St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

February 28 - March 6, 2018


Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth.
Psalm 86

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are active Christians, lifelong learners, socially responsible citizens, effective communicators, and problem solvers.

Message from Mrs. Connelly

Dear Parents,

Please close the “door gates” into the school yard. We want to keep our campus secure. Please remember that at dismissal the students should not be running around in the schoolyard.

The end of the third quarter is on Friday, March 16. Please check SchoolSpeak to help your child be successful. If he/she is missing any work please make sure to have your child turn it into the teacher.

Thank you to the Chinese Club for the wonderful evening on February 24. The families enjoyed wonderful food and a fantastic presentation from our students who participate in the Chinese Club Language Program.

Please support the Mothers Club Fundraiser by purchasing your tickets to the event. See ticket information below. A great night of fun is being planned. You don’t want to miss out!

Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* 8:30 a.m. Hidden Villa Farm – Kindergarten Blue
* 2:30 p.m. Drama Practice
* 2:45 p.m. BizWorld – Lower Church
* 7:00 PM. 8th Grade Parent Meeting

* 9:50 a.m. Gr.. 6 Rm. 16 Zoo presentation
* 11:00 a.m. Gr. 6 Rm. 22 Zoo presentation

* Sandwiches for the Hungry

* Drama Rehearsal 10:30 a.m.
* Parish St. Patrick's Dinner 6:00 p.m.

* Third Sunday of Lent

School News


We just received a check for $71,074.58 from the Festival Committee. Thank you to all who worked and supported our Festival.
A special thanks to Ailish McVeigh, Jancie Calonico, and Colleen Mulkerrins for chairing.

STAR testing Results

Star Results are going home today in a report envelope. Please keep the report and return the envelope by Friday.


We just received a check for $83.84 from Schoola.

6th Grade Family Math Night: NEW DATE!

6th graders and parents: Please mark your calendar for Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. for Family Math, an evening of fun, games and learning. Parents, please come and support your child as he or she engages in puzzles, brain teasers and more. No siblings, please. Family Math runs from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Lower Church.

Yearbook Ordering and 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.

Summer Activities

Please check the table outside the office for pamphlets regarding summer activities!

SMART TUITION: Year-End Statements now available

Smart Tuition is now providing Year End Statements for your convenience. The Year End Statement lists payments made to a family's Smart Tuition account for the calendar year of 2017.

Families can access this statement by logging on to their account at and clicking on "Family Year End Statement" or "Student Year End Statement" which will trigger a PDF download to their computer.
Please note, Smart Tuition cannot send a copy of the statement, it must be retrieved by the family online.

Available now on Smart Tuition parent website:
- FSA receipts September through December 2017 for 2017/2018 school year
- 2017 Year End Statement for tuition and fees

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of February 26:

Kindergarten Blue Alden Oropeza
Kindergarten Gold Evelyn Brandstetter
Grade 1 Room 4 Andrew Ha
Grade 1 Room 8 Gianna Russo
Grade 2 Room 1 Nicholas Carrillo
Grade 2 Room 3 Chloe O'Shea
Grade 3 Room 2 Lillian McGlade
Grade 3 Room 9 Liam Pratt

BASIC FUND 2018: Tuition Assistance Program

CLICK HERE for information regarding the BASIC Fund 2017 Program.
Applications are for new students attending private school for the first time only. Siblings already attending St. Cecilia School and not receiving the BASIC Fund can be included as long as one student in the family is attending St. Cecilia School for the first time.

Please note that there is one deadline for new applications: March 10. The earlier families apply for a scholarship the better the chance they will be awarded one.

Renewal packets will be distributed to the schools during March 2018 for all renewing students. Renewing families do not fill out a new application unless they are adding a new child in the fall. Renewing families adding a new child in the fall must complete a new application for the new child. If you have any questions, please contact the BASIC Fund at 415-986-5650 or visit

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, March 14th at lunch
Posted by John David Anderson -OR- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

6th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, March 14th at lunch
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, March 7th at lunch
Cherub: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, March 7th at lunch
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

* 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

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.

