ESLA Family Newsletter, September 17, 2018

Week Two has been successfully deposited into the infinite, shifting sands of history, and Week Three has arrived.

Our student councils have held their first meetings of the year, and the gears are turning quickly. New students have been handed their fates, sorted for eternity onto the Red Team (¡viva rojo!) or White Team (boo!), and our first Red/White competition—an epic lip sync battle—is coming up this week. Many of our established clubs have already convened, and a few new ones are gathering steam. Our athletic teams are settling into their regular practice schedules. College reps have already begun to visit campus and sit down with our juniors and seniors. The school year is well and truly underway!

So, without further ado, onto your news…

Peep this Agenda

Your agenda for today and every day until the inevitable unraveling of the universe 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.

NO SCHOOL Wednesday for Yom Kippur!

Friday is Red/White Free Dress. Students may dress as they please, so long as they’re workin’ with their team’s color.

ERBs Wrap Up This Week

A reminder from your Sinister Ministers of Standardized Testing:

ERB CTP testing continues Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week. Students in grades six through nine are taking the ERB CTP 5 math tests. Students sit for the test each morning during their long-block class. The ERB CTP is an online test, which means students must show up with their ChromeBooks charged each morning.

Gathering accurate, robust data through these tests helps us teach your students more effectively throughout the year! Please ensure that students arrive to school on time, having had a good night's rest and a hearty breakfast. Absent students will need to make up testing at a rescheduled time.

¡Vamos a bailar hoy!

TODAY! In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, ESLA's Languages Department, along with Los Coyotitos Salvajes, our chapter of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, are providing our entire community—students, staff, and families—with free salsa dancing lessons!

Today, Monday, September 17
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
3:30–4:30 p.m., STUDENTS ONLY
4:30–5:30 p.m., FACULTY AND PARENTS

If you’re attending, please park in the lot south of Carlos Ave. and come get buzzed in at the main western entrance on Gower St.

Mr. Houck’s Behavioral Ecology elective is growing colonies of invertebrates, including, apparently, a bunch of worms that, when they feel isolated and anxious, turn into beetles. Insert bad Kafka joke here.

El regreso de los coyotes

The coyote is a resilient, unflappable creature, known for its ability to thrive in any ecosystem—from the barren tundra of the Antarctic to the sun-scorched landscapes of the Sahara, from the densest equatorial rainforests to the most competitive high school state athletic leagues…

In related news, ESLA’s Upper School Varsity Girls Volleyball team played its first game as an official member of the California Interscholastic Federation this past Wednesday! Our Coyotes return to the court today at Pan Pacific Rec center—our home court for the season—and are back out on the road this Thursday.

All game times are 2:30 p.m., and everyone who can is encouraged to attend!

Twenty student athletes turned out for the first Thursday morning practice at 7:30 a.m.! Middle School Girls Volleyball continues its tryouts and looks to field a team to rival last year’s undefeated FIYA league champs! Games will begin later in September.

Both Upper and Middle School Cross Country are training hard in preparation for their upcoming season. Varsity runners will attend an invitational on September 20 in San Pedro, and the league season begins on September 27. All varsity meets will be at Elysian Park. Middle meets will start at the end of September as well.

Sincere thanks to our parent drivers and our supportive crowds. Go Coyotes!


Arts at ESLA

One more rundown of this semester in the arts from Senior Chief Executive Arts Guru, Jane McCarron:

On Tuesday, over 20 students auditioned for the eight roles in The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, making it the most competitive audition in ESLA theatre history. Huge thanks and congratulations go out to everyone who auditioned! Remember, there are multiple opportunities in the performing arts for every student each semester.



The Music Studio (Wiley Chapel) is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Students in grades six through twelve are welcome to join Mr. Perrin, Mr. McIntosh, and Mr. Villaverde every week or just when the mood strikes them. ESLA has drums, guitar, bass, and keys, but students are encouraged to bring in their own instruments.



The Visual Arts Studio (Middle Terrace) is open every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students in grades six through twelve are welcome to join Ms. Bagley and Ms. Aguiniga every week or just pop in when they are feeling creative. Materials are provided by the arts department, but students are encouraged to bring their own sketchbooks.



Middle School Drama Club meets every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Middle Terrace). All students in grades six through eight will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the Five-Minute Play Festival on October 9 (5 - 6:00 p.m.), the Upper School Concert and Art Show on December 5 (6 - 7:30 p.m.) and the ESLA Experimental Theatre on January 29 (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.).

Upper School Improv Club meets every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (The Cellar). Students in grades nine through twelve have the opportunity to rehearse and produce their own improv shows monthly.


The Five-Minute Play Festival is seeking talented playwrights, directors, and actors in grades six through twelve. 

  • Monday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. - Plays due to Ms. McCarron (

  • Tuesday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m. - Selections are announced

  • Thursday, September 20 from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. - Auditions and casting (Middle Terrace)

  • Monday, September 24 - Thursday, October 4th - Students hold rehearsals

  • Monday, October 8 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Dress Rehearsal

  • Tuesday, October 9 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Five-Minute Play Festival (Mears Stage)

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Until next week,
—Will Litton