Volume 24 * Issue 05 * October 4  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 This Weekend
Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7

We hope you will join us to see the miracle of your gifts of time, talent and treasure!

For more information please visit our Chapel Blessing and Grand Opening webpage. 

Our Lady of the Rosary Memorial Mass
Wednesday , October 10, 2018

We hope you will join us for our Mass next Wednesday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m. to pray as a community in the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This Mass will be hosted by 4th and 8th grade. We will also be praying the Holy Rosary as a school, as we meditate on our Lady's request to pray for world peace. We are blessed to welcome Father Thomas Naval, Pastor at Santiago de Compostela, as our celebrant.  Students in Grades 1-8 are to wear Formal Uniform. For your convenience, the inner road will be open for parking, plus we do have parking in the neighborhood for this Mass. There is NO PARKING allowed in the Memorial Health Care parking lot.

Plan to arrive earlier and join other parents as they pray the Rosary before Mass beginning at 8:45 a.m. in front of our Blessed Virgin Mary statue in our newly dedicated  Chapel Rosary Garden. Everyone is welcome! Please join us after Mass for the St. Serra Community Parent Fellowship and Coffee Social in the St. Junipero Serra Courtyard.  More information can be found in the PTO section below. 

We would love for you to join us on this special day. We have so many blessings to be grateful for and prayer is needed by so many people today. Let's come together to celebrate the never ending Love of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother during Mass next Wednesday. 

Your Annual Report is Here!
Want to see all that our St. Serra Community accomplished in 2017-18? Inside today's Monthly Envelope, you will find the 2017-2018 Annual Report.  

We are pleased to share with you last year's highlights and the many accomplishments that the school achieved. Please take some time over the next few days to look the report over and see our continued commitment to our Charism: "Inspiring a deep faith, innovative mind, and caring heart through Christ..." As one community we will continue to partner together to ensure the further advancement of our school and the students we serve.  Siempre Adelente! 

Don't forget to come to campus this weekend to see the Creativity Labs in action! These labs are your 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Annual Fund dollars at work! 

Preschool Parents: Your Annual Report will be in your child's backpack tomorrow. 
"Pennies from Heaven" - Every Life is Worth Living
October 8-30, 2018

Next week we will kick off the annual Respect Life Month or "Pennies from Heaven" program developed within the Diocese of Orange. All students and staff received a new baby bottle to take home, fill up with donations and return back to school before Friday, October 26. These funds support local Respect Life shelters, clinics and centers which assist women and families in crisis. This collection is one substantial way for you to promote a culture of LIFE in our community. If you are writing a check, please make it payable to St. Junipero Serra Catholic School and indicate "PFH" on the memo line. Thank you for your support!

"Food for Friends" Food Drive - Tuna & Cracker Drive
Friday, October 12

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me."  Matthew 25

Thank you to all who supported our first "Food for Friends" food drive last month. Our Cereal Collection was a big success! On Friday, October, 12  we will once again collect food to support San Francisco Solano Parish. This month we will be collecting TUNA & CRACKERS. Please use a grocery bag from home.

Food drives strengthen our community by giving us an opportunity to live the Gospel teachings of Jesus, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."
Halloween Teaching and Doctrine of Our Catholic Faith
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School would like to support you in celebrating Halloween within the teachings and doctrine of our Catholic Faith. We as Catholics, are devoted to ensuring that our Catholic Faith has a presence in the society we live in. We at St. Serra are extremely aware of the popularity of Halloween and how that popularity has grown over the past years. We are excited to bring Halloween to St. Serra in a Catholic  tradition. 
CLICK HERE to view the article that further explains the position in the Catholic Church as you work as a family to prepare to celebrate Halloween at St. Serra.
Students in grades Preschool-Eight wanting to participate in Halloween at St. Serra, may ONLY wear Halloween accessories. 
The guidelines are very specific and non-negotiable. We are confident that the children can wear appropriate accessories within these guidelines. 
Students whose accessories do not fall within the guidelines will be either sent home or asked to have their uniform brought to school to change into. We trust this will be a minimal issue with the support of you, the parent.
It is not mandatory for any student to participate. 
Halloween Accessory Guidelines for students in Preschool-Grade Eight for October 31, 2018
Allowable accessories may include:
  • Halloween-themed socks
  • Harvest Festival shirt to support St. Junipero Serra Catholic
  • Halloween-themed necklaces, earrings, bracelets,  headbands, bows, ribbons, and rings
 Additional Guidelines:
  1. There will not be any contests or parade.
  2. Make-up of any type, fake teeth, fake blood, scars and other violent makeup are not allowed.
  4. NO dyed hair of any color.
  5. NO noise making accessories with bells or music.
  6. Any hats will need to be removed during class time.
  7. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be either sent home or asked to have their school uniform brought to school to change.
JOY Jesus, Others, You. When Jesus is truly the center of our lives, then JOY is easy to live, give and experience. 

