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 was focused on serving the dear neighbor without distinction, and offered discussions on responding to unmet needs, the infusion of the charism into the curriculum and throughout the institution, and strengthening partnerships across and amongst constituencies.

Here at OLP, after months of practice, this weekend will see the conclusion of the 49th annual Spring Sing extravaganza. I am always left in awe following the performances of our students. I love seeing them step into unique positions that we don’t always see inside the academic classrooms. I would also like to thank all of the parents who helped to support the alternative school schedules, late practices and of course those who will be joining us at the Balboa Theater. The girls' tremendous work and investment has been extraordinary, and I don’t think I will ever look at the portraits of "The Scream," "The Great Wave of Kanagawa," "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" and "The Elephants" the same!

I would also like to extend my gratitude to all of you who were able to join us at this year’s 2019 Gala. We saw a record-breaking number of attendees. It was a tremendous success and brought in upwards of $200,000 to directly support our students and our programs.

As I think about the activities ahead this month, I cannot quell my enthusiasm for this year’s 5th annual Women’s Symposium on March 15. It is open to all and I hope you can attend! The next day, March 16, the Architects of Change club and I, will head north to Los Angeles Carondelet Center to volunteer and help with the Jubilee celebration of our Sisters; we have two CSJ/OLP alumna and one CSJ former OLP teacher, who are celebrating their 70-year jubilee—it will truly be an inspirational weekend. And of course our very special Ash Wednesday Mass on March 6, which profoundly centers us back to the grace of our Lord Jesus and the Lenten season.

Of course as I write this our students have already been out making their mark as women of heart, faith, and excellence--we have our robotics team who are diligently preparing for their first competition, our Mock Trial students claiming 2nd place in San Diego (just shy of first by one point), and our tremendously successful winter sport athletes on the Soccer, Cheer, and Basketball teams. I would also like to offer up congratulations to faculty member, Angie Gascho, on her tremendous achievement of completing her Doctoral degree. Angie now has an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership through the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. Dr. Gascho's dissertation was titled "Reconstructing The Literary Canon: An Innovation Study.” What a tremendous accomplishment!

Included in this newsletter is also our annual tuition letter in anticipation of the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Click here to view the letter.

I wish you a blessed Lenten season, and thank you for all you do for the OLP community!

God Bless,

Lauren Lek, Ed.D.
Head of School

Looking Ahead to March

Dear Parents and Students,

March is Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. It is during this month each year that as a nation we join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. I have a sign in my office that I hope inspires students when they visit, "She believed she could, so she did;" this motto embraces the day to day work we partake in at OLP. Spring Sing alone embodies this very spirit! I feel so privileged to be apart of a community that not only supports young women in their efforts to become the best version of themselves but inspires them to do so for the benefit of others. Watch out world, here come OLP graduates! This month, we hope you join us in celebrating the achievements of the women of history alongside the efforts of the women who lead in small and influential ways in our present day.

As we look towards the arrival of Spring, we are excited to welcome the OLP Class of 2023! March also brings with it re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. Please be sure to review the article below for specific directions on how to re-enroll, particularly relevant this year as we launch enrollment through our Learning Management System, Blackbaud.

We have two wonderful opportunities to celebrate our faith together in liturgy this month. All are invited to join us as we welcome the season of Lent this Wednesday, March 6th with Ash Wednesday Mass at 11:00 am. Additionally, we look forward to celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph & Founder’s Day with a special mass on Tuesday, March 19th at 11:00 am.

I'm thrilled to share we welcomed a new member to the Saunders Hooper family. Charles "Charlie" Saunders Hooper, 7 lbs 4oz and 19 1/2 inches, was born February 20, 2019. Everyone is healthy and happy.

Thank you for your continued support of OLP. We are so grateful for your investment in the futures of the young women of OLP.

God Bless,

Mrs. Jessica Hooper
Assistant Head of School

Boundless: The Campaign for OLP

The modulars have arrived! We welcomed the state-of-the-art learning modulars to campus. Next up is adding internet, cabling, restrooms, technology and ADA access to the modulars to get them ready for our students and teachers. We can’t wait for the campus of the future as part of the Boundless project!

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.

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.


-Overcoming Adversity

-Changemakers in Action

-The Power of Your Voice

-Creating Your Own Story

Tickets are still available for parents, alumnae, community friends and businesses. Make this a fabulous day and invest in yourself! Businesses can also join us as a corporate partner. Through your support, your business or organization will benefit from direct exposure to hundreds of community members who are interested in supporting and encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, find their voices and reach their true potentials.

