Volume 23 * Issue 34 * May 31,  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


Please join me in congratulating and wishing our 8th-grade students, who will be graduating next week, the very best as they move on to high school. We are so proud of their many accomplishments and know they will be great representatives of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. May God continue to bless and watch over them as their spiritual and educational journey continues with many new and exciting opportunities that await them.

We also congratulate our Kindergarten students who will celebrate their graduation ceremony next week as well. We know they will be back to join us for many happy and faith-filled years at St. Serra.

Your prayers for our 8th Grade and Kindergarten students are most sincerely appreciated.

End-of-Year Mass

Mark your calendar for our End-of-Year Mass on Friday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center. We will be saying goodbye to Mrs. Julie Tipton and to Monsignor Ted Olson, our celebrant for this Mass, at this End-of-year Mass. More details to follow in next week's SerraDIPITY. 

Students in grades 1-7 will be dismissed immediately following Mass at approximately 10:45 a.m. There will be NO afternoon Extended Care on the last day of school, but Extended Care will be open regular hours that morning.
Love really does take little to share but the effect is everlasting.

Today, someone needs your love and prayers. Make a ripple in the ocean of their life by sharing an act of LOVE and kindness.

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

Catholic Math League is a national Catholic School math competition that was started in 1997 and currently serves hundreds of schools across the country.  Math competitions are offered for each grade from third grade through Advanced High School Math.  Many of our advanced math students at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School completed the series of tests required for this contest which were administered from November to March.  These tests were graded to determine the highest individual scores.  The top three student scores for each school receive a certificate.  In addition, students can receive awards for having top scores in the division or in the country.  These students competed with other students from our Division in Alaska, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Guam. 

We wish to congratulate Miss Rivera, Mrs. Evans, Miss Thomas and Miss Becerra, our advanced plus math teachers, along with Catholic Math League Coordinator, Mrs. Barb Franz, for encouraging and making it possible for their students to compete in this contest.  

CLICK HERE  to view a video of the SJSC Catholic Math League winners on our Parents Only>Videos & Presentations section of our website.

The following St. Junipero Serra Catholic School students received awards and we are very proud to announce the accomplishments of the following students:

3rd Grade Total of 265 Points: (2nd Place Division 1, 5th Place Nation)
Matthew P. total of 90 Points: 1st Place Tie SJSC, 3rd Place Division 1 & 6th Place Nation
Andrew M. total of 90 Points: 1st Place Tie SJSC, 3rd Place Division 1 & 6th Place Nation
John (J.J.) M. total of 80 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 10th Place Division 1 & 16th Place Nation
Jameson B. total of 79 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 11th Place Division 1 & 17th Place Nation
4th Grade Total of 285 Points: (2nd Place Division 1, 4th Place Nation)
Brody D. total of 95 Points: 1st Place SJSC, 3rd Place Division 1 & 5th Place Nation
Connor L. total of 93 Points: 2nd Place SJSC for the second consecutive year, 4th Place Division 1 & 7th Place Nation
Marielle Z. total of 91 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 5th Place Division 1& 9th Place Nation
5th Grade Total of 217 Points: (1st Place Region, 2nd Place Nation)
Catholic Math League Math 5 Division 1 First Place Champions

Bryson B. total of 83 Points: 1st Place SJSC for third consecutive year, 1st Place Division 1 for second consecutive year & 3rd Place Nation
Catholic Math League Math 5 Division 1 Champion
Ryan F. total of 64 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 2nd Place Division 1 & 15th Place Nation
Nate B. total of 63 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 3rd Place Division 1 & 16th Place Nation
6th Grade total of 267 Points: (1st Place Region, 4th Place Nation)
Catholic Math League Math 6 Division 1 First Place Champions

