Volume 23 * Issue 23 * March 1,  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


Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a very special tradition here at St. Serra . We are looking forward to welcoming our 600+ guests tomorrow. Rain or shine, we are ready for their arrival and have made special accommodations to keep everyone as dry as possible should the weather not cooperate.
While we are encouraging all guests to carpool with their student(s), we do have parking available for those who will be driving on their own. After the parking lot is full, we will be parking cars on the inner road and on the field. We have also secured additional parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.
We know that not all grandparents have the opportunity to travel to be with us on this special day. Back by popular demand, we will be broadcasting the Prayer Service using Facebook Live on the SJSC Facebook Page. The 45-minute prayer service will begin at approximately 8:25 a.m. PST, beginning with musical selections from our St. Serra Singers and Handbell Choir and ending with a special blessing over all of our guests.

We sincerely hope that this will allow any of your guests, who are unable to attend in person, the opportunity to share in the joy and happiness of this day at St. Serra. As a reminder here is the schedule for the day:

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 tomorrow!

Formal Uniform Required,  Grades 3-8
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one dedicated to experiencing the forgiveness of God our Father. On Monday, March 5, students will participate in our Lenten Reconciliation. We will begin with a prayer service at 9:00 a.m. followed by confessions for all students who have completed the Sacrament of Reconciliation in grades 3-8. This year we will have 14 priests attend confession held in the SAC. Any child who has not made the Sacrament of Reconciliation is asked if they wish to visit a priest for a simple blessing, it is their choice. We are so grateful for this time of forgiveness and preparation of our hearts as we await the celebration of Our Lord's Resurrection at Easter.

OneMeal Mission

During this Lenten Season we are called to do acts of almsgiving and mercy. The Corporal Works of Mercy take care of the needs of others. This special project announced here joins us as a community to practice feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, and clothing the naked -- three of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy.

SerraServes is proud to announce our FIRST St. Serra Community event! This event begins the week before Holy Week on Saturday, March 24, at 9:00 a.m. Join us as we set out to serve others - One Meal at a time! St. Serra will partner with Kids Around the World in our mission to help feed children in need all around the world. CLICK HERE for more information about this wonderful organization. The One Meal Mission is to meet the needs of starving children by empowering our community to serve. The packaged food will be shipped and distributed to trusted partners to ensure the food reaches hungry children in great need of our help. 

Please keep a look out for the launch of our SerraServes donation page and volunteer sign up links coming soon! All St. Serra families are welcome to volunteer, as we come together and pack meals, assembly line style, in a unifying, fun and high-energy event. Please join us and/or donate to our meal packaging event.

TOMORROW, 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.


"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly , but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
-Maya Angelous

Here at St. Junipero Serra Catholic, many good things have happened through change over the past 23 years. We are very blessed.  Don't be afraid of change as it can bring beauty, just as the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.

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
Wishing our Decathletes the BEST of LUCK and LOVE! 

Come out and cheer them on  Saturday, March 3  at the SMCSH Gym (Moiso Pavilion)! 
12:30 Parade of Schools
12:45 Super Quiz

Do not assume that mere
Reading will suffice without fervor,
Speculation without devotion,
Investigation without admiration,
Observation without exaltation,
Industry without piety,
Knowledge without love,
Understanding without humility,
Study without divine grace.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274)  
Taken from The Journey of the Mind to God
Wishing our Jr. High Mock Trial Team good luck next Thursday, March 8 at JSerra High School! Go BEARS!


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.
Deadline extended until AFTER Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Promenade Paver donations are still being accepted for those who would like to leave a 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.

There will be two Chapel preview stations on campus tomorrow for our guests.  General and Promenade Paver d onations can be made there as well.  
A sample paver is available in the school lobby for you to view. Thank you in advance for your support of this exciting project!

It is a part of our mission and vision to provide a Catholic Education within the boundaries of our four parishes for all those who desire to be a part of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. St. Serra is so grateful for the sacrifices our many families make to send their children to our Catholic School. We are also very appreciative of the significant number of benefactors who contribute to our  Tuition   Assistance   program on a regular basis. We want all current families to be able to remain at SJSC should financial issues present themselves, therefore we will once again offer  tuition  assistance  to those who qualify through our blind, third-party process. 

Please note that it is important to your application process that you remain an active parishioner at your parish.
Once again this year, we will be working with FACTS, our online administrator for managing our  tuition  assistance application process.  Please  CLICK HERE   for more information and to access our Online Tuition Assistance Application. 
Deadline for submission is Friday, March 16, 2018.
Please contact Shannon Smith in the Advancement Office at ext.139 or via email at   ssmith@serraschool.org should you have any questions.

Registration closed today, March 1, at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to all our St. Serra Moms who will be joining us for some glow bowling with their boys and friends on Sunday, March 11.
  • Thank you to all who purchased 2 or more bundles of Mother Son Raffle tickets. For a list of names of those qualifying for the Non-Uniform Dress Pass on Thursday, March 8, please visit the Parent-protected Section of the St. Serra website on Wednesday, March 7.
  • Raffle tickets may be purchased on the day of the event. Credit Cards and Cash accepted; $10 for 12 tickets.
  • We Need Parent Volunteers! We are looking for some great volunteer help! CLICK HERE to sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities available before or at the Cosmic Bowling Event.
Questions? Contact Event Chairs Diana Gabriel and Monique Martinho at
Student Art Contest "Grounded in Tradition"

The theme for the 2018 Anchor Ball Art Contest is "Grounded in Tradition". Share how this theme inspires you. What does being grounded in tradition mean to you? When you think of your family traditions... what do they look like... where do they come from... how do you feel about them? How are your traditions St. Serra Strong? Here are some examples of family and St. Serra Traditions:
  • Rosary Monday
  • Beach Vacations
  • Holiday Traditions
  • Bear Prayer Partners
You may also consider Saint Teresa of Calcutta's words: "Do small things with great love" as inspiration for your artwork. 

Capture it in art form! Art Contest submissions are due to the School Office by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9. All students Grade TK - 8 are invited to join the contest. Participants with qualifying artwork will receive a Non-Uniform Dress Pass! For instructions and rules, please visit the  ART CONTEST   webpage.


Some of you have already registered with scripsense and have started earning -- great job! For others, your invitation is just an email away.  Simply email  scripsense@serraschool.org to register today. Once registered, every time you shop online or buy eGift cards on the  scripsense site, a percentage of each purchase will be rebated back in your family's name to the St. Serra Chapel fund.

Put your everyday spending to great use! Think of items you purchase each week from stores, restaurants, coffee shops, gifts, travel, etc. You can now earn while shopping online as well as when you purchase gift cards for any gifting occasion. You can even store your gift cards on your scripsense mobile wallet for "on the go" use! Easier, safer, faster and a win-win for everyone.

As a thank you for supporting the St. Junipero Serra Catholic Chapel School Fundraising Campaign through scripsense, spend $100 on any eGift Card and take $5 off with promo code "WELCOME".


If your child is in grades 5-8, they are invited to be a part of the Seussical Jr. backstage crew. Crew applications can be found on the Theatre Art web page.  Applications are due no later than TOMORROW, Friday, March 2.  The cast and crew will be taking their Yearbook Photo  Monday, March 5 and we want to include everyone. Please email Janess Sifers at  jsifers@serraschool.org with additional questions.  

Crew is needed  April 16-28. Performances are  April 26 & 27 at  6:30 p.m. and  April 28 11:00 a.m. See the Theatre Arts web page for more information.


There are many exciting PTO sponsored events during the month of March at St. Serra. All are welcome to become involved! Visit our PTO EVENTS AND PROGRAMS HOMEPAGE for more details on March's activities. Questions?   Contact us at serrapto@serraschool.org.

Happening in March 2018
  • 2nd, 9th, 23rd: Parent Rosary at the Blessed Mary Statue
  • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th: Moment for Mom Book Study Spring Session continues
  • 11th: Mother Son Ultimate Fun Cosmic Bowling Event
  • 15th: PTO Meeting - All parents welcome!
  • 23rd: Mass and PTO Parent Fellowship & Coffee Social
An "Enchanted Evening" of Memories

Over 550 St. Serra dads and daughters enjoyed an "Enchanted Evening" at our Father Daughter Dance last Saturday. It was a memorable event for all, including all of our amazing volunteers and St. Serra community who help make this event a success! CLICK HERE to view pictures from this enchanting and fun evening.

In addition to our Event Chairs, Kim Covas, Corey Lindsay and Megan Walters, along with PTO VP - Parent/Child Events Shannon Johnson, the PTO offers generous thanks to Sandra Rahnama, Kat Taylor, Jackie Flores, Hilda Glenski, Jen Caison, and Ann Barisic for all their time and dedication to such a special evening.

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. 

Have you bought your yearbooks yet? Take advantage of the lower regular price, before it goes up to $68 TOMORROW March 2.  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.

Thank you to all our St. Serra families who have been clipping box tops to help us earn extra cash for our school programs. Congratulations to the winners of our second Box Tops Incentive Drawing: H. Aubuchon, and Mrs. Tirado, Student Store Coordinator. They each received a $25 VISA Gift Card. Thank you again for participating and keep clippin'! Our next incentive drawing will be in May, including a special drawing for students who have turned in 50 or more labels all year! Visit the BOX TOPS HOMEPAGE for more details.


Weekly Orders before Easter Break:
Monday, March 5, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, March 12, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, March 26 - NO WEEKLY ORDER
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.  
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. 
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.
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. 

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 . March 8 will be the last the last session. CLICK HERE for more information
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. 


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.