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.
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).
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.