News From the Head of School

Dear Students, Parents and Friends,

As we look to November, I cannot help but reflect on all of the incredible joys that have filled October. The month was certainly one to allow gratitude to seep into every fiber of our beings.

I watched as excited eighth graders flooded the campus the beginning of the month. Our OLP community welcomed close to 1000 visitors over two days. It was joy exploding!

We then celebrated mass led by Father John Amsberry and Father Billy Zondler, and were joined by Youth Ministers from across the Diocese. The liturgy was focused on “live like Jesus by being third.” At the end of the liturgy, Father John blessed our Youth Ministers and then we heard stories from our students about the impact of serving our “dear neighbor.”

Most recently, eight OLP students took part in our annual CSJ High School Leadership Conference joined by faculty and students from our sister schools: Saint Mary’s Academy, Saint Joseph’s Academy and Carondelet High School. Together, all four schools participated in service projects, visited our CSJ sisters in Los Angeles and dug deep into ways they can live the CSJ charism of unifying love.

In thinking about all that we do here at OLP, there is not a day that I am not filled with gratitude for the blessing of this school. Our OLP girls are astounding. Our faculty and staff are some of the most dedicated, Mission centric individuals I have met, and our families are committed to being in partnership with us. Furthermore, our OLP friends and sponsors share in our joy at the laudable accomplishments of our students.

It is also our gratitude for all those who have come before us, in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. They are the trailblazers that serve as a model of unifying love, of a commitment to social justice, and a desire to “serve the dear neighbor.”

I invite you all to experience that joy and energy by joining us on our OLP campus at one of our many events in the upcoming months. November and December welcome in festive traditions such as Grandparents Day, a special Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Candlelight Procession, and much more!

I wish you all a joyous November and a Happy Thanksgiving holiday filled with gratitude for the blessings in our lives.

God Bless!
Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School

Looking Ahead to November

Dear Parents and Students,

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us. As my family prepares and feels blessed to welcome a new member to our family (Baby Boy Hooper is expected to arrive this February 2019), I am distinctly aware of the gift that is parenting. Although trying at times, the joy far outweighs the trials and tribulations. I am also acutely aware of the sacrifices we make as parents to provide for our children. In this season of gratitude, all of us here at OLP want to extend our gratitude to OLP parents for supporting the educational experience of your daughter(s). It is an absolute honor to partner with you in supporting your daughter’s high school experience.

As an administration, we are also incredibly grateful for our faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing an innovative and personalized educational experience for OLP students. Pictured below are just a few of the faculty and staff that make OLP so great. The faculty and staff chose the costume theme of “Builders for the Next Generation” in an effort to celebrate the launch of OLP's Boundless campaign (the picture below was taken during our annual day of Halloween festivities)!

From January 7 -10, 2019, all students will engage in grade-level faith retreat experiences during our Annual Retreat Week. Attendance and participation in Retreat Week is considered mandatory. By implementing the Retreat Week model, students will not miss any classes to participate in the retreat experience and all faculty and staff will be able to support the faith development of students. We are excited to take the time to pause our school year to celebrate class unity and focus on this formative faith experience for OLP students.

Our Visual and Performing Arts department is sponsoring three major events this month. The fall production of High School Musical runs shows through November 10, 2018. Please visit our website to purchase tickets and support this incredible production, which includes the participation of more than 15% of OLP’s student body! All are invited to celebrate the arts at our annual Winter Pops Concert on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm in the Holy Family Event Center. Last, but certainly, not least, please join us for the annual OLP & Saints Art Show on Friday, November 30, 2018, at OLP (Carondelet Hall) from 1 pm - 3 pm.

This Sunday, November 4, 2018, we are excited to host our annual Open House for prospective families from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Please help us get the word out in the San Diego community. All prospective students from all grade levels are invited to attend!

Thank you for your continued support. Parents, thank you for supporting your daughter's attendance at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. We are incredibly grateful for your sacrifice and partnership. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving season.

With Gratitude,

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School

Interested in Learning More about OLP?

We invite prospective students and parents from all grades to join us for Open House on Sunday, November 4 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on our campus. Formal Presentations will take place at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. There will be campus tours available throughout the day, along with a club expo and various performances by our students. We will also have a $1,000 scholarship raffle at 3:00 pm! Come meet our administration, faculty, counselors, coaches and students.

OLP Presents High School Musical On Stage!

Event Details:
November 2, 2018: 7:00 pm
November 3, 2018: 7:00 pm
November 7, 2018*: 3:00 pm
November 8, 2018: 6:30 pm
November 9, 2018: 7:00 pm
November 10, 2018: 2:00 pm

$12 adults | $8 students, seniors & military

Monsignor Eagen Theatre
Academy of Our Lady of Peace
4860 Oregon Street San Diego, CA 92116
Parking available in the parking structure and surrounding streets

Questions? Email Director Mr. Justin Tracy at [email protected]

*Tickets are half price on November 7

Join Us for Grandparents Day on Friday, November 16!

Please join us for Grandparents Day on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm. This special day gives grandparents and granddaughters a chance to celebrate their bond and make new memories on OLP's campus.

