St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 16, 2019

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace, and be thankful."
Colossians 3:15

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

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

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

Wow! What an amazing weekend. Let me start by acknowledging and thanking three people who went above and beyond expectations this year and through incredible hard work and dedication pulled together a fun-filled Festival weekend. Thank you Theresa Cassidy, Janet Avila, and Jen Lyons for the time you put into making this weekend special - I think I speak for everyone when I say, "Well done!" Of course, the weekend couldn't have happened without all the other volunteers, both parents and kids. A big thank you to all the parents who chaired the booths, raffles, silent auction, snack bar, and to those who spent time this weekend volunteering. And we can't forget all the students and parents who brought in books and DVDs, stuffed animals, baked goods, and candy. The Festival weekend is the best snapshot of what makes our SC community so incredibly special, with so many people coming together to work, celebrate, and enjoy each others company. How fortunate we are to be a part of something so special.

We are back to business as usual. I know that the remainder of October is busy, but make sure to take some time to check on SchoolSpeak to see how your child is progressing. If you aren't able to log-in, please get in touch with me and I can help you with your password. SchoolSpeak can be an incredible tool to help your child with school, but it only works if you access it - so please, make sure you are doing so.

Thanks again for all that you do!

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Today, Wednesday October 16:
* 2:30 pm Dismissal

Thursday October 17:
* SC FunRun Kick-Off Event (TK-4 at 1:45; 5-8 at 2:15)

Friday October 18:
* No School/Teacher Work Day (Archdiocesan PD day)

Monday October 21:
* No School/Teacher Work Day (WASC/WCEA)

Wednesday October 23:
* School Photo Retakes; 2:30 Dismissal

Thursday October 24:
* TK/K Open House (8:30-10:00)

Monday October 28:
* Minimum Day

School News

Retake PHOTO Day: Wednesday, October 23rd

If your child was not in school the day of their school pictures, OR you are not happy with your child's photo, you must send in a complete photo package for retake. Photo envolopes are available in the school office. Please send the completed package in ASAP to get your child on the retake list. 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.

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

Festival: The Aloha Sunset!


Thank you to our wonderful community for coming together to make the Festival a smash! However you participated, it was such a fantastic turnout each day and great to feel the strength of our parish and school coming together.

Donation & Volunteer Hours Matching

Thank you once again for your generous donations. Please remember that many companies, big and small, will match your gift to St. Cecilia Parish and School, and significantly increase the amount of funds we raise. Some will also match your volunteer hours. Please consider making even more of an impact towards our parish and your children's education at St. Cecilia School by applying with your company to match your donations.

For those who worked two shifts and earned a free dress pass, it will take a couple of weeks for the chairs to get those to your oldest child’s classroom. Thank you again for all your volunteering and dedication to St. Cecilia.

Our Volunteers Were Amazing!

We couldn’t have done this without our amazing parent and parish volunteers! With your support we had rides, hosted our first dunk tank, lei making, shaved ice, and gave our kids endless hours of fun. Thank you!

Grand Award Winners

1st Prize $4000: Antoinette Haugh

2nd Prize $1000: Rosie Mangan

3rd Prize (5 Winners) $100: Giuliana Abendroth (TK), Kris Whalen, Patricia Pendergast, George Beere, Sandra Lynch, and Peter Nguyen

Raffle Winners

Nintendo Switch: Evan Kearney

Apple Watch: Joshua Engel

Pavilion Party: Tony Dee

Free Dress for a Week: Ronan Fox (Kinder Blue), Aron Oberhauser (Gr 3, Rm 2), and Mathew Chow (Gr. 3, Rm 9)

30 Outdoor Ride Tickets: Napoleon Cabading (Gr. 4, Rm 20)

1 Day Ride Wristband: Anneke Farrell (Kinder Blue)

3-Day Ride Wristband: Annabella Chigos (Gr. 3, Rm 2)

Please check back next week for a comprehensive list of our chairs, sponsors and donors!

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

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!

Parish Items

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:

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

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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