Volume 23 * Issue 16 * January 11, 2018
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


Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a blessed Christmas Season with family and friends. We pray that the virtues of the Christmas Season - hope, joy, peace and love - shine brightly in 2018.

Prior to our Christmas break, our youngest St. Serra Bears performed at their Preschool Christmas Concert to the delight of all those in attendance. Please look for a video of highlights from their performance early next week on our website under
campus life>Christmas concerts .
Food For Friends
Tomorrow, Friday January 12  - Start the Year off Ending Hunger

As our Christmas season winds down, you hear a shift in priorities.  People are talking a little less about the giving season and little more about their New Year's resolutions. Many are looking at the year ahead and wondering what will be different than the year before. What will their focus be and will they stay on track with their resolutions?  Everyone's priorities are different, but one thing may remain the same, will the state of hunger in our community change or improve at all? This situation is dire for so many families and there isn't an end in sight for many of them. Thanks to your continued help you can make a difference in someone's life by donating a small food item supporting our parish food banks tomorrow, Friday, January 12. Please see the listing of food items needed in today's Monthly Envelope. 

The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay him for his good deed.  Proverbs 19:17
Bus Shuttle Service Announcement
Effective Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the St. Serra Bus Shuttle Service will be discontinued due to lack of usage. Parents are still welcome to park in the designated spots at the off-site facility (on Arroya Vista) and walk to campus if they would like to.

The Shuttle Service may be reinstated for specific events (such as Harvest Festival, etc.) and will be announced accordingly.

                     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
January Renaissance STAR Testing
The second Renaissance STAR testing window for the 2017-2018 school year is  January 16 - January 26.  

CLICK HERE for the January Renaissance STAR Testing Schedule 
  • Make sure your children have eaten well on test days. Studies suggest that good nutrition is related to improved attention and concentration.
  • Help your children by encouraging a good night's rest.
  • Ensure that your children make it to school on-time so that they do not miss any instructions and are allowed ample time to settle in and relax before the test begins. 
  • Please do not schedule dental or doctor appointments on testing days.
  • Although it is important to let students know the tests should be taken seriously, it is also important not to increase their test-taking anxiety.
Save the Date!
You and your family are invited to a SPORTS themed FAMILY STEAM NIGHT at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School on  March 13 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This will be a free, family fun-filled evening for all.  More information to follow.
In the past few weeks we have noticed a rise in flu cases and other contagious illnesses at St. Serra and in our local community.  The current strain of influenza H3N2 is said to be one of the strongest strains on record. The symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle aches. It can take from 5-7 days to recover.

In order to stop the spread of contagious illnesses, it is vital that you do not send your child to school sick. Children taking prescribed medication must take a full round of the medication before they return to school. Our school policy states that students must be fever free (99.6 and above is considered a fever) for 24 hours and no longer contagious before returning to school. Please make sure your child feels well enough to attend school.
Please remind your children of the following flu prevention guidelines:
  • Hand washing is crucial in preventing germs from spreading. Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap. If soap and water are not accessible, use hand sanitizer.
  • Children should be reminded to cover their cough/sneeze and use a tissue.
  • Do not share food or drinks. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • It is highly recommended that children take a daily multivitamin.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Flu shots are recommended. 
If your child has been diagnosed with a contagious illness i.e. flu, strep throat, pink eye, please notify the Health Room as soon as possible. Children who have been hospitalized must have a doctor's note before they return to school. If the Health Room calls to report that your child is sick or injured; our policy states that you must pick your child up within 45 minutes of being called. If you are unable to pick your child up within the specified time frame, you will need to contact someone on your emergency form to pick up your child.

