Parents & Students
McMackin Bistro is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on regular school days.
- Monday 1/13 - Lemon Garlic Thyme Roasted Chicken with Steamed Green Beans and Lemony Carrots
- Tuesday 1/14 - Sesame Beef Stir Fry with Vegetable Fried Rice and Sauteed Kale
- Wednesday 1/15 - Herb Roasted Turkey Breast and Pan Gravy with Roasted Red Potatoes and Zucchini Saute
- Thursday 1/16 - Meatball Parmesan and Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Olive Oil Sauteed Mushrooms
- Friday 1/17 - Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Plum Tomatoes and Glazed Baby Carrots
SAVE THE DATE: HEART OF GOLD DAY IS FEBRUARY 19
Please mark your calendar for our 2nd Annual Heart of Gold Day on Wednesday 2/19! Join the JSerra community as we continue the tradition of our 24-hour day of joyful giving (2 Corinthians 9), starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday and concluding at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday. Fr. Damien will be celebrating our all-school Mass, where we will ask students for a $5 gift. Students who participate will receive a pizza lunch that day and Heart of Gold t-shirt, which may be worn with jeans on Thursday 2/20.
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 from Tuesday, January 21 to 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) Chris Ledyard and 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!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFT
Our 2018-2019 Annual Report, which details the many highlights of our past school year, is ready for viewing. We appreciate the many parents, faculty, staff, and alumni who contributed to a strong tradition of philanthropy by making gifts to JSerra between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Thank you to all who support JSerra with your time, talent, and generosity.
AUTHOR MITCH ALBOM WILL SPEAK AT NEXT WEEK'S JSERRA SPEAKER SERIES
The JSerra Speaker Series is excited to have Tuesdays with Morrie author Mitch Albom speak this Thursday 1/23! This can't-miss presentation is open to the public and takes place from 11:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Pavilion. RSVP is required to Mrs. Jeanne Noonan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a book signing after the event. Copies of Albom's latest non-fiction book, Finding Chika, are currently available for sale for $20 (cash or check) at the JSerra Front Desk and will also be available at the event. Get yours today and get it signed by Mr. Albom in-person!
We are close to reaching max capacity so please consider carpooling with friends to the event.
WINTER FORMAL TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE
Tickers for the "Fast and Furious" Winter Formal are now on sale for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This year’s formal takes place at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin from 8:00-11:00 p.m. on Saturday 2/8. Tickets are $70 per person now through 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday 1/29, then increase to $90 per person until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday 2/5. Get additional details and purchase your tickets at jserra.org/fast.
HYGIENE KIT DRIVE
The JSerra Counseling staff is asking for donations for hygiene kits that the faculty and staff will be assembling on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These kits will be donated to the OC Rescue Mission for our homeless brothers and sisters in Christ. Our goal is to donate 100 kits — and we are in dire need of the following travel-size items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, soap, hand wipes, socks (all sizes), and toiletry bags. Donations may be dropped off in the Counseling Office until tomorrow 1/17. Your support is appreciated! Questions? Email Mrs. Olivia Huie at email@example.com.
USED UNIFORM SALE IS NEXT WEEK (AND WE COULD USE YOUR HELP)
Kids grown out of uniforms already? Don't miss out on some great deals at the Used Uniform Sale from 12:00-3:00 p.m. next Friday 1/24 in the Center Room. Stock up on essential items such as skirts, shirts, vests, pants, sweatshirts, and sportswear. All items are gently used and are only $7 to $20.
Cleaning out closets? Drop off your gently used uniforms to the Front Office. All proceeds help support JSPA events.
Also, we need volunteers to help sort, organize, and fold for the sale. If you would like to volunteer, go to SignUpGenius and pick a time slot that is most convenient for you. Thank you!
SCHEDULE CHANGE FORM DUE TOMORROW
The schedule change deadline for the 2nd Semester is 3:00 p.m. tomorrow 1/17. Your student must see their College Counselor if they need to make any changes. The Schedule Change Request Form may be downloaded here.
PAC-12 "BEST OF THE WEST" INFO NIGHT
JSerra will be hosting the PAC-12 Info Night on Tuesday 2/11 in the Center Room from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with check-in available at 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to hear about admissions, scholarships, and student-life, as well as unique opportunities available to you from multiple universities all in one place! Colleges scheduled to attend are Arizona State, Oregon State, University of Arizona, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oregon, University of Utah, University of Washington, and Washington State. Be sure to reserve your spot online!
LAST CALL FOR ACT PREP CLASS REGISTRATION
Next week will be the last opportunity to sign up for the ACT prep class through Test Prep Gurus. Classes will be conveniently located on campus and will begin on Wednesday 1/29. Students will be receiving a discounted price since we are partnering with the company. Register at prepgurus.com/jserra.
