Volume 23 * Issue 04 * September 21, 2017
In This Issue

Stronger together... we lift each other up. We are SERRASTRONG! 
And let us consider how to lift up one another, to love and good works
- Hebrews 10:24

A Message from President Trudell

SJSC Highlighted as School of the Month by the Orange Diocese 

We are proud to announce that St. Serra has been chosen by the Diocese of Orange as the School of the Month. Please  CLICK HERE to read the article on the Diocesan Website. 
Construction Update - Weekend Power Outage

Our construction project is moving along at a quick and successful pace.  We hope you have had time to view our construction camera on our website. We have added a second camera helping to see the entire project as it grows. This camera will be live soon - so much excitement abounds.

At this point in the project, it is time for us to move the SCE (Southern California Edison) power line from one location underground to another, we are grateful this work can be done on a Saturday. 

What does this mean for our families:
  • The campus will be closed from 6:00 p.m. on Friday September 22 ( to power down the campus) until 6:00 a.m. Monday, September 25
  • The power will be officially cut off from SCE  for 8-12 hours on Saturday, September 23
  • Our network and filtering for student laptops and iPads are related to this power outage, therefore, students will be unable to link to the internet on school-owned devices on Saturday, September 23 and a portion of Sunday, September 24
  • Students will be able to access any items saved to the students'  hard drive on their new laptops
  • As teachers have stated, there is no homework assigned on the weekends
  • Staff email is Gmail therefore staff continue to be available by email.
We anticipate this work to be complete on Saturday, September 23 and we will take the day Sunday to power-up the campus. No matter the extent of the work on Saturday, we are prepared to power-up on Sunday.

We will send out a notice early Saturday morning September 23 about the power outage as a reminder, and we will send out a second notice on Sunday, September 24 when our campus is powered back up and student devices may be used again.

The app notifications will be helpful for us to communicate to you this weekend in addition to email. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this exciting construction year. We are keeping our eye on the beautiful prize...the blessing of the Chapel and the Blessed Sacrament along with a new and exciting learning environment.

Rosary Prayer Group
Do you want to feel peaceful, full of faith and meet new friends?

We would love to have you join us  on Friday  mornings to pray for our children and the intentions of our St. Serra community.  We meet at the Blessed Virgin Mary statue in the middle school courtyard at  7:50 a.m.   We also meet at  8:30 a.m.  on school Mass days. 

We have extra rosary beads and a pamphlet to follow along.  It's easy!  

If you are unable to join us, but have a special intention you would like us to pray for, please leave a note in the intention rosary box at the front desk or email  RVKLThompson@cox.net .  

Here is a beautiful definition of Peace in our lives. With a calm and peaceful heart, it is truly easier to be in the ministry and service to others.  I wis yo u peace, calm and kindness surrounding you.

God is Good All the Time...All the Time God is Good.

Mrs. Angeline Trudell
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Principal Preschool - Grade 2
Mrs. Julie Tipton, Principal Grades 3 - 8

Conferencing with Teachers 
Teachers are available to conference with parents concerning their child(ren), and will be happy to arrange a time to meet with you. Please contact the teacher by sending an email to request an appointment. Please do not approach the teachers for a conference while in their classrooms or while on duty. Teachers are responsible for the supervision of students at all times. For the safety of our students and in fairness to our teachers, please make an appointment. They will respond to the message as soon as possible. Formal conferences will be held in October.
Registration deadline today!
  • Last chance to register! The last day for  GOLF REGISTRATION is today, Thursday, September 21. 
    We are almost sold out! 
  • Not a golfer? Join us for our awards dinner, silent auction, and camaraderie with other SJSC families and supporters following the tournament (PURCHASE A TICKET by today). The evening will also feature our 19th Hole Raffle...buy a ticket for chance to win a seven-night stay at the Maui Kai at Ka'anapali Beach on Maui.
  • Golf Ball Drop final call!  
    • Golf Ball Order Forms are due to the School Office by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25.  
    • Ball Drop on campus. On Friday, September 29 a helicopter will drop numbered golf balls above a hole and the ball that lands in the hole or closest to the pin will win $3,000! 
    • Any student who sells $50 in golf balls will earn a chance to win $500 in the Student Ball Drop!  Each family who purchases $50 in golf balls will receive a non-uniform dress pass for each St. Serra Student. Valid for Friday, September 29. CLICK HERE for all the details and to download the order form. 
  • Volunteers Needed! Visit the GOLF CLASSIC HOMEPAGE to view the volunteer needs the day of the tournament and to sign up.
Order Now

