News From the Head of School

Dear Pilot Students and Parents,

It might, at this point, sound a bit cliché to say, “it has been a whirlwind summer,” but truly the trend of a fast paced environment is holding steady here for us at OLP!

Just a couple of days before returning to OLP, I found myself at my family home in Northern California, and I was helping bring in the mail. Suddenly, this magnificent magazine caught my eye. It was our July OLP Magazine! Seeing it in print took my breath away. In a stack of mail that had piled up, there was no missing it. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with this incredible sense of joy. Joy for our incredible graduates and the opportunities that await them, and an equal sense of joy to begin this new school year welcoming in our newest Class of 2022!

As I consider the use of the word “joy” I think of the scriptural sense, where in John 15:11 states, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” Truly my joy is full as we look to the many, collective accomplishments of this past year and summer here at OLP. Our school has been able to sustain a 136-year history, alongside a vision of innovation and creativity, as a direct result of the tremendous faculty and staff. They are quintessential in being a living representative of the Charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and transformative leaders in the education of our young women.

Launching into this new 2018-2019 school year we have so much to celebrate, including our 6-year WCEA full accreditation, the reflection of our cohesive efforts and diligent hard work as a community. The official certificate is now in our front hall. This summer we were also able to send two of our faculty members on pilgrimage to France, with our CSJ Sisters and sister school Mount St. Mary’s University, to follow in the footsteps of our founders. Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Rayner will be sharing more with all of us in the month to come! We also had the tremendous opportunity to send a cadre of faculty and administrators to the National Coalition for Girls’ Schools (NCGS) annual conference in Washington, D.C. where our faculty was part of the esteemed presenters.

I will stop myself here as I truly could go on an on for we are experiencing a pivotal time of joy and celebration in all that we are doing, is being done and is accomplished by all.

This summer, my prayers were with our OLP community, that you were given the gift of time to be together, enjoy a brief respite, potentially expand your learning, and enjoy doing things you love!

I look forward to welcoming you all back as we embark on what will prove truly a transformative year in the history of OLP!

Welcome back and God bless you all,

Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School

Looking Ahead to August

Dear Parents and Students,

As we look forward to the beginning of another school year, I am reminded again of the incredible community that is OLP. We are so fortunate to be a community of faith, compassion and joy. It is only during the summer months that our jobs begin to feel a little more like “jobs” as we miss the daily presence of our OLP students! They fill our daily lives with delight and we are so grateful to have such wonderful students, families and alumnae constitute our OLP family. So as much as this newsletter may find some savoring each summer day, we are eagerly awaiting the the start of the school year and the return of our OLP students! We are looking forward to a wonderful 2018 - 2019 school year.

With less than two weeks left of summer vacation, please allow me to remind of you some important details pertaining to the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Class meetings, school pictures and day two of the Freshman Orientation program will take place on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Attendance is mandatory. All students must attend in their formal school uniform and take their school photo prior to their class meeting. Sophomore, Junior and Senior class meetings will take place in the Event Center while the Freshman meeting will take place in the Theatre. All photos will be taken in the Carondelet Hall. Please bring the completed order form with payment to the photo session.

Please reference the schedule listed below:
  • Frosh: Photos 7:30 am - 8:45 am | Frosh Orientation 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sophomores: Photos 8:45 am - 10:00 am | Class Meeting 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Juniors: Photos 10:00 am - 11:15 am | Class Meeting 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Seniors: Photos 11:15 am - 12:30 pm | Class Meeting 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Once the school year begins on August 13, our campus will be open from 6:15 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:00 am - 3:30 pm on Fridays (no Zero Block on Fridays). The Library will be open, providing supervision from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:00 am - 3:30 pm on Fridays. The Library is the only place that provides direct supervision outside of school hours and all students should be picked up from campus by the time the library closes each day.

On Wednesday, August 15, we will celebrate the Mass of the Assumption of Mary at 11:00 am in the Holy Family Event Center. As always, parents and family members are welcome to join us for this liturgical celebration.

Be sure to check the Athletics tab on the OLP website for information regarding fall sports tryouts! Also, remember that the deadline for all elective schedule changes is August 20, 2018. Please make an appointment with your class counselor prior to school starting to discuss any needed schedule changes.

Save the Date! Back to School Night is on Thursday, August 16, 2018, with the program beginning promptly at 6:30 pm for all grade levels. We look forward to welcoming you to campus to meet your daughter’s teachers and connect with our OLP community.

This September we look forward to welcoming New York Times Best Selling Author, Jessica Lahey to OLP on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for a Parent Education Night Program. Jessica Lahey inspires audiences with her rallying cry to allow children to experience failure as an integral part of becoming successful, resilient and self-reliant adults. Her breakthrough manifesto, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, has become essential reading for parents, educators and coaches.

Visit our website to RSVP for this wonderful event. Ms. Lahey will also be presenting to the OLP student body and facilitating a professional development workshop for the OLP faculty and staff. All are welcome, parents are encouraged to bring a friend!

Should you have any questions or concerns pertaining to life at OLP, I encourage you to contact your daughter’s assigned Assistant Principal directly. We are honored to be your partners in the education of your daughter(s) and look forward to welcoming the Class of 2022 and their families to life at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.

God Bless,

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School

Join Us At Our Annual Endless Summer Party!

OLP & Saints parents and family members are invited to join us at the 5th Annual Endless Summer at Academy Our Lady of Peace on Friday, August 10 at 6:00 pm.

The amazing event will feature music, craft beer and wine bar, delicious food and more! Open to all OLP & Saints community members (21+). Get to know fellow Frosh parents and family members before we go back to school!

Don't miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow freshman parents, friends and OLP community members in the glow of the setting sun on OLP's North Terrace. There is no view like it!

