St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

February 14 - 20, 2018


Lent is a forty-day period preparation for Easter. It reminds us of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before he took up his ministry. During this time he fasted and prayed. Lent is a time of self-denial and prayer for us as well. During this period, we are called to focus on becoming closer to Jesus by praying a little more, doing good deeds for others, going without something we like and giving generously to others in need. Ash Wednesday is a good time for us to think about what we can do to grow closer to Jesus over the Lenten period.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are active Christians who experience a relationship with God which includes a personal and communal prayer life.

Message from Mrs. Connelly

Dear Parents,

Please join us this morning at 11:00 a.m. for our Ash Wednesday Student Body Mass. What a great way to begin Lent!

Boys must wear white socks that come up above their ankles. Also, students need to be wearing ALL white leather tennis shoes. Colors are starting to show as you are buying new tennis shoes. Please do not purchase Adidas sneakers with colored heals. Please don’t send your child to school in a non-school sweatshirt. Students need to wear a school sweater, followed by a school sweatshirt. If your child is still cold, have them wear a jacket.

Students should not be wearing an Apple iWatch. Parents, please keep these at home.

For safety reasons, please do not use the upper parking lot for drop off in the morning or pick up in the afternoon. This lot is used by the teachers and staff. Also, people are double parking on Vicente in the mornings. There have been several “near misses”. Please use the drive through in the schoolyard in the morning and afternoon. It’s the best service around.

Also, there has been an increase of adults jaywalking with the children on Vicente Avenue and on 18th Avenue. JAYWALKING is NEVER OKAY. Please tell the adults who are driving your children to school and picking them up.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* Mid-Quarter Reports
* 11:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Mass
* 12:30 p.m. Book Club - 7th Grade
* 2:20 p.m. Drama Rehearsal
* 2:45 p.m. BizWorld – Room 7

* 9:50 a.m. In-House Zoo 6-16
* 1:00 p.m. In-House Zoo 6-22

* NO SCHOOL - Pastor's Holiday
* 10:30 a.m. Drama Rehearsal

* First Sunday of Lent

* NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day!

School News

MidQuarter Reports

Parents, please log into your School Speak account and see how your child is doing! We are in the middle of the third quarter.

CALLING ALL Irish Dancers!

If your child would like to dance on Saturday, March 3, at the parish St. Patrick’s Dinner and show please email Ann Baglin at

We will have one practice on Monday, February 26 (This is a minimum Day) from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Pavilion. This will be our only practice, so if your child wants to participate in the show, they MUST be at this practice.

Please make sure your child bring a lunch and his/her dance shoes to the practice. If your child attends Extended Care, please send a note excusing him/her to attend this practice.

Yearbook Ordering and 7 Custom Pages Deadline

All orders AND custom page designs are due by March 28th!

For your child to receive a 2017-2018 St. Cecilia School Yearbook this May, you must place an online order through If you have not done this yet, your child received a note home on Tuesday, February 6th with instructions. Click here to create an account..
Already have an account from last year? Make sure to select "Log In." If you already have a TreeRing account with another school and you need to add our school’s passcode, it is 1013442885293677.

With your account, you can purchase a yearbook, design custom pages for your child’s yearbook (if you wish), and contribute pictures from SC events/sports games to our shared folders that our student yearbook editors can use! Although we are limited by page space and may be unable to include all submitted photos, thank you in advance for all of your help in sharing your favorite memories and moments at SC!

With your purchase, you will have the option of creating two free custom, personalized pages for your child’s yearbook! These page designs must be finished by March 28th. When you are done, remember to mark them “print ready.” Happy designing!

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

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of February 12:

Kindergarten Blue Leonardo Mainella
Kindergarten Gold Alexander Gonzales
Grade 1 Room 4 Mia Otellini
Grade 1 Room 8 Margaret Harvey
Grade 2 Room 1 Jonathan Pangilinan
Grade 2 Room 3 Kara da Luz
Grade 3 Room 2 Nora Lee
Grade 3 Room 9 Vincenzo Uang

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

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

8th Grade Book Club:
TODAY, 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



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

Birthday Book Club

Thank you to everyone who has donated books through the Birthday Book Club so far this school year. We have added 87 great new books to our school library! 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 for any occasion.

Remember, every class that donates 20 books will be awarded a free dress pass for the entire class. Each class that donates 25 books will also be awarded an ice cream party at the end of the school year!

Click here to view the current list of available books.
Click here to download the donation form.
Click here for more details on how the Birthday Book Club works.

Please contact Alexis Chavez ( or Katrina Tomeldan ( with any questions.

Spring Concert

Grades 2, 4, 6, and 7 will participate in our own Spring Concert. It will be on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. This is a mandatory event for all students in grades 2, 4, 6, and 7. Following this concert the Mothers Club will be hosting the first ever STEAM Art Preview Night.

