Parents & Students
McMackin Bistro is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on regular school days.
The daily specials are Noodle Bowls on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and Grain Bowls on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
With each bowl, you may choose from a protein option, veggies, and sauces. Build your own and enjoy it all!
HEART OF GOLD DAY IS THIS WEDNESDAY!
Heart of Gold Day is our 24-hour day of giving that provides us the opportunity to unite as a community in support of JSerra. This year's celebration kicks off at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday 2/19 with special treats for students as they arrive at school followed by our Heart of Gold Day Mass at 10:25 a.m. in the Pavilion. We are blessed to have Fr. Damien as our celebrant and our spectacular choir singing at Mass. Afterward, there will be a a short presentation in which we will ask students to participate with a $5 gift via Venmo. Students who donate will receive a pizza lunch and a Heart of Gold t-shirt. The t-shirts may be worn with jeans the following day on Thursday 2/20.
Parents and visitors are invited to stay for a reception after Mass. Refreshments will be served. RSVP is not required so bring your friends and colleagues! If you wish to make a donation with cash or check, both will be accepted at the Front Office. There will also be a donation form on our web site made available for exactly 24 hours starting at 8:00 a.m. Venmo is also an acceptable method of payment. We hope to see you on Heart of Gold Day!
AP AND HONORS PLACEMENT TESTING FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
If your student is interested in placing into an Honors or AP course next year, they can take a placement test next month. There is no preparation necessary to take these placement tests. If they have any questions concerning a test, they may ask the teacher directly. The schedule is as follows:
|DATE & TIME||SUBJECT|
|Monday 3/16 at 2:45 p.m.||SCIENCE*
|Tuesday 3/17 at 2:45 p.m.||SCIENCE*
|Wednesday 3/18 at 3:00 p.m.||WORLD LANGUAGE
|Thursday 3/19 at 3:00 p.m.||MATH
|Monday 3/23 at 3:00 p.m.||SOCIAL STUDIES
LAST CHANCE FOR KAIROS SENIOR RETREAT
Parents of seniors, during this year of record-breaking numbers for Kairos, don’t forget to sign up your son or daughter for the final life-changing retreat of the year, which will takes place next month from Tuesday 3/17 to Friday 3/20 at Whispering Winds in Julian. As a reminder, the cost for this retreat is included in the senior grad fee, so no payment is necessary! However, your senior must be registered for this final senior retreat to attend, so register online today before we reach maximum capacity.
JOIN THE LADY LIONS ON A FIELD TRIP TO HOLLYWOOD
JSPA is taking a field trip to a taping of the Dr. Phil Show! Join us for a fabulous Hollywood-bound excursion on Tuesday 3/10. We will meet at the JSerra lunch tables at 6:00 a.m. and return to campus around 3:00 p.m. Each $25 ticket includes transportation, morning coffee and donuts, boxed lunch, and snacks with beverages for the ride home. Spots are limited and will sell out — don't wait to get your tickets to this extra special event! Invite your friends and purchase your seats online today.
RSVP FOR THE LENTEN TEA
All parents are invited to celebrate the Lenten season at the JSPA-hosted annual Lenten Tea from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Wednesday 3/4 in the Center Room. Join us for a lovely breakfast and tea with special guest speaker, Fr. Damien. You are welcome to bring a friend! RSVP to Mrs. Jeanne Noonan at email@example.com.
RESERVED ATHLETICS PARKING SPACE
We have installed an electronic arm in the Athletics lot (adjacent to the Pavilion and the multi-purpose field) and wanted to offer our families an opportunity to reserve one of the 12 available spaces for the remainder of the school year. The spots are reserved annually for $10,000 and run from July 1 to June 30 with no blackout dates, including all home football games and graduation. We are pro-rating this year’s space to $5,000 and granting parking access through Tuesday, June 30, 2020. If you reserve a spot, you will receive right of first refusal for next year at the $10,000 level. Note that 1) private access is only granted via personal key fob, 2) Athletic Director Chris Ledyard and Football Head Coach Pat Harlow will hold two spaces in the lot, and 3) your spot will come with personalized signage (e.g. "The Jones Family"). Please click here to reserve your space. The opportunity is first come, first served. Thank you for all you do to further JSerra’s mission!
