St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

November 06, 2019

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called the 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,

This week starts our window for the second STAR test of the year. This will be a good opportunity to see how much your child has grown since the start of the school year. But, please remember that these tests are just a snapshot of your child's education and should be seen as one of many examples of their work. We are winding down the first trimester, which ends on November 22, so please make time to check SchoolSpeak for any updates and to follow how your child is doing in each subject (grades 3-8). With only a few weeks before Thanksgiving and then the holidays quickly after, it is important to help your child remain focused on their school work.

I'd also like to take this time to remind everyone to continue to be mindful and safe during morning drop-off. We continue to see lots of children entering the schoolyard through the rectory parking lot, please avoid this in order to ensure the safety of the students. You can drop off in front of the school or use drive thru. At dismissal, if you use drive thru, please remember to be mindful of our neighbors as you sit on 18th Ave waiting for the line to move - idling engines not only make noise but also cause pollution so please shut off your engine while you wait.

I hope you all have a wonderful end to the week and a relaxing weekend. Good luck to all of our CYO teams competing in the girls volleyball and boys soccer playoffs this weekend!


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

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

Wednesday, November 6:
* 2:30 pm Dismissal

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

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

Sunday, November 10
* Parent/Child First Reconciliation Meeting (immediately after Family Mass)

Saturday, November 16
* Mother-Son Event at 6:00pm in Pavilion

Friday, November 22 END OF FIRST TRIMESTER:
Report Cards will be sent home after Thanksgiving Break

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 November 4:

TK - Steve Mogannam
Kindergarten Blue - Amelie Wittman
Kindergarten Gold - Roisin O’Leary
Grade 1 Room 4 - Tyler Grayson
Grade 1 Room 8 - Caitlin Diviney
Grade 2 Room 1 - Zachary Lee
Grade 2 Room 3 - Grace Reilly
Grade 3 Room 2 - Zayna Bshara
Grade 3 Room 9 - Michael Kloefkorn

Yearbook Orders

Capture your memories in this year's St. Cecilia School Yearbook!

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.

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!

Mothers Club

Mother/Son Night of Fun!

Mark your calendars for our first Mother/Son Night at the SC Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, November 16th from 6-9PM. All SC boys are invited to bring their mom or other special female guest for a special evening of fun together! Tickets are $60 for mom and first son, and $10 for each additional son. Tickets include lots of fun activities for moms and sons to enjoy together as well as a dessert bar (dinner is not included) and includes complimentary portrait with a photographer.

Click here for more info and to purchase your tickets!

Christmas Wreaths

There's still time to get FRESH, EVERGREENS for Christmas delivered directly to the location of your choice!

Order online at: by 12/13/18 with code: SC19968.
Contact Nicole Mullen ( for more information.

Save the Date: SC Christmas Boutique - Thursday, December 12th

The Christmas Boutique is coming! If you completed the volunteer form, you will be contacted with volunteer opportunities leading up to and on Boutique day. In the meantime, we welcome donations to our wrap station: scotch tape and ribbon are what we need this year. We also need individually wrapped candy. If you have leftover Halloween candy that you want off your hands, bag it up and donate it to us! Leave all donations on the bench near the front office. Please label bags "Christmas Boutique".

Contact: Jean Roland at

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

CYO Girls' Volleyball
A note from Girls' AD, Mike Mulkerrins

We had 14 volleyball teams make the playoffs! Below is a link to all their upcoming games. Please come out to cheer on and support the girls as they make their playoff push!

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 THIS FRIDAY, 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:

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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