Volume 24 * Issue 06 * October 11,  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  - An Historic Weekend!

Thanks to so many, our Chapel Blessing weekend was history making for our school and a grand success!

On October 6, Bishop Kevin Vann dedicated our St. Junipero Serra Chapel and welcomed Jesus to his home in our tabernacle. It was just simply A GLORIOUS MASS AND MOMENT IN TIME. The entire weekend from the Dedication, to the lunches, to the Ribbon Cutting of our new SCLC and our community open house brought families (alum and current), staff and community members together to see the Miracle that is St. Serra School. The words Thank You are not enough to express the gratitude I feel to so many who made this all a reality. 

I hope you will take a moment to visit our  Chapel Blessing and Grand Opening web page to watch the highlight video and view pictures of this amazing weekend. We have only just begun to cherish this important part of our campus. I hope you will continue to follow us on Social Media and follow me here in the SerraDIPITY as I continue to share with you the JOY our chapel is bringing to our students, parents and community.

Early Morning Drop-off Reminder
As a reminder, per the Parent Student Handbook (section 902), campus supervision begins at 7:10 a.m. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to be on campus without adult supervision (such as Choir, Decathlon etc.) and therefore any student arriving before 7:10 a.m. must be checked into the Preschool Extended Care or Regular Extended Care program. Both open at 6:30 a.m. (Refer to Section 1100 for further Extended Care Information)

SerraVision Streaming
Coming Soon to Our Website!

Please check back periodically at  Serraschool.org>Parents>Parents Only>Serra Vision Broadcast.
The Great California ShakeOut 2018
October 18, 2018

St. Serra Catholic School will be participating in The Great California ShakeOut 2018.

When?   Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.
With? Millions of other Southern Californians
Why? To prepare our students in the event that there is a real earthquake.  Also, it is always a good idea to practice our disaster plan.
How long will the drill take? The drill should not take longer than 30 minutes.
What do parents need to do? We do not need parents to participate in the drill here on campus. We will not be asking you to come pick up your students for this drill. However, we encourage you to participate in the Great Southern California ShakeOut at home or your place of business.
Want more information? Visit  www.AmericanRedCross.com , or www.shakeout.org/california

"Pennies from Heaven" - Every Life is Worth Living
October 8-30, 2018

This week we kicked off the annual Respect Life Month or "Pennies from Heaven" program developed within the Diocese of Orange. Thank you for your support of this important ministry!

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

Tomorrow we will be collecting food to support San Francisco Solano Parish. This month we will be collecting TUNA & CRACKERS. Thank you for using a grocery bag from home.

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta reflects here on JOY that brings us to LOVE. When we pray with JOY - thinking of Jesus first, then Others, and then Ourselves - we are preparing ourselves to show LOVE to others, and by doing this we are showing our LOVE of Christ. 

Let us pray today and each day with 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
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)

New Families:
  • 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.

Returning Families:     
  • Click on I'm a Parent
  • Enter your User Name: Your Sycamore Family ID 
  • Password: Enter the Password that you set for your family in the past.
If you don't remember your password, please email  passwords@serraschool.org

Mrs. Ellen Burrola and Mrs. Julie Radzai

Mrs. Ellen Burrola is a California credentialed teacher with a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the California State University, Fullerton. She has been teaching at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School for 15 years. She taught 10 years in third grade and then five years in fourth grade. This is her first year as an Assistant Principal for Preschool - Grade 4. Mrs. Burrola and her husband's three adult children all attended Catholic schools, and their daughter, Kaitlyn, graduated from St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in 2008 and Santa Margarita Catholic High School in 2012. 

Mrs. Julie Radzai is a California credentialed teacher with a Masters in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She has been a teacher and administrator here at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School for the past 13 years. She taught eighth- grade math and science for five years, served as Student Services Director for five years, and was Assistant Principal, Faculty Supervision /Professional Development for three years. This year her concentration will be solely on Grades 5 - 8. She and her husband, Sean, have two young children. Their oldest child will soon become a Serra Bear when she joins our 3-year-old preschool class in January.

Mrs. Radzai and Mrs. Burrola work collaboratively with the principals to support teachers and students. They have some specific student-service areas for which they are responsible. They also work in unison with the principals on curricular and supervision duties, oversee curricular mapping, provide professional development of teachers, oversee the mentor teacher program, and support the teachers in the behavior management program. In addition, they help supervise teachers and instructional assistants. Mrs. Radzai coordinates school pictures, and Mrs. Burrola coordinates the TK-4 after-school programs.  Both manage the homework clubs for their respective grade levels. 

The principals and assistant principals work together with Mrs. Trudell to continue moving Serra forward - Siempre Adelante!

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.

Love to take photos? Want to capture fun memories of the school year from your child's homeroom? We're looking for you!

