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Calendar of Events:

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12 - NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19 - PSAT (10th & 11th Graders)

The 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT next Wednesday, October 19 at Marlborough. They should plan to meet Ms. Hannon in front of Marlborough at 8:15am sharp. ESLA will organize transportation back to school once students have finished testing. 

  • THURSDAY, OCT. 20 - Earthquake Drill - The Great Shakeout

  • FRIDAY, OCT. 21 - CLC Halloween-themed Movie Night | 4:00- 6:30pm @ the Schoolhouse

  • THURSDAY-FRIDAY, OCT. 27-28 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place the afternoons of October 27 and 28. Registration will open this Wednesday, allowing parents and guardians to sign up for meetings with those of their student's teachers that they select. Parents are not required to meet with every one of their student's teachers. Meeting times are first come, first serve.


Spotlight on Service

The Food Coalition is one of ESLA's four community partners for service. Middle School students have adopted Mondays as a day of service at the Coalition’s kitchen where meals are prepped, but not served. The Coalition serves dinner 365 days per year to anyone who needs it in Hollywood. Its kitchen is located just one block from the school in what looks like, but is not, an Auto Repair shop next to the car wash and the Cahuenga field. Middle School students go in groups of three between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Many high school students participate as well, but keep their own schedule and go on other days. 

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Here are two ways you can make a difference right now in the lives of our neighbors on Skid Row and (slightly further south) in Tijuana:

1. On Oct. 21, a group of students will head down to the Union Rescue Mission (URM) to help cook and serve dinner. Historically, URM has served mostly men, but the numbers of women, children, and families on the Row are growing dramatically (the nightly average is 129 children, 60 families, and 300 single women). Right now they are in serious need of diapers, pedialyte, deodorant, bar soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. All items must be new and unopened. To donate, please bring these items (and only these items) in a bag clearly marked URM by October 21. 

2. After Thanksgiving, Service Council members will deliver supplies to help the growing humanitarian crisis in Tijuana. We are focusing our efforts here for two reasons. First, our Service Council is developing a partnership with an Episcopal School in Haiti (I will report more on that in a future post). So, as part of that partnership, we are beginning to pay attention to the plight of Haitians who are already here on our doorstep. Second, Ms. Aguiniga has family members in Tijuana who are deeply involved in responsible aide work there. So, we have contacts who are able to receive and thoughtfully distribute our donations. To donate, please bring the following items in a bag marked TJ: new (but no tags) or used (but clean) blankets, sleeping bags, sweaters/sweatshirts and new/unopened socks and underwear (men’s and women’s).


Athletics Report

Ryley Thompson Breaks in US top 150 for Squash

ESLA's Varsity Squash Captain, Ryley Thompson, spent his summer traveling the West Coast, participating in as many Gold Level squash tournaments as he could and testing his skills against many of the top U19 players in the country. His dedication and hard work paid off, as Ryley is now ranked 148 in the US for the U19 category. This is a fantastic achievement when you consider that Ryley only started playing squash in the 9th grade (3 years ago). Hopefully, this is the start of long line of nationally ranked players from ESLA!

Middle School Volleyball

A frantic week in the Middle School volleyball schedule saw ESLA play three matches in just four days, as we looked to build on the win in our first game. Victory was elusive, however, with ESLA coming up short in all three matches. Losses notwithstanding, there have been major improvements in teamwork and gameplay in the past week, and we are excited to test ourselves against an accomplished Pilgrim side this Thursday at 5pm at Pilgrim School. The ESLA team has shown sparks of brilliance through rookie 6th grader Mahalete Feuilladieu and some of our veteran 8th graders, especially Sophie Rose-Le, who is finding great form with her serve.

High School Volleyball  

ESLA's Upper School volleyball team was once again on the wrong side of a close game last week against Burton Tech. After losing the first set badly, ESLA fought back in the second and managed to win the third before being overpowered in the fourth. The Upper School team is looking forward to a week of training with no match this week, in order to right some of the wrongs in the last game. The team spirit of these young ladies is never in question, nor is the desire to win. Sophie Holdorff had a stand out performance at the net last week and continues to grow as a player every time she steps on the court. 

