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St. Kieran Catholic School
50 Years of Teaching God's Children

School News

We have dedicated this page to keeping you informed of all things new and noteworthy at St. Kieran Catholic School. While you’re here, be sure to check out our newsletters at the side of the page. Please also visit our Calendar page for important dates to remember for the school year.

Re-Registration is Now Open for School Year 2022–2023

To re-register your current student(s) and/or add a new one, go to SchoolSpeak and you'll find the registration link. Please make note of the following deadlines:

  • A re-registration fee of $50 per child is due by May 27.
  • The remaining fees are due by June 24.

If you cannot manage registering on SchoolSpeak, come into the office and we'll give you a paper copy.


If your child is absent, we require that you notify both the teacher and the office by 8:15 a.m. and give the reason for the absence. If you are picking up your child earlier than 2:45 p.m., it helps the office if you let us know ahead of time. That way we can be ready to facilitate a smooth dismissal. Thank you for your cooperation.

Library Books

All library books are due by May 31, 2022! Please return any library books you may have back to the school.

Girls Varsity Basketball

Our girls varsity basketball team completed their dream season with a perfect 5-0 record and first place in the Varsity B Division. Congratulations to Anna Cribbs, Ashley Smith, Rebecca Wharton, Aja Antonio, Katie Petrich, Hailey Farida, and Kisha Encarnacion for their championship season. This team's success started with their stingy defense. The girls gave up just four points per game on average. Great effort on defense often led to easy baskets. Because of scheduling conflicts, the team played many games with only five girls. This was no matter, because they always played with great effort and attitude. Special thanks to Coach Mike Cribbs, who led the team with patience and great instruction while allowing the girls to have fun.

Fun fact: Six of the girls on the basketball team also played volleyball. These girls finished the year with a perfect 13-0 record. Girls sports is alive and well at SKCS.

Let’s Go to the Library!

Thank you to those who participated in going to the San Diego Public Library during the month of April! Mrs. Madison Steck was so happy to receive notes and pictures of the books students checked out. There are so many libraries that our students go to, including the Alpine, Pine Valley, Descanso, Crest, Rancho San Diego, and El Cajon libraries. Wow, that's a lot of options! We encourage you to visit a library now that there are new hours in the evenings and weekends. There is also an online requesting system for materials that aren't at the physical library you visit. You can even use this system to check out movies that you weren’t able to see in theaters or on streaming platforms, and it's a great cost-saving tool for families. There will also be a summer reading program starting in June, so look out for information about that!

Young Scholars’ Night

The middle school teachers and students invite you to Young Scholars’ Night on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. Students will display their work before we hold the spelling bee and Knowledge Bowl. It will be a very exciting evening! You are cordially invited to join us.

Boys Basketball Team
boys basketball team with their coach

Congratulations to our third and fourth grade boys basketball team on a wonderful season! We faced some tough competition throughout the past couple of months, but we watched these amazing players grow in their skills and athleticism. Most importantly, they had fun and demonstrated some remarkable teamwork. 

Book Fair

Our school book fair is on Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6. Class preview day is on Monday, May 2. Students may shop during library time, on Tuesday and Thursday, and after school until 3:30 p.m.

Grandparents Day

We invite all grandparents to celebrate grandparents day with us on Wednesday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are on Friday, April 8. We will dismiss students at noon. We look forward to sharing your student’s progress with you.

Easter Break

Easter break is on Thursday, April 14 through Friday, April 22. School resumes on Monday, April 25. Have a safe and enjoyable break!

PTG Board Positions for 2022–2023

We are accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • President
  • Room Mom Coordinator
  • Scrip (year-round commitment)

Please submit nominations via email, or attend the April 5 meeting at 6:00 p.m.

St. Kieran School Pasta Dinner and Art Show

Please join us for our pasta dinner and art show on Friday, April 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Divine Mercy Hall. The cost for adults is $12 pre-paid or $15 at the door. The cost for children is $8 pre-paid or $10 at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!

Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Support the golf fundraiser by buying raffle tickets! Buy or sell ten tickets and your student earns a free pizza lunch with drink and ice cream at lunchtime.

  • 1 ticket = $5
  • 5 tickets = $20
  • 10 tickets = $45
  • 20 tickets = $95 

We have great prizes like a Samsung touchscreen Chromebook, a Nespresso machine, a Cuisinart pizza oven, and a Nintendo Switch. Thank you for participating in our last fundraiser of the year!

Girls Varsity Basketball

Our St. Kieran girls varsity basketball team played their first game of the season on March 19. The girls battled Our Lady of Grace and were victorious by a score of 22 to 9. Our team was led by the scoring of Katie Petrich, Aja Antonio, and Kisha Encarnacion. The defense was anchored by Ana Cribbs, Hailey Farida, and Ashley Smith. It was a terrific team effort!

Kindergarten Open House

Mark your calendars for our kindergarten open house on Tuesday, March 29 at 3:15 p.m. This event will be in the kindergarten classroom at St. Kieran Catholic School (SKCS), 1347 Camillo Way, El Cajon. At this event, you will experience the following:

  • Meet our wonderful kindergarten teacher.
  • Experience a "day in the life" of an SKCS kindergartener.
  • Learn about "kindergarten readiness".
  • Discover the benefits of a St. Kieran Catholic School education.
  • Eat cookies.
  • We will also have a raffle for $75 off registration!

Please RSVP so we have enough cookies! For any questions, please email us or call (619) 588-6398.

Lenten Retreat Prayer

A prayer from the Lenten Retreat by four middle school boys:

Lord Jesus, we are sorry for all the pain you must have gone through during your crucifixion. We feel pain every day, and we use Your grace to get through it. It must have taken a lot of courage to face Your fate of crucifixion on the cross. We need to be more like You and accept our pain and forgive the people who hurt us. Help us, Christ, when times get hard. We ask this of You through Christ our Lord.

Play Structure

Our goal is to replace the very old playground structure in the upper yard near the lunch tables. We hope to make it safer and multi-grade friendly with more engaging activities. If you would like to make a donation, large or small, toward this project, please send your tax-deductible check marked "playground structure" to SKCS. Our goal is to raise $20,000.

Wee Kieran
Wee Kieran with hat and staff

Your child will come home with a small paper version of St. Kieran. We call this cute little guy, "Wee Kieran". Help us celebrate our patron and his feast day by taking Wee Kieran on adventures throughout March and April and sending us photos with captions that we can put on our Facebook page and around school.

Prizes for photos depicting:

  • Wee Kieran World Traveler (the Wee Kieran who travels the farthest)
  • Wee Kieran the Adventurer (most epic adventure)
  • Wee Kieran the Witty (funniest photo)
  • Wee Kieran, Friend of God (most devout pose)

Email photos, and include captions! Submit photos until April 30.

    No School

    There is no school for students on Friday, March 11 due to a staff development day. Enjoy your long weekend!

    Lenten Offering

    St. Joseph food pantry, a ministry of St. Kieran parish, is asking for donations of the following:

    • Single serving pull top canned vegetables and fruits
    • Single serving ready-to-eat pudding and jello
    • Pouch tuna and chicken
    • Individual packages of crackers, cookies, and treats
    • Small bottles of hand sanitizer
    • Small bottles of shampoo (hotel size)

    Please drop off your donations at the school. Thank you!

    No School

    There is no school for students on Friday, February 11 due to a staff development day. Enjoy your long weekend!

    Blessings for Babes
    Blessings for babes flyer

    Please bring in items all week for our Blessings for Babes donations. We ask that you donate new baby items, such as diapers, onesies, formula, blankets, baby wipes, and infant toys for the East County Pregnancy Care Center. Thank you for your donations!

