Archives for November 2017

Meet the Original ESA CornMug

ESA CornMugs are available for purchase now… while quantities last.

  • Made from 100% corn plastic this mug is long lasting as well as 100% biodegradable and compostable at the end of its life span.
  • Microwave safe with a medical grade plastic lid.  Handwash only!!

The ESA CornMug makes a great stocking stuffer… or Secret Santa gift.

Get yours for only $10… See Ms. Wray in the Library.

  Corn Mug Poster 2017

Online Auction Closes Friday at Midnight – Get your bids in! Please come to our event tomorrow!

If you haven’t taken a look yet, not to worry, you have until Midnight…..

Here is what is up for grabs at Online Auction for Charity


  • Autographed Ballet Slippers
  • Fitness Bootcamp for the Family
  • Professional Landscaping Design Plan
  • Dinner at Sotte Voce Wine & Pasta Bar
  • Custom Cake Making for any occasion
  • Soulpepper Theatre Tickets
  • Escape Room Tickets
  • Private Music Lessons
  • Tutoring Sessions
  • Custom Made Shoes
  • Necklace & Earring Set
  • Book Basket
  • Clinique – His & Hers Basket
  • Art Work
  • Theatre Tickets
  • Acting Classes
  • Improv Classes
  • The Masters Series and
  • a Samsung S8 Cell Phone

Don’t see anything you like online, then join us at ESA on Saturday (Tomorrow) to see over 200 Silent Auction Lots in the School Library from 10 am – 2:30pm.

Don’t Miss Out on really awesome things.   Click Here for a preview

You can also be treated to a fantastic array of baked goods at our Bake Shoppe Stop,  a meal at the Polar Express Café and of course….the wonderful Vendors of Handmade Goods.



Adult Fiction Book Sale

We’ve been weeding again…  We finally got around to a light once over the last half of the alphabet in the Adult Fiction collection.

  • Books get weeded for a variety of reasons… most commonly due to currency, relevancy, redundancy, condition and/or duplication… but also sometimes because they just aren’t popular enough anymore to justify the shelf space.

The books we’ve just weeded are available for sale… generally 50 cents for a paperback, and $1 for a hardcover… but we do make deals for bulk purchases and/or based on the condition of the book.

  • All funds collected go back into collection development and/or fun stuff for the Library.

Find a list of the titles we’ve pulled in the attached PDF file.

See something you like?  Have the student in your house come and get it, OR, drop by the Library on Saturday during the SESAT Winter Craft Fair and Silent Auction.

Adult Fiction Discards Nov 14th

Applying to Post-Secondary

Access a copy of the presentation to School Council made by Ms. Baldassi, ACL of Student Services.

In addition to reading the slides, you can listen in on the recording from the November 14th School Council meeting.

  • The Student Services presentation starts about 1:20 into the recording, give or take.


Updated Silent Auction Catalogue & Craft Fair Volunteering Information

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to work at the 21st Annual Winter Fair,

We really appreciate your help in making this the best event ever!

If you signed up to volunteer and you haven’t received an email from SESAT please contact us at [email protected]


We are still looking for a few more volunteers.  If you are available to help out on Saturday please sign up here

Volunteers Needed



Here is our updated Silent Auction Catalogue featuring many of the items that will be available this Saturday 10am – 2:30pm in the School Library.

See Catalogue


And don’t forget about our Online Silent Auction that is open from now until Friday.  There are some great items to bid on, including a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 cell phone with a starting bid of $525.00 yet worth over $1,000, Landscaping Design, Jewellery and more!!


Thank you!

Your SESAT Team

Important School Council Meeting Tuesday, November 14 starting at 6:30 pm in the library

Join us tonight at the School Council meeting in the library where we will be discussing a number of important issues, including:

  • Seeking input from parents/guardians in response to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force Draft Report. The School Council’s response must be submitted to the Task Force by November 20th.
  • ESA Guidance staff will make a presentation on the post-secondary application process and answer parents’ questions.

We will be starting early – at 6:30 pm to cover a full agenda. The meeting will conclude at 9:00 pm. All parents and guardians are welcome. If you can’t join us in person, you can connect with the meeting by web cast at

If you have any questions or comments, contact us at: [email protected]

Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting.


6:30                Welcome and approval of October’s council minutes

6:35                Principal’s report

6:45                Enid Wray’s Faculty report

6:50                Kevin Martindale’s Ward #3, meeting update

6:55                Pamela Gough – update

7:00                Lisa Egri, President, SESAT – update

7:05                ESA Guidance post-secondary application process presentation

7:35                Council response to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Draft Report discussion

8:25                Alumni Outreach / future council plans

8:45                New Business

9:00                Meeting adjourned


Auction, Auction, Auction…….Check out the Lots!

If one wasn’t exciting enough……soon we will have two!