Middle School Cross Country

Another race, another victory for ESLA running hotshot Isabella Williams, who won the 6th grade race for the second week in a row last Wednesday. Her individual performance helped the ESLA 6th grade girls team to an agonizing 4th place in the race (just one place off the podium!). We look forward to trying to get into the top three next race. The ESLA boys' 7th & 8th grade team also ran very well, especially considering that the team is made up mostly of 7th graders, with Brian Park leading the way for ESLA and the team placing a respectable 7th place out of 11 teams. The runners can now enjoy a week off from competition in preparation for their race a week from this Wednesday. 

High School Cross Country

ESLA Upper School boys' cross country team ran once again in Elysian park this past week. Joe Patrick, Joe Baldwin, Ryley Thompson and Gavin Cho all raced the hilly 5K and recorded times faster than the previous week. While still not landing at the top end of the leaderboard, ESLA runners continue to show great teamwork and improvement and are looking forward to going even faster this coming Thursday.


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ESLA Athletics is our focus in this issue: In the words of the great Mr. Lydeard, last week was "probably the best week of sports in the history of ESLA." If you know Mr. Lydeard, you know that he is not one to exaggerate. Read on for the highlights.

Of note, too, is that one of our most beloved annual Chapel services, The Blessing of the Animals, comes around this Wednesday morning. ESLA families are invited to bring their pooch or feline or other beloved creature (leashed/crated, please) to the service in the Schoolhouse lot at 9:55am sharp. More details in the CALENDAR below. 

Rev. Hollaway blessing a canine friend

AT A GLANCE:

  • ESLA Athletics Report - A banner week for ESLA sports!
  • Calendar of Events (including Blessing of the Animals this Weds. am)
  • Gallery Link: Seventh Grade Retreat 

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Athletics Report

 

UPPER SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

The ESLA Upper School volleyball team took on Alliance Patti & Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy at Poinsettia Rec. last Wednesday. Coming off the back of two tough losses, the ESLA girls were fighting hard to kick-start the season and gain some momentum. 

The first set saw ESLA take a commanding lead before Neuwirth's number 10 sent down 8 consecutive aces to give them a 24-21 lead. Knowing any mistake would give the set to the opposition, Issalin Lopez stepped up to serve and proceeded to smash ace after ace to tie the set 24-24. After a little back and forth, ESLA eventually won the first set 27-25 in a comeback victory. 

This seemed to be the theme for the game, after the energy surge of the first set victory, ESLA lost the next two sets 25-19 and 25-20, as Neuwirth hit their stride and ESLA struggled to consistently set up the ball and play effective offense. Nevertheless, the team rallied around captain Kari Brown and were determined to get the first win of the season, which they did! ESLA won the fourth set 25-14 and took this momentum into the deciding 5th set, clinching it 15-12. 

We hope this is the catalyst for a change in fortunes moving into the rest of the season. It was a phenomenal team effort with every member of the team playing their part. Special thanks to Mrs. Lydeard, and the Browns for their help scorekeeping and being line judges. 

Next game is on Wednesday 10/5 at Ted Watkins Park against Judy Ivie Tech College. 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

The first race of the Middle School cross country season took place last Wednesday with many ESLA students joining the FIYA league to race. Very special recognition goes to Isabella Williams, who became the first ever ESLA student to win a race at this event, beating 2nd place by just one second. Congratulations also go to Claire Donahue who placed in the top 10 in her race. Full results can be found on the FIYA website (onfiya.org).

We look forward to running again this coming Wednesday at Cheviot Hills Rec Center. 

 

UPPER SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

It was the Upper Schoolers' turn to represent the red and white of ESLA on the cross country path last Thursday. Running the notorious Elysian Park course in sweltering heat, the ESLA team worked hard together and all ran respectable 5K races. Congratulations to Joe Patrick who lead the way for ESLA.

