Volume 24 * Issue 33 * May 30,  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

Pictures From Our Marian Mass
What a beautiful Marian Mass we celebrated together last Friday as we honored our First Communicants and our Blessed Mother. To view pictures from the Mass, please visit our Flicker Album . Thank you to Mrs. Christine Trautmann for assisting with the photography on this very special day. 
St. Serra Parish Weekend
Please join us at Mass this weekend as we show our support of our parishes! We will be at all Holy Trinity, San Francisco Solano and St. Kilian Masses this Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2. Parent ambassadors will be speaking at the Masses and showing a video highlighting St. Serra. Parents and/or St. Serra staff will be greeting and answering questions at our table after Mass. 

We would love to see our St. Serra community at Mass and hope you'll bring a friend! If your child would like to show their St. Serra pride, we would love to see them in uniform. We look forward to seeing you this weekend. I will be at San Francisco Solano, Mrs. Daley at Holy Trinity and Mrs. Reiss at St. Kilian.  

Please Note: Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9 we will be at Santiago de Compostela.
Student Leadership Elections

And the winners are... All of them! We are so proud of all of our students who ran for Student Leadership office for the 2019-2020 school year. The support and enthusiasm they showed each other, truly exemplified leadership. Because of this, we have asked them ALL to be a part of our Student Leadership team next year. 

Students who will hold the officer positions are:

President: Lance L.
Vice President: Logan L. 
Spirit: Maddie M. 
Secretary: Jacqueline P.
Treasurer: Roman C.
Communications: Josette C.
Religion: Jayden M.
Technology: Kaila E.   
Librarian: Sarah A.  
Fun & Frolics at Field Day 2019!
***Change of Date***
Now Friday, June 14
Theme: Kindness is CATCHY

Mrs. Trudell, along with our principals - Mrs. Reiss and Mrs. Daley, would like to THANK the amazing students of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School for an OUTSTANDING, faith-filled, academic year! In honor of this great achievement, we've made Field Day 2019 Bigger and Better! Join us for "Kindness is CATCHY" day of fun!
Your student will not want to miss  Field Day 2019 on Friday, June 14 (new date) . The event - celebrating our students - is set to be BIGGER and BETTER with new games, new challenges and more fun! The date has been changed to allow as many as possible students to attend and enjoy in the frolics!
At this exciting end-of-school tradition, the younger and older students come together in teams to participate in fun, NEW games as well as our classic activities with our St. Serra teachers...Cone flipping, Water Brigade, Sack Races, Tug of War, Plunger Beach Ball and more! It's a great day to have fun and bond with our St. Serra Family.
On Field Day, students are asked to wear their PE Uniform bottoms and field day team color shirt/or PE shirt. This year, students can accessorize by wearing socks, hair bows, headbands, bandanas and/or hats in their FIELD DAY TEAM COLOR. Find your FIELD DAY TEAM COLOR by Homeroom in this Sunday's Parent E-mail.  

Parents, come and join in the FUN! We have volunteer opportunities for you to start banking volunteer hours for next year. Please email  credfern@cox.net , PTO VP of Campus Events to be added to the Sign up Genius.
Questions? Contact Field Day Chair Mrs. Dani Labriola at  danielle_tramell@yahoo.com or VP of Campus Events Mrs. Cheryl Redfern at  credfern@cox.net .
Coffee Talk with Mrs. Trudell
In case you missed this morning's Coffee Talk with Mrs. Trudell, please join us tomorrow, May 31 at San Francisco Solano Parish. Please meet in rooms F, G, H from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. located at 22082 Antonio Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita.  
Thank You from "Love for Laura's House"

Thank you to our generous community for filling baskets of new toys for the children of Laura's House. The mothers were so overwhelmed and elated with your kindness. We also thank our St. Serra alumni Amanda Duffy and Lyndsey Issa for spearheading this outreach.

"Whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me." Matthew 25:40
Life is about choices, especially when Jesus puts those choices in front of us on our journey with him. No matter what we choose, if we find JESUS in that choice, we help OTHERS and it is good for YOU...we are living 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
Hannon Foundation Fourth-grade Writing Scholarship
Congratulations to this year's Hannon Foundation Fourth-grade Writing Scholarship winners, Coleson C. and Bella E.! The fourth-grade students visited the Missions, conducted research and wrote essays about the life of St. Junipero Serra. These essays were the two chosen by the Hannon Foundation out of several submitted from our school. Each student received a William H. Hannon Scholarship Award toward their fifth-grade educational cost. Through the generosity of the foundation, SJSC will also receive a grant to our Educational Cost Assistance Fund.
Important Summer Academic Information
It is the practice at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School to send home optional summer work for students. Summer Math Solutions consumable workbooks will be provided for each student.  The Summer Math Solutions Book (incoming 2019-2020 K-8th graders) will be sent home with all current students Friday, June 7
St. Serra Summer School
Does your child need help completing the Summer Solutions Math book?  Enroll in our "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. 
HP Active Pens will be collected for students in Grades Three to Seven based on the attached schedule. Eighth Grade will be collected at their already scheduled end-of-year collection.

Parents, please make sure that your student brings their Active Pen to school on their homeroom's specified day of collection. If your student did not have their Active Pen on the date of collection they will need to bring the pen to the Help Desk no later then Friday, June 7. 

