ESLA Family Newsletter, February 11, 2019

It’s a three-day week! Let’s hit the ground running and get ready for a little break.


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.

A Heads Up on "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 month, as follows:

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

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

Black Voices

From the ESLA Black History Month Committee:

This February, the Black History Month Committee at ESLA will be sharing a variety of ways to engage with Black History through curated lists that highlight Black voices. From museum exhibitions, to movers and shakers in the Twitter-sphere, our hope is to enhance your weekend plans and social media feeds.

This week, we are releasing a listing of Black voices to add to your social media feeds. Click the links below to check out our recommendations. The titles of each Instagram or Twitter feed are HYPERLINKS, so you can easily click on any item you’re interested in to learn more or follow. This is an incredible resource, and we hope you’ll use it to incorporate Black voices further into your lives and celebrate Black history every month. Huge thanks to Erin Bagley for all the work she put in designing these documents!

And if you missed last week’s installment:

Stay tuned next week for Buy Black recommendations!



To honor Black History Month, the ESLA English and History departments will be facilitating weekly evening discussions of Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, for the month of February. Our aim here is to examine Obama’s story within personal, literary, and historical contexts.

The first meeting is THIS Wednesday, February 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. We will meet in the main room of Mears Hall. Please bring along your copy of Michelle Obama's Becoming, and please arrive having read the first section, “Becoming Me.” If you have any questions, please email

8th Grade Concert: Music of the 2010's!

NEXT Wednesday, Feb. 20
5:00 to 5:45 p.m., Wiley Chapel

Join us for exciting performances featuring songs by Portugal, The Man, The Lumineers, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Fun, and Spoon.

Lab Day atop Mt. Hollywood!

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 and we are just over halfway there with 52% participation. Make a gift today to get us one step closer to reaching our goal!  

Athletics Update!

From Mark Zalin, Athletic Director:

With more gym time available for our sport-hungry Coyote student-athletes, we are rolling out some great opportunities. On Monday, Middle School basketball players get to sleep in and have practice after school in the gym. On Tuesday Upper School boys and girls basketball players are welcome at open gym. On Wednesday all are welcome to an open gym volleyball session, and on Thursday open gym basketball resumes. Track and field athletes are getting ready for their upcoming season will also use the gym for stretching and training.

On Wednesday, ESLA girls Middle School basketball team travels to Everest Value for a game against DVS Red at 5:00 pm!

We look forward to seeing you at the game. Go Coyotes!


Annie Auditions THIS WEEK!

Save the date for Spring Musical Auditions!

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

Students auditioning for any other role will audition TOMORROW, 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.


Intro to the ESLA Capstone

From Jane McCarron, Capstone Coordinator:

Dear Parents of the Class of 2020,

You are cordially invited to attend a brief info session on the ESLA Capstone Project, the extended research project completed by our senior students. Although the info session is not mandatory, we will be going over the nuts and bolts of the capstone project as well as how parents can best support their students. If you are unable to attend but would like set up a time to go over the material, please reach out via email to set up an appointment. We look forward to including you in the incredible work your students are doing at ESLA.

The meeting is Wednesday, February 27 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in Mears Auditorium at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.

Thanks, 8th Grade Parents!

Ms. Bartlett would like to send a big thank you to all the 8th grade parents who donated food for the 8th Grade Semi Formal last week. Another example of ESLA's unending kindness and generosity. 

Also a big shout out to Keefe Kaupanger-Swacker, parent of Klara, in 9th grade, who donated his own time to set up lights for the dance. Thank you, Keefe! 


Superhero Senior Curbside Flower Shop!

The seniors are opening the Superhero Senior Curbside Flower Shop this Tuesday and Wednesday for Valentine’s Day. At pick up and drop off, handcrafted bouquets will be on sale for $20 (cash only)! Be sure to stop by! Donations are welcome and all proceeds go to the senior class trip. Thank you! 

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

Until next week,
—Will Litton