• Welcome to Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School

    Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School – 314-752-4700 | Building on a Strong Past…. With an Eye on the Future. Photo courtesy of Dwight Doerhoff. View more Gala photos on OneDrive.

  • Welcome to Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School

    Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School – 314-752-4700 | Building on a Strong Past…. With an Eye on the Future. Photo courtesy of Dwight Doerhoff. View more Gala photos on OneDrive.

  • Welcome to Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School

    Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School – 314-752-4700 | Building on a Strong Past…. With an Eye on the Future. Photo courtesy of Dwight Doerhoff. View more Gala photos on OneDrive.

90th Anniversary Celebration

SSP Turned 90!  Building on a Strong Past…. With an Eye on the Future

Dear Friends,


At this most holy season, we remember all of those who have supported us in so many ways throughout the year.


 In 2017- 2018, we celebrated our 90th anniversary. We had the ambitious goal of raising $90,000. 


We are so grateful to all of you who donated and shared our enthusiasm for our anniversary.


We began the celebration with a Mass and dinner on September 29th and ended the year of celebration on September 14th with a night at a Cardinal Game.  Our Choral Club performed that evening. The parish and school community joined us that evening – students, families, parishioners and alumni.


You are a great gift to our school; you helped make our 90th a year to remember. We continue celebrating St. Stephen Protomartyr School recognizing our past and looking forward to a future just as great, if not greater!


While we didn’t make the $90,000 goal we set for ourselves, knowing it could be out of reach, we did raise $43,000!  You made that possible!


The funds were designated to increase and update the technology in our school.  We have increased the number of our laptops in our intermediate grades; we are upgrading our data and communication systems; and we increased our network.


Ever the optimist, I believe we can still raise $90,000, just not in our anniversary year.  We will keep our 90th Anniversary account open so that anyone and everyone can contribute to that account. So, if you want to give a gift to St. Stephen Protomartyr over this special season, you can write a check to St. Stephen Protomartyr School – 90th Anniversary.




Thank you for supporting us and for making our 90th Anniversary memorable.


At this season full of anticipation and expectation, I wait full of hope that you will have a wonderful, faith filled Christmas, and a prosperous and healthy new year.


With gratitude,


Michel Wendell, MA Ed



Principal Michel Wendell and Father Ron welcome you to St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School where we learn, live, and love in a Catholic, Christian environment.


Located in the heart of the Holly Hills neighborhood, St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School is a unique urban school that has been educating students since 1927. Our students learn, live, and love in a Catholic environment that is deeply supported by the parish community and neighborhood.
For more information or to set up a visit, please feel free to contact us using any of the following methods:
Online contact form
By calling 314-752-4700
Or by emailing michelwendellssp@gmail.com.

Learn More About Our Principal

Benefits of Catholic Education

WHY choose a Catholic Education.  
A St. Stephen Protomartyr School alum, Hannah Rettig, wrote an essay in 2010 on what it means to her to have attended a Catholic school.

A Catholic education is one unlike any other I could imagine.

Most people think the only things that differentiate Catholic schools from public schools are tuition and the uniforms. While those are two noticeable differences, there are many others that go unseen.
Nowhere in a public school would I walk past “Faith in Christ, service to others” printed on the wall, representing my school’s motto. Not only is this motto printed on the walls, but it also has been permanently engraved into my head and heart.
Looking back on my Catholic education starting way back in kindergarten, I have realized just how lucky I am to be blessed with the gift of my education. I have gained so much knowledge to succeed above and beyond in my life throughout my years of school. More importantly, I have become the young lady I am today, strong in faith and knowledge.
The grade school I attended was a great foundation. I learned the basics of my faith and started branching out into the community. By the time high school swung around, going to church and doing service hours was just a part of my everyday life. This was when I first started realizing what it actually meant to have a Catholic education. What kind of a person would I be now if I was not taught that service was a way of life, not just a school requirement?

There is something special about walking through the halls each day and knowing almost every individual that passes by me well enough to greet them.

I could never thank my parents and grandparents enough for sending me to a Catholic grade school and high school. I know economic times have been tough and Catholic education is expensive, but a public school was never a consideration. Although many Catholic grade schools and even high schools in my area are in danger of closing due to their small enrollment, the small size is one of my favorite qualities of Catholic school. There is something special about walking through the halls each day and knowing almost every individual that passes by me well enough to greet them.
Teachers show their faith on a daily basis by starting each class with a prayer, or just going out of their way to help a struggling student. This is what makes my Catholic education so special and worth the tuition. If I can walk into a school each day that has a friendly atmosphere, loving students and teachers, and an education based on faith, I know I am in the right place.
Catholic education has made such a large impact on not only my daily life but also my future life. I have been taught to stand up for what I believe in. I have been taught to be the change I want to see in the world. Above all, I have been taught how to live up to God’s call and go out into the world far beyond high school and make a difference. All of these reasons are what make my Catholic education so special and worthwhile to me.
By Hannah Rettig, SSP Class of 2010

What’s New

Aug 14 - First day of school

School Registration

Please see the attachments regarding registration. 2019 Registration letter2019-2020 Student Registration Form

One final reminder to go to www.factstuitionaid.com to apply for financial assistance from the parish.  Also, keep sending in those registration forms!




Links to SSP School Google Sites:

sites.google.com/view/ thirdfourthfifthgrades/home
sites.google.com/view/ssp- arts-and-friends/home


Our school calendar captures most of the planned activities at the school. Download here:
Google Calendar
iCal Calendar



Please feel free to call or email Michel Wendell if you have any questions. PLEASE do not email me through Fast Direct.  Use my St. Stephen Protomartyr email –michelwendellssp@gmail.com.



School Mission

At St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School we learn, live, and love in a Catholic, Christian environment. Belief in Jesus and living the gospel values of our faith is the cornerstone of our philosophy as a community. In cooperation with parents, who are the primary educators of their children, St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School exists to provide all the members of the school community -- students, parents, teachers, staff, and fellow parishioners -- with opportunities to grow in faith and to work toward building God’s kingdom. Our philosophy is built around the three actions of our mission statement -- to learn, to live, and to love.

  • We Learn

    By building on a foundation in our Catholic faith and values that began at our baptism.
    By committing to the development of competence in the skills necessary for life.
    By realizing that learning is a life-long process.

  • We Live

    By appreciating the diversity of God’s people.
    By being committed to a life of social justice and service to others.
    By being active members who enrich the school community.
    By being responsible members of many larger communities; our neighborhood, our city, our state, our nation and our planet

  • We Love

    By responding to the call of Jesus and the scriptures to love our neighbor as ourselves.
    By respecting life in all forms.
    By growing in our personal relationships with God

School History

History of St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish School

St. Stephen's School St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish constructed and opened its first school in September 1927 under the supervision of Father Joseph G. Hoelting. The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O’Fallon, MO) staffed the school until 1981.


A new church was built and dedicated in 1964, which we still use today. The old church was converted into much-needed classroom space as enrollment increased. After the departure of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, the convent was also converted into four additional classrooms. The gymnasium was built in 2007 that accommodates both parish and school functions. In 2011, the school added its preschool program, which expanded into two classrooms this year.


St. Stephen School continues to grow offering a variety of opportunities through new classes, extracurricular activities, sports, and growth in spirituality. The school offers Spanish, health, music, art, computer classes and an English Tutoring program funded by Title III for students who speak English as a second language. The school is freshly painted, has new lighting for the parking lots, and has smart boards in every classroom. Extracurricular opportunities include band, speech, Vacation Bible School, Luke 18 retreats, and scouts, plus all sorts of sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, baseball, and softball. A school lunch program and before- and after-care are also offered for any school family. The dedication of the staff is reflected through their years of service at the school, with the average tenure being 19 years.

Our Principal

Principal: Michel Wendell I am so happy to be here at Stephen Protomartyr School. Your reputation of being a welcoming and vibrant community certainly has been manifested in the response I have received as the new principal here.

Our Principal

I am a native St. Louisan. I am married, have twins (boy and girl), 2 dogs and a cat. I graduated from Maryville College earning a BA in English and a BA in Education. I received a Masters in Education from Washington University and attended St. Louis University for Education Administration.


I taught in the Upward Bound program at SLUH. I helped develop the Upper Grade curriculum for the Project Achievement summer program, a collaboration of our Catholic Schools and the St. Louis Public Schools, and was Language Arts Consultant for the St. Louis Archdiocese.


I taught in the Junior High at Holy Family School in South City. From there I was principal at Good Shepherd – Hillsboro and Cathedral Basilica School. I was the Curriculum Coordinator at St. Gabriel the Archangel, and last year served as Interim Principal.


I am an avid reader, especially of fantasy and science fiction, but also have begun to read a lot of Nordic Noir.

Teachers and Staff

Teachers and Staff
Hint: Hover over image to read the teacher's bio.

  • Administrative Assistant: Amanda Quinn

  • pre-k assistant, 3 year olds: Linda Fleming

  • Pre-K Teacher, 3 year olds: Christy Biundo

  • pre-k assistant, 4/5 year olds: Maria Walter

  • Pre-K Teacher, 4/5 year olds: Emily Feldman

  • Kindergarten: Sue Kriegshauser

  • 1st Grade: Mary Beth Block

  • 2nd Grade: Judy Rone

  • 3rd Grade: Amy Uttendorf

  • 4th Grade: Mary Ann Buschmann

  • 5th Grade: Theresa Lueke

  • 6th Grade: Nancy Anglo

  • 3rd-8th Grade Art: Mary White

  • 8th Grade Homeroom: Pamela Bruce

  • 7th Grade Homeroom: Dustin Cutts

  • Spanish Teacher: Ms. Mayeline Escobar

  • Music Teacher: David Borgmeyer

  • Music Teacher: Anne Borgmeyer

  • Learning Consultant: Donna Albers

  • School Counselor: Kerri Gellen

  • Physical Education / Art: Peggy Martin

  • Lunch Room: Ileana Amsler

  • Janitorial Staff: David Schisler

  • Maintenance Staff: Bob Wiley

Parish Board of Education

The purpose of the Parish Board of Education is to advise Pastor and Principal in making policy for parish educational programs.