Some ask why did we build the Chapel. Because bringing Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to our St. Serra home is reminding us that he is the center of our faith. JOYfully we welcome Jesus this weekend.

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
Parent - Teacher Conference Schedule & Directions for Sign-up

Scheduled Conference Times (Times/Days may vary by teacher)
  • Wednesday, October 17 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 19 from 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.
You are invited to sign up for a conference with any or all of your child's teachers. All conferences will take place in the teacher's classroom. Students in Grades 3-8 are required to attend the conference with you.

How to set up your conference:
  • CLICK HERE to set up your conference
  • Select teacher
  • Register student  
  • You will receive an email with an access link to sign up for a time
  • Select the date and time
For registering additional students or conferences, use the "Register for Additional Classes" link located at the bottom of the scheduler page.

Extended Care During Conferences
Extended Care will be available for St. Junipero Serra Catholic School students, who are registered for Extended Care, until 6:00 p.m. on October 17 and 18. There will be no Extended Care on Friday, October 19. Students in Grades 3-8 are expected to attend conferences with their parents. Students in Preschool - Grade 2 do not attend the conferences.  Please be sure to make arrangements for child care if needed.
Formal Uniform Required

Grade-level pictures for our yearbook will be taken on Friday, October 12 . All students (grades TK-8) must wear Formal Uniform this day. Students who missed their original school picture day will also have their pictures taken on this day at 7:15 a.m. in the SAC. Please allow yourself enough time to arrive before this scheduled time as the parking lot closes at 7:10 a.m. to begin morning traffic. Make-up photos will be end precisely at 7:50 a.m.  

Please contact Mrs. Debbie McGee at  dmcgee@serraschool.org with any questions.
Students in Grades Three to Eight will notice an improvement to their laptops this week. In our ongoing partnership with HP, the company has provided a silicone "always on" case for student laptops which will add extra protection.

The case may not be removed by students, and writing, stickers, or other marks are not allowed.

While the initial case was provided to the students at no cost, families will be charged $60 for any replacement cases due to loss or damage.

Please email  Tech@serraschool.org if you have any questions.
ALBERTSONS and SAFEWAY/VONS/PAVILIONS are now offering ONE CARD valid at all locations. We will start carrying those as soon as we sell out of our current stock. If you buy scrip through shopwithscrip.com and need a reloadable card, please order it on the website. CLICK HERE for other important Vendor Updates.
VISA $100 denomination is available through daily sales for a limited time.
CLICK HERE for new procedures to submit your Ralphs rebates for quarter ending August 31, 2018 due by October 31, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE FOR LATE REPORTS.

For questions or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Rebate Program Coordinator at tmaroutian@serraschool.org.
Tickets for Annie Jr. go on sale today, Thursday, October 4. Go to  serraschool.seatyourself.biz   and get your tickets today! Students in grades 1-8 will be presenting this fun and exciting musical November 8 at 6:30 p.m., November 9 at 6:30 p.m. and November 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the SJSC Student Activity Center. Thank you and see you at the show!
Visit the  PTO SECTION  of the St. Serra Website or download our SJSC App and select Parents>PTO Events or "Ready Set Go" to learn more about the PTO, volunteer opportunities, upcoming events, and more!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our St. Serra Golf Tournament last week. We look forward to seeing everyone at our HARVEST FESTIVAL later this month. You can also support the event by "dining out" at one of our RESTAURANT FUNDRAISERS . Make it a family night! Questions?   Contact us at serrapto@serraschool.org.

