Parents & Students
These are the McMackin Bistro entrees for the week of Jan. 23:
- Monday: Chicken Piccata with Pasta and Green Salad
- Tuesday: Baked Potato Bar with Vegetable
- Wednesday: Pasta Bar with Salad and Garlic Bread
- Thursday: Beef Taco Casserole with Rice
- Friday: Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia with Mac and Cheese
For breakfast, grill, deli, and healthy choice options for the week, click below.
Jan 26-Feb 1
VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: MAGNANIMITY
The magnanimous person seeks with confidence in God to generously use their gifts to do great things. There are three parts to this amazing virtue: first, "with confidence in God." Magnanimous people trust in God for fortitude, strength, wisdom, and guidance in whatever pursuit they are undertaking. Their dependance on the Lord means that they are also very humble in thanking God for blessings received. Second, they "generously use their gifts." Magnanimous people know what their particular gifts are and the ways that they can generously contribute at home, at work, and at school. Third, magnanimous people "do great things," which means they lead their friends/family/teammates towards what is good. Let's ask our Lord to help us to grow in this amazing virtue. See our website for more information at jserra.org/virtues.
ANNOUNCING A VERY SPECIAL EVENT: ADELANTE WITH FR. MIKE SCHMITZ
We are thrilled to announce a new southern California faith formation and community-building event at JSerra: Adelante with the one and only Fr. Mike Schmitz! Join us on Saturday 3/11 from 3:00-9:00 p.m. for prayer, food, and fun. Fr. Mike is the premier host of Ascension Presents and has recently gained international notoriety for creating The Bible in a Year and his newest podcast, Catechism in a Year — both of which are ranked #1 and #2 on Spotify's Top Religion and Spirituality Podcasts chart.
The Vigil Mass with Fr. Mike starts at 4:00 p.m. in the Pavilion followed by food trucks, live music, bounce houses, and games on Main Field; his keynote address takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Main Field. Tickets are $25 per individual or $50 per family (food truck purchases are not included). Visit jserra.org/adelante for more information and to purchase tickets today. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Tuition does not cover the full cost of a students’ education. Really? Yes, really!
Every student benefits and every student’s education is subsidized through gifts to the Lion’s Share Fund — including students who do not qualify for financial aid. Really? Yes, really!
Every gift matters. Really? Yes, really!
We hope you are persuaded that your contribution to the Lion’s Share Fund counts. Really? Yes, really.
Click here to make your gift today. For questions, please contact Mr. Russ Abdulla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW PODCAST EPISODE: "ARTHUR C. BROOKS ON THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS"
What guarantees us happiness: money, comfort, fame? None of the above, says acclaimed Harvard Business professor and author Arthur C. Brooks. Find out what science has to say about the keys to the most fulfilling life in the latest episode of JSerra's very own podcast, Plugged In. Listen on our website or iTunes today!
IS YOUR DATA SAFE? FIND OUT TONIGHT
Society is living in fear of being hacked. Let's fight fear with knowledge. Please come listen to Cyber Security expert Lee Lorenza tonight at 6:00 p.m. in Busch Hall Center Room. This special event is sponsored by the Engineering Magnet. All members of the JSerra community are welcome! There is no cost to attend but RSVP is required. Please email your list of attendees to Vice President of School Relations Tony Roberts at email@example.com so that we have adequate seating.
JSPA PRESENTS LISA HENDEY
The next JSPA Presents takes place Wednesday 2/8 from 8:45-10:00 a.m. in Busch Hall Center Room. We will be welcoming award-winning author, speaker, and missionary disciple Lisa Hendey. Lisa is the founder of CatholicMom.com and will discuss "The Sacred Balancing Act: Busy Lives and Family Spirituality." You won't want to miss it! RSVP is not required. Refreshments will be served.
TNL BOWLING NIGHT THIS TUESDAY
Campus Ministry is so excited to continue the year with joining in community and having fun — starting with a bowling night at Saddleback Lanes this Tuesday 1/31 from 6:45-8:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please bring $5 for shoe rentals. Click here to sign up. Questions? Please email Campus Minister Bella Holsten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADELANTE PARENT FORMATION EVENT THIS TUESDAY
Adelante! Join us for our next Adelante Parent Formation event from 6:30-8:00 p.m. this Tuesday 1/31 in Busch Hall Center Room. Our featured speaker is Norbertine priest and Catholic Answers regular, Fr. Sebastian Walshe. Father will be presenting on "The Beatitudes: The Road Map to Happiness." RSVP here.
ADELANTE SCRIPTURE STUDY ON WEDNESDAY
The next Adelante Scripture Study takes place this Wednesday 2/1 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Room 1243. If you haven't yet registered and would like to attend, sign up here for this complimentary event today!
USED UNIFORM SALE TOMORROW
Is your student growing like a weed? Pick up some essentials at the Used Uniform Sale tomorrow 1/27 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in Busch Hall Center Room. Stock up on skirts, shirts, vests, pants, sweatshirts, and sportswear. All items are gently used and are only $7 to $20.
