February 9, 2023


Important updates in this week's Tidbits


CSTAG Application in FACTS


Altar Server Training


Gala Event on SATURDAY!


Lenten Pizza Fridays


Lenten Fish Fry


Volunteer Opportunities



Principal's Points

Good afternoon St. Stephen Families,


Who is ready for Saturday? Me!! I am so excited to see how our amazing Angels Gala Team will transform the gym into a Rock and Roll Gala. I've seen the baskets (and the puppy!), and it should be a great night for all.


Thank you to those who came out to the PTCO meeting on Jan. 26. If you missed the meeting, here are the minutes. It includes the questions we answered that night and answers to questions we could not address as we ran out of time.


I am happy to announce that we are offering Pizza Fridays for Lent. See below for more details and information on how to participate. Thank you to our parent volunteers who have offered to help with this.


Remember to read Tidbits every week to keep up-to-date on happenings at school.


Peace,


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

February 11- Angels Among Us Gala

February 11-12 Holy Card Uniform Weekend

February 13 - Holy Card Free Dress Day

February 14 - Jean Day Valentine Shirt

February 16 - End of Trimester II

February 17 - No School

February 20 - No School

February 21-March 10 - Terra Nova Testing

February 22 - Ash Wednesday

February 24 - Report Card Day

March 3 - 12pm Dismissal

March 6 - Spirit Raffle Fundraiser Begins

PikMyKid Update



Parents are not required to check in their child(ren) through the PikMyKid App in the morning. This was something utilized for remote learning during Covid and is no longer necessary.  


Also note, if your child is absent, do not use the PikMyKid App to notify us. Instead, Please use this LINK on our School Website. 

There is now a Notary onsight now for school related items such as overnight field trips. Please contact gleung@sscsfl.org

FACTS (CSTAG/Heart to Heart) Applications

2023-2024 School Year


The FACTS Application for financial assistance from the school and Diocese is open for the 2023-2024 school year. Applications and documents must be received no later than April 30, 2023, for initial consideration. Please log into your FACTS account to complete the application.


Important note: Diocesan aid is limited. Applications received after the initial consideration deadline of April 30, 2023, for the 23-24 school year maybe be subject to a reduced rate. 


For information regarding all financial assistance opportunities, please click here.

PLEASE REVIEW YOUR ALTAR SERVER GUIDE: 

Altar Server Application



Altar Server Guide

If your plans have changed and you still need to purchase a ticket for the 2023 GALA please call the school office or email ngallagher@sscsfl.org.

Angel LIVE 2023


Angels is offering seven LIVE packages for your bid on 2/11. A preview can be seen using the below link. This is in addition to over 50 silent auction baskets that are available. There is still time to get your seat reservation. Don't miss the open bar, dinner, dancing, and fun! 


Thanks to all who donated and helped make Angels 2023 amazing!

 

Click HERE to see the seven LIVE packages.

Need Babysitting for Angels?


Many parents have asked Angels to help with watching their children while they attend the Gala. We began offering the service last year with a nominal charge and it was very well received. We are happy to announce sitting will be available again this year for the 2/11 Rock n Roll Party in the FLC. It will be available to all SSCS students while parents attend the Gala. The children will be watched in our school building.

The nominal charge of $25 for the first child and $10 for each additional child is to compensate the school employees who have agreed to attend to the children. The child can be brought to the school office between 5:15 and 5:45 on 2/11. The party begins at 5:30. Please feel free to bring water, snacks, a pillow, blanket etc. 

Notify ngallagher@sscsfl.org if you plan on using the service and send a check or cash to the front office in an envelope marked for sitting services.

Please come and enjoy the dinner, open bar, auction opportunities, music and dancing knowing your child is close by.

Seat Reservations and Sponsorships are available on the school website.

Friday Pizza Form

Job Opportunity - Extended Day Staff


We are in need of an additional extended day staff member. The hours are roughly 2 to 6 pm. Please contact Mary Gurley at mgurley@sscsfl.org if you are interested.

Mustang Sports

Girls Flag Football:  The girls flag football team has won their last two games to improve their record to 3 wins and 2 losses with one game left in the regular season. The Mustangs beat local rival Nativity, 18-0, with the touchdowns scored by Monica R., Karly L., and Anelisse S. The girls beat St. Lawrence, 12-6, and the Mustang touchdowns were scored by Karina P. and Anelisse S. The Mustangs are back on the field Tuesday at home against Villa Madonna at 4:00. The flag football playoffs are February 27-March 3.

Boys Basketball:  The boys varsity basketball team has lost their last three games. The Mustangs lost to Incarnation, 31-30, and were led in scoring by John Michael R. with 19 points. They lost to St. Joseph, 51-25, and Dylan B. had 12 points and John Michael R. had 11 points. The team played well, but lost to local rival Nativity, 34-33. John Michael R. had 17 points and Hunter A. had 9 points to lead the team in scoring.

The JV lost to Nativity, 37-9, and the Mustangs were led in scoring by Nathan C. with 6 points.

The basketball teams are back on the court next Thursday with a home game against St. Lawrence at St. Stephen. Varsity plays at 4:00 and the JV at 5:00.     


GO MUSTANGS!


Coach Green

PTCO Mustang Book Exchange


The Mustang Book Exchange will be held on Friday, 3/31 from 1 to 3:15 in the East Hall. You are welcome to bring into the school office the books you would like to donate and you will receive a credit that can be used the day of the book exchange. Both students and parents are welcome to visit the exchange on 3/31. If your child does not have a credit, they can purchase a donated book for 25 cents. 

 PTCO Now Offers Scrip

 

   Help PTCO earn cash back from gift card purchases.


     A simple and easy way to purchase gift cards!


How does it work?


Use the Raise Right App to buy an electronic or physical gift card for hundreds of stores! The school receives a percentage of the gift card purchase! Click HERE for more information about the program. 


Many of your favorite stores and restaurants are included – Target, Walmart, Publix, Outback, Panera, and more!


Going shopping? Buy an electronic gift card for the approximate amount and use it at the check-out line! Click HERE for more information about ecards. 

 

To get started today, review the RaiseRight Enrollment using the link below and if you have questions, please contact ngallagher@sscsf.org

 

Thank you for your continued support of SSCS! We hope you find this to be an easy way to make a difference for our school.

Raise Right Enrollment


Please watch the video below to see how easy it is to purchase scrip from Raise Right.

Easy way to support the PTCO and get your Holiday Gift Cards


VIDEO for purchasing scrip from Raise Right


Alumni Updates


Attention: Current School families who have children that are SSCS Alumni



Please help us follow the success of our former students. Kindly share with us updates on how your SSCS graduate is doing in school, in their profession or in pursuing their dreams. We want to be able to congratulate our alumni when they achieve amazing 

things and wish them well when they venture into something new and exciting.

      A few lines providing name, year graduated from SSCS and update should be sent to ngallagher@sscsfl.org






Please join us for BINGO nights!
Click here for Risse Brothers uniform store.



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 you to keep or to reuse for another week in the future!

Everyone needs updated safe environment training 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 at ext. 1100. Click the link for information here regarding fingerprints. Click for the live link here. Click here for more information on safe environment and click here for the link.

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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.