St. Edward the Confessor Parish School Annual Report 22-23

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Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12

Year in Review & Annual Report 2022–2023

Inside 3

Letter from the Principal


Monarch Main Event 2023


School Leadership


Monarch Annual Fund - Honor Roll of Donors


By the Numbers


Responsible Stewardship


Celebrating Community




St. Edward the Confessor New Pastoral Center & Knight Hall


Celebrating the Class of 2023


Faith in Action


Alumni News


Beyond the Classroom


Legacy Monarchs


Annual Giving - Making a Difference


Celebrating Milestones


Grandparents & Special Friends


All in the Family


Give Together. Grow Together.


Sunset Families


Dear St. Edward Parish School Community,

“Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles and pray at all times.” Romans 12:12 Our 2022-2023 yearly theme focused on three important values that we, as a St. Edward community, try to practice in our daily lives at school: Joy, Patience and Prayer. Our students exemplify joy every single day through their excited voices at recess, the smiles on their faces as they see a friend in the hall, or their thrill as they win a track meet or volleyball match. Our teachers display joy through the passion for the subjects they teach, the art they create, or the books they read to students, big and small. And our families certainly show joy through our many events and fellowship opportunities, be it weekly Friday Mass, our fundraising events, or our many community events, like Mother-Son Bowling, the Father-Daughter Dance, or Movie Night. Patience is an important virtue in living a Catholic life. Through it, we learn self-control, tolerance, calmness, and ultimately trust in the Lord. Our students practice patience as they learn a new concept or wait quietly once they finish an assignment. Our faculty and teachers exude patience as they work with students and their individual personalities and aptitudes in order to help them achieve their personal best. Parents display patience every day as they wait in car line (despite our best efforts!), deal with freeway traffic, and of course, just being a mom or a dad to young children!

community displays. No matter the hectic morning they may have had, the struggles they may be enduring, or the sadness or fear in their heart, everyone gathers to center and unify themselves in prayer. This trust in the Lord connects us as a St. Edward community and transcends everything our students learn in the classroom. As I look back on the 2022-2023 school year, I am filled with gratitude and pride for the achievements and memories we have made together. It is with great pleasure that I express my heartfelt appreciation for your support, dedication, and enthusiasm throughout this journey. Throughout the school year, we demonstrated a commitment to our shared goals of nurturing a vibrant, faith-filled learning environment for our students and a caring, supportive community for our families. Your collaboration and partnership with our school have truly made a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you to our school parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, alumni, parishioners, community members, and friends of St. Edward Parish School for your ongoing commitment and partnership. We are grateful for your continued support, and may the upcoming year be filled with Joy, Patience and Prayer. With Gratitude and Appreciation,

Through it all, the core of our school is our Catholic faith and prayer. From our curriculum to our activities, everything is done with God as the focus. Every Friday at our weekly Mass, I am in awe of the prayerfulness our

Mr. Tom Waszak Principal



23-24 BOARD OF ADMINISTRATORS Mr. Tom Waszak Principal

Mrs. Jean Paulson Registrar

Mrs. Ashleigh Vachon Assistant Principal, Upper School

Mrs. Susan Robles Front Office Coordinator

Mrs. Angie Willburn Assistant Principal, Lower School

Mrs. Audrey Rodriguez Wellness Center Coordinator

Ms. Nicole Bader Early Childhood Education Director (Preschool - TYKE)

Ms. Nicole Weinberger Director of Marketing Mr. Jason Wesley IT Manager

Ms. Cindy Celotto Director of Admissions Mrs. Annie Phan-Luong Director of Advancement


Chris McCormick

Julie Mildrew

Andrew Gray

Lisa Mercurio

Whitney Pratt

Jennifer Kearney

Annie Micco

Chris Rottach

Miranda Taft Laura Donovan (PGO Co-President)

Bridget Zand (PGO Co-President) Tom Waszak (Principal, Ex-Officio)

Gina Winters - Hospitality Co-Coordinator Danielle Pagano - Room Parent Coordinator Kristen Bemis - Ambassador Co-Coordinator Colby Grey - Ambassador Co-Coordinator Whitney Tioleco - Volunteer Coordinator Karen Finnigan - MME Co-Chair Whitney Tioleco - MME Co-Chair Lynsey McCarthy - Spirit Wear Coordinator Danielle Babbington - Welcome Day Co-Coordinator Megan Flores - Welcome Day Co-Coordinator Cristen Lebsack - Lost and Found/Uniform Exchange Co-Coordinator Sheilah Martin - Lost and Found/Uniform Exchange Co-Coordinator Heidi Buffington - Family Movie Night Co-Coordinator Ali Oliveira - Family Movie Night Co-Coordinator 23-24 PARENT GUILD ORGANIZATION (PGO)

Jessica Avery - Family Movie Night Assistant

Nicole Bader - Administrative Leadership Team Liaison

Wendy Pierce - Family Movie Night Assistant

Laura Donovan - Co-President

Silvia Fukunaga - Family Movie Night Assistant

Bridget Zand - Co-President

Megan Stone - Family Movie Night Assistant

Christy Garko - Co-Vice President

Rebecca Shore - Box Tops Coordinator

Amy Miller - Co-Vice President

Allison Cabral - PGO Closet Co-Coordinator

Kathryn Kim - Secretary

Regina Gancar - PGO Closet Co-Coordinator

Allison Musetich - Treasurer

Rosalee Hormuth - Parent/Child Event Co-Coordinator

Caroline Gavin - Community & Teacher Relations Coordinator

Kate Kelso - Parent/Child Event Co-Coordinator

Heather Ybarra - Community & Teacher Relations Coordinator

Angela Bench - Welcome Back Coffee Co-Coordinator

Allison Smith - Hospitality Co-Coordinator

Amy Gonzalez - Welcome Back Coffee Co-Coordinator

2023: by the


numbers Total Enrollment:

Average student-to-instructor ratio: (Preschool - 4th Grade)

801 12:1 students 40%

of St. Edward graduates (Class of 2023) who enter into the honors program in 9th grade


St. Edward students at or above bechmark in math

of students receive financial aid


of St. Edward alumni that have a 4.0 GPA or higher in high school


number of students who participated in after school sports (Spring 2023 season)

OC Diocese


St. Edward students at or above bechmark in reading


Academic Decathlon Champions

Academic Decathlon Champions

13x 77%


5 years

10 years

of instructional staff have been here at least


9x of instructional staff have been here at least


of instructional staff have a master’s degree or above



COMMUNITY IS THE ROCK OF THE SCHOOL You are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church Matthew 16:18

Like the church, St. Edward Parish School is more than a building. It is the people who form the foundation - the rock - of our faith-filled community. Forty-two years later, our school continues to grow and thrive because of our loving and supportive families, staff, volunteers, parishioners, grandparents, and supporters. Time and again, ask a new family or a veteran parent, and the sense of community is our endearing strength. It is what continues to make our school a second home a place of learning, growth, faith, values and, most importantly, unforgettable memories!

Mother-Son Bowling Bash Strike! In March, Monarch moms and their sons hit the lanes for an afternoon of bowling at Saddleback Lanes. Dressed in their favorite sports jerseys, the duos enjoyed some friendly competition and bonded with friends over spares, strikes, and gutter balls.

This year, we brought back some time-honored traditions like PGO Movie Night and the father-daughter and mother-son events. We also introduced new community opportunities, such as the Bike-to-School ride. We proudly continue our community events to be occasions that involve no fundraising in order to streamline and limit the number of times we ask our parents to donate or contribute financially. We look forward to offering more community events during the upcoming school year. Be sure to check our school calendar for opportunities to get involved in the Monarch community.

Father-Daughter Winter Wonderland Dance Monarch dads treated their daughters to a special night out at the Winter Wonderland Father-Daughter dance. The magical winter evening was filled with dancing, face painting, a scavenger hunt, snowball fight, photo booth fun, and candybar. Thank you to the countless volunteers who decorated the gym, planned the details, and ensured the event was a success.