    Rubio's 6th Grade Camp Fundraiser
    Rubio's flyer

    Join us for a good cause with a side of tacos on February 12, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Support our Saint Kieran sixth grade camp fundraiser by ordering Rubio's online or through their mobile app and using coupon code "DONATE" at checkout. You can also present our Rubio's fundraiser flyer for orders placed in the restaurant located at 2959 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, CA.

    World Day of the Sick Mass
    World Day of the Sick Flyer

    Please join us for Mass with Auxiliary Bishop John P. Dolan on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church. Please see our World Day of the Sick Mass flyer for details and more information about our livestream of the event.

    SKCS Gala Fundraiser Service Hour Opportunity
    Wine Donation flyer

    As a service hour opportunity, we are asking for wine donations. For each bottle donated, the family will receive one-hour volunteer/service hour. The donation must be greater than or equal to a $15 bottle of wine/alcohol/champagne/libation. Please turn in donations to the school office. Please submit your donations by Wednesday, March 2, 2022. If you have any questions, please email Please see the flyer below for more information.

    Jogathon Bingo Incentive Party
    Jogathon Bingo flyer

    On January 28, we are holding an incentive party for families who have earned $350 for the Panther jogathon. The party will be at 1:00 p.m. at the outdoor lunch tables. There is still a chance to opt in to this incentive level. Please check in with SKSC office in person or by email for a report indicating what you have raised thus far. All funds need to be returned to the SKCS office by January 27, 2022.

    Ice Cream Social

    Pre-order an ice cream sundae for your child to raise money for the SKCS 2022 Gala! Each ice cream sundae is $5! Please use the order form below and make sure to order by February 4, 2022.

    February Fun Pack

    Pre-order a $10 February Fun Pack for your child to raise money for the SKCS 2022 Gala! This month's fun pack includes excused homework (February 14 through 18), extra recess (February 7), dress-up day (Hawaiian theme on February 25), donut at recess (February 25), and $1.00 to the student store. Please use the order form below and order your February Fun Pack by February 4, 2022.

    Volunteer Hours

    We are almost halfway through the school year! January 21 marks the end of the second quarter. If you haven’t logged your volunteer hours into your SchoolSpeak Account, now’s the time. It’s also the time to correct things in your account like your address, phone, email, etc. Don’t know how? Lost your login credentials? Want credit for your hours? Want to keep your tuition rate? Call Diane in the school office between 12:30 and 3:00 p.m., and she’ll help you out with all that.

    No School

    There is no school on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy your long weekend!

    Winter Sports

    Winter sports have been canceled due to not enough participation. We will be issuing refunds.

    Christmas Play

    Our Christmas play is on Wednesday, December 15. The first performance will be at noon. School will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a 6:00 p.m. performance. Please wear Mass clothing for the noon performance. You may also wear hats, scarves, or Christmasy things. For the 6:00 p.m. performance, please wear festive Christmas attire. You don't have to buy anything special. Remember, it's outside! Hats, scarves, Christmas sweaters, or vests are acceptable for caroling outside. We will provide all costumes and accessories.

    It's Tiki Time!

    Would you like to help plan the social event of the year? Our Bali Hai Gala is March 5, 2022. We need help with:

    • Making silent auction baskets from collected donations
    • Soliciting donations
    • Thank you letter writing
    • Day of the event set up/clean up
    • Ice cream social volunteers at school at the end of the school day
    • Working the check-in table
    • Picking up donations at locations

    Take care of that service hour obligation, and let Eddie know you will help.

    Free Dell Monitors

    We want to thank the Di Giovanni family. Thanks to their donation, we now have a surplus of computer monitors! If you would like to have a free computer monitor, please email Mrs. Steck to schedule a pick-up. Or talk to her before or after school to request one.

    2021–2022 School Yearbook

    Get your Saint Kieran school yearbook now! Don't miss out on your opportunity to reminisce on years past. The cost is $30.00 a yearbook.

