ESLA Family Newsletter, January 9, 2019

We’re nine days into the new year and we’ve already hit our stride. We are firmly in the pocket. 2019 is happening, everybody.

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.

The sixth-grade Getty Villa field trip has been rescheduled to next Monday, January 14!

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)

Thank You, Parents!

From Peter McCormack, Interim Head of School:

I know I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in saying how thankful and honored I feel for the generous Christmas/Holiday gift from the parent body. Thank you very much, ESLA parents, and kudos to Lucy Broadbent for coordinating the effort!

Happy New Year to everyone.

ESLA Young Alumni Panel

On Friday, January 4, 16 ESLA Alums joined us for the first ever ESLA Young Alumni Panel to share with our current juniors and seniors their college and life experiences. We are blown away by the successes of our first two graduating classes who continue to serve as a testament to the great community we have here at ESLA.

Lillian Zine!

The Lillian, ESLA’s very own student literary and arts magazine, is selling its FIRST-EVER zine on Friday after school for $2 at the curb. Featuring student written and visual work!

(Zine’s are extremely hip. You’re gonna want a copy.)

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!

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.!

We have an outstanding range of talent signed up for auditions in two weeks. As students prepare their acts, Community Life Council will be working behind the scenes to bring ESLA spirit (and food) to the main event.

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.

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!

Questions or comments? Send them my way:

Until next week,
—Will Litton