January 19, 2023

Important updates in this week's Tidbits


CSTAG Application in FACTS

Catholic Schools Week

Penny Wars

Gala Information

Bricks 4 Kidz Information/Signup

Girls with Confidence

Principal's Points

Good afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Thank you for choosing St. Stephen and allowing us to help your child grow academically and spiritually. Continuous enrollment is in effect, and all students PK3-7th grade will be automatically re-enrolled for the 23-24 school year on Feb. 1. An email was sent to all families in those grades on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with information on tuition rates, financial aid, siblings, and opting out. If you are registered at a Catholic parish other than St. Stephen, you will also need to submit a new Parish Verification form to maintain your tuition rate. Please be sure to read all the documents and let me know if you have any questions.

Catholic Schools Week is almost here! This is a time to celebrate our school and show appreciation to those who make it possible to give students the gift of a Catholic education. It is also School Spirit Week. Please refer to the schedule to learn about the activities we will be doing that week and how students should dress each day. We have added a new activity this year where students can share and learn more about each other's cultures. See Culture Day below for more information. As part of this week, NJHS will be sponsoring a Penny Wars. Students bring in pennies to earn points for their class and silver/paper money to reduce points for other classes. The competition is on! NJHS will use the money for their Spring service project at San Jose Mission. Students will provide lunch and snacks for the students at the Mission that day. The money will also be used to repaint the basketball court on the playground.

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


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

January 17-20 - i-Ready Testing

January 27 - Jean Day

January 27 - Last day to Opt out of Continuous Enrollment

January 27 - 7:50am Marvelous Mustang

January 29-February 3 - Catholic Schools Week

January 30 - February 3 - Penny Wars

February 3 - Schoolwide Spelling Bee

February 3 -12 pm Dismissal

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

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


Click here to learn more about opting out and adding a sibling. See Principal's Points and the email sent to all families in grades PK-7 on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

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.

Catholic Schools Week

Jan. 29 - Feb. 3

Get ready to celebrate Catholic schools and show appreciation to everyone who makes it possible for our students to have the gift of a Catholic education. See the schedule for details.

Culture Day is February 1, 2023

Please click here for more information.


Jan. 30 - Feb. 3

National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a Penny War during Catholic Schools Week. Funds raised will support their service project to San Jose Mission. Their goal is also to repaint the lines on the outdoor basketball court. Students bring in pennies to earn points for their class and silver/paper money to reduce points for other classes. The winning class gets an ice cream party. Let the games begin!

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.

Angels "LIVE" Offers A Week in Marco Island

Thanks to the generosity of the Gorey Family, a lucky guest will enjoy a week at Marco Island. Relax and enjoy a week at Marco Island Gem, offering two-bedrooms, two full baths on the 18th floor of South Seas Towers. With a 50’ wrap around terrace providing Southern, Eastern and Northern views, bask in the serenity that Marco Island can only bring! 

Marco Island Gem, located directly on the beach, is steps away from amenities which includes a large, beautiful swimming pool amongst shaded tiki huts. A fitness center, book library, parking garage and more. 

Angel reservations are now available on the school website.

Enjoy A Dinner Cooked by Father Anthony

Angels thanks Father Anthony for offering a LIVE auction package. Join Father and school parents on 2/11 and bid to win dinner for 8 cooked at the rectory by Father. This dinner will be all inclusive from appetizers through dessert, and includes drinks. There are some rumors floating around that say that Fr. Anthony can actually cook.  You could be the highest bid and have the opportunity to see if that rumor is really true!

Angel Reservations Available NOW on School Website      

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

St. Stephen Catholic Church

Fish Fry Coming Soon 2/24

Watch For Volunteer Opportunities

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


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

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.