Easter Message

Holy Week marks the final week of Lent as we wait in hope for Jesus’ resurrection on Saturday evening at the Easter Vigil. Contemplating on this holiest week of the year we realize that the most powerful force in this world is relationships. Jesus was all about relationships. He made building unbreakable bonds the core of His ministry. Just hours before His crucifixion, “Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’  And all the others said the same” (Mark 14:31).

Relationships are the defining feature of being created in the image of God and of being human. As our world struggles with developing and protecting human relationships, we are grateful for all of you for making family spirit central in our Chaminade culture.

As a family, let us continue to take new practical steps towards developing an atmosphere where personal, deepening, supportive, and faith-building relationships are highly valued as expressions of our passion for God’s love.

Chaminade Honors Three New Founders

On Thursday, April 4, students, faculty, and staff from Chaminade’s two campuses came together as one school to celebrate the 31st Annual Founders Day Mass.  Reverend Oscar Vasquez, S.M., Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, concelebrated Mass with Chaminade Chaplains Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58 and Fr. Josephraj Rymond, S.M.

Founders Day commemorates Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and his charism to be formed by Mary for the mission of Christ, and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to our school.

During Mass, President Robert S. Webb named three new Founders of Chaminade College Preparatory- – alumni Brian P. McGilvray ’76 and Teresa Uribe McGilvray ’78; and longtime high school Spanish teacher, Marielos Olson. He presented each honoree with a medal and thanked them for their contributions to the school.

President Robert Webb with Teresa Uribe McGilvray ’78 and Brian P. McGilvray ’76

Brian and Teresa McGilvray, whose first date was Brian’s senior prom, are graduates of Chaminade College Preparatory.

Brian graduated from Chaminade in 1976. He has a bachelor’s degree, MBA, and a law degree from Pepperdine University. He is currently serving for the third time on the Chaminade Board of Directors and co-chairs the planning and policy committee. In 2011, Brian was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Teresa graduated from Chaminade in 1978. She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Teresa worked in the counseling department at Chaminade from 1990-1994 and also served on the board of directors.

Brian and Teresa are the parents of two Chaminade alumni, Chris ’07 and Celine ’12. Teresa’s parents, Ricardo and Maria Uribe, have also been honored as Founders.

Marielos Olson with her daughter Anastasia ’19

Marielos Olson was born into a large Catholic family in Cartago, Costa Rica. After high school, she graduated from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica as an elementary school teacher. An exchange student scholarship brought her to Ripon College in Wisconsin. She then received a Fulbright scholarship to earn a master’s degree in language arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. At Madison, Marielos met her husband, Kurt. They have two daughters, Nadya, who is in college, and Anastasia ’19.

Marielos started teaching Spanish at Chaminade on March 10, 1994, right after the Northridge earthquake. During her 25 years of service to Chaminade, she has cherished working with students in the classroom. Her participation in Lumos, the sophomore retreat, has also been a highlight. Marielos was inspired by Fr. Larry Mann, with whom she attended many retreats. Fr. Larry taught Marielos about humility and simplicity, especially when speaking with students.

Marielos will be retiring at the end of this school year. She will miss her colleagues and students but will carry fond memories from her time at Chaminade.

Click here to view a recording of Founder Day Mass.

Chaminade’s First Spanish Honor Society Inducts 18 Students

In March, Chaminade inducted 18 students into the school’s first Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) also known as the Hispanic Honor Society. SHH is a nationally recognized honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and Portuguese. Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, SHH currently has more than 2,900 active chapters worldwide. To be eligible, students must be actively enrolled in a second-year honor level Spanish class or higher. Students also have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships and travel awards.

“I am thrilled to have established Chapter Misión Marianista Española for the Hispanic Honor Society at Chaminade College Preparatory,” says Yesenia Macias, program moderator. “We are in our initial stages, but pleased to have initiated 18 students. As part of the expectations, students will participate in community service projects working with the Spanish speaking community. The overall mission is to raise awareness of the Spanish language and culture throughout both Chaminade and the greater community.”

To learn more about Chaminade’s Hispanic Honor Society contact Yesenia Macias at ymacias@chaminade.org

 

Jordan Axani Comes to Chaminade April 8

Jordan Axani has a long track record of bold acts that move and inspire people. His unique background and immense vulnerability have made Jordan a sought-after speaker on mental wellness and leadership. To learn more about Jordan, visit jordanaxani.com.

The Chaminade Wellness Program welcomes Jordan Axani, mental wellness and leadership expert, Monday, April 8, to speak to parents, students and teachers about the biggest problems facing our mental wellness.

During his visit, Jordan will give the following presentations:

  • Middle School: What’s Your Big Truth?
    Jordan shares stories and lessons of his struggles with letting his family and friends in on some of his mental health challenges and ways to cope by being open and honest.
  • High School: What’s Your Big Lie? 
    Jordan focuses on the mental health struggles that affect high school students today and offers coping skills such as acceptance, peer support, and awareness of local mental health resources.
  • Parent Presentation
    5:30 p.m. Reception  |  6:00 -7:00 p.m. Presentation

    Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts, West Hills campus
    Jordan talks about the state of mental health in teenagers and discusses how parents can better communicate with their children on this important topic. All parents with a student(s) in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP for the parent presentation.

This event is made possible by funds raised from the 2018 Chaminade Gala Benefit and Auction providing Chaminade the tools to expand our vision to develop resilient young men and women who can advocate for themselves and successfully balance school life.

Follow The Yellow Brick Road!

This weekend, the Chaminade Players will transport audiences somewhere over the rainbow in their production of The Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto and her friends the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion to the Emerald City. Complete with munchkins and flying monkeys, audiences will be blown away by this spectacular celebration of the academy award winning 1939 MGM film. “This is the 80th anniversary of an iconic piece of musical theatre history,” says Director, Yvette Bishop. “We have a tremendous cast and crew and audiences are going to see a show unlike any other in Chaminade history.” The Chaminade Players will perform classic song favorites including “Over the Rainbow”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, “We’re off to See the Wizard” and many more.

There is no place like home, join us at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts at 7500 Chaminade Ave, West Hills. Purchase your tickets today! Buy Now

Show dates and times are:

  • Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
    An American Sign Language interpreted performance
  • Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m.

The Chaminade Players are making an effort to go green and protect our environment, The Wizard of Oz Playbill is now available in a digital format! A limited quantity of printed Playbills will be available at the shows. Thank you for supporting The Chaminade Players.