Volume 24 * Issue 35* June 13,  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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A MESSAGE FROM MRS. TRUDELL
Eighth Grade Prayer Service
Graduation Cap

This past Tuesday  our St. Serra community came together to honor the graduating class of 2019 at our traditional Graduation Prayer Service. Congratulations to this year's St. Junipero Serra Award winners Lonnie L., Audrey S., Tyler S., and Margaret T. The St. Junipero Serra Award is perhaps the most prestigious and coveted award presented at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School because it is given to four graduates selected by their peers. The students receiving this award are chosen because they represent the very finest qualities of a St. Serra student. 

We would also like to congratulate this year's valedictorian, Diego D. and salutatorian, Sarah B. Sarah gave her salutatorian speech at the Prayer Service and Diego will give his speech at the Graduation Mass on Friday evening. 

We also wish to thank SJSC Alumni Claire Velau ('12) for being our guest speaker and for offering her words of wisdom and inspiration to our graduates. 
END-OF-YEAR MASS

Please join us for our End-of-Year Mass on Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center.  Formal Uniform is required for all students.  

At the conclusion of Mass, we will be commissioning all students in grades 1-7 into their next grade level for the new school year.  We will also honor and acknowledge the hard work and great service of Mr. Jesse Lopez and his entire facilities team. We are so blessed that he and his team will continue to maintain our beautiful St. Serra campus for many years to come.  The students will be dismissed following Mass at approximately  10:45 a.m.  As has been previously published, there is NO afternoon Extended Care on this day, only morning (before school) Extended Care.

Also, as a reminder, parking is available on the inner road and in the neighborhood, but NOT in the Memorial Health Care parking lot.
TO OUR PARENT VOLUNTEERS...THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COMMUNITY!
St. Junipero Serra Award Honors Parent Volunteers

Thank you to all of our wonderful St. Serra Parent Volunteers!  This year our SJSC parents have recorded nearly 42,000 service hours!  
 
At our recent JSerra Award & Volunteer Recognition Prayer Service and Event, we honored the following recipients of this year's St. Junipero Serra Award in recognition of their Outstanding Leadership and Christian Service.
 
2018-19 St. Junipero Serra Award
 
Allie Bertocchini
Mary Broomfield
Courtnay Denault
Lindsay Hakimi
Shannon and Jeff Johnson
Jill and Kevin Kopeny
Kristy Messer 
Paul Steinberg
Janice Tarwater
 
We also recognized many wonderful Parent Leaders from the Advisory Board, PTO Board, Scout Programs, American Heritage Girls and families who have recorded 100+ volunteer hours. 
 
Our entire St. Serra school community benefits from their much needed and appreciated generous gift of time! Thank you!
SIGN UP NOW - ST. SERRA SUMMER SCHOOL SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!

Is your child looking for something fun to do over the summer?
Why not consider St. Serra Summer School, with fun classes such as, Culinary Arts, Robotics, Coding, Hands on Science, Engineering, Art, Music... CLICK HERE for more information.
SUMMER COMMUNICATION

Please check your Inbox Sunday, July 28, for a special e-mail from me which will contain important 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.
BACK TO SOLANO - 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Please join San Francisco Solano Parish as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  Please CLICK HERE for the day-long celebration flyer.
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA CATHOLIC CHURCH
Save the Date - Saturday, July 20, 2019

Please join Santiago de Compostela parish as they commemerate their patron Saint with their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage Saturday, July 20. This year, there will be reflection stations on each route, St. James Way (approx. 7 miles from Michael's Abbey) and Our Lady of the Pillar Way (approx. 4 miles from the Lake Forest Sports Park).   CLICK HERE for more information.  
May God's blessing go with us today
End of school year blessing (Author Unknown)

May God's blessing go with us today,
At the end of this school year we pray.
That you keep us safe and give us rest
So we start again renewed and refreshed.
Full of health, full of fun
Ready to come and learn again.

May God's blessing go with us today,
As we begin our school holiday.
Give your peace and your joy,
To every girl and every boy.
Help the teachers to enjoy the break,
and prepare and plan for the new intake.

May God's blessings await us next year,
To embrace each new challenge without fear.
Fill this school with your love, 
and guide our hearts from above.
Full of faith, full of hope,
full of joy, and full of love. 

Amen.



God is Good All the Time... 
All the Time God is Good.

Mrs. Angeline Trudell
PRINCIPALS' CORNER
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Principal Preschool - Grade 4
Mrs. Alison Daley, Principal Grades 5 - 8
STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENTS
Kindergarten - Grade 8 ONLY

Student Learning Assessments - SLA's/Report Cards will be posted on Friday, June 21 in Sycamore (under Documents). Please log into Sycamore and digitally sign your student's SLA.

If you have lost or misplaced your password, please email your family name, student name, and grade to  passwords@serraschool.org.

To access the SLA (report card), please log into  https://app.sycamoreeducation.com 
  • Click on My Family
  • Click on My Students
  • Click on the Student Code
  • Click on the Documents and select 2018-2019 Grade Card S3 and open
  • Please sign digitally and SAVE
RENAISSANCE STAR TESTING SCORES

Renaissance STAR score reports are posted electronically for our parents. To access your child's most recent scores, please go to  https://hosted321.renlearn.com/274505  (do not use the Home Connect link)    
  • Click on I'm a Parent
  • Enter your User Name: Your Sycamore Family ID 
  • Password: Enter the Password that you set for your family in the past.
If you don't remember your password, please email  passwords@serraschool.org.
ELA AND MATH PLACEMENT LETTERS

Students have completed all STAR testing but analysis of that data is ongoing. English Language Arts and Math Placement Testing placements will be mailed Friday, August 16.
**HOMEROOM LIST DATE CORRECTION**

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 were provided for each student.  The Summer Math Solutions Book (incoming 2019-2020 K-8th graders) was sent home with all current students last  Friday, June 7
EXTENDED CARE NEWS

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.
2019-2020 SERVICE HOUR PARENT PORTAL LAUNCH
Effective Tomorrow, Friday, June 14, 2019!

You may now record any completed family volunteer hours for the new 2019-2020 school year performed beginning June 1, 2019.  Please remember you cannot record hours that have not been completed. 

As a reminder the 2019-2020 service hour requirement is 60 hours per family and hours completed from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 will count towards your 2019-2020 school year commitment.
 
The credentials needed to login to the Service Hour Portal are:
Username: Your family's preferred email address
Password: Your family's 3 or 4 numerical family ID
 
CLICK HERE  to record all completed regular service hours on the 2019-20 Service Hour Portal.
 
For questions, contact Mrs. Dana Hardenburgh at dhardenburgh@serraschool.org  or ext. 181
YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION - LAST CALL!

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.
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.
HEALTH ROOM REMINDER

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 HEREIf you have any questions regarding your child's medication, please call Mrs. Mary Hogan at 949-888-1990 ext. 105 or mhogan@serraschool.org.
SCRIP REBATE PROGRAM -  REDUCE YOUR EDUCATIONAL COSTS!  
 
End of School and Summer Schedule:
  • Daily Sales through Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (last day of school), 
    l imited to inventory on hand. 
  • Shopwithscrip Prestopay physical card online orders will be processed until Monday, June 24 at 8:30 a.m. The last day to pick up any orders is 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 27.
  • The Rebate Office will be closed the entire month of July. Prestopay physical card online orders will not be processed during this time frame.  
All reloadable cards and e-cards will continue uninterrupted throughout the Summer.  
 
Please check summer email on July 28 for the 2019-2020 Rebate sales schedule.
 
EScrip
This vendor will not be available as a 50/50 contributor for families after June 2019. 100% of all rebates will be applied towards St. Serra Catholic School after this date.
 
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 regarding any of the above contact Mrs. Vera Nitinthorn, Rebate Program Coordinator, at vnitinthorn@serraschool.org.
FIELD DAY IS TOMORROW  - FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Kindness is CATCHY


Are you ready?! Fun will be #1 at Field Day 2019 tomorrow! Students are in for a treat at this exciting end-of-year tradition as they come together in multi-grade teams, along with our teachers, to participate in fun games, challenges, and team building activities.

 
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 earning volunteer hours for next year!
 
Questions? Contact Field Day Chair Mrs. Dani Labriola at  danielle_tramell@yahoo.com or VP On Campus Events Mrs. Cheryl Redfern at  credfern@cox.net .
MEET & GREET AND VOLUNTEER FAIR
Join Us on Monday, August 26!

The St. Serra PTO looks forward to kicking off the start of the 2019-2020 school year with our St. Serra families at the Meet & Greet and Volunteer Fair on Monday, August 26. Join us on campus 2 :00-6:00 p.m. 
 
Classrooms will be open, come sign up for volunteer opportunities, learn about programs and events, and more! Students are encouraged to wear uniforms for classroom photo opportunities. The following day, Tuesday, August 27, will be the first official day of school.

Questions? CLICK HERE for more details or contact Mrs.  Elena Goodrich  at pto-community@serraschool.org .
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (BOB) CLUB

The SJSC Library would like to invite incoming Fourth & Fifth grade students for the 2019-2020 school year to participate in Battle of the Books (BOB) Book Club, Competition Team and Summer Reading. You will find all participation requirements and the list of books by   CLICKING HERE.
COACHES NEEDED FOR NEXT FALL SEASON

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.
FALL SPORTS TRYOUT FORMS

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  tomorrow, Friday, June 14 CLICK HERE to access the form.
2019-2020 LAPTOP BOOT CAMP SIGN-UPS - NOW OPEN

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
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OF INTEREST
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.