March 18, 2021
Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Traffic Signal
Realtors Wanted
Honey Baked Hams

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Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Is there something about SSCS that you especially appreciate? Do you have a story of your child's experiences here that you would like to share? Is your child excited to see his/her teachers and friends each day? Please share your thoughts about our school by posting a Google Review and let others see the joy of coming to St. Stephen. Please click on the link and write a few words. If not on Google, please consider leaving a review on Facebook.

Everyone should have received an email from me yesterday with a form letter and list of contacts in regard to a traffic signal at our exit. Please take the time to write to our county commissioner and others who can help us get funding for the traffic light. The documents can also be found below in the Traffic Signal update.

Thank you to those who have supported the Honey Baked Hams fundraisers with the Men's Club. Every ham gets us closer to a new roof!

Please read all of Tidbits as there is much news and information to share.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
Save the date! Our 7th graders will be presenting Living Stations of the Cross on March 26 at 7 pm in the church.
"What Our Parents Are Saying"
Your opinion is important and will help us improve as teachers, administrators, and as a school. Please share your feedback with us and know that your opinions are important and we will use your testimonials to tell others about SSCS.  You can contribute to " What Our Parents Are Saying" by emailing You can also tell others about your experience with SSCS by using this link. Your comments will be posted to Google as a review when our school is searched online.

Thank you for helping us tell others just how amazing our school is as we continue to strive to find ways to always meet your expectations.   
Upcoming Events
Apr. 1 - Noon Dismissal
Apr. 2 - No School
Apr. 5th through 9th - No School Easter Holiday

For all event details please see SSCS Event Descriptions
SSCC Men's Club Supports Our Students
44 Days Left 
The SSCC Men's Club is sponsoring an Easter Season Fundraiser to help support our plans to improve and grow our school community. Our School is celebrating 20 years, and over time the roof has deteriorated, and the buildings are in need of improvements. Our plan to improve and grow our school can only happen with the support of school families and community members. The Honey Baked Hams are one way you can help. Please see the flyer and purchase gift cards to support this endeavor. Kindly also send the flyer to family and friends. The 20% back to our school will continue for 44 days. Please purchase your gift cards NOW!

Thank You for all you do to support our school and our amazing students!

With your support, SSCS will continue pursuing excellence in Catholic School Education, focusing on faith, academics, and service in a caring, spiritual and safe learning environment. 

Our school families, parishioners, and community members play an integral part in the future of our school. Your donation is needed to improve and grow our school community. Plans for the future of SSCS are in the developmental stages, with the immediate priority of replacing our 20-year-old roof. As part of our school family, we will continue to make you aware of the improvements and plans for our school’s future. Thank you for being part of our first twenty years, and we look forward to your support as we move into a bright new beginning, our next twenty!

Please download and print the donation card and send it in with your donation. All donations are important to the success of our campaign and are greatly appreciated.

We have also established an endowment fund for SSCS and will gladly provide additional information upon request.
First Contribution to Next 20 Received
Our School Families always come through with kindness and support. No sooner did our parents read that we were asking for donations to support our next 20 years of growth and improvements and our first donation was received.

                            Thank You to the Beam Family!
If you missed the email from Mrs. Umoh, here is the form letter you can use to reach out to county and government officials asking that a full traffic signal be funded for the safety and protection of all. Thank you for helping us with the campaign.

Help Us Spread the Word About SSCS!

If you are a realtor or have a family member or friend who is a realtor, SSCS can use your help. We need your help in reaching new families moving into our area. If you can help us spread the word about our amazing school, please call Nicki Gallagher in the school office.
Earn a $50 Gift Card to
Risse Brothers Uniform Store
Families who refer someone to St. Stephen AND they enroll for the 21-22 School year, 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.
Lent, a time to turn away from our sins and rejoice in the healing power of God. Come celebrate the healing and loving forgiveness of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Confession. The following is the confession schedule beginning on Monday, March 15.
  • Monday morning after Mass.
  • Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., there will be two priests available until no one is left in line.
  • Wednesday evenings at 5:30 is specifically for families to come together. There will be two priests available until there is no one left in line. 
  • Friday mornings after Mass.
  • Saturday mornings after Mass.
  • Saturday at 2:45 p.m., there will be two priests available until no one is left in line or Mass is about to begin.
Please note there will be no confessions heard on Good Friday or Holy Saturday. Please plan accordingly.
Covid19 Procedures Update
Our efforts to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within our school community have been very successful up to this point in the school year, especially compared to the levels of community infections. In our efforts to strive to have policies up to date with the latest best practice recommendations, our local COVID-19 committee has reviewed a number of our school policies to reflect the recent update from the CDC regarding school operations; in addition, we have also routinely reviewed recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the FL Chapter of the AAP, recommendations from local health officials, and other resources to provide our students and staff with the safest and healthiest environment we can. A recent review of recommendations has shown that temperature screenings are a poor indicator of COVID-19 infection, especially in children. Children are much more likely to have mild symptoms that mimic allergies or a cold and frequently never develop a fever (in fact, less than 50% of children <18 years old with a positive COVID-19 test ever develop a fever). As a result, the committee's recommendations were to focus more on the daily symptom checker in PikMyKid, rather than temperature screens. This decision, and other recommendations adopted by the committee, are supported by the Operational Strategies for K-12 Schools put forth by the CDC and the AAP School reopening guidelines. 

As we enter allergy season, we ask that you mindfully answer the screening questions daily and consult your child's healthcare provider with any questions regarding symptoms. "As a reminder, please keep your child home if he or she is sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 include the following: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms" -CDC.

SSCS is seeking help from interested parents and community members with expertise in various subject areas to join our curriculum review committee. Committee members would help review current and future textbooks and curriculum programs to make recommendations to the school administration on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in applying to be part of this committee, please fill out 
this Google Form to submit your information. Thank you!


Come join us for BINGO, sponsored by the Community for Women.

Where: St. Stephen FLC

When: March 23rd, April 20th, and May 25th

We play at 6:30 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm.

20 games of play for $15. Additional games are available for purchase. All CASH prizes!! Concessions will be available for purchase before play and during the break. Covid precautions will be in place.
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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
  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 within 14 days of purchase. Tip: Make sure you send the receipt from the same email address that you use to sign in at 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
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 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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