News From the Head of School
How I wish this letter could be accompanied with a video of the campus after school in February. It is alive with music, and laughter and dancing! This energy and excitement can only mean . . . .it is time for Spring Sing! This year’s theme will take us on an exciting adventure as we watch productions about “The Elephants,” “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” and “The Scream.” If you guessed museum paintings, then you are on the right track. This year we will enjoy “A Night at the Museum.” This not to be missed celebration will be on March 1st through the 2nd at the Balboa Theater.
On behalf of all of the parents, alumnae and friends of OLP who have already leaped at the opportunity to sponsor an element of our upcoming annual gala, Le Cirque, thank you. The event is being held on Saturday, February 9th, and for our new parents, this is an event not to be missed! The planning and details that have gone into this years’ event will ensue an unforgettable night!
For those of you who have not yet purchased tickets, or are interested to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities, be sure to do so quickly. It is a special opportunity for our entire community to come together: parents, grandparents, alumnae, alumnae parents, community partners, along with our faculty, staff and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. For more information, please visit our website.
As we head into February, we will also be preparing for the upcoming Boundless campaign construction. Just before President’s day weekend, we will begin bringing in the modular classroom and restroom facilities. Five, double classroom modulars will be located on the parking lot off Collier Avenue, and an additional two, double classroom modular classrooms will be on Circle Drive. Circle Drive will remain operable for drop-off and pick-up throughout the construction. Modular classrooms should all be in place by February 19th, providing the necessary eight-week lead time to connect plumbing lines, electrical and internet. Over Easter vacation, we will officially vacate the existing Aquinas and St. Joseph buildings and move into the temporary modular classrooms. When students return on April 29th, they will be in their new temporary classrooms until the new buildings are re-opened in August 2020. Please visit our website to see more about the Boundless project and to monitor construction goals.
Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for our fifth annual Women’s Symposium on Friday, March 15th. Tickets and sponsorships are available online. This event will feature some tremendous speakers that are not to be missed. It is a tremendous opportunity to bring future Pilots, alumnae, and friends to campus.
I wish you all a blessed February, and thank each and every one of you for all you do on behalf of our 750 young women!
Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School
Looking Ahead to February
Dear Parents, Students and Friends of OLP,
What an incredible January it has been for our OLP community! We enjoyed a wonderful Retreat Week, which not only provided the opportunity to focus our hearts on our faith, but also generated events which promoted class unity and identity among students.
Last week, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week and the gift that is an OLP education. We took time to recognize this gift in all of our lives and to acknowledge the incredible sacrifices that accompany access to the OLP experience. It is an investment, not only in each student, but in our world. As it states in the Gospel of Luke, “to whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48). OLP students live up to this challenge; using their gifts and talents to improve the world around them. Thank you for investing in our school and our students.
Looking ahead we hope that you can join us for one of the Spring Sing productions either March 1st or 2nd at the Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego. Please note the special schedules for courses beginning Monday, February 25 and lasting through Friday, March 1st. We hope that the adjustment in class schedules supports the 400+ OLP students that are participating in this year’s A Night at the Museum Spring Sing production by offering more balance to their various commitments and academics.
We look forward to celebrating African American History Month throughout February. We continue to draw inspiration and guidance from the past so that we can improve our lives and lives of others. We look forward to featuring learning opportunities for our school community throughout the month of February that will highlight the contributions made by African Americans, both throughout history and in our daily lives.
Finally, thank you to all of you who have expressed best wishes and prayers for my family as we prepare to welcome a new member. As I prepare to begin my maternity leave this month, it is with mixed emotion as I will most certainly miss the OLP community while away. I look forward to returning in time to celebrate the commencement festivities for the OLP Class of 2019!
Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School
Boundless: The Campaign for OLP
We had an incredible Boundless Campaign launch event! Thank you to San Diego Mayor's Office Mayor Faulconer for making a special appearance and to all who joined us!
Boundless: The Campaign for OLP will help us realize our Strategic Plan and Master Site Plan to create a campus for the next generation of OLP students while actively preserving our historical architecture. Today, we have an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of our students for decades to come.
Only 30 Tickets Left!
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.
Save the Date: Spring Sing 2019!
We are excited to announce the theme for this year's Spring Sing:
"A Night at the Museum."
OLP’s annual Spring Sing is a musical extravaganza that is produced and choreographed exclusively by students. This 46-year-old tradition promotes leadership, creativity, sisterhood and friendly competition among the classes. It is a spectacular show not to be missed
When: March 1 and March 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Where: Balboa Theatre
Class of 2019: "The Elephants" by Salvador Dali
Class of 2020: "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat
Class of 2021: "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai
Class of 2022: "The Scream" by Edvard Munch
Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 8th at noon.
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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Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Salutatorian and Valedictorians!
We would like to congratulate 3 outstanding members of the Class of 2019!
Salutatorian: Gillian Folk '19
Valedictorians: Mariana Frangos '19 andSanjana Paye '19
Water Polo seniors at their last match!
Athletics Department News
Winter Sports Wind Down and Spring Sports Take Flight
The Month of February is a busy time of the year for OLP Athletics. Winter sports are entering the final stretch of league play and the CIF postseason commences. Varsity Basketball is vying for the Eastern League Championship headed into the last week of the season. They control their destiny by winning out the last two games of the season against Patrick Henry and Morse High. Varsity Soccer is also in a similar situation. Winning their final two games would guarantee the Western League title. Stay tuned to see how the Pilots fare as they close their 2019 seasons.
Read More Here
Athletics Calendar | Athletics Instagram
Memory Project by National Arts Honor Society Students
Here are some recent portraits that were done by NAHS (National Art Honor Society) students for the Memory Project. The portraits are of Rohingya refugee children living in Bangladesh.
The artists of these portraits are Ava Van Vechten '19, Alex Seifert '19, Sofia Girolami '19, Marisol Teran '19, Claire Nowicki '21, Alex Spellios '20, Emily Grygar '20, and Anapaula Rios Miranda '21.
AOC Highlight: President and COO of Sony Electronics, Mike Fasulo
At the end of January, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace was blessed with the opportunity to interview the COO of Sony Electronics, Mike Fasulo. This live conversation was a very exciting event, where Mr. Fasulo shared with us about some of the new and exciting innovations and developments coming from Sony Electronics! The AOC team would like to share with the greater community of how Fasulo challenges what is, imagines what can be, and moves humanity forward.
Read More! | View Photos Here!
Alumna Spotlight: Michelle Guerrero '10
OLP Alumna Newest Member of the San Diego Union-Tribune Staff.
As a student at OLP, Michelle Guerrero '10 was highly respected for her creative and artistic talents. And now she has taken these talents and moved into the field of print media. In December, Michelle joined the staff of the UT as their Graphics Reporter and Illustrator. Just last month she contributed to the newspaper’s articles on the lunar eclipse and homelessness.