September 30, 2021

Important updates in this week's Tidbits:

Mustang Sports
Making Waves
Picture Re-Takes
PTCO
Principal's Points
Good Afternoon St. Stephen Families,

I enjoyed carline this morning seeing all the Western outfits the children were wearing. I hope to see many of you this afternoon at the Family Event.

Congratulations to 4A and 7th grade for winning our door decorating contest. Be sure to stop by and see them today when you come to the Book Fair.

I am happy to introduce everyone to two new employees who will start next week. Mrs. Jaslyn Wallace joins us as our ESE teacher. Mrs. Wallace has experience in both public, charter, and private schools. She is certified in ESE and is certified by Orton Gillingham in Dyslexia and other reading deficiencies. I believe her skills will be very valuable in serving our students. We also welcome Dorothy Garcia who will be an Instructional Assistant for grades 5-8 as well as assisting with our Resource Department. Ms. Garcia has many years of experience as a para-professional working alongside teachers providing instructional services to children. Please join me in welcoming both to St. Stephen.

Remember that tomorrow is a noon dismissal. Extended Day will be available. If your child is staying for Extended Day, please be sure they bring a lunch.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Peace,

Linda Umoh
Upcoming Events

Oct. 1 - Book Fair
Oct. 1 - 12:00 Dismissal
Oct. 7 - Picture Retakes / Graduation Pictures / Class Pictures
Oct. 8 - No School
Oct. 9-10 Holy Card Weekend
Oct. 11 - No School
Oct. 12 - Holy Card Free Dress
Oct. 29 - Jean Day/Halloween Shirt
Oct. 29 - Marvelous Mustang
Oct. 29 - Trunk Or Treat

School portraits are done!  You should have received a small “proof” of your child’s photo, a passcode, and instructions for placing an order online.
Retakes, Class pictures, and 8th-grade graduation pictures are scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2021.
If your child did not have their photo taken on the original picture day or if you are not happy with your child’s photos, they can be retaken on retake day.
In order to have a picture taken your child MUST have a RETAKE PASS. Please CLICK HERE or go to http://www.vernonphoto.com/Retakes to obtain your pass.

VERNON PHOTO - RETAKE POLICY: (Please send your child with their retake pass.)
  • If your child was absent on Picture Day.
  • If your child is new to the school.
  • If you purchased a package but are not satisfied.
  • Please have your child bring their complete package.
  • No refunds will be made after 30 days from the delivery of your order.

If you have any questions about your order, please contact Vernon Photography directly through Support@VernonPhoto.com.
MUSTANG SPORTS
Coed Soccer:  The soccer team beat Corpus Christi, 4-2 to open the season with a win on Tuesday. The goals were scored by Ethan and Gabriel D, Steven M, and Johann C. The defense played well and they got great goalkeeping from Alex V. The Mustangs are back on the field today against St Lawrence here at St Stephen at 4:00. The soccer team also has games next week on Tuesday vs Mother Teresa at Mother Teresa and on Thursday against Christ the King at St Stephen. Soccer games start at 4:00.    

Girls Volleyball:  The varsity volleyball team had their first match of the season yesterday and lost to Christ the King two games to one. The varsity has three matches next week. Monday vs St Peter Claver, Wednesday vs Mother Teresa, and Thursday vs St Lawrence. All varsity matches are at Christ the King at 4:00.  
The JV volleyball team also had their first match of the season yesterday. They played well and beat Christ the King Blue two games to zero. The JV has three matches next week. Monday vs Christ the King Red, Wednesday vs Mother Teresa, and Thursday vs St Lawrence. All JV matches are at Christ the King at 5:00.  

Do you have experience coaching basketball or track? Boys track and girls basketball are the next school sports and Coach Green needs volunteer coaches. You will receive service hours for your commitment. If you are interested or need more details about the commitment please contact Coach Green at ggreen@sscsfl.org.
Thank You.

GO MUSTANGS


The American Frontier Book Fair is here!

The Last Day to attend is Friday, October 1st.

Our school is hosting an online Book Fair in addition to our in-school, "The American Frontier" Book Fair.
Click here for the online book fair.

Supporting a love for reading is critical to student success. Explore our online book fair and help your child find their next favorite book. Now everyone can participate! Encourage your child to create their online wish list and share it with friends and family. Our eFair code: PGL87
Once your child sets up their online wish list, they will be assigned their own online code. You may share your list and code with friends and family. Orders are due by October 1st. Follett will ship your books to the school 7-10 after our eFair is complete.
 
