Volume 22 · Issue 19 · February 2, 2017


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In This Issue
A Message from Our President
Tuition Assistance Luncheon
Catholic Schools Week Service Project
Principal's Corner
Yearbook Dedication Ads
Message from the Health Room.
Father Daughter Dance
Scrip News
Disney's Aladdin Jr. Audition Information
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

Something to never, ever forget. God's love is always there for matter what! 

This past Sunday, we celebrated our 4th Annual Tuition Assistance Luncheon in support of the tuition assistance  programs here at St. Serra, and the Marian Alliance Schools:  School of Our Lady, St. Anne's Parish School and St.
Joseph School, all located in Santa Ana. 
Photos from the luncheon are now posted on our webpage

We were joined by 190 guests to raise money for financial assistance to those in need at all four schools. Tuition  Assistance helps provides a safe haven, a home away from home, a community of faith and an excellent Catholic  education for these students. We truly believe that all children who desire a Catholic education deserve this  opportunity without life's circumstances getting in the way of that. These children NEED US!  If you did not have  the opportunity to attend the luncheon or if you were caught up in the excitement of the afternoon and didn't
have the opportunity to donate to the event you can still do so  here .

There are also some St. Teresa Treats left from Open House.  They are each $5.00.  All donations for these treats go  directly to the Tuition Assistance Funds of the 4 schools.  If you would like to purchase any St. Teresa treats for  your child(ren), please send in a check made out to Serra Catholic School, Attn: Advancement Office STS and we will  deliver the treat(s) to your oldest child's homeroom.
Our many thanks to Karin Hendrick, Event Chair, her committee, our amazingly creative table hostesses, hard  working volunteer servers, event volunteers, alumni student helpers, our eloquent speakers, and all our attendees who helped make this event so beautiful.  We look forward to another successful event next year!   
Catholic Schools Week Service Project 

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

Tomorrow is the last day to send in your donations! Please join our school-wide service project 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.
Catholic Schools Week Video
CLICK HERE  to view a video of some of our students sharing what they like most about being a Serra Bear.
S afety Drill
Throughout the year, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School conducts monthly safety drills to ensure proper preparation in the event of a disaster. Some of the drills will be announced prior to taking place while others will be unannounced in order to simulate, as closely as possible, the occurrence of a real disaster.  It is our hope in the event of a real situation, students can remain calm and effectively execute proper protocol because of the drills they have practiced. These drills include fire, earthquake and lockdown. Please be assured, your child's safety and well-being are always at the forefront of our daily operation.
Important Calendar Dates for the Upcoming School Year 2017-2018

For your planning purposes, we would like to provide you with these key dates for the upcoming school year:

August 28 - First Day of School TK-8 - Minimum Day (Open House Format)
August 29-31 - Full Days of School
September 1 - Minimum Day
September 4 - No School
October 30 - No School
November 3 - No School
November 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break (return November 27)
December 18-January 2 - Christmas Break (return January 3)
January 15 - No School
February 19 - No School
March 16 - No School
March 30 - April 6 - Easter Break (return April 9)
May 28 - No School
June 15 - Last Day of School

The Year-at-a-Glance Calendar with more specific information will be published towards the end of April.

Preschool Parents: We will have more information regarding your orientation and start dates in the near future.
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
Yellow Weekly Envelopes
The yellow Weekly Envelope that is sent home every Thursday with your oldest child, has a dual purpose.  Some weeks the envelope will contain hard copies of items referred to in the SerraDIPITY, but it is also used as a way for our parents to return things back to the school such as forms, payments, etc., and that is why it is sent home every week. We ask that the envelope be returned the next day so that we can prepare it for the following week. If you have lost/misplaced your Weekly Envelope, please email Mrs. Jennifer Lynch at by February 10 and a new one will be sent home the following Thursday after receiving your email. There will be no cost for the replacement envelope for any requests received by the date of February 10. There will be a $5.00 replacement fee assessed for any requests after that date. 
DON'T MISS OUT!  3 Days Left! 
FINAL Dedication Ad Deadline is this Sunday, 
February 5

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. It's as Easy as 1-2-3!
  • Choose your photos. Choose your template and Submit. It's never been faster or easier!
  • Dedication ads are digital with online templates and easy submission to help you quickly design a lasting keepsake for your family! 
CLICK HERE for more information on St. Junipero Serra Catholic School's Yearbook Ad Guidelines and  Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information, please contact Cindy Kennedy, Communications Director at
An Important Message from the Health Room
The cold and flu season has arrived. There has been a noticeable increase in cold and flu viruses in the past few weeks at St. Serra. As a reminder, if the Health Room calls to report that your child is sick our policy states that you must pick your child up within 45 minutes of being called. If you are unable to pick your child up within the specified time frame, you will need to contact someone who is on your emergency form to pick your child up.

