SCHOOL NEWS:March 10-16, 2010
NO SCHOOL: FRIDAY, MARCH 12
Spring Choral Concert
On Thursday, March 11, at 7:00, in the auditorium, all students in Grades 2, 4, 6, and 7 will perform in the Seventh Annual Spring Choral Concert under the direction of Ms. Cecilia Cardenas. As a thank you, students and teachers in Grades 2, 4, 6, and 7, may have free dress on Tuesday, March 16! We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of beautiful music!
$1.00 Free Dress
The Student Council is sponsoring a $1.00 Green or St. Patrick's Day Theme Free Dress on Wednesday, March 17. All proceeds will go towards our school wide Lenten collection for the pre-schools and primary schools in Lesotho, Africa. Please follow the free dress code found in the Parent/Student Handbook. Students in Grades 3-8 will be attending Mass on St. Patrick's Day.
School Financial Report
The Finance Committee of St. Cecilia School generally meets once a month to review the financial condition of the school, review the budget recommendations of the principal, recommend policies concerning school finances and, if necessary, support the principal in collection of tuition. As representatives of the school parents and the parish family, we want to ensure that St. Cecilia School provides the best Catholic education our tuition dollars and the parish family can support. As your representatives, we feel it is important to share information regarding the financial condition of the school.
The financial condition of St. Cecilia School, as presented in the financial statements for the seven months ending January 31, 2010, is in good order. Click here for the charts that compare the budget to actual revenues and expenditures for the 2009-2010 school year.
The successful fundraisers from last year (Mothers’ Club, Parish Festival, Scrip Program, individual donations, and matching donations from parents and their work places), allowed us to make the following changes and upgrades to the school:
* new reading program for Grades K-5
* new literature for Grades 6-8
* 35 laptops and a cart to store them
* new linoleum in the entryway to the auditorium and in the women’s restroom by auditorium
* energy efficient lights throughout the school
* sealing and lining the schoolyard
* painting benches and some classrooms
We are grateful to all parents and parishioners who continually support the school’s fundraising activities!
We hope this information helps you to understand the financial resources of our school and its dependence upon your continued support. If you have any concerns regarding the school’s financial condition, please contact one of the following School Finance Committee members: Steve Johnson, Sally Maske, Ray Williamson, Kathy Atkinson, Barbara Cutten, Joe Grazioli, Sr. Marilyn Miller, or Msgr. Michael Harriman.
Mercy High School, San Francisco Eighth Annual Elementary School Art Exhibition
St. Cecilia School is pleased to announce that we are again participating in the Mercy Art Exhibit. This year, we have 20 art pieces in the exhibit. Our artists are: Iris Chan, Daniela Zarich, Gina Soberanis, Norma Courey, Laura Caracciolo, Niko Schumann, Bryant Lui, Kelly Grealish, Sabine Dahi, Yena Kim, Chi Chi Wong, Annie Lee, Brittany Masangkay, Marco Barajas, Davis Pollino, Jenessa Greig, and Sophia Sauvageau, all of Grade 7. Our students' work includes the beautifully done portraits of St. Cecilia that appeared in our Church for the celebration of St. Cecilia earlier in the school year and original works of art.
You are invited to see and enjoy the artistic talents of our students and the students of other elementary schools. Please visit the Art Exhibit at Mercy High School, 3250-
19th Avenue, in the Catherine McAuley Pavilion, on the back campus. The hours are
M-F, 8:00-3:00, with an open-to-all Artists' Reception on Saturday, March 6, 2:00 - 4:00. There is parking on the back campus.
St. Cecilia Parish Lenten Spiritual Growth
Click here for a schedule of St. Cecilia Parish LENTEN AREAS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH as found in the weekly bulletin.
Friday Soup Dinner
Join us for this Lenten Activity. Every Friday during Lent you are invited to participate in one, two, three or four back-to-back activities:
5:30 p.m. - Church - Daily Lenten Mass
6:00 p.m. - Lower Church -Simple dinner of soup and bread.
6:30 p.m. - Lower Church - Spiritual Enrichment Presentation
7:00 p.m. - Church - Stations of the Cross and Benediction
In order to know how much soup to prepare, please phone the rectory (664-8481) and add your name to the Friday Soup Dinner. Please RSVP by the Wednesday before the Friday you plan to attend.
Collection for Lesotho, Africa
During Lent the students will collect money for the pre-schools and primary schools in Lesotho, Africa. These schools are staffed by the Sisters of the Holy Names, the same community of Sisters at St. Cecilia School. In each school numerous students have been affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. Many of the children are either “single or double” orphans, having lost one or both parents to AIDS. Often times the children are living with grandparents who are unemployed and unable to provide new clothes, proper food, or tuition. One principal reports, “It seems the school is the only place of their comfort.” The teachers, Sisters, and other students who are able are trying to provide uniforms, tracksuits, shoes, and other clothes for those children who come to school in tatters. The school also tries to provide these students with vegetables and maize meal for nutrition and takes care of their health needs at the clinic the Sisters have close by. The care of ONE child at one of these schools for ONE year is $100.00 which covers tuition, books, uniforms, school fees, and food.
Click here for the website of the Sisters of the Holy Names for additional information on Lesotho and the Sisters’ ministries.
New Scrip Items Available
New scrip is available for Gamestop and San Francisco WineTrading Company, both in denominations of $25. Click here to download the new scrip form. Questions? Contact Elaine Shanahan at 415-269-5562.
MOTHERS' CLUB FUNDRAISER
ALOHA, ONLY 10 MORE DAYS TO 'OHANA LU'AU ON MARCH 20TH!
