News From the Head of School

Dear OLP Community:

To say that the month of March was busy, would seem to be an understatement! It was a constant series of activities, celebrations, learning, and even a handful of OLP firsts. It was the true buzz of a campus alive with energy and passion.

Our Accreditation Visiting Committee was here on behalf of the Western Catholic Educational Association and was so very impressed with the work of the faculty, staff, students, parents and Board of Directors.

Throughout the visit they used words and phrases including "exemplary," "impressive," "best practice," "alive with the charism," "faith-filled," and much more! It was a time to celebrate our hard work and be recognized for the internal processes of OLP that have brought us so far.

We also hosted our annual OLP Gala, and thanks to the many parents and community members there in support, garnered over $200,000 in support of student programs and activities. That was rapidly followed by the 4th Annual Women’s Symposium that saw the highest turn-out to date and shifted conversations from industry to topical themes. New this year was the mentorship session at the beginning and the networking luncheon that included students on the advisory committee.

A highlight for me was also welcoming our alumnae from 1943, ‘48, ‘53, ‘58, ‘63 and ‘68 for their Jewel Jubilees. We saw upwards of 50 alumnae join us for the day alongside our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and recognized our Alumna of the Year, Mary (Caratan) Sloper ’58 and our student St. Joseph Day senior awardees. Later that week, our tremendous Architects of Change student club hosted Maria Shriver for a conversation on her newly launched book, I’ve been thinking: Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life.

To round out the month, we also welcomed the Class of 2022, which in and of itself will be a group of amazing young women to watch! Whew! let me just say again, what a month! In closing, and turning our thoughts once again to the Easter season, I’d like to impart an excerpt from the Maxims of Perfection, given to our CSJ Sisters in 1657 from Father Jean Pierre Medaille:

"Likewise, be very faithful to the grace of the Holy Spirit, listening attentively, obeying promptly and entirely, attributing to the Holy Spirit, as is indeed just, the honor resulting from the success of your good actions." Maxim 15

As I think of the faithfulness of the holy spirit here at OLP, it is by God’s grace that these tremendous, hard working young women have been able to accomplish so much, including the All Star Rookie Robotics award, CIF Soccer State Championship, Speech Awards, successful Architects of Change Live event, and serve as USA Fair Trade representatives, to name a few. They are women of heart, women of faith, women of courage and examples of excellence in all they do. I am so proud of all of them!

God Bless,

Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School

In looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year, please note the following important dates...
  • Frosh Orientation and Frosh Family Luncheon on Wednesday, August 10, 2018 followed with Frosh Tech Day and Pictures on Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Class Meetings and Student Pictures are on Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • The first day of classes will be on Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Our first schoolwide liturgical celebration will be the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary on Wednesday, August 15 th
  • Fall Final Exams will be December 18, 2018 - December 20, 2018; Spring Final Exams will be May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019. These are mandatory. Students are only allowed absences due to illness.
  • Grandparents Day will again be on Friday, November 16 th preceding Thanksgiving Break November 19-23, 2018
  • Christmas Break starts on Friday, December 21, 2018 with students returning on Monday, January 7, 2019 with mandatory Retreat Week activities
  • Easter Break will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 with students returning on Monday, April 29, 2019
  • School ends on Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Baccalaureate Mass will be on Thursday, May 23 rd and Graduation for the Class of 2019 on May 24

Looking Forward to April

Dear Parents, Students & Friends of OLP,

As we enter the Easter season, we enter a season of hope. In the last month of “March Madness” we have seen some team’s hopes come to fruition while others are lost at the sound of a buzzer. One beacon of hope that has emerged through the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament is Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt, chaplain of the the Loyola University Chicago’s team. Sr. Jean has captivated audiences with her candor, spirit and humor. When asked by reporters to comment on becoming a national sensation she responded with, “Really, if I can correct you, international.” This warmed my heart, and immediately reminded me of of our CSJ sisters who were and continue to be trailblazers that inspire future generations with their warmth, tenacity, determination and humor. Our country owes so much to religious sisters. “In 1966, there were 181,421 women religious in the United States. Today, there are 47,170 (and only 9 percent are younger than 60). Sr. Jean reminds us all of the work that religious sisters have always done without fanfare or recognition” ( I garner so much hope from working alongside the OLP faculty and staff, who have so intentionally embraced the model of our CSJ sisters. The legacy of the sisters lives on in the faculty, staff and students of OLP. What more could one hope for?

