St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

September 13 - 19, 2017

"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."
St. Augustine

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who participate in service to others and are responsible citizens who share their abundance with those who are less fortunate.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,


Students of St. Cecilia School are active Christians who participate in service to others and are responsible citizens who share their abundance with those who are less fortunate.

Once again students of St. Cecilia School can reach out and help others.

Last week the people of Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean Islands experienced major damage and destruction to their homes and lives from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We have all seen pictures and newscasts of the devastation that has occurred.

Student Council is sponsoring a Free Dress for $1.00 Day this Friday, September 15th. Students should bring in their donation to their classroom on Friday morning. Parents, if you wish to make a donation by check please make your check payable to St. Cecilia School. Class representatives will be collecting the money at your classroom door.

We as a school community will continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the damaged areas as they attempt to recover from this natural disaster. The money raised will be sent to Catholic Charities who will disperse it to those in need. Thank you for your support.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders for the Week

* 2:30 p.m. Dismissal ALL Grades

* 7:30 p.m. Sacramental Parent Meeting (Gr. 2 & 7) – Lower Church

* $1 Free Dress for Hurricane victims
* 8:30 a.m. Deadline for Festival Stuffed Animals donations

* 10:30 a.m. Improv practice
* 6:15 p.m. Family Movie Night – School Yard

* 11 a.m. Parish Picnic - Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park

School News

Archdiocesan Maintenance Plan

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has prepared an operation and maintenance plan intended to minimize the risk to students from airborne asbestos. As part of this plan, the Archdiocese has repaired and/or removed any damaged asbestos contained in building materials and has undertaken a long-term management program, including removal of asbestos materials. For more information on the Archdiocesan plan Click Here.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of September 11, 2017:

Kindergarten Blue Emmanuel Jaramillo
Kindergarten Gold Carey Morrison
Grade 1 Room 4 Claire Kim
Grade 1 Room 8 Annabella Chigos
Grade 2 Room 1 Max Tamburro
Grade 2 Room 3 Phoebe Chavez
Grade 3 Room 2 Jeremy Kabiling
Grade 3 Room 9 Mairead Greene

Mandatory Parent Meetings

Sacramental Parent Meeting
TOMORROW: 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

Screening of ANGST: Normalizing the Conversation around Anxiety for Kids and Teens

Holy Name School is hosting a screening of the documentary Angst: Normalizing the Conversation around Anxiety for Kids and Teens on Tuesday, September 19th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please go to for ticket information.

Student Book Club

5th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 4th at LUNCH
Loot by Jude Law or Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

6th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 4th at LUNCH
Flygirl by Sherri Smith or Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 11th at LUNCH
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen or The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 11th- at LUNCH
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

* No need for students to sign up. Just read one of the books and show up for the meeting!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Pratt


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

Welcome 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 (every week) 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 - THIS SUNDAY!

Our Parish Picnic is this Sunday, September 17th at Lindley Meadow - 1000 John F Kennedy Drive between 30th Fulton and Polo Fields.

Schedule of Events:
11 a.m. Tour de St. Cecilia (Bike Golden Gate park and join us in a scavenger hunt- ALL ages).
12:00 p.m. Fr. Vito Horse Shoe Contest
1:00 p.m. Kids Games & Relay Races
2:00 p.m. Watermelon Contest and Piñata

BBQ grills, Big Kahuna Bounce Slide, Connect 4, and other games with bean bags will be provided. Prizes awarded. No reservation needed. Just bring some food and a blanket. Regular Church Sunday Church Schedule (NO picnic mass this year). This event is FREE, compliments of the Men of St Cecilia.

For more information contact Ray Williamson at

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 - Due this Friday at 8:30 a.m.!

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 THIS 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

Family MOVIE Night: THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, September 16!

Come get in the Festival spirit and watch SCHOOL OF ROCK THIS 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"!
Contact: Lorna Walker

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

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.

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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