NEWS AND EVENTS
Winter Semester Schedule To Be Released This Week
Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that this is our last Spotlight on Serra newsletter for 2020. It has been quite a year and we feel fortunate that we have all gotten through it together.

This is the last week of school before our Christmas Break. Please be on the lookout for detailed information about our academic schedule for next semester on Friday. We look forward to a great 2021 together!

Sincerely,
Charlie McGrath
Principal
During the month of December, we will be highlighting Padre family-owned businesses. We hope this holiday season you'll shop local and patronize these Padre businesses! Check out our impressive list of Padre Family businesses!
Know of any other Padre family business not on our list? Let us know!
Shop small, shop local, shop Padre!
Common Ground Speaker Series has announced its Winter/ Spring 2021 calendar with many thought-provoking topics such as financial literacy, COVID stress and the future of distance learning.
A new topic will be discussed with experts each month.
Today is the Final Day to Order Serra Pennant Ornaments
Today is the final day we are taking orders for the Serra pennant ornament. Show your Padre pride this holiday season! Ornaments are $20 each, with a small shipping fee. For more information, visit our website.
Zoph Library Blog Features Hour of Code Activities

This week, the Zoph Library highlights computer science education and an Hour of Code activities. See the blog for links to novice coding activities, local coding programs, and more.

Also take the time to view a special tribute to Mrs. Linda Williams, who will retire at the end of the semester. Congratulations and thank you, Mrs. Williams!
Lifetouch Picture Orders

There have been many questions regarding Lifetouch picture orders. Unfortunately, Lifetouch is currently working with a skeleton crew and there has been an issue with the picture codes and school IDs. Serra has been working with them on getting information for pictures and will send out more information as soon as we receive an update. Our hope is to have this issue resolved as soon as possible so that families can order pictures.
In the meantime, if you have questions, you can call 866-955-8342

Pictures were distributed to the freshmen and sophomores on campus last week. Juniors will be able to pick up picture envelopes in the New Year when students return to campus.

For general customer service for parents of seniors, please call 1-800-736-4775, Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. To place a Prestige Portrait Order, visit shop.prestigeportraits.com
Serra BSN Sideline Store Offering Holiday Discounts
'Tis the Season! It's December and it's time to take advantage of all that our Serra Padre sideline store has to offer -- at a 20 percent discount!

This month, get your customized, branded, print-on-demand Serra Padre fan apparel and accessories at a discount. These items are brought to you through our partnership with BSN Sports. 

For more information, visit the store on our website.
Thank You For Your Generous Support of Serra in 2020

This holiday season, we give thanks for our faith, our health and our amazing Serra family. 
Thank you for your continued support of Serra High School. This year, under extremely unusual circumstances, our Serra community of alumni, parents, students and friends, have continued to give, above and beyond our expectations. We thank you for your partnership in creating the best learning environment for our students.  

For those still inclined to give before the end of 2020, be sure to consider taking advantage of valuable tax deduction benefits in 2020 thanks to the CARES Act, or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. 

The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020 to protect the Americans from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. What many individuals might not know is that there are significant tax benefits which can be realized -- only in 2020 -- that can benefit you and Serra High School. As you begin to prepare for the end of the calendar year and upcoming tax season, please keep these benefits in mind thanks to the CARES Act.

Our Advancement Team is available to answer any questions you might have in the coming days as we close 2020. Contact Advancement Director Mike Fadelli at (650) 430-5580 or mfadelli@serrahs.com.
Again, Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours for a healthy, happy and more predictable 2021! 
Serra Parents, Tell Your Friends About Serra's Admissions Events!

Serra's reputation speaks for itself, but it helps to get the word out when current families share their experiences with prospective families.
We encourage all our parents to tell your friends about the incredible virtual events Serra's Admissions Office is hosting.

Every Wednesday a webinar highlights a new dimension of Serra. From affordability to athletics, ARC to academics, there are endless opportunities for prospective parents and students to learn more about Serra.

Students can also enjoy a virtual Padre for A Day experience or a Teacher MeetUp. These events allow prospective students and families to view Serra through the viewpoints of students, teachers, parents, coaches, and staff. 

Families can register for these Serra events after creating a profile on the Ravenna Hub.
Attention Seniors: Deadline Extended for Jostens Graduation Announcements Until December 18

Jostens has extended its deadline for 2021 graduation announcements. Be sure to order your keepsake memory by December 18. This year's announcement features an etched drawing of the Serra campus and the silhouette of Father Junipero Serra. Order online through the Jostens website.
Download our free Serra App TODAY!
Select your mobile app store below and download directly to your device. Or, search for the app on your phone. Once you download the app, you can log in with your last name and email address.
If you have any questions or difficulties logging in, please contact Michelle Wilkinson.
Wishing you all a very safe and happy holiday!

Director of Marketing and Communications