March 24, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Fish Fry
Spirit Wear
SVDP Food Drive
March Madness Raffle
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Our 7th graders are enjoying their visit to Nature's Classroom this week. This field trip is an excellent opportunity for hands-on experiences in science, developing cooperative learning skills, and building relationships with their peers.

Thank you to everyone doing a great job of selling raffle tickets. We are about three-quarters of the way to our annual fundraising goal! As our Spirit Raffle continues, please remember that each family is required to fundraise $200 this year through participation in the PTCO events. The re-enrollment letter sent in Jan. 2021 stated, "All families must contribute $200 in fundraising dollars (contributed through our 2 PTCO fundraising events – the walkathon and Spirit raffle) or pay an additional $200 in tuition." We have also sent reminders throughout the year. Any balance owed after the raffle will be billed to your FACTS account.

This year presented some challenges for us, and our staff worked to overcome each as it came. This week brought a new challenge as our music teacher, Mr. Feiler, resigned from his position to take a full-time job. His last day will be March 31. We all can appreciate the need for a full-time position, and unfortunately, we could not provide that. To fill this gap for the last two months of school, Ms. Kupec will be teaching an additional art class to grades 1-5, and middle school students will have an additional Flex period. During that time, some of the students will be helping in kindergarten with tutoring and center time, and Ms. Cuba will be doing social/emotional lessons during the Family Life periods. While this means we will not have a spring concert, Mrs. Stanley has offered to bring back her world-famous (ok, school-famous) talent show. This will take place on May 26 during the school day. More details about that will follow.

We continue to monitor Mass attendance for those who are parishioners and are receiving the Catholic parish tuition rate. To keep this rate, families will have to show that they attended Mass 75% of the time from January 1 through May 15 through the use of envelopes deposited in the baskets on the weekend. If you are out of town on the weekend, you may submit a bulletin from the church you attended with your name and envelope number on the front of the bulletin. Those families not attending Mass will be assigned the full tuition rate in May when finance agreements are finalized as the payments for next year begin in June. If you are registered at a different parish, we need a new parish verification form by May 15 to keep the Catholic parish rate.

Finally, learn more about how your child could receive a scholarship for the 2022-23 school year by joining the Step Up For Students interest list today.


Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events
March 28 - April 1 SVDP Food Drive
March 29 - Spirit Night
April 5 - Finance Park 8th Grade
April 7 - Field Day
April 9 - 10 Holy Card/Free Dress Weekend
April 11 - Free Dress
April 14 - Triduum Retreat Noon Dismissal NO AFTER CARE
April 15 - 22 No School Easter Break
Important Dates For The Upcoming School Year
August 8 - 1st Day of School

August 31 - No School and All church/school retreat

Nov. 21-25 Thanksgiving Holiday (Monday and Tuesday are hurricane make-up days if needed.)

Dec. 22 - Jan. 3, 2023, Christmas Holiday

April 7 - 14 Easter Holiday

May 26 - Last Day of School

Congratulations to our FIRST DRAWING WINNERS - 1st Grade & an SSCS Family

Don't forget the SECOND DRAWING is Friday, March 25 with a Cash Prize of $300!

Class Prize - All classes with 100% of the families meeting the annual $200 fundraising requirement get an Ice Cream PARTY!

To donate please visit

Don't forget to share our raffle with your friends and family!
Click here to share the information and GOOD LUCK!
     Last SVdP Can Drive of the School Year 

Our SSCS families continue to help those in need as we begin our last SVdP food drive of this school year. Students can bring in donations beginning 3/28 through Friday Morning, 4/1. Please read the message below provided by the SVdP ministry leader, Denise Essex.  

On average our St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Pantry serves 140 or more families a month which equals to an average of over 450 people! We serve all those in our community that relies on our pantry for help. We are a worldwide organization and in summary, the mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and self-respect of our fellow men and women. 

The Society strives not only to alleviate need but also discover and redress the situations, which cause it, serving everyone regardless of creed, color, or national origin. A key strength of the Society is in the personalized delivery of help. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the privacy and dignity of those that are served.

All perishable items are needed for the pantry such as peanut butter, granola and cereal bars, pasta, pancake mix and syrup, canned meats like canned hams and boxed potatoes!

We appreciate your support as we are able to serve so many because of you! SVdP is just the instrument for passing your generosity on to them.
Spirit Wear Is Available
PTCO is excited to again offer Spirit Wear! Please use this link to order Quality Custom SSCS Spirit Wear.  Delivery to your home will be in April and early May. Please contact with any questions. Thank you for supporting SSCS PTCO.
Come Celebrate Lent

St. Stephen Men's Club and Community For Women


The Annual Fish Fry

March 25, and April 1, 8

Friday's Starting at 4:30 PM - Closing at 7:00 PM

Credit/Debit Cards Only - NO CASH



It’s time to get your volunteer hours! 

