Students Come Together for Cancer Cure

Photo by Brian Kim P’24

Through the apostolic works program, Chaminade students learn to become contributing citizens and work together to make positive change by exemplifying the Marianist charism of service, justice, and peace. On Saturday, October 6, the Chaminade community (consisting of 540 middle school students, parents, and faculty) came together to make a difference by participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. The event fundraises for lifesaving blood cancer treatments.

Chaminade’s involvement began in 2006 when a student was diagnosed with leukemia. “Because blood cancers have affected many within our Chaminade community, we remain committed to this worthy cause,” says middle school campus ministry director Kate Beskid ’00. “It has become part of our culture, and it’s a great opportunity for families to serve together and support those who are suffering.”

The middle school’s efforts to fight cancer continued through the week with Dig Pink® breast cancer awareness days. Students raised awareness and funds through food sales, spirit dress day, and a lunchtime concert. Additionally, there was a survivor’s story, students vs. teachers volleyball game, and afterschool volleyball games.



Celebrating Respect Life Month

“Today, we remember Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals and the environment. He cared for the poor, the sick, and all creation…” said Mrs. Kate Beskid ’00 on Thursday, October 4, kicking off Respect Life Month at Blessing of the Animals on the Chatsworth campus.


Eight miles away, on the West Hills campus students, faculty, and staff celebrated Respect Life Month with a special Mass and candlelight procession. “At the deepest level of our being,”  said Bro. Adam Becerra “there is a thriving force that holds power, wisdom, love, and grace. And that thriving force, is God communicating all that God is, so that we may thrive to be who we were created to be.”

As a Catholic, Marianist school, Chaminade’s CME of Service, Justice, and Peace teaches students to promote the dignity of human life from conception to natural death and to respect creation.  Every October, Chaminade Joins the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to celebrate Respect Life month as one human family and put our faith into action.

Throughout October, Chaminade will emphasize Catholic Social Teaching (CST) principles in the classroom to help develop students’ awareness of the contemporary issues in their world that directly relate to:

  • The Dignity of Human Life
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Stewardship (Protecting Creation)

The Chatsworth campus will also hold a Respect Life Mass on Monday, October 15 at 9:15 a.m. in the Fr. Allen Delong Center for Arts and Athletics.


The Alumni Challenge is Here

The Alumni Challenge returns today! Help us reach our goal of 400 alumni donors in 24 hours. If we reach our goal, Ashley and Marc Merrill ’98 will give an additional $10,000 gift #ForChaminade. Gifts of all sizes, designated anywhere on campus, will be counted. How to participate:

  1. Give your gift online at org/alumnichallenge
  2. Spread the word – tell your friends and followers on social media that you gave a gift #ForChaminade


Middle School Students Give Back on Service Saturday

At Hope of the Valley Thrift Shop, students organized the donations that are used to help the homeless get a new start in life.

On Saturday, September 22, Campus Ministry at Chaminade’s middle school campus hosted its second annual Service Saturday. Service is a big part of the Chaminade experience, and through the Apostolic Works program, student’s missionary spirit leads them to give direct service to those in need through various methods of outreach. Service Saturday was an opportunity for students to put their Apostolic Works Commissioning into action and become agents of change.

At the Pregnancy Counseling Clinic, volunteers worked on prepping, stuffing and boxing baby bottles for upcoming baby bottle drives.

At the West Valley Food Pantry Garden, students helped with weeding and resetting the beds for the Fall planting.

More than 200 students, parents, faculty, and staff met at the Chatsworth campus for breakfast and prayer service before heading out to their destinations.

Volunteers served ten organizations and collectively performed more than 400 service hours. “I really enjoyed working alongside students and parents as a participant of Service Saturday,” said middle school principal, Michael Valentine.  It was a great opportunity to give back to our local community and bond together with members of our Chaminade family.”

Each service group had a fantastic experience serving their local community while discovering an appreciation for their dignity and self-worth, as well as the dignity and self-worth of others. “I would say this experience opened our eyes to the love and friendship that can be formed when we all come together as one family and share our gifts with each other,” says middle school parent Melissa Mandyam. “It was just a wonderful day that we will never forget.”

Volunteers joined Tree People and assisted with cleaning up the environment, watering, removing invasive species, and planting seedlings in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Chaminade Filmmakers Selected as Finalists in Calabasas Film Festival

Five films created by Chaminade filmmakers were selected as finalists for the 5th annual Calabasas Film Festival. The films were screened during the Student Filmmaker program on Sunday, September 16. The five films selected — Underwater, Graduates, Motive, Tomorrow, and Breaking Down Barriers — showcased the work from current students and recent graduates in the role of Producers: Dylan Turbow and Matthew Stewart; in the role of Directors: Montse Irwin-Azpiazu, Aidan Hall, Carter Skyers, Izabella Pivo, and Tony Restivo; as Cinematographers: Ali Watson, Justin Thomas, and Carter Williams; as Editors: Tony Restivo, Alexander Reed, Sam Beder, and Izabella Pivo; and as actors: Julia Wilson, Jater Webb, Erin Redor, Carter Skyers, Delaney Duffy and Charlotte Felton.