Volume 22 · Issue 09 · October 27, 2016


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In This Issue
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Principals' Corner
2016-17 Annual Fund Appeal
Harvest Festival 2015
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Yearbook Dedication Ad Early Bird Deadline
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Scrip News
Support SJSC
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
As Jesus taught us, never stop being kind -- just one act of kindness each day makes a huge difference.  If we could all just do one act of kindness per day, can you imagine the world we could help create?

Never underestimate the power of being kind.

Memorial Mass
Please join us on Tuesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the Muzzy Family Student Activity Center, as we celebrate our special Memorial Mass on All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. This beautiful Mass, where we honor any students/parents/alumni of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School, and any of our loved ones who have gone home to our Lord in Heaven, is one of our many wonderful traditions here at our school.

We have adopted the symbol of the butterfly to remind us all of the beauty of life that continues on in the eternal life with God in Heaven. Our Tree of Remembrance, adorned with the Memorial Ornaments, graces our lobby as a reminder of the many loved ones who are now angels in Heaven. These ornaments  will be displayed on the Tree of Remembrance from Tuesday, November 1 through Monday, November 28. ALL ornaments displayed on the tree will be blessed by Fr. Thomas Naval, our celebrant, at the beginning of the Memorial Mass.  Please plan to stay a bit longer as our community moves out to the field at the conclusion of Mass, to release butterflies in honor of all of our loved ones, which is truly a beautiful sight to see. 

ALL students in TK - Grade Eight are to wear Formal Uniform that day.
We do have a permit parking exemption for this day so your are able to park in the neighborhood, but NOT in the Memorial Healthcare Facility parking lot.

Missionary Childhood Association- MCA Collection at Mass
At each of our school-wide Masses, the students of St. Junipero Serra support Missionary Childhood Association by making a small donation into our  collection baskets. These monies do not go unnoticed as we serve the poorest children around the world. Thank you for remembering to support this ministry at our annual Memorial Mass  next Tuesday.

PARENT Fellowship & Coffee Social
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in SJSC Courtyard

Please join us next Tuesday,immediately following St. Serra's annual All Saints Day Mass, for a PTO hosted parent coffee social in the SJSC Courtyard. Light hospitality, coffee and water will be served!
Third Bus/ New Route
Due to the overwhelming response and a growing "wait list" for the St. Serra Bus Program, we are beyond excited to tell you that we have added a third bus and a new route to this thriving program.  This third bus will initially start off with a PM only route and the drop off location is at the Ladera Sports Center (2 Terrace Road, Ladera Ranch).  Our St. Serra families who have been on the bus "wait list" have already starting riding the bus effective 10/24.

At this time, we are happy to open up the sign-up for this bus to the Ladera Sports Center.  If you are interested in riding this bus, please send an email to and we will forward you the documentation you need to fill out/return to us.  All applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. 

There is still space available for the AM Routes on both of our existing buses.  We have AM pick-up at 5 convenient locations:  Lake Forest Sports Park, PetSmart in RSM, Coto Sports Park,  Holy Trinity Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS).

Please e-mail any questions you may have to: .

Note:  All St. Serra Buses are CHP inspected and certified.  Buses undergo inspection every 45 days.  All driver's certifications are inspected and approved by CHP.
Calendar Reminder
As indicated on the calendar, there is no school on Monday, October 31 and Friday, November 4.
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

Pokemon Card Policy Update
At the beginning of the year, teachers and staff allowed Pokemon cards to be played during dismissal time, in an effort to help keep students occupied and less involved in unwanted behavior. We are finding, however, allowing the Pokemon cards is causing some challenges and too many distractions which are resulting in some major delays with the students listening for their names and loading into their cars. For these reasons, we have included Pokemon cards to be listed in Code 852 Prohibited Items listed in the Parent/Student handbook:

852. Prohibited Items
To ensure the safety of students, their freedom from distraction, and the safety of the items themselves, the list of items prohibited from campus includes but is not limited to: skateboards, rollerblades, skates, iPods, laser pointers, handheld games, chains, pepper spray, Kendamas, Pokemon cards. Pagers and phones that are deemed a distraction to the learning environment may be confiscated.
First Offense - Detention, loss of five merit points, parent/guardian contact
Second Offense - Detention, loss of five merit points, parent/guardian conference with Administration.
Mr. Corey Overton,  Assistant Principal, Student Services and Discipline
2016-2017 Annual Fund Appeal Is Off To a Great Start!

Because of you...We are SerraStrong!  

Have you seen the Annual Fund wall in the School Office........check out the many ways your donations have made a difference!    

