Parents & Students
The Bistro is open 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during regular school days. Daily specials are subject to change.
- Monday 12/3 - Taquitos with rice and beans
- Tuesday 12/4 - Turkey cutlet with rice
- Wednesday 12/5 - Pork loin and vegetables
- Thursday 2/6 - Asian chicken bowl
- Friday 12/7 - Jambalaya with brown rice
COLLEGE COUNSELING UPDATE FOR SENIORS
As the conclusion of first semester approaches, we want to call your attention to an important deadline regarding transcript and teacher recommendation requests: All transcript and teacher recommendation requests must be entered into Naviance by Monday 12/17.
During the Christmas break, Counselors and teachers will be unavailable from Thursday 12/20 through Monday 1/7; they will not be accessing email during that time. School resumes and all staff will be back on campus on Tuesday 1/8.
Please ensure that your senior has requested transcripts and teacher recommendations for all of his or her early January deadlines. Requests entered into Naviance after Monday 12/17 will not be completed until counselors and teachers return from Christmas break on Tuesday 1/8.
TEST PREP GURUS SPECIAL FOR JUNIORS
Download this flyer for information on test prep classes in preparation for the official ACT on Tuesday 3/12. The classes AND official ACT will take place on the JSerra campus.
REQUEST FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES
Students wanting to make schedule changes next semester must see their College Counselors prior to Finals Week. The deadline to make any schedule changes will be Friday 1/11. Download the Schedule Change Form here.
ADVENT ROSARY PROCESSION IS TODAY
All are welcome to attend the 3rd Annual Advent Rosary Procession today from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Please meet in the Quad area in front of the Center Room. The procession will be led by our freshman class; thereafter, students will lead the procession in prayer around the Quad. Light refreshments will be served immediately following. No need to RSVP. Questions? Please email Mr. Russ Abdulla at email@example.com.
CATCH BROADWAY MANIA TONIGHT AND TOMORROW
Join the student-artists of JSerra Theatre Program for a spectacular musical extravaganza as they present Broadway Mania on Thursday 12/6 and Friday 12/7 in the Black Box Theatre from 7:00-9:15 p.m. In addition to fabulous performances, you'll get to enjoy a fine selection of coffee and delicious desserts. Tickets are general admission at $20 each. Proceeds will go towards the renovations of the Black Box. Seating is limited so get your tickets today!
CUTTING EDGE FOOTBALL CAMP FOR 6TH-8TH GRADERS
If you have a 6th-8th grader who's interested in football, there's no better place to learn than Coach Pat Harlow's Cutting Edge Football Camp, which takes place 1/8-1/26. Your athlete will learn weight lifting, position training, and varsity coaching over 7 workouts for $100. Click here to learn more and register. Questions? Contact Sean Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINAL EXAMS SCHEDULE
We're nearing the first semester finish line! Please note the schedule for Finals Week (all exams are 90 minutes long):
- Friday 12/14 - Final Exam Study Day; Online Finals (CP and AP); Magnet at 8:30 a.m.; Academic Elective at 10:30 a.m.
- Monday 12/17 - Theology at 8:30 a.m.; Social Studies at 10:30 a.m.
- Tuesday 12/18 - English at 8:30 a.m.; Science at 10:30 a.m.
- Wednesday 12/19 - World Language at 8:30 a.m.; Math at 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday 12/20 - Makeup Finals from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
GET RESERVED SEATS AT THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The Music Department presents "Unto Us a Child is Born" at 7:30 p.m. next Friday 12/14 at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. This concert is free to the community. Limited reserved seats are available for purchase ranging from $25-40 and are recommended for this well-attended performance; all other seats are first come, first served. Get your tickets at jserra.org/christmasconcert.
SENIOR LONG-SLEEVE SPIRIT SHIRTS MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Order a Class of 2019 long sleeve shirt online for $20 and have it delivered by Christmas! All Class of 2019 seniors' names are listed on the back of the shirt. Go to jserraswag.com and order yours ASAP as sales end tomorrow!
