Volume 24 * Issue 34 * June 6,  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

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Volunteer Opportunities

SerraDIPITY Archives

St. Serra Parish Weekend
Please join us at Mass this weekend as we show our support for our parishes! St. Serra will be at Santiago de Compostela this Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9. 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 hope to see our St. Serra community at Santiago de Compostela this weekend and why not 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!. 
Congratulations and Siempre Adelante! Graduation Cap

It is hard to believe another year has gone by and we are saying farewell to our 8th grade students, who will be graduating next week! We are so proud of their many accomplishments and know they will be great representatives of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. May God continue to bless and watch over them as their spiritual and educational journey continues with the many new and exciting opportunities that await them. Please join me in congratulating and wishing our graduating class the very best as they move on to high school...Siempre Adelante!
We also congratulate our Kindergarten students who will celebrate their graduation ceremony next week as well. We know they will be back to join us for many happy and faith-filled years at St. Serra.
Your prayers for both our 8th Grade and Kindergarten students are most sincerely appreciated.
Save the Date
End-of-Year Mass

Mark your calendar for our End-of-Year Mass on Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center. More details to follow in next week's SerraDIPITY.  

Students in grades 1-7 will be dismissed immediately following Mass at approximately 10:45 a.m. There will be NO afternoon Extended Care on the last day of school, but Extended Care will be open regular hours that morning.


Please check your Inbox Sunday, July 28, for a special e-mail from Mrs. Trudell that will include exciting information for the 2019-2020 school year!

Remember to also mark your calendars for our Meet & Greet and Volunteer Fair on Monday, August 26, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Please look in today's Monthly Envelope for your Guide to the Start of the 2019-20 SJSC School Year flyer, or CLICK HERE to view the flyer. 
School Office Summer Hours

Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21: Regular Hours 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 28: Closed

Monday, July 1 - Friday, August 2:  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  except for the following dates where the School Office will be closed:

Thursday, July 4
Friday, July 5
Friday, July 12
Friday, July 19
Friday, July 26

Monday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 14 AND Friday, August 16: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 15 AND Monday, August 19: 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Beginning Tuesday, August 20, the School Office will be open its regular hours of 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
I pray today you will feel the JOY of Jesus in your heart, that his presence gives you great strength and hope.  Holding Jesus in our hearts is the greatest blessing we have to share with others.

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

Catholic Math League is a national Catholic School math competition that was started in 1997 and currently serves hundreds of schools across the country.  Math competitions are offered for each grade from third through Advanced High School Math. Many of our advanced math students at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School completed the series of tests required for this contest which were administered from November to March.  These tests were graded to determine the highest individual scores. The top three student scores for each school receive a certificate. In addition, students can receive awards for having top scores in the division or in the country. These students competed with other students from our Division in Alaska, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Guam.

We wish to congratulate Miss Rivera, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Crowe, and Miss Becerra, our advanced plus math teachers for encouraging and making it possible for their students to compete in this contest.

CLICK HERE to view a video of the SJSC Catholic Math League winners. 

The following St. Junipero Serra Catholic School students received awards and we are very proud to announce the accomplishments of the following students:

3rd Grade Total of 264 Points: (2nd Place Division 1, 6th Place Nation)
Breanna B. total of 95 Points: 1st Place SJSC, 2nd Place Division 1 & 3rd Place Nation
Michael A. total of 84 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 7th Place Division 1 & 13th Place Nation
Jack L. total of 80 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 9th Place Division 1 & 17th Place Nation
4th Grade Total of 288 Points: (2nd Place Division 1, 3rd Place Nation)
Andrew M. total of 94 Points: 1st Place SJSC, 3rd Place Division 1 & 6th Place Nation
Brennan W. total of 93 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 4th Place Division 1 & 7th Place Nation
Jason D. total of 92 Points: 3rd Place tie SJSC, 5th Place Division 1 & 8th Place Nation
Gonzalo Q. total of 92 Points: 3rd Place tie SJSC, 5th Place Division 1 & 8th Place Nation