This wall in the lobby is our way of publicly thanking the staff, families and grandparents who have already generously given to this year's Annual Fund! We would like to once again recognize the 83% of Serra faculty and staff who have donated. Their commitment to SerraStrong should be an inspiration to each and every family.  Parents, please consider joining those who have already donated by making your donation today...make Serra Strong!
Join the Family Challenge!  Donate today! It has never been easier. 

Please CLICK HERE to make your donation!
Harvest Festival 2016 is Only 3 Days Away!

Thank you to our wonderful HARVEST FESTIVAL UNDERWRITERS  who make this family fun day possible for our community. 
Plan your day! Take a peek at our HARVEST FESTIVAL PROGRAM  and  EVENT MAP  so you can plan your day in advance! 
New Shuttle Service!  View the PARKING AND SHUTTLE MAP For your convenience we have added a St. Serra shuttle bus to help make parking easier for all!  The shuttle will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 between St. Serra (in front of the SAC) and Applied Medical parking lot at 22931 Arroyo Vista, Rancho Santa Margarita. 

Please be aware there is no parking allowed on Antonio Parkway for Harvest Festival. 
*IMPORTANT* - ZIPLINE WAIVER!  If you or your children are planning on riding the Zipline, a waiver form must be filled out. Waivers will be available to fill out at the ride itself, however if you will not be accompanying your children to the event, please print, fill out the waiver and send it with them. They must have the signed waiver in order to ride the Zipline. All riders must be at least 45 lbs. in weight.  CLICK HERE to print the waiver.  Zipline riders who have turned in the waiver at the ride will have their hand stamped to ride again.
Bountiful Boutique!  Cross off your Christmas list shopping while the kids are entertained; visit the SAC for over 25 incredible VENDORS to shop from.
View the video of CLASS PROJECTS by CLICKING HERE. You will need your passkey to enter the Parents Only section of our website. Then click on "Videos" at the bottom of the menu. At the event, the projects will be located at the MEB lunch tables. Class Project Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each at the event.
OPPORTUNITY DRAWING TICKETS  Tak e a $5 chance to win a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party with Mrs. Trudell, a Hoverkart, Disney Park Hopper Tickets, A Trip to Catalina, Four Universal Studios Year long passes, and MORE!   VIEW the full list and buy your tickets. Purchases can also be made at the Raffles Booth beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 30.
Raffle Tickets for  RESERVED PARKING  (Take a $10 chance to win a Reserved Parking space in the St. Serra Catholic School parking lot for one (1) year!) and GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE  (Take a $5 chance to win a Pleasant Holidays Vacation for 2 to Maui!) can be purchased at the Raffle Booths beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 30.

HARVEST FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS T-shirts will be available at Harvest Festival.  Students can wear their Harvest t-shirt every P.E. day and Friday (except formal uniform days) until Christmas.    
STUDENT STORE  at Harvest Festival
Clearance sale on 2015-16 Uniforms (old logo)
  • PE Shirts $6
  • PE Shorts $8 (girls), $10 (boys)
  • Sweatshirts & Sweatpants $15
  • True Grits label uniforms (new, not used) $15
Students may wear these 2015-16 uniforms through 2016-17 and 2017-18. Limited Stock, no refunds, no exchanges.
Come get your Serra gear while supplies last
  • Spirit Wear for Parents 50% off
  • Hats, mugs, tumblers, umbrellas, bears, pencils, t-shirts, polo shirts, decals and more!
  • At Harvest Festival, we will be located on the inner road, facing the field near the St. Junipero Serra statue.
Harvest Festival  COMMITTEE CHAIRS -   A huge thank you to the many wonderful parents who dedicated their time and effort to help make this event a fabulous day for our families!
If you are not able to join us, consider making a DONATION to Harvest Festival as this is a PTO sponsored event to benefit all students of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. 

All purchases are non-refundable.

In-N-Out® Ordering for November and Annual Ordering Update

In-N-Out® ordering for November closes tomorrow, Friday, October 28!  There is only one In-N-Out® lunch in the month of November.  In-N-Out® will be served on  Thursday, November 10

  CLICK HERE  to visit our  In-N-Out® page and place your order for November.

Update - Annual Ordering will open in November for the 14 lunches remaining for this year. 
Holy Trinity Dinner Dance
& Auction
Saturday, November 5, 2016
5:00 p.m - 12:00 a.m.
Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club 

Please join one our parishes, Holy Trinity, on Saturday, November 5, for their Dinner Dance and Auction. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to order yours today!

For more information and to order your tickets, please CLICK HERE.
Santa's Secret Christmas Shop is Coming to St. Serra!
The SJSC PTO is excited to announce the 2016 Santa's Secret Christmas Shop chair- Mrs. Carrie Mulvee! Mrs. Mulvee , along with her SSCS committee, is preparing for our Christmas Shop to open on Monday, November 28. Participating students will have the opportunity to visit our Christmas Shop and purchase gifts for family and friends. In addition to a hands-on learning experience in budgeting and handling money, children learn to embrace the spirit and joy of giving!
Catholic Gift Items: Once again, we are excited to offer many Catholic Gift Items for sale at our Christmas shop this year!

