December 2, 2021

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Ice Cream
Gingerbread Shop
Science Fair
Polar Express
Mustang Sports
Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break. Two more weeks and we will be off again! There is much happening before we leave for Christmas so be sure to read all of Tidbits.

Tomorrow students will be participating in our annual Advent Retreat. The theme this year is "What are you waiting for?" Advent is a time of waiting. We remember how the people of the Old Testament waited for the Savior to arrive and today we wait for Jesus to come again in glory. Please remember us all in your prayers tomorrow as we reflect on this time of waiting.

For those families who have chosen not to opt out of the mask mandate, please remember to send your child to school with at least two masks. We are having to provide an average of 10 masks daily to students whose masks have broken or they forgot their masks. We will not be able to continue to do this all year. You might consider sending in a box of disposable masks with your child's name on it for them to keep in their locker, or consider donating a box to the school. We are particularly in need of children's masks. If you do not want your child to wear a mask, please remember to complete the opt-out form. If you need that sent to you again, please contact the office.


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events
Dec. 3 - Student Advent Retreat
Dec. 3 - Noon Dismissal
Dec. 6 - 10 Gingerbread Shop
Dec. 10 - Marvelous Mustang
Dec. 11-12 - Holy Card weekend
Dec. 13 - Holy Card Free Dress
Dec. 16 - Christmas Show
Des. 17 - Jean Day/Christmas Shirt
Dec. 17 - Half day NO EXTENDED DAY
Dec. 18 - Jan. 2 - Christmas Break
Many thanks to Mandy, Casey, and all the volunteers and PTCO for a fun day at Making Waves. Many families shared the good time with our children. The music was terrific as always. Thank You Mr. Medina!! We reached our goal and owe it all to Mustang Families! Mustang Families are the BEST!
Important information regarding Ice Cream Payments which are due for the second half of the school year. The Cost is $28.50 for PK through 7th grade and $27 for 8th grade. Payments are due by December 27th. PLEASE pay attention to the deadline! Payments must be prepaid in order for your student to receive ice cream!

Sign up for Spring Ice Cream Fridays using the link below:
Great Stocking Stuffer
SSCS aluminum water bottles are available for purchase in the school office for $10.00 each, cash or check will be accepted.

The Gingerbread Holiday Shop

The PTCO has been working hard to keep our tradition of a Christmas gift shopping experience for the students. The Gingerbread Holiday Shop will be open next week December 6-10 for students to shop for family and friends. 

New this year, parents will have the option to pay for their child(ren)’s shopping through FACTS. A budget envelope will be sent home this week, so parents may help students decide whom to purchase gifts for and how much to spend. Only students who return the budget envelope to school will be allowed to shop.  Please return it on or before his/her class's shopping day. See the class shopping schedule in the link below for more information and it will also be sent home. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY BACK IN THE ENVELOPE. Payment will be collected either via FACTS or check made out to PTCO SSCS after your child's shopping day. 

Click here for the Parent Information Letter.

Click here for the Class Schedule and Payment Option Form.

Thank you for your support of this fun Christmas tradition for our students! And thank you to all who volunteered to help with Gingerbread Holiday Shop next week!

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Cloete at or Nicki Gallagher in the school office. 
The start of the girl's flag football game schedule has been delayed a week. One game this week was canceled and the other was rescheduled to later in the season. So, the girls got another week of practice to prepare for their first games next week. The Mustangs play Tuesday against Corpus Christi and Thursday against local rival Nativity. Both games are here at St Stephen at 4:00.  

The boy's track team has their first meet Friday and Saturday.  The field events are tomorrow at Christ the King at 3:45. The Mustangs will be competing in the discus, shot put, long jump, and high jump. The running and relay meet is Saturday at Jesuit High School from 1:30-5:00. Results will be posted in next week's sports.

Coach Green

Would you like to be the King or Queen of the Car Line ?

Bid on the many school PRE Angel Gala silent auction prizes being offered this year!

Bidding Ends Soon So Put Your Highest Bid in NOW
Do you love to write?

The SSCS student writing club is looking for parent volunteers to supervise them once a week after school from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Meeting days are flexible. For more information, contact Mrs. Robles at
Club Mustang (Aftercare) is looking for parents who would like to volunteer after school to earn their volunteer hours for an hour or two a day. Responsibilities would include hanging out with a great group of middle school students in our media center and taking them outside to have some fun after a long day of school. If you are available for a day or on a regular basis, please contact the school office for more information.

Check out our
Mustang News morning show!
You can join our Mustang News team each morning at 7:50 as we stream live on YouTube to begin the day with prayers, the pledge of allegiance, and news. Subscribe to our channel here.
Everyone needs to be updated with their safe environment and fingerprints in order to volunteer in the school or to chaperone a field trip. Safe environment and fingerprints are good for 5 years. Attached below are the instructions on how to get your safe environment certificate and to have your fingerprints done. If you have any questions please contact Karen Biase at or call the front office at 813-741-9203 ext. 1100. Click the link here for information regarding fingerprints. Click here for more information on safe environment.

  Need Babysitting for Angels?

Many parents have asked Angels to help with watching their children while they attend the Gala.
We heard the requests and are happy to announce sitting will be available for the 2/12 Gala.
Angels Among Us will make sitting available for any SSCS students while parents attend the Gala. The children will be watched in our school building.
There will be a nominal charge to compensate the school employees who have agreed to attend to the children.
Additional information will be available closer to the Gala. Please be sure and save the date so you can enjoy the evening knowing your children are close by. 
Black Friday is coming!
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
2. Sign in with your credentials.
3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice.
4. Select your charity.
5. Start shopping!
6. Add a bookmark make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
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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 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.
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