August 6, 2020
Important updates in this weeks Tidbits:

In Person Vs Digital Classroom numbers

Mustang Extended day Program registration

Updated School Supplies and Back to School tax free holiday

Principal Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen families,

Welcome back to our faculty and staff! It was wonderful seeing everyone this week and we are all looking forward to seeing the students very soon. We have had a busy work week preparing for the start of school and the many possibilities of what this will look like. I am very excited to share one of the things we are doing to keep everyone healthy is the installation of a pureAir HVAC Air Purification Enhancement system that includes UV lighting and Ionization technologies. We will begin in Angels Wing with the installation and our hope is to get this done as quickly as possible, however, it will take time for the materials to arrive.

As you may know, Hillsborough County has decided to begin their school year virtually. This does not necessary mean we will do the same. As soon as I have further information I will share it with you. Let us pray that our students will be able to return to us on August 24 as planned.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
How many Students in the physical classroom vs digital classroom?
Coming next week: Amazon Wish List
In order to maintain proper social distancing, we are no longer sharing novels and other supplemental reading materials in our classes. We are in the process of creating an Amazon wish list with the goal of providing one book per student. You will be able to assist us protect our students health by donating one or more of the items from our wish list. More information about this donation opportunity will be in next weeks tidbits.
Club Mustang Extended Day Program 2020-2021
Due to Diocesan insurance regulations and for the safety of your child, students may not remain on school grounds prior to school or after dismissal without adult supervision. Therefore, any child not picked up at dismissal will automatically be sent to the Extended Day Program and assessed the normal fees.

The Extended Day Program is available to all St. Stephen Students: PK3, PK4, K-8
Morning Care: 6:30 am – 7:30 am. Aftercare: 12 noon – 6:00 pm.

How do we charge? We charge by the half-hour. For example, students in Extended Day from 3:00 pm- 3:30 pm are charged ½ hour. If the student remains in extended day after 3:30 pm and is picked up before 4:00 pm, they are charged 1 hour. Students in Extended Day from 3:00 pm – 5:15 pm are charged for 2 ½ hours. All students in morning care are charged 1 hour each day. Late Pick-up: Parents picking up any child after 6:00 pm will be assessed $15 and an additional $15 for every 15 minutes they are late.

Hourly Plan: $7 per hour per child and *$5 per hour for each additional child within a family.
Hourly Bills: Bills are emailed the first week of each month. Payments are due the 15th of each month.
Late Payments: Late payments will be assessed a $15 late fee each month. Families with a balance due over 30 days may be restricted from using the Extended Day Program until payment is received.

Prepayment (Discount) Plan:
Annual: $2,700.00 - due the 1st Friday of the school year
Monthly: $300 - due the 1st of each month
Prepayment Bills: Prepayment is optional, therefore bills are not distributed. In order to receive the discount benefits of our Prepayment Plans, monthly prepayments must be received by the 1st of each month and the Annual prepayment must be received by the 1st Friday of the school year.

Please submit the registration form, Club Mustang Extended Day registration form, if you will be utilizing extended day this school year.
Its Florida Tax Free Weekend!
Take advantage of the 2020 back to school sales tax holiday this weekend, to purchase your students school supplies. For more details on what items are eligible please see Florida Back to School Tax Free Holiday
Update Alert! 2020-2021 School Supplies: Changes and Instructions
In addition to the supplies on each grade's list, all students in grades K-8 will need the following:
  • Masks or face coverings
  • Tupperware (plastic seal-able) container for the mask
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Small, personal hand sanitizer to keep in their pencil case/box

Calling All Nurses!
Are you a nurse? Do you have time to volunteer at St. Stephen Catholic School this year in this capacity? We are looking for nurses to volunteer in our school office this year. If you are able to do this on a regular basis (even once a week), please contact Mrs. Robles. [email protected]
St. Stephen Catholic School Reopening Plan 2020-21
If you missed the email, here is a copy of our Reopening Plan and video that was sent on July 15. Please be sure to read it and email if you have any questions.

Mask Tutorial
Start helping your child learn to put on, take off, and properly store their mask. Thank you to the Higginbottom girls for helping us learn mask protocol!

Summer Hours
The school office will be open Monday - Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon beginning June 1. If you wish to stop by the school used uniform closet, please come during our summer hours.
Summer Work
Summer work was given out during the pick-up days this week or emailed directly from your child's reading and math teachers. Please read the attached letter about the importance of summer work, especially this year.

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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