St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter
January 15 – January 21, 2014

Schoolwide Learning Expectation

Students at St. Cecilia School are effective communicators who express thoughts in writing, using correct grammar and mechanics.

From Mrs. Connelly

Dear Families,
Welcome to the second semester of the school year! There are many school and parish activities coming up in the next few months. Please make sure to read the eNewsletter and check the calendar on the school website to keep informed of upcoming events.

Please plan on attending our Catholic Schools Week Mass on Saturday, February 1 at 5:00 P.M. The Children’s Choir will be singing. This is also our Alumni Mass.

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week

  • Mothers Club Meeting 7:00 P.M.
  • Report Cards
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting Grs: K-3, Lower Church 7:00 P.M.

Report Cards

Report cards will be distributed on Friday, January 17. They should be signed and returned to the teachers by Friday, January 24.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of January 13:

Dara Lewis Kindergarten Blue
Aidan Downs Kindergarten Gold
Ailise Grogan Grade 1 Room 4
Molly Bauer Grade 1 Room 8
Henry Buchholz Grade 2 Room 1
Martin Quirke Grade 2 Room 3
Laney Jaber Grade 3 Room 2
Aidan McVeigh Grade 3 Room 9

Keyboarding Class

Mr. Watters will be offering his keyboarding class once again this spring. An application form was placed on the desks of students in Grades 4-6 on Monday, January 6. If you did not get a registration form please click here. This class will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:25-7:55. They will begin on Tuesday, January 28 and end on Thursday, April 17.

LitPix Fall/Winter edition

LitPix the student created literary and art magazine is NOW available. Enjoy art work, poetry, short stories and photographs from the creative minds of St. Cecilia School students.
Click here to view!

Save the Date for Multicultural Day: February 21

Celebrate diversity at St. Cecilia's Multicultural Day to be held on Friday, February 21. There are a number of things you can do now to get ready for this great event! Start pouring through your recipes and determine which cultural dishes you will prepare for our students to enjoy!

Encourage your children to perform in our International Talent Show and start planning! Clear your calendar, so you can volunteer and enjoy our fun activities!

Please email your questions or suggestions to:
Talent Show: Sonali Herrera at
Food Fair: Randa Ghnaim at

Video Streamer Training

There will be another streamer training on January 29 from 2:30 - 4:00 P.M. If you are interested in streaming, please read and fill out the attached form Click Here.
Training is open to 5th, 6th and 7th graders only. If you have any questions, please contact Luana Letele at

Archdiocesan Family Grants

The Archdiocese has chosen TADS to process applications for the Archdiocesan Family Grant tuition assistance program. To apply for an Archdiocesan Family Grant, parents should go to the TADS website Once on their homepage click the link "Apply for Financial Aid" on the right side of the page under the "Parents & Families" heading. Once you have completed filling out the online form, submit it and your application will be processed. The deadline for completing the application for elementary school assistance is April 15, 2014.


January 2014 Concerts Schedule

All music students will perform for their teachers and classmates in the school auditorium. The performance dates are:

Tuesday, January 21, 10:45 A.M. K-Blue and K-Gold
Tuesday, January 21, 1:30 P.M. Grade 1
Thursday, January 23, 10:45 A.M. Grade 2
Thursday, January 23, 1:30 P.M. Grade 6
Tuesday, January 28, 10:45 A.M. Grade 3
Tuesday, January 28, 1:30 P.M. Grade 4
Thursday, January 30, 10:45 A.M. Grade 5
Thursday, January 30, 1:30 P.M. Grades 7 and 8


Boys: Dress slacks, shirt with a collar, dress shoes
Girls: A dress, a skirt with a blouse, or a skirt with a sweater and dress shoes. Please, NO high heels.


Music bills for the Spring Semester went home with the students on January 10. The deadline for payment is January 24. If there is any problem with payment by that date, please contact Bonnie Knight at (415) 290-1575 or If neither payment nor communication is received by the deadline, music lessons will stop until payment is received. There are no makeup lessons for lessons missed due to no response to the tuition envelope.
Thank you for your cooperation.


The St. Cecilia School Music Department offers private music lessons during school hours. The instruments are piano, violin, guitar, viola, cello, string bass, recorder, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Piano students must have a traditional, acoustic, non-electric piano in their home. For the Spring Semester, most of the openings are for Grades 7 and 8, although there are a small number of openings for grades K-6.
If you would like to register, click here for the "Registration" form and click here for the "Make-up" policy form.
Please note that new students pay tuition plus an annual $45 registration fee. Please sign the two forms and return them along with your tuition envelope. Keep a copy of the forms for your own reference. Proposed lesson times must be approved by the classroom teacher. Your check will not be cashed until you have an approved lesson time. If your child cannot be accommodated this semester, your check will be returned to you and you will be placed on the waiting list for the Fall 2014 semester.
If you have any questions, contact the Music Department Director, Bonnie Knight, at (415) 290-1575 or

Mothers' Club

Hot Lunch Volunteers NEEDED

We now have 2 different volunteer shifts available for those who would like to assist with Hot Lunch! The Setup shift is from 10:15 A.M. -12:15 P.M. and the Distribution shift is from 11:45 A.M. -1:00 P.M. each Tuesday & Thursday. Please sign-up for shifts on Sign-up Genius (click here). If you have questions or are interested in becoming a Lead, please email Kathryn Ann at
Thank you for signing up to help!