Bike to School Day Monarchs celebrated National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 17 with an inaugural community bike ride departing from two central locations North Beach Metrolink in San Clemente and Los Rios Park in San Juan Capistrano. Riders from both starting locations converged on the San Juan Creek Trail, taking it to the Dana Point Community Center. The students and families then walked their bikes on the sidewalk up the steep Calle La Primavera hill, finishing at St. Edward school just in time for school.

“We had over 90 students and 30 parents participate, along with immense support from the San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente divisions of the OC Sheriff Department. Unforgettable memories were made for parents, students, and staff, and we hope to continue this tradition each May for years to come.” In addition to working to create safer bicycle and walking routes, the Bike to School Day event aimed to emphasize the importance of physical activity among children, cyclist, and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concerns for the environment, and strengthening family and community connections.

MONARCH COMMUNITY COFFEE Since its start in 2018, the monthly Monarch Community Coffee events give parents a casual social opportunity after select Friday Masses to chat with other parents and administrators while enjoying coffee and light breakfast fare. A special thank you to Coffee Importers (located in the Dana Point Harbor) for providing the coffee for the program. Hope to see you at a future coffee!


ST. EDWARD TH E CO NFESSO R NE W PASTO RA L C E NTE R & KN I GHT HA L L For over 20 years, St. Edward parishioners and its pastoral leadership have dreamed of expanding its parish office and Knight Hall to better serve the growing and active St. Edward community. The project broke ground in June 2021, and after 18 months, the stunning Pastoral Center and Knight Hall opened its doors to parishioners. The expansion allows the school and church to better serve its community through flexible meeting and event rooms, Mass overflow space, staff offices, and gathering areas for community fellowship. All who visit are reminded of God’s beauty through the bluff’s spectacular ocean views!

Final cost of project - $17.1 Million The Pastoral Center and Knight Hall are a combined 25,000 square feet, an addition of 10,000 square feet from the original two buildings The Narthex added an additional 1,400 square feet to the church

13 total meeting rooms, although all the meeting rooms are modular allowing for ultimate flexibility Knight Hall expanded to 6,400 square feet

Seats 350 for dinner

270-degree ocean views


During the 2023-2024 academic year, St. Edward school will use the space for an advanced math class and for various meetings. Future plans include hosting Monarch Giving Night, Monarch Main Event, and the 8th grade graduation banquet in the Pastoral Center.

The Narthax was completed by the son of the artist who designed the original five glass panes. The Narthax now has a total of 22 stained glass panes.

A portable stage will be coming in December, allowing the school to use the space for its annual performing arts productions

Walls and doors open directly into the community plaza

Seats 800 for overflow Masses



Two New Priests Join the St. Edward Community



Ordained in June 2018 by Bishop Vann, Fr. Aristotle comes to St. Edward the Confessor from San Francisco Solano Catholic Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. Here are a few facts:

Ordained originally as a priest for the Military Diocese of Peru, Fr. Mauro was recently at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress. Here are some fun facts:

Hometown and Education: I am an Orange County native, growing up in Tustin and Irvine. I attended all Irvine schools: Westwood Basics Plus (elementary), Sierra Vista Middle School, and Northwood High School. About Fr. Aristotle’s Family: I am the youngest of three brothers. All our names start with an A. Their names are Alexander and Anthony. They are both married. My mom is Eleanor and my dad is George. My parents live in Tustin and my brothers live in Irvine and Westminster. Hobbies: I love to take walks, practice my guitar, watch stand-up comedy, and spend time with friends and family. Fun Fact: I have traveled to Jerusalem, Lourdes, Japan, China, Spain, Ireland, and France. Favorite Part About Being Catholic: My favorite part of my job is being available to minister to people. I love that this is the Church that Jesus has given to us in order for us to be truly happy and fully alive in this world until the next life in heaven.

Hometown and Education: I was born in Huaraz, Peru and then at the age of six, we migrated to the capital of Peru-Lima. I did my primary, secondary studies, and university studies in Lima, Peru. While studying to become a teacher, I found my vocation to the priesthood. I studied philosophy and theology at the Seminary Mayor Saint Joseph in Peru. I was ordained as a priest for the Military Diocese of Peru. After my ordination, I was chaplain of the Air Force, a professor of the pilots of the Air Force, and I studied for a licentiate in educational management. When I arrived in the United States, I was assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Santa Ana and then most recently to Saint Irenaeus in Cypress. Family: My family is very Catholic. I have five sisters I am the only brother in the family! Hobbies: I like to play sports (one of my favorites is soccer), read, research current events, and run. Fun Fact: I am cheerful and I like to laugh. Favorite Part About Being Catholic: Being Catholic gives me the opportunity to express my faith and my true self. Being Catholic is in the Eucharist. As a priest, I enjoy teaching, preaching and sanctifying at all times for the glory of God, especially serving and accompanying the family.



In the eagerly awaited spring of 2023, St. Edward Parish School brought back the magic of live theater with its production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The performances marked a significant milestone as it was the school’s first spring musical since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also noteworthy, the production was the inaugural performance in the newly constructed Fr. Knight Hall.

“Every adventure requires a first step.”

The choice of “Alice in Wonderland” as the featured production was fitting, as it transported audiences into a whimsical and fantastical world. Over four performances, the talented cast and crew of 60 students spanning all grade levels entertained the audience with beautiful solos, duets, and ensemble performances. Congratulations to all the Monarch thespians, and thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped bring the production to life!

– Cheshire Cat




MONARCH MILEAGE CLUB Started in early February 2023, the Monarch Mileage Club was developed to create another physical lunchtime activity for St. Edward students. Students from 1st through 8th grade enthusiastically signed up, with 225 students participating.

By the end of the school year, these students impressively ran about 10,093 laps, equating to approximately 1,312 miles!

Each participating student received an EZ scan card on a lanyard. After each lunchtime lap, they scanned their card on an iPad. At the end of the school year, students were asked to return their scan card in exchange for a personalized certificate documenting how many miles they cumulatively ran. In addition, the program awarded prizes as they achieved specific mile milestones. Fifty-two students were awarded the coveted ten-mile (80 lap) club shirts at the end of the school year. Other milestone awards included a wrist bracelet for runners who passed 30 miles and unique commemorative toe tokens for those that ran more than 40, 50, 60, and 70 miles. Congratulations to Gio Zand who was the top runner, achieving 70 miles! The Monarch Mileage Club will continue this coming school year as we continue to provide opportunities that keep our students active, promote goal-setting and character, and unite grade levels to create a stronger community. Go Monarchs!




After a three-year hiatus, St. Edward was thrilled to host once again its annual STREAM night, an evening of hands-on science, math, art, and engineering activities for families to complete together. Focused on the theme “Wonders of Weather,” the community event included science classroom activities and student science projects that looked at the effects of weather on daily life and the surrounding physical

environment. Projects included windsocks, rain sticks, lightning in a jar, baking soda rainbows, and magic snow. In addition to the science projects, guest speaker Mr. Liam Kennedy spoke about ISS-Above, a single-board computer device he invented that presents live information about the International Space Station, including live video views of the earth. This technology is available in over 4,500 locations worldwide, including private homes, schools, and science centers. Using funds from Monarch Giving Day, ISS-Above is now available in the Makerspace classroom, where students can view live video of Earth from the external cameras on the International Space Station. From 250 miles up, that is quite a view!




Academic Decathlon Wins Local and State Championships For the 13th year, the St. Edward Academic Decathlon team placed first in the 2023 Diocese of Orange Academic Junior High Decathlon. Following months of hard work, dedication, and team studying events, the St. Edward team competed with at least one dozen other Diocesan schools at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. In addition to the first-place title, other victories included: Super Quiz | 1st Place

Logic | 1st Place

1st Place Social Studies | Hunter H. 1st Place Fine Arts | Mercer P. 2nd Place Science | Alex S. 2nd Place Math | Miles B. 2nd Place Literature | Daniel W. 2nd Place Religion | Curran C. 2nd Place Current Events | Declan H.

Based on the first-place Diocesan performance, the Monarch team progressed to the state finals, where they proudly also took first place, an honor they have won nine times! Academic Decathlon is an academic competition designed for Catholic students in 6th to 8th grade. Ten events take place within the one-day competition. Two events are collaborative team efforts, including the 8,000-point Logic Quiz and the 8,000-point Super Quiz. The other eight events are individual events that are each worth 1,000 points, including Religion, English and Spelling, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Current Events, Social Studies, and Fine Arts (Art and/or Music). The 10 team members work together on the Logic Quiz and the Super Quiz. Eight team members also take individual tests, and two team members are designated as the Membersat-Large who only compete in the team events. The team prepared for this competition over the summer through logic puzzle exercises. In September, they start studying their individual subject focuses. During the months leading up to the competition, the decathletes study weekly, including Sunday practice sessions with family potlucks where parents and kids compete in a friendly logic competition. Decathlon is truly a family and community affair!

Congratulations to all of our Monarch Decathletes and especially to our parent volunteers!


Annual Giving


Tuition Makes our School Exist

Monarch Annual Fund Makes our School Exceptional

Operating Expenses

Classroom Supplies

Faculty & Staff Salaries and Benefits M

Facility Costs


Supplements Tuition ON



Every Year

Monarch Main Event Promotes Community & Raises Money for a Specific Project Project Specific Funds

Dedicated Purpose

Adults Only

Themed Event

Expenses Not Covered by Tuition

Every Gift Makes an Impact Addresses Immediate Needs

Funds Available to Use at Anytime

Goal: 100% Parent Participation ALL Students Benefit from the Annual Fund Donations Used in Same Fiscal Year



PRAYER FOR BLESSING OF GRANDPARENTS Lord God almighty, bless our grandparents with long life, happiness, and health. May they remain constant in your love and be living signs of your presence to their children and grandchildren. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



On Friday, January 27, 2023, St. Edward kicked off Catholic Schools Week by welcoming hundreds of special guests to our school for the annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day. The morning began in prayer, as grandparents, special friends, students, and faculty celebrated Mass together. Following Mass, all guests proceeded to the new Pastoral Center where they enjoyed a light breakfast and fellowship. Guests then toured the campus, visited classrooms, met the teachers, took photos, and shopped at the book fair. The campus was abuzz with activity and energy as different generations came together to celebrate Catholic schools. We look forward to welcoming everyone again on Friday, January 26, 2024.



Your Impact During 1981 Minutes

NOV 15, 2022

$ 85,951









The 6th Annual Monarch Giving Day will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Monarch Giving Day is our school’s 33-hour and 59-second fundraising drive to support the St. Edward the Confessor Parish School Annual Fund. This high-energy fundraising event is our one-day effort to raise money for programs and projects that are critical to our school. Our entire Monarch community is encouraged to participate!


Kinder $171 71%




Monarch Giving Day 2023 will include in-person activities in addition to the traditional online giving. The Monarch Giving Day headquarters will be located in the Monarch Quad for the duration of the 1981-minute fundraising event. It will be a hub of activity and fellowship! Please visit the link below to learn more!



St. Edward Parish School supporters gathered on April 22, 2023 for the school’s annual Monarch Main Event (MME). The Havana Nights gala was held under the stars at the Inn at San Juan Capistrano. The sell-out crowd of more than 400 guests was treated to a colorful evening featuring gourmet Cuban-inspired food stations, a hosted bar of wine, beer, champagne, and a signature Mojito cocktail, live entertainment by The Adelaide Tropical Band, dancing, and a live auction. The event exceeded expectations, netting just over $176,000! Proceeds were used to fulfill a longstanding wish of families and staff - replacing the entire grass field with premium turf, similar to what is used on college and professional practice and stadium fields due to its durability. In addition, contributions were used to enhance school security resources. The school installed external security cameras in new locations and replaced older cameras inside the school building with upgraded models. Additionally, 3M window film was installed to provide resistance against forced entry and mitigate hazards from shattered glass during a natural disaster. Thank you to everyone who supported the Monarch Main Event, certainly one of the highlights of the year. A heartfelt thanks to our MME planning committee, including our co-chairs Mrs. Karen Finnigan and Mrs. Whitney Tioleco who chaired the event for a second year in a row. Also, a special thank you to our sponsors, underwriters, auction donors, and volunteers - without your support, the event simply would not happen!

What Is The Monarch Main Event Monarch Main Event (MME) is St. Edward Parish School’s most well-known and beloved fundraiser. Each year, MME fundraises for a specific program or project for the school. Over the years, some of the programs that have benefitted from the annual gala include campus-wide technology upgrades, a facilities maintenance cart, an on-field athletic scoreboard, campus security upgrades, the purchase of a ceramics kiln, and playground shade awnings. Since 2014, MME has raised more than $1.7 million for St. Edward Parish School. The net proceeds of the event average $160,000 per year.


MME COMMITTEE: Event Chairs: Karen Finnegan & Whitney Tioleco Silent Auction Database Coordinator: Danielle Babbington Gift Gathering Class Participation Coordinator: Tish Manganello


Silent Auction Basket Photographer: Regina Gancar

Playa Varadero: The Stein Family

Post-Event Auction Coordinator: Kevin Hutchinson

Playa Pilar: The Assad Family, The Iacocca Foundation, BRUNO/NALU Law Firm, JSerra Catholic High School

Food & Decor Chairs: John Beran & Wendy Deller Entertainment Chair: Paige Townsend General Committee: Kacey Bruno, Tracy Gardea, Joanna Iltis, Vanessa Sydor, Elizabeth Behnke, Jenni Morse, Allison Musetich

Playa Ancon: The Greene Family, The Koontz Family Live Band Underwriter: Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Graphic Designer: Kristi Breaux

Signature Cocktail Underwriter: The Flores Family

Special Events Coordinator: Annie Phan-Luong

Event Decor Underwriter: The Michel Family

Director of Advancement: Erin Palacios

Cigar Roller Underwriter: Rosen Law Offices Bid Paddle Underwriter: Sukut Dental Event Printing & Signage: The Zand Family Table Favors Underwriter: The Pokrywa Family


2024 Monarch Main Event

April 13, 2024

Postal Underwriter: Velocity Mechanical Photographer Underwriter: The Fukunaga Family & The Pearson Family


THANK YOU to the businesses, silent auction donors, and buy-in party hosts who generously donated a complete basket and/or items valued at $250 or more. Arrighi Family Avery Family Babbington Family Barnea Family Behnke Family Briscoe Family Capek Family Church Family Club Literacy Coffee Importers Crafts Family Culinary Kids Dana Point Dermatology Delk Family DoubleTree Hotel Irvine Elite Soccer Evolution Swim Academy Trevor & Martha Fessenden First & Oak Five Vines Wine Bar Fizz & Bubbles | Tioleco Family Gardea Family Geometry House Glow Lab Skincare Gonzalez Family Gorjana Grub Hub Handel’s Ice Cream Heritage BBQ Houston Family

Inn at the Mission

Piazza Family Wines

In-N-Out Burger

Picnic Grazing Co

Isaacs Family

Pinot’s Palette

Jennings Family Trust

PJ Salvage

Joy Family

Pratt Family

JSerra Catholic High School

Project Social

KG Beach Camp

Saddleback Lanes

Kidcreate Studio

Salty Crew | Rollins Family

Killer Dana

Santa Margarita Catholic High School

Koontz Pools

Signorile Family

L * Space

South Bay Jewelry

Londe Family

St. Edward Catholic Church

Luong Family

St. Edward Parish School

Mary Barr Interior Design

Stein Family

M Aesthetics – Dr. Munoz

Stone Bench Roasters

M3 Office | McCarthy Family

Stone Brewing

Marbella Country Club

Stone Family

Mary Barr Interior Design

Tait & Associates, Inc.

