Memorial Services for Bro. Skip Matthews


Memorial services will be held on each of Chaminade College Preparatory’s campuses to commemorate the life of Bro. Skip Matthews, S.M. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tutor Center (new location), West Hills
8:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Fr. Allen DeLong Center, Chatsworth
8:00 a.m. (new time)

The Chaminade family continues to pray knowing Bro. Skip’s death is a beautiful entry into beholding the face of God and running (without his cane) to embrace his dear fried, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Share your All Souls’ Day prayer requests with the Marianist Community at Chaminade

img_7433Dear Chaminade Family,

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.

Please visit our website to fill out the form with the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.)

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58
Chaminade Chaplain

How to Volunteer at Chaminade

Chaminade C -on Blue- BoostersVolunteers are Chaminade’s superheroes, and every year, hundreds of parents contribute thousands of hours to the school. There are many opportunities to lend a hand, as well as different levels of time commitment.

Chaminade relies on parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends who work in the library, cook burgers at athletic events, plan the Gala, assist with The Chaminade Fund, serve as House Parents, and much more.

To help parents navigate the activities and events which need help, Chaminade will host two volunteer mixers in August:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception
Tutor Center Amphitheater
West Hills Campus

Thursday, August 18, 2016
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Oak Room, Chaminade Hall
Chatsworth Campus

The mixers offer parents the opportunity to meet committee chairs of special events, find out what volunteer opportunities are available, meet other parents, grandparents, and Chaminade’s Advancement team. Both events are open to all parents, and are not campus specific, so whether your child is in middle or high school, you are welcome to attend either event! To help with a head count for food and drinks, please RSVP to one of the mixers by August 12.

If you can’t make it  on August 16 or 18, and need more information, please contact the Advancement Office at (818) 360-0615. In addition, please take a moment to fill out the parent volunteer form and return it to the Advancement Office.

West Hills Campus Hosts 3rd Annual Career Night

For Chaminade students, their high school education is not just about going to college. It is also about exploring career opportunities. To help guide students on this journey, the school hosted its annual Career Night on September 16.

While some students know exactly what they want to do, others like junior Noelle Johnson, are open to possibilities. She reflected, “I came because there are so many different options for students in the world today, so many different jobs that are available, and I felt Career Night would help me to narrow down options and find a job that I’m really interested in and could pursue in college.”

Planned by Bro. Jack Dempsey, Career Night featured something for everyone. From an environmental engineer to a financier to a dentist, students could choose from an array of career representatives. He is grateful to the more than 50 alumni, parents and teachers who volunteered to talk to Chaminade students about their fields.

Winter Speaker Series Provides Tips for Parents on Surviving Their Children’s Adolescence

By Jessica Girard P ’14 ’20

Why Do Teenagers Lie? This and many other questions were answered by Matt Healy, a marriage and family therapist, at the Winter Speaker Series for parents. During his presentation, “Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence,” Healy, a father of four, outlined eight ways parents can improve relationships with adolescent children:

  1. Keep the lines of communication open, and most importantly with teens, find good times to talk and be a good listener.
  2. Give advice infrequently and remember, they are teens – as part of their adolescence, they are not “supposed to” listen to their parents as much as they did when they were younger. It is all part of becoming independent.
  3. Teenagers lie, and parents should definitely enforce consequences, but it is also important to understand why teens might lie, because often it is a clue to a bigger problem.
  4. Move on quickly after a conflict with teenage children – they will and so should their parents.
  5. Let them solve the problem. Empower teen children and play the role of consultant whenever possible.
  6. Be consistent, not stubborn. Boundaries and rules are important, but it is okay to negotiate and compromise sometimes too because those are important skills for children to develop.
  7. Two parents, one voice. Settle parenting differences without kids present. It is important to present a unified set of values and rules.
  8. Judge teen children by what they do, not by what they say.

Healy also reminded parents that adolescence is not the same thing as puberty; rather it is a developmental stage that can span from age 10 to the early 20s. Adolescence is the time when young people are trying to form their identity and become independent from their parents.