St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 2, 2019

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment."
Matthew 22:27-28

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who participate in service to the Church, to family, and to local communities.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

As we reach the middle of our Parent-Teacher conferences week, I hope that many of you have had an opportunity to talk with your child's teacher and will continue to develop a relationship to best support your child throughout the school year. Please take this opportunity to share strengths, concerns, and questions with the teachers but also remember that the dialogue should continue regularly and not just during "conference time." The main goal of everyone in the school is to support the kids and give them everything that they deserve and need in order to make SC an enjoyable, safe learning environment. 

Speaking of enjoyable, a big thank you is needed after a very successful Movie Night this past weekend. The festival chairs, Jen Lyons, Teresa Cassidy, and Janet Avila along with many volunteer helpers, worked incredibly hard to help make sure that the evening worked out well even with the extreme winds! Thank you to everyone for their flexibility on Saturday and working together to help make watching the movie in the lower church an enjoyable (and cozy!) experience- see picture below. I look forward to another fun weekend with the Festival just 10 days away!

There are a couple of items I would like to remind parents about as we are starting to settle into the year. First, please remember that when you are on campus during the day, you must stop by the office to sign in and get a visitor sticker. This is the best way for students to identify adults on campus and know if they should be here or not. Second, there are still a lot of people using the rectory parking lot as a drop off/pick up location. Please avoid doing this as we are trying to keep the students and staff safe. Students should enter the schoolyard using the ramp in the morning.

Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up:

Wednesday 10/2 - Friday 10/4:
- Minimum Day Schedule - all students finish at 12:30 : Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday 10/3:
- LiveScan professional at SC from 7:30-11:30 am (contact to schedule appointment)

Friday 10/4:
- School Mass 11:00 am
- Blessing of Animals (in schoolyard) @ 1:00 pm

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 30:
TK - Olivia Chigos
Kindergarten Blue - John Goyhenetche
Kindergarten Gold - Eloisa McDonough
Grade 1 Room 4 - Drake Cigavic
Grade 1 Room 8 - Layla Mitchell
Grade 2 Room 1 - Luke Sandiford
Grade 2 Room 3 - Paige Chin
Grade 3 Room 2 - Lauren Chow
Grade 3 Room 9 - Edward Bannon

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 - THIS FRIDAY!

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

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

SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Young Families Events

Upcoming Young Families Events

-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:

Festival: The Aloha Sunset!

The FESTIVAL is Next Weekend. Make sure you have the volunteer shift you want.

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.

Festival Hours:

* FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11: 6:00 - 10:00 pm

* SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12: Noon - 10:00 pm (No closure)

* SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

MOVIE Night!

Movie night was a huge success despite the windstorm! Thank you to Principal Uskert, Father Rene, the Dekker Family, and all of the volunteers who helped make this such a fun night. A big thank you to our snack shack crew, the Tamburro family (Max in 4th grade, Sophia in 2nd) for heading up all the food, and to Edna Hoo (Devin 4th grade) for supplying and making all of the popcorn. Thank you to all our St. Cecilia Ohana who attended and ensured Movie Night was a hit!


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.

Festival First Aid / Lost and Found Booth

Festival First Aid / Lost and Found Booth is looking for a physical therapist(s) and/or massage therapist(s) to donate their time at our Festival Booth on Saturday, October 12th. We would like to offer chair massages to the hard-working parents.

If you are interested and available, please contact us! Liz Rogers and Regan Stuart-Killion (415-307-3025)

Last Chance to 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

SAVE THE DATE: Jingle & Mingle!

We know the holidays can get busy, so please mark your calendar for the Mothers' Club annual Jingle & Mingle: A Christmas Themed Moms Night Out. It will be on the evening of Friday, December 6 at Villa D'Este on Ocean Avenue.

More details to come. We hope you can make it!

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

Festival Shifts

Two shifts earn you one Free Dress Pass. One 30-min “Tank Shift”, earns you one Free Dress Pass.

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

Mothers Club

Most volunteer spots for the students’ Christmas Boutique fill up long before the event. Be sure to use the Mothers Club volunteer form to let us know which activities or events you are interesting in. Click here for the form.

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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