St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

Septermber 11, 2019

"Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."
Philippians 2:4

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who participate in service to others and are responsible citizens who share their abundance with those who are less fortunate.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

It's been a few weeks now, and students are already into their routine for arrival, recess, lunch, and class schedules! Teachers have been working hard to make the first few weeks fun, while still making sure to challenge the students as they gain comfort in their new classes.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the Parish Picnic on Sunday (details below). The Men's Club has generously announced that SC Students will receive a free swim band compliments of the Men's Club. It's sure to be a fun time!

A gentle reminder to please avoid using the rectory parking lot for morning drop off and afternoon pick-up. We are working hard to make drive-thru move quickly, so please remember to place your family name tag on the dash so we can keep the kids coming.

Thanks, and have a wonderful week!

Mr. Chris Uskert

School News

Citizen of the Week

Each week a student from each primary classroom (K-3) will receive the Citizen of the Week award. The student will receive a badge, a certificate, and his/her picture will be displayed on the Citizen of Week Bulletin Board on the first floor.

Congratulations to our Citizens of the Week for the week of September 9:
TK - Blake Leese
Blue - Allison Deihl
Gold - Giada Uang
Gr 1 Rm 4 - Abigail Han
Gr 1 Rm 8 - David Emanuel
Gr 2 Rm 1 - Gavin Fernandez-del-Campo
Gr 2 Rm 3 - Giovanni Monge
Gr 3 Rm 2 - Joshua Dulay
Gr 3 Rm 9 - Noelani Hurley

Music Department News

Mr. Lyle Sheffler has one opening in his Guitar studio for a 2nd, 3rd, or 5th grade student. For more information, please contact Mr. Sheffler at

Lunch Supervision

We are in need of multiple lunch supervisors who can be out on the yard watching the children as they eat and play. Supervision will be broken into shifts between 12:00 pm and 1:15 pm. If you are able, this is a great way to volunteer at school and see the kids having fun, playing with their friends and enjoying lunch. You can volunteer once a week all the way to five times a week. Please think about it, you won’t be disappointed when you get the chance to be out there with the kids! All volunteers will need to complete the Virtus online course and Live Scan fingerprinting.

If you are interested, please contact Mr. Uskert at

Yearbook Orders

Capture your memories in this year's St. Cecilia School Yearbook! Order early and get 15% off the yearbook price if purchased by September 30! 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.

Parish Picnic

Parish Picnic – Back to Blackberry Farm!
Sunday, September 15
Blackberry Farm, 21979 San Fernando Ave. Cupertino, CA 95014

Please join any time between 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. The Men’s Club of St. Cecilia Parish has reserved the park for swimming, horseshoes, kids’ games, fun in the sun, a BBQ, and more. The Men's Club will provide complimentary swimming bracelets for all students who would like to use the pool and slide. An outdoor Family Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M.

Contact Ryan Klinefelter at
or Click Here for more information.

Young Mens' Institute

The YMI is hosting an event in the Lower Church on Saturday, October 5th. Please CLICK HERE for more information about their Elvis event!

Festival: The Aloha Sunset!

Festival SAVE the DATE: October 11, 12 & 13

The annual Parish Festival will take place October 11, 12, and 13th. Please mark your calendars and join us for three fun filled days at the The Aloha Sunset! Visit our website for more information: Click Here!

Stuffed Animal Collection

Thank you for everyone who donated stuffed animals. The chairs were amazing on the generosity of the community.

Books, DVDs, and Video Games: September 3 - October 4

Ready to clear out your used books, DVD and video games? Bring your E rated items (E for everyone only) to the SC Festival book booth by dropping them at St Cecilia school during regular business hours. Please no old textbooks, encyclopedias, or legal books.
Please place donations on the bench outside the office.
Contact: Kathleen Fergus at with any questions.

Schoolyard MOVIE Night: Saturday, September 28!

We will host a Movie Night on Saturday, September 28, featuring Lilo and Stitch. The movie will begin at sunset and concession stands will be open for snacks and beverages. Festival t-shirts and blankets will also be sold.

Purchase tickets at the gate: $5 for kids and $10 for adults.

Do you want to be a Sponsor?

Our school and parish communities are "Cool Dudes"; we have demonstrated our generosity year after year. Help us continue hula dancing it into the new year, and become a sponsor of The Aloha Sunset. It's easy for you to contribute, with a range of sponsorships from $150 - $1,000. Every bit helps, and matching grants from employers will help even more!

Contact Stephanie Dekker ( for more information.
Please CLICK HERE for the sponsorship form.

From your 2019 Aloha Sunset Chairs:
Janet Avila (Antonio, 4th Grade), Teresa Cassidy (Elena & Lucy, 4th Grade and James, 2nd Grade), and Jennifer Lyons (Madison, 4th Grade and Mason, 2nd Grade)

Click here for a list of additional dates to remember for The Aloha Sunset

Please contact us at: with any questions. MAHOLA!

Mothers Club

First Mothers Club Meeting – Aloha SC Moms!

Join us for our first Mothers' Club meeting of the year as we get ready to kick off another amazing school year!
WHEN: Thurs, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: (Lower Church)

Join us for a fun night re-connecting with friends, welcoming our incoming SC moms and learning more about the upcoming school year including what's new and how you can get involved in our community. RSVP HERE!

+ Dinner and drinks will be served.
+ The class with the most moms in attendance will get a free dress pass!

Please consider helping your Mothers Club by bringing 2 bottles of wine as suggested below. This donation will help offset the cost of events.
Select by last name:
A-G: Chardonnay (La Crema)
H-M: Sauvignon Blanc (Geyser Peak)
N-S: Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir (Ravenswood/Decoy)
T-Z: Champagne/Prosecco

Interesting in running an extracurricular club or activity?

Each week a student from each primary classroom (K-3) will receive the Citizen of the Week award. The student will receive a badge, a certificate, and his/her picture will be displayed on the Citizen of Week Bulletin Board on the first floor.

The SC Mothers Club is working with Mr. Uskert and the school to facilitate parent-lerogersbuchholz@gmail.comd afterschool activities. We will make sure all current clubs and groups fill out the necessary forms to be compliant. All parents are encouraged to propose new clubs and groups! Applications will be available after the Mothers Club meeting on September 12 and will be due September 27. Proposals will go through an approval process which will ensure that all volunteers have met their safety responsibilities and that the school and church can support the facilities and equipment requested. There will be two approval meetings per year, one in October for full-year or fall groups, and one in January for spring clubs or groups.

So pull out all those great ideas and get ready to submit your proposal in the coming weeks! Questions? Elizabeth Rogers at

Spring Fundraiser

Our Spring Fundraiser is the biggest fundraising event of the school year! We are still in search of a chair(s) to lead this important event. The position may seem daunting, but it is a worthwhile experience especially if you get a friend or two to co-chair the event with you. You can use this position to think outside the box and find creative ways to run an event to raise money for the school. The SCMC Board is ready to support you and answer your questions on leading the fundraiser.
Reach out to

Facebook Group

If you are on Facebook, please join our closed Facebook group for updates and information about what is happening at the school, or post questions to the group about the happenings at school. It's a simple way for current families in SC to connect online.
Follow this link to join the group.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Hot Lunch

Help keep this very popular program going to helping to set up and/or distribute the meals to our students. This opportunity is open to moms, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles. 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

Fall Festival Movie Night

Movie night helpers, please sign up here.

Interested in helping in other ways, email the festival committee leads at

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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