Archives for November 2015

Meghan Farbridge & The Girl’s Art League!

esava Meghan Farbridge will be exhibiting this Thursday evening along with art superstars Kelly Mark and recent Canadian Venice Biennale representative Shari Boyle to raise funds for the Girl’s Art League!

Click here to see the Now Magazine article featuring Meghan’s work!!!

Hope to see everyone there!!!

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – enter now!

ESA is famous for its success in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – the deadline this year is December 16

Create an account and log in here:

Enter in the following Writing Categories: Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay & Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story & Writing Portfolio

Enter in any/all of the following Art Categories: Architecture, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, Art Portfolio

Any questions feel free to ask Mr Varey.

Dance New York Trip

There will be an information meeting for all grade 11 and 12 dance majors interested in going on the New York trip on Thursday, December 3 at 12:00 in D2. The trip runs May 12-15, 2016.

Raffle Tickets!

Please support the Music and Music Theatre Departments and buy raffle tickets! All music and music theatre students should return their sold booklets to the music hallway at lunch. Additional books are available, with a prize to the best seller. Prizes include tickets to Kinky Boots, Raptors tickets, High Tea at the Windsor Hotel, and a guitar! Ms Warnock still needs student volunteers to sell tickets at the performances next week. Please email [email protected] if you are able to help before the show and at intermission.

Toronto PFLAG (Parents, families, friends and allies of Toronto’s LGBTQ community) presentation: December 8, 2015, 7 pm, Library.

Toronto PFLAG, which promotes the health and well-being of the LGBTQI community and their family and friends, is coming to ESA on Dec. 8th at 7 p.m. in the library to connect with an informal gathering of interested parents. Two parent volunteers from PFLAG will be sharing their personal stories during the gathering. PFLAG offers a supportive space to ask questions and learn from the experience of others. PFLAG also invites anyone in need of immediate support to call their 24-hour telephone support line at (416) 406-6378.

SESAT Fundraising Council Update:

Hello ESA Parents/Guardians

As we rush towards the close of 2015, there are surely to be many wonderful celebrations amongst family and friends.    For that reason, SESAT will be moving our Social, originally slated on the School calendar for December 7th, to a date in February (TBD) when we will all be in need of some fun.    As we get closer to the date, we will send out details about our plan.

Reminder that there is no SESAT meeting in December.  We will reconvene again on January 11th and in February will have a joint meeting with the School Council on the 1st of the month.

Until then, members of SESAT look forward to seeing you at Festive ( December 2-4th) where we will be selling concessions, including hot coffee and hot food items and ESA Merchandise!

Take Care…

festive greetings

Coats and Boots for New Canadians (incoming Syrian Refugees)

Hello Everyone,

Students and Staff have been having some good discussions about our reactions to and understanding of the attacks on Paris and Beirut and on the general question of Refugee settlement.

Between these talks, our recent Arts Showcase, Refuge, SEEDS Me to We, and our new Social Justice and Equity classes, there are many fund-raising and awareness-raising projects going on in the school.  Funds raised will go/have gone towards supporting the Red Cross and other organizations; we are also collecting needed material for the Christie Refugee Centre.  One event that is ongoing and that some parents may wish to participate in is the drive for coats (gently used or new) and boots (gently used or new).  If you are coming in for Parent-Teacher Interviews, please consider bringing in an item for this drive!  (All donations can be brought to our front foyer).



Teens, Drugs, Alcohol and You — A Guide for Parents Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

Please join us in person in the library or “virtually” for the Breakaway Addiction Services presentation. 
We are piloting Imeet at the presentation, so parents can participate from offsite!
To join us virtually, just click on the link below.
Use your browser to connect to and see and hear the presentation. You will also be able to write in with your questions. 
For better audio quality, you can also call into the meeting at (416) 915-3221 and use passcode 779041#. 
(Long distance charges will apply if calling from outside of the local calling area.)
If you have any difficulty connecting or any questions about joining us virtually, please e-mail us at [email protected].