Mothers Club Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 24th!
Let the Good Times Roll is just 5 weeks away! Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th

There are many different ways you can support the school and this fundraiser. Please read below for details on how you can help.

Join the fun and be a part of Letting the Good Times Roll Team!

Together we can achieve amazing things for our children and their futures. We are counting on your support to make this event a success! There are many ways to get involved and we are looking for people to help with:
· Ad Sales
· Programs
· Live Auction
· Pay to Play
· STEAM art Fair
· Silent Auction
· Bar Area
· Hospitality
· Décor
· Raise a Paddle
· Sponsorships
· Volunteer Coordinator
Sign up to volunteer today by filling out this brief form at: SC Let the Good Times Roll Volunteer Form


In order to reach our fundraising goal, we need the support of our community.

Live Auction: We need big ticket items to bring in big money! Donation ideas: unused season tickets, sporting events, concert tickets, spa/golf retreats, electronics, camps, jewelry, Airbnb/ Vacation homes. Contact Nicole Mullen at

Silent Auction: Donations are needed. Please consider donating gift certificates (restaurants, spas, shops, hotels, camps, etc), and basket items. Contact Ann Marie Porter at

Pay to Play: Calling all hosts and hostesses! Would you like to sponsor a themed party, class party, dinner party, or wine tasting? We need your help! We are looking for St. Cecilia family and friends to sponsor parties. Pay to Play has been extremely successful and fun in the years past. Help to make it a success again this year. Contact Anne Moriarty at

Calling All Student Artists
We need your original piece of art for the STEAM Art Fair

Themes: Prohibition era 1920’s-1930’s artwork.

Inspiration might come from:
· Geometric patterns (google: art deco wall patterns, Gatsby style)
· Fashion Illustrations (google: Erte)
· Sculpture
· Impressionism/Cubism/Surrealism (Monet, Delaunay, Picasso, O’Keeffe, Klee, Miro, etc)

Mediums: paint on canvas, textile, illustration, sculpture (2D and 3D)

Entry Deadline: Monday, March 12th

The art entries will be entered into three categories: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), and Junior High (6-8).

SAVE the DATE: Tuesday, March 13th 8:00 p.m.

We will be hosting the 1st ever STEAM Art Preview Night. This is a night for the students to showcase their creativity. The lower church will be transformed into an art gallery. Come preview the art pieces before they go to auction!
Please contact Anna Kearney at with any questions about the STEAM Art Fair.

Learn More

Visit to learn more about the event!

See you on the S.C. Vicente! Let the good times roll!
St. Cecilia Auction Chairs:
Diana Leonida (mom to Harley, 5th & Olive, 2nd) & Nicole Mullen (mom to Bridget & Chole, 2nd)


Basketball Uniform Return

All uniforms must be returned to your coach at the end of the year. Uniforms will not be accepted at the school or gym office. Once coaches have received all uniforms they can be returned to the Athletic Director.

RUN Don't Walk - It's TRACK Season!

Yes, it’s that time of year. Track season is just around the corner. Mr. Mogannam will be coming around to the classrooms February 16th ( tentatively) to talk to the students about the upcoming track season. Our goal is to get the athletes excited and RUNNING before the season even starts.

A few important things:

Email: we will be using the Team Snap app for best communication.

First practice: Friday, March 2nd, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the St. Ignatius track field. Practice time has been adjusted at the request of the SI Coaches.

Track Shorts: We are looking into ordering “real” running shorts for the team.

High School/College Volunteers (service hours)High School/College Volunteers (service hours)
We are looking for high school volunteers to act as assistant coaches. This will qualify as service hours for those that need them. Please contact us at the above email. We need everything from data entry, record keeping, leading exercises and drills, setup and breakdown at the meets. We could even use a photographer. We are also seeking parent volunteers to help organize, guide and corral the athletes. We anticipate 80-90 athletes participating in the track season. If every parent/guardian volunteered just one hour, we would have all the help we need. A special thank you to those of you who have volunteered much more than that. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have. WITHOUT THE STUDENT AND PARENT VOLUNTEERS THE TRACK PROGRAM WOULD NOT HAPPEN.

See you on the field.

Coach Maryo and the track staff

Parish Announcements

New - Lent Fast and Abstinence

For Lent 2018, the following regulations are in place for Abstaining and Fasting in the Archdiocese of San Francisco:

• Abstinence: Everyone fourteen years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on ASH WEDNESDAY, the FRIDAYS of Lent, and GOOD FRIDAY.
• Fast: Everyone eighteen years of age and older but under the age of sixty is also bound to fast on ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY.
On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute another full meal.
Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. In doubt concerning fast or abstinence, a priest assigned to pastoral ministry or confessor should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.

Father-Daughter Dance Pictures

Pictures can be purchased through Shutterfly. Click here ( The password is irish.

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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