Volume 22 · Issue 32 · May 18, 2017


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In This Issue
Message from Our President
Anchor Ball
Recording Service Hours
Principal's Corner
Preparing iPads for the End of Year
Library News
Battle of the Books
Calling All Lanyards
SerraVision Anchors
Laptop Bootcamp
Scrip News
Extended Care News
Pops for Purpose
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

Let us love others, and be the light of God's great love to everyone. 
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

Anchor Ball is this Saturday, May 20!  An e-mail with all of the exciting details was sent earlier today to those who are attending Anchor Ball. Registration and Silent Auction begin at 5:30 p.m. The Cocktail Party exclusively for VIP Guests begins at 5:00 p.m.  We look forward to a wonderful evening with our guests in support of our school. Visit our Anchor Ball HOMEPAGE for more information.
We would like to acknowledge all of the generous donors, underwriters and supporters who generously contributed to our 22nd Annual Anchor Ball.  View the full list  HERE .

I, along with the Anchor Ball Event Chairs and your PTO Board, would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers who have shared their time and talents preparing for this major event. We would also like to thank all of those who contributed to the 22nd Annual Anchor Ball through Gift Gathering and raffle ticket purchases. Without your support and encouragement this event would not be possible.  
Volunteer Opportunities at Our Parishes

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Holy Trinity Sunday
Join us as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity and the mid-point of our Church construction, on Sunday, June 11 directly following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. 
  • Games
  • Kids Sports Zone (Sponsored by St. Junipero Serra Catholic School)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Pulled Pork and Hot Dogs
Volunteer Opportunities for St. Serra families! Volunteering at this event is sanctioned by SJSC and up to 4 service hours per family can be counted toward your 2017-2018 St. Serra volunteer requirements. Volunteers please s ign up on Sign Up Genius.

Volunteers please check in at the information booth to verify your volunteer assignment. For volunteers working the first shift, please check in and go to your station directly after Mass so that you can be trained at your station. 

Email Steve Silva if you have questions or need more information. 

San Francisco Solano Catholic Church
Fiesta Day Solano 2017 - St. Serra Volunteer Day,  Saturday July 22

St. Serra Families are sponsoring a game booth at San Francisco Solano's Fiesta de Solano 2017. Volunteer Now and receive up to 4 service hours per family towards your 2017-2018 St. Serra volunteer requirements.   

Volunteer on Sign Up Genius and use the access word Catholic. Each shift is 2 hours with 3 volunteer spots per shift. 

Fiesta de Solano is a 3-day community event filled with games, rides, food, live entertainment, Bingo and a Silent Auction! Bring your family for a day of fun and food! 
Friday, July 21, 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 1:00-10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 23, 1:00-10:00 p.m.

Want to see your name or business on a banner and/or announced at Fiesta? Click Here for the Sponsorship Form. 

To sign up for the Kids Lip-sync or Solano's Got Talent email

Questions? Please contact Jeff or Tami Kosidowski at
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
Congratulations SJSC Catholic Math League Winners!
Catholic Math League is a national Catholic School math competition that was started in 1997 and currently serves hundreds of schools across the country.  Math competitions are offered for each grade from third grade through Advanced High School Math.  Many of our advanced math students at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School completed the series of tests required for this contest which were administered from November to March.  These tests were graded to determine the highest individual scores.  The top three student scores for each school receive a certificate.  In addition, students can receive awards for having top scores in the division or in the country.  These students competed with other students from our Division in Alaska, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Guam.  

We wish to congratulate Mrs. Andrews/Miss Rivera, Mrs. Evans, Miss Thomas and Miss Becerra, our advanced plus math teachers, for encouraging and making it possible for their students to compete in this contest.  CLICK HERE to view a video of the SJSC Catholic Math League winners on our Parents Only section of our website.

The following St. Junipero Serra Catholic School students received awards and we are very proud to announce the accomplishments of the following students:

3rd Grade:  (2nd Place Division 1, 7th Place Nation)
C. Lindsay: 1st Place  SJSC  & 5th Place  Division 1 (14th Place Nation)
C. Peloquin: 2nd Place  SJSC  & 6th Place  Division 1 (17th Place Nation)
S. Beltran: 3rd Place  SJSC  & 8th Place  Division 1 (19th Place Nation)
4th Grade:  (1st Place Division 1 Champions, 2nd Place Nation)
B. Bisuna: 1st Place SJSC for the second consecutive year & 1st Place
Division 1 Champion (4th Place Nation)
N. Bergman: 2nd Place SJSC & 2nd Place  Division 1 (6th Place Nation)
H. Smith: 3rd Place SJSC & 3rd Place  Division 1 (7th Place Nation)
R. Freeman: 4th Place SJSC & 4th Place  Division 1 (8th Place Nation)
5th Grade:  (4th Place Division 1, 19th Place Nation)
S. Do:  1st Place SJSC for the second consecutive year & 10th Place  Division 1 (19th Place Nation)
D. Fugimoto:  2nd place SJSC for the second consecutive year & 11th Place
Division 1 (23rd Place Nation)
K.  Rivera:  3rd Place SJSC & 15th place  Division 1 (28th Place Nation)
6th Grade:  (1st Place Division 1 Champions, (2nd Place Nation)
R. Steensland:  1st Place SJSC for the third consecutive year & 1st Place Division 1 Champion for the second consecutive year (2nd Place Nation)
K. Morgan:  2nd Place SJSC for the second consecutive year & 3rd Place  Division 1 (4th place Nation)
D. Smaldino: 3rd Place SJSC for the second consecutive year & 5th Place Division 1 for the second consecutive year  (12th Place Nation)
7th Grade PreAlgebra:  (2nd Place Division 1, 11th Place Nation)
J. Ashbach:  1st Place SJSC for the third consecutive year & 1st Place  Division 1 Champion (4th Place Nation)
D. Wang:  2nd Place SJSC & 3rd Place  Division 1 (10th Place Nation)
J. Abdelmalek: 3rd Place SJSC & 8th Place  Division 1 (17th Place Nation)
8th Grade:  (Algebra 1:  5th Place Division 1, 33rd Place Nation)
M. Ko:  1st Place SJSC & 10th Place  Division 1 (25th Place Nation)
A. Staff:  2nd Place SJSC & 11th Place Division 1 (26th Place Nation)
A. Morgan:  3rd Place SJSC & 15th Place  Division 1 (32nd Place Nation)

Renaissance STAR Testing

Upcoming Renaissance STAR testing dates:
  • May 15 - May 26 (Kindergarten)
  • May 22 - June 2  (Grades 1-8)
CLICK HERE to read Important Information regarding the STAR Testing schedule and Helpful Hints.  

End of the Year Parent Surveys Closing Soon

If you haven't completed the End of the Year Survey please click on the links below to complete a survey for each of your children that will attend St. Junipero Serra next year. The surveys will CLOSE at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26. 

Homeroom lists will be posted at on Frid ay, August 11.  

