Parents & Students
These are the McMackin Bistro entrees from the grill for the week of Sept. 26:
- Monday: Philly Cheese Sandwich with French Fries
- Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Delight Sandwich with French Fries
- Wednesday: Tinga Tosadas with Spanish Rice
- Thursday: Steak Chipotle Sandwich with French Fries
- Friday: Asada Quesadilla with French Fries
For breakfast, grill, deli, and healthy choice options for the week, click below.
Sept 29-Oct 5
JASON MRAZ PERFORMS FOR JSERRA
Join us for "An Evening Under the Stars — A Celebration of Giving and Music" on Saturday 10/15 for an intimate evening featuring Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz and Edwin McCain. There are now only 84 seats remaining for the 300-person capacity. Click here to buy tickets, sponsorship, and/or underwriting opportunities. The funds raised from this event support JSerra's financial aid budget of $3.5 million each school year.
The celebration will include a live auction with exclusive items. New York City, Kauai, and Big Bear vacations will be available as well as a coveted JSerra reserved parking spot and the VIP graduation package! For those who are not able to attend, maximum bids can be placed on any or all items. For more information, contact Tony Roberts, Vice President of School Relations, at email@example.com. All bids must be submitted by Friday 10/14.
NEW PODCAST EPISODES
We have two very different but equally engage podcasts with new episodes! The first is Plugged In, which offers personal and professional insights from guests with hands-on involvement in the life of adolescents and expertise in education and related fields. The latest episode with Fr. Robert Spitzer and his case for morality is out now on our website and Apple Podcasts.
We also have a new podcast from JSerra Athletics called The Lion Zone in which Head Coach Brett Kay and Admissions Coordinator and alumnus Bret Dahlson bring your conversation, Monday morning game analysis, and interviews with coaches, players, and special guests. Check out the latest episode on the Athletics website or Spotify!
S.E.R.P. STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, PLEASE RSVP FOR COLLEGE TALK ON OCTOBER 5
Vice President of School Relations Tony Roberts will be giving a "College Talk" at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 10/5 in Busch Hall Center Room. Prior to JSerra, Mr. Roberts had a long history at Notre Dame and has unique insights into the things top colleges are seeking in prospective students. His experience as both an employee of Notre Dame and a long-time member of the Notre Dame Club of Orange County positions him well to offer targeted advice to families who are thinking about what is needed to get into top colleges! His talk will undoubtedly spur conversations between parents and students in regard to getting prepared for college and getting on the same page.
This same presentation was given during the summer and over 250 people attended. We will have something cool to drink and a variety of cookies to consume.
This meeting is directed to students of all grade levels, but we also ask that at least one parent attends with their child(ren). If you are able to attend, please RSVP the number of individuals in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be a fun and informative night!
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE GRANDPARENTS MASS
JSerra families, mark Wednesday 10/26 on your calendars for the Grandparents Mass and let your grandparents know! Please send the email addresses of your grandparents to Tony Roberts at email@example.com so that he can personally invite them to this special event.
GET YOUR HOMECOMING TICKETS THIS MONDAY
Howdy, partners! Homecoming is here and the theme is HOCO Hoedown. Please join us from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the Quad on Saturday 10/22. Tickets go on sale this Monday 10/3 and will be available online until noon on Friday 10/21; tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Be sure to get your tickets early because the price will increase each week!
If you are bringing a guest from another school, be sure to download your Guest Pass Application and return it to the Deans no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday 10/19. Please refer to the Parent Student Handbook for questions regarding appropriate attire for this semi-formal dance. Get more details today at jserra.org/hocohoedown!
TNL DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT
Who’s ready for some dodgeball? This Wednesday 10/5 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Campus Ministry will be hosting their annual Dodgeball Tournament in the Pavilion! To play, students need to sign up with a team. There will be a sign-up table in the Quad at all the lunches until the day before the tournament — students can grab a form and sign up their whole team! Sign-ups go quickly so be sure to get your team entered into the bracket before spots run out! There will be plenty of drinks and snacks provided. This is a night that you don’t want to miss! Questions? Contact Campus Minister Bella Holsten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN UP FOR JUNIOR AND SOPHOMORE RETREATS
Juniors, don't forget to sign up for the Junior Retreat from Wednesday 10/26 to Friday 10/28! The retreat will be held at the tranquil Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. It's the perfect location to slow down and take a step back from the chaos of junior year. Click here to register. Questions? Contact Campus Minister Bella Holsten at email@example.com.
