St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

March 7 - 13, 2018


Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

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,

We are having a special Green or St. Patrick’s Day Theme Dress for $1.00 on Friday, March 16, 2018.
Don’t get pinched by a leprechaun! All proceeds will go to the Lenten collections for each level.
Primary DepartmentProject Night Night
IntermediateFire Victims in the North Bay
Junior HighGracecenter

Please follow the dress code found in the Parent Student Handbook for free dress days. All students should wear closed shoes. Please wear shoes appropriate for the Pavilion. We will be attending Mass at 11:00 a.m. on March 16.

Grades 2, 4, 6, and 7 will participate in our own Spring Concert. It will be next 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.

Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* 8:45 a.m. Cathedral-Field Trip – Grade 5
* 2:30 p.m. Drama Practice
* 2:45 p.m. BizWorld – Lower Church

* First Eucharist Meeting - CANCELLED

* Sandwiches for the Hungry
* 9:30 a.m. Conservatory of Flowers - Gr 3 Rm 2
* 10:30 a.m. Historical Boat Trip - Gr 5 Rm 19

* Drama Rehearsal 10:30 a.m.

* Fourth Sunday of Lent

School News

Yearbook Ordering and Custom Pages Deadline

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

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.

If you want to help the yearbook team by submitting photos we can select from to use on the main yearbook pages, the due date for these photo submissions to the "Q3 Family Submitted" folder on TreeRing is this Friday, March 9th. These photos should be taken at SC or at SC-sponsored events/games only (no home pictures, sorry). Although we are limited by page space and are 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! Make sure to include your favorite photos of your child from 2017-18 on your child's customized pages. 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 March 5:

Kindergarten Blue Dylan Vickery
Kindergarten Gold Robert O'Kane
Grade 1 Room 4 Vianna Dilleshaw
Grade 1 Room 8 Michaela McGoldrick
Grade 2 Room 1 Angelo Dudum
Grade 2 Room 3 Sophia Carrillo
Grade 3 Room 2 Calvin Carandang
Grade 3 Room 9 Oran Melaugh

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:
Today at lunch
Cherub: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

8th Grade Book Club:
Today 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

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.


2018-2019 Mothers Club Board and Committee Nominations

If you have the drive to take your school volunteerism to the next level, now’s the time to speak up! The St. Cecilia Mothers Club is now accepting nominations for your 2018/2019 Board. Click Here for a description.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to download the form to nominate yourself or someone else for one of the positions listed in the link above. Completed forms should be returned to Ailish McVeigh, Nominations Committee Chair, c/o Aidan McVeigh grade 7 room 23 or by Tuesday, March 20. To be added to the slate of nominees, all names must be submitted by March 20.

Please consider taking on one of the open positions listed below, effective Fall of 2018:

Board Officers
* Second Vice-President(s) (This is your chance to chair the fundraiser and get creative.)

Board Members and Committee Chairs
* Hot Lunch Lead (We need you if you want hot lunch!)
* Greater Giving Co-Chair
* Room Parent Coordinators
* Winter Mingle
* Multi-Cultural Day Talent Show Lead
* Uniform Exchange


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.

Mothers Club Fundraiser


Ticket Sales- Purchase your tickets NOW!

Thank you to all who have already purchased their tickets to Let the Good Times Roll on the S.C. Vicente. There are only a few tickets left. Make sure you buy your tickets today for what will be a fantastic night. Click HERE to purchase your tickets!

Pre-Register Your Credit Card

Who wants to waste time waiting in line the night of the auction? No one!! Go to Let the Good Times Roll website and register today. You will avoid the hassle of registering on the night or the event, and you will be ready to start bidding!

What should I wear?

Think Great Gatsby with a Southern Twist! Feathers! Beads! People would go all out to board a riverboat for an evening of letting loose! This is a night to dress up! Dust off your suits or tuxes, put on your dress and headpiece, and come roll down the river and dance the night away with us on the SC Vicente!

Hair: Don’t forget to book your hair appointments at BLOOM on West Portal! Mention SC and they will donate $1 back to the school for every appointment on March 24th.


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:
The Edwin Tan Family – Sazerac Sponsor
Edna & Brian Hoo - Jazz Band Sponsor
The Leonida Family - Blue and Gold Bayou Sponsor

Sponsorships, Donations, and Program Ads

Read below for more opportunities to support the event, including how to purchase tickets to the event, STEAM Art Fair details, donating to the auction, hosting a Pay to Play event, growing your donation by getting your company to match it, and more!

Sponsorships: We NEED YOU!

Please consider becoming a sponsor for Let the Good Times Roll on the SC Vicente. We are still looking for sponsors to help keep the event costs down. Sponsorships will help ensure all the money raised the night of the event will go directly towards the school’s needs. There are still sponsorships available from Faculty Sponsor ($250) to Décor Sponsors ($300) to French Quarter ($500) to Rue Vicente ($1000) to Captain’s Table ($1600).
Sign up to become a sponsor HERE.

Place an Ad in the Program

Last chance to place an ad in the fundraiser program – Due Friday, March 9th! Placing an ad in our event program is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and help support St. Cecilia School. All details are due by March 9th in order to meet our printing deadlines.
Purchase your ad HERE.


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.

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!

Host a Pay to Play Party

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:

Ambiance Sip-n-Shop NEXT WEEK - 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!

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.

Calling All Student Artists
First Ever STEAM Art Fair

1st Place: $250 and $150 goes to the charity of your choice
2nd Place: $75
3rd Place $50
Winners announced the night of the auction
Drop Off Art March 9th or March 12th before school in the Lower Church.
Please make sure to label the back of the art with student’s name, grade, and classroom.
For inspiration and guideline go to SC STEAM Art Fair.

STEAM Art Preview Night THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 13th 7:45pm

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!

Raise the Paddle for SC!

Last year, our generous community donated enough money through Raise the Paddle to implement our amazing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program!

At this year’s fundraiser, Raise the Paddle donations will be used to continue the ever popular coding classes, install three water bottle refilling stations throughout the school building, and to supply the school with Next Generation Science Standard curriculum kits! Please consider Raising Your Paddle and showing your support! Together we can help SC and benefit our children!

Thank you for your continued generosity!
Any questions can be directed to

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)

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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