Volume 24 * Issue 19 * February 7, 2019
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

Tomorrow, Friday, February 8, 2019

Our monthly food drive to support Santiago de Compostela is tomorrow. We will be collecting  Peanut Butter and Jelly as these items are always needed.

Your student will bring home a half-page flyer today as a reminder for this event!  Please contact Louise Valdez  lvaldez@serraschool.org   with any questions.
We hope your family & friends will join us this year for...
Grandparents and Special Friends Mass
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Rosary 5:30 p.m. ~ Mass 6:00 p.m.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Friday, March 1, 2019
For the day's schedule and to RSVP, visit our  GPSF Day webpage.  
As a Catholic school we not only celebrate our love for each other on Valentine's Day, but we also remember the saint for whom the day is named.  CLICK HERE to read more about the history of St. Valentine. 
On February 14, to bring JOY to Valentine's Day, students may wear Valentine Accessories, including shirts, sweat shirts, headbands, etc., with their uniform bottoms.
When we choose to be JOYFUL in our hearts, we choose to 
see Jesus everywhere and we choose to be sure others do 
as well.  

Let's all choose JOY so that it lives each and every day.

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
Type to Learn Update
Type to Learn information will be distributed in March. 
Seesaw - The Learning Journal

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is excited to launch an incredible program called Seesaw which allows students to build digital portfolios and document their learning in a safe and engaging way!

Seesaw is an online platform where teachers will create activities for students to post entries that capture the learning process, encou raging students to reflect on their understanding and build 21st century skills.

Every student from Preschool through grade eight will be able to take ownership and pride in their learning, showing what they know, through pictures, video, voice recording, text and more!

If you have not already received an email from your child's ELA, preschool, or TK teacher  inviting you to create an account, please be on the lookout for this email in your  inbox! The email will provide you with a specific class link and directions on how to access your child's digital portfolio journals. Please do not sign up through the website as you will need to do so through this link! Once approved by the teacher, families will be able to connect to their child's journals and see and hear their work! By connecting through the one class, you will have access to all of your child's classes and subject areas.

SJSC is eager to make student thinking visible with Seesaw! Seesaw will be offered as a school-wide program. Some teachers will continue to use ClassDojo in addition to Seesaw.

Feel free to browse the links below for more information.

Walk Up Registration Available Saturday!
  • Don't worry if you haven't registered for the 2019 Father Daughter Dance. Walk up registration is still available for $80 per father/SJSC daughter couple. Whether your daughter is in Preschool or 8th Grade, she is sure to make many great memories with her dad and friends at this always fun event!
  • Formal photos or photo booth visits are still available for purchase at the dance. Your daughter won't want to miss out on a chance to win one of the Opportunity Drawing prizes, including a $550 Great Wolf Lodge package, Shawn Mendes concert tickets, a Razor Pocket Electric Scooter, Swag from everyone's favorite YouTubers, Barbie's Dream House, and more! Tickets are $10 for 12 tickets. Credit cards and cash accepted at the dance.
  • VOLUNTEER HELP is still needed, whether it's before the dance, assisting at the dance, or helping with BAKED GOODS DONATIONS
Last Call for Annual Orders

You asked, we listened. We opened up ANNUAL ORDER purchasing for one last time.
  • Annual ordering opens Thursday February 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and closes Monday February 25, 2109 at 3:00 p.m. and covers March through June
  • Monthly orders are still available for the remainder of the year
  • Please see the ordering information for IN-N-OUT

Vendor Update:
Mother's Market scrip cards will no longer be available. A small inventory is still available on a first come, first served basis.
Support our Local Vendors who support St. Serra:
  • Look for a special Valentine's Day Flyer in today's Monthly Envelope. Order forms are available on the St. Serra website Rebate Program Page.
  • Don't miss out on our Quarterly Double Days Bonus for our local vendors through March 31, 2019. Earn 100% of the rebates towards your educational costs instead of the usual 50/50 split with St. Serra.
For questions on any of the above, or to place a Scrip Order, contact Mrs. Tina Maroutian, Rebate Program Coordinator at tmaroutian@serraschool.org.
Two ways to support Anchor Ball on March 1, 2019
  • Pizza Press and Handel's Ice Cream Fundraiser  Family & Friends + The Pizza Press + Handel's Ice Cream + School Fundraisers = WINNING. 
    Save the date for this over the big top fun fundraising event following Grandparents & Special Friends Day. Head out to The Pizza Press in RSM for lunch after this special day and then cruise next door to Handel's Ice Cream for some dessert. 20% of all funds raised at each location will be generously donated back to SJSC Anchor Ball.
  • Reservation Deadline - This is the last day to purchase your tickets to The Greatest Show - Anchor Ball 2019! Don't let the FOMO (fear of missing out) become a reality for this history making event - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR TABLE TOGETHER. #WEDOITFORTHEKIDS
If you haven't had the opportunity to make your Annual Fund donation this year, please do so today. Help your child(ren)'s grade level win the GRADE LEVEL COMPETITION.   Donate Here!
  • SerraStrong Shirts Available - Does your student need a new Serra Strong shirt? We have inventory of various colors and sizes available ONLINE, on the APP, or stop by our store Monday-Friday 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Adult Spirit Wear - Order ONLINE or on the APP. All orders received by February 15 will be delivered the week of March 11.

