St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

November 20, 2019

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink."

Matthew 25:35

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

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

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

As many of you know, we are in our first of two years working on our WCEA/WASC accreditation. During this time, our school community is asked to reflect on where we stand as a school and to create a plan on how we hope to move forward. With this in mind, I would like to ask each of you to complete a quick survey for our Self-Study. This survey will provide the school with valuable information on how the school has grown over the past 6 years since the last round.

Parents, please take a few minutes to complete the survey here.

I have already asked faculty and staff to complete a survey and will also request students to fill one out as well. The hope is to hear from all stakeholders to make sure that we are being honest in our strengths and areas of growth. As always, we appreciate all that you do for us at SC and for your time in helping us continue to grow the best version of ourselves that we can.


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Wednesday, November 20:
* 2:30 pm Dismissal

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)
* Regular School Day: 3:00 pm Dismissal

Wednesday, November 27 & Friday, November 29:
* NO School

Thursday, November 28
* Happy Thankgiving!

Sunday, December 1
* Season of Advent begins

School News

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! Audition forms are due this 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 for the Drama Club mailbox.

If you're interested in helping out with our musical please email


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 18:

TK - Levi Lok
Kindergarten Blue - Harrison Uskert
Kindergarten Gold - Matthew Mason
Grade 1 Room 4 - Eric Bryant
Grade 1 Room 8 - Clara Buchholz
Grade 2 Room 1 - Sophia Crosby
Grade 2 Room 3 - Rylie Vu
Grade 3 Room 2 - Annabella Chigos
Grade 3 Room 9 - Daniel Zakrzewski

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

Christmas Wreaths

Alpine Farm Wreath orders placed with school’s order form, can be picked up this Thursday, November 21st in the Lower Church between 3pm-4pm.
Contact Nicole Mullen if you are unavailable at that time (415) 425-0984

There's still time to get FRESH, EVERGREENS for Christmas delivered directly to the location of your choice!
Order online at: by 12/13/19 with code: SC19968.

Contact Nicole Mullen ( for more information.

Christmas Boutique - Thursday, December 12th

Thank you everyone for your interest in the Christmas Boutique. The response for volunteers for this event was overwhelming. If you did not get a spot to help on Boutique Day, we can always use help with donations for the event. Check the signup for our wish list and last minute changes up until the event. All donations can be left on the bench by the office, and please label it "Christmas Boutique". SignUp Genius Here

For more information on the Christmas Boutique, including the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets on-line for the Christmas Boutique Family Basket, please see us on-line: Christmas Boutique On-Line

Contact: Jean Roland at

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

Spring Fundraiser - Saturday, April 4, 2020

Our Spring Fundraiser co-chairs, Yen Hui & Pia Crosby would love your involvement! If you are interested in joining any of the committees below, please email
* Silent Auction
* Hospitality
* Finance/Operations
* Sponsorship
* Program Design

Parish Items

Upcoming Young Families Events

-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

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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