Our Online Auction is open and runs til Friday November 17th, Midnight showcasing 20 Unique Items.  To view, Click Here


On Saturday, the Silent Auction featuring 185 items runs from 10am – 2:30pm in the School Library.  Click Preview to get an advance peek at all the wonderful items in our catalogue


If you see items you like and plan to bid, you will be happy to know that we will be accepting the following payment methods this year:  Cash, Cheque, Credit, Debit and PayPal.


Happy Shopping and hope to see you Saturday November 18th enjoying the Auction plus the Artisan Craft Fair, Polar Express Café and the Bake Shoppe Stop too.  Its going to be an incredible day!


All proceeds from both auctions benefit the school and will be disbursed equally to programs.   Thanks for your support.


Brought to you by SESAT ( Supporters of ESA Talent), your parent run fundraising team and registered charity


Library Access: Week of November 13th

We have another busy week in the Library – indeed at ESA – this week, with some very special special events.

Monday Nov 13th

  • Gr 9 GEOGRAPHY ArcGIS: All Grade 9 students are down within this two (2) week period to start working on ArcGIS projects.
  • We continue today with Ms. Arsu’s Day Two classes.

Tuesday November 14th

  • Library open before school and for students on spares during class periods.
  • There will be no lunch hour on account of Grade 8 Open House in the afternoon.
  • There will be no access to the Library after classes end, prior to Gr 8 Open House, while we set-up for the afternoon.

Wednesday November 15th and Thursday November 16th

Access outside of class periods…

  • Please note that while we will be open before school, at lunch and after school each day… there will be no tables available in the main area on the lower level of the Library.
  • The tables will have been removed for the duration and the available seating will be set-up in circles for our workshops.
  • There will be access only to the computers on the upper level of the Library, as we will have incorporated the chairs from the lower level computers into our circles.

Friday November 17th: Profession Development (PD) Day

  • No classes for students.


Our Online Silent Auction is now live!

Please visit our online auction from now until midnight on November 17th

We have some wonderful items including show tickets, luxury gift baskets, artisanal custom cake, and dinner out to name just a few.


And if you can’t support ESA through the Online Silent Auction we hope that you can join us at the ESA Craft Fair and Silent Auction on November 18th from 10am to 3 pm.  It is an amazing community event that hosts 85 vendors who create beautiful one-of-a-kind items.


Please join us for an exciting one-of-a-kind shopping experience.  See what the best of Toronto’s Artisans have to offer.  Shop for those hard to find people on your gift list. Find something fun to eat at our Cafe and our Bake Sale.


This year we will have more than 150 Silent Auction items at the Craft Sale, including original art, cottage rentals, theatre tickets, jewellery, gift baskets, and so much more!


Please help fund the amazing Art Programs at Etobioke School of the Arts.


Admission is $1
Children 12 and under are Free


See you there!

EnVision Student Conference: Permission Forms Available

Student who are interested in attending the EnVision Student Conference next Thursday, November 16th need to pick up an official TDSB Permission Form.

The EnVision conference focuses on identity, self-acceptance, navigating relationships, dealing with and overcoming homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, intersectional oppression, and discrimination in our schools and communities.

It’s a full day of workshops, activities, speakers, and resources and a space to meet other people! Students are invited to join the conversation in how to create safer schools and how to build skills to form and maintain healthy relationships with themselves and others.

  • Hard copies of the signed and pre-populated TDBS Permission Form – and cover letter – are available from: Ms. McInnes, Mr. Vritsios and/or Ms. Wray
  • Digital copies of the ‘raw’ TDSB Permission Form – and cover letter – are attached to the bottom of this posting.  Please print off and return the Parent Signature page.

Forms must be returned to Ms. Wray by no later than the end of the school day Tuesday, November 14th.


REGISTRATION for this conference is a two-part process.

  • Students also need to complete the online registration form and choose their workshop sessions in advance of the Conference.
  • Access the Conference Registration Form here:
  • This step is MANDATORY… as is the return of the Field Trip Permission form.


ENVISION 2017 Cover Letter

excursion form ENVISION 2017

The First Page Student Writing Challenge is OPEN!

I am delighted to announce that the CBC’s The First Page Student Writing Challenge is now open!

The challenge?

We want students to give us a glimpse of the great Canadian novel of the year 2167.

Write the first page of a book set 150 years in the future, with the protagonist facing an issue that’s topical today and setting the scene for how it’s all playing out in a century and a half.

Submission will be accepted from Nov. 9, 2017 at 9 a.m. ET to Nov. 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. ET. 
  • Five writers, including Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Cherie Dimaline and The First Page judge Erin Bow, read from the first page of their books and pass on some wisdom that students may find helpful.
  • A teacher’s guide with discussion questions are provided for each video.

ESA Community Survey in Response to the TDSB Task Force Report

ESA School Council is seeking input from the ESA community to inform its response to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force report. Complete the ESA Community Survey at: DEADLINE is 11:59pm, Wednesday Nov. 15 to submit your feedback through this survey.

Your feedback will impact School Council’s response, which must be submitted to the Task Force by November 20, 2017. Have your Say!

If you have any questions or comments contact us at: [email protected].