August 27, 2020
Important updates in this weeks Tidbits:

Care for Creation T-Shirt Size Form

Band Registration

PIK My Kid Tips

Fall Fun Run

Class Room and Fun Wish Lists
Principal Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen families,

We are almost at the end of our first week and all of the students are adjusting well to our new procedures, their new teachers, and being back at school. We are all amazed at how well the students have adjusted to wearing masks at school and we are so grateful for everyone's patience with drop off and pick up. We will continue to improve at everything we do each day.

Please read below about all the exciting things happening at school and be sure to fill out the form for your child's Care for Creation T-Shirt.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
Thanks to Johnnie B. we have a beautiful logo ready to put on our spirit shirts for this year. Please complete the google form and let us know what size to order for your child(ren). Please complete by Monday, Aug. 31.

Band is Back!
Is your student interested in learning a musical instrument this year? If so, please see the Band registration details for 2020. Paul Effman Music will be holding new and improved Zoom classes this school year. Providing live instruction online allowed them to continue to have small group sizes, and allow students to be grouped by instrument type and experience level. Be sure to join today, the registration fee is waived until Sept 1.
We would like to take a moment to remind everyone that you you must check in your student every morning and fill out the Covid- 19 Questionnaire.

Are you missing the Covid-19 questionnaire in the mornings?
The Covid-19 questionnaire must be answered every morning when you check your child in. We have noticed that not everyone is seeing these questions. To make the questions pop up, 1st click Check In, 2nd click on the check mark beside your child's name on the check in page, and 3rd if the questions do not pop up, click the check mark again.

Afternoon carline update: We are doing better each day! To help us move you through the queue more quickly, please do not announce on the app until you reach the PikMyKid stop sign. Announcing too early makes it harder to find your child's name on the list. Thank you!
Have a Great Idea for the Fall Fun Run?
Help is needed to plan a Fall Fun Run. If you have an idea how this fundraiser can be new and exciting, PTCO NEEDS YOU! All parents are welcome to share their ideas and help make this event a success.
Please email if you can be part of the team.
Help get the 20-21 school year started with a crazy and wild Fun Run!
Fun Wish List
Please take a moment to look at our FUN WISH LIST. The FUN WISH LIST was created to help our students engage in more social interactions as they enjoy the fresh air during recess.
If you are able to help, kindly bring your donations to the front office. The items will be used by
students based on the appropriate ages assigned to the item.

Thank you for your generosity!

Jump Ropes
Soccer and Basket Balls
Crochet Set
Corn hole Game
Ring Toss
Putt Putt
Toss Across
Hula Hoops – Small and Regular Sizes
Jumbo Dice
Bubble sticks

Specifically for PRE K
Wagon and Playground Balls
Birthday Treat Ice Cream Order Form
Birthdays are a special event for your child and we want to help you celebrate this day. This year a few changes have been made to this program, in order to ensure the safety of our students. In order to make accommodations for these circumstances, the following form is required and must be submitted to the homeroom teacher. Teachers will notify parents of approval. Pre-packaged ice cream sundaes may be purchased for the class by completing the information below and sending in payment. No other treats will be allowed. ALL REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE REQUESTED DATE SO ICE CREAM CAN BE PURCHASED IN TIME.
Please download this form, so that you can send it into your teachers 2 weeks prior to your students birthday. Birthday Sunday Ice Cream Treat form
Conformation Meeting

Parent Confirmation Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 beginning at 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Main Church. 
Please be sure to have your face mask on before entering the Church. We also ask that you adhere to the CDC guidelines regarding social distancing. 
Parents we will need your youth to be registered in our Confirmation Program before attending the parent meeting – thank you! 

For St. Stephen Catholic School 8th grade families:  8th Grade Youth should have brought home a Sacrament Registration Preparation Form for Confirmation last week. Please contact the Faith Formation Office (813) 671-4434 if you did not receive this registration. 
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Faith Formation Office at (813) 671-4434 and ask for Sue Haines.   
Altar Server Training for new Applicants
Saint Stephen Catholic Church will be conducting Altar Server Training for new Applicants on Saturday, 29 August, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Main Church.   This Training is ONLY for those applying for Altar Service for the first time and includes students attending Saint Stephen Catholic School.  At a minimum, those applying to the Ministry must be in 5th Grade and have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Parents must complete an application for each child attending the training which needs to be brought to the Training Session. These are available online on our Parish Website at ALTAR SERVER APPLICATION.  We will be adhering to our Parish Safe Distancing protocols throughout the training and ask that all those attending to please review those requirements.

Please reference our our Saint Stephen Altar Server Guide for additional Ministry Information; however, please feel free call, text or email Julio Alvarez at: (813) 401-7683 | if you have any additional questions regarding this training.
Amazon Wish List: Please donate to help keep our students safe - Only a few more items needed!
Thanks to the generosity of many of our school families, we have already met the need in several of our grades! We still have some books left to be purchased in the grades below. Thank you for being awesome, Mustang Families!

If you use Amazon Smile, the school will get a percentage of the cost of the book as a donation.

Great Family Resources
Click Here for: Free Audible books for children and teens.

Click Here for: Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

Click Here for: The ultimate list of resources for families with children!
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