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    SSP Gala 2016

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Welcome

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.

Welcome

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

Looking Ahead:

🍖 Oct. 2nd - Holly Hills Grills
Download the 2016-2017 School Calendar
Download the September Calendar

SSP Sunset - Photo: Ryan Hanlon 
Dear Families,
 
I have attached the second Parent Guide II giving information regarding the standardized tests. These three articles give a good explanation of the Iowa Assessment. The final article will be sent home next week.
 
Don’t forget that the next Wednesday we will be celebrating the August and September baptisms at the 8 a.m. All School Mass. Please join us to help celebrate the occasion. An invitation will be sent home inviting parents, god-parents and grand parents.
 
On Oct. 2nd the Holly Hills Grills BBQ Tasting from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Holly Hills Neighborhood Association. SSP will have an information booth there that afternoon. Join us on the corner of Leona and Wilmington for live music and barbeque.
 
This Sunday, September 25th, at 10:30 Mass we will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. This is a time when we recognize our catechists. The people who are involved with RCIA, Children’s Liturgy, Vacation Bible School, our school teachers, and all others who spread the Good News.
 
I want to remind our school organizations, who use our hall and cafeteria for after school meetings and events, not to prop open the doors and leave them open. Also, be sure that the doors a locked and secure when you leave.
 
Thank goodness the testing is over, and we can get back to what we are really good at – learning!
 
Have a wonderful weekend.
 
God bless all of you.
 
Michel Wendell, MA Ed

Principal

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: Brittany Knapp

  • Pre-K Teacher, 4/5 year olds: Theresa Lueke

  • Kindergarten: Sue Kriegshauser

  • 1st Grade: Judy Rone

  • 2nd Grade: Mary Beth Block

  • 3rd Grade: Amy Uttendorf

  • 4th Grade: Mary Ann Buschmann

  • 5th Grade: Karen Hunter

  • 6th Grade: Nancy Anglo

  • 7th Grade: Mary White

  • Mrs. Melissa Langevin

  • Math and Religion Teacher: Mrs. Deborah Davis

  • Spanish Teacher: Ms. Mayeline Escobar

  • Music Teacher: David Borgmeyer

  • Music Teacher: Anne Borgmeyer

  • Learning Consultant: Ms. Donna Albers

  • School Counselor: Kerri Gellen

  • Physical Education / Art: Peggy Martin

  • LUNCH ROOM: Tabitha Wilson

  • Lunch Room: Ileana Amsler

  • Janitorial Staff: David Schisler

  • Maintenance Staff: Bob Wiley

Parish Board of Education

The St. Stephen Protomartyr School Board is dedicated to the success of our school and the ongoing faith formation of our adults.

 

  • Natasha Czech
  • Janet Kinder-Wilcox
  • Amy Cervantes
  • Elise Aasgaard
  • Ben Borgmeyer
  • Marilyn Lunnemann

 


Shark Bites

“Shark Bites” is the name of our school newspaper.

Shark Bites

SCHOOL NEWSPAPER

The staff consists of students from grades 6 through 8. Students can be reporters, typists, cut-and-paste artists, and distributors. Certain students are editors of the various sections of the paper. Reporters and contributors send their work to their editors, who check everything and decide what will be published. This activity teaches responsibility and hones writing skills. Mrs. O’Brien is the publisher of the newspaper.

 

Click here to download the Winter 2016 issue of Sharkbites!

SSPNow

SSPNow: First launched in May of 2012 as SSP Live! SSPNow was a special extracurricular project undertaken by the Class of 2013 as a fun way to highlight and share with the school and parish community the various activities of the school year.

Video

St. Stephen’s School Picnic!

Admissions

Enrolling your children in St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School.

AdmissionsAll 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.

 
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 Roman Catholic parishes in which Catholic education is not available to them
  • children from Christian families living within St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Parish boundaries
  • children from Christian families living in the South St. Louis Deanery area

St. Stephen School will also consider applications from non-Christian families who 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

 
The registration process includes:

 

  • completion of a registration form (contact School office for form)
  • verification of the date of birth by a review of the birth certificate or 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)

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(PDF)

 

Download the K-8 Tuition Contract for 2016 – 2017 School Year (PDF)

 

Download the Preschool Tuition Contract for 2016 – 2017 School Year (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 A.C.E. Merchant / Order Form (PDF)

For more information: see Volunteer

Financial Assistance

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

 

The Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that beginning February 1, 2016, a new unified application form will be available online at NO COST to parents. This single application will enable a family to apply for all umbrella scholarships for which their child is eligible. These umbrella scholarships include those funded by the Catholic Education Office, the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, and the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri. The scholarships awarded will total approximately $12 million for 2016-2017 and include both elementary and high school scholarships. Please visit www.ttef-stl.org for additional information pertaining to the scholarships available, questions you may have, and the application process.

 

Scholarships available (open to All Faiths):

Alive in Christ! Scholarships – For students of income-eligible families at any archdiocesan parish elementary school. Students of new families and existing families are eligible in grades K-8. Scholarship is renewable through grade 8. FIRST COME – FIRST SERVE!

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow – For students of income-eligible residents of the City of St. Louis to enroll at any private or parochial elementary school in the City of St. Louis in grades K-8. Scholarship is renewable through grade 8.

Catholic Family Tuition Assistance – For students of income-eligible, registered Catholic families to attend grades K- 12 at any archdiocesan or parish school.

Parish Employees Endowment Fund – For students of parish employees working 1,000 hours or more per year to attend grades K-12 at any archdiocesan or parish school.

Department of Special Education Scholarships – For income-eligible students with special learning needs to attend grades K-12 at archdiocesan special education schools, learning centers and programs.

Beyond Sunday Scholarships – For students of middle-income families to attend grades K-8 at any Catholic elementary school (archdiocesan, parish, or private). Preference given to Catholic families. Scholarship is renewable through grade 8. Application period is open February 1 – February 29, 2016.

Beyond Sunday Fellows Program – For students of middle-income families to attend grades 9-12 at any Catholic high school (archdiocesan, parish, or private). Preference given to Catholic families. Scholarship is renewable through grade 12. Application period is open February 1 – February 29, 2016.

SOAR! Scholarship – For students of income-eligible families who wish to attend grade 9-12 at Trinity Catholic High School, St. Mary’s High School, and Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School. Scholarship is renewable through grade 12.

Jones Scholarship – For students of income-eligible families who wish to attend K-8 at Most Holy Trinity, St. Cecilia, St. Louis Catholic Academy, or St. Louis the King Elementary Schools. Scholarship is renewable through grade 8.

 

See attachments:

A School’s Guide to Parent FAQ’s

Application Documents

 

 

Uniform Policy

Uniform Policy for girls and boys.

Uniform PolicyUNIFORM

 

A.  GIRLS’ UNIFORMS:

 

Preschool through third grade: The girls must wear the plaid jumper, navy shorts or navy pants with a white polo or round collared shirt. White or black tights may be worn with the jumper. Girls should wear light weight shorts underneath the jumper. Girls can wear the red hooded sweatshirt or fleece jacket bearing the school logo with the jumper, pants or shorts.
 
Grades five through eight: The girls must wear the red plaid skirt with a white or black polo shirt. Navy shorts or navy pants may also be worn with a white polo shirt. Girls can wear white or black tights or solid black or white socks. Light weight nylon type shorts should be worn underneath the skirts. Girls can wear the red hooded sweatshirt or fleece jacket bearing the school logo with their skirts, pants, or shorts.
 
Girls in grade 4 may wear either choice listed above. SKIRTS AND JUMPERS SHOULD BE KNEE LENGTH (MUST BE NO SHORTER THAN THE TOP OF THE KNEE). SHORTS SHOULD BE NO SHORTER THAN 2 INCHES ABOVE THE KNEE.

 

B.  BOYS’ UNIFORMS:

 

Preschool through grade eight: The boys must wear blue dress pants/shorts with navy, brown or black belt. (No cargo pants or shorts, patch pockets, athletic shorts or corduroy) Red knit collared shirts, red hooded or fleece sweatshirts bearing the school logo and solid white, black or red socks may be worn. Hair must be worn in a neat, well-groomed style and may not touch the collar of the shirt and be out of the students’ eyes. No Mohawks, faux-hawks, or hair dye is allowed.

 

C.  SCHOOL SHOES:

 

Students may wear either dress or tennis shoes. For safety reasons school shoes may 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 pants 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 a lace-up style, the laces must be worn and tied. All shoes must have a back (No mules, slides, sandals, tap shoes or Heelies.)

 

D.  GYM UNIFORMS

 

Boys will wear their uniforms on gym day. Girls should be sure that shorts are worn under their skirts or jumpers. Students must wear tennis shoes on their gym day – Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

 

E.  APPROPRIATE DRESS:

 

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.

 

F.  JEWELRY AND COSMETICS:

 

Jewelry is not to be worn in school except as provided in this policy. If a child has pierced ears, small post may be worn. Inappropriate 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 3:00 p.m. Cosmetics are not to be worn in school. Students wearing cosmetics will be asked to remove them. *Eighth graders are allowed to wear nail polish*. Polish must be well maintained.
 
