Volume: 1  Issue: 6 Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dear FSHA Alumnae,

 
Another season of high-school applications is in full-swing. During this time of the year, I am constantly approached by both girls and their parents with many questions about Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. The sense of nervous excitement is clear in the young ladies, and the idea that they could soon be Tologs is an obvious dream they eagerly await to come true. For many of today’s savvy, informed and goal-oriented girls, this is something they have been preparing for purposefully for several years.
 
In looking back, I realize now that when I applied to Flintridge Sacred Heart, I did not understand as fully as today’s girls why attending FSHA is a gift and a huge accomplishment. I was a very good student in grade school with a few activities and accolades on my transcript. Unlike today’s kids, two extracurriculars was a lot when I was in junior high—now, it seems downright lazy! However, what I did seem to instinctually grasp, without any intervention or influence from others—not my parents, my friends or teachers—was that FSHA was the right fit for me. We didn’t know anyone at Flintridge Sacred Heart, but on my own, I researched the school and told my parents it was the high school I wanted to attend. My older brother was already attending another Catholic co-ed high school, so it would have been more manageable and natural for me to join him there. However, my parents supported my decision, and we entered into a relationship with Flintridge Sacred Heart that continues to grow and inspire me to this day.
 
My first real connection with FSHA was at my interview. I remember sitting across from Katy Sadler in the Lounge of the main building on a rainy January day. I remember that she asked me questions and listened intently to the answers, as if what I had to say was really important and actually meant something. I remember leaving and feeling the first spark of what Flintridge Sacred Heart is such a master at provoking—confidence, self-worth, courage, drive and a steadfast commitment to living your convictions and following your dreams.
 
Now, 22 years later, I am so thankful to that 13-year-old girl, who could somehow sense the power of this place. She could have so easily chosen to attend the other schools that most of her good friends were headed for—at the time, none of them had their sights set on Flintridge Sacred Heart. She could have followed her brother to the very popular co-ed school-of-choice. She could have joined her cousins at another local all-girls school where she knew more people and had attended summer school. But thankfully, she didn’t. Thankfully, she decided to take a road that, for her, was far less traveled and held much more uncertainty and challenge. And without a doubt, it has made all the difference.
 
With Veritas,
 
 

Annette Ricchiazzi Blain '90
FSHA Alumnae Association President

Hall of Fame Awards & Dinner Honors
Jessica Hanson '02

 
On February 11, a rainy Saturday night, alumnae from the Class of 2002 and beyond joined with current students and parents to honor the memory of the late Jessica Hanson '02 and induct her into the Hall of Fame. After an emotional remembrance from Frank Pace, longtime FSHA soccer co-coach, her mother Belinda and former coach Kelly Sinner Biggins '97 spoke in her memory. Belinda Hanson's speech brought the 180 attendees to their feet, and the crowd included many members of the Hanson family. (Jessica's three sisters—Carrianne '95, Casie '97 and Jacqueline '99—are also FSHA alumnae.)
 
Pictured are Jessica's soccer teammates from 2002 along with Belinda Hanson, Frank Pace and co-coach Kathy Desmond. Click here to see many more photos.

Northern California Alumnae Meet for Brunch Outside San Francisco

 
Bay Area-based alumnae converged on the home of Beth Ward Francesconi '86 in Burlingame on a beautiful Super Bowl Sunday to brunch with their fellow Tologs. President Sr. Carolyn McCormack, Principal Sr. Celeste Marie Botello, Assistant Principal Katy Sadler (at right), Chief Development Officer Margaret Kean and Director of Alumnae & Parent Relations Elizabeth Toms also attended the gathering and shared news straight from the FSHA campus. Reports are that the food and the company were lovely! Check out many more photos here.
 
Thank you to those alumnae who attended! They were: Erina Niedecker Lynch '80, Erin Fry Sinclair '79, Sr. Mary Peter Traviss '46, Amy McAndrews Walters '93, Megan Hankins '99, Misa Nuccio '04, Kristin Friese Gannon '85, Michele Cabot '85, Maria Natoli Miller '86, Mary Helen Nolan Howell '61, Therese Martin O'Meara '48, Megan Hamilton '04, Kathleen Locker '08, Barbara Kim Tu '89, Megan Abramson Ward '89, Teresa Hu '92 and Erin McGoldrick '93.

Celebrating Veritas: Classes of 1967-2002

 
Chair Jennifer Ricchiazzi Richard '92 along with co-chairs Nancy Venti Allen '92, Karen Pindroh Kelly '92 and Meghan Friese Stimmler '92 invite FSHA alumnae who graduated between 1967 and 2002 to join in for Celebrating Veritas on Saturday, March 17! (Where, not so coincidentally, all four are celebrating their 20th reunion.) The entrance fee for the 7 p.m. event is $35 and includes hors d'oeuvres and desserts for nibbling, as well as cocktails, music and a fabulous view from the Lounge — all of which provides a perfect setting for catching up with classmates! Teachers Betsy Sauer and Mike Thornton and Assistant Principal Katy Sadler will also be in attendance to reunite with their former students.
 
RSVP online here by March 3. We hope to see you there!

Alumnae Luncheon Coming in April

 
Our last reunion of the 2011-12 school year is taking place on Saturday, April 28, and will honor all alumnae who graduated from FSHA up until 1966. Details are still be worked out, so keep an eye out for invitations as we get closer to the event!
 
