St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

December 04, 2019

First Week of Advent: Jesus said to his disciples “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”

Matthew 24:42

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are socially responsible citizens who share their abundance with those who are less fortunate.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

We began the new year last Sunday, December 1, with the First Sunday of Advent. The Advent season is a time of giving, praying, and preparing for the Birth of Christ.

The holiday season tends to be a busy time for all of us at home and at school. We all have places to be and can find ourselves in a hurry in the morning and after school, but please make sure to keep safety at the top of your priorities and be courteous and patient to fellow parents and kids. Remember that we are all role models for the kids around us and they pay close attention to our actions as much as our words.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these dates:
• Wednesday, December 4
o 2:30 Dismissal
o 7:30pm Reconciliation Grade 2

• Friday, December 6
*** 1st Trimester Report Cards go home
o Feast of St. Nicholas
o 7:00pm Mothers’ Club: Jingle and Mingle

• Sat. & Sun, December 7 & 8
o Spring Musical Auditions - Frozen

• Sunday, December 8
o Second Sunday of Advent

• The Week of December 9
o Toys for Tots Collection (Grades K-6)
o Jesse Tree Collections (Grades 7-8)

• Tuesday, December 10
o 7:00pm Confirmation meeting (parents only) Grade 7
o 7:30pm Reconciliation Grade 2

• Wednesday, December 11
o 7:30pm Reconciliation Grade 2

• Thursday, December 12
o Christmas Boutique

• Friday, December 13
o Last day for Toys for Tots
o 11:00am Primary Advent Mass
o Mothers Club Mingle and Jingle – 6:00pm

• Saturday, December 14
o Junior High Winter Social @ Holy Name 6:00pm-9:00pm

• Sunday, December 15
o Third Sunday of Advent
o 9:30am Primary Advent Mass
o 10:30am MOSC Pancake Breakfast

• Monday, December 16
o 7:00pm Confirmation meeting (parents only) Grade 7

• Tuesday, December 17
o 8:30am Music Christmas Concert – K-Blue, Gr. 2, 4, 7, 8
o 10:40am Music Christmas Concert – K-Gold, Gr. 1, 3, 5, 6

• Friday, December 20
o 12:30 Dismissal - Christmas Vacation
o Jose’s Last Day at SC before retirement

I hope you can attend these events!

Thank you so much to those who filled out the survey about your experience with St. Cecilia. The responses will help guide us through the WASC/WCEA Accreditation process. If you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey, there is still time. You can " find the survey here, please take a few minutes to fill it out.

Thanks and Happy December!

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Wednesday, December 4
* 2:30 Dismissal
* First Reconciliation (2nd Grade) 7:30pm

Friday, December 6
* 1st Trimester Report Cards sent home
Mothers Club: Jingle and Mingle

Tuesday, December 10
* Confirmation Parent Meeting (7th Grade) 7:00pm
* First Reconciliation (2nd Grade) 7:30pm

Thursday, December 12
* Christmas Boutique

School News

Reregistration for 2020-2021 School Year

The reregistration form for the 2020-2021 school year was sent home this past Monday, December 2nd with your oldest child and is due back to school on or before Wednesday, December 11th. You will be charged for each child returning to St. Cecilia School on your February 2020 Smart Tuition statement. The reregistration fee is $325 per child. For any family with three or more children, reregistration fees can be divided into three payments (February, March, and April) upon request. Please email Karen Carberry at with your request.

If you have an Incoming Kindergartener, please do not add his/her name to this form. This includes students who are currently enrolled in our TK program. You will receive a separate reregistration form in January and your Smart Tuition account will be billed $325.00 per Kindergarten child in March.

If your child/children are not returning for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact Mr. Chris Uskert at Students of families who are not current with their tuition payments will not be reregistered for the next school year until the Smart tuition account is current. Thank you in advance for your prompt response.

Extended Care Open Registration

If you plan on using Extended Care this school year and have not registered for the program yet, please click on the link below and submit the form by Friday, December 6th. New applicants can start to use Extended Care services in January 2020.If you have any questions, please email Melanie Manning
Thank you.

7th Grade Confirmation

Initial Confirmation meetings have been scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm and Monday, December 16 at 7:00 pm. If your child will be receiving the sacrament this year, parents must attend one of the two options.

You will find out more information about what to expect moving forward from our Confirmation program director, Arthur Refuerzo. If you have any questions, please contact him directly at

Lost Items? You Need Labels!

Have you visited Lost and Found lately? Need help getting your kids organized? We've got something for you! For more information visit Mabels Labels. Search: St. Cecilia School - SC will recieve 20% of all sales!


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!

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

Love and Support for the Mogannam family

It was great to see so many people come out to support one of our school families at the December Dash last weekend. What an amazing show of love and support!
Please continue to show your support for the Rana and Raph Mogannam family by visiting this GoFundMe page. The generosity of our community has been amazing!

Christmas Wreaths

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

Contact Nicole Mullen ( for more information.

Christmas Boutique - Thursday, December 12th

Christmas Boutique is one week away! Get your shopping list ready and get your raffle tickets into the office or purchase them on-line. Christmas Boutique On-Line

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".
Click here for the volunteer form.
Click Here for the Shopping Form.

Contact: Jean Roland at

SAVE the DATE: January 31, 2020

Every year St. Cecilia School celebrates the many cultures that make up our community. This year, Multicultural Day will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Students will share their unique cultural traditions on stage at the Multicultural Showcase. Help your children reflect on their cultural traditions as they share a song, dance, poem, or other talent to showcase their culture. Rehearsal schedule will be announced soon. Please contact Denise Hammond at for information on the Multicultural Showcase.

A Food Fair is arranged for the students to try food from all over the world for lunch. Start pulling out your recipes now and get ready to bring in a dish that represents your culture at this delicious event. Click HERE for more details. For questions on the Food Fair, please contact Diana Zogaric at

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

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

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.

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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