Volunteers Needed!  Please consider giving the gift of your time this Advent Season by volunteering for the event as a cashier, gift wrapper or floater.  If you would like to help in one or more of these areas, please email .

Envelopes Due November 11! The official Santa's Secret Christmas Shop event flyer, class schedule, and money envelopes were distributed in today's Weekly Envelopes. Please note that completed shopping envelopes are due back to your child's homeroom teacher by no later than Friday, November 11.

Questions?  Please e-mail Santa's Secret Christmas Shop Event Chair, Mrs. Carrie Mulvee, , or visit our   SANTA'S SECRET CHRISTMAS SHOP HOMEPAGE.
Yearbook Dedication Ad 
"Early Bird" Deadline is
Quickly Approaching 
Sunday, November 27!
For more information on how you can design, preview and pay for your Dedication or Shout-Outs ad online, please  CLICK HERE. This flyer also provides three submission deadlines, ad sizes, and cost.
Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD deadline by submitting your ad by November 27, 2016 to receive the EARLY BIRD discount! 

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Kennedy at
Spring Musical -
Aladdin Jr.

If your child is interested in being a part of the Spring Musical Aladdin Jr.  please come to an informational meeting on Wednesday,  November 2 at 6:30 p.m.  in the SAC.  Questions will be answered in regards to cast and crew, and information on volunteer opportunities will be available.  Students in grades one through eight are invited to participate in the cast, and students in grades five through eight are invited to be a part of the crew. You can find more information on the St. Serra website on the Musical page. Email Mrs. Sifers at  with additional questions. We hope to see you there!
  Scrip News

Family Scrip Rebate Statements sent home today!
  • Family Scrip Statements are enclosed in today's Weekly Envelope.
  • Please review your scrip statement carefully and report any discrepancies to the Scrip Office.
Scrip Sales Schedule before Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 1, 8:30 a.m. (Due to non-school day on Monday, October 31)
Monday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. (Last weekly order before Thanksgiving Break)
** Prestopay physical card order.  The delivery schedule for the physical cards ordered directly on via Prestopay is similar to our weekly orders.  Therefore, any physical cards ordered after the cut off of 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 7 will be processed and delivered after the Thanksgiving Break.  Virtual and Reloadable cards will continue as usual through the break.
Monday, November 14 (Last daily order before Thanksgiving Break)
**Daily Sales, 7:40-8:30 a.m. will continue through Thursday, November 17, but limited to quantity on hand.
Weekly/Daily Sales Update:
Weekly Order Form - Please make sure you are using the most current (10/25/16) 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.  These order forms are also available for pick-up in the School Lobby information rack.
Tutto Fresco - NOW OPEN! at their new location in the Kohl's shopping center.
Gift cards are expected to be available within the next 2-4 weeks. 
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 ScripCoordinator at  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.
Welcome to the holiday season 
St. Junipero Serra Catholic Chapel Fundraising Campaign Supporters!

We are excited to share with you simple ways to kick start your holiday  shopping and start earning towards your family fund today!

If you have already registered, great job, because your earning is underway! If you haven't registered yet, just email to obtain your invitation to register today. Every time you shop online or buy eGift cards on the scripsense site, a percentage of each purchase will earn in your family name for the chapel fund. 

Why not put your spending to great use? Whether it be when you are purchasing everyday items from stores, restaurants, coffee shops, gifts, travel, etc., or shopping for the upcoming holidays, you are earning towards your family fund. You can now earn while shopping online, as well as when you purchase gift cards for any gifting occasion. You can even store your gift cards on your scripsense mobile wallet for "on the go" use!  It's easier, safer, faster and a win-win for everyone.

As a thank you for supporting St. Junipero Serra Catholic Chapel Fundraising Campaign through scripsense, spend $100 on any eGift Card and take $5 off with promo code "WELCOME".

Don't forget that every day is a FUNDRAISING DAY AT HANNA'S with the scripsense local merchant program.  You earn 10% every time you dine.  It's as easy as 1...2...3...

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! 
On Saturday, November 5, we're bringing the  Math Fair   back to Orange County! Join us 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. Come meet JiJi and experience your favorite ST Math games in real-life!

For more information about the Math Fair  CLICK HERE.

Spread the Word - Invite your students, colleagues, friends and family to share in the fun.   Download Math Fair flyer.  (Download the Math Fair flyer in Spanish)
Any questions? Contact us at 

SMCHS Athletic Information Night
Santa Margarita Catholic High School would like to invite all interested families to attend our Athletic Information Night on Tuesday, November 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information.