McAslan Family

Teigen Family

Miles Family

The Unicorn Group

Monarch Beach Golf Links

Uniforms 4 U

Montage Laguna Beach

Van Tassel Family

Morse Family


Nocito Family

Vaquero Resort | Nisenson & Tinnelly Families

OC Design & Organization Olenik Sales & Services Orangetheory Fitness Pali Adventures Pelican | Antoine Family

Varela Family Vibe Kitchen Westwind Sailing Winters Family



Mr. and Mrs. Brian Glover

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Musetich

The Assad Family

Amy and Jaime Gonzalez

The Nguyen Family

The Hansen Family

The Platter Family

Lynn and David Hardman

The Pokrywa Family


The Raabe Family

Mr. and Mrs. Christian Hernandez

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Rollins

The Himmelright Family

The Shaffer Family

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hunt

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Shepherd

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Luong

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle and Sara Song

The Manganello Family

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Varela

Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Miles

Mr. and Mrs. Brendan Wells

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Pagano

The Wohl Family

The Porter Family

Mr. and Mrs. Won

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prouty


The Scott Family


Mr. and Mrs. Sims

The Church Family

The Smith Family

The Drescher Family

The Whalen Family

Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Everett


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flores

$1,000 - $1,587 The Bogart Family Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Hansen The MacLeod Family Anonymous The Michael & Whitney Pratt Family The Anthony & Brittany Pratt Family The Tait Family Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tetzloff $500 - $999 Dr. Abongwa and Mr. Strem Mr. and Mrs. Antoine Mr. and Mrs. Arrighi Mr. and Mrs. John Bench Mr. Borba The Buffington Family The Carpenter Family Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Finnigan Mr. and Mrs. Rich Holt The Isaacs Family The Koontz Family Anonymous The Morse Family The Mosich Family The Riley Family The Rosalino Family The Schramm Family Fr. Joseph Squillacioti The Stein Family The Van Tassel Family Mr. and Mrs. Winslow $250 - $499 The Behnke Family The Berry Family The Bordages Family The Keith & Angela Bruno Family The Bryan Family The Conte Family Mr. and Mrs. Val Fukunaga

$100 - $249 The Allen Family The Ambrosio Family Ms. Nicole Bader Ms. Beck The Bonfiglio Family The Briscoe Family Ms. Cindy Celotto The Collins Family The Crofton Family The Delehanty Family The Farr Family The Fields Family The Gallinger Family Ms. Gamble Mr. Garner and Ms. Caillier In Memory of Mario Zanetti The Gonzalez Family The Horos Family Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Anonymous The LaSala Family Lakeside Foundation Mr. and Mrs. McAndrew Mr. and Mrs. Ken Mulvey

The Imler Family Mr. David Michel Mike and Karly Neppl The Olson Family Anonymous The Pratt Family The Vachon Family The Bucci Family The Betzler Family Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Marco Guerrero Dr. and Mrs. Tom Bakman The Howell Family The Keyes Family The Saint Family Alex and Sheila Sanchez/ In Memory and Honor of Grandfather Homayoun Bayati Mr. and Mrs. Pasha Sateri $48 - $99 Ms. Abustan Mr. and Mrs. Paul Babbington The Basanese Family The Bemis Family The Berberian Family

22 Stephanie Bloom

The Manning Family

The Brabek Family

Mrs. Donna Marman

The Brooks Family

The Mazzante Family

The Bruno Family

Dr. and Mrs. Robert McCarron

The Bunnin Family

The McConnell Family

The Casanova-Lotito-Butters Family

The McDade Family

The Caulfield Family

The Millers Family

The Cervenak Family Mr. and Mrs. David Chambers The Chollet-Guibert Family The Cook Family The Cyronek Family Mr. and Mrs. David D’Amour The Cates Danesh Family The Dark Family The Day Family Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Edward Del Canto Mr. Delk and Mrs. Nakaya-Delk Mr. and Mrs. Derek Early The Edgcomb Family Michael and Nicole Finn Mr. and Mrs. Ross Fippinger Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gancar The Gardea Family Greg and Jana Giraldin The Green Family The Griffin Family Taylor and Evan Guerrero The Haas Family The Haldorsen Family The Harding Family The Hedges Family Ms. Hering The Huey Family The Jensen Family The Kirimis Family The Koenig Family Mr. and Mrs. Tim Kosor Justin and Mayumi Kuttler The Latini Family The Lozano Family The Luppi Family Mr. and Mrs. Maish

The Mercurio Family Maria and Michael Montello The Moran Family Ms. Pagano The Paredes Family The Parker Family Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Patten The Peate Family The Peddie Family Mr. and Mrs. Daven Pierce The Quinones Family Ms. Ramirez Ms. Ramirez Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Rohe Karna & Jon Sadayasu The Salib Family Mr. and Mrs. Chris Schuetz The Stark Family Mr. Steuber and Mrs. Piedra Alcocer The Stucke Family Mr. and Mrs. Terrafranca III The Tinnelly Family Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Paul Townsend Ms. Tran The James Van Eenenaam Family The Vargas Family The Vartanian Family The Viscount Family The Walsh Family Kyle and Erin Warner

FACULTY & STAFF TICKET SPONSORS The Ambrosio Family Brent and Jessica Avery The Barnea Family Mr. and Mrs. John Bench The Briscoe Family The Faas Family The Fields Family Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Finnigan In Memory of Mario Zanetti The Green Family Taylor and Evan Guerrero Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Hansen The Kostich Cooper Family Dr. and Mrs. Jason Kwon The LeMond Family The Londe Family Mr. and Mrs. Maish The Manning Family The McAslan Family Mr. and Mrs. Robert McWilliam Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Miles The Murphy Family Mike and Karly Neppl The Nisenson Family The Palacios Family The Peate Family The Pratt Family The Raabe Family Anonymous Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Rohe Mr. and Mrs. Luke Rollins Santa Margarita Catholic High School The Stein Family Deacon Mike and Rosy Stock Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tetzloff The Tinnelly Family Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Tioleco Mr. and Mrs. Paul Townsend The VerBurg Family The Walsh Family The Williams Family







The Monarch Annual Fund is St. Edward Parish School’s most important fundraising priority. The annual fund generates necessary resources for many critical areas, including tuition assistance, professional development, student experiences, and campus improvements. We are grateful to the many individuals, families, and corporations for their annual contributions during the fiscal year of July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. We recognize the generous donors listed below and thank them for making Catholic education a philanthropic priority. Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list of donors. In the event you should notice an error or omission, please accept our apologies and notify our Advancement Office at

Fr. Knight Circle - Established to honor St. Edward Parish School’s founding year, the 1981 Fr. Knight Circle recognizes donors who have made a leadership gift of $1,981 or more to the Monarch Annual Fund. Donors are recognized in the annual report of donors, invited to leadership events, and thanked for their commitment of supporting St. Edward Parish School’s annual needs.

*** Indicates inaugural Monarch Annual Fund donor and all subsequent years for a total of eight years. ** Indicates five years of consecutive giving to the Monarch Annual Fund. * Indicates three years of consecutive giving to the Monarch Annual Fund.

Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Hansen**

Circle of Gold $10,000 - $ 20,000

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Sadayasu ***

Lakeside Foundation*

The Teigen Family

Ms. Jacqueline Knight


Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tetzloff** Anonymous***

Mr. Segundo Mateo

St. Edward Circle $5,000 to $9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brady** Hernan and Andrea Capdevila*** The Crofton Family Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Finnigan** Fr. Knight Circle $1,981 to $4,999 Brent and Jessica Avery** The Bruno Family Anonymous* Ms. Laura Mateo* The Muzzy Family*** Dr. and Mrs. O’Neill Anonymous**

The Stein Family*

Circle of Faith $1,500 to $1,980 The Koontz Family Circle of Knowledge $1,000 to $1,499 The Ambrosio Family* The Bennett Family Anonymous* Mr. Troy Dueker The Ettlin Family The Finn Family** Mr. and Mrs. Doug and Lisa Frost Manny and Jessica Garcia** Greg and Jana Giraldin***

The Hodgson Family Jessica and Jeff Lu Maria and Michael Montello** Beth and Robert Rohe* Mr. and Mrs. Stanton* The Viscount Family*** The Zand Family Circle of Service $500 to $999 The Barnea Family* The Behnke Family Mr. and Mrs. John Bench** The Bordages Family*** The Buffington Family*** Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Everett** Michael and Nicole Finn**

24 3 Kevin and Carissa Green Family

The Collins Family

The Murphy Family*

The Greene Family

The Cote Family

The Ng Family

Mr. and Mrs. Gryziewicz*

The Darnell Family**

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Pagano**

Mr. Lanfranco, Sr.

