ESLA Family Newsletter, November 29, 2018

We’re back for the home stretch of the fall semester! Get ready for a sprint to the finish.


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.

The ESLA Upper School Concert and Art Show is next Wednesday, December 5, on Mears Stage at FPCH. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend! Parking will be available in the La Baig St. lot.

Saturday, December 8 is the Admissions Open House. Tell your friends! Registration is here and will close very soon:

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is Thursday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian. This is one of ESLA’s major school feasts! All students are required to attend in formal dress. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. More info soon!

ESLA Annual Fund 2018-2019!

A message from Marcia Berman, Director of Development:

ESLA's Annual Fund drive has officially kicked off! Please support this very important campaign which benefits students and programs throughout the year. Contributions to the Annual Fund are directed to the school's highest priorities. Our goal is 100% participation for all members of our community: parents, trustees, faculty and staff, and alumni. 

You can make a gift online at, mail in the gift envelope you received last week, or contact Marcia Berman in the Development Office at  

Thank you!

Nola B. created this magnificent work of art in Open Studio. Tote game very strong.

Financial Aid 2019-2020

An 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.

Upper School Concert and Art Show!


ESLA Upper School Concert and Art Show
Mears Stage, FPCH
Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Family and friends attending the show should park in the La Baig Street parking lot.

Winter Service Drive

ESLA’s Service Council, in conjunction with Sister Margaret of Covenant House, is kicking off the Winter Blanket, Beanie, and Sock Drive! Help those experiencing homelessness this season with a donation of new blankets, beanies, and socks. Donations can be dropped off on campus. Please send any questions to

Theatre of the Absurd field trip to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at A Noise Within

Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts

Reminders from coaches Mauricio and Alférez:

MS Girls Basketball Tryouts: Tuesday Dec. 4 and Thursday Dec. 6, 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. FPCH gym.

MS Boys Basketball Tryouts: Wednesday Dec. 5 and Friday Dec. 7, 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. FPCH gym.

Rosters will be announced via email on the afternoon of Friday, December 7.

Our MS Girls Volleyball Team made it to the Championship Game and came in second place overall in the FIYA League! Go Coyotes!

Teachers’ Christmas Gifts

A message from Lucy Norland, ESLA parent:

ESLA has a tradition of giving a Christmas gift to each of the faculty and staff members. It is a once-a-year financial gift that comes from all of the parent and student body to express our gratitude to the faculty and staff for their work. The deadline to contribute is Tuesday, December 11. (We cannot accept anything later.) 

If you would like to contribute, you can do it online by clicking this link:

Or if you prefer to leave cash, please put it in an envelope for attention: Lucy Norland and leave it at the school front office.

There is no suggested donation amount. No contribution is too great or too small.

This collection is entirely parent-led, and separate from the Annual Fund.  

Thank you for your generosity!

Lucy Norland
Mother of Jack, 9th grade.

Announcing Jem!

Glad tidings from our Chaplain, Megan Hollaway:

We welcomed James “Jem” Hollaway Ponsoldt to the world on November 6 at 8:10 a.m. Named for his granddad, his grandpa, his dad, his great granddad, James the Great, James the Less, Jem brother of Scout, and a bunch of English bare-knuckled boxers. He’ll be making school appearances soon!

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton