April 1, 2021
Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Traffic Signal
Realtors Wanted
Mass Dispensation Ending
APPLY NOW for Income-Based Scholarships

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Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Easter is almost here and with it comes the joy of the Resurrection and new life. Easter ends with Pentecost, a celebration of Jesus sending the Paraclete, or helper, to the Apostles. Through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles had the knowledge and courage to continue Jesus' mission on Earth. Bishop Parkes has chosen Pentecost Sunday as the day when the Mass dispensation will end. I pray that all our families will be inspired by the Holy Spirit that day to return to church if you have not yet done so already. Please read the letter from the Bishop to learn more about his decision.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Project. This year we collected $1439.47 which is about $300 more than last year. Thank you so very much for your generosity.

Please share your thoughts about our school by posting a Google Review and let others see the joy of coming to St. Stephen. Please click on the link and write a few words. If not on Google, please consider leaving a review on Facebook.

Have a Blessed Easter and a Wonderful Easter Break!

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
"What Our Parents Are Saying"
Your opinion is important and will help us improve as teachers, administrators, and as a school. Please share your feedback with us and know that your opinions are important, and we will use your testimonials to tell others about SSCS.  You can contribute to " What Our Parents Are Saying" by emailing ngallagher@sscsfl.org. You can also tell others about your experience with SSCS by using this link. Your comments will be posted to Google as a review when our school is searched online.

Thank you for helping us tell others just how amazing our school is as we continue to strive to find ways to always meet your expectations.   
Upcoming Events
April 2 - No School
April 5-9 No School Easter Holiday
April 10-11 Holy Card Uniform Weekend
April 12 - Holy Card Free Dress Day
April 15 - Deadline to apply for Diocesan and School scholarships (apply through FACTS)

For all event details please see SSCS Event Descriptions
Time to Apply for Step Up and
Family Empowerment Scholarships
New families may APPLY NOW for an Income-Based Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year
New families may now apply through Step Up For Students for an income-based scholarship (either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship) for the 2021-22 school year. Apply as soon as possible as funding is limited.
Upon review of a family’s application and supporting documents, Step Up For Students will determine if the student qualifies for either the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship.
IMPORTANT: Please be aware that in order for a student to be eligible for a full scholarship, applications and any required supporting documentation MUST be submitted by June 1, 2021Applications submitted after June 1 may be eligible for a partial scholarship. (This is much earlier than previous years.) Also, please remember that Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) families must complete a renewal application this year with Step Up For Students. This is also different than previous years. 
Please keep in mind:
  • Step Up For Students is required by law to give priority to lower-income families. However, families of higher income may also be eligible and are encouraged to apply.
  • Note: If a family’s income is found to be over 260% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, the student is not eligible for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship but may be eligible for the Family Empowerment Scholarship.
  • All students applying for a Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) and parents on application MUST include a valid Social Security Number to be eligible.
Helpful Information:
  • We strongly recommend families use Google Chrome as their browser when applying or navigating their Step Up For Students account.
  • Schools MAY NOT ask for or require, a parent to provide their username or password in order to access the student’s scholarship account. 
  • Parents can upload documents immediately to their online application. They can also submit required documents via fax.

For questions, please contact us via email at enrollment@stepupforstudents.org, or call our Service Center at 877-735-7837, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.
SSCS Families Come Through Again!

Thanks to all who donated to SVDP this month. As always, our generous SSCS families welcomed the opportunity to help others. The exact amount donated is not yet calculated but it was well over 500 pounds. The ministry wants every family to know their food gifts are appreciated by so many who visit the SVDP pantry each month.
SSCC Men's Club Supports Our Students
30 Days Left 
The SSCC Men's Club is sponsoring an Easter Season Fundraiser to help support our plans to improve and grow our school community. Our School is celebrating 20 years, and over time the roof has deteriorated, and the buildings are in need of improvements. Our plan to improve and grow our school can only happen with the support of school families and community members. The Honey Baked Hams are one way you can help. Please see the flyer and purchase gift cards to support this endeavor. Kindly also send the flyer to family and friends. The 20% back to our school will continue for 30 days. Please purchase your gift cards NOW!

Thank You for all you do to support our school and our amazing students!

With your support, SSCS will continue pursuing excellence in Catholic School Education, focusing on faith, academics, and service in a caring, spiritual and safe learning environment. 