We hope that the cooler weather this week will allow for some faster times as the team heads back to Elysian Park on Thursday to race again. 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Middle School Girls' Volleyball schedule:  http://www.onfiya.org/volleyball/la-league


Calendar of Events:

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5 @ 9:55-10:25am - BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

The ESLA Chaplains and Vestry invite all parents and well-behaved pets to join us this Wednesday, October 5th, for the fifth annual Blessing of the Animals and celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis. St. Francis of Assisi was known for his deep love and care for God's creation. Blessing our pets reminds us of God's concern for the whole creation and our responsibility to be good stewards of it. 

Dogs should be on leashes and cats and anything else that could bite or escape should be in cages. The service will be held outside in the lot and will begin promptly at 9:55 a.m. Please allow yourself adequate time to find street parking.

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5 - MIDDLE SCHOOL BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Schoolhouse.

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12 - NO SCHOOL - Yom kippur

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19 - PSAT (10th and 11th graders)

 

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It's a hot one out there, folks! We have a big week this week at ESLA. Don't let it wear you down, though, for a four-day weekend starts on Friday! 

This week, our 7th Grade is off on their class retreat (see Jack Norland scaling the tower above!), Upper School Back-to-School night, offering parents a glimpse at their students' daily academic life, happens on Wednesday evening, and Thursday is Middle School LAB DAY. 

There is no school on Friday (Faculty Work Day). Thursday pick-up is 3:30 sharp for those not participating in athletics. All after school athletics, including club sports, will meet until 5:00 pm. 

AT A GLANCE:

  • ESLA Athletics Report
  • Calendar of Events 
  • Student Summer Program Spotlight: Steven Burgos 

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Athletics Report

 

Middle School Volleyball

The Middle School girls Volleyball schedule has been finalized and can be found at  http://www.onfiya.org/volleyball/la-league

Please note that our first game is on Monday 10/3 even though there is no school that day. 

 

Upper School Volleyball

Unfortunately, the Upper School volleyball game was cancelled last week, but we are looking forward to the game against Alliance Neuwirth tomorrow (9/27) at 4pm at Poinsettia Rec Center. 

 

Cross Country

Both Upper School and Middle School cross country races begin this week with the Middle Schoolers running on Wednesday at Kenneth Hahn Park and the Upper School running on Thursday at Elysian Park. 

 

Red vs. White Capture the Flag

Last week saw the first Red vs. White competition of the year with a tense game of Capture the Flag. The event saw over 50 students and 13 faculty battle it out for their teams to secure the first athletic points of the year. 

The Middle School game could not have been closer with Jackson Holley starting for the White team, almost scoring to tie the game 3-3 with the final play, but, alas, the play did not stick. Some great defense from the Red team gave that side a 3-2 victory. 

The Upper School game was not so close. Despite being outnumbered the White team outfoxed the Red team, taking home a 3-1 victory, Gavin Cho and Ryley Thompson working as a perfect duo of speed and stealth for the White team. 

The faculty game was even more one sided with the Red team racing to a 6-1 victory. Red team had a 2 person advantage and made the most of it, despite the valiant efforts of Ms. Johnson and the rookie, Mr. Pearson, who showed some good moves. 

SQUASH EVENT AT LAAC

Please see review information for an event at LAAC - a squash match between two players in the current world top 20. They are also offering coaching clinics.


Calendar of Events:

MONDAY, SEPT. 26 - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: 7TH GRADE RETREAT

And they're off! Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/27 at 5:00 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28 - UPPER SCHOOL BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

6:00 - 8:15 PM at the Digital Jungle. 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29 - MIDDLE SCHOOL LAB DAY

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30 - NO SCHOOL

Thursday pick-up is 3:30 sharp for those not participating in athletics. All after school athletics, including club sports, will meet until 5:00 pm. 


Student Summer Program Spotlight

Steven represents ESLA as he looks out over Barcelona. 

This past July, Steven Burgos (11th Grade) embarked on an intensive summer program run by Columbia University in Barcelona. During his time abroad, Steven, who already speaks Spanish, learned Catalan, the language spoken in the Spanish region of Catalonia. He and his fellow students examined the history, art, and urban development of Barcelona, enriching their understanding of how European communities develop local, regional, national, and international identities. 

