Volume 22 · Issue 26 · March 23, 2017


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In This Issue
A Message from Our President
Principal's Corner
Tuition Assistance
Hydration Stations
Aladdin Jr. Spring Musical
Family STEAM night
Hear Run 2017
Extended Care Reminder
St. Junipero Serra Award Nominations
Anchor Ball
Health room Notice
Scrip News
After School Classes
Snack bar Volunteers
Essential Learning Systems
Mother Son Bowling
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

Lent challenges us to work on our journey with Christ.  This simple message reminds us that if we choose the virtues Christ wants for us, the challenges of our lives become bearable.

Let's join together to choose hope, love and faith,  and choose Christ this Lent.
State of the School Celebration Meeting
Thank you to the many, many families who attended our State of the School Celebration meetings this week. We made several fantastic announcements and shared many things to celebrate about our school. CLICK HERE  to view the presentation and photos from the meetings. The power point gives you the highlights however some key announcements that were discussed in greater detail are:


No tuition increase for 2017-18!

 Laptops next year for grades 3-8

STAR test scores published

New school app introduced

 New way to register-SchoolMint-very easy and intuitive (look for an email from SchoolMint with specific directions)

FACTS Management for Tuition and Fee payments-you can now use credit cards
You will need your yellow card for the re-enrollment/registration process which needs to be completed by April 10 to secure your spot. If you were unable to attend one of the meetings, you may only pick up your yellow card from the School Office. First registration payment will need to be scheduled but won't be due until May. We look forward to having so many families and students continuing their journey with St. Junipero Serra Catholic School.
SJSC Students and Alumna Recognized for Their Outstanding Writing and Artwork at Chapman University Holocaust Contest. 

On March 10, two St. Junipero Serra Catholic students and one SJSC graduate were recognized at the 18th Annual Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest awards ceremony for their outstanding writing.

Each year, SJSC submits one piece of student art and two student essays to the contest. This year, Ashleigh M.'s painting, titled Transcending Hatred, was chosen as the SJSC art submission. Lyndsey I.'s essay, titled Lives of Color, and Speedy L.'s essay, titled Bringing Hope, were selected as our school's entries in the writing competition. Lyndsey and Speedy's essays were chosen as two of the five finalists in the middle school prose category, and Lyndsey's essay went on to be named the winner.  In addition, SJSC alumna Lillia Velau's ('15) essay was chosen as the first-place entry in the high school prose division. 

Two hundred fifty middle and high schools-and some 7,000 students--from more than 30 states and 8 countries participated in this year's contest.   This is not the first time the work of SJSC students has been recognized. Each year, two student essays are forwarded to Chapman University for the final round of judging. This is the third year in a row that both essays submitted were selected as finalists and that one of those essays went on to place first or second.  

To have the writing of two current SJSC students and an SJSC alumna recognized in a competition of this scope and caliber is exciting. It speaks not only to the quality of the students' work but also to the quality of the writing program we offer. Our program gives students a strong foundation that serves them well here at SJSC and beyond. Most importantly, though, the impressive work of these students speaks to the empathy and justice that the entire SJSC community-parents, faculty, and staff--strives to model every day.
God is Good... All the Time,

Angeline Trudell


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

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

Middle School Recognition Awards
We are pleased and proud to announce our Principal's Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Citizenship Awards, and Reading Achievement Awards for the 2nd Trimester 
Honor Rolls. CLICK HERE to view the lists.  Students on the Principal's Honor Roll and Citizenship Awards will be recognized following our school Mass on April 26

Grades 1-8, please remember to go on Sycamore and digitally sign Trimester 2 report cards. Thank you!
Tuition Assistance 2017-2018 Application: Deadline Monday, March 27, 2017
Tuition Assistance 2017-2018 Application: Deadline Monday, March 27, 2017

Tuition assistance is being offered for the 2017-2018 school year to those returning Families who qualify.   
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 to login. Families can use this link to search for our school by city, state or zip code.
Please contact Mrs. Shannon Smith in the Advancement Office at ext.139 or via e-mail at for application guidance. 
Thank you to all who have donated to the 2nd Annual Fund Appeal...your donation is greatly appreciated!  Have you been on campus and noticed our new Hydration Stations, or have your children told you how great they are?  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.  As of Wednesday afternoon 2,814bottles have been saved!  Our goal is to add additional units throughout the campus - and Annual Fund dollars will allow us to do so.  If you have not contributed to this year's Annual Fund, you may do so by clicking here. Remember anyone who donates $1,995.00 + will be invited to attend a very special appreciation dinner on May 4!

