September 23, 2021

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

American Frontier Book Fair
Mustang Sports
Making Waves
PTCO

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

The Wild West has arrived at St. Stephen! Thank you to our parent volunteers who so beautifully decorated the hall for the American Frontier Book Fair.

Unfortunately, we are not having Grandparents Day this year, however, all family members are welcome to join us for the Family Event on Thursday afternoon from 3-5 pm. Students will be able to take family members on a tour of the school in addition to spending time at the Book Fair. There will also be activities for the students in the Center Hall by the Art Room. I hope to see many of you next week at this event.

A special thank you to our music teacher Mr. Feiler, Mrs. Gallagher, parent volunteers, and students who performed at the St. Vincent de Paul Ladies Tea. The students put on a great show and are invited to return next year for another performance.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Peace,

Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events
Sept. 24 - Jean Day
Sept. 24 - Marvelous Mustang
Sept. 27-Oct 1 Book Fair
Oct. 1 - 12:00 Dismissal
Oct. 7 - Picture Retakes / Graduation Pictures / Class Pictures
Oct. 8 - No School
Oct. 9-10 Holy Card Weekend
Oct. 11 - No School
Oct. 12 - Holy Card Free Dress
SSCS Helps SVDP

Every year our students and school families open their hearts and support St Vincent de Paul. Thanks to many Mustang Moms, our school was represented at the SVDP tea last Saturday with seven tables.
It was a beautiful event and the SSCS Talent Worship offered our students an opportunity to perform for all the ladies that attended the event.
The SVDP food can drives will be held again this year so our students can continue to support this amazing ministry that helps so many in our community. The first can drive will begin on November 1, 2021, and notices will be posted in October. 
MUSTANG SPORTS
This is the last week of just practices for the St Stephen girls volleyball and coed soccer teams before matches and games start next week.

COED SOCCER:  The Mustang soccer team starts the season with its first couple of games at home next week. They host Corpus Christi on Tuesday and St Lawrence on Thursday here at St Stephen at 4:00. Soccer sports forms and the $65 fee are due tomorrow to be eligible to participate in the games. 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:  The volleyball teams have their first match on Wednesday vs Christ the King at Christ the King. The varsity match is at 4:00 and the JV at 5:00. Volleyball sports forms and the $65 fee are due tomorrow to be eligible to participate in the matches.    

Please see the school website under athletics for the complete volleyball and soccer match/game schedules. 

GO MUSTANGS
Coach Green

The American Frontier Book Fair is here!

Monday 9/27 through
Friday 10/1 for Students.

  Families are welcome
to enjoy the
Book Fair Family Night
experience, on
Thursday 9/30 from 3 to 5 PM.

 A Special Invitation is extended to Grandparents to
join in the fun on Family Night! 

The book fair kicks off on Monday when the students have the opportunity to view the book selection. The students prepare a wish list of books with the prices that can be reviewed by parents at home.
On the scheduled class day, the students can return to the fair to purchase their selection. Parents can send payment into school with their student in the form of cash or check.

                      The American Frontier Family Night is Thursday

Please visit the school on Thursday after 3 and enjoy the book fair, the amazing decorations crafted by SSCS Moms ( Katherine, Heather and Tarin) and the classroom doors decorated by the students. The class with the best door is the winner of a special prize and has boasting rights until the next class room door contest! Family Night will also offer an opportunity for students to enjoy making crafts. Payment for books during Family Night will include credit card, cash and check. This event is enjoyed every year by families and especially grandparents who love a chance to see their grandchildren's school.

                       Students Dress in the Book Fair Theme on Thursday

For students to fully understand what it was like living in " The American Frontier ", students should dress in attire that represents that time in American History. Students can accessorize their uniform or wear a comfortable costume that tells the story. Uniforms can be replaced by clothing worn during the American Frontier or items can be added to the uniform ( hat, scarf boots etc.)

