Archives for November 2015

ESA Library: Tickets Available…

N.B…  Unlike most, these tickets are not freebies!!


A pair of tickets is available for the Friday November 27th (7pm) production of “Late Company” at The Theatre Centre, on Queen West (opposite the Drake Hotel)…  starring, among others, ESA Alum Parent Rosemary Dunsmore.

One year after a tragedy, two families sit down to dinner. Far from finding the closure they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy. Written with sensitivity and humour, Late Company is both a timely and timeless meditation on a parent’s struggle to comprehend the monstrous and unknown in their child.

Two tickets – one Adult, one Senior/Student/Arts Worker – $50 for the pair.

The tickets are on hold at the Box Office… which opens 2 hours beforehand.

If you would like the tickets, please send an e-mail to [email protected]…  I’ll print and sign a copy of the ticket purchase receipt authorising you to pick up the tickets.

More from the Vinyl Vault!!

More great selections from the Vinyl Vault have been put out for your perusal.

A great selection of titles awaits you upon your arrival at ESA on Monday morning…

  • Single LP’s $2 each
  • Double albums $4 each
  • Some ***’d items priced individually…  ask at the Circulation Desk about these items

A selected inventory includes the following:


  • No No Nanette (another copy has been found!)
  • Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Baby
  • My Fair Lady
  • Summer of ’42
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Oh What A Lovely War
  • The Most Happy Fella
  • The Gondoliers/The Mikado***
  • Aspects of Love
  • South Pacific
  • Candide (another copy has been found!)
  • You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
  • Hair (2 copies!!)
  • West Side Story
  • Cabaret
  • Showboat
  • Songs by Ira and George Gershwin (Nonesuch Records)
  • Barnum
  • Mame
  • Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue/American in Paris
  • Hits from Anne of Green Gables and 6 other Canadian Musical Comedies


  • Gato Barbieri, Don Cherry, Albert Ayler and John Handy
  • Gato Barbieri, Caliente!
  • Folkways Records, Jazz Vol 2, including BLind WIllie Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Amstrong, Bessie Smith and others
  • Nexus Ragtime
  • The Best of Arthur Prysock, Number 2
  • Al Hirt and his Band
  • Music Minus One, The New York Brass Quintet
  • Here’s to Good Friends, Arthur Drysock
  • Eileen Farrell, I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues
  • Silk and Satin, Arthur Prysock
  • Big Joe Turner, Stuff Smith, Buck Clayton and Memphis Slim
  • Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass, The Best of the Brass
  • Eddy Duchin, Music for Dancing
  • Leroy Anderson Pops Orchestra, Blue Tango and Other Favourites
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Legendary Profile
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet and the Swingle Singers, Place Vendome
  • Bobby Hackett, From the Jazz Vault
  • Turk Murphy Jazz Band, The Many Faces of Ragtime
  • Simon Rattle, The Jazz Album
  • The Noel Coward Album
  • The Fifth Dimension, Living Together, Growing Together
  • Canadian Electronic Ensemble
  • Rod McKuen at Carnegie Hall (Live Recording)


  • Glenn Gould, Bach (Three Keyboard Concertos)***
  • Glenn Gould, The Goldberg Variations***
  • Lots of Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Mahler and more


  • Henry Mancini, The Academy Award Songs (31 Oscar Winners)***
  • Maria Callas, Mad Scenes from Anna Bolena, Hamlet and Il Pirata***
  • Don Ho, Tiny Bubbles***… yes, we still have it!!  but we can’t guarantee it’ll be around much longer…
  • Arlo Guthrie, Alice’s Restaurant***  ( 2 copies)

We also have assorted Holiday, Choral, Opera and Operatic albums.

The Day Has Arrived! ESA Annual Craft Fair and Silent Auction 2015! Check out some of our newly arrived auction items.

We wanted to give all ESA families a heads up on the fantastic auction items that will be available at today’s BIG event.  Here is the second sampling!

  • $500 gift certificate towards Chicago Trip for Glo/Splash (starting March 31, 2016) from Temple + Temple Tours
  • A second pair of Maple Leaf tickets
  • Overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Yorkville
  • Dance, voice, audition, triple threat sessions, camps and lessons
  • Physiotherapy package
  • Gift certificates to a wide range of local eateries and shops
  • Private yoga or mindfulness sessions
  • Books, bags and jewels
  • Gift baskets galore

Don’t miss the excitement.  Plan to visit ESA today between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  See you there!

