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June 13, 2021
Dear St. Serra Parents,

Data helps drive many of the decisions that we make in our goal of achieving Academic Excellence at St. Serra. As this highly unusual school year comes to a close, we are analyzing data to determine how well we addressed the Covid-related instructional challenges we faced. We know that widespread closures and/or the move to distance learning back in March of 2020, led to students finishing the school year slightly behind where we anticipated they would have been had the pandemic never happened. As a result, we came into this school year with the goal of closing that performance gap.

Renaissance Learning identified the median Student Growth Percentile (SGP) for students from fall to winter of the 2020-2021 school year. The approximately 3.8 million students in the sample represented all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 2.3 million students in grades 1-8 took the STAR Early Literacy or Reading tests, and nearly 1.5 million students took the STAR Math test.

Using the SGP scores reported by Renaissance and the St. Serra students’ SGP scores from the January administration of the STAR test, we were able to compare our students’ growth to that expected in a typical year, as well as to the growth of students across the nation and to the growth of students in Catholic and private schools across the nation. I am pleased to report that, in all of these comparisons, St. Serra Catholic School students fared very well.

The table below presents a summary of the overall findings. During a non-Covid school year, an SGP of 50 would indicate average growth, with scores ranging from a few points lower to a few points higher than 50 being typical. 
St. Serra students’ growth scores from the January STAR test administration also looked good when reported by grade level and compared to national growth scores, too. Renaissance has not yet released national growth scores from the May administration of the STAR tests. However, the growth scores of St. Serra students are above average.
As the school year comes to a close, thank you for trusting us with your children's education. We wish you all a safe summer and see you next year!

