St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

May 16 - 22, 2018

"Delight Yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of you heart.""
Psalm 37:4

Schoolwide Learning expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Lifelong Learners who demonstrate a strong academic foundation.


* Field Day
* 2:30 p.m. Dismissal
* 7:00 p.m. Mothers' Club Transition Meeting
* 7:00 p.m. Recital – students of Tina Digesti

* 7:00 p.m. Recital – students of Justin Nast and Cecilia Cardenas

* Sandwiches for the Hungry
* Jog-a-thon
* 7:00 p.m. Recital – students of Lisa Garcia, Courtney Wise, and Eliza Rodriguez

* 10:30 a.m. Young Families Playdate at Parkside Park

* 8th Grade Graduation Picnic

School News

Last eNewsletter for 2017 - 2018 School Year

Our last eNewsletter for this school year will be next Wednesday, May 23rd. Watch for our 2018 - 2019 eNewsletter this August.

Update your Email Address

Please email Karen Carberry at if you have a new email address so you don't miss our eNewsletters in August.

End of School Schedule

Our last day of school is Friday, June 1st. Please note the schedule below.

Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31
12:30 Dismissal for all grades.

Wednesday, May 30
Kindergarten Celebration - Pavilion 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 31
Altar Servers Picnic - Raging Waters

Friday, June 1 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
School begins 8:10 a.m.
School Mass 9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Dismissal - No Drive-through at dismissal


Free Dress

Students may wear free dress on Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31. Follow the FREE DRESS POLICY as stipulated in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Dress-Up Clothes: Friday, June 1st

On Friday, June 1, the last day of school, students will attend the 9:00 a.m. Mass and may have free dress, but they should be DRESSED UP. No shorts, jeans, or T-shirts are allowed on this day. All boys' shirts should have a collar.

Information for NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

* TK Supply list - CLICK HERE
* K-8 Supply list - CLICK HERE
* School Uniform List (all students) - CLICK HERE
* Volunteer Information - CLICK HERE

A school sweater is REQUIRED for all students (K-8) and a belt is REQUIRED for all boys! If your child receives a block and/or star emblems at the sports awards assemblies they can be sewed onto the lower right side of the sweater. Remember to label all uniform items, book bags, backpacks, water bottles,and lunch boxes with the child's name.

Uniform shoes for both boys and girls are SOLID WHITE LOW CUT, tied or Velcro, no zippers, and court soles. White leather KEDS are acceptable.

Office Depot "5% Back to School Year Round Program"

This program is in effect year round. Our school ID is #70014090. Using this number and shopping at Office Depot for school supplies will help St. Cecilia School earn credits for free supplies. If you don't have the school ID simply ask the clerk to look up our school's number. Thank you for participating in this program.

Student Council Update

Thanks to this year's student Board of Commissioners: Colin Cabreros, Sujean Doo, Nelly Fabre, Nora Mannion, Sean McKeon, Shane Gavney, Luke Wachowicz, Michael McKeon, Lila Angelopulos, and Rebecca Chen for their hard work during the year, and living our theme "Keep Your Head Up." Congratulations on a job well done!

Congratulations to the newly installed Board of Commissioners for the 2018-2019 school year:
Commissioner General: Luke Wachowicz
Assistant Commissioner General: Nora Mannion
Commissioner of Assemblies: Marcella Fabre
Commissioner of Athletics: Jimmy McKeon
Commissioner of Ecology: Rolf Cimala
Commissioner of Finance: Brooke Gavney
Commissioner of Publicity: Lila Kopp
Commissioner of Religious Affairs: Con McKeon
Commissioner of Safety: James Keenan
Commissioner of Spirit: Kate Cassidy
Secretary to the Board: Sean McKeon

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!

Student Book Club

Last week we wrapped up another successful year of monthly book club meetings for 5th - 8th graders. We look forward to starting up again in the Fall and hope your children will join us.

Thank you to Leslie Bauer, Kathleen Fergus, Jennifer Stansbury, and Lailone Victorio, our grade 5-7 parent volunteers who facilitated the meetings. Thank you to Sarah Boone for overseeing the 8th graders. We couldn't have Book Club without you!

If your child is in need of books for summertime reading consider some of these. CLICK HERE for a list of the books we read over the year.

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

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

Music Department News

Music Registration 2018 - 2019 School Year - LAST DAY TO REGISTER

Parents of incoming kindergartners 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 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

LARGEST Uniform Exchange of the Year

Thursday, May 31st 12:30 in the Lower Church
In order to facilitate making uniforms available for the Uniform Exchange, students will have free dress on Tuesday, May 29th - Friday, June 1. Drop off your freshly cleaned and mended uniforms to the bench outside the office before Thursday, May 31 at 12:20 p.m. All students should wear dress-up clothes on Friday, June 1, the last day of school.
If you have any questions please contact Grace Monares at or Chrissy McGoldrick at

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

24th Annual JOG-A-THON: THIS 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! This year's grand prizes are a San Francisco Bay Rocket Boat ride for two people, trampoline jumping at House of Air for two people, and rock climbing for two people 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 and Grand Prize winners will be announced at the end of the day on the 18th. 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. Black tickets will not be added to the raffle pool. 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.
We are currently short on volunteers/helpers for grades 3-8, so if you can spare an hour or two during the day we would appreciate the help! Thank you again to everyone who has volunteered so far! We love having parents be part of this day!


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 - THIS SUNDAY!

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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