One Quarter in the Books!

One Quarter in the Books!


ESLA Family Newsletter, October 14, 2019


As always, your agenda from today until the end of time is embedded below. Remember, you can always check the ESLA Agenda on this site by navigating to “My ESLA” > “ESLA Agenda” or simply plugging into your navigation bar.

There will be NO After School Program (except for athletics) on the following date:

  • Thursday, October 24 (2:20 p.m. dismissal for all). First day of parent conferences, and . . .

There will be NO CLASSES on the following dates:

  • For upper schoolers THIS Friday, October 18 (First quarter grading and comment-writing day).

  • For all students on Friday, October 25 (second day of parent conferences).

Special Schedule - TODAY

Andre Henry Speaking in Chapel

TODAY, ANDRE HENRY, who started lugging a giant boulder around the US in 2016 to protest injustice will be our guest chapel speaker. Andre will share his story and students will be able to ask questions (Commons-style). Chapel will be from 10:20 to 11:15 a.m. I encourage you to read more about Andre here and his writing here and here.



This Thursday, October 17, 10:20 - 10:50 a.m.

Mears Central




A message from the Rev. Timothy J.S. Seamans:

This coming week, ESLA is collecting bags of candy and Halloween decorations for the children's Halloween Carnival at Alexandria House. Alexandria House is a transitional residence and house of hospitality in the Mid-Wilshire area, and mainly services women and children. From Monday to Friday, ESLA students and families are encouraged to make donations.



Save the date for the 6th grade concert! All 28 of ESLA’s youngest rock stars will take to the stage with music from the British Invasion. Songs include Please, Mr. Postman, Gloria, As Tears Go By, Twist and Shout, Get Off of My Cloud, Hippy Hippy Shakes, and Glad All Over by artists including The Beatles, Them, The Dave Clark Five, Marianne Faithful, The Rolling Stones, and The Swinging Blue Jeans.

Wednesday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Wylie Chapel


Join us TOMORROW for the 5-Minute Play Festival!

Tuesday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m., Mears

Playwrights include Joe Baldwin ’20, Sophia Grammer ’21, Mick Baldwin ’23, Taj Melhuish ’23, Edie Anderson ’25, and Grace Kazanjian ’26.

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Halloween Improv Show

Halloween is just around the corner, which means Boblin and the Goblins will come out to play!

Thursday, October 31

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at The Cellar


Athletic Department News

Notes from Athletic Director, Coach Mark Zalin:

ESLA student athletes return to the court and track this week after a very successful week of competition.

Middle School Volleyball plays both Monday and Friday at Para Los Ninos with a 6:00 p.m. start on Monday and 4:00 p.m. on Friday. They have been playing well with a goal of returning to the FIYA playoffs and the Championship game!

Middle School Cross Country had a great meet last week with our 6th grade runners finishing in the top five overall and some great individual and team performances from the 7th and 8th grade runners. They return to Cheviot Hills Recreation Center on Wednesday at 4:00 pm.

After a powerful performance vs. Camino Nuevo, the Varsity Cross Country team returns to Elysian Park for a meet on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The team has been putting in miles after school and on weekends in preparation for Galaxy League championships!

The Varsity Volleyball team enters the penultimate week of the season with a solid chance to return to the CIF playoffs! They face Smidt Tech on Tuesday, October 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Downey Recreation Center and the very next night, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. at Lakeside Recreation Center vs. Rise Koyang High. The team’s strong play against Division 3 teams bodes well for Division 5 ESLA should they accrue enough wins to make the CIF Division 5 playoffs.

Back on Monday for the season finale at home October 21 (Salvation Army) at 2:30 p.m. for the rematch of the five-set war that saw ESLA topple Stern Charter. And finally, we have to make up our match at LALA, so it looks like October 22, the last day of the regular season at 3:30 p.m. at Montecito Heights Recreation Center.

As we get closer to playoffs at all levels, the contests become more competitive and exciting. Both the FIYA and CIF governing bodies stress the need for student athletes, coaches, and fans to adhere to a code of ethics for sportsmanship that extends to opposing players, officials, and fans.

Everyone is welcome to come and support the ESLA Coyotes in a variety of venues across Los Angeles. We look forward to seeing you at a game soon! Thanks to all our fans, drivers, and snack providers. We are most grateful.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on the afternoon of October 24 and the morning of October 25 (students will not have school on October 25). Parents can sign up for conferences on the Parent Portal. Registration details have been sent by Ms. Hannon. Please reach out to her at with any questions!


Miles to Go Program

A message from Martha Mauricio, Physical Education Teacher:

Jonathan Scott, from the ‘Miles to Go’ program, will be returning to our campus with his substance abuse curriculum in October.

This year we have included a Parent Meeting, which will be held on October 22 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet Jonathan and ask some questions. 

Jonathan is a professional speaker and educator on the subject of substance abuse. He and his wife, Kelly Townsend, began the lecture series 20 years ago and they speak to the majority of independent schools in the Los Angeles area. The program is a lecture series that begins in 7th grade and runs through Upper School as a part of our Health Education curriculum. The Miles to Go website offers some helpful information for students, parents, and teachers about substance use education and prevention.

If you have any questions about our partnership with the ‘Miles to Go’ program please feel free to reach out to Martha Mauricio at


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A Message from Private School Village (PSV)

Do you or someone in your family identify as Black/African-American? If so, are you eager to connect with other families in Los Angeles private/independent schools? PrivateSchool Village (PSV) builds community by organizing social events, sharing resources, and providing programs for Black/African-American families in independent schools (K-12). Join us by going to and signing up. Then, join us each month as we socialize, (re)affirm culture, celebrate traditions, share resources and more. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Johnson at

ESLA is happy to connect our current families with PSV and its important programming. PSV is an independent nonprofit organization. Signing up is free!

Questions, comments, or submissions? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton