January 20, 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,

Congratulations to our 8th graders who received the Gifts of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation last weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony and we were blessed to have Bishop Parkes with us.

Please be sure you are reading your emails about automatic re-enrollment which takes place on February 1. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

The Diocese has changed the policy regarding at-home Covid-19 tests. We will now accept home tests if the result is positive for Covid. However, if the child has symptoms related to Covid-19 and the test is negative, we will still require a visit to the doctor or another test from a pharmacy, doctor's office, or testing site.

A big thank you to all the parents who came out to our PTCO meeting last week. Thank you also to Mrs. Farfan and the Knights for providing and serving refreshments.

Finally, I am sharing some news that is both joyful and sad. At the end of this school year, Mrs. Robles will be leaving. While we are sad to lose Mrs. Robles, we are also happy for her and excited for what God has planned for her future. We have all been blessed to have her as a part of our family for so many years and will truly miss her. Please take a moment to read Mrs. Robles' letter.

Keep reading for more news about what is happening at St. Stephen!


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

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
Automatic re-enrollment is almost here!

Your spot for the 2022-23 school year will be saved. Students currently in grades PK3 – 7th will be automatically re-enrolled on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.
The $275 Registration Fee (per family) will be billed to your FACTS account on Feb 1. This non-refundable fee is due by Feb. 11, payable through FACTS. For those set up for autopay, it will process automatically. 
If you plan to register a sibling next school year, it is critical that you let us know by Jan. 28, 2022. You may do so by completing the Sibling Form. Siblings will have priority if space is available.
Any family not intending on returning should contact Mrs. Pesquera in the office no later than Friday, Jan. 28 at fpesquera@sscsfl.org
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.
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Scripps school spelling bee! We are proud to announce the winner of the Grades 1-3 bee was third-grader Alex Beam. For the upper bee, our 1st place winner was 4th grader Kellan Bender. In second place was Adrian Rivera. Great job everyone!
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.
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! 
   Wine Donations Still Needed
All new families are required to do 4 of their 20 volunteer hours with Angels Among Us. 4 hours equals $200 as each volunteer hour is valued at $50. Purchase wine valued at $160
(a savings of $10 an hour) and your 4 hours will be credited, or check the Angel volunteer sign up for any unfilled times still available. All donations are appreciated. Please contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org with any questions.
    Ever Dream of Sailing Tampa Bay?

Thanks to the generosity of the Barkley Family, Angels is offering to the highest bidder, a day of fun sailing on beautiful Tampa Bay. This exciting adventure is only one of the Live Auction packages that will be available on 2/12 for your bid. If you prefer to stay grounded, First Grade parents have donated all you need to experience The Best of Tampa. Seat Reservations are available on the school website. Child Care is also available for SSCS students only. Please contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org with any questions.
The PTCO sure knows how to have a fun meeting. The secret is good wine with amazing food. Thank you to all parents who attended the PTCO meeting last week. Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for serving the wine and to Vylam for the delicious spread of cheese and fruit. Congratulations to Carmen Rivera for winning the two seat reservations to the Angel Gala.
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 1. 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 beat St Lawrence, 32-12. Karly L, Angelina S, and Jayden O each scored a touchdown and Jessica L had two touchdowns to lead the Mustang offense. The girls finished the regular season with 2 wins and 3 losses and the 4th seed for the playoffs. The Mustangs hosted local rival Nativity in the quarterfinals and won 18-0. Angelina S had a rushing touchdown and Karly L had a receiving touchdown from QB Jayden O. Jayden O also had 2 interceptions on defense including one returned for a touchdown. The Mustangs played yesterday in the semifinals against Christ the King and lost, 18-14. Jessica L and Jayden O each had a rushing touchdown and Jayden O also had an interception for the defense. Good season girls!

The boy's flag football team started practice today. The Mustangs have a couple of weeks of practice before the games start on Thursday, February 3 against St Peter Claver here at St Stephen at 4:00. See the school website under Athletics for the complete 2022 Boys Flag Football schedule.  

Coach Green is still looking for girls JV and varsity basketball coaches. It's a 6-week commitment. The season lasts from the beginning of February through the first week of March, service hours will be credited. Please contact Coach Green if you are interested in volunteer coaching.


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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