Archives for September 2015

Last Call For “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”

According to recent patron Susan Heastont, “I heard so many people outside say…oh no!  The show is sold out!!!  What are we going to do??  I felt sorry for them but you can’t show up for a Shelley Marshall show and try to get them at the door…tickets are golden!!  Buy in advance peeps!!”

Hard to say it better.  This Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.  See you then.

Win, Win, Win, Win

An amazing performance, an affordable price, support ESA health and wellness, celebrate triumph over tragedy with your school community!

“I am still in awe.  Shelley Marshall was so brilliant!  It really is very emotional to watch her story come to life.  But the fact that it could be so bloody funny as well?….  Seriously, I feel empowered through her journey.”

Join us Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are still available.

Parent Meeting

For Parents/students in Vis Art/Photography/Film interested in hearing what we know about post-secondary applications/schools/scholarship opportunities

Given the success of the past five years esa students are in a unique position in the world when it comes to acceptances and possible scholarships to schools around the world. Glenn Novak and I will be happy to meet with anyone about to become involved in post-secondary applications in portfolio based programs.

Strategies for achieving increased scholarship offers require a great deal of effort from students and family members and we will discuss successful approaches from our recent experiences.

We are happy to share everything we know.

When: Tuesday October 6 at 7pm
Where: Room 102 at esa

M. Varey

Confirmed Schools for PD6:
1. Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, USA
2. Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong
3. Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, FRA
4. Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA, USA
5. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
6. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, CAN
7. San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA
8. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City, CAN
9. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, CAN
10. Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
11. Parsons Paris, FRA
12. Parsons New York, NY, USA
13. Waterloo University, ON, CAN
14. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, USA
15. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, CAN
16. Mount Allison University, Sackville, MB, CAN
17. Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA, USA
18. Max the Mutt Animation School, Toronto, ON, CAN
19. Sheridan College of Art, Toronto, ON, CAN
20. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, USA
21. Pratt MWP College of Art and Design, Utica, NY, USA
22. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CAN
23. PRATT Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA
24. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
25. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA
26. Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
27. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
28. Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
29. Central Saint Martins, London, UK
30. Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
31. London College of Communication, London, UK
32. London College of Fashion, London, UK
33. Wimbledon College of Arts. , London, UK
34. School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University, Toronto, CAN
35. Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
36. Concordia University, Montreal, CAN
37. Humber College, Toronto, CAN
38. School of Visual Art, Manhattan, USA
39. McMaster University, Hamilton, CAN
40. Art Academy of Cincinnati, OH, USA
41. OCADU, Toronto, ON, CAN
42. Durham College, Oshawa, ON, CAN
43. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA
44. Waterloo University Interdisciplinary BA of Knowledge Integration, Waterloo, ON, CAN
45. Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
46. Toronto School of Art, ON, CAN

Theatre Chair Update

I hope everyone has had a fantastic start to the new school year!

As returning students and parents know, we have been on  a multi-year journey to raise funds for the renovation of our 1953 era theatre.  Over the past five years, the school community has raised $75,000 to improve the lighting, $45,000 to upgrade our sound system and last year, we raised $90,000 towards the replacement of the chairs in the theatre.  The money to replace the chairs was raised through the sponsorship of individual chairs, (which can still be made online!) and through our show at the Winter Garden Theatre, Shine: An Evening Celebrating ESA.  We are still below our goal, but the project is moving ahead with the hope that we are able to raise the final amount through fundraising and the school’s budget.

I met with the Board architect last week and, as I said last school year, our plan is to have the work done over the coming summer once all final Board approvals have gone through.  (Our school’s incredibly busy schedule would not allow us to do this work during the school year).  Once we get the final approval for the total job, this project will include significant repairs to the ceiling in the theatre, as well as repairs to the floor and the creation of better seating areas for people using wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project or any other school-related issues.  [email protected] or 416-394-6910.

Register for Grade 8 Student Open House!

Registration is now open for students to attend the Grade 8 Open House on Wednesday, October 28th from 1 pm to 3 pm. Please note: this is for students only – parents may not accompany their child during the afternoon program. Parents may attend the evening Open House on Thursday, October 29th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm – click here for details.

