St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

September 19, 2018

Principal's Note


Although we are still in the first weeks of the new school year, it is a good time to look back and appreciate what has been accomplished. In less than eight days, the Teachers, their enlisted helpers and Classroom Aides transformed classrooms and hallways into remarkable welcome centers!

The Construction Workers delivered the school on time and have remained to correct every flaw and leftover construction scar! They even improved the aging PA System. Thank you SC Builders!

Our eager learners returned to St. Cecilia filled with excitement to be with friends and move up into their new grades. STAR Testing is nearly complete. AMEN!

All programs, curricular and co-curricular are falling into a good rhythm. The annual St. Cecilia Parish Festival – St. Cecilia State Fair – is all the talk right now. Did you get your T-Shirt? If not see the news item below.

St. Cecilia’s visionary projects are being discussed, prioritized, and planned. As details are refined, we will be letting you all know the status of STEAM’s hopes and dreams and final phases of retrofitting. Until then, let’s move forward believing in our students, focusing on the excitement of their learning, and cheering all good things surrounding St. Cecilia School!


Mrs. Garcia

Information Bytes

Altar Server Training for NEW Servers Grades 5-8

Altar Server Training will take place in the Church on Monday, September 24th from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 25th, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Each Server must have already received First Holy Communion.

Confirmation Parent Volunteers Needed

Due to the size of our Confirmation class, we are looking for parent volunteers to be assist with chaperoning during these meetings and the Confirmation Retreat.

Please feel free to contact Lorna Feria at 415.370.7340.

Yearbook Orders

Capture your memories in this year's St Cecilia Yearbook! Order early and get 15% off the yearbook price if purchased by September 30!
Log in to your TreeRing account at to order!
If you are new, create an account by going to and entering our school's passcode: 1013442885293677. There, you can order a book and upload photos to the Family Submitted folder to help our yearbook crew collect memories from this year. You can also design custom pages for your child's individual yearbook! Two free custom pages are included with your order, with the option of purchasing more for a low price.
Yearbooks will be distributed in May.
Please contact yearbook moderator Ms. Mary Beth McLean at with any questions.

Student Book Club for 5th-8th Grades

We’ve started the Student Book Club for to 5th - 8th graders again this school year. Each grade has their own monthly meeting at lunch. We met last week to choose the books to discuss at our next meeting. Most grades have 2 books to choose from and students are responsible for getting their own book. Flyers with the book picks will be posted in their classrooms. If your child did not attend the previous meeting, they can still attend the following one. The only requirement is to read the book and show up for the meeting.
If you have any questions please contact: Mimi Pratt

5th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 10th at LUNCH
Book selections: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm -OR- Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bergman

6th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 10th at LUNCH
Book selections: Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly -OR- Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

7th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 17th at LUNCH
Book selection: The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

8th Grade Book Club:
Wednesday, October 17th at LUNCH
Book Selections: Ghost (Track) by Jason Reynolds -OR- The Crown’s Game by Andrea Beach

Drama Club - Improv

It's a new school year and St Cecilia School Drama Club is back for our fall Improv Class!

In this class, Student Actors will be learning exciting and challenging exercises over the next few months meant to develop performance, collaboration, and public-speaking skills. While we insist that students take the craft of acting seriously, we guarantee that we will be having lots and lots of fun! Improv is open to 4th-8th grade.

Please fill out this form and return it to the front office by Monday, September 24th to enroll your student!

Classes start on Saturday, September 29th.

Thank you!

- Katy Porter, Drama Coach
- Sarah Boone, Asst. Drama Coach

Mandarin Class

St. Cecilia's Parish offers weekly Chinese Class to St. Cecilia School children from Transitional Kindergarten to 8th Grade.
Beginners Class meets in Serra Room every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Intermediate Class meets in Serra Room every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Our next classes are September 19 and September 20.

Please Click Here for the registration form and flyer about the Mandarin Class. Tuition is $350 each semester.

Please contact Louise Foo, Coordinator of the Chinese Class, St. Cecilia's Parish, at, if you are interested.

Please note: We do not have class on minimum days and school holidays.

Festival News

STATE FAIR website!

Our Festival website is live Click Here to view it. The website allows you to explore the events and activities for the weekend. Check out the raffles, sign up to volunteer, learn about the silent auction and how to sponsor. This will be a wonderful weekend!


We are striving for 100% participation from all Saint Cecilia families! To start, we are looking for people to help with every aspect of the Festival from the Pan game, to rides, to the bier garden.
We are offering one SC free dress pass to each adult who individually works 3 shifts! Sign-up to volunteer today.

Please click here to sign up.

Books, DVDs, and Video Games

Ready to clear out your used books, DVD and video games? Bring your E rated items (E for everyone only) to the SC Festival book booth by dropping them at St. Cecilia School during regular business hours.
Please place donations on the bench outside the office.

Contact: Kathleen Fergus at with any questions.

Festival T-shirts - Last day to order - Thursday, September 20th

Festival free dress (festival t-shirts + free dress bottoms) will be allowed on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11. October 12, the children will be attending mass and must wear complete uniform.
Shirts are $15 each or $10 for 3 more more per family. Orders will be accepted through Thursday, September 20.

Please Click Here for the order form.

Chocolate and Candy! - September 21 - October 8th

It's time to start collecting donations for the Chocolate & Candy Booth! The class that donates the most Chocolate & Candy will receive a wonderful ice cream social with all the trimmings! Don’t miss out, donate today!

Here's how the contest will work:

Every class will be given a box with their Grade and Room Number
Boxes will be collected each week and replaced with new ones
1 point will be awarded for each bag (multi-serving please) donated with an extra point for chocolate and extra point for bags over 2 pounds
The class with the most candy donated will win an Ice Cream Social!

Contact: Beth Lucey or Kathleen McKeon

Schoolyard MOVIE Night: Saturday, September 29

We will host a Movie Night on Saturday, September 29, featuring Charlotte's Web. The movie will begin at sunset and concession stands will be open for snacks and beverages. Festival t-shirts and blankets will also be sold. Purchase tickets at the gate: $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Saturday, October 13 - 6:30pm - 7:30p.m. - Durocher Pavillion

Online sign up is now available for the Parish Spaghetti Dinner Click Here!
Grab your Friends & Family and be sure to reserve your seat soon - this event is sure to sell out.
For more information please contact Patty Coggan at

Sponsorship - Be a Grand Champion!

Be a Grand Champion, Best in Show, and a Ribbon Winner at the Festival.

Our school and parish communities are rock stars; we have demonstrated our generosity year after year. Help us continue rocking it into the new year, and become a sponsor of SC State Fair. It's easy for you to contribute, with a range of sponsorships from $150 - $1,000. Every bit helps, and matching grants from employers will help even more!
Contact Stephanie Dekker ( for more information.
(Click Here for the sponsorship form.)

Important Dates

Please see attached list of additional dates to remember for the SC State Fair here. CLICK HERE

See you at the Fair!

Festival Co-Chairs,

Janice Calonico, Michael and Alexis Heathcote, Ailish McVeigh, Colleen Mulkerrins

Please contact us at with any questions.

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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