St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 24 - 30, 2018

Prayer for Catholic Schools

Dear Lord,
Continue to bless our Catholic Schools.
May our students share their faith with all those they meet.
May our classrooms be filled with learning, encouragement and the gift of Your Holy Spirit.
May Catholic education grow, so Your good news can be taught to children around the world.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are active Christians who participate in service to the Church, to family, and to local communities.

Message from Mrs. Connelly

Dear Families,

Our Spirit Week begins today and ends on Sunday with the St. Cecilia vs. Holy Name Grade 6-8 Boys Basketball Tournament at St. Ignatius. Students are asked to participate in the different themes chosen by our Student Council. You are invited to come and watch the 7th vs. 8th grade boys play basketball this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. Also, join us on Friday for our Spirit Rally at 1:45 p.m. in the Pavilion. Please come and support our teams on Sunday.

Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, January 28. The theme this year is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
Please join us Sunday morning at the 9:30 a.m. Mass as we celebrate the beginning of Catholic Schools Week and Alumni Sunday. Following Mass there will be coffee and donuts in the auditorium and a reception for alumni in Room 7.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* 7th vs 8th Grade Boys Basketball – Pavilion 1:30 p.m

* Color Day - Spirit Week
* Graduation Pictures

* Extra Sandwich Day
* Blue & Gold Free Dress
* 100th Day of School
* HolyName v. SC Spirit Rally 1:45 p.m.

* Drama Rehearsal 10:30 a.m.

* 9:30 a.m. Catholic Schools Week Mass
* SC v. Holy Name Tournament @ St. Ignatius 1:00 p.m.

* Catholic Schools Week - Celebrating our Community AND our Faculty, Staff & Volunteers
* State of the School Address 8:20 a.m.
* Music Concert Grades 6-8 Auditorium 1:30 p.m.

* Catholic Schools Week - Celebrating our Students AND Many Gifts, One Nation Day of Giving
* 8:30 a.m. OPEN HOUSE for grades 1-6

School News

Catholic Schools Week - Many Gifts, One Nation Day of Giving
Tuesday, January 30

This year, St. Cecilia has been given the opportunity to participate in National Catholic Educational Association’s Many Gifts, One Nation Day of Giving. This national day of philanthropy and camaraderie was created to invite all people, across the country, who have been impacted by Catholic school education in ways big and small to financially donate at a local level. This is a time for our parish, school and alumni community to come together to give back!

Online giving opens on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:00 a.m. PST and closes 24 hours later on Wednesday, January 31st at 6:00 a.m. PST. Join us at to give and follow us on Facebook (@stceciliaschoolsf), Instagram (@stceciliaschoolsf), & Twitter (@stceciliasf) for updates on donation day!

Questions? Please contact Veronica Granucci ‘04 at

Report Cards

Report cards were published in SchoolSpeak last Friday. 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, February 2. If you have misplaced your login information please contact Thomas Boles at

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 22:

Kindergarten Blue Jack Murphy
Kindergarten Gold Maximus Allison
Grade 1 Room 4 Kasey Walsh
Grade 1 Room 8 Daniel Zakrzewski
Grade 2 Room 1 Zoe Diaz
Grade 2 Room 3 Madison Munoz
Grade 3 Room 2 Yarrow Cabreros
Grade 3 Room 9 Daniel O'Sullivan

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.

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

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

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, February 14th at LUNCH
Vengo: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, February 14th at LUNCH
A Wrinkle in Time by Medeleine L’Engle

* 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


Students send a friend a Valentine greeting by sending a Stickergram. This project is sponsored by Student Council. The cost is 10 cents for each Stickergram. You write your own special message. Student Council will deliver the Stickergrams to St. Cecilia students and faculty on Tuesday, February 13th. (Ash Wednesday is February 14).
Click here for the order form and return by February 1.

All completed Stickergrams should be returned by Wednesday, February 7th. (sooner if possible!) Thank you for your support! Happy Valentine's Day!

Music Department

January Concerts 2018 Schedule

Music students who began lessons in September will perform for their teachers and classmates in the school auditorium. Our last performance date is:

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.

Boys Holy Name Basketball Tournament

SC - Holy Name Tournament: Sunday, January 28th

The SC - HN Tournament will be held THIS 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.

1:00 (6-6 and 6-8) Phil Monares and Gene Ide & Greg Porter combined
2:00 (7-1 and 7-3) Mike Mulkerrins & Brian Franceschi and Brian Wachowicz & Don Hardeman combined
3:00 (6-2 and 6-4) John Broderick and Nick Wagner combined
4:00 (7-8) John Shasky
5:00 (8-6) Gino Garcia, Dearan Roche, and Ryan Kohmann
6:00 (8-4) Tony Marcon & John Greene
7:00 (8-1) John Mulkerrins & John Ho

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 their grade color. Remember to follow the free dress policy in the handbook. All clothes should be appropriate for school. Students must wear closed toed shoes and socks. Be sure to wear shoes appropriate for the Pavilion.

Kindergarten – Red
1st Grade – Green
2nd Grade – Purple
3rd Grade – Yellow
4th Grade – Black
5th Grade – White
6th Grade - Orange
7th Grade - Blue
8th Grade - Pink

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.

BOXTOP Contest Now Through February 9!

Start sending in those BoxTops once again. St. Cecilia School is again participating in the BoxTop for Education program. Clipping BoxTops is an easy way for you to support our school. BoxTops are worth $.10 each, and they add up quickly to real cash. So far our school as earned $1,054.00 an amount we can easily surpass with everyone’s participation. Just look for the pink BoxTops on products, clip them and send them into your child’s teacher.

Our Deadline is February 9th. The classroom with the most BoxTops will win a free dress pass and sweet treat party!!

For more information on the BoxTop program and including a list of participating products, please visit Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Bianca Coleman at

Thank you for choosing to make a difference for our school with BOXTOPS!


Athletic Fundraiser

This year our athletic department will be selling Otis Spunkmeyer Frozen Cookie Dough and Frozen Pizza and Popcornopolis – Gourmet Popcorn. The sale began on 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.

Parish Announcements

SVDP Parish Clothing Drive (Please NO household items - clothing only)

Collection bins for the clothing drive will be found in the Church Vestibule on:
February 3, 2018 Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass
February 4, 2018 Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Mass

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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