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February 28, 2021
Dear St. Serra Parents,

As we are about to enter the month of March, it is hard to believe that we only have a little over three months of school remaining in the 2020-21 school year. It brings me great pleasure to announce that during these remaining months, we are in the very early stages of bringing back some of our on-campus events keeping in mind our COVID practices. Our PTO has successfully completed its first ever Mask-A-Rade event, and has scheduled some on-campus New Family Coffee gatherings with Mrs. Reiss, Mrs. Radzai, and me.

Our Tuition Assistance Luncheon has been announced and plans are moving forward. This event has already shown great interest from parents and community members alike, and will take place on April 25. Additionally, our Annual Golf Classic will take place on May 20 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. These traditional events have proven to be very successful for St. Serra in the past, and will continue to be strong supporters of our on-going fundraising efforts. Of course, they are also great ways for our parents to have an opportunity to socialize and get caught up with “old” friends or make some new ones. We hope that you will continue to support these endeavors as they help to subsidize our ongoing mission of providing your child with an excellent education.  

I look forward to these upcoming events and especially to having the opportunity to meet and visit with you all!

Always Striving,

Tim Tolzda
Sr. Principal
School Mass Tomorrow, March 1
Please join us virtually on Monday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate our School Mass. Fr. Michael from Holy Trinity will be our main celebrant. Fr. Thomas, Fr. Duy, and Fr. Jim Dunning will concelebrate with Fr. Michael. To view the livestreamed Mass on, please visit the Parents Section. A username and password is required (please enter your personal FACTS username and password).
2021-2022 Educational Costs
Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. We are so grateful for our SJSC parents who share our love of catholic education. We recognize that this is a financial sacrifice and commitment for each of our families. We are honored and blessed to partner with you on our mission of building disciples for Christ. Please "Read More" to view the Educational Costs for the 2021-22 school year.
Almsgiving - Helping Those in Need, Next Thursday, March 4
As most of us are well aware, recently there has been a lot of devastation caused by severe weather hitting across most of the United States. The state of Texas was hit extremely hard because for them the weather was very unusual. To help provide some financial help to the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, we are going to hold a Red, White and Blue Fundraiser Day next week, Thursday, March 4.
Important Calendar Dates for the Upcoming School Year 2021-2022
For your planning purposes, we would like to provide you with these few key dates for the upcoming school year. Click below to read more.
2021-2022 Educational Cost Assistance Applications
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.
Read Across America
St. Serra will join schools all over the country in celebration of National Read Across America Day on Tuesday, March 2 (and Wednesday, March 3 for our Tues/Thurs preschool students). This will be a non-uniform Comfy Cozy Day for our students. Students may wear sweats or long pajamas with closed toe and heel shoes, as per the handbook (no slippers). Students should bring a favorite book - AR book or book they are reading at school. Our English Language Arts/Literacy teachers will have events planned for their classes to promote the love of reading in our students.
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 through Grade 8. Extended Care will be available before school as usual, but AFTER school extended care is ONLY available for Preschool through 8th grade students who use it on a regular basis. No drop-ins will be accepted that day. There will also be no school on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday and we will be closed the following week, April 5-9, for Easter Break.
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.
Type to Learn 4 - Keyboarding
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is pleased to offer Type to Learn 4 as its instructional keyboarding program for K 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.
Water Bottles
We have noticed that students are forgetting their water bottles from time to time. If a parent is unable to drop off their child's water bottle at the school office, we do have plastic water bottles available to purchase for $1.00 each. With the warm weather approaching, it is suggested that all students have an emergency fund of $1-$2 in their backpack at all times if the need arises to purchase a water bottle. We are unable to bill families through FACTS for $1.00. 
Call for Underwriters for Season's Tuition Assistance Luncheon on April 25!
The 8th Annual Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon is being held Sunday, April 25, 2021 on the beautiful St. Junipero Serra School campus. We are looking for event underwriters! Each underwriting opportunity includes name/logo signage at the event and on the video screens, as well as program and website acknowledgement. All underwriting opportunities over $750 include event tickets. All underwriting opportunities over $1,500 include event tickets AND VIP parking. Please consider joining the “Seasons” team! Questions?

Please contact the Seasons 2021 Event Chairs: Elizabeth Yanni: or Candice Stuart:

Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon Tickets on Sale!
Tickets are officially on sale starting today! The Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon will take place on Sunday, April 25 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. under the awning next to the Chapel. This luncheon is dedicated to helping provide Catholic education for those in need and is highly anticipated year after year. There is no greater investment, nor greater return, than to provide children with access to the tools to build a better world, particularly within our Catholic faith community. This year’s event is co-chaired by Candice Stuart and Elizabeth Yanni. Whether you have previously attended the luncheon before or not, it’s an event not to be missed! Grab a friend and join us for an afternoon of camaraderie, fellowship and celebration, united in our common goal of helping to provide a Catholic education for students in need. 
Registration Opens SOON for our 2021 St. Junipero Serra Catholic School Golf Classic!
Please join us for a fun-filled day on the course in support of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School! Your support and participation will help us to further our mission of providing a strong Catholic education for the students of our community, the leaders of tomorrow.

Good times “fore” a great cause!
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 Principals, Mr. Tim Tolzda, Mrs. Carol Reiss and Mrs. Julie Radzai. 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!
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