Archives for May 2016

Garden Party: Friday after school

REMINDER…  Join us – after school – on Friday May 27th to rake, weed, edge and generally clean up the front gardens.  We’re going to get started straight away, but we’ll probably be working until close to 6pm.

Normally we garden on Saturday morning.  We’ve pushed the date back  in advance of the Giant Community Yard Sale, on Saturday May 28th.  Come out and help us put ESA’s best face forward for Saturday morning.

Wear mucky clothes, bring garden gloves and a kanteen.  Bring garden tools if you are able, else we have a limited supply.

Meet on the front lawn, rain or shine (unless it’s pouring cats and dogs!).

P.S. The City does not collect yard waste from schools.  We’ll also be looking for some curbsides nearby where we can farm out our yard waste bags after the clean-up.  If you live locally and could handle a few bags to put out on your yard collection day, please send an e-mail to [email protected] to advise. Thanks in advance.

May 2016 garden party

Asian Heritage Celebration

Dear ESA students,

Plan to drop by the library during lunch on May 31st to participate in our Asian Heritage Celebration. Buy delicious treats and participate in different cultural activities.

Art + Portfolio Day News for Everyone Hoping to Participate in PD7

End of Year Exhibition + Sale
Thursday May 26 3.30-8pm. Tax receipts issued for purchases over $50 for 50% of total. Sales split 50/50 with artists. This is our primary fundraiser of the year. There will be more than 1000 things to see and lots of fun and stunning work to enjoy from grades 9-12. Please come – all are welcome – invite your friends and family!
We will have work in the first floor hall ways, the cafeteria, the gym, and rooms 100, 102, 107, 109
https://www.facebook.com/events/1079183958814223/

Portfolio Day 7 – October 28 2016
Schools from three countries have already confirmed to participate in PD7 –the earliest this has ever happened. It appears that our event has found its place on the calendars of post-secondary programs world wide and has become a key point in their recruiting year.

We hare attempting to crowd fund PD7. Our growing and enormous success with Portfolio Day means that PD7 will include all six majors and 43% of all grade 12 ESA students. This is a whole school effort. Jumping from 55 to 71 to 95 participants in three years increases the complexity, cost, and potential of this event. Paying for materials to make work, for display and hanging equipment, for specialised builds to create specific environments, for food for reps and kids, for documenting the work and process, for advertising for the exhibition portion etc all add up. PD6 involved approximately 1400 people including those visiting the show, and PD7 will be much more massive.

The plea for funds is not to help us do better but to manage doing it at all. Portfolio Day is now a twelve month a year commitment in its organizing and managing and funding, and its growth will continue. If we spend the same amount per person as for PD5, we need almost twice our budget for PD7, and of course every year our students raise their own understanding of what is possible. Portfolio Day is not just a school event any longer – this is possibly an historic catalyst in redefining what is to be expected from students and from education.

We are open to any possible funding source. The crowd funding event took considerable time, energy and money to produce and I hope that you will all do everything you can to support our children. Please email the link to contacts, share the link on social media, and encourage people to donate.

We will very soon need to replace our cameras and lenses in photography and so actually hope to raise something closer to $35000 in order to make this happen. Portfolio Day is too large to handle on our budget. For parents of grade 11 students who will be participating in PD7 I am asking that you take this on now and run with it – if every family of a participating student donates or finds donations of $200-$300 we will be successful. Portfolio Days at esa have contributed to scholarship offers in excess of $17000000.00.

All are welcome to join us to see the work in PD7 and visit with representatives from schools from around the world from 6.30-9pm on Friday October 28 2016.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esa-portfolio-day-2016#/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1013095322107601/

Grier Drummond Solo Exhibition
Thursday May 26 7-10pm. Please come and support Grier in her first solo exhibition at Hashtag Gallery – head down after the vis art show!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1003528579735589/

Art Camp 2016
There are two potential art camps this July staffed by grads and current students.

Week one July 4-8 is for people of any age who are coming to esava for the first time and anyone wondering about the sorts of things we get up to.

Week two July 11-15 is an oil painting specific camp run with some of our best painters – 30 hours of studio time with materials and assistance and the opportunity to attempt multiple paintings with different approaches.

There is still lots of space in both camps – to find our more contact [email protected]

Thank you every one!
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Reminder: Special Presentation: Taking the Big Leap-Easing Your Student’s Transition to Post-Secondary Education- May 25, 2016; ESA Library 7:00-8:30 pm

Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Jesmen Mendoza on transitional issues students and parents might face when students are moving from high school to post-secondary. This presentation will address important transitional issues for students such as: separating from family and familiar people; managing greater freedom and flexibility; increased personal responsibility; managing financial resources and adjusting to university culture. This presentation will also discuss issues related to mental health, substance use and services available for students in post-secondary settings.

