St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

October 30, 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 Lifelong Learners who use technology responsibly for learning, communication, and enjoyment.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

I know that many of you have been directly affected by the fires or are bringing families into your homes who have lost power from the blackouts. It's been a trying week, with so much happening around us while we continue on with business as usual. Please keep all those being affected by the current conditions in your prayers. Thank you for your understanding in the switch of FunRun dates, it will now be held next Friday, November 8.

We are still planning on having the Halloween parade at 11:15 outside in the yard. We're all looking forward to see how dressed up the kids will get, but please remember to check the Halloween Dos and Don'ts below! On Friday, we will have a Student Body Mass for All Saints' Day at 11:00 (remember that there is NO FREE DRESS on Mass days). I hope that everyone has a wonderful night Trick or Treating with the kids, please stay safe and have fun!


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Today, Wednesday, October 30:
* NO "FunRun"

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 31:
* Halloween!
* Halloween Parade: 11:15 a.m.

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

Saturday, November 2:
* Father-Daughter Dance at 7:00 p.m.

STAR Testing, November 4-15:
* Second round of testing

Thursday, November 7:
* 4th Grade Math Night at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 8:
* SC FunRun (Free Dress, with FunRun Shirt!)

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 28:

TK - Mackenzie Vo
Kindergarten Blue - Ellie Hui-Bytof
Kindergarten Gold - Lena Starrett
Grade 1 Room 4 - Yara Bshara
Grade 1 Room 8 - Sofia Cibotti
Grade 2 Room 1 - Guiseppe Uang
Grade 2 Room 3 - James Cassidy
Grade 3 Room 2 - Zachary Wittmann
Grade 3 Room 9 - Gianna Russo

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 TOMORROW, 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.

TOMORROW - Halloween!

So that you can plan ahead, all students may wear costumes to school tomorrow, 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.

4th Grade Math Night!

This fun event will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 pm

Details: Family Math Night is an opportunity for 4th graders and an adult family member to come together for fun, no stress games and activities related to math concepts. Please no siblings.

Friday Sandwiches for the Hungry

We have had great participation with sandwiches being brought in. Please remember to send in only PB&J sandwiches again this Friday!

Jr. High - Upcoming High School Open Houses

Mercy (SF): November 3 at 10:00 am

Saint Ignatius: November 3 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Mothers Club

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!

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

Parish Items

MOSC Father-Daughter Dance

The SC Father Daughter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Durocher Pavilion. There will be a DJ, photographer, face painters, caricaturists, a photo booth and a dessert bar. The cost is $35 for Dads and $30 for Daughters.
Please make checks payable to the Men of St. Cecilia and drop off at the Rectory.

Any questions can be directed to Mark McGlade or Tom Maguire at .

Boys' CYO Basketball Tryout Schedule

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

FunRun: November 8th

Thank you to all who have already donated and found others to donate to the SC FunRun which will now be taking place on November 8th. 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

-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!

FINAL FESTIVAL Communication

Thank you again who everyone who made the festival possible. Due to tight deadlines there were a couple of sponsors we forgot to thank in the last eNewsletter. Thank you to the following for sponsoring the Festival:

* Enda Hoo
* Turok Family
* Zephyr Real Estate
* Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
* Noe Valley Bakery
* Molinari Delicatessen
* Class of 2018
* GameDay Sportswear
* The Zakrzewski Family
* Cucalon Orthodontics

Cake Booth:

Thank you for all the donations for the Cake Booth. There are many talented bakers at SC, keep up the baking! The top 3 winner of the Cake Booth Donation Contest are:
1. Grade 1 Room 4 (Radanovich)
2. Grade 4 Room 17 (Santy)
3. Grade 3 Room 9 (Defilippo)

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

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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