SESAT September Newsletter                  E-mail:  [email protected]         President:  (416) 316-2143


Welcome Back to School!


SESAT would like to welcome all of our new ESA families and welcome back all of our returning families.   We hope that you had a great summer and are getting into your back to school groove.

Last year SESAT was pleased to offer the ESA students Pancake Breakfasts and Snack Shack.  These fundraisers were very successful last year and we were happy to be able to provide students with a good breakfast and healthy afterschool snacks.  We are sad to inform you that we will no longer be hosting Pancake Breakfasts on the Second Late Start of the Month.  Students can continue to purchase breakfasts in the ESA cafeteria.  They are extremely lucky to have a well stocked cafeteria with many healthy options.  The good news is that we will now be having Snack Shack three times a week during after school rehearsals…Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  At this time we can only accept cash payments and are looking into the possibility of offering digital payments.  We want as much money going to the Arts Majors as possible.  If you have any connections or suggestions, I would love to hear from you.

We will be having our next SESAT meeting on Monday, October 2nd at 7:15 pm in the ESA library.  We hope that you can join us as we move forward with our plans for the upcoming year.  Everyone is welcome, and we hope that you can join us a bit earlier for our Meet ‘n Greet from 7:00 to 7:15pm in the library.  Please feel free to come if you would like to get involved, if you are just curious about SESAT or if you just want to meet some parents/guardians just like you.

Our main topic of discussion of the October meeting with be our upcoming Craft Fair and Silent Auction which will be taking place on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.  This is our 21st year of running the event, and it is always a great day for families as well as vendors.  Last year we had over 700 shoppers attend the Craft Fair and we had almost 90 Silent Auction items.  We are hoping to increase those numbers this year.  We have been working on getting even more Silent Auction Donations as well as looking at ways to increase traffic.

We typically need 50 volunteers at this event, so we hope that you can help.  You can sell refreshments, call for Silent Auction Donations, Donate goods or services to the Silent Auction, put gift baskets together, help us set up or tear down the event…whatever you can do, no matter how small, is always appreciated.

Click  Sign Up to Volunteer to get involved

We are also looking for donations of items for the Silent Auction.  We would appreciate donations of

  • Theatre Tickets
  • Tickets to Sporting Events
  • Donations of new items for our gift baskets
  • Gift Certificates for goods/services
  • Memorabilia

I look forward to meeting you at our events and please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

Take gentle care,

Lisa Egri, SESAT President


We have had several families graduate in June, so we are looking to recruit some new families to fill some vacancies.  If we are going to reach our goal of $50,000 this year, we are going to need your help.  We have many volunteer opportunities throughout the year and I’m sure we can find something for you.

  • Refreshment Sales at Events
  • Displays for our Events
  • Supply Representatives to purchase stock
  • Home Bakers
  • Professional Service Providers
  • Writers for our Newsletter


And if you can’t volunteer there are many other ways to get involved at ESA

  • Attend Meetings
    • These are informal meetings and anyone is free to attend. You don’t even have to say anything…but if you do happen to want to share an idea, we are always open to suggestions         
  • Become a Board Member
  • Make a Donation
  • Come out to one of our many events throughout the year…all money goes directly to the Arts Majors to cover costs not covered in the TDSB Budget.




Snack Shack:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during rehearsal weeks (check ESA calendar)

Because I’m a Girl:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017

21st Annual Craft Sale and Silent Auction:  Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Wine and Cheese Social:  January 2018 (exact date to be determined)

Flower Sale:  April 2018 (for pick up on at Garage Sale)

3rd Annual Community Garage Sale:  Saturday, May 26, 2018


All of our events can be found on the ESA calendar at ESA News


SESAT meetings take place from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the ESA Library following our SESAT Meet ‘N Greet from 7:00 to 7:15.  All are welcome!  Please feel free to drop by and get involved with this year’s fundraisers…or just come and listen in and meet some of your fellow parents/guardians.  Be as involved   as you like!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018 – Joint Meeting with School Council

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018



15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering That Will Inspire You

Volunteer for others but also for yourself

Written by Joanne Fritz


If you have ever volunteered, you may have noticed that you felt fantastic afterward. Maybe you saw a little boost in your mood, or that you felt like part of a team. You felt like you made a difference.

When we volunteer, we may see real changes as a result of our efforts. We may even witness the effects that our efforts have on others in our community. When we volunteer, we know that we are helping others by giving our time and resources…

To read the full article please go to:


Global Voices: Volunteering is antidote to back-to-school stress

Written by Marc and Craig Kielburger


Across the country, students are starting high school and facing life’s biggest questions: Where’s my locker? Do I know anyone in homeroom? What is that grey stuff on my cafeteria tray?

And they’re getting very stressed out.

With unfamiliar environments, heavier workload, and social challenges, the switch from elementary school to high school is rough.

When 800 new high schoolers rated their feelings of anxiety on a scale of one to 10, one quarter said seven or more, indicating serious stress. Disturbingly, these anxiety-ridden youth were the most likely to cut classes, start smoking or even engage in self-harm, according to McGill University researcher Dr. Nancy Heath, who studied the students for three years.

Forget fidget spinners, there’s a better cure for high school worry — volunteering…

To read the full article please go to:

Agenda for the first Joint SESAT and School Council Meeting – Tuesday, September 12 @ 7pm in the ESA Library

Welcome parents/guardians!

We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.  ESA is fortunate enough to have two parent councils and we will be having a joint meeting on Septmber 12th at 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the ESA Library so you can meet both teams and we can tell you of our plans for the upcoming school year.

The ESA School Council provides a forum where parents, the school principal and other members of the school community discuss school issues and plan ways to improve the school.

SESAT (Supporters of ESA Talent)  is our school fundraising committee solely for the Arts Majors.  SESAT hosts events, sells refreshments at every ESA performance/show and prepares pancake breakfasts and afterschool healthy snacks for the students.  With the support of parents, guardians, community members and partners, SESAT raised more than $46,000 last year to support the Arts programs at ESA.

Together , both councils drive events that are both informational and fun  We collaborate to affect positive change in our school and we strive to bring members of our wonderful community together.

If you are new to ESA and want to learn more, meet other parents or get involved, we would love to see you at the meeting.  If you have joined us in the past, we look forward to seeing you again.

Here is the draft agenda for the evening:


 Joint SESAT and School Council Meeting  

Tuesday September 12, 2017

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Meet and Greet:      7:00pm – 7:15pm

Location:  ESA Library

Everyone is welcome!



7:15-7:25       Welcome, introductions, review of Agenda

Approval of Minutes from last meetings

7:25-7:40       Introduction:  School Council

  • Overview of the ESA school council
  • Parent engagement and PRO grant
  • Available positions on the school council/elections in October
  • Developing a targeted fundraising strategy for non-arts activities                                                             and initiatives

7:40-7:55       Introduction: SESAT

  • Overview of SESAT functions and intro of the team
  • Goals for this year/list of events
  • Call for action: craft fair and auction planning

7:55-8:10       Introduction: Admin Faculty and Staff

8:10-8:20       Introduction: Student Council

8:20-8:45       Break Out Sessions

8:45-9:00       Wrap-up

9:00                Adjournment


Should you have any questions in advance of the meeting, please feel free to reach out at [email protected] or [email protected]


Best regards,

Maureen Murray & Darilyn Cole – Interim Co-Chairs of the School Council

Lisa Egri & Bev Marinucci – President & Vice-President of SESAT


ESA Craft Fair and Silent Auction Saturday

The 17th Annual ESA Craft Fair and Silent Auction takes place this Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 90 artisans and craft vendors, a bake sale, food court, and a silent auction fill the school. New this year – a sale of student artwork. Doors open at 10 a.m. Free admission and free parking. Start your holiday shopping and support the biggest fundraiser for ESA of the year! See the attached list of donations for the silent auction.

ESA Craft Fair and Silent Auction Coming Soon

craft-fair-sliderComing soon … the 17th Annual ESA Craft Fair and Silent Auction on Saturday, November 23 10a.m. to-3p.m. Over 80 artisans, craft vendors, bake sale, food court, and a silent auction fill the school. New this year – a sale of student artwork. Doors open at 10 a.m. Free admission and free parking. Start your holiday shopping and support the biggest fundraiser for ESA of the year!