Volume 24 * Issue 32 * May 23,  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

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PTO Events and Programs

Parish Connections

Volunteer Opportunities

SerraDIPITY Archives

Marian Mass Tomorrow, Friday, May 24
9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center

Please join us for our Annual May Crowning & Marian Mass tomorrow  as we witness this beautiful sacrament for our second-grade students. Mass will be celebrated by Father Tuan of St. Kilian Parish. The second-grade Communicants will also lead us through the Rosary Prayer.
All students in Grades One - Eight 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. Thank you also for remembering to bring in a small donation to MCA-Missionary Childhood Association, as this will be our final collection for the year.

Plan to arrive earlier and join other parents as they pray the Rosary before Mass beginning at 8:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome! Please join us for Parent Fellowship and Coffee Social in the St. Junipero Serra Courtyard immediately following Mass. 

Please join me at Starbucks Coffee in Rancho Santa Margarita (The Lowe's Shopping Center) Thursday, May 30 or Friday, May 31 at 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. for coffee talk regarding the 2019-2020 school year.  
Parent Survey
And the survey says.......... A big thank you to all the families who took the time to complete the WCEA Parent Survey. We reached 78% completion and as a result, all students will have Non-uniform dress for the entire week of June 3-7!
Your invaluable input is sincerely appreciated!
Our happiest times in our lives is when we trust in God's plan. That is the time we live in JOY-it is all in his plan.

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
Academic Placement for the 2019-2020 School Year

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is preparing for academic placement for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math for the 2019-2020 school year. The educational team is continuously shaping the learning environment to consistently promote high achievement of all students. Please see the  Academic Placement Procedure and Policies.
Upcoming dates to note:
  • May 24, 2019 - Last day for STAR Testing
  • May 31, 2019 - 3rd trimester average on this date will be used in the rubric
  • June 21, 2019 -  Small Group ELA and Math Recommendation Letters emailed (grades 2-8)
  • August 16, 2019 - ELA and Math Placement Letters mailed (grades 2-8)
St. Serra Summer School
Early Bird Discount Ends TOMORROW, Friday, May 24!

Do you want help having your child to complete that Summer Solutions Math book? Enroll in "Problem Solved - Math Review and Enrichment" class this summer. Each day, part of the class time will be devoted to the Summer Solutions book with extra practice building confidence in math fundamentals. This course will also review the previous year's math concepts using hands-on and enrichment activities designed to help students strengthen their math skills before entering the next grade. 

Only 9 days remaining to log all completed volunteer hours
To ensure your family receives credit for all completed service hours,  record all completed regular service hours on the 2018-19 Service Hour Portal. Please Note: incomplete hours will be billed at $15 per hour to your FACTS account the week of June 3, 2019. 
For questions, contact Mrs. Dana Hardenburgh at dhardenburgh@serraschool.org  or ext. 181
Vendor Update
COMING SOON - Pizza Press and Moon Goat Farms in Rancho Santa Margarita will be joining our family of local vendors at 10% rebate.  These community partners offer some of the highest rebates available.
Rebate Office closed on June 6, 2019
Daily Scrip will not be sold on Thursday morning, June 6. 
Volunteer Opportunity
The Rebate Office is looking for long term volunteers. If you like a steady schedule, and working with great people in a fun environment, please contact the Rebate Office.
For questions on any of the above, or to place a Scrip Order, contact Mrs. Tina Maroutian, Rebate Program Coordinator at tmaroutian@serraschool.org.

Student Leadership will be selling Summer Grams on  Tuesday, May 28   & Thursday, May 30 during recess and lunch.  Summer Grams are $1 each and include a Hawaiian Punch drink packet, a tropical drink umbrella, and a Dum-Dum lollipop.
  • Summer Grams will be delivered to homerooms the week of June 10.
  • Student Leadership will donate a portion of the proceeds to a local charity to help families over the summer.
Thank you for your support, St. Junipero Serra Catholic Student Leadership
Friday, May 24, 2019
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the St. Serra Courtyard

And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you."
~ Luke 1:28

Join us TOMORROW for our last PTO hosted After-Mass Parent Coffee Social of the 2018-2019 school year, immediately following St. Serra's Marian Mass and May Crowning. Light hospitality, coffee and water will be provided by the 5th-grade Room Parent Team. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • The Spirit Store will be open through Friday, June 7. This will be the last day to drop off/pick up Used Uniforms, make in-store purchases, and to place online orders.
  • The ONLINE Serra Spirit Store will reopen in August. Watch for summer
    communications from Mrs. Trudell for all the details.
  • Looking for volunteer hours for next year? We are in need of volunteers to help with staffing the store, counting inventory, and working with used uniforms. Hours are flexible!
Questions? Please email studentstore@serraschool.org .


This summer our exciting Laptop Boot Camps will return for students entering Third Grade, and all  NEW students to St. Serra entering Grades Three to Eight in 2019-2020.

Boot Camps will be held on August 6th, 7th, and 8th. Sign-ups are now open. CLICK HERE to register. Please note, families must create (or already have) a Jumbula account to sign-up for Boot Camp.

Registration in Boot Camp sessions will be first-come, first-serve, with a limit of 15 students per session. All Boot Camps will be held on the St. Serra campus.

If your family will  not be able to attend any of the dates listed above, please email  tech@serraschool.org  immediately so that we can work with you to schedule your family on another date.

Important information regarding Boot Camps:
  • Students must attend the Boot Camp in order to check-out their laptop
  • One parent must accompany students at the Boot Camp
  • Each Boot Camp session will last between 1-1/2 and 2 hours
  • Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions will be offered
  • Registration is required for Boot Camp; walk-ins will not be accepted
  • Laptops are required when school begins
  • The library is closed for summer as of Monday, May 20
  • Library Inventory will begin as of Monday, May 27, only returns will be allowed
  • The last day to return books will be Friday, May 31. All books not returned by that date, will be charged a non-refundable replacement cost of the book
Students in Grades 5-8.

Training for new servers or current servers leveling up will be held on Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the church. There will be an end-of-year celebration for current altar servers downstairs in the YFF basement following the training. 

Altar servers must be at least 10 years of age, have received their first Holy Communion, and commit to serving one Mass a year - serving one Sunday 7:00 a.m. and one Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass. You may specify which Mass you prefer to serve for the other times. Altar servers typically serve once a month. It is a great way to earn your ministry hours for Confirmation or high school requirements. To RSVP or more information, email Mrs. Karin Hendrick at khendrick.SFSServers@outlook.com

8th-Grade Students Please Note: Due to the 8th-grade banquet falling on the same date as training, we will hold a separate training session just for 8th-grade students. Please contact Mrs. Hendrick to arrange the training. 
Santa Margarita High School Summer Youth Camps

Santa Margarita Catholic High School invites your children to participate in the Eagle experience this summer through a variety of youth camps! CLICK HERE for more information. 
Lion Engage 2019!
Registration is now open for Lion Engage 2019! The marquee camp is scheduled from July 8-12.  Lion Engage offers prospective students the opportunity to explore their passions and prepare for high school life at JSerra through hands-on courses and engaging activities. Students will learn from passionate instructors, build relationships with high school student mentors, and develop their academic interests!

Classes include Business, Engineering, Law, Marine Biology, TV Broadcasting, Graphic Design, Rock Band, Studio Art, Photography, Choir, Orchestra, and Theatre. For more information or to sign up please visit JSerra's website. With just one week of camp offered this year space is limited so don't wait!
Mater Dei Admissions
CLICK HERE for a flyer with information and dates from Mater Dei Admissions.