Chaminade Hosts 2nd Annual Oktoberfest

Chaminade’s second annual Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 6, 2018. This year’s festivities, hosted by Chaminade’s Gala committee at the Marianist Community House in West Hills and sponsored by Laura and Michael Galieote, feature authentic German food, beer, music, games, and other fun activities.

“It’s a great community builder,” says Chaminade’s President, Rob Webb “parents from both the middle school and high school attend and it draws our community closer creating that family spirit.”

Chaminade’s Oktoberfest is a fundraising event leading up to the Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction in March. All proceeds directly benefit student programs on both campuses. “We had so much fun,” says Karen Friedman, who attended last year’s festivities with her husband, Adam. “The food is great, and the music is  fun, people dance and best of all, it’s a great way to help our children’s school.”

Guests can either bring a Gala auction item valued at $50.00 or more per person or pay $50.00 per person at the door by check, cash or credit card. Click here to RSVP today!

Chaminade’s Commitment to Student Wellness

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AP Psych students during Mental Health Awareness Week helped classmates alleviate stress with smoothies and dancing. (photo by: High School Counseling)

Today’s students feel immense amounts of pressure and stress. Since 2013, teens have reported stress levels which exceed those of adults.

  • 61% of teens say stress and anxiety have a large impact on their lives.
  • 42% of teens say they are not doing enough to manage their stress.
  • 22% of teens actively seek support to reduce, manage, and eliminate stress.

Chaminade College Preparatory wants to help alleviate the stress, and during Chaminade Gala in March, Heather Eaton and Juliana Gallant, heads of the middle school and high school counseling departments, announced the creation of a Wellness Program.

It is a priority of the school to help students achieve school/life balance, manage stress, and prepare students for success, and is directly addressed in Chaminade’s new strategic plan. The idea of making emotional health and overall well-being a priority is not a new concept for Chaminade. This is an expansion of the school’s vision to develop resilient young women and young men who are adaptable self-advocates who successfully balance school and life.

To make this important initiative a reality, Chaminade parents, alumni faculty, staff, and friends were asked to invest in the newly created Wellness Program during the fund-a-need portion of the gala. Together they raised more than $111,000 to jump-start the program. Additional gifts are needed, and will help sustain and grow the Wellness Program, and give Chaminade the tools it needs to fulfill its promise to its students. Contributions can be given online; and any questions can be answered by the Advancement Office at (818) 360-0615.

Get Your Chaminade Gala Tickets Today

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Chaminade Gala tickets are on sale! This year’s event, Carnevale, will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills.

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. At 7:30 p.m., dinner begins, along with the live auction and entertainment. The Carnevale continues at 10:30 p.m. with a DJ, dancing, and small bites.

Early bird pricing at $150 per person is in effect February 12 to 18. After February 18, tickets are $200 per person. Reservations are accepted online.

It’s Time to Play Gift Card Bingo

Gift Card BingoGift Card Bingo is back at Chaminade’s middle school, and it’s spelled N-A-D-E! Bingo cards were distributed on January 10, and the game runs until Friday, January 19. All proceeds benefit Chaminade College Preparatory. Gift cards donated and cash contributions will be used to raise money for Chaminade Gala’s online and live auctions.

To play, middle school students should bring in gift cards valued at a minimum of $5 each, per NADE square. Cards will be collected at the Student Center during lunch on January 16-19 and X-Block on January 18; cards can be downloaded online.

There are three ways to play to win:

  1. PLAY: Complete a row, column or diagonal to spell N-A-D-E for Bingo
    WIN: A day of free dress on February 8 and one raffle ticket (for prizes*)
  2. PLAY: Donate $50 in the form of cash, check or gift card(s)
    WIN: One week free dress, February 5-9, and one raffle ticket (for prizes*)
  3. PLAY: Fill all spaces on a N-A-D-E (Bingo) card
    WIN: One week of free dress, February 5-9, and two raffle tickets (for prizes*)

Prizes include:

  • Front of the line lunch pass for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year
  • Principal for a Day
  • Tickets to Chaminade Laser Tag for you and a friend
  • Complimentary tickets to either the Father/Daughter Dance
    or Mother-Son Game Night
  • Camera, headphones, Razor and more

Earn House Participation Points:

  • Houses with a total of 25% participation receive 50 points
  • Houses with 50% participation receive 100 points
  • Houses with 75% participation receive 150 points
  • Houses with 100% participation will receive 200 points

The X-Block with the highest dollar amount collected will win an In-N-Out
Burger lunch on February 8, 2018.

*Grand prize winners will be announced at the middle school assembly on January 22.

Bro. Skip Continues to Inspire Chaminade Students to Serve

After Bro. Skip’s passing in December 2016, several students proposed putting together a Chaminade service project to keep his memory alive. The inaugural event took place on a Saturday in March, and more than 100 students and faculty from both campuses served three organizations, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, MEND, and Heal the Bay.

The day started in Campus Ministry (West Hills), and the group joined in prayer before leaving on buses to their destinations. The Student Council sponsored bus sponsored headed to the Food Bank, the largest in the United States serving several millions of people each year. Students helped by sorting donated foods and checking expiration dates and quality of canned foods before sending them down a conveyor belt for packaging. By the day’s end, they sorted 29,737 pounds of food!

MEND Poverty volunteers cooked meals and worked in the organization’s mailroom. Their work doubled as a cooking lesson, and they had an opportunity to taste the food MEND clients would be served the next day. This bus was sponsored by Chaminade’s Caring Hearts and Homeless Hearts Clubs.

The Key Club and Environmental Eagles Clubs joined forces to sponsor the third bus, which took Chaminade students and faculty to participate in Heal the Bay activities. With more than 1,000 other volunteers, including Chaminade’s middle school students, the group worked to keep Southern California’s beaches clean.

Chaminade Service Day happened thanks to the efforts and commitment of Keegan Coppola ’17, Nick Sederlin ’17,  Monty Balleweg ’17, Cristian Puente-Ortiz ’17, Tina Najm ’17, Erin Fabian ’17, Tina Pan ’17, and Alec Simoni ’18. High School Principal, Bro. Tom Fahy; Director of Campus Ministry, Shawna Sedik; and Director of Student Activites, Julie La Belle helped the students to determine how the day would unfold. The students each took ownership of a specific project, promoted Service Day, led ice breakers on the bus, and served as group leads at each service site on the day of the event.

Each service group had an amazing experience and impacted their local communities through a few hours of service. Campus Ministry and Student Activities hope to continue to offer Chaminade Service Day, work more with the middle school, and double the number of students who will go out and keep Brother Skip’s legacy alive.

Funds raised during Chaminade Gala’s fund-a-need on April 8 will establish the Bro. Skip Matthews Apostolic Works Endowment. This endowment will help fund projects like Chaminade Service Day, which will ultimately enhance one of the most important parts of the educational experience at Chaminade – Apostolic Works.