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February 14, 2021
Saturday, February 20
St. Serra's Mask-A-Rade
Virtual Family Event
5:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Mass - Wednesday, February 17
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten Season in our Catholic Church. We begin a 40-day journey of repentance through prayer, fasting and almsgiving to help us grow closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will be celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass this coming Wednesday, February 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Activity Center. Our first grade students and teachers are preparing for this Mass and it will be our first grade students in attendance. Our Chaplain, Father Jim Dunning, will be our celebrant.
For Lent, For Life: Operation Rice Bowl
Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through Catholic Relief Services, CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all. 75% of your donations go to support CRS work around the world and 25% of gifts stay right here within our Diocese of Orange for hunger and poverty alleviation efforts throughout Orange County.
Lower School Parents: Please have iPads fully charged
Please be sure that your child comes with their St. Serra iPad fully charged every day.
Knights of Columbus Youth Poster Contest
Every year, the Knights of Columbus at St. Kilian Parish sponsor a youth art contest open to all Catholic elementary students. This year's theme is to demonstrate an understanding of one of the mysteries of the Rosary. The contest is open to all students in grades 1-8. There is a first-place prize of $150 and a second-place prize of $50 to be awarded in each of two categories: first-fourth grade and fifth-eighth grade. All entries must be turned in to the Council website by March 26, 2021. Please see the attached document for detailed information and an official entry form.
Rebate News
Physical Card Order (Week of February 15, 2021): Due to the President’s Day holiday on Monday, all physical card orders will be due by Tuesday,
February 16, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. Please contact rebate@serraschool.org with any questions.
Congratulations Mr. Allison on the birth of your son!
The St. Serra Community would like to congratulate Mr. Allison, 4th Grade Teacher, on the birth of his beautiful son, Beau Alexander last Friday, February 5!
2020-2021 Annual Giving
Annual Giving is our families’ opportunity to help provide our students with amazing facilities, world class education and a place to grow in faith. St. Serra has important needs outside of the general budget, and success in achieving these goals lies in our ability to work together "Hand in Hand."
Yearbook Dedications Deadline Extended
The deadline for yearbook dedications has been extended to this Wednesday, February 17. This will be your final chance to submit a dedication page in the 2020-21 yearbook. If you have not already submitted a yearbook dedication and you would still like to, please be sure to complete the process by no later than this Wednesday. It is easy to create your entire dedication online. Click below to get started:
2021-2022 Educational Cost Assistance Applications Open
At St. Junipero Serra Catholic School, it is our desire that our students continue to have the opportunity to receive a well-rounded Catholic education. Should financial challenges arise, we offer educational cost assistance. Read more about the process and how to apply.
Updated COVID-19 Protocol & Student Symptom Decision Tree
The CDC and the Orange County Health Care Agency continually review and adjust their suggested practices and protocols based on emerging information about COVID-19. This memo is to announce some important changes regarding St. Serra’s COVID-19 protocols based on CDC and OCHCA guidance. Effective January 1, 2021, St. Serra has updated the return-to-school policy when a student
is exposed to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Reminders
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 hands on a consistent basis. Finally, if your child is feeling ill and displaying any COVID-19 related symptoms, please keep them 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.
Mask-A-Rade 2021 - It's Almost Here!
Registration and raffle ticket sales are now closed. Registered families will receive an email next week with detailed information, such as:
  • when your oldest child will be bringing home your event box(es)
  • instructions on how to share your family photos to the event social media wall (the best family photo will receive a prize!)
  • instructions on how to vote for your favorite St. Serra Masked Singer during the event; the winning Masked Singer will have a donut party with the class of their choice!

Registered families who ordered dinner from Piccolino Mission Viejo or Hanna’s will also receive a Sign-Up Genius to reserve your meal pick-up time.

We are so excited to bring this fun and interactive event to our St. Serra families - "see" you on February 20!
Save the Date: Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon
Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon on Sunday, April 25, 2021. In an effort to adapt to the ever changing world around us, it is our hope to hold this in-person event outdoors, with appropriate modifications that uphold the general safety and well-being of everyone involved. Should we encounter challenges as the day approaches, a contingency plan will be put into effect. Now more than ever, your participation and support of this luncheon is greatly needed and will make a significant impact in the lives of our St. Serra students and their families. New to the SJSC family? Do you love to decorate, entertain or plan events? This is one event you don't want to miss! This is a great opportunity to meet new people, rekindle old friendships, express your creative spirit, and support our school! Please consider joining the “Seasons” team. Have questions? Please contact Elizabeth Yanni at eyanni85@gmail.com or Candice..Stuart..at candicestuart@outlook.com.  
Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers Needed! Seeking volunteers for data entry in support of the tuition assistance program for the Seasons Luncheon event. Training on the Greater Giving Auction System will be provided. Please contact Mich Todd at volunteer@serraschool.org.
Coffee Socials for New Parents
New St. Serra Parents are invited to a coffee social with Mr. Tolzda and other new parents. If you are new to St. Serra, be on the look out for a Sign Up Genius link in your email. Please register and attend a new parent coffee social being offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00 a.m. More details coming soon!
Moment in Time for Moms Spring 2021
Join us for mornings of Faith and Fellowship for all moms starting Tuesday, February 23! Moment in Time for Moms Spring Book Study will take place on Tuesdays beginning February 23 at 9:00 a.m., and continuing through March 30, 2021. All meetings are virtual. This Spring we dive into a fantastic book, Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen, who shares tools from Philippians to help stop the spiral of toxic thoughts, transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances, by taking control of our minds.
Save the Date: 25th Annual Golf Classic
Thank you to this year’s Title Sponsor of the St. Serra School Golf Classic, Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Additional sponsorship opportunities that include golfer registrations are still available but are going fast. Official registration opens on March 1, but we are accepting sponsors and auction donations prior. Questions? Contact golfclassic@serraschool.org
Attention Web Designers and Content Editors!
St. Serra needs your help!  We are looking for parents to help with the new school website.  If you are interested, please contact Lea Martone at lea.martone@gmail.com for more information and to get involved.
Attention Shoppers: Time to turn in your Box Tops!
Our second Box Tops deadline will be on Friday, February 19. Please turn in any traditional Box Tops clips to your homeroom by this date. You can also help earn money for St. Serra every time you shop by using the Box Tops app and scanning your participating product grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase.
How can we pray for you?
St. Serra Partners in Prayer