Volume 22 · Issue 33 · May 25, 2017


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In This Issue
Message from Our President
Anchor Ball
Tuition Assistance
Principal's Corner
Memorial Ornament
PTO News
Anchor Ball
Preparing iPads for the End of Year
SerraVision Anchors
Laptop Bootcamp
Scrip News
Sports Tryout Info
Coaches Needed
Service Hours
Student Store News
Extended Care News
Recording Service Hours
Library News
Community Programs of Interest
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
 Message From Our President

With God in our hearts and love surrounding our life ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.  The virtue of HOPE is the COURAGE to believe and dream.
2017 St. Junipero Serra Award Recipients Honored at Anchor Ball
Congratulations to our 2017 St. Junipero Serra Award recipients, who were recognized and honored at our Anchor Ball event last Saturday, May 20, 2017:
Gina Christiansen
Meredith Giraudi
Matt & Carol Lawson
Cristen Lebsack
Kelly McCabe
Michael Pollock
Shelly Soenen
Thomas Wilkinson
Many thanks to the parents and staff who submitted nominations for all of our deserving volunteers.  For more information about the St. Junipero Serra Award, and to view a listing of all past and present award recipients, please CLICK HERE.
Tuition Assistance Appeal
This past Saturday night, the St. Serra community gathered at Anchor Ball to help raise funds for the school in many areas.  One of the most important areas that needs support is Tuition Assistance. CLICK HERE  to watch a video about this program.
Despite efforts in keeping tuition down, including not raising tuition at all for the 2017-2018 school year, the need for tuition assistance continues to rise.  In the past 3 years, the number of families and students in need has increased by 12%.  Last year almost 10% of the SJSC student body received financial assistance in some capacity. 
Through our continued fundraising efforts, we strive to raise the necessary funds - but the need is always greater.  We raised over $118,000 on Saturday, but we are not done.    If you were not at Anchor Ball, please join with us in trying to reach our goal of $145,000 by June 1 to secure the necessary level of funding for this year's applicants.
You CAN make a difference! Every dollar raised helps a child stay here at St. Serra next year.
If you prefer, you may send in a check to the Advancement Department with Tuition Assistance written in the memo.
Thank you in advance for your support of those in need within our community.   
Congratulations to the Karimi family who won the Anchor Ball Tuition Assistance incentive raffle.  They will enjoy a week-long stay in a beautiful beach house in Newport Beach compliments of the O'Brien family!  
Marian Mass Tomorrow, Friday, May 26
Please join us for our Annual May Crowning & Marian Mass tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center as we witness this beautiful sacrament for our Second Grade students. Mass will be celebrated by Father Reynold Furrell of Holy Trinity Parish. The Second Grade Communicants will also lead us through the Rosary Prayer.
This is a formal uniform day for ALL students except for TK and Kindergarten. Parking is available in the neighborhood but NOT in the Memorial Health Care parking lot. Once again we will be having a collection at the entrance to Mass for the Missionary Childhood Association, so please encourage your children to do an extra chore around the house so they are able to bring in some change to donate to those in need.

Immediately following Mass, plan on visiting with Mrs. Trudell, Mrs. Tipton , Mrs. Reiss and fellow parents at the final PTO Parent Fellowship and Coffee Social in the SJSC Courtyard.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) at St. Serra Grows
As we prepare for our new facility, we encourage our students to participate in one or both of these STEAM related programs:

St. Serra's First Annual Robotics Summer Camp
Incoming 5th - 8th grade students are invited to be a part of St. Serra's LEGO Robotics Summer camp hosted by Santa Margarita Catholic High School's award winning Robotics Team.