In addition to making your Annual Fund donation, you can help support the Chapel Fund by purchasing a water bottle for you and or your student(s).  These special St. Serra logo water bottles are now being sold online via a special page  on the school website and all proceeds will go to support  the Chapel Fund.

SJSC Spring Musical - Aladdin Jr.
March 30, 31 & April 1

Make way for Prince Ali!!  The students at SJSC are preparing for Aladdin Jr.  Performances are  March 30 & 31 at  6:30 p.m. and  April 1 @  2:00 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. Come watch students from grades one through eight work together to dance, sing, and act their way into a whole new world!  Tickets are available at  See you at the show!
Tuesday, April 4
For more information about this exciting evening, please  CLICK HERE.
To register to attend the event, please  CLICK HERE.

E-mail Beth Thomas at to get involved in Family STEAM Night. We have lots of ways for you to help:
  • Activity Stations - All materials, directions, and everything needed for the activity stations is provided.
    • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Shift 1
    • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Shift 2
    • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Both
If you are available April 4 and are interested in helping with Family STEAM Night, your time will be greatly appreciated. Please CLICK HERE and fill out the form. 

This is going to be a great evening for students, parents, families, and the SJSC community! 
Heart Run 2017
It's Time to "Get Fired Up" for the Annual SJSC Heart Run!  
Students are invited to be a part of the school-wide HeartRun "Red Out" day on Friday, April 7 by wearing ANY red t-shirt with their PE uniform bottoms! 
Please help your students to understand the importance of good heart health by encouraging them to participate on this day! Visit the  HEART RUN HOMEPAGE  to learn about the available incentives and find out how to best support AHA and St. Serra.
Questions?  Please contact HeartRun Event Chairs, Michele Polana at and Gina Christiansen at .
Extended Care News
There will be NO afternoon Extended Care on Holy  Thursday, April 13. This is a minimum day and the last day before Easter break. Please plan accordingly! Extended Care will be open their normal hours the morning of  Thursday, April 13 

St. Junipero Serra Award 
Online Nominations Due Friday, April 7

The deadline to nominate an outstanding volunteer for the St. Junipero Serra Award is just two weeks away. This prestigious award is for parent volunteers who go above and beyond SJSC's required volunteer commitment. Please take a few minutes to   NOMINATE   a volunteer who has blessed our community with their dedication and hard work.
For Award Guidelines and a list of Prior Recipients, view the St. Junipero Serra Award tab from the PTO WEBPAGE
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

Art Contest Entry Album Now Online!  Congratulations to our 2017 Anchor Ball Art Contest participants and winners!  Visit the ANCHOR BALL ART CONTEST WEBPAGE  to see the amazing artwork and celebrate our faith-filled community through the eyes of our student artists.
Special Thanks!   Thank you to the many St. Serra families who brought donations for the Anchor Ball auctions to the State of the School Parent Meetings this week.  Congratulations to The Simon Family who won the VIP Upgrade for Two to Anchor Ball

Underwriting/Sponsorship deadline is next Friday, March 31 CLICK HERE  to make your donation.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Questions?   Check out the Anchor Ball HOMEPAGE or  FACEBOOK  event page to view the latest news and updates.
Health Room Notice
Vision and Hearing Results:
This year's vision and hearing screening results for kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 7th grade are included in today's Weekly Envelope. Please take the time to read the results and follow up with any recommendations written on the form. If your child was referred to a physician please make an appointment as soon as possible. If your child did not pass the vision and/or hearing test, the results were mailed to your home address.  
Scoliosis Results:
The results for the scoliosis screening for the 7th grade girls and the 8th grade boys are also included in today's Weekly Envelope. If there are recommendations on the screening form please follow up with your doctor.