INFORMATION MEETING FOR SPRING BREAK PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
If deepening your Christian experience is one of your goals in the new year, then walking in the footsteps of Jesus and encountering God's Word in the Holy Land is a beautiful way to realize your goal. Join JSerra on a journey of a lifetime as we offer our first-ever pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land for students AND parents. We will be taking 12 students during spring break (3/23-3/31) to visit many places including Cana of Galilee, the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, the Wailing Wall, Garden of Gethsemane, and Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross). Students may sign up with Mrs. Emily O'Berry in Room #1244. There will be an information meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 12/12 in the West Center Room. The deadline to sign up is Friday 1/9. Questions? Email Mrs. O’Berry at email@example.com. Download the brochure here.
ATHLETIC SNACK BAR NOW OPEN AFTER SCHOOL
Looking for a healthy after-school snack? The Bistro is now operating the Athletic Snack Bar on school days from 2:00-5:00 p.m. The snack bar is located on the South Campus across the outdoor basketball court near the exit of the swimming pool. Enjoy healthier options such as parfaits, fruit cups, deli sandwiches, and salads along with various treats and goodies. Students will be able to use cash or the bio metric (fingerprint) system. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTER FOR FRESHMAN RETREAT AND KAIROS
It's not too early to start thinking about signing your freshman and/or senior up for the Freshman Retreat (1/17-1/18) or Kairos (1/29-2/1). Retreats are optional but a vital piece of the JSerra experience that helps advance the spiritual lives of students. These fun, dynamic off-site retreats are designed for each grade level with relatable themes in mind. Click here to register for the Freshman Retreat and here for Kairos — both retreats will fill up quickly!
LAST CHANCE TO GIVE FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS LOVE
The deadline for Operation Christmas Love is quickly approaching. JSerrra has three ways to give this Christmas season now through Wednesday 12/12:
- Adopt a Family: Every year JSerra partners with the United States Marine Corps Twentynine Palms to help their most needy families. We still have a few Marine families left to adopt so please stop by the Front Office to pick a family OR make a donation.
- Toy Drive: Donate a toy for an infant or child up to 12 years old by Wednesday 12/12. Our goal is to provide a toy to each of the 3,000 children attending the Twentynine Palms USMC Holiday Celebration Party on Friday 12/14. Last year we donated over $50,000 worth of toys — let’s do it again! Don't have time to shop? Make a donation.
- Kids 4 Kids Party: Support the Kids 4 Kids Christmas Party, which is thrown by our own students every year for Kinoshita Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano. These children are selected by their school administration as most deserving; some are living below the poverty line or are homeless. Our students run this party in the Center Room with dancing, food, games, photo booth, and goodie bags. This party is funded by your generosity through online donations. (Sees Candies sales have closed.)
For more information, please email Stacy von der Linden at email@example.com.
SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR PART-TIME SCIENCE LAB TECHNICIAN POSITION
Parents, if you know someone who has a Biology degree who might be interested in working part-time at JSerra to help our teachers and students, please forward this job description to him or her. Instructions on how to apply may be found at jserra.org/employment. Your assistance is appreciated!
|Thurs 12/6||3:30-5:00 p.m.||Advent Rosary Procession||Quad (in front of the Center Room)|
|Thurs 12/6||7:00-9:15 p.m.||Broadway Mania||Black Box Theatre|
|Fri 12/7||11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.||JSPA Christmas Luncheon and Boutique||El Niguel Country Club|
|Fri 12/7||3:00-6:00 p.m.||Deck the Columns||Buildings 1, 2, 3|
|Fri 12/7||7:00-9:15 p.m.||Broadway Mania||Black Box Theatre|
|Sat 12/8||Feast of the Immaculate Conception|
|Sat 12/8||ACT Test|
|Tues 12/11||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL Ugly Sweater Party||West Center Room|
|Wed 12/12||Operation Christmas Love Deadline|
|Wed 12/12||6:00-7:00 p.m.||Holy Land Spring Break Pilgrimage Info Session||West Center Room|
|Wed 12/12||6:00-7:00 p.m.||Athletic Rosary Rally||Pavilion|
|Thurs 12/13||Ugly Sweater Day|
|Thurs 12/13||Last Day of Online Instruction|
|Fri 12/14||Final Exam Study Day, Online Finals, Magnet Finals, Academic Elective Finals|
|Fri 12/14||7:30-9:30 p.m.||Music Department Christmas Concert||Mission Basilica|
|Mon 12/17||8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Theology and Social Studies Finals|
|Tues 12/18||8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||English and Science Finals|
|Wed 12/19||8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||World Language and Math Finals|
|Wed 12/19||11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.||NCAA Football Signing Day||Pavilion|
|Wed 12/19||5:00-8:00 p.m.||Kids 4 Kids Christmas Party||Center Room|
|Thurs 12/20||8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Final Exam Makeups|
|Fri 12/21-Mon 1/7||Christmas Break|
|Tues 1/8||First Day of 3rd Quarter|
The calendar is subject to change. For the latest updates, please refer to jserra.org/calendar.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Two-time Individual State Champion junior Anthony Grover raced at the Foot Locker Western Regional on the legendary Mt. SAC course along with teammate senior Peter Herold. Grover finished fourth in a time of 15:37.6 qualifying for Nationals. Herold took 14th in 15:59.8, just eleven seconds off the final qualifying spot. It's been a remarkable season for these two great distance runners, and their respective finishes at Regionals are the best in JSerra history. Only the top ten runners in each of the four regions are selected for Nationals, meaning that just forty runners from around America qualified to compete next weekend.
