ESLA Family Newsletter, September 16, 2019


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.

The Agenda has been updated with a full Student Life Calendar and a Daily Rotation Calendar so that we can all keep track of the six-day rotation!


First Commons Talk: Díaz Lewis, September 19

In their words, Díaz Lewis (the LA-based duo of Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis), make art “to prompt social change” by “deconstructing social processes and the symbols and politics behind them.” On Thursday, September 19, Díaz Lewis will speak about 34,000 Pillows. In this “participatory installation,” the public was invited to create cases for pillows donated by undocumented immigrants, former detainees, and allies as a response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “bed quota.” The finished products were sold at $159 each—the “average amount of taxpayer money spent each day by Congress to detain one person.” All proceeds went to immigrants’ rights organizations.


Athletics News

Notes from Coach Zalin, Director of Athletics:

The Varsity Volleyball Team opened their season at their new home, Salvation Army of Hollywood with a close loss to LA Leadership and a convincing win vs. Camino Nueva. Outstanding play from returning team members plus a number of new frosh players made for a great ESLA team effort. The team travels to D3 powerhouse Oscar De la Hoya this Tuesday, and then returns to SA Hollywood on Thursday vs. Smidt Tech. Game time is 2:30 p.m. Thanks to a large and vocal group of students, faculty, parents, and friends in attendance!

Middle School Volleyball Team members have been practicing diligently for their FIYA opener Friday, September 20 at Para Los Ninos, 4:00 p.m.

Varsity Cross Country runners have been putting in miles of work in anticipation of their late September start. Middle School athletes are preparing for their upcoming season as well. They will start running on Monday and practice on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the season.

All student athletes should be dressed in formal attire on game days for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to:

1) It creates a good impression and prepares student athletes for work events and meetings where formal attire is required.

2) It lets everyone know you have a game and is a positive representation of ESLA. Looking your best often translates to playing your best.

I look forward to seeing you at a game or meet soon!

Go Coyotes! AWOOOOOOO!

ESLA Squash Club

ESLA parents and students have for several years run a “satellite” squash club. As this year begins there are three spots available on the Upper School squad and three or four on Middle School. Absolute beginners who have never touched a squash racquet are encouraged to join. Financial aid is available to cover costs. See further details here.


Blessing of the Animals

Friday, October 4, 10:20 a.m.

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with Blessing of the Animals! All well-behaved parents and pets are invited. Please bring the leash or cage that best suits your critter and enter through the Mears Gate, just opposite the large parking lot on Carlos Ave. Vestry members and Chaplains will be there to greet you starting at 10:00 a.m. All animals need to return home after the service.


Coffee with the Head of School

Please join Head of School Peter McCormack for coffee and conversation on one of these two upcoming mornings:

  • Middle School Parents, Monday, September 23, 7:45 - 9:15 a.m., Classroom EC 3

  • Upper School Parents, Wednesday, October 2, 7:45 - 9:15 a.m., Classroom EC 3


Arts Department News

5 Minute Play Festival!
Tuesday, October 15
4:30-5:30 p.m. on the Mears Stage

Play submissions due TODAY at 3:00 p.m.!

The 5-minute play festival is a student-written, student-directed, student-performed festival that takes place in the span of 5 weeks.

Week 2: Students submit original plays

All plays should be submitted to Ms. McCarron via email ( Plays should be 3 to 6 pages in length. Ms. McCarron will review submissions and post the accepted plays on Thursday, September 19.

Week 3: Students meet to cast plays

Monday, September 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., playwrights will meet with any students interested in acting and directing. At the end of the hour meeting, each play will be assigned a director and cast. Students will share emails and set up rehearsal times.

Week 4-5: Students rehearse plays

Students will prepare for the festival by blocking and rehearsing their plays. Plays will be performed as staged readings. No memorization is necessary.

Red vs. White. HEATING UP.

Red vs. White. HEATING UP.

Lab Day Date Change

The first Lab Day for all grades except 7 (see special note below for grade 7) has been brought forward by one week, from Friday, September 27, to Friday, September 20, due to the Church needing the majority of the campus on the 27th.

Lab Days are the days we look outward and use the City as our campus, often taking public transportation on urban field trips. Look for further details from middle and upper school divisions on your grade’s trip. Note that the 7th grade trip could not be changed from the 27th, so they will have regular classes on campus on the 20th, and take their lab day on the 27th.


Middle School Math Club

A message from Dr. Stout, Math Department:

On Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., the ESLA Math Café will be running the Middle School math club. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are encouraged to come hang out, enjoy some snacks, and try some math puzzles. Don't worry, this is not another math class! It's just a relaxed environment to play with some problems different from what you might see during class. If there is enough interest, we will also practice some problems to prepare for MathCounts, the popular Middle School math competition held in February. Please email Dr. Stout ( if you are interested in coming, or if you have any questions! You can also just show up on Wednesday!


Lands’ End Fall Uniform Sale

This is the big fall sale! Everything is 40% off. Please remember to order through the ESLA/Lands’ End site.

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ESLA Junior in the News!

Our very own Tessa Carlisle, Class of 2021, has been in the news recently, sharing her remarkable story. We couldn't be more proud of the courage and generosity she has shown. See the full story here.

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Until next week,
—Will Litton