ESLA Family Newsletter, September 9, 2019

Y’all must think we’re soft. Y’all must think we can’t handle FIVE uninterrupted days of school, back to back to back to back to back.

Well. This is the week we prove the haters wrong. Our first five-day stint of the academic year!

Onto the news!


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 now includes a full Student Life Calendar and a new Daily Rotation Calendar, so we can all keep track of the six-day rotation!

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.

Members of the White Team, famous losers of 2018-2019, desperately try to pick of the pieces and put on smiling faces in the wake of their devastating defeat.

Members of the White Team, famous losers of 2018-2019, desperately try to pick of the pieces and put on smiling faces in the wake of their devastating defeat.

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!

At ESLA, we love a good costume.

At ESLA, we love a good costume.

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 pm on the Mears Stage
Play submissions due Monday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Missed auditions for She Kills Monsters? Looking for a drama experience with less of an after-school commitment? Join the 5-minute play festival!

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

Week 1: Students write original plays

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.

Artwork by Katy Cooper

Artwork by Katy Cooper

Athletics News

The Varsity Volleyball Team opens its league season in hopes of a return to the CIF playoffs! We will host Los Angeles Leadership Academy at 2:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday at our new home court, The Salvation Army of Hollywood, 5941 Hollywood Blvd. It is a short (walkable) distance from FPCH. We return to host the Powerhouse D3 Oscar De La Hoya Boxers on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

After a spirited week of tryouts, the Middle School Volleyball Team has been selected. The FIYA schedule and draw will take place next week and team players will look to return to the form that took them to the FIYA Championship game last year!

Varsity Cross Country runners have increased their mileage to 4 miles per day in anticipation of the upcoming league season later this month. Middle School Cross Country runners are getting ready and in shape as well. Stay tuned for details.

We look forward to seeing you at a game soon!

Go Coyotes! Awooooooooooooooooo!

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Until next week,
—Will Litton