St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 22, 2020

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God."

Matthew 5:9

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,

I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the long weekend, a nice Niners victory made it even that much sweeter! The teachers had a very productive workday on Friday. We were able to have some serious discussions about school goals and reflect on the many aspects of what is happening on a daily basis. Thank you again to those who filled out the WASC survey earlier last month as we used that (along with a survey completed by the 4th-8th graders) to help guide our conversations. As we continue to move through the accreditation process, we will share our findings with the greater community.

As another week begins, please remember to check that your child is in full uniform, hair is neat, and everyone is following the rules in the Parent-Student Handbook. As I mentioned last week, we have begun to see quite a few uniform violations and we are hoping to reign that in with your help. Have a wonderful week!


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's happening!

Wednesday, January 22
* 2:30 pm Dismissal
* 10:30 am Funeral Service for Stella Mogannam

Thursday, January 23
* 8th Grade Graduation Photos

Friday, January 24
* 7th Grade Confirmation Retreat (depart at 9:00am return on Sunday, January 26)

Catholic Schools Week
Celebrating our Community AND our Faculty, Staff & Volunteers

Sunday, January 26
* 9:30 am Family Mass - Donuts and Coffee in Lower Church

Monday, January 27
* Grandparentsí/Special Personís Day
* 12:30 pm Dismissal

Friday, January 31
* Multicultural Day

School News

Citizen of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of January 20-24:

TK - Elizabeth Ruegemer
Kindergarten Blue - Brian Crowley
Kindergarten Gold - Clotilde Mainella
Grade 1 Room 4 - Avry Vu
Grade 1 Room 8 - Piper Tran
Grade 2 Room 1 - Tyler Chen
Grade 2 Room 3 - Nathan Paller
Grade 3 Room 2 - Elizabeth Porter
Grade 3 Room 9 - Paul Ciaburro

Stickergram Pre-Sale - January 22-January 31

Students can send a friend a Valentine greeting by sending a Stickergram. This project is sponsored by our Student Council. The cost is 10 cents for each Stickergram. Students write their own special message to another SC student or staff. Stickergrams will be delivered to St. Cecilia Students and Faculty on Thursday, February 13th. Please CLICK HERE for an order form and return it by January 31, 2020.
All completed Stickergrams should be returned by February 7th (but sooner if possible!). Thank you for your support!
Happy Valentineís Day!

Last Open House of the Year

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.

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 ďApply for Financial AidĒ on the right side of the page which is under the ďParents & FamiliesĒ 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 Grandparentsí/Very Important Person Day on Monday, January 27th from 10:30am - 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.

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. 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

Restaurant Fundraiser: January 27

The next restaurant fundraiser will be Monday, January 27 at Trattoria da Vittorio on West Portal Avenue. When you order in person or by phone (not through 3rd party vendors), please mention SC for a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the school. As the fundraiser is both on a minimum day and grandparent's day, consider making a reservation for lunch and heading to Trattoria da Vittorio with your child's grandparent/very important person.

Spring Fundraiser
80ís Prom Forever Young
April 4, 2020

St. Cecilia School Mothers' Club is happy to announce our totally awesome Spring Fundraiser - 80ís Prom Forever Young! Tickets will go on sale soon!

As the committees are busy putting this amazing event together, pull out those prom dresses and prom pastel tuxedos/suits, and brush up on the cabbage patch, the wop, and the running man. If you want to help put this 80's vision together, please reach out to one of the Spring Fundraiser co-chairs. You won't want to miss this epic Prom!

Spring Fundraiser Co-Chairs:
Pia Crosby (2nd and 5th grades) and Yen Hui (K, 1st, and 5th grades)

BOX TOP Collection begins: DEADLINE FEBRUARY 21,2020!

Itís that time to send in all your BOX TOP clippings. The Class with the most BOX TOPS earned will receive a sweet treat and free dress that will be coordinated with their teacher.

However, this will be the last collection of physical, clipped Box Tops. Box Top is going electronic. What this means is that everyone must download the BOX Top Mobile App, which can be located at www.BTFE.COM. Once on the website, it will prompt you how to download the Mobile App and connect to our school (St. Ceciliaís). You may have already run across the ďplease scan box top markersĒ at the grocery store. If you already have the app, please keep scanning your receipts. If you havenít downloaded the app, please do so. Box Top feels this will be an easier and faster way to capture the earning for our schools and not having to worry about expired or miss counted clippings. Plus, you will receive all the updates on products and contests to earn for our school. You will also be able to see the earnings our school received for the year. BOX TOP wanted better transparency of the Program and what it does for our school.

So, Parents, please download the BOX TOP Mobile App and start scanning those receipts. Thank you all for your wonderful participation. Itís very much appreciated. If anyone has questions or concerns please feel free to email Bianca at
Thank you!
Bianca Coleman (Leila 5th & Charlie K-Gold).

Parish Announcements

Super Bowl Sunday Sock Drive

Please bring a pair (or pairs) of NEW socks to Mass on Saturday, February 1 or Sunday, February 2. Socks will be presented during Mass and blessed by the presiding priest. Throughout Catholic Schools Week (January 27-January 31) there will be a collection bin for new socks near the school front office.

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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