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November 29, 2020
St. Serra Mass - Monday, December 7
Our sixth grade students and teachers are thoughtfully preparing for our next Mass, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which will be held on Monday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. in our Student Activity Center. Although the actual Feast Day is December 8, our Parish Priests were available on Monday to celebrate this Mass for us.
Food for Friends Drive
Our next "Food for Friends" monthly food drive will be this Friday, December 4. This is our only food drive before Christmas. Please keep in mind that there will be a lot of families in need of food over the Christmas season. Let us remember them in our prayers and do what we can to help by maybe donating a bit extra this month. We acknowledge that we are also seeking donations for Adopt-a-Family, but what seems like a small amount of food, can truly help a family in need and any contribution is greatly appreciated!
'Tis the Season: Adopt-a-Family is Here!
We are partnering once again with Catholic Charities to bring Christmas to 40 families in need. This year, many families are asking for life-giving and essential necessities, such as food, warm clothing and school supplies.

Please click on the link below to see your homeroom's sign-up list.

Questions? Please email us anytime:
Student Symptom Tree
During this school year, our primary goal is to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. Therefore, we urge you to keep your children home when they are sick and stay in communication with the Health Room regarding your child’s health. We are providing the link to the Student Symptom Decision Tree given to us by the OC Health Care Agency for your reference. Please use this guide to assist you when your child is ill. If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 policy for sick students, please feel free to contact Mary Hogan in the Health Room for TK through 8th grade, or Mrs. Carol Reiss for preschool students.
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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 your hands on a consistent basis. Finally, if you are feeling ill and displaying any COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay 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.
Live Streamers: We Want to See You!
Attention Live Streaming Students: We are launching a social media photo campaign to showcase all our live streamers who are showing their St. Serra Spirit! Take a photo of your live streaming home setup wearing your St. Serra gear and email it to communications@serraschool.org. We will share your photos on our social media pages and in the Sunday News! Although we are not together physically, we are still united as one family. Together, we are Serra Strong!
Welcome Mrs. Kabashima, Middle School Science Teacher, Grades 6 & 7!
We are pleased to welcome our new Middle School Science teacher, Mrs. Kabashima! She comes to us with a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California, Riverside and a Teaching Credential in Biology and Geoscience. Mrs. Kabashima has experience teaching science at the Middle School and High School levels at various schools in Orange County. 
She has taught Youth Faith Formation classes at San Francisco Solano and Holy Trinity. She is a part-time group fitness instructor for the YMCA of Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel and for 24-Hour Fitness. We are proud to welcome her to the St. Serra family!
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.
Rebate News
RaiseRightApp: From November 28, 2020 to December 4, 2020 you can get many popular gift cards shipped directly to your home for FREE through the US postal service. Also, remember to get your gift cards for Adopt-A-Family through Scrip, it's a win-win for everyone! Remember all physical card orders must be placed online only by 7:30 a.m. each Monday to be returned by the end of the same week. For any Rebate Program questions email rebate@serraschool.org.
2020-21 Yearbook Sales
New for 2020-21: Buying your yearbook has never been easier! This year, all St. Serra families will be automatically billed $60.00 for ONE (1) yearbook in January 2021, via their FACTS account.

For a LIMITED TIME, we will still offer an "Early Bird" discounted price of $45.00 per yearbook through December 31, 2020. Families who order one or more yearbooks at the Early Bird price will NOT be billed in January. To purchase at the Early Bird price, click on the link below:
Families also have the option to "opt out" of being billed for a yearbook.
Opt out requests must be received by December 31, 2020. Please click the link below to opt out of purchasing a 2020-21 yearbook:
Yearbook Dedication Sales
Yearbook dedication ads and shout-outs are now available for purchase!

Dedication ads are the perfect way to commemorate your 8th Grader's journey to graduation with photos, messages and quotes.

Shout-outs are great for congratulating your St. Serra student on an outstanding achievement or milestone, such as making their First Communion.

Easy to Create: Design, preview and pay for your ad online, all through Jostens easy-to-use website!

"Early Bird" pricing is in effect until December 31, 2020. Ad pricing will increase after this date. Don't delay - visit the Jostens website today and get started!
Santa's Secret Christmas Shop - LAST DAY TO SHOP!
TODAY (Sunday, November 29), is the LAST DAY for our St. Serra students to shop online for their Christmas gifts!

This year we are striving to make this online event a special experience for our young shoppers. To this end, we have arranged for our very own elves to deliver the orders to the children at school! Orders will be delivered in December, exact date will be announced.

PLUS, every student who places an order will be entered in a raffle - 10 lucky winners will get to visit the PRIZE BIN to pick out a free gift!

Don't miss out - parents be sure to help your kids download the Gift List Planner and start shopping now!
Login: santa
Password: giftshop1033
PTO Board Meeting
Our next PTO Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:15 a.m. via Zoom. All parents are welcome to join the meeting. Please visit the "Parents Only" section of the website for information on how to access the Zoom meeting online.
2020-21 "Serra Strong" Car Decals Now Available!
Our online St. Serra Spirit Store now has car decals available for $3.00 each. Great for showing your Serra Pride while driving around town, or order a few for stocking stuffers!
Belle Boutique is a Christmas Shopping MUST!
Belle Boutique is hosting a shopping night exclusively for our St. Serra families! Come enjoy cocktails while you enjoy some social interaction, and get in some Christmas shopping at the same time!

Where: Belle Boutique in RSM (Pavilions Shopping Center)
Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Here's the best part - 20% of sales will be given back to St. Serra!

Can’t make it? Stop by anytime between December 3 and 4 - mention St. Serra and Belle Boutique will honor the 20% donation.

Visit their website:
Pinot's Palette FUNraiser:
December 11 and 12
Get ready for a "fun" twist on our monthly Family FUNraisers, with a virtual painting party conducted by Pinot's Palette!

Let's all join together online to create some amazing holiday masterpieces. This month, our Family FUNraiser partners with Pinot's Palette in Rancho Santa Margarita. St. Serra will earn a portion of the proceeds from every registration!

You can join one or both of our December Family FUNraisers. If the timing of the classes doesn't quite fit your schedule, you can still sign up! All registered guests will receive a link to the virtual painting party to complete your painting at your convenience!  It's super easy to sign up. Painting supplies can be picked up anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., December 8 through December 10. Register via the links below:

Session 1: Friday, December 11,
2:00-4:00 p.m. "Yep It's a Llama" painting; $32 per guest:
Session 2: Saturday, December 12, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Holiday Family Collaborative painting; $29 per guest:
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