  • Alesia Bessire
  • Rosalie Yezbick
  • Jim Gunter
  • Bridgette Fyvie
  • Katie Cunniff
  • Heather Mattingly



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Enrolling your children in St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School.

To enroll their children in St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School families need to complete the appropriate registration procedures and must either meet the criteria (listed in order of admission priority) or have the permission of the pastor (exceptions to the following):


  • children of registered parishioners
  • children from families living in Catholic parishes in which Catholic education is not available to them
  • children from families living within St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Parish boundaries
  • children from families living in the South St. Louis Deanery area
  • all families must agree to follow all school, educational, and religious guidelines.


Admittance to Kindergarten will be based upon:


  • student turning five years of age before August 1st
  • acceptable performance of readiness skills as determined by performance during readiness screening


Students who have transferred from another school are admitted on two probationary periods for the first six weeks and then throughout the first year. An evaluation is made of the student’s academics and behaviors in accordance to St. Stephen Protomartyr School philosophy and policies.


The registration process includes:


  • completion of a registration form (contact School office for form)
  • copy of the birth certificate
  • copy of the baptismal certificate
  • verification of the dates of other sacramental celebrations
  • verification of custody arrangements in cases in which the parents of the student are divorced (a copy of the divorce decree, which verifies custody arrangements must be provided).


All classes at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School will have a maximum of 30 students per grade. Families with children already attending St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School will have first priority for admittance as long as they are current in their tuition payment at the time of registration.
When a grade level reaches the maximum number of students, a waiting list will be formed for those requesting to be notified when openings for that grade level arise. Persons on the waiting list will be called in the order in which they were placed on the list.


Tuition Guide

Every family is required to pay tuition payments through Facts Tuition Management. All enrollments to Facts will be on-line, payments are ACH transactions through a checking or savings account, and you will also have the option of using a credit card for tuition payments with Facts.

Enrolling in a FACTS tuition payment plan allows you to select a payment option that best suits your financial needs. Visit the FACTS website.

Tuition Guide


Download the Tuition Policy Rev 2017 PDF)


Download the 2019 Registration letter (PDF)


Download the2019-2020 Student Registration Form (PDF)



A.C.E. = Aid Catholic Education
As part of our efforts to keep tuition as low as possible, participation in the ACE program is mandatory for all school families. Each family is required to either purchase $450 monthly in ACE certificates or else pay an annual opt-out of $225. Download the Current Vendor Form (PDF)

For more information: see Volunteer

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance Programs are available for families to apply to help with Tuition costs.


Financial Assistance Programs are available for families to apply to help with Tuition costs.


It is almost time to submit your scholarship application for the 2019-2020 school year! Please read below for important information regarding your scholarship for the next school year. This information was also sent by mail to your home address we have on file.


The online application will open for all families, new and re-applying, January 28th, 2019. Alive! In Christ is first-come, first-served for any siblings that may be eligible, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Approximately 200 new awards will be available.


The application deadline for Beyond Sunday, SOAR!, Catholic Families Tuition Assistance (CFTA), and the Parish Employees Endowment Fund (PEEF) is February 28th, 2019. Any family who would like to be considered for these programs, even if you are applying for requalification, must apply between January 28th and February 28th, 2019. Up to 140 new elementary school awards will be available in Beyond Sunday. It is important to remember that siblings attending the same school are not eligible in this program.


Individual students may not receive more than one scholarship if awarded. Catholic Families Tuition Assistance and Parish Employees Endowment Fund are the only tuition assistance programs that may be received in addition to another scholarship. Families may have multiple children receiving scholarships.


Documents needed to complete applications include the following (please click here for more details):


Proof of Income


Proof of Residency (St. Louis City residents applying to City elementary schools only)


High School Students are required to submit responses to two short-answer questions and contact information for two references at the time of application to be considered for the Beyond Sunday Fellows Program. Up to 50 new awards will be available in this program. Students currently receiving a Beyond Sunday Fellows scholarship are not required to submit short answer responses or references for requalification. For more information about the Beyond Sunday Fellows Program, please click here to view the Beyond Sunday Fellows FAQs.


Because you already have an account with TTEF, you must log in to apply. Applying without logging in will duplicate your account in our system and will cause a delay in processing your application.


To log in to the online system, visit www.ttef-stl.org and click on the Scholarship – Info for Parents and Apply Here.


On the Family Log In page, type your primary email in the Family Login box and enter your password. If you have forgotten your password click “Forgot Password?” and instructions to create a new password will be emailed to you. Detailed instructions on how to apply are posted on our website.



TTEF is offering support sessions for all parents that would like help in re-applying online or do not have computer access. All sessions will be held from 3:30-6:30PM at each site. Please bring all required documents.
·        February 5, 2019     Our Lady of Guadalupe School (Ferguson), 1115 S. Florissant Road, 63121
·        February 6, 2019     South City Catholic Academy (St. Louis City), 5821 Pernod Ave., 63139
·        February 7, 2019     Christ, Light of the Nations School (Spanish Lake), 1650 Redman Rd., 63138
·        February 12, 2019   All Saints School (St. Peters), 5 McMenamy Rd., 63376
·        February 13, 2019    Holy Infant School (Ballwin), 248 New Ballwin Rd., 63021



Uniform Policy

Uniform Policy for girls and boys.

Uniform Policy

Uniform Policy/Dress


Dress and Grooming (Archdiocesan Policy #4303.6)


Students are expected to dress and present an appearance consistent with standards of good taste and appropriate for school and school events. Any dress or wearing of insignia which conveys the image of gang membership, supports the beliefs of hate groups, makes sexual innuendos, or promotes drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is inappropriate for school and should not be allowed.


GENERAL: The appearance and dress of the student is the primary responsibility of the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s).


It will be up to the discretion of the teacher, principal or pastor to determine if students meet the expectations established in this uniform code. If a student’s attire or appearance is not acceptable, the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified. Should additional notifications be necessary, consequences may result and will be determined by school administration.


This policy may be amended and/or changed as necessary. Notifications of such changes will always be provided in writing in advance and will be included in the school handbook upon official approval.



Pre-school through third grade: The girls must wear the plaid jumper, navy shorts, or navy pants with a white or black polo or round collared shirt. White or black tights may be worn with the jumper. Girls should wear a light weight short underneath the jumper. Girls can wear the red hooded sweatshirt or zip-up fleece bearing the school logo with the jumper, pants, or shorts. All shorts and pants must be worn with a navy, black, or brown belt.


Grades 5 through 8: The girls must wear the red plaid skirt, navy shorts, or navy pants with a white or black polo shirt. The skirts can be no shorter than knee length (no shorter than the top of the knee). Shorts can be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.   Girls can wear white or black tights or solid white or black socks. Light weight, nylon type shorts (no short shorts) should be worn underneath the skirts. Girls can wear the red hooded sweatshirt or zip-up fleece bearing the school logo with their skirts.


Girls in grade 4 may wear either choice listed above. Please be mindful of short or skirt length.



Preschool through eighth grade: Wear navy blue dress pants or uniform dress shorts with a navy, brown, or black belt, (no “cargo” pants or shorts, patch pockets, athletic or corduroy) red knit collared shirts, red hooded sweatshirts or zip-up fleece bearing the school logo and solid white or black or red socks. Hair must be worn in a neat, well-groomed style and may not touch the collar of the shirt and worn out of students’ eyes.


8th grade boys may wear socks of their choosing as long as they do not feature inappropriate language or images.



Students may wear either dress shoes or tennis shoes. For safety reasons we suggest that the school shoes not have slick soles. Tennis shoes worn must be a style that is able to be worn under the pant leg and must not cover the bottom of the pant leg. High top tennis shoes may be worn, as long as the pant leg is able to fit around the top of the shoe. If shoes are lace-up style, the laces must be worn and tied. All shoes must have a back (No mules, slides, sandals, tap shoes or Heelies). When participating in P.E., students should wear tennis shoes.



Boys will wear their uniforms on gym day. Girls should be sure that shorts are worn under skirts or jumpers and are of appropriate length.



Parents are asked to choose appropriate items from the above list of uniform clothes to meet the comfort needs of the students. If students come to school dressed in a manner which is not appropriate for the weather, they may be kept indoors.



 Jewelry is not to be worn in school except as provided in this policy. If a child has pierced ears, small posts may be worn. An appropriate wristwatch may be worn. Approved pins or wristbands in recognition of school-sponsored or approved causes may also be worn in school. Any other jewelry worn to school will be confiscated in the morning and returned to the child upon dismissal at 3:00PM. Cosmetics are not to be worn in school. Students wearing cosmetics will be asked to remove them.


Eighth grade girls are allowed to wear nail polish. Polish must be well maintained.

No Mohawks or “Faux-hawks” or hair dye is allowed.


If a student comes to school out of uniform, parents will be called and will be required to bring the proper uniform to school for the students.


Out of uniform days may only be determined by St. Stephen Protomartyr administration.


As always the appearance and dress of the student is the primary responsibility of the student and his or her parents or guardians. It will be up to the discretion of the teacher, principal or pastor to determine if students meet the expectations established in this uniform code.


St. Stephen Protomartyr School has established policies, guidelines and regulations for students’ appearance. Because students are perceived as representatives of the school, the school has a reason and a right to expect students to dress and groom themselves appropriately.



Not Allowed

Spaghetti straps and strapless shirts and dresses are not allowed.

Bare midriffs are not allowed. No low cut tops.

Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 2” above the knee.

Pajama bottoms are not allowed.

Leggings and/or tights may not be worn alone as pants.

Sagging pants and shorts are not allowed.

