April 3, 2019

Going beyond the classroom

Julie Lenherr Edson '88

Julie Lenherr Edson '88

Head of Upper School

Dear Parents,


March was certainly an exciting month at Santa Catalina. We welcomed newly admitted students of the Class of 2023 to campus along with their parents for Revisit Day. The following weekend we celebrated Alumnae Weekend as 13 classes returned to school, where they enjoyed touring campus, talking with current students, and reconnecting with classmates. These two events provided a poignant reminder that as we work to foster the intellectual, spiritual, and personal development of our students, we must always look toward our future while honoring our past.


This past month, students were presented with many educational enrichment opportunities that extended the classroom into the community. Read on for a snapshot of the various activities in which students participated.

News and Notes

Around Campus


Vacation reminder

There is one more school vacation coming up around the celebration of Easter. Please remember that when planning for vacation, "travel must be scheduled so that it is not necessary for students to miss classes in order to leave early or return late" (US Student and Family Handbook, page 34). We recognize that there may be need for an exception, such as weddings, funerals, or an annual college trip; in these cases, students need to submit a planned absence form to the Dean of Students 10 days in advance of travel and parents must email the Dean of Students.


Father-Daughter Weekend

Father-Daughter Weekend is coming May 3-5. If you haven't registered yet, click here.

News Roundup


Weekend activities for day and boarding students

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

  • April 5: Freshman pizza party and sleepover for boarding and day students
  • April 6: Prom
  • April 27: Day trip to Santana Row or Santa Cruz; Sherwood School service day
  • April 28: Fork Friends (chocolate tempering)

Host families wanted for Japanese English program

The Kobe Seijoh High School Homestay Program is looking for local families to host students for two weeks this summer from July 21-August 5. The program has held its classes on Catalina's campus for more than 30 years. Host families are responsible for providing a ride to and from school, a separate bed for each student, meals, and fun. You will receive $600 per student to help with expenses. Download this flyer for more information or contact program director Randy Will at 831.915.4958 or findrandywill@gmail.com.

Coming Soon: We Will Rock You

Get your tickets to our spring musical! In the distant future, music is forbidden and free thought is discouraged. A brain-dead dystopian haze has overtaken the world. But not all is lost! We Will Rock You follows two revolutionary bohemians as they set out to save rock music and restore individuality and creative expression. Featuring the music of Queen, this is a rock adventure not to be missed!


Thank you for a successful Benefit Celebration!

A sincere thank you to all who volunteered time to plan, contributed to the auctions, and attended Santa Catalina's 37th Annual Benefit Celebration! Your engagement is appreciated and vital to our school's vibrant atmosphere. The $165,000 raised benefits all students, allowing our school to respond to the most urgent needs that arise and contributing to tuition assistance for the 42% of school families who are recipients. Thank you for being a part of this special event!

Support Santa Catalina through The FOR Project

The FOR Project provides an easy way for anyone to support Santa Catalina School. At no cost to you, merchants affiliated with the FOR Project automatically provide a discount to you that is directed to the nonprofit of your choice. Sign up or learn more at www.theforproject.com.

Upcoming Events

Check our online calendar for the latest information


Photo of the Month

Congratulations to the robotics team on a great season! They participated in two competitions in March. Check out photos of their progress throughout the year.

Santa Catalina School

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