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March 7, 2021
Dear St. Serra Parents,

It brings me great pleasure to let you know that we just had another terrific week at St. Serra! I was especially enlightened by our school Mass this past Monday as our third grade classes had the honor of participating in the Mass. The students were engaged, participated and followed along throughout the Mass. This was very encouraging as our Pastors have made a very conscious effort to be a part of our school community this year. Their presence on our campus reminds us that we are a Catholic community and that we will continue to develop our Catholic Identity in every aspect of our school on a daily basis.

I look forward, as well, to having our parents and grandparents being able to join us once again on campus for the celebration of Mass! When our children see us model good behavior they tend to follow our lead. It is important that our children attend Mass, at their parishes, on a regular basis as they are building the foundation that will be a part of their lives forever, and one that they will always be able to turn to as they venture through life.

Always Striving,

Tim Tolzda
Sr. Principal
Food for Friends Food Drive – Another Great Way for Almsgiving During Lent!
Our next "Food for Friends" monthly food drive will be this Friday, March 12. In addition to the successful Red, White and Blue Day we just had, contributing to our monthly Food Drive during this Lenten season, will be another great way for Almsgiving!
2021-2022 Educational Costs
Please note the following Educational Costs for the 2021-22 school year:
Scouts and American Heritage Girls Yearbook Photo
Calling all American Heritage girls, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Troop 818. Please come to the PEB Stairs after SerraVision on Monday, March 8. Mrs. Sifers will be taking your photos for the yearbook. Please wear your scout/AHG uniform. You may bring a SJSC uniform to change into if you would like. Thank you!
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.
St. Serra Students Perform Very Well on Latest STAR Tests
Schools and school districts across the country have noticed a decline in student performance that can be attributed to pandemic-related changes in instruction. To estimate the impact of those changes on student learning, Renaissance Learning examined the Fall 2019 and Fall 2020 STAR tests of more than 5 million students in grades 1-8 from all 50 states and Washington, DC. In a report titled How Kids are Performing: Tracking the Impact of Covid-19 on Reading and Mathematics Achievement, published in the fall of 2020, the company concluded that the pandemic has had a negative impact on both reading achievement and math achievement. 
Student Council Presents March Madness Fitness Month
This month, the Student Council, will be putting on activities celebrating March Madness Fitness Month in an effort to bring fun with spirit-filled activities for all students, all month long! Every Friday in March, the Student Council will host 4 March Madness activities during recess for the students to participate in. The activities will include Basket Bucket Ball, Basketball Ping Pong, a Basketball Free Throw Game, and a Basketball Obstacle Course. Each ticket played will be entered in the weekly March Madness raffle prize drawing. March Madness Prizes include: $5 Gift Cards, No Homework Pass, or Free Dress Pass. Happy March Madness Bears! Each week, only 1 homeroom (A, B, C, or D/E) for each grade will participate in the activities, this will rotate from week to week so that all students have the opportunity to participate while also allowing for safe social distancing.

Celebration Book Club
The Celebration Book Club is the library's main funding for new books. Celebrate your student's birthday, special accomplishment, First Communion, favorite holiday, or dedicate a book in honor of your child's teacher. If you would like to participate in CBC, simply fill out the form online. Students may choose their new book from the selection.
St. Serra Celebrates Faculty & Staff Service Anniversaries
We would like to congratulate the following staff on their Service Anniversaries:
Rebate News: Tips to Maximize Your March Rebates
  1. If you have own a business or have an employee (i.e. a babysitter) that you reimburse for gas or other items, use Scrip! You will be spending exactly the same that you would spend otherwise. This will help you track your expenses and reduce your educational costs!
  2. Easter Celebrations: There are a variety of Scrip retailers that are perfect for Easter. Whether it is your holiday ham from Honey Baked or Easter basket items for tweens and teems. There is something for everyone. 
Questions? Contact
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.
Traffic Update
We have noticed a significant backlog of cars in our parking lot during morning drop-off and especially afternoon pick-up. 

The main reason that this occurs is that upon exiting the parking lot vehicles are waiting to cut across the three lanes of traffic on Antonio to get to the far left lane at Banderas to turn left or make a ‘U’ turn. This action is holding up traffic in our parking lot.  

In order to keep traffic flowing, please exit the parking lot and stay in the right lane. We realize that this will force you to travel a block or two further but this action will keep traffic flowing more rapidly. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. 
Good Times “Fore” a Great Cause!
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course
Registration is OPEN for the 2021 Golf Classic!

This event couldn’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors, auction donors and on-course food and beverage vendors. Please consider our SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES to see what fits your family or business.

We'd love to hear from you! For event questions or custom sponsorship packages, please email us:
Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Support Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon as an Underwriter!
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, as well as on the video screens, program and website acknowledgement.

Please consider joining the “Seasons” team! Have questions? Please contact our event chairs, Elizabeth Yanni and Candice Stuart, at:
Volunteers Needed
Seeking volunteers for data entry in support of our Golf Classic 2021 events. Training on the Greater Giving auction system will be provided. Interested volunteers please contact Mich Todd at:
Save the Date: Lenten Spiritual Retreat 2021
Our "Made with Love" Lenten Reflection Breakfast will be held on March 26, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. at Hanna's in Rancho Santa Margarita. Registration and additional details are forthcoming.
How can we pray for you?
St. Serra Partners in Prayer