What better way than helping out at the Fish Fry? The Community for Women is once again asking St. Stephen families for their help in assisting with the Fish Fry. Click here to sign up for table server opportunities.
Click here for more information about serving in the dining room during our parish Lenten Fish Frys.
St. Stephen Men's Club & Community for Women
Annual Lenten Fish Fry is Back!!


When? Friday, March 25th and April 1st & 8th

What Time?   Food will be served from 4:30 – 7:00 PM, Volunteers
should report NLT 4:00 PM

Where? Parking is available in either the School or FLC Parking
Lot. Volunteers sign-in at the Men’s Club portable,
and see Ed Veronick, who is our Fish Fry coordinator

What To Wear?  Comfortable work clothes (shorts, t-shirt, hat are
acceptable; be prepared for cooler weather

Click here to sign up to help. School volunteer hours will be awarded. Sign up for as many events as you can! Volunteers must sign in and sign out to get credit for their service hours. Volunteer opportunities include check-in, food prep, clean-up, etc.

Please help us make this year our best
Fish Fry ever!
Interested in a Student GOLF CLUB?
Parent Volunteers Are Needed

Contact Jonas Aristondo at to discuss forming a Golf Club at our school. Help plan how the club can offer our students a new sport to learn and enjoy!
SAVE THE DATE: June 13-17, 2022
St. Stephen Catholic Church
2022 Vacation Bible School

This Catholic VBS called Birthday Blast is an exciting PRO-LIFE-themed program where kids will learn to DISCOVER, RESPECT, PROTECT, SERVE, and CELEBRATE life. This program instills an awareness of God's amazing creation and the beauty and dignity of the human person. Kids will receive life-giving lessons on what it means to be a child of God.
Coach Green is excited to continue the tradition of summer basketball and volleyball camp here at St. Stephen Catholic School. Summer basketball camp will be from July 11-15 and summer volleyball camp will be from July 18-22.


If you are interested in registering for basketball camp click on the following form

If you are interested in registering for volleyball camp click on the following form
GIRLS TRACK:  The girl's track team has been working super hard at practice the past couple of weeks. The Mustangs have a few more practices before the events start next week. The first field event meet is Thursday, March 31 at Christ the King at 4:00. Girls compete in the discus, shot put (varsity only), long jump, and high jump. The first running and relay meet is next Saturday, April 2 at St Petersburg Catholic from 8:00-11:30.  

BOYS BASKETBALL:  The boy's basketball teams are wrapping up their last week of just practice in preparation for games that start next week. The Mustang's first game is Tuesday against Villa Madonna here at St Stephen. The varsity plays at 4:00 and the JV at 5:15. The boys also have a game on Wednesday at Christ the King. Varsity plays at 4:00 and the JV at 5:15.  

See the school website under Athletics for the complete girl's track meet and boys basketball game schedules.

Field Day is just two weeks away on Thursday, April 7. Grades 5-8 will participate in the morning from 9:30-11:00 and grades K-4 will participate in the afternoon from 1:00-2:30. The students will participate in fun activities and challenges. Coach Green still needs parent volunteers to help with supervision and running the field day activities during both sessions. If you'd like to volunteer during your child's activity time that would really help. Service hours will be credited. Please contact Coach Green if you have an interest in volunteering at St Stephen Field Day 2022. Thank you. 

Coach Green
Scholarships for Private School Children

Be among the first to know when applications for scholarships for the 2022-23 school year will be accepted. Go to scholarship interest for 2022-2023 and complete the form to receive updates. Click here or on the flyer for more information about the scholarships available, including those for military families.
Step Up For Students will host bi-weekly lunch & learn webinars where families can learn all about the scholarship programs they administer and have their specific questions answered. Please feel free to register here.
Author, Kentrell Martin, will be coming to speak to students in grades PreK - 3rd on April 13 . Click here to watch a video and learn more about this award-winning author. You may also pre-order his books.
Everyone needs to be updated with their safe environment 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 or call the front office atext. 1100. Click the link here for information regarding fingerprints. Click here for more information on safe environment.
Check out our
Mustang News morning show!
You can join our Mustang News team each morning at 7:50 as we stream live on YouTube to begin the day with prayers, the pledge of allegiance, and news. Subscribe to our channel here.
Summer Adventures Await At Our Lady Of Good Counsel Camp in Floral City.

This is a co-ed overnight camp that is owned and operated by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. All children 7 to 15 years of age are invited to attend the camp's 75th summer! One and two-week sessions are currently offered at affordable prices. All information is available on the camp website at or by emailing the camp director at Please click here for the application form.
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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.