St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia School eNewsletter

December 18, 2019

"Behold, the Lamb of God"

John 1:29

Schoolwide Learning Expectations

Graduates of St. Cecilia School are Active Christians who demonstrate tolerance, respect, and compassion for others.

NOTE From Mr. Uskert

Dear Families,

Merry Christmas! It’s hard to believe that we are already just three days away from Christmas break. The first portion of the year has flown by. The turn out to last Sunday’s Primary Advent Mass was amazing and the kids did an incredible job - thanks to the teachers for all the work that was put into making the day so special. And, a big thank you to Mike McKeon and the Men of St. Cecilia for another wonderful Pancake Breakfast!

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

• Friday, December 20
o Red/Green or Christmas themed Free Dress
o Jose’s Last Day at SC before retirement! Please join the Mothers’ Club in the Lower Church from 8:00am-10:00am for a celebration of Jose’s years at SC!
o 12:30 Dismissal - Christmas Vacation
*** No Extended Care Today***

This Friday, Jose will be at SC for his final day of work before walking away into retirement. He has been a fixture of the school for 30+ years. I know that each of you has had multiple interactions with him, whether it be as “crossing guard” for drive-through or as he is making his way through the yard before/after school. It’s hard to believe that when we return in January, he won’t be here to say "Hola" to the students. We are losing an incredible worker, but an even better person. Be sure to wish him well when you see him during these last few days!


Mr. Chris Uskert

What's Coming Up: This week and Next

Monday, January 6
* Return to School

Wednesday, January 8
* Student Body Mass: Mass of the Epiphany 11:00am

Friday, January 10
* 1No School for Kindergarten students only

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 December 16:

TK - Samuel Brandstetter
Kindergarten Blue - Melissa Shea
Kindergarten Gold - Charlie Coleman
Grade 1 Room 4 - Lilah Gallagher
Grade 1 Room 8 - Tristan Chen
Grade 2 Room 1 - Jack Murphy
Grade 2 Room 3 - Ashlyn Cunningham
Grade 3 Room 2 - Marcus Truong
Grade 3 Room 9 - Kasey Walsh

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.

Mothers Club

Christmas Boutique

Thank you everyone for helping to make this year's Christmas Boutique an amazing event for the children! The donations from the wish list and all the wonderful donations of new items were a smashing success. Thank you to the moms who brought in all the handcrafted items, and special thanks to Maya Lehto (Gr3/Rm9) for sewing 40 scrunchies to donate to the Boutique. And of course, thank you to the parent volunteers who helped set up, run the Boutique, and clean up at the end. This event certainly could not happen without all of your help. Thank you SC community for your continuing generosity to the Christmas Boutique!

Congratulations to Zoe Bell (Gr3/Rm2) for winning the big Christmas Boutique Family Basket Raffle this year!

And Congratulations to our other raffle prize winners from the Boutique:
Pokemon Set - Patrick McCauley (Gr3/Rm9)
Funko POP Marvel Figures (special Christmas edition) - Aron Oberhauser (Gr3/Rm2)
Santa Squishmallow with Free Dress Pass - Olivia Chigos (TK)
Elf Squishmallow with Free Dress Pass - Chace Engel (Gr6/Rm16)

Have a wonderful Christmas and a joyful New Year!

Save the Date: Monday, January 27th
Grandparents/Very Important Person Day!

SCMC and the school will be hosting Grandparents’/Very Important Person Day on Monday, January 27th from 10:30 - 12:30pm. We realize that much of our student’s success can be attributed to the support they have beyond our school. We want to thank those special people by inviting them to join their students at SC for a brief visit to their classroom and at a special prayer service.

RSVP: Please let us know if your student(s) will have a special guest(s) join them on January 27th by completing this brief RSVP form by December 22nd.

Filling out the form will help us be prepared for their arrival and also allow us to send them a special invitation in the mail. More details will follow in January.

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

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.


Upcoming Events

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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