Volume 23 * Issue 29 * April 26,  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


As previously announced, we are excited to open the new school year 2018-2019 with our entire campus completed. To ensure we are ready to welcome everyone back, our school calendar begins after Labor Day 2018. We thought it might be beneficial to again provide you with these key dates. Watch for the "Year-at-a-Glance" Calendar which will be in SerraDIPITY by mid-May.
  • September 4 (Tuesday) - First Day of School TK- Grade 8 Students - Minimum Day
  • September 6 & 7 - Preschool Orientation Days by appointment
  • September 10 - First Day of School for Preschool Students (M-F and M/W/F)
  • September 11 - First Day of School for Preschool Students (T-Th)
  • October 29 - No School
  • November 2 - No School (Teacher In-service Day)
  • November 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break (return November 26)
  • December 20-January 2 - Christmas Break (return January 3)
  • January 21 - No School
  • February 18 - No School
  • April 19-April 26 - Easter Break (return April 29)
  • May 27 - No School
  • June 18 - Last Day of School
Spring Break vs Easter Break 2018-19: I am aware that some of our high schools have determined, for various academic reasons, that their spring break will be at the end of March 2019 instead of immediately following Easter. Although this is challenging for us, we will not be making this change. Being in school during all of Lent and Holy Week are essential to our Catholic faith and identity. The Diocese of Orange feels strongly that we, as elementary schools, need to continue to keep Easter Break as a celebration of the Resurrection. SMCHS will have spring break in March, the last week. JSerra High School will have spring break the same week we do, in April after Easter. I am more than aware of the challenges this might be to some of our families...we will make it through this one year.

Save the Date for a Weekend of Celebration and Blessing of our Chapel, October 6-7, 2018. Special visit by Bishop Vann, family events, tours and prayer services/Mass plus much more.


OPENING NIGHT - TONIGHT! Tickets are available at the door. 

Come meet the Whos from Whoville and dance with the Wickersham brothers!  Musical students from grades one through eight will be performing  April 26-28  in the Student Activity Center. Show times are:
  • Thursday, April 26 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28 @ 11:00 a.m.
Get your tickets today at serraschool.seatyourself.biz. Tickets are available on Seatyourself until 12 hours prior to the performance, or you can always buy them at the door. Come see the show and support your favorite musical student. Remember "a person's a person no matter how small!"

Parking will be available in our main lot, the inner road, the neighborhood, and AFTER 6:15 p.m. in the Memorial Health Care parking lot.  

We understand that during this time of year families incur additional expenses due to taxes and educational costs. As a result, we have decided to extend the Anchor Ball Reservation Deadline to Friday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m.

The love demonstrated to us by the death and Resurrection of Christ is an unconditional love. For we know that Christ loved everyone. We may not always see examples of this in our lives, but we are called to love as Christ does us with an unconditional heart and an acceptance for all. 

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

Students running for Student Leadership (formerly Student Council) will deliver their speeches on a special  SerraVision broadcast at 9:30 a.m.,  Tuesday, May 1.  You can watch the speeches live from home  by  CLICKING HERE  then scrolling down to locate SerraVision Broadcast. This link will take you to the Parents Only Login. Please remember that you will need the password to enter this password protected area of our website.  

Save the date:  Wednesday, May 9

Learn more about what to expect next year!
  • Incoming 3rd graders for 2018-2019 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Incoming 5th graders for 2018-2019 at 7:15 p.m.
Both meetings will be held in the Student Activity Center.
Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for an evening of beautiful music at our Annual Spring Concert. All of our choirs--Tiny Trebles, Serra Singers, Serranade and Bellissima Handbells--will lift their beautiful voices in song to entertain all in attendance. Everyone is welcome and its FREE! 
Please join us on Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the SJSC Library/Media Center for our next Parent Education session.  Guest Speakers and Parent Volunteers, David Sherak and Tim Pickart, will discuss "Updating Your Estate and Charitable Plan For The New Tax Laws."  This will include exploring new tax-advantaged education savings opportunities for Catholic School education.  

Kindly RSVP to  parenteducation@serraschool.org   by  10:00 a.m.   Tues., May 1.

The deadline for recording all Service Hours for 2017-2018 (5/1/17 to 4/30/18) is THIS  Monday, April 30, 2018.   
Families who do not record and/or fulfill their required hours will be invoiced in May for any unfulfilled hours at the rate of $15 per hour, per unperformed hour.
CLICK HERE to record all of your regular service hours on the 2017-18 Service Hour Portal.
As a reminder your credentials for the Service Hour Portal are:
Username:  Your family's preferred email address
Password:  Your family's 3 or 4 digit numerical family ID
For questions, contact Francine Stotko at  fstotko@serraschool.org  or ext. 194
May 19 - Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Dana Point
  • Come experience a night with friends in Old Havana filled with Tropical Flair! Enjoy an amazing evening of silent and live auctions, dancing, great food, and so much more, all in support of St. Serra. Make your RESERVATION now! Reservation deadline has been extended to Friday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Kendra Scott Gives Back Party! Join us on Wednesday, May 25:00-8:00 p.m. at Kendra Scott, Fashion Island, 235 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Enjoy sips, sweets and jewels at our Mother's Day Shopping Party. Treat yourself or shop for Mother's Day gifts, while helping our school. Come in any time or CLICK HERE to view Kendra Scott products and call your order in at (949) 258-9285. By mentioning St. Serra, 20% of the proceeds will benefit our Anchor Ball event!
  • Raffles and More - you don't have to attend to win! Pre-purchase tickets for our exciting Opportunity Drawing, Light of Choice Raffle, and our new raffle featuring a unique chance to win a Multi Course Wine Pairing Dinner for Six at Hanna's Prime Steakhouse.
  • Visit the ANCHOR BALL WEBPAGE for event details and volunteer opportunities. 
Leveraging Matching Gift Companies and Community Partners 

