Volume 22 · Issue 23 · March 2, 2017


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In This Issue
A Message from Our President
St. Serra Lenten Retreat
Lenten Service Project 2017
Hydration Stations
Mandatory Parent Meeting
Lenten Mission at St. Kilian
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Family STEAM Night
Tuition Assistance 2017-2018
Health Screenings
Mother Son Bowling
Anchor Ball
Box Tops for Education
Scrip News
Order Your Yearbook
Father Daughter Dance Photos
Community Programs of Interst
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
Yesterday, we embarked upon Lent 2017. As each of us have our personal sacrifices of fasting, prayer and service (works of love), we collectively have our Lenten commitment of "Let HIS light shine through you". I love this thought at the beginning of Lent, as it reminds us that we can make someone's day just a bit better by being Christ's light.

St. Serra Lenten Renewal Retreat
Only one week left to reserve your seats for St. Serra's Lenten Retreat! Don't miss out on this special, faith-filled morning of reflection and growth with guest speaker and author, Cyndi Peterson, M.D.. Registration is $15 per person and a Brunch Buffet is included. For more information please visit the   LENTEN RETREAT HOME PAGE .

ONLINE RESERVATIONS must be made no later than Thursday, March 9.  Questions? Please contact Robin Torriero, PTO VP Outreach, at  
Lenten Service Project 2017
Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Rice Bowl 
Forty years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and alms-giving? The answer was yes - and it came in the form of a small cardboard box. During the Lenten Season at St. Serra Catholic, our students participate in this annual service project filling their  Rice  Bowls with past annual contributions of over $3,000 for those in need around the world. The poorest of the poor will be nourished this year because of your kindness and love regarding working toward a common goal to help alleviate hunger. On behalf of all those who will not go to bed hungry, thank you and may God bless you for your continued generosity. Rice bowls will go home with your children the week of March 13.
There is something new at SJSC...
Hydration Stations Are Here!
The 2016-2017 Annual Fund HAS once again provided a wonderful asset to our school!  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! CHECK OUT THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF THESE UNITS. 
The two stations are located on the exterior of the MEC and PEB buildings - one being located in the St. Junipero Serra Courtyard between the team locker rooms and the other is located in the PEB Lunch Area to the left of the servery windows.   
Thank you to all who have already donated to this year's Annual Fund and helped make this possible!  If you have not made your donation to the 2016-2017 Annual Fund appeal, you may do so today by CLICKING HERE .   
To kick off the addition of our hydration stations, we will be selling SJSC logo stainless steel water  bottles beginning this Friday at Grandparent's and Special Friends Day. 
Beginning next week, the bottles will be sold online via the school website under the Support Us tab.
SAVE THE DATE: Important Parent Meeting 
State of the School /2017-2018 School Year Presen tation

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. & 
Wednesday, March 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Exciting Announcements as there is so much to celebrate at SJSC! You won't want to miss it!
Lenten Mission at St. Kilian
Our parish, St. Kilian, is very excited to annouce that Fr. Dave Dwyer, a Paulist Priest, Director of Busted Halo Ministries and host of "The Busted Halo Show" on SiriusXM Radio will be their presenter at their Mission. Their Mission will be held Monday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 22  at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. For more information, please call 949-586-4440.

God is Good... All the Time,

Angeline Trudell


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

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Share the festivities of Grandparents and Special Friends Day with those who cannot attend in person!
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a very special occasion here at St. Serra, but we also know that not all grandparents have the opportunity to travel to be with us on this special day.
This year, by using some of the technology tools that we have at our disposal, we have a couple of ways that they can be a part of the day from the comfort of their own home.
Our Grandparents and Special Friends Day Prayer Service, broadcast from the SerraVision studio, will be LIVE streaming on the public side of the SJSC website.  Simply forward this link to any of your grandparents and/or family friends so they can see our fabulous SerraVision anchors in action and can participate in our beautiful prayer service. The prayer service will begin at approximately 8:35 a.m. PST.
Immediately preceding the prayer service, 8:25-8:35 a.m., our Middle School and Handbell Choirs will be performing LIVE on our Facebook Page using Facebook LIVE. We will also be filming, via Facebook LIVE, the Blessing of our Guests. The blessing will be performed by our Student Council officers and should take place at approximately 8:55 a.m.
We sincerely hope that these technology tools will allow any of your guests, who are unable to attend in person, the opportunity to share in the joy and happiness of this day at St. Serra.

Tuesday, April 4
"5 Senses of the Human Body"
We invite you to join "The Challenge" by using your  3D design skills to create a tool, device, or instrument that relates to any one of the 5 senses: sound, sight, taste, touch, smell. One winning design for each grade level and a winning design for Faculty & Staff will be 3D Printed using St. Serra's 3D Printer and displayed at Family STEAM Night.