October 2018
  • 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th: Parent Rosary at the Blessed Mary Statue (7:50 a.m.)
  • 8th: Harvest Festival Restaurant Fundraiser - Selmas, Ladera Ranch and RSM
  • 9th: PTO Meeting (9:30 a.m. at the Parent Hub on campus) - All parents welcome!
  • 10th: Parent Rosary (8:50 am), Mass and PTO Parent Social/Coffee (9:30 a.m.)
  • 12th: Harvest Festival Restaurant Fundraiser - SAJJ, RSM
  • 15th: Harvest Festival Restaurant Fundraiser - Chipotle, RSM
  • 16th: Moment in Time for Moms - (9:30-11:30 a.m.) Parent Hub on Campus
  • 16th: Beary Birthday Bash Staff Treat Day
  • 18th: Harvest Festival Restaurant Fundraiser - Parkway Grill, RSM
  • 22nd: Harvest Festival Restaurant Fundraiser - The Habit, RSM
  • 23rd: Moment in Time for Moms - (9:30-11:30 a.m.) Parent Hub on Campus
  • 28th: Harvest Festival
  • 30th: Moment in Time for Moms - (9:30-11:30 a.m.) Parent Hub on Campus
Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
  • Harvest Festival Raffle - Please sell or buy tickets today to help underwrite the event in order to provide the kids with all the amazing rides, food and fun the day of Harvest! RAFFLE FLYER
  • Serra's Got Talent - Get your act together! Auditions will be held on October 15th in the library during lunch. Please make sure to view the RULES and print the REGISTRATION FORM
  • Dine Out, Earn Cash- We have two more opportunities for you to dine out and help Harvest next week...Lunch or Dinner, RSM or LADERA...Selma's on Monday, October 8. Then on Friday, October 12, you can support both Harvest and a Serra Family by dining at SAJJ in RSM! Remember...it's a minimum day so head there for lunch with the kids!
Beginning next week, parents will receive an email notification each time that their student visits the  Help   Desk . The email will include a PDF which outlines the reason for the visit and how the issue was resolved. These emails are provided to  help  keep parents apprised of any problems that their students are having with their device.

Please email  Tech@serraschool.org if you have any questions.

Welcome Melissa Brown as the Event Chair for our new St. Serra Social Club. Melissa and her team have a wonderful  year planned for our St. Serra parents!


Please join us for our inaugural event- College Game Day on Saturday, November 3. BUY your tickets today- space is limited, come join the fun!


Questions? Contact PTO Event Chair, Melissa Brown, and President Elect, Allie Bertocchini, at serrasocialclub@serraschool.org

  • 1st Submission Deadline is Tuesday, October 16 by 3:00 p.m.
  • One student and one faculty/staff will each win a $25 gift card.
  • The classrooms (up to 100 students) that turn in the most box tops will win Pumpkin City tickets. 
WE are COMING to St. Serra

A Moment in Time for Moms will be at St. Serra this year! Join us as we dive into a new book study - "Twelve Women of the Bible.  Life-Changing Stories for Woman Today"
  • We will be meeting from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following Tuesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6 and ONE Monday, November 12, 2018. 
  • Our study will be in the NEW St. Serra Parent HUB and on scheduled days we will have private time in our beautiful, new Chapel for prayer. 
  • Don't miss out on this special event!  For more information, please visit our OUTREACH MINISTRIES web page (A Moment in Time for Moms section).  REGISTER NOW or through our St. Serra App (Parents> PTO Events> Moment in Time).
Enclosed in today's Monthly Envelope, you will find a flyer from our school accident insurance carrier- Myers-Stevens & Toohey & Co., Inc. All students are covered by school-time secondary accident insurance. The premium is included in your registration fee. The coverage extends to include travel to and from school one hour before and one hour after school (only if the student is directly en route to and from school). The insurance also covers school-sponsored events, directly supervised activities and school-sponsored sports activities. Enhanced Concussion Benefit coverage has been added to the school's accident insurance.

You may also purchase optional coverage which includes extra 24 hour Accident Plan, Dental Accident Plan, Student Health Care Plan and Pharmacy Smart Card Prescription Drug Discount Plan.

Please review this information. If you are interested, complete the application, enclose the specified premium amount and mail directly to Myers, Stevens and Toohey & Co., Inc. as soon as possible in order to maximize your benefit from the plan.