Tattered and/or torn jeans are not allowed.

Shoes with heels higher than 1” are not allowed.

Sandals, flip-flops, crocs, clogs and open backed shoes are not acceptable.



Long sleeved, short-sleeved and sleeveless tops are acceptable.

Capris, jeans and sweat pants are acceptable.

Leggings under a dress or skirt are permissible.


Curriculum Policy

Curriculum planning is an ongoing and comprehensive process of developing, implementing, evaluating, and redesigning priorities for what students should know, be able to do, and value as a result of learning.

5th graders in Ms. Buschmann's Science class love doing experiments.
Curriculum Policy

Students of St. Stephen Protomartyr School receive instruction in the following subject areas and generally in accord with the time allotments suggested by the Catholic Education Office and established local needs: Religion, Language Arts (Reading, Phonics, English, Spelling), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting, Music, Art, Physical Education, and Computer Education.
The curriculum consists of all the subject areas taught. It must be recognized that although learning is broken down into specific subject areas for ease of learning, the curriculum is an integrated program. Skills learned in one subject area are reinforced in another.
Click here to download the Curriculum Policy (PDF)
Click here to download the Preschool Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Curriculum per Grade

Click links below to view a PDF of the Curriculum per Grade.


Faith Formation

The faith formation of the children at St. Stephen Protomartyr School is one of our main priorities as shown by our Mission Statement to “learn, live, and love in a Catholic Christian environment.”

Faith Formation

Catholic Faith Formation, Sacraments, Liturgy


Religious Education

Religious education is meant to provide a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive, and systematic presentation of Catholic beliefs so that students will be knowledgeable about their faith, grow in their personal relationship with God, and integrate these beliefs and traditions into their personal lives to bring forth the Kingdom of God in the world.


St. Stephen Protomartyr School students participate in All School Masses twice a week at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Fridays. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is celebrated on the first Friday of each month. Students’ Baptismal Anniversaries are celebrated on the last Friday of each month. Parents, grandparents and godparents are invited. The students renew their Baptismal promises.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation for the whole school takes place during Advent and Lent.


Second grade students receive First Reconciliation in early Advent.

Second grade students receive their First Eucharist on the second Sunday after Easter.


The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every other year for 7th and 8th graders and takes place at St. Stephen Protomartyr Church.


Parents are expected to attend meetings before their children receive the sacraments.



On the third Thursday of each month, students bring in canned goods and other food items which are then donated to a food pantry in South City.


Each year Mission Carnival is held on Fat Tuesday to raise money for various charitable organizations as determined by the committee.


Throughout the year, students volunteer their time, treasure and talent for those needs that happen to arise in the parish and surrounding community.



Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students of all faith traditions are given the opportunity to attend a Luke 18 retreat during the year.  Luke 18 is a weekend-long retreat inviting students into the Church — to help them see that they are not only the future of our Church, but they are also the Church right now. The program welcomes the students (referred to as “Lukers”) into the Church by helping them experience God and His love. Through high-energy games, skits, songs, personal sharing, and a series of talks given by high school students, the “Lukers” are encouraged to have fun and grow in their faith. The weekend offers the opportunity to experience God’s love on a more personal level, and the “Lukers” are challenged to share that love with those around them.


Children of other faith traditions participate in religion classes and attend school Masses.  If a child (and / or parents) expresses a desire to become Catholic, his / her parents are asked to contact the Pastor or Pastoral Associate who will explain and guide them through the process.

Fast Direct

The FastDirect Communications service has been designed with feedback from hundreds of parochial and private schools to make sure we meet your unique school community's needs.


Fast Direct/ School Messenger

A quick and always available Fast Direct program that allows parents to monitor grades and to communicate via email with the faculty.


Teachers will post weekly notes keeping you abreast of the “happenings” in their classrooms, what is being taught and other special events in the classroom.


Emails are an easy way to set up conferences or other meetings.


Principal weekly parent correspondence will come to you via School Messenger. Robo calls for weather and other emergency messages are sent via School Messenger.

Click here to go to Fast Direct. (External Link)

School Handbook

Belief in Jesus and living the gospel values of our faith is the cornerstone of our philosophy as a community.

School HandbookIn cooperation with parents, who are the primary educators of their children, St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School exists to provide all the members of the school community — students, parents, teachers, staff, and fellow parishioners — with opportunities to grow in faith and to work toward building God’s kingdom. Our philosophy is built around the three actions of our mission statement — to learn, to live, and to love.


Parent Handbook August 2018. (PDF)

School Dictionary

School Dictionary

St. Stephen Protomartyr School Dictionary

St. Stephen Protomartyr School Dictionary


A Guide for Parents

Click here to download the School Dictionary.

School Calendar

From the first day of school all the way until the parish picnic.

School Calendar


 Second semester 2019

Supply Lists

Please purchase the following supplies for the coming school year. Label all supplies with your child's name (especially clothing and lunch boxes) and have your child bring them on the first day of school. Please replace supplies as needed during the year.