-10:00 am: Arrival and Continental Breakfast with Granddaughter and Friends
-10:30 am: Tour of Classrooms & Campus with Granddaughter
-11:30 am: Mass in the Event Center
-12:45 pm: School Dismissal

Portraits with granddaughter will be available after Mass.

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Please Join Us for Our Annual Christmas at Our House Event

Please join us for our annual Christmas At Our House event on December 13, 2018 at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.

Christmas at Our House
Join us on campus as we welcome the Christmas Season. Enjoy delicious appetizers, holiday beverages and delectable desserts. Christmas at Our House begins at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Candlelight Procession
This time-honored tradition has been around for more than 75 years. Join us as we come together to deepen our experience of Advent and Christmas through words and music, set in beautiful student tableaux that tell the story of the birth of Christ. This year, our Procession will begin on North Terrace at 7:00 pm. This is a free event.

Pictured: Our Varsity Tennis team earned the number one seed in the CIF San Diego Section Division I Championship! Congratulations, Pilots!

Athletics Department News

Pilots in the Fall Post-Season

Varsity Tennis
Varsity Tennis made some OLP history this year. The team earned the number one seed in the CIF San Diego Section Division I Tennis Championship which took place from October 23rd to the 26th at Balboa Tennis Club. The team rattled off three consecutive wins in the tournament over Bonita Vista, Poway, and La Costa Canyon to get a spot in the championship match against Westview High School. It was a quality matchup that came down to the last sets. The Pilots came up two points short and lost 10-8. Even with the loss, OLP was awarded the Division I Runner-Up trophy. The following week Jolie Morgan ‘21 was named Western League Player of the Year by winner the individuals league championship.

Keep your eye out for CIF Individual and Doubles results as Jolie will continue on to face the best players in the County. She will be joined by the doubles team of Luisa Garcia ‘21 and Rebecca Gonzalez ‘20 who selected as an at-large doubles team.

Varsity Golf
Catalin Yturralde ‘19 shot a stellar 2-under-par 70 at Balboa Park Golf Course to place 2nd overall in San Diego at the San Diego City Conference Championships. On top of that, Brooke Ryback ‘21, Alex Seifert ‘19, Maria Ines Acosta ‘20 and Becky Hild ‘21 all shot low rounds to help the Pilots place 3rd overall.

With a trip to the CIF Regional Tournament on the line, the Pilots shot their best score of the season when it mattered the most at the CIF Play-in match on October 24th. Seniors Catalin Yturralde ‘19 and Alex Seifert ‘19 both shot their best scores of the season to propel the Pilots to a playoff victory over West Hills. Catalin's ‘19 one-under part 35 earned her medalist honors. The following week the Pilot Golf Team staged a great comeback on Day Two of the CIF Tournament at Admiral Baker Golf Course to overtake both Coronado and La Jolla for the CIF Runner-up Trophy. It was the accumulation of a lot of hard work throughout the season by the members of the golf team. What a fitting ending to a wonderful season, congratulations OLP Golf Team!

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Government Classes Attend Federal Court

By Shawn Hanley, Social Studies Department

OLP's government classes and Mock Trial class took a field trip to the Federal Court house recently connecting in-class learning with real time observation of our judicial system at the federal level. Students attend the sentencing portion of trials for crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

The court proceedings are followed by a question and answer session between the students and two attorneys. One of the attorneys happened to be an OLP Alum, Zandra Lopez from the class of '93 who works as a Federal Appellate attorney.

The OLP students were well able to answer questions regarding amendments and they were to recognize and name ALL the members of the SCOTUS! It was an eye opening experience for students, and as one commented, "I'm loving this court stuff!"

Architects of Change Highlight: Holy Matcha

By Valerie Carrillo '20, Wessley Edmonds '20, Sofia Rojo-Kratochvil '20, and

Nicole Stepovich '19

A hotspot for foodies and influencers alike, Holy Matcha is a familiar name to the North Park community. Its photogenic interior, complete with pink pastel walls and delicate flower arrangements, makes it a popular site for social media fanatics. Coupled with its equally attractive and delectable cuisine, Holy Matcha has become a well-known restaurant in San Diego for its great food and even better atmosphere.

Holy Matcha’s origins stem back to founder Geraldine Ridaura, a pioneer in entrepreneurship and women empowerment. After experiencing negative side effects from coffee, Ridaura decided it was best that she take this staple out of her diet. Desperate to find a healthy, beneficial alternative to her beloved coffee, she stumbled upon matcha while on a trip to Japan. She was drawn to its unique flavor and plethora of health advantages since it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids. Matcha’s resurgence as a trendy, “power” ingredient in recent years paved the way for Ridaura to open a cafe unlike any other – and thus Holy Matcha was born .

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Alumnae Spotlight: Angela Balistrieri '18

By Jeanette Handelsman '64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator

As a freshman student at Harvard University, Angela is already involved and making her mark! She shared with us, “Harvard has been a busy but incredibly eye-opening and overall fantastic experience!” She is on the pre-med track and gearing herself towards medical school.

She is particularly excited about her membership in MedLife which is a sustainable non-profit organization that delivers medical, educational and developmental aid to communities in Latin America. It is an organization that listens to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, finding the root causes for the lack of aid, providing high-quality care and emphasizing collaboration between volunteers and locals.

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