September 1, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits

Techie Kids Club/Bricks4Kidz

Spirit Nights

Book Fair

Grandparents/Grandfriends Day

Mustang Sports

Uniform Links

Bingo and More!!!

Principal's Points

Good afternoon St. Stephen Families,

The excitement continues with our redesigned Media Center. This week we were visited by Ms. MarDee Buchman, the Hillsborough County Field Representative for Congressman Vern Buchanan. Ms. Buchman was unable to join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony, and instead made a special trip to our school to bring a letter from the Congressman congratulating us on our enhancements to the media center.  

I would like to remind everyone the importance of bringing your child to school on time.  All students should arrive by 7:45 am.  This gives them enough time to unpack and be ready for the morning show at 7:50.  Unfortunately, there are many students arriving late.  When students arrive late, they miss the opportunity to join in our community prayer, miss morning announcements, become a disruption to the class, and do not have a good start to the day.  I understand there is a great deal of traffic in this area, but please plan accordingly when coming to school in the morning.  Also, remember that students who are sick need to remain home.  When your child has a fever, they must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before they can return to school.  

Please remember that tomorrow is a noon dismissal and there is no school on Monday. Students staying for Extended Day on Friday should bring their lunch with them. Have a great weekend and please read all of Tidbits to learn more about upcoming events.


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

September 2 - Noon Dismissal

September 5 - No School, Labor Day

September 10-11 - Holy Card Uniform Weekend

September 12 - Holy Card Free Dress Day

September 19-23 - Book Fair

September 20-21 - Donuts with Grownups

September 22 - Book Fair Family Event

September 23 - Grandparents Day, 12pm Dismissal

September 30 - Jean Day

Techie Kids Club

Please note that we are at full capacity for Techie Kids Club.  They are attempting to add another teacher so that we can increase student numbers.  

If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email Mrs. Gurley at

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 6th (Tuesdays)

WHERE: St. Stephen’s Catholic School

Grades: 4th – 8th

TIME: 3:00PM – 4:00PM

COST: $150.00 (12 weeks)

Register Today at

Bricks4Kidz - 4th thru 8th graders

Volunteer Needed

Are you looking for volunteer hours?

The front office is looking for a volunteer for 2 to 4 hours.


Click on the Book Fair image to access the flyer with links.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Please consider becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. There will be a training session immediately following Daily Mass (8:30 AM) on Saturday, September 24.  

Mustang Sports

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:  This is the last week of practice for the St Stephen girls JV and Varsity volleyball teams before the matches start next week.  The Mustang volleyball teams have their first match next Thursday vs Nativity at Nativity. The Varsity match is at 4:00 and the JV at 5:00.  

COED SOCCER:  The soccer team has another week of practice before their games start. The Mustangs first game is Tuesday, September 13 against Mother Teresa at St Stephen at 4:15.  

Please see the school website under Athletics for the complete St Stephen girls volleyball and coed soccer schedules. 


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
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.

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 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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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.