We welcome another phenomenal group of young women to the OLP Class of 2022! We look forward to welcoming them all back to campus for their Spring Welcome Night on Tuesday, April 24th.

All are invited to celebrate the Visual and Performing Arts at OLP at the upcoming Spring Arts Assembly on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11 am in the Holy Family Event Center. Mark your calendars for the OLP/Saints Art Show, which will take place at Saint Augustine High School on Friday, April 20, 2018.

I invite everyone to check the OLP Athletics calendar for upcoming game dates and times. This season we have teams represented in the sports of lacrosse, archery, swim & dive, softball, track & field and sand volleyball. We are very proud of our OLP athletes!

Finally, as we look forward to the 2018- 2019 school year, please note that we will begin the year on Wednesday, August 8th, with Frosh Orientation and a Frosh Family Luncheon, followed by Picture Day and mandatory Class Meetings for all returning students on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The first day of classes will be on Monday, August 13, 2018. The 2018- 2019 OLP calendar is now updated and available for your reference on the OLP website. I hope that you all enjoy a wonderful Easter Break and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday, April 9, 2018.

God Bless,

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School

Join Us for the BeYOUtiful Conference!

5th, 6th & 7th Grade Girls are Invited to Our 5th Annual BeYOUtiful Event! Join current OLP students for an engaging morning of girl empowerment workshops and a presentation on how to create positive self esteem from a guest speaker.

8th grade girls are invited to be a leader in training at no cost, but space is limited! Girls will participate in a series of workshops focused on boosting self confidence and learning how to be a leader among their peers.

The BeYOUtiful Project is an initiative created by students at OLP in an effort to empower younger girls to rise to their full potential.

Event Details
$30 per student. (includes t-shirt)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Hosted by the Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Check In starts at 8 a.m. | Event runs from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Snacks & refreshments will be provided.

Register Now!

Join us in Valle de Guadalupe!

Join your OLP community in the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Mexico. Valle de Guadalupe is located just two hours south of OLP, and boasts a number of great restaurants and vineyards, including Casa Magoni.

On Sunday, April 22, bring the family for a beautiful day in wine country at the exquisite Casa Magoni event space. We'll start the day with a bilingual mass in a serene outdoor chapel, followed by family-style lunch with wine tasting and music, all while celebrating the legacy of OLP on both sides of the border. This event is open to all OLP and Saints families, future Pilots, alumnae families and their friends.

Optional transportation will be provided from OLP.

Buy Your Tickets Today!

Class of 2022 Spring Welcome Night

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

 Students will gather in Lower Plaza to play ice breakers, hear from current students and take their first Class of 2022 picture!

Parents will gather in the Event Center to hear from OLP administrators, parents and students about the OLP experience!

RSVP Here!

Save the Date for our Spring Musical: The Addams Family!

Event Details:
Saturday, April 21, 2018: 6:30 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018: 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018: 6:30 pm
Friday, April 27, 2018: 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018: 6:30pm

$12 adults | $8 students, seniors & military

Monsignor Eagen Theatre Academy of Our Lady of Peace
4860 Oregon Street San Diego, CA 92116
Parking available in garage and surrounding streets

Questions? Email Director Mr. Justin Tracy at [email protected]

Purchase Tickets!

News from the Athletics Department

The accolades continue to come in for OLP Soccer after winning OLP’s first ever state championship in athletics. The team moved up in national rankings to #39, state rankings to #11, and solidified their #1 ranking in San Diego County. Senior Ashlin Healy was named to the All-CIF First Team in Soccer and Junior Erin Healy was selected as a Union-Tribune Prep Star Athlete of the Week for her performance in the state final and draining the “Golden Goal” that gave the Pilots the state title.