In Steven's own words, "I now know that traveling is one of my priories in life. Visiting new places and getting to know different people and cultures is an unreal feeling and it opens your mind to many great things. Getting to know my origins and my dad’s side of the family from his lineage...was an incredible feeling. My Spanish patriotism truly sparked. Barcelona will always have a special place in my heart...I met great people and shared laughs like no other. I will always vividly remember my Summer of 2016 trip to Barcelona."

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Athletics Report

Girls' Volleyball

ESLA's Upper School volleyball team took on Jackie Robinson Charter school last week at Poinsettia Park. Jackie Robinson got off to a flying start with their star player sending over 6 aces to start the game. Once ESLA found their feet and recovered from the shock of being behind early the girls started to look great, with Gladys Holdorff replying with a few aces of her own. 

Ultimately, Jackie Robinson proved too strong for ESLA, wining in 3 sets (25-12, 25-10, 25-13), but ESLA can be proud of the way they fought in the match. We continue to see improvements at every practice. Our next game is a return game against Jackie Robinson on Wednesday 9/21 at Jackie Robinson Charter, 3500 S. Hill 90007 at 4pm. 

Team Meeting for Parents - Middle school Volleyball

Middle School Girls' Volleyball parents meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Thursday 9/22. We will be going over the schedule and locations for the matches this season. The meeting will be less than 20mins. 

Red vs. White News

All after school sports will be canceled this Thursday as the first Red vs. White competition, a game of Capture the Flag, will take place at the Hollywood Rec field from 4pm-5:30pm. All students are strongly encouraged to sign up and be part of this fun first competition.

Squash Event at LAAC

Please see review information for an event at LAAC - a squash match between two players in the current world top 20. They are also offering coaching clinics.


Service & Justice Contracts - Due Sept. 20 (tomorrow)

Service and Justice Contracts for 9th and 10th grades are due tomorrow, Sept, 20. Students have access to the forms through Google Classroom and parents should have received an introductory packet last spring. Contracts require a parent/ guardian signature. Please email Megan Hollaway at hollaway@es-la.com if you have any questions. Contracts and other forms are available here:

SERVICE AND JUSTICE PROGRAM CONTRACT

SERVICE & JUSTICE APPROVED SITES

SERVICE & JUSTICE SERVICE HOURS LOG


Calendar of Events:

 

Thursday, Sept 22 | 4:00- 5:30pm: Red vs. White Capture the Flag at the Field

The first Red vs. White event of the year!

Friday, September 23 | 4-6pm: Welcome to ESLA Extravaganza

Community Life Council will hold their first event of the year Friday, September 23rd from 4- 6 pm at the Schoolhouse. TheWelcome to ESLA Extravaganza will be a party to show new students some of the great traditions of ESLA. All new and returning MS and US students are encouraged to attend wearing their team's color: red or white.

Monday, September 26 - Tuesday, September 27: 7th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/26 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/27 at 5:00 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 - UPPER SCHOOL BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

Details to come!

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CONTENTS:

FRIDAY PICK-UP - THANK YOU!

We would like to extend a sincere and enthusiastic thank you to all parents and guardians for their prompt student pick-ups this past Friday. Let's keep this trend going!

REVISIT:


Athletics Report

Girls' Volleyball

Our Upper School Girls' Volleyball team kicked off their season this past Wednesday with a tough game against Amino Watts. Having had just one official practice after try-outs ESLA's new squad got off to a flying start, winning the first set 25-5 after Team Captain Kari Brown served 8 aces to start the match. Amino Watts soon woke up, however, and came back strong to win the next 3 sets narrowly (25-18, 26-24, 25-21). It was Amino's 3rd game of a season they began on the 9th of August, so a very respectable effort from the newly formed ESLA team, Which has high hopes this season. Special mention goes to Gladys Holdorff, who came to life as a hitter in the third set.

We are looking forward to this week's game on Wednesday at 4pm at Poinsettia Rec Center vs. Jackie Robinson Charter. 

