St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 23, 2019

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalm 37:4

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Lifelong Learners who demonstrate a strong academic foundation.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

I hope that your families enjoyed a nice long weekend together. Our teachers have been very busy. On Friday, they worked alongside all teachers in the Archdiocese in some very meaningful Professional Development. They walked away from the meetings with some takeaways that they are hoping to start bringing into the classrooms. We also spent a lot of time on Monday beginning our work on the WASC/WCEA Self-Study. It will be a long reflective process in which we will celebrate our successes as a school while honestly reflecting on areas where we would like to see more growth. Please watch for a survey I will be sending out get input from our parent community.

We are all excited to be back at school with the students and ready to learn in the post-Festival push! With Halloween coming up, Thanksgiving and Christmas right behind, we are ready to refocus on the goals that we’ve set with the students! Don’t forget to check in on SchoolSpeak to keep up with your child’s progress and to get a good picture of how she/he is doing at this point of the year. Remember to continue the conversation with your child’s teacher to make sure that all involved are working toward a common goal.


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Today, Wednesday October 23:
* School Photo Retakes
* 2:30 Dismissal

Tomorrow, Thursday October 24:
* TK/K Open House (8:30 am - 10:00 am) Please let interested friends know.

Monday October 28:
* Minimum Day

Wednesday, October 30:
* "FunRun" - schedule TBD

Thursday, October 31:
* Halloween!
* Halloween Parade: 11 a.m.

Friday, November 1:
* All Saints Day: Student Body Mass 11 a.m.

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 21:

TK - Danica Alberdi
Kindergarten Blue - Patrick Balzano
Kindergarten Gold - Isaac da Luz
Grade 1 Room 4 - Thomas Harvey
Grade 1 Room 8 - Soraya Gomez
Grade 2 Room 1 - Richard Hunt
Grade 2 Room 3 - Inanna Tamraz
Grade 3 Room 2 - Zoe Bell
Grade 3 Room 9 - Ronan Cassidy

Yearbook Orders

Capture your memories in this year's St. Cecilia School Yearbook! Order early and get 10% off the yearbook price if purchased by October 31!

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

Riordan: October 27 from 1 pm - 3:30 pm
Mercy (SF): November 3 at 10:00 am
Saint Ignatius: November 3 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Festival: The Aloha Sunset!


Thanks to all who participated as donors and volunteers! The Festival could not be a success without you. Please help us recognize some of the folks who worked tirelessly to bring you the Aloha Sunset.

Thank You Festival Chairs:

Stephanie and Lou Ibarra Rivera, Cara and Ryan Garcia, Matt Moriarty, Sean Moriarty, Ed Arce, Denise Dominicelli, Will Lucey, Steve Borzoni, Maria McGuigan, Teresa McLoughlin, Sherri Duffy, Kathleen Fergus-Green, Susan McKeon, Jessica Sainez, Maria Boman, Beth Lucey, Kathleen McKeon,Natasha Fernandez del Campo, Fionnuala McEvoy-Pecko, Krista Plato, Myrna Vega, Cheryl Paller, Eileen Griffith, Daphne Pangilinan, Regan Stuart Killion, Elizabeth Rogers, Simonette dela Calzada, Jen Russo, Shana Combatalade, Natalie O'Kane, Lailone Iliili-Victorio, Mary Palmer, Lorna Walker, Tessa McFarland, John McCaffrey, Rhona Griffin-McShane, Ed Lalosh, Ann Marie Porter, Diana Zogaric, Mary Wachowicz, Annie Blas, Paola Uang, Katrina Melaugh, Blythe and Mike Hurley, Yvonne Fenton, Diana Leonida, Robyn Lee, Alex Tamburro, Erin McClure, Jessica O'Reilly, Anne Sweeney, Mary Radanovich, Vanessa Ward, Ashley Batmale, Paul Haettenschwiller, Devon Klinefelter, Sarah Brandstette, Sheila Vaughan, Don Pangilinan, Lisa Leese, Kimberlee Caniglia, Jeanne Connolly, Katrina Tomeldon, Nikki Downs, Frank Casement, Ivan Diviney, Stephanie and Matt Chigos, Stephanie Dekker, and Vikki Abendroth

Thank You Security:

Ryan Crosby, Fred Oropeza, Steve Hildebrand, Eric Valentini, Rick Jeremi, Rob Roland, Steve Uang, Brien Hoo, Kevin Walsh, Brian Donohue, Joe Emanuel, Eddie Hagan, Gene Bytof, Darren Nocetti, Jim Horan, Jon Lee, Paul Perez, and Rich Cibotti

Special Thank You

To Principal Uskert, who not only was in the dunk tank, but also helped with moving furniture all over, helped with clean-up on Monday all day, and was supportive and present during the entire Festival.

