A Message from the Heart

Dear Immaculate Heart School Community,

January 6 was a sad day in our nation's history and a grim reminder that the beginning of a new year will not mean an end to the many frustrations and disappointments we felt for much of 2020.
We are likely all feeling angry and frustrated and weary of adults acting like children while families are being asked to sacrifice so much. Our students may be feeling frightened or confused. Maybe some of us don't even bother listening to the news because it all seems so futile. All of these feelings are valid and normal - and we are all tired of all of it. We know that our students have many questions, and although our teachers, counselors, and staff may not know all the answers, we hope that the classrooms, activities, and traditions at Immaculate Heart provide students with a safe space to ask those questions, to share those feelings, and to engage in civil discourse. 

We do not know what is to come in the next few weeks. But what we do know is, despite the attempts of a mob, our Constitution guided the nation and our institutions held firm. Our nation is clearly wounded, but it is also strong and resilient. It is full of young people (like the ones we see every day) who have now seen first-hand that words matter, facts matter, and the government is in the hands of the people. We hope we can use these events to learn and to grow and that our nation will move forward with a common purpose. 

Immaculate Heart's Mission to foster "academic excellence and creativity in an environment that empowers students to be of great heart and right conscience" is now more important than ever. The adults at Immaculate Heart are committed to providing our students with the tools they will need to navigate this world. While this school year has been devoid of much of the fun we would normally experience on campus, students are being challenged to think critically and to work diligently. It is vital that students learn how to engage with ideas, utilize evidence, and act according to their conscience. History is unfolding before them and they have an incredible opportunity to shape the world around us. The work that happens every day in every middle and high school classroom will prepare them to be the future leaders our country needs so desperately. 

With great heart and hope,

Maureen DiekmannNaemah MorrisGina Finer
PresidentPrincipal, High SchoolPrincipal, Middle School
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A Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, Immaculate Heart has been located on a beautiful hillside property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles since our founding by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1906. We celebrate more than a century of nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social and moral development of students as they distinguish themselves as women of great heart and right conscience.