Volleyball and Cross Country Meet Schedule

Will be finalized this week. 

Team Meetings for Parents - Next Week

 Match/meet details for the teams listed below will be given out at the following parents meetings at the school house. Please make an effort to attend if your child is on one of the teams. These meetings should take no longer than 20 minutes.

  • Upper School Cross Country - Monday, Sept. 19 @ 5:30pm
  • Middle School Cross Country- Monday, Sept. 19 @ 5:00pm
  • Middle School Volleyball - Thursday, Sept. 22 @ 5:30pm

After School Clubs start Today!

All clubs run from 4:00- 5:30 pm and are sponsored by the ESLA faculty. They are serious commitments and students who sign up should plan on attending every week. Students who are interested, but not sure about the club should plan on attending the first meeting.

  •      Mondays - Mock Trial
  •      Tuesdays - Yearbook
  •      Wednesdays - Model U N
  •      Thursdays - Improv

Calendar of Events:

Thursday, Sept 22 | 4:00- 5:30pm: Red vs. White Capture the Flag at the Field

The first Red vs. White event of the year!

Friday, September 23 | 4-6pm: Welcome to ESLA Extravaganza

Community Life Council will hold their first event of the year Friday, September 23rd from 4- 6 pm at the Schoolhouse. The Welcome to ESLA Extravaganza will be a party to show new students some of the great traditions of ESLA. All new and returning MS and US students are encouraged to attend wearing their team's color: red or white.

Monday, September 26 - Tuesday, September 27: 7th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/26 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/27 at 5:00 PM.


A couple of photos from today's 6th Grade retreat:

ESLA's Sixth Grade students watching a classmate on the climbing wall during their class retreat. 

ESLA's Sixth Grade students watching a classmate on the climbing wall during their class retreat. 

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Convocation 2016-2017

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Convocation 2016-2017

Photos from ESLA's Convocation and Service of Commission for New Students.

Thursday, September 1, 2016.

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We hope everyone had a fun and restorative long weekend after our first week back. The school year is officially in full-swing! This week we have updates on ESLA's fall play, The Crucible, our new after school club programing, a calendar of upcoming events, as always, and a very special video starring ESLA's own Mr. Thorne and Mr. Brooks, shot and edited by Ms. Guerra.

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

  • Fall Theater: The Crucible Auditions
  • After School Clubs
  • Calendar of Events
  • VIDEO: ESLA's Simple Tie Tutorial

FRIDAY PICK-UP REMINDER:

Friday pick-up is 3:30pm sharp for Middle School students and 3:45pm sharp for Upper School students. We have not charged parents for late pick-up thus far, but will consider initiating a billing system if this remains an issue in the coming weeks.

REVISIT:


FALL THEATER: THE CRUCIBLE

Auditions for Arthur Miller's The Crucible will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 3:30-5:30 pm

Open to all Middle School and Upper School students.


After School Clubs start Monday, Sept. 12!

All clubs run from 4:00- 5:30 pm and are sponsored by the ESLA faculty. They are serious commitments and students who sign up should plan on attending every week. Students who are interested, but not sure about the club should plan on attending the first meeting.

  •      Mondays - Mock Trial
  •      Tuesdays - Yearbook
  •      Wednesdays - Model UN
  •      Thursdays - Improv

Calendar of Events:

Monday, September 12 - Tuesday, September 13: 6th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/12 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/13 at 5:00 PM.

Monday, September 26 - Tuesday, September 27: 7th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/26 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/27 at 5:00 PM.

Friday, September 23 | 4-6pm: Welcome to ESLA Extravaganza

Community Life Council will hold their first event of the year Friday, September 23rd from 4- 6 pm at the Schoolhouse. The Welcome to ESLA Extravaganza will be a party to show new students some of the great traditions of ESLA. All new and returning MS and US students are encouraged to attend wearing their team's color: red or white.


ESLA's SIMPLE TIE TUTORIAL:

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COLLEGE VISITS & PREP FALL 2016

We have a slew of college visits planned for the Fall. Current schedule is below - more visits will likely be added over the next few weeks. All Seniors are required to attend each visit. Juniors may sign up for visits in which they are interested. Sign-up information will be forthcoming. 

