ESLA Family Newsletter, March 20, 2019

Just a few last bits of news before we break for spring!


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.

Middle School Science Fair TOMORROW!

The Middle School Science Fair is TOMORROW, 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!

Health and Sex Education Meeting TOMORROW

A message to seventh- and eighth-grade parents from Frances Cameron and Martha Mauricio:

We are extremely excited to launch our first ever Health & Sex Education curriculum! We will be leading the classes after completing a fantastic training program through Health Connected.

We want this to be a partnership between home and school, with both fronts supporting each other in an effort to provide our students with the most comprehensive and helpful information.  

To that end, we will be hosting our first parent night TOMORROW, Thursday, at 5:00 p.m., an hour prior to the Science Fair Banquet.

We hope as many of you will attend as possible, as we look forward to starting a conversation around this very important topic.

Meeting Details: Parent Info Session
Date: TOMORROW, Thursday, March 21
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Science Fair Banquet starts at 6:00 p.m.)
Location: EC 2

Improv Show TOMORROW!

TOMORROW, Thursday, is the return of Boblin and The Gobblins!

The improv show will start promptly at 4:00 p.m. in the Cellar and run to 5:00 p.m.

Yearbook Deal Ends THIS FRIDAY!

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 THIS FRIDAY, 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:

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.

Notes from the Chaplaincy!

Some important notes from your Chaplain, Megan Hollaway:

Parent Council

Monday, April 29, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

RSVP here for our first Parent Council Monday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. Not to be confused with the Parent Association (PA) or parent coffees, this is an opportunity for parents to sit in council (the same circle process we use for Advisory) and share stories about the beguiling journey of raising teenagers. The theme for this council is “transitions” and all parents/guardians are welcome (but I’ve got my eyes on you 12th grade parents). However, space is limited so please RSVP by Friday, April 19. Students are not invited to this council, but may hang out on the green or the Mears courtyard during that time. You may be wondering: Will I have to talk in front of people? No, not if you don’t want to. Do I have to prepare something? Nope, council is all about spontaneity. Will people be sharing feelings? Not really—we speak and listen from the heart in council, but it’s more about storytelling. You can read more about council here

The Sunday Slowdown and Potluck Picnic

Sunday, May 5, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

The Sunday Slowdown is the new name for our evening service that blends the ancient and modern with words, music, art, bread, wine, and silence. Ms. Hollaway will preach, we’ll break real bread (not those little wafers) in the celebration of Communion, and Mr. Johnson, Mr. Perrin, and special guest students and parents will serve up some sounds to help us raise our voices in song. Bring a picnic dinner with a little extra to share, and we’ll dine at dusk on the church green. The service will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. Please arrive on time as we have to lock the Mears gate during the service. All are welcome.

8th Grade Rite of Passage Retreat

May 6 - 8 

A heads up that this retreat is coming down the pipeline on May 6 - 8. This year, we’re going to Indian Cove Campground in Joshua Tree. Look for details and permission forms in your inbox during spring break. Also note that later that week (Thursday, May 9) 8th Grade Students and Parents will be in council together following the 8th Grade Rite of Passage Retreat. 

Athletics Update!

After a very successful track and field meet this past Thursday, ESLA Track Team members, friends, family and ..................DOGS!! gathered at Griffith park this past Saturday. The first annual "Bark in the Park" track practice, organized by two-time Coach of the Year Jane Hannon, was a good time and a good workout!

The US Track and Field Team practices today before traveling to their meet on Thursday at Rancho La Cienaga, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. Sadly there will be no dog races for the ESLA canines who trained so hard!

The Middle School Track Team practices today in anticipation of their upcoming meets. Coach Martha Mauricio is getting the ESLA track stars of tomorrow ready today.

Coach Stephen Smith is prepping the Co-ed Middle School Soccer team for their upcoming season. Stay tuned for game schedules!

Coach Shelby Bartlett is getting Middle School Lacrosse players in shape with twice weekly clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ESLA hopes to offer a CIF Girls Lacrosse team next  year when we have enough student athletes to compete.

Open Gym Basketball and Volleyball has been a great success. Both Middle School and Upper School student athletes have been able to hone their skills in anticipation of next year, as well as having the fun of playing with their friends (and challenging Mr. Thorne and Mr. Pearson)!

Go Coyotes!!

Watch Some NCAA Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse! 

Interested in watching some excellent Women's Lacrosse right here in Los Angeles? Coach Shelby Bartlett will be going to watch UC Berkeley take on USC in Division 1 lacrosse action. Bartlett's former student & player, Jenny Wilkens, is the starting goalie for the Cal Golden Bears. The game is THIS SATURDAY, March 23, at 12:00 p.m. at Macalister field, 3000 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90089. 

Please email Coach Bartlett,, if you all would like to come. She will arrange for rides from First Presbyterian for all who are interested. The group will need to meet at FPCH at 11:30 a.m. and will return to FPCH by 2:30 p.m. 

Email Coach Bartlett with any questions!

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

Until next week,
—Will Litton