August 26, 2021

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

COVID-19 Reminders
K of C Soccer Challenge
Own The Avenue
Spirit Night
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

When we pause to reflect on some events in the world today, the earthquake tragedy in Haiti, people fleeing from Afghanistan, and those struggling to recover from Covid-19, we are inspired to think about our priorities. For most of us, our most important priority is family. It is with much sadness that we are saying goodbye to three members of our staff but I have joy in my heart knowing they are leaving because it is what is best for their families at this time.

Our third-grade teacher, Mrs. Shannon Hynes, had an emergency that has taken her family back to New York. I know her students will miss her and we wish her well on her journey back home. Mrs. Becky Miller will be leaving on Sept. 8 and we will miss her smiles and the caring she has shown for the students. Mrs. Jamie Stencel is also leaving and her last day is Sept. 17. We thank her for the contributions she has made to our school and the caring heart she shared with our students. Mrs. Stencel has shared a letter with our parents which you can read here.

Tomorrow is our first Jean Day. All students have received their Care for Creation T-shirt and should wear it to school tomorrow with either jeans, jean shorts (Bermuda length, no more than 2 inches above the knee), or PE shorts.

Thank you all for your continued support and I continue to pray for all our families.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh

These are some Covid-19 Protocol reminders:

  • If your child is not feeling well in the morning (upset stomach, sore throat, headache, etc.), please keep them home (even if they do not have a fever), monitor their symptoms, and contact their doctor if the symptoms do not improve.

  • If your child comes to school and complains of any of these or other symptoms, parents will be called to pick up their child, contact your child's doctor, and/or get a Covid-19 test. Students will not be able to return to school unless they have a doctor's note or negative test result.

Please know that we do understand this can be challenging, but these are necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our school. We are required to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. We ask for your understanding and patience.
Upcoming Events
Aug. 27 - Jean Day
Aug. 30 - iReady Testing Kindergarten
Sept. 3 - No School
Sept. 6 - No School Labor Day
Sept. 11-12 - Uniform Weekend at Church
Sept. 13 - Holy Card Free Dress Day
Sept. 18 - St. Vincent DePaul Tea
Sept. 21 - Spirit Night
School portraits were taken today by
Vernon Photography. 
It's not too late
to place an order!

For the next 48 hours, you can still order online. Simply visit to prepay online.
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The preschool playground is going through a renovation. The parents and the teachers brainstormed what we would like to add or fix on the playground. We will be having a work party soon to accomplish the rest of the projects, but look at what has been donated so far. Thank you so much to the Farfan Family for the Mud Kitchen and the Daoud Family for the Tipi! The children were so excited to play with the new additions to the playground.
Thank you,
The Preschool Team
How can reading about the American Frontier teach us about Caring For Creation?
Find out by volunteering for our book fair! It is a great way to get those volunteer hours. We will start setting up on Friday Sept 24th, and the fair runs Monday Sept 27th through October 1st. Parents, we really need your help to make this a great book fair. Please click on the link below and consider signing up now!


“Own the Avenue”
Own The Avenue is a year-round fundraiser for the PTCO and gives you a great way to give your child a shout-out for the school community to see! Birthdays, achievements, any positive vibes, and kudos are welcome, and they certainly make your student feel special!!
The sign is located on the corner of our school parking lot and will be viewed and celebrated for the entire week. A PTCO member will be responsible for putting up the sign and after the week is done, the sign will be sent home with your student for yours to keep or to reuse for a future week!
If you have an existing sign, the cost is $30 for the week. If we need to order a new sign, the cost is $50 for the week. Please make payments through the school's front office.
To sign up, please use the following link and more details will follow. Please note, new signs take up to 2 weeks to process and receive from our vendor. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nicole Rodriguez at Thank you in advance for your support!
Annual Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge Announcement
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30am
Place: St. Stephen Soccer Field

The Knights Council 14084 again invites “ALL boys and girls ages 9-14” to come out and participate in the 2021 Soccer Free Kick Challenge. Parents can pick up the participation form from the School Office or click here for the form. Please return it no later than Wednesday, September 8 to the School Office. This allows time to complete the certificates and set up rosters. Forms may also be downloaded from the school or parish website.

The challenge is a “free kick” from 12 yards. 3 practice kicks and 15 attempts to score 5 points (center), 10 points (bottom corners), or 20 points (top corners). In the event of a tie in the same age group, there will be free kicks from 15 yards, 3 shots each until we have a winner.
There will be water and snacks available during the event.

** Note: The District Challenge is scheduled for October 9, 2021 (9:30 am-1130am), at our St. Stephen Soccer Field.

During this challenging time, it is also requested that each participant have a mask on but may remove it during their time at the line. All judges will wear masks and we also ask that the 6-foot social distancing practice remain unless you are together with immediate family members during the event. Chairs and tents may be brought if you choose. We will also have hand sanitizer available.

After both council and district challenges are complete we will also have an opportunity for pictures. We warmly welcome you to this year’s event and hope to see a good turnout from each age group boys and girls!

Parking: Parents may park along the road in the grass across from the field or in the school parking lot area for the event.

Any questions or concerns contact:
Ed Veronick
KOC 14084 Community Program Director

Coach Green is looking forward to the return of Mustang sports for the 2021-22 school year!

The first sports of the school year are girls JV and varsity volleyball and coed soccer. Girls JV volleyball is for girls in fifth and sixth grade and varsity volleyball is for girls in seventh and eighth grade. Coed soccer is for boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade. 

Girls volleyball season runs from September-October. Coach Green will be coaching varsity volleyball and alumni and former player Kayla Weber will be coaching the JV. JV volleyball tryouts are Wednesday, September 8, 3:00-5:30, and Varsity volleyball tryouts are Thursday, September 9, 3:00-5:30.  

Coed soccer season runs from September-October. Coach Riker is coaching the team again this year. Boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade are eligible to try out. Tryouts are Wednesday, September 8, 3:00-4:30, and Thursday, September 9, 3:00-4:30.  

Students interested in trying out for girl's volleyball or coed soccer should see Coach Green by Tuesday, September 7 to sign up for tryouts.

All students that participate in St Stephen athletics must complete and turn in to the office the Diocesan and school-required sports forms before being eligible to play in games/matches. The FHSAA physical form, consent form, and COVID waiver are available on the school website under athletics. These three sports forms must be completed each school year. There is a $65 sports fee per sport. The sports forms and fees should be turned in to the office.

Student-athletes have their eligibility checked every Monday morning during the season. Student-athletes must maintain a 70 or above to stay eligible to practice and/or play in games, matches, or meets. Please see the parent-student handbook for the complete eligibility policy. 

St Stephen participates in the Hillsborough Catholic Youth Sports League (HCYSL) with eight other Catholic schools from across the county. Girl's sports are JV and varsity volleyball, JV and varsity basketball, varsity flag football, and JV and varsity track. The boy's sports are coed varsity soccer, JV and varsity track, JV and varsity basketball, and varsity flag football.  

St Stephen's game, match, and meet schedules will be available on the athletics webpage.

Have a great school year!

Coach Green
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