January 12, 2023


Important updates in this week's Tidbits


CSTAG Application in FACTS


Bricks 4 Kidz Information/Signup


Girls with Confidence


Spirit Week Flyer


Gala Information


Volunteer Opportunities



Principal's Points

Good afternoon St. Stephen Families,


Congratulations to our winners of the Angel's Among Us Essay Contest. This contest was open to 8th graders attending a Catholic high school, and the theme was how the student Makes a Difference because of their experiences at St. Stephen. The judges for the contest were three non-parent members of the School Advisory Board, and it was not an easy decision as all the students did a great job. The first-place winner will receive $1500 toward their first-year high school tuition, and the 2nd place winner will receive $1000. If the scholarship money is not needed by one of the students, funds will go to the 3rd place winner. The winners are:


First Place - Liam

Second Place - Johnny

Third Place - Brianna


Congratulations to all three students!


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


Peace,


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

January 9-13 - Winter Mustang Writes

January 9-20 - Smencil Sale

January 13 - Middle School Social

January 16 - No School

January 17-20 - i-Ready Testing

January 27 - Jean Day

January 29-February 3 - Catholic Schools Week

February 3 - Schoolwide Spelling Bee

February 3 -12pm Dismissal

February 11- Angels Among Us Gala

February 11-12 Holy Card Uniform Weekend

February 13 - Holy Card Free Dress Day

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. 

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

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.


To Read more about Physical and Mental Benefits of Gratitude

Click Here

Mustang Sports

The girls varsity flag football and boys basketball teams have a couple more weeks of practice before games start for both the week of January 23. The girls flag football team has their first game Tuesday, January 24 against Corpus Christi here at St Stephen at 4:15. The boys basketball teams open their season on Wednesday, January 25 with away games against Villa Madonna at Villa Madonna. The varsity plays at 4:00 and the JV at 5:00. 


The girls flag football and boys basketball game schedules are posted on the school webpage under the Athletics. 




GO MUSTANGS!


Coach Green

Please use the link below to submit questions or comments for the upcoming PTCO GENERAL MEETING that is being held on Thursday, January 26th. This form can be used to submit regardless if you are able to attend in person or not. We encourage you to submit!

Questions/Comment Form

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.

 Angel 2023 Puppy 


The Beam Family has generously donated a Golden Retriever puppy to the LIVE AUCTION. You will get to meet our Puppy Angel on 2/11 and have an opportunity to provide the puppy with a forever home. 

Lots of hugs to Pam, Bruce, Alex and Duke for their kind gift.

Silent Auction donation information for the Gala on February 11, 2022

Do you have items to donate?


Are you in need of volunteer hours?


Angels are now accepting donations that can be used in our Silent Auction for the Gala on February 11th at the FLC, Rock n Roll Party.

If you have any collectibles, sports memorabilia or new and unused items that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the school office. Volunteer hours will be given for wine donations. Wine donations with a total retail value of $40 equals a one-hour volunteer credit. Volunteer hours not done are charged in May at $50 per hour so this is a $10 savings. Both white and red are accepted. Please be sure all donations given to the front office include the donor’s name and copy of the purchase receipt. Wine donations only receive volunteer credit. If you have any questions, please contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org

Volunteer Opportunities for the Gala


Click here for the Sign-up Genius link

 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
2022-2023

We still have one date available!

04/30/23. Please sign-up using link below. 

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!

How it works:


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 link below 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 Maria Ayala at own.the.avenue.sscs@gmail.com.

 

Thank you in advance for your support!


IMPORTANT: Please note, this is a yearly fundraiser that is on a first come, first served basis (via

SignUpGenius). For example, if you purchase a sign this year for a specific week 9-4-22 thru 9-10-22, that same week is not guaranteed to you for future years. It is required that you sign up each school year if you wish to participate.



Sign-Up Genius Own the Avenue

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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Mission Statement
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.