Volume 22 · Issue 04 · September 22, 2016


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In This Issue
Principals' Corner
Golf Classic
Harvest Festival 2015
After-School Computer Science Class
October In N Out®
School Pictures
Choir News
Join the Choir
Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGOs
Scrip News
OT ILAUGH Social Skills Classes
Community Programs of Interest
Living Our Faith


 Prayer Partners &

Prayer Requests


Please CLICK HERE for more information about Outreach Ministries.

Parish Connections Update
CLICK HERE to view this month's Parish events.
Weekly Rosary
Please join us for  our weekly, Friday morning Rosary. CLICK HERE for more information.

Please CLICK HERE to view the many volunteer opportunities that are available here at Serra Catholic
A Message From Our President
I pray today you will take one moment and reflect on all that is good here at St. Serra. We are TRULY BLESSED and I hope you will join me in this reflection today.

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School Launches New Website -Monday, October 3, 2016
We are so excited to announce that we are ready to launch the long-awaited, new St. Junipero Serra Catholic School website. The site is designed to show the multitude of blessings and success of our school through multi-media and also to help parents easily navigate all that you need to stay connected and help your children succeed at SJSC. A big thank you to Mrs. Cindy Kennedy, Communications Director, for her leadership and the countless hours of dedication to prepare this website for its launch. Look to our SerraDIPITY over the next two weeks for more exciting information. 

SJSC PTO Joins Mrs. Trudell On Visit To Our Four Parishes
This past Monday, our SJSC bus left the Applied Medical Parking lot with 20 of your PTO team leaders and myself, as the tour guide, to visit all four parishes. On our visits we toured each parish campus, visited with our pastors and their parish staff and presented each of them with a picture of our school for their offices, and a tray of delicious sweets.

At each parish we prayed together for various intentions: for you, our parents, our students, our diocese and for the intentions of our pastors. A big thank you to Cristen Lebsack, PTO President, and Debbie Dubeau, Vice President SJSC for Parent Relations. Our parish relationships continue to grow and blossom.

Traffic News
Many of you may have witnessed me standing in the middle of the circle of the new 'round-about' on Banderas in front of the PEB this morning. I was doing my best to help guide you around the circle! I apologize for not being able to provide you with advance notice of this new 'round-about' which was constructed this week. Although the City of RSM previously mentioned that they were considering installing the round-about, they did not let me know it was happening this week so I, as well as our parents and staff members, were caught off-guard on Tuesday when the trucks showed up to start the project.

The city assures us this was put in place In order to help keep both the neighborhood and our families safe. I ask you to please follow the signs regarding the flow of traffic, which is to 'go right' as you exit from in front of the PEB and proceed 'around' the circle.

Thank you so much.
God is Good...All the Time.
Christ's Blessings,

Angeline Trudell


"Be brave, take heart, all who put their HOPE in the Lord." - Psalm 31:24

Principals' Corner
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Preschool-2 & Mrs. Julie Tipton, Grades 3-5

More Information on the New Student Learning Assessment (SLA) and G rading Practices for K-Grade 8

Please CLICK HERE to view the St. Junipero Serra Catholic Academic Reporting Guide for 2016-2017.

As introduced at the Back-to-School Nights, the following are K- Grade 8 Diocesan-wide changes.

1.    Implementation of the Diocesan 100%-50% Grading Scale (Grades 2-8)

2.  The 80/20 Grading practice (St. Junipero Serra implemented in the 2015-      16 school year)
3.  Grades 2-8 are utilizing the 4-1 Rubric for *Responsible Behavior,                  **Academic Processing (formally Work Habits), and for Elective Classes.
* In Sycamore, you will find a score throughout the trimester under Responsible Behavior that is tied to the Online Merit Cards.

** Academic Processing is assessed in the classroom through attributes and will show the rubric score at the conclusion of the trimester.
Only One Week Until St. Serra's 21st Anniversary Golf Classic!
Thank you to our generous sponsors and to the many golfers and dinner guests who registered to join us on September 29. 

We look forward to seeing you on the course!
Congratulations to Jack T. in 7th Grade, for winning the Ball Drop Raffle Classroom Incentive Raffle last week. It's still not too late to buy golf balls!  Additional order forms were sent home today in your Weekly Envelope. Be sure to turn in all outstanding forms by Monday, September 26 at 3:00 p.m. to be entered to win $3,000 in the Helicopter Ball Drop and to qualify for our final incentives and cash prizes! more 

Harvest Festival 2016
Sunday, October 30
St. Serra School
Need a vacation? Check out our Grand Prize Raffle and purchase a $5 chance to win a trip for two to Maui! The more tickets you purchase the greater your odds of winning. Plus, thanks to our incredible incentives, you can get everything you need for an amazing day at Harvest simply by buying/selling GPR tickets!                                   
Imagine how easy life would be if you were able to pull into your very own parking spot in the SJSC lot minutes before dismissal each day. Take a $10 chance and win a spot for a year in our Reserved Parking Raffle!

