March 10, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:


Fish Fry
March Madness Raffle
Spring Portraits
Mustang Sports


Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

We have had a change in our Covid policies and procedures. Masks are no longer mandated. Parents may choose if they wish their child to wear a mask which means the opt-out form is no longer necessary. The other good news is we have not had any positive cases of Covid in the school over the past few weeks.

Pope Francis reminds us to keep our Ukraine brothers and sisters in our prayers. If you would like to help in other ways, there are a number of Catholic organizations collecting donations to aid the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. For more information, please go to the Diocese Website.

Finally, learn more about how your child could receive a scholarship for the 2022-23 school year by joining the Step Up For Students interest list today.

Have a wonderful 4-day weekend!

Peace,

Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events
March 12 - 13 - Holy Card Weekend
March 14 - 15 - No School
March 16 - Holy Card Free Dress
March 17 - Jean Day/Green Shirt
March 22 - Spring Pictures
March 23 - 25 Nature's Classroom 7th Grade
March 25 - Marvelous Mustang
March 29 - Spirit Night
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
Spirit Wear Available Soon
PTCO is excited to again offer Spirit Wear for two weeks starting at midnight 3/17. Starting 3/17 you will be able to order Quality Custom SSCS Spirit Wear! Look for the link to order in next week's Tidbits! Please contact ngallaghe@sscsfl.org with any questions. Thank you for supporting SSCS PTCO.
Come Celebrate Lent

St. Stephen Men's Club and Community For Women

Present

The Annual Fish Fry

March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 8

Friday's Starting at 4:30 PM - Closing at 7:00 PM

Credit/Debit Cards Only - NO CASH

Dine-In/Carry-Out/Drive-Thru


FISH FRY 2022
TABLE SERVERS WANTED

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!!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED


When? Friday, March 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!
SAVE THE DATE: June 13-17, 2022
St. Stephen Catholic Church
2022 Vacation Bible School

This Catholic VBS called Birthday Blast is an exciting PRO-LIFE-themed program where kids will learn to DISCOVER, RESPECT, PROTECT, SERVE, and CELEBRATE life. This program instills an awareness of God's amazing creation and the beauty and dignity of the human person. Kids will receive life-giving lessons on what it means to be a child of God.
MUSTANG SPORTS
GIRLS TRACK:  Coach Green is excited to announce that we have a girls track coach. Thank you, parent volunteer, Jenn Daoud, for offering to coach the girl's JV and varsity team this season. The girls start practice today from 3:00-4:30. They'll be practicing and running in the church parking lot and out on the field for a couple of weeks before the meets start.
Here are the meet dates.
Thursday, March 31-Field Events at Christ the King at 4:00
Saturday, April 2-Running and Relay Meet 1 at St Petersburg Catholic 8:30-Noon
Thursday, April 7-Field Events at Christ the King at 4:00
Saturday, April 9-Running and Relay Meet 1 at St Petersburg Catholic 8:30-Noon
Tuesday, April 12-Cross Country Meet at Mary Help at 4:00 

Girls participating on the track team must have the Diocesan required FHSAA sports physical form and consent form completed and turned in by Wednesday, March 30 to be eligible to run at the meets. The $65 sports fee must also be paid by March 31. The forms and fee should be turned in to the office or Coach Green. The sports forms are available on the school website under Athletics-Forms.  

BOYS BASKETBALL:  Boys JV and varsity basketball tryouts were today. Practice starts next week and games will start the week of March 28. The complete boy's basketball schedule will be posted on the school website when it's finalized next week. Boys participating on the basketball teams must have the Diocesan required FHSAA sports physical form and consent form completed and turned in by Monday, March 28 to be eligible to play in the games. The $65 sports fee must also be paid by March 28. The forms and fee should be turned in to the office or Coach Green. The sports forms are available on the school website under Athletics-Forms.  

Field Day is coming up soon, on 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. Coach Green is still 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

GO MUSTANGS
Coach Green
AUTHOR VISIT POSTPONED
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.
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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