In order to stop the spread of contagious illnesses it is vital that you do not send your sick child to school. Children taking prescribed medication must take a full round of the medication before they return to school. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. 

We have this policy in place not only for the health and safety of your children but also for the well-being of our staff.

If you have any questions regarding health related issues, please contact the Health Room (949) 546-8705.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Something new at SJSC... Coming Soon! 

The 2016-2017 Annual Fund will once again provide a wonderful asset to SJSC!   We all know that water consumption is so important to our health and to learning, so St. Serra will be piloting 2 Hydration Stations on campus.  Not only does this positively affect the health and productivity of our students, staff and guests on campus, but it allows us to be more environmentally friendly! The more money we raise - the more stations we can purchase. Won't you please help us promote good health and continue to keep us SerraStrong by making your Annual Fund donation today by  clicking here ?  Thank you to all who have already donated! 
Father Daughter Dance
Saturday, February 11, 2017
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Muzzy Student Activity Center

Reservations are due next week! Make your RESERVATION today for the Father Daughter Dance ~ An Enchanted Evening - $50 for dad and one (1) daughter, additional daughters $20 each. Reservations are due to the SJSC School Office by Wednesday, February 8th at 3:00 p.m.  Reservations received after the deadline, or walk-ups will be sold at $75 per couple.

Opportunity Drawing! Don't miss out on the amazing prizes available as part of this year's Father Daughter Dance Opportunity Drawing:  $500 Great Wolf Lodge gift card, Beats Headphones, GoPro Hero4, 2016 and 2017 American Girl Dolls of the Year, and much more! You may purchase Opportunity Drawing Tickets now, via the reservation form, or at the dance 12 tickets for $10.  READ MORE ...
Questions? Contact Father Daughter Dance Event Chair Johana Hardy-Garcia, at .
Keep Clipping for St. Serra!
Clipping countdown is ON for  BOX TOPS collection period number TWO!  Make sure to turn in all Box Tops to your homeroom class BEFORE February 17.  For every five (5) Box Tops submitted, your child will receive one (1) entry in our drawing for a $25 Visa Gift Card.  What are you waiting for? Clip-Serra-Clip!
Questions? Contact Kelly Smith Parker, Box Tops Event Chair at .
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

Calling All Students... It's Anchor Ball Art Contest Time!  All TK - 8th Grade students are invited to participate in the 2017 Anchor Ball Art Contest by sharing how the Anchor Ball theme "Rooted in Faith" and the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta inspire them...through artPaint, drawing and collage materials may be used. There will be a 1st and 2nd Place Overall Winner for TK - 4th grade, and a 1st and 2nd Place Overall Winner for 5th - 8th grade .  Plus, all entrants with qualifying artwork will receive a Non-Uniform Dress Pass!

Artwork submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23.  For additional information, including a complete list of guidelines and rules, please visit the ANCHOR BALL  homepage .
Volunteer Information Meeting Tonight
Join the team!  Come learn about the many ways to be involved with Anchor Ball at a Volunteer Information Meeting tonight, Thursday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Extended Care Room. 
Questions? READ MORE ...Join the Anchor Ball  FACEBOOK PAGE to view the latest news and updates.
Save The Date!
St.  S erra Lenten Renewal Retreat
St. Serra PTO is pleased to invite you to our Lenten Renewal Retreat on Monday, March 13, 9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Muzzy Family Student Activity Center. Give yourself the gift of time, reflection and growth this Lenten season and join us for a morning that is sure to deepen your faith.  Dr. Cyndi Peterson will be the guest speaker, author of "Waiting for a Miracle: One Mother's Journey to Unshakeable Faith."   PURCHASE  your Lenten Retreat/Brunch tickets now $15.  Bring a friend! This event is not exclusive to St. Serra parents.  READ MORE...  Questions? Please contact Robin Torriero, PTO VP Outreach, at .
Raise Funds for the Chapel Without Spending Extra Money!

