February 24, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Fish Fry
Author Postponed
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Thank you for making the extra effort to bring your children to school on time this week. Students in grades 2-8 have been doing their best on the Terra Nova test showing us all they have learned this year. Testing will continue through Tuesday of next week and then we will schedule make-ups after that.

Please be sure to watch your email on Friday for information on how to access your child's report card for Trimester 2. It is important to review your child's progress with him/her, celebrating successes and making plans for areas they can improve.

Many of you are already making plans for the summer and have been asking about the start date for school next year. We have included that information below, as well as long holidays, so you can begin to make your plans.

Please join us for Mass next week as we celebrate Ash Wednesday. Students will receive their Rice Bowls on Tuesday next week and you can read more about the program here. Teachers will be doing activities throughout Lent to help the students understand the importance of helping others. Students should be putting money from their allowance or money their earn doing chores into the rice bowls. Thank you for encouraging them to live our faith.


Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events
Feb. 25 - Report Card Day
Feb. 28 - March 4 - Terra Nova Testing
March 2 - Ash Wednesday
March 4 - Noon Dismissal
March 7 - 11 - Terra Nova Testing
March 12 - 13 - Holy Card Weekend
March 14 - 15 - No School
March 16 - Holy Card Free Dress
March 17 - Jean Day/Green Shirt
Important Dates For The Upcoming School Year
August 8 - 1st Day of School

August 31 - No School and All church/school retreat

Nov. 21-25 Thanksgiving Holiday (Monday and Tuesday are hurricane make-up days if needed.)

Dec. 22 - Jan. 3, 2023, Christmas Holiday

April 7 - 14 Easter Holiday

May 26 - Last Day of School


It’s time to get your volunteer hours! 

What better way than helping out at the Fish Fry? The Community for Women is once again asking St. Stephen families for their help in assisting with the Fish Fry. Click here to sign up for table server opportunities.
Click here for more information about serving in the dining room during our parish Lenten Fish Frys.
St. Stephen Men's Club & Community for Women
Annual Lenten Fish Fry is Back!!


When? Friday, March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th and April 1st & 8th

What Time?   Food will be served from 4:30 – 7:00 PM, Volunteers
should report NLT 4:00 PM

Where? Parking is available in either the School or FLC Parking
Lot. Volunteers sign-in at the Men’s Club portable,
and see Ed Veronick, who is our Fish Fry coordinator

What To Wear?  Comfortable work clothes (shorts, t-shirt, hat are
acceptable; be prepared for cooler weather

Click here to sign up to help. School volunteer hours will be awarded. Sign up for as many events as you can! Volunteers must sign in and sign out to get credit for their service hours. Volunteer opportunities include check-in, food prep, clean-up, etc.

Please help us make this year our best
Fish Fry ever!

March Madness Spirit Raffle - Final Volunteer Opportunities for SSCS Parents!

We have a few opportunities left that we need your help with for this year's March Madness Raffle Fundraiser. This is the perfect opportunity to fulfill your volunteer service hours during Fish Fry Fridays. Please review the available slots below and click on here to sign up.
Author, Kentrell Martin, will be coming to speak to students in grades PreK - 3rd on a future date. His February 15 visit has been postponed. We will keep you posted on his future visit. Click here to watch a video and learn more about this award-winning author. You may also pre-order his books.
Scholarships for Private School Children

Be among the first to know when applications for scholarships for the 2022-23 school year will be accepted. Go to scholarship interest for 2022-2023 and complete the form to receive updates. Click here or on the flyer for more information about the scholarships available, including those for military families.
GIRLS JV BASKETBALL:  The girl's JV basketball team played well but lost to local rival Nativity, 18-17. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Karly L 6 points, Lillian M 5 points, Anelisse S 4 points, and Angeliamarie D 2 points. They lost to Christ the King, 9-1. The Mustang point was scored on a free throw by Megan A. The girls are back on the court today for their last game of the season when they play St Lawrence at St Lawrence at 5:00.

BOYS FLAG FOOTBALL:  The boy's flag football team beat Villa Madonna, 12-7. The Mustangs scored on a touchdown run by Dylan B and Johnnie B had a touchdown catch from Quarterback Alex V. John S had an interception for the defense. The Mustangs lost to Mother Teresa, 32-0. The boys are back on the field today for their last regular-season game against St Lawrence at St Lawrence at 4:00. The playoffs start Tuesday with the Mustang's quarterfinal opponent and field site still to be determined.

Coach Green is looking for volunteer coaches for the girl's track and the boy's JV basketball teams. Service hours will be earned. The girl's track and boy's basketball seasons last from the second week of March through the first week of May. Any parent interested in volunteer coaching should contact Coach Green ASAP. ggreen@sscsfl.org

Field Day is Thursday, April 7. Grades 5-8 will participate in the morning from 9:30-11:00 and grades K-4 will participate in the afternoon from 1:00-2:30. The students will participate in fun activities and challenges. I'm also hoping to get the obstacle course bouncy house like in years past. Coach Green is looking for parent volunteers to help with supervising and running the field day activities during both sessions. If you'd like to volunteer during your child's activity time that would really help. Service hours will be credited. Please contact Coach Green if you have an interest in volunteering at St Stephen Field Day 2022.  ggreen@sscsfl.org

Coach Green
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.
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 kbiase@sscsfl.org or call the front office atext. 1100. Click the link here for information regarding fingerprints. Click here for more information on safe environment.
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Summer Adventures Await At Our Lady Of Good Counsel Camp in Floral City.

This is a co-ed overnight camp that is owned and operated by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. All children 7 to 15 years of age are invited to attend the camp's 75th summer! One and two-week sessions are currently offered at affordable prices. All information is available on the camp website at www.goodcounselcamp.org or by emailing the camp director at info@goodcounselcamp.org. Please click here for the application form.
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St. Stephen Catholic School is devoted to inspiring students to achieve their full academic potential while demonstrating a desire to continue Jesus' mission by applying Catholic morals, beliefs, values, and practices in their everyday lives. We are committed to motivating students to sustain a lifelong love of learning.