If you have any questions regarding your child's screening results, contact Feline Bayles at Southern California Sensory Screening (949) 257-7843 or email her at .
Scrip News 

Ralph's Rebate Reporting 
Ralph's rebates for Quarter ending February 28, 2017 are now due. All rebate information for quarter ending February 28, 2017 must be obtained in email format from Ralph's by emailing , and forwarding via email to the Scrip Coordinator at  by April 28.  No exceptions will be made for late reports due to restrictions from Ralph's and end of Scrip year 2016-17.

Easter and End of Scrip Year Weekly Orders:
There are only 3 weekly orders left between now and April 30, 2017 (end of Scrip Year):
Monday, March 27
Monday, April 10 - NO WEEKLY ORDER
A copy of the April Scrip Sales Calendar is posted on the St. Serra website for your convenience at>parents>scrip program.  Click on Important Easter and end of Scrip Year Schedule at the bottom of the page or click here
Help!  Missing Supporter Information
If any of the names below are one of your family's supporters, please contact the Scrip Office.
  • Richard Gareau 
For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
After School Classes
STEM & MORE Robotics class has a few spaces available for their class starting  March 28 for the 3-5th grade class. Please CLICK HERE for more information on enrollment.
Student Store News
The Student Store will be closed on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 for Inventory.  We will reopen on Friday, March 31.

The Student Store team of volunteers is growing!
Are you interested in joining other St. Serra parents to become a part of the new Online Student Store team? We are gathering parents with all types of availability and skills to help us with our new online Student Store rolling out August 2017. Please view our Sign Up Genius and consider how you can be a part of the Student Store team, beginning May 1, of the current year. The Student Store is a PTO operating budget fundraiser that benefits all students of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School.  Questions, Contact Catherine Tirado, Student Store Coordinator, at 888-1990, ext. 122 or email at
Essential Learning Systems ( ELS) Program
Parent  Information  Meeting for 2017-2018 
April 4, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
parent  information  meeting i s scheduled for  Tuesday, April 4, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the  ELS lab, PEB room, 226.  ELS is a computerized, multi-sensory, interactive program that improves focus, strengthens  information proces sing skills, and enhances a variety of academic skills (e.g., reading decoding, reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary development, and spelling). If your child is struggling with reading skills, lacks confidence in academics skills, has difficulty understanding or remembering  information, takes a long time to complete schoolwork or homework, has limited independent learning skills, and/or benefits from additional academic support,  ELS may help.  ELS provides a fun environment where students strengthen their skills in a game-like format and earn points and prizes for their efforts. There are two after-school sessions available:  1:50-2:35 p.m. (for students in grades K through 2) and  2:50-3:40 p.m. (for students in grades 3 through 8). Students attend  ELS four days per week ( Monday through  Thursday) for a minimum of one academic year. Please e-mail Dr. Lori Quigley if you would like more  information or to attend this informational  meeting.

Embrace a lifestyle of giving
and support the Chapel through scripsense!

Scripsense has partnered with hundreds of merchants to help support the Chapel with every dollar you spend. From basic necessities at CVS to some of your favorite school supplies, scripsense offers you the power to EARN + GIVE every day without any additional effort. Embrace a Lifestyle of Giving! If you haven't signed up yet, email to request a registration link.

Mother & Son Ultimate Fun Cosmic Bowling
  If you ordered a 5x7 photo, they are in your Weekly Envelope today! Thank you!
Community Programs of Interest
Admissions Applications for 2017-2018 school year are available now. Visit

Athletic Camps - Sign up for Youth and High School Camps at

Mater Dei High School, 1202 West Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, 92707  Admissions: (714) 754-1175