February 8, 2019

February's flurry of activity

Julie Lenherr Edson '88

Julie Lenherr Edson '88

Head of Upper School

Dear Parents,


As we move into the month of February there is much going on around campus. Winter co-curricular activities are winding down and students are selecting their spring activity. The spring musical, We Will Rock You, has finished casting and students have begun rehearsals. At this past Community Dinner, students and faculty enjoyed a Chinese New Year celebration. The Mock Trial team had two competitions this week and is currently undefeated. Meanwhile, 12 seniors are preparing for their Confirmation, which represents the third sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church. Finally, Ring Week is here, which represents one of the most long-standing and cherished traditions at Santa Catalina. In reflecting on the activities and accomplishments of our students, my mind quickly goes to the talented and committed faculty who teach, mentor, and support them in their efforts.


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News and Notes

Around Campus

Girls collaborate on a script on a laptop

Department Spotlight: English

It's all Shakespeare all the time, especially for sophomores, who are preparing for the annual Shakespeare Festival. This year's play: A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Report Card Assembly

The Assembly on January 11 recognized students for both their academic achievements and their outstanding courtesy toward others. See the list of students honored.


Service Roundup

  • Sarah Sallee '21 has organized a babysitting night for local firefighters as a way to give thanks for their service. The event is scheduled for February 15. Please help us spread the word!
  • Students led a poetry workshop at the Family Resource Center in Salinas.
  • Safe Space and the Students of Color club announced that students donated 575 items to their recent toiletry drive for those in need.


Dancers get unique opportunities

Instructor Nicole Cofresi took students to two workshops last month with renowned dance companies from Chicago. On January 12, two students took part in a contemporary dance workshop with Moonwater Dance Project. The following week, two freshmen went to UC Berkeley for a ballet class taught by Myles Lavallee of Hubbard Street Dance, an internationally renowned company with repertoire from distinguished choreographers across the globe.


Health and Wellbeing Day

A day of activities and workshops let students explore areas of mind, body, and spirit. Read a recap.


Soccer feats

Congratulations to Niamh Burke '21, who made the State Olympic Development Program team for Northern California. Meanwhile, the Cougars are wrapping up a fantastic season.

Senior reflects on the words of MLK

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Victoria Gorum '19 shared her favorite quotes by the civil rights leader and what they mean to her.


Two students win awards in local art competition

Emma Leamey '19 and Kylie Ludviksen '20 earned honorable mention in the Carmel Art Association's high school art competition, "For the Love of Art." Dana Zeng '19, Mariana Fernandez Trevino '19, and Ari Trueba '19 also submitted art to the contest. The exhibit will be on display February 9–March 5.

PHOTOS: Peter and the Starcatcher

Check out photos from our winter play, and read about Emily Hayes '19, who made her theater debut in the role of the boy who would become Peter Pan.

Weekend activities for day and boarding students

The following activities are offered in February. (Subject to change depending on student interest.)

  • February 8: Escape Room; Friday Night Throw Down
  • February 9: Billy Elliot; Ring Dinner for Juniors and Seniors
  • February 15: Billy Elliot
  • February 16: Confirmation
  • February 17: Trip to Ikea and Hot Pot Lunch (Palo Alto); Fork Friends Cooking Class


Annenberg Foundation supports Upper School tuition assistance

We are excited to announce that, at the recommendation of Kathleen Brown ’63, the Annenberg Foundation has given $50,000 to the Bernice Brown Memorial Fund. This endowment fund helps to support Upper School tuition assistance at Santa Catalina.

Tickets on sale for Annual Benefit Celebration

Tickets are on sale for Santa Catalina's 37th Annual Benefit Celebration on Saturday, March 9, 2019! This event is a special evening for our community to come together in a festive environment to support our school's outstanding offerings and vital tuition assistance program that provides aid and opportunity to our hard-working students.

The focus this year is environmental sustainability, with a special emphasis on ocean conservation. Come see Study Hall transformed and enjoy zero-waste craft cocktails and sustainably prepared small plates along with fellow parents, friends, and alumnae of Santa Catalina. The event features entertainment provided by our talented students; live, silent, dessert, and fine wine auctions; an exciting drawing item; and the always popular count-me-ins and wine pull.

Purchase tickets at santacatalina.org/benefit. Childcare is available. Please contact benefit@santacatalina.org for more information or if you would like to donate an auction item or advertise a business in the event program.

Upcoming Events

Check our online calendar for the latest information

Saturday February 9
8:00 AM

Saturday February 9
Ring Dinner
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dining Room

Tuesday February 12
California Math League Contest
9:35 AM - 10:05 AM

Wednesday February 13
6th Annual TEDxSCS
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Mary Johnson Recital Hall (live event) & Upper School classrooms (streamed event)

Friday February 15
Salinas School Service
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
On campus

Saturday February 16
Roommate Change
All day

Saturday February 16
4:00 PM
Rosary Chapel

Thursday February 21
Sophomore Shakespeare Festival
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Friday February 22
Winter Break: Dismissal after last class

Monday March 4
Classes resume

Photo of the Month

Group photo of freshman and senior class officers

Congrats to our new freshman class officers, who were inducted to the Senate last month: Olivia Gorum and Cailin Templeman (secretaries), Carson Vogel (president), and Georgia Meyer (vice president).

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