October 6, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits

Boo Gram Sale

Afterschool Programs

Father/Daughter Dance

Class Picture/Picture Retakes/Graduation Pics

Spirit Nights

Family Movie Night

Trunk or Treat

Christmas Card Contest

Principal's Points

Good afternoon St. Stephen Families,

I hope that by now everyone has had power restored and damage assessed.  A big shout out to teachers and staff who pulled everything together in one day to allow for two days of virtual learning.  I will learn more about the days we need to make up on Friday at my principal's meeting and will share the information in next week's Tidbits.  

There are a great many events happening over the next few weeks.  Please take the time to read all of Tidbits to learn more.  Tidbits is your best source of information for what is happening at school.  


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

October 7 - Pumpkin Patch 3-5pm

October 8-9 - Holy Card Uniform Weekend

October 10-14 - Boo Gram Sale

October 10 - Holy Card Free Dress Day

October 12 - Flu Vaccine

October 14 - No School, Father/Daughter Dance

October 17 - No School

October 18 - Picture Retakes/Class pics/Graduation pics

October 21 - Family Movie night

October 28 - Trunk or Treat

October 28 - Christmas Card Contest Entry Deadline

October 31 - Jean Day and Halloween Shirt

November 1 - All Saints Day





Students will be able to purchase Boo Grams during their lunch periods. Show your Halloween Spirit by giving your friends a ghost lollipop!

St. Stephen Catholic School has partnered with Health Hero to offer no-cost in-school flu vaccinations to your child during the school day. Register your child with the form that was sent home today. Complete the consent form and return it back to the school by tomorrow. The clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.  

Health Hero makes immunizations available to every child to stop diseases like the flu in their tracks and reduce absenteeism in schools. For more information about Health Hero, visit www.beahealthhero.com.

The consent form is attached below for your convenience:

Flu Vaccine Consent Form


Bricks 4 Kidz wants everyone to know just how AWESOME LEGO® can be! In our NEW After School LEGO® class, your child will learn science, technology, engineering, math and the arts with a different LEGO® model build theme each week, such as Outer Space, LEGO® City, Architecture, Animals, Dinosaurs, and much more! Your Master Builder will have a chance to create motorized models, 3D color brick builds and our LEGO® Mosaics! Have fun building LEGO® skyscrapers, a 3-D LEGO® T-Rex, or a LEGO® space shuttle, all out of LEGO® bricks! Can't decide which you like more!?! Join us for this AWESOME After School class and try them ALL! Anything is possible in a Bricks 4 Kidz class...DON’T MISS THE FUN!

DATE: September 13th – December 13th (Tuesdays)

WHERE: St. Stephen’s Catholic School

Grades: 4th – 8th

TIME: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

COST: $12.50 per week

Register Today at


Bricks4Kidz - 4th thru 8th graders

Click here to register Girls with Confidence

Father-Daughter Dance

Sponsored by Community for Women

Save the date for a special evening just for dads and daughters to hang out and dance the night away! Join us in the St. Stephen Family Life Center wearing your dressy attire for a fall gala. Refreshments will be served. St. Stephen’s own, DJ Mr. Medina, will be providing music for the evening. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the SVdP food pantry.

Where: The St. Stephen Family Life Center

When: Friday, October 14, 2022 Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm

Theme: Fall Formal

Donate: A food pantry item



Vernon Photography will be taking Graduation Pictures and Group Class Portraits on: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Every class will be photographed. Please place your order online. If you can't place your order online, the office has a few order forms available.

There are 2 convenient ways to Order

  1. Use the online PREPAY option to order pictures. https://www.VernonPhoto.com/order
  2. Download a class picture form or get one from the school office; fill it out; add payment and turn it in on picture day.

Online PREPAY eliminates lost or forgotten order forms and will be available before picture day and until one week after. This is not a proofing site to view your photos. It is simply an online way to place an order with your credit card.

8th Grade graduation photos will be offered via “online proofing” system without prepayment or need for order forms.We will photograph ALL graduating students and post photos online so parents can view the photos before they purchase.

8th graders should come to school dressed as follows:

  • Bring your gown on a hanger.  Girls should have the white collar sown in before they arrive at school.  
  • Bring your cap and tassel (be sure to write your name inside your cap).
  • Boys should wear a white/light colored button-down shirt and tie, dress pants and shoes. (Bring their uniform to change into after pictures.)
  • Girls should wear their uniform with a camisole or tank top under their uniform shirt (something that will not be seen under the gown) and bring dress shoes for the group picture. 
  • Students to wear hair in such a way that the cap fits. (No buns or high ponytails, ponytails should be low & in the back, no side ponytails.)

  Retake Information

We wanted to simply explain retake day and our retake policy. Hopefully this will make things easier for you and us on retake day.

Retakes are for:

  • New Staff or students that have joined you since picture day
  • Any students that were absent on picture day
  • Students that purchased pictures and are not happy with them.

We would like to have parents fill out our RETAKE DAY PASS query and have their student bring the retake pass with them on retake day. Please have them fill out a retake pass even if they are new. Here's what this does:

  • Let's us know who and how many students to expect (new or retake)
  • Helps us know that a parent is intentional in wanting a retake (and allows them to tell us what to do different)
  • Helps us not overlook a student that would like a photo
  • Helps eliminate students using retakes as an excuse to get out of class

Please go to www.VernonPhoto.com/Retakes to obtain a retake pass.


