Retreat Week 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We are excited to offer our 5th annual OLP Retreat Week experience January 4 - 7, 2022! The OLP retreat program celebrates and is rooted in the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Each grade level will explore a unique piece of the CSJ charism. The OLP faculty and staff will retreat on Monday, January 3, with the student retreat programming beginning on Tuesday, January 4.

This year's all school liturgy and keynote address and faculty retreat theme is "God's Unity and Diversity." Our retreat keynote speaker and facilitator is Dr. Juliana Mosley, PhD.

Dr. Mosley started her career as a high school teacher and has cultivated an important platform in higher education, focusing her efforts around the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She currently serves as the DEI Special Assistant to the President of Salus University in Philadelphia, PA and is the former College Officer for Diversity and Inclusion at the Sisters of St. Joseph sponsored institution, Chestnut Hill College also in Philadelphia. Dr. Mosley educates on Cultural Humility and is well-versed on how the framework of DEI is closely intertwined with the CSJ charism of Unifying Love. We are excited to welcome her to campus to share her experience with the OLP community.

Please read below to learn more about your daughter’s grade-specific retreat experience. Should you have any questions regarding the Retreat Week schedule, please reach out to our Service Learning & Retreats Director, Mrs. Katie Wilson, at [email protected].

As a reminder, there are no additional fees to participate in OLP retreats, as all costs are covered through tuition. As such, participation in Retreat Week is considered mandatory for all students, as a regular week of school. If you need to report an attendance issue, please communicate with your Assistant Principal for your last name alpha-split by Friday, December 17.

Mrs. Ali Knoll: A-K
Ms. Sara Osmus: L-Z

COVID Testing

Prior to a full return to campus, all students will be expected to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If over the break, your daughter tested positive for COVID-19, email a copy of the test result to Nurse Greene, as soon as possible, at [email protected]. Testing on-campus, through Inspire PCR testing, will be provided based on your student’s last name on Monday, January 3 from 2:15 - 4:15 pm in Circle Drive. In order to return to campus for Retreat Week students must do one of the following to meet the testing requirement:

  • Test on campus on Monday, January 3 from 2:15 - 4:15 pm during your assigned alphabetical time slot; or
  • Present proof of a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken within 24 hours (As of Monday, January 3) and turn into Nurse Greene on Tuesday, prior to Mass or during the first Break; or
  • Present proof of a negative PCR Test taken within 48 hours (As of Sunday, January 2) and turn into Nurse Greene on Tuesday, prior to Mass or during the first Break.

On-Campus Testing on Monday, January 3 from 2:15 - 4:15 pm will be as follows:

  • 2:15 - 2:45 pm: Student Last names A - D
  • 2:45 - 3:15 pm: Student Last names E - K
  • 3:15 - 3:45 pm: Student Last names L - P
  • 3:45 - 4:15 pm: Student Last names Q - Z

Please park in the parking structure, or on the street, and walk onto Circle Drive with a mask on for your COVID-19, Inspire PCR nasal swab test. OLP Staff will be present to support. If you are unable to make your assigned time slot, you may show up at another time slot if absolutely necessary, but anticipate a slight delay.

Donation Collection

On Tuesday morning we will be doing an all-school collection of travel-sized donation items. These items will then be put into individualized bags on the Sophomore Retreat and shared with our Dear Neighbors experiencing homelessness. Please bring the donation item associated with the start of your last name:

  • Last Name A-C: Water bottles (singles or packs)
    Last Name D-G: Individually wrapped snacks (granola bars, chips, fruit snacks, etc.)
    Last Name H-L: Clean, new, adult-sized socks
    Last Name M-R: Toothbrushes and travel-size toothpaste
    Last Name S-Z: Hygiene products (travel-size shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, small soaps, hand sanitizer, etc).

If you feel called, we will also be collecting gently used blankets which will be donated to Desayunar Salesiano and Casa del Migrante in Tijuana. Thank you for your generosity! We will collect all items as you enter the OLP campus on Tuesday morning.

Reflection Activity to Complete Before January 4

In order to better prepare to hear our keynote address by Dr. Juliana Mosley, we are asking each student, faculty, and staff member, to watch Dr. Mosley’s 16 minute TedX Talk on the theme of Cultural Humility. Please watch the video ahead of time, and come to campus on Tuesday ready to engage in discussions around this important topic. After watching the video, please spend some time in personal reflection, reflecting on these two prompts:

  1. Share some of the tenets/principles of cultural humility that you heard communicated in Dr. Mosley’s TedX talk.
  2. Based on the principles communicated in the TedX Talk, write at least a half-page about a story from your life that you feel details an experience of cultural humility.

Please hand-write or type your reflection, and bring the hard copy with you to campus on Tuesday, January 4.

Tuesday Morning Check-In: Spring Semester Block A Classroom

When you arrive on campus on Tuesday, please report to your Block A SPRING semester classroom. If you are an office aide or in study hall for Block A, please report to the student library. If you have Yoga for Block A, please report to room 120. In our Block A classrooms, we will take attendance and hear Retreat Week announcements before we begin our liturgy.

We are looking forward to a wonderful week ahead! If you have any questions about Retreat Week, please email Mrs. Wilson at [email protected].