Supply Lists

Supply Lists 2019


Art, Band, Bellarmine Speech League, Choral Club, Music Festival, Music Sharing and more!



During Catholic Schools Week, art is displayed at one of the local shopping malls. Our school also has its own art fair in May that correlates with Donut Sunday (first Sunday of the month).



Band is offered for students in grades 4 through 8.  There is a quarterly fee due to the instructor.



Speech meets are open to students in grades 5 through 8. There are three meets per year, plus one final meet, which is held at an area high school. This meet is for the best contestants of the year. Students try out after school, and team assignments are made the day after tryouts. Parents and teachers are involved as coaches and judges. This program teaches responsibility and gives students practice speaking in front of an audience. Students, parents and teachers attend the speech meets on Saturdays. Mrs. Amy Uttendorf moderates this club.



Dr. David and Mrs. Anne Borgmeyer moderate the Choral Club, which is open to students in grades 3 through 8. They begin practicing for Christmas performances in the middle of November. They may go Christmas caroling at nursing homes, our Holy Name Society meeting, a local shopping mall, and other organizations who request their performance. They also join the parish choir in providing music at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass.
Click here to download more information about the Choral Club.



Dr. David and Mrs. Anne Borgmeyer coach selected classes to participate in the Archdiocesan Music Festival held in the spring. Different classes participate each year. The Archdiocese rotates through the grades from first through eighth, assigning two classes each year. Parents, teachers and students all enjoy this experience.



Dr. David and Mrs. Anne Borgmeyer ask each class to choose a favorite song that they would like to perform at our own All School Music Sharing in mid-May. Each class performs for the entire school, parents, and friends. Dr. & Dr. Borgmeyer provide the musical accompaniment. The band, directed by Ms. Ann Dolan, also performs.


Source: St. Stephen Protomartyr – School Dictionary A Guide for Parents




Promoting good sportsmanship, respect for authority and self-discipline.


The St. Stephen Protomartyr Athletic Association (SSPAA) promotes the participation in athletics by students at the grade school and high school levels. It was formed to administer the operations and the funding of the parish athletic programs.

The mission of the SSPAA is to foster the growth of our students through participation in athletics, specifically through programs that promote good sportsmanship, respect for authority, and self-discipline. Emphasis is directed to providing our student athletes with the opportunity to experience playing and enjoying the various sports within a Catholic environment, valuing teamwork, sportsmanship, friendship, a sense of fair play, and respect for themselves, their teammates, their coaches, and their opponents.



Current Association Members and Titles

  • Jason Joly, 314-308-1668 or sspathletics@gmail.com – President
  • Gretchen Simons – Secretary and Treasurer
  • Matt Oppelt – Baseball Coordinator
  • Michelle Wobbe – Volleyball Coordinator
  • Dan Murphy & Chris Comeford – Basketball Coordinator
  • Haley Henricks – Track Coordinator
  • Matt Guntli – Soccer Coordinator
  • Chad Wilcox – Uniform Coordinator



News and Announcements

The St. Stephen Athletic program is proud to announce our move to the South Central CYC District! Our current City District is down to just 12 active parishes of the 34 parishes enrolled.  With the ever-diminishing participation within our district,  it has become a challenge to offer a fun and competitive atmosphere for all of our young athletes.  In an effort to increase participation within more competitively balanced leagues, St. Stephen, and several other neighboring parishes, are making the move to the South Central District, joining 22 fully active parishes.  This move will officially take place with the start of the 2013 baseball/softball season. The South Central District offers substantially more leagues, at each grade level, than our current district. This means:

* More balanced leagues for the skill levels of all our young athletes.

* Additional venues for our kids to play in.

* A great chance to broaden our sports programs and increase the visibility of our parish and school.

* An opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.



Sports Links:
CYC Photo ID Card Dates

CYC Sports Home


Rulebook for All Sports

Safe Environment Program

South Central CYC District

Boy Scouts

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, provides educational programs that build character, teach participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness.

Boy Scouts

The Cub Scout program at SSP is for boys in grades 1-5. Boys are grouped by grade in Dens, and include Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos. The Boy Scout program at SSP is for boys in grades 6-8 and into high school. Boys 11 years old regardless of grade can join the Boy Scout program, or they may join after completing the fifth grade. Boys do not need to be a Cub Scout to join the Boy Scout program.


Information on joining the Cub Scout or Boy Scout programs can be obtained by contacting Michael Lohff at 314-591-9575 or by email at m.lohff@att.net.


More information:

BSA | Greater Saint Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Home Page

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere—where today's girls can become tomorrow's leaders.

Girl ScoutsMembership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K-12; women and men over the age of 17 can join as adult members. Girls join for fun and friendship, but they also learn about building character and self-esteem and serving their communities — the core qualities of Girl Scouting. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives -– strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.


Information on joining the Girl Scout program can be obtained by contacting Angie Peters by email at ang63116@yahoo.com


More Girl Scouts information: Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri


How to get involved.

