ESLA Family Newsletter, December 4, 2018

So much on the horizon before we break! Without any delay, onto your news:


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 TOMORROW, December 5, on Mears Stage at FPCH. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend! Parking will be available in the La Baig St. lot.

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

Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is next 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!

AP Studio Art students visit the studios of artists Ry Rocklen and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs.

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
THIS 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.

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.

Athletics Update

From Mark Zalin, Athletic Director:

Ever resourceful coyotes have found both early morning and evening time slots to improve their basketball skills. US girls basketball, and both MS boys and girls basketball hopefuls have taken to the court in the early morning before school to hone their skills for the upcoming season, as well as the US boys team who take to the court in the early evening. 

After MS tryouts this week, our governing body, FIYA will meet with ESLA and other league coaches to draw up the season schedule. Look for games to begin in the new year and extend to the end of February.

US teams open up their inaugural California Interscholastic Federation Basketball season as members of the Galaxy league (yes, it is indeed out of this world) with road games on Dec 11 and 13. Games will be double headers with the girls playing the opener and boys the later game for the first half of the season and then reversing order for the second half. 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 through December.

Anyone who was lucky enough to see the MS and US volleyball teams play this Fall or watch the Cross Country runners know the enthusiasm ESLA student athletes bring on a daily basis to every venue they play at. Please come and see them when your time and schedule permit. You will be glad you did!

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

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.

Introducing Wiley Rusher Foushee!

Babies everywhere! More incredible news from Head of the English Department, Amanda Foushee:

Wiley was born on November 14 at 5:19 p.m.! A nice and chunky 8 pounds and 10 ounces. He is named for his great-grandmother, Sharyn Wiley Rusher. Mom and baby are doing great! 

A Charlie Brown Christmas!

The Senior Class will perform our little annual rendition of A Charlie Brown Christmas during Chapel next week.

Monday, December 10
10:00 a.m. 
Wylie Chapel


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.

Superhero Seniors’ Curbside Cafe: The Sequel

The seniors are opening the Superhero Seniors' Curbside Cafe again this Wednesday and Thursday! There will be coffee and baked goods in the morning. Everything is $2! Cash only! Donations are welcome. All proceeds go towards ESLA senior events. Thank you!

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton