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December 6, 2020
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass Tomorrow, December 7
Please join us virtually on Monday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary which will be concelebrated by all four of our parish pastors - Fr. Angelos, Fr. Duy, Fr. Michael and Fr. Thomas - in addition to our school chaplain, Fr. Dunning! To view the livestreamed Mass on SerraSchool.org, please visit the Parents Only Section. Password is required. Although the actual Feast Day is December 8, our Parish Priests were available on Monday to celebrate this Mass for us. Please note:this feast day is a Holy Day of Obligation for December 8. Please visit your parish website for mass times. Thank you in advance for reminding your child to bring in some change for the collection before mass.
Bear Prayer Partners
Over the next couple of weeks, our students in Grades 1 - 8 will be meeting with their Bear Prayer Partners to make cards for essential workers in hospitals. A group of sophomores at Santa Margarita Catholic High School started a club called "Hugs for Heroes" in the hopes of showing how grateful they are for all the hard work essential workers have put in during this pandemic. They also wanted to show that small acts of kindness can make a huge difference! St. Serra is happy to support this club by having our students make cards for hospital workers during this time. 
Adopt-a-Family gifts due FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
THANK YOU to the many families who have already brought in gifts for our Adopt-a-Family Advent Outreach project. Your kindness and generosity is such a blessing for these families in need!

There is still time to sign-up and shop! Please click on the link below to view your homeroom's sign-up list, and turn in wrapped and labeled gifts by Friday, December 11.

Questions? Please email us anytime: adoptafamily@serraschool.org
Student Symptom Tree
During this school year, our primary goal is to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. We urge you, therefore, to keep your children home when they are sick and stay in communication with the Health Room regarding your child’s health. We are providing the link to the Student Symptom Decision Tree given to us by the OC Health Care Agency for your reference. Please use this guide to assist you when your child is ill. If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 policy for sick students, please feel free to contact Mary Hogan in the Health Room for TK through 8th grade, or Mrs. Carol Reiss for preschool students.
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COVID-19 Health & Safety Reminders
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise nationally, we must remain diligent with our COVID health and safety protocols which include wearing masks while on school grounds.(Anytime that a face shield is worn, it must be with a face mask under the shield for all staff and students in all grades). It is important that we practice social distancing throughout our school and maintain good hygiene by washing your hands on a consistent basis. Finally, if you are feeling ill and displaying any COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay home and contact your family medical professional regarding the situation. We appreciate your continued support which will help St. Serra stay open for in-person learning.
Attention Live Streaming Students: So far, we have received just a few photos from our live streamers at home. To ensure that you are included in the Yearbook, in addition to our social media pages, please take a photo of your live streaming home setup wearing your St. Serra gear and email it to communications@serraschool.org. Although we are not together physically, we are still united as one family. Together, we are Serra Strong!
Holiday Cheer is almost here! As Christmas nears, we wanted to spread some Christmas joy throughout our school campus. The week of December 14 through December 18, students are welcome to wear their holiday accessories to school to celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ! Holiday accessories, shirts, and sweaters must be worn with uniform bottoms.
Type to Learn 4 - Keyboarding
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is pleased to offer Type to Learn 4 as its instructional keyboarding program for TK through 8th Grade. TTL4 has engaging lessons that include graphics and activities with multiple opportunities for practice, remediation and goals for success. Directions for each activity are read to the students, and they receive an accuracy and speed report at the end of each lesson.
2020-21 Yearbook Sales
New for 2020-21: Buying your yearbook has never been easier! This year, all St. Serra families will be automatically billed $60.00 for ONE (1) yearbook in January 2021, via their FACTS account.

For a LIMITED TIME, we continue to offer an "Early Bird" discounted price of $45.00 per yearbook (deadline to order online is December 31, 2020). Families who order one or more yearbooks at the Early Bird price will NOT be billed in January. To purchase at the Early Bird price, click on the link below:
Families also have the option to "opt out" of being billed for a yearbook.
Opt out requests must be received by December 31, 2020. Please click the link below to opt out of purchasing a 2020-21 yearbook:
Yearbook Dedication Sales
Yearbook dedication ads and shout-outs are now available for purchase!

Dedication ads are the perfect way to commemorate your 8th Grader's journey to graduation with photos, messages and quotes.

Shout-outs are great for congratulating your St. Serra student on an outstanding achievement or milestone, such as making their First Communion.

Easy to Create: Design, preview and pay for your ad online, all through Jostens easy-to-use website!

"Early Bird" pricing is in effect until December 31, 2020. Ad pricing will increase after this date. Don't delay - visit the Jostens website today and get started!
Rebate News
There are ONLY two dates left to ensure Physical Gift Card Orders are delivered prior to Christmas break:
  • Monday December 7, 2020
  • Monday December 14, 2020
All physical card orders must be placed online only by 7:30 a.m. each Monday to be returned by the end of the same week. Also, remember to get your gift cards for Adopt-A-Family through Scrip, it's a win-win for everyone! For any Rebate Program questions, email rebate@serraschool.org.
Celebration Book Club
The Celebration Book Club is the library's main funding for new books. Celebrate your student's birthday, special accomplishment, First Communion, favorite holiday, or dedicate a book in honor of your child's teacher. If you would like to participate in CBC, simply fill out the form online. Students may choose their new book from the selection.
New Website Coming Soon!
We are excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website coming this month! After four months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on December 15, 2020. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly to prospective and current families.

Our goal with this new website is to provide our families an easier way to learn about the great work here at St. Serra. Many of you who have been with us for a few years, will see noticeable changes like the Parent Section. The Parent Section will be moving to a password protected page, that can be accessed with your FACTS account username and password. More information to follow! Stay tuned.
Still Festive - Santa's Secret Christmas Shop Delivers FUN
Thank you for shopping Santa's Secret Virtual Christmas Shop! For those students who made online purchases, they can look forward to having their orders delivered by our own very special St. Serra Christmas elves the week of December 14. Ten lucky students will also get to visit the "prize cart" to pick out a free gift!

Online shopping has been extended through today, Sunday, December 6. Click the link below to shop now!
Login: santa
Password: giftshop1033
2020-21 "Serra Strong" Car Decals Now Available!
Our online St. Serra Spirit Store now has car decals available for $3.00 each. Great for showing your Serra Pride while driving around town, they also make great stocking stuffers for Grandma and Grandpa!
Pinot's Palette FUNraiser:
December 11 and 12
Get ready for a "fun" twist on our monthly Family FUNraisers, with a virtual painting party conducted by Pinot's Palette!

Join other St. Serra families online to create some amazing holiday masterpieces! This month, our Family FUNraiser partners with Pinot's Palette in Rancho Santa Margarita. St. Serra will receive a portion of the proceeds from every registration!

You can join one or both of our December Family FUNraisers. If the timing of the classes doesn't quite fit your schedule, you can still sign up! All registered guests will receive a link to the virtual paint party to complete your painting at your convenience!  It's super easy to sign up. Painting supplies can be picked up anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., December 8 through December 10. Register via the links below:

Session 1:
Friday, December 11
2:00-4:00 p.m.
"Yep, it's a Llama in a Turtleneck"
$32 per guest:
Session 2:
Saturday, December 12
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
"Snowman Tree Toppers" holiday family collaborative painting
$29 per guest/family member:
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