News From the Head of School
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends:
This spring semester has had an amazing start! How I wish this letter could transport you to campus for a view of after school activities in February. It is alive with music, laughter and dancing! This energy and excitement can only mean it is time for Spring Sing!
This year's theme will take us on a mythical adventure as we watch productions about mermaids, dragons, aliens and pegasus. We are going to "Where the Wild Things Are!" Buy your tickets now, for this is an adventure not to be missed. Our two performances will be held on February 16-17 at 7:30 pm at the Balboa Theatre.
On behalf of all the parents, alumnae and friends of OLP who have already leaped at the opportunity to sponsor an element of our upcoming annual gala, Soir en Noir et Blanc, thank you! The event is being held on Saturday, March 3 here at OLP. This year's theme of black and white will pay honor to the special 135-year legacy of our school. The planning and details are in motion to make this year's event an unforgettable night for our entire community: parents, grandparents, alumnae, alumnae parents, community partners, faculty, staff and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Please don't miss it! For more information, and to purchase your tickets, visit our website.
Be sure to mark your calendars for additional important events coming up. First up is our Miss OLP Assembly on Thursday, February 1. This is a time-honored tradition that first began in 1947 and all are welcome. We also extend the invitation for Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, February 14 at 11:00 am in our Holy Family Event Center. We'd also love to see you for our fourth annual Women's Symposium on Friday, March 9, and on Thursday, March 22, the Architects of Change club will host a live conversation with Maria Shriver here at OLP! Tickets will be available soon so watch for more information.
I wish you all a blessed February, and thank each and every one of you for all you do on behalf of our 750 young women. I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these fantastic events.
Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School
Looking Ahead to February
Dear Parents, Students & Friends of OLP,
What an incredible January it has been for our OLP community. 2018 is off to a wonderful start! Between experiencing our first Retreat Week program, learning about and registering for 2018-2019 academic courses and welcoming Fr. Greg Boyle from Homeboy Industries, students and faculty have been busy! As if that is not enough excitement, Spring Sing preparations are in full production.
Happy Catholic Schools Week! Thank you for choosing a Catholic education. We fully recognize the financial sacrifice it requires to support an OLP education and we are incredibly grateful for your continued support. We believe wholeheartedly that the investment of an OLP, Catholic education will pay off in future dividends beyond measure. The payoff is not just in what our students pursue after they graduate, but more importantly, in who they become for the world.
We look forward to celebrating African American History Month this February. I recently took some time to read more about the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and I was struck by his quote: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" It is with great pride that I witness this question being asked of OLP students on a daily basis. When Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. from Homeboy Industries visited OLP last week, he took this sentiment one step further when he challenged us to think of the world, not as "Us and Them, but only as Us." This calls us to embrace each other's pain and joy and to lead a life of empathy. "We are only Us" means that we all belong to each other and to our gracious God. I would argue that what makes the OLP community so special is the dedication of its members to embrace this concept of "Us."
Looking ahead we hope that you can join us for one of the Spring Sing productions either February 16 or 17 at the Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego. Please note the special schedules for courses beginning February 7 and lasting through Friday, February 16. We hope that the adjustment in class schedules supports the 400+ OLP students who are participating in this year's Where the Wild Things Are Spring Sing production by offering more balance to their various commitments and academics.
Please join us for our Ash Wednesday liturgy on Wednesday, February 14 at 8:00 am in the Holy Family Event Center. We look forward to welcoming Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan to OLP to lead us in this liturgy. It will be Bishop Dolan's first visit to OLP as San Diego's Auxiliary Bishop.
Finally, please keep the OLP students and faculty traveling to Nicaragua for a service immersion experience this month in your thoughts and prayers. Students will join the Amigos for Christ team for a week-long service immersion to Chinandega, Nicaragua. Guided by the CSJ charism of "unifying love," OLP students will partner with our dear neighbors in Nicaragua on projects in rural villages relating to education, clean water and sanitation. They will be traveling from February 17 through the 24. Thank you for choosing a Catholic school and for supporting the work that we commit to on a daily basis here at OLP.
Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School
Soir en Noir et Blanc Gala
Join us for the 33rd annual Gala and Auction: Soir en Noir et Blanc on Saturday, March 3, 2018. This year's black and white ball will truly inspire you as we highlight OLP's 135-year history!
The annual Gala features an elegant cocktail reception followed by an exquisite meal by The French Gourmet, premium wine and champagne. Reserve your tickets, sponsorship or underwriting support today by contacting Stephanie Kanaski "99 at [email protected] or 619-725-9136, or by purchasing online.
OLP's Fourth Annual Women's Symposium
Tickets are on sale for our Fourth Annual Women's Symposium on Friday, March 9, 2018. The event, which brings together top women leaders to share their insights with students and the community, will feature an impressive panel of speakers, including a keynote speech from San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.
Reserve your tickets or sponsorship today by contacting Stephanie Kanaski "99 at [email protected] or 619-725-9136, or by purchasing online.
Spring Sing 2018: "Where the Wild Things Are"
Don't miss the opportunity to witness the spectacular production of Spring Sing 2018: Where the Wild Things Are on February 16-17 at 7:30 pm at the Balboa Theatre.
Buy Tickets Here
News from the Athletics Department
Our winter sports athletes have been busy. Learn about how our basketball, soccer and water polo seasons have been going here. We're also getting ready for spring sports tryouts! Read this page for more information.
Finally, congratulations to the following student-athletes on their college commitments!
- Madeline Klem '18 - Austin College (Division III) soccer
- Ellie Garcia '18 - Cal Poly (Division II) Soccer
- Rylie Curran '19 - Northern Arizona University (Division I) Soccer
- Erin Healy '19 - Gonzaga University (Division I) Soccer
- Jenny Massey '18 - Franciscan University of Steubenville
Athletics Calendar | Athletics Instagram
OLP Celebrates its First Retreat Week
We had an amazing Retreat Week experience! Our students participated in a variety of activites such as the Sophomore Scavenger Hunt for a Cause, serving the homeless at Father Joe's Villages, visiting the University of San Diego for a leadership workshop, and more.
Father Greg Boyle at OLP
On Thursday, January 25, OLP had the pleasure of welcoming Fr. Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, founded in 1988, to our campus to celebrate Mass in the name of kinship and unity. Fr. Boyle has been a Catholic priest and highly-valued member of his community in Los Angeles for 34 years. His efforts and constant demonstration of love and compassion have embedded him as a pillar of acceptance and inclusion in the world at large. He won the California Peace Prize in 2011, was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame as a renowned public servant.
By Lily Lucero '18 and Gabby Dixon '18
The Mass was a truly transformative experience. Along with Fr. Boyle's moving homily, Homies Jason and Marcos touched the entire OLP community with their inspiring testimonies. All aspects of the Mass connected to the central themes of kinship and unity, with Fr. Greg bringing every topic he spoke about back to these ideas. The story of the Prodigal Son caused the entire congregation to reflect on God's healing mercy, which is available to all people, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances.
View Mass Photos | View Assembly Photos
Honor Roll Students
Over half of our students (550) had GPAs of 3.67 or higher in fall 2017. We're so proud of our honor roll students!
View Head of School List | First Honors List
OLP Welcomes Exchange Student, Ale Carrizo
This is the first year OLP welcomes an exchange student through the St. Augustine High School exchange program! Ale Carrizo is a student at Saints in Panama and Elizabeth Gravitt '19 and her family are hosting her until February 20. She is thrilled to be here and says, "San Diego is very beautiful."
By Alexa Camarena-Gamboa '10, Communications Coordinator
Architects of Change Monthly Highlight: Ambassador Marcela Celorio
An Architect of Change is a person who challenges what is, imagines what can be, and moves humanity forward. Ambassador Marcela Celorio, the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, personifies these ideals and creates positive change in her community and beyond. Learn about how she is using her social influence and education to improve the world around her in this Monthly Highlight, and come meet her in person at our Fourth Annual Women's Symposium on March 9, 2018.
By Rivka Bent, Executive Assistant to the Head of School
The Doll Statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague in OLP's Archives
Tucked away in the OLP Archives is a gift from the collection of Elsie L. Mettlach. This gift was sent to Mrs. Mettlach in 1945 from an American soldier following the conclusion of World War II. He felt as though she "would like to add (it) to (her) collection." The artifact is a doll statute of the Infant Jesus of Prague, recovered from the debris of a Catholic Cathedral located in Arual Alsweiler, Germany. The town was located on the outskirts of a concentration camp. The soldier admits in a letter that he was hoping to find a Nazi flag, but instead found a doll with a 16th century origin.
By Dr. Melinda Blade, Director of Mission Integration and Historian
Alumnae Spotlight: New OLP Faculty & Staff
We're thrilled to welcome back three OLP alumnae for the spring semester!
Alexa Camarena-Gamboa "10 was hired as our communications coordinator. She is from Tijuana, B.C., Mexico and graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Marketing. She loves OLP because of the friendships she made as a student and is ecstatic to be back.
Kitrina Carr "10 joins us as a long-term substitute for English. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor's in English and from San Diego State University with a Master's in English, emphasizing in Rhetorical Writing Studies. Believing in the importance of women's education, Ms. Carr is excited to contribute to OLP and the future generation of female writers and thinkers.
Michelle Yang "09 joins us as a long-term substitute for math. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2013 with a degree in Mathematics Theory, emphasis in Secondary Education, and is pursuing her Masters in Education at USD (expected May 2018). She completed her first semester of teaching in a 7th grade classroom in Chula Vista and is excited to return to our OLP community.