Volunteer With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer.  However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous to you, your family, and your community.  The right match can help you find friends, reach out to others, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. Learn more about the many benefits of volunteering and find tips on getting started.


Volunteers must comply with the Safe Environment Program prior to the start of any volunteering activity. St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church and School follow the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program (Protecting God’s Children). The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. This process also provides a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries. If you have any questions, please call Mary Ellen Paule 314-481-1133 or marypaulessp@gmail.com or visit our parish website for more information.


If you have already obtained certification reflecting compliance and would like to volunteer, please contact the Administrative Assistant, Amanda Quinn, at school (314-752-4700) or by email at amandaquinnssp@gmail.com.





ACE Program (Ace Certificates & Schnucks e-Scrip Cards)
This is a certificate program handled by parents who serve as volunteers. The parish acts as a broker of gift certificates/cards and receives a percentage of the face value for each one sold. The percentage varies according the store or restaurant. By purchasing gift certificates/cards to be used at businesses where you would be spending money anyway, you are able to generate funds for the school. There is absolutely no cost to you; just purchase the gift certificate and use it as you would any other gift certificate. The Ace Certificates also make wonderful gifts and stocking stuffers.  Download the Current Vendor Form (PDF)




Schnucks eScrip Card is part of this program. The Parish Rectory has the application form or you can stop at any Schnucks and apply. Once you have your card, you simply have it scanned with every visit to the store and a percentage of the total purchased generates funds for St. Stephens.


The ACE program and Schnucks eScrip last fiscal period (ending July’18) generated $12,689.


Other avenues generating money for the school, which are not connected to the ACE program:
Office Depot Rewards – When you purchase at Office Depot you can request your rewards to go to St. Stephen’s School (Rewards Account School I.D. # 70057575).
Amazon Smile


Amazon Smile 🙂 How it works. Simply visit Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and sign in using your existing Amazon.com account (or sign up for free). Next type “St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish” and be sure to select our parish in St. Louis when asked for the name of an organization. That’s it! Once you have selected St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish all future eligible purchases will result in a donation to SSP!


Clip & Save Box Tops
Drop off used (empty) printer cartridges. (SSP receives money when recycled!)
Save scrap paper (8.5×11 – white preferably)


Listed below are just a few of the events we put on each year. Please let us know if you would like to become involved in any of them:

  • Mission Carnival
  • Big Person/Little Person Day
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Early Dismissal Day

  • Field Day
  • 6th Grade Camp
  • Out of Uniform Day
  • Jump for Heart


The PTO supports the education of SSP children by fostering relationships among the school, parents and teachers.


St. Stephen’s Parent-Teacher Organization (SSP PTO) supports the education of children at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School by connecting school parents, faculty, and staff.


SSP PTO is an event-planning and fundraising organization. Our activities and special events not only support the needs of the school, but also give school parents opportunities to meet other parents and be part of a strong community. This community is part of what makes SSP so special.







August                Kindergarten Kickoff – Saturday before school starts

August                Back-to-School-Night meeting – Monday before school starts

September         Open PTO Meeting

September         Fun Run and Mass in the Park

October              Trivia Night – 3rdSaturday in October

November          Chili Cook-off

November          Holiday Boutique

November          Candy Bar Fundraiser



January              Catholic Schools Week

January              Family Trivia

February            Mouse Races

March                 Fun outing to be determined (like roller skating)


Our school calendar captures most of the planned activities at the school. Download here:
Google Calendar
iCal Calendar


Also, be part of the conversation with other parents and faculty on our private SSP PTO Facebook Community page. Members of the community invite members. Reach out to SSP friends and faculty members on Facebook to join.


Activities sponsored and supported by the SSP PTO happen all year long.


The Kindergarten Kick-Off is a special event that gives our kindergarten families the chance to get to know one another. It’s a great start to their child’s first year of school!


Grandparents Day at SSP is very special to our school children. Grandparents and special guests are invited to attend an 8:00 a.m. mass followed by a reception in the Parish Hall where light breakfast, laughter, and fun make for a great morning. This is paired with our springtime Scholastic Book Fair.


During Catholic Schools Week at SSP, many parent volunteers join the fun as we treat our faculty and staff in recognition of their efforts throughout the school year. At the culmination of Catholic Schools Week is a family favorite – Family Trivia! This free event brings parents and children to the Parish Center to team up for rounds of questions for all grades.


Many events from PTO are also fundraisers to support the needs of school programs. Here are a few…


Our annual Trivia Night for adults is held on the third Saturday of October. This is the biggest PTO fundraiser of the year, and is packed with great competition, fun games, raffles, and energy. Grab your friends, reserve a table and put your thinking caps on!


The Scholastic Book Fair takes place in the spring and is loved by kids of every age, parents and grandparents too! We love to inspire kids to keep reading, and bringing the book fair to our halls gets everyone excited!


New this year, the PTO will be holding a candy bar sales fundraiser to replace previous sales of Entertainment Books. This fundraiser will be happening in November, so look out for more details soon.


