St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

The School of the Month for September is St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

 

Siempre Adelante – Always Forward. These words are what inspired a group of concerned parents to approach their Pastors over 20 years ago about the feasibility of establishing a much-needed Catholic elementary school for their children in South Orange County. Their commitment and determination resulted in the doors opening to 250 students in September of 1995. St. Junipero Serra Catholic School now serves 1,000 students from preschool through eighth grade, and remains a leading, Catholic faith-based school in the Diocese of Orange. Today, SJSC parents remain at the very heart of the school just as they did 23 years ago. Many gifted parents and grandparents give so generously of their time and talent for the benefit of the students and the future of SJSC.

St. Junipero Serra Catholic School seeks to provide students with a moral center, a virtues-based education, and a challenging curriculum for all types of learners, nurturing curiosity and inspiring the love of learning through innovation, investigation, and imagination. As the largest elementary school in the Diocese of Orange, SJSC offers the opportunities for students to thrive, whether in athletics, academics, community service or faith formation. However, what St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is most proud of is the “small school” sense of community that is prevalent in the classroom, on the playground, at school Mass, fundraising functions, sporting events, and anywhere SJSC students, parents and staff come together. It is a community filled with the loving charism of Christ, which is taught to the students and reflected in all aspects of the school’s life.

Today, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School maintains to live by Siempre Adelante… Always Forward. SJSC continues to grow and anxiously awaits the completion of the sacred Chapel that will bring the Blessed Sacrament to the campus along with a Student Creation Center (STEAM education and the Arts education), administration wing and parent hub. This project will complete the final phase of the school’s permanent structure development. A groundbreaking ceremony was celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop Kevin W. Vann of the Diocese of Orange on Monday, April 3, 2017. The final phase of development is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, with the dedication of the Chapel October 6, 2018.

Learn more about St. Junipero Serra Catholic School by attending one of their Meet & Greet or Open House events or visit www.Serraschool.org. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram. To schedule a tour of our beautiful 10-acre campus, contact Shirley Merchant at smerchant@serraschool.org, (949) 888-1990 ext. 123.

Mater Dei High School

Junior Monarchs, Mater Dei High School

The School of the Month for August is Mater Dei High School

Located in the heart of Santa Ana, Mater Dei High School has a long history of excellent academics and strong community building. For over a decade Mater Dei has invited incoming 6th grade students from Saint Anne, Saint Barbara, Saint Joseph and School of Our Lady for a summer enrichment Junior Monarch program. The five week program offers these students enrichment classes, field trips, athletics and performing arts. The culmination of the program ends with a heartwarming awards ceremony and graduation where families come to recognize the students’ hard work. This year students had the honor of a special message from Bishop Vann.

Mater Dei works diligently to help students continue their Catholic education through high school. Contact the admissions office to set up a tour!

Blessed Sacrament School

Blessed Sacrament School

The School of the Month for July is Blessed Sacrament School

Helen, a 7th grade student at Blessed Sacrament School in Westminster, is an excellent example of what makes the school so special. Helen was recently awarded the title of Grand National Champion for her grade level in the annual Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest.  For this outstanding achievement, Helen received an engraved trophy and a check for $1,000.00.

Mrs. Joanna Peters, her 7th grade homeroom teacher, will also receive a round trip flight to attend the Zaner-Bloser conference in Orlando this summer, 3-4 nights lodging, and admittance to the conference, in addition to a framed certificate from Master Penman, Michael Sull.

Blessed Sacrament School takes great pride in promoting the importance of penmanship to their student body, believing it to be an important foundation for academic success.  From an early age, students are taught the four ‘S’ rules: size, shape, spacing and slant.

Please call 714-893-7701 or visit www.bsscatholic.org to learn more about all of the diverse learning opportunities the school has to offer students in Preschool-8th grade.

Catholic Schools Make a Difference

Schools That Make a Difference, Schools that Produce Results

The Orange Catholic Foundation’s annual Conference in Business and Ethics continues to be an essential event for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange. Thanks in part to this conference, schools are able to offer financial assistance and change the lives of children in the community. See for yourself why we can proudly say, “Catholic schools of the Diocese of Orange are Schools that make a difference, Schools that produce results.”

 

Holy Family Cathedral School

The School of the Month for May is Holy Family Cathedral School in Orange.

Holy Family Cathedral School is a Preschool-8th grade school located in the city of Orange. The school prides itself on excellent curriculum with a great history of project based learning. An example of this is the much anticipated “Greek Day.” Every spring the 6th grade students from Holy Family learn what it’s like to live in Ancient Greece for a day. This unique event, “Life in Ancient Greece”, gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned and researched about Ancient Greece. Preparation for this event starts around a month beforehand. Students first brainstorm ideas and work in teams to create a unique product to enhance the class experience in the Greek Marketplace. The students also learn debate skills as they formulate their opening statements for the debates on topics important to preteens that the students will vote on at the Marketplace. The sixth graders are assigned teams, named after Greek city-states, and design posters that relate to their research about their city-state. Finally, they learn how to make a Greek toga/chiton to wear for the big day.

Project Based Learning is just one of the many ways Holy Family Cathedral School’s curriculum stands out. Come and see our students and all of their hard work on May 12, 2017 or call to schedule a tour!

