Living Our Faith
Prayer Partners &
Please CLICK HERE for more information about Outreach Ministries.
Parish Connections Update
Please join us for our weekly, Friday morning Rosary.
for more information.
to view the many volunteer opportunities that are available here at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School
Message From Our President
We give you thanks for the community that we are and for this past school year. We ask you to please bless our families as we take our vacations; may our precious time together leave us with memories to cherish. Pour out your love on us that we may return renewed and refreshed to continue our journey together. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
End-of-School Year Mass
Please join us as we celebrate our End-of-School-Year Mass, next Wednesday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Muzzy Family Student Activity Center. Our celebrant will be our School Chaplain, Father Jim Dunning. At the conclusion of Mass we will be commissioning all students, grades 1-7, into their next grade level for the new school year. Students must wear their formal uniform.
The students will be dismissed following Mass at approximately 10:30 a.m. As has been previously published, there is NO afternoon Extended Care on this day, only before school Extended Care.
Also, as a reminder, parking is available on the inner road and in the neighborhood, but NOT in the Memorial Health Care parking lot.
Although the end of another school year is upon us, I would like to ask you to please watch for three important Constant Contact Emails from me; one regarding staff announcements and another regarding the exciting construction that will be taking place on our campus shortly. Both of these emails will be out
before June 28.
The third email will be out
on July 31 to help kick off the new school year. This email will contain vital information about our new app that we will be launching that was introduced at my State of the School Celebration meeting in March, more details about our SerraStrong Welcome Back Event, and other important information.
You will not want to miss these updates.
School Office/Campus Summer Hours
Please note that the School Office/Campus will close at 11:15 a.m. on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 14 due to our staff year-end gathering and will re-open on Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 a.m.
School Office Summer Hours are as follows:
- Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Week of June 19, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Week of June 27, Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Closed on Friday, June 30
The School Office and entire Campus
WILL BE CLOSED beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 and will re-open on Monday, July 17 at 8:00 a.m. Please visit the Parent Calendar on our website for summer office hours.
Reflections Newsletter 2017
Please look in today's Weekly Envelope to find the newest edition of our Reflection newsletter. Highlighted in this edition are some of the many accomplishments that we celebrated throughout the year; including those of some of our St. Serra alumni.
If you do not have a Weekly Envelope, you may pick up a hard copy of the newsletter at the School Office between now and the last day of school, or you can
to view the newsletter on our website.
Field Day 2017!
Students...are you ready? Field Day - Fun Olympics is almost here! Ten Game Stations, including Strata Ball, Big Foot Relay, and Water Balloon Walk! New games! Water games! Fun competitions!
Please have your student wear his/her class color shirt with PE bottoms for Field Day 2017.
7th Grade - Black
6th Grade - Tie-dye Retreat Shirt
5th Grade - Green
4th Grade - Orange
3rd Grade - White
2nd Grade - Light Blue
1st Grade - Purple
for a sneak peak of the fun to come! Students in Grades 1-7 will be the first to participate in this exciting, new event!
Contact Kathy Bonin, PTO VP Field Day at
No Business Day? No Worries....
for the guide on what you need to know!
SerraStrong Welcome Back Event
Save the Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017. Join us as we welcome back our St. Serra families and kick-off the 2017-2018 school year. Reconnect with old friends, welcome new families, visit with staff and faculty, and have some fun! Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. for new families, 4:30 p.m. for returning families and include a blessing, entertainment, a dinner option, a volunteer fair, and more.
Our SerraStrong Event will include a service project for local shelters. While you are having fun on your travels this summer, we ask that you please grab the extra hotel toiletries and bring them back with you to donate at the event. Thank you! Questions? Contact Melissa Singleton and Stephanie Angelos, SerraStrong Event Chairs at
I wish you all a very exciting and safe summer!
God is Good... All the Time,
"Be brave, take heart, all who put their HOPE in the Lord." - Psalm 31:24
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Principal, Preschool - Grade 2 & Mrs. Julie Tipton, Principal, Grades 3-8
Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will be available for view on Sycamore on
Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) for Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten students will be sent home via U.S. mail on
Homeroom placements will be posted on the school website on Friday, August 11. Please remember that teachers and administrators have spent many hours determining the best possible placement for your child. Please trust that each and every placement was done with the child's best interest at heart.
A letter will be mailed the week of
August 14 to parents of children entering 2nd through 8th Grades indicating your child's English Language Arts and Math class placements.
Thank you for a wonderful school year. We pray that you have a safe and happy summer. We look forward to seeing you in late August.
Mrs. Reiss and Mrs. Tipton
Extended Care News
Preschool Extended Care will be offered before and after school tomorrow, Friday, June 9 as usual.
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.
And The WINNERS Are...!!
What a fantastic year thanks to YOU! With your collective clipping, we turned in over 19,000 BOX TOPS for the school year!
We would like to celebrate the following winners as we wrap up the year.
- Makayla M. in 1C, student who turned in the most Box Tops for the school year. She won a $200 Visa gift card (graciously donated by a St. Serra family).
- Mrs. Rodini in 1C, teacher who turned in the most Box Tops for the school year. She won a $50 Cinepolis gift card.
- Homeroom 2B. The class that turned in the most Box Tops for the school year. They won a Pizzookie Party!
- Jonathan S. in 6A, who won the $50 Visa Gift Card Drawing. This included all students that turned in 50 Box Tops or more for the school year.
- Michael H. in 6A, who won the $25 Visa Gift Card Drawing. This included all students that turned in 5 Box Tops or more for the third collection period.
- Mrs. Rodini in 1C, who won the $25 Cinepolis Gift Card Drawing. This included all teachers that turned in 20 or more Box Tops for the third collection period.
Congratulations to our winners and keep the clipping going over summer! Thank you for supporting the
BOX TOPS PROGRAM
for our school!
? Contact Kelly Smith Parker, Box Tops Chair at
Health Room Reminder
If you have not already done so, please pick up your child's Health Room medicine before Monday, June 12. Any medicine not picked up by Monday will be disposed of.
If you have any questions regarding your child's medication, please call (949) 546-8705.
If your child will be taking medication during the 2017-2018 school year, your doctor will need to fill out a
Medication Authorization form, which must be turned into the Health Room with your child's medication at the beginning of the school year.
The medication form can be found on the St. Serra website or by
2017 Tree of Remembrance Ornaments
Each year St. Serra offers the Memorial Ornament program to our families. Memorial Ornaments can now be purchased to memorialize your loved ones that have gone home to our Lord.
The ornaments are $30 each and must be ordered by September 15 for participation in the November 2017 Memorial Mass of Remembrance. Please contact Cindy Carpino at ext. 239 with any questions.
2017-2018 Tuition and 1:1 Program FACTS Schedule Reminder
2017-2018 Tuition and 1:1 Program deductions are scheduled to begin in July 2017 as designated when setting up your FACTS account.
Please remember it is your responsibility to update your FACTS account with any changes including bank account information, email address, home address, and or phone number.
For FACTS questions, please contact Dana Hardenburgh at email@example.com or ext.181.
Important Year-End Business Office Reminders
Tuition and Past Due Fees
As noted on your Family Contract and Agreements, all past due accounts must be paid in full in order to finalize your family's 2017-2018 registration. Families with remaining balances will be mailed an end-of-year invoice for ALL outstanding fees. Payment in full must be made on or before
Monday, June 26
. Please remit payment via online or mail to the attention of the Business Office.
June Billing for Extended Care
Please note that billings for the June Extended Care usage will be included in your family's end-of-year Business Office invoice. Please remit payment via mail by
Monday, June 26
For questions, please contact Vera Nitinthorn in the Business Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yearbooks will be on sale in the School Office on the dates below. Yearbooks can be purchased until June 13, while supplies last. The price of the yearbook is $68. Cash or checks only will be accepted. No credit cards. For more information contact Cindy Kennedy, Director of Communications at email@example.com
Grades 1 through 7
Friday, June 9, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday, June 12, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
We would like to thank our outgoing PTO President, Mrs. Cristen Lebsack, who did an outstanding job of overseeing our board and so many of the events and activities that took place this school year. Her leadership has been a blessing to our entire school community. Please
Mrs. Lebsack's President's Letter to read her message for our St. Serra families
Recognition of SJSC Leadership and Volunteers
The St. Junipero Serra Catholic School's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to thank everyone who has been a part of all the great PTO events, Board and numerous committees
this past school year! We are blessed for your commitment and dedication. It is because of you that we are Serra Strong!
Thank you to the parents who made up our school
Thank you to the many parents who contributed and logged 100 or more
. Our school community is truly blessed because of all of you!
Announcing...2017-18 Room Parent Teams
The St. Serra PTO is excited to announce that the 2017-18 Room Parent Teams have been formed. View the list of
ROOM PARENT TEAMS
who will help support our classroom activities next year. Thank you for sharing your time and talent!
Summer is here...time to relax and have some fun!
Purchase your favorite eGift cards from
on-line for some new summer clothing. Every purchase you make through
gives back to the Chapel Fund in your family's name. It's a win-win situation!
Also consider using the
local merchant program at Hanna's. With Father's Day and graduation celebrations coming up, you can earn a 10% rebate to the Chapel Fund on everything you spend with a quick scan of the
local merchant app!
For questions or more information about the program and how you can make a difference, contact Cindy Carpino at firstname.lastname@example.org or x239.
Thank you to all St. Serra Families who made this scrip year a great success! Our 2017-2018 Scrip year started on 5/1/2017 and we look forward to welcoming even more families into this great program that benefits both our families and our school.
Physical card sales will continue in the Scrip Office until the last day of school, limited to inventory on hand.
Virtual card sales through shopwithscrip.com and scripsense.com
will continue uninterrupted throughout the summer. If you do not have an online account with them already, please contact the Scrip Office to set one up.
School will be back in session on August 28, 2017, but we are happy to announce that weekly orders will resume on Monday, July 31, 2017. Orders should be mailed to SJSC and need to be received by 8:30 a.m. on Mondays. Families will be notified via email on the following Thursday when the orders are ready for pick up (this is the only option until school opens).
Looking for volunteer hours for 2017-18? Join our Scrip Office family and you will have a set schedule in a fun environment and meet other SJSC families. Please email us at
if you are interested.
For questions, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at
Laptop Bootcamp Sign-ups Continue
Laptop Bootcamp for students entering Grades Three to Eight in 2017-2018 sign-ups continue. Please note that some sessions have hit their capacity and are now closed.
to sign-up if you have not already done so.
Registration in Bootcamp sessions are 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
ediately so that we can work with you to schedule your family on another date.
Save the Date: St. Serra Annual Golf Classic - Thursday, September 28
"FORE!" Here comes our 22nd Annual St. Serra Golf Classic! PTO is pleased to announce that our Golf Classic Event Chair,
Mr. Alan Zawistoski
and his team, along with PTO VP Golf, Courtnay Flick, are already planning an exciting tournament with several new features. So get your foursomes together and watch for our reservation invitation via email this summer!
2017 Harvest Festival
SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
"The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us." Psalm 67:6
PTO is proud to announce our fabulous 2017 Harvest Festival Event Chairs, Alexis Weddingfeld and Sue Deek-Ahmadi. These ladies, along with the PTO VP of Harvest Festival, Teacia Andrew, and the
HARVEST FESTIVAL TEAM
are already busy planning our annual fall festival to be held on Sunday, October 29. The theme is
"The Great American Harvest."
We can't wait to welcome you to this fun-filled family day to celebrate our school and our country. It's going to be an amazing day including all-new family competitions and some friendly cook-off fun in addition to our traditional rides and games galore!
To help us make this day a success, we encourage you to learn about our upcoming
that include beneficial incentives like
FRONT OF THE LINE PASSES
RESERVED E-Z UPS
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. CLICK HERE 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
to express your interest and
for additional information
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.
- 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.
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.
Sign Up Genius
and use the access word
. 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?
for the Sponsorship Form.
Community Programs of Interest
San Francisco Solano Church Movie Night.
YFF Presents Moana - the ocean is calling. Please join us tomorrow, Friday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
for more information about this fun family event!
The Parent Project
10 Week Course Starts Wednesday, August 2
The "Parenting Manual" is here! Come learn the parenting skills that were developed from working with over 500,00 families nationwide.
for more information.
Summer 2017 Programs in the Community
San Franciso Solano VBS 2017
Vacation Bible School
Who: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
Where: San Francisco Solano Church
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
JSerra High School
JSerra Catholic High School will be sponsoring its annual Girls Basketball Summer Camp on
July 17 - 19, 2017
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
Mater Dei High School, 1202 West Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, 92707