5th Grade Total of 265 Points: (Catholic Math League Math 5 Division 1 First Place Champions, 2nd Place Nation)
Marielle Z. total of 91 Points: 1st Place SJSC, Catholic Math League Math 5 Division 1 Champion & 3rd Place Nation
Cielle P. total of 82 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 4th Place Division 1 & 10th Place Nation
Audrey W. total of 79 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 6th Place Division 1 & 13th Place Nation

6th Grade total of 280 Points: (Catholic Math League Math 6 Division 1 First Place Champions, 4th Place Nation)
Bryson B. total of 100 Points: 1st Place SJSC,
Catholic Math League Math 6 Division 1 Champion & Math 6 National Champion
Paul P. total of 85 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 6th Place Division 1 & 12th Place Nation
Michelle G. total of 83 Points: 3rd Place  SJSC, 8th Place Division 1 & 14th Place Nation

7th Grade Pre Algebra total of 270 Points: (3rd Place Division 1, 6th Place Nation)
Sean D. total of 92 Points: 1st Place SJSC, 4th Place Division 1 & 7th Place Nation
Kamia R. total of 88 Points: 2nd Place tie SJSC, 7th Place Division 1 & 11th Place Nation
Dominique O. total of 88 Points: 2nd Place tie SJSC, 7th Place Division 1 & 11th Place Nation
Reagan S. total of 81 Points: Third Place SJSC, 18th Place Division & 57th Place Nation

8th Grade Algebra 1 total of 278 Points: (Catholic Math League Algebra 1 Division 1 First Place Champions, Catholic Math League Algebra 1 Nation First Place Champions)
Eric P. total of 92 Points: 1st Place SJSC,  Catholic Math League Algebra 1 Division 1 Champion & 5th Place Nation  
Cole P. total of 90 Points: 2nd Place SJSC, 3rd Place Division 1 & 7th Place Nation
Ray S. total of 89 Points: 3rd Place SJSC, 4th Place Division 1 & 8th Place Nation


Please note that Homeroom lists for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted on our website on Friday, August 9, not August 16 as previously published. 
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. 

There will be NO afternoon Extended Care on the last day of school, Tuesday, June 18. This is an adjusted minimum day where the students are dismissed at the conclusion of our end-of-the-year Mass (approximately 10:30-10:45 a.m.). Please plan accordingly! Extended Care will be open during their normal hours the morning of Tuesday, June 18.

Thursday, June 6 - Pre-ordered yearbook distribution to Preschool, TK, K & 8th-grade. Yearbooks will be on sale in the School Office lobby from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for $70 each. Yearbooks will only be sold to students in Preschool, TK, K & 8th-grade at this time. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.
Monday, June 10 - Pre-ordered yearbook distribution in Grades 1-7. A limited supply of yearbooks will be available for sale in the lobby from 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sales will continue each day during this period until all yearbooks are sold.

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.
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
Field Day - Friday, June 14
Kindness is CATCHY
  • The fun and frolics of Field Day 2019 is just around the corner! On Friday, June 14, our younger and older students will come together in teams, along with our teachers, to participate in fun games and team building activities. This exciting end-of-year tradition celebrating our students is set to be BIGGER and BETTER with new games, new challenges and more fun!
  • Students are asked to wear their PE Uniform bottoms and field day team color shirt/or PE shirt and can accessorize by wearing socks, hair bows, headbands, bandannas and/or hats in their FIELD DAY TEAM COLOR.
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! CLICK HERE to sign up and start banking volunteer hours for next year!

We are so blessed to have an incredible community of families who make it all happen . CLICK HERE  for a special message from our 2018-19 PTO President Mrs. Shannon O'Connor

Your St. Serra PTO is looking forward to honoring YOU tonight at our *new* tradition ~ the Volunteer Recognition and St. Junipero Serra Outstanding Leadership and Christian Service Awards Prayer Service!

