News From the Head of School

Dear OLP Parents, Students and Friends:

What an exciting month of April it has been on the OLP campus: truly a whirlwind of activities and enthusiasm! It has also been a time to celebrate the many accomplishments of our teams and programs: Robotics All Star Rookie team heads to the World Championship in Houston, Honors Choir places Gold in their festival adjudication, Architects of Change hosts Maria Shriver, Soccer takes CIF State championship, and Kaseba Chibweth '19 takes first place at the District Rotary Speech contest. Students are certainly taking flight, as OLP Pilots soar to new heights!

For me, April brought about a chance to experience something completely new. Through the recommendation of an OLP Board member, I was selected to be part of the Navy Distinguished Visitor Program and spend two days aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier. I spent time with Admiral Wetlaufer, Captain Huffman as well as officers and crew. And at the “Chiefs” breakfast, I even met the Uncle of one of our future Pilots in the Class of 2022, what fun! Their ship theme is “Look Ahead,” which I found many parallels with what we do here to help our young women look ahead to their own futures, living out their gifts and talents while serving others. It was a remarkable experience of which I will share more in our upcoming OLP Magazine, summer edition.

As another school year draws to a close, with just four weeks remaining, we honor and celebrate the Class of 2018 as they begin their final month of classes, exams, athletic events, dances, and activities at OLP. We are very proud of their accomplishments, and thank our parents for their support and encouragement. For the seniors, it is a time of sad goodbyes and exciting, new beginnings. I urge all parents to leverage the Class of 2018 website to find event dates and in-depth information regarding this exciting time. May God’s blessings be with our seniors as they graduate from OLP and embark on an exciting future.

Also, we are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2022 to the OLP family. We have already spent some time together on Registration Day in March and Spring Welcome Night in April. We look forward to many happy years together as partners in the education and formation of our young women!

To all of our parents, thank you for all you have done this year in our partnership to educate our students as women of heart, faith, courage and excellence in the spirit of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. We invite all of you who have given your time to join us at our Volunteer Recognition Brunch on Tuesday, May 8 th at 9 am in Carondelet Hall. RSVP here!

God bless our OLP family and I wish everyone a wonderful May and tremendous summer!

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 8, 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 May

Dear Parents, Students & Friends of OLP,

It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end. The month of May offers the opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of our students. As we look towards the summer, we invite you to participate in our all school book study of Rachel Simmons latest book, Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives. In her review, Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University and author of Mindset:The New Psychology of Success shares, “This book is an essential resource for educators committed to building girls’ resilience as learners.” As a faculty and staff we look forward to engaging in this book study with our community of parents. Stay tuned for more to come in the way of parent education nights, coffee with counselor programs and a variety of online resources.

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the Class of 2022 onto campus alongside their parents for our annual Spring Welcome Night. Below is their first photo as the OLP Class of 2022. We are very excited to welcome them to campus this fall, however It is with mixed emotion as we also prepare to say goodbye to our senior OLP Class of 2018.


To the Class of 2018, bearing witness to your high school journey has been an honor and has provided such joy for our OLP faculty and staff. As a community, we feel so fortunate to have known you for the last four years. We are excited to celebrate your class and your achievements in the month to come. See the photo below to recall your OLP Spring Welcome Night in 2014! It does not seem that long ago that you walked through the green gates of OLP for your first day of high school. You will always be in our hearts and have left an indelible mark on the history of OLP.


Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Melissa Ahrens Viquez '18 and Salutatorian, Angela Balistrieri '18. We look forward to recognizing the achievements of our students at our annual Evening of Excellence awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 pm in the Holy Family Event Center. During the school day on Wednesday, May 16, we will have a schoolwide Academic Assembly at 1:00 pm. Please note that parents of daughters who are receiving awards at either of these events will receive an invitation this week via email.

With May comes AP testing, which will be taking place throughout the day on campus from May 7-18. Soon after, students will have Blocks A - F final exams May 22-May 24. All students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm on final exam days. Please keep our students in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare to demonstrate their learning.

In closing, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of our students! I know that for myself, all that I am or hope to be I owe to my mother. I am certain that this sentiment is shared by our students. Thank you for sharing the gift of your precious daughter(s) with us each and everyday.

God Bless,

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School



Join us for the Class of 2018 Senior Farewell Assembly

Parents of the Class of 2018 are invited to join with us as we celebrate and say goodbye to our senior class. The assembly will feature a slideshow, blessings, special surprises and goodbye messages to send off the Class of 2018

Full Details:

When: May 21, 2018

Time: 11:25 - 12:45 pm

Where: Holy Family Event Center

RSVP Here!



Alumnae Reunion Weekend + Endless Summer

OLP's Annual Alumnae Reunion Weekend is August 9-10, 2018. It is a time for Academy of Our Lady of Peace graduates to reconnect with classmates, faculty and the school. Together we will celebrate the memories and friendships that alumnae have formed from their years at OLP by providing two days of events to encourage our alumnae family to come back home to OLP. All class years are welcome!

The weekend events include an alumnae networking event, Mass to dedicate our beautifully-restored chapel, Alumna of the Year award reception with welcome remarks by OLP's Head of School Dr. Lauren Lek, campus tours, Endless Summer party, and more. All proceeds from Alumnae Reunion Weekend will support the Alumnae Scholarship Fund.

