St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 31 - February 6, 2018


Blesssed are the peacemakers
for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5:9

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,

Students at St. Cecilia School are Activie Christians. As Christians, we do what we can to help those in need. During Catholic Schools Week we are supporting the following charities.

• The Primary Students (Grades K-3) are spreading kindness to homeless children in the Bay Area. The students will be supporting not only one but TWO charities that give to children in need. Project Night Night gives children in homeless shelters comfort, security, and access to educational materials by providing free Night Night Packages to youngsters aged 12 and under. Each Night Night Package includes a child’s very own security blanket, stuffed animal and book – all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag.
• This past October, wildfires that swept through Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties devastated these nearby communities. As more than 250 square miles burned, more than 8, 400 structures, including 5,500 homes as well as schools, were completely destroyed. Thousands more homes were damaged. Our closest neighbors to the north are still in great need as they work to recover from this tragedy; this Catholic Schools Week, the intermediate grades will support the North Bay fire victims with their recovery. The School House Distribution Center has created an Amazon Wish List for items that the families affected need to restart their lives. Intermediate Grade families will be able to purchase items from the wish list and those items will be sent to the School House Distribution Center to be passed on to families in need.
• Finally, the 7th and 8th graders have been collecting money that will be donated to the Gracenter. Gracenter is a recovery residence that offers a supportive and gently challenging program for women who wish to strengthen their early sobriety. Typically, participants have completed a primary recovery program and are seeking to re-establish employment, healthy relationships, and deepen their spirituality through participation in 12 Step programs. Gracenter is committed to be a healing presence in the lives of women.

Thank you for supporting our students in being active Christians who participate in service to the Church, to family, and to local communities.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* Catholic Schools Week – Celebrating our Nation
* Drama Rehearsal 2:30 p.m.

* Catholic Schools Week – Celebrating Vocations
* Students – Free Dress Day – Winners at the Rally
* Athletic Fundraiser ends today

* No school for the students
* Archdiocesan Teacher In-Service at St. Cecilia
* Report Cards must be electronically signed

* Drama Rehearsal 10:30 a.m.

School News


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

Coding Update

Hope the new year is off to a lovely start for you! Some notes as we roll forward with our coding instruction in 2018:

- As a reminder, students can access their coding work at home by going to:

- In case you’d like to learn alongside your child, you can try some Scratch tutorials together! If you want to do even more, check out Khan Academy’s Javascript lessons, or Codeacademy for an intro to a panoply of languages such as HTML or Python.

- If your child wants to dive deeper into Scratch, web design, or more advanced languages like Python, we've got after-school programs and tutoring on West Portal Ave on Mondays-Thursdays 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm. We've also just released our summer camps schedule for students interested in building on their St. Cecilia instruction and trying out robotics, artificial intelligence, or the Raspberry Pi. Email us at for more info.

- Coding skills will be valuable for many jobs of the future in tech as well as non-tech sectors, but it’s especially inspiring to envision how the next generation might innovate for the public good: “[I]t’s time we start thinking about A.I.’s potential benefits for society as well as its drawbacks. The big-data and A.I. revolutions could also help fight poverty and promote economic stability.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2018, and thank you again for the opportunity to work with your students!

Allen, Jim, & Lee
the Coder School San Francisco
231 West Portal Ave.

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 29:

Kindergarten Blue Brandon Ibarra-Rivera
Kindergarten Gold Jocelyn Cornejo Farfan
Grade 1 Room 4 Patrick Ciaburro
Grade 1 Room 8 Sierra Mitchell
Grade 2 Room 1 Leo Shiina
Grade 2 Room 3 Jake Hurley
Grade 3 Room 2 Noah Jaramillo
Grade 3 Room 9 Katie Hu

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.

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!



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 – LAST DAY TOMORROW

This year our athletic department is 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.

Girls Basketball Evaluations

Girls Basketball will be holding evaluations in February.

Friday, February 16th
7th Grade Girls: 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
8th Grade Girls: 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17th
3rd Grade Girls: 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
4th Grade Girls: 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
5th Grade Girls: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
6th Grade Girls: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Parish Announcements

SVDP Parish Clothing Drive THIS WEEKEND (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

Saint Cecilia Chinese Club

The St. Cecilia Chinese Club will have its annual Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration on Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Church.
ALL ARE WELCOMED! Cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Children 4 years old and under are free.
Capacity is limited, only guests with reservations will be seated. No walk-in tickets are sold.
Please RSVP at

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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