    Thanksgiving Break

    Thanksgiving break is on Monday, November 22 through Friday, November 26. School resumes on Monday, November 29. Have a safe and enjoyable break!

    Veterans Day Holiday

    There is no school on Thursday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. We are very grateful to our veterans for their service.

    Christmas Shop

    The student Christmas shop will be open this year! Students will have an opportunity to shop for family, teachers, and friends from a variety of items ranging from $2 to $20. A packet will go home before Thanksgiving to help the students plan their Christmas shopping. Students will preview the items on Monday, November 29 and can begin shopping on Tuesday, November 30 through Friday, December 3 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to help students shop or pick up gifts as well!

    Holiday Bake and Craft Sale

    Come to the holiday bake and craft sale following all Masses on Saturday and Sunday November 20 and 21. The sale is at Divine Mercy Hall. SK Altar and Rosary Society are sponsoring the event. Can't wait to see you all there!

    Varsity Girls Volleyball
    Varsity Girls Volleyball team posing together

    The Panthers are champions! Our varsity girls volleyball team won their last game against Christ Lutheran remaining undefeated. The best thing about the team is that they won the right way. They treated their opponents with respect. They never argued with the referee or each other. And they all maintained a positive attitude no matter the situation. The girls represented their school with dignity and for that we can all be proud.


    Our school jog-a-thon is on Friday, November 12 from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Students should wear their PE shorts and sneakers plus their office jog-a-thon shirt. Our fundraising goal is $25,000. Let's go way over that!

    Urgent! Volunteers Needed!

    We have an urgent need for a middle school elective coordinator and for middle school elective teachers.

    Middle School Elective Coordinator: You can do this job from home! The job includes recruiting teachers, assigning students to classes, reminding teachers about classes via email or text, and possibly shopping for the classes. If we do not get a coordinator there will be no middle school electives.

    Teachers: We need teachers for middle school electives including arts and crafts, home economics, cooking, sewing, sports, woodworking, or anything you would like to teach the students. Your teaching commitment is four 55-minute classes a semester. 

    Please direct questions to the Parent-Teacher Group via email.

    Recycling for a Free Lunch

    Drop off a full bag of cans and plastic bottles by the seventh-grade classroom, and your name will be entered in a drawing to win lunch from the fast food place of your choice. Don’t forget to put your family name on the bag! Drawings will be once a month.

    Field Trip Information

    If you are going to volunteer for any class activity, such as a field trip, you must first complete CMG Connect: safe environment training and a background check. All volunteers must complete this.

    If you are only driving your child, you still need to complete safe environment training and background check. If you are driving your child and a child who is not your own, you must complete the defensive driver training. If you are driving children other than your own, you need to complete the driver information form and file it with the office. 

    Visit CMG Connect for all training information. If you are a one-time volunteer, a COVID-19 vaccination or test is not required.

    Parent/Teacher Conference

    Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up! Mark your calendars. Kindergarten through fifth graders parent/teacher conference will be on November 4 through 5, 2021. Middle schools will have their conferences on November 3 through 5, 2021. For more information, please read our October 14, 2021, weekly newsletter in its entirety. 

    School Pictures

    School pictures will take place on Wednesday, October 27. Please wear Mass clothes, and be ready to smile! Picture make-up day is Wednesday, November 3.

    Halloween Costumes

    Students can wear costumes to school on Friday, October 29. Costumes must be light-hearted and appropriate. No violent themes, gore, or weapons of any kind. You can also wear orange and black or spirit wear. Costume parade and parties will begin at 2:00 p.m.

    Volunteers Needed!

    Volunteers are urgently needed for our trunk or treat! We need help on October 15, 2021, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    The following help is needed:

    • Clean up crew from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    • Man a Game
    • Sign Up for a Store-Bought Cake

    If you have an interest, please use our online sign up sheet!

    Dads and Donuts

    We invite all dads to join us on Friday, September 24 from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut with your student!