Volume 23 * Issue 09 * October 26,  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

SJSC Featured For Catholic Schools Week Video Series
We are excited to announce that St. Junipero Serra Catholic School has been selected to be part of a diocesan-wide Catholic Schools marketing campaign to promote the Catholic schools in our diocese. Representatives from the Diocese of Orange, Communications Department will be on campus on Thursday, November 2, to tape a 60-second commercial highlighting our school.   We acknowledge that students will be in formal uniform for Mass the day before, but out of respect for the diocese, we are asking all students, other than those with P.E. on November 2, to wear their formal uniforms again on this day.
Memorial Mass and Ornament
Please join us next Wednesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate our special Memorial Mass on All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. One of our many wonderful traditions here at our school is this beautiful Mass, where we pray for and remember all of our loved ones who have gone home to our Lord in Heaven. 
We have adopted the symbol of the butterfly to remind us all of the beauty of life that continues on in the eternal life with God in Heaven. Our Tree of Remembrance, adorned with the Memorial Ornaments, graces our lobby as a reminder of the many loved ones who are now angels watching over us. As in previous years, Memorial Ornaments will be displayed on the Tree of Remembrance from October 25 until November 28.    
Procedures for Ornament Hanging: 
  • Newly Purchased Ornaments: If you purchased a 2017 Memorial Ornament it will be hung on the Tree of Remembrance by the Advancement Office staff. The ornaments will be blessed by Father Angelos Sebastian, our celebrant, at the beginning of our Memorial Mass and returned to you in the Monthly Envelope on Thursday, December 7 in order for you to hang it on your Christmas Tree at home.      
  • Previous Year's Ornaments: NOTE:  If you have ornaments from previous years and wish to have them included on the Tree of Remembrance and blessed by Father before the Memorial Mass, you may hang them on the tree as a family, on either October 27 or 31, or also on the morning of the Mass, prior to 9:00 a.m. We ask that you personally REMOVE those ornaments no later than November 30.
If you haven't already done so, please return your Mass Intention card for the Memorial Mass by tomorrow, Friday, October 27. Help us honor your loved ones by including a card as part of our Mass remembrance. Should you have any questions regarding the Mass, please contact Pam Owens at ext. 165. Questions regarding the ornaments, please contact Cindy Carpino at ext. 239.
Missionary Childhood Association - MCA Collection at Mass
At each of our school-wide Masses, the students of St. Junipero Serra support Missionary Childhood Association by making a small donation to our collection baskets. These monies do not go unnoticed as we serve the poor children around the world. Thank you for remembering to support this ministry at our Memorial Mass. 
2017-2018 Service Hours Parent Portal Launch Effective Today!
Thank you for your patience during the delayed launch of this year's Service Hours Parent Portal. We are happy to announce that the 2017-2018 Service Hours Parent Portal is now active. Families may begin recording their regular service hours performed between May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018
The credentials needed to login to the Service Hours Portal are:
Username: Your family's preferred email address
Password: Your family's 3 or 4 numerical family ID
To be taken directly to the 2017-18 Service Hours Portal CLICK HERE  or go to the school websit  Record Service Hours page for more information and instructions.
For questions, contact Francine Stotko at  fstotko@serraschool.org  or ext. 194
Student Council Candy Drive
Support "Treats for Troops" 
November 1 & 2

Don't get stuck with leftover candy this year! Student Council will be collecting candy donations during morning drop-off on Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday November 2. Campus Ministry is working in partnership with Soldier's Angels to send the candy to our troops and veterans. CLICK HERE  for more information.
Halloween Pumpkin
Harvest Festival is Here...Come Celebrate With Us! 
Many hands make a difference! Thank you to everyone who had a hand in planning this traditional family fun event. I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!

One easy way to bring the virtue of LOVE into our lives is to be kind in our words and actions.  Kindness does not cost anything, it is a way to make others feel you care. What an added benefit that practicing kindness to others is going to give "birth" to the virtue of LOVE in our lives. It never hurts to be kind.  

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

Mrs. Angeline Trudell
Sunday, October 29, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Harvest Festival is only 3 days away!
Thank you to our wonderful UNDERWRITERS who made this family fun day possible!
Plan your day! Take a peek at our Harvest Festival  PROGRAM  EVENT MAP and MENU .
We are pleased to once again offer Shuttle Service!  View the PARKING MAP and  SHUTTLE MAP . The St. Serra bus will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday between the school and the Applied Medical parking lot at 22931 Arroyo Vista, RSM.  Please be aware there is NO PARKING allowed on Antonio Parkway for Harvest Festival!

This year's Main Entrance to Harvest Festival is through the SAC.   You don't want to miss out on what we have to offer in there!­­
  • Main Ticket Booth - Purchase Game Tickets and Fun Zone Wristbands or pick up your pre-ordered tickets/wristbands.
  • Class Projects- Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of our amazing Class Projects!  View this sneak peek photo of the  CLASS PROJECTS.
  • Opportunity Drawing Raffle - Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of our amazing gift baskets!
  • Grand Prize Raffle - Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Maui!
  • VIP Parking Raffle- Purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win a reserved parking spot in the SJSC lot for a year!
  • Harvest Festival Photo Opportunity - You won't want to miss a photo opportunity with our surprise special guest!
  • Volunteer Check In- Please check in for your volunteer shift!
Remember to wear your Harvest Festival T-shirt to show your support! 
Support Harvest Festival by participating in our last Restaurant Fundraiser at
Panera Bread in RSM TODAY! Stop by for your after school snack or Dinner. Download the PANERA FLYER for complete details.

TEAM HARVEST FESTIVAL - A huge THANK YOU to the many wonderful volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to help make this event a fabulous day for our families!
If you are not able to join us on Sunday, consider making a DONATION to Harvest Festival. This PTO sponsored event benefits all students of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School.  Reminder...all purchases and donations are non-refundable.

Questions? Reach out to the Harvest Leadership Team at harvestfestival@serraschool.org  or check out the HARVEST FESTIVAL HOMEPAGE .
The yellow Monthly Envelope goes home the first Thursday of every month, which will be next Thursday, November 2. If you have not yet returned your Monthly Envelope to the school, please do so before next Wednesday in order to ensure you receive all communication/information from St. Serra that is scheduled to go home in the Monthly Envelope next Thursday.
2017-2018 ANNUAL FUND
A big thank you to our faculty and staff who kicked off this year's Annual Fund appeal by raising $25,000 so far!  What an inspiration they are each and every year! 
The 2017-2018 Annual Fund Appeal launched last week to you, our parents, via an email entitled "Our Students Are Worth It." Please join our faculty and staff this year.  We look forward to reaching our family participation goal of 100%. That means we are asking EVERY family to make a donation, even if nominal...EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! 
If you missed it, we pray each of you will watch this important video about this year's appeal and what the Annual Fund will support. If you would prefer to write a check, versus donating on-line, please make your check payable to SJSC, reference Annual Fund in the memo and send or deliver it to the School Office - to the attention of the Advancement Office. 
Thank you in advance for your donation!

Vendor Update:
SAFEWAY  cards are temporarily unavailable while the merger with Albertsons is being finalized. When they become available again in a few short weeks, they will be strictly SAFEWAY/VONS/PAVILION cards, and the reload option will be restored If you need Vons/Pavilions cards, w e have very limited available in the Safeway/Albertsons format - they will still be honored at all Safeway/Vons/Pavilions/ Albertsons stores.   ALBERTSONS  cards valid only at Albertsons , are available as usual and can be reloaded.
SPECIAL DENOMINATIONS now available via weekly order ONLY.  Please feel free to add them to the green weekly order sheet. 
$5 - Barnes & Noble, Panera, Starbucks
$10 - Albertsons, Amazon, Applebee's, CVS, Olive Garden, The Home Depot, IHOP, Outback, Red Lobster, Regal, Target, Walmart
Thanksgiving Schedule
Tuesday, October 31, 8:30 a.m. (Due to non-school day on Monday, October 30)
Monday, November 6, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, November 13, 8:30 am (Last weekly order before Thanksgiving Break)
Volunteer Opportunity:
We have a sales spot open at the Scrip Office for our new afternoon sales shift on Thursdays.  If you are looking for a steady schedule to earn your volunteer hours in a fun environment and meet other St. Serra families, please contact the Scrip Office.

For questions on any of the above or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at tmaroutian@serraschool.org .
Selected students from our 7th and 8th grade will be participating in JSerra's Inaugural Mock Trial.  Students will meet 1-2 times per week during 8th period. The Mock Trial Tournament will be held on a  Thursday  in March 2018 at JSerra High School. Our team coach will be Mrs. Benudiz.

We are looking for parents to help advise and attend meetings when able.   Service hours will apply.  If you are interested, please email  mbenudiz@serraschool.org

PTO Board Meeting - All Welcome!
All parents are welcome to attend our next PTO Board Meeting on Thursday, November 2, from 9:30  - 11:30 a.m. at the San Francisco Solano Catholic Church Parish Center.  Come and learn how you can become involved with the St. Serra Community!  We especially encourage our Room Parent Teams to come and hear more about our upcoming events: Adopt-A-Family, Santa's Secret Christmas Shop, and more!   The December Meeting will be Thursday, December 7.  
Questions? Contact us at  serrapto@serraschool.org.

Parent Fellowship & Coffee Social
Wednesday, November 1  in the SJSC Courtyard

"Do two walk together unless they have agreed?"   Amos 3:3
Please join us in friendship next Wednesday, November 1, immediately following the release of the butterflies on the field after our St. Junipero Serra Memorial Mass, for a PTO-hosted Parent Coffee Social. Eighth-grade Room Parents will provide light hospitality, coffee and water. Let's connect and come together in fellowship as St. Serra parents. We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Store, Online Update

New St. Serra Logo items available!
  • Bear, Tote Bag, Travel Blanket, Hats, Hair Accessories, Pocket Angels and more...
  • Stop and shop at the Student Store booth at the Harvest Festival!
Dennis Uniform Store:  Be sure to sign up on their website, www.dennisuniform.com, to receive sale notices and other news.
Questions? Contact Student Store Coordinator Catherine Tirado at ctirado@serraschool.org .

The PTO is excited to announce the Event Chairs for the 2017 Santa's Secret Christmas Shop (SSCS) - Joan Baird and Heather Boyajian, along with PTO VP SSCS Cheryl Redfern!  Joan and Heather and their SSCS Committee, are preparing for our Christmas Shop to open on Monday, November 27. 

Participating students will have the opportunity to visit our Christmas Shop and purchase gifts for family and friends.  In addition to a hands-on learning experience in budgeting and handling money, the children learn to embrace the spirit and joy of giving! 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please consider giving the gift of your time this Advent Season by volunteering for the event as a cashier, gift wrapper, or floater.  If you would like to help in one or more of these areas, please send an e-mail to sscsvolunteers@serraschool.org .

Be on the lookout for SSCS information in next week's Monthly Envelope. 
Questions?  Contact SSCS Event Chairs, Joan Baird and Heather Boyajian, at santashop@serraschool.org or visit the SSCS WEBPAGE

Special thank you to Sixth Grade Student K. Shepard for creating the artwork for this year's special event.
November Ordering Closes October 31!

In-N-Out ordering for November  will close this Tuesday, October 31. No walk up orders will be accepted. All orders must be placed online. 

CLICK HERE  to visit the In-N-Out page on our website to place your order for November.
St. Kilian All Saints' Day Vigil Mass & Trunks or Treats 
Halloween, 4:00 to 5:50 p.m.

St. Kilian Church will be celebrating a special All Saint's Day Vigil Mass on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31. Following Mass, children and families are invited to go "trick or treating" from the parishioner's trunks! CLICK HERE to read more.  
JSerra High School
JSerra Open House
TONIGHT, October 26,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

JSerra will hold it's Admissions Open House TONIGHT, Thursday, October 26. Learn more about the Magnet programs, Partnering with Parents in education, and Identity Faith Formation that are at the heart of Lion Nation.

JSerra High School Pride Receptions For Prospective Families
Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade families are invited to attend a personal reception with current  JSerra  families, students, faculty and administration.  Come and meet the heart of Lion Nation and get answers to your questions in a casual relaxed environment. 

JSerra Catholic High School Pride Reception
At the home of: Tony & Renee Guinane
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Hosted by the Griffith, Guinane, Hendrick & Manning Families
Please RSVP to  jserra.org/visit

Mater Dei High School Information Night
TONIGHT, October 26, 6:00 p.m. 

Mater Dei's Information Night is Tonight, Thursday, October 26 . Tours start at  6:00 p.m. , and the presentation starts at  7:00 p.m.

City of Rancho Santa Margarita
Art Contest ~ New Year's Eve Event

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is enthusiastically preparing for their "Celebrating Family & Friends" New Year's Eve event, which will take place on Sunday, December 31 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Central Park. One of the highlights of the event is the Children's Art Contest - which will be displayed in the Bell Tower Community Center.  CLICK HERE for more information on both the Art Contest guidelines and the New Year's Eve event. Flyers are also available in the School Office.