Joseph and Andrea Demma**

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Patten*

The McConnell Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Derek Early**

The Pokrywa Family **

Mr. and Mrs. Dan McKenzie*

The Edgcomb Family*

Steven and Rebecca Reyes**


The Farr Family*

Scott and Kristi Rittichier**

Mr. and Mrs. Sean Piazza*

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Fippinger**

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Rohe*

The Platter Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Flores**

The Sydor Family

The Pratt Family*

Steve and Lindley Fraley**

The Tchang Family*

The Readler Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Val Fukunaga*

The Vartanian Family*

The Riley Family*


Mr. and Mrs. Winslow*

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rosen*

Mr. and Mrs. Padraig Gavin**

The Wohl Family

The Rottach Family**

In Memory of Mario Zanetti*

Ms. Linda Zellers

Alex and Sheila Sanchez/ In Memory and Honor of Grandfather Homayoun Bayati***

Mr. and Mrs. Hendrik Gerryts*

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sanchez*

Mr. and Mrs. Marco Guerrero**

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Townsend** Ms. Wood Circle of Hope $250 to $499 The Abreu Family Mr. and Mrs. Arredondo* The Bemis Family** The Bradley Family* The Bray Family The Briscoe Family* The Bruno Family** The Bryan Family* The Bucci Family** The Caulfield Family***

The Giles Family* Amy and Jaime Gonzalez** The Heisler Family Anonymous** Ms. Judith Jost The Keyes Family The Kirland Family** Justin and Mayumi Kuttler** Anonymous*** The Lozano Family Jessica and Jeff Lu The MacLeod Family* Lakeside Foundation* Anonymous** Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Miles** The Morse Family The Mosich Family*

Circle of Love $100 to $249 Dr. Abongwa and Mr. Strem Mr. Agathakis and Mrs. Segroves The Amin Family* Mr. and Mrs. Arrighi The Assad Family* Mr. and Mrs. Paul Babbington* Dr. and Mrs. Tom Bakman** Anonymous** Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bauccio** The Berberian Family*** Mr. and Mrs. Anton Bolliger* The Buist Grosso Family* The Burke Family Anonymous** Anonymous** Ms. Cindy Celotto*** The Church Family Anonymous** Mr. and Mrs. David D’Amour* The Cates Danesh Family* The DeFelice Family Mr. and Mrs. Edward Del Canto** Mr. Delk and Mrs. Nakaya-Delk Mr. and Mrs. Derick Deller** The Esposito Family The Evers Family** Anonymous** Ms. Nicole Foster** The Gallinger Family


Drs. Sarah Mathias and Bobby Ghandehari*

Mr. and Mrs. Maish*

The Gleeson Family

The Martin Family

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Glover* The Gonzalez Family Anonymous*** Anonymous** The Hansen Family The Haynes Family* The Hedges Family** Anonymous*** The Himmelright Family Ms. Carol Hoffman* Mr. and Mrs. Chris Houston* The Imler Family The Jennings Family Mr. and Mrs. Jennings* The Jones Family The Jonsson Family Ms. Kadrie The Kearney Family** Ms. Kopp The Kostich Cooper Family Dr. and Mrs. Jason Kwon** Mr. and Mrs. Lanfranco Mr. and Mrs. Charles LeBon* The Lebsack Family The Leer Family The LeMond Family Anonymous**

Mrs. and Mr. Mitch Marken** Mr. and Mrs. John Matuz** The McAslan Family Ms. McConell The McCusker Family Mr. and Mrs. Robert McWilliam** The Millers Family The Moran Family Mr. and Mrs. Ken Mulvey** Ms. Nguyen Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nicoll** The Nisenson Family Ms. Pagano Ms. Jacalyn Page Ms. Park Mr. and Mrs. Greg Person* Ms. Pokrywa The Raabe Family* Heather & Bill Raney** Mr. and Mrs. Dave Reuter* Ms. Ringwald The Robertson Family Mr. and Mrs. Luke Rollins** The Rosalino Family Anonymous** The Scott Family* The Smith Family* Mr. and Mrs. Brian Snee**

Anonymous** Mr. and Mrs. Michael Varela** Grant and Catherine Wadman** The Walsh Family*** Kyle and Erin Warner*** Ms. Anita Wasinger* Mr. Thomas Waszak* Ms. Wittenauer The York Family Monarch Circle $1 to $99 Ms. Abustan The Adkins Family The Allen Family * Mr. and Mrs. Antoine* The Asis Family** Mr. and Mrs. Baba Ms. Nicole Bader *** Anonymous* The Basanese Family Mr. and Mrs. John Basanese The Bastianelli Family Mrs. Stephanie Bauer Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Berlin* The Berry Family The Betzler Family Stephanie Bloom Lee and Cathy Bognar** The Bonfiglio Family

The Stark Family*

Brooke Bordages ’25*

Mrs. Carol Lundgren*

In Honor Of: Audrey & Kaitlyn Tantiprasut**

The Bray Family

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Luong**

The Tinnelly Family*

The Lynch Family*

The Vachon Family**

The Leon Family** The Lezama Family**

Owen Bordages ’23* Mr. and Mrs. Breaux* The Brodrick Family**

26 The Bryson Family**

The Fields Family*

Ms. Ng

The Bunnin Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Gahagan*

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Olenik*

The Button Family

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gancar*

The Olson Family*

The Canterbury Family**

The Green Family

Mr. and Mrs. Ora

The Capek Family*

The Griffin Family**

The Palacios Family*

The Carpenter Family

Taylor and Evan Guerrero*

The Paredes Family*

Casanova-Lotito-Butters Family

Mr. Haffey

The Parker Family

Mr. and Mrs. David Chambers**

The Hagstrom Family**

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Paulson**

The Chapel Family

The Haldorsen Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pearson**

Ms. Cicconi

The Han Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Perkins

Mr. and Mrs. Collins

The Harding Family

Mrs. Peggy Pettis*

The Corey Family

The Hartstein Family

Mr. and Mrs. Daven Pierce**

The Curran Family*

Ms. Hering

Ms. Katherine Pinkerton*

The Dark Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hormuth**

In Memory of Nonnie Pringle*

The Davis Family

The Horos Family

The Pugliese Family**

The Day Family

The Howell Family*

The Quinones Family*


The Huey Family

The Reynosa Family


Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hunt*

The Rice Family

The Dominguez Family

The Isaacs Family*

Eddie & Shelly Rollins*

The Drescher Family*

The Jeffries Family

The Rooney Family

The Jensen Family

The Ruiz Family

The Johnston Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Pasha Sateri*

Ms. Jones

Mr. and Mrs. James Scarcelli*

The Kelso Family

The Schramm Family*

The Michael Kenney Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Schuetz**

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Kim*

The Severino Family**

The Kirimis Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Shepherd**

The Koenig Family*

The Shore Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Lanfranco

The Signorile Family*

The LaSala Family*

The Silva Family**

The Latini Family

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Smith*

The Londe Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Smith*

The Luppi Family

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle and Sara Song*

The Manganello Family*

Mr. Steuber and Mrs. Piedra Alcocer

The Manley Family

The Stucke Family*

The Manning Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Taft*

Mrs. Donna Marman**

Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Tioleco**

The Mazzante Family


Dr. and Mrs. Robert McCarron**

The Vargas Family*

The McDade Family

The VerBurg Family*

Mr. and Mrs. Joe McDonagh

The Viczorek Family**

Mr. and Mrs. John Tanner Meston*

Garrett and Karen Waters**

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Micco*

The Weiss Family

The Miller Family

Ms. Beth Wilkinson


The Williams Family*

Dr. and Mrs. Greg Moreno

Ms. Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Morrow*

Mr. and Mrs. Won*

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Musetich*


Monarch Fund

$143,922.43 TOTAL RAISED












a % increase from last year!







Class of 2031 Thank you!


We are proud parents to three St Edward Parish School students (one graduate and two current students). We happily donate to the school because we want to directly impact the resources and services available to all St. Edward’s students. South Orange County is a competitive academic environment. St. Edward’s diocesan component and culture create a unique experience for our children to grow and thrive during these formative years. Having a competitive curriculum, engaged and experienced faculty, campus security, and a nurturing religious foundation simply requires a great deal of funding. Our elementary school is where students spend many formative years gaining tools to prepare them for the next phase of life. It is a privilege and a pleasure to donate to our parish school and invest in our children’s learning environment. - Gina and Kevin Winters

A good education is the greatest gift we can give our children. We are so blessed to have been part of the St. Edward community for many years and want to help support the teachers and administrators who work tirelessly to benefit so many children. We value their impact on shaping the future generation and want our children to learn to give back to causes they are passionate about. Supporting the school and helping in the development of the teachers who want to learn more is something our family values and prioritizes. - Jon and Karna Sadayasu



St. Edward the Confessor Catholic School Statement of Financial Position June 30, 2023

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$ 413,340

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1 0% 7%

11% Liabilities and Fund Balance

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72% Fund Balance


OPERATING CASH FLOWS For the Year Ended June 30, 2023

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171,954 $8,188,883

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OPERATING BUDGET For the Year Ended June 30, 2024 Budget is for the upcoming fiscal year June 30, 2024

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Continue the Legacy of the Gift of Catholic Education The San Felipe de Jesus Scholarship, initially granted by the Al and Mary Ann Schoellerman Foundation, was established by their estate as loyal supporters of Catholic education. Lovingly known as Granny, Mary Ann wished her legacy would ensure a Christ-centered, quality education that instills values and lasts a lifetime, while creating opportunities that change lives. Significant seed money was granted to St. Edward Parish School to establish a tuition assistance program to bestow the gift of Catholic education to deserving students from lower-income and underrepresented families who are active parishioners at San Felipe de Jesus or St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. This initial generous donation provided a nine-year foundation for the San Felipe de Jesus Scholarship Fund,



but the program needs to be supported with additional monetary gifts to ensure its sustainability for years to come! Since 2018, more than 25 students have benefitted from the scholarship program. St. Edward Parish School is honored to be among the many philanthropic organizations supported through the Schoellerman’s private foundation. The Schoellerman’s philanthropic legacy includes Sacred Heart Seminary in Mubende, Uganda, the good works of Bishop Carl Fisher, JF Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, Hoag Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Smile Train.


If you would like more information regarding supporting the scholarship fund, please contact Director of Advancement Annie Phan-Luong at If you would like more information regarding applying for the scholarship, please contact Program Coordinator Rosalinda Lopez at


Until you experience St. Edward graduation week, you cannot grasp how special of a time it is for the graduates and their families and friends. The 76 graduates from the Class of 2023 began their festivities on Tuesday, May 30th, with a yearbook signing breakfast, and a graduation dance that night. The awards banquet was celebrated the evening of Wednesday, May 31. The valedictorians and salutatorians were announced at the awards banquet to boisterous applause. Three valedictorians were awarded the highest academic honor for the first time in St. Edward Parish School’s history. Hunter Hughes, Mercer Pringle, and Daniel Wadman stood proudly to accept the prestigious award. Also recognized

were the salutatorians Ciaran Cervenak and Mary Jane Hedges. The five students were given a standing ovation from their classmates. At last, Thursday, June 1, was the formal graduation ceremony. The ceremony was a memorable event filled with joy and pride. Graduates, their families, friends, and faculty gathered to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. The ceremony featured a special Mass, the awarding of diplomas, and heartfelt farewells as the graduates embarked on their next journey. It was a special day for the Class of 2023, marking the end of their K-8 years and the beginning of new adventures.

CLASS OF 2023 - GRADUATION The Class of 2023 will be known for their active involvement over their years at St. Edward Parish School - especially in academics. For the first time ever, five Monarchs were recognized for their incredible academic achievements. These students took the most rigorous classes that St. Edward offers. Congratulations to our Class of 2023 Valedictorians and Salutatorians. Valedictorians: Hunter Hughes, Mercer Pringle, Daniel Wadman Salutatorians: Ciaran Cervenak and Mary Jane Hedges



C L AS S OF 2 02 3 - DC TRIP

A Historic Trip for the

Class of 2023

St. Edward Parish School’s annual trip to Washington, DC was an exciting and educational adventure that took place over the course of a week. In addition to visiting Washington, DC, the students visited Williamsburg, VA and Philadelphia, PA. While in DC, the students had the opportunity to explore all the major historical and cultural sites in the nation’s capital. From the iconic landmarks like the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial to the world-renowned museums such as the

VIETNAM MEMORIAL TRADITION A special tradition of the 8th grade east coast trip is the Vietnam Memorial project. Prior to the trip, each student is given a POW (Prisoner of War) bracelet, bearing the name and information of a soldier who had served during the Vietnam War. The students researched their POW and then wrote a note to the POW’s family. While in DC at the Vietnam Memorial, the students located the soldier on the wall, and each student left their heartfelt notes to honor the fallen POWs. The notes served as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of these soldiers.

Smithsonian, the students were immersed in the rich history and culture of the United States. The east coast trip held particular significance for the graduating 8th graders. They embarked on this journey just one week before their much-anticipated graduation festivities. It served as a fitting and memorable prelude to their graduation, allowing them to bond with their classmates, reflect on their St. Edward Parish School journey, and create lasting memories together.


St. Edward Class of 2019 - College Send-Off Mass & Dinner Several families started a new tradition this past summer to celebrate the lifelong friendships and connections made at St. Edward, sending off the newly graduated high school students with a celebratory Mass, blessings, and dinner before the former Monarchs headed off to college just days later. With more than 25 alumni students

proudly wearing their college sweatshirts, Fr. Aristotle blessed them on their college journey at the end of a special Sunday Mass in their honor. All the families later gathered on the bluff for dinner and dessert to share memories of their St. Edward days and how it provided the foundation for their next four years. #AlwaysAMonarch

Lindsay Hughes ’19 Named JSerra Valedictorian Lindsey Hughes ‘19 was named JSerra High School’s Class of 2023 valedictorian, graduating with a 4.79 GPA. Over the past four years, she took nine Advanced Placement classes and 14 honors classes. She served as a four-year member of the Engineering Magnet program and a National Honor Society officer. Lindsay also was a three-sport athlete, competing in soccer, swimming, and on the CIF-championship women’s water polo team. One of the highlights of her four years as a Lion was traveling to Peru for the JSerra service trip, where she built houses, played with orphans, and ministered to the poor.

Lindsay is currently attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is majoring in engineering.

Teacher Dr. Kilduff commented, “Lindsay was one of those students everyone wants as a partner due to her work ethic and dedication supporting her fellow students on engineering projects. You knew she would share the workload, offer a variety of ideas, and never give up, instead putting in her best effort until the project deadline. Her actions with fellow engineering students clearly demonstrated the virtues of responsibility, trustworthiness, and perseverance.” Teachers echoed this sentiment about her enviable work ethic and industriousness but also mentioned her soft dignity, grace, warm disposition, and humility.

