Japan. Her new album is slated for release next October.

Her energetic live performances and exquisite recordings thrill sold out audiences from Tokyo to Montreal. Emilie-Claire leads her stellar band through innovative arrangements of American-Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas, and elegant ballads. She continues to endear herself to critics, peers, and audiences everywhere, with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour, and a voice of unforgettable beauty.

Emilie-Claire is also a busy voice actress, lending her voice to hundreds of jingles and voice overs over the past 25 years. Animation credits include Almost Naked Animals, Fugget About It, Total Drama, Stoked, 6Teen, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Monster Math Squad, Rescue Heroes, Z-Squad, Martin Mystery, Totally Spies.

 See the full line-up for the May 28th Gala and get the link to tickets here!



Late Start Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 is a late start.

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

Thank you



Great Soup: Success… and Thanks

Thank you to everyone who cooked, baked, helped with set-up and clean-up… and especially to everyone who came out to eat.  Another great Community Luncheon – our last for this school year – done and what a meal it was.

We will be sending $400 to relief efforts in the wake of this past weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal.

See you again for another Great Soup in the fall.

Shine, Shine, Shine!

Thanks to a very generous family, more than 150 current ESA students will have the opportunity to shine on the beautiful and historic Winter Garden Theatre stage in downtown Toronto alongside a talented group of alumni!

And even better, because our benefactor is covering most expenses, virtually all proceeds will directly benefit improvement projects at ESA for all our students!

Please support the students performing from the Senior Music Theatre Classes, WoCo, DancESAtion, Strad, Film and Splash and help maximize this wonderful gift by purchasing your tickets to the show and reception.

Many more students will be on hand performing in the lobby, serving you at the reception and displaying and selling their artwork!  The event is May 28.  Tickets are available by clicking here.  See you there!

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