WINTER FORMAL TICKET PRICING INCREASES THIS MONDAY AT NOON
Winter Formal is next weekend! The theme is "Black Pearl" and takes place from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday 2/4 at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to come; freshmen may attend if asked by an upperclassman. Purchase tickets online by 12:00 p.m. on Friday 2/3; tickets will not be sold at the door! If you are bringing a guest from another school, be sure to download and complete the Guest Pass Application and return it to the Deans no later than Wednesday 2/1. Get more information including dress code and ticket pricing at jserra.org/blackpearl!
COLLEGE CHAT #3: CASE STUDY NIGHT ON FEB. 7
Case Study College Night is an engaging and effective way to discuss the college application process. Parents and students, please join us on Tuesday 2/7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Busch Hall Center Room, where you will act as a mock admission committee led by college representatives. This program will help families can gain insight and understanding as to what is valued in the application. This is an interactive event so be prepared to participate! You will be receiving the materials to look over during the week before the Case Study so be sure to check your email then. The evening will include a mini college fair so families can speak one-on-one with the college reps presenting. Register here.
RESEARCHING COLLEGES AS A NEURODIVERSE STUDENT
Join the Learning and Academic Support Department on Monday 2/13 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for a webinar to learn how to best research and identify colleges that will best support your child's learning differences! Myra Castro (JSerra's Director of University Relations and College Events) and Drew Clute (Director of Learning and Academic Support) will be joined by representatives from Marist College, Landmark College, and the University of Arizona's SALT Center to discuss what learning and academic supports are available for your student in college. We are excited to welcome Maryellen Guardino - Director; Office of Accommodations and Accessibility - Marist College; Michael P. Stefanowicz - Vice President for Enrollment Management - Landmark College; and Sarah Sampe - Assistant Director, Admissions & Recruitment - SALT Center, The University of Arizona. Register here. We hope to see you there!
NEW CHRISTIAN SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: RAD CAMP
Do you like making friends and hanging out with some of the raddest people around? Then spend the summer with RAD Camp! RAD Camp is one of the largest overnight summer camps for kids and adults with disabilities in Southern California and is a life-changing volunteer experience. During their two camp sessions, volunteers get the opportunity to become best friends with their buddy and create long-lasting memories. Additionally, volunteers can earn more than 100 service hours in one summer! New volunteer applications will open Wednesday 2/1 at radcamp.org/volunteer. Got questions? Email email@example.com or call 949.387.5219.
KEY DATES FOR 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR
Need to start planning your family's schedule for the next school year? Download and print our list of key dates, which highlights the start and end of each quarter as well as holiday breaks.
SPIRIT GEAR BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DUPONT BUSINESS MAGNET PROGRAM
The DuPont Business Magnet Program has teamed up with MadeInVsa to create an online store that offers a full line of spirit gear to the entire JSerra community! The store currently offers a great selection of general JSerra spirit merchandise; the BMP is also in the early stages of offering team and player-specific merchandise. Currently, the team-specific page has been updated with JSerra Varsity Basketball and we will be continuously adding additional teams and players. New items will be added on a regular basis so bookmark it today! For additional details or questions, please email BMP Director Anne Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERESTED IN WINNING ONE OF FOUR $1,500 NOVAK PRIZES?
Students, the Catholic University of America is hosting a series of meetings where you'll learn about author Michael Novak's book, Business as a Calling. This is an educational opportunity for high schools students to learn about fully living their Catholic faith in their careers. There will be regular Zoom meetings and students will be challenged to turn the information and insights they learn into language/communications for their own peers. Ultimately, they'll use their work to compete for four $1,500 prizes. Download the flyer and sign up today!
