Volume 22 · Issue 29 · April 27, 2017


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In This Issue
Message from Our President
iPad Sales
Recording Service Hours
Anchor Ball
PTO Happenings
Scrip News
Yearbook Deadline
Annual Fund
Grandparents Day Photos
Heart Run
Box Tops
Community Programs of Interest
Summer Programs in the Community
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 is my prayer for you each and every day that you experience happiness, love and peace in  your life, and that you can share that with others - family, friends, peers and our St. Serra community.

The more we practice these virtues the more I believe we strengthen our journey with Christ, making each day one filled with God's great love.
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week Kicks off Monday, May 1

We are thrilled to announce that St. Serra's annual Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week will kick off Monday, May 1 and run through Friday, May 5. This year's chairs, Mrs. Jaime Medley & Mrs. Joyce Stinson, have an exciting week planned in celebration of our amazing teachers & staff. This is our opportunity to show them how much we appreciate all they do for our families and our children throughout the year. For more details please check out the Teacher Appreciation Week  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Questions? Please contact PTO, VP Outreach Ministries, Robin Torriero at .
Loaves and Fishes - "OH BABY"   Shower  
Tuesday, April 25 - May 4

Each year St. Junipero Serra Catholic School supports new mothers, within our community of Orange, by gifting them with new or gently used baby items. Please help support this school-wide outreach program by donating much needed  baby items. Our Campus Ministry students will deliver the items to Loaves and Fishes on  Saturday May 6, just in time for Mother's Day!

You can help by contributing new and gently used items such as:
  • clothing
  • diaper bags
  • bassinets/cribs
  • strollers
  • infant bath tubs
  • baby monitors
  • swings
  • hygiene items 
  • toys
Collection baskets will be delivered to all homerooms where Campus Ministry students will pick up throughout the week. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Diana Wilkinson
God is Good... All the Time,

Angeline Trudell


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

iPad Sales
iPads in the St. Junipero Serra Catholic School 1:1 program will reach their end-of-lease in June, 2017. Our leasing company is offering faculty, staff, and parents the opportunity to purchase iPads which have been issued to them personally by the school.
iPad sales will be open until May 14. Any iPads which are not purchased by the close of sales on May 14 will be returned to the leasing company without exception.
  • All iPads will be sold in "as is" condition
  • iPads will not include Apple Care+ or any other warranties
  • Cases issued with the iPad will be included in the purchase
  • iPads will be wiped and removed from the school's management system before being sent home with the student by the last day of school (June 14th)
The cost to purchase iPads is $213 per device.
Please CLICK HERE to purchase the iPad issued by the school. Only payment by credit card will be accepted.
Special Note: A limited number of extra iPads will be available for purchase beyond those issued to students and/or faculty and staff. Families may request one (1) additional iPad.
  • Faculty, staff, and families interested in purchasing an additional iPad must register on the RandomPicker website to enter a drawing for the available iPads
  • CLICK HERE to register
  • Terms and Conditions for the drawing are available on the RandomPicker website.
Please email if you have any questions.
May In-N-Out® Opens April 27 and Closes May 7!

In-N-Out lunch will be served on Thursday, May 11, 18 and 25. Please note these are the final dates for this school year. In-N-Out will not  be served on Thursday May 4, so please plan accordingly. 

Ordering for May closes Sunday, May 7 at 8:00 p.mDue to Easter break this is a shorter sales period.

CLICK HERE to place your In-N-Out order for May. 
Recording of Service Hours Deadline  

The deadline for recording all Service Hours for 2016-2017 (5/1/16 to 4/30/17) is this 
Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

Families who do not record and/or fulfill their required hours will be invoiced in May for any unfulfilled hours at the rate of $15 per hour, per unperformed hour. 

All family service hours must be recorded online.  CLICK HERE to enter your updated hours, or click on the Record Service Hours quicklink on the St. Serra homepage. Please note that you will need your Service Hours Parent Portal login credentials which were sent home through the Weekly Envelope on December 8, 2016. Please see the Anchor Ball article below for information on volunteering at this year's 2017 Anchor Ball. 
A special Thank You to all of our wonderful parent volunteers who help support our educational programs, school-wide fundraisers and activities. St. Junipero Serra is blessed to have such dedicated volunteers who further support our students' educational environment. 

For questions regarding your Login Credentials or Recording of Service Hours, please contact Vera Nitinthorn in the Business Office 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

Reserve Your Seats!  The reservation deadline of Friday, May 5 is just over a week away. Gather your friends for the celebration of the year OR make it a date night and have our Reservation Chair pair you with fellow parents of the same grade.  Please make your   RESERVATIONS soon.
For those who plan to stay the night at the hotel, a room block has been reserved for St. Serra families at a discounted rate. Book your HOTEL RESERVATION online or call the Newport Marriott reservation desk at (877) 622-3056 .

LIGHT OF CHOICE  and OPPORTUNITY DRAWING deadline is Tuesday, May 16.  ALL St. Serra parents are welcome to participate in these raffles to help support Anchor Ball.

Volunteer Opportunities! Are you signed up to volunteer at the 22nd annual Anchor Ball on Saturday, May 20? If not,  SIGN UP  now! Double and Triple hours are being offered for Saturday, May 20 only.  Would you like your hours on Saturday May 20, to count for 2016-17 service hours?  First, indicate on the Sign Up Genius page if you would like the hours to count toward the current 2016-17 school year, otherwise it will be assumed that the hours will be used for the 2017-18 school year.  Second, please remember you MUST pre-record your hours on the ST. SERRA WEBSITE by Sunday, April 30 using  1) Date: "April 30" and 2) Description: "Hours for May 20 AB".  For more information, e-mail Dulce Butoi at .  

Questions?   Check out the Anchor Ball HOMEPAGE or  FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE to view the latest news and updates.

All Parent Celebration & PTO Meeting Wednesday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center

Come One! Come All! Please join us  for our last All Parent PTO Meeting of the 2016-2017 school year!
Some of the topics we will cover include:
  • Volunteer recognition - it takes a village!
  • Exciting *new* announcements!
  • Hot coffee & healthy foods to enjoy
  • *New* Room Parent "team" selection & training process
  • Opportunities to learn more & get involved for next year
  • Introduction of the new 2017-2018 PTO Board
  • Prizes and much more!!
Make parking a breeze!  Park at 22931 Arroyo Vista, RSM and take the SJSC Shuttle (8:00 a.m. , 8:40 a.m.  or 9:20 a.m.)  to campus!

Don't forget the Used Uniform Sale  7:30-8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:00 noonbefore and after the All Parent PTO meeting.

Please spread the word and bring a friend or two. See you there!
Questions? Contact PTO President, Cristen Lebsack at

Scrip News 

End of Scrip Year:
The 2016-2017 Scrip Year will end on April 30, 2017.  Please see below for important dates and deadlines.

Friday, April 28 -   LAST AM SALES ELIGIBLE FOR 2016-2017.

Ralph's rebates for Quarter ending February 28, 2017. All rebate information must be obtained in email format from Ralph's by emailing , and forwarding via email to the Scrip Coordinator at .

Sunday, April 30 -   All Prestopay e-card and reloadable orders placed by 8:59 pm  on Sunday, April 30, 2017 will be eligible for the 2016-17 scrip  year.

Scrip Sales will continue with regular schedule until the end of the school year. All purchases made beginning on May 1, 2017 will qualify for the 2017-2018 Scrip Year.
For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
Spring is upon us... time to spruce up your yard and garden.
Support the Chapel by shopping with scripsense.   
If you haven't already, now is the perfect time to start building your family's Chapel Fund. With spring comes home improvement, which can be done via scripsense while giving back as well. 

Also consider using the scripsense local merchant program at Hanna's.  With First Communion, Confirmation and Mother's Day celebrations coming up, you can earn 10% to the Chapel Fund on everything you spend with a quick scan of the scripsense local merchant app!  

If you haven't signed up yet, e-mail and request a registration link.
Order Now! Yearbook Pre-orders Close May 15.
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.

Can't remember if you ordered a yearbook? CLICK HERE to view a list of 2017 yearbook orders in the Parents Only section of our website.  
Questions? Please contact Cindy Kennedy at
Because of you... We are SerraStrong!

Your support of the Annual Fund has made us  Academically Strong  (textbooks, curriculum, and teacher professional development),  Artistically Strong  (sound equipment),  Technologically Strong  (Promethean Boards, teacher iPads and keyboards) and  Student Life Strong  (hydration stations, ball wall and lockers), just to name a few. Let's also not forget that due to the Annual Fund our Bus Transportation program is  SerraStrong ! This program keeps field trip fees down, reduces traffic and enables you, our parents, to be shuttled here to campus to volunteer without circling to find a parking space. 

Our goal every year is to have 100% participation from our families.  To date, 30% of our families have donated over $96,000. 
Imagine if every family donated something, how strong we would be!

Please don't put it off!  Don't think we don't need you, because we do!  Every dollar counts!  The school year will be over before we know it! If you haven't given to the 2016-2017 Annual Fund, you can 
DONATE  now. We thank you in advance for EACH and EVERY gift!
2017 Grandparents & Special Friends Day Photos      
If your child had their picture taken with their grandparent and/or special friend, enclosed in today's Weekly Envelope, please find your complimentary photo. If you have not turned your Weekly Envelope in, you or your student are welcome to pick up your picture at the School Office. 

We are pleased to continue the tradition of providing our guests a photo opportunity with their St. Serra grandchild and/or special friend. We hope you will treasure this picture!  If you are interested in obtaining more prints, or have any questions, please email Pam Owens in the Advancement Office at for the JPEG of your picture.
Heart Run 2017 Was on Fire!
Thank you to the many St. Serra families who helped to raise money for the American Heart Association and SJSC.  The the girl and boy who ran the most laps in each grade level will receive a Target gift card in today's Weekly Envelope.  In addition, those who donated over $50 should have received your Target gift cards over e-mail. Congratulations!
Again, thank you for your contribution to the 2017 HeartRun. Serra Strong definitely made a difference!
Questions?  Please contact HeartRun Event Chairs, Michele Polana at and Gina Christiansen at
Clip St. Serra Clip!
Attention Serra Bears!  This year's BOX TOPS program is coming to an end!  Make sure to turn in your Box Tops collections to your homeroom by Friday, May 19.  Wouldn't you like to win up to $275 in Visa Gift Cards? The more Box Tops you turn in the more chances you have to win, so Clip St. Serra Clip! 
Questions? Contact Kelly Smith Parker, Box Tops Chair, at .  
Community Programs of Interest 

JSerra Catholic High School Presents  Beauty and the Beast
JSerra Theater Company's presentation of Beauty and the Beast opens tonight, Thursday, April 27, and runs through Saturday, April 29. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A Saturday matinee will be at 2 p.m. The show is being staged at San Juan Hills High school, 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are available online at or at the door. $15 Adults. Use the code enchanted to purchase a discounted student ticket for $10 (valid for students at any school.) CLICK HERE for the flyer.

Screenagers Coming to Las Flores Middle School
In case you missed seeing it here at SJSC, or you'd like to watch it again, Las Flores Middle School PTSA is hosting a screening of the social change documentary "Screenagers" next 
Monday, May 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 300 adults. CLICK HERE to RSVP. 
Summer 2017 Programs in the Community

San Franciso Solano VBS 2017 
J uly 10-14, 2017
Vacation Bible School

Who: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
Where: San Francisco Solano Church
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to register today! Contact Marjorie Kollen or (949) 589-1709 for more information.

JSerra High School
Lion Engage - Designed for students in grades 6-8, Lion Engage is a great summer opportunity to dive into experiential learning. CLICK HERE for more information about the Lion Engage summer program.

Youth Sports Programs -  JSerra offers a number of sport camps for prospective students throughout the summer. CLICK HERE to learn more about the summer sport programs offered. 

Mater Dei High School 
SummerCamps - Sign up for Youth and High School Camps at

Summer School - Incoming Freshmen can sign up today! 

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