October 4, 2020
Local Parish Updates
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - Blessing of the Animals

Holy Trinity is honoring the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4 at 4:30 p.m. for a special blessing of the animals. You are invited to bring your pets, on leashes or in cages, for a blessing by Father Charles!
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - Blessing of the Animals

Bring your pets to the courtyard for a special blessing in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00 PM. 
Apostles of Divine Mercy Ministry

The goal of the Apostles of Divine Mercy Ministry is to serve God and the parish by answering and promoting God's call for His Divine Mercy. It requires complete trust and sharing acts of mercy and love with His children in our community. If you are interested in this unique opportunity to serve, please contact:

Daniel Letcher, (949) 735-4349; or
Josie V. Nicasio (949) 344-6252.
Do you want to become Catholic?

Do you have questions about Catholicism or becoming Catholic?
St. Kilian is forming on-line classes for those interested that will be held over Zoom and will begin this Fall. Please visit their website under “Formation > Rite of Christian Initiation” for more information. RCIA Sponsors are also needed! They are seeking people who are interested in sponsoring those who would like to become Catholic through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation). We are especially in need of MALE sponsors. You must be a fully initiated Catholic person with a loving and willing heart. If you are interested, please call the Parish Center at
949-586-4440.
Week at a Glance
Feast of St. Francis &
First School Mass
TK and Kindergarten students will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis on October 9 with a prayer service in the SAC. This will include students and teachers only. Our first school mass will be held on Monday, October 12 also in the SAC. Our fourth grade classes will plan this mass. This event will include our parish priests, some staff members, fourth grade students and teachers only, due to COVID-19 regulations.  
Kinder Needs All Helping Hands
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day which is today, October 4, the TK and Kindergarten classes are coordinating an all school Outreach Project for the animals at the Modjeska Canyon Animal Shelter. Everyone is invited to participate this upcoming week by contributing items for the animals.
Grade Level Updates
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
Conferences will be held Wednesday, October 28, Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30. These conferences will be held via Zoom. Students in Grades 3-8 should be present at the conference. Preschool to Grade 2 students do not need to be present for the Zoom meeting. Please look for conference time sign ups in the St. Serra Sunday News on Sunday, October 11. Zoom links will be sent from the teacher before conference time. We look forward to these important conferences!
Student Pictures for Live Streamers and Makeups
This Wednesday, October 7, Simonson Photography will be on campus to take makeup photos for any staff members and students who were absent on their scheduled picture day. All live streaming students are invited to come on campus according to the first letter of their last name. One adult will be permitted to accompany their live classroom streaming student. Eighth Grade Live Streamers, please read more for special instructions on Page 2.
Homework Club
Homework Club will start this Monday, October 5, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. There are still openings in certain grades. Pickup for all grades will take place in front of the PEB starting at 4:00 p.m. Any students not picked up by 4:15 p.m. will go to Extended Care. Read more to view Homework Club Teachers.
Student Symptoms Guide
We've had many questions from parents about our health policies for the 2020-2021 school year. We have included the link to the Student Symptom Decision Tree provided to us by the OC Health Care Agency for your reference. Please use this guide to assist you when your child is ill.
Morning Drop-off Tips
Let's keep traffic flowing - follow these quick traffic tips:
  • Remain in your car until a staff member completes your temperature check
  • Keep your windows rolled down for temperature check accessibility
  • Have your face masks on
  • Have all your belongings ready for a quick and easy exit out of the vehicle
  • Never exit or pass cars on the driver side
When to Use
FACTS vs. Canvas
We have had some confusion in our community of when to login to FACTS vs. Canvas. We would like to share a quick comparison guide to help you understand when to use each product.
Canvas for Parents
We are pleased to announce that Canvas for Parents is now available! We have created a step-by-step guide, titled "How to Log In and Navigate Canvas (Parent Observer)," on accessing Canvas as a Parent Observer so you can be in tune with your child's education!
