St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 10 - 16, 2018

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Issiah 40:31

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are effective communicators.

Message from Mrs. Connelly

Dear Families,

The second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year ends this Friday. This would be a good time to check your child’s school supplies. Please check to see that your child has pencils, pens, crayons, markers, notebooks, etc. Also, please check your child’s uniform including all white shoes and white socks! Let’s start the third quarter with supplies and wearing the school uniform.

There should be no adults or students wandering the halls before school (8:00 a.m.) unless you have an appointment scheduled with a teacher or the administration.

Parents, please check you SmartTuition account. If Extended Care charges are incorrect please contact Mrs. Melanie Manning so that the mistake can be rectified. Also, please note that all balances on your SmartTuition invoice should be paid monthly in order to avoid a late charge. Reregistration, Spring Music Tuition, Spring Musical Fees, and Field Trip charges are billed to your Smart Tuition account.

This is a friendly reminder that the school office closes at 3:30 p.m. each day. Please do not ring the front door bell after 3:30 p.m. There is no one around to answer it! If you need to come into the building to collect homework, please use the Extended Care door. No one should be entering the building after 6:00 p.m.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* 12:25 p.m. 5th and 6th Grade Book Club
* 2:45 p.m. LitPix Gallery (Lower Church)

* Extra Sandwich Day
* Re-registration Papers due back to school

* 6:00 p.m. MOSC Crab Feed

* NO SCHOOL: ML King, Jr. Holiday

School News

A Note of Thanks

A big “THANK YOU!” to all of you who brought flowers, cookies, candy and other treats to the office, faculty and staff during Christmas. Sometimes these treats arrived without a note as to whom it was from. A few items had cards or notes that became separated. So, to those of you who did not receive a thank you card, please know that your generous gift was most appreciated. Your kindness was overwhelming and we - the administration, faculty, and staff - sincerely thank you.


The re-registration letters for 2018-2019 school year were sent home last Wednesday, January 3, with your oldest child are due back to school this Friday, January 12. You will be charged for all students returning to St. Cecilia School on your February 2017 Smart Tuition account. The re-registration fee is $300 per child. Any family with three or more children, reregistration fees will be divided into three payments (February, March, and April). If your child/children are not returning for the 2018-2019 school year please email Mrs. Marian Connelly (

Yearbook Ordering

It is time to sign up for a 2017-2018 St. Cecilia School Yearbook account! Click here to create an account.
If you already have an account, make sure to select "Log In."

With an account, you can add pictures to our folders (that our student yearbook editors can use), build your own custom picture pages, purchase a yearbook in soft cover or hardbound, and more. Once you have created or logged into your account, you can help our student editors create the yearbook by adding pictures to our community folders for 1st Quarter & Second Quarter! Some great pictures to upload would be photos from Halloween, SC sports games, or other SC events. Although we are limited by page space and will be unable to print all submitted photos in the yearbook, we rely on families and teachers to provide quality photos for use in the yearbook.
Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Contact: Ms. Mary Beth McLean at with any questions.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of January 8:

Kindergarten Blue Channing Vo
Kindergarten Gold Gavin Fernandez-del-Campo
Grade 1 Room 4 Emma O'Neill
Grade 1 Room 8 Patrick McCauley
Grade 2 Room 1 Jakob Dekker
Grade 2 Room 3 Lucy Cassidy
Grade 3 Room 2 Raith Roland
Grade 3 Room 9 Abigail MacDonald

LITPIX Gallery

Please join us on Wednesday, January 10 at 2:30 p.m. for the LitPix Gallery in the Lower Church. Come see student works of art and poetry celebrating the centennial.

The Screen Machine: Navigating Technology in our Families

Starting JANUARY 15th.

Join parents, teachers and other child advocates for 22 days of insightful, meaningful interviews on navigating technology in the home. Each day's FREE interview features a different expert talking about technology from a unique angle providing wonderful insights and ideas.

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 which is 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, 2018.

Keyboarding Class

Mr. Watters will be offering his keyboarding class in the second semester. An application form will go home when we return to school in January. This class will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:25 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 23rd and end on Thursday, April 12th.
Please click here for a registration form.

Student Book Club

5th Grade Book Club:
TODAY, Wednesday, January 10th at lunch
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

6th Grade Book Club:
TODAY,Wednesday, January 10th at lunch
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, January 17th at LUNCH
Pay it Forward: Young Reader Edition by Catherine Ryan Hyde

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, January 17th at LUNCH
Heartless by Marissa Meyer

* No need for students to sign up. Just read one of the books and show up for the meeting!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Pratt

Music Department

January Concerts 2018 Schedule

Music students who began lessons in September will perform for their teachers and classmates in the school auditorium. The performance dates are:

Tuesday, January 16
8:30 a.m. – Kindergarten and Grade 5
1:30 p.m. - Grade 3

Wednesday, January 17
8:30 a.m. - Grade 1

Monday, January 22
10:35 a.m. - Grade 4

Tuesday, January 23
1:30 p.m. – Grade 2

Monday, January 29
1:30 p.m. - Grades 6, 7, and 8

Dress Code for the January Concerts

Boys: Dress slacks, shirt with a collar, dress shoes
Girls: A dress (no spaghetti strap dresses), a skirt with a blouse, or a skirt with a sweater and dress shoes. Please, no high heels.

Musicians not following the dress code will not be allowed to play.

Music Registration for Current Music Students

Music Registration has been sent home. Please complete the form and send it back to your child’s music teacher by Friday, January 12. Look in the Wednesday, January 17 eNewsletter if there are any spaces open for NEW music students.



The Spring Fundraiser Reveal!

Please join us tonight for our first Mothers Club meeting of the New Year tonight, Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00p.m. in the Lower Church.

Come catch up with friends after the holidays and learn more about St. Cecilia's biggest fundraising event of the year. Our event co-chairs Diana Leonida and Nicole Mullen (moms to 2nd and 5th graders) will reveal our theme and get us excited for the March 24th event.
Dinner and drinks will be served. REGISTER HERE.

Midyear Uniform Exchange - TONIGHT January 10th

Mother's Club Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Please drop off freshly cleaned and mended uniforms to the office between now and January 10th. Plan to pick up a few extra uniforms to get you through the school year!
Any questions contact: Grace Monares at

Guerra's To Go

Guerra’s To Go is proud to announce that it has partnered with St. Cecilia School to offer meals to go!
Ordering is easy:
1. Visit or download the app: text G2G to 33733
2. Select your school site and place your order*
3. Pick up at Guerra’s To Go
8% of all sales (online or walk-ins) will be donated back to St. Cecilia School.

For more information:
Call (415) 564-5201
Or stop by Guerra’s To Go 345 Taraval Street

* Place order by 11:00 p.m. the night before. Same day orders are not guaranteed.


SC - Holy Name Tournament: Sunday, January 28th

The SC - HN Tournament will be held Sunday, January 28 at St. Ignatius. The first game will be at 1:00 p.m. with the last game scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Schedule to follow next week.

Tickets will be sold the week of the tournament at school. Tickets will be $2 if purchased at school. All proceeds of tickets sold at school support the St. Cecilia Athletic Department. Tickets sold at the tournament will be $3 and split between St. Cecilia and Holy Name. Everyone including players must have a ticket to attend the tournament.

Cookie Dough Sale with Frozen Pizza and Popcornopolis - Gourment Popcorn 2018 Fundraiser

Sale begins Wednesday, January 17 and ends Thursday, February 1st. Help us reach our goal! Please participate in this important athletic fundraiser. Our athletic department receives 40% profit from all sales!
Click here for more details.

About St. Cecilia School

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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