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February 7, 2021
2021-2022 School Year Automatic Re-enrollment for Current Families
To ensure priority enrollment for our current families, all TK-7 students will be automatically re-enrolled for the 2021-2022 school yearOur goal is to create a seamless transition into next year. Current families who are interested in enrolling siblings in either TK-8 or Preschool for next school year can apply now with priority of admission. To help you plan and consider your family budget, we are anticipating a tuition increase for the 2021-2022 school year to be between 3% and 5%. Actual tuition rates will be announced in March.
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.
Important Reminder
February 19 has been changed to a Minimum Day! Please mark your calendars.
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
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 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.
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. We would like to thank Mr. Robert Knoke and the Knights of Columbus for their continuing support of the arts and for including the students of St. Junipero Serra Catholic school in this annual event. Good luck to all our aspiring artists out there!  
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Valentine's Day Cards, Treats & Trinkets
There will be NO exchange of Valentine’s Day cards, treats and/or trinkets this year due to COVID-19. Instead, students will be making special valentines for their family. In addition, students are encouraged to wear red, pink or Valentine's Day shirts and accessories with uniform bottoms on Friday, February 12, to celebrate Valentine's Day! Thank you for your understanding.
Reduce Your Educational Costs with the SJSC Rebate Program!
Purchasing scrip cards earns you real dollars AND provides your family a tax deduction. No hidden costs or fees - dollar for dollar buying power will reduce your Educational Costs while also supporting SJSC with a tax-deductible donation. Rebates are split 50/50. Rebates are processed on a monthly basis as a credit through FACTS. Act now to participate! Please contact rebate@serraschool.org with any questions.
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.
2020-2021 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."
BOOK FAIR 2021
FINAL SHOPPING DAY TODAY!
Today is the LAST DAY to support St. Serra's Library AND promote healthy reading habits at the same time! Shop now by clicking on the button below.

You can also contribute to your teacher's classroom library by adding funds to their eWallet - an easy and convenient way for teachers to shop online anytime with Scholastic. CLICK HERE for a list of teachers who have links to their eWallet accounts for parent contributions.
Register Today!
St. Serra "Mask-a-Rade"
Saturday, February 20, 2021
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Be sure to register today for our New FAMILY event — Mask-A-Rade! Guess which St. Serra faculty member is performing in the ST. SERRA MASKED SINGER, listen to POPULAR OC BAND Rocky Road play your favorite hit music, share selfies with your St. Serra friends, and enjoy sweet treats and fun items in your take home event box!

We also have more than 35 incredible opportunity baskets this year! Don’t miss the chance to win Disney Park Hopper passes, a hoverboard, Apple AirPods, a Smart TV, Bluetooth gaming chair and headset, Glossier make-up, the 2021 American Girl Doll, and much more! Registration forms went home on January 20. Click here to print additional registration forms or register online.

Visit our EVENT WEBPAGE by clicking on the "Event Info" link below, and see photos and details on all of our amazing raffle prize packages!
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.
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.
Save the Date: 25th Annual Golf Classic
Mark your calendar now for this year's St. Junipero Serra Golf Classic hosted at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course. Registration opens on March 1, and will sell out again this year so act fast. If you are interested in joining the Golf Classic as a sponsor or volunteer please email us at golfclassic@serraschool.org

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