ATTENTION SERP STUDENTS
If your student is a part of JSerra's Student Educational Resource Program (SERP), please remind them that all SERP students must report to the flagpole area in the Quad for a group picture at the beginning of break next Friday 1/24. They should wear their SERP hoodie (if they have one).
SOPHOMORE PARENT NIGHT (COUNSELING EVENT)
Parents of sophomores, the Sophomore Parent Night will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. this Wednesday 1/22 in the Center Room. Counselors will discuss course selection procedures and college planning. This event is for parents only. RSVP to Mrs. Michele Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Counselors will be meeting with sophomores in early February.
FRESHMAN PARENT NIGHT (COUNSELING EVENT)
Parents of freshmen, the Freshman Parent Night will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday 2/6 in the Center Room. RSVP to Mrs. Michele Murphy at email@example.com. This informative evening is for parents only. Counselors will be meeting with freshmen in mid-February.
SENIOR YEARBOOK TRIBUTE ADS DUE THIS TUESDAY
A senior yearbook is included in tuition fees and will be ordered for every student. Senior parents are encouraged to purchase senior tributes for the 2019-2020 yearbook. Tribute ads are due this Tuesday 1/21.
Please go to theyearbookcompany.com to start uploading photos for your graduate’s tribute. The dates listed below are submission dates for online ordering or postmark dates if they are being mailed.
Computer-generated ads or hand assembled ads are perfectly acceptable. Please be mindful of keeping photos modest and appropriate for a Catholic school. Do not send in family heirloom photos as they may be inadvertently lost. Good copies are fine as photos will take several months to be returned to you. Digital submissions must be JPEG files that are 300 DPI actual size.
|Ad Size||Last Chance Pricing (Due Tuesday 1/21)|
|1/4 Page Ad||$250|
|Half Page Ad||$360|
|Full Page Ad||$550|
Please be sure to incorporate the graduate’s first and last name in the ad, so in years to come the ad has more meaning. Specific questions regarding Senior Tributes may be emailed to Yearbook Advisor Mr. Jeff Kahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Thurs 1/16-Fri 1/17||Freshman Retreat||Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside)|
|Fri 1/17||Jeans and Spirit Shirt Day|
|Fri 1/17||3:00 p.m.||Schedule Change Deadline||Counseling Office|
|Fri 1/17||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Varsity Boys Basketball vs Orange Lutheran||Pavilion|
|Mon 1/20||Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school closed)|
|7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.||Confessions||West Center Room|
|Wed 1/22||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Sophomore Parent Night (Counseling Event)||Center Room|
|Thurs 1/23||11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.||JSerra Speaker Series with Mitch Albom||Pavilion|
|Fri 1/24||12:00-3:00 p.m.||Used Uniform Sale||Center Room|
|Sat 1/25||7:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m.||Orchestra Disneyland Field Trip||Disneyland (Anaheim)|
|Mon 1/27||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Varsity Girls Basketball vs Rosary||Pavilion|
|Tue 1/28||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL Chik-Fil-A||Chik-Fil-A (Laguna Niguel)|
|Tue 1/28||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Varsity Boys Basketball vs St. John Bosco||Pavilion|
|Wed 1/29||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Varsity Girls Basketball vs Orange Lutheran||Pavilion|
|7:00-9:00 p.m.||Winter Play: Alice in Wonderland||Black Box Theatre|
|Thurs 1/30||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Varsity Boys Basketball vs Servite||Pavilion|
|Sat 2/1||2:00-4:00 p.m.||Winter Play: Alice in Wonderland|
|Mon 2/3-Fri 2/7||Spirit Week|
|Tue 2/4||7:00-8:30 p.m.||TNL Bonfire||Doheny State Beach|
|Wed 2/5||12:00-1:30 p.m.||National Letter of Intent Winter Signing Day||Pavilion|
|Wed 2/5||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Varsity Girls Basketball vs Mater Dei|
|Thurs 2/6||8:30-9:30 a.m.||JSPA Presents: Organizing Your Life||Center Room|
|Thurs 2/6||6:30-8:00 p.m.||Freshman Parent Night (Counseling Event)||Center Room|
|Thurs 2/6||7:00-9:00 p.m.||Varsity Boys Basketball vs Mater Dei||Pavilion|
|Fri 2/7||11:50 a.m.-12:35 p.m.||Winter Pep Rally||Pavilion|
|Sat 2/8||8:00-11:00 p.m.||Winter Formal||Marconi Automobile Museum|
|Mon 2/10-Thurs 2/13||Kairos 44 (Senor Retreat)||Whispering Winds (San Diego)|
|Tue 2/11||8:15-9:15 a.m.||College Chat: Naviance Training||Library|
|Tue 2/11||7:00-8:30 p.m.||Pac-12 "Best of the West" Info Night||Center Room|
|Fri 2/14||Student Holiday (no school)|
|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||TBA|
|Wed 2/19-Thurs 2/20||8:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.||Heart of Gold Day|
The calendar is subject to change. For the latest updates, please refer to jserra.org/calendar.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALICE IN WONDERLAND
JSerra Catholic High School's Actors Repertory Theatre class presents Lewis Carroll's tale of Alice in Wonderland (adapted by T. C. Baker) in a uniquely different way! Directed by senior Megan Kelley, the play utilizes all the beloved Carroll characters but with a clever approach, addressing mental health issues by using this "make-believe world" as if seen through the eyes of a child. There will be four evening performances from 7:00-9:00 p.m. from Wednesday 1/29 through Saturday 2/1 as well as one matinee from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday 2/1 in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $15 for students. Seats are limited so get your tickets today at jserra.org/alice!
