Volume 24 * Issue 15 * January 10,  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

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! We hope you enjoyed a blessed Christmas Season with family and friends. We pray that the virtues of the Christmas Season - hope, joy, peace and love - shine brightly in 2019.

Are you missing Christmas already?! Prior to our Christmas break, our youngest St. Serra Bears performed at their TK-Grade 1 and Preschool Christmas Concerts to the delight of all those in attendance. The highlight videos and link to photos from those concerts are now up on our website at SerraSchool\Campus Life\Christmas Concerts. We hope these videos will brighten your day as you relive these adorable performances. 

Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon
Sunday, January 27, 2019    
Last year we began a new tradition at our Season's luncheon during Catholic School's Week. We now honor someone within our Diocese that has made a significant commitment to Catholic education, particularly for those students who need assistance with their  educational costs in order to obtain that Catholic education. I am pleased to announce this year's recipient of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Commitment Award is Mr. Dave Hanna . Mr. Hanna has been instrumental in the lives of many St. Serra students and alum students through his mentoring programs and financial commitment through a scholarship he set up in honor of his parents . We will be honoring Mr. Hanna at this year's luncheon and hope that as many "friends of Dave" will be in the room to celebrate with us. If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the Seasons Luncheon, there  are still tickets available.  Reserve your seat today while you still have a chance. We anticipate this event to sell out.

Travel Opportunity Raffle Back By Popular Demand! Buy your tickets today!  
The winner of this raffle will have his/her choice of one of these exclusive travel destination packages .  Choose between Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway, Sonoma Valley Wine and Dine Experience, Punta Cana Paradise or Nashville Weekend Getaway! Accommodations and airfare* are included in all packages. For additional information, check out the details here.
Tickets are $80 each or you can purchase three tickets for a discounted price of $200. Tickets can be purchased by filling out the ticket order form  found in today's Monthly Envelope and submitting it with your check to the School Office. Additional forms are located on the SJSC website. All proceeds from this raffle go directly to the tuition assistance fund of St. Serra and will also help support urban schools within the Diocese of Orange.
Pre-event Travel Raffle Incentive
Each ticket sold by the dates listed below, enters the St. Serra Family who sold it into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Winners will be announced in the SerraDIPITY the following day.
  • Turn in your order by the close of business on January 16 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Regal Cinemas.
  • Turn in your order by the close of business on January 23 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Nordstrom 
Volunteer Opportunities
Please visit our Volunteer Page and Sign up Genius for available volunteer opportunities still available. All SERVERS will get double hours both on Saturday the 26th for training and the day of the event. TEAR DOWN volunteers will also be offered double hours on Sunday Afternoon.
Questions? Please contact Pam Owens in the Advancement office at powens@serraschool.org or Event Chair, Elizabeth Yanni at eyanni85@gmail.com.

Save the Date
  • Open House - Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day -  Friday, March 1, 2019 from 7:15 -11:15 a.m.  Hard copy invitations to be distributed in the coming weeks.   
Food for Friends- Cereal Drive
TOMORROW, Friday, January 11, 2019

"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

We all know that breakfast is one of the most important meals for children, so we are holding our second "Cereal Collection" tomorrow, Friday, January 11 in support of San Francisco Solano Parish. Thank you to our Scouts for again helping with the collection. Thank you also for using 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."

I love this  Blessing thought for January.  Each of these are ways we can make 2019 the most JOYFUL year in our lives.

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 Testing

The testing window for January is:
  • January 7 - January 18
Please see our website at  Academics>Renaissance STAR Testing for testing schedules and to read more about STARâ„¢ Assessments in the   Parent's Guide to STAR Assessments.

  • All students in Grades 1-8 will take the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments
  • GRADES 3-8 must have earbuds (earphones) for testing
  • Kindergarten will take the STAR Early Literacy and Math assessments in January and in the spring
  • Students will take the STAR Reading assessment during their ELA class and the STAR Math assessment during their Math class
  • If your child will be absent on the day of the assessment, please notify his/her teacher by email so that your child can be scheduled for a makeup session
  • Please be sure to review your child's January scores after January 15. Please keep in mind that these assessments represent one snapshot in time and are only one measure of your student's skills at that time
  • Make sure your child has eaten well on test days. Studies suggest that good nutrition is related to improved attention and concentration.
  • Help your child by encouraging a good night's rest
  • Ensure that your child makes it to school on time so that they do not miss any instructions and are allowed ample time to settle in and relax before the test begins
  • Please do not schedule dental or doctor appointments on testing days.
  • Although it is important to let students know the tests should be taken seriously, it is also important not to increase any test-taking anxiety
Lost and Found
Parents -  We are asking for your help in reminding your children that if they have "lost" or are "missing" any of their items to check the Lost and Found carts in the hallway near Extended Care and the Student Store.  It is important that they understand, they are not to take someone else's item(s), only those that belong to them. 

