St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

November 15 - 21, 2017

"The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need."
Pope Francis

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are socially responsible citizens who demonstrate civic responsibility.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Multicultural Day is this Friday. Come and see a great show of talent and bring a dish representing your culture for all to share. The talent show begins at 8:30 a.m. The Prayer Service is at 11:00 a.m. in the church. Please join us.

We need every family to bring in a dish representing their culture. We need more food dishes for this event. This is a last call for food and volunteers. Please click on this link Sign Up and you will be directed to the sign up sheet. Some countries/cultures are requesting specific help and dishes, so please look it over and help where you can. Thank you for making this event memorable!

Bring food items to the auditorium on Friday. Students may wear free dress representing their culture on Friday.

Finally, the students finished taking the second STAR test this week. Results will go home Friday. Please keep the results but return the envelope by Wednesday, November 22.

Thank you,

Mrs. Marian Connelly

Event Reminders

* Little Sisters of the Poor Collection
* 12:40 p.m. Book Club: 7th and 8th Grade

* Little Sisters of the Poor Collection
* 8:30 a.m. Field Trip Gr 6-16: Rocks on the Move

* LAST DAY Little Sisters Collection
* Sibling request
* Sandwiches for the Hungry Collection
* Multicultural Day
8:30 a.m. Talent Show
11:00 a.m. Prayer Service

* Improv Island - Auditorium
Advanced Class: 12 p.m.
Beginning Class 2 p.m.

* 11:30 a.m. 40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration: Gr 3

* 8:30 a.m. Open House for prospective K-6
* 8:30 a.m. Field Trip Gr 4: Children’s Creativity Museum
* 9:00 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration Closing Mass Gr 3

School News

Announcing Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

St. Cecilia School is pleased to announce the creation of a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. TK acts as a bridge between a more flexible learning environment and the more structured academic setting of today’s kindergarten classrooms. TK smooths the transition from Preschool to Kindergarten.

The 2018-2019 St. Cecilia School TK program is designed to meet the needs of students who:
• Turn 5 on or after September 1, 2018.
• Have a 2018 summer birthday but may need the “gift of time” to be ready to meet the social and academic expectations of kindergarten.

TK classes offer learning opportunities that use smaller group settings, hands-on learning, and a language-rich environment to prepare students for school success. Our TK classroom will provide an environment that is engaging, age appropriate, and promotes interaction, communication, spiritual growth, and learning.

Our TK will blend social and emotional experiences with academic learning. The children will not only learn essential pre-literacy, pre-math and other cognitive skills, but also develop social and self-regulation skills needed to succeed in school. The class will be taught by a credentialed teacher.

Please email Mrs. Connelly ( stating your interest in applying for the 2018-2019 Transitional Kindergarten Program.
Be sure to include your name, along with your child’s name and birthday.

Kindergarten Sibling Application 2018-2019 Due THIS Friday

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.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 13 - Mandatory Parent Meeting Grs 4-8

St. Cecilia School will be showing the documentary Screenagers on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. This showing will be mandatory for all parents of students in grades 4-8. At least one parent must attend. Screenagers is a documentary that will likely strike a chord with many parents. It explores how students interact with each other using electronic device (smartphones, computers, social media, etc.) and looks at whether parents can - or should - try to limit or control this behavior. Many experts share their thoughts on the topics the movie covers, which include tech addiction, violent video games (some clips from the games are shown), digital citizenship, and more. It's sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible tech use.

Improv Island - THIS Saturday, November 18

Drama Club invites you to join us for an afternoon of improvisational games and scenes on Improv Island this Saturday, November 18th in the school Auditorium.
Advanced Class performs at 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Class follows at 2:00 p.m.

$5.00 Donation Requested for Admission with $1.00 Concessions

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 13:

Kindergarten Blue Tyler Chen
Kindergarten Gold Porter Klinefelter
Grade 1 Room 4 Emma MacDonald
Grade 1 Room 8 Brennan Lewis
Grade 2 Room 1 Bridget Mullen
Grade 2 Room 3 Sylas Garcia
Grade 3 Room 2 Christina Moriarty
Grade 3 Room 9 Grace Burke

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

8th Grade Book Club:
TODAY, 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

Little Sisters of the Poor Collection - Through THIS FRIDAY!

The Little Sister of the Poor Collection ends this Friday. The items needed are:
Body Wash
Denture Adhesive
Ensure (Nutritional Shake)
Body Lotion
Denture Cleaner

These items are for the senior citizens residing at St. Anne’s Home for the Elderly which is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Please have your child bring in items to their classrooms.
Thank you for your generous contributions.

LITPIX - Creativity in our School!

It is almost time for our first LITPIX of the year. This year our theme is Creativity in the School! We would like to celebrate all the wonderful art and writing that our students do here at St. Cecilia School. All work submitted must have been done at school.

Submissions can be sent to Luke W., Commissioner of Publicity, in Grade 7 Room 24. All work must be turned in by Friday, November 17.


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: ORDERS DUE TODAY!

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

Lunch Volunteers

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!

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

The response for volunteers on the day of the Boutique has been amazing. Thank you everyone for your time! All volunteer spots are filled.

Donations for our wrap station are needed: holiday wrapping paper, ribbons, scotch tape, and sharpies (fine and thick) of all colors! We could also use bags of CANDY. We will take all kinds of wrapped candy!

Leave all donations on the bench near the front office marked "Christmas Boutique" If you would like to donate Christmas Funds to the boutique, please send a check into the office payable to St Cecilia Mothers Cub in an envelope marked "Christmas Boutique".

Information about purchasing raffle tickets for the Christmas Family Basket will be coming shortly!

For more information contact Jean Roland at

Mingle and Jingle - Save the Date

The Mingle Jingle is Friday, December 8th at the United Irish Cultural Center at 6:00 p.m. The invitations will be emailed this week.

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


An Afternoon of Music

On Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Anne of the Sunset Church a benefit concert in support of the Cardinal Newman High School Community affected by the Northern California Fires will be held. Featured performers include Dolce Show Choir from Mercy High School, San Francisco; Riordan High School Men’s Chorus; St. Anne School Choir; and the Riordan High School Jazz Band.
This is a free concert.
Proceeds from the “at-will” donations taken at the concert will go to the Cardinal Newman High School Community. The following are ways one can contribute: cash donations of any amount and gift cards of any amount.
For more information about the concert please contact Laura Flaviani 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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