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School

The School of the Month for April is St. Edward the Confessor Parish School in Dana Point.

The Parish School is a STREAM focused school that shares a campus with one of the most vibrant and supportive parishes in the Diocese of Orange. True to the school’s vision and mission to develop lifelong learners who will make a difference in the world, the school features a championship Academic Decathlon Team, championship Battle of the Books Team, three Notre Dame Trustey STEM Fellows among the esteemed faculty, a full stewardship and service program focused on providing a House of Prayer and House for the Poor of the community, Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop, Singapore Math, student-produced daily news program called Monarch TV, student produced school newspaper, an expansive visual and performing arts program, an interactive learning garden including hydroponic and terraced beds, expansive travel and field experiences, a Makerspace Lab, innovative student leadership programs, and an academically rigorous and cross-curricular program focused on the developmental needs of the whole child. Instructional practices provide an integrated curriculum enriched with inquiry-based, hands-on activities to help develop authentic problem-solving skills and collaborative interests. Learners are at the center of all that happens in the classrooms and through co-curricular experiences at The Parish School.

Recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children, the school works in partnership with families to provide faith formation, fellowship opportunities, intergenerational outreach programs, and Family STREAM Nights. Parents provide integral volunteer support that helps bolster the programs offered by the school including the STREAM Task Force, Digital Advancement Task Force, Faith and Fellowship Committee, Literacy Task Force, Consultative School Board, and Parent Guild Organization.

St. Edward the Confessor Parish School features a Mommy and Me Early Childhood Program, a 3-4 year old preschool program, TYKE (Two Year Kinder Experience), and three homeroom classrooms per grade from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school is accredited through the Western Association of Catholic Schools (WCEA) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WCEA) and features an overall 8:1 student to faculty/staff ratio. Check out our website at or follow us on Facebook.

For more information about our school, please contact our Principal, Dr. Catherine Muzzy at cmuzzy@StEdSchool.org.

Our Lady of Fatima

The School of the Month for March is Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente.

Our Lady of Fatima’s Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Lynda Donovan, was awarded the San Clemente’s “Elementary Educator of the Year.” Lynda has been an educator for 15 years, 12 of which have been at OLF. She loves the enthusiasm and love of life that each four and five year old brings with them to school every day. Watching them grow and discover how smart and competent they are is what motivates Lynda to be an exceptional educator. Every day is a fun adventure in her classroom!

Despite all the other options, Lynda chooses OLF because she is a product of Catholic education. She and her husband also sent their five children through Catholic school, from OLF all the way through Catholic Universities. Lynda feels blessed to be at a school where she can pray and give thanks to God and cannot imagine teaching anywhere else. She loves the kids and the school community and, it is safe to say, they love her too.

Call (949) 492-7320 or visit www.OLFSchool.net/ to schedule a visit to see Lynda and her amazing TK students at Our Lady of Fatima School.

School Of Our Lady

The School of the Month for February is School of Our Lady. It is always an honor to have Bishop Vann preside at a school Mass for School of Our Lady. This year was no exception. During Catholic Schools week Bishop Vann celebrated a special Mass and breakfast for the many donors and supporters who have been so good to them. This was an opportunity for the school community to show their appreciation and give thanks for the generosity and support of the invited guests.

Catholic Identity at School of Our Lady is evident to everyone and anyone who steps foot on campus. When you attend Mass with the students you feel the love of Christ that the students have. They sing their hearts out and respond with an enthusiasm that is felt throughout the church. School of Our Lady welcomes visitors to join them on Thursday mornings to give peace and share the Body and Blood of Christ with one another.

For more information, visit http://www.schoolofourlady.org/ .

Christ Cathedral Academy

Christ Cathedral Academy Students

The School of the Month for January is Christ Cathedral Academy at Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove. The Academy is a very unique school nestled on the campus of Christ Cathedral parish and is the only diocesan school within the Diocese of Orange. Campus life is ever busy with highly effective teaching strategies, utilizing interactive technology, small group student learning, experiential learning and an interactive and dynamic classroom environment. With the world shifting into global access at the touch of a keystroke, it is important that our students are prepared for a world filled with creative challenges and limitless possibilities.

Christ Cathedral Academy students enjoy a beautiful and safe campus with hydroponic gardening, excellent science program, academic excellence, 3D printing, accelerated and advanced Math programs, beginning and advanced choir complimented with strings, vocals and instrumental program, athletic program, student council, monthly fun activities and active Christian service.

With all of these amazing microcosms that exist in the academy life, the most important is to provide opportunities for the students to strengthen their faith, spiritual foundation and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. As a community of faith, Christ Cathedral Academy is here to support one another, parents and educators, who walk hand in hand in our role as “first teachers” for who God has entrusted.

Visit Christ Cathedral Academy on January 29th for the annual Open House event!

Mission Basilica School

Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano

The School of the Month for December is Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano. Mission Basilica students have a great sense of community service. RH Dana, a public school in the Capistrano Unified School District, dedicated it’s 40th Anniversary yearbook to Mission Basilica School for all of the wonderful efforts. Each year during Advent, middle school students sing Christmas carols, read books, and play games with students. Additionally, during the spring, Mission students return and spend a day with the children participating in various activities. The staff and administration is proud of their students and touched that a public school thinks so highly of them.

Visit Mission Basilica School to see these lovely students in action!