St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

November 8 - 14, 2017

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful."

Colossians 3:15

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Lifelong Learners who use technology responsibly for learning, communication, and enjoyment.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Thank you for meeting with your child’s teacher this week. When discussing the conference with your child, be sure to stress the positive aspects that were covered and be direct about any issues that were identified. If an action plan is in place, explain to your child what was arranged and consider the following:
1) Watch your child's behavior and check on classwork/homework.
2) Ask how your child feels about schoolwork and school in general.
3) Stay in touch with the teacher to discuss your child's progress.
4) Express appreciation as progress is made.

Also, a good way to continue a positive relationship with the teacher is to say "thank you" with a note or an email. Continuing to communicate with the teacher can play an important role in helping your child do better in school. When a child knows that parents and teachers are working together, the child will see that education is a high priority requiring commitment and effort.

Parents, thank you for your support of the SCRIP collection for the Santa Rosa fire victims. I would like to thank Heather Baria and Cara Canepa, Scrip moderators, and the Fenton Family for coordinating this collection. Bob Fenton is the District IX Director for FEMA, and he has been in constant contact with community members in Sonoma and Napa counties affected by the recent fires. As our school began collections of funds for the fire victims, Bob was able to assess where the funds our school community collected would be best served. Through his meetings with local officials, he came into contact with Linda Norman with the Diocese of Santa Rosa where he learned of the damage done to Cardinal Newman High School and St. Rose Elementary School, both had suffered the most damage. It was from this meeting that the Catholics Helping Catholics initiative started.

Linda told Heather that they had 155 students who had lost their homes. At the time, we had collected $15,000 to cover 150 gift cards. We were able to collect an additional $500 to ensure that each student was touched. On Monday, October 30, Heather traveled to Santa Rosa to meet with Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Linda Norman and Sister Mary Rose. We presented them with 155 student-decorated cards each attached to a $100 gift card for Target or Walmart. Linda will be working with the principals at the schools and getting the cards to the students affected by this tragedy.

There were lots of tears as Heather spoke with Linda and Sister Mary Rose, but also a lot of hope as the city begins the next phase of cleanup. The students at the high school were relocated to other campuses and it was their hope that the students at St. Rose would be going back to school on November 1 for All Saints Day.

As Santa Rosa continues the cleanup phase and moves toward rebuilding, it will be most important to keep this community in our prayers and thoughts and not forget them. We will revisit the opportunity to help out the community in the spring.


Thank you,

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Event Reminders

* STAR Testing
* 11:30 a.m. 7th vs. *8th Girls Volleyball
* 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
* Parent-Teacher Conferences

* STAR Testing
* Comfy Clothes-Spirit Day
* 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
* Parent-Teacher Conferences
* 12:45 p.m. Multicultural Rehearsal

* STAR Testing
* Blue & Gold Spirit Day
* Sandwiches for the Hungry Collection
* 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
* 12:45 p.m. Improv

* 10:30 a.m. Improv

*Holy Name Volleyball Tournament-Pavilion

Girls' Holy Name Tournament

Girls Spirit Days 2017

The St. Cecilia-Holy Name Girls’ Volleyball Tournament will be held on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 at the Durocher Pavilion To show our school spirit for all of our Girls’ Volleyball Teams we will have three spirit days and a rally.

Tickets for the tournament will be on sale each morning through FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th. Tickets are $2.00 each. Please put money in an envelope marked Holy Name Tournament. Please include the student’s name, grade, room number, and the number of tickets ordered. All players and spectators need tickets for the tournament. The proceeds from the tickets sold at school go directly to the St. Cecilia Athletic Program. Proceeds from the tickets purchased at the door are split with Holy Name. So please buy your tickets at school.

7th vs. 8th Grade Girls’ Exhibition Volleyball Game
The game will be held in the Durocher Pavilion beginning at 11:30 a.m. All classes will attend to cheer for our girls and show their school spirit. This is not a free dress day. 7th and 8th grade girls playing in the game should bring their volleyball uniforms (girls in full uniform - no spandex shorts) to change into at recess.

"Comfy Clothes/PJ Day"
Students may wear free dress as long as they wear ”COMFY” CLOTHES” or PJ’S. Remember to follow the free dress policy in the handbook. Examples of “comfy” clothes include sweats, jeans, sweatshirts or anything you consider “comfy”. All clothes should be appropriate for school. Students must wear closed toed shoes and socks. Be sure to wear shoes appropriate for the Pavilion.

Friday, NOVEMBER 10
Blue and Gold Day/Rally
Students may wear free dress as long as they wear Blue and/or Gold to show their school spirit. At the rally, all girls’ volleyball teams (grades 3-8) will be introduced. All team members are asked to wear their volleyball uniforms (all girls who played VB are to be in full uniform, Grades 3rd thru 8th - no spandex shorts) so they can be introduced to the school in their volleyball uniforms at the rally. The rally will begin at 11:15 p.m. in the Durocher Pavilion.


Holy Name Vs. St. Cecilia Tournament Schedule
St. Cecilia Pavilion
Sunday, November 12

12:00 p.m. 6th Grade (6-2/6-6 Combo)
1:00 p.m. 6th Grade (6-1))
2:00 p.m. 7th Grade (7-2/7-5 Combo)
3:00 p.m. 7th Grade (7-1)
4:00 p.m. 8-5 (includes Rose Ceremony)
5:00 p.m. 8-3 (includes Rose Ceremony)
6:00 p.m. 8-1 (includes Rose Ceremony)

School News

Kindergarten Sibling Application 2018-2019

Parents, do you have a child ready for Kindergarten (5 years old as of September 1, 2018)? Do you plan to enroll an older child in our school for the 2018–2019 school year? If so, click here for the Request for Sibling Application form.