NEW PLUGGED IN PODCAST: "SPORTS REVEAL YOUR TEEN'S CHARACTER"
Do good guys and girls always finish last? Not according to JSerra Athletic Director Chris Ledyard! Learn more on the new episode of Plugged In when Mr. Ledyard shares the secrets of raising great kids through the medium of sports and his strategy for teaching young people how to achieve excellence in mind, heart, and spirit without sacrificing excellence on the field. He also explains how "virtue-based athletics" is the key to unlocking young people's God-given potential — the potential not only to excel physically but also to overcome adversity, respond to life's greatest challenges, and ultimately to love their neighbors as themselves. This is a "must-listen" episode if your student is playing sports or is contemplating joining a team. Tune in here or on iTunes!
GET FINDING CHIKA WITH ANY DONATION
Last month's JSerra Speaker Series with world-renowned author Mitch Albom was a smash hit with both students and adults alike! We have copies of Mr. Albom's latest book, Finding Chika, which retails for $22 at Barnes and Noble and $15 at Amazon, but you can get copies for you and your loved ones with ANY donation. We suggest $10 per book, but since we want as many people as possible to experience this heartwarming story, we are happy to accept any amount you're able to give. You may make your donation online or with cash. All books may be picked up at the Front Desk. All proceeds will go towards the Speaker Series to help us continue bringing phenomenal speakers to JSerra to enlighten our students and community!
|Thurs 2/13||3:00-5:00 p.m.||Girls Soccer vs Millikan - CIF Playoff Round 1||Millikan High School (Long Beach)|
|Thurs 2/13||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Girls Basketball vs Downey - CIF Playoff Round 1||Downey High School|
|Fri 2/14||Student Holiday (No School)|
|Fri 2/14||5:00-7:00 p.m.||Boys Soccer vs Godinez - CIF Playoff Round 2||Main Field|
|Fri 2/14||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Boys Basketball vs Canyon of Anaheim - CIF Playoff Round 2||Pavilion|
|Sat 2/15||Returning Family Contracts Emailed|
|Mon 2/17||Presidents' Day (School Closed)|
|Tue 2/18||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL Bowling||Saddleback Lanes (Mission Viejo)|
|Wed 2/19-Thurs 2/20||8:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.||Heart of Gold Day|
|Wed 2/19||10:25-11:20 a.m.||Heart of Gold Day Mass||Pavilion|
|Thurs 2/20||Heart of Gold Jeans Day|
|Fri 2/21||8:15-9:15 a.m.||Coffee with the President and Principal||Library|
|Fri 2/21||6:00-9:00 p.m.||Winter Showcase: Seasons||Coast Hills Community Church (Aliso Viejo)|
|Tue 2/25||11:40 a.m.-1:20 p.m.||Fat Tuesday||South Campus|
|Tue 2/25||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL Ruby's||Ruby's (San Juan Capistrano)|
|Wed 2/26||10:00-11:20 a.m.||Ash Wednesday Mass||Pavilion|
|Sun 3/1||Returning Family Contracts Deadline|
|Sun 3/1-Tue 3/3||Junior Retreat||Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Camp (Orange)|
|Tue 3/3||2:40-3:40 p.m.||International Student Meeting||Center Room|
|Tue 3/3||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL||Center Room|
|Wed 3/4||8:30-10:30 a.m.||Lenten Tea||Center Room|
|Wed 3/4||10:25-11:20 a.m.||Mass with Bishop Vann||Pavilion|
|Thurs 3/5||Last Day of 3rd Quarter|
|Thurs 3/5||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Spring Choir Concert||St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church (Dana Point)|
|Fri 3/6||Student/Teacher Holiday (No School)|
|Mon 3/9||First Day of 4th Quarter|
|Tue 3/10||6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.||JSPA Field Trip to the Dr. Phil Show||JSerra to Hollywood|
|Tue 3/10||10:25-11:20 a.m.||Testing Week Mass||Pavilion|
|Tue 3/10||3:30-4:30 p.m.||Pep Squad 2020-2021 Mandatory Info Meeting||Center Room|
