Each year at this season, the Chaminade Marianist Community is closely joined in interest and concern with all members of the Chaminade College Preparatory family. November is a time to share with one another the memory of relatives, friends, former teachers, and students who have been called by God to that eternal life we all hope to share.
All Souls’ Day, November 2, is a way for each one of us to remember our departed loved ones. To make our prayers more specific and significant, we invite you to submit the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.) We will place these names on the altar in our Marianist community chapel and remember them as we celebrate the Eucharist throughout the month of November.
Let this be our offering to you. We are grateful for your continuing friendship and are privileged to minister to you through this on-going Chaminade tradition.
Pleaseclick hereto fill out the form with the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.)
The Office of Advancement and the Chaminade Parents’ Association will host the school’s annual volunteer mixers on Tuesday and Thursday, August 15 and 17. The mixers are a chance to meet committee chairs of special events, find out more about available volunteer opportunities, and meet other parents, grandparents and Chaminade’s Advancement team.
Both mixers are open to all parents and are not campus specific. Parents of middle and high school students at Chaminade may attend either event, and everyone is encouraged to bring a friend.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception
Tutor Center Amphitheater (West Hills)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Oak Room, Chaminade Hall (Chatsworth)
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.
During Catholic Schools Week, three Chaminade College Preparatory employees were given the William Joseph Chaminade Award:
Each were nominated by their peers for demonstrating and/or supporting all five Characteristics of Marianist Education (integral, quality education; family spirit; adaptation and change; formation in faith; and service, justice and peace) in all he or she does, and is an outward example of the Marianist charism, “To be formed by Mary for the Mission of Christ.”
Kaylee Bryden teaches health at Chaminade’s West Hills campus, and is one of the few high school teachers who teaches every single student (except post-freshman year transfers). Her nominator says, “She knows the students well and cares about their emotional, physical, and acadmeic development.” She also shares her singing voice during school liturgies.
Michael Lehrmann works as a payroll administrator; while his office is on the Chatsworth campus, he serves both school communities. While he does not work directly with students, Michael actively participates in school events and supports Dig Pink and the annual middle school Justice Fair. His nominators call him kind, gentle and competent. Another nominator said, “I’d also like to add the words, ‘quiet’ and ‘unassuming.’ When I think of our recipient, I’m reminded of St. Joseph. St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of Workers, a humble, very ethical man who took care of others, most notably, Mary and Jesus.”
Michael Ochs chairs Chaminade’s high school social studies department. While a history teacher, he is also a life-long learner; Michael recently completed his masters degree in history. He has also served as an assistant moderator of Link, shares his free times to act n student films, directs Kairos, and chaperones student trips. Michael’s nominator reflects, “He is a phenomenal teacher who expects greatness from his students and challenges himself by collaborating with his colleagues for the benefit of all the students.”
Chaminade College Preparatory’s West Hills campus was a little more crowded than usual this morning. Instead of the usual 1,200 high school students, there were 2,021 middle and high school students, gathered together to celebrate the school’s annual Founders Day Mass.
Main celebrant, Fr. Martin Solma, S.M., led the Mass and was joined by concelebrants, Fr. John-Paul Gonzalez ’97 of Christ the King (Hollywood), Fr. Jim Mueller, S.M. of Central Catholic High School (San Antonio, Texas), and Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58. Together, the Chaminade family remembered Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and recognized four individuals for the contributions they have made to the school.
This year, Chaminade honored Nancy (Valtin) Leone ’86, Cynthia Snyder, David Poms, and Sandra Poms as founders. Nancy and Cynthia are both 25-year employees of the school, while David and Sandra are longtime benefactors and volunteers. Chaminade President, Rob Webb presented each founder with a medal at the end of Mass.
Founders Day also included a renewal of vows for the Marianist brothers and priests. Between them, Bro. Jack Dempsey, S.M.; Bro. David Betz, S.M.; Fr. Martin Solma, S.M.; Fr. Jim Mueller, S.M.; and Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. have 297 years of religious profession!