*As mentioned previously, Mohawks, “faux hawks” or hair dye are not permitted on girls or boys.

 

G.  OUT OF UNIFORM

 

Students are expected to dress and present an appearance consistent with standards of good taste and appropriate for school and school events. Any 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 will not be allowed.

 

 

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

FAITH FORMATION

We integrate our Catholic Christian values into our studies, play, and sports activities.  Children of all faith traditions attend grade-level appropriate religion classes and school Masses and participate in various service and outreach projects.

 

Children baptized in the Roman Catholic faith tradition prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation as part of their ongoing Catholic faith formation.

 

Catholic students in the second grade prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in December.  They celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist during the Easter season, usually the second Sunday after Easter.

 

Students are given the opportunity, as a class, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.  The pastor is available at any time if someone would like to celebrate the Sacrament individually.

 

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every other year with Catholic students in the seventh and eighth grades.  Part of their preparation includes service projects and a Confirmation retreat.

 

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.

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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.
 
Click here to download the School Handbook. (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
SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR 2016-2017

 

Download the 2016-2017 School Calendar.

 

Looking for the calendars for the cafeteria and playground? Check out the Volunteer page.

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 2016-2017

Music/Arts

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

Music/Arts

ART

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

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

BELLARMINE SPEECH LEAGUE

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.
 

CHORAL 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.
 

MUSIC FESTIVAL

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. Ms. Pam Holmes provides the musical accompaniment.
 
Music/Arts

MUSIC SHARING

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. Borgmeyer and Ms. Pam Holmes provide the musical accompaniment. The band, directed by Ms. Ann Dolan, also performs.
 

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

Athletics

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
  • Trish Vogel – 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

Registration is now open for the 2016 season of Soccer and Volleyball.  This marks the start of a new school year with regard to sports and fees paid.  Registration will remain open through May 2016.  Fees are as follows:

– Soccer for Grades Pre-K-2 is $40
– Soccer for Grades 3-8 is $50
– Volleyball for Grades 3-8 is $50

After May 31, a $10 late fee will be added.

If you have any questions please, please let us know at sspathletics@gmail.com (general questions), tim.mantych@hotmail.com (soccer), or mwobbe70@gmail.com (volleyball).

Please see letter regarding Athletic Fees: SSP AA Changes 2015-2016

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

EZRoster

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 Michelle Wobbe at 314-974-5697 or by email at mwobbe70@gmail.com.
 
More Girl Scouts information: Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Volunteer

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.


Enrollment

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. The last fiscal period (ending July’15) generated $8,000. Download the A.C.E. Merchant List / Order Form (PDF)
schnucks

 

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 last fiscal period (ending July’15) generated $9,513.

 

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) Office Depot donations for this year thus far totals $75.
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

CONNECT

St. Stephen's Parent-Teacher Organization includes all students, all families, and all faculty.

PTO - CONNECTSt. Stephen’s Parent-Teacher Organization (SSP PTO) is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at St. Stephen’s Protomartyr Catholic School by fostering relationships among the school parents, faculty and staff.

SSP PTO is a fundraising and event planning organization. The fundraising activities and special events not only support the needs of the school, but they give SSP parents the opportunity to meet other parents, be part of a strong community and learn what makes SSP so special.

Every family is part of the PTO and together we can do so much!

Look for our new traveling boards at PTO events. Hint: click or tap for a larger view.

EVENTS

Activities sponsored and supported by the SSP PTO happen all year long. These events help build a strong sense ofcommunity and foster connections between our parents, children, and school staff.

EVENTSIn the fall we host a Back-to-School-Night Activities Fair and the Kindergarten Kick-Off. At Back-to-School night, parents get essential information before the first day of school, plus have the opportunity to talk with representatives from many school and parish organizations – the Athletic Association, the PTO, the Rectory, Scouts and more. The Kindergarten Kick-Off is a special event that gives our kindgarten 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. Hosted in the fall, grandparents and special guests are invited to attend an 8:00 a.m. mass followed by a reception in the Parish Hall where donuts, juice, laughter and fun make for a great morning.

 

In the spring, PTO supports Catholic Schools Week at SSP. Many parent volunteers join the fun all week long. Wrapping up the week is one of our favorite events – Family Trivia! This free event brings parents and children to the Parish Center to team up for rounds of questions for all grade-school ages.

FUNDRAISERS

Activities sponsored and supported by the SSP PTO happen all year long. These events help build a strong sense ofcommunity and foster connections between our parents, children, and school staff.

