Volume 22 · Issue 08 · October 20, 2016


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In This Issue
2016-17 Annual Fund Appeal
Principals' Corner
Harvest Festival 2015
Memorial Mass Intention Cards or Ornaments
Scrip News
Support SJSC
Second Grade Sacramental Preparation
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

Kind words make a difference to those who hear them and to those who say them. Christ loves and cares for us....can we love and care for others through our words and actions of KINDNESS?

Important Reminder of Upcoming Events to Support the Children in Haiti and to Celebrate Red Ribbon/Spirit Week

Tomorrow, Friday, October 21, is Donation Non-Uniform Dress day for the children of Haiti.  Students may wear non-uniform dress for a minimum $2 donation, which the students will give to their homeroom teachers.  All funds will be sent directly to the orphanages we support in Haiti to help the children.  Your gift will make a difference in the life of a child.  
To kick-off our celebration of Red Ribbon/Spirit Week, October 24 - October 28, the theme for the first day will be  Pink-Out Day to
support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

We continue the celebration with different themes/activities throughout the week, culminating with Halloween Accessories Day on Friday October 28.  Please follow the guidelines listed in last week's SerraDIPITY.  CLICK HERE for a full descrip tion of the activities and spirit attire for each day. 

For all Spirit Days, students must abide by our dress code and the spirit attire explanation. Questions regarding Red Ribbon Week/Spirit Week should be addressed to Mr. Corey Overton at
2016-2017 Annual Fund Appeal Is Off To a Great Start!
We hope you enjoyed looking through your Annual Fund Report which went home in last weeks Weekly Envelope. We would like to thank all the families who have already generously given to this year's Annual Fund in the first week of the campaign!  A very special thank you to the St. Serra faculty and staff!  83% of them have donated to this year's Annual Fund to date and four of them have decided to donate at the Founder's Circle level of giving.  Last year we had 100% participation from our faculty and staff and expect the same from them this year. 
Parents, can we give the staff a run for their money?  Join the Family Challenge!  Donate today! It has never been easier as our online donation form is now LIVE! 

Please CLICK HERE to make your donation!
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 3-8

Standardizing Sycamore Across the Grade Levels
  PARENT RESOURCES from Student Dashboard

Attendance  (Homeroom) Page (top bar)
  • A brief Homeroom Teacher Bio
  • Curriculum Update Preschool-2nd Grade
Departmentalized (Subject) Class Page (all classes may be accessed through Schedule Tab on top bar)
  • A brief Teacher Bio
  • Curriculum Update Grades 3-8 
Homework on Sycamore Grades 2-8 (right side bar)
  • Homework is posted by due date and will include the date assigned, description and attachments or other notes as needed. It will require a click-through to find the description.
  • If there is no homework, nothing will be posted. 
Calendar (Grades 2-8) (right side bar)
  • ONLY Tests, Quizzes, and Projects will be posted with a description, relevant study or project information. 
View Online Merit Cards (Grades 3-8)
  • Discipline Tab (right side bar) 
View Prior Report Cards
  • Documents Tab (top bar)

Parent Notifications on iPad Help Desk Visits

Beginning next week, parents will receive an email notification each time that their student visits the iPad Help Desk. The email will include a PDF which outlines the reason for the visit and how the issue was resolved.

These emails are provided to help keep parents apprised of any problems that their students are having with their iPad.

Please e-mail any questions regarding the iPad program to

Harvest Festival 2016
Sunday, October 30, St. Serra School
Stay and Play ALL day... Bountiful Gift Boutique, Food, Games, Fun Zone, Live Music and more!

Grand Prize Raffle
HELP! Have you sold or bought your raffle tickets yet?  WE NEED EVERY FAMILY'S participation in the Grand Prize Raffle ($5 per chance) to make Harvest Festival possible.
Mrs. Trudell and the Harvest Team are grateful to all families who turn in GPR tickets EARLY!  As an added incentive, Mrs. Trudell is offering an additional raffle for $1,000 cash to families who turn in at least 12 GPR Tickets by  Monday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m Plus, you are still eligible for all GPR Incentives - tickets due by Thursday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Did You Know....there is a St. Serra GPR $300 Package?  When you purchase your 60 GPR tickets (that is 60 chances to win the trip to Maui!) you also receive:
  • (2) Fun Zone wristbands
  • (25) game/food tickets 
  • (2) golden tickets for entry into raffle for exemption of 40 service hours for the current school year
  • VIP parking at the event
  • Family non-uniform dress pass
  • AND (5) chances to win $1,000 cash

This is the way to get it all! Learn more about the Awesome Family and Student INCENTIVES! Deadline is Thursday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. 

Got Animals?   *NEW* Camel rides coming to Harvest!  Come see animals from around the globe at our petting zoo!
GOT Catalina, Mammoth or San Diego?  View our amazing OPPORTUNITY DRAWING baskets and order your tickets early.
GOT Volunteer Hours?  This amazing day is run 100% by volunteers!  SIGN UP NOWWe have over 75 spaces left.  Come "Be One," have fun and get your hours in too!
GOT a Year Long Parking Space?  It's only $10 a chance.  ORDER NOW!
GOT Talent?  At this time auditions for the Harvest Festival Talent Show are closed. Thank you to all the amazing students that participated in the talent show auditions. Please note, to be included in the Serra's Got Talent lineup, students who auditioned MUST return a signed and completed copy of both the AUDITION APPLICATION and the TALENT SHOW RULES to the School Office no later than 3:00 p.m. TOMORROW, Friday October 21.
Questions? Please contact Talent Show Coordinators Dana Maas (  or Rebecca Yaghi ( . Thank you!
GOT Wristbands?   Avoid waiting in line, PURCHASE  your food and game tickets in advance, as well as your Pre-sale Fun Zone Wristband. Your $40 Fun Zone Wristband includes ALL DAY use of Zipline, Ballistic Swing, Giant Slide, Pony Rides, Tubs of Fun, Water Wars, and inflatable Sports Games in the SAC plus a Ducks Hockey rink...bigger and better this year!
GOT Gifts?  Start your Christmas shopping early.  Take a look at our incredibly diverse vendors participating in the BOUNTIFUL BOUTIQUE  this year, located in the air conditioned Student Activity Center!
GOT T-Shirts?   The Harvest Festival T-Shirt can be worn by students on PE Days and FRIDAYS (except Formal Uniform days) until Christmas!  ORDER your Harvest Festival T-Shirt today! Shirts will be delivered in your Weekly Envelope.
Questions?   Contact Harvest Festival Event Chairs, Melanie Contreras at and Sandra Rahnama at

