St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 4 10, 2017

"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
Francis of Assisi

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who demonstrate acceptance, respect, and compassion for others.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

What fun was had this past weekend at Rocktoberfest Festival! Thank you to Janice Calonico, Ailish McVeigh, and Colleen Mulkerrins for the tremendous job in co-chairing this event. A huge thank you to all the parents who chaired the booths, raffles, silent auction, snack bar and to those who spent many hours volunteering. I am grateful to all the students and parents who brought in stuffed animals, books and DVDs, baked goods, grocery items, and candy. We are fortunate to have such a generous and supportive community. The success of our Festival could only be possible with the support of our families and friends.

During the month of October at our morning assemblies we as a school will be praying a decade of the Rosary in honor of our Blessed Mother. Come and join us as we pray together as a school community.

Please join us on Friday, October 6 at our Student Body Mass at 11:00 a.m. All students should be in complete uniform on Friday. Please do not use a Free Dress Pass.

This year we are again providing the opportunity of making a sandwich for the hungry every Friday, beginning this 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!


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Event Reminders

* 12:25 p.m. Book Club for Grades 5 & 6
* 2:30 p.m. Dismissal
* 2:45 p.m. Blessing of the Animals – Schoolyard

* Sandwiches for the Hungry Collection begins
* Box Top Collection Ends
* 11:00 a.m. Student Body Mass

* 9:20 a.m. Confirmation Program

* Athletic Program Fundraiser begins Today
* Rocktoberfest Hot Lunch order forms go home on Wednesday and are due on Friday.

School News

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

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

Sandwiches for the Needy on Fridays - Starting THIS Week

We are again providing sandwiches for the needy every Friday, beginning THIS 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.

Yearbook Ordering - DISCOUNT NOW!

It is time to sign up for a 2017-2018 St. Cecilia School Yearbook account! Click here to create an account.
If you already have an account, make sure to select "Log In."

Discount! Get a 10% discount if you purchase a yearbook by the end of October! You save, Earth gets a new tree, and our Student Council gets a funding contribution. What a deal!

With an account, you can add pictures to our folders (that our student yearbook editors can use), build your own custom picture pages, purchase a yearbook in soft cover or hardbound, and more. Once you have created or logged into your account, you can help our student editors create the yearbook by adding pictures to our community folder, "1st Quarter- Family Submitted." Some great pictures to upload would be photos from SC sports games, the Parish Festival, music performances, First Communion, the spring musical, and other SC events! Each quarter, the filled folder will be removed for student editors to sort and select from, and a new folder will be posted for all of our families to fill. Although we are limited by page space and will be unable to print all submitted photos in the yearbook, we rely on families and teachers to provide quality photos for use in the yearbook. Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Contact: Mary Beth McLean at with any questions.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of October:

Kindergarten Blue Danny McCaffrey
Kindergarten Gold Luke Sandiford
Grade 1 Room 4 Rylan Downs
Grade 1 Room 8 Sofia Spinelli
Grade 2 Room 1 Amanda Shea
Grade 2 Room 3 Jack Fenton
Grade 3 Room 2 Sadie Hunt
Grade 3 Room 9 Sophia Pescasio

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

Student Book Club

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

6th Grade Book Club:
TODAY, 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

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.


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 ENDS THIS FRIDAY!

Send 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 this Friday, 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!

Parish Athletics

6th Grade Girls Soccer Coach Needed

A 6th grade girls’ soccer coach is needed. If you are interested please contact Phil Monares at

2017 Fall Fundrasier fo Athletics

Please help us keep the CYO annual fees down by supporting our Genevieve’s Gift Sale which runs Monday, October 9th - Thursday, October 26th. Catalogs will go home next Monday, October 9. Buy your Christmas gifts and wrapping paper early. Renew your magazines that you already order. Help support our athletic program by selling items to friends and family. Your goods will be delivered the week before Christmas break, giving you plenty of time to prepare for the holidays.

You can start the Gift Catalogue Fundraiser today. Log on to
Click on “Invite People” under “Email Family & Friends” to register and most importantly, encourage family and friends to shop online, to raise those extra funds for our school!
Use our Account #/School ID : 12745 to register.

All online orders will earn credit towards student prizes!
Send five emails to family and friends and receive a student prize.

For more magazine choices go to

Help us reach our goal!
Please participate in our Fall Fundraiser!

Our athletic program receives up to 50% profit from sales - including online Gift sales!

Any questions? Contact Phil Monares at


"ROCKTOBERFEST" Rocked the Parkside!


Thank you to our wonderful community for coming together to make the festival a smash! However you participated, it was such a fantastic turnout each day and great to feel the strength of our parish and school coming together.

Donation & Volunteer Hours Matching

Thank you once again for your generous donations. Please remember that many companies, big and small, will match your gift to St. Cecilia's and significantly increase the amount of funds we raise. Some will also match your volunteer hours. Please consider making even more of an impact towards our parish and your children's education at St. Cecilia’s by applying with your company to match your donations.

Our Volunteers Rock

We couldn’t have done this without our rockstar parent volunteers! With your support we brought in more rides than we have ever had before, hosted our first Bier Garten and our biggest Spaghetti Dinner yet, and gave our kids endless hours of fun. Thank you!

Special Rocktoberfest Lunch - Monday

Order forms will go home today to order lunch for Monday, October 9. Order forms and money will be due this Friday, October 6. All proceeds will go to the St. Cecilia Festival. Rock on!

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

Parish News

Young Families Group Halloween Party

St. Cecilia Parish families with children newborn to 5 years old are invited to a Halloween party and dinner on Saturday, October 28 after the 5 p.m. Mass, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Church. There will be a potluck dinner, entertainment, fun, and friends! This is a great way for your children to safely celebrate Halloween and a chance for everyone to make new friends.

Please RSVP by October 21 to Fr. Patrick Summerhays at

Community News

SF Math Tournament: Seeking the young mathematicians of tomorrow

Where: St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94116
When: Saturday, October 7, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Who: Grades 6-8

IMPORTANT: Please register BY OCTOBER 4TH at

An incredible brand new opportunity for middle schoolers to gain experience and interest in mathematics. San Francisco is a hub of innovation, and engineering and technology stem from mathematics. A team of students from St. Ignatius, hope to instill the love of math into younger students with the introduction of the San Francisco Math Tournament, hosted by SI. Students will take a 40 minute written examination, which will be used to determine prize winners, and participate in fun mathematical activities, such as Rubik's cube and math jeopardy. Professor Rafe Mazzeo, professor of mathematics at Stanford will be joining us as the Keynote Speaker. He graduated from MIT with a bachelor in mathematics, and received his Ph.D in mathematics at MIT as well. This will truly be an incredible opportunity for students to hear from an accomplished mathematician. The first place prize is $100, and there are other cash prizes.

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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