St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

March 14 - 20, 2018


If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Psalm 95:8

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are active Christians who celebrate the weekly Eucharist as the center of their lives.

Message from Mrs. Connelly

Dear Parents,

My sincere thanks to each and every one of you who have gifted, supported, and prayed for me. I’ve been privileged to teach and be principal here for many years, I have witnessed your generosity at school and parish appeals, students, families, parishioners, and organizations have asked for your gifts of time, talent, and treasure. As I am now the one in need of your faith, love, and support, I have been overwhelmed by your lovely words, actions, prayers, and offers of every kind to help ease my suffering, as I undergo treatment to restore my health. I am humbled, blessed, and very grateful to be a part of such a faith-filled, compassionate, and loving Catholic community.

There’s only ten days left until the Mothers Club’s annual spring fundraiser “Let the Good Times Roll”! Please join our community as we board the SS Vicente to enjoy jazz, southern fare, dancing, games, and supporting our students by raising our glasses and paddles.

Also, please check the condition of your child’s uniform. Jumpers, skirts, blouses, shirts, pants, and sweaters must fit properly and be clean. During the spring the students have many formal assemblies and Masses to attend and we want them to look their best. If your child is wearing a sweatshirt to school it must be a St. Cecilia School sweatshirt. Please check shoes. They need to be all white and leather.

Children should not be in the schoolyard until 5 minutes before sports or drama practice starts unless they are enrolled in Extended Care. There should be no “hanging out” before practices.

Parents, please supervise your children in the yard after school hours and in the auditorium during Sunday coffee and donuts. Many children are running around, getting injured, and bumping into people. Also, please help clean up after coffee and donuts. The school children should not be entering a messy auditorium on Monday morning.

As we begin the fourth quarter of school this Monday, please keep an eye on the school calendar as there are many wonderful school and community events in the upcoming weeks.

Lenten Blessings,

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders This Week and Next

* 10:30 a.m. Historical Boat Trip: Grade 5 Room 18
* 12:25 p.m. Book Club Grades 5 & 6
* 2:30 p.m. Drama Practice
* 2:45 p.m. BizWorld – Lower Church

* 9:00 a.m. Gr. 4 Choral Concert @ Riordan
* 7:30 p.m. Mothers Club: Ambiance Sip-n-Shop

* Sandwiches for the Hungry
* $1 Free Dress for Lenten Collections
* 9:00 a.m. St. Patrick's Day School Mass

* Drama Rehearsal 10:30 a.m.

* Fifth Sunday of Lent

* Pastor's Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Mothers Club Fundraiser



You purchased your ticket, you have your dress and suit, now what? Let’s review the night!

Board the SC Vicente through the Collins Center on 18th Avenue. There you will check in and receive your program, bidding information, and your paddle. Please do not enter the event from the schoolyard.

This year, all bidding for the silent auction will be done on your phone. No paper bid sheets will be available. Bring your phone fully charged! You will need it to make your bids on the silent auction, faculty auction, and art projects. If you forgot your phone, a bidding assistant can help you with your bids at the event. There will be a charging station available as well as free WiFi.

How does Mobile Bidding Work?

Register now or login to preview items. Make sure to fill in the cell phone number section of your user profile as this is how you’ll receive your text notifications. Your user profile can be found in the upper right corner once you login at:

Bid on your favorite items and bet your maximum bid (the most you will pay for an item). Put your phone away and enjoy the night OR watch the bidding on your phone in real time & raise your Maximum Bid, if necessary. After bidding closes, check your bids & see what you won. All silent auction winners will pick up their items after the event. No items will be available for disbursement on the night of the gala.

Online Bidding Opening Monday, March 19th

Go to beginning Monday to begin bidding on all online bidding items. Even if you are unable to board the SC Vicente, you still have the opportunity to bid on some wonderful items. Don’t miss out on class projects, event tickets, or pay to play parties. Bid from wherever you are that night and you can still take home the items you want!

Paddles Up! Viva Las Vegas!

Don’t forget to purchase your ticket to Let the Good Times Roll on the SC Vicente because you won’t want to miss out on this fabulous live auction package!
After you depart the SC Vicente, pack your bags for Las Vegas!
• Private Jet for 4 to Las Vegas
• Private Transportation to and from airport
• Dinner for 4 ($750 value)
• 2 suites for 2 nights at the Wynn Hotel

Still need a ticket to the event? There are a few tickets left! Buy your ticket today! You won’t want to miss out! 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!

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help us set up for and work the event. This event is not possible without the amazing community of parents who give of their time and efforts to live up to our motto: The Finest, The Greatest and The Best. Click here to sign up.
Every shift worked entitles the parent to one Java Beach ice cream token!

Join Us for the After Party!

After the event, depart The S.C. Vicente and head to McCarthy's Irish Pub on West Portal. McCarthy’s will be donating 10% of late night sales back to SC!

Do you like to party? Why not host one?