Our school families, parishioners, and community members play an integral part in the future of our school. Your donation is needed to improve and grow our school community. Plans for the future of SSCS are in the developmental stages, with the immediate priority of replacing our 20-year-old roof. As part of our school family, we will continue to make you aware of the improvements and plans for our school’s future. Thank you for being part of our first twenty years, and we look forward to your support as we move into a bright new beginning, our next twenty!

Please download and print the donation card and send it in with your donation. All donations are important to the success of our campaign and are greatly appreciated.

We have also established an endowment fund for SSCS and will gladly provide additional information upon request.
On Monday of this week, Bay News 9 did a story on our traffic signal. We do have the attention of the county and another traffic study will be completed over the next few months. If it is warranted, our next steps will be to work together to get it funded. We will keep everyone up-to-date on the progress. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write letters.

Help Us Spread the Word About SSCS!

If you are a realtor or have a family member or friend who is a realtor, SSCS can use your help. We need your help in reaching new families moving into our area. If you can help us spread the word about our amazing school, please call Nicki Gallagher in the school office.
Spring Has Sprung!
Spring has sprung and Lowe’s is inspiring people to transform their homes in a month-long “SpringFest” with free garden-to-go project kits. Beginning April 8, the home improvement store will give away family project kits every Thursday. Go to Lowes.com to register
Important FLP Procedures
If you think you may need to quarantine your child at home, our FLP program is there for you. The Flexible Learning Plan (FLP) is available for students who must stay home for Covid-19-related issues. To get your child started on FLP, it is critical that you contact the school office to get the process started.

Contact the front office by phone (813-741-9203) or Mrs. Robles by email directly at grobles@sscsfl.org for more information. Remember, teachers cannot approve a student to use the Flexible Learning Plan. All requests must go through the front office. Thank you!

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Please read below for easy ways to earn funds for our school.
Birthday Free Dress Pass
We are offering for the 2020/2021 school year the birthday free dress pass. The pass is $5, allowing your student to have free dress one day during the month of their birth. For those with a Summer birthday, the pass may be used in May. If you would like to take advantage of this, please purchase these passes at the front office.
Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education has gone almost all paperless. See directions below on how to download the app and start earning money for our school. It takes less than a minute to download the app and set up an account. Once your account is set up and linked to our school, it is easy and fast to scan your receipts and start earning money for the school. Some products still have the box tops on the packaging that you may cut out, save, and send into school. However, most are digital for you to scan your paper receipts. There is also a way to earn money for the school using your digital or e-receipts from grocery pickup and delivery. See below for details. Thank you!!

  1. Download the Box Tops for Education app on your phone or mobile device or at BTFE.com
  2. Create an account and find your school (St. Stephens School Riverview, FL) - this step only takes about 30 seconds!
  3. Start scanning your receipts. Tip: scan receipts while waiting in carline. 
  4. Yes, you can earn box tops on grocery pick up and delivery! The app has a short tutorial video showing you how to submit your emailed receipts or receipts from your retailer’s mobile app.  Forward digital receipt to receipts@boxtops4education.com within 14 days of purchase. Tip: Make sure you send the receipt from the same email address that you use to sign in at BTFE.com or the Box Tops mobile app. Screenshots, attachments, or PDFs of original receipts will not process correctly. If your digital receipt is only available in your participating store’s shopping app, just forward it directly from there. For more information, go to BTFE.com/digitalreceipts.
Principal's Coffee Schedule
Join us on Facebook Live once a month for an in-depth discussion with Mrs. Umoh and Mrs. Robles. See the schedule of topics here. Submit a question to be answered at the next event here.

Public Library Haal Pass
The Haal Pass allows our students to access public library resources with just their student ID number and Pin. Students will use their student ID number (from FACTS) and their password of 4321 to log into the HCPLC.org site. This allows them to check out physical copies of books as well as digital books, audiobooks, and any other materials available from the public library. Students can also use this account to check out ebooks on Overdrive or Libby, the digital reader programs used by the public library.
SSCS Library Access
Students can now check out books from our school library! Students can sign into our library catalog using Destiny Discover and put books on hold. Books will be delivered to their classrooms after being checked out. Flexible learning students can have their books picked up at the front office.

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