February 18, 2021
Important updates in this week's Tidbits:


Angels Among Us - A Great Success
State Scholarship Update
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Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Angels Among Us was a great success! Between Angels and the Spirit Raffle, we raised just over $70K. This will help tremendously with our Covid related expenses (air purification system, extra technology devices, Flexible Learning teacher, etc.) and unforeseen costs related to Angel's Wing. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

February 22 - March 3 are days scheduled for Terra Nova testing for grades 2-8. Please make every effort to bring your child to school those days and to be on time. Students who arrive late will stay in the office until the testing period has ended. If your child is on Flexible Learning, you would have received an email explaining the dates and the plans for testing. If you missed today's Principal's Coffee on Facebook Live, be sure to watch it for information regarding standardized testing.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events
Feb. 22 - Terra Nova Testing begins
Mar. 2 - End of 2nd Trimester
Mar. 5 - Marvelous Mustang
Mar. 12 - Noon Dismissal/Parent Conferences
Mar. 13-14 - Uniform/Holy Card Weekend
Mar. 15 - No School
Mar. 16 - Holy Card Free Dress Day

For all event details please see SSCS Event Descriptions
The 2021-22 income-based scholarship application season is almost here and we wanted to inform you of an important update: 
 
Both Florida Tax Credit Scholarship students AND Family Empowerment Scholarship students MUST apply to renew their student's scholarship for the 2021-22 school year when the application is available. 

  • February 2021: RENEWAL students may apply.
  • Early March 2021: NEW students may apply.

Please continue to monitor your email for updates on when the income-based scholarship application will be available through Step Up For Students. 
 
IMPORTANT:
  • Both income-based scholarships are once-in, always-in programs meaning students who received scholarship funding through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship or the Family Empowerment Scholarship for the current school year (2020-21) may be automatically eligible for a scholarship for the upcoming school year (2021-22) as long as an application is submitted for the 2021-22 school year.
  • The 2021-22 application for both income-based scholarships is the same.
  • Family Empowerment Scholarship renewing families MUST include a valid Social Security Number for all students and parents on the application. 
  • Siblings added to a renewal student’s application may also be automatically eligible for an income-based scholarship. Siblings of current income-based scholarship students will receive priority over new students; however, space is limited so please submit your application as soon as possible.

For questions, email enrollment@stepupforstudents.org, or call the Service Center at 877-735-7837, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. 
A Celebration of Family and Friends
Enjoyed by All
The 2021 Angels Valentine Gala will be remembered for the bond strengthened between school families, parishioners, and friends of our community. The laughter and good time were shared by all.

Special thanks to John Clarkson, Honorary Chair, and all our donors and sponsors. Without their generosity, Angels would not have exceeded its fundraising goals. Thank you to all the guests who joined in the fun and the teachers and school staff who attended. The many volunteers who helped plan the Gala, the volunteers who worked the day before and the day of the event, our photographer for the night, Kelley Marshall, all helped make it happen! The fabulous desserts by Sugary Labs added extra sweetness to the fabulous evening. 

Please use the link provided below to enjoy the photos. Additional details about the Gala will soon be posted to the school website. We are already starting to plan Angels 2022. If you are interested in joining the planning team, please reach out to ngallagher@sscsfl.org.
Donations to Angels are accepted and appreciated all year.

Photos from Angels Among Us

Mrs. Stencel's ESE Blog

This month's topic:

Understanding & Inclusion

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Earn a $50 Gift Card to Risse Brothers Uniform Store
Please like us on Facebook and follow us on 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. Also, 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 they heard about St. Stephen.
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Help Wanted
Club Mustang is seeking a part-time staff member for after-school care. For more details, contact Gina Robles at grobles@sscsfl.org or call the school office.
PTCO UPDATE

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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