||St. Cecilia School eNewsletter
September 23, 2009
SCHOOL NEWS: September 23 - 29
Minimum Day--Monday, September 28, Teacher In-Service
Monday, September 28th is a 12:30 P.M. dismissal for ALL grades.
If you were absent on the original School Picture Day, missed the opportunity to purchase pictures, or need to have pictures re-taken, Make-Up Picture Day will be on
Thursday, October 8, at 8:30 A.M.
NEW PURCHASES: If your child has not yet had his/her picture taken, now is your opportunity. Call the school office, and we will send home an information packet.
RE-TAKES: If you desire a re-take, you must return the complete package to the school office before Monday, October 5.
Music Department News: One Opening for Guitar
Lawrence Paul, our new guitar teacher, has an opening at 1:25 on Mondays and 9:40 or 1:55 on Wednesdays. Once accepted, you need to be present on Monday Minimum Days.
Contact Bonnie Knight, Music Department: 415-681-8788 or 415-665-1583.
Student Emergency Kits Due Today!
Each family received a brown bag at Back To School Night to be filled with emergency supplies.
The following suggested items should be placed into the brown bag:
* 4 granola bars (NO peanuts)
* 2 fruit cups or pudding in cans, NOT refrigerated
* 2 fruit roll ups
* 2 small canned juice (5.5 oz) - NO fruit boxes
* 1 pint plastic bottled water
* 2 small pocket sized Kleenex
* 1 bag of hard candy
* 1 deck of playing cards, or small handheld game
Seal the bag with tape, and on the front print in large letters your child’s name, grade and room number.
Chinese Mandarin (Pin Yin) Class
There is still space available in the Chinese Mandarin (Pin Yin) Classes, which is being offered by the St. Cecilia’s Chinese Club. It is for students in Grades 2 through 5. This is a beginners' class and will meet once a week after school on Fridays, from 3:30 P.M. to 5 P.M. in the Serra Room. Please contact Eva Fong at (650) 994-2755 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Group for Girls in Grades 5 & 6: Rise Above Stress And Worry
Topics include: Blue Moods? Down on yourself because of little mistakes? Feeling overlooked or left out? Problems relaxing? Learn new ideas and perspectives on mood and life changes and feel OK and balanced in the midst of difficult things!
Date: Fridays, October 2 - December 11
Time: 3:45 -5:15pm
Place: 2772 Bush St., San Francisco
Contact: Anne Diedrich, MFT licensed marriage, family, and child therapist with over 16 yrs. experience (415) 673-7597 www.childandadulttherapy.com
Click here for more information!
FREE Parent Workshop: Stress and Worry Across all Ages
Topics covered: Develop Your Resources, Calming Techniques For Kids’ Stress, Moving With Moods, Reduce Your Stress.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
Time: 9-11 AM
Location: 2772 Bush St, San Francisco
Contact: Anne Diedrich, MFT, licensed marriage, family, and child therapist with over 16 yrs. experience 415-673-7597 or www.childandadulttherapy.com
On Monday, September 21, we began the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (standardized testing) for Grades 2-8. Check the September calendar for the exact dates of the testing. Students should not be leaving for appointments on these days.
Macy’s Shop For A Cause on Saturday, October 17, 2009!
With a $5.00 donation you can receive a shopping pass to save 10-20% off most of your Macy’s purchases on Saturday,
October 17! You’ll also be eligible for a change to win a $500 shopping spree! 100% of the ticket sale proceeds benefit St. Cecilia School. Please send cash or check made payable to
St. Cecilia School. The tickets will be sent home with your child. Buy one or more for family and friends. Thanks to Laura Wallace for coordinating this program.
Birthday Book Club News
The Birthday Book Club is off to a great start with a total of 46 books donated so far this year. Congratulations to Mr. Fong's class, Grade 5 Room 18, who have already won a free dress pass AND an ice cream party for their donation of 25 books. If you want to purchase a book through the club for your child or for someone else, the necessary papers are found under the "Forms" section of the SC website. For a full list of donors, click here.
Mothers' Club Meeting
Join us for a "Julie and Julia" inspired night of gourmet food and wine on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:00 P.M., for our first meeting of the year. We will showcase our culinary talents, taste some good wine, and hear from Ms. Santy and Mrs. Fergus about the Step Up To Writing Program for Grades K-8!