Thank You to our Sponsors:

The McClure - McDonald Family
The Chigos Family- Annabella (Gr.3 Rm.2) & Olivia (TK)
San Francisco Toyota
Rollo & Ridley, Inc.
Trattoria Da Vittorio
The Dekker Family
The Burnett Family
The Haettenschwiller-Ring Family
Nicholas & Sophia Carrillo
The Mogannam Family
The Almanza-Avila Family
The Farfan Family & Malcolm Drilling Company

Movie Night
The Dekker Family

Robert & Majella Gee / The Gee Family
The Hoy Family
The St. Cecilia Chinese Club
The Reodica-Ozaeta Family
O’Kane Construction
The Palmer Family
Michael & Kathleen McKeon
7X7 Dental Implants & Oral Surgery
Millbrae Pancake House
The McKevitt Family
The Byrne Family
Archbishop Riordan High School

Michael, Vikki ’96, Will ’26 & Giuliana ’29 Abendroth
Jeremy Kabiling
The Buckley Family
The Cayabyab Family
Paul, Cef, Anthony & Matthew Engel
Erich K. Habelt, D.D.S.
The Gines Family
The Cua Family
Salem/Moayed Family
The Peralta Family
O'Kane & Tegay Insurance Brokers
Jeff, Jana Gee and family
The de Mare Family
Warren & Chima Orthodontics

The Dudum Family
The Godtland Family
The Leese Family
Merritt, Barbara ’64, Amelia ’98 & Ben ’01 Cutten
The Gabrielsen Family
Joseph & Daisy Lauretta/ Lauretta Printing Company
The Campbells: Hudson, Marsha & Matthew
Jane Kelly & Family

Surf Rider
Michelle Potthoff Wylie ’98, Greg, Hunter, & Wyatt Wylie
The Baria Family
Kathy & Kevin Callaghan
The Lewis Family
Paul & Teri Watters

Special thanks to the many family members who worked shifts at the Festival. We saw many aunts, uncles and grandparents! We appreciate you all and are fortunate that you are part of our community.

The saying "it takes a village" fully applies to our Parish Festival, we thank you ALL. We were honored to have worked with you. Our 2019 SC Aloha Sunset has left us with many happy memories, stories and pictures to share, great new friendships, sore feet, hoarse voices, and the satisfaction of a job well done!
This parish community has proven beyond any doubt that it lives up to the phrase #finestgreatestbest!

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

Mothers Club

Christmas Wreath Sale

Help raise money for SC by purchasing Christmas Wreaths for your home, family, and friends!

The bulk order is being placed earlier this year in order to receive BEFORE THANKSGIVING! All order forms must be submitted to the school office no later than November 1st. Please Click Here to print the form.

Swing by the front office to check out our sample wreath!

FRESH, FRAGRANT EVERGREEN WREATHS that will last through the New Year will be available for pick up at school week of November 18th.

Contact Nicole Mullen ( for more information.


You're invited to the SC Mothers Club Annual Jingle & Mingle:
A Christmas Themed Moms Night Out!

SC Moms, Christmas is right around the corner, believe it or not! Put on your Jingle Bells and join us for cocktails, shopping, prizes and merriment! Oh What Fun!

Villa D' Este
2623 Ocean Street

Bottomless Holiday Inspired Cocktails, Beer and Wine, Pasta Bar and Apps, and Holiday Lane Shopping at 7:00pm

Live Piano Bar Entertainment at 8:30pm

$75 per person

Purchase your Jingle & Mingle tickets, raffle tickets (win a great prize!) and/or SC Christmas ornament online at

Questions? Contact Colleen Harvey at or Annie Reilly at

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

Boys' CYO Basketball Tryout Schedule

Saturday 10/26
3rd Grade - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
4th Grade - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sunday 10/27
5th Grade - 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday 11/3
8th Grade - 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
7th Grade - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Thank you to all who have already donated and found others to donate to the SC FunRun which will be taking place on October 30th. Donations will remain open for another week, so please continue to share the link and talk up the event. The fundraiser will be taking the place of the previous CYO fundraisers of gift wrap, cookie sales, and jog-a-thon. Athletics is looking to purchase new uniforms for multiple sports, upgrade equipment for all sports, and minimize sports fee if possible.
Thank you for your support of the program!

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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