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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.

Absences

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.

No School

There is no school on Monday, October 10 in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day. Enjoy your long weekend!

Trunk or Treat

Please join us for our trunk or treat on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. We are looking forward to a fun evening!

Blessing of the Animals

A blessing of the animals will take place on Monday, October 3 at 8:15 a.m. in the upper yard. We hope to see you there!

Cans and Plastic Bottles

Bring your cans and plastic bottles in a garbage bag with your student’s names on it to enter to win a free fast food lunch. Proceeds help send 6th graders to camp. Thank you for your support!

Book Fair

Our school book fair is on Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30. There will be a variety of items for all ages. Stop by, take a look, and support our school library!

Family STEM Night

Please join us for our family STEM night on Thursday, September 29. Don’t forget to pre-order pizza and a drink by Tuesday, September 27. We are looking forward to a fun night!

Dads and Donuts

Please join us for dads and donuts on Friday, September 23 from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

In Need of Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help run the student store. This is a highlight of the week for the kids. Please contact us via email if you have an interest in this opportunity.

Raise Right

Want to buy SCRIP the easy way and help SKCS? You can do it online. Use Raise Right.

Inland Federal Credit Union

SKCS partners with Inland Federal Credit Union to help students learn the value of saving. Twice a month, a member of the staff of INFCU comes onsite at 8:30 a.m. and takes deposits from students for their savings accounts. If you'd like to open an account for your child/ren, pick up an application, complete and send it with a deposit. The first deposit day is Friday, September 16.

CMG Connect

If you plan on attending school events, such as class parties or field trips, you must complete the training on CMG Connect: Safe Environment and the Background Check. It doesn't take long, and it is mandatory!

If you have already completed CMG, please take a moment to check that it has not expired. The renewal process takes minutes to do. Your certification requires renewal approximately every five years.

Report Absences

Please email the school office and cc the homeroom teacher by 8:15 a.m. to let us know your student is absent and the reason. You can also call the school office at (619) 588-6398.

Join: RaiseRight

Scrip is one way we earn money for the school.

What to buy it for:

  • Groceries - Vons, Albertsons, Smart & Final, Sprouts
  • School Supplies - Walmart, Target
  • Gas - Arco, Shell, 76
  • Going out to eat - Chilli's, Black Angus, Panera
  • Travel - American Airlines
  • Family party - Honey Bake Ham, Ruth Chris Steak House
  • Gifts - See's Candy, Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Nobel, Kohl's

You can see a full list of retailers at the school office, parish office, or SchoolSpeak.

How to buy it:

  1. Go to the RaiseRight website and create an account
  2. Download the app so you can buy and reload cards when on the road
  3. Buy cards from school via an order form, from Parish Office, or after Mass

Every card makes a difference!

Don't Forget: Log into SchoolSpeak

If you can not find your login credentials, please contact the office, and we will resend them to you. Log into SchoolSpeak and update or verify your information and confirm you have three emergency contacts. We will print your emergency card for you to sign and return by Monday, August 29. Every student with a signed emergency card will receive a Free Dress pass!!!

Sign Up for Fall Sports

Online registration for flag football and volleyball opens on Tuesday, August 30. Please register by Tuesday, September 6. The fall sports season begins on Saturday, September 24. 

School Supply List

Another new school year is right around the corner. The new supply list for your students is now available to help you prepare for the upcoming school year. Please visit our Parent or Student Quick Links tabs located on the right side of our Home page for all the updated supply lists.

New Family Orientation

We invite new families to join us for our new family orientation night on Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

First Day of School

The opening day of the 2022–2023 school year is on Monday, August 22. School begins at 8:15 a.m. We are looking forward to another great year!

Last Day of School

The last day of the 2021–2022 school year is on Friday, June 10. We will dismiss all students at noon. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Lost and Found

Please pick up lost and found items by the end of the day on Friday, June 10. We will donate all remaining items to the used uniforms. 

Medication

If you have medicine in the office/daycare for your child, be sure to pick it up on last day of school or make arrangements before the office closes for the summer. We do not send medicines home with children. Adults must pick them up. Thank you!

Ball Drop Winners

Congratulations to our ball drop winners!

  • The McKindley family won $2000
  • The Gillespie family won $300
  • The Jones family won $200

Thank you for participating in our last fundraiser of the year!

Service Hours

Don’t forget to log your service hours in SchoolSpeak so you can qualify for the lower tuition rate for next year. Can't wait to see you there!

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 SKCS.gala@gmail.com. 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.