St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

May 2 - 8, 2018


“Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”
Psalm: 104:1

Philosophy 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, lifelong learners, socially responsible citzens, effective communicators, and problem solvers.


* Book Club Grades 5 & 6 lunchtime
* 2:30 p.m. Dismissal
* 2:45 p.m. BizWorld Investor Presentation – Lower Church

* Sandwiches for the Hungry
* May Procession 10:45 a.m.
* Confirmation Rehearsal 7:30 p.m.

* Confirmation 10:30 a.m.

* Mothers' Club Mass & Brunch 9:30 a.m.

School News

DUE TODAY - Tuition Agreements for 2018-2019

Last week we sent home important information regarding tuition rates and financial assistance with your oldest child today. Please ask him/her for this information.

Tuition Agreements for 2018-2019
The tuition agreement must be completed by TODAY, Wednesday, May 2. Please turn in this agreement to the school office.

Monsignor Collins Endowment Fund Tuition Assistance Program
The deadline for submitting an application for tuition assistance is Friday, May 11th.
Please CLICK HERE for more information.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of April 30th:

Kindergarten Blue Citizen of the Week is complete
Kindergarten Gold Citizen of the Week is complete
Grade 1 Room 4 Xavier Francisco
Grade 1 Room 8 Zachary Wittmann
Grade 2 Room 1 Carrick Moriarty
Grade 2 Room 3 Citizen of the Week is complete


This Saturday, May 5th at 10:30 a.m. the parish will present 71 candidates to Bishop William Justice for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Extended Care Registration

Registration for 2018-2019 Extended Care ends May 11th. There will be NO registration for Extended Care in August through December 2018. The next registration will be January 2019.

CLICK HERE for a Registration Form.

The last day for Kindergarten students to attend Extended Care will be on Tuesday, May 29.
The last day for all others attending will be on Thursday, May 31.

Drop in will be closed starting Tuesday, May 29.

May Procession - This Friday

Please join us on Friday, May 4 at 10:45 a.m. for our May Procession Mass where Lauren Mandel, May Queen, and her court Alina Kushner and Shannon Williamson will crown the statue of the Blessed Mother.

Lunch Volunteers Needed

We need 4 volunteers each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to assist students in picking up their meals. There is NO COOKING NOR FOOD PREP!
Volunteers are needed from 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon and 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We encourage all families to volunteer at least once per quarter.

Please visit to signup.

If you have questions, please email Stephanie Dekker at!

Birthday Book Club

Who wants Free Dress? Who wants an Ice Cream Party? When a class donates 20 books, they get a free dress pass. When 25 books are donated, they get free dress and an ice cream party! The last day to purchase books to qualify for free dress and an ice cream party is Thursday, May 10th.

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.

Student Book Club Meeting and Selections

5th Grade Book Club: TODAY
Wednesday, May 2nd at lunch
Greenglass House by Kate Milford

6th Grade Book Club: TODAY
Wednesday, May 2nd at lunch
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, May 9th at lunch
Hooper by Geoff Herbach

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, May 9th at lunch
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

* Students may join at any time, just read the book and show up for the meeting! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Pratt at

Music Department News

Spring Recitals

Congratulations to all our music students and faculty for completing the semester of music lessons!
Please come and see them perform at their May Concert. All are invited!

Recital Dress Code

Boys — Shirt with a collar, pants that are not baggy
Girls — Dress Up

Good luck to all the musicians!

Spring Recital Dates 2018

Location: School Auditorium

Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Lyle Sheffler

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Tomoko Goto

Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Jill Wenzel

Friday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Maya Gorodetsky

Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Tanya Mikhaylenko

Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Tina Digesti

Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Justin Nash and Cecilia Cardenas

Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Students of Lisa Garcia, Courtney Wise, and Eliza Rodriguez

Mothers' Club

Mothers' Club Installation Brunch - THIS SUNDAY

Sunday, May 6th
Installion Mass: 9:30 a.m.
St. Cecilia Church
Brunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. United Irish Cultural Center

Please Click Here to join the celebration.

Spaghetti Bingo - Saturday, May 12

Please join us for Spaghetti Bingo Saturday, May 12th. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Pavilion.

Click Here for more information.

Adult Tickets are $22 (includes 2 bingo cards)
Child Tickets are $10 (includes 1 bingo card)

Purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Volunteer Opportunities for Spaghetti Bingo are Available

Click the Sign Up Genius link below to see how you may be able to contribute to the fun filled evening!

Click Here.


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.

Parish Athletics

23rd Annual JOG-A-THON: Friday, May 18

Free Dress for Students

Mark your calendar for this Friday, May 18th! We need your support to make this a fun and successful fundraiser for St. Cecilia's athletic programs. Funds raised from this event are used to buy new equipment for girls and boys sports programs including volleyballs, basketballs, uniforms, and other athletic items that need to be replaced due to wear and tear.

How It Works

Please CLICK HERE to download your sponsor sheet today. Sign up as many sponsors as you can based on the number of laps you think you can run or a one-time donation can be made. Donations should be collected at the time of the pledge. Fill out your sponsor sheets and raffle tickets and return to the school office with the money you collected in an envelope marked "Jog-a-Thon".

Walk, jog or run and have some fun at the Jog-a-thon on May 18th. Kindergarten through 4th grade will walk/jog around the schoolyard. Grades 5 through 8 will walk/jog around Larsen Park. Once finished, all grades will enjoy a chilly tasty treat. Yum!

Individual Prizes

The top three students who bring in the most money will each win a prize! Last year's grand prizes were 4 View Box Tickets to the Giants vs NY Mets on June 25, trampoline jumping at House of Air for 4 people, and rock climbing for 2 at Planet Granite.

Class Prizes

The top 2 classes that bring in the most money will enjoy an ice cream party. Every class that has 100% participation (every student in the classroom has collected money from at least one sponsor) will enjoy a Free Dress Day as a classroom.

Raffle Prizes

Listen to morning announcements for your raffle ticket to be pulled to win a fun prize. There will be 3 winners per day the week of May 14 - 18. Each $10 you collect gets you a raffle ticket for the daily raffle. Be sure to fill out, cut out and submit one ticket for each $10 you turn in. Winning tickets will be pulled each morning during the week of the Jog-a-thon. To be eligible for the prizes, your tickets must be turned in by the previous day. The more money you collect, the more tickets you have to turn in and the more chances you have to win.


Parents can help on the day of the Jog-a-thon by volunteering to count laps, tie shoelaces, and hand out treats.
Please CLICK HERE for the volunteer form (last page of the sponsor form) and return it to the school office as soon as possible to get the time and grade you want.


If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Boone at


Playdate at Parkside Park

The St. Cecilia Young Families Group invites you to a playdate at Parkside Park on Sunday, May 20 after the 9:30 a.m. Family Mass. Muffins, bagels, coffee and juice will be provided.
Please RSVP by May 16th to Fr. Patrick at

The event will take place at Parkside Park Playground: 28th Avenue & Vicente Street.

Saint Cecilia's Chinese Club: Venue UPDATE

The Saint Cecilia Chinese Club will have its General Meeting at the Serra Room (next to the lower church) on Friday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.
This is a potluck event and ALL (including children) are welcomed.
The club will provide desserts and drinks and cookie.
Please RSVP to Tuyet Ontiveros via email at or call/text (415) 570-3876 as soon as possible for head count.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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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