St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

August 16 - 22, 2017

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:14

Mission Statement

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are active Christians, lifelong learners, socially responsible citizens, effective communicators, and problem solvers.

Welcome from Principal Connelly

Dear Parents,

I hope the summer has been renewing for each of you and your families! We are excited to begin the new school year. We welcome our new pastor Father Mark Taheny, our new Parochial Vicar Michael Lillendahl. We are excited to work with them. We also welcome Mrs. Renee Wallace, Kindergarten Blue Aide. Mrs. Mimi Pratt will be our new school counselor replacing Miss Mary McManus who retired at the end of the last school year. Ms. Cecilia Cardenas will be the Director of our School Instrumental Music Program as well as continuing to teach singing to the students.

At St. Cecilia School, we make a concerted effort to ensure the safety of our children. All adults working with children or are planning on chaperoning on field trips must be trained using Shield the Vulnerable Online Training Course. In addition, if you are planning on volunteering on a regular basis (more than 3 times a month) or chaperoning on an overnight field trip, you must also be fingerprinted using the Live Scan process. Please CLICK HERE for the more details.

This summer we began work on our seismic retrofit project. Both the boys and girls bathrooms have new plumbing, new paint, and new fixtures. One of the bathrooms behind the auditorium has been upgraded to being wheelchair accessible which is required by the City. The other bathroom behind also got new tile, plumbing, and fresh coat of paint. Thanks to the support of the Mothers Club we were able to replace the carpet in both Kindergarten classrooms and the Computer Lab, install a security system and purchase a replacement set of Chromebooks. Thank you for your continued support.

Can you work once a week from 11:55 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.? We are in need of lunch duty personnel. If you are interested in supervising the students during lunch yard duty please contact Mrs. Emily Murphy at

There are many new events planned for the school year both academically and socially. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Kindergarten Families

Kindergarten Play Date

Saturday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Parkside Square Playground, Vicente and 28th Avenue

All incoming Kindergarten students and families are invited to join us for bagels, juice, coffee, and an opportunity for you and your child to get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with other incoming Kindergarten students and their families before the first day of school. Siblings are welcome! St. Cecilia School sweatshirts and t-shirts will be available for purchase for any parents who are interested. Please RSVP to Robyn Lee at

MANDATORY New Kindergarten Families Information Afternoon

In an effort to streamline Registration Day for Kindergarten families, we will have an Information Afternoon for NEW Kindergarten families on Sunday, August 20, from 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m., in the Lower Church. This meeting is for parents only, and at least one parent per family must attend. At this time, Mrs. Eileen Donohoe (K-Gold teacher) and Mrs. Teri Watters (K-Blue teacher) will explain Kindergarten procedures and answer questions. Mrs. Melanie Manning, Extended Care Director, will also clarify Extended Care procedures. We will also have representatives from various school and parish groups to share ways you can be involved in the life of the school and parish community.

Parents should bring:
1. completed forms which have been downloaded from the website
• Medical Release And Consent To Treatment of Child – please fill out, print, and bring on Registration Day. (CLICK HERE)
• Family Information and Parent/Student Handbook Agreement Form - please fill out, print, and bring on Registration Day. (One Per Family—Return to the oldest child’s teacher) Please review the handbook before signing this form. (CLICK HERE)
2. your child’s school supplies
3. Family Fee: $50 (ONE CHILD) $70 (TWO CHILDREN) Make check payable to: St. Cecilia Mothers Club

Kindergarten Sneak Peek on Registration Day - Monday, August 21!

You’ll get a Sneak Peek of our Kindergarten Kingdom. Come explore your classroom, listen to a story and find your own cubby!
You’ll get a Sneak Peek of your teacher and teacher aides.
We’ll get a Sneak Peek of you in your St. Cecilia uniform! We’ll take a family photo. Bring your best smile!
Families with the last names of A – L, please come from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Families with the last names of M – Z, please come from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

If you signed up for Extended Care please check in with Mrs. Manning, Director of Extended Care. If you registered for music lessons, please check in with Ms. Cardenas, Director of Music. Both will be in the auditorium from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Remember, no child will be registered on this day if the first tuition payment of the year (due August 1 or 15) has not been paid.

Registration Day - Monday, August 21

Room Assignment

Registration is from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Families, please locate your child’s room assignment on the wall in the schoolyard or on the wall outside each classroom. Registration of students will take place in each child’s classroom. Since this is considered the first day of school, parents must check in with each child’s teacher. Students in Grades 1-8 do not need to wear their uniforms.

Remember, no child will be registered on this day if the first tuition payment of the year (due August 1 or 15) has not been paid.

Mandatory Forms & SchoolSpeak

On Friday, August 4, all families received an email regarding SchoolSpeak, our new student information system. Please log onto SchoolSpeak and update your child(ren)’s student profile – must be completed online before Registration Day.
If you did not receive this information please email

Please complete the following forms (now available on the school website). They MUST be downloaded and brought with you COMPLETED to school on Registration Day, Monday, August 21.
Medical Release And Consent To Treatment of Child – please fill out, print, and bring on Registration Day. CLICK HERE
Family Information and Parent/Student Handbook Agreement Form - please fill out, print, and bring on Registration Day. CLICK HERE
(One Per Family—Return to the oldest child’s teacher) Please review the handbook before signing this form.

Other Forms (Optional)
*Some forms may not be available until a later date.

Counseling Release Form
Birthday Book Club Forms
Music Department Registration Form
School Volunteer Application Form
Extended Care Registration
Altar Servers Form
SC Spirit Shop Order Form
Scrip Form
Physician’s Statement/Medication

Annual Family Fees

Annual Family Fees will be collected on Registration Day. Fees will be collected per family in your oldest child’s classroom:
One Child Family $ 50
Two Children Per Family $ 70
Three Children Per Family $ 90
Four Children Per Family $110

In addition to supporting the many services and activities of the Mothers Club that benefit all children, these fees include a classroom donation to the Parish Festival, the Mothers Club Fundraiser, a class gift to the teacher for his/her birthday, and an end of the year gift. Please make your check payable to: St. Cecilia Mothers Club. Fees will be collected from the representative in your oldest child’s classroom.

Auditorium on Registration Day

The following groups will have tables in the auditorium where you can check in, sign up, purchase items, or ask questions:

• Music Teachers
• Altar Servers
• Men’s Club
• Extended Care
• Chinese Club
• Boys and Girls Athletics
• Uniform Exchange
• Upton’s Catering (SchoolFoodies)
• Drama Club
• Mothers Club Spirit Items for Sale
• Sign-up for Children’s Choir
• Cub Scouts

School News

Mandatory Parent Meetings

New Kindergarten Parents Information Afternoon
Sunday, August 20, 3:00 p.m., Lower Church

Back to School Nights for Parents Only
Grades 7-8—Wednesday, August 30, 7:00 p.m.
Grades K-6 — Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.

Sacramental Parent Meeting
Thursday, September 14, 7:30 p.m., Lower Church
(Confirmation, Reconciliation, Eucharist)


Thank you to all the families who ordered the school supplies through
Please label all school supplies with your child’s name. All students should bring all school supplies with them on Tuesday, August 22. The school supply list is available on the school website at

Extended Care

Extended Care is open the first day of school, Tuesday, August 22, from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. All pre-registered Extended Care participants must check in on Registration Day to receive the Information Packet for the year. If you have not pre-registered for Extended Care by Registration Day, please check in with the director to discuss availability. All children must be registered in the program before attending Extended Care.

If a student is not enrolled in Extended Care and is not picked up within fifteen minutes of dismissal, he/she will be brought to Extended Care, and the parents will be charged $15.00/hour.


Tuesday, August 22 through Monday, August 28—Minimum Day All Grades
Grades K-8 8:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29 through Friday, September 1
Grades K-1 follow the minimum day schedule 8:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Grades 2 – 8 follow the regular daily schedule
8:10 a.m. -3:00 p.m. (M, T, Th, F)
8:10 a.m. -2:30 p.m. ( W )

Beginning on Tuesday, September 5 all grades will follow the regular daily schedule.
8:10 a.m. -3:00 p.m. (M, T, Th, F)
8:10 a.m. -2:30 p.m. ( W )

Hair Regulations

Both boys and girls need to comb their hair before coming to school each morning. Hair should be neat with bangs above the eyebrows. Hair should not be covering one side of the face! Boys’ hair should be above and not touching the shirt collar. Shaved heads and blade cuts less than “two” are not acceptable. Tails and spiked hairstyles are not permitted. No student will be admitted to school with bleached or dyed hair. Any designer-type or fad haircut is expressly forbidden. Students who come to school with an objectionable haircut may be prohibited from attending school until the haircut is remedied. Boys are to be clean-shaven at all times.


All students are expected to be in perfect uniform on Tuesday, August 22. Uniforms are purchased at Classic Designs, 1515 Taraval St., San Francisco, CA 94116

Shoes for boys and girls (K-8):
All white leather,
low-cut, tie or velcro tennis shoe with court sole (no zipper style shoes)
White leather Keds are acceptable (no zipper style shoes)

Girls are not allowed to wear make-up, nail polish, acrylic nails, multiple, dangling, or hoop earrings. A single post in each ear is acceptable. Boys are not to wear earrings. Wearing one watch is acceptable! Scrunches, hair clips, hair bands, etc. must be in the hair, not worn on the wrist.

