St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 11 - 17, 2017

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment."

Matthew 22:27-28

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Lifelong Learners who think critically and creatively.

Message from the Pastor and Principal

Dear Parents,

In Scripture, St. Peter tells us to “practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.” As a Stewardship Parish, we understand that welcoming others should not be something we do with hesitation, but wholeheartedly, as if we were welcoming Christ Himself. This is why we are emphasizing hospitality during our annual Stewardship Renewal this year as a pillar of our parish life.

Over the next year, we challenge you to be more hospitable to those within our parish and the community at large. Take a moment to reflect on how others have helped you feel welcome and at home here, and chose to extend that same gesture of love to someone else!

Our Stewardship Renewal is a time when we can reassess how well we are living out our call to discipleship, and to recommit ourselves to God and to service of those around us. God has blessed each of us and when we recognize all that we have as gifts, we can use them responsibly and selflessly. This is why we embrace Stewardship as a way of life. Each of us must make the choice to recommit to being God’s faithful steward, and what better time to do it than the here and now!

• This year, will you choose to make God a priority in your life by taking time to spend with Him daily in prayer?
• Will you actively participate in one of our parish ministries and serve those around you?
• Will you choose to give a percentage of your income regularly to God through the parish offertory and be faithful to your commitment?

Fr. Mark Taheny, our Pastor, and I are asking you to make firm commitments to prayer, ministry, and offertory giving – or what is called time, talent, and treasure.

The “Parishioner” tuition rate for the 2018-2019 school year will be determined by the following:
• Your child is Catholic
• You are registered with the parish
• You attend Sunday Mass regularly and use parish envelopes weekly to indicate your Mass attendance
• You have a Stewardship Commitment card on file every year; and
• You honor your pledges of time, talent, and treasure.

Each registered parishioner received a mailing last week from the parish. Please take some time this week to sit down with your family and prayerfully fill out the enclosed Commitment Card, rededicating yourself to our Lord and return it on the weekend of October 14 and 15 or mail it to the Rectory using the envelope provided. If you did not receive this mailing, please stop by the Rectory and get one.

We thank you for your dedication to St. Cecilia Parish. May God bless you abundantly for your graciousness!

With gratitude,

Fr. Mark Taheny, Pastor
Mrs. Marian Connelly, Principal

Event Reminders

* 12:40 p.m. Book Club for Grades 7 & 8
* 2:30 p.m. Dismissal

* Sandwiches for the Hungry Collection
* 8:30 a.m. School picture retakes
* 11:15 a.m. Ancient Artifacts Gr 5 Room 19
* 1:15 p.m. Ancient Artifacts Gr 5 Room 18

* 9:30 a.m. Family Mass
* 9:30 a.m. Gr 2 Reconciliation Mass and Meeting

* 5:00 p.m. Men of St. Cecilia (MOSC) meeting

* 8:30 a.m. Kindergarten Open House for prospective families

Napa/Sonoma Fire Relief

Help for the Victims of the Napa/Sonoma Fires

Please consider helping and donating what you can.


Many families have been impacted by the fires in the North Bay and they need our help. Please bring ANY OR ALL the following items to the BBQ dinner on Monday, October 16th:

- Clothes
- Blankets
- Sheets
- Bedding
- Pet Food
- Water
- Canned Goods

We are coordinating with the Parish, School, and the Mothers Club to assist families in need and get them the critical supplies needed.
Thank you,
Chris MacDonald, President MOSC

Mothers Club:
Red Cross Donation with SCRIP!

In light of the ongoing need in Sonoma and Napa Counties, St. Cecilia SCRIP would like to donate gift cards to families in need. Starting Thursday special donation forms will be sent home and we will be collecting money for SCRIP Card donations.

We will focus on stores where families can get a variety of needs met: Target, Walmart, Kohls, Macys, SEARS, Ross, and JC Penny.
We are asking that you donate what you can keeping in mind that each card is a $25 value. The more we collect, the more we can GIVE!

Please make checks payable to: St Cecilia SCRIP.
Donations will be collected starting Friday, October 13 through next Thursday, October 19th.

Thank you for your support!

School News

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.

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 October 9:

Kindergarten Blue Shea Freeman
Kindergarten Gold Sloane McShane
Grade 1 Room 4 Denis Porter
Grade 1 Room 8 Edward Bannon
Grade 2 Room 1 Brendan Wachowicz
Grade 2 Room 3 Molly Maher
Grade 3 Room 2 Devin Baisman
Grade 3 Room 9 Annice Wong

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

7th Grade Book Club:
Today 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:
Today Wednesday, October 11th- at LUNCH
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

5th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, November 1st at LUNCH
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan or Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

6th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, November 1st at LUNCH
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

* 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

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.

SAVE THE DATE - Talk About Touching - Parent Meeting

There will be a parent meeting for those in grades K-4 who have not attended in the past 3 years. All new families from K-4 must have at least one parent in attendance. The meeting will be Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Church.


So that you can plan ahead, all students may wear costumes to school Monday, October 31. But, remember they must be simple so that the children can sit in their desks and can go to the restroom. NO VIOLENT CHARACTERS; NO BLOOD AND GORE; NO CROSS DRESSING! ALL COSTUMES MUST BE MODEST (no bare midriffs, no mini skirts, no low-cut tops) and in good taste.

No costumes are allowed which:
• show disfigurement of the human face or body
• depict boys dressed as girls or women
• imitate music groups or political groups that advocate violence
• depict “creepy clowns”
All must use sensitivity towards people of other cultures and those less fortunate. No students should have “weapons” as part of their costume.

Any child who comes to school with an inappropriate costume will be sent home to change. If children choose NOT to wear costumes, they must wear their school uniform.

All parents are welcome to the parade of classes at 11:10 A.M. in the schoolyard. In the afternoon, the eighth grade will sponsor a mini Halloween carnival for Grades K-3 in the auditorium. No money is necessary for this fun event!

Halloween Candy Guess

One guess for 10¢ and three guesses for 25¢. Student Council will be selling guesses at the morning recesses from Monday, October 17th through Friday, October 21st. Winners will be announced at the Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31th.

Parent Resource

This guide (for parents) may help you in case any of your children are having a hard time with the news of the Las Vegas shootings.


Crafting Night

It's never too early to start thinking about the Christmas Boutique! As promised at the first Mother's Club meeting, we will have a Crochet Night on Wednesday, October 18. This is a really great time to learn a hobby, meet some great moms, and contribute to the Boutique (all hats made this evening will be a donation to the Boutique).
If you are interested in having a really fun crafting night, please send your RSVP to Jean Roland at and bring with you the following: One skein (any color) of size 6 super bulky yarn and a size N or 9.00 mm crochet hook. Any brand of yarn will work for this project, if you want suggestions: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and Bernat Softee Chunky work well.
Everyone is welcome from novices to experts!
Once you RSVP, you will receive more details about the evening.
It will be fun!


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

Parish Athletics

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 were sent home 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

6th Grade Girls Soccer Coach Needed

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

Boys Basketball Tryouts

All tryouts will be held at St. Cecilia. If you are unable to attend your scheduled time, you must call Pete Franceschi at (415) 250 - 6800. If you do not attend the tryout, you may not end up on a team. Below is the schedule.

7th Grade Saturday, October 14 6:30 - 8:00
8th Grade Sunday, October 15 3:30 - 5:00
6th Grade Saturday, October 21 6:30 - 8:00
4th Grade Sunday, October 22 4:30 - 6:00
3rd Grade Sunday, October 29 2:00 - 3:30
5th Grade Sunday, October 29 4:00 - 5:30


Grand Award Winners

1st Prize $4000 Julia Howard
2nd Prize $1000 Mr. Stephen O’Kane
3rd Prize (5 Winners) $100 Siobhan Casey, The Ridley Family, M. Haskell, John and Kate McCaffrey, and Mrs. Melinda Moorley

Outdoor Fun Raffle

1st Prize Jane Kelly
2nd Prize Maggie Buchholz
3rd Prize Inanna Tamraz

Raffle Winners

Nintendo – Switch: Zoe Gainer
Compact Speaker: Katrice Leong
Irish Blanket: Mary Radanovich
Pavilion Party: Emily Cheng
Free Dress for a Week: Matthew Chow
Cookie Platter: Vicky P.

Cake Booth Winners

Congratulations to following classes who brought in the most items for the Cake Booth:
Grade 7 Room 23, Grade 1 Room 8 and Grade 1 Room 4.
The winning prize is teacher's choice of either Free Dress or Homework Pass for their class. The booth chairs appreciate all of the classes participating and making the Cake Booth very successful.

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

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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