April 15, 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,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Break. Here we are in the final 8 weeks of school, and what a year it has been. We've heard the phrase "We're all in this together" so many times during the past year, and here at school this phrase is lived everyday. Working together - teachers, students, staff, parents, community members - we continued to educate and have great successes in the midst of a pandemic. It's because of this amazing St. Stephen community that we were able to keep things as normal as possible for the students and to keep the joy of learning in their hearts.

Please join us next Wednesday, April 21 at 8:30 for our Principal's Coffee Facebook Live event. Grab your coffee and come hear our "Year in Review" where Mrs. Robles and I will discuss our successes and our challenges. If you have any questions you would like us to address, please enter them on this Google Form by Tuesday, April 20. You can access the event on Facebook Live Here.

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.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events
April 15 - Deadline to apply for Diocesan and School scholarships (apply through FACTS)
April 16 - Nature's Classroom 7th Grade Trip
April 21 - Principal's Coffee Facebook Live
April 23 - Marvelous Mustang
April 23 - Science Fair
April 24 - Campus Cleanup
April 30 - Jean Day

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.
Summer Basketball Camp
Join Coach Green for our annual summer basketball camp the week of July 19-23, from 9:00am-3:00pm. Campers who register before noon on Thursday, June 24th will receive a camp t-shirt with registration. See the attached document for camp details and sign up using the link below.


The boy's flag football team had their first game of the season on Tuesday. The Mustangs played well but lost to Nativity, 19-13. 
Nicholas H had an interception return for a touchdown and a 60 yard run for a touchdown on offense. Adrian R also had an interception for the defense. 
The Mustangs have a game today vs St Lawrence at St Lawrence at 4:00. Players and siblings have a 2:40 early dismissal. The boys also have a game Tuesday against Christ the King here at St Stephen at 4:00.

The girl's flag football team had their first game of the season yesterday against Christ the King. The result and game info will be announced next week in Mustang Sports. The girls have three games next week. They play St Lawrence on Monday and Corpus Christi Tuesday. Both at home at St Stephen at 4:00. They also play Nativity at Nativity next Thursday at 4:00.

Good luck to both flag football teams this season.

Coach Green      
SSCS Presents: The Garden Initiative!

The SSCS student council is proud to introduce our new Garden Initiative to the school community! The goal of this project is to set up two new gardens on the school campus: one in front of the flagpole and one in front of the announcement sign at the entrance to our school. The student council is asking each class to provide one plant for the garden to make this a school-wide effort. Parents, make sure to check with your child’s teacher for their plans to collect the plant assigned to them. These plants are due Friday, April 23rd. Thank you for your participation
and help in Caring for Creation!
Mustang parents, on April 24th, 2021, there will be a schoolwide campus cleanup. This is a great time for students to come help beautify the school campus and get out into the fresh air. This also reflects off of our theme of Care For Creation and shows your support for the school. If your child is in grades K-4 please come at 9AM. The event will last from 9AM- 10:30AM. After, grades 5-8 will come from 10:45AM-12:15PM. Please bring gloves and tools for cleanup. Masks must be worn throughout the cleanup. Hope to see you there! 

CCHD Student Winners!
SSCS Students Show Talent!
Several SSCS students placed in the annual Catholic Campaign For Human Development (CCHD) art contest. The theme for the 2020-2021 school year was "Rebuilding Together on the Margins." Eighth grade student, Jamie Lu won for her artwork titled "One Candle," and 7th grade student, Catherine Murphy won for her artwork, "Untitled." Also, 7th grade student Jose Villa's artwork earned honorable mention. Congratulations students!
Mrs. Stencel's ESE Blog

This month's topic:
Autism Awareness Month

SSCC Men's Club Supports Our Students
15 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 15 days. Please purchase your gift cards NOW!

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


Come join us for BINGO, sponsored by the Community for Women.

Where: St. Stephen FLC

When: April 20th, and May 25th

We play at 6:30 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm.

20 games of play for $15. Additional games are available for purchase. All CASH prizes!! Concessions will be available for purchase before play and during the break. Covid precautions will be in place.

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.
Some of you may have noticed the cables running across Boyette Road and in our driveway. This is great news! This means the traffic study of our intersection has begun. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write letters to county officials. We will continue to monitor their progress and keep you informed.
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.
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!

Contributions Being Received
To The Next 20

Our School Families always come through with kindness and support. Our amazing parents are eager to support our next 20 years of growth and improvements. Donations are being accepted at the school office.

                            Thank You to Jenna Kilcomons!
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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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