Archives for October 2015

Take your Kids to Work Day November 4th

All Grade 9 students are encouraged to participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.  They will have the opportunity to spend the day at work, job shadowing a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host.  Take Our Kids to Work Day provides these students with the opportunity to “live their learning” while spending a day at a worksite.

 Please sign and return the attached Parent/Guardian Permission Form for Excursion (511C) as well as the Media Release Consent Form to the office as soon as possible.

Take Our Kids to Work 2015 Perm. Form.



New and Exciting Music Electives Coming Next Year!



The Contemporary Music Elective stream is open to all students at ESA, regardless of major or level of experience. Students develop knowledge and understanding of music through contemporary music genres (pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, funk etc.). This introductory course will teach theoretical concepts and apply them to songwriting and performance. In addition, students will be introduced to music technologies such as notation software, sequencing and recording. Students may perform in this course on voice or any instrument of their choice.



* Coming in 2017 – 2018*


The Contemporary Music Elective stream is open to all students at ESA, regardless of major or level of experience. Students develop knowledge and understanding of music through contemporary music genres (pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, funk etc.). Students will develop their songwriting, arranging and compositional skills and perform their own works. Students will create using a variety of technologies including notation and sequencing software and recording technology. Students may perform in this course on voice or any instrument of their choice. Recommended prerequisite AMO2O1.

ARTS Showcase Auditions

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  • Wednesday November 4th at 3:30 
  • in room 110 & 111
Grade 9 performers can audition:
  • Thursday November 5th at 11:45 in room 110
To sign up for an audition slot, put your groups name on the sign up sheet outside room 206
This is a chance to create and perform your own work and help raise funds for Syrian Refugee Relief.
See Kaylee O’Meara, Ms. Moorhouse or Mr. Payne for more details!

Great Soup: Monday November 2nd

Reminder to all members of the ESA Community that Monday November 2nd is our first Great Soup community Luncheon.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to bring food.

If you would like to contribute food to the luncheon – and have not already advised us such – please fill out this Google Form to advise what you will be bringing.

All proceeds from this Great Soup event will be pooled with ARTS Showcase – and other activities – and go toward the TDSB’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal.

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Teens, drugs, alcohol and you – a guide for parents. Nov. 25, 2015 – 7pm, Library

Save the date! Learn more about youth substance abuse and its effects. Learn answers to questions every parent needs to know.

Substance use has become a common fact of teen life. As a parent, make sure you and your teen understand the impact on their minds, bodies, and still developing brains. Gayla Forer of Breakaway Addiction Services in Toronto will lead a presentation in the ESA library on Nov. 25 from 7-9 p.m. focusing on youth substance abuse and its effects. She will also discuss parenting issues and communicating with your teen about this very important topic.

Breakaway presentations have been very well received by ESA parents in the past. Be sure to mark your calendar to attend this informative and invaluable presentation. If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]


Student Vote: Follow Up

Thank you again to all who participated and/or volunteered to make our Student Vote 2015: Federal Election such a success.  I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience.

Following up on the posting I made on Election Night, this from the organisers at Student Vote:

**In total, 6,760 schools participated in Student Vote this election with 922,000 students casting a ballot, representing all 338 electoral districts.

**The final results are now available at and display the national summary, provincial/territorial summaries, results by riding and individual school results.
**The Student Vote results were also reviewed by the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge last week. If you didn’t see it, you can catch that clip here:
**It was our privilege to support you this campaign with free resources and election materials and I hope that we may do so again. It’s not cheap to put this program together on such a large scale and we are incredibly grateful for the financial and in-kind support we received from Elections Canada for this project.
**If you didn’t know, we are not a branch of the government. CIVIX is a small civic education charity that coordinates Student Vote in elections throughout Canada, and now offers programming between elections as well. If you enjoyed your experience with us and care to support our effort, you are welcome to make a donation righthere. Every single dollar counts and we will be very happy to provide you with a charitable tax receipt.

Humber School for Writer’s: IFAO Tickets available

The ESA Library has two (2) tickets available for the Humber School for Writer’s event at the International Festival of Authors.

This session takes place on Wednesday October 28th, @ 5:30pm, at Harbourfront.

Anyone interested in these tickets should e-mail <[email protected]> to stake your claim.

****You do need to have a plan for how you’re going to collect the tickets during the day Wednesday!!

Details about the event can be found here.





Mohamed Fahmy at the Toronto Reference Library: Tickets Available

The award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist and author, Mohamed Fahmy, appears in conversation with Toronto Star’s National Security reporter Michelle Shephard.

