July 16, 2020
Important updates in this weeks Tidbits
SSCS Reopening Plan 2020-21

Principal Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen families,

The start of school is less than a month away but if you are following the news, you know that it could be delayed. Please be sure to read Tidbits for updates and I will email you important changes as they occur. I hope everyone took the opportunity to read the Reopening Plan that was emailed to you yesterday. If you are considering the Flexible Learning Plan as an option, please be sure to fill out the request form and return it to Mrs. Robles by August 1. Even if the start of school is delayed, we need to know your intention to participate in that program by Aug. 1.

The reopening plan talks about students wearing masks. There are no color or style requirements for the masks. Choose one that is comfortable and your child likes. We only ask that there be nothing inappropriate. Sports teams, patterns, designs, superheroes are all acceptable.

If you have looked at the school calendar recently, you will have noticed that many of the typical back-to-school events have been removed. We are not planning an Open House and Back-to-School night as in the past. Our plan is to have a virtual/digital back-to-school presentation from the teachers. It is also our plan to have this available prior to the start of school. We are also planning a virtual orientation for new families prior to the start of school.

Last week I listed all the teachers who will be here this year and I missed one of our very important teachers - Jamie Stencel, ESE Teacher. I apologize to everyone and yes, Mrs. Stencel will be returning to support our students.

While everything seems uncertain and we worry about our families, remember that we can find comfort our Lord. We all need to be praying together for a vaccine, a cure, or an end to this unprecedented time.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh
St. Stephen Catholic School Reopening Plan 2020-21
If you missed the email, here is a copy of our Reopening Plan and video that was sent on July 15. Please be sure to read it and email if you have any questions.

Mask Tutorial
Start helping your child learn to put on, take off, and properly store their mask. Thank you to the Higginbottom girls for helping us learn mask protocol!

Confirm your scholarship information, today!!!
If you have been awarded Step Up, McKay, Family Empowerment, or any other scholarship, please check with Debra Watkins, dwatkins@sscsfl.org, today to confirm that we have everything we need to ensure that your student can receive their award. Even if you have already sent the information to Jill, please confirm it was received by our office.
Act now to help Catholic schools and families!

Act now to help Catholic schools and families!
COVID-19 has meant many changes for all schools, including Catholic schools. It has also meant changes in income for many families.

Please join the Florida Catholic Conference of Bishops in asking Congress to include additional relief for Catholic schools in the next emergency relief package. 

Public schools are asking for $300 billion dollars, and it is important to make sure that Catholic school families also receive emergency relief. Please take a moment to contact your Members of Congress to ask for emergency aid to Catholic schools and families in the next COVID-19 relief package. We are asking Congress for direct funding to families for education expenses, including Catholic school tuition.

We encourage you to add your own personal story about your Catholic school experience in the message as well.

Click here to learn more.
Summer Camps
Registration for volleyball camp after June 25th and walk ups are welcome but those campers will not receive a t-shirt.

Summer Hours
The school office will be open Monday - Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon beginning June 1. If you wish to stop by the school used uniform closet, please come during our summer hours.
Summer Work
Summer work was given out during the pick-up days this week or emailed directly from your child's reading and math teachers. Please read the attached letter about the importance of summer work, especially this year.

2020-2021 School Supplies: Important Update!
In addition to the supplies on each grade's list, all students in grades K-8 will need the following:
  • Masks or face coverings
  • Tupperware or plastic sealable container for storing masks at school
  • Refillable water bottle

First Holy Communion

Great Family Resources
Click Here for: Free Audible books for children and teens.

Click Here for: Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

Click Here for: The ultimate list of resources for families with children!
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