Volume 22 · Issue 18 · January 26, 2017


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In This Issue
A Message from Our President
Principal's Corner
Tuition Assistance Luncheon
PARENT Fellowship & Coffee Social.
Scholastic Book Fair
Scrip News
Disney's Aladdin Jr. Audition Information
Yearbook Dedication Ads
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 St. Junipero Serra Catholic School
A Message From Our President

With God at the center of each day, the colorful shades of joy, love, peace, and happiness will be in our lives and the lives of the people we touch.

Catholic School's Celebration
January 26 - February 3, 2017

Our CSW celebration kicked off this morning with our energetic  Student Pep Rally.  What a great way to start as this event is always a lot of fun for our students and staff alike!

For your convenience, you may again access the link to all the events and activities for CSW by CLICKING HERE.  
Catholic Schools Week Mass
Please join us for our Catholic Schools Week Mass tomorrow, Friday, January 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center. Our main presider will be Fr. Jerry Horan, concelebrated with Fr. Jim, Fr.Ted and Fr. Thomas. Everyone is welcome. 

Plan to arrive earlier and join other parents as they pray the Rosary before Mass beginning at 8:45 in Extended Care. For your convenience, we do have parking in the neighborhood on this Mass day, but NO PARKING in the Memorial Health Care parking lot. 

As a reminder, this is a Formal Uniform day for all students Grades TK - 8.

Missionary Childhood Association 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 as we live "A Catholic Faith Filled & Missionary Spirit" through service to homeless in our community.
St. Junipero Serra Open House 
Sunday, January 29 
St. Junipero Serra campus 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Families are encouraged to attend mass at their parish. Students are to wear formal uniform to mass and to Open House. Teachers will keep a "jeans list" in the homeroom of students who come by in formal uniform and check in with them. These students will be allowed to wear jeans the next school day.
  • Guests are invited to tour the school during Open House from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • Visit our Scholastic Book Fair located in the Library during Open House hours.
  • Park on campus or for your convenience, shuttle service from our off-site parking location (22931 Arroyo Vista, RSM) will be running from 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
  • Refreshments will be provided by our wonderful PTO
CSW  Service Project 

The Gift of Warmth, Like God's Love, Has You Covered From Head to Toe

Please join our school-wide service project during Catholic Schools Week by donating beanies, scarves, gloves, and socks for men, women and children of all sizes. All items will be collected in homerooms and distributed to Illumination Foundation which assists the homeless in Orange County. Your support of this service project to help those in need will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Traffic Reminder
We know it is sometimes hard to get back into a routine after a break, and our Christmas break was no exception! During morning drop-off, we are finding that a number of students are not quite prepared to exit their vehicle in a timely manner. Parents, if you could please assist us by making sure your students are already wearing their socks, shoes, jackets, and other clothing items before leaving home, along with having their lunches/books/backpacks handy and ready to grab as they leave the vehicle, we would greatly appreciate it. This will help to speed up the morning drop-off traffic which will benefit everyone. Thank you.
Follow us on INSTAGRAM!

We are now on Instagram. Follow us @stjuniperoserracs to see what's happening each day at SJSC!
God is Good... All the Time,

Angeline Trudell


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

Principals' Corner 
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Principal, Preschool - Grade 2 & Mrs. Julie Tipton, Principal, Grades 3-8

St. Junipero Serra is participating in the inaugural JSerra Catholic High School 
Spelling Bee. The bee is for 5th and 6th graders.  GOOD LUCK  to our finalists that will compete on  February 1  at JSerra. GO BEARS!
5th Grade
C. Castillo
R. Santoni
J. Handa
K. Russ

6th Grade
S. Cova
M. Cassedy
J. Gomez
K. Rice
Dear Kindergarten Parents, 

You may be wondering why the Renaissance STAR Early Literacy and Math reports do not have the same information on them. When STAR Math and Reading tests were normed, Renaissance did not include kindergarten students in the norming samples. As a result, STAR Math and Reading assessments cannot provide norm-referenced scores such as percentile rank for those assessments.  Renaissance does provide scaled scores.  However, the scaled scores for STAR Math do not provide benchmark scores for kindergarten. 
The Scaled Score (SS) is useful for comparing student performance over time and across grades. A scaled score is calculated based on the difficulty of questions and the number of correct responses. Because the same range is used for all students, scaled scores can be used to compare student performance across grade levels. STAR Math scaled scores range from 0 to 1400. All norm-referenced scores are derived from the scaled score.
We will be using the kindergarten STAR Math scaled scores to look for growth over time.  The administration of the test in January is to develop a baseline score. We anticipate overall growth on the May assessment.  
If you have questions please feel free to contact me at
Calendar Reminder

As indicated on the School Calendar, tomorrow,  Friday, January 27, is a minimum day. Please plan accordingly. Extended Care is available as usual. 

