NEWS AND EVENTS
Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been great to have our students in the Blue Cohort back on campus this week. Next week, our Gold Cohort will begin their in-person instruction in our full hybrid model. Students in the Gold Cohort should have received an email reminder this week 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 covid@serrahs.com.  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.

Sincerely,



Charlie McGrath
Principal
Fund a Dream THIS SATURDAY!
Join us for our special Fund A Dream event on February 27! Bring your friends! We have an amazing program prepared and we're counting on our community to join us at 6 p.m. for this dynamic event. Fund a Dream unites Serra’s alumni, current and past parents, and friends of Serra to celebrate the successes this program has had on the lives of so many Padres..

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 Fund a Dream website page!
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!
Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled for March 12

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences: Friday afternoon March 12 from 1:15-2:45 p.m. is reserved for virtual Parent Teacher Conferences. This is an optional event for parents, and although all parents are welcome to attend, we especially want to encourage parents to attend if their sons are experiencing difficulty in their classes. Parents will need to sign up beforehand. Look for an email on Saturday, March 6 for instructions to sign up through the PCR Parent Portal.
Save the Date for Serra's
First-Ever Pandemic Prom

Attention all Seniors . . . save the date for our Pandemic Prom!  

On Friday, May 21, we will offer seniors the opportunity to attend Serra’s first ever pandemic prom! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event!
Zoph Library Blog This Week Celebrates National Chili Day

Need a dinner idea for Thursday? Look no further! Prepare for National Chili Day on February 25 with Zoph Library's latest blog post!
Junior Mother-Son Prayer Service Scheduled for March 6 at 10 a.m.

Mothers of Juniors! Usually we would be preparing for a Mother/Son Mass, but this year we will be doing not a Mass, but a morning of prayer together virtually. Check your emails for an invitation to join us via Zoom for an hour service giving you time for prayer, reflection, and sharing with your sons on March 6 at 10 a.m. If you have questions, please email our chaplain Father Liliedahl.
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