November 18, 2021

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Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I want to say how thankful I am to work in this community. I appreciate how we all work together to support the students. Today, I enjoyed seeing the parents helping our youngest students share a Thanksgiving meal with their friends. I also enjoyed hearing our final total for the Making Waves event, just over $18,000! The class winners of the pizza party are 1st and 8th Grade. Congratulations and thank you, everyone, for the donations.

Here are some reminders about morning and afternoon carline. Morning carline ends promptly at 7:48 am. This allows students 2 minutes to get to class before the bell rings. If you arrive after 7:48 am, please walk your child into the office. For afternoon carline, the times are 3:00 to 3:20 pm. It is important that you arrive by 3:20 at the latest. If there are no more cars waiting to be checked in at 3:20, the person checking in cars will leave and you will need to go to Extended Day to pick up your child. There are times that carline goes later than 3:20 and we do stay there until all cars are checked in, but we never know what the end time will be. Teachers can also see out their windows when the line is ending. Once all cars are announced, they send the remaining students to Extended Day. Therefore, please be sure to always arrive by 3:20 pm.

I would like to share some information I received from teachers over the past few weeks. Now that grades 5-8 are back in the FLC eating lunch, teachers are able to see how large groups of students are managing their food. Student lunches should include protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, but it's also important to choose foods they will like. We watch students attempt to throw away whole apples, bananas, and other items because they don't like or want them. They also don't want to bring them back home. Please talk to your child about the healthy foods they do like to eat and have them help pack their lunches. If they play a role in choosing the food, they will more likely eat it. The other thing I am hearing from middle school teachers is that students are falling asleep in class. It doesn't seem to be one teacher or subject but across all classes. I suggest you look at your child's schedule and help them plan time for homework, outside activities, family time, etc., and still get enough sleep. Middle school students are going through many physical changes and sometimes need more sleep than younger students.

When we return from Thanksgiving break, families will receive a google form for ice cream sign up for the remainder of the year. You will notice on the form that there is an increase in the price of ice cream from $1.00 to $1.50 per week. I just met with a representative from a different vendor today and we will be switching after Christmas. We have been disappointed in the quality and unavailability of the ice cream with our current vendor. With our new vendor, we are able to supply Good Humor and Popsicle brand ice cream as well as other brand name items. However, with an upgrade in quality comes an increase in price. I believe that the increase of 50 cents per week will be well worth the ice cream we will now be providing.
Finally, I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events
Nov. 19 - Fall Shirt/Jean Day
Nov. 22 - 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday No School
Dec. 3 - Student Advent Retreat
Dec. 3 - Noon Dismissal
Dec. 6 - 10 Gingerbread Shop
Dec. 10 - Marvelous Mustang
Dec. 11-12 - Holy Card weekend
Dec. 13 - Holy Card Free Dress
Dec. 16 - Christmas Show
Des. 17 - Jean Day/Christmas Shirt
Dec. 17 - Half day NO EXTENDED DAY
Dec. 18 - Jan. 2 - Christmas Break
Do you love to write? The SSCS student writing club is looking for parent volunteers to supervise them once a week after school from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Meeting days are flexible. For more information, contact Mrs. Robles 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.

There will be a change to adoration time for next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Adoration will take place from
9am to Noon
on November 24, 2021. 
Benediction will take place at noon.

  Need Babysitting for Angels?

Many parents have asked Angels to help with watching their children while they attend the Gala.
We heard the requests and are happy to announce sitting will be available for the 2/12 Gala.
Angels Among Us will make sitting available for any SSCS students while parents attend the Gala. The children will be watched in our school building.
There will be a nominal charge to compensate the school employees who have agreed to attend to the children.
Additional information will be available closer to the Gala. Please be sure and save the date so you can enjoy the evening knowing your children are close by. 

Would you like to be the King or Queen of the Car Line ?

Bid on the many school PRE Angel Gala silent auction prizes being offered this year!

