Volume 22 · Issue 27 · March 30, 2017


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In This Issue
A Message from Our President
Principal's Corner
Aladdin Jr. Spring Musical
In-N-Out Ordering
Family STEAM night
Hear Run 2017
Extended Care Reminder
St. Junipero Serra Award Nominations
Anchor Ball
Yearbook Deadline
Scrip News
After School Classes
Essential Learning Systems
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

It truly takes a beautiful heart filled with God's love to be a part of our faith-filled community. I pray you always know how special you area and that you are truly cared for each day!
Groundbreaking Ceremony - Monday, April 3
We are looking forward to seeing you at our very exciting Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday, April 3. You may CLICK HERE to view the Constant Contact that was sent out this past Tuesday, March 28. A few additional items you will need to know are:
  • All students are to wear their Formal Uniform on Monday
  • Staff will be parking on the field on Monday, to allow our guests to park in our parking lot
  • You may park in the neighborhood on this day, but no parking in the Memorial Care lot
  • You may also park in the Applied Medical lot as we will have our SJSC shuttle buses running as usual
We are so blessed to officially begin this wonderful and amazing final phase of the miracle that is St. Junipero Serra Catholic School! It will be a great morning!  Siempre Adelante ......... always forward.
Re-enrollment/Registration for 2017-2018
In order to complete the re-enrollment/registration process for next school year, you will need your yellow card. If you were unable to attend one of the State of the School Celebration meetings, you may only pick up your yellow card from the School Office from 7:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., or from Extended Care between 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Your re-enrollment/registration needs to be completed by April 10 in order to secure your spot with St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. 
Important Change to Passkey Information
Today you should have received a School Messenger notification via text regarding a change to the Passkey for our Parent Protected section of our website. Since this section of our website  is accessed frequently by our parents, we felt it necessary to communicate this information immediately to our parent community. The School Messenger alert system will be used for emergencies and, on occasion, for instances such as this when we need to communicate important information in a timely and efficient manner to our parents.  

Please know that our Parents Only section on our website was not compromised in any way. The Passkey change was necessary due to recommended routine security maintenance. The Passkey will not be changed again until the start of the 2017/18 school year, at which time the new Passkey security information will be sent home during the first week of school.  
Summer Catholic Cruise
Join Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Tim Freyer, the Diocese Orange, this July for a first-of-its-kind Catholic Cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada, Mexico and back. CLICK HERE for more details and the itinerary. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!
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

Please help partner with us by checking in on Sycamore at least one time a week to look at academic progress (grades 1-8) and online merit cards (grades 3-8). Merit Cards are formally sent home (grades 3-8) once a week, so it is a good practice to schedule a day to have students log on to share their progress with you weekly. Progress reports will be sent home the week of  April 24.
SJSC Spring Musical - Aladdin Jr.
Shows on March 30, 31 & April 1

 Tickets are still available at 
See you at the show!
April In N Out®  Ordering Opens Today!

In-N-Out® lunch will be served on  
Thursday, April 27 only. Please note this is the ONLY date for the month of April due to Easter Break. Ordering for April closes Monday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. In-N-Out will not be served on Thursday, April 6 or 13, so please plan accordingly! 

CLICK HERE to visit our In-n-Out page and place your order. 
Tuesday, April 4
St. Serra's Second Annual Family STEAM Night is less than one week away and we would love for you to be a part of the excitement!

This year the activity stations are themed around the 5 Senses of the Human Body.  Students, families and friends will experience how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are all used in careers that involve the senses. There will be lots to explore! 

Please Join us!
When: Tuesday, April 4
Where: St. Junipero Serra Catholic School
Time: 5:45-8:00 p.m.
Students who attend (and check in) will have  Non-Uniform Dress for April 5 (3rd grade will be April 6)  and all students who attend, check in and participate in the activity stations will be entered in a raffle for prizes! Don't miss out!

Sign Up Today:

If you are available April 4 and are interested in helping with Family STEAM Night, your time will be greatly appreciated. We have shifts from 5:00-7:00 p.m., 6:00-8:00 p.m., or both shifts 5:00-8:00 p.m. Please  CLICK HERE  to fill out the volunteer form.  

This is going to be a great evening for students, parents, families, and the SJSC community! 
Heart Run 2017
"GET FIRED UP for the Heartrun!"  Friday, April 7
Just One Week Left Until Heart Run 2017!  

Wednesday, April 5 is the last day to qualify for incentives and t-shirts. Visit the  HEARTRUN HOMEPAGE to see our exciting incentives for the $10, $ 15 and $50 donation levels. Did you know that if each student were to raise or donate just $10, our school would raise $10,000? Please DONATE TODAY  and help us support this great cause!

We still need parent volunteers to help pass out water, mark tallies, and cheer on students during their scheduled run time.  Check your class SignUpGenius for volunteer openings.
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 
Keep those Nominations Coming in!

  Wow!  We have had some incredible nominations rolling in over the last couple of weeks, thank you!  If you haven't had the chance to cast your vote yet, please don't delay. Nominations close at 3:00 p.m. next Friday, April 7! 
Please take this opportunity to NOMINATE someone who is making a difference at our school.  Please start shining the light on our star volunteers today!
For Award Guidelines and a list of Prior Recipients, view the St. Junipero Serra Award tab from the PTO WEBPAGE.

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School
PTO Board Nominations/Elections
2017-2018 School Year
"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of Godʼs varied grace." I Peter 4:10-11 
  • Your Talents are Welcome! Please consider sharing your gifts with our school by joining our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  If you have a heart for planning community events, fundraisers, outreach, or parent child events, we want your leadership and help!  Our PTO Board members serve our school community by leading teams of parent volunteers and working in collaboration with the teachers and administration at monthly board meetings.  Please submit a NOMINATION for our open board positions. The deadline for submitting nominations is 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017.
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Wanting to be a Room Parent? All room parents will now be selected before the end of the school year. Be on the lookout for more information about the new Room Parent Duties and selection process in the weeks to come. 
  • Email PTO President Elect Dana Maas at if you are ready to say YES to Parent Leadership at St. Serra!  
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

How are you "Rooted in Faith"?   St. Serra families, parents, students and staff are invited to share how  St. Junipero Serra Catholic School has guided you to be "rooted in your faith."  Please send a 1-2 sentence original quote/comment to Anchor Ball Event Chair, Mary Broomfield, by Wednesday, April 12.  Your quotes may be included in our Anchor Ball décor and presentation materials. 
Questions?   Check out the Anchor Ball HOMEPAGE or  FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE  to view the latest news and updates.
Yearbooks Are Selling Quickly - Don't Delay!
If you haven't yet placed your yearbook orders, now is the time! A limited number of yearbooks will be available for sale after the shipment arrives and those will only be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot not be reserved. The surplus yearbooks do sell out quickly, so please order your student's yearbook now to guarantee them a yearbook that will be delivered to their homeroom on the day of pre-order distribution. 
Follow the instructions below or you may CLICK HERE to purchase your yearbooks online.
To place your yearbook order(s): 
  • Go to
  • Click on "BUY YOUR YEARBOOK"
  • Enter "St. Junipero Serra Catholic School - RSM" from the drop-down menu
  • Click on "Yearbook"
  • Add Recipient's Name (Student's Name) Student's Last Name, Grade, Homeroom, Recipient's E-mail (would be your own and not the student's e-mail address)
Note: to place multiple yearbook orders, you will have to click on the "Continue Shopping" button to add additional forms to complete for each student's yearbook order you would like to place.
Questions? Please contact Cindy Kennedy 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 two weekly orders left between now and April 30, 2017 (end of Scrip Year):
Monday, April 10 - NO WEEKLY ORDER
Tuesday, April 11  -  LAST DAILY BEFORE EASTER
Thursday, April 27 - LAST DAILY ELIGIBLE FOR 2016-2017
Friday, April 28       LAST AM SALES ELIGIBLE FOR 2016-2017

A copy of the April Scrip Sales Calendar is posted on the St. Serra website for your convenience at s>parents>scrip program.  Click on Important Easter and end of Scrip Year Schedule at the bottom of the page or CLICK HERE
For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
$200 Visa Gift Card Could Be Yours! 

New This Year!
 The student who submits the most BOX TOPS for the 2016-17 school year will win a $200 Visa Gift Card. Submit your Box Tops Labels to your homeroom class before the LAST collection due date, May 19, 2017.

Questions? Contact Kelly Smith Parker, Box Tops Event Chair, 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 at if you would like more  information or to attend this informational  meeting.
Pops for A Purpose

A fundraiser for the chapel! Otter pops will be on sale every Wednesday at lunch for .50 cents. Come and grab a cool treat while helping to support the chapel.  Treasurer Jack Graham, and the entire Student Council thanks you for your support.
Community Programs of Interest
Admissions Applications for 2017-2018 school year are available now. Visit

SummerCamps - Sign up for Youth and High School Camps at

Entrance Exam - Saturday, May 6 from 7:45 - 11:30 a.m. Sign up at

Summer School - Incoming Freshmen can sign up today! 

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