St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

May 9 - 15, 2018

"Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, until the end of the World."
Matthew 28: 19-20

Philosophy Statement

As lifelong learners, students develop the skills of effective communication and problem solving to prepare for the challenges of the future.


* Book Club Grades 7 & 8 lunchtime
* 2:30 p.m. Dismissal
* 7:00 p.m. Recital – students of Tomoko Goto - Auditorium

* STRAWBERRY DAY: Sisters of the Holy Names
* 8:30 a.m. Installation of New Board of Commissioners – Pavilion
* 7:00 p.m. Recital – students of Jill Wenzel - Auditorium

* Sandwiches for the Hungry
* 1:45 p.m. Primary Mothers’ Day Mass
* 6:00 p.m. 6th Grade Makers Lab
* 5:30 p.m. Recital - students of Maya Gorodetsky - Convent Living Room

* 6:00 p.m. Spaghetti Bingo in the Pavilion.

* Feast of the Ascension
* Happy Mothers’ Day!

School News

Principal Search

The search for a new principal of St. Cecilia School is currently being conducted in cooperation with the Department of Catholic Schools. The process is structured to assure that the leadership needs of the school are accurately identified and articulated in the process. The members of the Search Committee serve as advisory to the pastor and are listed below.

Pastor – Fr. Mark Taheny
Principal from another Catholic School – Sharon McCarthy Allen
Faculty Representative (lower/upper grades) – Kathy Kays and Sharon Shea
Parent Representative – Rachelle Considine
Non-Parent Parish Representative – John McKeon
Associate Superintendent Archdiocese of San Francisco - Susana Lapeyrade-Drummond

We ask that you keep the team in prayer as they continue on in the search process.

Thank you,
Susana Lapeyrade-Drummond

Associate Superintendent Archdiocese of San Francisco

Strawberry Day: May 10th!

A brief history of Strawberry Day, a celebration for the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Six Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary left Canada and traveled to New York where they boarded the ship "Ocean Queen." The Sisters were sent to San Francisco in response to the invitation of Archbishop Alemany, who needed help staffing the growing Catholic school population.
After a long voyage the Ocean Queen arrived in San Francisco on Sunday, May 10, 1868. The Holy Name Sisters were met at the dock by the Sisters of Mercy who were working at St. Mary's Hospital. The Mercy Sisters prepared a wonderful reception which included large, luscious, California strawberries, that impressed the Sisters of the Holy Names. In thanks and rememberance the beautiful strawberries represent the Sisters' time serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is the tradional "Strawberry Story" that St. Cecilia School celebrates every May 10th with strawberry ice-cream for all the students (and staff!).

Information Packets

Two weeks ago we sent home important information regarding tuition rates and financial assistance with your oldest child today.

Tuition Agreements for 2018-2019: PAST DUE
The tuition agreement was due Friday, May 4. Please turn in this agreement to the school office. Those who have not turned this in should have received an email. Please turn this in ASAP.

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.

Sandwich Friday Ends May 25th

Everyone has been extremely generous this school year providing sandwiches on Fridays for the hungry. Friday, May 25, will be our last "Friday Sandwich Day" for this school year. We will begin again next October. Thank you!

St. Cecilia Children's Choir

To the parents of the St. Cecilia's Children's Choir:

Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers, plants, cards and gifts you gave me after the 9:30 Sunday Mass. I did not have a chance to thank you personally for your generosity because of the 'comings and goings ' after Mass. Your children have a special place in my heart. I am so grateful to you for your wonderful support of our Children's Choir. I will be leaving St. Cecilia's with a heart full of gratitude and many beautiful memories.

May our loving God continue to bless you and your wonderful families.
Sister Margaret

Grief and Healing Resources

Parent Night- Healing in Hard Times presented on May 1st by Maryellen Mullin, LMFT San Francisco Family Therapy was a very insightful presentation and discussion about grieving and ways to help our children (and ourselves) through the healing process.

Click here to view the slide presentation.

Here is an additional resource you may find helpful:
After a Loved One Dies: How children grieve and how parents and other adults can support them

If you have concerns or need outside referrals for your family over the summer, please contact: Mimi Pratt - School Counselor

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of May 7th:

Grade 1 Room 4 Rhys Roland
Grade 1 Room 8 Tristian Ng
Grade 2 Room 1 Danielle Duon

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.

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 20 books are donated, they get 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.

LAST Student Book Clubs for the Year

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

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

Music Department News

Music Registration 2018 - 2019 School Year

Parents of incoming kindergarteners and students currently in grades K-7: Music Registration is open for the 2018-2019 school year. Lessons are available in piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, recorder, flute, saxophone, and clarinet. If your child wants to take instrumental music lessons next year, please fill out the registration form and return it to Miss Cardenas by Wednesday, May 16, 2018. This applies to current music students and to those who would like to begin lessons. No registrations will be accepted in August.

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Cardenas at

Click here for the registration form.

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

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 5:30 p.m.
Students of Maya Gorodetsky *Convent Living Room

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

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

Mothers' Club

Let the Good Times Roll: UPDATE!

Free Extended Care for a Year: John Zakrewski
50/50 Raffle: Anthony Aguilar

Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who made this fundraiser a success. At the time of this newsletter, we have collected $129,979.63! We expect this number to increase as the donations from corporated matches make their way to the school. It's never too late to make a donation at our website (Click Here).

Thanks for joining us on the S.C. Vicente!
We sure let the good times roll!

St. Cecilia Auction Chairs:
Diana Leonida (mom to Harley, 5th & Olive, 2nd)
Nicole Mullen (mom to Bridget & Chole, 2nd)

Spaghetti Bingo - THIS 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.

Board Member NEEDED

New Board Position Needed: Hot Lunch Coordinator(s) - Work From Home

We are searching for a parent or two, to help fill the role of Hot Lunch Coordinator for the next school year. NEW THIS YEAR: the coordinator(s) will manage everything remotely and not be expected to be onsite unless he or she volunteers. This role will partner with a main contact from the school who will be responsible for meeting the vendor and setting up hot lunch everyday.

Duties include:

1. Coordinate Parent Volunteers via Online SignUp Genius
2. Communicate with Hot Lunch Vendor
3. Communicate to the Parent Community via the eNewsletter and MC Clipboard when needed

Please email Rachelle Considine ( if you are interested. We need someone to fill this role in order to offer Hot Lunch again next year. Training will be provided.


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


St. Vincent DePaul Canned Food Drive

SVDP Canned Food Drive on Saturday May 19th at the 5:00 p.m. Mass and Sunday May 20th at all Masses. All canned food donations can be placed in the bins found in the Vestibule labeled for the drive collection.

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.

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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