ESLA Family Newsletter, November 5, 2018

I’m sure we’re all returning very refreshed from our weekend + one hour. Don’t forget to reset your clocks, and don’t forget to vote tomorrow! With Prop 7 on the ballot, the very fabric of time itself is up for election…

Now, onto your news!


As always, your agenda from today until The Great Unraveling 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.

Lots of reminders this week! Please review carefully:

Picture Day is THIS TUESDAY, November 6! Formal dress required for all students! Please help make sure your students show up to school looking sharp. (If students are absent, there will be a make-up day.)

THIS FRIDAY is Lab Day in both the Middle School and Upper School! Make sure your students have their permission slips signed!

There’s a major Lands’ End Sale going on for all member schools—that’s us! Click here to do a little uniform shopping. Use Promo Code: LESUFRIEND and PIN: 5862. Sale ends Wednesday!

The Middle School Volleyball Team has secured a spot in the FIYA playoffs and will play THIS WEDNESDAY in a first round match at Orchard Academy at 4:00 p.m.! A win on Wednesday would send them into the quarter finals on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at La Tiger rec center. Go Coyotes! Awoooooooooooo.

Grandparents Day, previously scheduled for Friday, November 16 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a date in the Spring. Stay tuned!

ESLA will observe Veterans Day during Chapel next Monday, November 12. If you would like to submit names of veterans to be recognized, please email Walter Thorne at

The Sixth Graders Are Ready to Rock!

Save the date!

Sixth Grade Concert
The Music of Muscle Shoals
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 Parking Lot and enter through the gate on Carlos Ave.

Suspect Everyone

ESLA's Main Stage production of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie opens THIS TUESDAY, November 6.

  • Tuesday, November 6, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, November 7, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, November 8, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

  • 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.

Join the Lessons and Carols Choir!

A message from Jay Johnson, Lord of Pipes:

Rehearsals begin 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 7 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., FPCH Choir Room

  • 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

AP Biology! Students examine cells from an onion and a canine esophagus. Senior Asa B., top right, continues his yearlong campaign to sneak into as many newsletters as possible.

Middle School Lab Days!

A reminder from Laura Spencer, Middle School Coordinator:

Our next round of Middle School Lab Days is coming up THIS FRIDAY, November 9. We have some exceptional programming lined up. Students in the sixth grade will be heading to the Getty Villa; students in the seventh grade will visit the Museum of Tolerance; and students in the eighth grade will travel to the Reagan Library.

We need permission forms from all families for these trips! Your students should be returning home with permission forms in hand, but just in case, please find the relevant pdfs using the buttons below:

The ESLA Model United Nations Club travelled to UCLA over the weekend to compete and work with 1,500 other students from across California and surrounding states. Big ups to all our Model UN Coyotes, to our fearless leader Luca, and faculty sponsor Ryan Villaverde. Fix that tie, Luca!

Upper School Lab Days!

A message from Amanda Valenzuela, Upper School Coordinator:

Our first Upper School Lab Day is THIS FRIDAY, November 9. Upper School coyotes will venture out into the city in search of knowledge, beauty, and possibly insects. Your students have already selected their adventures, with priority given to seniors, and Ms. Valenzuela will post trip rosters this week. You may read about the six trips below. Please keep an eye out for permission slips next week!

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Valenzuela, Upper School Coordinator, at

Option 1: Hammer Museum and UCLA visit (Led by Ms. Aguíñiga. 1 group, total of 20 students + 4 chaperones)

The Grunwald collection housed at the UCLA Hammer Museum is one of the largest collections of works on paper in the world! The collection is available to students and artist by appointment only. The Advanced Arts class and upper school arts students are invited to visit the Grunwald collection where students will choose works from the archive and will be on display for them. The works selected from the archive will be in the special collections space where students can see works on paper (photography, printmaking and lithographs) without framing nor glass cases. This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience what it's like to hold works of art that date back over 400 years. Students will travel by charter bus from FPCH to UCLA and back.

Option 2: Recording Studio (Led by Mr. Perrin.1 group, total of 10 students + 2-3 chaperones)

You will make music in a studio recording session on campus with a professional. Examine performances under a “microscope,” and debating over which one is the best while learning tech skills. This experience is targeted towards music students. By the end of the day, students will record and mix a song and walk away with an MP3 of their music.

Option 3: Griffith Park Nature Hike and Observatory Scavenger Hunt (Led by Mr. Houck. 1 group, total of 15 students + 3 chaperones)

During the nature hike, students will learn about the plants and animals found in Griffith Park. Students will collect organisms to start colonies at school (water-striders and crayfish colonies). With overlooks of the city below, students will learn about the sub-climates found in the extended LA area. At the observatory, students will learn about the chemistry and physics that make-up the universe. The target audience is students interested in general science. Please be advised this trip require a LOT of hiking (4 miles often up hill). Please wear shoes, bring water, a backpack for carrying a school provided lunch, and sunscreen.  Additionally, the trip will likely arrive at 3:30 rather than 3:00 due to the planetarium show times.

Option 4: L.A. Story: Rethinking Our City’s History along the Great Wall of Los Angeles (Led by Dr. Milner. 1 group, total of 20 students + 3 chaperones)

This experience is (ideally) geared towards students who have already taken L.A. History, as well as students who like going to museums and interpreting art. That said, this experience is meant to decenter traditional historical narratives, as well as issues of where art is displayed and for whom art is intended. My ambition is that students gain the experience of seeking out alternate forms of art-making and story-telling that abound in their city; that they make connections between what they have learned about, and observed in, their city and how people have represented these experiences based on their own values, histories, and goals; and that they gain a sense of the importance of creative expression in highlighting experiences.

Option 5: UCLA College Visit and Campus Tour (Led by. Ms. Valenzuela and Mrs. Johnson. 1 group, total of 20 students + 4 chaperones)

Students will do a full campus tour of UCLA, visiting iconic buildings and spaces including Royce Hall, the Fowler Museum, Ackerman, the Sculpture Garden, Pauley Pavilion, Bruin Walk, the student store, Powell and Charles E. Young libraries. They will picnic in front of the Shapiro Fountain and tour the campus with ESLA's Bruin alumna. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and blue and gold (or yellow) for the tour. Students may bring cash to purchase Bruin swag from the student store. This group will travel by charter bus from FPCH to UCLA and back.

Option 6: California African American Museum and USC Tour (Led by Mr. Brooks. 1 group, total of 15 students + 3 chaperones)

Students will tour the California African American Museum and meet with lead curator, Tyree Boyd Pates. Mr. Pates is a historian, professor, writer, and speaker who expounds on Black culture from a millennial vantage and mobilizes communities of color through journalism, social media, education and history. Students will have a bespoke tour of Mr. Pates' new exhibition "Slavery on the New Frontier." After visiting C.A.A.M., students will tour the University of Southern California. Students are encouraged to wear walking shoes and come ready to experience the richness of Exposition Park!

Slideshow: Halloween!

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. 

The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, ESLA 2018-2019 inductees!

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton