St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

February 12, 2020

"All great achievements require time."

Maya Angelou

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Students at St. Cecilia School are socially responsible citizens who express awareness of global, national, and local situations.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

A couple of weeks ago, as a school we celebrated Multicultural Day with an amazing talent show and a feast of food from around the world. Now, we are in the midst of Black History Month, an opportunity to celebrate a rich culture and shine a spotlight on some of the most influential Americans in US History. Learning more about individuals who aren’t discussed often enough affords us a moment to reflect on where we are as a community, where we’ve come from, and what we believe in.

For those of you who know a lot about the topic, please share your knowledge with your children; for those who know less, take this opportunity to read and learn alongside your child. I hope that we can all grow this month and show our children how to be lifelong learners and how to have meaningful conversations about a variety of topics.


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's happening!

Wednesday, February 12
* 2:30 pm Dismissal

Thursday, February 13
* Celebration of St. Valentine's Day!
* Free Dress - Red, Pink, or Valentine’s Theme

Friday, February 14

Monday, February 17
* NO SCHOOL: Happy Presidents' Day!

Friday, February 18
* Athletic Shoe and Equipment Exchange

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

Spring Concert: Save the Date!
The St. Cecilia Spring Choral Concert will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.
All students in Grades 2, 4, 6, and 7 will be singing. More information will follow. See you then!

School News

Online Reviews

A recent web search regarding our school brought me some interesting results. I came across sites such as GreatSchools and Yelp where the reviews of St. Cecilia School are quite dated. If you have a moment please take a look and perhaps make a comment or two. As we continue to draw input from the school and community at large, your opinion is important to us. Thank you. CU

Calling ALL Irish Dancers!

If you would like to dance at the Saint Patrick's Dinner on Saturday, March 7th, please email Ann Baglin at
We will have a practice on Monday, February 24th from 12:30-2:00pm in the Pavilion (This is a minimum day).
This will be our only practice, so if your child wants to participate in the show, they MUST be at this practice. Also, every child who would like to perform must be enrolled and attending lessons at a local Irish Dance School.
Please make sure your child brings a lunch and his/her dance shoes to the practice. If your child attends Extended Care, please send a note excusing him/her to go to this practice.

Citizen of the Week

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of February 10-14:

TK - Marquez Talbott
Kindergarten Blue - Harper Kozak
Kindergarten Gold - Nicolas Balzano
Grade 1 Room 4 - Abigail Frankel
Grade 1 Room 8 - Connor Kerbleski
Grade 2 Room 1 - Shane McGuigan
Grade 2 Room 3 - Christopher Moreno
Grade 3 Room 2 - Alexander Pasztory
Grade 3 Room 9 - Mia Otellini

The BASIC FUND 2020 Tuition Assistance Program

The BASIC Fund is a privately funded program dedicated to broadening the educational opportunities for children by helping low-income families afford the cost of tuition at Bay Area private schools. The BASIC Fund scholarships are based on household size and income. Scholarships cover 25%, 50%, or 75% of the family portion of the school’s tuition, up to $2,000 per year per student. The family is responsible to pay the remaining tuition balance which needs to be at least $500 for each school year. The following is important information regarding The BASIC Fund program process. Please read carefully and we welcome any questions you may have. For more information please click here.

New Applications
BASIC Fund applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available online at The deadline is March 18, 2020. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Applications must be complete to be considered. Complete applications submitted after the March 18th deadline will be placed on a waitlist and awarded periodically through the summer of 2020, if funds become available.

Current Renewing families wanting to apply for new siblings must complete a new application. The family must contact The BASIC Fund directly to request a unique link to have access to the application. Families must also meet the deadline of March 18, 2020. If the application is received after the deadline, the application will be placed on a waitlist with no guarantee that the new sibling will receive a scholarship.

Renewing Families
Renewing families will be emailed an application link and instructions to complete their online renewal application in March 2020. The Deadline for renewals is April 17, 2020.

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

Athletic Shoe and Equipment Exchange

Do your kids grow out of their athletic shoes between seasons?
Drop off your gently used athletic shoes and equipment on the bench between now and Tuesday, February 18th. Then come by for our Shoe/Equipment Exchange in the Lower Church on Tuesday, February 18th from 3-4pm. Please be mindful and drop off only shoes/equipment that are in good condition.
For questions contact Diana at:

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).

Spring Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for this epic 80’s Prom Forever Young!
Purchase tickets at: or visit our website: to learn more.

Sponsor a Teacher
This year, tickets for teachers and clergy are complimentary. If you would like to sponsor a teacher, aide, or other school staff member, please email to make those arrangements.

Prom King and Queen Contest
80’s Prom Forever Young seeks a Prom King and Queen! It’s not too late to enter yourself or another parent to represent your grade of choice Download the form here and email by the end of today - fill it out now!

This will be the only pre-event fundraiser this year, replacing the pre-parties and Raise-the-Paddle. So dig deep and purchase your votes for your Prom King and Queen choice - voting will begin February 14! Grades will receive incentives throughout the contest. Top pledging grades will win grand prizes in the end. Remember to check the Spring Fundraiser webpage on Friday for the first round of nominees!

Classroom Art Projects
Every class needs a project lead to start working on this year's art auction project. Join in on this year's spring fundraiser by creating a piece of art with the whole class.
Contact: Anna Kearney at

Thank you to all who have already made generous donations to our event, including our most recent sponsors:
Thank you to Juice Portal & Toast Eatery for sponsoring our Footloose DJ & Live Entertainment
Thank you to the Dilleshaw Family for sponsoring our Say Anything Photobooth
Thank you to Edna Hoo at Compass Real Estate for sponsoring our Stand By Me Dessert Bar

Sponsorships are important to the success of the event. Take a look at the packages and join in on the action. For more information, click here to link to the webpage.

Contact: Jean Roland 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!)
For more information, click here to link to the webpage.
Contact Amy Hunt and Vikki Abendroth 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

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

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

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

Parish Announcements

Girl Scout Cookie Season

Girl Scout Cookie Season is finally here again, and this year we have three SC Girl Scout Troops selling cookies (Troop 31223, 62769 and 62677)! If you would like to support our Troops or just love those delicious cookies, we will be selling at school dismissal tomorrow, Thursday, 2/13 and the following Fridays, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6 and 3/13.

We can be reached at should you have any questions

Saint Cecilia's Chinese Club THIS SATURDAY

SAINT CECILIA’S CHINESE CLUB will have its annual Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration this 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.

40th Annual St. Patrick's Dinner and Concert Celebration

The 40th Annual St. Cecilia Parish St. Patrick's Dinner and Concert is Saturday, March 7th in the Durocher Pavilion. Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Adults $25
Children Under 18 $10
Children 5 and under FREE with a ticketed Adult

Contact: Stephanie Reidy (415-425-0202) or for more information or tickets.

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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