Dr. Mendoza has been a Psychologist at Ryerson Psychology Department Student Health and Wellness (Centre for Student Development and Counselling) since 2004. His specialities are personal counselling, social anxiety, depression, sexual orientation, abuse and violence in relationship and stress management.

If you have any questions regarding this presentation do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Community Spirit at ESA: Book Drive and Food Drive

SESAT and the ESA Library are partnering to collect gently used children’s books for the Children’s Book Bank in Regent Park.

  • Help us support childhood literacy in low-income neighbourhoods.
  • Bring your gently used children’s books with you to the Community Yard Sale and drop them off in our donations bin.
  • Book donations may also be brought into the school this coming week (see this posting for drop-off times)
  • They are looking for anything and everything from board books, to picture books and first readers, right up to Young Adult novels.
  • If a child in your house enjoyed it, then it will be sure to find a good home!

SEEDS Me to We will be hosting a donation bin in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.  Please bring a food donation with you and leave it with the students at the table.

The most needed items are:

      Canned vegetables, pasta/ pasta sauce, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, rice, high fibre/low sugar cereal, oatmeal, flour, granola bars, canned meat in water, canned fish (tuna in water), dried/canned beans, peanut butter, baby food (vegetables and fruit)/ baby cereal/ baby formula

See more here.

 

ESA’s Spring Garden Party

Join us – starting at 5pm, after school – on Friday May 27th to rake, weed, edge and generally clean up the front gardens.

Normally we garden on Saturday morning.  We’ve pushed the date back  in advance of the Giant Community Yard Sale, on Saturday May 28th.  Come out and help us put ESA’s best face forward for Saturday morning.

Wear mucky clothes, bring garden gloves and a kanteen.  Bring garden tools if you are able, else we have a limited supply.

You provide the labour, we provide the treats.

Meet on the front lawn, rain or shine (unless it’s pouring cats and dogs!).

P.S. The City does not collect yard waste from schools.  We’ll also be looking for some curbsides nearby where we can farm out our yard waste bags after the clean-up.  If you live locally and could handle a few bags to put out on your yard collection day, please send an e-mail to [email protected] to advise. Thanks in advance.

May 2016 garden party

Clara Hughes at the Bluma Appel Salon: Tickets Available

The ESA Library has six (6) tickets – three pairs – to give away to see Olympian Clara Hughes,who will be presenting this year’s 10th Annual June Callwood Lecture.

Ms. Hughes is Bell Canada’s national spokesperson for the ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign, and the author of Open Heart, Open Mind.  Clara also successfully defended Lawrence Hill’s most recent novel, The Illegal, in this year’s Canada Reads contest (where she wowed this avid reader!).

Ms. Hughes will share her past struggles with depression – and the work she does to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness – at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Wednesday May 25th.

Q&A, as well as a book signing, to follow the lecture.

While this event is free to attend, donations are welcome and will be shared equally between Toronto Public Library Foundation and Jessie’s: The June Callwood Centre for Young Women.

This event is SOLD OUT!  If you want to go but haven’t got tickets, this is your chance.

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.

You will be contacted by the end of day Tuesday and e-mailed your tickets in PDF format.

Final Count Down to our Yard Sale Fundraiser! Please donate….

sale flyerOne week to go – We could really use your help to send this fundraising year out with a bang!

We have received some great items so far (thanks to all of you who were able to donate treasures)  yet could still benefit from receiving some high end/big ticket items to drive our profits up! To get your ideas flowing, here are some ideas:
  • Designer handbags/shoes/suits/leather;
  • beautiful dishes,
  • vintage items ie typewriters & mid-century;
  • American dolls–pricier items for our ‘Treasures’ table etc.

Should you have those kinds of items you are willing to part with, we would love to receive them.

There are volunteer opportunities available as well with timeslots that need filling all days next week, especially on the day of the event – Saturday May 28th  To book a volunteer time/shift, Click on this link to the Google Drive Spreadsheet and select a time/shift that you can take by entering your name & phone number.
Thank you all for your continued support of SESAT and our ESA Students.
 Your SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent) Team

And the winners are…

On Thursday evening, Film Week finished up in grand style with the presentation of the 5th annual Shaftesbury Best in Show awards.  Taking the prizes in each grade were:

  • Diego Romero, Grade 9
  • Jonah Bryson, Grade 10
  • Ryan Manning, Grade 11
  • Raine Bracken, Grade 12

Congrats to all of our filmmakers for a fantastic week of screenings.