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.
Cub Scouts Popcorn Sale is On!
Our St. Serra Cub Scouts have kicked off our 2020 Popcorn Fundraiser! We always appreciate the generous support from our St. Serra community. We are not hosting booth sales this year, where we usually see so many of our Serra friends! So if you would like to purchase some popcorn, check out the flyer below. For a limited time, there is currently free shipping on orders over $30. Or, help us reach $3,000 in donations for our American Heroes, thank you!
Rebate News
Shop with Scrip Users: Download the new RaiseRight app to maximize your benefits. The My Scrip Wallet app is being replaced with the RaiseRight app. Make sure to switch to the new app as soon as possible.
Positivity Brings a Smile
If you are a 5th-8th grade parent and enjoy watching your child receive the positive incentives known as merit points, we are asking for your help! Due to COVID-19 and several other challenges this year, our merit incentive program has hit some bumps in the road. If you are able, please donate a small $5 gift card from a local or online retail or food services provider.
Parent Service Hours for 2020-21 School Year
At this time, it is very important that we limit the number of visitors on campus, including our wonderful parent volunteers. As a result, we are waiving the mandatory Volunteer Service Hour Requirement for this school year. However, we still need you! As we proceed through the year, and if we are able to open our campus, we will inform you as to what volunteer opportunities will be available.
October 23rd - Minimum Day
Friday, October 23, will be a minimum day so St. Serra can conduct a deep cleaning of our entire campus. Please mark this date on your calendar!
NOTE: This is a change in schedule.
School Policy Update
In-person, or virtually, students are expected to adhere to the core principles of Catholic social teaching, especially in our current political climate. Therefore, at the discretion of the school administration, student clothing, all personal belongings (for example: face masks, folders, backpacks) and backgrounds of virtual screens may not have any representations of political parties or entities. Students will receive friendly reminders to remove representations that do not adhere to the school policy. After reminders, further action may be required by the school staff to eliminate the images. Ultimately, St. Serra is called to strive to create a principled environment of respect for differences, reverent listening and civil discourse.
PTO Spotlight
St. Serra Family FUNraiser This Friday!
Our next St. Serra Family "FUNraiser" is planned for Friday, October 9! Please join us at Five Guys and Baskin Robbins in Rancho Santa Margarita (note: not the Ladera Ranch location). Why not bring your own blanket and chairs and dine outdoors at Central Park? Your family can dine "picnic-style" while maintaining social distance with other St. Serra families. Feel a sense of community while also helping St. Serra - join us at Five Guys and Baskin Robbins, and be sure to show the flyers when you place your orders with the cashier!
Save the Date: St. Serra Drive-In Movie Night
Mark your calendars! On Friday, November 6, St. Serra PTO will be hosting our very own socially distanced "cinema pop-up" event on our campus. Be on the lookout for an official announcement coming this week with more information and details.
Online Store Now Open
We're back! Our online storefront is now open for select school supplies, religious and novelty items, St. Serra spirit swag and more. And coming soon, we will be adding 2020-21 "Solidarity" Spirit Shirts for sale, as well as other limited time spirit specialty items.

All orders will be delivered on Thursdays to your oldest child's homeroom. Cut-off time for same week delivery is 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Questions? We'd love to hear from you. Please email us at studentstore@serraschool.org.
Siempre Adelante Sponsorship Program, Deadline Extended
Own a business? The Siempre Adelante sponsorship program is designed with you in mind! All Siempre Adelante supporters receive a banner along our inner road for the entire 2020-21 school year, which equates to over 1500 impressions each week. Higher sponsorship levels include even more benefits! Click the link below to view more details including sponsorship levels. This program is now being offered to outside businesses that support St. Serra, in addition to our own St. Serra business owners. Please contact Caroline Cecil, PTO VP of Donations (pto-donations@serraschool.org) for more information.
Starting Tuesday: Moment in Time for Moms Book Study
Calling all Moms! Join us for our Moment in Time for Moms Book Study on Tuesdays starting October 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in our new Virtual Format. This is a great way to connect with other moms and enjoy spiritual conversation and fellowship.
How can we pray for you?
St. Serra Partners in Prayer