  • NEW Serra Bears! Surprise your favorite St. Serra student with one of our adorable, stuffed bears. Only $12!
  • Volunteers Needed! We have lots of opportunities to help with our Spirit Store. E-mail Mrs. Tirado if you are interested.
  • Questions?  Please e-mail Mrs. Catherine Tirado, SJSC Merchandise Coordinator, at studentstore@serraschool.org
Due Tomorrow - February 8

Please turn in your Box Tops no later than tomorrow, February 8, to be included in the 2nd Box Tops Opportunity Drawing. For every 5 Box Tops a student turns in, that student's name will be entered in this drawing for a $25 Target gift card. Send your Box Tops in a zipper bag or sealed envelope labeled with your child's full name and homeroom. Questions? Visit the  BOX TOPS HOMEPAGE .

Due to an overwhelming response, Jostens has granted us an extended deadline for ordering dedication ads until Saturday February 16! Space is limited, so order today!  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 Mrs. Cindy Kennedy, Marketing Creative Director at  ckennedy@serraschool.org

NET Ministries will descend upon the 8th-grade class at St. Serra on  Thursday , February 14 to host their annual grade-level retreat, "Strength in Numbers". 
NET is a ministry of young Catholics who love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, 175 young Catholics ages 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Teams (NET). Next month we are honored to host 12 team members. 
We are currently looking for host families who will house these young adults for a two-night stay on Wednesday February 13 and Thursday February 14, for overnight housing and meals. Last year this team led our 6th-grade retreat and stayed with multiple St. Serra families and faculty. We are hopeful you will consider hosting two members of the NET team as they prepare an awesome retreat day for your children. We thank you in advance for considering this opportunity. If you wish to host, please contact Debbie McGee at ext 190 or dmcgee@serraschool.org.
We know your children will be stronger in their faith as they witness this team proclaim the Gospel of Christ through a personal witness of faith.
Your PTO looks forward to several community events coming up that benefit all our students and will create lasting memories. Don't miss the fun! Visit our  PTO EVENTS AND PROGRAMS HOMEPAGE   for more details. Questions? Contact us at  serrapto@serraschool.org .
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 Pajamas and Pearls Academy Awards Viewing Party
  • 27th: PTO Meeting - All parents welcome! (New date in place of March meeting)
March 2019
  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: Parent Rosary in the Rosary Garden
  • 6th: Parent Rosary, Ash Wednesday Mass
  • 16th: The Greatest Show - Anchor Ball
April 2019
  • 4th: Parent Rosary, Mass, and PTO Parent Fellowship & Coffee Social
  • 5th, 12th: Parent Rosary in the Rosary Garden
  • 5th: Heart Run
  • 7th: Mother Son Event
  • 10th: PTO Meeting - All parents welcome!
  • 11th: Parent Lenten Retreat
  • 13th: SerraServes
  • 13th: Serra Social Club Couples Cornhole TournamenT

Golf Squad is for both new and  continuing students and provides weekly opportunities for your child to learn the technical swing mechanics (e.g. putting, chipping, full swing, etc.), as well as the social skills required to enjoy golf, the clubs, and golf course (e.g. vocabulary, etiquette, rules, history, etc.) all under the instruction of an LPGA or PGA Professional. Even if your child already plays, it is great to enjoy weekly, convenient lessons from the pro. 

CLICK HERE for more information and HERE to sign up. 
Join the fun at our first Mom's Night In Serra Social Club Event
  • Who Are You Wearing? Join us for an Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 24. Come enjoy an evening of awards, appetizers, champagne, and Hollywood glam as we vote on best dressed and watch the stars from the comfort of The MacLeod family's home
  • Buy your TICKETS today - space is limited. Tickets will be available for purchase until Friday, February 15, at 3:00 p.m. or until this buy-in party meets its capacity. Attire: Pajama Glam
  • Questions? Contact Mrs. Allie Bertocchini or Mrs. Melissa Brown at serrasocialclub@serraschool.org
Holy Trinity Youth Night
Youth Night - Friday, February 22 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

Entrance Exams - two more opportunities to take the Mater Dei High School Placement Test. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Applications for 2019-2020 School Year available now. 
Catholic Night at the Honda Center
Friday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks vs San Jose Sharks

This year join our Catholic Trinitiy League schools as they compete in an on-ice skills competition immediately following the Ducks game. Your ticket will include access to this exhibition as well as the Ducks vs. Sharks game. 

Tickets must be purchased HERE. The first 1000 tickets purchased will include a limited edition Anaheim Ducks Catholic Night hat.