St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter
February 25 - March 4, 2015

"Lord, guide me in your truth and teach me."

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are problem solvers who solve a problem in different ways.


Dear Families,

Last week we received a check from Target in the amount of $316.27! Thanks to you, the teachers and other supporters in our community, St. Cecilia School is benefiting from Take Charge of Education. Every time you shop with your REDcard, Target donates 1% of purchases at Target and Please continue to keep St. Cecilia School as your designated school.

A special thank you to all those who have been contributing to your child’s celebration of Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year. The children appreciate the treats and many art projects that have been done. Also, thank you to all the parents who have signed up to chaperone on the many field trips. The students are learning so much by going on these wonderful educational adventures.


Mrs. Marian Connelly


* NASA Field Trip: Grade 6 Room 22 – 7:15 A.M.
* Exploratorium: Grade 8
* Mandatory First Eucharist Parent Meeting: Lower Church 7:30 P.M.

* Pickle Power: Grade 4
* NASA Field Trip: Grade 6 Room 16 - 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

* 8th Grade Parent Meeting: Lower Church 7:30 P.M.

* Mothers’ Club Meeting: Lower Church 7:00 P.M.

School News

March Calendar

Please click here for the newest March calendar.

Re-Regisration - Due Today

The re-registration letter for 2015-2016 school year was sent home on Wednesday, January 28, with your oldest child. Those families whose tuition account is not paid to date and have not made arrangements with a member of the School Finance Committee are not eligible for re-registration. The re-registration fee ($250 per child) is due TODAY, Wednesday, February 25.

Emergency Notification - Sign Up Today!

St. Cecilia School is implementing an alert notification system to be used in case of an emergency through the company "BeeHively. " We ask all families to please sign up. This alert system is strictly to communicate events such as: school lockdowns, natural disasters, and any other types of major emergencies that require parent notification.
This notification system will not replace our Wednesday eNewsletter.

In order to receive alerts, parents/guardians need to register their contact information. Please click on the link below and follow the instructions for registration. We will be testing this emergency alert system in a few weeks.

Click here for Sign-Up instructions.


Don't miss out on ordering your yearbook! To order go to: use the code #1013442885293677 to order and pay for your 2014-2015 SC Yearbook. Your order includes 2 full pages that you get to personally customize. Upload your own memory pictures for 2014-2015, making your copy of the yearbook all the more special!

Citizens of the Week

The students in grades K-3 are awarded Citizen of the Week during the school year. Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of February 23:

Raith Roland Kindergarten Blue
Aidan Tran Kindergarten Gold
Tianna Kruse Grade 1 Room 4
Caitlin McGoldrick Grade 1 Room 8
Joseph Coffey Grade 2 Room 1
Alen Gofman Grade 2 Room 3
Audrey Byrne Grade 3 Room 2
Oisin Cross Grade 3 Room 9

Archdiocesan Family Grants

The Archdiocese has chosen TADS to process applications for The Archdiocesan Family Grant tuition assistance program is open to applications through the TADS website. To apply for a grant parents should go to
Click the link “Apply for Financial Aid” on the right side of the page which is under the “Parents & Families” heading.
The deadline for completing the application for elementary school assistance is April 15, 2015.

BASIC FUND 2015: Tuition Assistance Program

Click here for information regarding the BASIC Fund 2015 Program. Applications are for new students attending private school for the first time only. Siblings already attending St. Cecilia School and not receiving the BASIC Fund can be included as long as one student in the family is attending St. Cecilia School for the first time.

Please note that there is one deadline for new applications: March 13. The earlier families apply for a scholarship the better the chance they will be awarded one.

Packets will be distributed to the schools during March 2015 for all renewing students. Renewing families do not fill out a new application unless they are adding a new child in the fall. Renewing families adding a new child in the fall must complete a new application for the new child.

If you have any questions, please contact the BASIC Fund at 415-986-5650 or visit

Birthday Book Club

Thank you to all the parents, students and family members who have donated books through the Birthday Book Club! The Kindergarten Blue class is leading in donations with 12 books so far this school year. Each class that donates 20 books will be awarded a free dress pass. Each class that donates 25 books will also be awarded an ice cream party! Books may be purchased through the BBC for $18 at any time to honor your child’s birthday or for a special dedication to a friend or loved one.

Click here to see how the Birthday Book Club works.
For a list of books available to purchase click here.
For the Donor Form click here.
To view the latest book additions to our school library click here.

Thank you for your donations!
If you have any questions please contact Mimi Pratt at or Dawn Jaber at

Student Book Club for 6th and 7th graders!

The next Book Club Meetings will be:

7th Grade Book Club - Wednesday, March 4th in the Lower Church during LUNCH.
Books selections: SYLO by D.J. MacHale OR Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

6th Grade Book Club - Wednesday, March 11th in the Lower Church during LUNCH.
Book selections: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm OR Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.

*All 6th and 7th graders are welcome to join, just read one of the books and show up for the meeting! For more information please contact: Mimi Pratt at

Lenten Opportunities

School Lenten Collection - Lesotho

This Lenten season, as in years past, we will be collecting money for the Sisters of the Holy Names ministry in Lesotho, Africa. The money collected this year will go towards school supplies, uniform expenses, tuition, and field trip experiences.
Click here for additional information on Lesotho and the Sisters' of the Holy Names ministries.