School sweaters are required for formal school assemblies and school Masses. Blocks and Stars from Sports Awards for Grades 7-8 are sewn on the lower right of the sweater. School sweatshirts are not worn in the classrooms. If students choose to wear a sweatshirt outside at recess times, it must be a school sweatshirt. All boys must wear a belt!

Please note that shorts are not a required piece of the uniform for gym. It is highly recommended that girls wear shorts under their uniform.


The first payment from SMART Tuition was due on your selected date of August 1 or August 15. A late fee will be applied if your tuition is not paid on time. No child will be allowed to start school if the first payment has not been received.

SMART Tuition

We will be billing tuition as well as all fees (field trips, music tuition, extended care tuition, drama fees, etc) to your SMART Tuition account. For families who pay annually, please check your account monthly for miscellaneous fees. Your monthly payments are due on either the 1st or 15th of the month. SMART Tuition will NO longer send an invoice via US postal service unless you had previously opted in to receive a paper invoice. Otherwise, all invoices will be emailed. Please look for your invoice in your email account that you used when signing on to SMART Tuition. Also, if you are late with a payment a $50 late fee will be applied


We encourage all families to drive through the gates on 18th Avenue in the morning to drop off their children and in the afternoon to pick-up. Using the Drive-Through for both morning and afternoon is optional. However, if you choose not to use drive-through, please do NOT double park on Vicente Street or 18th Avenue or cross in the middle of the street.
All pedestrians MUST use the crosswalks!

Arrival Drive-Through:
• Enter 18th Avenue from Vicente Street only. Drive slowly!
• Turn right into the schoolyard.
• Stop at designated area to unload passengers.
• Make a U-turn to exit the yard. Be careful of pedestrians!
• Turn right onto 18th Avenue.

Dismissal Drive-Through:
• If the line of waiting cars extends beyond 18th Ave. & Vicente St., cars should line up on 18th Avenue between Vicente and Wawona Streets. Do not block the intersection, Vicente Street, or private driveways.
• When the gates are open, turn right into the schoolyard. Drive slowly!
• Place a placard with your family name on the dashboard. For car pools--The driver must have the names on the dashboard of each family in the car pool.
• An adult will call the family name as the car approaches.
• Stop at designated area to pick up passengers.
• Make a U-turn to exit the yard. Be careful of pedestrians!
• Turn right onto 18th Avenue.

The parking lot on 17th Avenue should NEVER be used for drop off or pick up.

Volunteers Needed for Drive-Through

Volunteers supervise both Drive-Through procedures, and we count on parent volunteers to assist. Arrival volunteers need to be in the schoolyard from 7:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m., and afternoon volunteers need to be present from 2:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. (except Wednesday at 2:20 p.m.).
We encourage all families to volunteer at least once per quarter. We welcome moms, dads, grandmothers and grandfathers to come and assist.

Please sign up visit:

If you have questions, please email Elaine Lau at

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken on Thursday, August 24 (Grades 5-8) and on Friday, August 25 (Grades K-4).
Students wear their school uniform (including school sweater) for pictures.

Music Registration

All families who pre-registered in the spring will find the music tuition billed to their SMART Tuition account based on the payment plan chosen: one payment of $630.00 (September SMART Tuition) or two payments of $315.00 each (September and October SMART Tuition). A registration fee of $50/child will be billed in September to your SMART Tuition Account. There are a limited number of music spaces available. Please check with Ms. Cardenas, Director of Music, on Registration Day in the school auditorium.


Parent Welcome

The Mothers Club invites all parents to the auditorium for coffee on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 22, beginning at 8:10 a.m. This is a nice way to catch up with the summer news and/or to meet new friends.

Room Parent Volunteers

The Head Room Parents are responsible for assigning volunteers to organize class parties, encourage involvement in the Parish Festival and Mothers Club Fundraiser and in organizing other class events. The Assistant Room Parent is responsible for coordinating an assigned group of parents for a specific class party or event.

If you are interested in volunteering for a room parent position, please fill out this online form: Click Here!
Or visit the school website for the hard copy form.

Return this form to the Mothers Club representative in your child’s classroom on Registration Day or forward to the classroom teacher no later than Wednesday, August 30.

Mothers Club Volunteers

We need your help! Volunteers needed for Registration Day. We need volunteers to help in every classroom to collect any forms or fees that are turned in on Registration Day. If you can volunteer, please email

The Mothers Club parents help in many ways throughout the school year. If you are interesting in volunteering please sign up at

Dinner at the United Irish Cultural Center

Please join us for the first school dinner at the Irish Center on Saturday, August 19th. The Irish Center will donate 10% of the proceeds back to the school. This is a great way to kick off 2017-2018 fundraising spirit while taking a break from cooking at home. Make sure to call ahead and make your reservations.