Purchase Tickets Here!



Become an Alumnae Council Member!

Calling all OLP alums! We're looking to expand our Alumnae Executive Council and have TWO spots left!

Alums from all grad years are welcome and encouraged to apply. Join an incredibly dynamic group of fellow OLP sisters for this rewarding way to give back to your alma mater. Join with us to help strategize, plan events and find ways to reconnect with fellow alums.


Click Here to Apply!

Questions? Please email: [email protected]



News from the Athletics Department

Last month, our Archery team competed in the OAS State Championships. Cat deFrates '18, Isa Velarde '19 and Lily Lucero '18 shot really well throughout the tournament with Lucero winning the State Championship in the girls division. Congratulations, Pilots!

We will be celebrating Spring Sports Recognition Night on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm in the Holy Family Event Center. The Athletics Department will be recognizing all student-athletes in Archery, Cheer, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Sand Volleyball, Softball, Swim & Dive and Track & Field. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

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Optimist International Essay Contest Winners!

By Ilene Nagem, Social Studies Department

Juniors in AP U.S. History class wrote essays and the top 20 essays were sent on to three Optimist Clubs. The topic was “Can Society Function Without Respect?”

The local clubs were Allied Gardens, Kensington, and El Cajon. Two out of three of the clubs gave small cash prizes but they all awarded the students with medals and certificates. Congratulations ladies!

Winners at the Club Level:

Sanjana Moday '19, 1st place
Andrea Deinard '19, 2nd place
Lili Bass '19, 3rd place

Winners from the Allied Garden Optimist Club Essay Contest

Kendall Ota '19, 1st place
Victoria Harrel '19, 2nd place
Ava Van Vechten '19, 3rd place

Winners of the Kensington Optimist Club

Gaby Dixon '19, 1st place
Bailey Morales '19, 2nd place
Marian Isbell '19, 3rd place




Natalia Tiller '18 Awarded MLK Scholars Program Scholarship!

We are honored to announce our very own, Natalia Tiller '18, has been awarded a scholarship as part of the Martin Luther King Scholars Program as well as full ride to NYU!

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program brings together students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to further the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through excellence in academic achievement and distinguished leadership and community service. Membership in the Scholars Program is defined by the themes of excellence, social equality and economic justice. The purpose of the community is to foster inclusion where individuals can grow and thrive.

Read more about it in our Summer OLP Magazine!



Architects of Change Monthly Highlight: Hanna Jaff-Bosdet

By Melissa Ahrens-Víquez '18, Nicole Stepovich '19, Kiana Yazdani '18, Alba Bayliss '18

As a philanthropist, politician, humans rights activist, speaker, author, and Architect of Change - Hanna Jaff-Bosdet is a commanding woman dedicating her life to the progression of social justice. Bodset’s activism centers on immigrants and refugees; having founded the Jaff Foundation for Education that provides refugee camps and immigrants homes, predominantly in Latin America and the Middle East, with supplies and English learning. Her nonprofit foundation gives quality education to the underprivileged and underrepresented, helping them to establish careers and reach their aspirations. She has also been working on a clothing line, “We are One,” a non-discrimination movement within ready-to-wear items. As Ms. Jaff-Bosdet relates, her product messaging will be the “promotion of tolerance and public awareness, eliminating hatred among people.” Through her active advocacy work, she has shown herself to be an Architect of Change; one who is moving humanity forward by making a significant difference in thousands of lives.

Hanna’s roots in activism stem from the experiences and beliefs of her family, specifically her father. Her father’s family is of the Jaff tribe of Kurdistan and a family known for being politically active. Her family’s Jaff name has served as a source of self motivation. She explains, “to some degree I am following the footsteps of my grandfather and ancestors trying to search the welfare of the people [for unmet needs]." As a young girl, her father stressed to her the importance of education and taught her to prioritize family.

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OLP Graduation Through the Years

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

On Friday, May 25, 186 seniors will receive their diplomas from OLP. Those 186 young ladies officially will be OLP alumnae and will receive their membership in the OLP Alumnae Association. They then will move onto exciting challenges and adventures.

Although founded in 1882, OLP’s graduations date back to 1891, when the first graduate is noted, but alas, we have not yet found her name. The 1892 graduation however, is mentioned prominently in the local newspaper. The two high school graduates, Maude Blethan and Maude Lightner, graduated in the Academy's Hall at Third and A in downtown San Diego, as did the five elementary school graduates. The exercises began at 3 PM in June, but no date is given.

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Aida Soria '99: A Proud Pilot

Stephanie Kanaski '99, Associate Director of Annual Giving

Lady Pilot, Aida Soria '99, has a long-standing relationship with OLP. As a third generation San Diegan and SDSU alumna, she was raised in an OLP/ Saints household with her parents, siblings, and extended family attending these schools. As a little girl, Aida's mother would visit her grandmother who worked at Our Lady of Peace as a housekeeper and fate was sealed as OLP attendance became engrained in the family legacy. There was never a question that Aida would become future Pilot.

Aida took full advantage of every OLP opportunity participating in basketball, yearbook, and Spring Sing. She gives merit to her OLP experience as the birthplace of her self-confidence and self-expression. In fact, Aida currently works as a segment producer at Fox 5 and cites her role there as "an extension of Spring Sing- writing scripts, choreographing segments, and running back and forth between meetings."

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