Powered by the LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Base Set and software, students will explore the exciting world of robotics and engineering. Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software, this adventure will have students working in teams, making friends, and creating robots from day one. Please see the flyer in today's Weekly Envelope (grades 4 - 7) for more information.
Instrumental Music Program Coming to SJSC
We are planning to start an instrumental music program beginning this fall. Paul Effman Music serves several schools throughout the area and is pleased to bring this program to St. Serra. Students in grades 3-8 (for band) and grades 1-8 (for Violin) are eligible to enroll. If this program would be of interest to you and your children, please  CLICK HERE to express your interest and  for additional information
Congratulations William H. Hannon Memorial Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year's 4th-grade scholarship winners, S. Angelos and E. Kacer. This annual scholarship is given to the two most outstanding essays written about the life of Saint Junipero Serra, as chosen by members of the William H. Hannon Foundation.
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
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.
2017 Tree of Remembrance Ornaments
Each year St. Serra offers the Memorial Ornament program to our families.  Ornaments can now be purchased to memorialize your loved ones that have gone home to our Lord. 
The artwork is always provided by one of our current Seventh-grade students. Each student submits a drawing and an essay of their vision of Heaven. A winner is selected by our President, Mrs. Trudell and the Memorial Committee. We are happy to announce that C. Gasper's beautiful design was selected for our 2017 Memorial Ornament.   
At the end of October, all ornaments purchased this year will be hung on a Tree of Remembrance, displayed in the entry lobby, and blessed prior to the Memorial Mass held on All Saints Day, November 1. The ornaments remain on the tree for the entire month of November. All ornaments will then be sent home with your student prior to Christmas break should you wish to hang them on your Christmas tree at home. 
The ornaments are $30 each. Ornaments must be ordered by September 15 for participation in the November 2017 Mass of Remembrance. Please contact Cindy Carpino at ext. 239 with any questions.
Purchase ornaments on-line to pay via credit card, or download the pdf order form and send it in to the Advancement Office with your check made payable to Serra Catholic School.
Congratulations Serra Bear Super Stars!
Coach Marlon Woolforde's St. Serra Track & Field team, placed 6th overall, and 3rd overall for Grades 1-4, at the PAL Championships last Saturday!  Congratulations to all of our Bears that participated on a hot weekend achieving new personal, school, and PAL Meet records along the way. A few of our Bears also competed the next day in Costa Mesa at the SCMAF Orange County Championships, unbelievably setting more records and advancing to the SCMAF Southern California championships in June! Talk about SerraStrong!

Congratulations also to the St. Serra 4th-grade Street Hockey team on placing 3rd in the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Hockey Shootout this past Saturday! According to Coach Lewis and Coach Rodriguez, the team showed incredible spirit, tenacity and sportsmanship. In addition, our Boys Volleyball and Coed Soccer teams showed dedication and determination this season and were great representatives of St. Serra sportsmanship. 

It has been an amazing year for all of our SJSC Sports teams. I wish to thank personally the dedicated team coaches and parent volunteers for being true role models who always give so generously of their time and talent. Because of them, our sports programs are growing; our athletes are developing confidence, improving their talents and building life-long friendships along the way. 

A huge thank you to all of our Serra Bear athletes who showed their school spirit by working and playing hard throughout the season and also for their steadfast determination and dedication to their team. We are so proud of you all. GO, BEARS!
PARENT Fellowship & Coffee Social
Friday May 26, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the SJSC Courtyard

Please join us tomorrow, 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!
Rooted in Faith

On behalf of the St. Serra PTO, we would like to congratulate and thank our Anchor Ball Event Chairs Mrs. Mary Broomfield, Mrs. Sarah Doyle, Mrs. Gabrielle Peloquin and Mrs. Aimee Stevenson, along with their COMMITTEE MEMBERS   and PTO VP-Anchor Ball, Mrs. Meredith Giraudi, for helping to make our 22nd annual Anchor Ball celebration such a great success. In addition, we are very grateful to all of our St. Serra Families and friends who attended Anchor Ball last Saturday night.    We especially want to thank the   outstanding team of volunteers who helped make this year's event possible. You truly make a difference! We are blessed to have such dedicated men and women supporting our school and students.  Also, we would like to acknowledge all of the wonderful  DONORS, UNDERWRITERS AND SUPPORTERS who so generously contributed to this year's Anchor Ball.
St. Serra School Highlight Film
St. Serra families are invited to watch our amazing St. Serra School highlight film that was shown at this year's Anchor Ball. You can view the video by CLICKING HERE. This film was assembled by  PTO President-Elect, Dana Maas - it reflects the St. Serra spirit and enthusiasm of our amazing students!
Buy-It Now Opportunities
There are numerous items from Anchor Ball still available for immediate purchase online, including silent auction packages, class projects, and tickets to the Moms & Margaritas Buy In Party. First come, first served.  No bidding required. 
Our BUY-IT-NOW  opportunities are available online until Tuesday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m.
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, June 1 - 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.
2017-2018 SerraVision Anchor and Technician Crew Applications Due Date Extended!