Last Chance to Order Memorial Ornaments!
In order to receive the ornaments in time for the Memorial Mass on November 1, we need to place our final order with the vendor. Please submit all orders to Cindy Carpino in the Advancement Office by September 30.
CLICK HERE  to place your order.                    
  • Love to decorate? 
  • Do you plan themed birthday parties?
  • Are you creative and looking for a way to use those talents?
  • Do you want/need to perform a lot of your service hours on your own time or from home?
We have the volunteer opportunity for you!  We are looking for hostesses to plan and decorate a themed table for our Tuition Assistance Luncheon in January. 
No need to have experience.  We have mentors to guide you through the process. 
This is an amazing event to be involved in. Not only will you meet new people but you will be involved in helping gift a Catholic education to students in need. 
If you are interested or would like more information please contact seasons@serraschool.org or contact Pam Owens, Event Coordinator at x 165.  

Let's Start Earning Rebates for the Chapel Fund........WE are SERRASTRONG! 

We are happy to have a partnership with scripsenseâ„¢, the premiere digital fundraising marketplace platform that will not  only help you attain your "Financial Participation Fee & Tuition Rebate" but  also gives you an  opportun ity to build your family's fund to support the new  Ch ape Campaign  - all by shopping for hundreds of your favorite brands in one marketplace.  Start shopping and invite your family and friends to he lp you attain your goals faster and easier!  Take a quick tutorial about scripsen se by   CLICKING HERE
Recently, both returning and new families received an email and an invitation from St. Serra and scripsense regarding opting in to EACH campaign. You can choose to participate in one or both campaigns. If you  missed that opportunity and would like to participate in the Chapel Campaign, please send an email to scripsense@serraschool.org to request a new invitation.

If you have any questions or would like further clarification about the program, please contact ccarpino@serraschool.org or at x239.      
Thursday, September 21, 2017

All parents are invited to join us tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center (SAC) for the first session of our new PTO sponsored Parent Education Speaker Series.  Mr. Jim Burns, President of HomeWord, and the Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University, will discuss Confident Parenting. Visit the  PARENT EDUCATION   section of the St. Serra website for more details. 
Starts Next Tuesday, September 26!
"Did I really say that?" "Am I the worst mom ever?"  Join us for our new six-week book study beginning next Tuesday, September 26, as we renew and refresh in God's words to become the best mom possible.  Sessions are held 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Kilian Catholic Church, Room 1.  CLICK HERE to register or visit the OUTREACH HOMEPAGE.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • VIP PARKING RAFFLE tickets are now available!  How would you like to win your very own reserved parking spot in the SJSC lot for a year?  Take a chance for only $10!
  • Interested in joining the Harvest Festival Team?  We are looking for an additional Food Chair.  Contact us to learn more!
  • Looking to donate?  Check out our WISH LIST for ideas on what we need to make Harvest great!
  • Questions? Reach out to the Harvest Leadership Team at harvestfestival@serraschool.org or check out the HARVEST FESTIVAL HOMEPAGE.
Order today!

Ordering for both October and Annual orders closes next Friday, September 29. In-n-Out will only be served on October 12 & 26 for the month of October. CLICK HERE to visit our In-n-Out page and order. 
Space is limited. Sign Up Today! 

Homework Club starts on  Monday, October 2, 2017
Applications are due tomorrow, September 22, 2017
Please note Homework Club is a first-come, first-served wait list program.
Please  CLICK HERE to:
  • see more information about Homework Club
  • see the list of teachers
  • print the HW Club forms
Sign-ups for SJSC Spirit Squad is now Live!

Spirit Squad is open to all spirited girls in grades 5-8. No previous experience is required. We will need 1-2 team parents (per team) to volunteer to coach and supervise the girls at the games. Clinics will be scheduled for various Thursdays throughout the year. Participation Fee is $185, which includes uniforms and shoes for the student to keep. Come cheer on our Bears! 

Please Click Here to sign up  or join us Thursday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. for uniform & shoe sizing as well as additional information. This event will also welcome new signups!
FINAL NOTICE - Ralph's Rebate Reporting:
Ralph's rebates  for quarter ending May 31, 2017 are now due . All rebate information for quarter ending May 31, 2017 must be emailed to the Scrip  Coordinator by  September 29, 2017.  No exceptions will be made for late reports due to restrictions from Ralph's. 
  CLICK HERE   for St. Serra's procedures to obtain your family's Ralphs rebate information

Vendor Update:
Albertson's and Safeway/Vons/Pavilions have merged.  During this transition, we are receiving both the current Albertson's cards and new Safeway cards, which you can use in all four grocery stores.   These new cards have a Safeway sticker and the Albertson's logo.
Riptide Rockin' Sushi and Teppan Grills at the Kaleidoscope is joining our St. Serra's family of local vendors.  $25 gift cards at a 15% rebate will be available as a daily item beginning on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Volunteer Opportunity:
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. We have morning shifts and an afternoon shift available.  Please email Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at  tmaroutian@serraschool.org  if you are interested.
Learn the basics of computer programming!  

Mondays and Thursdays: 2:45-3:55 p.m.
First Day: Monday, October 2
Last Day: Thursday, October 26   
Choose one of two themes:
  1. SPORTS: Teamwork.Athletics.Coding.
  2. MUSIC & SOUND: Make.Code.Music. 
No previous computer science experience is necessary.  CLICK HERE  for more information and to sign up for the class.  Sign up soon! If you have any questions, please contact Miss Thomas at   bthomas@serraschool.org .      

Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram

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Join Our SJSC PTO Community Facebook Page
The SJSC Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) oversees many social events, fundraisers, fun activities and lots of volunteers which benefit all students at SJSC. We hope this "closed group" will be a place for our SJSC parent community to connect for support, information, thanks and more - swap uniforms, find carpools, request prayers, last minute volunteer requests, etc! For education questions, please contact your teacher or principal directly.  To be invited to join, email us at  serrapto@serraschool.org *Note - you must have a Facebook account to join the group. 

Follow Us On Instagram
Last year we launched our St. Junipero Serra Catholic Instagram page. Want to see what's happening around campus each week? Follow us at stjuniperoserracs
Space is limited - sign up today!

Therapists Tricia Collins, Occupational Therapist, and Lauren Ramirez, Speech Therapist, will be offering Social Skills classes on Thursdays at SJSC. ILAUGH focuses on teaching conversational and interpersonal skills to young children.  Please sign up soon as space is limited. CLICK HERE to view the attached flyer for more information!

St. Kilian Octoberfest - Come Support our Parish
Join other SJSC families at St. Kilian's Octoberfest on
 September 23 & 24.  Come for a meal - stay for music, dancing, games and fun!
CLICK HERE for more information.
San Francisco Solano Parish Youth Faith Formation Programs
San Francisco Solano parish offers faith formation opportunities for children and teens from kindergarten through high school. CLICK HERE for more information or visit their website at www.sanfranciscosolanorsm.org/child-youth/

JSerra Pep Squad Cubs Camp
Join the JSerra Pep Squad for a mini cheer camp on  Friday, September 22."Cubs" will learn choreography from the Cheerleaders and Dance Team, and then take part in the half-time show during the Varsity Football home game against Los Alamitos! For more information or to sign up visit jserra.org>cubscamp

JSerra Fall Choir Concert and Dinner Fundraiser
Friday, September 29, JSerra will be hosting an amazing evening of dinner and song! Don't miss the first performance of the year from the award-winning choral program at JSerra Catholic High School. CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.