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February 21, 2021
Dear St. Serra Parents,

As we move through the year and near the completion of the second trimester, I would like to reiterate that each individual here at St. Serra continues to put forth their very best effort to keep our doors open. We want to ensure that your child is receiving a high quality education.  

This is a very busy time of year as the school continues to go about our day-to-day business and in addition, planning for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. As final decisions are made, we will communicate to you in a timely manner.  

You should be very proud of your children as they continue to show resilience on a daily basis. They truly enjoy being at school and demonstrate their love for St. Serra. They are engaged in our protocols and procedures, and are especially absorbed in their learning.

We have just completed 5 weeks without a COVID-19 case on campus. I am extremely encouraged that things are getting better around our country as the ‘numbers’ are trending downward. This gives me optimism and hope that eventually we will be able to bring some normalcy back to our campus which includes parents being on campus, regular in-person meetings, and programs brought back that have been suspended for this year. I appreciate your support and enthusiasm that you share with St. Serra that makes it a great place to be!

Always Striving,

Tim Tolzda
Sr. Principal
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.
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.
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.
Looking Ahead
For planning purposes, please note that Holy Thursday, April 1, is a minimum day with dismissal at 11:15 a.m. for Preschool and 12:10 p.m. for TK-grade 8. Extended Care will be available for regular extended care students only. No drop-ins will be accepted that day. There will be no school on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday and we are the following week for Easter Break.
Lower School Parents: Please have iPads fully charged
Please be sure that your child comes with their St. Serra iPad fully charged every day.
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."
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.
Beginning This Week: Moment in Time for Moms Spring 2021
Join us for mornings of Faith and Fellowship for all moms this 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.
Call for Underwriters for Season's Tuition Assistance Luncheon on April 25!
The 8th Annual Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon is set for Sunday, April 25, 2021. We are currently looking for event underwriters! Each underwriting opportunity includes name/logo signage at the event as well as on the video screens, program and website acknowledgement. All underwriting opportunities over $750 include event tickets. All underwriiting opportunities over $1500 include event tickets AND VIP parking. Please consider joining the “Seasons” team. Have questions? Please  
Save the Date: St. Junipero Serra Catholic School 25th Annual Golf Classic
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

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
Mask-A-Rade 2021 - It's a Wrap!
We had such a great time putting together our first ever all-virtual live stream fundraising event! Thank you to all of the wonderful St. Serra families who supported the event, whether through donations, underwriting, participating and/or volunteering! We are so grateful to everyone who jumped on board and joined us this evening. We hope you all had a great time!

Please look for an event-specific email to come, with additional information (including redemption instructions for the prize winners).
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. For questions, please contact Mich Todd at
Coffee Socials for New Parents
New Serra Parents are invited to a physically distanced coffee social with our Senior Principal, Mr. Tim Tolzda. It is a wonderful way to meet other parents who are also new to the school.  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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00 a.m. We look forward to seeing you!
How can we pray for you?
St. Serra Partners in Prayer