Ladies & Gentlemen, get your Hawaiian-Wear out of your closets!! Dress it up or come casual- we are One Big Happy OHANA- it don't matter ..just as long as you Hang Loose and bring with your Aloha Spirit! HOI..It Ain't Gonna Happen Till You TURN IN YOUR RSVP CARDS! Come on now- Kalua Pork, Fresh Tropical Fruits, Roast Pig, Lomi Salmon, Mai Tai's, just to name a few! Come on, Braddah! What else you need? MAHALO! Click here for more information.
'Ohana Lu'au Event Information
Wish List, Raffle Sponsors, and Donation Forms can be accessed through our fundraiser website http://www.scfundraiser.com Updates will be made regularly, so come check it out!
Ohana Lu'au Event -for Set up, Cashiers, Spotters, and Breakdown. We are looking for all the help we can get to transform St. Cecilia’s into a Tropical Oasis. Click here for the volunteer form.
Silent Auction Needs Your Help!
We continue to need your help and support. Please contact us if you have anything to donate to the auction, or if you have ideas of whom we should contact.
Getaways! Outings or activities! Camps or lessons! Pampering and fitness! Sports and memorabilia! Restaurants! Food and Beverage! Home and Garden!
Please contact Dana or Lori at email@example.com Thank you so much! Let’s make this happen for St. Cecilia and the children!! And thank you for all the baskets!
RAFFLES, RAFFLES, RAFFLES, RAFFLES, DON'T MISS OUT!
THE FUNDRAISER IS GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER. TIME IS RUNNING OUT - GET YOUR TICKETS NOW. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! GET THOSE STUBS IN! NEVER SAY NO TO CASH! A 'LU'AU PARTY AT SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD'S CLASS! PEARL NECKLACE-WOW! MOM WOULD LOVE THAT! AND ISN'T MOTHERS’ DAY COMING UP? SWIMMING WITH THE DOLPHINS-THAT JUST SOUNDS GREAT! BUY SOME TICKETS NOW! ALL RAFFLES ARE BIG WINS - AND OUR KIDS BENEFIT!
IT'S NOT JUST A ONE WAY THING. ANY TICKETS YOU BUY OR SELL FOR THE CASH PRIZE GIVES YOUR CHILD. GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE MOTHERS’ CLUB 'OHANA LU'AU. WINNING RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE PULLED AT THE FUNDRAISER ON MARCH 20. YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Click here FOR RAFFLE DESCRIPTIONS AND TO DOWNLOAD YOUR TICKETS.
Thanks to all for dropping off your baskets! We need as many as we can get! So clear out your garage and attic! We'll take baskets big or small. Please leave them on the bench outside of school's front office. Thank you so much!
Calling All Artists And Craftspeople
Do you have a special talent or hobby? Do you make beautiful jewelry or craft amazing arts? Calling all artists and craftspeople of St. Cecilia Family! We are looking for one of a kind artwork, such as pottery, painting, or something lovely you've knitted...We'd love to showcase your artwork as part of silent auction. If you have something unique and special to offer to the Mothers’ Club Spring fundraiser and help us raise money, we'd very much appreciate the donation of your own art pieces. Please contact Dana or Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 823-7262.
Attention SC Track Team Parents: We need bodies!
The SC track program is in desperate need of parent volunteers to help us run our Track Meets. Without a solid and reliable volunteer base our track program will be in serious jeopardy of being kicked out of the league. It is a mandatory requirement that each school at each track meet either (1) Run the entire track meet or (2) Run a field event and also do timing of the racers. There is no oversight body in this league or paid officials like we have in basketball, soccer, baseball, and volleyball. Parent volunteers RUN IT ALL.
Our Track Meets are on March 21, March 28, April 11, April 18, and April 25. We need parent volunteers for ALL OF THESE MEETS. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN TRACK OR ANY SPORTING EVENT IS NECESSARY.
One last VERY IMPORTANT POINT, the 5th Grade Track Meets events run OPPOSITE the 6th - 8th Grades, so we will need a separate volunteer list for the 5th Grade ONLY. So 5th Grade parents, you'll need to step up!
Here's the number of volunteers we need at each Meet: 5th Grade alone: 5-6 volunteers 6th - 8th Grade: 5-6 volunteers.
Training for our volunteers will be at our Track Practice on March 12, at 5:00. So please come out. It's painless and easy! If you miss the training, don't worry. We'll give you a crash course at the Track Meet. Please e-mail Mark Courey with your volunteer information at email@example.com.
Attention All Soccer Girls:
Once your season is over, please return your CLEANED soccer jersey in closed bag with your name on it and leave it on the bench by the office. Thank You.
2010 Family Day with the Giants at AT&T Park: ONLY $14 PER TICKET!
New SC Athletic Board Member Application
The Athletic Board is now accepting applications from those interested in becoming a member of the Athletic Board. This is a great way to support and get involved in the girls’/boys’ athletic programs. Membership is a 3-year term and would begin in September 2010. If you are interested in applying, please contact Mike Huynh at 415-812-5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Ignatius Spring Basketball Camp 4th-8th Grade Students
Mike Mulkerrins, head coach for the SI Girls Basketball team and John DeBenedetti, the head SI boys coach, are running an elementary school basketball clinic from April 6-9, at St. Ignatius.
This program will be a fun, skill-based basketball camp for any boy or girl who might like to make new friends, meet the SI coaching staff, and develop their basketball skills. Campers can sign up on-line here or bring the forms on the first day of camp. It will be a great experience! Click here for the flyer.
Players, coaches, friends, and families of San Francisco Parishes are invited to enjoy a game and tailgate party at AT&T Park on Saturday, May 15, at 1:10--Giants vs. Houston Astros. Click here for more information and order form.