  Time To Turn In Your Box Tops! 
Help Earn Money For Our School!
OUR FIRST COLLECTION IS TOMORROW!  Be sure to turn in as many Box Tops as possible before 8:00 a.m. TOMORROW morning!  The more Box Tops a student turns in, the more tickets he or she will receive for our Box Top Raffle Drawing, where one lucky winner will be selected to receive a $25 Visa Gift Card! The first drawing winner will be announced on SerraVision next Friday, October 28. Don't be left out!!  WE NEED YOUR BOX TOPS NOW! 
QUESTIONS? Contact Kelly Smith Parker, Box Tops Chair, at .

November In-N-Out® Ordering Opens 
TOMORROWOctober 21!
Ordering for November opens  tomorrow,   Friday, October 21 In-N-Out® lunch will be served on Thursday, November 10 ONLY.   CLICK HERE  to visit our  In-N-Out® page and place your order for November.
Memorial Mass Intention Cards 

If yo haven't already done so, please return your Mass Intention card for our Memorial Mass by Friday, October 28. Help us honor your loved ones by including a card as part of our Mass remembrance.

Memorial Mass Ornaments
Please join us for our Annual Memorial Mass on Tuesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m. As in previous years, Memorial Ornaments will be displayed on the Tree of Remembrance in our lobby from November 1 until November 28.    
Procedures for Ornament Hanging: 
  • Newly Purchased Ornaments: If you purchased a 2016 Memorial Ornament it will be hung on the Tree of Remembrance by the Advancement Office. The ornaments will be blessed at the Memorial Mass and returned to you in the Weekly Envelope on Thursday, December 1 in order for you to hang it on your Christmas Tree at home.           
  • Previous Year's Ornaments: If you have ornaments from previous years and wish to have them included on the Tree of Remembrance and blessed by Father at the Memorial Mass, you may hang them on the tree as a family on the morning of the Mass, prior to 9:00 a.m.  We ask that you personally REMOVE those ornaments no later than Wednesday, November 30.     
Should you have any questions, please contact Cindy Carpino in the Advancement Office at ext. 239.
  Scrip News

Daily/Weekly Sales Update:

Weekly Order Form  - Please make sure you are using the most current (10/10/16) order form, as there have been several changes over the past few weeks. Not using the correct form can result in your order not being filled or being delayed. CLICK HERE to download a current Weekly or Daily Order Form or visit the St. Serra website at  the forms are located at the bottom of the page, under forms to download TK-8. These order forms are also available for pick-up from the School Lobby information rack.
Souplantation - This Weekly vendor has been discontinued effective immediately.
See's Candy Price Change and New Foothill Ranch Location - This weekly vendor's price has been changed to $19.30 effective immediately.  Please note they now have a new location at the Foothill Ranch Towne Center, in addition to their Shops at Mission Viejo location. 
Tutto FrescoNOW OPEN at their new location in the Kohl's shopping center.  PLEASE NOTE: gift cards will not be available for another 5-6 weeks.  Please check Serra DIPITY for availability updates.
Ralph's Rebate Reporting:
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 Scrip Coordinator at by 10-31-16.   NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR LATE REPORTS DUE TO RESTRICTIONS FROM RALPH'S.

Help !  Missing Supporter information
If any of the names below are one of your family's supporters, please contact the Scrip Office.
  • D & A Reyes
  • Maria T. Silva
CLICK HERE and then click on the Ralph's Logo near the bottom of the page for St. Serra's procedures to obtain your family's Ralph's rebate information.
Playoffs are Coming Up!

Support SJSC and your favorite baseball team by shopping at Amazon via scripsense. Purchase an eGift card for Amazon using your scripsense Chapel account, shop for team apparel/accessories and earn 3% towards the Chapel Fundraising Campaign.
Maybe you are watching the game at Hanna's? 
Remember, 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.
Serra Earns with Every Purchase!
Login and shop now at Not registered yet? No problem! Send an email to to request an email invitation to register today!
Second Grade Sacramental Preparation Registration Reminder

If your second grade child is going to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist this spring, you must contact your parish to register them for Sacramental Preparation.  You were given information from your parish Faith Formation Director at Back-to-School Night. If you have not already done this, please do it as soon as possible.

Community Programs of Interest

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  

San Francisco Solano Church - Life in the Spirit Seminar
Saturday, November 12, 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Come and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit!   Deacon Steve Greco will lead this amazing seminar full of praise music and inspiring talks. Tickets are $20 (includes lunch). Register in the office or CLICK HERE to register online and for more information. 

Join JiJi and MIND Research Institute at the Math Fair! 
This fall, the  Math Fair is coming  back to Orange County! Join them on 
November 5 at the OC Fair & Event Center for a free fun-filled day of math delights and activities. From mathematically-themed exhibits to family math workshops, kids and adults alike will experience the beauty and power of math at the Math Fair.

CLICK HERE to download or view the form.