ESLA Family Newsletter, May 13, 2019

Only three short weeks left! Where does the time go?


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.


Join the Parent Ambassador Squad!

A message from me, Will Litton, your humble Director of Admissions:

The dust has settled after yet another whirlwind, record-breaking admissions season. We had our largest pool of applicants to date, and we’ll welcome our largest class of new students next fall. Many thanks to our community for the support and good will that made this possible.

Now it’s time to RUN IT BACK, and I’ll need your help. We’re going to begin formally scaling our outreach and admissions programs—both to serve our rapidly growing applicant pool, and to keep spreading the word. Current parents and guardians will play a central role.

To that end, I’m officially launching the Parent Ambassador Squad, the admissions and outreach volunteer group of the Parent Association.

Members of the Squad will serve in either or both of these capacities next school year:

  1. Outreach:
    a.     Establish and grow relationships with key constituents at feeder schools
    b.     Promote ESLA through personal networks and social media
    c.     Attend occasional school fairs and other events

  2. Admissions:
    a.     Host and interview applicant families
    b.     Prepare reports for the admissions committee

Time commitments will be flexible and vary widely. On one end of the spectrum, outreach work can be as simple as placing a few phone calls to constituents and checking in with me on a monthly basis. On the other end, folks who are serious about hosting and interviewing applicant families could easily commit 40 hours of work during the months of January and February.

 If you’ve been itching to contribute to ESLA in a substantial way, here’s your opportunity. This work will be essential to the life and growth of our school.

 To register your interest, please click the button below and complete the brief form. I’ll reach out to folks and assemble the Squad at least once before we break for summer.

Many thanks, in advance!


Final Commons Talk

May 16, 10:00 a.m.
Erik Adamian
Mears Hall

Erik Adamian is Associate Director of Education at ONE Archives Foundation, Inc., the independent community partner that supports the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Today, the organization is dedicated to promoting this important resource through diverse activities including educational initiatives, fundraising, and a range of public programs. Erik manages community engagement and education. Fueled by his passion for vocalizing the issues and concerns of the oppressed, Erik has previously worked as an educator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center (Youth Center on Highland). As the Middle East and North Africa intern at Human Rights Watch in Washington D.C., he conducted research on human rights violations and social injustice against women in Iran. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society, helping with communication efforts.

This will be the last commons talk of the school year. The program is open to parents and friends. If you wish to attend please email Ms. Aguiniga at to RSVP. 


Capstone Highlight!

From Jane McCarron, Capstone Coordinator:

The Capstone Project is the culmination of a student’s studies at ESLA. In their junior and senior year, all ESLA students design and complete an interdisciplinary project that showcases their talents, interests, and research efforts. Rooted in each individual project is a connection to the mission and the virtues of ESLA.

Meet Joseph Roberts! Joe joined ESLA in 9th grade and quickly became a staple of the class of 2020. A member of his Neighborhood Council, ESLA Politics Club, and California Youth and Government, Joe knows how to represent both himself and his constituents. If you see him around campus, ask Joe about his plans for the ESLA Finance Club, coming fall 2019!

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Poetry Reading - This Thursday!

The Introduction to Writing Poetry class will host a poetry reading this Thursday from 3:10 to 3:45 p.m. Please join Jay Baggett, BellaClare Baily, Caroline Ellis, Sophia Grammer, Abby Mercado, and Hop Hale in a brief but heart-filled celebration of language! 

Theatre Department - Save the Dates!

10-Minute Play Festival (Students in Playwriting showcase their work from Spring semester)

  • Tuesday, May 21 - 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel

Theatre of the Absurd Showcase (Students in Ensemble showcase select scenes from Fall and Spring semesters)

  • Thursday, May 23 - 5:00 p.m. in Mears

  •  Friday, May 24 - 5:00 p.m. in Griffith Park (Old Zoo)

8th Grade Play: The Dining Room 

  • Tuesday, May 28 - 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel

  • Tuesday, May 28 - 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel

End of Year Improv Show: Boblin and The Goblins

  • TBD

Math Department Updates

A message from William Thill, Head of the Math Department:

Dear Parents,  

The attached letter describes some plans for the 2019-2020 school year that will help students become more prepared, confident, and capable mathematics students moving forward. Here’s a quick list of major topics: 

  1. Changes in course names to align with other schools / programs. 

  2. Students will own and use their calculators at school and at home. 

  3. Two new courses: Math Foundations 3 (for 8th graders) and AP Computer Science Principles (grades 10-12). 

  4. Diagnostic testing in May to help students and teachers prepare for next year’s math class. 

  5. Delaying the “honors” name of courses until high school, maintaining rigor, increasing options/support. 

Please read about our changes. I welcome any questions you may have about these plans. You may e-mail me at if you have any questions. 

We are currently at 83% participation! Help us reach our goal of 100% with a gift today! 

2018-2019 Yearbook Arriving Soon - $30 now!

We are super excited to announce that the yearbook will arrive very soon. We recommend you place your order before the day of distribution to avoid the long lines.

You can place your order by following this link

Cash and Check are also accepted and can be delivered to Ms. Aguiñiga or Ms. Zalin. Paper forms will be due on Friday, May 17.

Senior Calendar:

A reminder to Senior Parents to RSVP to Senior Dinner, which takes place on Friday, May 31, 2019. The invitation was sent via Paperless Post. Junior Parent volunteers needed! For questions and to sign-up as a volunteer please email Emily Nuckols:


Upper School FINALS Schedule!

Thursday, May 23 - Language
Friday, May 24 - Math
Tuesday, May 28 - History
Wednesday, May 29 - Science
Thursday, May 30 - English

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ESLA Teacher Appreciation Week: This Week!

From the ESLA Parent Association:

The ESLA Parent Association will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week (this week!) and to donate to Teacher Appreciation, you may drop off cash or check with Steph Zalin at the front desk.

Also, please be on the lookout for parent volunteer opportunities that will be coming from your respective Grade Parents as the days approach! We have some really fun things planned, but it's a surprise for the teachers and staff, so "mum's the word" on the details for now!

CoachESLA & Athletics Awards - This Wednesday!

CoachESLA: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Athletic Awards: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


  • Musical performances by the seventh grade and Upper School - featuring songs by: Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Lady Gaga, Arctic Monkey, and Adele!

  • Visual art by the sixth and eighth grades, Upper School elective students, and AP Studio Art students!

Come for the great music and stay for the Sports Awards as ESLA celebrates their student athletes, coaches, and their accomplishments throughout the school year.

We are seeking parent volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and food. If you are interested in helping, please email Erin Bagley at


Athletics Update:

MS track finished their season last Friday. It was a great season with a number of individual and team bests! Congratulations to all runners and sincere thanks to all our drivers. 

MS soccer finishes up their season on Thursday with a game vs. Equitas at Slauson multi-purpose center at 5:00 p.m.

Thanks to all our players and all our drivers and our great soccer and track coaches!

Go Coyotes!!

ESLA Student Portraits Available Now! 

Thanks to our school’s amazing photographer, Lisa Whiteman, your student’s school portrait is available for purchase: print or download. If you are interested in purchasing your student’s portrait, please fill out the Google Form below and an email from Lisa detailing pricing and information will be sent your way!

For immediate questions, please email Emily Nuckols (

The 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Your 2019-2020 Academic Calendar is live! This includes all the key dates for our next academic year.

You can access this calendar anytime under the “My ESLA” tab.

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

Until next week,
—Will Litton