St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

Septermber 25, 2019

"Do to others as you would have them do to you."
Luke 6:31

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,

There are quite a few important things coming up soon for you and your students beginning with Parent-Teacher Conferences next week, followed by the SC Festival in just a few weeks, and before you know it we will be having our Halloween parade. Parent-Teacher Conferences mean we will have a week of 12:30 dismissals, so please schedule accordingly! Your actual conference may feel a bit different this year as we are moving into Trimesters and adjusting the focus of the conferences. Because you will be meeting with your child's teacher earlier, we hope that the conference will be used to learn (even) more about your child, discuss some of the important elements of their current grade, and work together to create some individualized learning goals that will be worked on both at school and at home.

Keep your ears and eyes open for all SC Festival related news. There was quite a response to the stuffed animal donation and from a quick look it seems that the candy donations are going to overflow soon as well. I'm both excited and nervous to see who will win the opportunity to
"Dunk the Principal" I'm rooting for TK!

Thank you for all the support and work you have put into making the beginning of the school year run so smoothly and for helping your children with their transition back into school. We're almost one month in and everyone still seems excited when they walk into the building in the morning!

Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up:

Wednesday 9/25:
- TK/K Open House 8:30 am - 10:00 am

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

Saturday 9/28
- Family Movie Night (see below for more information)

Monday 9/30 - Friday 10/4:
- Minimum Day Schedule - all students finish at 12:30 : Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday 10/4:
Blessing of Animals (in schoolyard) @ 1:00pm

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 23:
TK - Austin Biane
Kindergarten Blue - Katherine McGlade
Kindergarten Gold - Trevor Fong
Grade 1 Room 4 - Arianna Fong
Grade 1 Room 8 - Declan Schnyder
Grade 2 Room 1 - Malia Soriano
Grade 2 Room 3 - Channing Vo
Grade 3 Room 2 - Matteo Isola
Grade 3 Room 9 - Gianna Monge

Friday Sandwiches for the Hungry

We had great participation last week with many sandwiches brought in. Please remember to bring in only PB&J sandwiches again this Friday!

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.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals will take place on Friday, October 4th in the School Yard from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm. On this day, we bless domestic animals as a token of the love St. Francis showed for all beings. Pets are welcome. For the safety and comfort of all, pets must be on a leash or in a secure carrier.

Coming Soon - Halloween

So that you can plan ahead, all students may wear costumes to school Tuesday, October 31. But, remember they must be simple so that the children can sit in their desks and can go to the restroom. NO VIOLENT CHARACTERS; NO BLOOD AND GORE; NO CROSS DRESSING! ALL COSTUMES MUST BE MODEST (no bare midriffs, no mini skirts, no low-cut tops) and in good taste.

No costumes are allowed which:
• show disfigurement of the human face or body
• depict boys dressed as girls or women
• imitate music groups or political groups that advocate violence
• depict “creepy clowns”
All must use sensitivity towards people of other cultures and those less fortunate.
No students should have “weapons” as part of their costume.

Any child who comes to school with an inappropriate costume will be sent home to change. If children choose NOT to wear costumes, they must wear their school uniform.

Jr. High - Upcoming High School Open Houses

Mercy High School (Burlingame): September 30 from 3:30pm-5:00pm - Girls on the Green event
Sacred Heart Cathedral: Saturday, October 19 from 9am-11am
Riordan: October 27 from 9am-11am
Mercy (SF): November 3 at 10:00am
Saint Ignatius: November 3 from 1:00pm-3:00pm
SF High School Fair: Come and learn more about applying to the Private, Parochial, and Public High Schools in San Francisco. CLICK HERE!

St. Anne Parish Festival

Join our neighbors at their Parish Festival on October 25, 26,and 27 for a weekend of fun and games. CLICK HERE for details!

SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Young Families Events

This Sunday 9/29 the Young Families Group is hosting the 9:30 am Family Mass and we'd love to see you there! Please join us if you can and plan to come for coffee, juice, donuts and socializing afterwards.

Upcoming Young Families Events
-YFG Hosts Family Mass & Coffee/Donuts - Sunday, September 29th - 9:30am Family Mass

-Halloween Costume & Pizza Party - Sunday, October 27th - 5pm - 7pm St. Cecilia’s Lower Church (Evite with info to come!)

-YFG Hosts Family Mass & Coffee/Donuts - Sunday, November 17th

-St. Nicholas Christmas Cookie Party - Sunday, December 8th - 3pm - 5pm St. Cecilia’s Lower Church (Evite with info to come!)

If you know anyone who has children, five years old and younger, or anyone who would like to help us out, please feel free to share this information so we can continue to grow our Young Families Group.

If you have any questions or suggestions, we'd love to hear from you:

Archdiocesan Maintenance Plan

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has prepared an operation and maintenance plan intended to minimize the risk to students from airborne asbestos. As part of this plan, the Archdiocese has repaired and/or removed any damaged asbestos contained in building materials and has undertaken a long-term management program, including removal of asbestos materials.

For more information on the Archdiocesan plan CLICK HERE.

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.

Schoolyard MOVIE Night: THIS SATURDAY!

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.

New this Year - DUNK TANK!

You have a chance to dunk Principal Uskert. The class that raise the most money, every kid will get a throw to dunk Principal Uskert. Click here for the details.

Parents, sign up for 30 minutes in the dunk tank and get a free dress! Click here to sign up.

Chocolate and Candy Collection: September 23 - October 8

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.

Cake Booth Donations - October 11

Let's fill the cake booth with yummy baked goods! Popular items are brownies, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, muffins and Rice Krispy Treats! We are also asking for whole cakes and/or pies for top shelf items! Please, nothing that require refrigeration and please label any baked goods containing nut products! Deliver to the auditorium the morning of Friday, October 11, 2019.

In order to get credit to add their info:

Family Name: ___________________________Contact #____________________

Oldest child: ____________________________Grade/Room:____________________

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, Teresa Cassidy, and Jennifer Lyons

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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