St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

September 27 - October 3, 2017

"A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just."
Pope Francis

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who participate in service to the Church, to family, and to local communities.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Today is the middle of the first quarter! If you have a child in grades 3-8 please log onto your SchoolSpeak account, view the progress report, and electronically sign the progress report by this Friday. Electronic signatures are only required at progress report time and report card time. Some students in grades K-2 may receive a paper progress report. Please sign and return by this Friday.

The countdown is on for the Festival! This weekend brings our St. Cecilia Parish and School Families together - whether you are working a booth, eating at the snack bar, playing Bingo, spinning a wheel, or just socializing with your friends. Please support the work of all the volunteers this weekend. The Festival hours are Friday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thank you to the students and other volunteers who will come on Monday to clean up after the Festival. Remember, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday.

Festival raffle tickets can be downloaded from this eNewsletter! You could win Outdoor Games, an Irish blanket, a compact speaker, a Nintendo-Switch Console, the Durocher Pavilion Party, and/or Free Dress for a week. Please put money and tickets in an envelope marked “Festival Raffles” and return to the school office or turn them in at the Raffle Table in the auditorium during the weekend.

As there is no Extended Care this Friday after school, if your child is going through drive-thru please send a note to the teacher so he/she knows to excuse your child into the right line at the end of the day.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Reminders for the Week

* Festival Free Dress – Festival T-shirt must be worn

* No afternoon Extended Care
* Festival Free Dress – Festival T-shirt must be worn
* 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Festival

* 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Festival
* 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Festival
* 6:30 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner – Pavilion

* 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Festival

* NO SCHOOL – Festival Clean-up


"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!

PreSale WRISTBANDS for the Carnival Rides!

This year's Festival will have new carnival rides and attractions that appeal to kids of all ages. ORDER YOUR WRISTBANDS TODAY TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY! CLICK HERE for the Wristband presale order form.

Wristbands are $5 more per day purchased at at the Fesitval. The three day option is $115. Presale wristbands will be delivered to classrooms of your oldest child on Friday, September 29th.

Ride tickets will be sold at the Festival for $1 each. Rides will be 3-4 tickets each.

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!

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


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:

OUTDOOR Fun Raffle

For only $3, you get a chance to go on ALL of our carnival rides for free! The winning ticket will be pulled on Friday, September 29, at school before dismissal. Click here for the Outdoor Fun Raffle.

IRISH Blanket Raffle

Win a beautiful Irish blanket hand-made and donated by Peggy Sheridan (mother of Ann Baglin). Blanket will be displayed at the raffle table during the weekend. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Click here for the Irish Blanket Raffle.

COMPACT Speaker Raffle

If you enjoy listening to music you will love this cool compact speaker. The winner will also receive a $50 iTunes gift card. Tickets are $3 each. Click here for the Compact Speaker Raffle.

NINTENDO - Switch Console Raffle

Buy your ticket today and get a chance to win a NINTENDO – SWITCH CONSOLE! Tickets are $5 each. Click here for the NINTENDO – SWITCH CONSOLE!


The Durocher Pavilion can be yours for a Saturday night party! Winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate for Mozzarella di Bufala and a $50 Safeway gift card. Tickets are $5 each. Click here for the Durocher Pavilion Party Raffle.

FREE DRESS for a Week Raffle

What St. Cecilia School student would not love a free dress pass for a full week? Here is your chance to win your child that opportunity! Tickets are $1 each, or 12 tickets for $10. Click here for the Free Dress for a Week Raffle.

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.

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!

Chocolate and Candy - THANK YOU!

Thank you for your donation of candy. Please do not send any more candy to school.

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

Second Step

We are in our second week of the Second Step program in grades K-6. If you have not had a chance to activate your Second Step family account, we encourage you to do so (Family Letters with activation codes were given out at Back to School Night for K-6). It’s a great way to learn more about the Second Step program and reinforce what your student is learning. Each week (some grades every other week) K-5 students will receive a hardcopy or digital link of the Home Link Activities that go along with the skills they are learning for the week. Once you activate your account, you will have access to all the materials. There is no need to do the training, just look at the “Families” section.

Click here if you need instructions and Activation Codes to create your account.

Note: 7th and 8th grade homeroom teachers are teaching the Second Step- Middle School Curriculum. The 8th graders receive the curriculum 1st and 3rd quarters, 7th graders- 2nd and 4th quarters.

If you have any questions contact Mimi Pratt (K-5) or Sister Ann Gilchrist (6th grade)

Blessing of the Animals - Celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Please join us in the Blessing of the Animals in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Wednesday, October 4 at 2:45 p.m. in the schoolyard. All parishioners & their pets are invited! Please arrive by 2:45 p.m. with pets on a leash or in a carrier.

Sandwiches for the Needy on Fridays - Starting Next Week

This year we are again providing the opportunity of making a sandwich for the needy every Friday, beginning Friday, October 6. Each Friday, families can send an extra sandwich to school and put it on the bench outside the office. Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society pick up the sandwiches by 9:00 a.m. and deliver them to the Multi-Service Center at 5th and Bryant where 400 people are fed each day. A “Sandwich” reminder is on the calendar for each Friday. Some parents/students have included a note with the sandwich that was greatly appreciated!

Make-Up Picture Day

If your child was absent on the original School Picture Day, missed the opportunity to purchase pictures, or needs to have his/her picture re-taken, Make-Up Picture Day will be on Friday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m.

New Purchases: If your child has not yet had his/her picture taken, now is your opportunity. Call the school office, and we will send home an information packet.
Re-Takes: If you desire a re-take, you must return the complete package to the school office before Tuesday, October 10.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of September 25th:

Kindergarten Blue Scarlett Morrison
Kindergarten Gold Grace Reilly
Grade 1 Room 4 Sabina Pasztory
Grade 1 Room 8 Joshua Engel
Grade 2 Room 1 Thomas Mackel
Grade 2 Room 3 Malena Alvarez
Grade 3 Room 2 Spencer Doeff
Grade 3 Room 9 Soleil Louie

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
Tuesday, October 17 K only
Thursday, October 26 K only

Applications for Kindergarten are now available in the school office.

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 Order Sheets will come home every other week until the holidays, 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. 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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