September 15, 2022

Important updates in this week's Tidbits

Afterschool Programs

Spirit Nights

Book Fair

Book Fair Family Event Date Correction Thursday, September 22 

Grandparents/Grandfriends Day

Father/Daughter Dance

Principal's Points

Good afternoon St. Stephen Families,

Congratulations to Jessica Lopez, SSCS Class of 2022, who was recently named the recipient of the Tampa Catholic Patrick and Mary Neary Scholarship. The Neary family acts with Christian charity and love through the kindness of an anonymous donor. This same attitude of Christian charity continues in their name. Jessica is the second St. Stephen student to receive this scholarship. Our first recipient was Maria Castillo SSCS Class of 2019. We are very proud of both students. 

Thank you to everyone who donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive. It’s not too late to donate. Students can bring in items tomorrow morning. The SVDP Society truly appreciates the help. Last month alone they spent $14,000 helping people in our community pay for their rent and utility bills. Their only fundraiser is the Ladies’ Tea which will take place this weekend, so the donations of food items is greatly appreciated.  

Please read all of Tidbits to be informed about all the exciting events coming up and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the Book Fair events! 


Linda Umoh

Upcoming Events

September 8-15 - St Vincent de Paul Food Drive

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

October 3-13 - Boo Gram Sale

October 7 - Pumpkin Patch 3-5pm

October 14 - No School, Father/Daughter Dance

October 17 - No School

Techie Kids Club

Great News! There was such overwhelming demand for this program that we decided to open a second class. The second class will be held on Thursdays from 3-4. Both classes began this week, 9/13 and 9/15. To sign up for the new class, please click HERE.


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

Click here to register Girls with Confidence

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.


Date: September 19th – 23rd

Make sure to check out the Book Fair Home Page (Click Here)

More information coming home with your student(s) soon!




Rock On Over to The Book Fair

             September 19th – 23rd

                   Click Below

 Volunteer Signup Genius        

Click here!

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


We will have our first Marvelous Mustang award ceremony September 30th. This is a way to recognize our students who display behaviors that correlate and exemplify our SSCS mission and/or the theme for the year. If your child is selected for the award, we will let you know so you can be present for the ceremony. Text Link

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:  The girls varsity volleyball team lost to Mother Teresa two games to zero. The JV beat Mother Teresa two games to zero. The Mustang volleyball teams have a match today at home against Villa Madonna. Varsity plays at 4:00 and the JV at 5:00. The volleyball teams also have two matches next week. They play against St Lawrence on Tuesday and Corpus Christi on Thursday. Varsity matches start at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.  

SOCCER:  The soccer team had their first game of the season on Tuesday and they lost to Mother Teresa, 5-2. The Mustang goals were scored by Adrian R. and Benjamin B. The Mustangs are back on the field today against Villa Madonna here at St Stephen at 4:00. They also have games against St Lawrence at St Lawrence on Wednesday and a home game against Corpus Christi on Thursday. Soccer games start at 4:00.

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  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 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.