To register for the afternoon Open House, please fill out this form:[gravityform id=”33″ title=”true” description=”true”]

Take Two! ESA Volunteer Survey – We count on your support. Please take a minute to complete it.


We all benefit when we see that look of appreciation in our child’s eyes.
Explore your own untapped dreams and talents while supporting your child’s by giving a little of your time toward simple or more involved project(s).
Your commitment, whether big or small, is sure to enhance your child’s secondary school experience at ESA.
Our children have worked so hard to get where they are today so let’s help to launch them in the direction of success by making ESA one of the best, if not the very best, secondary school in the world by taking them steps further.  Our time is all that it takes.
So, with that in mind we want to know how we can get you using that time.  Fill out this very brief survey below and help us attach an appropriate task (one you will enjoy) to your interests.
To complete the Survey, Click Here
Thank You.

ESA in Print and on the Radio

Check out today’s edition of the Etobicoke Guardian for the feature article on award winning actress and comedienne Shelley Marshall and her upcoming show at ESA, “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”.

She will also be on Newstalk 1010 Radio (CFRB) tomorrow (Friday) morning from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Catch Shelley live at ESA on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are only $10 and every dollar will be returned to fund health and wellness programs at our school.

“We had the best time ever last night.  Funny and heartbreaking all at once.  Thank you for an awesome evening!”  Get your tickets now!

Mental Health Awareness

October is Mental Health Awareness Month.  The goal is to build awareness, and bring hope and healing to those most affected by difficult issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse and addiction.  Unfortunately, these issues touch us all, particularly our vulnerable young people and we can’t risk having any of them silently spiral out of control.

At ESA, we have many wellness initiatives and great partners from the community.  This year, we have a rare opportunity to kick the month off right with a benefit performance by actress, comedienne and suicide survivor, Shelley Marshall, telling her story in “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette”.

“I feel I not only have an opportunity, but an obligation, to convey a message that can help people heal,” says Marshall, “and to raise awareness for mental health through honesty turned into art.”

Please make time to join us, bring a friend, spread the word.  You have no idea what a positive impact you could have.

Tickets are available now.  All ticket sales will go directly back to ESA to fund health and wellness initiatives.  Shelley will stay for a talk back session and counselors will also be available.

Final Friday Fun Day: September 25th

Join us in the Library for our first Final Friday Fun Day of the 2015-16 school year.

Following upon the success of the Health and Wellness Committee’s successful Turn Off Your Sites day last May, the Library will be a “Tech Free” zone this Friday at lunch.  Final Friday Fun Day‘s will be an opportunity to turn off, settle in, relax and take a load off.

This week, for our first Friday, we’re going to have a good old fashioned “Rainy Day Games Day”…  (don’t worry, the actual weather forecast is for a lovely day!).

Bring your lunch, bring a deck of cards or your favourite board game and come join the fun.  The Library has a limited supply of cards as well as chess sets and cribbage boards in stock.

Student Vote: Canada’s Federal Election

Once again, ESA is taking part in Student Vote, the 2015 edition.  Our in-school Election Day will be Wednesday October 14th.

Is the upcoming Federal Election of interest to you?  Would you like to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes reality of an Election Day?

We’re looking for student volunteers to act as Poll Clerks and Deputy Returning Officers for our in school Student Vote 2015.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google Form.  You will be contacted shortly.

If you would like additional information, please see Ms. Wray in the Library.

Support ESA Athletics

Did you know that ESA students excel not only in the arts and academics, but athletics too?

Our current student body has nationally and provincially ranked athletes who compete in a variety of sports.  We also have numerous school teams who have won their divisions and now, lunchtime intramurals that allow everyone to have some fun and let off some steam.

Our new Athletic Director, David Blakey, has introduced personal fitness classes, workshops and an Exercise Science (Pre-Kinesiology) course with banner attendance.

Please help us raise funds to purchase new strength and conditioning equipment, accessible to all students and staff by attending our benefit performance, “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” on October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Every dollar from every ticket sold will go to ESA.  Thanks.  See you then.

Show Choir Parents

Splash and Glo parents / family / guardians – please join our Facebook Community for important announcements and notifications regarding show choir rehearsals and events.