Volume 23 * Issue 22 * February 22,  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




A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT TRUDELL
IN OUR PRAYERS
We offer our continued prayers for those who were so tragically impacted by the recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We at St. Serra are dedicated to the safety and well-being of every child. Please watch for a letter from me addressing safety on our campus.

NATIONAL EVANGELIZATION TEAM (NET) IS COMING TO SERRA!
Another first at St. Junipero Serra Catholic will occur next week as NET Ministries descends upon St. Serra on  Wednesday, February 28 , to host the annual 6th-grade Retreat, "Heroic 40 Lent". 

NET is a ministry of young Catholics who love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, 175 young Catholics ages 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Teams (NET). Next week we are honored to host 12 team members. 

Thank you to our host families who will be housing these young adults for an overnight stay. We are still in need of a host family that has a hypoallergenic home for one of our leaders who is allergic to animals. We also could use a few more families from any grade level to support the current families and staff who have graciously offered to host. If you wish to host please contact Debbie McGee at ext 190 or dmcgee@serraschool.org by tomorrow, Friday, February 23.

We know your children will be stronger in their faith as they witness this team p roclaim the Gospel of Christ through a personal witness of faith.
FIRST GRADE IS STEAM-MINDED THIS LENT! 
When planning their project for STEAM Night this year, 1st-grade students and teachers wanted their project to not only be a learning experience but also raise money for the Missionary Childhood Association. They decided to make and sell rosaries during Lent to raise money for MCA. The students will be using all of the disciplines of STEAM to create the rosaries, including technology, as they are creating a commercial which will be aired on SerraVision on February 27 and 28. Rosaries will be on sale for 50 cents at morning recess on Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1. The rosaries will also be displayed at STEAM Night on March 13.  We are so proud of our 1st-grade students for their big hearts and bright minds! 
EXCITING LIVESTREAM EVENT TOMORROW!

Tomorrow morning at approximately  8:00 a.m. our  very large cross of steel will be raised onto the Bell Tower frame. This is so exciting and puts a focus on the Chapel which will be seen for miles and miles.

CLICK HERE to watch this event LIVE tomorrow morning as a large crane lifts the cross into place. 

GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS ON BOARD NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND!

We have had a terrific response for Grandparents & Special Friends Day once again this year. We have nearly 700 guests attending and final preparations are being made.
 
Carpooling & Parking for Guests Attending
Please remember, parking is extremely limited for this event. 
Carpooling grandparents and children is highly encouraged.   
For guests who are driving themselves, please let them know that additional parking  will be available on our field once the parking lot is full.   

There will be NO PARKING in the Memorial Care Medical Group lot. Also, "preferred" handicapped parking spaces that were reserved through the registration process will only be guaranteed until 8:00 a.m. After that time, we will open those spots for general parking. 

Day's agenda: 
7:15 - 8:30 a.m.     Drop-off, Check-in and Hospitality
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.     Prayer Service with a Choir and Handbell Performance
9:15 - 11:15 a.m.   Guests Visit Classrooms
11:15 a.m.             Dismissal Begins

We look forward to welcoming all of our guests next Friday!

During this Lenten season, let us try to model St. Mother Teresa. She saw and lived among the most tragic of situations in our world and most likely had many problems to deal with, yet she modeled Christ's love with her great joy towards others and never complained. How can we be that model of gratitude for Christ's love and sacrifice while dealing with our own challenges?


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

Mrs. Angeline Trudell
President
PRINCIPALS' CORNER
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Principal Preschool - Grade 2
Mrs. Julie Tipton, Principal Grades 3 - 8
STILL LOOKING FOR A FEW GREAT VOLUNTEERS!

Need service hours? After school hours?

Our sports-themed Family STEAM Night 2018 will be  March 13, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  No special skills required!  Please   SIGN UP   to help and earn service hours, and even more importantly, be a part of this terrific evening with our students. Thank you!

REMINDER: TRIMESTER 2 ENDS FRIDAY, MARCH 9!

TYPE TO LEARN 4 - KEYBOARDING
We encourage you to log on with your child and explore this wonderful resource!
 
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is happy to provide our students home access to our Keyboarding program, Type to Learn 4. TTL4 is a comprehensive instructional keyboarding program that covers skills ranging from beginning to advanced. TTL4 has engaging lessons that include graphics and activities with multiple opportunities for practice, remediation, and goals for success. Directions for each activity are read to the students and they will also receive an accuracy and speed report at the end of each lesson.

To get started with the home use of the Type to Learn program, go to www.typetolearn.com , enter the St. Junipero Serra user account code 151966, student's username, and password.

If your student doesn't know his/her login credentials for the TTL4 program, please visit the St. Junipero Serra website, go to the Parents>Parents Only Login.
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE
This Saturday Night!

Our Father Daughter Dance is this Saturday, February 22, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Thank you to over 225 Dads who will be joining us with their "enchanting daughters"! Walk-Up registration will be available on Saturday! SJSC Dads and Daughters are still welcome to attend that night for $75/couple.

