St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

September 20 - 26, 2017

"Children are the most beautiful gift and blessing that the Creator has given to man and woman.
Children are never a mistake."

Pope Francis

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who possess a knowledge and understanding of Scripture, tradition, history, and basic teachings of the Church.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Only 10 more days until the festival! The festival is coming quickly – September 29, 30, and October 1. The rides will be back in the school yard; Snack Bar and Bingo will be in the Pavilion; Adult Games in the Green Room; Wheel Games, Stuffed Animals, and the Pan Game in the auditorium, and the Children’s Games will be in the Lower Church. 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, RSVP to the Parish Spaghetti Dinner, learn about the Silent Auction and how to be a sponsor of the festival. This will be a wonderful weekend!

The Men of St. Cecilia (MOSC) is sponsoring the Snack Bar on Friday evenings during volleyball season. Please contact Chris McDonnell, MOSC President, for more information at The MOSC could use help setting up, cooking, and cleaning up on Friday nights.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders for the Week

* 8:30 a.m. OPEN House for 2018/2019 Kindergarten
* 2:30 p.m. Dismissal ALL Grades

* 8:30 a.m. OPEN House for 2018/2019 Kindergarten

* 10:30 a.m. Improv practice

* 9:30 a.m. Confirmation Meeting

* 12:30 p.m. Minimum Day Dismissal

* 7:00 p.m. Festival building begins


"ROCKTOBERFEST" September 29 - October 1!

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!

Parish SPAGHETTI Dinner - Saturday, September 30

Online sign up is now available for the Parish Spaghetti Dinner.
Grab your Friends & Family and be sure to reserve your seat soon - this event is sure to sell out.

September 30th
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Durocher Pavilion

Any questions please contact Majella at

ATTENTION ALL BAKERS: Cookies, Cakes & Brownies NEEDED!

Everyone loves dessert! We ask that each family donates three items, home baked or purchased (but please no items that require refrigeration), or consider a $10 donation. Popular items include brownies, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, muffins, and Rice Krispy treats. Help to fill our top shelf and blackout items by donating whole cakes or pies.

CLICK HERE for the donation form.
Please label your baked items with your child's grade/room # and bring them to school starting Friday, September 29th at 7:30 a.m.

The top 3 classes of bakers will receive a free dress pass or a homework pass!

Visit to learn more about the event, volunteer, and more!

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

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

Stuffed Animal Collection - THANK YOU!

Thank you for your donations of stuffed animals. Please do NOT bring any more to school! Hold onto them until next year’s Festival!

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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School News

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of September 18, 2017:

Kindergarten Blue Nicholas Sweeney
Kindergarten Gold Ellie Maher
Grade 1 Room 4 Niccolo Catanzariti
Grade 1 Room 8 Shane Pecko
Grade 2 Room 1 Abigail Moriarty
Grade 2 Room 3 Dexter Vo
Grade 3 Room 2 Sidney Hansen
Grade 3 Room 9 Evan Barnes

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
TODAY - Wednesday, September 20 K only (A-L)
TOMORROW - 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

4th Grade Family Math Night - SAVE THE DATE

4th graders and Parents: Please mark your calendar for Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. for Family Math. This is an evening of fun, games and learning. Parents, please come and support your child as he or she engages in puzzles, brain teasers and more. No siblings, please.
Family Math runs from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Lower Church.

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


Lunch Volunteers Needed

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!


SCRIP is a great way to contribute to the festival!
A great way to add to your silent auction class basket or donate cards straight to the auction. Last year great hits were BUILD-A-BEAR, American Girl, and Pottery Barn. The possibilities are endless! Donate SCRIP to the Silent Auction this week!

Our Process is Simple:
1. Order forms come home by Tuesday. To download a SCRIP order form click 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

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!

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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