As you know, we are trying to hit a giving level of $150,000 by June 30 in order to support our new SMARTLABS, due to open in the fall.
This week, we were presented with a grant check from Pacific Life Foundation to support our SMARTLABS! Two of our families who work for Pacific Life helped make that happen. Perhaps your company has a grants or charitable giving program that support STEM education or the Arts? We would love to hear about it if they do!
Additionally, many families who work for matching gift companies, double and sometimes triple their donation by participating in their company's matching gift or community giving program. Perhaps you work for a matching gift company and don't even know it - look HERE  to find out. We would be glad to  answer any questions you have to help you maximize your giving.    
Matching gift opportunity or not, if you haven't given to the 2017-2018 Annual Fund yet, please DONATE  now. We are so grateful for every gift and would love to increase our parent participation to help us reach the 85% participation by our teachers and staff. To do that, we need EVERY family's help.
Imagine if every family gave what they could; we would be well on our way for the SMARTLABS to be fully funded.


Come cheer on our 4th-Grade Hockey Team at the 11th Annual Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey Shootout, this Saturday, April 28 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

FIRST GAME  is at 8:15 a.m., then 8:50 a.m. on RINK 5, AND 10:00 a.m. on RINK 6.

For more information, see our website Campus Life>S.C.O.R.E. Hockey Grades 2-4
Online orders will be closing mid-May. A very limited number of yearbooks will be sold after distribution and will be on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. To ensure that your student receives a yearbook with their class on distribution day, order your yearbook NOW by CLICKING HERE.

Not sure if you ordered a yearbook? Yearbook orders by student first and last names can be found here  Parent's Only>Yearbook Orders . You will need the Passkey to get into this webpage.

Questions? Please contact Cindy Kennedy at ckennedy@serraschool.org
Parent  Information  Meeting f or 2018-2019 
Thursday, May 3, 8:15 a.m.

A parent information meetin g is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, at 8:15 a.m. in the ELS lab (PEB room, 226). ELS is a computerized, multi-sensory, interactive program that improves focus, strengthens information proce ssing skills, and enhances a variety of academic skills (e.g., reading decoding, reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary development, and spelling). If your child is struggling with reading skills, lacks confidence in academics skills, has difficulty understanding or remembering  information, takes a long time to complete schoolwork or homework, has limited independent learning skills, and/or benefits from additional academic support, ELS may help. ELS provides a fun environment where students strengthen their skills in a game-like format and earn points and prizes for their efforts. 

There are two after-school sessions available:  1:50-2:35 p.m. (for students in grades K through 2) and  2:50-3:40 p.m. (for students in grades 3 through 8). Students attend ELS up to four days per week ( Monday through  Thursday) for a minimum of one academic year. Please e-mail Dr. Lori Quigley, at  lquigley@serraschool.org if you would like more  information or to attend this informational  meeting.

Mother's Day is around the corner.........Support the Chapel Fund by shopping with Scripsense.
Show your Mom how much you adore her by showering her with love. Whether you decide on a relaxing facial or a bouquet of flowers scripsense is here to help!
Another GREAT Mother's Day idea is Hanna's for brunch or dinner! Treat your Mom and use the Local Merchant Program* featuring Hanna's Prime Steakhouse.  St. Serra Scripsense Program participants can earn 10% of everything they spend at Hanna's, which goes directly to the Chapel Fund in your family's name. There are no fees, no flyers and no cost to you. It's as  EASY AS 1...2...3 .
*This local merchant program rebate opportunity cannot be used in conjunction with any Hanna's gift card. Bills paid by gift card method are ineligible to earn rebates.
Check out the latest   Scripsense offers from some of the 450+ participating merchants today. To request a program invitation today, contact the St. Serra Scripsense Coordinator, Cindy Carpino at ext. 239!  
Use the SJSC Website to View our Facebook Feed

Not on social media? No problem! Stay connected with what's happening around campus by going to @stjuniperoserracs on our website. This web page feeds all of our Facebook posts as well as some of our videos from Vimeo. You don't need to have a Facebook account to keep up with the exciting things happening around the Bear Den - just visit this web page!

In the coming months, some of the pages on our website will be given a fresh new look, and new pages will be added. Please check our website often to see what's new! 

The Marketing & Communications Department is looking for short video clips of our SJSC student-athletes in action to use for future marketing purposes. If you've taken any short videos this year of our sports teams and would like to share it, please send them via email to Stephanie Callahan at scallahan@serraschool.org . Video from cell phones is fine. For large files, you can use WeTransfer.com or Dropbox to share the files or drop off a USB drive to the School Office and we will be sure to return it back to you. We sincerely thank you for sharing with us.  GO BEARS!

End of Scrip Year Schedule:
The 2017-2018 Scrip year ends on April 30, 2018. This will include:
  • Daily morning sales through and including April 30.
  • Daily envelope orders received on Friday, April 27 and filled on Monday, April 30.
  • Prestopay orders placed on shopwithscrip.com, due by 7:30 a.m. sharp on Monday, April 30, 2018. All orders received after this deadline will count towards 2018-2019.
  • FINAL Weekly order submitted on Monday, April 30. All weekly orders MUST BE RECEIVED BY 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018 to qualify for 2017-2018. All orders received after this deadline will count towards 2018-2019. 
Maximize your earnings by using our online programs and credit card sales programs.

2018-2019 Rebate Program:
The Scrip Office is launching the new SJSC Rebate program on May 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year! Fifty cents of every dollar you earn in rebates will be credited to your educational costs through FACTS on a monthly basis. Due to the summer schedule the first rebate will be credited in August 2018 and will include everything from May 1, 2018 on.
Double your rebates during launch week! Any family purchasing $50 or more in physical cards at the office or via daily envelopes will be entered into a raffle. One entry per family. The winner will double all rebates earned May 1-4, 2018.
Parent Scrip-amonials
"On a whim I searched for Sirius XM Radio scrip as I had to pay our annual bill of $230.  Guess what...it's there! SO thrilled!  I'm sure there are many families that have Sirius XM Radio in their cars...I earned $9 on this one!"
Sirius XM is available on both shopwithscrip.com and scripsense.com.
"Thank you for all your support in helping me understand scrip and the process to get going.  All is working and I just bought my first Amazon card. I will be using that a lot since I do most my shopping there.  I also put a spreadsheet together of how I will use scrip proactively this year (Dennis Uniform, Summer vacation flights on Southwest etc). 
For questions on any of the above or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at  tmaroutian@serraschool.org.  

We are currently registering Cub Scouts (grades K-5) and American Heritage Girl Scouts for the Fall. If you are interested in joining or learning more, please mark your calendars for our Scouting Information Night on Thursday, May 3 at Holy Trinity Church in Ladera Ranch at 6:00 p.m.

Pizza will be served and we will have scouting volunteers available to help with registration and to answer your questions. CLICK HERE for a flyer with more information.

If you are unable to attend the sign-up night, online registration is easy!
  • For Cub Scouts CLICK HERE. In the search screen, enter zip code 92688 and select Pack 0818.
  • For American Heritage Girls CLICK HERE.
Never Give up On Prayer

Join us as a St. Serra family and pray for the intentions of our community. Please e-mail Anastacia Escoboza-Henry at partnersinprayer@serraschool.org with a prayer request or to be added to the Partners in Prayers e-mail list.

St. Kilian Church
May Crowning and Rosary - St. Kilian's 3rd & 4th-grade RE class invites you to join them as they honor Mary with songs and prayers on Wednesday, May 2, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. First Communion children are encouraged to wear their First Communion outfits. Rosaries will be provided. Please bring a flower to honor Mary. 

Holy Trinity Church
Middle School Retreat All 6-8th graders are invited to attend Holy Trinity's annual Jr. High Retreat, June 18 & 19 at the Santiago Retreat Center. There will be faith-filled talks, worship, games, fun, and more! CLICK HERE for more information. 

Santa Margarita Catholic High School
Guest Speaker Regarding Stress & Anxiety
Santa Margarita High School presents "More Than Moody: Signs of Depression in Your TEEN", Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Moiso Pavilion. CLICK HERE for more information. 

San Francisco Solano Parish VBS
Vacation Bible School  - Registration is now OPEN! 
Pre-K through 8th Grade. Spots are limited!

St. Kilian Church VBS
Vacation Bible School  is coming! Save the Date: July 30 - August 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Registration begins April 29.  CLICK HERE  for more information. 

JSerra Catholic HS Lion Engage Summer Program
Designed for students entering grades 6-8, Lion Engage is an engaging program that gives students the opportunity to dive into experiential learning. Students will learn from passionate JSerra instructors, interact with high school student mentors, and have a blast! The flexible programming allows students to come for mornings or afternoons, or both, and to come for one week or both weeks. Check out JSerra's website for class information and to sign up!  https://www.jserra.org/academics/lion-engage
JSerra Catholic HS Summer Youth Sport Camps
Do you have a student athlete? Check out JSerra Catholic High School's summer youth sports camps! Students will practice skills and make new friends. See the JSerra website for more information:  https://www.jserra.org/athletics/sports-camps

Santa Margarita HS Summer Sports Camps
SMCHS Summer Youth Camps are designed for young athletes in elementary school through middle school. Youth camps are open to all young people in the local community.

CLICK HERE for more information or to register. If you have any questions about any of our youth summer camps, please email us at sportscamps@smhs.org or (949) 766-1065