Music and Music Theatre Festive Raffle

We are excited to announce great prizes for our annual raffle, including tickets to Kinky Boots, Raptors tickets, and a Holt Renfrew gift certificate. More prizes are always welcome, so please send prizes in with your student to the music office. Students are also reminded to sell their book of raffle tickets. More books are available from the music office. Thank you for your support.

The 19th Annual ESA Craft Fair & Silent Auction a Major Success!

This past Saturday, the halls of the school smelled of gingerbread and vanilla, the voices of performing stars filled the ears of patrons, vendors and volunteers as they bustled around the school and some of the most beautiful handmade gifts and treats filled shoppers arms…..what a wonderful atmosphere it was.  This atmosphere laid the foundation for what was an event of resounding success (the final numbers aren’t quite in yet but it is looking really good!)

On behalf of  SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent) Team, I would like to recognize some groups of individuals that helped pull this event together:

Students  – This year they were out in full force helping organizers, vendors and guests.  It did not go unnoticed and many people made a point of acknowledging it!

Student Performers – Members of WOCO, JAMME and Aaron Burnell whose voices filled the halls and brought smiles to the faces of all, and in moments, a few sets of goosebumps as they hit those notes on high!

Bakers and Cooks –  Who baked and cooked leading up to the event ensuring guests and vendors had yummy choices throughout the day.

Community Partners and Vendors – Who donated services and products to run the event as well as items to sell at the Silent Auction and Food Court.

Active Bloggers and Communicators – Who spread the great news of the event and posted updates everywhere.

Faculty and Administration – Who let us take over the space to transform it into something magical, for their booths of wonderful items for sale and on-going support of the event.

Custodial Staff – There is no doubt that we have the best at ESA! They made it easy for us to pull the event together and wrap it up in record time through their support and helping hands.

In closing, I would like to recognize the full SESAT team of Coordinators, Administrators and Parent Volunteers who worked tirelessly over the last six months to pull together the event and fill close to 200 volunteer shifts.  They do this because they adore our talented kids, love the school and enjoy the greater ESA community…not to mention the unique opportunity to pick up some fabulous artisans’ works at the event.  

If you were there and have stories or feedback to share, please let us know (@ [email protected]) as we want to keep making it better.  If you missed it, get the “20th Annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction” on your calendar now for next year and experience this outstanding ESA event.

Take a moment to check out this Thank You Reel….


Thank you to all.


The SESAT Team

November 25th, No Late Start

The Late Start scheduled for Wednesday, November 25th has been cancelled.

All classes will be on a regular schedule beginning at 8:48.

Couldn’t make it to the SESAT Fall Fair and Silent Auction?

Never fear…  The ESA Library, and SEEDS Me to We, still have some great items available.  These make great stocking stuffers, or great gifts for ESA staff, students, friends and family.

The ESA Corn Mug, $10 each

  • 100% corn plastic mug
  • medical grade plastic lid
  • microwave safe
  • handwash only
  • compostable

The ESA 25th Anniversary Cookbook, $5 each

  • Recipes from your favourite Staff,and selected ESA graduates
  • Learn why Mr. Aikins thinks he makes the world’s best Pad Thai!

Letters Vol I, $10 each

  • The first collected edition of creative writing – poetry and prose – from the students of ESA
  • Complete with ISBN, this collection has been catalogued at Library and Archives Canada…  our students may lay claim to having been officially published!
  • Learn more about the Creative Writing Blog, and read this year’s latest submissions at ESsays

The Book and Vinyl Sale continues

  • Lots of new and gently used mass market paperbacks, trade paperbacks and hardcover books
  • We have something for every reader Young Adult to Adult…  pretty near every genre
  • Prices range from 50 cents to a couple of bucks
  • We also have a selection of Canadian Art books available…  all priced individually.