St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

November 22 - 28, 2017

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink."
Matthew 25:35

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

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

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

What a wonderful Multicultural Day we had last Friday! Thank you to Tara Moriarty and her committee who organized the Multicultural Day Showcase. Thank you to Jean Roland, Catherine Cashin, and Sheila Danabar for chairing the Multicultural Day Food Fest. Thank you to all the parents who donated food for the scrumptious multicultural luncheon that was enjoyed by all.

The Faculty and Staff of St. Cecilia School ask God to bless you and your families as we celebrate Thanksgiving!

Creator God, we are grateful for the gifts of life, friendship, compassion, and forgiveness that we share. We thank you for showing us how to return thanks by lives of service, by deeds of hospitality, and by concern for each other. We are grateful for the ways you have become visible to us in one another, in countless daily gifts that come our way, in the beauty and mystery of creation. Thank you, God, for gifts and givers, but most of all, for Jesus, the Gift of gifts!

Thank you for your continued generosity you have shown. You have given so charitably to our collections for the victims of the hurricanes, the Santa Rosa fires, St. Anne’s Home and our weekly Sandwich for the Hungry program. Many people have benefited from your kindness.


Mrs. Marian Connelly

Event Reminders

* 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
Extended Care CLOSES AT 3:00 p.m.


* NO School

* 12:30 p.m. Dismissal

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 - PAST DUE

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.

Children's Choir - Christmas Eve Mass

Those students interested in singing at the Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, December 24, please return the form to Sr. Margaret as soon as possible.

"INTO THE WOODS" Auditions and Callbacks - Saturday, December 2

It's that time of year again!
Drama Club is holding auditions and callbacks for students in Grades 4-8 to participate in our upcoming spring musical, Into the Woods Jr.!

All students interested in auditioning should turn in an audition form to the front office by Wednesday, November 29. On the day of auditions, Saturday, December 2nd, students should arrive at the auditorium at 10:00 a.m. All students should bring a water bottle, lunch, and a book to auditions. They do not need to prepare a song or monologue, but should come well-rested and in clothes they can move around in.

Auditions will go from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please note that NOT all students will be asked to stay for callbacks. Students who are asked to stay for callbacks will get an opportunity to call their parents to let them know and to take a lunch break from 1:00-2:00. If your child doesn't call to say they need to stay for callbacks, please come and pick them up promptly at 1:00 p.m. Being called back or not being called back is not an indicator of whether or not your student has been cast, it just means that the production team needs more time with them.

Please email Sarah Boone with any questions you may have at

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 20:

Kindergarten Blue Ronan O'Shea
Kindergarten Gold Brendan Kramer
Grade 1 Room 4 Alyssa Gutierrez
Grade 1 Room 8 Lauren Chow
Grade 2 Room 1 Desmond Uskert
Grade 2 Room 3 Bailey Moore
Grade 3 Room 2 Georgia Parr
Grade 3 Room 9 Vincenzo Borzoni

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.

Applications for Kindergarten and Grades 1-6 are now available in the school office.

Grades K-6: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 30

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, December 6th at LUNCH
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

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

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 13th at LUNCH
Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, December 13th at LUNCH
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

* 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


REMINDER - PLEASE RSVP to Mingle and Jingle

Come Jingle and Mingle with us on Friday, December 8th at the United Irish Cultural Center from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. RSVPs are due by December 1. A night for good friends, fabulous fare and holiday cheer you will not want to miss.


BOXTOP Winner = Grade 2 Room 3!

Congratulations to Grade 2 Room 3 for bringing in the most Box Tops! The class brought in 1095 box tops! The class wins a free dress day (teacher’s choice) and a sweet treat! Well done, Grade 2 Room 3! Please continue to save your box tops. There will be another contest in the spring.

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! A WISH LIST has been added to the Sign Up this year to make it easier to see what supplies are needed. Click here for the Sign Up Genius

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".

Next week, general information about the Boutique will be sent home to you, including raffle tickets for our CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE FAMILY BASKET.

For more information contact Jean Roland at

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.

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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