SMCHS Caritas Christi Award Goes to Charlie Jennison ’19 For 25 years, Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) has presented its esteemed Caritas Christi award to the student who best embodies the school’s charism of Caritas Christi - the love of Christ - and its virtues of compassion, humility, justice, and goodness. Charlie Jennison ‘19 was this year’s recipient and was presented the award at Senior Awards Night in May. Regina Bork, an SMCHS science teacher, former St. Edward parent and 7th and 8th grade biology and chemistry instructor, commented, “Charlie Jennison embodies Caritas Christi in every ounce of his being. From the moment I met Charlie as a prospective middle schooler at my former school, I knew he was special. Charlie’s love for the Lord, his family, friends, and all of God’s creations is apparent in everything he does. “Charlie sees the positive side of every situation because he truly believes there is good to be found in everything.” In addition to a plaque, SMCHS awarded Charlie $3,000 for his college tuition and, at Charlie’s request, $2,000 to Faith & Family Life Catholic Ministries, a non-profit founded by former SMCHS chaplain Fr. Tim Donovan. Charlie is taking a year off to travel and explore his passions further. He will attend Texas Christian University in the fall of 2024.



L E G ACY MO NA RCHS An Interview with

Rebecca (Mildrew) Raabe, Class of 1998

» What year did you graduate from St. Edward Parish School? I graduated from St. Edward Parish School in 1998.

» Where did you go to high school and college after St. Edward? After St. Edward, I went to Santa Margarita Catholic High School (Class of 2002), Harvard University (Class of 2006), and Kellogg School of Management (Class of 2013).

» Why did you choose St. Edward Parish School for your family? While the toddler years with our first child were filled with many first-time parent uncertainties, deciding where our oldest son would go to school was crystal clear. Besides attending St. Edward as a child from kindergarten through 8th grade, my history with the community began even earlier. My parents joined as parishioners when they moved to California over 40 years ago, and I was baptized at St. Edward church as a baby. My husband and I were married at St. Edward 12 years ago, and we joined as parishioners when we moved back home from Chicago when our son was born. I stayed connected with St. Edward even after moving out of state as my mother, Julie Mildrew, was a teacher at the school. She began assisting in the computer lab when I was in the 7th grade and continued teaching as a director of the technology department for over 25 years. I always enjoyed visiting her at school while I was in town and seeing how the little school that I went to as a child had grown.

» What is your favorite memory from being a student at St. Edward?

There are so many great memories from being a student at St. Edward - it’s hard to pick just one! I have many wonderful memories from field trips like 6th grade science camp, the many plays and pageants, and family events like Fiesta. But I think my favorite one is from our 8th grade graduation banquet. It was such a special evening celebrating together as a family. Many of us had been together since kindergarten, so my classmates felt like brothers and sisters, and their families felt like my own. We cried and laughed as we recollected our favorite experiences at St. Ed. While we were excited 14-year-olds looking forward to high school, we were also sad to leave our special community.

» What impact did St. Edward Parish School have on you as a child and now as an adult?

My faith in God blossomed during my time at St. Edward. I’m so grateful that I was able to have a spiritual education in addition to my academic education. Whether it’s the sacraments I received at St. Edward, Friday school Masses, religion classes, or the many moments praying together as a community, my time at St. Edward gave me a strong spiritual foundation that has helped me get through challenges as an adult.

» What is your favorite part of being a parent at St. Edward? My favorite part of being a parent at St. Edward is the peace and comfort I have every day, knowing the love and support my children receive. The teachers and administrators do an incredible job of making every student feel safe and special. Sending your kiddos away to school is such an emotional experience, especially in today’s world. I feel so lucky to have teachers and administrators that I respect and trust watching over my kids. It’s everything you pray for as a parent.

» What has been your family’s favorite school event? There have been so many wonderful school events that our family has loved. We always look forward to the special events around the holidays, such as the Halloween parade and Christmas pageant. Another favorite event was the Spring Musical that our oldest son Grayson participated in last year. I’m so grateful for the school’s wide range of activities and programs.

» What is the most meaningful to you at St. Edward? The most meaningful part of St. Edward is the incredible community of families. Even though it’s been over 25 years since I was a student there, the love across this community and the shared core values remain the same. We are so grateful to go on this parenting journey with families we consider dear friends. Our friendships extend beyond school as we play sports, celebrate birthdays together, and so much more. This community of families has been and continues to be the heart and soul of the school. We feel so fortunate to be part of the St. Edward family.

CEL EB RATING M IL ESTO N ES Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members who celebrated a milestone anniversary year at the end of the 2022-2023 school year: 5 Years of Service

10 Years of Service

15 Years of Service

20 Years of Service

Anne Hedges Rosalinda Huerta-Lopez Dan Ignosci Christina Schreiber Amy Triscari Erin Warner

Donna Boucher Teresa Lamboni Carol Lundgren Stacy Risbrough Jason Wesley

Tish Clerx Jean Paulson Stacie Pugliese Susan Robles

Nicole Bader Mary Lowell Caren Luizzi

A FOND FAREWELL Mrs. Janelle Hamm | Lower School Principal Mrs. Janelle Hamm joined the St. Edward community in 2016 as a 2nd grade teacher. She later became the Lower School Principal in 2021 and served in the role for two years. As a core member of the school’s administration team, Mrs. Hamm exemplified unwavering dedication, professionalism, and a genuine commitment to the students’ academic and personal growth. Her passion for student success was contagious, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless students, parents, and staff members alike. Whether implementing new teaching methodologies, fostering a nurturing environment, or instilling a strong sense of discipline and integrity, Mrs. Hamm consistently went beyond the call of duty. Her leadership and collaborative spirit were instrumental in shaping St. Edward Parish School into the thriving community it is today. Mrs. Hamm mentored students and teachers alike, providing guidance and support during both triumphs and challenges. We wish Mrs. Hamm continued success and blessings as she and her husband relocated to Pennsylvania this summer to be closer to her aging parents.

“It has been a blessing to work with so many wonderful students, families, and staff over the years. I absolutely love my job and will miss being part of such an incredible school community.

Thank you for all your support.”



All in


Nothing speaks to the strength of our community more than recommending the school to those you keep nearest and dearest to your heart - your family! In addition to our Legacy Families, we also have a number of cousins, nieces/nephews and other relatives who are blessed to attend St. Edward! We even have parents, children, and sisters/sisters-in-laws who work together at St. Edward. Being a Monarch is truly a family affair!

These families and staff include: Babbington/Demma








Cervenak/Ibarra/Curran/ Hennessey





Rice/Reidler/Villasenor/ Fiazi



McCormick/McCormick/ Allen/Luppi/Williams/ Sydor


Crafts/Patten Davis/Stafford/O’Connell denotes faculty


The Cervenak Family

Tiffany, Mike, Fionan (Class of 2021)

Curran, Ciaran and Clancy (Class of 2023)

» How many years total was your family at St. Edward? 11 years

» Why did you choose Catholic education for your family? Mike and I come from large, strong Catholic families and attended Catholic schools from elementary school through college. With this upbringing and a commitment to our faith, and the belief that a Catholic school education for our boys would strengthen their religious conviction and promote the right values as they become men, we chose the path of Catholic education.

» Why did you choose St. Edward Parish School? In 2005, we moved from Manhattan Beach to Dana Point. We immediately found our religious home at St. Edward the Confessor church. In August 2012, Fionan, our oldest son, started kindergarten at the school, and our triplet sons started pre-k. Having children at all different learning levels, St. Edward’s fostered the belief that children with different educational needs have a right to a faith-based education. They supported our fundamental beliefs and helped all our boys succeed. The school was associated with the parish church and had an excellent reputation. In interviews with the administration and conversations with other parents and friends, it became clear that what the school delivered from a Catholic and overall perspective was exactly what we sought: to support parents in laying the foundation for these boys to become good Catholic men and put them on a path to heaven.

» What activities were your kids/and your family involved in at St. Edward?

I volunteered in various capacities over the years, including serving as a substitute school nurse, helping teachers weekly in the classroom, and attending field trips and special classroom events like Apple Day and St. Patrick’s Day for when the “leprechauns” came. For the last five years, I was on the Parent Guild Organization, helped with MME, and chaired PGO Perks, which focused on monthly teacher appreciation. I will especially miss my drives to Julian each November to gather apple pies for all the staff and wrap Christmas presents for their families. The boys were also involved in many activities, most notably altar serving, a tradition that started when Fionan was in 5th grade in 2017. The Cervenak boys have served at least

one Sunday Mass monthly at St. Edward the Confessor for over six years. They also were active in school sports, with Mike helping to coach a few of those teams, Academic Decathlon, and school performances.

