September 2, 2021

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

COVID-19 Reminders
K of C Soccer Challenge
Own The Avenue
Spirit Night
Mustang Sports

Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

This week I have the pleasure of introducing our new ESE/Resource Teacher, Mrs. Porsha Grier. Porsha comes to us with 20 years of experience in the classroom and providing services to students with special needs. Mrs. Grier began working this week and will spend the next couple of weeks shadowing members of our ESE Department, learning about our students, and receiving assistance from Mrs. Stencel to become oriented to St. Stephen and our students' needs. Please join me in welcoming her to our staff.

Please remember to send your child to school with a mask. I do appreciate your understanding. The decision to mandate masks comes from the Diocese and is based on discussion with health care and emergency management personnel. If you have any questions regarding the decision that I cannot answer, you may email your questions to

As a final reminder, the school will be closed on Friday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 6. I hope you all enjoy your four-day weekend!

Thank you all for your continued support and I continue to pray for all our families.

Peace and Blessings,

Linda Umoh

These are some Covid-19 Protocol reminders:

  • If your child is not feeling well in the morning (upset stomach, sore throat, headache, etc.), please keep them home (even if they do not have a fever), monitor their symptoms, and contact their doctor if the symptoms do not improve.

  • If your child comes to school and complains of any of these or other symptoms, parents will be called to pick up their child, contact your child's doctor, and/or get a Covid-19 test. Students will not be able to return to school unless they have a doctor's note or negative test result.

Please know that we do understand this can be challenging, but these are necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our school. We are required to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. We ask for your understanding and patience.
Upcoming Events
Sept. 3 - No School
Sept. 6 - No School Labor Day
Sept. 11-12 - Uniform Weekend at Church
Sept. 13 - Holy Card Free Dress Day
Sept. 18 - St. Vincent DePaul Tea
Sept. 21 - Spirit Night
Attention All Future Scouters!
Scouting is a great way to build friendships and learn skills that last a lifetime in a fun and exciting environment filled with adventure! Our adventures include camping, canoeing, hiking, and community service projects all done while learning to keep ourselves physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Cub Scout Pack 610 is open to boys and girls grades K-5 and meets Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Family Life Center. For more information, please contact Raymond Negron at
For middle school and high school ages, Boys Troop 610 and Girls Troop 610 offer programs of character development and values-based leadership training, preparing youth for life ahead. Both groups meet on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in the Family Life Center.  For more information on the Boys Troop, please contact

For more information on the Girls Troop, please contact Kayla Cotton at
We invite you to join us at our next meeting and we look forward to welcoming you!
The American Frontier Book Fair
How can reading about the American Frontier teach us about Caring For Creation?
Find out by volunteering for our book fair! It is a great way to get those volunteer hours. We will start setting up on Friday, Sept 24th, and the fair runs Monday, Sept 27th through October 1st. Parents, we really need your help to make this a great book fair. Please click on the link below and consider signing up now!


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 yours to keep or to reuse for a future week!
Here's 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 following link 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 Nicole Rodriguez 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 9-5-21 thru 9-11-21, 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.

Annual Knights of Columbus
Soccer Challenge Announcement
Date: Saturday, Sept 11, 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30am
Place: St. Stephen Soccer Field

The Knights Council 14084 again invites “ALL boys and girls ages 9-14” to come out and participate in the 2021 Soccer Free Kick Challenge. Parents can pick up the participation form from the School Office or click here for the form. Please return it no later than Wednesday, September 8 to the School Office. This allows time to complete the certificates and set up rosters. Forms may also be downloaded from the school or parish website.
The challenge is a “free kick” from 12 yards. 3 practice kicks and 15 attempts to score 5 points (center), 10 points (bottom corners), or 20 points (top corners). In the event of a tie in the same age group, there will be free kicks from 15 yards, 3 shots each until we have a winner.
There will be water and snacks available during the event.
** Note: The District Challenge is scheduled for October 9, 2021 (9:30 am-1130am), at our St. Stephen Soccer Field.
During this challenging time, it is also requested that each participant have a mask on but may remove it during their time at the line. All judges will wear masks and we also ask that the 6-foot social distancing practice remain unless you are together with immediate family members during the event. Chairs and tents may be brought if you choose. We will also have hand sanitizer available.
After both council and district challenges are complete we will also have an opportunity for pictures. We warmly welcome you to this year’s event and hope to see a good turnout from each age group boys and girls!

Parking: Parents may park along the road in the grass across from the field or in the school parking lot area for the event.
Any questions or concerns contact:
Ed Veronick
KOC 14084 Community Program Director
The first sports of the school year are girls JV and varsity volleyball and coed soccer. Girls JV volleyball is for girls in fifth and sixth grade and varsity volleyball is for girls in seventh and eighth grade. Coed soccer is for boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade. 
Girls volleyball season runs from September-October. Coach Green will be coaching varsity volleyball and alumni and former player Kayla Weber will be coaching the JV.  JV volleyball tryouts are Wednesday, September 8, 3:00-5:30, and Varsity volleyball tryouts are Thursday, September 9, 3:00-5:30.  
Coed soccer season runs from September-October. Coach Riker is coaching the team again this year. Boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade are eligible to try out.  Tryouts are Wednesday, September 8, 3:00-4:30, and Thursday, September 9, 3:00-4:30.  
Students interested in trying out for girl's volleyball or coed soccer should see Coach Green by Tuesday, September 7 to sign up for tryouts.
All students that participate in St Stephen athletics must complete and turn in to the office the Diocesan and school-required sports forms before being eligible to participate in games, matches, or meets. The two forms are the FHSAA physical form and the Diocesan consent form. They are available on the school website under athletics. These two sports forms must be completed in full each school year. 
There is a $65 sports fee per sport. The sports forms and fees should be turned in to the office.
Student-athletes have their eligibility checked every Monday morning during the season. Student-athletes must maintain a 70 or above to stay eligible to practice and/or play in games, matches, or meets. Please see the parent-student handbook for the complete eligibility policy. 
St Stephen participates in the Hillsborough Catholic Youth Sports League (HCYSL) with eight other Catholic schools from across the county. Girl's sports are JV and varsity volleyball, JV and varsity basketball, varsity flag football, and JV and varsity track. The boy's sports are coed varsity soccer, JV and varsity track, JV and varsity basketball, and varsity flag football.  
All of the St Stephen game, match, and meet schedules will be available on the athletics webpage.

Go Mustangs!
Coach Green
 Nominate the 2022 Angel

For the past three years, Angels Among Us has awarded extraordinary parishioners the Angel Award at the annual Angels Among Us Gala.
The gala, which is our major fundraiser, will be held in the Family Life Center on February 12.  Please nominate a school parent, school employee, or parishioner who selflessly gives their time to elevate Christian values in our community by using this form, Click here for attachment. The nominee's time and energy should provide a change in ways that supports and helps the lives of others, with empathy and compassion. The person nominated must be a parishioner of St Stephen Catholic Church. Angel Awards in the past have been presented to Caryl Nolan, Kit Moretuzzo, Mark Lovejoy, Steve and Luann LaVarta, Jan Goldonowicz, and Marty Diebold.  
Please plan to attend the Gala to support our school and join in the Celebration of the 2022 Angel. Seat Reservations for the Gala will be available in December. Donations and Sponsorships are gladly accepted in the school office.
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