St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

Septermber 18, 2019

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 40:31

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who demonstrate tolerance, respect, and compassion for others.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

It was great to see so many families at the Parish Picnic last Sunday. A big THANK YOU to Ryan and Devon Klinefelter for all the work leading up to the picnic and their efforts on Sunday!

Don't forget that Wednesday, 9/18 is Picture Day for TK-3 and Friday, 9/20 is Picture Day for grades 4-8. Order forms were sent home last week, or you can order online at Also, 4th through 8th grade teachers have updated grades on SchoolSpeak. It is a good time to check-in and see how your child is doing. Remember that we have only been in school for a few weeks and there are not many grades input at the moment, so use this opportunity to have a conversation with your child about their progress and set goals for areas of focus.

I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of the week!

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up:

Wednesday 9/18:
- Picture Day TK-3
- 2:30 Dismissal for ALL students

Friday 9/20
- Picture Day 4-8

Monday 9/23:
- TK/K Open House 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Thursday 9/26:
- TK/K Open House 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Monday 9/30 - Friday 10/4:
- Minimum Day Schedule: Parent-Teacher Conferences

A bit further down the road:

October 11-13:
- Annual Parish Festival "The Aloha Sunset"

October 14:
- No School/ Festival clean-up

October 18:
- No School/ Teacher Work Day

October 21:
– No School/ Teacher Work Day

October 28:
– Minimum Day

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 16:
TK - Giuliana Abendroth
Kindergarten Blue - Evan Russo
Kindergarten Gold - Leah Ramirez
Grade 1 Room 4 - Luca Matteucci
Grade 1 Room 8 - Nina Perez
Grade 2 Room 1 - Maximus Allison
Grade 2 Room 3 - Amaris Sainez
Grade 3 Room 2 - Margaret Harvey
Grade 3 Room 9 - Gabriel David

Friday Sandwiches for the Hungry

We will begin collecting sandwiches for the hungry this Friday, September 20. It has been requested from SVDP that we only bring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this year. Thank you!

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.

Jr. High - Upcoming High School Open Houses

SF High School Fair: at Lick-Wilmerding September 21 from 1:00pm-3:00pm CLICK HERE!
Mercy High School (Burlingame): September 30 from 3:30pm-5:00pm - Girls on the Green event
Mercy (SF): November 3 at 10:00am
Sacred Heart Cathedral: Saturday, October 19 from 9am-11am
Saint Ignatius: November 3 from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Festival: The Aloha Sunset!

Sign Up to Volunteer

Volunteer sign up is Live. Please click here to sign up for a shift..or two..or three.

New for 2019: If you work TWO SHIFTS, you can earn ONE FREE DRESS PASS.

Chocolate and Candy!

It's time again to start collecting donations for the Chocolate & Candy Booth for this year’s festival! We will be having a contest for the class who donates the most Chocolate & Candy from Monday, September 23 until October, 8th donations will be accepted.

Here is how the contest will work:
* Every class will be given a box with their Grade and Room Number
* Boxes will be collected each week and replaced with new ones
* 1 point will be awarded for each bag (multi-serving please)
*** extra point for chocolate and boxes of Theater Sized Candy***

The class with the most candy donated will win an Ice Cream Social and Free Dress!
Contact: Beth Lucey, or Kathleen McKeon

Halloween Booth

Consider donating New Halloween Decorations, Spooky Halloween Candy, New Halloween Toys. Please bring your donations to school Monday, September 23 through Tuesday, October 8. Be sure to mark your items "HALLOWEEN BOOTH"!

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

Please remember to bring your book donations to the school for the Festival. We take all types of books - grown up fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks and kids books! Clean out those shelves now! 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.

We need some volunteers during movie night. Please click here to sign up and thank you for volunteering.

Parish Pasta Buffet

Join us for SC Parish Festival Pasta Buffett, Saturday, October 12 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm in the Durocher Pavilion.
Don't forget to wear your Hawaiian Shirts and Skirts.

Click here to reserve your tickets.

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

Interesting in running an extracurricular club or activity?

The SC Mothers Club is working with Mr. Uskert and the school to facilitate parent-led 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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