 Don't forget our Local Merchant program when dining at Hanna's. What a great way to celebrate
Valentine's Day.  With your scripsense  local merchant icon, 10% of anything you spend on food or drink at Hanna's supports the Chapel Fund in your family's name. No gift cards necessary.  All you need to do is present your mobile device  with the scripsense Local Merchant  icon to your server to scan upon paying your bill. 
Join Our Partners in Prayer Ministry
Send your email address to and you can become a prayer partner.  You will be sent weekly prayer requests, submitted by our families, to include in your prayer time.
Have a prayer request you would like the Partners in Prayer ministry to pray for? Completed PRAYER REQUEST FORMS may be emailed to or left in the box in the School Office. Thank you & God Bless!
Scrip News 
Family Scrip Rebate Statements Will Be Sent Home during the month of February.
Ralph's Rebate Reporting:
Ralph's rebates for Quarter ending 11-30-16 is now closed. 
Vendor Update:
See's Candy (weekly) - Please note price change from $19.30 to $19.90.
For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
Spring Sports Tryouts

Boys Volleyball - SAC
Tryout Dates, Thursday, February 16 * One Day Tryout
5th/6th/7th/8th Grade: 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Coed Soccer - Field
Tryout Date: Monday, February 13
7 th Grade: 2:45-3:45 
8 th Grade: 3:45-5:00 

Tryout Date: Tuesday, February 14
7 th Grade: 2:45-3:45
8 th Grade: 3:45-5:00 

Tryout Date: Wednesday, February 15 (OPTIONAL workout session before the season. NO CUTS for 5th & 6th Grade)
5th & 6th Grade: 2:45 - 4:00

Tryout Date: Thursday, February 16 (OPTIONAL workout session before the season. NO CUTS for 5th & 6th Grade)
5th & 6th Grade: 2:45 - 4:00

Track & Field
Grades 1 - 8. No Cuts! Sign Up meeting on February 9, anytime from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in front of the P.E. office.  CLICK HERE for more information on practice times and track meet dates. 
Disney's Aladdin Jr. Audition Information

  Audition Applications due tomorrow!  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 tomorrow, 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 tomorrow also. 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!
SJSC 2nd Annual Family STEAM Night 
THEME: "5 Senses of the Human Body"

Tuesday, April 4th
5:45 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Students and parents are invited to SJSC's second annual Family STEAM Night! Discover the fun of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) through hands-on activities for the whole family!
  • Explore! Discover! Engage! Create!  
  • Have fun with your family
  • FREE admission
  • Raffles, prizes, & refreshments 
Registration and a list of all activities will be coming soon.
E-mail Beth Thomas at to get involved in Family STEAM Night. We have many ways for you to get involved:
  • Help with Check-In on the day of the event
  • Help at the various stations. Everything will be set up and ready to go. 
  • Help with snacks and refreshments
  • If you work or have worked in any field related to the 5 senses [taste, sight, touch, smell, sound] we would love to have you involved. 
  • Recruit a friend for one of the activities at Family STEAM Night!
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We are now on Instagram. Follow us @stjuniperoserracs to see what's happening each day at SJSC!
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.
JSerra High School

JSerra High School - Lion Lowdown
Considering becoming a future JSerra Lion?  CLICK HERE for information on upcoming events and important dates.

Join JSerra for a PRIDE Reception at a current St. Junipero Serra Catholic School family's home. You will interact directly with parents, students, teachers and administrators in an informal, family-like atmosphere. You'll find no question is off limits! By the end of the reception, you will come away with a true feeling of what our JSerra family is all about.
Guinane Family February 9, 2017,  7:00 p.m.
RSVP online,
Hendrick and Manning Family February 16, 2017,  7:00 p.m.
RSVP online,

Mater Dei High School - Dates to Remember for Future Monarchs

CORRECTED DATE: February 11, 7:45 a.m. Entrance Exam. 
CLICK HERE to Register Online!  
Admissions Applications are available now.   CLICK HERE to apply and for more information on these and other events.

Athletic CampsCLICK HERE to sign up for Youth and High School Camps