ESLA Family Newsletter, March 13, 2019

Spring Break is on the horizon, and Spirit Week is coming right up! Let’s keep marching.


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.

Come See America Adjacent!

Monday, March 18 8:00 p.m.
$20 for students, $35 for adults
Upper School Students Only

 ESLA has purchased 20 tickets to the world premiere of America Adjacent by Boni B Alvarez at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz!

THE STORY: In pursuit of the American Dream, six pregnant Filipina women risk everything. Confined to a one-bedroom, one-bath unit in Hollywood the women do their best to overcome fears of jail and deportation so that their children can have a better life. Playwright Boni B. Alvarez examines the promise of U.S. Citizenship and ask, “How far would you go to give your child a future?”

Tickets are first come first serve by emailing Student and parents who would like to attend will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the theatre. Please arrive at least 30 minutes in advance. Tickets can be paid in cash or check (made out to The Episcopal School of Los Angeles.)

Middle School Science Fair Next Thursday!

The Middle School Science Fair is NEXT Thursday, March 21 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Please come out to celebrate your students’ hard work!

Students will show off their creations to our community and to the outside judges. Winners of the various awards will be named that evening, and the Los Angeles County Science Fair nominees will be recognized as well.

It’s going to be a blast, and we promise not to burn the church down!

Yearbook Advance-Order DOORBUSTER DEAL!

The Yearbook Club has put together a vibrant book with over 100 pages of colorful content in a paint splatter theme, and we are thrilled to announce that the yearbook is now on sale! 

Now until March 22, the 2018-2019 yearbook is only $25!

After March 23 the books will be priced at $30. Don't miss out on your advance order deal! You can purchase your books online here: Cash and check are also accepted. Checks should be made out to The Episcopal School of Los Angeles.

For any questions or concerns about sales please email:

Annie Rehearsals Are in Full Swing!

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.

Athletics Update!

From Mark Zalin, Athletic Director:

The ESLA Track Team is having a Puppy Run THIS Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m.! ESLA's First Annual Bark in the Park! The track team invites you to join us for a morning run, and all dog companions are welcome. We will meet at Trails Cafe at the Fern Dell entrance in Griffith Park.

Congratulation to both Boys and Girls Middle School Basketball Teams on another successful season! Thanks to coach Martha Mauricio for her dedication and hard work readying our MS student athletes for the rigors of a full season. both teams were great ambassadors for ESLA.

After their basketball season concluded, many student athletes in Middle School have shifted gears for the coming spring season. Tryouts continue for both Coed Soccer and Track Teams, and Coach Bartlett will be offering biweekly lessons in Girls Lacrosse. See below! 

After a great pre-season regimen, The Upper School Track and Field team went to their first Track and Field meet of the season. There were great individual and team performances and a number of personal bests! ESLA  student athletes ran sprints, relays, and long distance races, while others competed in shot put, long jump, and high jump. Thanks to coach Janie Hannon for getting them ready with a healthy assist from Team Chaplain and Coach Walter Thorne.

The Track and Field Team returns TOMORROW, Thursday at Crenshaw High, 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. for another great meet. As always, thanks to our drivers, supporters, and team photographers.

Congratulations to Head of School Peter McCormack, who helped build a basketball dynasty at his former school, Rolling Hills Prep. The Rolling Hills Prep girls basketball team played in the CIF State Championship game for the third year in a row this past Saturday!

Go Coyotes!

Middle School Girls Lacrosse!

Practices begin TOMORROW, Thursday, March 14!

The team will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. No experience required. All Middle School girls are welcome to join this exciting sport. Coach Bartlett is a pro at taking girls from zero experience to varsity-ready. We will have one friendly scrimmage in late May. 

Coach Bartlett will bring all the equipment. Just come with a positive attitude!

If you have any questions, contact Shelby Bartlett,  

Common Sense Media Events

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

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).

Walls the Musical!

From our very own Eleanor Hammond, ESLA Class of 2017, now a student at UC Berkeley:

Hello to my community of friends, mentors, and family:

I am writing to you to finally announce the debut of my original musical, Walls, that will be performed this spring in Berkeley, California. I am producing, writing the book, composing the music, and starring in this production while also being a full-time college student.

After winning the musical theater grant from UC Berkeley’s music department last spring, I have worked tirelessly on this production, and have gathered a production team of 17 people and a cast of 11 actors (not including me) to help me put on this story. With 21 songs and a 125-page script, this will be a full musical production you do not want to miss! 

Walls is a historical-fiction story following the life of sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and her story of liberation. Growing up as a Vanderbilt, she was the daughter in the richest family in America. She always wanted to be an artist but never felt like she could because of her gender and class. Eventually, she meets a group of radical bohemian artists who inspire her to pursue an art career, and eventually overcomes her husband’s oppression and opens the Whitney Museum of American Art in NY.

Since this is an independent production (not affiliated with UC Berkeley) the performances are at a local theater next to the university. They will be in the black-box converted basement of La Val’s Pizza. Because of the venue (approx. 45 seats), tickets will go extremely fast so it is crucial you buy your tickets as soon as the link goes up. Performances: April 26 and 27 at 8:00 p.m., April 28 at 5:00 p.m., May 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m., and May 5 at 5:00 p.m. at La Val's Subterranean Theatre - 1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709. Questions about handicapped seating – please email me privately at

A link to our tickets will be posted on our facebook:

Please "like" us on Facebook and follow our Instagram @wallsthemusical.

We are also looking for some more support to afford the materials for our production. Creating a student-run & independent musical theater production from the ground up, I found out how limited resources were on my college campus. Any contribution is deeply appreciated. Thank you! To donate:

Please share this invitation with anyone who might be interested! We want a full house!

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

With gratitude, 
Eleanor Hammond

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

Until next week,
—Will Litton