November 17, 2022


Important updates in this week's Tidbits


Blood Drive


Gingerbread Holiday Shop


Pre-Angels Silent Auction Starts NOW


Spirit Store


Spirit Night


Polar Express


Volunteer Opportunities


Angel Class Baskets


Principal's Points

Good afternoon St. Stephen Families,


This is the time of year when we remember how grateful we are for our family, friends, and all the blessings that God has given us. I am grateful for the community of teachers, staff, students, parents, grandparents, and many others that I am surrounded by on a daily basis. I am also grateful for the participation in our Walkathon fundraiser. We met our goal of $25,000 ($25,631 to be exact!) and I will be sending a check to My Warriors Place for $2563. I have also ordered 30 iPads and now plan to order 15 more. The students and teachers appreciate your generosity.


Remember, tomorrow is jeans and fall shirt day. Students may wear a fall colored/themed shirt or any of their spirit wear.   


I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Have a safe and enjoyable break next week.


Peace,


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

November 18 - Jean Day with Fall Shirt

November 21 - 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 27 - First Sunday of Advent

November 30 - Advent Retreat

December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent

December 5-9 - Gingerbread Holiday Shop

December 8 - 7th Grade Science Fair

December 10-11 - Holy Card Uniform Weekend

December 12 - Holy Card Free Dress Day

December 15 - 6th Grade Science Fair

December 16 - 12pm Dismissal

December 16 - Christmas Concert

The Gingerbread Holiday Shop

 

The PTCO has been working hard on our tradition of a Christmas gift shopping experience for the students. The Gingerbread Holiday Shop will be open December 5-9 for students to shop for family and friends. 

A budget form will be sent home the week before the shop opens, so parents may help students decide whom to purchase gifts for and how much to spend. This year, students will pay for their items at the time of shopping (point of sale).  We will accept cash or check that you will return with your student’s provided budget envelope on his or her class’s designated shopping day. Please see the attached letter for more information and the class shopping schedule.  


2022 PTCO Gingerbread Holiday Shop Parent Information


We are in need of parent volunteers, so please click on the signup genius link for more information on volunteer opportunities and to sign up.


St. Stephen Catholic School Families: PTCO Gingerbread Holiday Shop(sign-upgenius.com)


Administrative/Receptionist

Christmas Concert Front Row Seating

Easter Bunny Party

Happy Birthday Package

King or Queen of Carline

Librarian

Morning Show News Anchor

Mustang Summer Camp

Own The Avenue

Preferred Graduation Seating

Private Basketball Training

Private Lacrosse Training

St. Stephen Gift Basket

Buy Your Holiday Gift Cards and Support the PTCO


If you need gift cards to make your Holiday Shopping easier, please use the attached form and return it with your check or cash

to the school office on or before Wednesday, 11/30. The cards will arrive between 12/12 and 12/16. You can pick the cards up in the office or we can send them home with your student.

Contact ngallagher@sscsfl.org with any questions.


Gift Card Form

Mustang Sports

Boys Track: The first boys track field event meet was Monday at Christ the King. John Michael R placed 3rd in the varsity long jump with a distance of 14'10. The boys cross country meet was Tuesday at Mary Help and the boys ran a 1.75 mile course. 5th grader Robert V won the JV race with a time of 12:52 and Benjamin B placed 5th with a time of 13:55. John Michael placed 8th in the varsity run with a time of 12:44.


Girls Basketball:  The girls varsity basketball team lost to Christ the King, 35-3. The JV lost to Christ the King, 18-8. The varsity is back on the court today against St Peter Claver here at St Stephen at 4:15. No JV game.


GO MUSTANGS!


Coach Green

Volunteers Needed



PTCO will be offering concessions (water, Gatorade, snacks, etc) during home games both in the FLC and the playing fields. Both school and visiting families have requested we do this as an accommodation. 

In order to get this new venture off the ground, please consider volunteering to help by clicking the link below to volunteer for upcoming Girls Basketball Games.


Concession sign-up genius


If you have any questions, please contact Becky at becky.vielledent@gmail.com

 

Please watch for future sign-ups for Spring Sports: Boys Basketball, Boys/Girls Flag Football, etc.!

We Need You!!!

If you have a career that you love and would like to share your talents with our students, we would appreciate your time on Vocations Day.


This will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am during Catholic Schools week. This will help inspire our students to learn more about career options to set goals for their future. Please contact Julie at jpollock@sscsfl.org. This will go towards your volunteer hours needed.

Angel Class Baskets

Classroom Moms and Dads have been reaching out to parents requesting donations for themed basket items for Angels Among Us. It is a 22 year tradition that each class donates a basket for the silent auction. The dollar amount of each item donated is solely at the discretion of the donor. The donated basket is marked with the grade and parents enjoy bidding on their grade's basket.


Please send into the school office your donated item for your student's class basket. Please contact me at ngallagher@sscsfl.org or your room parent if you have any questions.


Remember to Save The Date, February 11 to join school families and friends of our community at the Rock n Roll Party. You will have an opportunity to bid on the silent and live auctions, enjoy an open bar all evening and a chef prepared dinner.



And let's not forget the dancing and there are always some surprises! Is Elvis in the house?

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

 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
2022-2023

We still have dates available!

02/26/23, 03/05/23, 03/12/23, 04/16/22 and 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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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.