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, October 5th is Harvest Festival's next restaurant fundraising event at Selma's Pizzeria. Don't miss out-the last one was a blast! Read More...
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Student Store is selling ALL in-stock, 2015-16 PE uniforms, sweatshirts and sweatpants; plus, any remaining True Grits' polo shirts and plaid pieces. Limited availability of sizes and colors. Items may be continually worn by students or the next TWO (2) Academic School YEARS. Sorry, no refunds, no exchanges, all sales are FINAL and limited to stock on-hand.
Prices for 2015-16 Clothing
*PE T-shirts (youth and adult) = $6.00
*PE Girl's shorts (youth and adult) = $8.00
*PE Boy's shorts (youth and adult) = $10.00
*Crew Sweatshirt (youth and adult) = $15.00
*Sweatpants (youth) = $15.00
*Hooded Sweatshirt (adult) = $15.00
Items Listed Below are $15.00 each:
Middle School Blouse
Middle School Plaid Skirt
Knit Polo Dress (option worn from Preschool-2nd Grade)
Plaid Jumper (worn from TK-4th Grade)
Plaid "Overall" Jumper (worn from Preschool-TK)
Plaid Shorts, HALF sizes (worn from TK-4th Grade)
Plaid Shorts, Regular sizes (worn from TK-4th Grade)
Polo, Girls cut (youth and adult)
Long-sleeve Polo (youth and adult)
Polo Shirts (unisex) (youth and adult)
Turtle Neck, Long Sleeve (adult only)
We also have Serra Spiritwear and various Serra novelty items at 50% off, plus all remaining novels are $2.00 each.
Questions? Contact Catherine Tirado, Student Store Coordinator at 888-1990, ext. 122 or .

After-School Computer Science Class

Come and learn the basics of computer programming  using Scratch!  

Dates: October 3 - October 27  
Mondays and Thursdays
2:45-4:00 p.m. in the PEB tech lab.
Students will learn computer science skills while they create their own video games! Students will design and program their own video games using code and computer science and learn important gaming concepts while building racing games, mazes, and other fun games.   While Computer Science Class members, code, play, and game, they learn important skills that will help open future educational and career opportunities.  
No previous computer science is necessary.
Ask friends to join, too - the After-School Computer Science Class is social and fun!
CLICK HERE  for more information. Sign up soon! If you have any questions, please contact Miss Thomas at .      
Code. Play. Game.
October In-N-Out® Ordering  Closes  Friday September 30 !

In-N-Out® lunch will be served on  Thursday, October 13 , 20 and 27. Ordering for both October and Annual orders close next  Friday, September 30 There is NO
In N Out® served on 
Thursday, October 6,  so please plan accordingly!  

CLICK HERE to visit our In-N-Out ® page. 
Save the Date: School Picture Make-Ups and Grade Level Pictures - Formal Uniform Required

On  Wednesday, October 19 we will be taking Grade Level pictures for our yearbook. All students (Grades Preschool - 8) must wear Formal Uniform this day. We will also be taking group pictures (e.g. choirs, Altar Servers, etc.). A schedule will go out soon so be sure to read the Serra DIPITY for scheduled times. Students who missed their original school picture day will also have their pictures taken on this day. Please contact Mr. Corey Overton at wi th any questions. 
Tiny Treble and Serra Singer Choir Rehearsals Start Next Week!
The  Serra Singers  will start morning rehearsals on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:50 a.m. in the PEB, Room 1B (Mrs. Tozzolo's room). Serra Singers are open to 3rd and 4th-grade students. No audition necessary! The Serra Singers will meet regularly on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Students can be dropped off at the Extended Care gate and may walk to the PEB, Room 1B.
The  Tiny Trebles  will start on Tuesday, September 27 for 1st-grade students and on Thursday September 29 for 2nd-grade students. Tiny Trebles rehearse after school from 1:50 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the PEB (1st Grade: KC, 2nd Grade: KD). Ms. Armenta will pick students up from their classrooms after school. Students will be walked to the PEB lunch tables or Extended Care at 2:30 p.m. in time for the second traffic pattern.  
See Ms. Armenta's webpage for more information. 

Come Out and Join the Choir, Handbells
& Junior Thespian Troupe

Serranade Choir (Grades 5-8)
The Serranade choir is open to all students in grades 5-8.  It is a no-audition, year-long activity.  Rehearsals are  Tuesday  and  Thursday  morning from  6:50 -7:30 a.m.  in 7D (Mr. Napoli's room).
The choir prepares for performances including school Masses, Harvest Festival, Christmas and Spring concerts, 8th grade Graduation Mass and Commencement, and Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day.  They will also attend a Disneyland performance workshop in the spring as well as the annual Choral Festivals in March and May. 
Regular attendance at the weekly choir rehearsals is required. Choir is a fee-based program and participant fees are due on  September 30, 2016.  All interested and enthusiastic singers will be admitted. A Participation Agreement is required from each student. For more information about this ensemble please visit the Choir and Handbells page on the St. Junipero Serra Catholic School website or email Janess Sifers at
Bellissima Handbell Choir (Grades 5-8)
The Bellissima Handbell Choir is open to interested students in grades 5-8.  The ensemble is a year-long activity. Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays during 8th period ( 1:50 p.m.-2:30 p.m . in the 7th-grade hallway. Additional after school or lunch rehearsals will be scheduled as needed for performance preparation.  The ensemble prepares for performances at school Masses, Christmas and Spring concerts and the annual Concordia Spring Handbell Festival, in Irvine CA.  
The Bellissima Handbell Choir is a fee-based program and participant fees are due on  September 30, 2016. A Participation Agreement and fee is required from each student. For more information about this ensemble please visit the Choir and Handbells page on the St. Junipero Serra Catholic School website or e-mail Janess Sifers at
Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon

Are you CREATIVE? Do you love to ENTERTAIN?
Has God given you the gift of Hospitality?  
If so, we need you! 

