October 29, 2020
Important updates in this weeks Tidbits:

Care for Creation
Trunk or Treat
Volunteers needed
Yearbook Updates
Principal's Coffee

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Halloween is almost here along with our annual Trunk or Treat. I hope many of you are able to drive through and pick up a treat. The drive-thru Trunk or Treat will be from 6-7 pm tomorrow night. A few parents have asked about sending candy treats to school on Friday, and we are asking that this year you please refrain from doing this. We have not had any students test positive for Covid, and I believe that is due in part to the procedures we have in place to keep everyone healthy. Please understand that while it may seem we are being overly cautious at times, we are just trying very hard to remain at zero Covid cases.

Just a reminder that we will be celebrating All Saints Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Students in PK through 1st grade will dress as saints and parade around the building. Parents of these students are welcome to park their car after drop-off to watch the parade which will begin at 8:00 am. Students will be walking along the sidewalk in front of the school.

I hope to see you at Trunk or Treat tomorrow evening. Don't forget that there is no school on Monday, and enjoy the three-day weekend!
Please read all of Tidbits as there is much exciting news being shared. As always, thank you all for your continued support.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
Up and Coming
Oct. 30 - Trunk or Treat
Nov. 2 - No School
Nov. 6 - Move Together to Care for Creation
Nov. 7-8 - Holy Card/Uniform Weekend at Mass
Nov. 11 - Spirit Night at Miller's Ale House in Brandon
Nov. 18 - Principal's Coffee on Facebook Live

For all event details please see SSCS Event Descriptions

School will be closed on Monday, Nov. 2. This was announced last week by the Office of Catholic Schools. Please read the letter from our superintendent, Chris Pastura, regarding this decision.
The Hillsborough County Youth Sports League (HCYSL) is targeting January for a return to interscholastic athletics. They will continue to monitor the data in our community to provide for the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, parents, and officials. Over the next several weeks, the HCYSL will be finalizing safety protocols as well as which sports will be played in our shortened timeframe. Thank you for your patience and for your support of our athletic programs.
Show your Mustang Pride!
Stop by the office today and pick up your magnetic St. Stephen bumper sticker. The decal can be purchased for $6. This is a great way to donate to our schools programming while showing off your mustang pride!
Check Your Child's Mask!
Does it fit?
Help us keep each other safe by ensuring your child's mask fits well. If the mask falls off their nose or slides down to their chin, try an adjustable mask. The CDC has listed five criteria to keep in mind when choosing a mask:
  • Face masks should fit snugly and comfortably
  • They must be secured with ties or ear loops
  • They should comprise multiple fabric layers
  • You should be able to breathe without restriction while wearing the face mask
  • You should be able to wash the face masks without causing damage or losing the face mask’s shape
FLP Families, We Want You to be a Part of the Yearbook!
FLP students and families, we want you to be part of our yearbook! Submit pictures of your FLP student this year using ReplayIt here:
See this flyer for more information.

Yearbook Recognition Ads
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families, and friends to commemorate your student's achievements and important milestones. For more information on how to purchase your ad in the 2020/2021 year book please see the Yearbook Recognition flyer

Volunteers needed for the Care for Creation Committee
Volunteers are needed for our Care for Creation Green School Committee. If you have any expertise in this area we would be delighted if you could assist us. Committee meetings will be virtual.

If you have an interest in joining this team, please contact Mrs. Robles with your availability and area of expertise.
The First Mustang Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
is tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 30, from 6-7 pm

This event is for SSCS Families only

Cars that will be decorated and handing out treats should arrive at 5:30 pm. Please wear your masks and observe social distancing. Please remain near your car. Cars that will be driving through can begin arriving at 6 pm. All cars should display a carline tag. The Knights of Columbus will be assisting with the event.

Thank you to Mr. Medina for providing the music!
Moving Together to Care for Creation
Final Countdown to Move Together Friday, Nov. 6

Help us reach our goal of
100% participation.

You are invited to come and join in the fun. Check the school website for the time your student will be participating. You can also donate on the website or send your donation into the school with your child.

If we reach our goal of 100% participation, the school will adopt an animal through the World Wildlife Fund AND each teacher will have a special treat for their homeroom. Some of the class rewards are a picnic and pajama/movie day. But we MUST reach our goal first!

We need YOU to make this event a success!
Thank you for your support

Move Together needs volunteers on Thursday 11/5 , from 5 to 7 PM in the school office to help with prep for the 11/6 event. If you are available, please contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org or call the school office.

2020-2021 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
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 HCPLC.org 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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