If you have any questions please contact Mary Hogan-(949) 888-1990 ext.105 mhogan@serraschool.org.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the SJSC Courtyard

"Striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace ."
~ Ephesians 4:3
Please join us on Wednesday, October 10, immediately following our St. Serra Mass, for a PTO hosted Parent Coffee Social. Fourth-grade Room Parents will be providing light hospitality, coffee and water. We look forward to seeing you there!
OCTOBER 1, 2018!

Yes, it's that time of year again to take advantage of the EARLY BIRD yearbook price of $48. This great price won't last long!  Please act NOW as the price will go up to $58 beginning Monday, October 15, 2018. 

Beginning October 1, yearbooks can only be purchased online. Visit the Yearbook Page on our website for more information and to order. 
Paul Effman Music classes will begin Thursday, October 18. CLICK HERE to for more information or to sign up. 
Have You Created and Purchased Your 2019 Dedication Ad Yet? 

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD deadline by submitting your ad by  Sunday, November 25, 2018 and receive the EARLY BIRD discount! Please mark your calendar as this date will soon be here.
For more information on creating an ad, submission deadlines, ad size, and cost CLICK HERE, or contact Cindy Kennedy, Marketing Creative Director at  ckennedy@serraschool.org .

  • SerraStrong Shirt QuestionsCLICK HERE for the answers!
  • Show your St. Serra spirit!  Car decals, water bottles, stadium chairs and more are all available. ORDER NOW!

Questions and requests for items that are out of stock? Please email Mrs. Catherine Tirado, SJSC Merchandise Coordinator at studentstore@serraschool.org.


Our Family Directory is now available to view and can be found in the Parents Only section of our website, which is a password protected area. To access this section, y ou will need the passkey, which was sent home the first day of school. 

CLICK HERE to login to the Parents Only section and access the Family Directory.
Parents, please know that the Family Directory is provided as a service to our St. Serra families. The directory, as authorized by our families during the registration process, is only available during the academic year in which authorization was given. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you print out a copy of the directory for use after the academic year.
Please also know that all St. Serra families may not be included, as some families requested the omission of their information from this directory.
By downloading the 2018-2019 St. Junipero Serra Catholic School Family Directory for viewing either electronically or by output, as a St. Serra parent, you agree to utilize the information for your own personal use; information contained in the directory may NOT be used for commercial use or mass distribution.
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 Holy Trinity's Annual Parent Night on October 16 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 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.

Holy Trinity Youth Night
Friday, October 19

Once a month, Holy Trinity welcomes all 6-8th graders for games, snacks, and fellowship. It's a great opportunity to make new friends and also have some fun! Youth Nights are held on Friday nights 7:00-8:30 p.m. Children are welcomed to bring friends! Please visit the  Middle School Youth Ministry page for more information.
Santa Margarita Catholic Hich School 
Fall Open House Monday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Come see why it's always a "Great Day To Be An Eagle!" No reservations necessary. CLICK HERE for more information
JSerra High School
JSerra Catholic High School

Attend one of JSerra's upcoming Trinity League football games under the lights!  JSerra is currently ranked #6 in the country and has home football games on campus the next three weeks! 
vs. Servite - Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
vs. Orange Lutheran - Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.
vs. Mater Dei - Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The pre-game tailgate starts at 5:00 p.m. with kick-off at 7:00 p.m. Prospective families attend for FREE by checking in at our school relations tent. You are  invited to bring family and friends as well! Don't miss out on a great night of free fun for the whole family!  CLICK HERE for more information.

Are you interested in learning more about JSerra's rigorous academic programs and vibrant student life? Would you like to speak with JSerra students and faculty and hear a short presentation about JSerra? If yes, then JSerra would love to have you attend our upcoming Pride Reception on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
What is a Pride Reception?  Held at a current JSerra family home, this is a more personal way to learn about JSerra. You will speak with current students and faculty one-on-one to see what it means to be a JSerra Lion.

The address for this event is:
The Guinane Residence
30145 Hillside Terrace
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

The admissions team is always available to answer your questions. To speak with a staff member personally, please contact us by phone between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday at (949) 493-9307 ext. 1122 or email us at  lcollins@jserra.org