Please use the following links:
Preparing iPads for End of Year Collection
As we prepare for the end of the year, here is some important information on how we will be collecting the student iPads from our students. If you have purchased your student's iPad, additional information will be forwarded to you directly on how to prepare for its removal from our management software and when to expect delivery of the iPad.
Collection Schedule
The days listed below will be the one and only opportunity that we will be collecting the iPad and accessories from the students at the specified grade levels. If your student will not be in school on the date listed, please contact Jana Chantarapan at to schedule a time when the iPad and accessories can be returned. Families who do not return the iPad on the date listed or schedule an alternate collection time, will be billed for the cost of each iPad ($213).
  • Friday, May 26 - Eighth Grade
  • Monday, June 5 - Grades Three and Four
  • Wednesday, June 7 - TK and Kindergarten
  • Thursday, June 8 - Grades One, Two, Five, and Six
  • Friday, June 9 - Seventh Grade
Backing up the iPad
Student iPads will be wiped before they are turned in, so it is important to ensure the iPad has been backed-up to iCloud, Google Drive archived (if not returning), and files transferred if desired before their collection date. Students will not have the opportunity to retrieve data from an iPad after it is wiped if they have not backed up their device. 
  • CLICK HERE for how to manually back-up to iCloud if necessary
  • Students who are graduating or not returning to St. Junipero Serra Catholic School can archive their files and documents in their Google Drive by utilizing Google Takeout. CLICK HERE if you wish to review these instructions. This is only necessary if you are not returning to the school next year.
  • Beginning May 19, we will remove the restriction from the student iPads prohibiting iPads from connecting to a home computer. With the removal of this restriction, students and their parents may now synchronize the iPad to iTunes on a home computer, or transfer documents from the iPad to a home computer.

Students will be responsible for returning the following items:
  • iPad with the school-issued case
  • Protective shield


  • School-issued charging block*

  • School-issued cable*

    *Apple products MJ262LL/A (power adapter) and MD818AM/A (lightning to USB cable) are acceptable, even if not original school-issued equipment
If an item is not returned when the iPad is collected, or the incorrect item is returned, an invoice will be sent home to the parents through our Business Office. We will also be evaluating the condition of the iPads when they are returned. Families will be responsible for the repair of any iPad which has a cracked screen or is not in a condition to be returned to the leasing company without penalty.
Please email  if you have any questions.
Library News
The  Library  closed for this school year on  Tuesday, May 16. This was the last day to check out a book.  ALL BOOKS will be due back no later than  May 26. If your child is not done with the book, please make arrangements to find another copy elsewhere prior to the due date.  If your student's book is not returned, you will receive a fine notice for the replacement cost of the book and it will be automatically processed by the Business Office.   Please contact  Ms. Mascorro at , with any questions or concerns you may have.  
Battle of the Books (BOB) Club
The SJSC Library would like to invite incoming fourth & fifth grade students for the 2017-18 school year to participate in our first annual Battle of the Books (BOB) Book Club, Competition Team and Summer Reading Program. Students will be able to earn medals for READING!!! You will find all participation requirements and the list of books by  CLICKING HERE.
Calling All Lanyards
Do you ever leave campus and realize that you have forgotten to return your lanyard to the School Office? It seems our inventory has been depleted over the school year, so we are accepting the return of any "stray" lanyards back to the School Office, no questions asked! Thank you.
2017-2018 SerraVision Anchor and Technician Crew Applications 

SerraVision is now accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Students who are entering 7th and 8th grade next year will be eligible to apply. Applications are to be completed and returned to Mr. Overton or Mrs. Enyeart by  May 26.

Please  CLICK HERE for a copy of the Guidelines and Application.
Laptop Bootcamp Sign-ups Open
This summer we are bringing an exciting Laptop Bootcamp to students entering Grades Three to Eight in 2017-2018.
Sign-ups are Now Open. Please CLICK HERE
Registration in Bootcamp sessions will be first-come, first-serve, with a limit of 25 students per session. Bootcamps will be held on the St. Serra campus.
If your family will not be available to attend any of the dates listed above, please email  ipads@serraschool.orgimmediately so that we can work with you to schedule your family on another date.
Important information regarding Bootcamps:
  • Students must attend the Bootcamp in order to check-out their laptop
  • One parent must accompany students at the Bootcamp
  • "Family" sessions have been scheduled to allow one parent to attend with multiple students from their family
  • Each Bootcamp session will last 2-1/2 hours
  • Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions will be offered
  • Registration is required for Bootcamp; walk-ins will not be accepted
  • Laptops are required when school begins
Box Tops are Due Tomorrow! 
The last BOX TOPS collection period of the year ends TOMORROW, May 19.  BOX TOPS are due to your child's homeroom by 8:00 a.m.  Please place them in a Ziploc bag clearly labeled with your student's first/last name and homeroom.  Each BOX TOP coupon is FREE money for our school, so thank you in advance for your contribution!

Don't MISS OUT!!  Your student could win a $25, $50 or $200 Visa Gift Card, just for participating in the Box Tops for Education program! RAFFLE and AWARD winners will be announced next Friday, May 26.

Questions? Contact Kelly Smith Parker, Box Tops Chair, at  

 Scrip News

2016-2017 Financial Participation Fee Invoices and Notification of Scrip Rebate Credit:
Families who have earned scrip rebates in excess of $275 will receive a statement in today's Weekly Envelope. Families who elected to participate in the Scrip Program, but did not fulfill their $275 Financial Participation Fee as of April 30, were mailed an invoice.
There are only 3 weekly orders left between now and the end of school on June 14, 2017:
Monday, May 22
Tuesday, May 30 (MEMORIAL DAY holiday falls on Monday, May 29)
Monday, June 5
The last daily envelope sales will be on Thursday, June 8, 2017, to be returned to families on Friday, June 9, 2017.  Please note quantities will be limited to inventory on hand.
Daily AM sales  will continue through the last day of  school.  Please note quantities will be limited to inventory on hand.

For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
Sound Crew for 2017-2017 School Year
(Note: this is different than SerraVision Anchor and Tech Crew)

Attention students entering 7th and 8th-grade next year! If you are interested in being a part of the Sound Crew next year please come to the SAC after school on 
Thursday, May 25  for training. The current Sound Crew will be teaching interested students how to set up the sound equipment for our  Friday  Mass.  If you have any questions please speak with Mrs. Sifers. 
PARENT Fellowship & Coffee Social
Friday May 26, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the SJSC Courtyard

Please join us in the SJSC Courtyard Friday, May 26, immediately following St. Serra's Annual Marian Mass, for the last PTO hosted parent coffee social of the 2016-2017 school year. Light hospitality, coffee and water will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Store News!
Used Uniform Update:

1. True Grits Used Uniforms are available for $5 each - the Sale continues till May 31!              

2. The Used Clothing hours

    • Tuesday (only 3 more remaining) 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday (only 3 more remaining) 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 

3. Reminder: Effective June 1, the True Grits Uniform label items will no longer be sold in our Used Uniform store. Only Dennis Uniform label items will be available after June 1.


Student Store Update:
  • The last day the Student Store will be open for the current school year is Wednesday, May 31.
  • The On-Line Student Store will be available, starting July 31, 2017.
  • The hours for the Lobby Student Store will be announced before the start of school in August.
Dennis School Uniform Store:
  • Regular hours till July 31:
    Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Special Event for St. Junipero Serra families - July 31, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Special Event for St. Junipero Serra families - August 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Summer Hours, August 1 till September 1
    Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact Catherine Tirado, Student Store Coordinator at
Extended Care News
There will be NO afternoon Extended Care on the last day of school, June 14 for TK - grade 7. This is an adjusted minimum day where the students are dismissed at the conclusion of our end-of-the-year Mass (approximately 10:30-10:45 a.m.). Please plan accordingly! Extended Care will be open during their normal hours the morning of Wednesday, June 14 
Pops for A Purpose
A fundraiser for the Chapel! Otter  pops will be on sale every Wednesday at lunch for .50 cents each. 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

San Francisco Solano Church Movie Night. YFF Presents Moana - the ocean is calling. Please join us on Friday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. CLICK HERE for more information about this fun family event! 

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
JSerra Catholic High School will be sponsoring its annual Girls Basketball Summer Camp on  July 17 - 19, 2017  from  9-11 AM

JSerra coaches will be conducting the camp, with assistance from current and former players.  All girls from grades 1-8 are eligible to attend. CLICK HERE for more information

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