St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

January 29, 2020

"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great
at whatever they want to do."

Kobe Bryant

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are effective communicators.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

Happy Lunar New Year! Last week there were several wonderful classroom parties to celebrate the Year of the Rat - it was a great pre-party to our Catholic Schools Week events. On Monday, we were so grateful to have so many visitors for Grandparents’/VIP Day! I know that the students had an amazing time showing off their classrooms to their special guests. Thank you to everyone who helped in preparation for the day and to make sure that everything ran smoothly. A special thanks to Sharon Shea, Maureen Horan (Alumni Director), and Melissa Lewis who all put in tons of work to make sure that the event would go off without a hitch. Well done! We will continue the festivities on Friday with Multicultural Day!

Looking ahead: The third STAR testing window will open next Monday, February 3rd and continue through Thursday, February 13th. When analyzing these tests, it isn’t always the overall score that we are focused on, but rather the growth a student has made since the beginning of the year. So, please remember that this will be another opportunity to see how much growth has happened to date. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your teacher (or me) to discuss in more detail.

I hope everyone has some plans to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday - Go Niners!

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's happening!

Wednesday, January 29
* 2:30 pm Dismissal
* 2:45-4:00 pm Multicultural Day Rehearsal

Friday, January 31
* Multicultural Day
** Free Dress: Let’s celebrate St. Cecilia’s many cultures and San Francisco’s many cultures coming together to celebrate Multicultural Day and the San Francisco 49ers!!! Students may wear costumes or colors of countries representing their national heritage or 49er gear. We will celebrate everything San Francisco as the 49ers win the 54th Super Bowl - GO NINERS!

Tuesday, February 4
* 100th Day of School (only 80 days left :-)

February Music Concerts are just around the corner so mark your calendars. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 2/19
8:30 a.m. Grade 6
10:10 a.m. Grade 2 and Kindergarten
1:10 p.m. Grade 4

Monday, 2/24
8:30 a.m. Grade 3
10:30 a.m. Grade 7 and 8

Tuesday, 2/25
8:30 a.m. Grade 5
10:10 a.m. Grade 1

School News

Citizen of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of January 27-31:

TK - Sawyer Manning
Kindergarten Blue - Melia Vickery
Kindergarten Gold - Olivia Rollandi
Grade 1 Room 4 - Marley Hui-Bytof
Grade 1 Room 8 - Tanner Manning
Grade 2 Room 1 - Brandon Ibarra-Rivera
Grade 2 Room 3 - Leonardo Mainella
Grade 3 Room 2 - Joshua Engel
Grade 3 Room 9 - Madeleine Mauberret

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 Valentine’s Day!

Super Bowl Sunday Sock Drive

Please send a pair (or pairs) of new socks to school on Thursday, January 30 or Friday, January 31. We will send the collection to Church where it will be presented during Mass on Sunday, February 2nd and blessed by the presiding priest.

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! PLEASE CLICK HERE!

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

We want to share a very special thanks to all our special guests who attended our 2nd Grandparents/VIP Day on Monday, January 27th. The love and support these special people offer our students and families is such an important part of our extended SC community. Thank you also to:

* Those special people who were with us in spirit or not able to be with us on Monday
* Our school administration, teachers, and staff
* Fr. Rene Ramoso and Deacon Rory
* Our Board of Commissioners, Class Representatives, and all our students
* The St. Cecilia School Mothers' Club
* All our volunteers
* Maureen Horan, St. Cecilia School Alumni Director
* Felix, our new school janitor, for supporting our campus and the parking for the day.

Thank you for making it a wonderful event and day of celebration. Pictures from the day will be shared soon.

Multicultural Day

Every year St. Cecilia School celebrates the many cultures that make up our community. This year, Multicultural Day will be held this 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.

Rehearsals are TODAY, Wednesday, January 29th, 2:45-4:00pm p.m. at the Pavilion. 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
80’s Prom Forever Young
April 4, 2020

Come relive your prom or go to the prom for the time! 80’s Prom Forever Young will be epic. Tickets will go on sale soon!

As the committees are busy putting this amazing event together, we are looking for volunteers to help. Please reach out to one of the Spring Fundraiser co-chairs if interested in putting this 80's vision together. 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!

It’s 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. Cecilia’s). You may have already run across the “please scan box top markers” at the grocery store. If you already have the app, please keep scanning your receipts. If you haven’t 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. It’s 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.

Saint Cecilia's Chinese Club

SAINT CECILIA’S CHINESE CLUB will have its annual Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration on Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Lower Church. ALL ARE WELCOME!
A catered dinner buffet and desserts will be served by Lava Lounge (Chef Ken).
Cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Children 4 years old and under are free.
Payment can be made via check (c/o Soleil Louie, Grade 3, Rm 19), PayPal at or via Venmo at @tuyetO.

Capacity is limited, only guests with reservations will be seated. No walk-in tickets are sold.
Please RSVP at or via phone at (415) 570-3876.

Cub Scout Pack 108

Some exciting things have been happening this year with Cub Scout Pack 0108, which is comprised of students of St. Cecilia. The group meets at school and has helped out throughout the year at different events, including helping keep the school yard, pavilion, auditorium, and lower church clean during Festival week as our Green Team. A photo was shared from one of their recent troop outings that is worth sharing.
Always nice to show off another amazing thing that is happening in the School/Parish!

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

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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