ESA MOCK TRIALS – June 2016 — LEGAL PROFESSIONALS NEEDED!!

There are close to 60 students enrolled in senior law courses at ESA and, each year, the students’ final term activity is a series of in-class mock trials.

In total, the school will run 7 criminal mock trials.

MONDAY JUNE 6:

Trial 1 – 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. Surette

TUESDAY JUNE 7:

Trial 2 — 8:30 until 10:05 a.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Von Chovi

Trial 3 – part one – 12 noon until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. Surette (to be continued on Thursday June 9)

Trial 4 — 3:20 until 4:50 p.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Thompson

WEDNESDAY JUNE 8:

Trial 5 – 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. – grade 12s – R. v. O’Neill

THURSDAY JUNE 9:

Trial 6 – 8:30 until 10:05 a.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Throxalon

Trial 3 – part two – 12 noon until 1:45 – R. v. Surette (conclusion of grade 12 trial started on June 7)

Trial 7 – 3:20 until 4:50 p.m. – grade 11s – R. v. Kimball

Students have a basic background in criminal law, have observed real trials in process and have received preparation materials for their own trials.

Getting support from legal professionals both in the preparation for and the execution of the trials would be appreciated.

Whether you are a practicing lawyer (in any type of law, not necessarily criminal) or not currently practicing but have trained in law, here’s how you could help:

1. as a “coach” — you could advise one of the 14 teams. During the period from May 27 to the time of a particular team’s trial (any time from Monday June 6 to Thursday June 9), a”coach” may make him/herself available to the students (via email or in person) to answer questions or assist in shaping the team’s approach to the case.

2. as a “judge” — if you are available during one of the scheduled trials, you could act as a “judge.” The teacher takes care of the assessment of students’ learning skills, but a legal professional is a terrific addition to the trial because s/he can guide student role-players with his/her rulings (admission of evidence, objections, etc.) and, based on his/her training, can better advise students about the presentation of their case. The “judge” will make a final ruling of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ but students’ assessments are not based on whether the team wins or loses the case.

If you are interested and available to help out, either as a “coach” or a “judge,” please contact Linda Wolsley (teacher of CLU3M & CLU4U) at [email protected] She will assign you to work with a particular team, and will give those team members your email contact information. Also, if you act as a coach, she will provide you with a PDF of the team’s case file (from OBA archives of previous years’ mock trial competitions). If you are able to act as a judge, and depending on which trial you are available for, she will provide you with a PDF of that trial’s case file.

Past years’ legal volunteers have expressed how much fun they had and, based on studentfeedbabck, the value added to the overall learning experience was tremendous. Think about it and, if you have the time to volunteer, let the law teacher know.

Deadlines for contacting Linda Wolsley ([email protected])

a) for interested ‘coaches’ — no later than Tuesday May 24th

b) for interested ‘judges’ — no later than Monday May 30th

Thank you!

Please Support Next Year’s Grade 12’s – Crowd Funding for PD7

We are officially launching our first Crowd Funding Campaign to assist with the costs of preparing for and hosting PD7.

Our seventh international portfolio day takes place on October 28th 2016. In order to support the 100 ESA students from all 6 majors who will work incredibly hard to present their best selves to representatives from as many as 60 schools from three continents we need your help in raising the funds necessary to make this happen.

In the past three years the number of esa students participating in Portfolio Day has nearly doubled. The costs associated with the day have increased due to the ambition of the students and the complexity of what they are making, as well as the realities of the Canadian dollar.

Please visit our Indiegogo page and watch our video made by an esa film grad and share the link as much as you are able.
Thank you!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esa-portfolio-day-2016#/

Also, don’t forget about our year end exhibition and sale taking place at ESA on Thursday May 26 from 3.30-8pm! Tax receipts for 50% of purchases over $50.

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Gr. 12 Music Theatre Cabaret – Lula Lounge

Monday, June 6th will be a glorious good bye to our Grade 12 MT majors, featuring the entire class in an amazingly, entertaining showcase at the Lula Lounge.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at

www.esainfo.ca

If you would like to book a dinner reservation, please call the Lula Lounge directly.

(416) 588-0307

You must purchase a ticket for the show online separately, in order to make a dinner reservation.

Please come out and support these talented Grads one last time!

ESA