November 3, 2017 | Newsletter

Greetings from Dr. Brenot


Dear Parents,


Thank you to all who joined us for Parents' Weekend. It is always a joy for us to come together with you, meet your families, share some good cheer, update you on your daughter's progress, and learn something new from our keynote presenter.

During Parents' Weekend, I gave you a brief update about some of our curricular changes this year, namely our new Math 4 class and our new senior history research seminars. I visited these classes this week and am eager to tell you about what our seniors are learning. Please click here to read more.


As we now enter the month of November, please know how thankful we are for you entrusting your daughters and their education to us. We are grateful to share their journey with them, and to guide them toward their goals. We wish you a happy, healthy, and restful Thanksgiving holiday.




Kassandra T. Brenot '87, Ph.D.

Head of Upper School


News and Notes

Share the news: It's Open House time!

Our first admission Open House is Sunday, November 12, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and we invite your friends, neighbors, and family to join us. This is a great opportunity to envision life as a Catalina girl by meeting current students, talking with faculty, and interacting with our community. Guests can RSVP online—just send them the link via text or email! (Check out the student-produced video on this page, too!)


Thank you for supporting Catalina and sharing our legacy with those you know!

Around Campus

Ashley and Angelia holding certificates

Art abounds

A steady stream of news has been coming out of our Art Department. Here's a quick roundup:

  • Dozens of students are featured in a new show in the Monterey Regional Airport's Youth Gallery! Join us for the Opening Reception from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Friday, November 3.
  • Dana Zeng '19 won 2nd Place in AIM for Mental Health's ad contest.
  • Ashley Liu '21 and Angelia Shi '21 (above) participated in Art Against Bullying workshops from Open Ground Studios and the You Will Rise Project.
  • In a first at Santa Catalina, Art 3 students are creating portraits of children in Haiti for The Memory Project.


Sherwood kids get artistic, too

About 30 Catalina students went to Salinas on October 6 for their first event of the year with the young girls of Sherwood Elementary School. The children created pieces of art that will be displayed in the Upper School Dining Room, along with Catalina students' photographs of the outing, on Saturday, November 4.


Watch the TEDxSCS live stream

TEDxSantaCatalinaSchool is at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9. This year's theme is "Voices of the World." You will be able to watch the live stream here.


Athletes have stellar fall season

Water polo

We're now fully into playoffs for the fall sports season. Here's a look at where our teams stand:

  • Field hockey finished the regular season with a 3-8-3 record.
  • Golf narrowly missed the Central Coast Section (CCS) championships by one stroke.
  • Water polo finished the season in second place after falling to Gilroy in the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division finals.
  • Ava Garofono '18 and Caroline Stewart '18 won the MTAL doubles title tennis. The team is hoping for an at-large berth in the CCS next week.
  • Cross country wrapped up their season with the league championships on Thursday, November 2.
  • Volleyball, which went undefeated again this year, is the No. 1 seed in the CCS Division 5 championships.

Congratulations to all of our athletes!

Sophomores study steelhead in Big Sur

Students walk in wetsuits

Marine Ecology Research Program students spent the weekend of October 28-29 in Big Creek, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. They donned wetsuits to go snorkeling in 14°C streams so they could observe endangered and "poignantly displaced" fish. They also studied insect traps to see how the fish interact with the food web. The trip involved camping—a new experience for some of the students.

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Congratulations to the cast and crew of Little Women

The cast of Little Women

Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel was brought to life on stage from October 13–21. It was a wonderful production that gave everyone a chance to shine. Did you miss it? Read our recap.

Bamboo cheese board

New in the Bookstore

This Santa Catalina School bamboo cheese board ($25) has arrived just in time for your holiday gatherings. Gift wrapping is always available!

Giving News

Santa Catalina Fund

Pledge Now: Campaign runs through November 11

Have you made your pledge to the Santa Catalina Fund yet? There's still time. We hope to reach 100 percent parent participation by the conclusion of the Santa Catalina Fund on Friday, November 11.

Remember, the first class in the Upper School to reach 100 percent participation will receive Jamba Juice. The sophomores are currently leading the charge, but it's still anyone's race!

Making your pledge during the six-week Santa Catalina Fund means your gifts can begin working for our students earlier in the school year. Every gift matters and impacts every student in all corners of our campus. Thank you for your kind support!

Annual Benefit Celebration

The Benefit Celebration Committee met for the first time on October 10. We are delighted to announce that Jamie Roth (mom to Mackenzie in 11th grade and Grady in 4th grade) will co-chair this year's event. As we continue to focus on "community conservation," we are investigating local venues for the event.

We had a great turnout of parents at our first meeting and we are thankful for all the support we have received. Our auction committees are starting to gather live, silent, and super silent auction items. Many of our committee chairs and members are established, but we always have a need for more parent involvement. If you are able to, or know someone who can help facilitate a live auction item, we would love to hear from you. Contact Jamie Roth at 831.655.9379 or, or fellow co-chair Sabrina Taylor at 831.332.4971 or

The next Benefit Celebration Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, at 8:00 a.m. in the Upper School Dining Room. We hope you are able to join us. It is a great way to meet new parents and show your support for school.


Class of '61 establishes endowment for tuition assistance

Santa Catalina alumnae are strong supporters of the school's tuition assistance program and are passionate about providing young women the same education and experience they enjoyed as students. After their last Reunion, the Class of '61 decided to leave a legacy at the school by creating an endowment to provide a boarding student with tuition assistance for four years. Because it's an endowment fund, the interest will cover the cost of a tuition assistance award in perpetuity, so there will always be a Class of '61 scholar at the school.

The class has raised $407,925 toward their goal of $700,000, and many members have provided for the endowment fund in their wills and trusts. Please look for the story behind the Class of '61 endowment in our upcoming Santa Catalina Bulletin!

Student Life

Weekend activities for boarding and day students

The following activities are offered to students through November. (Subject to change depending on student interest.)


  • November 3-4 – United Nations Association Film Festival at CSUMB (we provide a shuttle)
  • November 4 – Sherwood School day of service on campus
  • November 5 – Beach horseback ride; hiking day trip
  • November 11 – Shopping trip to Ikea/Palo Alto


Outside opportunity

Students who want to improve their Spanish speaking skills are invited to an informal conversation group at the Monterey Peace & Justice Center from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturdays through November 11. Call 831.915.7257 or email


Upcoming Events

Friday - November 3, 2017
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday - November 4, 2017
Santa Catalina
8:00 AM
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday - November 9, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday - November 10, 2017
9:35 AM - 10:05 AM
Math & Science Center
Saturday - November 11, 2017
Sunday - November 12, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday - November 16, 2017
Pasadena, CA
Tuesday - November 28, 2017

Photo of the Month


Thanks to the freshman class for putting on an amazing Halloween Dinner! See photos from the night's festivities here. (Photo above by Vivien Yip '18)


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