The Sophomore Retreat takes place Wednesday 10/12 to Friday 10/14 in Palomar Mountain. This retreat is packed with so many great activities and is many JSerra students' favorite retreat! Click here to register your student today. Questions? Contact Campus Minister Bella Holsten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET YOUR SPIRIT WEAR FROM THE BUSINESS MAGNET PROGRAM
To support our teams, this Friday 9/30, the Business Magnet Program will be at the home football game behind the bleachers selling spirit wear — including special "black-out" t-shirts for the Mater Dei game! Moreover, during Homecoming Week, they will be selling special Homecoming game t-shirts during break every school day and behind the bleachers at the game. Both of these special t-shirts will be $20 each. There will also be JSerra Football t-shirts for $20-30, hoodies and crewnecks for $45-55, and hats. Cash, credit card, and Venmo are accepted.
JSERRA 12TH ANNUAL COLLEGE FAIR LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED
Over 175 colleges and universities from around the world will be on our St. Pierre Baseball Field from 6:00-7:30 pm on Tuesday 10/11 to speak one-on-one with students and parents. This is a great opportunity to learn what colleges have to offer and to find schools you may have never heard of but are the perfect fit for you!
This year, we are using Strivescan to help streamline the process of connecting students to colleges. Students and parents will need to set up their accounts online before the event. They will then send you a bar code that college reps will scan during the fair so that you don't waste time filling out inquiry cards while there. The day after the fair, you will receive a customized list of all of the colleges you spoke to (including the contact information for the representatives from those schools!).
For more information about the fair and an updated list of colleges attending, visit jserra.org/collegefair. The College Fair is open to the public so invite your family and friends!
QUARTER COURSE CHANGE FORM
The 1st Quarter ends on Friday 10/7. The Quarter Course Change Form is now available for students who are looking to level down in a class. The deadline to complete the form online is 3:00 p.m. on Friday 10/14. Students should continue to attend their original class schedule until their new class has been approved by their counselor. Course changes depend on a meeting with their counselor and class availability. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor directly.
COLLEGE REP VISITS
College admission representatives will be doing both in-person and virtual information sessions with our students next week. Students should make sure to register in Naviance for all visits if they would like to speak to the reps. In-person visits will take place during Lunch B in the Quad in a mini-fair format. Virtual visits are from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Zoom. Parents are welcome to attend the virtual visits, but they must get the Zoom link from their students. The following colleges will be visiting next week:
- Monday 10/3 (Virtual) - Boston University, Chapman University, University of Connecticut, Pepperdine University
- Wednesday 10/5 (In-person) - Baylor University, University College Dublin, Elon University, Hult International Business School, Lynn University, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), Trinity College, Westmont College
- Thursday 10/6 (In-person) - Boise State University, University of Chicago, Saint Mary's College of California, University of San Diego, Trinity University
PRACTICE PSAT FOR SOPHOMORES
On Wednesday 10/12, all sophomore students will be taking a practice PSAT/NMSQT exam under timed conditions on campus with our partner, Revolution Prep. A proctored practice exam will help your student build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of their testing performance. Diagnostic test results are a wonderful tool to help determine baseline scores and reviewing the score report can help to reveal strengths and areas of opportunity before taking the official exam.
The exam will start promptly at 7:55 a.m., so please make arrangements to arrive early to the campus. The exam will be held in Building 3. Please come prepared with two #2 sharpened pencils, a calculator, and extra batteries, if needed. Room assignments will be posted on the building walls the week before the practice exam.
Your student has been automatically enrolled in this practice test, and will be assigned a dedicated Revolution Prep student dashboard, which will be accessed via username and password, which will be issued upon enrollment. Some students may already have an account. Here, you will be able to access your child's scores as well as an 8-page score report upon scoring after completion of the exam.
You will receive an email within the next week from Revolution Prep confirming the creation of your students' profile and dashboard. There is no action that you need to take at this time. Please also be prepared, as you will receive a couple of other emails from Revolution Prep associated with this program, including an automated reminder, that your student will be receiving as well. If you have any questions, you can contact your counselor.
PSAT/NMSQT FOR JUNIORS
Juniors will be taking the PSAT from 7:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday 10/12. There is no registration required. A week before the day of the exam, the room assignments will be posted on the walls inside all three buildings. Room assignments for students with accommodations will be posted outside of the SERP office in Building 1. The room assignments on the walls will include the student's ID number and the classroom where they will be taking the exam. Below are the links for the calculator policy and what students are allowed and not allowed to bring to the Exam.
