January 28, 2021
Important updates in this week's Tidbits:


Spring Spirit Raffle
Angels Among Us
Catholic Schools Week
Don Bosco Festival
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Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Thank you to everyone who has completed the re-enrollment process for next year. We are grateful that you have chosen to continue your child's education at St. Stephen. This weekend kicks off Catholic Schools Week, a week in which we celebrate Catholic education. Please read the flyer below to find out all the details of happenings this upcoming week. This year we are also celebrating 20 years of educating students. I have been here for 18 of those 20 years, and it continues to be my pleasure to serve this community. Be sure to take a moment to thank Fr. Dermot and Fr. Tim for all they do for our school when you see them at Mass this weekend.

I also wish to share some reminders. Mrs. Biase has asked that everyone please remember to check in on the PikMyKid app each morning and answer the Covid screening questions. It gets very busy at the front desk, and she is spending a good deal of time calling those who have not checked in. If your child has ANY of the symptoms, they should not come to school. Remember, some children do not exhibit a fever with COVID-19, so that is not the only symptom to watch for.

The other reminder is, please be sure to drop your child off before 7:48 am each morning. At 7:48, we let in the last few students already at the sidewalk, and then we close the doors. The reason is if you drop your child at the sidewalk at 7:49, they will not make it to the classroom by the 7:50 bell. Students must be in their classroom at 7:50, or else they are tardy. It's best to drop them off between 7:30-7:45, so they have time to get to their class, unpack, and chat with their friends before prayer, which begins immediately at 7:50 am. Thank you for understanding.


Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
Re-enrollment ends today
Jan. 28


Please take a moment to complete the process to ensure a spot for your child at St. Stephen in 2021-22
Upcoming Events
Jan. 28 - Re-enrollment ends
Jan. 29 - Jean Day
Jan. 29 - Marvelous Mustang
Jan. 30 - 8th Grade Confirmation
Jan. 30-31 - Wear uniforms to Mass this weekend
Jan. 31 - Feb. 5 - Catholic Schools Week
Feb. 5 - Noon Dismissal
Feb. 10 - Focus 11 for Gr. 6 (Virtual)
Feb. 12 - Valentine shirts and jeans day
Feb. 13-14 - Holy Card/Uniform Weekend at Mass
Feb. 15 - No School for Presidents Day
Feb. 16 - Holy Card Free Dress Day
Feb. 17 - Ash Wednesday
Feb. 22 - Terra Nova Testing begins

For all event details please see SSCS Event Descriptions

Celebrating
Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 31 - Feb. 5
Click on the flyer for details
We Welcome FLP Students to CSW Activities!
FLP students are welcome to join their classmates for the Friday outdoor celebration. FLP students are also welcome to attend the outdoor vocations day presentations.
Teachers have information regarding the time your class will be outside on Friday and times and locations outside for career day.
If you have any questions or would like to join in the activities, please feel free to ask your teacher about your class schedule or reach out to ngallagher@sscsfl.org
CSW Dress Code Details
Saturday/Sunday, January 30-31 - Celebrate your Parish
  • Students should wear their school uniform to Mass
Monday, February 1 - Celebrate our Community
  • Students wear clothes and accessories that represent Florida sports teams, attractions, businesses, etc. Free dress rules apply!
Tuesday, February 2 - Celebrate our Faculty and Staff
  • Students dress in clothes that represent the decade their favorite teacher was born in. Free dress rules apply!
Wednesday, February 3 - Celebrate our Nation
  • Students wear red, white, and blue. Free dress rules apply!
Thursday, February 4 - Celebrate Vocations
  • Students to dress in a vocation that interests them. Free dress rules apply!
Friday, February 5 - Celebrate our Students and Families
  • Students wear their Spirit shirt with jeans or PE shorts.
Angels Among Us Gala News
Love Our Kids!
Angels LIVE Auction Update
Check out the Angel LIVE Auction items on the school website. Angel donations are still being accepted in the school office.

Watch this video to see some of the many reasons to support Angels Among Us 2021!

Volunteer opportunities to help at the Gala are still available. Contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org
Don Bosco Festival This Weekend
The Don Bosco Festival is coming up this weekend. This year the festival lands on St. John Bosco’s actual feast day, January 31 – how great is that!?
Event Detail:
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Location: Mary Help of Christians Center (6400 E Chelsea St, Tampa FL 33610)
Schedule:
10:30 am Rosary
11:00 am Mass, in the gym, for the feast of St. John Bosco
12:15 pm – 4:00 pm he festival itself, which includes:
  • International food fest – Italian, Korean, BBW, Mexican, Cambodian and Filipino cuisine
  • Contests/games, with prizes
  • Yard sale
  • Rock wall, farm animals, and other entertaining activities
  • 50/50 raffles
  • And more!
Please remember masks and safe distancing protocols
Questions? Call 813-626-6191 x22 or email Ldegrasse@mhctampa.org
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.
or search sscsmustangs
or search @sscsfl
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.
Calling All 8th Grade Families! Ad Deadline 2/11/21
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 the yearbook please see the Yearbook Recognition flyer. The deadline to purchase a recognition ad is coming up soon on February 11, 2021.

Mustang Sports
Please read this message regarding Diocesan and St Stephen school sports.

From the Diocesan Superintendent Chris Pastura:

As you know, we have experienced high rates of Covid-19 infection in all five counties and increases in our schools in recent weeks. Therefore, I am issuing a temporary stop to all K-8 Catholic school interscholastic sports at this time. We will be continually reevaluating the situation in the upcoming weeks. It’s my hope that we’ll be able to return to interscholastic athletics in the near future.



GO MUSTANGS!

Coach Green
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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