ESLA Family Newsletter, September 24, 2018

Week Four is upon us. Our first full, five-day week of the academic year. Do we have what it takes? Do we have the grit, the fortitude, and the stamina to teach and learn for five school days in a row?

Only time will tell…

What’s Your Agenda?

As always, your agenda from now until forever 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.

Upper School Parents’ Night is this Wednesday, September 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet your student’s faculty and learn about your student’s curriculum! All parents and guardians of Upper School students are encouraged to attend. Parents and guardians of students in eighth grade who are curious about our Upper School offerings are also invited! Look for an event schedule via email.

Middle School Parent Coffee with the Head of School is this Thursday, September 27, at 7:45 a.m. Start your day right! Come knock back a couple hundred million piping hot cups of coffee and spend some QT with Interim Head of School, Peter McCormack, who will speak about his thoughts and plans for the year. Meet in the Cellar below the Gymnasium.

The first Middle School Lab Day is this Friday, September 28! Time for some adventures! Full details in the “Notes from the Middle School” segment below…

Notes from the Middle School

From Jay Johnson, Middle School Kahuna:

A big congratulations to the students for finishing two weeks of ERB testing. As soon as we receive the results from the test, we will be in communication with you regarding how to read the data and what it means. More information is forthcoming.

Information about Lab Days for Middle School Parents:

This Friday, September 28, is our first Middle School Lab Day of the year! For those new to the community: during a Lab Day, normally scheduled classes are canceled and each grade participates in a fun and engaging, day-long, multidisciplinary project.

Grade six will be going to the Skirball Center to do the Archaeology of the Near East program. Students are encouraged to dress as archaeologists but must wear closed-toe shoes, as students will conduct an archeological dig. Students will return to campus later in the day to complete some history, math, and science-related activities in their field journals.

Grade seven will be going to the Aquarium of the Pacific to work on the "A Look Inside" squid program. In addition to the program, students will be given a tour of the aquarium along with a host of other engaging activities. Friday uniform is required and students should wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Grade eight will be going to the California Science Center. Students will be immersed in the Big Lab roller coaster physics program. Students will also have the unique opportunity to view the Endeavor shuttle exhibit and other California Science Center exhibits while they are there. Friday uniform is required and students should wear comfortable shoes for walking.

¡Los coyotes se ponen en marcha!

The coyote is an ambitious creature, known for its unflappable drive to reach greater and greater heights—forever passing milestones and keeping biology textbooks out of date.

In related news, the Varsity Girls Volleyball Team brought home ESLA’s first every victory as an official member of the California Interscholastic Federation—a thrilling five-set win over Alliance Tech this past Thursday! Our Coyotes return to their home court at Pan Pacific today at 2:30 p.m. and travel to Camino Nuevo on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Last year, our Middle School Girls Volleyball Team went undefeated and took the 2017 regular-season FIYA League Title. This year’s Coyotes begin their defense of that title on Friday, facing MOR at Para Los Niños at 6:00 p.m.

The Varsity Cross Country Team opens its league season this Thursday on our home Elysian Park course, and the Middle School Cross Country Team opens its season at Vincent Park in Inglewood at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Parents who want to help are encouraged to drive student-athletes to and from athletic contests! Please contact Mark Zalin at to volunteer.

Go Coyotes!

Crushin’ Books

A word from Amanda Foushee, Queen of Words:

We announced our summer’s top readers last week during lunch! Major congrats (and a Skylight Books gift card) go to…

  • Grade Six: Olive Siegal

  • Grade Seven: Mina Lavapies

  • Grade Eight: Sofia Robinson

  • Grade Nine: Tasha Wright

  • Grade Ten: Sophia Grammer

(Fellas! Take note. It was a clean sweep by the ladies this year…)

Hatch, Match, and Dispatch

Speaking of books, a very dear friend of ESLA, the Reverend Will Billow, has just published one! Hatch, Match, and Dispatch. He’s journeying all the way to LA to conduct a reading and book signing for the ESLA community, and everyone (age 21 and up) is invited!

Incredible stories! Live music! Libations! Don’t miss it.

Adults Only, 21+
Friday, October 12, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
The Three Clubs, 1123 Vine St.
Music by Hunter Perrin & The Wild Cards

Click here to RSVP for the event! Please direct inquiries to

Click here to check out the book!

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton