St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

September 6 - 12, 2017

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.
Matthew 18:20

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who celebrate the weekly Eucharist as the center of their lives.


Dear Parents,

I invite you to join us for our first Student Body Liturgy of the year this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Please join us!

In two weeks, on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21, we begin our Open House Program for prospective new Kindergarten families. If you have any friends who have children ready to begin Kindergarten in August 2018, please let them know about our Open Houses. The Open House begins at 8:30 A.M. and ends at 10:00 A.M. Thank you in advance for letting your friends and family know.

As you know SchoolSpeak is our new student information system. It is imperative that the infozrmation is accurate and completed fully. Please log into your child(ren)’s profile and check for accuracy of all information. Also, please make sure you haven’t left any information blank. One area that is being left blank is in the Medical Information – Disabilities, Allergies, Medications, Allergies to Medications, and Medications to be self-administered by child. Please go into the profile and answer NONE if those don’t apply to your child. Please don’t leave them blank. In the event of an emergency your child will only be released to those people you listed as “Emergency Contacts.” Please make sure you have listed FOUR (4) people who live within 30 minutes of school. Please check that your address, phone numbers, and email addresses are correct. Finally, if you have not been able to access your child’s profile in SchoolSpeak, please email our SchoolSpeak administrator at

Our first month of using Smart Tuition for this school year has been quite smooth for most families. Please remember that your choice of payment date, the 1st or the 15th of the month must be paid on time. If you are mailing a payment please allow 10 business days for your payment. There is NO grace period. Smart Tuition will apply a $50 late fee if tuition is not paid on the due date. Also, you will see Extended Care Tuition, Music Tuition balances and fees, and field trip fees on your Smart Tuition invoice if applicable


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders for the Week

* 12:25 pm Book Club 5 & 6
* 2:30 pm Dismissal ALL Grades
* 7:00 pm Back to School Night: Grs K-6 Lower Church

* 11 a.m. Student Body Mass: Please join us!

* 5 pm. Men of St. Cecilia (MOSC) meeting

* 7 pm. Mothers Club meeting - Lower Church

School News

Back to School Night: Grades K-6 TONIGHT

Tonight is Back to School Night for Grades K-6. It is imperative that at least one parent attends this evening. Please allow yourself plenty of time to get here and park. We will begin the evening in the church at 7:00 p.m. followed by two sessions in the school.

Citizens of the Week

Each week a student from each primary classroom (K-3) will receive the Citizen of the Week award. The student will receive a badge, a certificate, and his/her picture will be displayed on the Citizen of Week Bulletin Board on the first floor.

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of September 4, 2017:

Kindergarten Blue Amaris Sainez
Kindergarten Gold Jillian Mostasisa
Grade 1 Room 4 Marcus Truong
Grade 1 Room 8 Zachary Miller
Grade 2 Room 1 Gabrielle Borzoni
Grade 2 Room 3 Chloe Mullen
Grade 3 Room 2 Bella Nocetti
Grade 3 Room 9 Stephen Ibarra-Rivera

Mandatory Parent Meetings

Back to School Nights for Parents Only
Grades K-6 — TONIGHT Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 p.m.
Please meet in the Church

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

Open House Schedule

St. Cecilia School will conduct several Open Houses for prospective parents. If you know of anyone looking to begin Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year, please let the family know of our Open Houses.

Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Presentation and Tour
Wednesday, September 20 K only (A-L)
Thursday, September 21 K only (M-Z)
Tuesday, October 17 K only
Thursday, October 26 K only

Applications for Kindergarten will be available beginning Tuesday, September 20.

Grades K-6: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 21
Thursday, November 30

Applications for Grades 1-6 will be available beginning Tuesday, November 21.

Grades 1-6: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Student Book Club

It’s time for Student Book Club again this school year for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders!
Each grade will have separate monthly Book Club Meetings at LUNCH. The meeting dates and book selections will be posted in the eNewsletter and in their classrooms. There is no need to sign-up to participate, students just read the book and show up for the meetings. Students are responsible for purchasing their books or checking them out at the public library. The first Book Club Meeting is today at lunch.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Pratt

Music Department

Instrumental music lessons will begin in mid-September once schedules are confirmed. Parents will be notified by the music teacher of the days and times of lessons. If you have any questions please contact Cecilia Cardenas, Director of Music, at
Those families who have chosen to pay their child’s music tuition in two installments will see the second charge on the Smart Tuition October invoice.


First Mothers Club Meeting - Let's Get Ready to Rock!

Join us for our first Mothers Club meeting of the year as we get ready for Rocktoberfest!
WHEN: Tues, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: (Lower Church)

Join us for a fun night re-connecting with friends, welcoming our incoming SC moms and learning more about the upcoming school year including what's new and how you can get involved in our community. There will be a special presentation regarding our new social-emotional learning program – Second Step.
Dinner and drinks will be served! RSVP HERE!

Please consider helping your Mothers Club by bringing 2 bottles of wine as suggested below. This donation will help offset the cost of the meetings as well as help our parish festival.
Select by last name:
A-G: Chardonnay (La Crema)
H-M: Sauvignon Blanc (Geyser Peak)
N-S: Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir (Ravenswood/Decoy)
T-Z: Champagne/Prosecco

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

Welcom Back to SCRIP

We are so excited to start our EASY and SIMPLE year-round fundraising.
SCRIP is simple and for now we will continue to provide weekly opportunity for you to use Gift Cards in lieu of cash at all of your regular shopping spots and St. Cecilia will receive a percentage!


Our Simple Steps:
1. Order Forms are sent home every Monday or can be printed from the school website.
2. Complete your order form and return to the office by Thursday morning (everyweek) with a check payable to: St. Cecilia SCRIP or CASH
3. Your order will be completed with what we have available or you will be contacted with a date of arrival.
4. Start shopping or give the gift of gift cards that day!

*You can also raise money without even thinking about it by registering your Credit and Debit cards at*

To download a SCRIP order form click here.

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

Thank you to all the students and parents who purchased 65 books through the Birthday Book Club the first week of school! All the books will all be donated to our school library. Books may be purchased for $18 at any time to honor your child’s birthday or for a special dedication to a friend or loved one. Please make checks payable to St. Cecilia School.

To view the updated Available Book list click here.

To download the Donor Form click here.

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)

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

Festival News

Festival Website

The Festival is coming quickly – September 29, 30, and October 1. Please visit the St. Cecilia Festival website at The website allows you to explore the events and activities for the weekend. Check out the raffles, sign up to volunteer, learn about the silent auction and how to sponsor. This will be a wonderful weekend!

Stuffed Animal Collection

Donate your stuffed animals to the 2017 Saint Cecilia Parish Festival! New and used stuffed animals/toys are welcome. Donations will be professionally cleaned by Coit Cleaners. The collection continues until Friday, September 15.
Please leave your donations on the bench by the school office.
For questions, please contact Sheila Vaughan at or Trisha Kopp at

Join the Fun and VOLUNTEER!

We are striving for 100% participation from all Saint Cecilia families! To start, we are looking for people to help with ever popular Children’s Games and the Snack Bar. Sign-up to volunteer today. Please click here to sign up

SAVE THE DATE: Family MOVIE Night: September 16!

Come get in the Festival spirit and watch SCHOOL OF ROCK on Saturday, September 16 in the SC school yard! Doors open 6:30pm in the schoolyard, sunset is at 7:11 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 7:30 p.m! Food and t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Be A Rockstar!

Be a Rock Star, Back Up Singer, Fan, or Stage Hand at ROCKTOBERFEST and SPONSOR the Festival!
Our school and parish communities are rock stars; we have demonstrated our generosity year after year. Help us continue rocking it into the new year, and become a sponsor of ROCKTOBERFEST. It's easy for you to contribute, with a range of sponsorships from $150 - $1,000. Every bit helps, and matching grants from employers will help even more!
Contact Mark Gursky ( or
Stephanie Dekker ( for more information.
Please CLICK HERE for the sponsorship form.

A donation to the silent auction or an event sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and help support St. Cecilia’s. We will gratefully acknowledge your donation on the festival website and at the event, ensuring greater visibility within the St. Cecilia community. All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID # 94-1156785).

Read below for more information and the different ways you can contribute to making this event a success.

Donate Through Sponsorship, Contributing to the Auction, with Books, DVDs, Candy, Costumes, Stuffed Animals, and More!
To reach our fundraising goals, our event relies on the support of the community for donations and sponsorships. Find out more information about sponsorship levels by visiting our website at

Silent Auction

We are still looking for donations to add to our list. Please take a moment to consider donating an item to the auction, or asking your favorite business to do so. Baskets are needed too! If you have any that are 12" in diameter or larger, please leave them on the bench near the school office or drop them off at the rectory. Please make sure you label them "Silent Auction."

Complete a donation form @

Contact: Caroline Lalosh at:

Books, DVDs, and Video Games

Ready to clear out your used books, DVD and video games? Bring your E rated items (E for everyone only) to the SC Festival book booth by dropping them at St Cecilia school during regular business hours.
Please place donations on the bench outside the office.
Contact: Kathleen Fergus at with any questions.

Chocolate and Candy!

Starting Friday, September 8 until Friday the 29th
It's time again to start collecting donations for the Chocolate & Candy Booth for this year’s festival! We will be having a contest for the class who donates the most Chocolate & Candy! The winning class will receive a Wonderful Ice Cream Social with all the trimmings.

Here's how the contest will work:
• Every class will be given a bag with their Grade and Room Number.
• Bags will be collected each week and replaced with new ones
• The Chocolate and Candy will be collected, weighed, and tracked each week.

The class with the most pounds donated will win the Ice Cream Social!

Contact: Beth Lucey, or Kathleen McKeon

Halloween Booth

Consider donating New Halloween Decorations, Spooky Halloween Candy, New Halloween Toys. Please bring your donations to school Monday through Thursday. Be sure to mark your items "HALLOWEEN BOOTH"!

From your 2017 Rocktoberfest Co-Chairs:
Janice Calonico (Mikey, 7th grade), Ailish McVeigh (Aidan, 7th grade), Colleen Mulkerrins (Colin 7th grade)

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Parish News

Join Cub Scout Pack 108
Information Night FRIDAY September 8, 2017 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

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 sleepovers and other field trips; make new friends; and much, MUCH more!
For more information, please attend the information night in the school auditorium, on Friday, September 8, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Please CLICK HERE for more information.

League of the Sacred Heart - Centennial Year

The League of the Sacred Heart is the last group at SC to celebrate their 100 years with the church. The League is having a party on September 23, 2017.
Please CLICK HERE to view the invitation.

St. Cecilia Mandarin Class - Starts TODAY

St. Cecilia Parish's Mandarin Class for students will start Wednesday September 6, 2017. Beginners' Class meets at Serra Room on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. Intermediate Class meets on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
CLICK HERE for the informational flyer.
CLICK HERE for the registration form.
Please contact Louise Foo, Coordinator of Mandarin Class, at 650-255-8763 or email her at if you are interested or if you have any questions.

St. Cecilia Chinese Club

The Saint Cecilia Chinese Club will have its first General Meeting at the Collin Center (2560 18th Ave) on Friday, September 8th at 7:00 pm. All (including children) are welcomed.
The club will provide dinner, drinks, and dessert.
RSVP to Tuyet Ontiveros via email at as soon as possible for head count for food and drinks.

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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