Archives for May 2015


If every ESA family bought just one ticket, we would sell out our benefit concert, SHINE, this Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
 Please do your part to support our school revitalization and renewal project.  Discounted tickets are now available.
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Your Host, Robin Duke on Newstalk 1010 AM with Jerry Agar!

Tomorrow morning (Monday) from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., you will get a chance to hear Robin Duke, co-host of this Thursday’s Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA, being interviewed by Jerry Agar on Newstalk 1010 AM.

This alum of SCTV and Saturday Night Live will be talking about the show, her career and ESA – should be a rollicking show!  Please tune in!

Remember, the event is coming fast and we are hoping for a sold out show.  Please support this capital effort!

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Sponsor Our Seats tops $50,000! New Pricing for ESA Shine Gala!

We are so excited with the results of our inaugural Capital Campaign – thanks to the generosity and commitment of our ESA family, we are halfway to our goal to replace the seats!

In order to ensure a full house and another successful event, we are reducing the price of the remaining tickets for the incredible Shine gala on Thursday May 28th at the Winter Garden.

Until Monday, you can still purchase full price tickets to the show, including the $150 level that includes a pre-show wine and cheese reception and a $75 tax receipt.

Starting Monday at 10 am, all remaining tickets will be reduced to $50 for adults and $25 for students. We want to make sure everyone who wants to attend can be there! Tickets can be purchased online here or in person at the Winter Garden Box Office.

If you have already purchased $50 balcony tickets, we have reserved the front centre section of the mezzanine so you can be even closer to the action.

If you have purchased $100 tickets and wish a refund of $50 instead of the $50 tax receipt, please email us at [email protected]  to arrange this

If you have purchased $150 tickets and wish a refund of $75 instead of the $75 tax receipt, please email us at [email protected] to arrange this. Please note – pre-show reception is non-refundable.

Most importantly, we want this evening to be a joyous celebration of our school – bring your family and friends and watch ESA Shine!


Spring Garden Party: Saturday May 30th

May 2015 garden party

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for our annual spring garden clean-up.  We’ll be weeding the front gardens and getting things ready for the summer.

We work rain or shine (unless it’s raining cats and dogs!).

RSVP that you are able to join us to [email protected]

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Library items due Thursday May 28th

As has been posted about for the last couple of weeks, and announced this morning…  Reminder that ALL library materials are due back next Thursday, May 28th.

Please be prompt with your returns so we don’t have to make those dreaded phone calls home to chase your outstanding items.

end of year return poster

Student Exam Schedules


  • Exam schedules were distributed to all students today in their Home Form Classes.
  • Please remind your child to review their exam schedule and the instructions carefully.
  • Please pay close attention to specific dates and times of the exams.
  • See attached Student Exam Schedule information


Exam Accommodations

Note to all students who are receiving accommodations for exams:

  • The schedule that was sent home today indicated the regular room and time for each course.
  • Students with accommodations will be writing in the Library (or 210, only if advised by their Spec. Ed. teacher).
  • All Spec. Ed. exams will begin at 8:30 and 12:30.

Film Week – One Night Left

The final night of Film Week happens Friday at 7pm.  Tickets are available here and at the door.

In addition to screening the outstanding work from some of our incredibly talented filmmakers, the presentation of The Shaftesbury Best in Show Awards by ESA alum, Michael Seater will close out our annual celebration of ESA Cinema.  It promises to be an incredibly exciting evening.  Don’t miss out.



Save The Dates!

Please mark your calendars for the following:
This Thursday, May 28:  “Shine” at Winter Garden Theatre.  We really need your help to sell out this show.  Please get your tickets now and bring a friend.  A Great Show for a Great Cause…It is amazing what one school can do!  Don’t miss it!
Monday, June 8:  SESAT Volunteer Appreciation Night.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made this year a success!  Please let us know if you are able to come (RSVP to [email protected], if you haven’t already) and we will send you the details.
Monday, June 15:  SESAT 2015-16 Planning Meeting at Artisano’s at 6:00 for socializing/food and drink purchase and 6:30 to start the meeting.  This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor and make next year even more fun and productive.  Hope to see you there!
Please think of ESA as you do your spring cleaning.  It is never too early to start gathering items for the Silent Auction!  So, if you find any new items you bought and cannot use or have received as gifts that missed the mark, we will put them to good use and can even issue a tax donation for items valued over $25.  Please label them for SESAT and bring them to the school office.   Thank you.

FILM WEEK is still going strong

After two incredible evenings of Film Week – Tuesday at the school and Wednesday at the Tiff Bell Lightbox – there’s only two more nights to catch some of the spectacular films being produced by our young filmmakers.  Tickets are available here and at the door.

And a reminder that on Friday, to close out our annual celebration of ESA Film, The Shaftesbury Best in Show Awards will be presented by ESA alum, Michael Seater.


art show and sale

a final reminder that tomorrow, thursday may 21, we are hosting our annual end of year sale to help keep the department running.

we would love to see you at esa between 3.30 and 9pm. really reasonable prices on art work of all kinds including that made by our award winning grade 12’s. cash and cheque accepted. tax receipts will be issued for 50% of value of purchases. more than a thousand things to see….

Grade 9 Exam Preparation Seminars – May 21 and 22

On Thursday May 21 and Friday May 22, all grade 9 science classes will be given a seminar by the Student Success department,  on how to prepare for exams.  They will receive a handout with the information covered, and it will include a calendar that may be used to plan their study time.  By now, all students should be actively preparing for exams, which commence on June 8!  Get studying!

Harmony Singers – 50th Anniversary Concert

I’ve attached a flyer for the Harmony Singers concert(s) next week where two of our graduates, Martina Myskohlid and Michaela Mar will be performing.  The Harmony Singers is a Community Choir of women singers that supports our students each year with scholarships.  This is the groups’ 50th anniversary and I know that they would love to see you there.

Best of Times – Flyer FINAL