TESTING REMINDER for Seniors retaking the ACT: Registration deadline for the October 22 ACT (which is recommended for all Seniors who want to improve their April scores) is September 16.

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ESLA Athletics Schedule - Michaelmas Term

 

REGULAR WEEKLY AFTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS SCHEDULE  - MICHAELMAS TERM

MONDAYS

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

TUESDAYS

  • Basketball 4pm-5pm

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Flag Rugby 4pm-5pm

  • Middle School Squash 4:30pm- 6pm

  • Upper School Squash 4:30pm -6pm

WEDNESDAYS

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

THURSDAYS

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Flag Rugby 4pm-5pm

  • Basketball (invitational session) 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Squash  4:30-6pm

  • Baseball 4pm-5pm

 

FRIDAYS

NO AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS - PICK-UP at 3:30 PM SHARP

 

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GALLERY: Councils Retreat Ropes Course

The week of August 22, all 2016-2017 members of Academic, Honor, Community Life, and Service Councils and Vestry took part in two days of leadership training, including a full day of ropes course activities. 

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Welcome back and welcome to the Jungle! We are thrilled to welcome our students to campus today to kick off the 2016-2017 school year. 

A major development that most students will have noticed on this first day is that the entire Upper School has relocated to our leased space on the 2nd floor of the Jungle building just across Lillian Way from the Schoolhouse.

New Upper School student lounge at the Jungle.

New Upper School student lounge at the Jungle.

In this Newsletter:

  • CONVOCATION and COMMISSION OF NEW STUDENTS: This Thursday at ESLA Schoolhouse 6-8PM. All students are required to attend in their formal uniform dress. 

  • INTERSECTIONALITY: Special Program on Wednesday, Aug. 31

  • AUDITIONS: The Crucible

  • ATHLETICS Squash Try-Outs & General Athletics Schedule

  • CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • REGISTRAR REMINDER: Health forms are now past due. If you haven't already, please submit them to the Registrar ASAP. || Add/Drop Period ends Sep 16.

  • COLLEGE VISITS & PREP SCHEDULE


CONVOCATION and COMMISSION OF NEW STUDENTS

All students are required to attend in their formal uniform dress. Families are encouraged to attend, as well. There will be a reception with light refreshments after the service. 

Convocation and the Service of Commission for New Students is the first of ESLA’s three major school feasts. 

Convocation calls us into community: students, faculty and families, old and young, new and returning. We celebrate the promise of the year ahead and the joy of being together to learn and grow. We also commission new students who are publicly charged to commit themselves to the four virtues of the school and to uphold the Honor Code.  

Aerial view of new students signing the Honor Code at Convocation 2015. 

Aerial view of new students signing the Honor Code at Convocation 2015. 


INTERSECTIONALITY: Special School Day Program for Wednesday, Aug. 31

This Wednesday we will have a special program to begin a sustained dialogue on intersectionality at ESLA. The day starts with Chapel followed by a presentation in Commons with Dr. Brooks (our own Jason Brooks' dad). After this, we will formally introduce "council" for the first time at ESLA. Council is a traditional way of sharing in a circle and is a powerful tool for teaching our students active listening, respectful speaking, and for empowering them to have difficult conversations. After lunch we break into groups to explore summer reading.

This will be the first of many opportunities to address themes of intersectionality and to unpack some of this summer's tragic and maddening events. As a school, this is our moment to invite students into deep and lasting conversations about difference and inequality. These concerns have always been at the heart of ESLA's mission, but as we embark on a more open and public dialogue, we ask students and faculty to bring their best selves to the conversation.


FALL THEATER: THE CRUCIBLE

Auditions for Arthur Miller's The Crucible will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 3:30- 5:30 pm

Open to all Middle School and Upper School students.


Calendar of Events:

Further event details HERE.

Thursday, September 1 from 6-8pm: CONVOCATION in the ESLA Sports Arena (Back Lot)

All students are required to attend in their formal uniform dress. Families are encouraged to attend, as well. There will be a reception with light refreshments after the service. 

Monday, September 12 - Tuesday, September 13: 6th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/12 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/13 at 5:00 PM.

Monday, September 26 - Tuesday, September 27: 7th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/26 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/27 at 5:00 PM.


Athletics Schedule

AFTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS  – THROUGH Sept. 12

AUGUST 30TH- CROSS COUNTRY TASTER (EVERYONE)
AUGUST 31ST – UPPER SCHOOL SQUASH TRYOUTS
SEPTEMBER 1ST – CONVOCATION – NO SPORTS
 
SEPTEMBER 6TH – VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS
SEPTEMBER 7TH – CROSS COUNTRY TRYOUTS/ HS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 8TH- FIRST UPPER SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL GAME
 
SEPTEMBER 12TH – NORMAL WEEKLY SCHEDULE BEGINS

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REGULAR WEEKLY AFTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS SCHEDULE  - MICHAELMAS TERM (Starting Sept. 12)

Mondays

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

  • Basketball 4pm-5pm

Tuesdays

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Flag Rugby 4pm-5pm

  • Middle School Squash 4:30pm- 6pm

  • Upper School Squash 4:30pm -6pm

Wednesdays

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

Thursdays

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Flag Rugby 4pm-5pm

  • Basketball (invitational session) 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Squash  4:30-6pm

  • Baseball 4pm-5pm


College Visits & Preparation

We have a slew of college visits planned for the Fall. Current schedule is below - more visits will likely be added over the next few weeks. All Seniors are required to attend each visit. Juniors may sign up for visits in which they are interested. Sign-up information will be forthcoming. 

TESTING REMINDER for Seniors retaking the ACT: Registration deadline for the October 22 ACT (which is recommended for all Seniors who want to improve their April scores) is September 16.

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ESLA September Event Details

Council Retreat Days
All current members of Academic, Honor, Community Life, Service Council and Vestry will take part in two days of leadership training.
8/25 9am - 3pm – Fulcrum Ropes Course at Culver City Park, 9700 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
8/26 9am - 3pm – Leadership Training at ESLA Schoolhouse

Please make arrangements for transportation to and from Culver City on Thursday. ESLA willnot be providing transportation.

Convocation and Service of Commission for New Students
Convocation and the Service of Commission for New Students is the first of ESLA’s three major school feasts. Convocation calls us into community: students, faculty and families, old and young, new and returning. We celebrate the promise of the year ahead and the joy of being together to learn and grow. We also commission new students who are publicly charged to commit themselves to the four virtues of the school and to uphold the Honor Code.

All students are required to attend in their formal uniform dress. Families are encouraged to attend, as well. There will be a reception with light refreshments after the service. 
 
6th Grade Retreat: Monday - Tuesday, September 12- 13
All incoming 6th Graders will take part in a two-day, one-night retreat in Brandeis, CA. The retreat, facilitated by Fulcrum Adventures, will include character building, leadership, and teamwork activities. Students will reside in cabins and participate in a low ropes course.
Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/12 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/13 at 5:00 PM.
 

7th Grade Retreat:  Monday - Tuesday, September 26- 27
All 7th Graders will take part in a two-day, one-night retreat in Brandeis, CA. The retreat, facilitated by Fulcrum Adventures, will include character building, leadership, and teamwork activities. Students will reside in cabins and participate in a high ropes course.
Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/26 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/27 at 5:00 PM.

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ESLA Newsletter

One week out...

We are just one week from the first day of school and we're looking forward to having everyone back at the Schoolhouse. This week kicks off with our Middle and Upper School Fall Welcome Dinners (tonight and tomorrow night, respectively) and finishes with Council retreat days on Thursday and Friday for members of Academic, Honor, Community Life, Service, and Vestry.

Read on for more...

Top stories:

  • INTRODUCING: Jason Brooks, ESLA's new Dean of Students

  • CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • COLLEGE VISITS & PREP

  • ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

  • REGISTRAR REMINDER: Health forms due


Introduction: 

Jason Brooks, ESLA's new Dean of Students

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From Mr. Brooks:

"My name is Jason Brooks and I’ll be serving as the new Dean of Students. I’m excited to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year at ESLA! To give you a better sense of my background, I'd like to share a piece of my story with you.

In my fifteen years of working in schools, I’ve taught world languages (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and French) and coached myriad sports, including football, basketball, lacrosse, and cross country. I’ve also had the good fortune to have worked in a number of different school communities; each with their own missional focus. In short, my hope is that my experience will be an asset as we begin this journey together."

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Brooks to the ESLA community!


Calendar of Events:

Further event details HERE.

Thursday, August 25 & Friday, August 26: Council Retreat Days

All current members of Academic, Honor, Community Life, and Service Councils, and Vestry will take part in two days of leadership training. Details below.

Monday, August 29: First Day of School

WELCOME BACK!

Thursday, September 1, 6-8pm: CONVOCATION in the ESLA Sports Arena (Back Lot)

All students are required to attend in their formal uniform dress. Families are encouraged to attend, as well. There will be a reception with light refreshments after the service. 

Monday, September 12 - Tuesday,September 13: 6th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/12 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/13 at 5:00 PM.

Monday, September 26 - Tuesday, September 27: 7th Grade Retreat

Students must be dropped off at the Schoolhouse on 9/26 by 7:00 AM.
Pick up is at the Schoolhouse on 9/27 at 5:00 PM.


College Visits & Preparation

We have a slew of college visits planned for the Fall. Current schedule is below - more visits will likely be added over the next few weeks. All Seniors are required to attend each visit. Juniors may sign up for visits in which they are interested. Sign-up information will be forthcoming. 

TESTING REMINDER for Seniors retaking the ACT: Registration deadline for the October 22 ACT (which is recommended for all Seniors who want to improve their April scores) is September 16.

College Visits as of 8-22-16

Athletics Schedule

AFTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS  – Aug. 29 - Sept. 12

AUGUST 29TH – VOLLEYBALL TASTER (GIRLS ONLY)
AUGUST 30TH- CROSS COUNTRY TASTER(EVERYONE)
AUGUST 31ST – UPPER SCHOOL SQUASH TRYOUTS
SEPTEMBER 1ST – CONVOCATION – NO SPORTS
 
SEPTEMBER 6TH – VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS
SEPTEMBER 7TH – CROSS COUNTRY TRYOUTS/ HS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 8TH- FIRST UPPER SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL GAME
 
SEPTEMBER 12TH – NORMAL WEEKLY SCHEDULE BEGINS

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REGULAR WEEKLY AFTER SCHOOL ATHLETICS SCHEDULE  - MICHAELMAS TERM

Starting Sept. 12

Mondays

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

  • Basketball 4pm-5pm

Tuesdays

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Flag Rugby 4pm-5pm

  • Middle School Squash 4:30pm- 6pm

  • Upper School Squash 4:30pm -6pm

Wednesdays

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

Thursdays

  • Middle School Girls’ Volleyball 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Girls’ Volleyball 5pm-6pm

  • Cross Country 4pm-5pm

  • Flag Rugby 4pm-5pm

  • Basketball (invitational session) 4pm-5pm

  • Upper School Squash  4:30-6pm

  • Baseball 4pm-5pm


Registrar Reminder:

Health forms were due on Aug. 15. Any outstanding forms must be turned in to the Registrar ASAP. 

2016-2017 Medical Authorization

2016-2017 Authorization to Dispense Medicine

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Upper School Fall Welcome Dinner: Tuesday, August 23rd | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

In celebration of the upcoming school year, ESLA Upper School students and families are cordially invited to attend a dinner at the Schoolhouse. This is a chance to welcome new students and families into the ESLA community, catch up with everyone after a busy summer, and learn about all the exciting things planned for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dinner will be provided by our incomparable kitchen staff. The grill will be hot and the drinks will be cold, so come join us in the ESLA Lot for good food, good friends, and a good time!

RSVP at http://ESLA-US-Dinner.rsvpify.com

Founders' Day Photos:

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