News From the Head of School
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends:
Just this past week, all schools sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
(CSJ) gathered in Los Angeles to discuss charism, mission, and our shared mutuality.
It brought together close to 100 individuals from Mount Saint Mary’s University, St.
Joseph’s Center, St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, St. Mary’s Academy and of
course, Academy of Our Lady of Peace. The day included a focused session on stories
from our Sisters and living out the charism to “divide the city.” The afternoon
offered sessions on responding to unmet needs, the infusion of the charism into the
curriculum, the infusion of the charism throughout the institution and building
relationships and development partnerships across and amongst constituencies.
This year, our Board of Directors requested that at all of their meetings, and Board
committee meetings, they welcome students and faculty advisors, to lead them in
prayer and share how they experience the spirit of the CSJ here at OLP. That
experience formed the basis of the presentation I led on building relationships.
What we do here at OLP, to form young women of faith in the spirit of our Sisters of
St. Joseph of Carondelet, is a shared experience that connects us with 16 provinces
across the United States representing over 7,000 Sisters, 9 Universities, and 21 high
schools. It is a Legacy that began in 1836 as the first Sisters traversed the waters
from France, and journeyed to St. Louis, Missouri. That fervor continues today and
guides all that we do.
As I think about the activities ahead this month, there is certainly something for
everyone from our annual Gala on March 3, our Women’s Symposium on March 9,
our St. Joseph Day Mass and alumnae Jewel Jubilee Celebration on March 19 (for
those classes celebrating a 55, 60, 65+ reunion), our Architects of Change
conversation with Maria Shriver on March 22, and our Stations of the Cross on
March 28, before Easter Break. It is a packed month!
We will also be hosting the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA)
Accreditation visit, held March 11 – March 14. A team of five educators from across
California will be present to assess our report and provide insights.
Also included is our annual tuition letter in anticipation for the upcoming 2018-
2019 school year. Click here to view letter.
I wish you a blessed Lenten season, and thank you for all you do for the OLP
Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School
Looking Forward to March
Dear Parents, Students & Friends of OLP,
It is hard to believe that March is upon us! As we enter Women's History Month we join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
In the wake of last month’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida our nation is mourning yet again the loss of the innocent lives of students and teachers. Pope Francis calls us to embrace a “culture of encounter”; a culture in which we learn from each other, we listen to each other’s stories and we make every effort to act out of empathy. The Parkland, Florida students and teachers have inspired us with their stories of tragedy, fear and frustration; all fruits of violence. We are inspired by the stories of the survivors; by our “encounter” with their truth and their experience. We look to this generation of students to discover and develop the concepts and ideas that will improve our world.
At OLP we stand in solidarity with our CSJ sisters and the Catholic church for nonviolence. As Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love,” we fully believe that the CSJ charism of “unifying love” is what the world needs now. We pray that our schools become the safe havens they are meant to be; places where students can explore their intellect, develop ideas and discover “all of which they are capable.”
Here at OLP we remain committed to student safety as a primary priority. We are happy to report that we now employ two, full-time campus supervisors. We are currently in the process of becoming an ALICE certified campus and are committed to best safety practices related to the most recent and relevant research. We are in dialogue with our first responder partners and officers and are constantly revisiting and evaluating our emergency preparedness plan. We are committed to creating a safe atmosphere for all our students, faculty and staff.
As we look towards the arrival of Spring, we are excited to welcome the OLP Class of 2022! March also brings with it re-enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. Please be sure to read the article below for more information on the new online process for re-enrollment.
This month we look forward to welcoming our visiting committee to OLP for our WCEA Accreditation. This committee of educators will be on campus from March 11-14, 2018. Thank you to all of the parents, students and board members who have participated in the accreditation efforts. The process as a whole has been incredibly valuable as we review our progress as a school and affirm our vision for the future.
We have two wonderful opportunities to celebrate our faith together this month. All are invited to join us as we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph & Founder’s Day with a special mass on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 am. On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 our Liturgical Planning class will lead us through the Stations of the Cross at 11:00 am, we hope that you can join us during this special Holy Week tradition. Both of these events will take place in our Holy Family Event Center.
Thank you for your continued support of OLP. We are so grateful for your investment in the futures of the young women of OLP.
Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School
OLP's Fourth Annual Women's Symposium
Tickets almost sold out 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.
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!
2018-19 Enrollment Information
OLP is again partnering with School Admin for enrollment of all returning students for the 2018-19 school year. School Admin streamlines enrollment by integrating with your current OLP FACTS account and affords a central site for completing and submitting required forms for enrollment such as Contact Information Form, Emergency Contact Form, etc.
