March 31, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Blue and Yellow Free Dress Day
Fish Fry
Spirit Wear
Author Visit
Summer Camp
March Madness Raffle
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Tomorrow is our school-wide Blue and Yellow Free Dress Day in support of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. If you wish for your child(ren) to participate, please send them in with $1 to participate in the blue and yellow day. All money collected will be sent to Catholic Relief Services to support refugees from Ukraine.

We are down to the final days for selling raffle tickets. However, many families still have not met their fundraising obligation. The balance due will be billed to your FACTS account on May 1. Some of you may be planning to meet the obligation that way but it makes sense to buy raffle tickets with the possibility of winning $2000! Consider buying raffle tickets rather than paying the $200 through FACTS. This is a reminder that all students' report cards, transcripts, diplomas, etc. will be held at the end of the year if there are any outstanding financial obligations.   Next week I will be sharing how we are spending the money we raised this year through our Gala and PTCO fundraising efforts.

Typically, I announce faculty/staff changes at the end of the year, but this year we have been blessed to have most of our open positions for next year filled earlier than usual. At present, our remaining positions to fill are music and an instructional assistant to replace Ms. Ryba, who is leaving us to take a position as Pastoral Assistant at St. Stephen Church. The church is very blessed to be able to welcome her to their staff. 

Here is the list of new hires for the 2022-23 school year:

Mrs. Mary Gurley, Assistant Principal. Mrs. Gurley has a master's degree in school leadership and experience in the Diocese of Venice as a teacher, assistant principal, and interim principal. She also has experience in the Florida Catholic Conference reaccreditation process, which will be an asset to the school as we head into our self-study next year. Mrs. Gurley is looking forward to stepping into this role next year and will be working with Mrs. Robles during the months of May and June to allow for a smooth transition. Mrs. Gurley is also a mom of one of our students in the Pre-K 3 program.

Mrs. Yesenia Dieringer, Media Specialist.  Mrs. Dieringer has many years of experience in elementary education and as an ESE teacher. She is excited to transition from the public school system to St. Stephen, where both of her boys are enrolled. Mrs. Dieringer will teach technology, oversee the library, and develop our STREAM program. 

Mr. Connor Brozak, Middle School Social Studies and Religion. Mr. Brozak is a graduate of Nativity Catholic School and Jesuit High School. In college, he studied both history and religion and completed a teacher preparation program. He has had experience teaching at the middle school level and is looking forward to working in a Catholic School where he can share his faith with our students. 

Ms. Amanda Abbott (soon to be Mrs. Steiner), ESE Teacher. Ms. Abbott has a degree in special education and is making her way to Florida from Nevada, where she has had many years of experience as a middle school teacher and an ESE teacher in a faith-based school. She is looking forward to moving to Florida and working in a Catholic school.

Mrs. Mari Lamia, 4th grade teacher. Mrs. Lamia has a master’s degree in education and has been teaching in a public elementary school in Pennsylvania since 2007. She is looking forward to teaching in a Catholic school where her children will also attend. We are looking forward to the benefit our students will receive from her many years of experience as a teacher. 

Mrs. Laura Dautzenberg, 1st grade teacher. Mrs. Dautzenberg is moving into the Riverview area this summer from the east coast of Florida. She has degrees in both special education and early childhood education and has many years of experience teaching in 1st and 3rd grade. Her background and experience make her a great addition to our school, and she also plans to enroll her 3-year-old in our PreK program. 

Other changes for next year are Mrs. Hoffmann moving to third grade and Ms. Muyres teaching 5th grade along with Mrs. Stanley.

Please join me in welcoming all our new teachers!

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
April 1 - Blue and Yellow Free Dress Day
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
April 26 - Spirit Night
April 29 - Jean Day
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 SECOND DRAWING WINNER - an SSCS Family

Don't forget the THIRD DRAWING is Friday, April 1st with a MY$TERY CASH PRIZE
Class Prize -The class that raised the most money from Making Waves and March Madness combined gets a pizza party. The FAMILY that raised the most money from both events combined wins a $50 Chick-fil-A gift card!

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 Chance for Spirit Wear
Our Spirit Wear Sale will end on Sunday, 4/3 at Midnight. This is your last opportunity this school year to purchase Quality Custom Mustang Spiritwear. Please use this link to order. Delivery to your home will be in April and early May. Spiritwear makes amazing gifts and are fun in the sun for both kids and kids at heart. 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

 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, 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 girls track team finally gets to put all of their hard work into action. The Mustangs have their first field event meet today at Christ the King at 4:00. Girls will be participating in the long jump, high jump, discus, and shot put. The first running and relay meet is this Saturday at St Petersburg Catholic High School from 8:00-11:30. Results will be announced next week.

BOYS BASKETBALL:  The boys varsity basketball team has lost their first two games. The Mustangs lost to Villa Madonna 50-26. They were led in scoring by Johnnie B 14 points and Alex P 10 points. The boys also lost to Christ the King, 51-14 and were led in scoring by John Michael R 5 points and Johnnie B and John S with 4 points each. The varsity has two home games in the FLC next week. Tuesday vs Mother Teresa at 4:15 and Wednesday vs Corpus Christi at 4:00.  
The boys JV basketball team has lost their first two games of the season. The Mustangs lost to Villa Madonna, 36-7 and were led in scoring by Ethan D, Evan K, and Diego M with 2 points each. The boys also lost to Christ the King, 44-5. They were led in scoring by Hunter A with 3 points and Diego M with 2 points. The JV has two home games in the FLC next week. Monday vs Nativity at 4:30 and Tuesday vs Mother Teresa at 5:30.

Field Day is next Thursday April 7. 5th-8th grade will participate from 9:30-11:00 and K-4th from 1:00-2:30. All students should wear their PE uniform for Field Day. Hats and sunglasses are permitted. Students should bring water to stay hydrated. Water cooler stations for refills will be available. Do you need service hours? Coach Green still needs volunteers to help with supervision. Volunteers will help supervise students/classes in the afternoon session and help run activity stations and supervise students during the morning session. If you need service hours or are just interested in helping out please contact Coach Green as soon as possible. Thank you!

St Stephen sports summer camps are July 8-12 and July 15-19 in the St Stephen FLC. St Stephen basketball camp is July 11-15 and volleyball camp is July 18-22. No soccer camp this summer...sorry.
See above for camp and registration info. 

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.
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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.