Back to School Brunch

There are still a few spots left for the St. Cecilia School Back to School Brunch Fundraiser at Trattoria da Vittorio. After your coffee at St. Cecilia School and head to West Portal for eggs, muffins and a mimosa or two. You can reserve your spot by Clicking Here.
Note: St. Cecilia School keeps 50% of the proceeds. Please note, reservations close on Friday, August, 18th.


Please register your Safeway Club Card, ATM/VISA/MC, Macy’s, or Chevron card with eScrip. When you use that card to pay for purchases, St. Cecilia School will receive a rebate from the participating stores which include Payless, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Carl’s Jr., Eddie Bauer, Whole Foods Market, and Budget Rent-a-Car just to name a few. Thank you for your support.

Registration information for new members: You can easily register for eSCRIP by visiting Click "members/supporters", click "welcome", and click "sign up"

Re-registration information for current members: You must RENEW your annual membership by NOV. 1, 2017 by visiting, click "members/supporters", click "myescrip"
St. Cecilia Parish ID #136952501

Lunch Program

The lunch program will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting on Tuesday, September 5 and ending on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. School Foodies will continue to provide the meals for our school. For more information about the program, please visit!
Signup information for new families will be available at registration.

Lunch Volunteers

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

Welcome to the St. Cecilia 2017-2018 school year from the Birthday Book Club. Please come check us out on Registration Day in the auditorium. We have a great selection of books to choose from this year. Remember all books are $18.00 and go to the school library. Books can be purchased to honor your child’s birthday or a special dedication to a friend or loved one.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Katrina Tomeldan ( or Alexis Chavez (

Fall Box Tops Contest Through October 6

Start sending in those Box Tops! Once again, St. Cecilia School will be participating in the Box Tops for Education program. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to support our school. Box Tops are each worth 10¢, and they quickly add up to real cash! Last school year, our school earned over $1,200, a figure we can easily surpass with everyone's participation. Just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them in to your child's teacher. Our first deadline is October 6.
The class submitting the most Box Tops will win a free dress pass and a sweet treat party! For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn.
Thanks for choosing to make a difference for our school with Box Tops!

Men of St. Cecilia (MOSC)

MOSC President

Mr. Chris MacDonald is looking forward to leading the MOSC in the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact him if you have any questions regarding MOSC: Chris MacDonald at

School Yard Annual MOSC Work Day

Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bagels and beverages will be provided. Wear paint clothes.
Kindergarten dads will be able to leave at 11 a.m. to go to the “Kindergarten Play Date” at Parkside Park.
Contact Liam Reidy at

Parish Picnic - NEW LOCATION!

Please join us at LINDSEY MEADOW in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, September 17th after the 9:30 A.M. Family Mass! There will be a watermelon eating contest, horseshoes, kids’ games, and more.
Contact Ray Williamson at for more information

MOSC Registration

The MOSC REGISTRATION table will be set up on Registration Day. Dues are $65. If you are a new dad, please sign up. The MOSC does many wonderful things to support our parish and school. Please attend our first meeting on the night of September 11th; the Annual MOSC Prime Rib Dinner in the Lower Church.

Parish Athletics

Athletic Directors

Welcome back Mr. Pete Franceschi as Boys Athletic Director and Mr. Phil Monares as Girls Athletic Director. Pete can be emailed at and Phil can be reached at (new email).

Athletic Fees

Thank you for your continued support of all Athletic Department fundraisers, including our most recent successful Jog-a-Thon. The sports fee for the 2017-2018 school year is:
1 sport: $145 per child (Gr. 3-8)
2 or more sports: $255 per child (Gr. 3-8)
Please pay this fee on Registration Day.

Please be prepared for both soccer and volleyball tryouts and practices to be announced and begin on the first day of school. Check with the Athletic Directors in the auditorium on Registration Day for the schedules.

Please check at home for any sports uniform which was not returned at the end of the school year and give it to the Athletic Director(s) on Registration Day!

Parish News

Join Cub Scout Pack 108 - Newest Parish Group

Cub Scout Pack 108 welcomes boys in 1st through 5th grades (member of a Saint Cecilia Parish family or a Saint Cecilia School student) to join for the 2017-2018 year of adventures.
Pack 108 Scouts: build and race Pinewood Derby cars; attend campfires and outdoor activities; go on sleep overs and other field trips; make new friends; and much, MUCH more!

For more information, visit the Pack 108 table on Registration Day, or contact Mike Doeff at

Festival 2017 News

Save the Date!

The annual Parish Festival will take place on September 30, October 1, and October 2. The theme this year is RocktOberfest. Please mark your calendars and join us for three fun filled days.
We have many open positions for your consideration, so if you would like to be involved and would consider co-chairing a booth, please contact or Festival Chairs, Colleen Mulkerrins at Co-Chairs for this year’s festival are Janice Calonico and Ailish McVeigh.

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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