News from the Athletics Department
Winter Sports have almost completely wrapped up their seasons including Basketball, Cheer, and Water Polo.Click here to learn about Winter Sports.
Varsity Soccer is still competing in the Division II playoffs including the semifinals against Mission Hills High School last night. Follow the OLP Athletics Instagram to see up to date results on their progress.
Shadow a Student Challenge!
OLP participated in the Shadow a Student Challenge! We invested in this activity as part of our research to better support the Social and Emotional Learning (Wellness) of our students. We are incredibly proud of our school leaders for taking on this challenge and giving up a day in their own classrooms and offices in order to better undertstand the student experience.
OLP Students Meet Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ!
On Tuesday, February 27, a number of our Juniors who are currently studying capital punishment in their Social Justice class went to Cal Western School of Law to hear Dead Man Walking author, activist, and leading advocate against the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ!
By Jeff Kirschbaum, Religious Studies Department Chair
Sister Helen Prejean shared stories from her work inside death row. Her two books, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, have been instrumental in shaping our national dialogue around capital punishment.
Additionally, on February 28, our Pilots for Life club were invited by Cathedral Catholic High School to attend an educational and inspirational evening with Sr. Helen Prejean. A special Thank you to Cathedral Catholic High School for graciously inviting us to participate!
We are honored to have had the opportunity to witness such incredible and moving experiences.
Spring Sing 2018: Where the Wild Things AreOverall Winners of Spring Sing 2018: Juniors
OLP students came together with their class members to put on 4 incredible performances at Spring Sing in February. Frosh shared the story of Pegasus, Sophomores taught us about Aliens, Juniors performed Dragons, and Seniors did Mermaids.
A special congratulations to our Overall Winners of Spring Sing 2018:The Junior Class of 2019!
Overall Best of Show: Sophomores, "Space Oddity"
Best Props: Seniors
Best Script: Frosh
Best Costume Design: Juniors
Best Acting: Juniors
Best Chorus: Juniors
Best Dancing: Sophomores
Best Singing: Juniors
Best Theme: Seniors
View More Photos Here | View List of Winners
Emma Rens '20 awarded Emperor Science Award!
On Wednesday, February 28, Emma Rens '20 from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace High School was announced as one of 100 award recipients for the third year of PBS’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program. The program is designed to empower high school students to become the next generation of scientists as they explore careers in cancer research and care through a unique mentoring opportunity. Three of the Awardees are students receiving support for a second year of mentorship, as allowed by the program.
PBS and Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, received nearly 600 applications from eligible 10th and 11th grade students in 28 states throughout the U.S. who are interested in pursuing a career in science research. Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications: written essays submitted online this fall, addressing how cancer has affected them or their communities; how science can help find a cure for cancer; and, if they are able to become cancer researchers, what scientific fields would they study and why.
Architects of Change Monthly Highlight: Fourth Annual Women's Symposium
Modeled after Universities, OLP began an annual symposium, during Women’s History Month, to bring together the top women leaders across California and now the nation. The focus is to empower the next generation of women leaders to manage the multi-faceted aspects of being a woman in the workforce. Alongside current OLP students, the event welcomes over 300 guests including alumnae, other local high schoolers, professionals and community members statewide.
By Sofia Rojo-Kratochvil '20, Andrea Deinard '19, Katya Cerny '19, Nicole Stepovich '19
Past panelists have included Anne Sweeney, President of the Disney ABC Group, Oscar Winner Brenda Chapman, Entrepreneur Felena Hansen Founder of Hera Hub, and Pinterest Software Engineer Tracy Chou. This years symposium will include panelists and speakers such as Lisa Lane of Fox Sports San Diego, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, and Author, Chemical Engineer, and Founder of MathSP, Stephanie Espy.
OLP Alma Mater Composer Famous Organ Player
Last May, my article pertained to the author of the OLP Alma mater, Ada Nisbet, Class of 1924. Dr. Nisbet was an internationally recognized Dickens scholar and she was affiliated with UCLA. Our alma mater also had an composer. Royal Albert Brown (1890-1954) was San Diego’s second civic organist (from 1932 until his death in 1954), and in that position, he played the Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park. The Spreckels Organ was named for its donors, John D. Spreckels and his brother, Adolph B. Spreckels, who each contributed half of the cost.
By Dr. Melinda Blade, Director of Mission Integration and Historian
An OLP Sister Act
The three Montes de Oca sisters freely share the gratitude that they all feel for the time they spent as students at OLP – for the education that they received, for the confidence and sense of empowerment that they gained and for the many special
friends and memories that they made during their years at Villa Montemar.
By Jeanette Handelsman '64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator