Volume 24 * Issue 03 * September 20,  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

Chapel Blessing and Grand Opening Weekend
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7

We are anxiously awaiting an historic weekend here at St. Serra, the Blessing of our St. Junipero Serra Chapel, official ribbon cutting for our Student Creation and Leadership Center and Community Day open house. Below are just some highlights with more details in a Constant Contact October 1.
  • All families will receive a special invite (check your emails in the next few days) to view the Blessing of the Chapel in the Student Activity Center (SAC). We hope many of you will come to be a part of this celebration. The Blessing will begin at 10:00 a.m. on October 6, with Bishop Vann as the celebrant. Since the Chapel has limited seating of just 200, we have prepared streaming live picture and audio to the SAC. Communion will be given as well.
  • Boxed lunches available for purchase on that invite, served immediately after the Blessing.
  • Families are invited to the 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting of the Student Creation and Leadership Center on October 6.
  • Tours of the new Chapel, Creativity Lab, Music room, Parent Hub, and Administration Wing will be given between 1:45 - 4:00 p.m. on October 6 and 12:00-4:00 p.m. on October 7.
  • The campus will be open to the public October 7 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. with tours, food and visits to at least one classroom per grade level in all buildings.
Please join us October 6 & 7  and see the miracle of your gifts of time, talent and treasure!
Creativity Lab is Now Open
We are so excited to announce that our students have begun to participate in the new STEM learning environment with the opening of the Creativity Lab sponsored by Creative Learning Systems. Miss Thomas, Mrs. Zeimer and Mrs. Lozinski are so excited to welcome the children to the exciting programs they have prepared for them each day. As discussed at all Back-to-School Nights, the lab will be used by all students grades TK-8 in various schedules to ensure that they can complete the 4-5 day activities planned. When I asked 4B about the lab experience, they clapped, said thank you and that this is the best class that has ever been at St. Serra.

Field Closure Update
For the safety of our students, the field has been closed this week due to fire ants. We are taking aggressive steps to resolve this issue and hope to have the field open soon. In the meantime our Yard Supervision has done an outstanding job organizing fun activities for our students during lunch and recess. 

SJSC Golf Classic
This Monday, September 24, 2018
Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club  
  • Thank you to all of our generous  SPONSORS who contributed to this wonderful event!
  • Golf Ball Drop Last Call!  
    • Golf Ball Order Forms are due to the School Office by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 24  
    • Ball Drop on campus -- On Friday, September 28, a helicopter (sponsored by CV Resources) will drop numbered golf balls above a hole and the ball that lands in the hole or closest to the pin will win $3,000! 
Traffic and Walker Announcement
Starting Monday, September 24 we will go back to the former way walkers are picked up, from the main gate by our new Chapel Wing and Extended Care. The front door on Banderas will be closed as well as the gate by Kindergarten. Again, this is effective MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, FOR THE AFTERNOON DISMISSAL.

Such a beautiful way to speak of our theme, JOY: Jesus-Others-You.  When we express and show love, compassion, patience and understanding, we are being JESUS TO OTHERS. When we are being Jesus to others we share His Father, God, to all. Today, how can we echo God to others through JOY?

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

Mrs. Angeline Trudell
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Principal Preschool - Grade 4
Mrs. Alison Daley, Principal Grades 5 - 8
Back-to-School Night
REMINDER:  Back-to-School Night for Preschool, Pre-K, TK, K, and 1st Grade is TONIGHT, Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please go directly to your student's homeroom at 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE:    Due to Ms. Sammy's illness, Back-to-School Night for KA is postponed until Thursday, September 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the KA classroom (Rm 102)
PE Uniforms Update
PLEASE NOTE: Until the new PE uniforms have been delivered, students will not be penalized for not wearing their PE uniforms on their PE days.
REMINDERThis coming week, In-n-Out lunch will be served  on Wednesday , September 26 instead of Thursday.  Please mark your calendars.


CLICK HERE for important Vendor Updates.
CLICK HERE for instructions for mandatory participant registration/renewal every September 1.
CLICK HERE  for instructions on submitting r ebates for quarter ending May 31, 2018  due by September 30, 2018

For questions or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Rebate Program Coordinator at tmaroutian@serraschool.org.
8 Days Left to Order

DON'T MISS OUT! Only 8 days left to order your Memorial Ornament. This ornament will be included on the Tree of Remembrance and blessed at the November 1, Memorial Mass. The deadline is September 28 to participate in this very special tradition. To pay by check, complete this FORM and return it with a check for $30 made payable to Serra Catholic School. Please direct the envelope to the attention of the Advancement Office. If you would like to pay with a credit card, please  CLICK HERE  to submit the form and payment online.
Contact Cindy Carpino at ccarpino@serraschool.org with any questions.
Double Service Hours!

Don't miss your opportunity to earn DOUBLE SERVICE HOURS! Volunteer s hifts for Lunch supervision, TK/Kindergarten supervision, Sapphire Lunch, In-n-Out and Snack Bar are still available . Please stop by the Yard Supervision office or email Rosie Chavez at rchavez@serraschool.org to sign up. 
Welcome Back!

Please join us as we pray for a JOY-filled new school year for our St. Junipero Serra community. Please contact Anastacia Escoboza-Henry at partnersinprayer@serraschool.org with a prayer request or to be added to the Partners in Prayers e-mail list. The power of prayer is undeniable...Join us!
Participation agreements for all choirs are now on the Choir and Handbells web page and are due by Friday, September 28. Students may attend rehearsals without turning in their Participation Agreement until that date. Participation fees can now be paid by credit card using the form on our website. 
First Meeting This Monday, September 24

SJSC Junior Thespian Troupe #89187 is open to 6th-8th grade students who like to play games, discuss theatre topics, and learn about drama techniques. Students meet once a month and attend a festival in January with thespians from around the state.  Email Mrs. Sifers at  jsifers@serraschool.org fo r more information or visit the  Junior Thespian Troupe webpage. The first meeting will be Monday, September 24 from 2:40-3:30 p.m. in the SCLC Music Room.
It's EASY, FUN and a GREAT way to earn EXTRA cash for our school programs!

It's as easy as "1-2-3"! When you purchase qualifying products with Box Tops, simply clip the Box Tops coupon and send them to school. 
1. BUY your favorite Box Tops products - you probably already have some in your home right now!  CLICK HERE to learn about Participating Products.
2. CLIP the Box Tops coupons from the packaging.
3. SEND the coupons DAILY, WEEKLY, or MONTHLY in a labeled zipper bag or envelope. Please label the bag or envelope with your child's first AND last name as well as their homeroom.
BUT WAIT - there's more!
By participating in this program and turning in Box Tops to your homeroom, you have the opportunity to win a $25 gift card three times during the school year. The homeroom that collects the most will have a year-end pizza and cookie party. All these chances to win are yours by simply turning in Box Tops. For details on how to qualify for each drawing and the homeroom party, visit the BOX TOPS WEBPAGE on the St. Serra Website.
So get clipping Serra Bears and let's see how much of an impact we can make in this easy fundraising program for our school! Our first deadline of the year is Tuesday, October 16.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Galonsky, Box Tops Event Chair, at
We love to share what our Bears are up to before and after school, but can't always be there to take pictures. We need your help! We are looking for pictures and news from After-School Sports, Scouting, Choir, After-School Classes, Campus Ministry, or any other SJSC activity happening outside of school hours. Please send pictures, along with any details about the event, to Gina Maricondo, Marketing and Communications Department Assistant at  gmaricondo@serraschool.org . These photos could be used on social media, the SJSC website or the yearbook.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
  • WISH LIST ITEMS - Consider a donation to PTO Gift Gathering and help us create some amazing Opportunity Baskets!
  • DINE OUT, EARN CASH - Take the family to BJ's Restaurant in RSM for a meal on Wednesday, September 26, and a portion of your bill will support our Harvest Festival!
  • HARVEST FESTIVAL FACEBOOK PAGE - Like our event page and stay up-to-date on all things Harvest Festival!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Homework Club and to sign up. Registration forms are now available on our website. For questions, please contact:

The Diocese of Orange requires that all volunteers who have contact with students at a school site: 
1. Must be fingerprinted through a Diocesan approved vendor
2. Must complete Safe Environment training (an online training course)
Please  CLICK HERE for more information on how to fulfill these requirements. 

St. Kilian's Oktoberfest
Come Support our Parish This Weekend!

Join other SJSC families at St. Kilian's Oktoberfest this Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23. Come for a meal - stay for music, dancing, games and fun!
CLICK HERE for more information.
San Francisco Solano Parish
New Altar Server Training Session

Altar Servers play an important role in our parish's liturgical celebrations. San Francisco Solano Parish is looking to train new altar servers. Training will be held this Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in the church. Please have one parent attend for a short training on scheduling procedures. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Please RSVP to Karin Hendrick at KHendrick.SFSServers@outlook.com
Holy Trinity's Annual Parent Night
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in the Parish Hall

All parents of Middle School and High School students are invited to attend our Annual Parent Night on October 16 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Join us for dinner and discussion. Dinner provided by Wood Ranch! 

Special guest speaker Adam McLane will discuss "Raising Digital Natives." CLICK HERE for more information. 

PLEASE RSVP YOUR ATTENDANCE to awatson@holytrinityladera.org so we can adequately provide dinner.

JSerra High School
JSerra High School
Experience Friday Night Lights with the Lion Pride at JSerra! Admission to JSerra home football games is FREE for all families of prospective students. Any prospective students can visit our School Relations tent from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to receive complementary tickets for the whole family! We can't wait to see you there! 

Join the JSerra Pep Squad for a mini cheer/dance camp from 4:00-8:30 p.m. on Friday October 5, 2018! "Cubs" will learn choreography from the Cheer and Dance Team and take part in the halftime show during the Varsity Football home game against Servite! For more information and to register CLICK HERE.