|Thurs 1/26||6:00-7:00 p.m.||Is Your Data Safe? Presentation||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Thurs 1/26-Sat 1/28||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Winter Musical: Caught in the Thorns||Rose Black Box Theatre|
|Fri 1/27||Spring Sports Fees Due|
|Fri 1/27||8:00-8:30 a.m.||Moms in Prayer||Statue of Our Lady (Academic Campus)|
|Fri 1/27||12:00-3:00 p.m.||Used Uniform Sale||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Fri 1/27||7:30-9:30 p.m.||Boys Basketball vs St John Bosco (Crimson Out)||Pavilion|
|Sat 1/28||2:00-4:00 p.m.||Winter Musical: Caught in the Thorns||Rose Black Box Theatre|
|Mon 1/30-Fri 2/10||Virtue of the Week: Magnanimity|
|Mon 1/30-Fri 2/3||Spirit Week|
|Tue 1/31||12:25-12:55 p.m.||NHS Meeting||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Tue 1/31||5:30-7:30 p.m.||Lion Game: Girls Soccer vs Orange Lutheran (Into the Jungle)||Home|
|Tue 1/31||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Adelante Parent Formation||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Tue 1/31||6:45-8:30 P.M.||TNL Bowling Night||Saddleback Lanes|
|Wed 2/1||FACTS Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline|
|Wed 2/1||10:25-11:30 a.m.||All-School Mass||Pavilion|
|Wed 2/1||12:00-2:00 p.m.||NCAA Signing Day||Pavilion|
|Wed 2/1||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Adelante Scripture Study||Room 1243|
|Thurs 2/2||7:30-9:30 p.m.||Boys Basketball vs Orange Lutheran (Pirate Out)||Pavilion|
|Fri 2/3||8:00-8:30 a.m.||Moms in Prayer||Statue of Our Lady (Academic Campus)|
|Fri 2/3||11:55 a.m.-12:35 p.m.||Winter Formal Rally||Pavilion|
|Sat 2/4||7:00-10:00 p.m.||Winter Formal||Ocean Institute (Dana Point)|
|Mon 2/6||National School Counseling Day|
|Mon 2/6||2:45-3:15 p.m.||CSF Meeting||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Tue 2/7||2:45-3:30 p.m.||TLC Service Day||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Tue 2/7||6:00-8:00 p.m.||College Chat #3: Case Study Night||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Wed 2/8-Fri 2/10||Sophomore Retreat||Palomar|
|Wed 2/8||8:45-10:00 a.m.||JSPA Presents Lisa Hendey||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Wed 2/8||10:25-11:30 a.m.||All-School Mass||Pavilion|
|Wed 2/8||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Adelante Parent Spiritual Development ("The Search")||Quad / Busch Hall Center Room|
|Fri 2/10||8:00-8:30 a.m.||Moms in Prayer||Statue of Our Lady (Academic Campus)|
|Fri 2/10||8:15-9:15 a.m.||Coffee with the President and Principal||Library|
|Fri 2/10||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Java Lounge Concert||Coast Hills Church (Aliso Viejo)|
|Sat 2/11||7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||ACT||Off Campus|
|Mon 2/13-Fri 2/24||Virtue of the Week: Patience|
|Mon 2/13||5:00-6:00 p.m.||LAS Webinar: "Researching Colleges as a Neurodiverse Student"||Online|
|Tue 2/14||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL||TBA|
|Wed 2/15||Heart of Gold Day|
|Wed 2/15||10:25-11:30 a.m.||All-School Mass||Pavilion|
|Fri 2/17||Student Holiday (No School)|
|Mon 2/20||Presidents' Day (School Closed)|
|Tue 2/21||Fat Tuesday|
|Wed 2/22-Fri 2/24||Junior Retreat||Mission San Luis Rey|
|Wed 2/22||Ash Wednesday|
|Wed 2/22||10:00-11:00 a.m.||Ash Wednesday All-School Mass||Pavilion|
|Wed 2/22||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Adelante Scripture Study||Room 1243|
|Thurs 2/23||5:30-7:00 p.m.||Sophomore Student and Parent Night||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Fri 2/24||8:00-8:30 a.m.||Moms in Prayer||Statue of Our Lady (Academic Campus)|
|Fri 2/24||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Winter Showcase||TBA|
The calendar is subject to change. For the latest updates, please refer to jserra.org/calendar.
JSERRA THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
For this year's student-directed show, the JSerra Theatre Company will perform an original musical written and composed by Haley Kirchhoff ('23) and Nathan Schrodt ('23), and directed by Trinity Lee ('24). Catch four exciting evening performances of Caught in the Thorns tonight through Saturday 1/28 and a Saturday matinee on Saturday 1/28. Click here to buy your tickets today as seating is limited.
JAVA LOUNGE CONCERT TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Java Lounge is back! Come enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee as you listen to your favorite choir members perform in our one-of-a-kind coffeehouse concert on Friday 2/10 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Coast Hills Church in Aliso Viejo. There will be goodies for sale and an opportunity drawing at the end of the night. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students. Purchase your tickets online!
Tonight is Senior Night and we will be honoring our eight Ice Hockey seniors! Puck drop is at 7:20 p.m. at Great Park Ice (Rink 3). The regular season comes to an end this Saturday 1/28 with two games: JV at 2:30 p.m. at Great Park and Varsity at 7:30 p.m. at Carlsbad. Please join us and see our Ice Hockey Lions in action!
Girls Lacrosse is looking for a team manager and student photographer for the season. Interested students can email Head Coach Madi Devries at email@example.com.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Swimming and Diving season begins Monday 2/6 but prior to that, there will be a week of "evaluation" practices between Monday 1/30 and Friday 2/3, which will help determine Frosh/Soph, JV, or Varsity-level participation. All participants must have a completed Athletic Clearance profile. You may also sign up here. Questions? Email Head Coach Kevin Clements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys Tennis is holding an important team meeting today at 6:00 p.m. in the Lions Den (upstairs inside the Pavilion) to discuss Blast fundraising, athletic eligibility, sports fees, and uniforms. If you have not yet ordered your uniform, please contact your Head Coach.
All new freshmen and sophomores interested in joining the Boys Volleyball team are welcome to come to tryouts this Saturday 1/28 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Pavilion. Everyone is welcome! Players or parents with questions can contact Head Coach Tim Layton at email@example.com.
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