Volume 22 Issue 02 September 8, 2016


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In This Issue
A Message From Our President
Season's Tuition Assistance Luncheon Meeting
Student Store News
Principals' Message
Golf Classic
Harvest Festival 2015
PTO Events & Programs
Parent Rosay
First Mass & Parent Fellowship
Volunteer Opportunities
Essential Learning Systems (ELS) Program
Scrip News
Living Our Faith


 Prayer Partners &

Prayer Requests


Please CLICK HERE for more information about Outreach Ministries.

Parish Connections Update
CLICK HERE to view this month's Parish events.
Weekly Rosary
Please join us for  our weekly, Friday morning Rosary. CLICK HERE for more information.

Please CLICK HERE to view the many volunteer opportunities that are available here at Serra Catholic

Community Programs
of Interest


Click each title below for more information
on programs available
in the community.
The inclusion of any flyer does not constitute approval
or endorsement of the program. Flyers are provided as a service.



A Message From Our President
Our God is truly a God of great hope -- when we trust Him we see the Holy Spirit's presence in all we do. I wish this for each of you today and perhaps this is one you can pass onto someone else who may need to feel God's peace and know he is present in their lives.

First Mass of the Year - Tomorrow, September 9
We hope you will join us for Mass tomorrow at 9:30 a.m in our Student Activity Center. Our school Chaplain, Fr. Jim Dunning will be our presider. Mass will be for students in Grades One through Eight; however, all students TK through Eight are required to wear Formal Uniform. We understand that some students may not have their vests or sweaters for tomorrow's Mass or may not have them monogrammed. We do have permit parking in the neighborhood but NO parking is allowed in the Memorial Care parking lot. 

PTO will be hosting a Parent Fellowship Coffee Social following Mass. More information can be found in the PTO section below.

Missionary Childhood Association- MCA Collection at Mass
At each of our schoolwide Masses the students of St. Junipero Serra support Missionary Childhood Association by making a small donation into our collection baskets. These monies do not go unnoticed as we serve the poorest children around the world. Thank you for remembering to support this ministry at tomorrow's Mass.

About Missionary Childhood Association
Founded in 1843, the Missionary Childhood Association is an international organization whose membership is made up of students in Catholic elementary schools and religious education programs. It is an organization dedicated to fostering children's awareness of the missionary nature of the Church.
The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) program in the Mission Office exists to be of service to schools and religious education programs in the Diocese of Orange.

Authorized by the Vatican, and in collaboration with the U.S. Bishops, MCA distributes educational and fund-raising programs to schools and religious education programs throughout the United States. It is sometimes known as the Pontifical Association of the Missionary Childhood because it is sponsored in a special way by the Pope. It is the official agency of the Holy Father for the distribution of the fund raising proceeds realized through the efforts of children for their underprivileged brothers and sisters in Third World situations.

Campus Ministry 2016-2017
"Give your HANDS to SERVE and your HEARTS to LOVE." - St. Teresa of Calcutta

We are inviting all 6th - 8th grade students interested in Servant Leadership to attend our first Campus Ministry meeting.

This first get-acquainted meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 a.m. in the SAC. We will be discussing our goals and some of the outreach projects we'll be involved in this year.

Muffins and juice will be provided. We hope you will join us!
Season's Tuition Assistance Luncheon 
Volunteer Interest Meeting
Thursday, September 15
7:00 p.m. 
(Refreshments served by Casa Ranchero)

We firmly believe that every child that seeks a Catholic education should be afforded one.  This is what our Tuition Assistance Program is all about.  The program is vital in the lives of many of our families. Tuition Assistance is sometimes the difference between staying at St. Serra during difficult times or having their lives completely up-ended by losing that opportunity for their children.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the tuition assistance distribution committee, after a rigorous, confidential, blind, third-party process, awarded financial assistance to 60 families who would not be here without this assistance.  It was the generosity of St. Serra families, grandparents, alumni families and other benefactors of St. Serra that allowed us to make a difference in 91 students lives here at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. Unfortunately, the need is always larger than what we can ever provide.

The Seasons Tuition Assistance Luncheon began as a way to help the Catholic community in South Orange County make an impact in children/families' lives through the gift of Tuition Assistance support for our families as well as those who are in dire need at sister schools in Santa Ana.  While the date of the luncheon is still 4 months away, you can begin to help now by lending us your time and talent and getting involved in this important event. We are seeking table hostesses to decorate and host a table at the luncheon. We also have the following committee chair positions to fill: Reservations, Opportunity Raffle Procurement, Underwriting and Giving Garden. Whether you are business-minded, or wildly creative and love decorating - there is a role for you.  

For more information please contact Karin Hendrick, Event Chair at or  

Reminder: Food Drive Tomorrow for St. Kilian 
Please note that there was a change and a paper bag will be coming home with your child today for your convenience. CLICK HERE to read last week's article in Mrs. Trudell's section to review the details.

Safety and Continued Traffic Challenges
As we conclude the second full week of school, we find we are still having a few major challenges. For the SAFETY of students, staff and parents, please adhere to the following reminders:
  • DO NOT use your cell phone while driving through the traffic pattern on campus; it is considered distracted driving and can be very dangerous.
  • DO NOT pull out from the flow of traffic. You stop when the car in front of you has stopped, your child will exit the vehicle at this time NO MATTER where in the pattern you have been stopped, and your child will then walk to their designated waiting area. ONLY Preschool students are dropped off in a designated area. ALL other students will exit their car from the point the flow of traffic has stopped.
  • DO NOT stop where you feel like it - our traffic procedures have been put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible and have been successful in doing so for several years now. Please follow the procedures to continue to keep everyone safe!
  • PLEASE follow ALL directions from the Supervisors.
School Schedule Clarification
As a reminder, the official start time of school is 7:40 a.m. As a courtesy we leave the gates open until 7:45 a.m.; however, students who are dropped off between 7:40- 7:45 a.m. in front of the PEB are considered tardy. Beginning Monday, September 19, this will be strictly enforced.
Student Store
DENNIS Uniform Sweat/Vests - Monogramming

Monogramming is required on 2016-17 new sweaters & vests provided by Dennis Uniform. Monogramming on sweatshirts is optional. For any concerns or questions, please e-mail Debbie Dubeau, VP Parent Services at

Student Store News

2016-17 Dennis Uniform PE shorts and t-shirts!
Discounted 2015-16 PE Uniforms, sweatshirts and pants, True Grits plaid uniforms and polo shirts, as well as Spiritwear, and other Serra logo items while supplies last. These items will be available for a limited time and are non-refundable, non-transferable, non-exchangeable.

Spanish cards and sketch pads are currently sold out and are on order. We can expect to have them available in the Student Store next week.

ADDED Student Store EVENING and WEEKEND Hours:
1. Back to School Night Hours for September are 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. on Thursday  9/8 and Tuesday, 9/13.
2. Friday, September, 16, 7:30 a.m, - 11:30  a.m.
3. Saturday September, 24, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
God is Good...All the Time,
Angeline Trudell


Be brave, take heart, all who put their HOPE in the Lord - Psalm 31:24

Principals' Corner
Mrs. Carol Reiss, Preschool-2 & Mrs. Julie Tipton, Grades 3-8

Back-to-School Nights
All Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend our Back-to-School Nights scheduled as follows:
  • Grades One and Two - TONIGHT, Thursday, September 8th
    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Preschool, TK and K - Tuesday, September 13th 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Back-to-School nights are for parents only.
  • Parking is available in the Memorial Health Care Parking lot after 6:10 p.m.
Renaissance STAR Reading and Mathematics Assessments
The Renaissance STAR testing will continue through September 16th

September Renaissance STAR Testing
  • Please be sure to review your child's scores between September 17 and January 8, 2017 (more information to follow).
  • Kindergarten will not begin testing until the January administration window. 
  • Please CLICK HERE to view the schedule. Grades 1-4 will take the STAR test during their technology time. Please note that 2nd grade will take their test at an earlier than usual time. Grades 5-8 will take the reading STAR test during their ELA class and the math STAR test during their math class. 
New Diocese of Orange SLA (Student Learning Assessment)
The Diocese of Orange has established a new SLA "Report Card" and grading scales. Administrators and teachers will share information at the Back-to-School nights. Please look for more information in next week's SerraDIPITY.

