ESLA Family Newsletter, January 22, 2019

It’s going to be 70 degrees and sunny this week, and balance is restored to the force. 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.

THIS THURSDAY, January 24, is a FORMAL DRESS DAY for all students!

A Heads Up on upcoming "No After-School Program Days": After-school activities (with the exception of any scheduled musical and athletics practices) will be adjusted on two days this trimester, as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 13 (no activities for Middle or Upper School)

  • Thursday, February 21 (no activities for Middle School)

Looking Forward to the 2019-2020 School Year

If you missed Peter McCormack’s email this morning regarding planning for the 2019-2020 school year, you can read it here!

Financial Aid Deadlines Are Coming Up

From Peter McCormack, Interim Head of School:

Families wishing to be considered for financial aid for the coming school year are reminded to submit their paperwork to the portal here no later than February 1 (and 2018 tax returns to support applications by February 15; if the Federal Government shutdown interferes with this deadline, we’ll figure out a workaround). Returning families have priority over new families only up until February 1. Instructions in English are here and here.

If you have problems with any aspect of the submission, including uploading your 2018 tax forms, do not hesitate to contact either Peter McCormack at or Kristen Johnson at

Instrucciones en español están aqui y aqui.

Mathletes, Assemble!

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is a nationwide math competition given each year for high school students. It is a 75-minute multiple choice test and ESLA will be proctoring it on Wednesday, February 13 during homeroom and C-Block. Interested students should talk to their math teacher about signing up for this competition TODAY!

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Stand with Migrants!

The Service Council and Feminist Club, in conjunction with AMBOS Project, will be hosting a one-week SUPER Drive to collect necessary supplies for migrants who have arrived at the US/Mexico border. From January 18 through 29, ESLA will be focusing their donations on travel-sized toiletries and feminine hygiene products, however, a more extensive wish list can be found here. See full instructions above!

ESLA Annual Fund 2018-2019!

A message from Marcia Berman, Director of Development:

ESLA's Annual Fund drive is in full swing! Thank you to everyone who made a gift or pledge. For those who haven’t participated yet, we hope you will support this very important campaign which benefits all students throughout the year. Contributions to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible and go directly to the school's highest priorities.

Our goal is 100% parent participation. Therefore, we ask for your support with a gift of any amount. Not only does your gift have an immediate impact, but your participation helps us attract and inspire foundations and others to partner with us in furthering our mission and educational experience for all students.

Currently, we are at 35% participation and are counting on your help to reach our goal.

Participation by Grade:

6th – 38%
7th – 25%
8th – 52%
9th – 41%
10th – 48%
11th – 25%
12th – 35%

Help us reach our goal!

All gifts and pledges are due by June 30. 

Gifts can be made online at, mailed to the school c/o Development Office or contact Marcia Berman in the Development Office at for further assistance.

Thank you!

Generational talents.

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:

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ESLA Talent Show!

ESLA’s first Talent Show is THIS Wednesday, January 23, 4:00–6:00 p.m. on Mears Stage.

Hosted by Jay Baggett ’20 and Luke Cahill ’19, the Talent Show features acts by Lilian Lopez ’19, Hop Hale '19, Colin White '19, Joe Baldwin ’20, Stella Walsh ’21, Sophia Grammer ’21, Malcolm Oehler ’21, Fred Casildo ’21, Sasha Nachmanoff ’23, Grace Hall ’23, Sophia Robinson ’23, Caroline LaDage ’23, Jaxon Jackson ’24, Cassius Hatosy ’24, Aria Nahm ’25, Ava Herlinger ’25, Auden Ophuls ’25, Oliver Barnes ’25, Olive Siegel ’25, and Imani Black ’25.

Middle School Drama Club will perform the opening act! 9 Angry Pigs is a ten-minute play based on the classic film 12 Angry Men, and stars Nola Bowie '25, Clara Mothersbaugh '25, Julian Latourelle '24, Auden Ophuls '25, Harriet Ophuls '25, JD Staggs '24, and Ava Walton '25.

Opening Soon!

Missing Milligans by Sophia Grammer '21
February 4, 5, and 7
4:00 p.m., Mears Stage

ESLA Sophomore Sophia Grammer's debut production Missing Milligans is a dark comedy set in the halls of your average high school. Part mystery, part drama, and part comedy, Sophia's play features a not-so-average cast of characters played by Sidney Abramson '24, Joe Baldwin '20, Oliver Barnes '25, Katy Cooper '20, Sophia Grammer '21, Grace Hall '23, Cassius Hatosy '24, Caroline LaDage '23, and Stella Walsh '21.

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!

ESLA Prom Venue Search Update!

Another message from Shelby Bartlett, whose appetite for partying is truly endless:

Many thanks to the parents for all their suggestions for prom venues. We have been delighted with the number of recommendations that have been made and are no longer in need of referrals. Ms. Nuckols and Ms. Bartlett are checking out a few spaces and will conclude their search by the end of the week. 

Thank you all so much for your generosity!


Annie Auditions!

Save the date for Spring Musical Auditions!

Students auditioning for a lead role (Annie, Warbucks, Grace, Ms. Hannigan, Rooster, or Lily) will audition Monday, February 11 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Students auditioning for any other role will audition Tuesday, February 12 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The cast list will be posted at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13.

Questions, comments, or submissions? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton