ESLA Family Newsletter, December 11, 2018

Many thanks to all those who contributed to and/or hyped the open house last Saturday. The event was a big success thanks to all your efforts.

It’s the final week before break! See you all at Lessons and Carols this Thursday.


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.

Lessons and Carols is THIS THURSDAY, December 13, 6:30 p.m., at the First Pres Sanctuary.

This Friday, December 14, is a HALF DAY. Students are dismissed at 11:20 a.m.

US Exams Schedule Reminders

From Janie Hannon, Registrar:

Reminders about Upper School Exams:

  • On exam days, students need to arrive by 9:50 a.m. Attendance will be taken in homeroom.

  • Exams begin promptly after CAC block (around 10:30). Students have up to two hours after the start time to take each exam (students with accommodations have exceptions). 

  • After students turn in their exams, they are permitted to leave campus. Students are welcome to stay on campus for lunch and the afternoon to study if needed. 

  • The Middle School continues with a regular schedule.

The schedule for exams is as follows: Monday, December 10 - Language Exams; Tuesday, December 11 - Math Exams; Wednesday, December 12 - History Exams; Thursday, December 13 - Science Exams.

Friday, December 14 is a half day; school runs from 8:30 - 11:20 a.m. This day also serves as a make-up exam day for students who missed the original test date. Contact Janie Hannon at with any questions.

Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is THIS THURSDAY, December 13, 6:30 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. Everyone should have received a Paperless Post invitation. Please RSVP!

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!

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.

DEADLINE TODAY! 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 TODAY, 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.


A message from the extremely talented Jane McCarron:

ESLA’s first Talent Show will be held Wednesday, January 23, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.!

Sign ups will take place the first week back from Winter Break. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome and encouraged to prepare an act. All acts must be under five minutes in length and complete the approval process.

Wed-Friday            January 2-4            Lunch                 Sign Up to Perform 

Monday                  January 14             3:30- 5:30           Preliminary Audition  

Students at this audition will either receive approval to perform in the show, or be asked to rework their act and audition again on Thursday.

Thursday               January 17             3:30- 5:30            Final Audition

Students must receive approval at this audition to perform in the show.

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton