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


  • 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 


Athletics Report



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. 



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 (

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



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 Girls' Volleyball schedule:

Calendar of Events:


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.


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

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

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