|Tue 3/10||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL||Center Room|
|Wed 3/11||8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.||School Testing (9th and 10th Grades)||Various Classrooms|
|Wed 3/11||9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||College Awareness Day (11th Grade)||Various Classrooms|
|Wed 3/11||1:30-4:00 p.m.||Parent Teacher Conferences||Pavilion|
|Wed 3/11||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Lady Lions Cooking Class||Farm School on Los Rios Street (San Juan Capistrano)|
|Thurs 3/12||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Lady Lions Cooking Class||Farm School on Los Rios Street (San Juan Capistrano)|
|Fri 3/13||3:00-4:30 p.m.||Teacher Appreciation Party (Sponsored by International Students)||Center Room|
The calendar is subject to change. For the latest updates, please refer to jserra.org/calendar.
WINTER SHOWCASE PRESENTS SEASONS
The JSerra Winter Showcase, Seasons, takes place on Friday 2/21 at Coast Hills Community Church. The art gallery opens at 6:00 p.m. and performances begin at 7:00 p.m. General admission is $20 per person. JSerra students (with student ID), staff, and children may attend for free. Tickets are available at jserra.org/showcase.
SPRING MUSICAL: HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
JSerra Theatre Arts Program is presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame outdoors! Join us for this very special production in the JSerra Quad with four performances at 7:00 p.m. each night from Wednesday 4/1 through Saturday 4/4. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, this magnificent musical's music was created by Alan Menkin, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell. Our show is a full collaborative project with the Theatre, Vocal Music, and Instrumental Music Departments. The production boasts a performance ensemble of over 120 student-artists! Get your tickets at jserra.org/hunchback.
BOYS GOLF PROGRAM TOURNAMENT AND FUNDRAISER
Calling all golfers and golf fans! Join us for the 6th Annual JSerra Boys Golf Program Tournament and Fundraiser on Monday 3/23! Check-in is at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Enjoy a day on the course at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club followed by a spectacular awards ceremony and banquet. Click here for more information, sponsorship opportunities, and to register.
Varsity Boys Basketball captured the win 53-47 against Rancho Verde in an away CIF-SS Round 1 playoff game last night. Sophomore Alpha Chibambe was on fire leading for JSerra in both scoring and rebounds, sinking 17 points and contributing 7 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 assist. Senior captain Ian Martinez returned from injury to lead the Lions in the pivotal game putting 12 points up on the board along with 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Also scoring were senior Justin Williams (8 pts), junior Paxton Burzell (8 pts), senior Hugo Clarkin (6 pts), and junior Max Bowman (2 pts). The Lions are now 22-7 overall.
Next up: The Lions face off against Canyon in Round 2 of CIF-SS playoffs at home tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. Make it an extra happy Valentine’s Day by coming out and cheering on your Lions! CIF-SS Playoff Game ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for students with ID, and $5 for children. Tickets are online available at the door — cash only.
Varsity Girls Basketball take on Downey tonight at 7:00 p.m. in an away contest in Round 1 of CIF-SS playoffs. Good luck, Lady Lions!
Next up: Should the Lady Lions come home victorious, they will move onto Round 2 of CIF-SS playoffs this Saturday 2/15 at 7:00 pm. Location and opponent TBD. Follow @jserraathletics on Twitter and Instagram or go to jserraathletics.org for updates!