All Active Pens must be returned to the school in the same condition they were issued. If your student's pen has been lost, has any missing, dented, bent, or broken parts or not turned in by June 7, you will be charged a  $35 replacement fee through your FACTS account in June.  

Exception: black pen tips will be replaced by the school at no charge, if no other parts are missing or broken.

If you have any questions regarding your student's Active Pen, please email  tech@serraschool.org .
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

With the end of the school year fast approaching, the Health Room would like to remind you to pick up your child's Health Room medication no later than Wednesday, June 12 . These medications include any daily medication and as needed medication that was dropped off at the beginning of the school year. We are unable to store medication over the summer due to limited space therefore, all medication will be disposed of if it is not picked up by  June 12  . If you have any questions regarding your child's medication, please call Mrs. Mary Hogan at 949-888-1990 ext. 105.
Please Note:  If your child will be taking medication during the 2019-2020 school year, your doctor will need to fill out a new Medication Authorization form, which must be turned into the Health Room with your child's medication at the beginning of the school year. The medication form can be found on the St. Serra website or by  CLICKING HERE.
Rebate Office closed on June 6, 2019
Daily Scrip will not be sold on Thursday morning, June 6. 
End of School Year Schedule:
  • Daily Sales will be open through Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (last day of school)
  • Last Daily Envelope due on Tuesday, June 11, filled on Wednesday, June 12 limited to inventory on hand
  • Last Weekly Envelope due by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10, filled on Thursday, June 13.
  • Shopwithscrip.com Prestopay Physical cards due by 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10, filled on Thursday, June 13
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. Vera Nitinthorn, Rebate Program Coordinator at vnitinthorn@serraschool.org

Thank you to the many supporters, volunteers and attendees who helped make this year's numerous PTO-sponsored events possible! We're not done yet - Field Day is almost here! Students are in for an exciting day! Parents can start earning service hours for next year at this event! Visit our  PTO EVENTS AND PROGRAMS HOMEPAGE   for more details about PTO events. 
Questions? Contact us at  serrapto@serraschool.org .
June 2019
  • 3rd: PTO Meeting (Parent Hub) - All Parents Welcome!
  • 6th: SJSC Volunteer Recognition Awards Event (RSVP required by June 1st)
  • 7th, 14th: Parent Rosary in the Chapel
  • 14th: Field Day (New Date)
  • 18th: Parent Rosary and End-of-Year Mass
Thank You Grade Level Ambassadors!
The PTO Team would like to thank Lead Ambassador, Mrs. Mich Todd and all of the Grade Level Ambassadors who served our new families this school year!  From 1-on-1 support to problem-solving and constant communication, to building new friendships, these Ambassadors happily shared their time, talent and heart to help our first-year families begin their new chapter at St. Serra. 
Our 2019-20 Ambassador Team is forming and will soon be welcoming new families this summer! If you would like to be involved as an Ambassador, contact Mrs. Mich Todd at ambassadors@serraschool.org.
Where You Will Find the True Heart of Our School
Thank You!

On behalf of our PTO, along with Mrs. Kathy Bonin, PTO - VP Outreach Ministries, we would like to thank the following individuals who gave their time, talent and treasure to ensure St. Serra continues to be a community centered in our faith:
  • Mrs. Veronica Thompson for your leadership, guidance and grace every Friday morning and before Mass at our Parent Rosary.
  • Mrs. Anastacia Escoboza-Henry for giving us the grace of prayers and hope for our community through Partners in Prayers.
  • Mrs. Julie Murphy for keeping us informed of our Parish events through our Parish Connections.
  • Mrs. Carol Lawson for your gift of leadership, kindness and LOVE for Adopt-A-Family.
  • Mrs. Lindsay Hakimi for your dream and dedication of SerraServes ~ One Meal Event.
  • Mrs. Dana Maas for your strength, leadership and belief in A Moment in Time for Moms Book Study.
And, THANK YOU to our amazing St. Serra Community who continues to inspire us with your support, love, and blessings.
  • TEACHER GIFTS! We have great gift ideas for your favorite teachers! Tervis Cups, Water Bottles, Hats, and more!
  • 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 place online orders.
  • All pre-orders for PE Uniforms will deliver the first week of school.
  • The Online Spirit Store will re-open in August. Please watch for communication from Mrs. Trudell.
  • 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.

What a fantastic year thanks to YOU!  With your collective clipping, we turned in almost 10,000 BOX TOPS for the school year!
We would like to celebrate the following winners as we wrap up the year. 

Congratulations to:
  • Jaylin N. in 4A - Student winner of the 3rd submission $25 gift card student drawing.  
  • Mr. Gomez - Spanish - Faculty/staff winner of the 3rd submission $25 gift card faculty/staff drawing.
  • Homeroom 1D - Homeroom that turned in the most Box Tops for the school year. They won a Pizza Party! 
Congratulations to our winners and keep the clipping going over summer! Next year will include exciting changes as box tops shifts to digital! Thank you for supporting the Box Tops Program for our school!  Questions?  Visit the  BOX TOPS WEBPAGE.

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 Youth Summer Camps
CLICK HERE for a flyer with information on Mater Dei's summer camps for grades 3-8 in academics, arts, and athletics that families can sign up for.