May 26, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:


22-23 Spirit Shirt Contest
22-23 Spirit Shirt Sizes Needed
Summer Camp
Mustang Sports


Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

As I mentioned last week, I am happy to share the results of my School Expansion Survey.

Of the 74 families that responded (approximately 42% of our families), 66 believe we should "Plan for the future and build a permanent structure." Most of these families also stated that they would be able to contribute to a capital campaign or were unsure as they wanted further information. Some of the concerns express by families who chose "Save money and replace the Angel's Wing with another temporary structure" were related to inflation and supply chain concerns. Please read the attached letter where I address this concern and talk about some of the other questions that were raised.

This is our last Tidbits for this school year. I hope to see you all on Friday at our end-of-year bash. Thank you all for your support and everything you do for our school. I wish you all a safe and restful summer.

Peace,

Linda Umoh
WINNING T-SHIRT DESIGN

Our theme for next year is Make a Difference and the winning design was created by Brianna in 7th grade. The theme will be on the front of the t-shirt and the quote from Mother Teresa will be on the back. Thank you Brianna for sharing your talent and creativity with us. Please be sure you have completed the Google form (see below) to let us know your child's t-shirt size.
Upcoming Events
May 26 - Talent Show 1 pm
May 27 - Last Day of School, Jean Day, Noon Dismissal, No Extended Day, End of Year Bash 11:30-1:30
May 31 - Report Card Day
Please join us for our Talent Show on May 26th from 1 pm to 3 pm in the FLC. Parents are welcome to attend!
Any eighth graders or PK students with medication in the front office need to pick it up as soon as possible. All other grades may pick up on the last day of school. 

IMPORTANT SUMMER NEWS!!
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Be sure to check the school's website for next year's student supply lists and new student summer work.
Summer work for current students will be emailed or sent home with your student this week.
Please note the summer office hours for the school. These hours will run from June 6th through July 29th.
M-TH 8am - 12pm

The school will also be closed the week of July 4th.
Be on the lookout for an email regarding the Back to School Celebration!
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
We would like to extend a big
THANK YOU
to the Knights of Columbus for funding our end-of-the-year celebration! We are so appreciative of your support of this event!

Thank you to the Men's Club for volunteering their time to cook and serve at the End of Year celebration!
Calling all 22-23 students! We are busy preparing for our next school year's theme and spirit shirts. Please fill out this form to indicate your child's t-shirt size for their 22-23 spirit shirt. Fill out one form for each child who will be attending SSCS for the 22-23 school year. Thank you! https://forms.gle/1axXgQxRfidp8AQR9
Risse Brothers 10% Off In Store Sale is coming this June! Click here for more details.
Check Out Cub Scouts
Come meet the Cub Scouts of Pack 610. We are a co-ed Pack of St. Stephen Catholic Church serving grades K-5. Registration begins in August. Please see the flyer, linked below, for more information!

THANK YOU to all our volunteers who have helped throughout the year. We are so incredibly appreciative of the time, talent, and treasure that you share with us!
Are you in need of help with afternoon transportation?

Door to Door is willing to work with St. Stephen families to provide afternoon transportation if there is enough interest. For more details, please contact Kristen Green 813-416-7712.
Summer Volunteer Work Available
Angels 2023 is looking for a volunteer to send letters for donations and explore sponsorship options.

Work can be done at home or in the office. For more details, call Nicki Gallagher in the school office.
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.
St. Vincent De Paul Tea and Fundraiser
The annual St Vincent de Paul Tea and Fundraiser is scheduled for 9/17 in the FLC. The cost is $25 per person. For the past several years, school Moms have supported this event, and each grade has been able to fill a table. It is an amazing event that is fun and offers an opportunity to meet other school Moms and parishioners.

If you would like to be the Mom to promote the event to other Moms in your student's class, let me know. Teachers and staff also enjoy
attending. Your table does not need to be limited to school Moms. Guests are welcome to sit at your table or can help to fill another grade's table. We will be putting tables together now and again in August. If you would like to help your class be represented while also supporting this very worthy ministry, please contact me at ngallagher@sscsfl.org.
SSCS GOLF CLUB Starting August
Parents have positively responded with interest for students to have an SSCS Golf Club. Plans are in the works for the club to begin in August.
Watch your email for more info during the summer. If you have not yet told us you are interested, please contact Jonas at
Mustang Sports
St. Stephen Basketball and Volleyball Camps will be held in July in the FLC. The camps are for St. Stephen students and parishioners in 3rd-8th grade for the 202-23 school year.
Basketball Camp is July 11-15 from 9:00-3:00 each day. Basketball camp is $150 for the week and includes a camp shirt.
Volleyball Camp is July 18-22 from 9:00-1:00 each day. Volleyball camp is $150 for the week and includes a camp shirt.
There are still plenty of spots remaining for both camps.
Camp and registration info is available in today's Tidbits and the school web page. Registrations and payment are due to the school office by June 17 to ensure the correct size t-shirt. Walk-ups and registrations after June 17 will be accepted.



For the 2022-23 school year, the first Mustang sports are girls JV and Varsity volleyball and coed soccer (6th-8th). Sign up for tryouts will be the first week of school, with tryouts the week of August 15-19. If you are interested in playing school sports next year, please complete the two Diocesan required sports forms over the summer. The FHSAA sports physical and Diocesan consent forms are available on the school web page under athletics and forms. Please wait until June 1 to complete the forms so they can be applied to the 2022-23 school year.

GO MUSTANGS!
Coach Green
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 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 www.goodcounselcamp.org or by emailing the camp director at info@goodcounselcamp.org. Please click here for the application form.
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