St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 9, 2019

"See what love the Father has given us that we should be called Children of God."
1 John 3:1

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are are Lifelong Learners who demonstrate a curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

Parent Conferences have come and gone and hopefully everyone feels more prepared to help their children succeed throughout the school year.

It's an exciting week at school as the Festival is just a few days away. I hope to see everyone there for a fun filled weekend. I'm getting as prepared as I can for my stint in the Dunk Tank on Saturday afternoon. The most recent Dunk Tank standings, with only a few days left to bring in donations are:
- 3rd Place: Gr 3 Rm 9 - Ms. DeFilippo
- 2nd Place: Gr 3 Rm 2 - Ms. Denehy
- 1st Place: Gr 4 Rm 17 - Ms. Santy

We'll see who gets their chance to dunk me! Please take one more chance to look over the volunteer opportunities that are still open for the weekend. There are still a few vacant shifts that will need to be filled in order to keep all attractions open the whole weekend. Remember, two shifts gets you a free dress pass for your child!

I hope you all have a wonderful end of the week and I'll see you in the school yard on Friday afternoon!


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up:

Today, Wednesday 10/9:
* Free Dress: Wear Festival T-Shirt

Thursday 10/10: NO EXTENDED CARE!
* Free Dress: Red, White, and Blue OR Festival T-Shirt

Friday 10/11: 12:30 Dismissal & NO EXTENDED CARE
* Free Dress: Aloha Attire or Festival T-Shirt

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 October 7:
T-K - Nathan Lee
Kindergarten Blue - Emma Moylan
Kindergarten Gold - Palmer Klinefelter
Grade 1 Room 4 - Noelle Alberdi
Grade 1 Room 8 - Owen Cassidy
Grade 2 Room 1 - Julia Beyer
Grade 2 Room 3 - Caleb Lok
Grade 3 Room 2 - William Callanan
Grade 3 Room 9 - Abigail Warden

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.

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 Countdown is on - Only TWO Days until the Festival!

The Festival is coming quickly! Please visit the St. Cecilia Festival website at The website allows you to explore the events and activities for the weekend. This will be a wonderful weekend!

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


The festival runs on 100% of volunteers to make it a successful weekend for the kids. WE NEED YOU to sign up for shifts. We are looking for people to help with ever popular Children’s Games, Outdoor Rides, and the Snack Bar.

Please click here to sign up for a shift.

Discounted Wristbands

Today is the last day to purchase discounted WRISTBANDS online. All wristbands will be handed out on Friday to the oldest child's classroom. Click HERE to purchase!

DUNK TANK Donations

Tomorrow, October 10 is last day for the Dunk Tank donations. The class that raises the most money wins and every student in the class will have a chance to dunk Mr. Uskert. There will also be winners from every classroom, the student who donates the most in each class, will get a chance to dunk Mr. Uskert.

ATTENTION ALL BAKERS: Cookies, Cakes & Brownies NEEDED!

Everyone loves dessert! We ask that each family donates three items, home baked or purchased (but please no items that require refrigeration), or consider a $10 donation. Popular items include brownies, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, muffins, and Rice Krispy treats. Help to fill our top shelf and blackout items by donating whole cakes or pies.

Please label your baked items with your child's grade/room # and bring them to school starting Friday, October 11 at 7:30 a.m.

If you have any questions contact us, and thank you for your support:
Maria Boman ( and Jessica Sainez (

Pasta Buffet - Saturday, October 12: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Click here to reserve your tickets.
Grab your Friends & Family and be sure to reserve your seat soon - this event is sure to sell out.
Any questions please contact Erin or Jessica at

Main Stage Events:

Does your child start dance when you say Floss? If so, have the sign up for the Fortnight dance off on the main stage. Does your child complain they never get free dress? Tell them they can win by doing one of these fun activities on the main stage. The schedule will be displayed by the stage and on the website.

Friday, October 11

* Riordan Band
* Mark Rozenthal on Steel Drums
* Hula Dancers
* 8:30pm - Freeze Dance Contest
* Music/ Dance Party

Saturday, October 12

* 2:00pm - Pie Eating Contest
* 3:00pm - Fortnight Dance Off-Show your best Floss or Orange Justice
* DJ Davoud
* 4:30pm - Limbo Contest-How low can you go
* Eric Morrison and the Mysteries (Americana Soul Band)
* The Hiwaters (3 Piece Surf Band)

Sunday, October 13

* Proceed to the Route (Americana/Blue Grass Band)
* Te Pura O Te Rahura'a (Hula Dancers)
* 3:30pm - Watermelon Eating Contest

Candy Booth

Thank you for all your donations. The current rankings for the candy contest:

3rd place - 3rd Grade Room 2 and 6th Grade Room 22. (Tied!)
2nd place - 1st Grade Room 8
1st place - 3rd Grade Room 9

Books, DVDs, and Halloween - THANK YOU!

Thank you for your donation of books, DvDs and Halloween items. Please do not send any more to school.

From your 2019 Aloha Sunset Chairs:
Janet Avila, Teresa Cassidy, and Jennifer Lyons

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!

SAVE THE DATE: Mother Son Night of Fun!

Mark your calendars for Mother/Son night at the Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, November 16th. All SC boys and their moms (or grandma, aunt, other special female guest) are invited for an evening of fun! More information to follow - we hope to see you there!

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.

Children's Faith Formation Program

Our Children’s Faith Formation Program (CFF) is looking for volunteer teachers for 2nd grade and substitute teachers for the program. Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM from October to May. First day of class is October 6. If you like working with children and are able to give 1-2 hours a week to this important parish ministry.

Please contact Louise Foo at

7th and 8th Grade Student Volunteers:

Our Children's Faith Formation Program (CFF) is looking for 7th and 8th grade student volunteers. Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM for Grade 1 to 8 and 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM for Pre K and K. Classes meet from October to May. First day of class is October 6. CFF teachers will sign off students' service hours log for St. Cecilia School.

If your child is interested in volunteering, please contact Louise Foo 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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