Packages are replaced at NO CHARGE IF:

  • The student has a bad expression
  • Something is wrong with the photo that we should have caught and fixed

Pictures are retaken with a 'retake fee' IF:

  • If you would like a package but don't like your original photo and didn't purchase a package from the original picture day (no extra fee charged other than the package you purchase)
  • Something will be different about the new photo that was not under our control (example: change of clothing, haircut, glasses on or off)
  • If you did not purchase a package, don't want to purchase a package but want a different photo in the yearbook

If you have any questions about retakes please contact Vernon Photography directly through Support@VernonPhoto.com.

Vernon Photo

11701 South Belcher Road

Largo, FL

Capturing tomorrow's memories today!

The 2022 SSCS Christmas Card Contest is Here!

Calling all student artists:

All students are invited to participate in the annual SSCS Christmas Card Contest. Card designs should reflect the seasons of Advent or Christmas and the birth of our Lord. Students should use a plain white 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. The winning design will be printed on Christmas cards sent out by the school to individuals and schools throughout the Diocese. The student will also receive a set of 25 cards with their design to send to family and friends. All submissions should be students' original artwork and should include the student’s name and grade written on the back in pencil. Designs must be submitted to the front office by Friday, Oct. 28. Drawings sent in after that date/time will not be considered.

Important Information regarding volunteering

This is a reminder that when you sign up to come into the school for volunteer hours your Safe Environment and Fingerprints must be complete. Please note that it may take some time to get an appointment for your fingerprints. Please call the front office if you have any questions.

Please remember, when you come to school to volunteer, siblings of your student or other children may not be with you.  It is difficult to give your attention to the task at hand with young children present.  Thank you for understanding. 



If you would like to volunteer, please click here

 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


Friday, November 11

8 am - 8:30 am

Family Life Center

All school families and Parishioners are invited to join us for our Veterans Day Ceremony. School students will be present and participate in the ceremony. Please join us as we come together to pray, remember, and honor those who served and are currently serving our country. 

Family members and parishioners are invited to:

Wear your service uniform

Wave an American Flag

Carry a photo of a hero

Students will wear their Make a Difference t-shirt and PE shorts.  

Mustang Sports

COED SOCCER:  The soccer team lost to local rival Nativity, 2-0. Their overall record is 2 wins and 2 losses.  The Mustangs are back on the field today against St Lawrence at St Lawrence at 4:00. Next week is the last week of the regular season and they have games on Wednesday at home against St Joseph and Thursday at Christ the King. Both games start at 4:00. 

The playoffs start Tuesday, October 18. The opponent and field site will be determined after the last regular season game. 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:  The varsity volleyball team beat St Joseph, two games to zero to improve their overall record to 3 wins and 3 losses. The Mustangs finish the regular season today with a home match against Christ the King in the FLC at 4:00. The varsity playoffs start next Tuesday, October 11. The Mustangs quarterfinal opponent and gym site will be determined after the match today. The JV volleyball team beat St Joseph, two games to zero to improve their record to 6 wins and no losses. The Mustangs look to finish the JV season undefeated when they take on Christ the King today in the FLC at 5:00.  


Girls JV and Varsity Basketball and Boys JV and Varsity Track are the next school sports.

Sign-ups for girls basketball tryouts and boys track season start next week. Students in 5th-8th grade interested in participating should sign up at PE or lunch.  

Girls basketball tryouts and boys track practices start the week of October 24. 

Dates will be posted in Tidbits next week.

Girls basketball season starts October 24 and ends the week before Christmas break. Basketball is a 4-5 day per week commitment. There will be a couple of weeks of practice with games starting the second week of November. Girls in 5th-6th play JV and 7th-8th play varsity.

Coach Green is looking for a volunteer girls JV basketball coach. If you have any interest please contact Coach Green ASAP.

The boys track season runs from October 24 until Saturday, December 3. Track is a 3-4 day per week commitment. There will be a couple of weeks of practice before the meets start. Boys in 5th-6th run on JV and 7th-8th on varsity. 

The track meet dates are:  

Saturday, November 5 at Tampa Catholic 8:00-11:30 am- Running & Relay Meet 1

Thursday, November 10 at Christ the King 3:45-5:30 pm- Field Event Meet 1

Thursday, December 1 at Christ the King 3:45-5:30 pm- Field Event Meet 2

Tuesday, November 15 at Mary Help 4:00-5:00 pm- Cross Country Meet

Saturday, December 3 at Jesuit High School 1:30-5:00 pm- Running & Relay Meet 2 

Parent volunteer, Mrs Daoud will be coaching the boys team. Coach Daoud did a great job coaching the girls team last year (she'll be back again for the girls season) so Coach Green is excited to have her coaching the boys team this season.

Good luck to our Mustang sports teams.

Go Mustangs!

Coach Green

Or you can use the QR code below for the St. Stephen Men's Club Golf Scramble

Please join us for BINGO nights!
Click here for Risse Brothers uniform store.
Own the Avenue

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 here for information regarding fingerprints. Click here for more information on safe environment.

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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.