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. in the church. 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


We are just a little over a month away from taking a step back in time to New Orleans in the 1920’s. Get ready to board the SC Vicente to enjoy jazz, southern fare, dancing, games, and supporting our students by raising our glasses and paddles


Thank you to all who have already made generous donations to Let the Good Times Roll on the SC Vicente, including our most recent sponsors:
Ed and Valerie Nicolson - Faculty Sponsor
The Ciaburro Family - French Quarter Sponsor
The Peralta Family - Jazz Band Sponsor
Paul, Caferina, Anthony, and Matthew Engel - Decor Sponsor


Buy your tickets! Click HERE to purchase your tickets! Over half of the tickets have been sold! If you haven't already purchased your event tickets, don't miss out!



We need your help to reach our fundraising goals. Our event relies on the support of our community for donations, sponsorships, and program ads. All donations are appreciated. We especially would love:
• Vacation rentals
• Tickets to games or events
• Sports memorabilia
• Spa/Hair salon gift certificates
• Jewelry
• Electronics
• Restaurant gift certificates
• Summer camp vouchers
• Wine
• Birthday party venue vouchers
• Scrip Cards (the school benefits twice with the purchase and donation!)

Donations can also be a great way to market a business! Please share this with other friends or family members who may also be interested in donating. Find out more about donations or access the donation form HERE.
Cash donations are also greatly welcomed. Donate here.

Sponsorships, Donations and Program Advertisements

Through sponsorships and ads, you help keep the event costs down and the money raised the night of the event can go directly towards the school needs.
View more details about our sponsoring levels HERE.

Support the fundraiser by purchasing an ad in our program. Ads range from Full Pages to Star Lines. Advertise your business, thank your child’s teacher/coach or congratulate your student on an awesome year. Please Click Here to find our more details.

Sponsorship, program ads, or contributions to the auction are tax deductible! ALL donations are tax deductible (Tax ID #94-1156785).

Donation and Volunteer Matching makes an even greater impact to St. Cecilia School!

As you participate in this year's fundraiser "Let the Good Times Roll on the SC Vicente" please remember that many companies, big and small will match your gift to St. Cecilia School and significantly increase the amount of funds we raise. Some will also match your volunteer hours. Please consider making even more of an impact toward your children's education at St. Cecilia School by applying with your company to match your donations. Find out about corporate match HERE!

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:

Pay to Play: Ambiance Sip-n-Shop March 15th

Treat yourself to an early Mother's Day present! Join us for an evening of Shopping, Champagne and Appetizers to benefit St. Cecilia!

20% off sale items and 10% off regular items

Date: Thursday March 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Ambiance, 756 Irving Street @ 9th Ave

Tickets are $25/ person. Purchase your tickets HERE!

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

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

Entry Deadline: Monday, March 12th

For inspiration and guideline go to SC STEAM Art Fair.

SAVE the DATE: Tuesday, March 13th 7:45 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!

PROHIBITION SQUARES: Everyone's a Winner!

Hurry! Less than 50 squares are left! Buy a square for $50. Pick a number between 1 and 100. Please indicate your top 3 number choices. Each numbered square has a prize associated with that number. Prizes range from a bottle of wine, to a VIP visit to a prestigious winery with friends, a dinner at Le Central, or a night at the Marriot in Sonoma.

Purchase your square HERE or contact Janet Avila.

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)


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)
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

Centennial Photo Display

The St. Cecilia 100 Year Photo Display will be a featured exhibit at the San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint! The final display from last year's centennial celebrations, an abbreviated timeline of our community's history covering major milestones for both the parish and school, will be shared with the city of San Francisco during this fantastic event. If you didn't get the chance to see the display last year or would like to see it again, please stop by!
This event is free and open to the public.

The Old Mint, 88 5th Street
Saturday, March 3rd, 11am - 5pm
Sunday, March 4th, 11am - 4pm

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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