FUNDRAISERSSSP PTO puts the “FUN” in fundraiser with the Annual Trivia Night. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and takes place in October. Raffles, silent auction items, and between-round games keep the energy high and the competition fierce! This event is open to everyone and tables go fast! Look out for details every fall.

 

Entertainment Book Sales happen in August–September. Each student is asked to sell one Entertainment Book that is provided by the PTO at Back-to-School Night. The PTO receives 50% of the proceeds from this sale and the money earned directly supports activities in which our students participate throughout the year.

 

Spirit Night Dine-Arounds in South St. Louis offer our entire SSP community the chance to enjoy dinner out while benefitting our school. Look out for the flyers when the next Spirit Night takes place. What a great excuse to go out to dinner!

 

There is no better way to prepare for the holidays than by attending the SSP PTO Holiday Boutique & Dinner. Everyone is invited to enjoy dinner at the Parish Hall then to shop in the Parish Center. Unique, local sellers bring their wares and offer delivery in time for the holidays.

 

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

Shark Shoppe

Shop here for your St. Stephen School apparel.

Shark ShoppeMore than a fundraiser, Shark Shoppe offers fun and fashionable SSP gear! The cozy fleece and stocking cap are school favorites! We appreciate your business and strive to provide quality spirit-wear at a reasonable price.

 

Shop For St. Stephen School Apparel! 

 

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

 

Programs

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

Programs

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

These include:

 

  • Accelerated Reader Program
  • Advancements in Technology
  • Ambassador Program for New Families
  • Catholic Schools Week Programming
  • Classroom Party Healthy Snacks
  • Curriculum Upgrades
  • 8th Grade Scholarship
  • Parent Teacher Program
  • Teacher Appreciation Programming
  • Experiential Learning Initiatives

– 7th Grade Trip
– Animal Tales
– Dancing Classrooms
– J Biz
– BJC Fun-tastic Nutrition
– 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.

 

Ambassadors

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Ambassadors Program for New FamiliesA favorite program for the SSP PTO is “Ambassadors.” SSP parents that participate in the Ambassadors program are thrilled to welcome new families to St. Stephen Protomartyr School. Not long ago, these parents were also new and confused! Everyone has LOTS of questions at the beginning. SSP PTO Ambassadors want to help you as you get started on your SSP journey

Ambassadors meet with new families before the school year begins, offering advice and helpful info to start things off right. Ambassadors coordinate the “Kindergarten Kick-off” and are the support line for parents with children new to SSP.

Board Members

BOARD MEMBERS – Now that you know what we do, find out who we are!

Board MembersSSP PTO is managed by an executive committee. This committee meets every other month on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. An open meeting takes place in September. At the open meeting, parents are encouraged to talk with committee chairs about how to connect with others in the school and get involved in the fun.

Executive Committee:

President: Gina Joly
President Elect: Kate Schoellhorn
Treasurer: Mike Lueke
Secretary: Amanda Quinn

 

 

Standing Committees:

Fundraising, Events: Jenny West
Fundraising, Non-Events:  Ellen Kunkelmann
Parent/Teacher Liaison: Rosalie Yezbick
Ambassador Program: Ann Marie Guntli
Hospitality: Heather Mattingly & Stephanie Minor
Shark Shoppe: Tara Ohler-Jenney
Communications/PR: Holly Seher

 

Are you ready to lead?

 

Every spring, the PTO Executive Board members seek nominations to fill 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 liking us on Facebook.

 

www.facebook.com/SSPPTO.

 

SSP PTO Information Sheet

 

PTO Minutes January 2016

 

Have ideas? Contact the group by email at ptossp@gmail.com

Calendar

What is happening in the Fall and Spring? Lots!

Open House January 31, 2016 12-2pm 3929 Wilmington Avenue St. Louis 63116 St. Stephen Protomartyr girls and boys are strong in faith and knowledge. Visit us during the open house or call 314-752-4700 to schedule a tour.

WHAT’S HAPPENING – SPRING

Jan. 31–Feb. 6       Catholic Schools Week
Feb. 5                   Family Trivia
Jan-March             PTO Nominations and Elections
May 13                  Field Day

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING – FALL

August        Kindergarten Kickoff – Saturday before school starts
August        Back-to-School-Night Activities Fair – Monday before school starts
August        Entertainment Book Fundraiser
September Open PTO Meeting
September Mass in the Park
October      Grandparents Day
October      Trivia Night – 3rd Sat in October
November   Holiday Boutique & Dinner

Alumni

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

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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

michelwendellssp@gmail.com

3929 Wilmington Avenue, 63116

314-752-4700

http://school.saintstephenstl.org

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