Rugby traveled to Redondo Beach for the Redondo Union 7's tournament on Saturday and returned victorious, adding two wins and one tie to their record. Taking on Redondo Blue in their first match, sophomore Nathan Leff picked off a Redondo pass, scoring the only try of the game with a conversion by sophomore William Lhommedieu for a 7-0 win. In their second game, the Lions again took the win 19-5 against Centennial. First half tries were scored by Lhommedieu and senior Garrett Geoghegan while the sole second half try was scored by Leff. Lhommedieu converted 2 of the 3 tries. In their third and final game, the Lions tied the Redondo Red team 5-5. Senior Ryan Meany scored the only unconverted try of the first half.
Next up: The Lions play at home this Saturday 2/15 in their final regular season tournament. Kick-off is rescheduled for 12:00 p.m. due to a home playoff game. Come out and support the Lions Rugby team!
Varsity Boys Soccer challenged Cabrillo at home on Wednesday in a CIF-SS Round 1 playoff game, capturing the win 5-1. Junior Max Carvalho led for the Lions driving in 2 goals towards the playoff win. Senior Carson Kendall jettisoned 1 ball to the back of the net and sophomore Rocco Bon scored a fourth goal. Cabrillo committed a self-goal for the 5th point. Senior Jake Lazarus fiercely defended the goal for the Lions.
Next up: The Lions take on Godinez at home at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow 2/14 in a Round 2 CIF-SS Playoff game. Come out and cheer them on!
Varsity Girls Soccer takes on Millikan today in an away Round 1 CIF-SS playoff game at 3:00 p.m. Let's go, Lady Lions!
Next up: Should the Lady Lions bring home the win, they will be playing a Round 2 Playoff game at home at 5:00 p.m. this Saturday 2/15. Follow @jserraathletics on Twitter and Instagram or go to jserraathletics.org for updates!
Wrestling competed in Trinity League Finals at Orange Lutheran last Saturday in their final match of their inaugural season. Freshman Jacob Sersansie captured the Trinity League Championship in the Frosh/Soph division and two others made the top three. Congratulations, Lions! Contact Head Coach Robin Marquez at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or interest in joining JSerra Wrestling for the 2020-2021 season.
FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE SPORT ON INSTAGRAM
All of our 23 CIF sports and two Athletics Club Teams have Instagram accounts. Follow your favorite team — or better yet, follow them all! Check out @jserraathletics on Instagram today!
JSerra Ice Hockey is gearing up for the ADHSHL playoffs with Varsity beginning their championship defense at 4:10 p.m. this Tuesday 2/18 against St. Mary's at Great Park Ice in Irvine. JV earned the top seed in their league and will play on Wednesday 2/26 at 3:50 p.m. against either Bishop Amat or Edison at Great Park Ice. Come show your support for these stellar athletes!
Is your student interested in joining the 2020-2021 Pep Squad? If so, download the flyer here to view a number of important dates in March — including an Information Meeting on Tuesday 3/10, conditioning classes in mid-March, and try out clinics and try outs at the end of March. Questions? Email Mrs. Stacy von der Linden at email@example.com.
The Sailing team gave it their all in the 4th PCISA SoCal Regatta — a two-day event hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and luckily finished early on windy Super Bowl Sunday. Freshmen skipper Nicole Sighiartau and crew Nolan Boesch earned a tenth in Gold Fleet, fulfilling their goal of a top ten finish in Gold this year. They aspire for even better in the last regatta of the season which will be held again in the now familiar Alamitos Bay. We are proud of teammates freshman Jack Leslie and senior Jared Schafer, who sailed together for the first time and finished twelfth in the very crowded Silver Fleet.
Other upcoming events include the Jeff Adam Memorial Regatta (JAMR), two movie nights, and the Dana Point Yacht Club Junior Art Showcase — three events designed to combine fun and fundraising! Stay tuned for more details on the Art Showcase, which will be open to any JSerra student who would like to create a piece of art on the theme of the ocean. Students interested in joining JSerra Sailing should send an inquiry to Mrs. Wendy Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.