Christmas Break Reflection: What are you most grateful for?

“It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy.” Christmas break is here! From loving friends and family to a wonderful education to amazing extracurricular opportunities, Christmas is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on the breathtaking life moments we are given and spend time with your loved ones.

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As you’re on Christmas break, take the time away from school to relax and enjoy the time you have to spend with your family and friends. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. As students, you have so many things going on that it’s easy to forget about the people and things that you have been blessed with. As parents, there are countless details of life to focus on, whether it’s work-life, home-life, or your students’ lives. Be sure to take a moment to tell loved ones how grateful you are to have them in your life!

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It is important to remember the reason for the day. Take advantage of a break away from your hectic schedule to think of all of the things you have to be grateful for.

What are you grateful for Lions?

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JSerra Performs for City Tree Lighting

2fef77ed2ecf1f834966590d90c1276dBy Jackie Connor, San Juan Patch

Historic Town Center Park attracted more than 10,000 San Juan Capistrano residents to watch the annual Christmas tree lighting, as well as orchestral music from JSerra Catholic high School, colorful dances and seasonal skits. Saturday evening saw a break from the wet weather, and despite the soggy grounds, the traditional celebration went on.

“If there had been rain, we made contingency plans,” said Special Events Coordinator Heidi Ivanoff. “We made plans to have canopies for rain or shine, but lucky for us, it didn’t rain and we were able to have our San Juan Christmas.”

Santa and city officials began the lighting countdown at about 6 p.m. after the evening’s entertainment concluded to light the 40-foot tall Deodor Cedar tree.

“Our tree lighting ceremony has taken place at different venues around the city,” said Ivanoff. “Over the past five years, our audience has grown from a few thousand to around 10,000.”

Following the tree lighting, crowds immediately migrated toward free cookies, pictures with Santa and free train rides off Verdugo Street. Children scampered to wait in line and cheered for a picture with Santa Claus.

Orchestral quartets as well as carolers set up alongside street corners to play and sing seasonal tunes while shops remained open for business for the evening. The mildly temperate evening saw no rain but a lot of residents enjoying the holiday spirit.

Deck the Halls with the Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Support JSerra Baseball with the purchase of your Christmas tree for this upcoming Holiday season.
With a variety of trees available there is something for every tree taste. This year you may also purchase a wreath and garland to decorate your home for the Holidays.
You may also purchase a tree for donation to the Marine’s at Camp Pendleton.

A Marine family who received a tree from the baseball team last year had this to say about the generosity of the team, “I just wanted to take a moment to say thank-you so much for all of your efforts and those of the baseball team. The families are all very excited to receive their trees.”
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Music to Our Ears

Congratulations to the JSerra Choir for their outstanding performance last night at St. Andrew’s in San Clemente. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication, Andrew Alverez and JSerra choir.

Cheers from the JSerra community:

“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed last night’s Christmas program. The students were wonderful. I have been so impressed with their talent every time I’ve heard them! Whether they’re at a Pride meeting, a JSPA function, in mass or last evening, they truly represent some of JSerra’s best! I was fortunate to attend the junior class retreat last week with several of your choir members. Not only are these kiddos talented, they are also amazing young people, Congrats!”

-Mrs. V

“I lend my voice and my congratulations to Andrew and the choir. I saw them perform at South Coast Plaza on Saturday with my husband. I KNEW how fabulous they were, so I was not surprised.  My husband had not previously heard them and he was blown away!  BRAVO.”

-Denise Dale, SERP Director

“I too enjoyed the performance last night. The pope is in for a delightful surprise”

-Ron Misiow

JSerra Hosts Another Great Kids 4 Kids Party

By Katherine Bade

This holiday season our JSerra students spread Christmas cheer at the annual Kids4Kids Christmas Party. Year after year this event goes off without a hitch, as the holiday spirit moves JSerra students to bring joy to those less fortunate. This year’s party was better then ever and tons of students got involved. There was a face painting station, nail polish choices, mini golf area and oodles of cookies for all to share. JSerra students welcomed other kids from the community into the Center Room with open arms and even had some gifts prepared. Uniforms 4 U donated sweatshirts for the children who attended and Buy My Bikes donated more than a dozen bikes. It was easy to tell that the hearts of all the guests that came to visit JSerra were warmed by the kind and gracious students that wanted to make their Christmas memories shine a little brighter.

JSerra Class Floor Décor Competition

The winning senior class pulled out all the stops.By Amanda Samaan

As the holidays are quickly approaching the students at JSerra are buzzing with excitement, as each class decorates a floor on campus for the title of Best Decorated Floor of 2009. An annual tradition at JSerra students look forward to every year, students from each grade get together to decorate their class floor.

Each class has limited time to complete their floor décor before being voted on by the faculty and staff. Once each floor has been walked through and voted on the winners of this year’s Class Floor Decorating Contest is announced.

After much talk about the who will win, we are proud to announce that the graduating senior class of 2010, are the winners of the Best Decorated Floor of 2009. Congratulations Seniors on all your hard work. You earned this.

Great job to all the participating classes. Thanks for all your creative décor. It was a pleasure to walk the halls.

To see all the floors click here to see the album.