The Alumnae Luncheon will also include the drawing for the FSHA Hawaii Raffle made possible by the William H. Hannon Foundation. Tickets are available to all, and you do not need to be present at the Alumnae Luncheon to win. The prize includes round-trip airfare from LAX to Maui and eight days/seven nights at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Tickets cost $5, or six for $25. Contact Director of Alumnae & Parent Relations Elizabeth Toms at 626-685-8396 to purchase!
 

Alumnae Events

 
Alumnae Association Meeting
2/29/2012
6:30 PM
Location: High School - Library - LIB
Amnesty International Assembly
3/1/2012
10:55 AM
Location: Student Activities Center - Gymnasium - GYM
Celebrating Veritas Alumnae Reunion
3/17/2012
7:00 PM
Location: Main Building - Lounge - LOUN
Alumnae Association Meeting
4/18/2012
6:30 PM
Location: High School - Library - LIB
80th Anniversary Gala
4/21/2012
5:00 PM
Location: Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena
Alumnae Reunion Luncheon
4/28/2012
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: Main Building - Lounge - LOUN
Senior Class/Alumnae Picnic
5/29/2012
12:00 PM
Location: Senior Lawn

We Need Your Class Notes!

 
The winter edition of View from the Top featured a record number of Class Notes from alumnae both young and old. Let's keep it up!
 
We're now prepping our spring/summer issue and need to hear from you! If something exciting's happened in your life, let us know by filling out the form along the right side of the page at fsha.org/alumnae. You can also send your updates as well as photos directly to us at alumnae@fsha.org.
 
Thank you!

Network with Fellow Tologs Online

 
There are more than 4,000 FSHA alumnae around the world—who better to chat with about your career? Promote your business or look for job leads on FSHA's LinkedIn alumnae page. The group is locked so only FSHA graduates have access to it, which gives you the chance to reach lots of smart, driven women in one place!
 
If you have any questions about the page, contact Communications Associate Allison Rost at arost@fsha.org.

Prayerful Intentions

 
Please keep the following members of our Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy community, as well as their families, in your prayers:
  • The Harding family
  • Ashley Montion
  • Daniel Ayala
  • Yvette Niebla
  • Aaron Talbot
  • Alan Allmon
  • Carlos Barron
  • Elisa Zobelein Shambaugh '53
  • Erina Niedecker Lynch '80
Please pray for the repose of the souls of:
  • Caleb Simpson
  • Drew Ferraro
  • Sr. Jean Marie Des Jardins '37
  • Eileen "Lee" Hayes
  • Paul Haggar
  • Bruce McGrath Odell
  • Geraldine Rolph
  • Philip Crispi
  • Raquel Guadalupe
  • Sr. Ann Ronin O.P. '48
If you would like to add a loved one's name to our Prayerful Intentions list, please email Elizabeth Toms. Click here to view the full list.
 

Have You Remembered FSHA in Your Estate Plan?

 
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy appreciates the members of our community who are helping to secure the school's future. If you are interested in learning about leaving your legacy, then please contact the Development Office to explore the possibilities for creative gift-planning that can address your philanthropic desires along with your own financial needs and tax strategies. Thank you!

The Giving Forward Campaign

 
Give back to give forward this spring! Make a donation(s) to the Flintridge Fund in honor of anyone in the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy community — past or present — (a fellow TOLOG, a teacher, a parent, a Sister) who has given a gift of themselves to you in some way over the years.
 
When our campaign ends on March 16, 2012, we will notify your named honoree(s) that you have given forward in appreciation for their gift to you.
 
Anonymous alumnae have pledged to match donations up to $17,500! Click here to donate now!

Gala 2012

We are pleased to announce the commemoration of our 80th anniversary with Gala 2012, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Parents’ Guild's annual Gala celebration. This event will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena – another stunning landmark from FSHA’s architect, Myron Hunt. It is an exciting year “on the hill,” and we look forward to an extraordinary celebration!
 
Please join us! You can click here to RSVP for Gala 2012, and if you're interested in the many opportunities available for donating and volunteering, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact Special Events Manager Charlotte Saydah at 626-685-8397.

FSHA's annual Spirit Week took over campus during the week of January 9-13, bringing class songs, costumes and cheers to the hallways. Above, Heather Norris '12 (left) and Alex Eaton '12 show off their senior pride just before the Spirit Assembly, which you can watch in its entirety on our Livestream page. There are also many more photos on Podium.

News from the Hill

Academic Decathlon Ties School Record

After a semester studying "The Age of Empire" (and investigating that theme in London over Thanksgiving), the Academic Decathlon team has emerged from two weekends of competitions with 39 individual medals—tying an FSHA record.

Campus Blood Drive a Success

Tons of nervous Tologs lined up outside the SAC on Tuesday, Jan. 17 to donate blood, but the upperclassmen were around to provide support to those who were especially scared.

FSHA Announces New Laptop Initiative

At a meeting on January 26, the FSHA Board of Directors approved a plan to implement a new 1:1 Laptop Program on campus starting in the 2012-13 school year.

Spring Classes with Conservatory@VanguardRep

Drama-minded FSHA students have the opportunity to hone their skills this spring with the organization
that holds the LCF Shakes festival on campus every summer.

                        
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