Registration is now closed.  We look forward to welcoming our guests on Sunday afternoon. 
There are still ways to support this event...
Visit the Giving Garden at Open House
The Giving Garden can be found in the Student Activity Center and will be available to all families and Open House guests beginning at 10 a.m. this Sunday.  The Giving Garden allows for each donor to support our schools in a personal and specific way at levels that begin at $10.00.  While in the SAC, you may briefly view our beautifully decorated tables for the Luncheon from afar. 
There will also be two Giving Garden "stations" in the PEB for those families who are unable to make it over to the SAC.    

St. Teresa's Treats
As the children heard on SerraVision earlier in the week, they can model St. Teresa of Calcutta to be God's little pencils right here in our very own community.  They have the opportunity to support their fellow students on Sunday during Open House. For a $5.00 donation to support the Tuition Assistance funds for both St. Serra and the Marian Alliance, the students will receive a special reminder with St. Teresa's words with a functional twig pencil to remind them to be God's pencil and allow Him to work through them.
Buy Your Travel Opportunity Raffle Ticket!             
The winner will have his/her choice of one exclusive travel destination.  Choose between a Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway, Sonoma Winemaker Experience, Punta Cana Paradise or Bruno Mars LIVE in NYC!  Accommodations and airfare are included in all packages. For additional information,  CLICK HERE.
Tickets are $75 each or you can purchase three (3) tickets for a discounted price of $200.  Pre-Event Tickets can be purchased by filling out the ticket order form  found on the website and returning it to the School Office with your check prior to Friday, January 27 at 1:00 p.m.  You can also purchase them on campus during Open House or at the Luncheon if you are attending.   100% of the proceeds of this raffle goes directly to the Tuition Assistance funds of St. Serra and the Marian Alliance.
Congratulations to  Doe Cole, the winner of this week's drawing!  She will receive a $50.00 gift card to Nordstrom. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Please visit our  Volunteer Page and Sign up Genius  for any of our available volunteer opportunities.  We are still in need of 3 cashiers on the day of the event from 11:00 a.m.- Noon, 2 from Noon-3:30 p.m. and high school alum students to help during the event from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Training will be offered. 

Questions?  Please contact Pam Owens in the Advancement Office at or Event chair, Karin Hendrick at
PARENT Fellowship & Coffee Social
Friday, January 27, 2017
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. in SJSC Courtyard

Please join us tomorrow, January 27, immediately following SJSC's Catholic School's Week Mass, for a PTO hosted parent coffee social in the SJSC Courtyard. Light hospitality, coffee and water will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Scholastic Book Fair is Here!
Don't miss the annual Scholastic Book Fair, which begins TODAY and runs through Thursday, February 2. All parents, preschool families, students and guests are welcome to shop during St. Serra's Open House from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. this Sunday, January 29. The Book Fair will be held in the Library. 

Questions?   READ MORE... or contact the 2017 Book Fair Event Chairs-Megan Fimbres, Angie Miller and Ginaea Bauer-at
Father Daughter Dance
Saturday, February 11, 2017
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Complete your  RESERVATION FORM  and return to the School Office by 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 30 and receive one (1) bonus Opportunity Drawing Ticket for each SJSC student in attendance! Also, be sure your family is included in the evening video presentation by uploading photos of your daughter(s) and their dad through the years to the FDD DROPBOX by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8. 
Questions?  READ MORE .... Volunteer Opportunities? Check out our  SIGN UP GENIUS  and join our team today!
Rooted in Faith

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Dr. Newport Beach, CA
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." - Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Gift Gathering Begins Next Week
Help make Anchor Ball a success!  Every St. Serra School family is encouraged to participate in this important effort by donating a gift valued at $50+ for the silent and live auctions.  Or, make a cash donation in person or ONLINE .  Visit the GIFT GATHERING webpage for details, including gift ideas. Thank you in advance for your generous support!
When to Bring in Your Gift(s): 
  • Tuesday, January 31: School Lobby, 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. and1:45 - 3:00 p.m. or
  • Tuesday, February 14: School Lobby, 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. and
    1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
*Please look for the "RESERVED" 10-minute parking spaces for Gift Gathering drop off.

