A Prayer for the New Year

May we move into this new year with the zeal of Jesus,
a zeal marked by generous courage and humble self-emptying love,
the fidelity of Mary who was filled to overflowing with every kind of grace,
and the cordial charity of Joseph whose service was grounded in relationship with God
and neighbor without distinction.

Rooted in the rich heritage of the women who are our past,
seized by the same Love that impelled them to be in relationship
with the reality of their changing world and changing times,
inspired by their vision, integrity, and fidelity,
we enter into this year with courage and hope.

Our God, the people of our world, our Earth, and all creation,
call us to embrace ever-widening circles of communion.
May this call impel us to action,
action that stirs up Love,
is connective and inclusive,
and deepens our commitment
to be and become Your people.
~ Sister Joanne Gallagher, CSJ

News From the Head of School

Happy New Year!

At the beginning of November, Jessica Hooper, myself and seven additional members of the faculty had the incredible opportunity to connect with over 20 of the different high schools sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph. As leaders, we came from all over the world, including from Le Puy en Velay, France. We are part of this incredible network of Sisters of St. Joseph that spans 55 countries. Here in the United States, we are also closely connected with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange: an incredible congregation of 112 Sisters who have served in health care, education and social justice, and are closely partnered with our Jesuit University of Loyola Marymount and the University of San Francisco.

On Wednesday, January 9, all frosh students will travel up to the motherhouse at St. Joseph Center in Orange to learn more about our CSJ heritage and spend time with our Sisters there. Our girls will have the opportunity to personally meet Sisters, hear their stories, and feel their passion of being changemakers in our world. I am constantly reminded of the awe-inspiring power of our Sisters, and in turn, how their spirit transforms the lives of our OLP community.

As we welcome in the New Year we will once again begin with an all school Retreat Week. The new model helps support the many demands of students’ lives by prioritizing the isolated time for spiritual growth. Fellowship is crucial to building strong relationships and sisterhood. Retreat Week allows students to connect as a class, draw closer in their walk with our Lord, and strengthen their own core skills in leadership, courage and resilience. We are blessed with our strong partnership with the University of San Diego and our Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange who are hosting us throughout the week. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures of this incredible time together!

As always, January ends with Catholic Schools Week (January 28–February 3), celebrating "Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed." Investing in a Catholic education for our students is about the exemplary academics and rigorous pre-collegiate training, all while immersed in a faith-filled community that propels students to care for others. Our students here at OLP are receiving an education grounded in academic, social and spiritual learning to form and transform them not only for life beyond high school, but also for life everlasting. We see that lived out through our students becoming women of faith, women of heart, women of courage, and women of excellence.

As we look to the new year, I would also like to remind all parents that Tuition Assistance Applications for the 2019-20 school year are due on Monday January 15, 2019, this applies to both those currently receiving assistance and those applying for the first time. Click here to apply. For more information on the process, please visit our OLP website: Tuition Assistance.

Again, Happy New Year!

Thank you for all you do for OLP, and God bless!

Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School

Looking Ahead to January

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of OLP,

Happy New Year! In a New Year’s Eve Homily last year, Pope Francis offered ten suggestions for New Year’s resolutions, one of them being, "Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord. "With that resolution in mind, I would like to take a moment to honor the committed faculty and staff of OLP. They approach their daily work with joy, enthusiasm, competence. They are committed to the CSJ mission and charism of Unifying Love and through this commitment they empower the young women of OLP to become all of which they are capable. We are so grateful for their continued dedication.

I hope that your Christmas break has been filled with joy and good tidings. With the start of the second semester, we look forward to a blank slate in classrooms, the prospect of victories on our athletic fields and the excitement of what will materialize on the stages of Spring Sing and our Spring play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

As we look towards 2019, we remain committed to cultivating a faith-based environment that values innovation.We look forward to our second annual, OLP Retreat Week upon our return from the Christmas break. OLP Retreat Week, which will take place from January 7 - 10, 2019, allows us to prioritize the faith formation experience of each student with the time and intentionality it deserves. It also allows all faculty & staff to support the faith experience of our students. Furthermore, students are not asked to miss valuable class time to participate in retreats and all students will have equal access to an annual retreat experience with their classmates. It is a wonderful week to celebrate the unique identity of each OLP class of students. Please visit our website to review grade level expectations and details.