Dine-Out for SSP is a fundraising series throughout the year that offers our entire SSP community the chance to enjoy dinner out while benefiting our school. A restaurant near our neighborhood will work with us and a portion of proceeds will go to the PTO. Look out for the flyers when the next Dine-Out for SSP takes place. What a great excuse to go out to dinner!


The Holiday Boutique brings delightful shopping just before the holidays to the church and school. Unique, local sellers bring their wares and offer delivery in time for the holidays.


Chili Cook-off is another family favorite! It gets spicy in the Parish Hall when every flavor of chili from our local chefs are brought to this friendly competition. Top chilis are awarded prizes and bragging rights after a community vote.


Uniform Closet provides school families a thrifty way to buy uniforms for their kids and an opportunity to pass down gently used uniforms to others.


Shark Shoppe

Apparel and gear available for purchase to show your school spirit!

Shark Shoppe

More than a fundraiser, Shark Shoppe offers fun and fashionable SSP gear! The ¾ zip sweatshirt and stocking cap are school favorites! Headbands, t-shirts in various styles, ribbons, blankets… and more! We appreciate your business and strive to provide quality spirit-wear and gear at a reasonable price.



Proceeds from both the Shark Shoppe and Uniform Closet directly benefit the school.



Our fundraising efforts support valuable programs and material needs for the school, students and faculty.


Our fundraising efforts support valuable programs and material needs for the school, students, and faculty.


These include:


  • Advancements in Technology
  • Kindergarten Kick-off
  • Catholic Schools Week Programming
  • Classroom Party Healthy Snacks
  • 8th Grade Scholarship
  • Parent-Teacher Program
  • Teacher Appreciation Programming
  • Meet the Masters Art Program
  • Experiential Learning Initiatives

– 7th Grade Trip
– Animal Tales, Live Animal Lyceum
– Dancing Classrooms, Ballroom Dancing (shown)
– J Biz, Business Learning Field Trip
– Faculty Workshops


SSP PTO also helps fund special projects and unplanned expenses for the school. These projects are determined by school leaders and depend upon available SSP PTO funds.


Board Members

Parents Making a Positive Impact!

SSP PTO is managed by a committee of parent volunteers, school faculty, and parish administrators.



President: Holly Seher
President Elect/PR: Ellen Kunkelmann
Treasurer: Mike Lueke
Secretary: Amanda Quinn



Standing Committee Chairs:

Fundraising: Kate Schoellhorn
Trivia Night: Chad & Janet Wilcox
Hospitality: Ann Marie Guntli
Parent/Teacher Liaison: Maureen Stroer
Shark Shoppe: Amy Cervantes
Communications: Aubrey Bauer
School Board representative: Catherine Kent


Faculty and Staff:

Michel Wendell

Christy Biundo

Mary Regan


This committee meets every other month on Monday evenings throughout the school year. The first open meeting of the year takes place on September 17, 2018 in the Parish Hall. New this year, PTO is inviting a guest speaker to the meeting. Please join us for a talk from our school counselor on Childhood Anxiety.


The PTO’s aim is to help make it possible when our parents have ideas that they want to bring to life for the benefit of the school and our children. This year we’re dedicated to supporting a new SSP Kindness Program series. Look for more through our parent-teacher communications.


Are you ready to take the lead?


New ideas keep our activities fresh and exciting for our kids and faculty. Bring your talents and brain-power to PTO and let us help make new things happen!


Every spring, the PTO Executive Board members seek new members to lead available openings on the committee. All SSP parents, K-8, are eligible to serve on the PTO Executive Board. Look for information through school channels about opportunities to be a leader in the PTO.


Are you ready to volunteer?


Events and activities need helpers. PTO committees need ongoing support and creative talents. Volunteering on a PTO committee is a great way to learn more about the organization, the people in the school community and the events happening at the school.


SSP PTO welcomes parents to get involved at any level. Stay connected by reading more, reaching out, and joining the SSP PTO Facebook Group.




Have ideas? Contact PTO!


Keeping alumni apprised of parish and school events and to promote the sense of a larger parish community.

Alumni Mass & Mingle change of plans! Read More…

The Alumni Association facilitates communication to and among former students of St. Stephen Protomartyr School, from 1927 through the present, via mailings, emails, and an active Facebook community of more than 875 members.

The goal is to keep alumni apprised of parish and school events and to promote a sense of a larger parish community.

Alumni events include a biennial Mass and Mingle in January, as well as a booth at the annual parish picnic.

Operating expenses are covered by the sale of alumni t-shirts and donations. An annual Alumni Club campaign raises funds that support specific school activities.

The database of alumni is continuously maintained and currently contains more than 2,700 names.

You can also stay in touch by joining our Facebook group, following us on Twitter (@SSPAlumni), or sending an email to Alumni Association chairpersons Stephanie Oehler Wobbe and Victoria Hatfield at alumni@saintstephenstl.org.

Be in Touch

Please feel free to contact the office by using this convenient online form.

Michel Wendell | Principal


3929 Wilmington Avenue, 63116