ESLA Family Newsletter, March 4, 2019

Time to March!


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.

Ashes to Go!

This Wednesday, March 6, we will observe Ash Wednesday at ESLA. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the liturgical season preceding Easter. It is tradition, on this day, to have ashes imposed on the forehead to remind us of our mortality. 

Any person, regardless of tradition, may receive the ashes if she or he chooses, but there is no obligation to do so. Students will have the opportunity to receive ashes during chapel, and chaplains will offer “ashes-to-go” to all community members during school drop off, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., on Carlos Ave.

Seventh-Grade Poetry Reading!

THIS Thursday, the Harlem Renaissance Poetry Press (aka, the Seventh-Grade Class), will host a reading of their original poetry inspired by the blues poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. All are welcome to join in the celebration of this important period of American cultural history and the creativity of our students! The event will be held in EC3 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Carlos Ave. lot.

Commons Talk with Keith J. Varadi this Thursday!

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Commons Talk with Keith J. Varadi
Moderated by Dr. Milner, History Dept. 
10:00 a.m. in Mears Hall 

Keith J. Varadi is a curator, artist, and staff researcher for the long-running, popular television quiz show, Jeopardy! He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA from Rutgers University. Recent solo exhibitions include Chicken Coop Contemporary, Portland, Oregon; Sydney, Sydney, Australia; Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, Germany; Et al., San Francisco, California; Cooper Cole, Toronto, Ontario; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Retrospective, Hudson, New York; and Smart Objects, Los Angeles, California. His work has been included in numerous international group exhibitions, and he has organized dozens of shows and events in the United States and abroad. His writing has been featured in such publications as Carla, Flash Art International, Spike Art Quarterly, Art in America, and Kaleidoscope. He has been a visiting artist at the University of Iowa; the University of Virginia; the University of Texas; the University of California, Riverside; and California State University, San Bernardino. He has lectured at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, and the California Institute of the Arts.

ESLA Holy Eucharist Service

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.)

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.

Sixth-Grade Stop-Motion Animations!

Check out the full playlist of our sixth graders’ stop motion animations below!

Open-gym volleyballers!

Athletics Update!

From Mark Zalin, Athletic Director:

The Middle School Basketball teams enter their final week of play as they position themselves for a berth in the FIYA playoffs.

  • On Monday, MS Girls travel to Para Los Ninos for a 4:00 p.m. contest vs. DVS.

  • On Tuesday, MS Boys play at Aspire Pacific at 4:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for playoff details, and sincere thanks to all our volunteer drivers! 

The US Track team opens its 2019 CIF season with a meet on Thursday at Washington High at 2:30 p.m! The ESLA Coyote runners, jumpers, and throwers have been honing their craft in anticipation of this meet.

Paws for a minute to mark your calendar for the First Annual Bark in the Park ESLA track practice on March 16 at Griffith Park. Bring your canine pals, park in the barking lot and join the ESLA Track team! Stay tuned for more details.

Last Friday, ESLA students and faculty competed in a RED/WHITE basketball showdown at FPCH gym. A spirited Middle School game was followed by a hard-fought Upper School match. There were great individual and team performances throughout the afternoon! Thanks to Coach Mauricio and Zalin for being referees and everyone who came by to watch!

Go Coyotes!

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