Always Striving,

Tim Tolzda
Sr. Principal
End of the Year Mass, June 16
There will be an all-school end of the year Mass on Wednesday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. Father Angelos of St. Kilian Parish will be officiating and ALL students in grades 1-7 will be attending Mass in the Student Activity Center. Mass will conclude with a promotion ceremony for the students. All students are required to wear their formal uniform on this day and as a reminder, dismissal will start immediately following Mass at approximately 10:30 a.m. and run until 10:50 a.m. There is no after school Extended Care on this last day of school. 
Student iPad and Laptop Collections Tomorrow, June 14!
Please click the READ MORE link to view the collection schedule and in-depth instructions on how to prepare your laptop or iPad for return. Charges will be assessed to families for damages and missing equipment, based upon the following schedule.
Library Technician Volunteers Needed for 2021-22 School Year
Parent Volunteers are needed for our St. Serra Library! Training will be provided. Weekly 2-hour shifts will be available, Monday through Friday with a school year commitment from September to June. Weekly Volunteer shifts are from 7:45 -10:15 a.m., 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or 12:15 - 2:45 p.m. For more information, please contact Ms. Bummer at
Health Room Reminder Regarding Medication
With the end of the school year fast approaching, the Health Room would like to remind you to pick up your child's Health Room medication no later than Monday, June 14. These medications include any daily medication and as needed medication that was dropped off at the beginning of the school year. We are unable to store medication over the summer due to limited space therefore, all medication will be disposed of if it is not picked up by June 15 . If you have any questions regarding your child's medication, please call Mrs. Mary Hogan at 949-888-1990 ext. 105.
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. Click the image to view the Symptom Tree.
Rebate News: Important Dates
Please see important dates related to our Rebate Program:
  • June 14, 21 and 28 at 7:30 a.m. - Physical card orders will need to be picked up at the School Office Monday through Thursday only, between 8 a.m. and 12 noon
  • July 2021 - No physical card orders for school pick up.
All reloadable cards and ecards will continue uninterrupted throughout the summer. Questions? Email
Student Learning Assessments, Kindergarten through Grade 8 Only
Student Learning Assessments (SLA's/Report Cards) will be posted the week of June 28 in FACTS. To view your child's SLA: 
  1. Log into your FACTS account (if you have difficulty logging in, email  
  2. On the left hand side, select "Student" 
  3. Select "Report Card." Your child's SLA will be visible. 
Please note: Preschool - TK grades and report cards are not in FACTS. Preschool and TK hard copy SLAs were mailed home. If you have any questions regarding viewing SLAs, please contact Mrs. Carol Reiss (Preschool through Grade 4) at or Mrs. Julie Radzai (Grades 5 through 8) at  
Grades 5 - 8 End of
Trimester 3
Thank you to all students in Grades 5 - 8 for your hard work during the third trimester of the 2020-2021 school year! Congratulations to all the students that earned either Principal's Honor Roll (94%-100%) or Honor Roll (89%-93.99%) during this trimester. These lists will be posted the week of June 28 on our website. 
Downloading Your Child's Seesaw Journal
As the year comes to a close, families can download an archive of their child’s journal in Seesaw. Student data is never lost but accounts of students graduating or leaving the school will be archived. Therefore, it is recommended you download your child’s work by June 30. If your child is continuing at St. Serra you will still have access to your child’s journal next school year. Parents will need to log into their Seesaw family account from a laptop or desktop computer. Journals cannot be downloaded from the family app. Please Click here for complete instructions on how to download the archive. If you have any questions please email Angela Johnson 
Summer Solutions Workbooks
We highly recommend Summer Solutions Workbooks if you are looking for curricular review or preview workbooks for your child this summer. If you wish to purchase Summer Solutions Workbooks, please go to
Choose your child's Current Grade Level and Standards Based if you wish to have your child review what they have learned this past school year in Math and/or English Language Arts. For preschool students choose Pre-K. If you wish to have your child preview what they will be taught this coming school year, choose Unwrapped Next School Year and Standards Based in the preferred subject. 
Community E-Waste Collection Day Scheduled for June 18
St. Serra will be hosting a community E-waste Collection Day on campus Friday, June 18 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the main parking lot. Please check out our recycling vendor’s “Qualified Items” link. They will take a wide range of office E-waste including TV’s, Computers, Laptops… basically anything with a plug and battery. All material collected will be recycled in strict accordance with EPA, Cal Recycle and DTSC regulations and will be recycled through environmentally conscious and appropriate processes.  
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Face Masks Still Required
Based on state guidelines, face masks are still required for K-12 school campuses. Please remind your student(s) that they must still wear a face mask for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
Community Chat: COVID-19 Vaccines for Adolescents & Families
The Diocese of Orange is partnering with OC Health Care Agency and the American Academy of Pediatrics to present a virtual community chat to parents to discuss and help answer questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.  The goal of this meeting is for health professionals to present information and answer questions in an effort to alleviate parent concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. We are honored to have Dr. Chau (Director of OC Health Care Agency), Dr. Singh (Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist), Dr. Williamson (President of American Academy of Pediatrics, OC Chapter) and Bishop Timothy Freyer to present at this virtual meeting. Please join us on Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 p.mRefer to the flyer for registration information.
Used Uniform Drive, June 14-16 & Used Uniform Sale, July 15-16
Getting ready for the end of the school year? Cleaning out your child’s closet? Bring your gently used uniforms to our Used Uniform Drive the last week of school (June 14, 15 and 16)! Containers will be available during morning drop-off for your used items. Donations must include a donation form in order to receive credit toward the purchase of other used uniform items. Click here for the used uniform donation form.

Mark your calendars now for our summer Used Uniform Sale. Shop here before you buy new:
  • July 15, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • July 16, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Junipero Serra School
Middle School Lunch Tables
Join our 2021-22 Room Parent Team!
If you would like to serve on a room parent team, we need your help! Please click here to complete the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is today, Sunday, June 13. Room Parent teams will be formed in August, after students are assigned to Homerooms.
Give Back Programs at St. Serra
St. Serra is thankful for all the families who use Give Back programs to support St. Serra year round. During the summer months, these programs continue to contribute funds to our school and our students!
Just use to designate your funds to contribute to SERRA CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. You’ll automatically earn dollars for our school when you shop!
CLIP the BOX TOPS and/or use the BOX TOPS app to SCAN your receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app automatically finds the products and instantly adds to the school’s earnings online.
When you purchase Coca-Cola products, simply enter each product code at: That’s it! Every code counts! St Serra is listed as ST JUNIPERO SERRA CATH SCH - RCHO STA MARG - CA - 92688
How can we pray for you?
St. Serra Partners in Prayer