We are looking for additional table hostesses to decorate a table for the Tuition Assistance Luncheon to be held, Sunday, January 29, 2017. Not only is this a great opportunity to get involved with other moms but this event is for an amazing cause. It supports our Tuition Assistance program for St. Serra students and the students of the Marian Alliance schools in Santa Ana.

We also have a few committee positions available. CLICK HERE for the job descriptions.

Make a difference in the life of a Catholic school child right here in our community by using your God-given gifts! Contact event chairman, Karin Hendrick, at for more information or to volunteer. 
Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGOs

Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added
inspiration from our specially trained instructors. They dive into our
massive collections of LEGO®. And while they build elaborate objects,
structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering
and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without
fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.

Learn more and sign up at .

The new session starts  Tuesday, October 4!
Scrip News

St. Serra has 5 ways to help you earn rebates and attain or exceed your $275  Financial Participation Fee: (Grades TK-8)


Online program CLICK HERE


Online program CLICK HERE 

3. Electronic Programs (Ralph's)  CLICK HERE

4. Daily Sales CLICK HERE

5. Weekly Sales CLICK HERE

Daily/Weekly Sales Update:

Tutto Fresco - The new location in the Kohl's shopping center is set to re-open on September 26, 2016.  HOWEVER - gift cards will not be available for another 6-8 weeks. Please check SerraDIPITY for the latest updates.
Kohl's Account Payment Restrictions - As a reminder, account payments must be made in person at store locations. Kohl's scrip gift cards cannot be used for online account payments.

Ralph's Renewal and Rebate Reporting:
Participants are required to register for the new term online at or by calling Ralph's at 800-443-4438 starting now. Even if you registered as recently as June, July or August 2016, you are required to register again beginning September 1.
As a reminder, the Ralph's Scan Bar letters are no longer valid and will not work at the register.
For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on 'Enroll Now'. If you don't have computer access, please call Ralph's at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.
Ralph's rebates for Quarter ending 5-31-16 are now due. All rebate information for quarter ending 5-31-16 must be e-mailed to the ScripCoordinator by 9-23-16 NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR LATE REPORTS DUE TO RESTRICTIONS FROM RALPH'S.  CLICK HERE for St. Serra's procedures to obtain your family's Ralphs rebate information.

For questions, please contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at 888-1990,
ext. 121.
Occupational Therapy & ILAUGH Social Skills Class

Specializing in sensory integration, Tricia Collins, a pediatric Occupational Therapist, addresses the following areas in individual and group therapy sessions: organization of behavior, postural and motor control, attention, social skills, motor planning, handwriting, and sensory processing. In addition to providing school-based screenings, assessments, and on-going treatment, Tricia is now offering a social skills class called ILAUGH. You can find the ILAUGH registration form by CLICKING HERE. 

Classes begin Sept. 23! 

Tricia  may be contacted by calling   (949)394-1553   or at  for more information on fees for services.
Community Programs of Interest

St. Kilian Oktoberfest
S ince 1997, St. Kilian's Oktoberfest has been a gathering of family, friends and our wider community. Come for a meal - Stay for music, dancing, games and fun!

* Live Music 
* International Food Court
* Opportunity Drawings

*New this year* Water Wars, Pinewood Derby and so much more!

Sat. October 8 - 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 9  - 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pancake Breakfast - Sun. October 9 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

CLICK HERE for more information.

Festival Santiago - Santiago de Compostela Parish
October 14, 15 & 16
This festival is one of the largest fundraisers for Santiago parish.

* Fri. Oct. 14 - 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. 
   Dinner/Dancing and Silent Auction
* Sat. Oct. 15 - 4:00 - 10:00 p.m
   Games, Food, Entertainment and Auction
* Sun.Oct. 16 - 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
   Games, Food,  Entertainment and Auction

Come out and enjoy all of the entertainment! If you would like to help by volunteering, making a donating or f or more information, contact Tim Holmes at

Sacred Heart Kids' Club
 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana 
Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
The Sacred Heart Kids' Club provides a joyful and welcoming atmosphere for students in the 3rd 
through   8th Grade. Club meetings include games, crafts, lessons, snacks, and prayer times.
Registration for  Sacred Heart  Kid's Club is on  October 6 at 3:30 p.m., the first club meetin g is Thursday, October 13

Please CLICK HERE for more information.