December 3, 2020
Important updates in this weeks Tidbits:

Evening with Santa
Gingerbread Holiday Shop
Join Amazon Smile


Christmas Holiday - Dec. 21 - Jan. 1

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Most people are all familiar with the saying, the best advertising is word of mouth, and I'm sure you agree. If you needed a doctor, you would probably trust a recommendation from a friend more than a Google review. Therefore, we are reaching out to our families to help us get the word out about St. Stephen Catholic School. You have chosen to give your child(ren) the gift of a Catholic education in an environment where all children are appreciated for their individual gifts. Our students are loved and treated with respect and kindness. Our students have the opportunity to practice their faith daily, and Catholic values are integrated into all subjects. There are many great schools in this area that offer strong academic programs, but St. Stephen offers that and more. We offer the welcoming arms of our teachers, the joy and spirituality of our priests, and a school where all decisions are made based on what is best for our students. This is a message that should be shared and here is how you can do it.

Like us on Facebook, and follow us Instagram. When you see a post, like it, comment on it, and share the post. Ask others to share with their friends. This will help us get the word out to those who may not know about our school. We also want to thank you for these efforts. Families who refer someone to St. Stephen AND they enroll at the end of January, will receive a $50 gift card to Risse Brothers Uniform Company. In addition, both families will receive $50 off the re-enrollment/enrollment fee. So tell your friends and be sure to let them know to tell us how their heard about St. Stephen.

Like us on Facebook - or search @sscsfl

Follow us on Instagram - or search sscsmustangs

While we are all celebrating the holidays and getting into the Christmas spirit, please remember to watch out for any of the signs or symptoms of COVID-19. This is especially important right now as many are traveling or getting together with family. If you child or anyone in the family displays any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home and seek medical advice from your pediatrician. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: Fever (100.4 °F and above), Cough, Shortness of breath, Nasal congestion, Diarrhea, Nausea or vomiting, Fatigue, Headache, Myalgia, Poor appetite, Loss of smell/taste. Let's celebrate the holidays safely!

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
Up and Coming
Dec. 4 - All School Advent Retreat - Noon Dismissal
Dec. 7-11 - Gingerbread Holiday Shop
Dec. 11 - Marvelous Mustang
Dec. 11 - Evening with Santa
Dec. 12-13 - Holy Card/Uniform Weekend
Dec. 16 - Principal's Coffee
Dec. 18 - Jean Day, Christmas Shirt, Noon Dismissal - No Extended Day
Dec. 18 - School Wide Spelling Bee

For all event details please see SSCS Event Descriptions





PTCO Gingerbread Holiday Shop
Dec. 7 - 11
PTCO Gingerbread Holiday Shop

PTCO is excited to carry-on our tradition of a Christmas shopping experience for the students! In the past, we offered Santa Shop. This year, it will be called Gingerbread Holiday Shop. Students have the option to shop using the below virtual shopping link and/or the in-school contactless shopping experience. Please read carefully for dates and details. 

Virtual Shop Open Now through 12/6/2020

We are excited to announce that our virtual Gingerbread Holiday Shop is open for shopping! With Christmas and the holidays right around the corner, your child(ren) can shop and find great gifts for the entire family from the convenience of your home. The virtual shop offers a much wider selection of gift options than the in-school contactless shop. Please note that If you choose to allow your child(ren) to participate in the in-school shop experience, it will be available at school 12/7 through 12/11. The virtual shop will close 12/6/2020.  See shopping link below.

Registration Instructions to access the online shopping site
 
1. Register a student(s) to access the online shopping site by Clicking Here, or by visiting www.fundsrus.net, select Student Registration and enter school code
2. Send emails out to family members and invite them to shop too!
3. Click on categories for easy shopping. 
4. All orders must be placed online by: 12/6/2020

In-School Contactless Shop 12/7/2020 - 12/11/2020

The in-school Gingerbread Holiday Shop will offer a safe and contactless walkthrough shopping experience for the students to select which items they want to purchase within their budget.  Budget forms for the in-school shop will be sent home today or tomorrow. If you choose to let your child(ren) participate in this in-school contactless shopping experience, then please help him/her complete this budget form which will serve as his/her spending limit. Only students who return the budget form to school will be allowed to shop. Please return it to school on or before your child(ren)’s shopping day and be sure to include your contact information so we can communicate how much you owe and payment directions. You will receive the class shopping schedule and more information in the letter attached to the budget form. Also, refer to the school website for more information. 
We are in need of a few more volunteers to help with the in-school shop. Thank you to those who have already signed up. Please see the below signup genius link if you are interested in volunteering. Thank you!


If you have questions about the Holiday Shop, please contact Nicki Gallagher at ngallagher@sscsfl.org

An Evening with Santa
Friday, Dec. 11

Spend time with Santa and join us for some holiday fun on Friday evening, Dec. 11. There will be holiday music, a photo opp with Santa, and a take-home craft. See the flyer for details.

We also need help with this event. Please sign up to volunteer.
Help Needed For Catholic Schools Week
Catholic School Week will be celebrated the week of January 31st. As in the past, we will celebrate our parish, our community, our teachers, our nation, and our students with fun and creative activities. More details about the daily events will be sent home in early January. In order to prepare for CSW, volunteers are needed to provide short videos for our students to view:
  • Short videos from retired military, veterans or active military about what our nation means to them.
  • Short videos from immigrants who are now US citizens or are in the process of becoming US citizens about why they chose America to be their home. 
  • Short videos from various professions about their career and how their talents and hard work make a difference for the community. All different fields of employment are welcome!     
If you can provide such a video, please contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org for more details. The video can be a few minutes or slightly longer if you like. The video will not be needed until mid January. 
Please help us make each day of CSW special for our students.
Angels Among Us 2021
Join Amazon Smile and Help Support SSCS
It's simple to give money back to SSCS when you shop on Amazon, and now is the perfect time to sign up before you do all of your holiday shopping!
Here's how:
1. Visit smile.amazon.com

2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials

3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice

4. Select your charity

4. Start shopping!

5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

Check Your Child's Mask!
Does it fit?
Help us keep each other safe by ensuring your child's mask fits well. If the mask falls off their nose or slides down to their chin, try an adjustable mask. The CDC has listed five criteria to keep in mind when choosing a mask:
  • Face masks should fit snugly and comfortably
  • They must be secured with ties or ear loops
  • They should comprise multiple fabric layers
  • You should be able to breathe without restriction while wearing the face mask
  • You should be able to wash the face masks without causing damage or losing the face mask’s shape
FLP Families, We Want You to be a Part of the Yearbook!
FLP students and families, we want you to be part of our yearbook! Submit pictures of your FLP student this year using ReplayIt here:
See this flyer for more information.

Yearbook Recognition Ads
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate your student's achievements and important milestones. For more information on how to purchase your ad in theyear book please see the Yearbook Recognition flyer

Volunteers needed for the Care for Creation Committee
Volunteers are needed for our Care for Creation Green School Committee. If you have any expertise in this area we would be delighted if you could assist us. Committee meetings will be virtual.

If you have an interest in joining this team, please contact Mrs. Robles with your availability and area of expertise.
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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