St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 8, 2020

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new has come!"

2 Corinthians 5:17

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are effective communicators.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Thank you all so much for the Christmas wishes and gifts, our faculty/staff and I are so fortunate to work in such a supportive, loving community. As we return back to school, I ask you to join me in welcoming a few new staff members to the family. We are happy to have Mrs. Alexandra Maliniak joining us as a second Resource Specialist and Mr. Felix Linares, who is joining us as our maintenance/custodian. Felix worked exceptionally hard over the break working to clean up the schoolyard and prepare the school for a wonderful start to the new year. When you see them around campus, please give them a huge St. Cecilia welcome!

As many of you are making resolutions for the new year, please remember to stay patient and courteous in the mornings and at dismissal. We live in a hurried world, but the safety of our children will always remain our highest priority. Please be respectful of each other on the road, follow the guidelines of drop off/pick up, and be thoughtful of actions as the children are always watching.

Iím excited to get the second half of the year going and pumped for the Holy Name Tournament this weekend. I hope to see everyone at SI on Sunday to support our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's happening!

Wednesday, January 8
* Student Body Mass: Mass of the Epiphany 11:00am
* 7th v 8th Grade Boys Exhibition Game: 1:30pm in Pavilion

Thursday, January 9
* Free Dress: Color Day

Friday, January 10
* Free Dress: Blue and Gold Day
* Rally at 1:30pm in Pavilion
* No School for Kindergarten students only

Friday, January 10- Sunday, January 12
* Prospective Kindergarten Screenings

Saturday, January 11
* Men of St. Cecilia Crab Feed

Sunday, January 12
* Holy Name Tournament at St. Ignatius - see schedule below

Wednesday, January 15
* 2:30 Dismissal
* Mothersí Club Meeting 7:00 in Lower Church

Friday, January 17
* No School for Students - WASC/WCEA Workday for Teachers

Monday, January 20
* No School - MLK Holiday

Thursday, January 23
* 8th Grade Graduation Photos

School News

Holy Name Tournament Week

Wednesday, January 8th: 7th v 8th Grade Boysí Exhibition Game

The game will be held in the Durocher Pavilion from 1:30pm - 2:30pm. All classes will attend to cheer for our boys.

Thursday, January 9th: Color Day

Each grade will be assigned a color. Students may wear free dress as long as they wear their grade color. Remember to follow the free dress policy in the handbook. All clothes should be appropriate for school. Students must wear closed toed shoes and socks. Be sure to wear shoes appropriate for the Pavilion.

TK: Orange
Kindergarten: Blue
1st Grade: White
2nd Grade: Red
3rd Grade: Green
4th Grade: Yellow
5th Grade: Gray
6th Grade: Black
7th Grade: Purple
8th Grade: Pink

Friday, January 10th: Blue and Gold Day/Rally

Students may wear free dress as long as they wear Blue and/or Gold to show our school spirit. At the rally, all boysí basketball teams (grades 3-8) will be introduced. All team members are asked to have their basketball uniforms here at school so they can be introduced to the school their basketball uniforms at the rally. The rally will begin at 1:30pm in the Durocher Pavilion. THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RALLY INCLUDE A FACULTY V. THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS KNOCKOUT GAME AND A FREEZE DANCE CONTEST FEATURING REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH HOMEROOM.

Tournament Tickets and Schedule

Tickets for the tournament will be on sale each morning until January 10th. Tickets are $2.00 each. Please put money in an envelope marked Holy Name Tournament. Please include: studentís name, grade, room number, and the number of tickets for the tournament. The proceeds from the tickets sold at school go directly to the St. Cecilia Athletic Program.
Tickets purchased at the door are $3.00 and tickets at the door are split with Holy Name.
So please buy your tickets at school.

Lost Items? You Need Labels!

Have you visited Lost and Found lately? Need help getting your kids organized? We've got something for you! For more information visit Mabels Labels. Search: St. Cecilia School - SC will receive 20% of all sales!

Friday Sandwiches for the Hungry

We have had great participation with sandwiches being brought in. Please remember to send in only PB&J sandwiches again this Friday!

Yearbook Orders

Capture your memories in this year's St. Cecilia School Yearbook!

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 Parent Submitted folders to help our yearbook crew collect memories from this year. You can also design custom pages for your child's individual book.

Please contact yearbook moderator Ms. Mary Beth McLean at with any questions.

Mothers Club

Save the Date: Monday, January 27th
Grandparents/Very Important Person Day!

SCMC and the school will be hosting Grandparentsí/Very Important Person Day on Monday, January 27th from 10:30 - 12:30pm. We realize that much of our studentís success can be attributed to the support they have beyond our school. We want to thank those special people by inviting them to join their students at SC for a brief visit to their classroom and at a special prayer service.

More details will follow in soon.

SAVE the DATE: Friday, January 31st

Every year our students have the opportunity to try foods from all over the world for lunch. We need full participation to make this annual favorite event a continued success!!! Start pulling out your recipes now and get ready to bring in a dish that represents your culture at this delicious event, and/or join us for the event by signing up to serve to the students. Itís one of the most fun volunteer opportunities of the year! Please sign up here to contribute food dishes, volunteer to serve, and more. For questions on the Food Fair, please contact Diana Zogaric at

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions. This is the link in case the hyperlink doesnít transfer over

Spring Fundraiser

Have you been hearing some buzz about the Spring Fundraiser? We are excited to share some fun details with you about the big event. Come to the Mothers Club meeting on January 15th for the big reveal of the Spring Fundraiser theme!

Contact: Pia Crosby (2nd and 5th grades) and Yen Hui (K, 1st, and 5th grades),

Volunteer Opportunities

Hot Lunch

Moms, Dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles! Hot Lunch is a fun way to volunteer at the school. Volunteers must complete the Live Scan fingerprinting and the Virtus online course first.

Any questions? Just ask Heather Baria:

Drive Through

Drive through volunteers ensure the safety of everyone during the drop-off and pick-up process in the school yard. Shifts are short and fun. Signup HERE.
Any questions? Please contact Elaine Lau


Upcoming Events

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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