Please RSVP to Eddy Harrison and Katherine Ragusa at email@example.com.
Click here to view the invitation.
Hot Lunch Volunteers!
We need 7 volunteers each Tuesday & Thursday to assist students in picking up their meals. There is NO COOKING OR FOOD PREP! Volunteers are needed in the McKay Center from 11:00 A.M. until 1:15 P.M. Please mark those days that you are able to volunteer. You will receive confirmation notices via email. Thank you VERY much for helping!
The dates for which we still need volunteers are:
October 8, 20, 29
December 3, 15, 17
Please email Kathryn_Ann@Dougery.com with the dates you are available to volunteer. Include your name, email, telephone numbers (home & cell), and oldest child’s name, grade, & room!
If you prefer, click here for the volunteer form. Complete and return to the school office.
Scrip Gift Card Program:
Remember scrip gift card orders are filled every Thursday, and this is the easiest way for our school to earn money. Click here for the new order form. Please do not use previous order forms as there have been vendor changes for this year.
Renew your grocery and debit cards on eScrip. If you have not yet enrolled, registration is free and easy. For more information or to join eScrip: www.escrip.com or 1-800-592-0942.
St. Cecilia Parish group ID #136952501. For current members: You must RENEW your annual membership by NOV. 1, 2009 by visiting www.escrip.com, click "members/supporters", click "myescrip"
Lucky S.H.A.R.E.S. Cards
Help our school earn 3% when shopping at Lucky Supermarkets. We just recently received a check for $450!). Simply swipe the S.H.A.R.E.S. card before paying for your groceries (whether you pay by cash, check, credit, debit or gift card). If you do not have a Shares Card, contact Elaine Shanahan who will send one to you via your oldest child. Contact scrip coordinator Elaine Shanahan, 269-5562 or Shanfam@pacbell.net, with questions about any of this. Thanks for your support of our school!
FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 23 - 25
Ciao Tutti! Welcome Back!
It's that time of year again, and we are hard at work getting ready for this year's Parish Festival, Roman Holiday. One of the easiest way you can get involved is to become a Booth Sponsor. The contribution you make today will help defray the cost of booth set up and maintenance, decorations and prizes. Your contribution is essential to the success of the festival.
You can contribute at the Colosseum Level for $200, at the Trevi Fountain Level for $150 or at the Spanish Steps Level for $100. All donations graciously accepted.
Please fill out the Booth Sponsor form (click here) and return it to the school office in an envelope marked "Festival", or mail it to the rectory at 2555-17th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116.
Please note that our Vatican Level of $400 will prominently display your business or family name on your favorite booth for the entire weekend!
As always, the festival will be a very fun weekend. You will enjoy events and games for all ages. Please join us, enjoy yourself and accept our many thanks for all your kind support. Watch for upcoming raffle items and new games!
Questions? Please contact Stephanie Pasini 415-516-2614 or Janice Calonico 415-309-8073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrip Donations for Festival
Purchase scrip to donate to the upcoming parish festival, and your contribution will help out both the school AND the festival. Questions-- contact Elaine Shanahan at Shanfam@pacbell.net
Attention all cookie, cake & brownie bakers! It’s Festival time once again, and we’re asking for donations to the Cake Booth. We ask that each family donate three items. These may be home baked items or purchased items (no items that require refrigeration, please). If you are not a baker, a $10 donation is welcome.
Please complete this form (click here) and return it to the school office. If you have any questions, just contact us-- Elaine Shanahan at Shanfam@pacbell.net or Susan Dal Porto at email@example.com or Ann Hildula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stuffed Toy Collection
Please bring your stuffed toy donations into school starting ASAP. All donations are welcome, and we need plenty! We will be responsible for cleaning them. Please bring them to school and leave them on the bench by the school office by this Friday, September 25. This booth is one of the children's favorites, so we need lots of donations.
Book and DVD Booth
The Festival's Book and DVD Booth is looking for your donations of new or used books in good condition and DVDs. Clean out your bookcases and closets of those books you're never going to read or have already read, and donate them to the SC Festival! You can leave your donations on the bench in front of the school office. Although we greatly appreciate all your donations, we will not take any VHS tapes, cassettes, or computer games this year.
