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September 4, 2022

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A MESSAGE FROM SR. PRINCIPAL, MR. TOLZDA

Dear St. Serra Parents:


This Monday, September 5, St. Serra Catholic School will be closed in observance of Labor Day. Late in the nineteenth century, labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions American workers had made to our nation’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. Today, Labor Day celebrates the social and economic achievements of our country’s workforce. While the concept of “labor” is most associated with work that requires strenuous effort, Labor Day has become a recognition of the contributions made by all occupations. This carries meaning for us as Catholics, for we are taught by Scripture that work is honorable, no matter what kind of occupation one may have. 


Our staff makes many contributions here on a daily basis; some of those contributions are very visible - others are significant but “behind the scenes”. Nonetheless, all of these contributions are the keys to our school’s success. The contributions of every single employee on our campus helps to produce the end result we aspire to - a great experience and education for all of the children at our school. 


I can attest that our St. Serra families work very hard as well. Living in Southern California, raising a family, and providing for their needs is not an easy undertaking. I am inspired by your efforts every single day.  


Genesis 2:2 says “On the seventh day God completed the work he had been doing; he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken.” As Labor Day approaches, I encourage you to enjoy the day with family and friends, and take this opportunity to benefit from some much needed rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.


Always striving,


Tim Tolzda

Sr. Principal

THIS WEEK AT-A-GLANCE

MONDAY,

September 5


Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

TUESDAY,

September 6



WEDNESDAY,

September 7


Regular Dismissal Day


Battle of the Books (B.O.B.) Student Meeting

3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Parent Hub


Back-to-School Night at St. Serra

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Grades 2-4

THURSDAY,

September 8



FRIDAY,

September 9


Spirit Shirt Friday

Wear your 2022-23 spirit shirt with uniform bottoms

WEEKLY UPDATES BY GRADE LEVEL

ST. SERRA NEWS

Back-to-School Nights

This week, our Back-to-School Night for grades 2-4 is on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Save these dates for additional Back-to-School Night events:


Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Preschool - Grade 1

STAR Testing, September 12-23


The first diocesan STAR testing window for the 2022-2023 school year is September 12-23. Students will take the STAR Math test during the week of September 12 and the STAR Reading test during the week of September 19. Click the link below for additional details (the schedule will be published next week).

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Closed Campus Reminder

Please remember that we are a closed campus. Parents are not to be on campus without first checking in with the School Office. This applies throughout the school day, including morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. If you are walking your child to/from campus, you may drop them off or pick them up at the chapel gate, or drop them off at the walker gate (mornings only) which is located on the Banderas side of the PEB. However, you may not enter the campus from these locations. 


Note: Preschool parents, due to state requirements to physically sign your child in/out of school daily, are exempt from this policy.

Student Behavior and Expectations


Administration has visited all grade levels/classes to review behavior expectations (dress code, behavior, etc.). Please take time to review our Parent Student Handbook located on our website.

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Homework Club Reminder

For students who have registered for Homework Club, we will start this week on Tuesday, September 6. For hours, Homework Club teachers and other information, please click the link below.

HW Club Info

IMPORTANT: Update Emergency Contacts in FACTS


It is extremely important that the information we have regarding your emergency contacts is accurate and up-to-date on FACTS. This includes parents, who should always be listed as the first emergency contact(s). Please log into your family FACTS account and make sure that the person(s) you have listed as Emergency and Pick-up contacts are current and up-to-date.

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Morning Time Saver

Imagine skipping the morning car line and pulling into your own, designated parking space! If you’d like to know more about St. Serra’s Reserved Parking program, please reach out to Mrs. Allison Hibbs (email ahibbs@serraschool.org).

Health Room News


Experiencing flu-like symptoms? Want to know when to call the Health Room? Visit our Health Room page on our website for answers to these questions and more.

Health Room

Join the Choir!

Love to sing? If so, there's good news - the St. Serra choirs are starting up for the 2022-23 school year! Click on the button below to find out more.