It has been brought to our attention that there have been instance(s) where students are taking someone else's clothing articles and removing the monogram stitching in order for them to then use that clothing item as their own. We hope that this practice will stop immediately as it definitely goes against our moral and Christian values that we are trying to instill in our students. Your support and cooperation is appreciated.
iGen: Understanding the Children of the Smartphone Generation and Finding a Balance with Technology 

We personally invite you to attend an important talk by Dr. Jean Twenge at St. Juliana Falconieri Catholic Church in Fullerton. Dr. Twenge is the author of numerous books and articles which explore the topic of working with youth who are super-connected to technology. Her book iGen will both fascinate and alarm you by the data she presents. For all of us who parent young people, it is important to understand their needs so that we can respond and support them on their life journey. We hope you will be able to attend this event or purchase and read her book.
Event Details: 
iGen: Understanding the Smartphone Generation and Finding a Balance with Technology

Dr. Jean Twenge
Monday, January 14, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
St Juliana Falconieri Catholic Church
1316 North Acacia Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831
Save the Date!
You and your family are invited to FAMILY STEAM NIGHT at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School on  March 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This year the theme is Environment.

This will be a free, family fun-filled evening for all. Please plan to come. More information to follow.
Thank you to the many families who contributed to St. Serra in 2018. Tax acknowledgment and cumulative totals for any gifts managed by the Advancement Office totaling $250 or more, are included in today's monthly family envelope. Should you have any questions regarding your report, please contact Mrs. Cindy Carpino in the Advancement Office at ext. 239 or  ccarpino@serraschool.org .  

February orders are now available until Monday, January 28 by 3:00 p.m. 


'Dino-Mite - Stomp, Chomp, and Read!'
  • The 2019 Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the St. Serra Library January 24 - February 1, 2019
  • Students will have the opportunity to shop during their classroom's assigned time. Parents, guests, and Preschool families are welcome to shop during school hours and on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at St. Serra's Open House
  • Be sure to check your Monthly Envelope today for the Book Fair Flyer, Class Shopping Schedule, and Payment Envelope
  • Volunteers Needed! CLICK HERE to sign up for Book Fair volunteer opportunities. Room Parents will also be looking for help with the class shopping trips
  • Questions?  E-mail the Book Fair Event Chairs, Mrs. Ginaea Bauer, Mrs. Deeanne Ferletic and Mrs. Angie Miller at BookFair@serraschool.org or visit the BOOK FAIR webpage

Introducing new Quarterly Bonus! Through March 31, 2019, support our local vendors and earn 100% of the rebates towards your educational costs! Normally rebates are split 50/50 with SJSC. We will introduce a different promotion each quarter. Rebates will still be distributed monthly.
Vendor Update - Albertsons and Vons/Pavilions are now available on a combined Safeway card in the $25 and $100 denominations. They are reloadable if you have an account on shopwithscrip.com.
Ralphs Rebates for Quarter Ending November 30, 2018 are now available and due by Thursday, January 31, 2019. CLICK HERE for new procedures to submit your Ralphs rebates. Please note families now need to PRINT the page mentioned in the instructions. Please do not email print screens. NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE FOR LATE REPORTS.

For questions on any of the above, or to place a Scrip Order, contact Tina Maroutian, Rebate Program Coordinator at tmaroutian@serraschool.org.
Don't miss your chance to commemorate your student's achievements and important milestones. Order your ad today before the FINAL DEADLINE of February 3, 2019! CLICK HERE to create and order your ad. 

Don't forget to purchase your YearbookThe price goes up on March 4! 
For more information on creating an ad  CLICK HERE or contact Cindy Kennedy, Marketing Creative Director at  ckennedy@serraschool.org
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for this year's Father Daughter Dance. The invitations and additional information are in today's Monthly Envelope, or  CLICK HERE  to download. Gather your friends and dads and arrive in your best Hollywood glamour to enjoy a walk on the red carpet, paparazzi photo opportunities and a great time on the dance floor. Make even more memories enjoying the tasty "Hollywood" treats, exciting Opportunity Raffle, memorable slideshow, and a special tribute to our Class of 2019 girls.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering for this special event, please contact Event Chairs Mrs. Stacey Herter, Mrs. Corey Lindsay, and Mrs. Megan Walters at  father-daughter@serraschool.org .
Participation is the key to innovative learning & ice cream!

Thank you to those families that have given so far to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund!

The creative learning opportunities our students have in the Creativity Labs with the innovative SMARTLAB curriculum is unlike anything around and it is because of YOUR support of Annual Fund.