21+. IDs will be checked at the door.

Tickets are going fast so get yours today!

Event starts at 6:00 pm
All class years are welcome!

$35 General Admission Ticket
*Delicious dinner
*1 serving of beer or wine
(additional drinks available for purchase)

$50 Premium Admission Ticket
*Delicious dinner
*Commemorative pint or wine glass
*2 servings of beer or wine
*5 raffle tickets

$450 Premium Package for Up to 8 People (NEW!)
*RESERVED table for party of 8
*8 premium admission tickets

ALMOST SOLD OUT! $750 VIP Package for Up to 8 People
*RESERVED lounge area and VIP dinner buffet area
*2 growlers, 1 bottle of white wine, and 1 bottle of red wine
*Summer hors d'oeuvres for the table
*8 commemorative pint or wine glasses
*80 raffle tickets

Introducing OLP's New Faculty & Staff

Bridget Borce
Science Department Instructor

Kitrina Carr
Visual and Performing Arts Instructor

Anne-Marie Dicce
Visual and Performing Arts Instructor

Chris Moeller
Assistant Athletic Director
& Physical Education Instructor
Alison Purpera
Religious Studies Instructor

Allyson Woods
Counseling Department Chair

Michelle Yang
Math Instructor
Karen Hsu
Athletic Trainer

Jessica Mattson
Benefit & HR Coordinator

Cynthia Sanborn
Facilities Coordinator

Angel Silva
Maintenance Team Lead

Read All Of Their Biographies Here

Jessica Lahey Visits OLP!

Teacher, New York Timesbest-selling author and columnist Jessica Lahey is inspiring audiences with her rallying cry to allow children to experience failure as an integral part of becoming successful, resilient and self-reliant adults. Her breakthrough manifesto, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, has become essential reading for parents, educators and coaches.

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Holy Family Event Center

Summer Athletics News

Summer Camp Success!

Thank you to all of our OLP Athletics Campers and coaches who participated in one of our many camp offerings. This year we added Tennis and Soccer camps to our lineup which includes Lacrosse, Basketball, and Volleyball. The camps offer an opportunity to work with the OLP Coaching Staff and provides valuable skills-based training. For the middle camps it also offers our own student-athletes a chance work with our Future Pilots and earn service hours. Thank you to all the families who supported a successful Summer Camp Program.

So You Think You Can Dance?

At OLP, the answer is an emphatic YES!!! OLP's new Dance Team has been working hard all summer long. Freshmen through Seniors comprise the 18 member team. They recently returned from the West Coast Elite Summer Dance Experience in Anaheim. They took classes and learned routines from renowned teachers and choreographers in the dance industry. Olivia Kennedy '20 received a Standout Dancer Award and was featured in the closing show. Her sister Samantha Kennedy '20 received an All Star Dancer award and an invitation to perform in Orlando, Florida and Long Beach. Kaitlin Ordonio '21 was a WCE Scholarship Finalist. The girls had such an amazing time learning and growing at the camp alongside 25 other high school dance teams from Southern California. Coach Kelly Marshall and the team are excited to bring what they learned back to OLP! Read More!

Read More Here

Athletics Calendar | Athletics Instagram

OLP Students Visit Machu Picchu!

By Carter White, Campus Ministry

This summer, 17 OLP students traveled to Peru for two weeks on one of our Service Learning Immersion experiences. This trip offered our group the opportunity to explore the natural landscape on a three-day adventure trek through the Andes and visit important cultural sites like Machu Picchu and the reed island villages of Lake Titicaca.

The Pilots were also able to visit the CSJ Sisters in Lima and work with their childcare program for a day, experiencing what it means to live out the call to be women of heart, courage, faith and excellence in another context. The two weeks concluded with a five-day community project, building adobe huts alongside residents of a rural village.

For more information on immersion experiences for the 2018-2019 school year, please see our Campus Ministry Website or contact the Director of Service Learning & Retreats, Katie Wilson at [email protected]

Faculty Professional Development at the University of San Diego

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

The University of San Diego held its 22nd annual Character Education Resource Center conference this past June. Mrs. Carolyn Williams of the Social Studies Department, Mrs. Rigo Hinkledire of the PE Department and Dr. Melinda Blade, Director of Mission Integration and OLP Historian, all attended. The two day conference was held at USD under the auspices of the Character Education Resources Center and its director, Dr. Ed DeRoche.

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Architects of Change Program at OLP

Architects of Change Live is our conversation series with a mission. It celebrates individuals who challenge what is, imagine what can be, and move humanity forward.
After attending Maria Shriver's Architects of Change Live conversation with Shonda Rhimes, OLP students were inspired to emulate the event at our school.

OLP’s inaugural Architects of Change at School event was held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, with 750 high school girls, 80 faculty and staff, and roughly 30 members of the extended community in attendance.

We are extremely grateful for our Architects of Change team. Thanks to our team, we have been blessed to welcome Maria Shriver, Bethany Hamilton, and Cyndi Peterson!

We invite everyone to stay tuned to new opportunities in the forthcoming year!

Architects of Change Website

Alumnae Spotlight: Katie Athis '11

By Jeanette Handelsman '64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator

And it started at OLP!

When Katie Athis ’11 was a sophomore at OLP, she attended a conference at St. Catherine’s College in Minnesota with Mr. Kirschbaum, Ms. Knapp and fellow student, Katherine Bacino ’10. At the conference students engaged in important conversations regarding various social justice topics. From the conversations and presentations at this conference came the idea to create a new position on the Executive Student Council (now known as Founders Council), the Commissioner of Social Justice. Katherine Bacino was the first person to hold this position and together with Katie, they established a social justice presence within the ASB programming, assemblies, speakers and fundraisers in the following years. They both had identified a life passion for social justice causes.

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