Choir Info

Junior Thespians

The St. Serra Junior Thespian Troupe is starting up on Monday, September 26, after school (2:40-3:30 p.m.) in the Middle School Music Room. This group is open to students in grades six through eight. Students will participate in theatre games, skits and songs, and will attend the Junior Thespian Festival. For more details and to sign up, click on the button below.

Junior Thespians

St. Serra Band and Handbells

Middle school students - do you love to play music? Are you interested in the St. Serra Band or Handbells? If so, please join us for an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 6, in the middle school music room right after school. Parents can pick up their student(s) at 3:30 p.m. in front of the School Office.


Please check next week's St. Serra Sunday News for details regarding registration and instrument rentals.

Make Some Memories with Yearbook Squad

Yearbook Squad is open to 8th Grade students, and will start on Monday, September 12, after school (2:40-3:30 p.m.) in the SCLC Creativity Lab. 8th grade students who are interested in helping to create the 2022-2023 St. Serra yearbook should attend. For more details and to sign up, click on the button below.

Yearbook Squad

Rebate News


Ralph’s shoppers - Ralph’s rebates for the quarter ending May 31, 2022, are due and need to be submitted by Friday, September 9, 2022. CLICK HERE for instructions.


Due to the Labor Day holiday, physical card orders that will be sent to the school must be ordered by 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 for delivery by Thursday, September 8, 2022.


For any Rebate Program questions, email rebate@serraschool.org.

PTO SPOTLIGHT

Volunteer Opportunities

We are working on a new page on our website that will have information on all active volunteer opportunities. You will be able to easily access this page from the "quick links" menu on our school's homepage, as well as from the "VOLUNTEER" link at the top of every St. Serra Sunday News.


In the meantime, our PTO is looking for volunteer support across various committees this year. If you are interested in getting involved with PTO events and programs, please email us at:

serrapto@serraschool.org

Note regarding the clearance process for new volunteers: If you are currently waiting to hear back on your volunteer clearance status, please remain patient as the beginning of a new school year is a very busy time for getting new volunteers approved. CLICK HERE for more information.

Registration for St. Serra's Annual Golf Classic Now Open

Please join us for a fun-filled day on the course in support of St. Serra on Thursday, October 20, at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course in Mission Viejo. Registration is NOW OPEN. Please click the button below for details and to register!

Golf Classic

Save the Date for Our First Family FUNraiser!

Welcome back Serra Bears! Please join us for some food, friendship and FUN at our first Family FUNraiser of the school year! Save the date in your calendar now: Wednesday, September 14, at BJ's Restaurant in RSM. They will be honoring all receipts all day long for dine in, take out and curbside delivery, and generously donating 20% of sales to St. Serra! Don't forget to show them the FLYER!  

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DIOCESAN AND LOCAL PARISH NEWS

MOPS & MomsNext at St. Kilian


St Kilian’s MOPS & MomsNext group is currently recruiting membership for the 2022/2023 year. The group is open for all moms - from those who are expecting, to moms with school-age children. Moms are encouraged to come and check out a meeting before signing up.


MOPS & MomsNext is a faith-based group of moms with children (newborn to high-schoolers) that meet and provide support to each other through all stages of motherhood and life. Membership includes a variety of wonderful perks and anyone can join! Check out the flyer for more details.

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Diocesan Children's Choir & Preparatory Choir


David Ball, Head of Music Ministry at Christ Cathedral, is looking for young singers who would like to join the Diocesan Children’s Choir & Preparatory Choir for the 2022-2023 choir year. Please click "Read More" below for details and sign-up information.

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HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Building a Civilization of Love


Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers will be coming to speak at Servite on Tuesday, October 25. His topic will be "A Catholic Response to Racism." This evangelistic event is aimed at directly addressing the topic of racism in order to help us grow as Catholics. Everyone is welcome - click the link below for details.

Event Info
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School - www.serraschool.org