Sean D. total of 93 Points: 1st Place SJSC for third consecutive year, 1st Place Division 1 & 6th Place Nation
Catholic Math League Math 6 Division 1 Champion
Kamia R. total of 85 Points: 2nd Place tie SJSC, 4th Place Division 1 & 14th Place Nation
Dominique O. total of 85 Points: 2nd Place tie SJSC, 4th Place Division 1 & 14th Place Nation
Logan L. total of 82 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 5th Place Division 1 & 17th Place Nation
7th Grade Pre Algebra total of 287 Points: (1st Place Division 1, 1st Place Nation)
Catholic Math League Pre-Algebra Division 1 First Place Champions
Catholic Math League Pre-Algebra National Champions
Ray S. total of 98 Points: 1st Place SJSC for the fourth consecutive year, 1st Place Division 1 for the third consecutive year & 1st Place Nation
Catholic Math League Pre-Algebra Division 1 Champion
Catholic Math League 2017-2018 Pre-Algebra National Champion
Diego D. total of 94 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 3rd Place Division 1 & 5th Place Nation
Dominic S. total of 92 Points: 3rd Place tie SJSC for the third consecutive year, 4th Place Division 1 & 7th Place Nation
Cole P. total of 92 Points: 3rd Place tie SJSC, 4th Place Division 1 & 7th Place Nation
8th Grade Algebra 1 total of 208 Points: (1st Place Division 1, 4th Place Nation)
Catholic Math League Algebra 1 Division 1 First Place Champions
Jake A. total of 76 Points: 1st Place tie SJSC for fourth consecutive year, 1st Place Division 1 for second consecutive year & 4th Place Nation for second consecutive year
Catholic Math League Algebra 1 Division 1 Champion
Joseph A. total of 76 Points: 1st Place tie SJSC, 1st Place Division 1 & 4th Place Nation
Catholic Math League Algebra 1 Division 1 Champion
Conner A. total of 56 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 6th Place Division 1 & 20th Place Nation
Sydney S. total of 45 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 14th Place Division 1 & 31st Place Nation

It is the practice at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School to send home optional summer work for students. Summer Math Solutions consumable workbooks are being provided for each student.  

We are happy to again provide our students home access to Type to Learn 4.  TTL4 is a comprehensive instructional keyboarding program that covers skills ranging from beginning to advanced.  It is recommended that students spend 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times per day, using Type to Learn 4. Students should plan to use a keyboard cover for their practice sessions so that they don't  develop the habit of looking at the keys while typing.   

The Summer Math Solutions Book and Type to Learn 4 login information (incoming 2018-2019 1st-8th graders) is being sent home with all current students  tomorrow, Friday, June 1
Summer is almost here!! Celebrate with a Summer Gram!

Student Leadership are selling Summer Grams from now  until tomorrow, Friday, June 1. They are $3 each and include a mini inflatable beach ball and a pair of sunglasses.

Student Leadership will donate a portion of the proceeds to South County Outreach to help families over the summer.
  • Students may purchase Summer Grams during lunch and nutrition break from Student Leadership members at the bottom of the PEB stairs.
  • Order forms will also be available in the School Office
  • No Summer Grams will be sold after Friday, June 1
  • Summer Grams will be delivered to classrooms on Monday, June 4 at the end of the school day.
Get on the Bus! Enrollment is Open

Enrollment for the St. Serra Bus Program for the 2018-2019 school year is now open to all St. Serra Families. Information regarding the bus routes, including locations, pick-up and drop-off times, cost, etc., can be found on the St. Serra Website - under the  Parents Only section - Transportation Program . Availability for the afternoon routes is very limited at this time and is on a first come basis. There is ample availability for the morning routes. If you are interested in riding the bus, please send an e-mail to  Transportation@serraschool.org . We will respond to your email, in the order in which they are received, confirming if there is availability for the route you are interested in and will provide the necessary paperwork. Please email the Transportation Group ( Transportation@serraschool.org ) with any questions you may have.
The 2017-2018 Yearbooks Are Here! 

