St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 16, 2020

"Intelligence plus character - that is the true goal of education."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are active Christians who participate in service to the Church, to family, and to local communities.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

What a great Spirit Week last week and a fun-filled Holy Name Tournament on Sunday. We are all proud of the boys and the good sportsmanship that was shown on the court. Well done, everybody!

Last week, as we returned back to school, I reminded parents of the importance of safety during arrival and pick-up from school. I have another reminder for everyone this week, this time about uniforms. I have noticed more uniform violations as we've returned back to school: necklaces, rings, nail polish, shoes, hair cuts/color, etc. Students should be in uniform each day they are at school. To help make sure that everyone has the sizes needed, the Mothers Club will be hosting a UNIFORM EXCHANGE at the meeting tonight. If you’re starting to notice holes in pants or sweaters, or just need to move up a size, please head to the meeting and participate in the exchange. Thank you in advance for your help with this.


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's happening!

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

Friday, January 17
* No School for Students (WASC/WCEA Workday for Teachers)
* TK Screening

Monday, January 20
* No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thursday, January 23
* 8th Grade Graduation Photos

School News

FunRun Fundraiser Update

The Athletic Department and I wanted to fill everyone in on the outcomes of the FunRun from earlier this year. We ended up raising a grand total of $76,455.52. We thank you all again for your amazing generosity and willingness to help participate on the day of the event. In efforts to be transparent and share with you the allocation of those funds, I’m excited to announce that the first purchases have been made using the money:

* new Girls’ Basketball uniforms to be unveiled this spring.
* new/replacement jerseys were bought for Girls’ Soccer
* equipment to restock volleyballs and soccer balls for team use

We will continue to fill you in on how funds are going to be used moving forward. Thank you again for your support!

Citizen of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of January 13-17:

TK - Poppy Gallagher
Kindergarten Blue - Anneke Farrell
Kindergarten Gold - Darien Gines
Grade 1 Room 4 - Isabella Mogannam
Grade 1 Room 8 - Gaelen Gooch
Grade 2 Room 1 - Aliyah Gutierrez
Grade 2 Room 3 - Sofia Tamburro
Grade 3 Room 2 - Patrick Ciaburro
Grade 3 Room 9 - Maya Lehto


Our last Open House for prospective families coming into grades 1-6 is next Tuesday. If you know of anyone interested in their children attending St. Cecilia School for the 2020-2021 school year, please let him/her know of our Open House.

Grades 1-6 Tuesday, January 28 - 8:30a.m-10:00 a.m. Presentation and Tour

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

Book Club 2020!

Below are the selections for the first Book Club meeting of the school year. For more information please find a flyer outside of Room 7. Meetings are during lunch time in Room 7.

Book Selections
5th grade: Loot by Jude Watson
6th grade: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Meeting Dates
5th grade: Tuesday, January 28th from 12:25 - 1:00 pm.
6th grade: Tuesday, January 21st from 12:25 - 1:00 pm.

Archdiocesan Family Grants

The Archdiocese has chosen TADS to process applications for the Archdiocesan Family Grant tuition assistance program. To apply for an Archdiocesan Family Grant, parents should go to the TADS website, Once on their homepage click the link “Apply for Financial Aid” on the right side of the page which is under the “Parents & Families” heading. Once you have completed filling out the online form, submit it and your application will be processed. The deadline for completing the application for elementary school assistance is April 15, 2020.

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

Grandparents/Very Important Person Day: Monday, January 27th

SCMC and the school will be hosting Grandparents’/Very Important Person Day on Monday, January 27th from 10:30am - 12:30pm. We realize that much of our student’s 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.

Multicultural Day

Every year St. Cecilia School celebrates the many cultures that make up our community. This year, Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Students will share their unique cultural traditions on stage at the Multicultural Showcase. Help your children reflect on their cultural traditions as they share a song, dance, poem, or other talent to showcase their culture. Rehearsal schedule will be announced soon. Please contact Denise Hammond at or information on the Multicultural Showcase Access Form HERE.

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. It’s 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 doesn’t transfer over

Spring Fundraiser Reveal TONIGHT!

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 tonight for the big reveal of the Spring Fundraiser theme!

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

Wine & Spirit Squares

The SC Spring Fundraisers committee will be selling Wine & Spirit Squares at the Mothers Club meeting! For only $50 a square, everyone walks away a winner! Bring your cash, check books, and credit cards.
Contact: Wine & Spirit Squares Co-leads, Andreliz McGlade ( or Stephanie Chigos (

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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