March 17, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Fish Fry
Spirit Wear
March Madness Raffle
Spring Pictures
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

The PreK and Kindergarten students had a fun time while doing a great service for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital with their Trik-a-thon. With this service-learning project, the children learned trike and riding toy safety while helping the children of St. Jude.

We continue to monitor Mass attendance for those who are parishioners and are receiving the Catholic parish tuition rate. In order to keep this rate, families will have to show that they attended Mass 75% of the time from Jan. 1 through May 15 through the use of envelopes deposited in the baskets on the weekend. If you are out of town on the weekend, you may submit a bulletin from the church you attended with your name and envelope number on the front of the bulletin. Those families not attending Mass will be assigned the full tuition rate in May when finance agreements are finalized as the payments for next year begin in June. If you are registered at a different parish, we need a new parish verification form by May 15 in order to keep the Catholic parish rate.

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
March 22 - Spring Pictures
March 23 - 25 Nature's Classroom 7th Grade
March 28 - April 1 SVDP Food Drive
March 29 - Spirit Night
April 1 - Marvelous Mustang
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
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
Spring Portraits will be taken on 3/22/22
For more information about our Spring Portraits and backgrounds, please visit

We are doing things a little different this year!. We will photograph ALL STUDENTS and will quickly post photos online. There will not be any order forms and no prepay. Your child will bring home a paper from picture day so you can register to be notified when photos are posted.

Your students will be photographed on green screen to allow you to choose your own background.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our photographers directly using the info below.

Vernon Photography - -
Spirit Wear Available Soon
PTCO is excited to again offer Spirit Wear for two weeks starting at midnight 3/17. Please use this link to order Quality Custom SSCS Spirit Wear.  Delivery to your home will be in April and early May. 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

March 18, 25, and 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, March 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.
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 girl's track team has a couple of weeks of practice before the first events. The girl's track meet includes the 100, 200, 400, 800, Mile, 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay, and the 4x400 relay. The field events are the discus, shot put, high jump, and long jump. The first field events are being held on Thursday, March 31 at Christ the King at 4:00. The first running and relay meet is Saturday, April 2 at St Pete Catholic from 8:00-11:30. Please see the school website under Athletics and Track for the complete 2022 girls track season meet and event schedule.

BOYS BASKETBALL:  The boy's basketball teams started to practice this week. The Mustangs are learning the offense and defense and sharpening their skills. The boy's first game is Tuesday, March 29 against Villa Madonna here in the St Stephen FLC. The varsity plays at 4:00 and the JV plays at 5:15. Please see the school website under Athletics and Basketball for the complete 2022 boys JV and varsity basketball schedules.    

Field Day is just three weeks away on 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. Coach Green is still looking for parent volunteers to help with supervision 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. Thank you. 

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 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.
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.