Volume 22 · Issue 06 · October 06, 2016


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In This Issue
A Message from our President
2016-2017 Family Directory
Principals' Corner
PTO Happenings
Harvest Festival 2015
Box Tops for Education
Golf Classic
Support the Chapel Fund
Scrip News
2017 Yearbook Sales
Lunch/Recess Duty Scheduling Reminder
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

We often look to coffee to get us going each day, why not look to prayer and God's daily word to get us motivated, restored and redirected to the joy and hope that life brings us each and every day. We each have a prayer life so special to us  - this is a great reminder that God's daily word is the motivation we need to keep each day bright, no matter the challenges that face us.

Summit/Founders Day -  TONIGHT, October. 6, 2016 
As mentioned in last week's SerraDIPITY, our annual Founders' Day Summit will be held  this evening, Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Muzzy Family Student Activity Center.

Our Summit is a time when SJSC Parent Advisory Board leadership and their committees gather to receive the Annual Report, review school-wide goals and based on those goals, set individual committee goals. Mr. Doug Hayden is our Advisory Board Chair working closely with myself and the following committees: Advancement, Construction/Facilities, Curriculum, Finance, Marketing, PTO, Parish/Community Outreach, Legal/Administration, and Technology. Each committee consists of administrators and parent volunteers working together to continually move our school forward...SIEMPRE ADELANTE.
We strongly encourage our parents to attend this very important meeting. You are invited to join us as an observer of this wonderful event. Hospitality and seats in the bleachers will be available for you. As an observer, you will learn a great deal and will be proud of the parent leadership that represents you in all areas. 

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Mass - Thursday, October 13
We hope  you will join us for our Mass on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. to pray as a community in the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We will also be praying the Holy Rosary as a school, led by our 6th-grade class, growing us closer to God's Mercy. We are blessed to welcome Father Duy from San Francisco Solano as our celebrant.  Mass will be for students in Grades One through Eight; however, all students TK through Eight are required to wear Formal Uniform. We do have permit parking in the neighborhood but NO parking is allowed in the Memorial Care parking lot.

PTO will again be hosting a Parent Fellowship Coffee Social immediately following Mass. More information can be found in the PTO section below. 

We would love for you to join us on this special day. We have so  many blessings to be grateful for and to celebrate during Mass next Thursday. 

Service Projects During the Month of October:
  • Food for Friends Food Drive - Friday, October 14
  • Missionary Childhood Association Collection at Mass- Thursday, October 13 
  • Pennies from Heaven supporting Respect Life Shelters- Oct. 3- Oct. 19
  • Supporting Haiti and Father Marc after Hurricane Matthew (more to come soon)
As a community dedicated to a missionary spirit as our patron St. Junipero Serra, we have service projects each month to support various organizations. You will find information on these Christian service projects mentioned in my section and throughout the Serra DIPITY. Students also learn more about these projects on SerraVision and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

2016-2017 Family Directory
Our Family Directory is now available to view and can be found in the Parents Only section of our new website, which is a password protected area. You will need your passkey information to access this section that was sent home in the first Weekly Envelope on the first day of school. You will no longer need a username - just the passkey. You may also  CLICK HERE to login.

Parents, please know that the Family Directory is provided as a service to our St. Serra families. The directory, as authorized by our families during the registration process, is only available during the academic year in which authorization was given. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you print out a copy of the directory for use after the academic year.

Please also know that all St. Serra families may not be included, as some families requested the omission of their information from this directory.

By downloading the 2016-2017 St. Serra Catholic School Family Directory for viewing either electronically or by output, as a St. Serra parent, you agree to utilize the information for your own personal use; information contained in the directory may NOT be used for commercial use or mass distribution.

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


As we continue to partner in your child's education, we encourage open and ongoing communication throughout the school year. Parent, teacher, and student communication should be envisioned as a process, rather than as an event. All St. Junipero Serra Catholic teachers participate in on-going communication with parents. Communication takes place via Sycamore, e-mail, telephone, and scheduling conferences as needed. It is our hope that all concerns are being addressed as they arise and are not being held until the set conference days. As our scheduled conference days approach, we hope you will take this opportunity to be updated on your student's progress.

Mark your calendars: Wednesday, November 16, Thursday, November 17, and Friday, November 18. 

Preschool & TK-Grade 4 Scheduling Forms will be in today's Weekly Envelope. You may download a Conference Form for Grades TK-4 by clicking HERE. You will also find additional copies at the front desk.

Special Note Regarding Conferences: All specialty teachers, including Small Group and Advanced Plus teachers will be available for 15 minute drop in conferencing as desired.

Grade 5-8 Conference information will be included in next week's Serra DIPITY

PROGRESS REPORTS for Grades 3-8 
Teachers will be sending home progress reports.  Please sign and return to your child's homeroom teacher.