This completed form is due in the school office by Friday, November 17. You will then receive an application packet on Wednesday, November 22. This packet must be returned by Friday, December 1. No child will be screened without a completed application packet. Once we have your completed application, we will send you a screening time for Friday, January 5.

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 5% discount if you purchase a yearbook by the end of November! 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 folders for 1st Quarter & Second Quarter! Some great pictures to upload would be photos from Halloween, SC sports games, or other SC events. 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: Ms. Mary Beth McLean at with any questions.

Citizens of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of November 6:

Kindergarten Blue Brooklyn Skeens
Kindergarten Gold Ava Maria Endo
Grade 1 Room 4 Matthew Chow
Grade 1 Room 8 Madeleine Porter
Grade 2 Room 1 Antonio Almanza
Grade 2 Room 3 Daniela Vinogradsky
Grade 3 Room 2 Michael Bradley
Grade 3 Room 9 Justin Mostasisa

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.

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

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

6th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 6th at LUNCH
Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

5th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 6th at LUNCH
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

* 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


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. On this day students get to try food from all over the world for lunch.

Please click here to sign up to bring a dish to share with the school. We will have food divided into regions around the world. Select the country/culture your dish belongs in and include the food type or description in the comments section.

If your country/culture is not on this list and you would like to head that region, please send an email to Jean Roland at Thank you for contributing to our multicultural event.

If you have any questions please contact Sheila at, Catherine at, or Jean at

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.

There will be a practice on Thursday, November 8 at 12:45 p.m. in the Pavilion.

For information on the talent showcase, please email Tara Moriarty at

Christmas Wreath: ANNUAL SALE!

The St. Cecilia Mothers Club
Annual Christmas Wreath Fundraiser

Fresh, fragrant, and handcrafted Christmas wreaths
that are sustainably harvested at Alpine Farms
in Washington State. Stop by the school office before or
after your Parent-Teacher conference to check out a sample wreath.

Order yours by November 15 and St. Cecilia School
will receive a portion of the profit from each order.
(Make checks payable to St. Cecilia)
All orders will be delivered to St. Cecilia
the week of December 4 and will be
distributed in the Collins Center.

For more information visit

You may also buy direct using the school code STCA
for delivery anywhere in the United States.

For questions, contact Teresa McLoughlin at

Birthday Book Club

Books may be purchased for $18 at any time to honor your child’s birthday or for a special dedication to a friend or loved one. All the books are donated to our school library.

Each class that donates 20 books will be awarded a free dress pass for the entire class. Each class that donates 25 books will also be awarded an ice cream party at the end of the school year!

Click here to view the current list of available books.
Click here to download the donation form.
Click here for more details on how the Birthday Book Club works.

Please contact Alexis Chavez ( or Katrina Tomeldan ( with any questions.


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

Christmas Boutique - Thursday December 7th

Preparations are on the way! If interested in volunteering on the day of the Boutique, please send me an email and I will put you on the list.

Some of our stations could use a bit of donation help too! We would welcome donations for our wrap station: holiday wrapping paper, ribbons, scotch tape, tissue paper, and sharpies of all colors! We could also use bags of candy. There are great candy sales going on this week! Or if you have leftover Halloween candy that you want off your hands? Bag them up and donate them to us!

Leave all donations on the bench near the front office marked "Christmas Boutique". Some have asked about donating Christmas funds to the Boutique, if you want to send funds to support the Boutique, make your check payable to St. Cecilia Mothers Club and put it in an envelope label “Christmas Boutique”.

For more information contact Jean Roland at

Project Full STEAM Ahead - UPDATE


New to the e-Newsletter!
Periodically, the e-Newsletter will include information relevant to the newly introduced STEAM program. STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math.
The STEAM-specific funds raised at last year's Mothers Club Fundraiser have already been put to work in the classrooms this year. Teachers have been able to acquire materials for new lessons including tower building in 6th grade, condensation inquiry in 5th grade, airplane exploration in 4th, and apple and pumpkin math and science experiments in 1st grade. Second grade just completed a project whereby they constructed an articulated hand model controlled by string (WAY COOL!) Kindergartners were extracting chlorophyll from leaves and the 7th and 8th grade looked into measurement systems in a new way.
These lessons have been made possible by the STEAM fund. Thank you, parents.


Students in grades 1-5 are enjoying learning how to code. Our coding instructors are from the Coder School in West Portal. Each week the students are being instructed on how to use Scratch and other programs. We are excited to see how the students will apply these skills in various projects.
Thank you parents for the funds for this program.

Convent Update

Parents Sean O’Neill and Jennifer Parr have been working in partnership with Mrs. Connelly and Mrs. Murphy on the Convent Project. Jennifer has begun creating an architectural design for the building and Sean is overseeing the building project. The first design has been presented to the Full Steam Ahead Parent Group and to the teachers. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger has been hired to complete a seismic study. More details to follow.

7th Annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park

An amazing and FREE science learning opportunity awaits:
The 7th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park is this Saturday, November 11. There will hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist.
When: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Nov. 11
Suggested Age: Families with kids 0-14

Parish News

SVDP Collection

The St. Cecilia Parish St. Vincent De Paul Society will be holding two collections. Please support these collections. All cans and clothes can be dropped off in the Collection Bins in the Church Vestibule. Please do NOT drop off these items at school.

Food Drive - Collection Bins will be found in the Church Vestibule on:
November 18, 2017 Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass
November 19, 2017 Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Mass

Clothing Drive (no household items only clothing)- Collection Bins will be found in the Church Vestibule on:
December 9, 2017 Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass
December 10, 2017, Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Mass

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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