For the rules and more information look for a flyer in today's Weekly Envelope or  CLICK HERE .
QUESTIONS: please contact Beth Thomas at

Tuition Assistance 2017-2018
It is a part of our  mission and vision to provide a Catholic Education within the boundaries of our four parishes for all those who desire to be a part of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. St. Serra is so grateful of the sacrifices our many families make to send their children to our Catholic School. We are also very appreciative for the significant number of benefactors who contribute to our Tuition Assistance  program  on a regular basis. We want all current families to be able to remain at SJSC should financial issues present themselves, therefore we will once  again offer tuition assistance to those who qualify through our blind, third party process. 
Please note that it is important to your application process that you remain an active parishioner at your parish.
We are pleased to announce that we will be working with FACTS, our new online administrator for managing our  tuition assistance application  process .  Most of you who have applied for high school tuition assistance will be familiar with this process.  Please  CLICK HERE  for more information and  to see how to access our new Online Tuition Assistance Application.
Deadline for submission is  Monday, March 27, 2017.
Please contact Shannon Smith in the Advancement Office at ext.139 or via e-mail at  for application guidance. 
Health Screenings - March 14 - 16

Our annual vision and hearing screenings will be held on  Tuesday, March 14 , Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16. The health screening is conducted by Southern California Sensory Screening. The grades being tested are Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 7th. If your child wears glasses, please remind them to bring them to the screening. If your child is absent on the day of his/her screening, the makeup day will be on  Thursday, March 16

Scoliosis Screening for 7th and 8th Grade Students:
All 7th-grade girls and 8th-grade boys will be screened for Scoliosis on  Thursday March 16. The Scoliosis screening is conducted by Southern California Sensory Screening.
All screening results will be sent home in the Weekly Envelope within a couple of weeks of the screening. Please call the Health Room if you have any questions (949) 546-8705.
Mother & Son Ultimate Fun
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Forest Lanes Bowling 

  • RESERVATIONS are due TOMORROW, Fri., March 3rd by 3:00 p.m. to the School Office!  Join the fun - $50 for mom and one (1) son, additional sons $20 each.

Opportunity Drawing! Don't miss out on the amazing prizes available as part of this year's Mother & Son Ultimate Fun Opportunity Drawing:  Razor Go-Kart, Beats Headphones, Skateboards, Surfboard, a TV, and much more! You may purchase Opportunity Drawing Tickets now, via the reservation form, or at the event; (12 tickets for $10). 

Questions? Contact Mother & Son Event Chairs Allie Bertocchini and Lisa Reed at


22nd Annual Anchor Ball
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

Underwriting and Sponsorship Opportunities:  Would your Family or Business like to help underwrite Anchor Ball?  There are four UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES that include tickets to Anchor Ball, entry to the VIP Party, and recognition as an event underwriter in the Evening Printed Program.  A variety of SPONSORSHIP opportunities featuring name/logo recognition are also available.  For further details on these opportunities, please READ MORE...
Questions? Check out the Anchor Ball HOMEPAGE or  FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE to view the latest news and updates.

And The Winner Is....

BOX TOPS Collection is in the books for the 2016 - 2017 school year! Congratulations to J. Nigro in 4A who won the $25 Visa Gift Card for our Second Collection Period. But don't stop clipping just yet! There are more drawings in May where participants can win up to $275 in Visa Gift Cards. So CLIP, St. Serra, CLIP! Questions? Contact our Event Chair, Kelly Smith Parker at .  
Scrip News 

Scrip Sales Extended Hours on Grandparents Day:
In addition to regular morning sales hours of 7:40 - 8:30 a.m., the Scrip Office will be open for another hour after prayer service from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Online Programs:
It is never too late to sign up to participate in our online program to boost earning rebates.  To set up an account on and/or, please contact the Scrip Office.
For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
Student Store News
DENNIS UNIFORMS is having a sale on school uniforms.
March savings, Two ways!
  • In-Store: Double-Punch Month (Earn two stamps for every $10 purchase on your DENNIS advantage card)
  • Online: Free Shipping (Phone, mail & online orders over $50)
Please see the Student Store HOMEPAGE for Dennis Uniform store hours and information.  If you should have any questions, please contact Catherine Tirado, Student Store Coordinator, at 888-1990, ext. 122 or e-mail at .
Don't Forget to Order Your 2017 Yearbook!

  to order a 2017 Yearbook TODAY! 

Don't know if you ordered a Yearbook?  CLICK HERE   for a list of Yearbook orders as of February 15, 2017 in the Parent Protected area of our website, or check your e-mail for an order confirmation from Jostens.  

Don't wait until it's TOO LATE! For more information, please contact Cindy Kennedy, Communications Director at
Father Daughter Dance Photos

Sneak a Peek at our PHOTO ALBUM and see all the fun our Dads and daughters had at our Enchanted Evening.  If you ordered a professional 5x7 photo, they are in your Weekly Envelope today! Thank you!
Community Programs of Interest
Entrance Exam Monday, March 13, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. (Mater Dei Applicants Only - registration required). For more information, please CLICK HERE.