ESLA Family Newsletter, January 2, 2019

Welcome to the year 2019! In many ways, it’s a lot like the year 2018—except larger, stronger, faster, and far more spectacular. We can’t wait to begin.


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.

ESLA Eighth Grader in The New York Times

Huge news! Over the Winter Break, our very own Sofia Robinson, Class of 2023, became the youngest person ever to be published in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times. Her piece is incredibly moving, and we couldn’t be more proud of the way she has represented our community.

Read Sofia’s piece here.

Special Parent Seminar on Cyber Education!

A message from Polly Grant, Learning Specialist and School Psychologist:

Please join the ESLA community for a special Parent Seminar:  Creating a Family Plan around Texting, Gaming, Surfing, YouTube, Social Media, and More.

Guest Speaker: Lori Getz, Cyber Education Specialist
Thursday, January 31, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood

Parents are welcome to park in the larger lot on Carlos Ave. 

  • Are you having regular conversations in the house around texting, social media, YouTube, Netflix, and Fortnite?

  • Have you ever wondered if you are setting the right rules around technology use? 

  • Do you wonder if other parents allow their children more or less access?

Come learn strategies and the language that will help break down walls and get everyone having more meaningful conversations about texting, gaming, YouTube, social media, screen time, and the role technology plays in emotional, mental, and physical health and wellness. 

Lori Getz, M.A., is an educator, mother, author and Internet safety expert. She has appeared on the “Dr. Phil Show,” “Today,” “HLN,” “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM). She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students across the country. Lori recently authored “The Tech Savvy User’s Guide to the Digital World,” a book for tweens and teens.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, teens and adults.

Please RSVP to Polly Grant:


ESLA Talent Show! Sign Up this Week!

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 are THIS WEEK! 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.

THIS Wednesday–Friday, January 2–4, Lunch: Sign Up to Perform 
Monday, January 14, 3:30–5:30 p.m.: 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 p.m.: Final Audition

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

BBALL Update

A message from Mark Zalin, Athletic Impresario:

Both Middle and Upper School basketball teams get the week off from competition. They will use the time to practice, hone their skills and strategy, and get ready for a January run! With the Upper School teams’ inclusion in the California Interscholastic Federations's Los Angeles City Section, there is the possibility of a work stoppage among some member schools, which may affect play in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more information. Regardless, ESLA Coyotes will be ready to go!

Eighth Grade Semi-Formal!

Attention Eighth Grade Parents! A message from Shelby Bartlett, Party Queen:

On Friday, February 1, our Student Life Team will host ESLA's first Eighth Grade Semi-Formal! The dance will go from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. A select group of eighth graders have volunteered to help put together this exciting event. Ms. Bartlett and Mrs. Spencer ask that a few eighth grade parents provide snacks for the event. Please email Shelby Bartlett ( if you'd like to contribute a few sweet or savory snacks for the event (no nuts, please). We are looking forward to a fun evening!

Chilly Weather Uniform Reminder!

Another message from Shelby Bartlett, Loyal Defender of the Uniform:

Hello! As the Los Angeles mornings get increasingly chillier, we'd like to give you a reminder about the ESLA uniform.

All students are allowed to wear dark blue denim jeans on Academic Dress days. The jeans must be a solid, dark wash, and not have any holes or rips.

Students are allowed to wear dark tights beneath their grey skirt. The administration will allow black or navy leggings beneath the grey skirt. Sweatpants are not allowed.

Students may continue to wear navy knit sweaters or the grey ESLA hoodie over white collared shirts. Students are encouraged to bring jackets to school to wear between buildings. They may not wear jackets inside the school buildings.

Please email Ms. Shelby Bartlett if you have any questions about the ESLA uniform.

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton