St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 17 - 23, 2018

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are effective communicators who express personal opinions respectfully and work cooperatively with others.

Message from Mrs. Connelly

Dear Families,

There have been a large number of students arriving late to school! This is very disruptive to the class and to your child. School begins at 8:10 a.m. The first bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Parents, please drop of your child closer to 8:00 a.m.

It has been brought to my attention that many families have not ordered their 2017-2018 yearbook. Time is flying by! Remember to get your yearbook account set up at so that you can start your custom pages and to place your order.
Our passcode is: 1013442885293677. You can get online help through TreeRing.
Please direct any other questions to Ms. Mary Beth McLean at
I wouldn’t want any disappointed children the day yearbooks are delivered in May.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* 8:30 a.m. Grade 1 Music Concert – School Auditorium
* 12:25 p.m. 7th and 8th Grade Book Club

* Extra Sandwich Day
* Report Cards will be sent electronically through SchoolSpeak
* 8:30 a.m. Confirmation Students leave for Retreat
* 8:30 a.m. Grade 8 Field trip – U.S.S. Hornet

* Confirmation Retreat
* 10:30 a.m. Drama Rehearsal

* 1:30 p.m. Grade 2 Music Concert – School Auditorium

School News

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent electronically this Friday to the email in SchoolSpeak. I ask that you review the report card with your child(ren). Report cards MUST BE signed electronically by a parent. Please do this by Friday, January 26.


The re-registration letter for 2018-2019 school year was sent home on Wednesday, January 3, with your oldest child. 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 ( If you have not returned the form please do so immediately. It was due last Friday, January 12.

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 15:

Kindergarten Blue Paityn Salumbides
Kindergarten Gold Sophia Bazar
Grade 1 Room 4 Joshua Dulay
Grade 1 Room 8 Gianna Monge
Grade 2 Room 1 Alana Lee
Grade 2 Room 3 Michael Griffith
Grade 3 Room 2 Jesse Gallego
Grade 3 Room 9 Brendan Vigil

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.

Open House Schedule - LAST OPEN HOUSE

St. Cecilia School will conduct several Open Houses for prospective parents for students coming into grades 1-6. If you know of anyone interested in their child attending St. Cecilia School for the 2018 - 2019 school year, please let him/her know of our Open Houses.

Grades 1-6 8:30a.m-10:00 a.m. Presentation and Tour
Tuesday, January 30

Applications for Grades 1-6 are now in the school office.

Student Book Club

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

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

5th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, February 7th at lunch
Savvy by Ingrid Law or Holes by Louis Sachar

6th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, February 7th at lunch
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Tenton Lee Stewart

* 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:

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.

SPIRIT DAYS: Holy Name Tournament

SC - Holy Name Tournament: Sunday, January 28th

The SC - HN Tournament will be held Sunday, January 28 at St. Ignatius College Prep. 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.

Wednesday, January 24th
7th vs. 8th Grade Boys Exhibition Basketball Game

We will have the 7th vs 8th grade Boy’s Exhibition Basketball Game. The game will be held in the Durocher Pavilion from 1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. All classes will attend to cheer for our boys.

Thursday, January 25th
"Color Day"

Each grade will be assigned a color - students may wear free dress as long as they wear the color assigned to their grade. This will go home in a separate announcement. Clothes should be appropriate for school.

Friday, January 26th
Blue and Gold Day / Rally

Students may wear free dress as long as they wear Blue and/or Gold to show our school spirit. At the rally, all boys’ basketball teams (grades 3-8) will be introduced. All team members are asked to have their basketball uniforms here at school so they can be introduced to the school in their basketball uniforms at the rally. If a team member does not have his uniform he will not be introduced at the rally. The rally will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Durocher Pavilion. The highlights of the rally include a Faculty vs. The Board of Commissioners Knock Out Game and a Freeze Dance contest with representatives from each homeroom.


Tickets for the tournament will be on sale each morning from January 22rd through January 26th. Tickets are only $2.00 each. Please put money in an envelope marked Holy Name Tournament. Please include the student’s name, grade, room number, and the number of tickets ordered. All players and spectators need tickets for the tournament. The proceeds from the tickets sold at school go directly to the St. Cecilia Athletic Program. Tickets purchased at the door are $3.00. Proceeds from the tickets purchased at the door are split with Holy Name. So please buy your tickets at school.Everyone including players must have a ticket to attend the tournament

To show our school spirit for all of our Boys’ Basketball Teams we will have two spirit days and a rally.




SCRIP Order Sheets will come home every other week, but you can always print an order form from the school website. We will fill orders every week!

Our Process is Simple:
1. Order forms come home by Tuesday or by CLICKING HERE.
2. Return your order with cash or check payable to St. Cecilia SCRIP by Thursday at 9:00 a.m. 3. All orders are filled Thursday afternoon with your oldest child or held in the office for pick up.
4. If your SCRIP is not available we will contact you directly to choose something on hand or a date it will be available.

*If you have a card that is not working or has a zero balance, please contact us immediately.

Cara Garcia 415-713-1555 or Heather Baria 415-971-3055

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.


Athletic Fundraiser

This year our athletic department will be selling Otis Spunkmeyer Frozen Cookie Dough and Frozen Pizza and Popcornopolis – Gourmet Popcorn. The sale begins on today, Wednesday, January 17 and all money and order forms are due by Thursday, February 1. The frozen items will be available for pick-up the week of March 5. You will be notified in advance of the actual date.

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.

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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