Thank you to our parent leaders and all the families who served and recorded 100+ hours for 2018-2019. Please
CLICK HERE  for a listing of these dedicated volunteers. Thank you again for sharing so much of your time and talents this past year!
  • The Serra Spirit Store and online ordering will close for the school year tomorrow, Friday, June 7, at 8:30 a.m. This will be the last day to drop off/pick up Used Uniforms, make in-store purchases, and place online orders.

  • Coming Soon! PE Uniforms will be available at Dennis Uniforms in mid-July. Any online orders placed prior to June 7 will be fulfilled by our Spirit Store, and delivered during the 1st week of school.
  • The ONLINE Spirit Store will re-open in August. Please watch for more 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 e-mail studentstore@serraschool.org.
Save the Date for Monday, August 26!

On behalf of the St. Serra PTO, PTO VP - Community Events Mrs. Elena Goodrich and Event Chairs Mrs. Trisha Paszczykowski and Mrs. Jessica Hudson, we invite all SJSC families to our Meet & Greet and Volunteer Fair on campus, Monday, August 26, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.  The following day, Tuesday, August 27, will be the first official day of school.  At the Meet & Greet and Volunteer Fair:

  • Classrooms will be open
  • Reconnect with friends
  • Sign up for Volunteer Opportunities in the SAC (including all of our amazing events and lunch/recess supervision)
  • Scrip Rebate Program Information
  • Serra Spirit Store will be open
  • St. Serra Golf Class Registration and Information
  • Harvest Festival Information
  • Lunch Program Overview
  • Students are encouraged to wear uniforms for classroom photo opportunities
Questions? Contact Mrs. Elena Goodrich at pto-community@serraschool.org.
  • The St. Serra PTO is pleased to announce that PTO VP - Golf Mrs. Melissa Regan, Event Chairs Mrs. Sarah Doyle and Mrs. Allison Finnegan, and their Golf Classic Team are already planning an exciting day at our new location with new features.
  • Mark your calendars now for the Annual St. Serra Golf Classic set for Thursday, September 26, at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.
  • You won't want to miss this year's Golf Classic...focused on good times for a great cause! The tournament is open to the first 144 players to register.
  • Registration and sponsorship opportunities will launch later this month.
Here's your sneak peak of this year's St. Serra Golf Classic:
  • Bloody Mary Bar & Breakfast Burritos at Registration
  • Outdoor Awards Cocktail Hour(s) (Replacing the sit-down Awards Dinner. Plus Ones & St. Serra Parents are welcome to join for the Awards Cocktail Hour)
  • Opportunities to win big on several of the themed and hosted Golfer Food & Beverage Holes
  • And that's just to name a few!
Questions? Contact the Event Chairs at golfclassic@serraschool.org.

The following equipment will be collected from students. Please refer to your  Sunday Parent  email for details.
  • Eighth Grade Laptops will be collected on tomorrow, Friday, June 7 (8A, 8B) and Monday, June 10 (8C, 8D, 8E)
  • Second Grade iPads will be collected on Tuesday, June 11 
  • All other students will keep their device over the summer
For students not returning to St. Serra in 2019-2020, please watch your email for personalized instructions this week.
If your child will not be at school on the scheduled collection date, please contact the school at  Tech@serraschool.org to schedule an alternate collection day and time. Families who do not return their iPad or laptop, and fail to schedule an alternate collection time, will be billed for the cost of the device and accessories.

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
HP Active Pens were 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 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 tomorrow, 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 .

We are looking for volunteer coaches for next year's Fall Sports Season for boys flag football and girls volleyball. The Head Coach and Assistant Coach will receive service hours. Please email Coach Brock Gozbak at  bgozbak@serraschool.org   if you are interested in coaching next year.

Tryout Permission Forms for fall sports (Boys Flag Football and Girls Volleyball) need to be filled out and returned to Coach Gozbak in the P.E. Office by next  Friday, June 14 CLICK HERE to access the form.
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.