St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

December 11, 2019

"A smile is the beginning of peace."

Mother Teresa

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 are one week closer to Christmas break and the excitement has made its way into the halls. Thank you to those who brought in Toys for Tots already this week, we will continue collecting toys until Friday, December 13. Classes with 100% participation will earn free dress!

Again, don’t forget to mark your calendars for these dates:

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

• Thursday, December 12
o Christmas Boutique

• Friday, December 13
o Last day for Toys for Tots
o 11:00am Primary Advent Mass

• Saturday, December 14
o Junior High Winter Social @ Holy Name 6:00pm-9:00pm
($15 prepaid ticket due by Wednesday, Dec 11th. $25 tickets at the door)

• 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 again to those who filled out the survey about your experience with St. Cecilia - we have collected responses from just about individuals, but would love to hear from more. 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.

I would also like to welcome two new members to our staff. I am happy to introduce a new Learning Specialist, Mrs. Alexandra Maliniak as well as Mr. Felix Linares, who will be joining us as our new custodian/facilities person. If you see them around campus, please give them a big SC welcome!

With gratitude,

Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Wednesday, December 11
* 2:30 Dismissal
* First Reconciliation (2nd Grade) 7:30pm

Thursday, December 12
* Christmas Boutique

Friday, December 13
* 11:00am Primary Advent Mass

Saturday, December 14
* 6:00pm Jr High Winter Social @ Holy Name

Sunday, December 15
* 9:30am Primary Advent Mass
* 10:30am Pancake Breakfast

School News

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

- 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.

Holiday SCRIP 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.

Wednesday 12/4 ORDER FORMS GO HOME
Thursday 12/12 LIVE at the Boutique
Friday 12/13 ALL ORDERS DUE
Wednesday 12/18 Distribute ORDERS

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 Friday, December 13.
3. Get gift cards to use in lieu of cash. ALL December orders will go home on Wednesday, December 18. Just in time for faculty and staff Christmas Gifts!

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

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. 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 - TOMORROW!
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmas Boutique is tomorrow! Please remember to send a bag, the completed Student Shopping List, and small bills. And don't forget to send in your Raffle Tickets - today is the last day to send them into the office or purchase tickets online! A lucky student will be chosen as the winner of the Family Basket at the end of the Boutique. Christmas Boutique On-Line

Also at 2:50pm, the Boutique will open to family and friends for SCRIP LIVE and School Spirit sales. Come and kick off your Christmas shopping with us!

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

St. Cecilia Chinese Club

The St. Cecilia Chinese Club will be holding our 2nd general meeting at the Collins Center (2560 18th Ave) on Friday, December 13th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. We would like to invite you to come and join us. This will be a potluck event, and ALL (including children) are welcome. Please bring a favorite dish to share or just come and join the fun. The Chinese Club will provide desserts, drinks and cookie decorating activities for the kids.

Please RSVP to Tuyet Ontiveros via e-mail at or text (415) 570-3876 as soon as possible so that we can get a headcount.

Thank 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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