» What was the most memorable school moment(s) for your family?

Lasting memories include the kindergarten graduation ceremonies, Halloween parades, St. Edward friend teams at Dana Point Youth Baseball, the costumed children during Immigration Day, the cherubs in their finest for First Holy Communion, Friday Masses, and promotions to the next grade level at the end of each school year. Other highlights include the talent shows and musicals, the overnight experience on the Pilgrim, the bitter cold and historical re-enactment at Riley’s Farm, the Christmas choruses, Gold Dust or Bust, Walk Through the American Revolution, In-N-Out burger days, Stations of the Cross with the 8th graders, Monarch Main Events and the post-events at Turk’s, the Washington DC trip for the triplets (with me as a chaperone), and chatting with friends in the afternoon car line while waiting for the kids to come out.

» What was your family’s favorite school event? In the years when it was available, our entire family enjoyed going to and working at the Fiesta. Without a doubt, these few days on the calendar were the social capstone of the year, starting on Friday afternoon and ending around mid-afternoon on Sunday. The boys were more focused on challenging



S UN S E T FA MI L I ES themselves on the scary rides with their friends and going crazy on candy, while we, as parents, enjoyed the famous sangria, ran games, and worked in the food sales areas. We all enjoyed great times with the kids and parents, becoming close friends with many of them, and we are fortunate that many of these treasures last to this day. “Fiesta” ranked at the top of the things all of our graduating 8th graders wished to note in their final awards dinners in 2021 and 2023.

was always special, but it also provided an opportunity to see them and their classmates actively participating in the Mass, sharing the Eucharist with each other and with their families. I would often go grab breakfast afterward with other moms, and it will remain myfavorite day for all these reasons.

» What is most meaningful to you at St. Edward?

» What was your family’s favorite school tradition? Grandparents Day ranks at the top of the list! The Cervenaks, combined with the Hennesseys, Ibarras, and Currans, were always blessed by the attendance of Gamma and Grandpa Curran, who held the record and bragging rights for the number of grandchildren (11 total) in the school for several years. However, our most cherished tradition was the weekly Friday Mass. I would try to get the boys to sit with me, which

Although Fionan graduated in May 2021, and the triplets graduated in May 2023, our time at St. Edward marked significant milestones in the education and growth of our sons. All have moved on to high school equipped with solid educational foundations and a greater knowledge and appreciation of their Catholic faith due to our wonderful decision years ago to send the boys to St. Edward the Confessor Parish School.

Sunset Families Each year we recognize the families who end their journey at St. Edward Parish School with their youngest child graduating from the school. We said farewell to 48 families from the Class of 2023. Many of these families spent more than 12 years together spanning multiple children at St. Edward. The Sunset Parents were invited to a breakfast in May to celebrate the completion of their journey as Monarch parents. It was a beautiful morning full of stories from their time at the school.

Mr. Agathakis and Ms. Segroves Mrs. and Mr. Allan Mr. and Mrs. Assad Mr. and Mrs. Balkhi Mr. and Mrs. Baren Mr. and Mrs. Bognar Mr. and Mrs. Borsellino Mr. and Mrs. Breaux Dr. Breton and Dr. Peet Mr. and Mrs. Brown Mr. Brown and Dr. Ahumada Mr. and Mrs. Canterbury Mr. and Mrs. Cervenak Mr. and Mrs. Coady Mr. and Mrs. Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Devlin Mr. and Mrs. Donner Mr. and Mrs. Fabiano Mr. and Mrs. Giles Mrs. Gonzalez Mr. Gonzalez Mrs. and Mr. Green Mr. and Mrs. Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Heydorn Mr. and Mrs. Holmes Mr. and Mrs. Hughes Mrs. and Mr. Huhn Mr. and Mrs. Iltis Mr. Le Mr. and Mrs. Merz Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mr. and Mrs. Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Miller-Jones Mrs. and Mr. Mulvey Mr. and Mrs. Mulvihill Mr. and Mrs. Muniz Mr. and Mrs. Pfeiffer Mr. and Mrs. Pringle Mr. and Mrs. Prouty Mr. and Mrs. Raney Mr. and Mrs. Rittichier Mr. and Mrs. Robles Dr. and Mr. Saint Mr. and Mrs. Scarcelli Mr. and Mrs. Severino Mr. and Mrs. Shick Mr. and Mrs. Test Mr. and Mrs. Wadman

Thank You

to our parent volunteers

22-23 PGO VOLUNTEER BOARD Nicole Bader - Administrative Leadership Team Liaison Erin Palacios - Advancement Director Regina Gancar - Co-President Whitney Tioleco - Co-Vice President Karen Finnigan - Co-Vice President Katherine Pokrywa - Secretary Rosalee Hormuth - Treasurer Tiffany Cervenak - Community & Teacher Relations Coordinator Gina Winters - Community & Teacher Relations Coordinator Karna Sadayasu - Room Parent Co-Coordinator Danielle Pagano - Room Parent Co-Coordinator Kristen Bemis - Ambassador Co-Coordinator Colby Grey - Ambassador Co-Coordinator Whitney Tioleco - Volunteer Coordinator Karen Finnigan - MME Co-Chair Whitney Tioleco - MME Co-Chair Lynsey McCarthy - Spirit Wear Coordinator Megan Flores - Welcome Day Co-Chair Danielle Babbington - Welcome Day Co-Chair Sheilah Martin - Lost and Found/Uniform Exchange 22-23 ROOM PARENTS Alexandra Knoff Danielle Pagano Amy Miller Darlene Shick Andrea Demma Dawn Asis Annette DeCicco Denise Espineira Annie Micco Dorothea Church Bailey Van Tassel Elisabeth Antoine Belle Murphy Heather Mitchell Bridget Zand Heidi Nicoll Carissa Green Jenelle Davis Caroline Arrighi Jenna McConnell Cassie Isaacs Jillian Glover Chelsea Guerrero Karen Finnigan Christine Pagano Karen Howell Cristina Bonfiglio Kate Kelso

Kelley Houston Kelly Davis Kimberley Kenney Laura Schwab Lindsay Millers Megan Kirimis Melissa Hagstrom Michelle Everett Mychela Fippinger Nichole VerBurg Nicole Lanfranco Rachel Peddie Sara Latimer Sara Tinnelly

Courtney Jennings - Lost and Found/Uniform Exchange Heidi Buffington - Family Movie Night Co-Chair Ali Oliveira - Family Movie Night Co-Chair Karran Toffelmier - Box Tops Anne Hedges - First Grade Donut Chairperson Teresa Barnea - PGO Closet Brooke Huey - PGO Closet Natalie Carpenter - Parent/Child Event Leader Patricia Haynes - Parent/Child Event Leader Angela Bench - Welcome Back Coffee Amy Gonzalez - Welcome Back Coffee Jessica Avery - New Family Luncheon Wendy Pierce - New Family Luncheon Silvia Fukunaga - New Family Luncheon Megan Stone - New Family Luncheon Rebecca Shore - Donuts with Dads Alison Mattos - Donuts with Dads Daniel Mattos - Muffins for Moms Allison Smith - Muffins for Moms

Sianny Piedra Stephanie Bauer Stephanie Dalle Molle Susannah Johnston Tanisha Leer Taylor Guerrero Taylor LeBon Theresa Prouty Tiffany Del Canto Whitney Pratt Whitney Tioleco

22-23 CSB Stephanie Baren Jane Crayton Andrew Gray Jennifer Kearney Amanda Lazinski Chris McCormick Julie Mildrew Wendy Mulvihill Whitney Pratt Chris Rottach Regina Gancar (PGO Co-President) Allison Cabral (PGO Co-President) Fr. Philip Smith (Pastor, Ex-Officio)

23-24 School Year Important Dates 11/14/2023

6th Annual Monarch Giving Day


Grandparents & Special Friends Day


Open House


Monarch Main Event


8th Grade Graduation


Last Day of School

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