SENIOR COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE DAY
Attention all seniors! The Counseling Department is hosting College Application Assistance Day from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday 10/12. Seniors will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with college admission reps and the JSerra counselors to get assistance with their applications and essays. For instructions on submitting your college application supporting document, please watch this video and review the Naviance College Application Instructions. Students must follow these steps to ensure all of their application documents are sent by their college deadlines. Please submit requests for transcripts and teacher letters of recommendation at least three weeks prior to the deadline.
VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: JUSTICE
Let's begin by re-capping where we've been and where we're going! We started the year with the virtue of prudence and then tackled foresight and docility, which are sub-virtues of prudence. Now we will be moving onto the justice virtues for another week! Justice means giving a person his/her due. Justice is a huge overarching category, which includes the sub-virtues of affability, courtesy, gratitude, and trustworthiness. Join us in delving into each of these virtues over the course of the semester! See our website for more information about justice at jserra.org/virtues.
|Thurs 9/29||8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.||Red Cross Club Blood Drive||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Thurs 9/29||4:00-6:00 p.m.||Lion Game: Boys Water Polo vs Mater Dei (Pool Party)||Home|
|Fri 9/30||5:30-7:00 p.m.||Friday Night Lights Tailgate||Senior Parking Lot|
|Fri 9/30||7:00-10:00 p.m.||Varsity Football vs Mater Dei||Main Field|
|Sat 10/1||7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||SAT||Off campus|
|Sat 10/1||9:00-11:00 a.m.||PSAT 101 Strategy Session||Virtual|
|Sat 10/1||6:00-8:00 p.m.||DuPont Business Magnet Fall Festival||Busch Hall Center Room and Quad|
|Mon 10/3||Respect Life Month Exhibit Begins|
|Mon 10/3||3:00-3:45 p.m.||CSF Meeting||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Tue 10/4||12:25-12:55 p.m.||NHS Meeting||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Tue 10/4||5:45-7:45 p.m.||Lion Game: Girls Volleyball vs Santa Margarita (Pink Out)||Home|
|Wed 10/5-Thurs 10/6||8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.||Confessions||Chapel|
|Wed 10/5||10:25-11:30 a.m.||All-School Mass||Pavilion|
|Wed 10/5||6:00-7:00 p.m.||College Talk||Busch Hall Center Room|
|Wed 10/5||7:00-9:00 p.m.||TNL Dodgeball Tournament||Pavilion|
|Fri 10/7||End of 1st Quarter|
|Fri 10/7||7:00-10:00 p.m.||Varsity Football vs Santa Margarita||Away|
|Sat 10/8||9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.||Role About Theater Festival||Woodbridge High School (Irvine)|
|Mon 10/10-Fri 10/21||Virtue of the Week: Affability|
|Mon 10/10||Student Holiday (No School)|
|Tue 10/11||First Day of 2nd Quarter|
|Tue 10/11||10:25-11:30 a.m.||All-School Mass||Pavilion|
|Tue 10/11||6:00-7:30 p.m.||JSerra 12th Annual College Fair||St Pierre Baseball Field|
|Wed 10/12-Fri 10/14||Sophomore Overnight Retreat||Palomar Mountain|
|Wed 10/12||Freshman Service Day
Practice PSAT for Sophomores
PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors
Senior College Application Workshop Day
|Wed 10/12||1:30-4:30 p.m.||Parent Teacher Conferences||Pavilion|
|Wed 10/12||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Adelante Parent Spiritual Development||Quad / Busch Hall Center Room|
|Thurs 10/13||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Fall Choir Concert||TBA|
|Fri 10/14||Leadership Team Appreciation Day|
|Fri 10/14||3:00 p.m.||Quarter Course Change Deadline|
|Fri 10/14||7:00-10:00 p.m.||Varsity Football vs St John Bosco|
|Sat 10/15||8:00-10:30 a.m.||Lion Game: Cross at OC County Championships (Black Out)||Irvine Lake|
|Sat 10/15||5:00-11:00 p.m.||An Evening Under the Stars||Private Equestrian Estate|
|Mon 10/17-Fri 10/21||Spirit Week|
|Tue 10/18||6:00-6:30 p.m.||Kairos Information Meeting||Virtual|
|Tue 10/18||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL||TBA|
|Thurs 10/20||9:50-10:05 a.m.||TLC Activity||Quad|
|Thurs 10/20||10:25-11:30 a.m.||All-School Mass||Pavilion|
