February 3, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Angels Gala
Smencil Sale
Author Visit
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Automatic re-enrollment has happened! If you are seeing a charge in your FACTS account for $275, that is the registration fee for the 2022-23 school year. We have been talking about this since last January and it has happened. The good news is that no one needs to go into FACTS and re-enroll for next year. We did all the work for you. Please refer to my emails and letters or send me an email if you have any questions. Your current payment plan in FACTS will also rollover to next school year. If you are currently on a monthly plan, you will stay on that plan unless you contact us to make a change.

Thank you to everyone who made Catholic Schools Week special. We have all enjoyed the activities and watching the interesting outfits that the students have worn this week. A special thank you to PTCO for the lunch on Tuesday and to all the speakers who came out today to share their vocation with our students.


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events
Feb. 4 - Noon Dismissal
Feb. 11 - No School
Feb. 12 - Angels Among Us Gala
Feb. 12 - 13 Holy Card/Uniform Weekend
Feb. 14 - Jean Day/Valentine's T-Shirt Day
Feb. 15 - Holy Card Free Dress Day
Feb. 16 - Focus 11
Feb. 18 - End of Trimester 2
Feb. 21 - No School
Feb. 22 - 25 - Tera Nova Testing
Feb. 25 - Report Card Day
Thanks to our very generous PTCO for providing a delicious lunch in the FLC for teachers and staff. The lunch was followed by some fun conversation and well-deserved time for teachers to relax. Special thanks to parent volunteers who help with set up, clean up, and for assisting in the classrooms. Catholic School Week is an amazing week to thank those that do so much for us.    
Student Council Smencil Sale

Valentine's Day is coming and Student Council is selling Smencils to students in EC3 through 8th Grades. Students will be able to buy Smencils the week of February 7. Monday through Thursday students will be able to buy Smencils during their lunchtimes. There will also be an additional time to buy on Wednesday before mass, as Student Council members will be walking down the Angel's Wing and Main Building Hallways. Students should bring CASH, and each Smencil is $1.00. Student Council will write a note saying who the Smencil is to and from, and students will receive them on February 14, Valentine's Day. Thank you for your support!
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.
Author, Kentrell Martin, will be coming to speak to students in grades PreK - 3rd on February 15. Click here to watch a video and learn more about this award-winning author. You may also pre-order his books.
Child Care For Angels

Need a babysitter so you can attend the Angels event? 

 Angel Volunteer Hours Available
Angels is in need of two volunteers to move baskets, decorations, etc from the Middle School to the FLC. Some items might be heavy but a hand truck and carts are available.
This will be done on Thursday evening, February 10th starting at 9 PM. It is estimated volunteers will be needed for about 2 hours. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org.
It was brought to our attention that emails appearing to be from Father Dermot, have been going out to staff and possibly parents asking that the person contact him. If you reply there is a request to purchase gift cards. Please know that any emails, texts or phone calls asking for favors or gift cards are NOT from Father Dermot. This is fraudulent activity.  
For more information on how you can protect yourself online, please visit https://www.usa.gov/online-safety
BOYS FLAG FOOTBALL:  The boy's flag football team has their first game of the season today against St Peter Claver here at St Stephen at 4:00. The Mustangs have a busy week with three games next week. They play on Tuesday at Mother Teresa and have home games on Wednesday against Corpus Christi and Thursday against local rival Nativity. All boy's flag football games start at 4:00.

GIRLS JV BASKETBALL:  The girl's JV basketball season is off to a whirlwind start. This has been the Mustang's first week of practice and they already have their first game next Tuesday against Mother Teresa at Mother Teresa at 5:00. The Mustangs also play Thursday against local rival Nativity at Nativity at 5:00.

Please see the school website under Athletics for the complete boys flag football and girls JV basketball game schedules.

Coach Green

This year we are working with TreeRing to give each child a personalized yearbook experience.

Each student has the opportunity to create 2 free custom pages for their yearbook. This gives your student the chance to memorialize their best moments, memories, and photos from throughout the year. These pages will only be printed in your student's unique copy of the yearbook.  

If you would like to give your student special recognition, you also have the option to purchase an ad. This is a great way to tell your student(s) how proud you are and also support our school. These ads will appear in every single copy of the yearbook and are an excellent way to celebrate your student. 

Please note, the school will provide each student with their own yearbook. You DO NOT need to purchase a yearbook unless you would like an additional copy.

Annual Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Challenge

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022

Time: 9:30am to 1pm

Place: St. Stephen Family Life Center Gym

The Knights Council 14084 invites ALL boys and girls ages 9-14 to come out and participate in the 2022 Basketball Free Throw Challenge. This year we will hold the Council and District Challenge on the same day. Parents please pick up the participation form from the School Office or download it here and print it yourself. Please turn in your form no later than Wednesday, February 2 to the School Office. This allows time to complete the certificates and set up rosters. 
The challenge is from the free-throw line for 12-14-year-old participants, two main center baskets, and 12 yards away for 9-11-year-old participants from the 4 side baskets. Each participant will have 3 practice throws and 15 attempts to score. In the event of a tie in the same age group, there will be free 5 free throws until there is a winner. There will be water and snacks available during the event. After both council and district challenges are complete we will also have an opportunity for pictures. We warmly welcome you to this year’s event and hope to see a good turnout from each age group, boys, and girls!

Parking: Park in the front of the Family Life Center and check-in at the table at the front entry. Any questions/concerns contact Ed Veronick, KOC 14084 Community Program Director 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.
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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February 26th in the Family Life Center
Doors open at 1:30
Speaker from 2:00-3:30
Join us for mass at 4:30

Hosted by: The Columbiettes, The Community for Women and Respect Life Ministry
This is a parish event. There will be adult content but is teen-appropriate.
RESERVATIONS ARE SUGGESTED cfw@ststephencatholic.org
Human Trafficking: Test Your Knowledge
Do You Know??
**What is Human Trafficking?
**Who are the victims? The Traffickers?
**What types of human trafficking can be found in the United States?
**Who takes advantage of the '"products" provided by human trafficking?
Speaker: Sister Renetta Graff SND, home parish, Espiritu Santo, Safety Harbor
S.O.S. Human Trafficking Program has the approval of the Diocese with the knowledge of 
Sabrina Burton Schultz, Director of Life, Justice, and Advocacy 
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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