April 7, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Fish Fry
Talent Show
Author Visit
Summer Camp
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Thank you to everyone who supported our Blue and Yellow Day for Ukraine. We were able to raise $380 to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services.

I also wish to thank everyone who supported the Spirit Raffle. I will share our final numbers next week. As promised, I would like to share with everyone our plans for the money raised through our PTCO fundraisers and our Angels Gala. We have finalized plans to install Artificial Grass on part of the PreK playground. It will be installed this summer in the area between the building and the raised play area. This will give our littlest students a cleaner environment for outdoor learning and eating at the picnic tables. Our other project is transforming our Media Center. This week we picked our colors and fabrics and ordered the technology. We were able to raise $88K from Angels this year, and the current cost for the Media Center is approximately $87K. Way to go Mustangs! We still have a few other small items to cover in the Media Center, but there will be funds available from the PTCO fundraisers to cover that. We are all excited to see these upgrades happening.

Please be sure to complete the Lunch Survey further down in Tidbits. Also, remember to complete the FACTS Grants/Aid application if you are seeking financial assistance for next school year. The deadline is April 15.

Have a Blessed Palm Sunday and remember this is Uniform Sunday.


Linda Umoh
Please join us tomorrow, Friday, April 8, at 7 pm in the church when our 7th grade class will present the Living Stations of the Cross.
Upcoming Events
April 9 - 10 Holy Card/Free Dress Weekend
April 11 - Free Dress
April 14 - Triduum Retreat Noon Dismissal NO AFTER CARE
April 15 - 22 No School Easter Break
April 26 - Spirit Night
April 29 - Jean Day
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

Please bring in your rice bowl money
on April 11 or 12. Thank you for your generosity!
School Lunch Program
Interest Survey

Are you interested in bringing a lunch program back to SSCS for the 2022-2023 school year? Give us your feedback by filling out this form: School Lunch Program Interest Survey.
The SSCS Talent Show will be held this year in the FLC on Thursday, May 26th at 1:00 PM. Auditions for the talent show will be held on Tuesday, April 26th after school in Mrs. Stanley's classroom until 4:45 pm. If you would like to audition, please fill out the Google Form and submit it to Mrs. Stanley by Monday, April 25th. Pick up after auditions will be at the Angel's Wing gate at 4:45. Please bring any props or music you need to the audition or email your music to Mrs. Stanley at hstanley@sscsfl.org. I will need a digital copy of your music for you to perform. Thank you and I look forward to a successful talent show! Please email me if you have any questions. Click this link to sign up!
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.
March Madness
Congrats to Brittany for winning the $2000 grand prize and to Kindergarten for winning the pizza party.
Thanks to all who donated for a chance to win and all who volunteered to help with the fundraiser. Special Thanks to Nia and Joanna who worked endless hours to make it happen ! 

Come Celebrate Lent

St. Stephen Men's Club and Community For Women


The Annual Fish Fry

Last Day is Friday April 8th

Starting at 4:30 PM - Closing at 7:00 PM

Credit/Debit Cards Only - NO CASH


Thanks to all our parent volunteers who volunteered at this year's Fish Fry. Our last Fish Fry is tomorrow and volunteers are still needed. No need to sign up. If you can help, come on Friday and ask for Ted Russel or Paula. Volunteer hours will still be given for this school year. 
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.
Coach Green is excited to continue the tradition of summer basketball and volleyball camp here at St. Stephen Catholic School. Summer basketball camp will be from July 11-15 and summer volleyball camp will be from July 18-22.


If you are interested in registering for basketball camp click on the following form https://forms.gle/7TGkDYfuDrui84sJ6.

If you are interested in registering for volleyball camp click on the following form https://forms.gle/3PFrXx4uPJ2bbNVz7.
GIRLS TRACK:  The girls track team had their first meet last week and the Mustangs did great. Both the JV and varsity finished overall and a number of the girls finished in the top 8 and earned points for the team. Here are those results.
Jessica L 1st-Long Jump, 5th-Discus, 8th-100, 2nd-200
Jayden O 2nd-Long Jump, 6th-100, 6th-400
Angelina S 6th-Long Jump, 8th-Discus, 3rd-200
Alexis J 2nd-800
Karina P 6th-Mile
4x100 relay-1st, 4x200 relay-5th, Mile relay-5th

Leah M 7th-Discus, 8th-High Jump, 3rd-400, 3rd-800
Mariana M 2nd-Long Jump
Karly L 3rd-200
Anelisse S 2nd-400
Sophia W 4th-800
4x100 relay-5th, Mile relay-2nd
The girls have their second field event meet today at Christ the King at 4:00 and the second running and relay meet Saturday at St Petersburg Catholic from 8:00-11:00. Good luck to all of our Mustang competitors.
The cross country meet is Tuesday at Mary Help at 4:00.

BOYS BASKETBALL:  The boys varsity basketball team lost to Mother Teresa, 49-28, and they were led in scoring by John S with 9 points and Johann C with 8 points. The Mustangs beat Corpus Christi 32-16, for their first win of the season. They were led in scoring by John S with 12 points, Johnnie B with 9 points, and John Michael R with 8 points. The varsity has two games next week. They have a home game on Tuesday against St Joseph here at St Stephen at 4:00 and on Wednesday against Nativity at Nativity at 4:00.
The boys JV team played great but lost a close game to Nativity, 16-14. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Hunter A, Diego M, and Peyton R with 4 points each. The JV lost to Mother Teresa, 43-9 and were led in scoring by Peyton R with 6 points.
The JV has one game next week against Nativity at Nativity at 5:15.

Field Day originally planned for today was postponed due to the inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, April 13. All of the activity times stay the same. 5th-8th participates from 9:30-11:00 and K-4th from 1:00-2:30. Coach Green is still in need of volunteers especially for the 5th-8th time slot. Volunteers for 5th-8th are needed from 9:00-11:15 and for K-4th from 12:45-2:45. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Coach Green asap.  ggreen@sscsfl.org

St Stephen Summer Sports Camps are in July in the FLC. Basketball camp is July 11-15 and volleyball camp is July 18-23. Basketball camp is 9:00-3:00 and volleyball camp is 9;00-1:00. The cost for each camp is $150 for the week which includes a camp shirt. No soccer camp this summer. Camp and registration information is in Tidbits.  

Coach Green
SSCS Again Comes Together to Help Others  

Our last food drive of the school year to help those in need was a success! St Vincent de Paul picked up the food donations and was so appreciative of our help and support. Thank you to our teachers, students and parents for caring about the needy in our community. Each and every food drive this school year was responded to with kindness and generosity. 
Author, Kentrell Martin, will be coming to speak to students in grades PreK - 3rd on April 13 . Click here to watch a video and learn more about this award-winning author. You may also pre-order his books.
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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St. Stephen Catholic School is devoted to inspiring students to achieve their full academic potential while demonstrating a desire to continue Jesus' mission by applying Catholic morals, beliefs, values, and practices in their everyday lives. We are committed to motivating students to sustain a lifelong love of learning.