News From the Head of School

Dear OLP Pilot Community,

All of a sudden, we find ourselves several weeks into another school year! I would like to begin by extending my gratitude to those parents who joined us at our Endless Summer event, Back to School Night or the frosh families who attended the New Parent Coffee. You entrust your girls to us each day, and we were thrilled to welcome so many of you to campus.

September 4th will also mark the launch of our annual fall campaign, All in for OLP. Last year’s annual fund contributions were crucial in offering support for innovative learning opportunities for our students, experiences outside of the classroom, and assistance for our athletic and
co-curricular programs. Each family will receive a letter in the mail asking for support to be All in for OLP. As partners in this mission of educating and transforming our girls, your support helps create an environment that fosters their growth and nurtures their passions. Furthermore, families' philanthropic investment is essential in helping ensure our tuition increases remain as small as possible.

Last year, we proudly reached 100% participation by OLP faculty, staff and Board members. Once again this year we are thrilled to announce that each member of our faculty and staff has made a contribution in support of All in for OLP on behalf of our girls!

Every gift matters, and the girls see and feel the impact of these gifts both inside and outside of the classroom every day. We ask each family to make a gift at any level to be All in for OLP.

Make Your Gift Online Today!

We stand together in solidarity as a community, committed to continuing the exemplary tradition of educating our girls. Working together, we can ensure great success for all of our young women, and with your support, we will continue this legacy for another 136 years.

Have a wonderful September, thank you for all you do in support of OLP, and God bless!

Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School

Looking Ahead to September

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends of OLP,

It is hard to believe that with the arrival of September, we have already been in school for three weeks. Without wasting any time, OLP faculty and students are hard at work, pursuing ambitious goals and engaging in the educational experience of OLP. Already, they are leaving us in awe of their tenacity, their ability to articulate their truth and the sheer joy they bring to campus each day. I know that I speak for our entire faculty and staff when I say that OLP girls inspire us and encourage our hope for a better world on a daily basis.

Also inspired by this generation of young women, NBA champion, Stephen Curry recently wrote an article titled, This is Personal for The Players Tribune. In the article he shares his experience of hosting an all girls basketball camp and how impressed he was by this generations' ability to use critical thinking skills and articulate their thoughts.

“I want our girls to grow up knowing that there are no boundaries that can
be placed on their futures, period.”
He shares.

Well, Stephen Curry, we agree...soar high, Pilots! We look forward to witnessing your growth in the year ahead.

This month we begin our Tuesday Morning Mass schedule. Masses will take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 am in the Chapel. Parents, students, family members and friends are all invited to celebrate the liturgy with our OLP community. The first mass will be offered on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. On Tuesday, September 11th, we will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit as a school community at 11:00 am in our Holy Family Event Center. We hope you are able to join our liturgical celebration.

Save the Date for Wednesday, September 12, 2018 when we will hold our first Coffee with Counselors program of the year. This program will take place at 8:00 am in the Carondelet Library and provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to get to know our counselors and learn more about the incredible programs that the counseling office offers.

In the world of campus life, Club Expo Week takes place from September 4-6 during lunch on Lower Plaza. We hope that students take advantage of this week to learn more about the various clubs on campus and get involved wherever possible. Additionally, Spirit Week is just around the corner, be sure to stay tuned for daily themes!

A new tradition for OLP, we look forward to hosting the first, and soon to be annual, OLP Homecoming Pep Rally and Dance this month! Homecoming is a popular tradition within high schools across America. Over recent years OLP students have expressed interest in bringing this tradition to the OLP community. Student feedback is the inspiration for launching this new tradition. When surveyed, 86% of current OLP students shared they would like to attend an OLP Homecoming Dance. We look forward to welcoming the OLP and Saints community to the OLP Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Click here to access more information.

Wishing you all a blessed year.

With Gratitude,

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School

Join Us At Our FIRST OLP Homecoming Dance!

On September 15, 2018, the Academy of our Lady of Peace will host its FIRST EVER Homecoming Dance! Our first annual OLP Homecoming will be for everyone: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Event Details:

When: September 15, 2018
Where: Party Pals
Time: 8 pm - 11 pm

Ticket price:

Early Bird: $40 (Sales started August 27 and end September 3)
Regular Pricing: $45 (Sales start September 4 and end September 12)
No Ticket Sales after September 12

Please visit our website for important additional information.

