ESLA Family Newsletter, February 25, 2019

Now we’ve finally hit our stride, and we’re ready, once again, for five entire days of school in a row. 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.

Eighth-grade students will have their rescheduled Reagan Library lab day this Wednesday, February 27. Depending on traffic, eighth graders might be a few minutes late for pickup.



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

The third meeting is this Wednesday, February 27, 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 third section, “Becoming More.” If you have any questions, please email

ESLA Holy Eucharist Service RESCHEDULED!

A Service of Holy Eucharist
Sunday, March 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Wylie Chapel at The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
1760 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

You are invited to join the ESLA chaplaincy for the second ever Sunday evening celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the service in which Episcopalians, and many other Christian traditions, gather to remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in stories, songs, prayers, bread, and wine. It is 100% optional.

This service will be a bit more traditional than chapel or our school feasts, but you are welcome, regardless of your background or faith tradition, to attend and participate in the service at any level at which you feel comfortable. 

We hope to see you Sunday, March 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Please RSVP using this link!

(Also, please save the date of the final scheduled Eucharist of this school year, Sunday, May 5, 6:00–7:00 p.m.)

Fresh Content on The Lillian

ESLA’s literary, arts, and culture magazine, The Lillian, has recently published new content on its website, including a poem by senior Hop Hale, and a BHM playlist. Check it out!

The Tijuana Service Trip

A message from Amanda Valenzuela and Ilyana Contreras:

This Spring Break, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and the Service Council will be attending the annual ESLA multi-day service trip to the US-Mexico border cities of San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, which departs April 3, 2019. During this service learning and cultural immersion trip, students will talk with an active California Border Patrol agent at Borderfields State Park, perform service at Casa del Migrante Tijuana, provide tech and database support at the Deported Vets and Dreamer Moms Support Bunker, experience the local culture at the Mercado Hidalgo and the Centro Cultural Tijuana, take in the beauty of the iconic Playas de Tijuana, and more! It is an exciting trip, and all of the ESLA community is invited to help contribute with donations that will be distributed to Casa Del Migrante & Deported Veterans and Dreamer Moms.

Donations sought for Casa Del Migrante: non-perishable food items (i.e. canned food, boxed food, etc.)

Donations sought for Deported Veterans and Dreamer moms: personal hygiene items, a flatbed scanner, used PCs, Chromebooks, or laptops.

If you would like to help contribute items to the Tijuana service trip, please reach out to trips leaders, Ilyana Contreras or Amanda Valenzuela We will be gathering resources until the morning of April 3, 2019.

Eighth Graders, Rocking:

Ollie and Berto won this two-on-two matchup handily.

Athletics Update!

From Mark Zalin, Athletic Director:

MS basketball heads into their penultimate week with hopes of securing a berth in the FIYA playoffs.

The girls team plays twice this week:

  • Tuesday vs. MOR @ Aspire. Game time: 6:00 p.m.

  • Thursday vs. Eisner @ Pilgrim. Game time: 5:00 p.m.

The Boys team has one game:

  • Thursday vs MOR @ Aspire. Game time: 5:00 pm.

Sincere thanks to our parent drivers!

Both the MS and US Track and Field student athletes are getting ready for the season, training both in the gym and out in the field. Two-Time Coach of the Year, Ms. Janie Hannon, who flat-out loves to run, is putting an enthusiastic group through their paces.

After-school open gym has been a big hit with both MS and US student athletes competing in Volleyball and Basketball!

Basketball players are honing their skills in anticipation of the BIG RED/WHITE SHOWDOWN this coming Friday after school. There will be both a MS and US game and fans are hopeful that both Zion and Mr. Thorne are healthy by tipoff.

We look forward to seeing you at a game, on or off campus soon!

Go Coyotes!

Patrick and Kirsten embarrassed their opponents.


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 THIS Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Mears Auditorium at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.

Common Sense Media Events

Common Sense Media invites ESLA parents and staff to the following two events: 

Thursday, March 7: Notes to My Middle School Self: A Common Sense Teen Panel Event

Viewpoint School, Carlson Family Theater, 23620 Mulholland Hwy 91302, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This event is free but RSVPs are required for planning purposes:  RSVP link 

This is great for parents of Middle School students (parents only please).

Tuesday, March 19: Fortnite Fever! Everything You Need to Know About Gaming

Turning Point School, 8780 National Blvd., Culver City 90232, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This event is free but RSVPs are required for planning purposes:  RSVP link 

This is great for parents of kids of any age who like to game (parents only please).

Eighth Grade Roads to Respect

A message from Laura Spencer and Jay Johnson:

To Parents of Eighth Grade Students: During the week of March 4, ESLA will offer Roads to Respect, a program designed and facilitated by the UCLA–Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center to prevent peer sexual harassment. You may read more about the program here, or contact Jay Johnson or Laura Spencer if you have any questions.

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

Until next week,
—Will Litton