|Fri 10/21||11:55 a.m.-12:35 p.m.||Homecoming Rally||Pavilion|
|Fri 10/21||5:30-7:00 p.m.||Friday Night Lights Tailgate||Senior Parking Lot|
|Fri 10/21||7:00-10:00 p.m.||Homecoming Football Game||Main Field|
|Sat 10/22||7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||ACT||Off Campus|
|Sat 10/22||7:00-10:00 p.m.||Homecoming Dance||Quad|
|Mon 10/24-Fri 11/4||Virtue of the Week: Courtesy|
|Tues 10/25||4:00-5:00 p.m.||College Essay/Application Review||Virtual|
|Tues 10/25||6:00-7:00 p.m.||Athletic Information Night||South Campus|
|Tue 10/25||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL||TBA|
|Wed 10/26-Fri 10/28||Junior Overnight Retreat||Mission San Luis Rey|
|Wed 10/26||8:45-10:00 a.m.||Coffee with Courtney||Busch Hall East Center Room|
|Wed 10/26||10:25-11:30 a.m.||Grandparents Mass||Pavilion|
|Wed 10/26||5:30-6:30 p.m.||Cal State Application Workshop||Virtual|
|Wed 10/26||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Adelante Scripture Study||Room 1243|
|6:30-7:30 p.m.||Lady Lions Cooking Class||The Farm School on Los Rios Street|
|Thurs 10/27||7:45-8:20 a.m.||DuPont Business Magnet Meeting||Busch Hall East Center Room|
|Fri 10/28||Winter Sports Fees Due|
|Fri 10/28||7:00-10:00 p.m.||Varsity Football vs Orange Lutheran||Orange Coast College|
|Sat 10/29||6:00-10:00 p.m.||2nd Annual Baseball Halloween Casino Night||Pavilion|
|Sat 10/29||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Fall Orchestra Concert||TBA|
The calendar is subject to change. For the latest updates, please refer to jserra.org/calendar.
JSERRA THEATRE PRESENTS 12 ANGRY JURORS
Tickets are on sale for JSerra Theatre Company's production of 12 Angry Jurors! Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the twelve members of the jury must deliberate — with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen jurors try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate. The fall play takes place from Wednesday 11/2 through Saturday 11/5 with nightly performances from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and an additional matinee on Saturday 11/5. All performances take place in the Rose Black Box Theater. Get your tickets at jserra.seatyourself.biz!
BASEBALL HALLOWEEN CASINO NIGHT
Please join JSerra Baseball for their 2nd Annual Halloween Casino Night featuring a Texas Hold 'Em tournament with cash prizes, Blackjack, Roulette, full dinner and dessert, beverages, silent auction, costume contest (Single, Duo, Group), live DJ, and photo booth to support the baseball program! Wear your Halloween best at this special event, which takes place from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday 10/29 in the Pavilion. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jserra.org/baseballcasinonight.
Boys Basketball is looking for team managers for their upcoming season. Interested students can email Head Coach Keith Wilkinson at email@example.com.
Girls Basketball is looking for new players to join them this winter season! No experience is required. Please email Head Coach Chyanne Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For anyone interested in playing on the Boys Golf team this spring, there will be a players meeting this Tuesday 10/4 at 2:45 p.m. Please meet at the golf practice facility located by the swimming pool. This meeting will only take 10 minutes. If you cannot make it, please email coach Head Coach Brian Schippel at email@example.com.
In her match on Tuesday against Santa Margarita, freshman Gracie Qian not only shot a 2 under par on the day but also had a hole-in-one! Congratulations to Gracie on the amazing feat!
Congratulations to the Varsity and JV Girls Tennis teams for beating Santa Margarita Tuesday by identical scores of 12 to 6. Varsity MVP's sweeping all 3 doubles sets played were seniors Sophie Moncur and Kylie Davidson. JV MVP's were also a doubles team sweeping all 3 sets played by sophomores Natalia Gitibin and Olivia Nowlan. Head Coach Kirk Orahood is thrilled that all three tennis teams are doing so well this year!
Girls Volleyball is having an amazing season and needs your help this Tuesday 10/4 when they host rival Santa Margarita at 5:45 p.m. in the Pavilion. This is a Lion Game and the theme is "pink out" so come out and show your support for the Lady Lions!
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