ESLA Family Newsletter, October 1, 2018

Well, we made it through our first five-day week with minimal casualties, and we’re blasting right into another one. School. Is. Happening.

Both Upper School and Middle School families have now had a chance to attend a Parents’ Night, and we’re grateful you all took time out of your schedules to come learn about our curricula and meet our faculty. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re grateful, as well, for all your kind words!

The outreach and recruitment season is also well underway. (Internally, my student ambassadors and I refer to it as the ESLA 2018 World Domination Tour.) Over the past couple of years, we’ve been very accustomed to introducing total newcomers to ESLA. We’re a young school, and we’re tapping into many new communities across the city. This year, however, everywhere we go, we’re encountering more and more families who have already heard great things about ESLA through the grapevine. Thanks to you all for spreading the word!

If you somehow missed the invite to this Sunday’s Evensong service, or if you still think “Evensong” is the name of a one-hit 90s pop group, please click here to view the invitation!


As always, your agenda from today until the disintegration of time itself 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.

This Friday, October 5, we celebrate one of our absolute favorite days of the year! The Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals. More info below.

The Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals

A note from our chaplains!

All parents and well-behaved leashed or caged pets are welcome to attend chapel this Friday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. for the blessing of the animals to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis was a thirteenth-century friar who started one of the biggest youth cultural revolutions in history (move over hippies). He inspired tens of thousands of young people to reject materialism and adopt a life of poverty (be careful parents). He called animals his brothers and sisters, could often be found preaching to the birds, and if he were around today, we would probably consider him a radical environmentalist. In a rare move after the violence of the Crusades, he built interfaith connections with Muslims in the Holy Land, which resulted in Franciscans being the only order permitted to remain in the Holy Land after the Crusader Kingdom collapsed. Far from just being a cute figure for a backyard birdbath, Francis still offers much for us to consider in our own time.

The service will start at 10:00 a.m. on the grassy knoll at First Presbyterian. Please park in the larger lot on Carlos Ave. and enter through Mears gate just across the street (where we conduct drop-off and pick-up). Vestry members will greet you at the gate and escort you and your four-legged companions to the knoll. Pets must be leashed or caged, and they’ll need to depart promptly after the service.

Five-Minute Play Festival, and Annie!

Notes from the desk of Jane McCarron, Theater Chief:

Members of ESLA’s senior class have cast their votes, and the ESLA 2019 Spring Musical will feature our favorite red-headed orphan.

In the more immediate future: Family and friends are welcome to join ESLA Theatre for our first event of the season!

Five-Minute Play Festival
October 9, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Mears Stage

The festival will feature original student plays written by Joe Baldwin, Chloe Hamori, Rex Rath, Sophia Grammer, Hagen Mohr, and Stella Walsh. Staged readings of each play will include performances by 25 Middle and Upper School students!

Guests may park in the Carlos Ave. parking lot and enter campus through the main western entrance on Gower St.

Los coyotes nunca se dan por vencidos

The coyote is a creature well known for feats of spectacular endurance, such as standing on a really tall log for 35 hours straight, or watching an entire David Blaine special on television.

In related news, ESLA’s Varsity Cross Country team competed in its first official CIF meet this past week. ESLA runners clenched seven of the top eight finishes in our heat, and Team Captain Joe Baldwin posted a personal best time! The next meet is this Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Elysian Park.

A small but mighty pack of Varsity Coyote Volleyball players went on the road this past Wednesday to Camino Nuevo High and emerged victorious in a CIF Galaxy League match. With four freshman in the starting lineup, the future looks bright!

The Middle School Cross Country team ventured to Vincent park in Inglewood last week. Mercer Ross posted a personal best time in a valiant ESLA effort!

Middle School Volleyball opened its defense of the FIYA league championship this past Friday at Para Los Niños and swept the challenger!

Hatch, Match, and Dispatch

Reminder! A very dear friend of ESLA, the Reverend Will Billow, has just published a book: 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! You won’t want to 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