SerraVision is now accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Students who are entering 7th and 8th grade next year are eligible to apply. Applications are to be completed and returned to Mr. Overton or Mrs. Enyeart by  June 2 .

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

 Scrip News

There are only 2 weekly orders left between now and the end of school on June 14, 2017.  Please note Dennis Uniform can only be ordered through the weekly order form.
  • 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

Celebrate the Grad in your Life!
Congrats to the class of 2017!  Make their moment special with a thoughtful gift purchased through Scripsense. Gift items, eGift cards, travel, etc. can all be purchased using Scripsense.  

Father's Day is Around the Corner...
Wow him with an eGift card.  You could choose from REI, Dicks Sporting Goods or possibly Go Play Golf which all gives back to our Chapel campaign!

Or take the family to dinner to celebrate either of these special occasions.  eGift cards for restaurants range between 2% and 12%, including a 10% rebate when using the Hanna's Local Merchant program. 

Not a Scripsense user yet - contact for your personal invitation.  
Sports Tryout Information
In an effort to streamline the sports application process, we have recently made some updates on our after school sports program webpage. Please follow the two links below for our after school sports program page and tryout permission form page on our website.
We are very happy to announce that you only have to fill out the TRYOUT PERMISSION FORM one time for each school year.

You still need to fill out a registration packet for each sport your child has chosen to participate/made the team for after the tryout process. Please email Coach Gozback if you have questions. 
Coaches Needed for Next Fall Sports Season
We are looking for volunteer coaches for next year's FALL Sports Season for boys flag football and girls volleyball. HEAD coaches will have their registration fee waived for their child/ren. Also both Head Coach and Assistant Coach will receive service hours for all the time they put into our sports program. Please email Coach Brock Gozback at if you are interested in coaching next year.
2016-2017 Lunch Duty and Service Hours Invoice
(Covering period from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017)
Families who did not fulfill or record their 2016-17 online service hours will be mailed an invoice tomorrow, Friday, May 26, 2017.  Payment and/or a tally of missing hours are due by Friday,  June 2, 2017.
1. If the service hours reporting with your invoice does not agree with your records, please manually record and tally any missing regular service hours.
2. Return a copy of your manual tally to the Business Office along with your revised payment by Friday, June 2, 2017.  If paying online, you still need to send in your regular service hours revisions to the Business Office.
3. Please note that this is your FINAL opportunity to record any missing regular service hours for the 2016-2017 school year and that families will be responsible for full payment of any unrecorded hours at the rate of $15.00 per hour.
2017-2018 Recording of Service Hours Tracking - (5/1/17 to 4/30/18)
As the 2017-2018 service hour commitment began on May 1, 2017, please keep track of your hours as we await the availability of the 2017-18 Service Hours Parent Portal.  We will keep you informed via the SerraDIPITY as soon as the 2017-18 Service Hours Parent Portal is made available.
For questions regarding your Recording of Service Hours, please contact Vera Nitinthorn in the Business Office at or ext. 183.
Student Store News
Used Uniform Update:
  1. True Grits Used Uniforms are available for $5 each - the Sale continues till May 31!              
  2. There are only two remaining Used Clothing sale dates: Tuesday, May 30, 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 
  3. Reminder: Effective June 1st, 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. Delivery options will be announced in August. 
  • Limited Lobby Student Store hours for the 2017-2018 school year will be available and announced 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
In-N-Out® Thank You!
A huge thank you to the 2016-2017 In-N-Out chairs and volunteers,  Mrs. Penny Heiner, Mrs. Denise Kacer, Mrs. Shirley Lueck, Mrs. Cameron Godoy and Mrs. Maria Aceves.  These ladies made an amazing team and put in countless hours to make In N Out®  happen each week for our students!  In N Out® would not be possible without the dedication of these wonderful event chairs and volunteers! Thank you!
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 WednesdayJune 14 
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
Library News
The Library is now closedThe last day to turn in books is tomorrow, Friday, May 26. If your student 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 that will be automatically processed by the Business Office. Please contact Ms. Mascorro  at , with any questions or concerns you may have.  
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