St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 18 - 24, 2017

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Psalm 37:4

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Lifelong Learners who demonstrate a strong academic foundation.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

On Sunday, October 29, at the 9:30 a.m. Family Mass, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will install Fr. Mark Taheny as St. Cecilia Parish’s seventh pastor. A reception will follow. I hope you can put this on your calendar and witness this great event.

In light of the ongoing need in Sonoma and Napa Counties, St. Cecilia SCRIP will be donating gift cards to families in need. Last Thursday a special donation form was sent home. We will focus on stores where families can get a variety of needs met: Target, Walmart, Kohls, Macys, SEARS, Ross, and JC Penney. 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!

There has been a great response to the Greater Giving Scrip Online campaign, for the families affected by the Napa fires. Online giving alone has raised over $1200 in just 3 days (Thursday – Saturday) Please help us reach our goal: $100 to 100 Families! That's $10,000. Please share this link with family and friends - (Online donation has a 4.5% processing fee included). Any questions please contact Cara Garcia and Heather Baria at or at 415-713-1555 or 415-971-3055. We are also looking for more companies that might be interested in matching our donations! Thank you all for your generosity and we are looking forward to reaching our goal!!

Please remember cash or check payable to St. Cecilia SCRIP is also acceptable and we will be collecting until tomorrow, Thursday, October 19th.

Thank you for your support!

With gratitude,

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Event Reminders

* 8th Grade Retreat
* 7:00 p.m. Gr 4 Family Math - Auditorium

* Sandwiches for the Hungry Collection
* 8th Grade Retreat

* 8th Grade Retreat - Until 2:00 p.m.

* 12:30 p.m. Dismissal - Teacher In-Service

* 7:00 p.m. Talk About Touching Parent Meeting (K-4)

School News

4th Grade Family Math Night TOMORROW 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 School Auditorium.

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 16:

Kindergarten Blue Jack Walsh
Kindergarten Gold Joseph Rollandi
Grade 1 Room 4 Zoe Bell
Grade 1 Room 8 Natalie O'Sullivan
Grade 2 Room 1 Mary Anna Kushner
Grade 2 Room 3 Luke Goyhenetche
Grade 3 Room 2 Cecilia Wong
Grade 3 Room 9 Ethan Dawson

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 2018-2019 school year, please let the family know of our Open Houses.

There will be information in the eNewsletters on Wednesday, November 8 and November 15 if you have a sibling coming into St. Cecilia School next year.

Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Presentation and Tour
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

“St. Cecilia School mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits student of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or make available to students at this school. St. Cecilia School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.”

Student Book Club

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

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, November 15th at LUNCH
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, November 15th at LUNCH
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

* 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

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 Tuesday, 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 23rd through Friday, October 27th. Winners will be announced at the Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31th.


Crafting Night - TONIGHT!

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 TONIGHT, 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

Multicultural Day: What Dish or Talent Will you Share?

Every year St. Cecilia School celebrates the many cultures that make up our community through educational activities, a talent showcase, and a food fair. This year’s Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, November 17.

Talent Showcase

Can you hula? Yodel? Or play an Irish ditty on the mandolin? We are looking for students to share their unique cultural traditions for our annual talent show. Help your children reflect on their cultural traditions as they share a song, a dance, a poem, at our talent showcase. For information on the talent showcase, please email Tara Moriarty at

Save the Date: Christmas Boutique - Thursday December 7th

The Christmas Boutique will be here before you know it! It is a fabulous event for the kids to pick out their own special presents for their loved ones.

Save the date now to volunteer on the day of the Boutique (Thursday, December 7). More ways to help with the Boutique will be coming soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Jean Roland at

Parish Athletics

2017 Fall Fundrasier for 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.

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

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

Archdiocese of San Francisco

On October 7, at the special Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please join us in prayer daily.

Prayer of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

"O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when you appeared in Fatima one hundred years ago,
you desired that the Church should take refuge
in your Immaculate Heart as a means that leads to Jesus,
who is the way to the Father.
Heeding your call, we entrust ourselves,
our families, and our archdiocese to the care and protection of your Immaculate Heart.
As we prepare ourselves,
through humble expressions of devotion,
for the Consecration of our Archdiocese to your Immaculate Heart,
inspire in us the longing to know, love, and follow your beloved son Jesus Christ.
We ask that you help us imitate your spirit of generosity in doing God’s will
and your example of serving others selflessly, so that,
having found God’s abundant grace here on earth,
we may one day be led to the everlasting joys of Heaven."

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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