Yearbook 2019 is already underway, and we are in great need of Yearbook Photo Parents to help us capture the excitement of the school year by taking classroom photos for the candid section of the yearbook. Simply take pictures of 2 to 6 students in small groups, include their names in the order they are positioned, and send the tagged images to your Yearbook Grade-level Section Editor. They'll do the rest! It's a fun and easy way to earn service hours and get to know the students in your child's homeroom.

For more information, please contact Cindy Kennedy, Marketing Creative Director at  ckennedy@serraschool.org . You can also CLICK HERE to view the Yearbook Photo Parent guidelines that also contains the list of Grade-level Editors along with their e-mail addresses.  
First Meeting This Monday, OCTOBER 15

The SJSC Junior High Mock Trial Team is open to 7th & 8th grade students who like to voice their opinion, may be interested in law, or just want to be a part of a great legal team! Students meet twice a week and compete in a tournament at JSerra High School in March with other junior high students from various schools in the area.  The first meeting will be Monday, October 15 from 2:30-3:10 p.m. in the PEB Room 227. CLICK HERE for Mock Trial Guidleines and Participation form. 

Email Mrs. Benudiz, mbenudiz@serraschool.org  for more information. 
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.

Refer-a-Family Program.  Refer a  St. Serra family who has not participated in the Scrip program in the last 2 years, and earn $25 towards your Educational Costs when the referred family purchases their first $100.
Purchase scrip BY APPOINTMENT when you cannot drop in during morning sales. Just call the Rebate Program office at ext. 121 during regular school hours to make sure we are here to assist you!

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

For information on SJSC's Halloween Accessory Policy and the Catholic Faith's doctrine on Halloween, please  CLICK HERE.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
  • SERRA'S GOT TALENT -Auditions will be held on Monday, October 15 in the library during lunch. Please make sure to bring along your REGISTRATION FORM. Video submissions are being accepted as well.
  • DINE OUT, EARN CASH- We are so grateful for your amazing participation in our Restaurant Fundraisers! On deck this week we have CHIPOTLE in RSM on Monday, October 15 and the new PARKWAY AMERICAN GRILL in RSM on Thursday, October 18.
  • VOLUNTEER - Students may volunteer and earn Christian Service Hours at the festival too! Check out the SIGN UP GENIUS for opportunities. Make sure to read the restrictions at the top of the page please.
  • RAFFLE INCENTIVE DEADLINE - Tomorrow is the deadline to qualify for incentives for selling Harvest Festival Raffle Tickets. Don't miss out on your chance to enter into the special raffle for a "Family 4 Pack"!
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 Chair, at  boxtops@serraschool.org  


Beginning on October 16

REMINDER:  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.  

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).

Formal Uniform Required

Tomorrow, Friday, October 12, we will be taking grade-level pictures. All students (grades TK-8) must wear Formal Uniform tomorrow. 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.
Where You Will Find The True Heart Of Our School

Parent Rosary Prayer Group
Friday Mornings, 7:50 a.m. in our new Rosary Garden
Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves, not our offender, and this gift opens the door to living with JOY. ~ Tracie Miles
Please join us during this month of Our Lady in our beautiful, new Rosary Garden. Be a part of this first group to be able to enjoy our Rosary Garden. We will be praying for the intentions and needs of our community. Please contact Veronica Thompson at rvklthompson@cox.net with any questions or to be added to the Parent Rosary email list.  
Partners in Prayer
Never Give Up On Prayer...
Let us come together in prayer and lift our St. Serra families up to the Lord. Please contact Anastacia Escoboza-Henry at partnersinprayer@serraschool.org with a prayer request or to be added to the Partners in Prayer email list.
  • PE Uniform Update
    • If you are waiting for a backordered PE item, we anticipate delivery of those items the week of October 21
    • Once we have filled all backorders, we will open up ordering to all families who still need to purchase new PE clothing
  • Show your St. Serra spirit! Rosaries, car decals, water bottles, stadium chairs and more are all available. ORDER NOW! 
Questions?   Please email Mrs. Catherine Tirado, SJSC Merchandise Coordinator at studentstore@serraschool.org.

Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Student Activity Center 

All you want to know about Catholic high schools, the admissions process, and more:
  • The HSPT Placement test
  • Sample HSPT test questions
  • Preparing for the HSPT
  • Honors testing
  • Class placement
  • Math at Santa Margarita Catholic High School
  • The admissions process
  • Honors classes-the difference between AP and IB
  • Getting involved in high school
  • Q&A (there are no "bad" questions)
Hosted by Ron Blanc, Admissions Director at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. 
Visit  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!
Last chance to order before prices go up! 

Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD yearbook price of $48 before the  price goes up to $58 on Monday, October 15, 2018. 

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. 
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
2018 Fall Open House, Monday, October 15
for more information.

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. 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.

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