Book Fair Family Event
Thursday, Sept 30th
Carline Directions
Please follow these directions for Carline on Thursday, Sept 30th.
  • Drive through and announce on PikMyKid like you do every day
  • Park your car
  • Walk to the Breezeway by Angel's Wing at 3 pm to pick up your child
  • Take your child to the Book Fair (walk along the sidewalk to enter through the main entrance) or take your child to your car if you are not attending

Our school is hosting an on line Book Fair in addition to our in school, "The American Frontier" Book Fair that will begin on September 27th. Click here for the on line book fair.

Supporting a love for reading is critical to student success. Explore our online book fair and help your child find their next favorite book. Now everyone can participate! Encourage your child to create their online wish list and share with friends and family. Our eFair code: PGL87
Once your child sets up their online wish list, they will be assigned their own online code. You may share your list and code with friends and family. Orders are due by October 1st. Follett will ship your books to the school 7-10 after our eFair is complete.
 
Thank you for supporting St Stephen Catholic School.
Parent volunteers are still WANTED
for our American Frontier Book Fair.
Fingerprinting and safe environment training are required for participation. Click the link below to sign up.
Thanks for a great
Spirit Night!
Thanks to all the families that participated in our PDQ Spirit Night.
PDQ is sending our school $225 as our share of the SSCS sales.
Watch Tidbits for info about our
next Spirit Night. 
Where will it be? 
First Lady Casey DeSantis announces the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month theme and student essay contest. Student essay winners can win a 4 year Florida college plan scholarship. 
If you are interested and for more information: click on this link .
Come out and support the Men's Club at their
28th Annual
Men's Club Golf Scramble.

When: November 6, 2021
Course: Summerfield Crossings Golf Club
Sign In: Begins at 11:30 a.m.
Tee Time: 1:00 p.m.

To register or become a sponsor of the event please visit,

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign
We invite you to participate in the 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign. The Diocese of St. Petersburgh is once again sponsoring the 40 Days for Life vigil from September 22nd to October 31st at 2010 E. Fletcher Ave, Tampa. Click on the attached 40 Days for Life suggested daily prayer intentions as well as a letter from the St. Stephen Respect LIFE Ministry with daily prayers for our elementary children.

Also, on Saturday, October 3rd after the 11:30 AM mass you are invited to pray to end abortion in our nation here at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Come out and join members of our community for one hour to be part of Life Chain 2021. Please click on the following link for more information on this hour of prayer.

Father-Daughter Dance
Sponsored by Community for Women

Save the date for a special evening just for dads and daughters to hang out and dance the night away! Join us in the St. Stephen Family Life Center dressed in your most fancy attire for a fall gala. Refreshments will be served. St. Stephen’s own, DJ Mr. Medina, will be providing music for the evening.
Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the SVdP food pantry.

Where: The St. Stephen Family Life Center
When: Friday, October 15, 2021
Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Theme: Fall Formal
Donate: A food pantry item

MATH+
A math program called Math+ is being offered (virtually for right now) to all Middle School Students at St. Stephen. There are no prerequisite requirements except for a love and interest in Math. The courses in this program go well beyond the math being learned in the classroom providing students a much broader view of selected Math Topics.

This Fall’s course focuses on Probability, a mathematical concept that has both practical relevance and important mathematical applications. The course will teach probability while exploring many real-world applications from finance to decision-making to poker. A letter about the course is attached.

The six-session course will be taught online on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm starting on Monday, October 4th and ending on October 20th.

Families can sign-up at www.RedWoodPrep.com.
If you have any questions contact Mrs. MacLaren at lmaclaren@sscsfl.org.
Black Friday is coming!
Join Amazon Smile and help
support SSCS!
It's simple to give money back to SSCS when you shop on Amazon, and now is the perfect time to sign up before you do all of your holiday shopping!
Here's how:
1. Visit https://smile.amazon.com
2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.
3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice.
4. Select your charity.
5. Start shopping!
6. Add a bookmark https://smile.amazon.com make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
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