January 13, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Catholic Schools Week
Spirit Night
Angels Gala
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Happy New Year! Please join me in prayer this weekend as we pray for our 8th graders who will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation. May they be filled with the power of the Spirit as they take this next step in the faith journey.

If you missed my email yesterday, please take the time to look for it. I emailed all our PK through 7th grade families information about continuous enrollment which is coming up soon. All the details are in my letter.

I hope to see many of you this evening at the PTCO meeting at the school. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm. Bring your questions/concerns and I will try to address them all. Have a wonderful 3-day weekend!


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

Jan. 17 - No School
Jan. 18 - 21 I-Ready Testing
Jan. 25 - PDQ Spirit Night
Jan. 28 - Jean Day/ Marvelous Mustang
Jan. 30 - Feb. 4 - Catholic Schools Week/SVDP Food Drive
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
Angels Sign -Up Information 

Need a babysitter so you can attend the Angels event ? 

Interested in Volunteering ? 

REMEMBER! New families are required to volunteer 4 hours for this fundraiser! 
We are blessed with the BEST teachers! During Catholic Schools Week, we want to show how much we appreciate them!
PTCO has a special luncheon planned for them on
Tuesday, February 1st. Help us show our teachers just how much you care by giving them some of your time!
Click here to sign up and volunteer on our sign-up genius. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D44ACA928A6F85-catholic
What a perfect way to get in your volunteer hours! 
The girl's flag football team has their last regular-season game today against St Lawrence at St Lawrence at 4:00. The Mustangs lost to Villa Madonna, 26-12. Jayden O and Jessica L both had a touchdown run and Jessica L had an interception on defense. The girl's flag football playoffs start Tuesday. The Mustangs opponent and game site will be determined after today's game.  

Boys varsity flag football tryouts are today from 3:00-5:30. Boys in grades 6-8 are eligible to try out. The boy's flag football season runs from mid-January through the first week of March. 

Girls JV and varsity basketball is the next girl's sport. Tryouts and practice start after the girl's flag football season. The week of January 24-28. Coach Green is looking for volunteer coaches for the season. Service hours will be credited for volunteer coaching. If you are interested in coaching girls JV or varsity basketball please contact Coach Green ASAP. Thank you.    

Coach Green
Our Fish Fry is coming!!
If you love our St. Stephen Lenten Fish Frys - keep reading!

There will be an opportunity coming soon to sign up for dining room serving which will count toward volunteer hours. This is a request to fill a need to have a volunteer individual, a husband and wife team, or a couple of besties, to manage the dining room during the six scheduled 2022 Fish Frys. The requirements are firm and necessary to keep consistency and maintain quality with the dining experience. All server volunteer information, rules/procedures, and expectations will be provided. The individual volunteer/duo MUST be available for ALL SIX Fish Frys from 3:30-7:30PM. March 4,11,18, 25 and April 1 and 8. Children WILL NOT be able to be with you while working. If you enjoy the hustle of our Fish Frys and can meet the criteria listed below, please contact Paula Mendez to discuss this opportunity further at 813-787-8328 or email paulatam3516@yahoo.com.

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.

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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