St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

February 05, 2020

"I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life."

John 8:12

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are socially responsible citizens who share their abundance with those who are less fortunate.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

Tuesday was a fun day at school as we celebrated the 100th Day of School for the 2019-20 school year. It’s hard to believe it’s already February! Not only have we been in school for more than half of the year, but we are also in the midst of flu season and it seems to be hitting our students hard this year! Just a reminder to please keep your child home if he/she has a fever. If absent, do your best to help your child get caught up with schoolwork in a timely manner and make sure to communicate with the classroom teacher.

You should continue to check SchoolSpeak to ensure all assignments and tests are made up. If you are picking up schoolwork after 3:30 p.m. please use the Extended Care door to enter the school building. The school office closes at 3:30 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation.


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's happening!

Wednesday, February 5
* 2:30 pm Dismissal

Friday, February 7
* Stickergrams due for distribution next Thursday!

Thursday, February 13
* Celebration of St. Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 14

Monday, February 17

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 February 3-7:

TK - Roisin Reidy
Kindergarten Blue - Gavin Horan
Kindergarten Gold - Samantha O’Kane
Grade 1 Room 4 - Dante Radavero
Grade 1 Room 8 - Leelee Finn
Grade 2 Room 1 - Kyana Chang Gaviola
Grade 2 Room 3 - Nicholas Sweeney
Grade 3 Room 2 - Alyssa Gutierrez
Grade 3 Room 9 - Rylan Downs


All completed stickergrams should be returned by February 7th (but sooner if possible!). Thank you for your support! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

Thank you once again to all our special guests who came to Grandparents/VIP Day on January 27th. Take a look through the photos from the day at Use the password: scirish.

Special thanks to our SCMC photographers: Jean Roland, Jessica O'Reilly, Luci Valentine (, Michon Spinelli, and Liz Nurisso.

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!
Purchase tickets at: and visit our website: to learn more.

With the help of every family in our SC Community, we can make this fundraiser a huge success! Even if you can’t be at the 80’s Prom, here are ways you can start helping our fundraising efforts:

Pre-Event Prom King & Prom Queen Contest
Spring Fundraiser packets went home this week! So much great information is right there at your fingertips including the Nomination Ballot for Prom King and Prom Queen! Fill it out now and nominate yourself or your favorite SC parent/guardian. Ballots must be turned into the office by Wednesday, February 12.
Contact: Yen Hui-Bytof, Pia Crosby, and Jean Roland at

Raffle Tickets
Raffle prizes this year include Principal For A Day, Free Extended Care for a year, 50/50, Free Dress Passes, SC Spirit Gear, and more. Each raffle ticket is $20 or 6 for $100.
Contact: Kelly Mitchell at or Lia Battaglia-Perez at

Wine & Spirit Squares
You can be a winner for only $50 a square! Just pick a number and you win the prize. Squares will be available at several SC events during the next few months or buy on-line now!
Contact: Andreliz McGlade at Stephanie Chigos at

Program Advertisement
Purchase half or full size page ads to commemorate a person or special event. It is a charming way to thank or congratulate someone special. It is also a great way to advertise awareness of your business to a strong community.
Contact: Jean Roland at

Employer Match
Many companies will match contributions. Simply ask your employer about matching!
Contact Yen Hui-Bytof at

Sponsorships are important to the success of the event. Sponsors will be recognized on our website, programs, and at the event.
Contact: Jean Roland at

Live Auction
Looking for donations from St Cecilia families. All donations are appreciated, some things we would love are:
Sports Tickets: San Francsico 49ers, Giants and Warriors
Vacation Stays: Lake Tahoe, Ireland, Russian River, Hawaii, Mexico, etc
SF Arts Tickets: SHN Musicals, ACT Plays, SF Symphony, SF Ballet
Contact: Jackie Moriarty at or Katie Talbott at

Silent Auction
We need your help to reach our fundraising goals. All donations are appreciated. Donations can also be a great way to market a business! Please share this with other friends or family members who may also be interested in donating. We especially would love:
• Vacation rentals
• Tickets to games or events
• Sports memorabilia
• Spa/Hair salon gift certificates
• Jewelry
• Electronics
• Restaurant gift certificates
• Summer camp vouchers
• Wine
• Birthday party venue vouchers
• Scrip Cards (the school benefits twice with the purchase and donation!)
Contact Amy Hunt and Vikki Abendroth at

Pay to Play
Host a themed party, class party, dinner party, wine tasting! Pay to Play is not only a fun way to participate in the fundraising but it has been extremely successful in the years past.
Contact: Teresa Cassidy at

Classroom Art Projects
Consider owning a very special piece of art created in collaboration with your child’s classroom. Get ready to bid in person the night of the fundraiser or during our online auction.
Contact: Anna Kearney at

With your support, this will be an awesome event!
Spring Fundraiser Co-Chairs:

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

For more information on any of these exciting fundraising efforts, visit our website

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

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.

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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