Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are excited for our Blue Cohort to attend in-person instruction beginning on Monday, February 22. Please remember to make your testing appointments the week before your son is to return to campus. The expectation is that all students be tested before in-person learning and athletic conditioning. Students who are in distance or in person experiencing symptoms or who test positive should share this information with Serra. Please share results with  Our goal is to support the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students and families. 

We recommend that you go through your provider, or you can test at the various locations in San Mateo County. 
See links below:

In addition, Serra is currently working with a testing company to provide onsite testing for faculty, staff, students and their families in the future. We will be sending more information regarding on-site testing in the upcoming week, when the plans have been confirmed.

Parents of current 11th graders who want their son to take the April 13 SAT on Serra’s campus will need to sign up through the Google Form sent from Mr. Strange last week. The deadline for signups is this Friday, February 19. Any questions should be directed to your son’s counselor. 

Late Work Policy: 
Serra’s late work policy states that work assigned by teachers is meant to support student learning. Work that is not turned in within a reasonable time after it is taken out of its original context and thus does not support learning in the way it was intended. As a result, students will not receive credit for missing or unsubmitted assignments that were due in a previous grading period or unit (as defined by the teacher). Exceptions and reasonable adjustments will be appropriate when a student is absent during the final week of a grading period. In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to stay in communication with their teachers regarding the status of missing assignments. 

Online scheduling for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Parents of current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors should login to the PCR Parent Portal to complete the Course Selection Report Form which will include courses for which your son has previously been approved as well as elective options. Freshmen parents will be guided by their son’s counselor. The completed form must be emailed to your son’s counselor by March 3. Some courses are restricted to a first-come, first-served basis.

Senior Portrait Selection for the Yearbook -- Action Required!
Prestige Portraits has extended the deadline to February 28 to select yearbook poses. All selections must be made by February 28 at noon to be included. Please note that you must select a traditional yearbook pose. To select your photo, you can login, view and select your picture at Prestige Portraits Login Link.


Charlie McGrath
One Week Until Fund a Dream
There's just one week until our virtual Fund A Dream event on February 27, and we have an amazing program prepared for you all! We hope you'll join us at 6 p.m. for this dynamic event that unites Serra’s alumni, current and past parents, and friends of Serra to celebrate the school’s proud history and exciting future.

Plan to spend the evening learning more about tuition assistance at Serra and how you can be a part of the supporters dedicated to "Keeping the Dream Alive" for so many bright young Serra scholars.

Read more about this incredible event on our website!
Serra National Honor Society to Host Charitable Clothing Drive

The Serra Chapter of the National Honor Society is hosting a drive for the charities of St. Anthony’s and the Catholic Worker House. There will be bins outside Serra in Mary's Courtyard ready for your donations of new socks and gently used jeans. The drive will start on February 16 and run through the end of the month. Go Padres!
Serra Begins its Water Polo, Swimming and Diving Programs

The Serra water polo and swim & dive teams are getting ready to prepare for their upcoming seasons. Anyone interested in joining either or both programs should contact Coach Silva for information on how to get started.
Documentary Screening of Beyond Men and Masculinity

Ashanti Branch, M.Ed., founder and executive director of The Ever Forward Club, is offering a documentary screening of Beyond Men and Masculinity on February 20. Watch the trailer to this moving documentary here. RSVP for the screening.

Zoph Library Blog This Week Looks At Wildlife and Human Shelter-in-Place

Read the Zoph Library blog this week for a glance at how human shelter-in-place has affected wildlife and air quality, with links for watching and identifying birds in your own neighborhood. Visit the blog for all of the library's recent posts.
Join Us For Tuesday Morning Prayer with Father Michael

We invite you to join our Chaplain Father Michael on Tuesday mornings for Morning Prayer. Morning prayer takes about 10 minutes and is done virtually on zoom. '

Join us at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday mornings in Father Michael’s Zoom Room for this time of prayer.
Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program Offer Scholarships
The Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program is a new needs-based scholarship program, providing up to $20,000/year, designed for eligible college-bound Black and African American students in the United States. Scholars will receive mentorship from Visa employees and have opportunities to grow their key technical, professional and leadership skills. Scholarship recipients who have met expectations will be invited to join Visa full-time after graduation.

The program is open to Black and African American high school seniors who are applying or intend to enroll in a full-time four-year undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university in the U.S. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have an intention to pursue studies in Technology or Business for the 2021 academic year with an expected graduation date between December 2024 and May 2025.
Appalachia Virtual Immersion
Trip During Easter Break

Padres interested in a retreat over Easter Break are encouraged to sign up to attend the Appalachia Virtual Immersion trip in partnership with Nazareth Farm and students from Presentation High School.

Focused on simplicity, community, prayer and service, this collaborative retreat experience will include elements of each to ensure an authentic immersive experience! For more information, visit Nazareth Farm or contact Madame Mary Dowden.
Be on the Lookout for Serra Tuition Agreements thru TADS

We want to remind returning families to keep an eye out for the 2021-2022 TADS tuition agreement in your email. There will be a registration fee of $750 due at the signing of the agreement. You can log in to TADS to complete the agreement and set up your payment plan.

For further information, please contact Arthur Rios at (650) 645-6404. 
Class of 2022 Students Rising Above: Rising Stars Program Applications
Applications for the Class of 2022 Students Rising Above: Rising Stars Program are due on March 4. The Rising Stars Program recognizes students with potential and understands the obstacles they must overcome. Investing in first-generation students in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area, Students Rising Above provides a unique level of support that’s comprehensive, student-centric, and highly personal. Students Rising Above Rising Star Program is looking for high school juniors graduating in Spring 2022, who have demonstrated strength of character in the face of challenging odds, and dream of a college education. Selected students come from low-income households and are rising above tremendous difficulties and succeeding in school and in life despite their circumstances at home. These difficulties may include poverty, neglect, violence, addiction, and homelessness. For more information, visit Rising Stars Program.
During the month of December, we showcased Padre family-owned businesses. We had an overwhelming response to this effort and have decided to continue to showcase these businesses.

We hope this year, you'll shop local and patronize these Padre businesses!

Check out our impressive list of Padre Family businesses and if you know of any other Padre family business that are not on our list, please let us know!

Thank you for your community support and remember to 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.
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 wonderful week!

Director of Marketing and Communications