ESLA Family Newsletter, November 12, 2018

Welcome to your last newsletter before we break for Thanksgiving!


As always, your agenda from today until The Singularity 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.

We’re off next week for Thanksgiving Break!

Introducing Marcia Berman

A message from Peter McCormack, Interim Head of School:


It is my pleasure to welcome Marcia Berman to the ESLA family as our school's first Director of Development. Marcia comes to us from her most recent position as Director of Development at Campbell Hall, and previously at The Archer School for Girls. Marcia will work alongside the board, administration, our parents, and friends of the school, to energize and systematize our approach to philanthropic fundraising in support of ESLA's programs. 

Marcia says, "It is an honor to be a part of the ESLA community. I am grateful for the warm welcome I've received from everyone I've met so far.  Over the past week, I've been continually impressed by the accomplishments and the dedication of the board, faculty, administrators, staff and parents. I'm looking forward to getting to know each of you and working together on behalf of this extraordinary school."

Financial Aid 2019-2020

Another important message from Peter McCormack, Interim Head of School:

Applying for Financial Aid for Next Academic Year

Information and instructions for ESLA families who wish to apply for financial aid for next year is here in English. The forms must be completed each year before the end of January. Please let Peter know if you have any questions.

Solicitando ayuda financiera para el próximo año académico.

La información y las instrucciones para las familias de ESLA que desean solicitar ayuda financiera para el próximo año están aqui en español. Se tienen que completar los formularios cada año antes de a finales de enero. Por favor, avísen Peter si tienen preguntas o dudas.


Our Middle School Girls Volleyball Team has advanced to the Final Four of the FIYA League Playoffs! It's been so much fun watching them play as a team, all while improving and developing individually. Huge ups to Coach Mauricio and the entire squad. They play again this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. for a position in the FIYA Division 1A Championship!

After the Girls Upper School Volleyball season concluded with the CIF Championship Playoffs, the coaching staffs of the CIF Galaxy League met to recap the season and select an All-League Team. We are thrilled to announce that freshwomen Maia Dishell and Tess Peyton were named to the All-League Team! Their hard work, willingness to train, and dedication to technique enabled them to excel as ninth graders in a Varsity setting.

Go Coyotes! Awoooooooo!

The Sixth Graders Are Ready to Rock!

See you this Wednesday!

Sixth Grade Concert
The Music of Muscle Shoals
This Wednesday, November 14
5:00-5:45 p.m., Wylie Chapel

A rockin’ show featuring the songs of Wilson Pickett, the Staples Singers, and the Isley Brothers!

Parents and friends should park in the Carlos lot and enter through the gate on Carlos Ave.

Suspect Everyone

TODAY AND TOMORROW are the final performances of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie! Don’t miss this incredible show!

  • Monday, November 12, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, November 13, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

All shows take place on Mears Stage at First Pres., and performances run approximately two hours. Tickets can be purchased at the door. They are free to ESLA students and faculty and $5 for family and friends.

Commons Talk with Curime Batliner! 

This Thursday, November 15
Mears Hall | FPCH
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. 

Curime Batliner (b. 1983, Costa Rica) works at the convergence of architecture, 3D animation, interface design, and robotics. His work stands out at the top level of the emerging discipline of creative robotics and embodies the shifting relationships between the human and the artificial in the design process. Batliner holds an M.Arch from SCI-Arc. His work has been exhibited at Design Miami and he has worked with clients such as Creative Artists Agency (CAA), ETV and Apple. Other projects include Greg Lynn's RV prototype and the Marxer Active Energy Building in Vaduz. His design research is published at the ICRA IEEE International Conference for Robotics and Automation as well as Robots in Architecture.

Parents and friends of ESLA are welcome to attend this lecture! If you wish to attend please email Ms. Aguiniga:

Join the Lessons and Carols Choir!

A message from Jay Johnson, Lord of Pipes:

Rehearsals continue THIS WEDNESDAY!

Come one, come all! If you are in the festive spirit and wish to be a part of our incredible Lessons and Carols Choir, please contact Jay Johnson at The Lessons and Carols Choir sings traditional Christmas Carols for our school service on Thursday evening, December 13. We need Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses. (We have always had a shortage of men, so, fellas, if you have always wanted to sing in a choir but do not want that pesky long-term commitment, now is your chance!) No singing experience required, rather a good musical ear and a willingness to sing fun carols. If you want to know more, just email Jay or speak with a former member. Students, parents, friends, grandparents—all are welcome!

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Wednesday, November 14 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., FPCH Choir Room

  • Wednesday, November 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., FPCH Choir Room

  • Monday, December 3 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., FPCH Choir Room

  • Wednesday, December 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., FPCH Choir Room

Performance: Thursday, December 13, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., FPCH Sanctuary

Congrats to our Middle School Robotics Club, which competed over the weekend in the First Lego League!

Chip in with the ESLA Parent Association

A message from Emily Nuckols and and Elizabeth White, 2018-2019 PA President:

By virtue of being a parent or guardian, you are automatically members of the ESLA Parent Association. WELCOME! 

Please find below a list of administrative committees that are calling on volunteer help. The commitment is minimal and case by case. As we like to say, many hands make light work! Each committee has an ESLA admin liaison who will be in touch with you regarding volunteer opportunities throughout the year. 

Please sign-up for volunteer groups below. If you have any questions, email Emily Nuckols at

1. Admissions and Outreach - Will Litton

2. Annual Fund - Marcia Berman and Emily Nuckols 

3. Events and Major School Feasts - Emily Nuckols and Megan Hollaway

4. Visual and Performing Arts - Jane McCarron

5. Teacher Appreciation - Emily Nuckols and Megan Hollaway 

6. Student Life and Uniforms - Shelby Bartlett

Our parent community is one of the greatest gifts to our school and we are beyond grateful for your time and efforts in assisting the school's growth! We look forward to working with you. 

Superhero Seniors' Curbside Cafe!

A message from Maya F., Superhero Senior:

The seniors are opening the Superhero Seniors' Curbside Cafe this coming Thursday and Friday! During the drop off line there will be coffee on sale, and during the pick up line there will be baked goods on sale. Everything is $2! Cash only! Donations are welcome. All proceeds go towards ESLA senior events and programming. Thank you!

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton