Two Weeks!

Two Weeks!


ESLA Family Newsletter, May 20, 2019

A huge THANK YOU to the parents of ESLA for showering faculty and staff with love and appreciation last week!


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.

Breaking News! Friday, May 31 will be a Head of School’s Holiday! Mr. McCormack asks all students to start their summer break one day early. With that in mind . . . all classes are canceled on that day!

Everything You Need to Know About the Final Days of School:

The final days of school involve a lot of moving parts, and (trust us) we know it can get a little tricky keeping track of everything. SO! Here’s a full rundown of everything you need to know. Please read thoroughly!

May 23–30: Upper School Final Exams

During finals week, school begins at 10:00 a.m. for Upper School students. Middle School programming remains standard. Any Upper School student who arrives after 10:00 a.m. will be marked late! Students with extended time will begin their exams at 10:00 a.m. All others will attend Chapel/Advisory/Councils, then begin their exams at 10:30 a.m. Students are dismissed for the day after they finish their exams, but are certainly welcome to stick around for lunch and feed their noggins (lunch will be served @ 12 & 1:30). Students must be in uniform during finals week. For real. Leave the sweats at home. Exams are serious work and deserve the seriousness imparted by crisp cotton twill.

Wednesday, May 29: Graduation Rehearsal for ALL SENIORS

Seniors will meet after chapel on Wednesday, May 29 from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. to rehearse for the commencement ceremony. Maya Hill is giving the last student chapel talk so you know it will be good!

Thursday, May 30: FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL, Tech Return, and Baccalaureate

Thursday, May 30 is the FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL and the evening of Baccalaureate! This is a normally-scheduled day of classes in the Middle School, and an exam day in the Upper School. All students are required to be in FORMAL DRESS for the duration of the school day and Baccalaureate. This includes Upper School students taking exams.

All students must return their ESLA Chromebooks and chargers on the final day of school. Students who fail to do so will receive a fee and some seriously bad karma. Math and science teachers will be reaching out to students about returning calculators they may have borrowed during the year.

Students are welcome to remain on campus between the end of the school day (or their exam) and the beginning of Baccalaureate. Snacks and activities will be provided! Alternatively, students may be picked up after the school day (or their exam) and return for Baccalaureate.

Baccalaureate runs 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1760 N. Gower St. Parking is available in the larger lot on Carlos Ave. All students are required to attend Baccalaureate, and families are strongly encouraged to join. Students and faculty members who are participating in the service should arrive and report to Ms. Hollaway and Mr. Thorne by 5:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate is ESLA’s third and final major school feast. At this service, we celebrate the end of the school year, award the Sacred Tiller, commission new members of the student councils, and announce the recipients of academic awards and the Founders Award. It’s, like, kind of a really big deal, so don’t miss it.

And, yes, it’s a feast! A reception with delicious food will follow the ceremony in Mears Hall.

Friday, May 31: NO SCHOOL!, Senior Dinner

Friday, May 31, will be a Head of School’s Holiday! Mr. McCormack asks all students to start their summer break one day early. All classes have been canceled on that day! This will allow teachers to get a head start on their grading and packing up classrooms for summer storage.

Senior Dinner runs 6:00–9:00 p.m. in Mears Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1760 N. Gower St. Parking is available in the larger lot on Carlos Ave. This is an invite-only event for seniors, senior families, and juniors. (Invites were distributed via Paperless Post.)

Senior Dinner is one of ESLA’s most cherished traditions—an intimate evening when faculty and administrators honor our graduating seniors and their families. We deliver toasts, bestow gifts, and generally everyone weeps with joy.

Saturday, June 1: Graduation

Our Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, June 1, 10:30 a.m–12:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1760 N. Gower St. The graduation speaker will be our very own Jay Johnson! Parking is available in the larger lot on Carlos Ave. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Students and families are not required to attend graduation, but everyone is invited!


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!

End-of-Year Volunteers Needed! 

Thursday, May 30
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church 
1760 N. Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
All school-mandatory for students, formal dress

Volunteers needed! Set-up/break-down and/or kitchen duties! Please email 

Senior Dinner
Friday, May 31
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Mears Hall, First Presbyterian Church Hollywood
1760 N. Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Junior Parent Volunteers needed! Please email 

Saturday, June 1
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
1760 N. Gower St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Volunteers needed: Regalia help/coffee and bagels for early staff and graduate arrivals; set-up/break-down and kitchen duties! Please email 

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Ten-Minute Play Festival

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

Please join the Spring 2019 Playwriting class in a dramatic reading of their 10-minute plays. Playwrights include Zinan Aguirre '22, Max Dinnenberg '20, Merli Echevarria '22, Maya Feuilladieu '19, Gladys Holdorff '19, Jackson Holley '22, Olivia Jo '22, Sasha Levy '22, Kieran Mulligan '21, Luca Rader '20, Harlow Uzarowicz '22, Stella Walsh '21, and Natasha Wright '22.


Theatre of the Absurd Showcase 

Thursday, May 23, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Mears

Friday, May 24, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Griffith Park (Old Zoo)

For two nights only, seven Upper School students will perform scenes from No Exit, Waiting For Godot, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Ubu Roi, Beyond Therapy, and Melancholy Play. They will also teach you all about Theatre of the Absurd and host a talk-back after the show. 


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


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.

Say "Hello" to Katy Cooper! Katy joined ESLA in 6th grade and has tried her hand at just about every part of life at ESLA. Katy has served on the Honor Council, Academic Council, and Vestry. She has played ESLA volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. Katy is a member of The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and will be a new inductee to The International Thespian Society in the fall. A multitalented artist and scientist, Katy knows this school inside and out!

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Athletic Department Appreciations

Message from Athletic Director, Mark Zalin:

As our athletic season and year comes to a close, I wanted to thank the people who helped make it possible. Our student athletes, representing ESLA in venues throughout the Southland. Our coaches, Gabe Milner, Martha Mauricio, Jannie Hannon, Shelby Bartlett, Will Pearson, Walter Thorne, and Stephen Smith for all they do for our student athletes on and off the court. Our faculty and administration for being so flexible with student athletes time as well as supporting them at games. Our parents for their support, driving to and from games, bringing snacks and all their love. Steph, for taking care of all athletic orders, working with vendors and getting everything in a timely manner.

We look forward to starting preseason workouts at FPCH for Volleyball and Cross Country Student Athletes on August 14 and 15 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please ensure that your student athlete has had a physical prior to the start of workouts to comply with CIF rules and regulations regarding eligibility and participation. Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact Athletic Director Mark Zalin at

Go Coyotes!

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Help us reach our goal of 100% Parent Participation with a gift today! 

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

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 (


Lost and Found

Parents: Come and get it before the school year is out!

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