Volume 23 * Issue 32 * May 17,  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


This Saturday, May 19

  • Anchor Ball is this Saturday! We look forward to an amazing evening with our many guests at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point in support of our St. Serra students. Please be reminded that students of all St. Serra families attending Anchor Ball receive a Non-Uniform Dress Pass for this Monday, May 21.
  • Thank You to Our Generous Supporters! The success of Anchor Ball depends on the participation of our entire St. Serra community - we couldn't do it without you!  VIEW THE LIST of this year's Anchor Ball Underwriters, Sponsors, Business and Community Donors, St. Serra Family and Staff Donors and Angel Fund Donors.
  • Volunteer Opportunities still available! SIGN UP NOW!
For those attending Anchor Ball, please watch for a separate e-mail coming your way with event details.

Over the past 20 years a miracle has taken place in southern Haiti. St. Junipero Serra School, in partnership with Father Marc, has supported Pwoje Espwa Sud, "Project Hope", which  provides care and education for orphaned and abandoned children.

In 1998 Father Marc rented a small house and filled it with street boys. Now he supports over 450 children living on a large property outside the city of Les Cayes. Next Friday, May 25, at our annual Marian Mass, our collections will go directly to this organization, helping to meet the basic needs of these children. We pray that the presence of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, continues to assist those most in need. We thank you in advance for encouraging your children to bring in a small donation the day of Mass.

If you are interested in supporting these   vulnerable children rise and lead the Haitian people to live happy, productive lives beyond their hopes and dreams,   please contact Fr.   Marc   on his website  http://www.freethekids.org
"Do your little bit of good where you are; It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world"  ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Friday, May 25
Please mark your calendar for next Friday, May 25  as we celebrate our annual May Crowning of our Blessed Virgin Mary and welcome our 2nd-grade First Holy Communion recipients. Please look for details in next Thursday's  SerraDIPITY .

Often when we pray we seem to ask God for miracles in our lives...then he sends us someone. That person, with their love and kindness for us, is OUR MIRACLE.

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


*All of the St. Junipero Serra Catholic School Math and ELA STAR scores will not be posted until the closing of our Diocese of Orange Test window at midnight on Friday, May 19 once all students have completed the test.

Renaissance STAR score reports are posted electronically for our parents. To access your child's most recent scores, please go to  https://hosted321.renlearn.com/274505 (do not use the Home Connect link)
  • Click on I'm a Parent
  • Enter your User Name: Your Sycamore Family ID 
  • Password: 1scs (This is a default. You will need to create your own.)
If your password does not work, please email  passwords@serraschool.org.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Team Thanks YOU!

The TAW Team - Mrs. Joyce Stinson, Mrs. Lisa Cavanaugh and Mrs. Kara Elkins - would like to thank the following individuals who helped to make our "Full STEAM Ahead" week a success!
Many thanks to:
  • Our Lead RPCs and VP of Communications - Mrs. Megan Hayden, Mrs. Kay Relvas, Mrs. Allie Bertochinni, and Mrs. Mary Broomfield for their support, help and the MANY communications they sent out!
  • Our RPCs, Room Parent Teams and Parent Helpers for their time, talents, grace, and help in implementing each day's event!
  • Our administration, teachers and staff who support us every day!
  • Mrs. Dana Maas for your creative spirit, suggestions and guidance!
  • And ESPECIALLY to our St. Serra Community for your generosity, support and time in making this a fun week for our Teachers and Staff!


Final Chance To Guarantee A Yearbook For Your Serra Bears On Distribution Day!
Online orders will be closing TOMORROW, Friday,  May 18 .  A  limited number of yearbooks will be available after distribution and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Order your yearbook NOW by CLICKING HERE .

PLEASE make sure that you've ordered a yearbook by checking the list on our website  Parent's Only>Yearbook Orders. If you do not see your student's name on the list, and/or do not have a confirmation e-mail from Jostens, please order TODAY.  

Questions? Please contact Cindy Kennedy at ckennedy@serraschool.org
A huge thank you to the 2017-2018 In-N-Out® chairs and volunteers, Mrs. Penny Heiner, Mrs. Denise Kacer, Mrs. Cameron Godoy, and Mrs. Maria Aceves. These ladies made an amazing team and put in countless hours to make In-N- Out® happen each week for our students! In-N-Out® would not be possible without the dedication of these wonderful event chairs and volunteers! 
We are looking for volunteer coaches for next year's FALL Sports Season for boys flag football and girls volleyball. HEAD coaches will have their registration fee waived for their child/ren. Also, both Head Coach and Assistant Coach will receive service hours for all of the time they put into our sports program. Please email Coach Brock Gozbak at  bgozbak@serraschool.org  if you are interested in coaching next year.  
There will be NO afternoon Extended Care on the last day of school, Friday,  June 15 . This is an adjusted minimum day where the students are dismissed at the conclusion of our end-of-the-year Mass (approximately 10:30-10:45 a.m.). Please plan accordingly! Extended Care will be open during their normal hours the morning of Friday , June 15 .
Applications Being Accepted

SerraVision is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Students who are entering 7th and 8th grade next year will be eligible to apply. Applications are to be completed and returned to Mrs. Enyeart by May 25.