Next up: Grover moves on to the Foot Locker National Championships racing at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday 12/8 at 10:00 a.m. Good luck, Anthony!
Varsity Boys won all 5 games of the Mission Viejo Diablo Inferno Tournament, landing their first Championship win of the season. The championship game was played on Saturday against Mission Viejo with the Lions scoring 52-37.
The Lions kicked off the North OC Championship Tournament with game 1on Monday against Brea Linda and a win of 92-23. Tuesday's game 2 against Troy brought the Lions second win with a score of 77-61. Junior Ian Martinez led the Lions scoring a game-high 31 points in the contest, senior DJ Rodman added 23, and junior Justin Williams chipped in 12. The Lions snatched their third win of the tournament in game 3 against La Serna with a score of 70-56 bringing their record to 7-0.
Next up: The Lions will play their 4th game of the North OC Championship tomorrow. Location and time TBA.
Last Saturday the Lady Lions played Diamond Ranch and came out on top 49-36. Starting this past Monday, the Lady Lions began play in the 14th Annual Covina High School Classic with the first game of their bracket against Schurr High School. The Lady Lions came out strong with a win of 67-25. Scoring for JSerra were junior Sarah Shaw - 19 Pts and 13 Rebounds, sophomore Jaya Shelby - 15 Pts, junior Alex Lemsisanith - 10 Pts and 7 Assists, and freshman Jamie MacKay - 12 Pts and 10 Rebounds.
Next up: The Lady Lions are back in action on Thursday in Tournament play. Location and time TBA.
Boys Soccer went head to head against Laguna Beach yesterday and came out even at a tie of 2-2.
Next up: The Varsity team has a home non-conference game against San Juan Hills this Monday at 5:00 p.m.
Girls Soccer jump-started their season defeating El Dorado 2-0 to win the final of the Beckman Tournament last Saturday. Senior Isabella D'Aquila scored 2 goals and keeper junior Ryan Campbell saved 9 shots including 3 direct shots at close range.
The Lady Lions' defense posted its third shutout of the season led by juniors Kendyll Fritts, Jordyn Gather, Dylan Walker, Rachel Bastone, and Bella Beltran.
Next up: Next Thursday 12/13 the girls will face off against Downey at home with kick-off at 3:15 p.m.. Come cheer on our Lady Lions!
GIRLS WATER POLO
Girls Water Polo crushed Portola last Thursday winning 9-4 then rolled directly into the Benson Cup Tournament Friday and Saturday. The Lady Lions finished Friday 1-1 with a loss to Esperanza 14-3 and win against Ramona 9-7. Saturday was another mixed bag with early losses against Grossmont (4-14) and Valencia (5-9) but rallying back to best Oceanview 10-5.
Players of mention for the tournament were scoring juniors Sophi Kempf and Allie Pincus, freshmen Lily Verna and Katie Sauers, and senior Lauren Gibson with 8 blocks.
The Lady Lions played again this past Tuesday against Dana Hills. While Dana Hills got the game, Kempf powered in two goals on the Dolphins for JSerra.
Next up: The Lady Lions take on the Trabuco Hills Mustangs this Tuesday 12/11 at home at 3:30 p.m.
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