Full Hybrid Learning for Alternating Cohorts To Begin Monday
Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have enjoyed seeing our Padres back on campus! We have safely adjusted to in-person instruction throughout January and we are prepared to move to the full hybrid schedule on Monday. In preparation for this, we are asking students to please review their schedules and classroom locations over the weekend. Some classroom locations will be changing. All changes will be updated by Friday afternoon.  

A few additional items to take note of:

Hybrid Schedule through March:
In our full hybrid model, we will be alternating cohorts every other week for all students. In February and March, the Blue Cohort will attend in-person instruction during the weeks of 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22. The Gold Cohort is scheduled to be on campus during the weeks of 2/16, 3/1 and 3/15.

New Late Work Policy: 
Serra’s late work policy has been updated to include the following: Work that is assigned 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 opens tomorrow, February 4. Parents of current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors should login to the PCR Parent Portal to complete the Course Request Form which will include courses for which your son has previously been approved as well as elective options. 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.

COVID Testing:
We are asking all students who will be attending on campus classes to be tested for COVID every two weeks during the week when the student's cohort is in distance learning. This testing is free and is provided at the San Mateo Event Center. You may also use your own health care provider. Testing should occur on Monday or Tuesday to allow sufficient time for reporting results prior to the week your son will be on campus. Positive test results must be reported via email to and when completing the RUVNA app.  

Thank you to all our parents and guardians for continuing to adjust to all the new information this week. We are so happy to have our young men on campus and look forward to seeing more faces on Monday.


Charlie McGrath
Become a Fund a Dream Virtual Table Sponsor and Join Us!
Looking for a fun virtual experience to enjoy safely with friends? Well, join us on February 27 for our virtual Fund A Dream event.

This dynamic event unites Serra’s alumni, current and past parents, and friends of Serra to celebrate the school’s proud history and exciting future. We have an exciting event planned and we hope you will consider sponsoring a table or buying tickets to join us at the event and toast our inspiring tuition assistance program.

Read more about this incredible event on our website!
Serra's Mock Trial Team Take Second in Northern Division - Advances to Semi-Finals

For the second time in history, Serra’s Mock Trial Team has advanced to the semi-finals, after coming in second place in the North Division. This is a huge advancement for the club, which boasts 26 members and is led by moderator Dr. Buckels ‘01, theology and philosophy teacher, and Mr. Antony Hoyt '14, who teaches in the English Department.

A final match on Thursday will determine who Serra competes against next week. On Tuesday night, the defense defeated Oceana and the prosecution defeated third-placed South San Francisco. 

Serra has won five of the six competitions, with a narrow loss to San Mateo last week, bringing them to second place in the North Division, according to Buckels. Competitions this year are conducted on Zoom.

Mock trial allows students to actively experience the excitement of a courtroom setting, where they work in teams, exchange ideas, set goals, and examine issues. By studying hypothetical cases and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also improve their presentation skills. With expert advice from industry professionals such as attorney coach Phaidra Garcia, mother of Zach Garcia '22, the team has had a fantastic season of learning and competing. Congratulations, Mock Trial Padres!
Four Serra Student-Athletes Sign During National Signing Day

Congratulations to four Serra student-athletes , who committed today on National Signing Day.
Congratulations to these talented Padres:

Sio Helu will attend New Mexico State and play football for the Aggies.

Matt Fadelli will play football for the Southern Oregon University Raiders.

Eric Myers will play football for Oberlin College as a Yeomen.

Ryan Oh has signed to play lacrosse for the Vassar Brewers.

We are so proud of these athletes! Congratulations!
Zoph Library Blog This Week Celebrates Black History Month
Zoph Library's blog marks the beginning of Black History Month with a post on the Great Migration, which brought more than six million Black Americans from the South to cities in the North, Midwest and West. We highlight a few notable Bay Area residents who made history and some rich resources. 
Serra Mother-Son Mass for Sophomores This Saturday

Normally we would gather together for a Mass celebrating the special relationship between mothers and sons, but we aren’t able to to that right now due to health protocols during a pandemic. Instead, we invite the mothers of sophomores to join us for a Mother/Son Prayer Morning. on February 6. Join us for a Saturday morning to spend with your son, in prayer, in remembering good and funny times together, and the chance to share these stories with your son.

Join us for this virtual prayer time that will give you one-on-one time with your son with guiding questions and prompts for getting your son to share some of his love for you.

This Mother/Son Prayer Time will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Any questions please email our chaplain, Fr. Michael Liliedahl.
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. Taking readings from the psalms, scripture, and offering time to offer our own intentions this prayer is done by all monks, nuns, and priests around the world and is easy to follow along with. 

Join us at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday mornings in Father Michael’s Zoom Room for this time of prayer.
Common Ground Event: Future Ready Kids with Ralph Wales on February 9
Colin Seale, educator, lawyer and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer, will cover powerful, but practical, strategies parents and educators can use to help students learn the habits and mindsets needed to apply critical thinking consistently. He addresses the need for developing critical inquiry skills so our children grow to be engaged students and involved citizens, leaders, and innovators. The event will take place on February 9, at 7 p.m. For more information visit the Common Ground website.
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.
Serra Fathers' Club and Serra Madres Join For Club Meeting with Guest Speaker Scott Igoe '86

Join the Parents Clubs for this Valentine’s Day event on February 9. This Valentine's Day Couples Night Zoom will take place a 6:30 p.m. with no host virtual cocktails and mocktails begin 7 p.m.
The featured speaker is Scott Igoe '86 from ABC in LA and who has worked on various shows such as the Bachelor/Bachelorette, Country Music Awards, and the Academy Awards.
Grab a cocktail and your sweetie for some behind-the-scenes scoop on some of your favorite shows!
Contact Events Coordinator Theresa Stoye for additional information on how to attend.
New Mask Requirements for
Students On Serra Campus

Due to new recommendations from the Archdiocese and the county, moving forward, gaiters and bandanas will not be allowed on campus.

Students must wear a disposable surgical mask or a cloth mask. If a student's mask does not meet this criteria, we will provide the student with a disposable mask.
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.
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If you have any questions or difficulties logging in, please contact Michelle Wilkinson.
Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Director of Marketing and Communications