St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter
March 11 - 17, 2015

"Go into the world and preach the good news to all creation." Mark 16:15

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are problem solvers who evaluate themselves realistically.


Dear Families,

Some students have been using their cell phones on campus. The administration has updated the cell phone policy from the Parent-Student Handbook. All students in grade 4-8 have been made aware of the policy. The new policy reads:

Cell Phones
Students are not allowed to use cell phones once they are on school campus.
Cell phones brought to school must be turned off and kept in the students backpack until they are off campus.
If the parent needs to contact his/her child during the school day, the parent should call the school office and leave a message. If a student disregards this ruling, the phone will be held with the administration until the student claims it at the end of the day.


Mrs. Marian Connelly


* Courthouse Experience: Grade 6 Room 22
* San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers: Grade 3 Room 2

* NO SCHOOL: Pastor's Holiday

* Lunar New Year Celebration: Lower Church 6:00 P.M.

* Music Merit Program: Convent

* St. Patrick's Day Mass: 9 A.M.

School News

Emergency Notification - Please 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.


Please continue to check the progress of your child (Grades 3-8) by logging into our student information system, PowerSchool Click Here. If your child has missing work or zeroes please encourage your child to turn in missing work. The third quarter ends on Friday, March 20. Report Cards will go home on Friday, March 27.
If you are having trouble logging into PowerSchool please contact Mr. Gene Ide at

Rhythm and Moves March Newsletter

The theme of March’s newsletter CLICK HERE is Move and Grow. The goal of the newsletter is to share information to inspire and empower as many people as possible to live a healthy lifestyle by taking care of their body and brain every day.

School Lenten Collection - LESOTHO

Last Friday Sr. Linda made a presentation to the students about her work in Africa focusing on 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 the website of the Sisters of the Holy Names for additional information on Lesotho and the Sisters' ministries.


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 March 9:

Katie Sweeney Kindergarten Blue
Spencer Doeff Kindergarten Gold
Clarice Tan Grade 1 Room 4
Nicolette Caceras Grade 1 Room 8
Kingston Ho Grade 2 Room 1
Justin Huang Grade 2 Room 3
Jasmine Cornejo Farfan Grade 3 Room 2
Aysla Fenner 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: DEADLINE FRIDAY!

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 15 books so far this school year. Grade 1 Room 8 is following with 10 books.
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.

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

Student Book Club DATE CHANGE

DATE CHANGE for 6th Grade Book Club:
New date - Wednesday, March 18th - at lunch in the Auditorium.
Book selections (6th grade): The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm OR Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.

7th Grade Book Club - Wednesday, April 1st - at lunch in the Lower Church.
Books selections: Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass OR Loki Wolves- Blackwell Pages (Book-1) by K.L. Armstrong.

*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

Spring Fundraiser: Casino Royale


View and Bid now at:

Register to Bid -
*Follow the link, click on Register to Bid at the top center of the Home Page
* Fill out the required information.

It’s that easy! Bid on items such as great escapes to Carmel Valley Ranch, camps - including USF Junior Dons Summer Baseball and Colin Kapernick Football Pro Camp. Sports fans will want to bid on the authenticated Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner autographed baseballs!

Online items will not be at the event so bid today. New items are added daily. Keep checking back so you don’t miss some of these fabulous items!

Online auctions help raise funds in an exciting and enjoyable way. Parents and community members can bid on items from anywhere at any time, and proceeds go to the school to help fund educational activities and programs. Check it out now!

Ticket Sales

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

See you at the Casino!

Event Co-Chairs,
Tania Sheppard and Rio Kim

Mothers Club

2015-2016 Mothers Club Board and Committee Nominations

Are you interested in serving on the Mothers Club Board for the 2015-2016 school year? We need your skills, creativity, organization and enthusiasm! It is a great way to get to know people and get involved.

Please consider accepting one of the open positions listed below, effective Fall of 2015:

Board Officers
• President
• First Vice-President(s)
• Second Vice-President(s)
• Recording Secretary
• Communications Secretary
• Electronic Secretary

Board Members and Committee Chairs
• Membership/Volunteer
• Christmas Boutique
• Traffic
• Winter Luncheon
• Media Liaison

A complete description of the responsibilities for each position can be found by CLICKING HERE. The Nominating Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Please CLICK HERE to download the form to nominate yourself or someone else for one of the positions listed above. Completed forms should be returned to Sue Bunnell, Nominations Committee Chair, c/o Nico Sanchez, Grade 7, Room 24 by Friday, March 20.

If you have questions, please contact Sue Bunnell at

Calibur - Lunch or Dinner on Monday, March 23

Want a yummy burger? Go to the newly opened Calibur restaurant for lunch or dinner on Monday, March 23. Mention St. Cecilia School and 10% of the proceeds will go to our school. Dine in or order take-out. Calibur is located on 68 West Portal Avenue.
Visit for restaurant hours and menu.

Parish News

Marriage on Fire

Be a part of the “Covenant of Love Marriage Challenge” with Greg and Julie Alexander.
Regardless of the many attacks being waged on marriage today, the Alexanders believe that our goal should be to support all couples in developing thriving and joy-filled relationships. It is only through a change of heart brought about by personal conversion that our society will begin to change and be reshaped. Bringing the Good News to as many couples as possible is the focus of this mission.

From EWTN’s “Marriage Works in Christ” and authors of the best-selling book “MARRIAGE 911” The Alexander House is a response to God in appreciation for having brought them from crisis to Christ and restoring their troubled relationship.
Where: St. Cecilia Date: Monday, March 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Please RSVP at:

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

Snack Bar - Friday Nights

The Athletic Department would like to open the Snack Bar during Friday nights for the Girls Basketball Season. Adult volunteers are needed. If interested please contact Phil Monares at
If a student in Grade 7 or 8 would like to earn service hours, they are welcome as well.

St. Cecilia Track: Next Practice Friday!

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 next practice on Friday, March 13 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

Lenten Opportunities

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.

24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration

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

Reconciliation Rite II

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

Events & Reminders

Friday March 13
NO SCHOOL: Pastor's Holiday

Saturday March 14
Lunar New Year Celebration

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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