Report Cards and Parent Teacher Interviews

A reminder to parents/guardians that report cards will be distributed to all students on Friday, November 20th during first period classes.

Please refer to the attached principal’s letter and Parent-Interview instructions for more information. Principal’s Letter


Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held Thursday, November 26th from 1:00 to 3:10 p.m.  The online site will be available from 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 20th to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25th.

Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)

Student’s IEP’s will be enclosed in the report cards that are being sent home on Friday November 20.  There will be 2 copies of the IEP – one to sign and return, and one to keep for your records.  Also enclosed will be a copy of the IEP summary, that your child can keep with them to use when discussing and arranging  their accommodations with their subject teachers.

Also, please be aware that on-line sign-up for parent-teacher interviews starts at 9:00 p.m. on Friday November 20.  Interviews will take place on Thursday November 26 in the afternoon.  If there are subjects that you are concerned about, you are encouraged to go on-line right at 9:00 p.m. and book an appointment with those subject teachers, as teacher schedules often fill up quickly.


Reminder: Teens, drugs, alcohol and you – a guide for parents. Nov. 25, 2015

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]


It’s almost here for another year! Mark November 21 in your book, then come to ESA and have a good look…! (2015 Craft Fair and Silent Auction)

With a tonne of fantastic craft vendors, a bake sale that will feed your sweet tooth for weeks, and many great silent auction items, this year’s big event is not to be missed.  To build some excitement, here is a small sample of the many auction items up for your bids this Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. thanks to all of our generous donors!

  • Over 60 fantastic baskets full of everything from books, to crafts, to home décor, electronics, games, bath and beauty products, wine and craft beers.
  • Flower arrangements and gift cards galore.
  • Tickets to a Toronto Maple Leaf Game, Traces at the Panasonic Theatre, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, the Addams Family and many other awesome events, including ESA shows!
  • Home appliances such as a Panasonic microwave and a Soda Stream pop machine.
  • Autographed pointe shoes from the National Ballet of Canada.
  • Family photography session.
  • Teeth whitening and other personal services to make you glitter for the holidays.
  • A youth course in Creative Photography or Electronics at OCAD U.
  • Original artworks and jewellery.
  • Designer clothing.
  • 7 piece CB drum kit.
  • Multiple rounds of golf at ClubLink facilities, plus overnight accommodations.
  • A two week fashion camp with Sutherland Models.
  • Dinner for 2 at the Spoke Club.

Come for a visit, and bring your family and friends.  You’ll be entertained by fantastic student buskers, support ESA and get ahead on your seasonal shopping!  See you soon.

November 18th, No Late Start

The Late Start scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th has been cancelled.

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



ARTS Showcase and Choreographic Workshop

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 12.33.19 PMThursday November 19th at 7:00 PM

Audience members should arrive at 6:30 to get their program and rotation schedule.

Each patron will visit 3 of the 5 Arts Showcase venues and the auditorium for Choreographic Workshop.

The show will run in two 65-70 minutes halves.  Some patrons will see Arts Showcase first while others see Choreographic Workshop first.

Tickets are $5 for students, $15 for parents and are available at

Proceeds from the show will go towards both Syrian Refugee Relief AND the Sick Kids Cancer Ward.

It promises to be a wonderful and exciting opportunity on just one night.

ARTS Showcase

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 12.33.19 PMKaylee O’Meara is a grade 12 student here at ESA. She is co-producing the school’s annual Arts Showcase this year.

Arts Showcase is an interdisciplinary art show where patrons wander different rooms of the school visiting many rooms and performances. This includes the first year of partnering with another fantastic show from the dance department – Choreographic Workshop.

All of Arts Showcase profits are going to the Syrian Refugee Crisis!
And more of an incentive; the Canadian Goverment will be matching donations until the end of 2015!


Sell your raffle tickets!

New prizes for the Music and Music Theatre Department Festive raffle include Mirvish tickets to Kinky Boots, private voice lessons, Cameron’s Brewery gifts, and custom woodworking. Please be sure to buy a raffle book from your favourite music or music theatre student today (or contact the music office at [email protected]).

Thank you!

A Chorus Line January-February Schedule

Please review the schedule for the musical rehearsals. Looking forward to seeing all of you there! This is for both Grade 11 and 12.