PTO Happenings

The Month of October At-A-Glance
This Autumn month is filled with a variety of activities and events that allow us to connect as a SJSC Community. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Fall Blessings,
Cristen Lebsack (PTO President 2016-2017)
  • October 13 - All Parent Coffee Social after Mass from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the St. Junipero Serra Courtyard (Thank you to our hosts: Kindergarten Room Parents)
  • October 18 - Our first of three Staff Treat Days (Hosted by 2nd, 5th, 8th grades - thank you all!)
  • October 19 - Harvest Fundraiser: Big Air Trampoline Park
  • October 30 - Harvest Festival 2016 (Be One!) 
  • October 31 - No school - Have a safe Halloween night

Harvest Festival 2016 is Coming! Sunday October 30!

Serra's Got Talent is back this year so get  your ACT together! Auditions will be held at lunch on Tuesday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 18 in Extended Care (during lunch) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Pre-sale Fun Zone Wristbands and Food and Game tickets go on sale today. Don't miss out on the savings!

The Harvest Mob Dance is now being taught at lunch on Mondays through October!

Mark your calendar! Wednesday, October 19th is our last family fundraiser at Big Air Trampoline Park .  Come bounce with us!

Take a peek at our Underwriting Opportunities .
Get Clipping & Earn CA$H for St. Serra School!

Did You Know? 
  When you purchase a product adorned with a Box Top label, it is worth 10 cents or more for our school! 


1.Just clip the pink and blue labels 

2. Return to your homeroom in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child's FULL name and homeroom.

3.Our FIRST COLLECTION is 8:00 a.m. on October 21! (Students receive ONE (1) drawing ticket for every five (5) Box Tops they turn in prior to 8:00 a.m. on October 21st. Our first drawing winner will be announced on SerraVision on October 28th and will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card.)  GET CUTTING-it could be you!  *NEW*  A $200 Visa gift card for the student who turns in the most Box Tops by May 26,2017! Read more...

2016 Golf Classic

The 2016 St. Junipero Serra Catholic School Golf Classic  took place last Thursday, September 29, at Tijeras Creek Golf Club. Together over 200 golfers, dinner and silent auction guests enjoyed a wonderful day & night in support of our incredible school.

The St. Serra PTO Board would like to gratefully thank Event Chairs, Elizabeth Gould and Nicole Curtis, along with PTO VP Golf, Stephanie Angelos, for their leadership, creativity and unwavering dedication to the success of this special event. In addition, the 21st Annual Golf Classic would not have been possible without our hardworking Committee Members, our generous sponsors, the SJSC staff and administrators, the staff at Tijeras Creek, and ALL the parent volunteers who helped out both on and off the course! Thank you all for your generosity, time and support!

We would like to extend a special thank you to the following volunteers for their extensive help in the days leading up to the tournament: Mark Pitino, Lia Williams, Jamie Gorrell, Kim Karney, Lisa Reed, Allie Bertocchini, Alex Simon, Megan Richards, Karyn Pickart, Dawn Bilawa, Stacey Kane, Alice Manning and Gwenne Kooman.

Lastly, St. Serra was thrilled to welcome the Ball Drop Helicopter to campus last Friday, September 30.  It was a joy to include the kids in this St. Serra tradition and to see the excitement on their faces as the helicopter dropped thousands of balls onto the field.  Please be on the lookout; Ball Drop photos and the Ball Drop video are coming soon!

Event Chairs - Elizabeth Gould & Nicole Curtis
PTO VP Golf - Stephanie Angelos
Ball Drop Raffle - Mark Pitino & Lia Williams
Communications - Liz Briseno
Community Donations - Gwenne Kooman
Donor/Sponsor Thank You's - Lisa Zawistoski
FTR: Finance - Courtney Flick
FTR: Technology - Vickie Cassidy
FTR: Redemption - Liz Briseno
FTR: Reservations - Jamie Gorrell
Gift Wrap (Auction Baskets) - Lisa Reed, Allie Bertocchini, Megan Richards & Dani Labriola
Photographers - Jen Vaughn, Kristy Messer
Silent Auction Inventory & Packaging - Alex Simon
Sponsorships - Stephanie Angelos & Elizabeth Gould
Table Decorations - Katie Minardi
Tournament Signage/Sponsor Liaison - Dawn Bilawa & Alice Manning
Treasurer - Karen Tredwell
Vendor Coordinator & Hole-in-One Vehicles - Karyn Pickart
Videographer - Stacey Kane
Volunteer Coordinator - Kim Karney
  • 1st Place (Gross) - P.Valaskantjis, D.Zeppos, V.Santana, T.Ricker
  • 1st Place (Net)C.Sauritch, W.Roberts, M.Thompson, D.Morri
  • 1st Place (Women) - N.Peters, R.Feathers, R.Kezelman, B.Tompkins
Last Place - M.Brown, M.Daryabigi, M.Gray, G.Walton
On-Course Contests:
  • Longest Drive (Men) - J. Bittick        
  • Longest Drive (Women) - R.Kezelman
  • Closest to the Pin (Men) -  D.Groseclose
  • Closest to the Pin (Women) - T. Andrew      
  • Straightest Drive (Men) - A. Griffith
  • Straightest Drive (Women) - R. Feathers     
  • Putting Contest -  D.Reed
Off-Course Contests:
  • Pink Ball Tournament - T.Zambukos, A.Griffith, S.Griffith, J.Lippa - split $800 CASH!
  • 19th Hole Raffle - N.Percival- winner of Las Vegas Trip to Cosmopolitan Hotel and a Private Jet Experience!
  • Helicopter Ball Drop Grand Prize Raffle -  The Beltran Family winner of $3,000!
  • Student Helicopter Ball Drop Winner -  J. Guthrie PS-A  winner of $500!
Top Student Sellers:
  • 1st place - K. Murray, 2C 
  • 2nd place - A. Sprague 4A 
  • 3rd place - J. Louie 6D

Support the Chapel Fund by using the Local Merchant App via Scripsense. 