Bidding Ends Soon So Put Your Highest Bid in NOW
Check out our
Mustang News morning show!
You can join our Mustang News team each morning at 7:50 as we stream live on YouTube to begin the day with prayers, the pledge of allegiance, and news. Subscribe to our channel here.
If you are not receiving text messages from the school, please be sure we have the correct phone number. You should have received a text on Wednesday with the link for the morning show. If you did not, please contact Flo Pesquera to update your information. Thank you!
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 or call the front office at 813-741-9203 ext. 1100. Click the link here for information regarding fingerprints. Click here for more information on safe environment.
Great Stocking Stuffer
SSCS aluminum water bottles are available for purchase in the school office for $10.00 each, cash or check will be accepted.

The Gingerbread Holiday Shop

The PTCO has been working hard to keep our tradition of a Christmas gift
shopping experience for the students. The Gingerbread Holiday Shop will be open December 6-10 for students to shop for family and friends. 

New this year, parents will have the option to pay for their child(ren)’s shopping through FACTS. A budget form will be sent home the week before the shop opens, so parents may help students decide whom to purchase gifts for and how much to spend. 

We are still in need of a few more volunteers, so please click on the signup genius link for more information on volunteer opportunities and to sign up.

PTCO Gingerbread Holiday Shop Volunteer Signup Genius link:

The Columbian Squires youth group of the Knights of Columbus will have “Keep Christ in Christmas” cards and magnets for sale following all weekend masses on November 27th & 28th and December 4th & 5th in the Ministry Promo Area outside the church front entry. Please come out and support this youth ministry so we can continue to provide support to our veterans, the homeless and pro-life! This year we are featuring new cards in packs of “20” for only $10/each!

Also your parish Knights of Columbus Council will be hosting a Saint Nicholas Breakfast on December 5th in the Family Life Center following the 7:30 and 9:30 masses! Come join us to celebrate this patron saint of “children, sailors, fisherman, and merchants” to name a few!
The girl's flag football and boy's track teams have had their last full week of just practice before the games and meets start after the Thanksgiving break.

The Mustang flag football team has games on Tuesday, November 30 against St Peter Claver and Thursday, December 2 against Villa Madonna. Both games are here at St Stephen and start at 4:00. Girls flag football paperwork and $65 fee are due to the office or Coach Green by Monday, November 29 to be eligible to play in the games.   

The boy's track team has the first Field Event Meet on Friday, December 3 at Christ the King at 3:45 and the first Running and Relay Meet on Saturday. December 4 at Jesuit from 1:30-5:00. Boys track paperwork and $65 fee are due Thursday, December 2 to be eligible to participate at the meets.  

Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Coach Green
St. Stephen Catholic Church is looking for two part-time maintenance employees. The maintenance staff is responsible for and personally maintains, renovates and sees to the cleanliness and upkeep of the buildings including the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems. In addition, he/she is responsible for the maintenance and functionality of all tools, vehicles, and power equipment. The maintenance employee may supervise and/or personally conduct grounds maintenance, preventative maintenance, safety and energy conservation audits. This position is a part-time, non-exempt hourly position without benefits. For more information and for the application form, click here! Please email the application to Tom Doyle at
Effective communication is one of the most important tools for evangelization. The communication coordinator assists the pastor, parish staff, school staff, faith formation staff and parish ministries to effectively fulfill the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. The communication coordinator implements and monitors communication strategies and tactics of the parish. The coordinator plans and implements mass media promotional material, including digital and print. The coordinator tracks analytics on marketing campaigns and coordinates parish events. The coordinator also communicates as a public relations professional, communicating internally and externally within the organization. Communication ranges from evangelical material to financial reports. The communication coordinator at St. Stephen Catholic Church must be an active Catholic and member of the parish.
He or she is to observe all the policies of our parish and diocese as found in the employee handbook. For the full job description and to apply, click here! You will need to download the application form and then email it to Tom Doyle at
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