Parking
Please note the Memorial Medical Care Parking Lot will be available for parent parking for Saturday night. We will open the inner road on campus for parking, first come, first served. 

Opportunity Drawings
Raffle tickets for wonderful prizes including a $550 Great Wolf Lodge package, Taylor Swift concert tickets, a Razor Pocket Electric Scooter, Horse Back Riding Lessons and more will be available for purchase that evening! Credit Cards and Cash accepted at the dance; $10 for 12 tickets. 

Thank you to all who purchased 2 or more bundles of Father Daughter Dance Raffle tickets. For a list of names of those qualifying for non-uniform dress pass on February 27, please visit the parent-protected section of our web site. 

New Photos!!!
Formal 5x7 photos and Photo Booth visits are availa ble for purchase at the dance with our NEW photographers and custom photos set  ups!

Parent Volunteers
We need your help, before the dance, at the dance, or with your very own baked goods donations. CLICK HERE to sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities available or help as a SWEET TREATS VOLUNTEER .

Questions? Contact Kim Covas, Corey Lindsay, and Megan Walters at father-daughter@serraschool.org .
CALENDAR REMINDER
Friday, March 2  is an ADJUSTED Minimum Day due to Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Dismissal for students who do not leave with their Grandparents or Special Friends,  will begin at 11:15 a.m.  Extended Care will be open their regular hours on this day both before and after school. Any students remaining at the conclusion of dismissal, will be checked into Extended Care. The School Office will close at 11:30 a.m. on this day. Please plan accordingly.
MONTHLY ENVELOPE REMINDER
The yellow Monthly Envelope goes home the first Thursday of every month, which will be next Thursday, March 1. 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.

23rd ANNUAL ANCHOR BALL

Student Art Contest Deadline
Submissions for the 2018 Anchor Ball Art Contest are due to the School Office by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9.  All TK-8th Grade students are invited to participate. Participants with qualifying artwork will receive a Non-Uniform Dress Pass! For guidelines and rules, please visit the  ART CONTEST  web page.

Winners of our Gift Gathering Raffle Drawing Are:
1st Place - Lebsack Family won a $50 Amazon Card
2nd Place - Ashley Family won a $25 iTunes Card
3rd Place - Miller Family won a $10 Starbucks Card
 
Visit the 
ANCHOR BALL   web page or our Facebook Page to view the latest news and updates.
CHAPEL PROMENADE PAVER OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE EXTENDED
Due to the influx of Promenade Paver donations being made this month, we were able to work with the signage company to get an extension to the deadline for this special opportunity. Paver inscriptions are still available for those who would like to leave their lasting footprint on our final phase of the campus. All details of this special Chapel appeal can be found HERE with the order form being at the bottom of that page. A sample paver is now available in the school lobby for you to view. Thank you in advance for your support of this exciting project!  
ANNUAL FUND 
WE HAVE WALLS...WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!
If you are one of the families who has helped raise just over $75,000...Thank you! This will help us furnish the Student Creation Center with items to enhance your child's learning experience.

Right now, as you can see, the building is empty but it will not be for long! Come July, we will be ready to fill that space with new and exciting items like coding kits, 3D printers, projection and sound equipment, etc. Won't you please consider donating today to help your child thrive in all areas as we continue to educate the WHOLE child.

Please do your part and  donate today! The staff and students thank you!

OPERATION RICE BOWL
Operation Rice Bowl is currently taking place during the season of Lent.  Students can fill up their Rice Bowl with cash or coin and bring them in to help those in need.  Check out  crsricebowl.org  for videos, recipes, and prayers to keep your family motivated throughout Lent.  The last day for collections will be  March 26 Thank you for your time and generosity!
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Want to know what's happening around St. Serra's campus each week? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We post  pictures and information frequently of what's happening around the Bear Den - both inside and outside the classrooms. 
YEARBOOK PRICE GOES UP MARCH 2!

Have you bought your yearbooks yet? Take advantage of the lower regular price, before it goes up to $68 on March 2. That's only 8 days away! CLICK HERE to order a yearbook. Not sure if you ordered a yearbook yet? A list of students whose parents have purchased yearbooks can be found in the Parent's Only>Yearbook Orders section of our website.
IN-N-OUT ORDERING CLOSES TOMORROW
Ordering for In-N-Out will close tomorrow, Friday February 23 at 3:00 p.m. CLICK HERE to place your order.
MOTHER SON ULTIMATE FUN COSMIC BOWLING
Last Week to Register!

This is the last week to make y our reservation for the Mother Son Cosmic Bowling Event on Sunday, March 11. CLICK HERE to download the invitation. Reservations and fees are due to the SJSC School Office by Thursday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. Session availability is filled first come, first served. No walk up registrations taken due to limited space and lane assignments.
 
Your boys will also want to try to win some of the great Opportunity Drawing prizes, like 4 Angels tickets in the Trout Farm, a night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, a free week of summer camp at the popular Camp James in Newport Beach, a Razor Crazy Go Cart, and much more.



                             
Help make this event a huge success! SIGN UP to work at Mother Son and join the fun! The team needs help during both sessions - sign up for one or both!

Questions? Contact Event Chairs Diana Gabriel and Monique Martinho at
A MOMENT IN TIME FOR MOMS BOOK STUDY
Listen, Love, Repeat ~ Starts Next Tuesday!

NEW SESSION of A Moment in Time for Moms Book Study starts next week. Join us Tuesday mornings for fellowship and friendship starting February 27- April 10(no meeting on April 3), 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at St. Kilian Church. We will be studying "Listen, Love, Repeat" by Proverbs 31 Ministries, speaker and New York Times bestselling author Karen Ehman.  Registration fee is $25 (book will be provided).  

Questions?  Visit our OUTREACH MINISTRIES web page.  REGISTER NOW or through our St. Serra App (Parents> PTO Event Links> Moment in Time Book Sessions).
AFTER-SCHOOL COMPUTER SCIENCE CLASS

Learn the basics of computer programming!   

Tuesdays 
and Thursdays: 2:45-3:55 p.m.
Plus Wednesday, March 28

First Day: Tuesday, February 27
Last Day: Wednesday, March 28   
 
Choose one of two themes:
  1. ANIMATION: Create.Code.Animate 
  2. FASHION & DESIGN: Fashion.Design.Coding.
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 .      
SCRIP NEWS

Weekly Orders before Easter Break:
Monday, February 26, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, March 5, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, March 12, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. - LAST WEEKLY ORDER BEFORE EASTER BREAK
Monday, March 26 - NO WEEKLY ORDER
Monday, April 2 - NO WEEKLY ORDER - EASTER BREAK
Weekly orders will resume on Monday, April 9, 2018, due by 8:30 a.m.

SJSC Credit Card Program:
We are happy to see our parent support of this program and are implementing suggestions. Effective immediately, Vons, Albertsons and Sprouts are available to order with your credit/debit card. There are no additional charges, but please note the adjusted rebate percentages. CLICK HERE to place an order.
 
Support Anchor Ball and earn rebates!  Thank you to the many families who have purchased scrip in support of Anchor Ball. CLICK HERE to access the special Anchor Ball Order Form, which is also available at the Scrip Office. You may choose from this wish list or select any item on the scrip daily or weekly forms. For more information, or to place an order, please contact 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.  
CELEBRATION BOOK CLUB
Celebrate your student's birthday, special accomplishment, First Communion, favorite holiday, or dedicate a book in honor of your child's teacher. The Celebration Book  Club is the library's main funding for new books. If you would like to participate in the CBC simply fill out the form either online or in the library and include a $20 donation towards your child's book of choice. Your child may choose their new book from the selection cart or get ideas from the library's wish list. 
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OF INTEREST
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
Upcoming Parish-wide Events

Family Mission Trip: This summer Holy Trinity will be going on a week-long Family Mission Trip to Ensenada, Mexico from June 23 - 29, 2018 . They will be partnering with  Praying Pelican Missions  to offer families the opportunity to serve together in relational ministry. This trip is open to all parishioners 6th grade and up with an accompanying adult. A deposit of $100 by Sunday, March 4, 2018 is needed to secure your place. Space will be limited. First come, first served! CLICK HERE for more information.

Lenten Dinner and Concert: Please join Holy Trinity Church on March 21, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. for their Annual Lenten Dinner & Concert. Singer, songwriter and recording artist Josh Blakesley will perform a concert after the dinner. All parishioners are invited to attend! This is a Lenten evening for the whole family (childcare will be provided). For more information or CLICK HERE.
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.  

Solano Saints: Ages 3-5, every Sunday during 8:30 & 10:15 a.m. Masses. Children will learn songs, hear Bible stories, and create a gospel-based craft each week. CLICK HERE for more information. 

The Journey: A Lenten Reflection. February 27, 2018 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information. 

ST. KILIAN CHURCH
Grow in Spirituality this Lent!

Go on a Spiritual Journey to deepen your relationship with God and become the person He created you to be! Father Angelos will be discussing Matthew Kelly's book, Perfectly Yourself on three Thursday evenings in Lent: February 22, March 1, & March 8. CLICK HERE for more information
SANTA MARGARITA HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
 
Football Passing Academy
6th, 7th and 8th grade students welcome!
  • March 10 & 17, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • April 14 & 28, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Dance Team Workshop and Auditions

Open to anyone in grades 6-11.  Workshop is Wednesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

MATER DEI HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
The next Entrance Exam opportunity is this  Saturday, February 24  at Mater Dei High School. Register at  www.materdei.org/entranceexam

CHRIST CATHEDRAL DRAMA SERIES PRESENTS THE PASSION
Join us for this Lenten Christ Cathedral drama series production, March 16 - 18, 2018In the Passion According to Luke, the inspiring Easter story is brought to life in a beautiful, deeply moving and dramatic portrayal of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This production draws audiences into a deep understanding of the immensity of God's love for His children. The Passion opens with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and carries us through the Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden, onto the Cross, and the glorious Resurrection.

Tickets are available  online  or by calling 714-282-3045.