Waiting for the next restaurant fundraising dinner night?  EVERY DAY is a fundraising dinner night at Hanna's! 
Due to the generous partnership between St. Serra, Scripsense and Hanna's Prime Steakhouse, 10% of everything you spend at Hanna's can go directly to the Chapel Fund in your family's name.  There are no fees, no flyers, no hard cards necessary and there is NO cost to you. Just GO, DINE, SCAN and EARN.  It's as  EASY AS 1...2...3 .
Not dining out?  Log into Scripsense and shop online for merchandise or eGift cards and you can earn 1-20% in rebates to your family's chapel fund account. If you need assistance or an invitation to open a scripsense account please e-mail
Scrip News

St. Serra has 5 ways to help you earn rebates and attain or exceed your $275  Financial Participation Fee: (Grades TK-8)
  1. Daily Sales (Located in Scrip Office, Monday-Friday, 7:40 to 8:30 a.m.)
  2. Weekly Order Sales (Due to School Office on Monday's by 8:30 a.m.)
  3.  (Online Program with Reload and Weekly Online Order option)
  4. Scripsense (Online Shopping, eGift Cards and credit card payment option)
  5.  Ralph's (Electronic Program with eligible purchases tracked by your Ralph's Club Card) 
For more information regarding each program, please CLICK HERE to visit the Scrip Program page on our new website.  Please scroll down to the bottom of the Scrip Program page for links to each program.

Daily/Weekly Sales Update:

Tutto Fresco - Is  NOW OPEN at their new location in the Kohl's shopping center!  PLEASE NOTE: gift cards will not be available for another 6-8 weeks. Please check SerraDIPITY for availability updates.

Ralph's rebates for Quarter ending 8-31-16 are now due. All rebate information for quarter ending 8-31-16 must be emailed to the ScripCoordinator by 10-31-16.  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 Ralph's rebate information, found at the bottom of the page.
Yearbook 2017 - Don't Forget To Order Your Yearbooks Today!

Yes, it's that time of year again to take advantage of the  EARLY BIRD yearbook price of $48.   This great price won't last long -- sale is only good for a short time.

Please act NOW as the price will go up to $58 beginning Friday, October 14, 2016

Yearbooks can only be purchased online. Here is how you place your order(s):
  • Go to or CLICK HERE
  • Click on "BUY YOUR YEARBOOK"
  • Enter "St. Junipero Serra Catholic School - RSM" from the drop-down menu
  • Click on "Yearbook"
  • Add Recipient's Name (Student's Name) Student's Last Name, Grade, Homeroom,  Recipient's E-mail (would be your own and not the student's e-mail address). If you have a TK student, please select Kindergarten as the grade and indicate TK as the homeroom.
Note: to place multiple yearbook orders, you will have to click on the "Continue Shopping" button to add additional forms to complete for each student's yearbook order you would like to place.
For more information, please contact Cindy Kennedy, Communications Director at
Lunch/Recess Duty Scheduling Reminder - 
Due Date  October 31, 2016
Please contact Rosie Chavez, Yard Supervisor at or extension 140, to schedule your required hours before Monday, October 31. Please remember that you only need to schedule, not perform by this date. Families will have the opportunity to perform their required hours up until Friday, April 28, 2017.
As a reminder, families who have not scheduled or bought-out of the required lunch/recess duties by Monday, October 31, 2016, will be invoiced at the rate of $15 per hour "times" the number of unscheduled hours. The fine for each Lunch/Recess "No-Show" will be invoiced at $30 per hour. Rescheduling will be limited to one (1) reschedule per duty date and will require 24-hour advance notification to the Yard Supervisor.            
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

St. Kilian's All Saints' Day Vigil Mass  for Children and Families &
Trunk or Treat for Kids
Monday, October 31, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Come celebrate with them as they offer a special ALL SAINTS' DAY VIGIL MASS with children and families and then go
"trunk or treating" from our Parishioner's Trunks!
WHO: All Children and their Parents or Guardians  (NO DROP OFFS)
WHEN: Monday, October 31
WHERE: St. Kilian Church, Courtyard and Parking Lot
TIME: 4:00-4:45 p.m. Mass
4:45-5:30 p.m. Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Crafts and Treats from Trunks  

Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Open House Sunday, October 16 th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Student led tours are available and many faculty, administrators and coaches will be on hand to answer questions.  
  • Meet Principal, Mr. Ray Dunne, President, Mr. Andy Sulick '91, and Admissions Director, Mr. Ron Blanc.
  • Experience firsthand why Santa Margarita remains the school of choice by families seeking a premier, Catholic, college preparatory education.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Open House.