December 23, 2016 | Alumnae Newsletter

Greetings from Gretchen


Dear Alumnae,


The Christmas season is upon us, and the campus, which had been filled with joy and laughter since our students returned from Thanksgiving vacation, is quiet once more. Head of School Meg Bradley has settled in and has had the opportunity to meet many of you. The traditions that many of you are familiar with continue. Our holiday celebrations culminated with Christmas dinner and Candlelight Mass.


Our annual Christmas in the Hacienda was attended by alumnae and alum parents who were treated to several songs by our Chamber Choir. We remain grateful to Liz Holt Protell '64, who has decorated our Christmas tree for the past six years.

Christmas Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. in the Rosary Chapel on Saturday, December 24. Alumnae and their families are welcome.

Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours in the new year.

Kind regards,

Gretchen Mueller Burke '83

Director of Alumnae Relations

Alumnae Events and Notes

Reunion 2017

Classes ending in 2 and 7 will celebrate their milestones on March 10 and 11, 2017. Please visit the Reunion 2017 page of our website for more information. Alumnae may take advantage of the special Catalina rate offered at the Portola Hotel and Spa, where we will host the Saturday evening reception and dinner.

Chapter Gatherings

We have a full schedule of chapter gatherings taking place in the new year, and we hope to see you! Please check out the schedule of events.

Benefit Celebration: We need your help ...

Santa Catalina's 35th Annual Benefit Celebration is on February 18, 2017, and we would love to see alumnae involved! We are creating a Los Angeles package for the Live Auction, which would include a main experience, a secondary experience, and a hotel stay. We are open to what those experiences might be, such as a backstage tour of a movie set with a meet and greet or a private tour of a museum. This package should be for four people so that a family may attend. In order to allow production time for the auction catalog, we need to finalize all details by January 15, 2017. For more information or ideas, click here or email Gretchen.

Class Notes

Attention classes ending in odd numbers! Class notes and photos are due to your class correspondents by January 15, 2017; their names and emails can be found on this Google Sheet. You can also submit photos and notes directly on our website.

News from Around Campus

Seen on Campus

Enjoy taking a walk down Candy Cane Lane ...

Isabelle '17 and Sophia '17, our STAR Communications interns, put together a time lapse video of Study Hall being decorated for Kris Kringle. One of our favorite traditions coming to life in two minutes! Watch the video here

'You Can't Take It With You'

Our winter play is centered around the Vanderhof family, inviting you into their madcap and eccentric home and lives. You don't want to miss this zany comedy that teaches you to live life to the fullest by doing what makes you happy!


Watch a video preview featuring drone footage, then join us at one of our shows, January 13-21. Reserve your tickets today!

The Lamplighter

Looking for some winter reading during the holiday season? Why not take a look at the new issue of Lamplighter? More than 10 students contributed to this issue and they've covered a number of topics that will make for some diverse reading. Enjoy!

January Open House

Spread the word! If you have family, friends, and neighbors that you'd like to share the Santa Catalina experience with, please invite them to our January Open House. It's a great time to visit campus and meet our students and faculty to learn more about a Catalina education!

Alumnae Giving: Love Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina is blessed to have dedicated alumnae who generously support the Santa Catalina Fund each year. This year, from February 6-March 19, we ask you to reflect on your time at Santa Catalina and consider how it impacted your life.


In addition to the six-week campaign, and in honor of Reunion 2017, we've also created the Reunion Challenge. Read more

Summer at Santa Catalina

The next dates for Summer at Santa Catalina have been set. Pass it along! 


  • 5-Week Option: June 18 - July 22
  • 2-Week Option: June 18 - July 1
  • 3-Week Option: July 2 - July 22

In the Bookstore


Bring comfort, style, and warmth to your home with this luxurious blanket. Our Mountain Lodge Blanket features a cozy fleece face that reverses to soft sherpa. This blanket measures 50" x 60" and has the athletics logo on the corner, and is priced at $60.00. Please call the bookstore at 831.655.9376 for questions or to have this special item mailed to you.

Spotlight on Alumnae

Sheila Johnson '65

In a perfect embodiment of Catalina's service mission, Sheila Johnson '65 recently received a lifetime achievement award for her longtime civic leadership and philanthropy, especially for children's causes, in the Fort Worth, Texas, area. Read more

Marie Cantin '70

Marie Cantin '70 will be honored by the Directors Guild of America at the 69th annual DGA Awards on February 4, 2017. She will receive the Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the guild. Read more

Elizabeth Leach '75

Art gallerist Liz Leach '75 organized a new event for Portland, Oregon, called Converge 45. It brought together the city's arts organizations, galleries, artists, and art lovers to engage in national and international conversations on contemporary art. Read about the event in this Huffington Post article by Sally Fay '74.

Nicole Glanville Cerra '95

Nicole Cerra '95 is the director of learning at Design Tech High School in San Mateo, California. The school will soon relocate to a new spot on the grounds of Oracle, making it the first public high school on a corporate campus in the U.S. Read more

Upcoming Events

Friday - January 27, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The home of Courtney Tunney Hotchkis '82
Saturday - January 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The home of Kellen Flanigan Stinnett ‘83
Thursday - February 9, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The home of Laura Lyon Gaon '81
Friday - February 10, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The home of Meg Gibbons Bertero '86
Saturday - February 11, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The home of Jennifer Moulton-Post '82

Lots of fun at the Young Alumnae Christmas Gathering

The Class of 2014. You can see more photos from the gathering on SmugMug.


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