St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

November 13, 2019

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are socially responsible citizens who demonstrate civic responsibility.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

It's another busy week at school as the students are finishing up their second round of STAR Testing. They've been working hard to show their progress to this point in the year. We are close to the end of the first trimester, 8th graders are finishing up high school applications, and everyone is getting geared up for Thanksgiving.

As busier times approach, it's important to keep a close eye on the your child's work, sign onto SchoolSpeak and make sure to ask what they've been doing in their classrooms.

Hard to believe that Sibling Applications for first year students will be available soon. To request a Sibling Application download the request form here and return to the Front Office by this Friday, November 15th.


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Wednesday, November 13:
* 2:30 pm Dismissal

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

Tuesday, November 19:
* TK-6 Open House (8:30am - 10:00am)

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

Monday, November 25
* 12:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, November 26:
* TK-6 Open House (8:30am - 10:00am)

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29:
* NO School - Happy Thankgiving!

School News

Sibling Application

If you have a child you are planning to enroll at St. Cecilia’s School for the FIRST TIME in September 2020, please complete the Request for Sibling Application form (download here) and return the form to the school office by Friday, November 15. You will then receive an application and screening date.

Little Sisters of the Poor collection

This week we are collecting items for the Little Sisters of the Poor. They help the elderly at St. Anne's Home in the Richmond. The items being collected are denture adhesive, body wash, shampoo, Kleenex, mouthwash, body lotion(unscented,) and denture cleaner.

Please have your child bring any items to their classroom by this Friday, November 15. Thank you for your generosity!

Hot Lunch Families

November and December menus are live and ready for ordering. We have decided to cancel lunch service for Tuesday, November 26 since this is Thanksgiving week and many families will be traveling for the holiday. There were about 50 orders placed for this day via School Foodies. They will be issuing a credit and sending a reminder email to bring lunch from home for that day.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Baria at

SC Drama Club Announcements

AUDITIONS for our Spring Musical Disney's FROZEN Jr. are coming up! Katy and Steven will be going around to classrooms handing out audition forms on Friday, November 15. If your child misses this, extra forms will be left outside the school's front office. They will be due the following Friday, November 22. Auditions and callbacks are scheduled for the weekend of December 7th and 8th. Students may turn forms into their teachers, or the office in the Drama Club mailbox.

IMPROV SHOW: the Drama Club's Fall Improv Shows will be this coming Saturday, November 16th at 1:00pm (Advanced/Intermediate Class) and 3:30pm (Beginning Class) Please come out in force to support our amazing actors, as you watch them put on a one of a kind, never been done before, entirely improvised performance! Tickets are $5 suggested donation at the door. There will be snacks for purchase too!

Production Team Meeting for FROZEN Jr
A PRODUCTION TEAM MEETING for FROZEN Jr. will take place at 5:30pm on November 16th after the final Improv show.
If you're interested in helping out with our musical, please attend! We will be brainstorming. Please email to express interest/ RSVP.


We are currently looking to fill several open positions at school. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in any of the following roles please contact Mr. Chris Uskert, Principal, at for more information.

- Facilities Manager

- Custodian

- STEAM Teacher (TK-8)

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!

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 11:

TK - Anne Harvey
Kindergarten Blue - Jack Medak
Kindergarten Gold - Marlee Camarena
Grade 1 Room 4 - Bryce Donohue
Grade 1 Room 8 - Emmet Tchabovsky
Grade 2 Room 1 - Mason Munoz
Grade 2 Room 3 - Sean Gawley
Grade 3 Room 2 - Samuel Vinogradsky
Grade 3 Room 9 - Sabina Pasztory

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.

Mothers Club

Mother/Son Night of Fun: THIS SATURDAY!

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!

SCRIP - Giving is HERE!

What is SCRIP? SCRIP is an opportunity for you to get gift cards to use for your holiday shopping or give as gifts instead of cash, while helping our school raise money. For each card you order our school gets a percentage back! This year we will ONLY be asking you to participate during the HOLIDAYS, so get your orders in early.

1. Order forms come home this week.
2. Complete the order and send it in with cash or a check (Payable to St. Cecilia SCRIP) by Monday, November 18.
3. Get gift cards to use in lieu of cash. ALL NOVEMBER ORDERS WILL GO HOME FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22!

Questions or BULK ORDERS please contact Cara Garcia at or Heather Baria

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.

Christmas Boutique - Thursday, December 12th

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.

You're invited to the SC Mothers Club Annual Jingle & Mingle:
A Christmas Themed Moms Night Out! FRIDAY, December 6, 2019

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

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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