Thank you for supporting St Stephen Catholic School.
CO-CHAIR NEEDED
We are planning our annual raffle fundraiser and a co-chair is needed!
Our raffle fundraiser will begin in March with the final winner being announced just before Easter. Plans to ensure we reach our goal are already in the works. Our Raffle Fundraiser Chair Cindy has been exploring various ways to make the event fun and exciting.  
If you can share your time and talents to co-chair this event, please contact
 ngallagher@sscsfl.org or call the school office.  
Trunk or Treat is Back!
  Friday, October 29 6 to 7:30 PM
 Voted the Most Fun Event of the School Year

Get ready for Trunk or Treat! Great fun for all SSCS Families. Decorated cars can begin arriving at 5:30 PM and must be ready to spook the ghosts n goblins by 6:PM. No decorated cars will be permitted into the Trunk or Treat area after 6:PM. Cars arriving for treats can begin arriving at 6:PM. The Knight of Columbus will be directing the parking. Decorated cars can not exit until 7:30 PM. Middle School will provide games and sell Halloween Glow Items, all proceeds will benefit the Student Council. Cash Only Please! The PTCO will be selling Mustang Spirit Items to benefit the PTCO, also Cash Only. Thanks to our SSCS DJ, Mr. Medina, for supplying the music. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE BEST DECORATED CAR AND THE RUNNER UP, compliments of the PTCO.
Angles Among Us Would Like To Thank
All The Room Moms
Angels Among Us thank every Room Mom for their help with the class basket donation. The themes selected are creative and exciting. Themes include Date Night, Summer Time, Board Games, and Gardening. The baskets are sure to make the silent auction a success. Angels appreciate parents who are supporting this endeavor with their generous donations.
 
Plan on attending the annual Gala on 2/12 so you can bid on all the amazing baskets and enjoy an evening of dancing and fellowship. Our fundraising goal is to exceed last year's total event donation of $75,000. Seat reservations will be available online in mid-December. Donation and sponsorship inquiries can be sent to ngallagher@sscsfl.org.
First Lady Casey DeSantis announces the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month theme and student essay contest. Student essay winners can win a 4 year Florida college plan scholarship. 
If you are interested and for more information: click on this link .
40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign
We invite you to participate in the 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign. The Diocese of St. Petersburgh is once again sponsoring the 40 Days for Life vigil from September 22nd to October 31st at 2010 E. Fletcher Ave, Tampa. Click on the attached 40 Days for Life suggested daily prayer intentions as well as a letter from the St. Stephen Respect LIFE Ministry with daily prayers for our elementary children.

Also, on Saturday, October 3rd after the 11:30 AM mass you are invited to pray to end abortion in our nation here at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Come out and join members of our community for one hour to be part of Life Chain 2021. Please click on the following link for more information on this hour of prayer.

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 dressed in your most fancy 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 15, 2021
Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Theme: Fall Formal
Donate: A food pantry item

Come out and support the Men's Club at their
28th Annual
Men's Club Golf Scramble.

When: November 6, 2021
Course: Summerfield Crossings Golf Club
Sign In: Begins at 11:30 a.m.
Tee Time: 1:00 p.m.

To register or become a sponsor of the event please visit,

MATH+
A math program called Math+ is being offered (virtually for right now) to all Middle School Students at St. Stephen. There are no prerequisite requirements except for a love and interest in Math. The courses in this program go well beyond the math being learned in the classroom providing students a much broader view of selected Math Topics.

This Fall’s course focuses on Probability, a mathematical concept that has both practical relevance and important mathematical applications. The course will teach probability while exploring many real-world applications from finance to decision-making to poker. A letter about the course is attached.

The six-session course will be taught online on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm starting on Monday, October 4th and ending on October 20th.

Families can sign-up at www.RedWoodPrep.com.
If you have any questions contact Mrs. MacLaren at lmaclaren@sscsfl.org.
Black Friday is coming!
Join Amazon Smile and help
support SSCS!
It's simple to give money back to SSCS when you shop on Amazon, and now is the perfect time to sign up before you do all of your holiday shopping!
Here's how:
1. Visit https://smile.amazon.com
2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.
3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice.
4. Select your charity.
5. Start shopping!
6. Add a bookmark https://smile.amazon.com make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
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