  • As the Egypt Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera International, Mohamed Fahmy captured world attention when he was arrested in December 2013. He was incarcerated for over 400 days — including a month in solitary — alongside ISIS terrorists and some of the most hardened Jihadists in the Middle East in Egypt’s maximum-security prisons.
  • In September 2015, Fahmy was pardoned by the Egyptian government and regained his freedom.
  • Hear his story.

The ESA Library has four (4) tickets – two pairs – to give away to hear Mohamed Fahmy at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Monday November 2nd, from 7pm – 8:30pm.

This event is SOLD OUT, so if you don’t already have tickets this is your only opportunity.

Please complete this form to tell us why you should be the one to get a pair of these tickets.

Find the details about the event at this link.





Got Something to Give? Silent Auction is less than a month away….

What do romantic dinners for two, theatre tickets, a stay at a wonder hotel have in common?  All are going to be up for auction at this year’s SESAT Craft Fair and Silent Auction, coming your way on November 21 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

We are counting on the ESA community to continue rustling up more fantastic auction items.  We challenge everyone to donate at least one item; large or small, it’s all good.  Be creative.  It can be a product, service, experience or place.  Stop by your favorite business and ask them for a donation.  If one of your family members has a talent they’d be willing to share (paint a puppy, sing a song at a birthday….) we’d all be celebrating!

Got something?  Please get in touch with our coordinators Claire and Tracey at [email protected]   and plan to drop off your items in the office as soon as possible!

ps – Don’t forget – we’ve written an introductory letter and created a handy donation form available for download here.



Early Dismissal Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Reminder, Wednesday October 28th is grade 8 information day and an  early dismissal for our students.

Students will be Dismissed at 11:50 a.m.



Student Fees 2015

Student Fees at ESA

Request for Assistance – Parents of students in Visual Art, Film and Photography

Hello families of Visual Art, Film and Photography students!

We are about to engage in two very intense and important weeks and we would very much appreciate your help.

On November 6 we will be visited by representatives from 50+ schools from 8 countries and 4 continents to see the work of 80 of our grade 12’s. Nothing like this happens anywhere else on the planet as far as we know. This is the single most significant day of every Visual Art student’s time at ESA – and many film and photography students – as it will be for future grade 12 students.

The representatives from all of the attending schools use this opportunity to scout the majority of their top picks for the 2016-2017 year. As far as we can figure, ESA students are offered more top scholarship offers than any other group of students on the planet – in part because of our Annual Portfolio Day.

Many of the school representatives are flying in to Toronto only to see us. Their costs can be substantial when flying in from Europe, staying in hotels, etc, just to spend a few hours with our kids. The benefit on our end for those applying to these schools is significantly increased scholarship offers and a near perfect acceptance record – almost every one of our kids gets into every program they apply to.

It is vitally important that we make their time with us as enjoyable and rewarding as possible so that they support our kids during the application and scholarship process, and so that they want to come back to ESA next year.

We can do this by being prepared to prove that we are the top picks on the planet, and by helping the representatives to have a really fantastic day in our school. We know that we can do an even better job with your help in making this the best Portfolio Day experience ever.

Parents who have children in grades 9-11 might want to get involved now in order to better help your child prepare for their Portfolio Day experience. This is an enormous endeavour and we would love your help and to get to know you!

I would like to ask you for three things.

– We are feeding and hydrating and caffinating 110 or so representatives and feeding 80 students for a day. Donations of special food and drink items, homemade as well as purchased, for the reps would be enormously appreciated by all involved. Anyone who would like to contribute with food/drinks please feel free to drop off whatever you can the morning of November 6th.

– We can really use your help setting up and taking down. This may be the largest art show on the planet – something in the range of 2500 works – that is set up and taken down in a day and a half. We will be installing throughout the school on the first floor and there will be all kinds of jobs. Most of the install happens between noon and 10pm on Thursday November 5th. Take down begins at 9.15pm on Friday November 6th and usually takes us just over an hour.

– Advertising. One of the most exciting moments of Portfolio Day is at 7pm when the public is invited to join us for a look at what we have been up to. If you could please invite as many interested friends and family members as possible, it would greatly contribute to our experience. Anyone with press or media contacts is invited to make special invitations as we would appreciate the publicity. In the past we have had coverage by CBC news and the Toronto Star etc. More of the same helps increase our reach for potential future applicants to the program.

The schedule for PD6 2015 is:

Noon – Reps arrive
12.40 – PD6 interviews begin
6.30 – Parents are invited to attend to speak with reps
7.00 – Public is invited to join us
9.15 – Official end and start of clean up
10.45 – Done for the day

At this moment the following schools are signed up for the event:

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

Invitation to the event for the public:

Thank you all very much!
Matthew Varey