Hope to see you all there!

Jessica Lahey Visits OLP!

Teacher, New York Times best-selling author and columnist Jessica Lahey is inspiring audiences with her rallying cry to allow children to experience failure as an integral part of becoming successful, resilient and self-reliant adults. Her breakthrough manifesto, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, has become essential reading for parents, educators and coaches.

All parents, friends, and community members of OLP, Saints and our local parochial schools are invited to join us for this incredible presentation.

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Holy Family Event Center

Join Us For the 27th Annual OLP Golf Tournament!

Join us for the 27th annual OLP Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Maderas Golf Club! This year’s tournament will raise much needed funds for the Carondelet Annual Fund.

Tournament Details:

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Location: Maderas Golf Club!

9:30 am Golf Registration
11:00 am Shotgun Start
4:00 pm Reception & Auction
5:00 pm Dinner

Format: Golf Scramble

Single Golfer, $250
Foursome Golf, $1,000
Parent/Daughter Twosome, $400

Reserve Your Foursome Today!

Save the Date for Our Annual Gala: Le Cirque

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.

Become a Sponsor!

Contribute to all-girls' education by becoming a sponsor. Review our sponsorship levels below or contact Stephanie Kanaski '99 at [email protected] or (619) 725-9136 for more information.

More Details Coming Soon!

View 2018 Soir en Noir et Blanc Photos

Pictured: Our wonderful dance team at their first half-time performance!

Athletics Department News

With the first two weeks of competition under our belts, the Pilots have seen the positive results of their hard work over the summer. Golf, Tennis and Volleyball teams have competed in multiple competitions. Cross Country will have their first meet on September 7th in Rohr Park when they compete in the Mustang Invitational. September will prove to be a busy month as league play begins in all of the four fall sports


Our Frosh Volleyball team is off to a 3-1 start with victories against Eastlake, La Jolla Country Day and Mission Vista and a tough loss to La Jolla High School. JV Volleyball also has a 2-2 record with wins against Eastlake and La Jolla Country Day. Varsity Volleyball is battling back from a 1-3 record and is hoping to build on a dominant 3-0 set performance over Mission Vista.


Both JV teams had their first matches of the year. The JV program is 1-2 overall and has already made great strides since tryouts. Varsity Golf is 2-2 in non-league play. The earned victories against Bonita Vista and University City High School. The Pilots also faced off against two tough opponents versus Francis Parker and defending CIF Division I Champs Rancho Bernardo High School. Although they came up short in both matches, they proved that OLP will not shy away from any competition.

Read More Here

Athletics Calendar | Athletics Instagram

Architects of Change Highlight: New AOC Among Us

By: Katie-Marie Zickert '20, Co-President of AOC Club

It is in pushing the boundaries that surround us and letting our imagination and passions break free, that we truly discover what we are capable of and how we can beautifully change the world. This is the essence of an Architect of Change: someone who challenges what is, imagines what can be, and moves humanity forward. At OLP the Architects of Change Club (AOC), is dedicated to inspiring and supporting young women on their journey to becoming a woman of faith, hope, courage, and excellence. By hosting live conversations that celebrate individuals who embody that of an Architect of Change, and through our monthly AOC highlight, our community is able to learn from others and be inspired to also move humanity forward.

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Historical Corner: Then and Now

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

As the new school year unfolded a few weeks ago, each student and her family received a copy of the 2018-2019 Student Planner. This Planner, greatly valued by the OLP families, has its origins in Handbooks that are six decades old. The oldest Student Handbook on file (that I have found so far) in the Archives is from 1960. It also represents the guidelines and important information for our families. The decades have gone by, but the material contained in the Handbook and Planner has numerous similarities.

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Alumnae Spotlight: Alicia Mikolaycik '03

By Jeanette Handelsman '64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator

OLP Graduates are Everywhere!

Alicia Mikolaycik currently serves as the Director of Emergency Medicine at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Alicia attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. She was matched to the Emergency Medicine residency at UCSF in San Francisco, California and completed a fellowship in medical administration, also in the Bay Area, and from there to San Juan Medical Center. In her own words, Alicia shares – “’it’s been a crazy ride but an amazing life so far, including taking care of patients in their most vulnerable moments and helping shape how that care is delivered in our Emergency Department and participating on the national level in the fight for better access to quality emergency care for all.”

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