We need your help! We are looking for St. Cecilia families and friends to sponsor parties. You can host a party for kids, adults, or both. All you need to do is pick a theme, name a place, and set a number of guests. SC community members can buy a ticket to be one of your guests. It’s always a fun time and a great way to raise money for SC.
Contact Anne Moriarty at: if you are able to help us out.


Ladies, if you still need a dress for Let the Good Times Roll, here is your chance! Ambiance is sponsoring a sip-n-shop at their NOE VALLEY store. Enjoy some champagne and appetizers as you shop. A personal shopper will help you find the perfect dress, AND get 10% off regular priced items and 20% off sale items.
Date: Thursday March 15, 7:30-9:30PM
LOCATION CORRECTION: The Noe Valley store (3979 24th St.)

Tickets are $25/ person. Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a night out shopping to benefit St. Cecilia School! Purchase your tickets HERE!

Let the Good Times Roll and Be a Winner with Prohibition Squares: Everyone Wins!

All you need to do is pick 3 of your favorite numbers, pay $50 HERE and wait to find out what you won! Prizes range from a bottle of wine or spirits, to a VIP visit to a prestigious winery with friends, a dinner at Le Central, or a night at the Marriot in Sonoma. Such a fun way to raise money for St. Cecilia!

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


We need your help! We are still in need of silent auction items.
All donations are appreciated, but we would love:
• Wine & Alcohol
• Vacation Rentals
• Sports Memorabilia
• Tickets to Games or Events
• Gift Cards (especially through Scrip the school benefits twice with the purchase of the donation)

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.

All donations are needed by THIS Friday, March 16th.

Shhhh! - The Secret Gaming Room Aboard the SC Vicente will Open March 24th at 9 p.m.

Try your luck at the tables. We’ll get you started with a limited number of tokens. Every $20 of tokens purchased to play the tables gets you 1 raffle ticket for the top prizes including a gift certificate to the Solage Calistoga Resort.

Raffle Tickets:

This spring, friends and family of St. Cecilia have the opportunity to win big and buy raffle tickets to support our school.
• 50/50 Raffle: One lucky person will win half of the total proceeds collected, and the other half is donated to St. Cecilia.
• Free Extended Care Tuition for a Year
Look for tickets being sent home this week! Buy your tickets and Let the Good Times Roll!

Sponsorships: We NEED YOU!

We are still looking for sponsors to help keep the event costs down.
Please consider becoming a sponsor for Let the Good Times Roll on the SC Vicente. 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.

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


Thank you to all who have made generous donations to Let the Good Times Roll on the SC Vicente! Thank you to our sponsors:
Mr. Jose Almanza & Mrs. Janet Avila - Décor Sponsor
Sean & Rachelle Considine – Blue & Gold Bayou Sponsor
Lee Ozaeta & Jennifer Reodica – Décor Sponsor & Faculty Sponsor
The Abendroth Family – Selfie Booth Sponsor
David & Jennifer Lee – Faculty Sponsor
Highway 12 Winery – Table Wine Sponsor
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Linda Ciaburro – French Quarter Sponsor
Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Caferina Engel – Décor Sponsor
Brian & Edna Hoo – Jazz Band Sponsor
The Edwin Tan Family – Sazerac Sponsor
Philip & Diana Leonida – Blue & Gold Bayou Sponsor
Edward & Valerie Nicolson – Faculty Sponsor
John & Alisa Peralta – Jazz Band Sponsor
Ms. Ana Sampera – Blue & Gold Bayou & Faculty Sponsor

STEAM Art Fair Preview - TODAY March 14th, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

If you were unable to attend last night’s Art Fair, come on by today after school. This is your chance to preview all the amazing art pieces submitted by our SC students, AND you can find that piece to bid on when the pieces go to auction!

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)

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 121:

Kindergarten Blue Paige Chin
Kindergarten Gold Shane McGuigan
Grade 1 Room 4 Connor Perotti
Grade 1 Room 8 Paul Ciaburro
Grade 2 Room 1 Hannah Leese
Grade 2 Room 3 John McCaffrey
Grade 3 Room 2 Ashley Ferguson
Grade 3 Room 9 Riley Lo-Tam

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

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

* 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.



Ladies, if you still need a dress for Let the Good Times Roll, here is your chance! Ambiance is sponsoring a sip-n-shop at their NOE VALLEY store. Enjoy some champagne and appetizers as you shop. A personal shopper will help you find the perfect dress, AND get 10% off regular priced items and 20% off sale items.
Date: Thursday March 15, 7:30-9:30PM
LOCATION CORRECTION: The Noe Valley store (3979 24th St.)

Tickets are $25/ person. Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a night out shopping to benefit St. Cecilia School! Purchase your tickets HERE!

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

Many of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and, 4th grade classrooms are already halfway to a free dress pass for the class! When a class donates 20 books, they are awarded a free dress pass. When 25 books are donated, they are awarded an ice cream party at the end of the school year!

Books can 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.

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.

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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