Grab Your Spot TODAY!

Join Us for Our Mother Daughter Retreat!

The retreat will be hosted in the Holy Family Event Center at OLP. The morning will include liturgy, brunch and a morning of faith sharing and retreat programming. Open to all students and mothers/mother figures.


When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: OLP’s Campus
Cost: $15 per person

Please note: if a mother is unable to attend, a mother figure is more than welcome to attend with an OLP student. Questions? Email Mrs. Katie Wilson, Director of Service Learning & Retreats at

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

Athletics Update

Novice Basketball
The 2018-19 Novice Basketball Season was one of growth and development. The team came together as one unit very quickly. Throughout the season the players worked on developing and increasing their basketball skills. Read more

JV Basketball
The JV basketball team worked hard throughout the entire season and consistently demonstrated inspiring grit, heart, and hustle. Read more

Varsity Basketball

The Varsity Pilots had an outstanding season and finished with an overall record of 22-6. The Pilots were Eastern League Champions (11-1 League Record), Coronado Tournament Champions and Coachella Valley Tournament finalists. Read more

Frosh Soccer
The Frosh soccer team had a great 2018-19 season! Over the course of the season, they competed in friendly matches, the South Bay Classic tournament, and a novice league. Read more

JV Soccer
The JV soccer team ended their 2018-19 season #1 in their league! Overall, the two goalkeepers, Lily Strack '21, and Hannah Vazquez '21, were instrumental in preserving wins for the JV Pilots. Read more

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity soccer team is having an amazing season and currently has a record of 20-4-2. The Pilots were Western League Champions finishing with a record of 7-1, San Diego Holiday Jubilee Champions and CIF Open Division Finalists. Read more

JV Waterpolo
The JV Water Polo definitely showed their dedication over the course of the season. Read more

Varsity Waterpolo
The Varsity water polo girls have grown so much within these three last years. Read more

Cheer just finished up at JAMZ Nationals in Las Vegas. Both Varsity and JV turned out amazing routines in this very tough competition. Read more

The Dance Team has been hard at work preparing for the West Coast Elite Dance Nationals competition in Long Beach on March 15-16. Read more

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Mock Trial Brings Home the Silver

By Ilene Nagem '70

OLP’s Mock Trial Team completed the San Diego County competition for this year on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Superior Courthouse in downtown San Diego. After four rounds of competition from February 6 - 23, it was announced that OLP was in first place and would advance to the Championship Round to compete against second place Westview High School. Once the hard-fought trial was completed, everyone in the courtroom waited in suspense for the winner to be announced. OLP was announced as the Second Place team losing first place by only one point. The team was awarded a plaque and each team member received a red ribbon. Additionally, one of our team members, Anjali Paye '21, won an Outstanding Pretrial Attorney Award.

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AOC Highlight: Danielle Dietz-Livolsi, a “Nutty” Architect of Change!

By Valerie Carrillo '20, Wessley Edmonds '20, Sofia Rojo-Kratochvil '20, and
Nicole Stepovich '19

As a “self-proclaimed foodie,” philanthropist, mom, and wife, Danielle Dietz-Livolsi truly embodies the characteristics of an Architect of Change who challenges what is, imagines what can be, and moves humanity forward. As the founder of The Original Multi-Nut and seed butter, also known as NuttZo, Mrs. Dietz-Livolsi has created one of the most innovative brands in the natural food movement. Her journey to create NuttZo began when she adopted her two nutrient-deficient boys. Her priority immediately shifted to super boosting her son’s little bodies with healthy nutrients and multi-grains. With two picky little boys, Mrs. Dietz-Livolsi made it her goal to create one of her childhood favorite snacks: peanut butter! After long nights of blending, curating, and tasting, the seven nuts, and seed peanut butter blend was masterminded!

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Alumna Spotlight: Bernadine Locsin '07

By Jeanette Handelsman '64, Alumnae Relations Coordinator  

In her role as the Marketing Manager for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Bernadine’s campaign “Just Say No to Winter” was featured in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as on the local ABC (10 News) and the national news television program, The List. This campaign is part of the EDC’s larger regional brand campaign, San Diego: Life. Changing., which has also received the 2018 CALED Award of Excellence for Economic Development Promotion. The EDC is a privately-funded nonprofit that works to maximize San Diego’s economic growth and aims to raise San Diego’s profile as a means of attracting talent and investment to the region. Bernadine also serves as the communications lead for EDC’s Inclusive Growth Initiative, which provides the local business community with a platform to address San Diego’s growing economic disparities.

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