St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 25 - 31, 2017

"See what love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God. "

1 John 3:1

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Lifelong Learners who demonstrate a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Father Mark Taheny would like to thank the families who have turned in their Stewardship Commitment Card. The parish is still in the midst of our annual Stewardship Renewal. If you haven’t returned your Commitment card, you still can mail or drop it off at the Rectory. Please take this opportunity to express your support for our parish with time, talent, and treasure!
Stewardship: Gratefully receiving God's gift of using my time, talent, and treasure to build up the kingdom of God.
Stewardship of Time: Using my time on earth wisely, making time for personal prayer, family prayer, and quality time with friends and loved ones.
Stewardship of Talent: Using God-given abilities to strengthen the Church and help others, especially through parish ministries and activities.
Stewardship of Treasure: The wise and just management of my financial resources, giving a proportionate amount of my income to the weekly parish offertory.
All three are equally important. May God bless you as you make your commitments.

On Sunday, October 29, at the 9:30 a.m. Family Mass, Bishop William Justice will install Father 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.

We will celebrate Halloween next Tuesday, October 31. You are invited to the parade beginning at 11:10 a.m. in the schoolyard. We look forward to our day of “Tricks or Treats.” Wednesday, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints. Please join us for Mass at 11:00 a.m. in the church. Please remember NO FREE DRESS on Mass day.

When celebrating your child’s birthday, the teachers ask that any treat brought in for a birthday celebration be a simple, safe food treat (no nuts, foods with “sticks”) that can be easily sent out at recess time. Please no drinks or gift bags. Napkins are always helpful.

With gratitude,

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Event Reminders

* Athletic Fundraiser Packets due – Please make sure child’s name is clearly written on the packet
* 8:30 a.m. Kindergarten Open House for prospective new parents

* Sandwiches for the Hungry Collection
* END of Quarter 1

* 6:00 p.m. Young Families Halloween Event – Lower Church

* 9:30 a.m. Fr. Mark’s Installation – Reception to follow in the Lower Church

* Author David Schwartz visits Grades K-5

Tuesday - Halloween:
* 11:10 a. m. Halloween Parade - Schoolyard

School News

St. Cecilia School Has Gone Social

St. Cecilia School has gone social! Did you know that St. Cecilia School was on Facebook, Twitter AND Instagram? Please be sure to follow us across all of our social media and stay connected with updates and photos throughout the year.

Children's Author to Visit

Author David M Schwartz will be visiting with students in Grades K-5 on Monday, October 30. As a math author and educator, David has traveled the world speaking to children, teachers and parents, and he’s learned that it only takes a moment to find mathematical learning opportunities and make math meaningful. There is no need to sign up for one more activity. The math is there, waiting to be found and enjoyed at home, in the store, at the park, in sports, on trips, in museums, zoos and nature centers – just about everywhere you go with your family.

David’s Math Moments columns ( have appeared in parenting magazines nationwide. They explore the many ways that parents and children can include math in everyday family life. Sports, cooking, museums, zoos, crafts, driving in the car, projects around the home - the possibilities are as unlimited as the activities families do together.

You can send David your family’s own “math moments”! With your permission, David will publish your stories and pictures in his blog, “A Million Ways to Do Math.”

Here are the Math Moments columns ( that have appeared in parenting magazines nationwide. David hopes they will encourage you to find and enjoy the everyday math that your family encounters. It only takes a moment! For more information and to read Math Moments please visit his website
We are looking forward to his visit!


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.

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 23:

Kindergarten Blue Sophia Crosby
Kindergarten Gold Aliyah Gutierrez
Grade 1 Room 4 Ryder James Heathcote
Grade 1 Room 8 Savannah McDonald
Grade 2 Room 1 Landon Russo
Grade 2 Room 3 Eleanor Buchholz
Grade 3 Room 2 Marc Borzoni
Grade 3 Room 9 Aiea Soriano

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
Tomorrow, 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


SC Restaurant Night - Wednesday, November 1st

Give back to your school while eating out! On Wednesday, November 1, Goat Hill Pizza on West Portal will donate a portion of the night's sales back to the school. This is for in-store or take out orders only (not delivery). Be sure to let them know that you are from St. Cecilia School!


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

Men of St. Cecilia

Father - Daughter Night: SAVE THE DATE

The MOSC Father-Daughter Night is scheduled for Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. There will be a photographer, face painting, caricaturists, dessert bar and a photobooth. The cost is $30 for dads, daughters $25. After October 31 ticket prices go up – dads $40 and daughters $35.

Please make checks payable to Men of St. Cecilia (MOSC) and drop off at the rectory.

Contact Mike Riordan at if you have any questions.

Parish Athletics

2017 Fall Fundrasier for Athletics - Orders Due TOMORROW

Please help us keep the CYO annual fees down by supporting our Genevieve’s Gift Sale which runs through Thursday, October 26th. Orders and money are due Thursday, October 27th. Catalogs went home Monday, October 9. Buy Christmas gifts and wrapping paper early. You can order online at Use our school account #12745. Renew your magazines that you already order. For more magazine choices go to Our access code is STCECILIASF. 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.

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

Any questions? Contact Phil Monares at

7th VS. 8th Grade Volleyball Challenge - Tomorrow

The Challenge will take place tomorrow night, October 26th beginning at 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.: 8-5 (Dalton) vs 7-5 (Kiernan/Vagenas)
7:00 p.m.: 8-3 (Mogannam/Jaber) vs 7-2 (LaRocca)
8:00 p.m.: 8-1 (Gallagher) vs 7-1 (Broderick/Angelopoulos)

Come out and root your team to victory!

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.

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 - THIS SATURDAY

St. Cecilia Parish families with children newborn to 5 years old are invited to a Halloween party and dinner this 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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