Friday Soup Dinners

Friday soup dinners will take place in the Lower Church at 6:00 p.m. In order to know how much soup to prepare, please phone the rectory (664-8481) by the Wednesday before the Friday Soup Dinner so that we will prepare the proper amount of soup. The signups are weekly.

Stations of the Cross and Benediction

Stations of the Cross and Benediction will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Church on Fridays.

Divine Office

The Divine Office is the Official Prayer of the Church. The parish prays Morning Prayer at 8:20 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel.

24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration

Every Friday during Lent the parish will have Eucharistic Adoration beginning after the 7:00 a.m. Mass.

Anointing of the Sick

On Sunday, March 8 during the 11:30 a.m. Mass the parish will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Reconciliation Rite II

On Saturday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. the parish will celebrate Reconciliation Rite II.

Mothers Club

Box Tops Winner

Congratulations to Grade 3, Room 9 for submitting the most Box Tops! Mrs. DiFilippo's class has won a sweet treat party and free dress! Thank you to everyone who participated. Our last collection for this school year will be in early May, so please continue clipping and sending in those valuable Box Tops.

Spring Fundraiser: Casino Royale

Our annual spring fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the Durocher Pavilion. We look forward to your involvement with this endeavor. Our children and the St. Cecilia family thank you in advance for your commitment to our school.

Event tickets are selling fast and space is limited, so purchase your tickets today! Don’t miss the best event of the year! Individual tickets are $90.

Get your Raffle Tickets!

Go to the event website to print your raffle tickets and send completed forms to the school office Attn: Casino Royale raffles.

* FREE Extended Care for one year! Tickets are $75 each or three for $200. Don’t worry about an Extended Care bill for a whole year!
* Want to know what it is like to run the school for a day? This is your chance! Become the Principal for a Day! Tickets are $5 each or six for $25.

Event Program

The Casino Royale event program is a great place to give a shout out to congratulate or thank the people in your life! You can thank your child’s basketball coach or teacher, congratulate a student or team, or advertise a business to gain exposure in the SC community!
Full-page ad: $150
Half page: $100
Business card: $75
Submit your print ready ad to

Donate to the Auction

Support St. Cecilia School by donating an item for the auction! All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID: 94-1156785) Please submit your donation item soon, so we can highlight your generosity in our event program!

If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Maureen Shea: or Ann Marie Porter:

Event Details

Black Tie Optional
6:00pm Silent Auction, Hosted Cocktails and Appetizers
7:00pm Casino Tables Open
7:15pm Food Stations Open
7:30pm Poker Tournament Begins
8:00pm Silent Auction Closes
8:30pm Live Auction Begins
9:00pm Dance Floor Opens
11:00pm Casino Tables Close


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
Or visit our event website for additional information

See you at the Casino!

Tania Sheppard and Rio Kim
Event Co-Chairs

Parish News

St. Patrick's Dinner

The 35th annual St Patrick's Dinner and Concert for our St Cecilia parish family will be held on Saturday, March 7th in the Durocher Pavilion. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children under 18, and children under 5 are free with a ticketed adult. Tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved in advance. Individual tickets are also sold.
NO tickets will be sold at the door.

For tickets call Terry or Mary McHugh at (415) 731-0681.

Lunar New Year Dinner

The SC Chinese Club will have its Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration on Saturday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Church. The evening features a catered buffet by KC Catering of Lava Lounge, raffles and performances by our Mandarin Class students. All are welcomed. Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for ages 12 and under (children 5 years old and under are free).

Please RSVP to Karen Lee or (415) 713-9869. RSVP by March 7.

Parish Athletics

St. Cecilia Track 2015

The 2015 St. Cecilia track team is getting ready to start its 11th season and is inviting all 5th through 8th graders, to join our first practice on Friday, March 6 from 4-6 p.m. @ Cox Stadium on the campus of San Francisco State University. No prior experience is necessary.

We will practice on Fridays from 4-6 p.m. at Cox Stadium and meets will be on Sunday afternoons in late March, April and into mid-May.

CLICK HERE for a 2015 track meet schedule.

St. Cecilia participates in the Peninsula Parishes/Schools League (PPSL) along with 16 other Catholic parishes/schools. Meets are held Sunday afternoons at several high schools in San Mateo County. The events are the 4X100, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 4X400, Long Jump, High Jump, and Shotput.

We know that our athletes compete and participate in other sports and activities and cannot make every practice and/or meet. We understand that our athletes compete in other sports. That is okay; we want you to do your other sports/activities and participate track when they are available. We find that when kids are not under pressure, they enjoy what they are doing and want to be there. This approach has contributed to the success of our program.

If you have any questions, please email Brian Harrison, Director of St. Cecilia Track, at

Events & Reminders

Tuesday March 3
8th Gr. Parent Meeting: 7:30 P.M.

Wednesday March 4
Mothers Club Meeting: 7 P.M.

Saturday March 7
St. Patrick's Dinner 6 P.M.

Friday March 13
NO SCHOOL: Pastor's Holiday

Tuesday March 17
St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday March 19
Choral Concert: 7:00 P.M.

Friday March 20
End of Third Quarter

Saturday March 21
Casino Royale Fundraiser

Monday March 23
12:30 P.M. Dismissal

Friday March 27
Third Quarter Report Cards

Saturday March 28
CYO HOF Dinner: 7:30 P.M.

Sunday March 29
*Palm Sunday
* Confirmation Mass/Meeting: 9:30-1:00 P.M.


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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