ESLA Family Newsletter, September 23, 2019

Thanks to everyone for an incredibly successful first Lab Day on Friday! Many groups made it downtown for the march for climate justice, and we caught the attention of several news outlets. In fact, ESLA has made the news quite a bit recently. See below!


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.


ESLA in the News!

Members of our amazing community have been doing great things all around the city recently, and it’s landed us in the news on more than one occasion.

Our participation in the march for climate justice was covered by both NBC and CBS!

Upper School students Tessa Carlisle, Riley Sobel, Joe Roberts, and Caroline Ellis were all featured in the “Back to School” issue of the Larchmont Charter.

And senior Joe Roberts, AKA “The Loch Ness of Toluca Lake,” was featured in The Tolucan Times for his role on the neighborhood council.

Does your student have stories to share? Let us know! Send me an email at


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A Message from Private School Village (PSV)

Do you or someone in your family identify as Black/African-American? If so, are you eager to connect with other families in Los Angeles private/independent schools? PrivateSchool Village (PSV) builds community by organizing social events, sharing resources, and providing programs for Black/African-American families in independent schools (K-12). Join us by going to and signing up. Then, join us each month as we socialize, (re)affirm culture, celebrate traditions, share resources and more. If you have questions, please contact Lisa Johnson at

ESLA is happy to connect our current families with PSV and its important programming. PSV is an independent nonprofit organization. Signing up is free!


After-School Program Update

Over the first few weeks of school a number of options and activities have been added to the After-School Program.

Check out the latest schedule of offerings here.


5-Minute Play Festival!

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

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

Week 3: Students meet to cast plays

TODAY! 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.



The British are coming! Upper School students and 6th graders flock to the Chapel for music classes this fall with Mr. Perrin and Mr. Bonk. Students practice and perform British Invasion tunes from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, and more. Mr. Doyle joins the team after school on Mondays for percussion lessons. 

Students looking to jam can stay after school for the following programs:

      Mondays 3:30-4:30 p.m.     Jazz Band

      Mondays 4:30-5:30 p.m.     Middle School Open Studio

      Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.      Middle School Open Studio

      Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.      Upper School Open Studio

Parents looking to lend a hand after school should email and

Bill Bonk and Jim Doyle

ESLA Music Website

Check out ESLA music's website created by our very own Bill Bonk!

ESLA students in The Infinity Room!

ESLA students in The Infinity Room!

Miles to Go Program

A message from Martha Mauricio, Physical Education Teacher:

Jonathan Scott, from the ‘Miles to Go’ program, will be returning to our campus with his substance abuse curriculum in October.

This year we have included a Parent Meeting which will be held on October 22 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet Jonathan and ask some questions. 

Jonathan is a professional speaker and educator on the subject of substance abuse. He and his wife, Kelly Townsend, began the lecture series 20 years ago and they speak to the majority of independent schools in the Los Angeles area. The program is a lecture series that begins in 7th grade and runs through Upper School as a part of our Health Education curriculum. The Miles to Go website offers some helpful information for students, parents, and teachers about substance use education and prevention.

If you have any questions about our partnership with the ‘Miles to Go’ program please feel free to reach out to Martha Mauricio at


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, TODAY, 7:45 - 9:15 a.m., CELLAR

  • Upper School Parents, Wednesday, October 2, 7:45 - 9:15 a.m., Location TBA

Klara meets Dolores Huerta!

Klara meets Dolores Huerta!

Whom to Contact List

The “My ESLA” tab on this website now includes a “Whom to Contact” list in case you ever have any questions for our admin. Click here for the Whom to Contact List.

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Athletics News

Notes from Coach Zalin, Athletics Director:

Mark your calendars for the opening of ESLA Cross Country 2019! There are 14 Middle School and 10 Upper School runners who have been diligently upping their mileage in anticipation of their opening meets on October 2! Upper School runs at Elysian Park and Middle School runners will visit a number of courses throughout Los Angeles.

Middle School Volleyball opened their season last Friday after their LAB day with an exciting down-to-the-wire match at Para Los Niños.

Varsity Volleyball will have only one match this week, Tuesday, September 24 at our home court, Salvation Army Hollywood. Thursday's game has been POSTPONED until October 2.

MS Volleyball practice will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

MS Volleyball game - Friday, September 27, 5:00 p.m. at Pilgrim on 6th and Commonwealth. This is the nearest game we will have, so if you can, come cheer on your Coyotes!

Both Middle and Upper School teams have enjoyed great individual and team play as they gear up for a return to their respective CIF and FIYA playoffs.

Sincere thanks to our parent drivers, linespeople, and Jane McCarron who took over the scorekeeping responsibilities for last Thursday’s volleyball match. Jane was also scouting talent for the off broadway production of "I Was a Teenage Volleyball Player.”

We look forward to seeing you at a game or meet soon! Go Coyotes! Awwwooooooo!


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.


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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Until next week,
—Will Litton