March 3, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Fish Fry
March Madness Raffle
Spring Portraits
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

When we hear the word Lent, we may typically think of fish fries, meatless Fridays, Stations of the Cross, and giving up something. But Lent is something more. Yesterday we received ashes. They are a sign of where we come from but also a call to repentance and serve as a reminder that we are destined for glory with Christ. Lent is a time to prepare us for Easter and a renewal of our baptismal promises. It is a time when we pray, fast, and give as we await the new life of the Resurrection.  This year, not only think about what you can fast from, but also what you can feast on to bring you closer to Christ. The prayer for today in the Magnificat Lenten Companion is "Merciful Father, as I live the discipline of Lent, help me each day to entrust myself more fully to you." Entrust yourself to the Lord as you journey on the road to the Resurrection and may God Bless you.


Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events
March 4 - Noon Dismissal
March 7 - 11 - Terra Nova Testing
March 12 - 13 - Holy Card Weekend
March 14 - 15 - No School
March 16 - Holy Card Free Dress
March 17 - Jean Day/Green Shirt
March 22 -Spring Pictures
March 23 - 25 Nature's Classroom 7th Grade
March 25 - Marvelous Mustang
March 29 - Spirit Night
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
March 3rd - April 4th The March Madness
Raffle Ticket Fundraiser is LIVE!
Grand Prize Drawing of $2000 plus many other cash prizes, and goodies for the children. All donations go towards the building and technology upgrades. Visit to make your donation. For March Madness Raffle ticket fundraiser details click here. The PTCO thanks you!


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 4th, 11th, 18th & 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!
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.
GIRLS JV BASKETBALL:  The girl's JV basketball team finished the season with a win beating St Lawrence, 12-7. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Angelia D and Karly L with 4 points each and Amelia B and Anelisse S with 2 points each. Great job Mustangs! Thank you to Coach Burroughs and McAleavey for coaching and mentoring the team this season.  

BOYS FLAG FOOTBALL:  The boys flag football team finished the season with back-to-back losses to St Lawrence. The Mustangs lost to St Lawrence 27-0 to finish the regular season then lost to them 26-0 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Alex V had an interception for the defense in the quarterfinal loss.  

Boys basketball tryouts are next week. Any boy in 5th-8th grade interested in trying out must be signed up to try out by Monday. Boys JV basketball tryouts are Wednesday, March 9 from 3:00-5:30. Boys varsity basketball tryouts are Thursday, March 10 from 3:00-5:30. The basketball season runs from the second week of March through the first week in May.  

Coach Green is still looking for a volunteer girl's track coach. The girls in 5th-8th signed up for track season this week and we have 18 Mustangs ready to run but no coach. The season is fairly short and runs from the second week of March until Easter break. The running and relay meets are Saturdays, April 2 and April 9 at St Pete Catholic from 8:30-Noon. The field events are Thursdays March 31 and April 7 at Christ the King from 4:00-5:30. There will also be a cross-country meet the week of April 11-13. Practices are usually 2-3 days a week from 3:00-4:30. Volunteer coaches do receive credit for service hours for coaching.  Please contact Coach Green ASAP if you are interested in volunteering to coach the girl's track team.   

Field Day is 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. I'm also hoping to get the obstacle course bouncy house like in years past. Coach Green is looking for parent volunteers to help with supervising 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.

Coach Green
Author, Kentrell Martin, will be coming to speak to students in grades PreK - 3rd on a future date. His February 15 visit has been postponed. We will keep you posted on his future visit. Click here to watch a video and learn more about this award-winning author. You may also pre-order his books.
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.
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.
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Mustang News morning show!
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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.