Yearbook Distribution Schedule:  
  • Friday, June 1 - Pre-ordered yearbook distribution to Preschool, TK, K & 8th-grade. Yearbooks will be on sale in the lobby beginning from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for $68 each. Yearbooks will only be sold to students in Preschool, TK, K & 8th-grade at this time. No yearbooks may be reserved.
  • Monday, June 4 - Pre-ordered yearbook distribution in Grades 1-7
  • Tuesday, June 5 - Friday, June 8 - A limited supply of yearbooks will be available for sale in the lobby from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sales will continue each day during this period until all yearbooks are sold
PLEASE NOTE: All distributed yearbooks were carefully checked. Please forward the confirmation email you received from Jostens to ckennedy@serraschool.org if your student does not receive a yearbook and you feel confident that you ordered one. Yearbooks were only sold online and the sales period was October 1, 2017 - May 19, 2018.
The following equipment will be collected from students. Please refer to your  Sunday  email for details.
  • Eighth Grade Laptops will be collected on Monday, June 4
  • First and Second Grade iPads will be collected on Wednesday, June 13 (information will be sent out in the Sunday, June 3 email)
For students not returning to Serra in 2018-2019,  equipment will be collected on Wednesday, June 13 (please watch your email for personalized instructions this week).
If your child will not be at school on the scheduled collection date, please contact the school at Tech@serraschool.org to schedule an alternate collection day and time. Families who do not return their iPad or laptop, or schedule an alternate collection time, will be billed for the cost of the device and accessories.
Thursday, June 14

Mrs. Trudell, along with our principals - Mrs. Reiss and Mrs. Tipton, would like to THANK the amazing students of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School for an OUTSTANDING, faith-filled, academic year! In honor of this great achievement, we've made Field Day 2018 Bigger and Better!  
New games! More fun! New challenges! Your student will not want to miss this! Questions? Contact Field Day Event Chair, Dani Labriola at danielle_tramell@yahoo.com or PTO VP Field Day, Cheryl Redfern at credfern@cox.net.

Tryout Permission Forms for fall sports (Boys Flag Football and Girls Volleyball) need to be filled out and returned to Coach Gozback in the P.E. Office by  next Friday, June 8 . CLICK HERE to access the form. 
Did you support, attend or volunteer at Anchor Ball 2018? We value your feedback! All St. Serra school families are invited to provide feedback on this year's Anchor Ball activities by taking the  ANCHOR BALL 2018 EVENT SURVEY . Your comments and suggestions will help us in planning future Anchor Ball events for everyone to enjoy. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. The survey is only 15 quick questions and will be available until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11. 
Step-N-Repeat photos are now available. Below are the instructions to access:
  • Click on "Event Photos" at the top right of the website
  • Click on your month
  • Click on your gallery. Your password is "danapoint" (all lower case and no spaces)

On behalf of our PTO and PTO VP Outreach Ministries, Kathy Bonin, we would like to thank the following individuals who gave of their time, talents and treasures to ensure St. Serra continues to be a community centered on our faith:
  • Veronica Thompson, for your leadership, guidance and grace on Friday mornings and before Mass at our Parent Rosary.
  • Anastacia Escoboza-Henry, for giving us the grace of prayers and hope for our community through Partners in Prayers.
  • Julie Murphy, for keeping us informed of our Parishes' events through our Parish Connections.
  • Shannon Champion, for your kindness and grace with Serra Cares.
  • Carol Lawson, for your leadership and love of Adopt-A-Family.
  • Lindsay Hakimi, for your dream and dedication of SerraServes ~ One Meal Event
  • Lisa Cavanaugh, Kara Elkins, and Joyce Stinson, for your creativity, vision, and heart for Teacher Appreciation Week 2018
And, THANK YOU to our amazing St. Serra Community who continues to amaze us with your support, love and blessings.
Room parents are reminded that if you have made a purchase of party supplies/food for the classroom, Anchor Ball Project, or any other previously authorized purchase, requests for reimbursement with receipts attached, 
must be submitted to the PTO Mailbox in the School Office no later than  3 p.m. on  Monday, June 4, to be eligible for reimbursement in 2017-18 school year.  The approval signature from your PTO Lead Room Parent Coordinator is also required, and then reimbursements are submitted through Parent Services to Accounting & Finance Dept. for check cutting. CLICK HERE for a Check Request Form.  Questions? Contact Jenn Lynch, Parent Services Administrative Assistant at  jlynch@serraschool.org.