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OLP Robotics Team at San Diego's FIRST Robotics Competition!

By Johnathan Chittuluru, STEM Department Chair

Earlier this month, the OLP robotics team, The Pilots, became the first all-female team to compete in the San Diego FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Regional, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The competition requires teams to build a robot over a six-week period and compete with that robot during regional competitions, where qualifying teams earn invitations to world championships. At the San Diego regional, the team’s robot was capable and consistent, as were the team’s overall operations. The girls partnered well with other teams and earned a ranking of 48 out of 66 teams at the competition.

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Serving the Dear Neighbor...On Another Continent!

By Valeria Chavez '19

Service isn’t just an abstract idea at OLP; rather, it is ingrained and deeply rooted in everything we do as a school. Students don’t just learn about service, they have the opportunities to put their faith into action! In fact, 1 in 10 OLP students will choose to have an extended immersion experience. OLP students and faculty did just that with a recent trip to Chinandega, Nicaragua. The OLP team joined the Amigos for Christ organization for a week-long service immersion experience that was truly transformative.

Our students and faculty had a wonderful time getting to know each other as well as the Nicaraguan community members, all while working hard on a series of community improvement projects. They built bathrooms with the local families, played soccer games with teenagers from the neighborhood, built septic tanks, and dug trenches to lay piping from bathrooms to the septic tanks. Student Valeria Chavez ’19 shares her faith-filled and powerful narrative of the trip below.

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All Rise for OLP's Mock Trial Team!

By Ashley Yeatts '20

You may have heard of the Mock Trial Team, or seen them running around campus in their suits, or maybe you have witnessed their crazy screams from room 101 after school. It is after all, the “room where it happens.”

Mock Trial is a competition that does exactly what is sounds; it is a mock trial. This organization includes teams having witnesses, attorneys, questions, blazing crosses, and more. A typical Mock Trial team will consist of 6 attorneys, 3 for Defense and 3 for Prosecution, 8 witnesses, 4 for each side, 1 bailiff, and 1 time clerk.

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Architects of Change Monthly Highlight: Maria Shriver

By Sophia Parra '18, Katya Cerny '19, Sofia Rojo-Kratochvil '20

On March 22, 2018, the Architects of Change at School Team hosted their second (in academic year) live conversation with guest speaker, Maria Shriver. Shriver was the former First Lady of California and is a successful author, philanthropist, journalist, and founder of Architects of Change. She shared her knowledge and advice to an audience of OLP students as well as guests from all over San Diego, speaking on topics regarding her successes and newest book, I’ve Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life.

Architects of Change Live Conversations strive to share stories of inspiration from individuals who are challenging what is, imagining what can be, and moving humanity forward. Their goal is to inspire those listening to do the same in their own communities. On March 22, Maria was interviewed by two Architects of Change at School Club members, Margaret Brady ‘19 and Marlene Vollbrechthausen ‘18, who connected with Maria’s thoughts on self-motivation, faith, true leadership, and genuine respect and compassion.

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What's in the Archives?

By Dr. Melinda Blade, Director of Mission Integration and Historian

The OLP Archives are located in the basement of St. Catherine’s, formally the Convent laundry room. The room slowly is transforming into a working area where it will be possible to conduct research on not only OLP, but a few aspects of San Diego history, as well. Unearthing artifacts is a great deal of fun and I have chronicled some of those finds in past columns: Father Ubach's Will, the original alma mater, etc. Here is a running list of some of our OLP treasures...

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Spring Sing: Past and Present!

By Jeanette Handelsman '64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator

Ella Gonzalez de Barreto ‘94 and Carina Valladolid Arnaiz ‘94 recently attended Spring Sing 2018 to enjoy watching their daughters, Ella Sofia Barreto ‘21 and Isabela Arnaiz Valladolid ‘21 perform as members of the Freshman class production. It brought back fond memories when they performed with their graduating class, the Class of 1994.

While at OLP, both Ella and Carina were active participants in their class’s production – Carina was a choreographer! Both Ella and Carina attended CETYs Universidad in Tijuana after graduating from OLP.

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