We have this policy in place not only for the health and safety of your children but also for the well-being of our teachers and staff.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Parent Meeting:  January 17, 2018 6:30- 7:00 p.m., SAC.  Parents are welcome to come and learn about this year's Spring Musical, Seussical Jr. This meeting will offer a broad perspective on what the show involves for students and parents.  Parent attendance is not required in order for students to be in the musical. If you cannot attend the meeting there will be information on the SJSC musical website (Campus Life>Theatre Arts). Email Janess Sifers at  jsifers@serraschool.org with additional questions. 
Time is running out to leave your footprint on the cornerstone of our campus by taking advantage of the Promenade Paver appeal!
Commemorate your entire family, your individual student(s), a beloved faculty or clergy member, or your business with this unique opportunity to inscribe your tribute on the pavers along this walkway. Remember, each inscription can only be 30 characters, including spaces.  
CLICK HERE  to learn more about this opportunity and to reserve your inscription on one of our promenade pavers.
There are a limited quantity of pavers available. Don't miss the chance to be part of this exciting campaign.  All donations are 100% tax deductible to the fullest extent of the current tax laws and support the Chapel Fund directly. This appeal ends January 31, 2018. 
Thank you to the many families that contributed to St. Serra in 2017. Tax acknowledgments for any gifts managed by the Advancement Office totaling $250 or more are going to be mailed to your home and will arrive no later than the week of January 22.  Should you have any questions regarding your report, please contact Pam Owens at ext. 165.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Buy Your Travel Opportunity Raffle Ticket...Found in Today's Monthly Envelope            
The winner will have his/her choice of one premium travel destination. Choose between a trip to NYC for Disney's "Frozen" on Broadway, a Tuscany Culinary Escape, Punta Cana Resort & Club Caribbean Paradise vacation or the Napa Wine Country VIP Insider Tour! For additional information on each of the trips,  CLICK HERE.
Tickets are $75 each or you can purchase three (3) tickets for a discounted price of $200. Tickets can be purchased by filling out the  ticket order form  found on the website and returning it to the School Office with your check. 100% of the proceeds of this raffle goes directly to the tuition assistance funds of St. Serra, the Marian Alliance Schools and St. Polycarp.
Pre-event Travel Raffle Incentive
Each travel ticket sold enters the selling St. Serra family into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Turn in your order by the close of business on January 17 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Regal Cinemas.  A second drawing will take place on January 24 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Nordstrom. 
Don't miss out on your chance to win!
There are still a few seats available for the luncheon. If you would like to attend the event,  Reserve your seat  while you still have a chance. If you don't know a hostess this year, grab a friend or two and we will seat you together. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Please visit our  Volunteer Page and Sign up Genius  for volunteer opportunities still available. We are currently looking for 10 additional people to help with set up on Saturday and are in need of 8 additional servers. TEAR DOWN volunteers will be offered double hours on Sunday Afternoon.   
If you have a high school student who is energetic and outgoing and is looking for service hours, they too are welcome to be an important part of this event.  Please have them click this link to sign up.
Underwriting Opportunities
Did you know that you could multiply the value of a simple gift card donation?  Just stop by the Scrip Office, purchase a $25-$50 gift card from the Wish List posted there, and help us build a gift card tree that will be raffled off at the event on Sunday the 28th!    

For additional questions, please contact Pam Owens in the Advancement Office at powens@serraschool.org or Event chair, Karin Hendrick at seasons@serraschool.org.  

Friday, March 2, 2018
An invitation to Grandparents and Special Friends Day is in today's Monthly Envelope.  In order to eliminate waste, only one invitation was sent home per family. If you need additional invitations, please email advancement@serraschool.org and indicate how many extra invitations you need, your name, and the name and homeroom of your oldest child so we can send the extra invitations home in a timely fashion.  
Please make sure to follow the directions on the front of the envelope and be sure that your student's guest(s) receive their invitation as soon as possible.  All RSVP's are due by Friday, February 16, 2018.  Guests may also RSVP online via the St. Serra website by  CLICKING HERE .
Once again this year, we are extremely limited with parking for our guests.  Keep this in mind when making your plans for this day. We strongly recommend that all guests carpool with their students. Parents can drop off and pick up guests with their students. Several staff members and volunteers will be assisting guests that need help while visiting campus.
Please contact Cindy Carpino in the Advancement Office at ext.239 with any questions.
We look forward to seeing everyone on March 2!
Happy New Year!  Your PTO looks forward to kicking off a great 2018 with several wonderful activities this month.  Visit our PTO EVENTS AND PROGRAMS HOMEPAGE for more details on January's activities.  Questions?  Contact us at serrapto@serraschool.org.

January 2017
  • 11th: PTO Meeting - All parents welcome!
  • 12th, 19th, 26th: Parent Rosary at the Blessed Mary Statue
  • 16th: St. Serra Parent Education Speaker Series - Parenting in a Digital World
  • 26th: Parent Rosary; Catholic Schools Week Mass; PTO Parent Fellowship & Coffee Social
  • January 25 - February 2: PTO Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair
Volunteering for the New Year
It's a new year with lots of new volunteer opportunities. Plan how you can help in 2018 by visiting our PTO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES webpage.
Parenting in a Digital World
Join us on Tuesday, January 16, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. in the Student Activity Center (SAC) for the next PTO sponsored Parent Education Speaker Series. We are pleased to welcome Sgt. Clayton Cranford, one of the nation's leading educators on social media and behavioral threat assessments. Visit the  PARENT EDUCATION  webpage for more details.  Please note that this is a parent-only event.
"Paws for Books - Come. Stay. Read A Great Tale."
  • The 2018 Scholastic Book will be open in the St. Serra Library January 25 - February 2.  Students will have the opportunity to shop during their classroom's assigned time. Parents, guests, and Preschool families are welcome to shop during school hours and on Sunday, January 28, at St. Serra's Open House.
  • Be sure to check your Monthly Envelope today for the Book Fair Flyer, Class Shopping Schedule and Payment Envelope.

  • Volunteers Needed! Room Parents will be looking for your help with the class shopping trips. Additional volunteer signup opportunities will be available soon.
  • Questions? Please e-mail the Book Fair Chairs at BookFair@serraschool.org or visit the BOOK FAIR webpage.
Saturday, February 24, 2018,  6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
  • All St. Serra girls are invited to enjoy "An Enchanted Evening" at this year's Father Daughter Dance!  Gather your friends and Dads and make your reservations. 
  • The invitations and additional information are in today's Monthly Envelope, or can be downloaded on the FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE webpage. 
  • Get ready for lots of great memories and fun with our NEW DJ, NEW photographer and photo booth set ups, as well as the memorable slideshow, tasty treats, and special tribute to our Class of 2018 girls.
  • If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Event Chairs Kim Covas, Corey Lindsay and Megan Walters at father-daughter@serraschool.org
  • Online Student Store: SAVE 20-25% when you buy 1 of 4 "SPIRIT PACKS" - available for a limited time!  SJSC LOGO items: license plate frames, stadium chairs, teddy bears, travel blankets and more
  • Used Uniforms on Sale: USED UNIFORMS are now available for sale on Tuesday and Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Vendor Update:
You made our pilot program a success! The $500+ CREDIT CARD PROGRAM is now available year round.  CLICK HERE to order and for a list of available vendors, ordering instructions and delivery schedule. New vendors will be added over the next few weeks. Be sure to check back often.
Ralph's Rebate Reporting:
Ralph's rebates for quarter ending November 30, 2017 are now due. All rebate information for quarter ending November 30, 2017 must be emailed to the Scrip Coordinator by January 31, 2018.   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 Ralph's Rebate information.
We want to support our parents who support the scrip program. What local vendor would you like to see on our daily list?  Email all suggestions to tmaroutian@serraschool.org.

For questions on any of the above or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at  tmaroutian@serraschool.org.  
FINAL Deadline is Sunday,  February 4, 2018

Don't wait until it's too late! Submit your ad before midnight Sunday,  February 4! This is a unique way to show your Serra Bear how special they are.   CLICK HERE  to being designing your ad,  or visit our Yearbook Page on our website.
Please contact Cindy Kennedy, Communications Director if you have any questions at  ckennedy@serraschool.org.

Don't forget to order your 2018 Yearbook! CLICK HERE to order. 
CLICK HERE to view list of students who had In-N-Out orders purchased for them for the month of January. You will need the passkey to enter the Parents Only section of our website. February INO orders will be accepted Thursday, January 18 - Friday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m. Read next week's SerraDIP for more information and to place your orders. 
JSerra High School
JSERRA Open House
Sunday, January 21, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m

Students, faculty, coaches and administration will be in attendance to answer your questions. CLICK HERE for more information.
Open House - Monday, January 22

Santa Margarita Catholic High School   will be hosting an Open House on Monday evening, January 22. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Moiso Pavilion (gym) and participants will be broken into tour groups, hearing presentations and learning about the beautiful, state-of-the-art, 42-acre campus and all that they have to offer along the way. The Open House is for students and parents and RSVP's are not necessary. For more information, please contact our Admissions office at 949-766-6076.
Mater Dei High School Admissions

Entrance Exam - January 20, 2018
Register today!
Admissions Applications
Available now at www.materdei.org/admissions
Family Campus Tours - Year-Round
Shadow Program - September - May