Please save the date of Wednesday, January 23, 2019 for our annual Parent & Student Course Advisement Night. The evening’s presentation will take place in the Holy Family Event Center at 6:30 pm. Students interested in taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses should plan on attending a presentation at 6:00 pm on this same night. A formal presentation will be made regarding 2019 - 2020 academic course offerings and all Department Chairs will be available to discuss course options with you as parents. The presentation will also be available via livestream.

We hope that you can join us for our annual liturgical celebration for the Junior Class of 2020. We will celebrate the Junior Unity Mass on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11 am in the Holy Family Event Center. Juniors and their parents are especially invited to this annual OLP tradition.

Should you come by school this month, know that it will be alive with the sound of music as it is time for Spring Sing! Rehearsals will take place after school throughout January and February. We look forward to seeing you at one or both of the annual performances on March 1st or 2nd at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego. Thank you for your continued support of this significant OLP tradition!

Wishing you a joy-filled and blessed New Year!

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School

You're Invited to Our Boundless Launch Party!

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace cordially invites you to a Boundless launch party on  Thursday, January 10, 2019!

Please join us as we launch Boundless: The Campaign for OLP, the most exciting endeavor and campus transformation in our school’s history.


You're Invited to Our AOC Live Conversation with Mike Fasulo!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Discussion in Moving Humanity Forward

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity for friends of OLP to learn about breaking the glass ceiling, finding and ensuring equity in the workplace and more as President and COO of Sony Electronics, Mike Fasulo joins OLP for an Architects of Change Live Conversation.

Event details: 

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Where: Academy of Our Lady of Peaxe
Time: 11:00 am

FREE! Space is limited, Pre-Registration is Required


You're Invited to an Evening of Wonder & Awe

Please join us at OLP's 34th Annual Gala and Auction, Le Cirque, on February 9, 2019 at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. This year we celebrate our 136th anniversary of educating young women in the spirit of excellence and innovation embodied by our founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

OLP's Fifth Annual Women's Symposium

Join us for OLP’s Fifth Annual Women’s Symposium on March 15, 2019 at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.

OLP is honored to serve as an epicenter for women's education and is excited to host this unique event centered on reciprocal learning and inspiration.

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OLP Cheer Earns CIF San Diego Section Championship Runner-Up Honors

Athletics Department News

OLP Cheer Earns CIF San Diego Section Championship Runner-Up Honors
OLP Varsity Cheer competed in the CIF San Diego Section Cheer Championship on December 8th at Carlsbad High School. For the second year in a row, the Pilots brought home the Runner-Up Trophy. Next up for the Pilots is the San Diego Showdown in Del Mar on January 19th and the CheerPros State Championship on January 26th in Orange County. Good Luck Pilots!!!

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Athletics Calendar | Athletics Instagram

Architects of Change: Brophy College Preparatory, DREAMOn Campaign

By Brigid Hanczor '20 and Alyse Saucedo '21

At the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice conference in Washington, D.C. our Architects of Change members had the opportunity to learn about the inspirational mission of five amazing seniors from Brophy College Preparatory who advocate for DACA recipients. Stemming from the Advocacy Club at their school, the "DREAMon Campaign" was created to educate people locally and around the country about the issues surrounding DACA as well as inspiring others to become involved in this pressing matter.

DREAMOn Campaign Video

DreamOn Brophy College Preparatory — IFTJ 2018 Video

Alumnae Spotlight: Sr. Anne Lorraine Mahmeister, CSJ '48

By Jeanette Handelsman '64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator

We are so proud to announce that Sr. Anne Lorraine Mahlmeister will be celebrating the 70th Jubilee anniversary of taking her vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The celebration of this special event will be held at Carondelet Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 16. Her classmate, Helen Louise Lacey, CSJ ‘48 and Ruth Garbani, CSJ, a graduate of Cathedral Girls High School, formerly in San Diego, will join Sr. Anne Lorraine in celebrating their jubilee anniversary at the same event.

Although not an official OLP alumna, Sr. Ruth was a member of the faculty at OLP for many years. We send our heartfelt congratulations to our two alumnae and Sr. Ruth. Congratulations as well — all three of these Sisters have celebrated their 88th birthdays!

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