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNING DAY
Another Signing Day will soon be upon us! If you have an athlete who intends to commit on Wednesday 2/5, please contact JSerra's Sports Information Director Carrie Sherburne at email@example.com to be included in the JSerra Signing Day event.
Varsity Boys Basketball captured the win against Servite in an away Trinity League game outscoring the Friars 69-62. Senior Ian Martinez led for the Lions scoring 24 points. Sophomore Alpha Chibambe contributed another 14 points to the win. The Lions' record improves to 17-3 overall, 2-1 in league.
Next up: Varsity has a home conference game against Orange Lutheran tomorrow 1/17 at 7:00 p.m. Come out and cheer on our Lions! This is a "white out" game so be sure to wear white!
Varsity Girls Basketball scored 63 points and restricted Orange Lutheran to just 22 points in an away conference victory on Tuesday. Senior Alex Iemsisanith and Hosanna Walker led for JSerra with 21 and 20 points, respectively. The Lady Lions' record improves to 11-5 overall, 2-1 in league.
Next up: Varsity travels to Mater Dei for a Trinity League outing at 7:00 p.m today.
Rugby hosted their first-ever tournament last Friday and came away with three shut-out victories: 34-0 against Tesoro, 39-0 against Crean Lutheran, and 41-0 against Saddleback Valley Christian.
Next up: The Lions travel to Poway for a tournament at 11:25 a.m. this Saturday 1/18.
Varsity Boys Soccer won Wednesday's away conference game against Servite by a score of 2-1. A historic win for the Lions, this was their first away win versus the Friars since 2010. Junior Max Carvalho and sophomore Sean McTague scored for the Lions with senior Carson Kendall assisting on both goals. Senior Jake Lazarus defended the goal for JSerra. The Lions' record improves to 8-1 overall, 2-1 in league.
Next up: Varsity has an away conference game at Orange Lutheran at 3:15 p.m. tomorrow 1/17.
Varsity Girls Soccer chalked up a 3-0 shutout victory against Orange Lutheran in Tuesday's away conference game. Senior Samantha Williams is credited with all three goals. Junior Abby Lynch provided one assist towards the win. Senior Ryan Campbell defended the goal for JSerra. The Lady Lions' record improves to 10-2 overall, 2-1 in league.
Next up: The Lady Lions travel to Mater Dei for an away conference game at 3:15 p.m. today.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Girls Varsity Water Polo continues to battle in the water with sophomore Katy Belle Sauers stepping up on defense against Costa Mesa in Tuesday's game. Coach Natalie Seidemann said, "[Freshman] Alana Savage showed major improvements in her game last night. It was great seeing [freshman] Sophia Balkhi score a few counters and be a threat on offense."
Next up: The Lady Lions take on Tustin in a home conference game at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow 1/17. The team will be collecting gently used shoes for the charity Soles 4 Souls during the game. Please come support the team and their cause!
Another milestone was reached by JSerra Wrestling, who attended their second-ever wrestling tournament at Segerstrom last Saturday and came home with some hardware. Freshman Jacob Sersansie medaled with 3rd place in the 160 pound weight class while sophomore Austin Richardson placed 7th in the 120 pound weight class.
Next up: The Lions will compete in a tournament at Esperanza at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday 1/18.
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!
Last weekend the JV team had a victory over Newport Mesa 3-1 as well as Edison 6-0. Sophomore Dylan Corbett was in goal for both victories. Freshmen Jack Desplinter, Mason Appelbaum, Jackson Ecker, and sophomore Chase Barry found the back of the net.
Varsity had a showdown with Santa Margarita yesterday and lost 5-3.
Varsity is on the road in Minnesota for the Wayzata Junior Gold High School Invitational. Their pool includes Edina (MN), Culver Prep (IN), and White Bear Lake (MN).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.