Please   CLICK HERE for a copy of the Guidelines and Application.
(Note: this is different than SerraVision Anchor and Tech Crew)

Attention students entering 7th and 8th grade next year! If you are interested in being a part of the Mass Sound Crew next year please come to the SAC during lunchtime on  Thursday, May 24  for training. The current Sound Crew will be teaching interested students how to set up the sound equipment for our  Friday  Mass. If you have any questions please speak with Mrs. Sifers.  


Are you interested in joining a Room Parent 'Team' next year? Please visit our  ROOM PARENT SURVEY   by 
3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, for more details. We will be forming teams of 8-10 parents per grade level for K-8 (and smaller groups for Preschool and TK). Selection will take place based on interest, talents and need. 

All Room Parent "Teams" will be selected prior to the start of the new school year in September. Thank you for your interest!

  • The last chance to turn in Box Tops for this school year's incentive drawings and homeroom contest is tomorrow, Friday, May 18, by 8:00 a.m.
  • Send the coupons in a zipper bag or envelope (label with your child's full name and homeroom).
  • Thank you for helping us earn extra cash for our school programs. Our school earns 10 cents for every coupon!
  • Questions? Visit BOX TOPS for details.

2018-2019 Rebate Program
  • Fifty cents of every dollar you earn in rebates will be credited to your educational costs through FACTS on a monthly basis. The first credit of 2018-19 will be issued in August 2018 due to the its summer schedule, and monthly thereafter.
  • Sip and Scrip. Come and find out all about Scrip and how you can reduce your educational costs while earning one volunteer hour! The Scrip Office will hold its final information session for this school year on Tuesday, June 12 from 10-11:00 a.m. in the Scrip Office. Bring your favorite drink. Light snacks will be provided. (See Scrip-amonial below.)
  • Refer-a-Family who has not participated in the Scrip program in the last 2 years. When the referred family purchases their first $100, the referring family will earn $25 towards their educational costs for 2018-2019. This applies to St. Serra Families only. 
"Thank you!  I officially started in May and did over $100 in rebates so far! If I keep pace should be like $1200 a year or so.  This is an excellent program and I basically will do all my purchases at the beginning of the month to make sure I am on track."
"Thank you so much for all your help with getting me started with scrip!  I learned so much meeting with you today, and am so excited to start earning rebates towards educational costs! I also want to thank you for how easily accessible you are which makes it so much easier to participate in the program."
"The new rebate program is easy money for your family and it's supporting St. Serra. There's a learning curve with buying and using online Scrip and gift cards. Tina can help you master the process so you earn rebates on educational costs and fundraise for the school. Double win!"
Shopwithscrip.com Physical Card Prestopay Summer Schedule
Physical cards ordered through shopwithscrip.com will be processed as follows:
-   Monday, June 11 by 7:30 a.m. - Pick up on Thursday, June 14
-  Wednesday, July 18 by 7:30 a.m. - Pick up on Monday, July 23
-  Regular weekly orders will resume on Monday, August 6, 2018.

For questions on any of the above or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at  tmaroutian@serraschool.org.  
IMPORTANT REMINDER:  The Library will be closed for this school year on   Friday, May 18 . The last day to borrow a book will be Friday May 11ALL BOOKS will be due back no later than   May 25 to avoid overdue fees.  If your student's book is not returned, you will receive a fine notice for the replacement cost of the book and it will be automatically processed by the Accounting and Finance Office.  Please contact Mrs. Bummer at  ebummer@serraschool.org   with any questions or concerns you may have. 
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus...

Help us lift up our St. Serra community in prayer as we bring our intentions and praises to our Lord. Whatever the worry may be, let us focus on our Lord as he prepares our hearts for his plan. 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.

Do you ever leave campus and realize that you have forgotten to return your lanyard to the School Office? It seems our inventory has been depleted over the school year, so we are accepting the return of any "stray" lanyards back to the School Office, no questions asked! Thank you.

Santiago de Compostela Job Posting
Santiago de Compostela Church has a job opening for an Adult Faith Formation Coordinator. This is a full-time position. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

Santiago De Compostela Parish VBS, August 6-10
Register for Vacation Bible School after all Masses at the VBS table on the following dates:
  • May 19 & 20
  • May 26 & 27
San Francisco Solano Parish VBS
Vacation Bible School  - Registration is now OPEN! 
WHEN: June 25, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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.

SMCHS Summer Sports & Entertainment Broadcasting Camp
Calling all Boys and Girls from 8 to 18 years of age. Get hands-on "Real and Professional Broadcast" experience in front of and behind the camera. CLICK HERE for more information and to download the form.
Sign up now as the camp always fills up. See you this summer!

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