Mothers Club Meeting

So, You Think You Can Dance?
Calling all Moms to our SC Dance Party! You won't want to miss this Mothers Club Meeting TONIGHT in the Lower Church at 7:00 P.M.!
Come find out more about our exciting Spring Fundraiser, "Dancing with the Stars of Saint Cecilia", which will be held on Saturday, March 29th.

In order to help with our fundraiser, we are asking all moms to donate a nice bottle of wine which costs at least $15. Check below for the type of wine that goes with your last name.
A-H Pinor Nior or Red Zinfindal
I-N Chardonnay
O-Z Cabernet

We hope that you can boogie on down and come to the Mothers Club meeting. In order to ensure we have enough food and drinks, please RSVP to

Uniform Exchange

There will be a uniform exchange at the Mothers Club Meeting TONIGHT.
Drop off freshly cleaned and mended uniforms to the office before the end of the day!


Keep saving and turning in those Box Tops! It really does pay off. St. Cecilia School just received a check in the amount of $1,123.30 from our last two collections! Please submit your Box Tops to your child's teacher. The class submitting the most Box Tops by Thursday, February 13 will win a free dress pass and a sweet treat party! For more information, please visit

Birthday Book Club

Purchasing books through the Birthday Book Club (BBC) is available to honor your child’s birthday, a family member or loved one, or for any special occasion. All hardcover books are $18 and are donated to our school library. You will receive a special certificate to award the honoree and a special inscription will be placed on a bookplate in the book. Students will also have their picture taken with their donated books and posted in the hallway next to the computer lab.

For a list of books available to purchase click here. For the donor form click here.

Thank you for your generous donations; the students greatly benefit from such wonderful new literature added to the school library. If you have any questions please contact Mimi Pratt at or Dawn Jaber at




We look forward to an exciting and successful evening!

Donations from local businesses, parents, and our community will defray the cost of our event, so that the money raised can directly benefit our school.

Your contribution to the school community is important and valued.
Together we can make a difference!
There are many ways to get involved:

Sponsor the event
Sponsor a dance couple
Place an ad in the program
Donate items or services to our auction

Please contact us for more information about volunteer opportunities, sponsorships, advertising and donations at:

Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook:

Event Co-Chairs
Erin Burke, Teresa McLoughlin, Heather Spear


2014 Crab Feed

The Crab Feed Saturday, January 18, 2014 is sold out - with a record attendance of 370!

CYO has scheduled basketball games in the Pavilion at 1 P.M. on Sunday, so we must have the Pavilion ready. Please help us meet this Sunday deadline!
Free prime rib dinner at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 18 for all volunteers!
To volunteer, CLICK HERE.

CANCELLATIONS? There is a chance there may be cancellations, so check here for any openings: CLICK HERE.
If you find an opening, sign up and drop a check at the Rectory. For all of those with reservations, checks were due on Monday, January 13.

Questions? Contact Mark Burke at:

Parish Athletics

St. Cecilia Tournament Winner!

Congratulations to our boys basketball teams in grades 6-8 for winning the Holy Name Tournament last Saturday!
Thank you to Miss Santy and the Spirit Club for helping us cheer on our teams.
A special thank you to Miss Kays and the Board of Commissioners for planning fun and exciting Spirit Days!

Chinese Club

Save these Dates:

Sunday, February 9 Chinese Club hosts Chinese New Year Family Mass at 9:30 A.M.

Saturday, February 22 Chinese New Year Dinner (Lower Church) at 6:00 P.M.

Events & Reminders

Friday, January 17
2nd Quarter Report Cards

Saturday, January 18
MOSC Crab Feed

Monday, January 20
NO SCHOOL: ML King, Jr. Day

January 24-26
Confirmation Retreat

Monday, January 27
Minimum Day 12:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, January 28
Open House 8:30-10:30 A.M.

Thursday, January 30
Open House 8:30-10:30 A.M.

Saturday, February 1
Alumni Mass 5:00 P.M.

Friday, February 7
NO SCHOOL: Curriculum Conference

Friday, February 14
NO SCHOOL: Local Holiday
Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 17
NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day

Friday, February 21
Multicultural Day

Monday, February 24
12:30 Dismissal: Teacher In-Service

Wednesday, February 26
WASC visit

Thursday, February 25
WASC visit

Friday, February 28
WASC visit


Mission Statement

St. Cecilia School is a Catholic elementary school of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, whose purpose is to develop students who are active Christians, life-long learners, and socially responsible citizens.

Philosophy Statement

St. Cecilia School is a Catholic elementary school dedicated to the religious, academic, social, psychological, cultural, and physical development of each individual. St. Cecilia School is committed to providing instruction and opportunities in a Catholic community of faith which will lead the children to pray, to serve and respect others, and to make Christian choices.

Parents, as primary educators, and teachers, as facilitators of learning, work together to provide a quality education that assists students in developing their unique capabilities and prepares them to become responsible citizens.

Students develop intellectually by participating in age-appropriate and meaningful activities. As life-long learners, students develop the skills of effective communication and problem solving to help them face the challenges of the future.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are:

• Active Christians
• Life-long learners
• Socially responsible citizens
• Effective communicators
• Problem solvers


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