Has your child mentioned wanting to win an ice cream party with Mrs. Trudell? The grade with the highest percentage of donations will do just that! Your family donation credits ALL student grade levels in your family.   You do not have to assign your donation to a particular grade level if you have multiple students. Below are the top 3 as of today. The race to at least 75% is close. With 100% participation, we include a pizza lunch as well. Help your child's class take the lead!

Here are the top three classes to date:
1st Place: 5th grade with 33.05%
2nd Place: 4th grade with 32.11%
3rd Place: 2nd grade with 29.63%

If you haven't already, please make your donation today by visiting our Annual Fund On-line Giving page. Thank you in advance for your participation and support of the 2018-2019 Annual Fund.


Happy New Year! Your PTO looks forward to kicking off a great 2019 with several wonderful activities coming up. Visit our  PTO EVENTS AND PROGRAMS HOMEPAGE   for more details. Questions? Contact us at  serrapto@serraschool.org .
January 2019
  • 11th, 18th, 25th: Parent Rosary in the Rosary Garden
  • 14th, 17th, 24th, 28th: PTO Gift Gathering Drop-off Dates
  • 16th: PTO Meeting - All parents welcome!
  • 25th: Catholic Schools Week Mass, Parent Rosary, and PTO Parent Fellowship & Coffee Social
  • 24th-31st: PTO Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair
  • 27th: Open House and Season's Luncheon
  • 30th: Serra Social Club Event: Common Thread Boutique Shopping Night at St. Serra Family Residence
February 2019
  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd: Parent Rosary in the Rosary Garden
  • 9th: Father Daughter Dance
  • 13th: PTO Meeting - All parents welcome!
  • 20th: Parent Rosary, Mass, and PTO Parent Fellowship & Coffee Social
  • 24th: Serra Social Club Oscars Viewing Party
  • 27th: PTO Meeting - All parents welcome! (New date in place of March meeting) 
Visit the  PTO SECTION  of the St. Serra Website for more details! 
Questions?   Contact us at serrapto@serraschool.org.
Volunteering for the New Year
It's a new year with lots of new volunteer opportunities. Plan how you can help in 2019 by visiting our  PTO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES   web page.
  • PTO Gift Gathering kicks off this week! Thank you for the amazing participation in 2018...please help us make our 2019 campaign another success in support of our upcoming Winter/Spring PTO Events: Anchor Ball, Father Daughter Dance and Mother Son Event.
  • Gift Gathering Made Easy! Go to the Sign Up Genius landing page, found on the Community Fundraising web page, to view lists of amazing themed baskets to which you can donate. We're asking each grade to help create a themed basket, so be sure to sign up for one or more of the available items.
  • Don't forget to review the Gift Gathering flyer sent home in today's Monthly Envelope for our convenient Gift Gathering Dates throughout the month of January.
  • Every participating family who donates $50 or more by January 31, 2019, will receive a non-uniform dress pass for all their Serra Bears to be used on February 5, 2019 AND entered into a raffle to win 2 tickets to Anchor Ball - $500 value!
...Where You Will Find The True Heart Of Our School

Partners in Prayer
In His name we pray...
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 Start this new year lifting our St. Serra community up in prayer. Please contact Anastacia Escoboza-Henry at partnersinprayer@serraschool.org with a prayer request or to be added to the Partners in Prayer e-mail list.
Join us for some shopping, socializing and fundraising! Common Thread, a Newport Beach ladies boutique, will host a Pop-up Shop with wine and appetizers on Wednesday, January 30, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at a St. Serra Family home in Coto de Caza. An RSVP is required by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25. Visit the   SERRA SOCIAL CLUB   webpage for more details .
  • Launching TODAY! NEW St. Serra Adult Spirit Wear! Pre-Order ONLINE or on the SJSC APP. Lots to choose from including zip-up hoodies, men's and women's polos, tanks, t-shirts, and more!

  • All pre-orders placed by 3:00 p.m. on February 1, 2019 will be delivered the week of February 25.
  • Volunteers needed! We have lots of opportunities to help with our student store. E-mail Mrs. Tirado at studentstore@serraschool.org if you are interested.
  • Questions? Please e-mail Mrs. Catherine Tirado, SJSC Merchandise Coordinator, at studentstore@serraschool.org
Holy Trinity Youth Night

Youth Night Friday, January 18 at
 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Parish Hall. 
All 6th - 8th grade students are welcome for an evening of games, snacks, and fellowship. It's a great opportunity to make new friends and also have some fun!  
Mater Dei High School Admissions Information

Future Monarch Information Night #2
Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Tours - 6:00 p.m, Presentation - 7:00 p.m.

Entrance Exam
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 7:45 a.m.
Register TODAY at www.materdei.org/entranceexam

*All incoming 9th Graders must take the Entrance Exam.

For more information see the Mater Dei Admissions Flyer