ESLA Family Newsletter, October 1, 2019

Best wishes for the new year to those of you who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

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.

There will be NO After School Program, and 3:10 p.m. dismissals for all (except for athletics) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 8

  • Thursday, October 24


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, students and faculty have contributed to a community wide Spanish Language playlist. You can check it out here.


Blessing of the Animals - Special Schedule!

Friday, October 4, NEW START TIME: 10:00 a.m.

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with Blessing of the Animals! All well-behaved parents and pets are invited. Please bring the leash or cage that best suits your critter and enter through the Mears Gate, just opposite the large parking lot on Carlos Ave. Vestry members and Chaplains will be there starting at 9:40 a.m. to greet parents and pets. All animals need to return home after the service.



The Sunday Slowdown is Back!

Join us on Sunday Oct 13 at 5:30 p.m. for an easygoing service inspired by music from the folk, African-American, Latinx, and classical sacred music traditions. Bring a picnic dinner and we’ll dine on the green after the service.

Andre Henry Speaking in Chapel

On Oct 14, ANDRE HENRY, who started lugging a giant boulder around the US in 2016 to protest injustice will be our guest chapel speaker. Andre will share his story and students will be able to ask questions (Commons-style). Chapel will be from 10:20 to 11:15 a.m. I encourage you to read more about Andre here and his writing here and here.

Morning Prayer, Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m.

Join the chaplains for a traditional, Episcopal service of Morning Prayer. This is a very informal and quiet service—and a great way to begin the day. You can participate or just listen. No experience necessary. You can also email things for which you would like us to pray.



Coffee with the Head of School

Please join Head of School Peter McCormack for coffee and conversation THIS Wednesday.

  • Upper School Parents, THIS Wednesday, 7:45 - 9:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall


Athletics News

Notes from Coach Mark Zalin, Athletics Director:

After spending the month of September putting in practice miles and training, Cross Country season begins! The Middle School team travels to Kenneth Hahn State Park for their meet this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The Varsity team heads back to their home away from home, Elysian Park, for a 2:30 p.m. meet this Wednesday as well.

Fresh from a big, well attended win at Salvation Army gym this past Thursday, The Varsity Volleyball team travels to El Sereno Park on Wednesday to play Stern Charter at 2:30 p.m. and then for the rematch vs. LA Leadership Academy this Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Montecito Recreation Center.

The Middle School Volleyball team returns to Para Los Ninos this Friday for a 5:00 p.m. match. The MS team is coming off a well-played win at Pilgrim school this past Friday.

Sincere thanks to all the students, faculty, parents, and friends who have supported the Coyotes of ESLA both home and away!

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5 Minute Play Festival!

Tuesday, October 15
4:30-5:30 p.m. on the Mears Stage



Let’s get creative! Upper School students and 7th graders take a deep dive into visual art classes this fall with Ms. Bagley and Ms. de la Torre. Students create 2D and 3D work in elective options including Intro to Visual Art, Advanced Art, Art and Social Justice, and AP Studio Art. 

Students looking for extra opportunities to get creative may stay after school for the following programs:

      Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm     Yearbook Club (8-12th grade)

      Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm     Upper School Open Studio

      Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm      Middle School Open Studio

      Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm      Upper School Open Studio

 Parents looking to lend a hand after school should email and


Announcing the ESLA Spring Musical…

Beauty and the Beast! 
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton

 Auditions will take place in early December. All ESLA students are welcome and encouraged to audition!


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on the afternoon of October 24 and the morning of October 25 (students will not have school that day). Parents can begin signing up for conferences on the Parent Portal this week. Registration details have been sent by Ms. Hannon. Please reach out to her at with any questions!


Missing Something?

Please see a video here of the lost and found from just the first month of school. Do you see anything familiar? The lost and found box lives outside Mr. McCormack's office.

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A Message from Private School Village (PSV)

Do you or someone in your family identify as Black/African-American? If so, are you eager to connect with other families in Los Angeles private/independent schools? PrivateSchool Village (PSV) builds community by organizing social events, sharing resources, and providing programs for Black/African-American families in independent schools (K-12). Join us by going to and signing up. Then, join us each month as we socialize, (re)affirm culture, celebrate traditions, share resources and more. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Johnson at

ESLA is happy to connect our current families with PSV and its important programming. PSV is an independent nonprofit organization. Signing up is free!



The boy is graduating! Apparently Megan's blessing worked and Newt's been matched with a woman from Idaho. The California boy will get to experience snow...

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Until next week,
—Will Litton