Congratulations to our highest earners from 2017-2018. Look at the amazing amounts they earned as rebates for their family while supporting St. Serra!
1st place          $1720
2nd place        $ 890
3rd place         $ 800
"I have always been a scrip shopper/user but until very recently hadn't done the online "shopwithscrip" thing. WHAT was I waiting for?!?! I spent maybe 20 minutes with Tina in the Scrip Office getting it set up on my phone and learning how to attach it to my husband's phone also. In less than a month I have $60 in educational expenses waiting to pay Sam's tuition. It's so easy!"

Summer Schedule:
  • Daily Sales through and including Friday, June 15, 2018 (last day of school).
  • Last Daily Envelope due on Tuesday, June 12, filled on Wednesday, June 13 limited to inventory on hand.
  • Last Weekly Envelope due by 8:30 am on Monday, June 11, filled on Thursday, June 14.
  • Shopwithscrip.com Prestopay Physical cards due by 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 11, filled on Thursday, June 14.
  • Summer Weekly Order for Physical cards and Shopwithscrip.com Prestopay Physical card orders due by Tuesday, July 17, available for pick up only on Monday, July 23. All families who place an order will be notified by email. Weekly order forms can be either mailed to St. Serra or dropped off at the Front Office during the summer.  
Regular weekly orders and shopwithscrip.com prestopay physical card orders will resume on Monday, August 6, 2018.

How To Buy Scrip?
The new Scrip Year started on May 1, 2018. You do not have to wait until September to begin earning rebates towards your educational costs! Contact the Scrip Office for more details.
- Daily am sales 7:40-8:30 a.m.
- Daily Envelope
- Weekly Envelope
- Credit Card Sales
- Shopwithscrip.com online program
- Scripsense online program

For questions on any of the above or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at  tmaroutian@serraschool.org.  
With the end of the school year fast approaching, the Health Room would like to remind you to pick up your child's Health Room medication no later than Wednesday, June 6 . These medications include any daily medication and as needed medication that was dropped off at the beginning of the year. We are unable to store medication over the summer due to limited space therefore, all medication will be disposed of if it is not picked up by  June 6 . If you have any questions regarding your child's medication, please call (949)546-8705.
Please Note:  If your child will be taking medication during the 2018-2019 school year, your doctor will need to fill out a new Medication Authorization form, which must be turned into the Health Room with your child's medication at the beginning of the school year. The medication form can be found on the St. Serra website or by CLICKING HERE.

Your St. Serra PTO would like to thank the many parents who helped support our PTO events this year. We couldn't do it without you! Your efforts enable us to host fun events for our St. Serra students and raise important funds that benefit all our St. Serra Bears.
This month, we are excited to share an energized and entertaining Field Day with your students! Registration for our St. Serra Golf Classic is now open. Plus, save the date for our SerraStrong Welcome Event and Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, August 28. Visit our PTO EVENTS AND PROGRAMS HOMEPAGE for more details. Questions?   Contact us at serrapto@serraschool.org.

June 2018
  • 4th: PTO Meeting at 9:30 am at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church - ALL parents welcome!
  • 1st, 8th: Parent Rosary at the Blessed Mary Statue at 7:50 am.
  • 14th: Field Day
  • 15th: End of Year Mass at 9:30 am.
PTO and PTO-VP Ambassadors, Allison Finegan would like to thank all of the Ambassadors that served our new families this school year. PTO welcomes Mitch Todd, PTO VP Ambassadors for 2018-19 who will continue leading the team.
Each member of the Ambassador Team makes a difference in our community. Our Ambassadors create a social environment and opportunities for relationship building, starting in the summer and continuing into the following year. In addition, Ambassadors work directly with new families, 1-on-1, to understand their specific needs and concerns - for both students and parents. They shepherd them through their entire first year at St. Serra answering questions, being confidants, problem-solvers, navigators and bridges for communication. Thank you to the Ambassador Team for sharing their time and talents!

What a fantastic year thanks to YOU!  With your collective clipping, we turned in over 14,000 BOX TOPS for the school year!
We would like to celebrate the following winners as we wrap up the year. 

Congratulations to:
  • Jack D. in 6C - student who won the $50 Gift Card Drawing. This included all students that turned in 50 or more Box Tops the entire school year.
  • Mary E. in 6C - student who won the $25 Gift Card Drawing.  This included all students that turned in 5 Box Tops or more for the third collection period. 
  • Mrs. McGee, who won the $25 Gift Card Teacher Drawing for the third collection period.
  • Homeroom 3D. The class that turned in the most Box Tops for the school year. They won a Pizzookie Party! 
Congratulations to our winners and keep the clipping going over summer!  Thank you for supporting the Box Tops Program for our school!  Questions?   Visit the BOX TOPS WEBPAGE or contact Box Tops Chair Kelly Smith Parker at  kspusc@gmail.com .


Serra Spirit Store
  • *NEW* Dennis Uniform Unisex and Female Cut PE Shorts are NOW available in our online store. The logo is the new fiberlok material for the shorts!
  • PURCHASE NOW: PE Shorts and PE T-shirts, SJSC Logo items and Spirit Packs!
  • Our Store will be closing for the school year, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. and will re-open for sales online, July 31, 2018. Watch for Mrs. Trudell's Summer email for the link. Orders will be available for pick up at our SerraStrong event on Tuesday, August 28, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Used Uniforms

USED UNIFORMS are available for sale in the Serra Spirit Store located in the School Office. 

  • Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 

ONLY Dennis Uniform label items will be accepted for credit towards other used clothing.


Dennis Uniform News for the Summer
Dennis Uniform In-Store Exclusive St. Serra Event
W ednesday, August 15
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Mission Viejo Store Location
Looking for School Uniforms early?
Regular Dennis Uniform store hours:
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Labor Day, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
August Hours, only: 
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This summer our exciting Laptop Bootcamps will return for students entering Third Grade, and all NEW students to Serra entering Grades Four to Eight in 2018-2019.

Bootcamps will be held on  August 14, 15, and 16. Sign-ups are now open.

New this year! We are pleased to offer Bootcamp 2.0 for returning students who need assistance with: PowerPoint, OneNote, and Saving Files, Docs, etc.

Registration in Bootcamp sessions will be first-come, first-serve, with a limit of 20 students per session. Bootcamps will be held on the St. Serra campus.

If your family will not be available to attend any of the dates listed above, please email  tech@serraschool.org  immediately so that we can work with you to schedule your family on another date.

Important information regarding Bootcamps:
  • Students must attend the Bootcamp in order to check-out their laptop
  • One parent must accompany students at the Bootcamp
  • Each Bootcamp session will last between 1-1/2 and 2 hours
  • Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions will be offered
  • Registration is required for Bootcamp; walk-ins will not be accepted
  • Laptops are required when school begins
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 .
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.

JSerra High School
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

Mater Dei Boys Volleyball Summer Camp
Incoming 4th and 8th-grade boys are invited to the Mater Dei 2018 Boys Volleyball Youth Summer Camp and 8th-grade boys are invited to the Boys Volleyball High School Camp. The cost of the camps is $275 and both will run from July 23 - August 3, 2018.   CLICK HERE for more information.