Gift Gathering Incentives:  Participate by February 14 and receive a Non-Uniform Dress Pass valid for each student in your family and chances to win some exciting prizes.
Special Thanks: Thank you to the many St. Serra parents who attended our Anchor Ball Gift Gathering Social on Sunday, January 22, at Rancho Capistrano Winery. Your generous contributions will help make our auctions a success. 

Volunteer Information Meeting

Would you like to be involved with Anchor Ball?  Please join us for a Volunteer Information Meeting on Thursday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Extended Care Room.  There are many ways to be involved with Anchor Ball, from planning the event to volunteering the day of--and so many more!

Questions?  READ MORE ...  Join the Anchor Ball  FACEBOOK PAGE to view the latest news and updates.  
Scrip News 

Vendor Update:
Cinnamon Productions - RSM location has closed.  The only location open is in SAN CLEMENTE, 647 Camino de los Mares D-130, for a very limited time.  We encourage you to redeem your cards at this location as quickly as possible.  
See's Candy (weekly) - Please note price change from $19.30 to $19.90.

Ralph's Rebate Reporting:
Ralph's rebates for Quarter ending November 30, 2016 are now due. All rebate information for quarter ending November 20, 2016 must be obtained in email format from Ralph's and forwarded via email to the Scrip Coordinator at by January 31, 2017.  The email to obtain your rebate information is NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR LATE REPORTS DUE TO RESTRICTIONS FROM RALPH'S.
For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
Disney's Aladdin Jr. Audition Information
  If you are in first through eighth grade and you are interested in being a part of the Spring Musical Aladdin Jr., make sure you complete an audition application and submit it to the School Office by Friday, February 3. Audition applications can be found on the St. Serra website on the Spring Musical page. If you are in grades five through eight and you are interested in being on the crew, complete the Crew Application and turn that in too. Auditions will be Wednesday, February 8 and Thursday, February 9. You need to have an audition application completed in order to audition!  

You can find more information on the St. Serra website on the Spring Musical page.  Email Mrs. Sifers at with additional questions.  Hope to see you there!
In-N-Out® Ordering for February is Still Open!
In-N-Out ® lunch will be served on  Thursday, February 9, 16, and 23. Please note In-N-Out ® will NOT be served on  February 2, so please plan ahead.  All In-N-Out® ordering will close on  Monday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. All orders must be placed online during this time, no walk-up orders will be accepted.  CLICK HERE  to visit our In-N-Out® page to place your order.
HURRY - Less Than 2 Weeks Left! 
FINAL Dedication Ad Deadline is February 5, 2017

The FINAL deadline is approaching fast! Don't miss out on a chance to send your child a special message in this year's yearbook.   

to design, preview and pay for your Dedication or Shout-Out ad online.
  • Yearbook ads are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones.
  • Have lots of photos and unsure of how to organize them, or never designed an ad before? It's never been easier!
Dedication ads are digital with online templates and easy submission to help you design a lasting recognition for your family!

Shout-Out Ads for your special Serra Bear
Is your  child celebrating their first Holy Communion? Graduating from  Kin de rgarten? Want to send a special message to your child's teacher? Capture these memorable moments with a Shout-Out Ad and create a keepsake you will cherish for years to come.  
CLICK HERE for more information on St. Junipero Serra Catholic School's Yearbook Ad Guidelines and  Frequently Asked Questions.
Don't Forget to Order Your 2017 Yearbook!
CLICK HERE to order a 2017 Yearbook TODAY before the March price increase.  

Don't know if you ordered a Yearbook? CLICK HERE for a list of Yearbook orders as of January 9, 2017 in the Parent Protected area of our website, or check your email for an order confirmation from Jostens.  

For more information, please contact Cindy Kennedy, Communications Director at
Save the Date!
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School presents the documentary film, SCREENAGERS on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. 


Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time-friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

After School Classes
St. Serra Catholic School has many after school classes available to our students. Below is a list of the classes offered this Spring: 
  • Academic Chess
  • Showtime Dance
  • LEGO
  • Super Soccer Stars
  • Piano lessons
  • Young Rembrandts Art class
  • Golf Squad Robotics
CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up.
Community Programs of Interest  

San Francisco Solano Movie Night!
Friday, February 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 
This event is open to all ages and is FREE! 
CLICK HERE for more information.

Mater Dei High School - Dates to Remember for Future Monarchs
      • January 30, Athletic Information Night
      • February 22, 7:45 a.m. Entrance Exam
Admissions Applications are available now.   CLICK HERE to apply and for more information on these and other events.