October 3, 2017 | Newsletter

Greetings from Dr. Brenot

Dear Parents,

One thing I love to do in my spare time is to visit antique stores and thrift shops. During one outing this past spring, I found a lovely silver creamer and sugar bowl set. It was carefully packaged and wrapped up in tape to hold the two pieces together. When I returned home, I unpacked it and set about the work of polishing the very tarnished silver.

First, I polished the sugar bowl, which came out beautifully. I then began to polish the creamer; first the sides, and then the bottom. As I polished and marvelled at the beauty of the silver that began to gleam with each stroke of my flannel rag, I noticed something quite unexpected. The creamer was damaged! It was missing one of its four legs, broken off right at the base in the front, under the spout.

At first, I was rather upset and felt cheated. I admonished myself for not having checked it over thoroughly or for not having asked the store owner to unpack the tape around the packaging that had held together the two pieces. But as I looked at the broken creamer on my kitchen counter, I realized that it was, in fact, an interesting and beautiful piece. Its imperfection, I decided, made it more attractive. Its imperfection is what made it perfect.


What can this tell us about our daughters? Please follow this link to read more ...




Kassandra T. Brenot '87, Ph.D.

Head of Upper School


News and Notes

Around Campus

Get ready for Parents' Weekend

Keep an eye on your mailboxes for your invitation to Parents' Weekend, coming October 20–22. Please register for weekend activities and parent-teacher conferences online:

We can't wait to see you!


College Counseling presents Financial Aid 101

Junior and senior parents are invited to a special presentation on Friday, October 27, by Thalassa Naylor from Sallie Mae, who will guide you through the essentials of applying for financial aid and evaluating financial aid packages. A question-and-answer session will follow. Students and families from York and Stevenson are invited to join us. The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Johnson Recital Hall.


Follow us on social media

Want a special glimpse into the day-to-day life of a Santa Catalina girl? Follow us for photos, videos, news, and more!


Twitter (@catalinaschool)
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First Journey Day is in the books!

Our students participated in their first Journey Day of the year on September 7. Activities included a Monterey historical tour and scavenger hunt for freshmen, yoga for sophomores, service trips for juniors, and a college application workshop for seniors.

Little Women cast

Get your tickets to Little Women

Our fall musical opens October 13! This beloved story from Louisa May Alcott follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Join us for a night of laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. Reserve your tickets today!

Catalina Dad T-shirt

In the Bookstore

Perfect for Parents' Weekend: Pick up this Under Armour short sleeve navy cotton tee for your Catalina Dad. Charged with moisture-wicking, quick-dry technology and a set-in sleeve construction. Sizes are S-XL. $28.00.


Join us on the road!

Do you know a family that would be a great addition to the Santa Catalina community? Invite them to learn more at one of our receptions, coming to a town near you! Share a reception from our Facebook Events page.


Share One Word. Make One Gift.

October 2–November 10


We've kicked off this year's Santa Catalina Fund!


Can you describe what Santa Catalina School means to you in just one word? Often one word can tell a story. When you share your word and make your gift to the Santa Catalina Fund, your thoughtful participation has a direct and immediate impact on our students and faculty and makes a difference school-wide.

Within the next few weeks, you will receive your invitation to participate in this year's Santa Catalina Fund. Help us reach our goal of 100 percent parent participation by the conclusion of the Santa Catalina Fund drive on Friday, November 10. With your gift, 100 percent in all classes is certainly possible!

Share one word. Make one gift. Thank you for your kind support!

Annual Benefit Celebration

The Benefit Celebration Committee is excited to announce this year's event will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The planning has begun, and all parents are encouraged to come together to build community spirit and help plan a fabulous event that all will enjoy. Our focus this year will be "community conservation," inspired by our many student and school-driven initiatives.

We highly encourage and humbly ask for parent volunteers to help us in our efforts by serving on various committees. The Benefit Celebration kickoff meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10, at 8:00 a.m. in the Upper School Dining Room. No one will be turned away—there is a job for everyone!


We understand that not everyone can commit to volunteering on a committee. In this case, please consider offering any potential contacts or items for our live, silent, and fine wine auctions. Creative and fun ideas for hosted Count-Me-In parties are most welcome and highly encouraged as well.


Please contact Sabrina Taylor, Benefit Celebration co-chair, at 831.332.4971 or if you have any questions. Thank you.

Boarding Life

Upcoming weekend activities

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

  • October 7 – SUP (stand-up paddle boarding)
  • October 13 – Opening Night of Little Women
  • October 14 – Swank Farms haunted house and corn maze
  • October 20-21 – Activities TBD due to Parents' Weekend
  • October 28 – Pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, and Monterey Ghost Tour

Parents' Weekend conference with Connie

Parents are encouraged to set up a time to meet with Director of Resident Life Connie Riley during Parents' Weekend. Sign up online.


Upcoming Events

Friday - October 6, 2017
2:40 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday - October 11, 2017
All day
Friday - October 13, 2017
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday - October 20, 2017
All day
Saturday - October 21, 2017
All day
Sunday - October 22, 2017
All day
Friday - October 27, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Mary Johnson Recital Hall
Saturday - October 28, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday - October 31, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dining Room

Photo of the Month

Students learned all about various clubs on campus during the Club Fair on September 8. View more photos.


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