Thank you very much for your consideration!
If you have any questions, please call Luana Letele at 415-682-3610 or Mona Burke at 650-755-6281.
Look for a packet of raffle tickets that went home today with the oldest child in each family!
Grand Awards Cash Raffle
Get a chance to win $4,000, $1,000 or three chances to win $100 in cash! Extra Grand Award tickets available at the rectory.
Other Fabulous Raffles:
Win Free Rides on All Inflatables in our Outdoor Games Raffle
Flip Video Camera Raffle
iPod Touch Raffle
American Girl Doll Raffle
Irish Blanket Raffle
Free Dress Pass for a Week
Visit www.scfestival.com to download your tickets and return to school office today!
Silent Auction Needs Your Help!
The festival is just around the corner and the Silent Auction committee needs your donations to make it a success! Please check out our "wish list" below, (click here) for a donor form, and drop off your tax deductible donations with the form to the Church Rectory. This is the perfect
opportunity to clear your home of those not-quite-right gifts, never-used purchases, and miscellaneous gift cards you don't need!
Silent Auction Wish List:
Gift certificates to restaurants, spas, or retail stores
Tickets to movies, symphony, theater, sporting events
Wine or liquor
Anything Christmas themed, decorations, ornaments
Coffee mugs, glassware, stemware
Snack Bar Sign Up Dates
The Saint Cecilia Athletic Board fundraising activities help to defray many of the costs for our sports programs. We need your help. We are asking that each volleyball athlete’s parent sign up for ONE THREE HOUR SHIFT serving in our snack bar during volleyball season. A similar sign-up sheet will go out for boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons. It is really fun and serves a great cause.
Click here for schedule and sign up sheet. Return the completed form to the school office. Our snack bar coordinator will call you to confirm the date on which you will work.
Thank you in advance for your support and time.
-John and Janice Calonico
Sunday, September 27, Blackberry Farm (Cupertino), 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
An outdoor Family Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Tickets will be sold after Masses on Sunday, September 13 and September 20. Contact Ray Williamson 415-587-7329 or Charlie O’Connell 415-337-9399 for more information.
St. Cecilia Athletic Board DEADLINE EXTENDED
Our gift wrap sales are down so we will be accepting QSP Gift Wrap & Candy Orders through this Friday, September 25. Remember this fundraiser supports our athletic teams. Please turn your orders in to your teachers. If you have questions call Katie Kohmann 415-509-4611. Thank you!
Friends of the Poor Walk
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is sponsoring the second annual “Friends of the Poor Walk” on Saturday, September 26. They will begin with an outdoor Mass at at 8:00 A.M. at the starting site and then walk to celebrate 150 years of service to the poor in San Francisco! This is a 5K walk around Lake Merced to raise awareness and funds for food, clothing, beds, and basic utilities for the poor who the St. Vincent De Paul Society serves in San Francisco.
To register a team or as a walker, to pledge support for a walker, or for more information email email@example.com or visit www.sf-friendsofthepoorwalk.org. To volunteer, call (415) 977-1270 ext. 3088.
Events & Reminders
September 23 (Wednesday)
- ITBS Testing
- 2:30pm Dismissal
September 24 (Thursday)
- ITBS Testing
- Hot Lunch!
- Head Room Mothers' Meeting: 7:30pm, Lower Church
September 25 (Friday)
September 28 (Monday)
- MINIMUM DAY - Teacher In-Service
- ITBS Testing
September 29 (Tuesday)
- Hot Lunch!
- Last Day: ITBS Testing
September 30 (Wednesday)
- 1st Qtr. PROGRESS REPORTS
- Mothers' Club Board: 6:30pm, Serra Room
- Mothers' Club Meeting: 7:00pm, Lower Church
October 1 (Thursday)
October 2 (Friday)
- Blessing of the Animals: 3pm
School Wide Learning Expectations
Students at St. Cecilia School are problem solvers who:
- Utilize research skills
- Plan, set, and work effectively toward goals
- Solve a problem in different ways
- Compromise and negotiate with others
- Evaluate themselves realistically