REGISTER TODAY, we are almost sold out!  Have you heard? The Helicopter Ball Drop is coming to SJSC campus on Friday, September 30th at 8:00 a.m. Make sure to BUY GOLF BALLS. And don't forget to REGISTER to join us at Loco Cycle TOMORROW, September 9th, at 4:00 p.m. for the St. Serra Ride. Come Spin with Us!  ...Read More

GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE  is the raffle that rewards you!  Your Grand Prize Raffle tickets were sent home in last Thursday's Weekly Envelope. Be sure to buy/sell them to get amazing rewards!  HARVEST T-SHIRTS are selling fast!  Buy yours NOW before we sell out!  CASA RANCHERO FUNDRAISER: Thursday, September 15 is our first Restaurant Fundraising Night at Casa Ranchero in Ladera Ranch. Don't forget to print the FLYER and take it with you!...  Read More.

PTO Event & Programs -
News on upcoming events and on-going programs...Read More

OUTREACH -Parent Rosary - Join St. Serra's weekly Rosary group at 8:45 a.m. Friday, September 9th to pray the Rosary at the Blessed Mother statue near Extended Care. All are welcome! If possible, please bring a rosary with you. Please note that on non-Mass Fridays the Rosary group meets at 7:50 a.m., immediately following the morning drop-off... Read More

Outreach-First Mass & Parent Fellowship of the School Year, September 9th 
PTO will host a Coffee Social with our School President and Principals in the St. Junipero Serra Courtyard after Mass until 11:00 a.m. Thank you to the 6th Grade Room Parents for planning this month's fellowship time. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Opportunities - Looking for a way to use your talents to make a difference? Please visit our VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page and see how you can get involved!  As a reminder, per DIOCESAN REQUIREMENTS volunteers must be fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orange and must complete the online safe environment training. These requirements must be met prior to volunteering on campus.
Essential Learning Systems (ELS) Program 

ELS has openings in both after-school sessions! 

Younger students who are struggling with letter recognition, letter sound association, decoding skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, attention and memory may benefit from this program. Older students struggling with these skills or who lack confidence in their academic skills, have difficulty understanding and/or remembering information, take a long time to complete schoolwork and homework, have limited independent learning skills, and/or benefit from additional academic support can also benefit. 

ELS is a computerized, multi-sensory, interactive program that improves focus, strengthens information processing skills, and enhances a variety of academic skills (e.g., reading decoding, reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary development, and spelling). ELS provides a fun environment where students strengthen their skills in a game-like format and earn points and prizes for their efforts. Two after-school classes are available:  1:50-2:35 p.m. (for students in Grades K through Two) and 2:50-3:40 p.m. (for students in Grades Three through Eight). Students attend ELS four days per week (Monday through Thursday) for a minimum of one academic year. 

Please e-mail Dr. Lori Quigley at for more information or to enroll your child.

Scrip News

Did you receive your 2016-2017 Scrip Packet?

Scrip Program information flyer, Backpack Waiver and order forms were sent home with your oldest child on the first day of school. CLICK HERE for packet information if you need a copy.  Please make sure you return both the scrip agreement and backpack waiver to ensure that your earnings are properly credited to your family account.

Preschool Families: Due to preschool start time, Daily Orders will be filled and returned within two school days.

St. Serra has 5 ways to help you earn rebates and attain or exceed your $275 Financial Participation Fee: (Grades TK-8)

Online program CLICK HERE

Online program CLICK HERE 

Electronic Programs (Ralph's) CLICK HERE

Daily Sales CLICK HERE

Weekly Sales CLICK HERE
Ralph's Renewal and Rebate Reporting:
Participants are required to register for the new term online at or by calling Ralph's at 800-443-4438 starting September 1, 2016. Even if you registered as recently as June, July or August 2016, you are required to register again beginning September 1st.
As a reminder, the Ralph's Scan Bar letters are no longer valid and will not work at the register.
For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on 'Enroll Now'. If you don't have computer access, please call Ralph's at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.
Ralph's rebates for Quarter ending 5-31-16 are now due. All rebate information for quarter ending 5-31-16 must be emailed to the ScripCoordinator by 9-23-16NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR LATE REPORTS DUE TO RESTRICTIONS FROM RALPH'S. CLICK HERE for St. Serra's procedures to obtain your family's Ralphs rebate information.
Help!  Missing Supporter Information
If any of the names below are one of your family's supporters, please contact the Scrip Office.
  • Jeffery Jaeke
  • Elizabeth Houston
  • Stephanie Maher
  • J & A Henley
For questions, please contact Tina Maroutian, Scrip Coordinator at 888-1990,
ext. 121.