Welcome to Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School
Welcome to Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School
Welcome to Saint Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School
SSP Turns 90! Building on a Strong Past…. With an Eye on the Future
On September 30, 1927, St. Stephen Protomartyr School opened its doors for the first time. For nearly a century, SSP has built a tradition of learning, living and loving in a Catholic environment.
To commemorate the school’s 90th birthday, throughout the upcoming school year, the entire SSP community is invited to join in celebrating our proud past as we look forward to building a bright future. The year long celebration kicked off on the date of our 90th anniversary, Saturday, September 30, with a Mass and dinner.
This school year will feature events throughout 2017-18 for everyone – parishioners, parents, current students and alumni. We look forward to everybody coming together to show their SSP spirit.
Our venerable schoolhouse has provided generations of SSP students a wonderful environment for learning, but the building also embodies the personal memories made within its walls. We especially would like to include our alumni who have moved out of the neighborhood, to come back and reconnect with SSP this year. We want to show you some of the exciting things that are going on at your school.
While much of this anniversary year will be devoted to looking back, it also offers an opportunity to look ahead. Technology is rapidly changing education. It is imperative that our students are equipped with the tools needed to prepare them for high school and beyond. As our school prepares to begin our 10th decade, we are calling on the entire SSP community to help support current and future generations of students by investing in technology upgrades.
Our goal is to raise $90,000 over the course of the school year, with funds being devoted to:
• Technology – STEM, robotics, Makers’ Space
• Tuition assistance
If everyone who is able contributes $90, we will reach our goal. Of course, any contribution is greatly appreciated.
These are exciting times as our school turns 90 and looks ahead to the century mark. We appreciate your help in ensuring that our school remains vibrant heading toward our 100th anniversary and into our second century!
Fr. Ron Hopmeir
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Oct 18: Canned Good Day
Oct 20: PTO Trivia Night
Oct 25: Parent Meeting for 1st Reconciliation, 7:00 p.m.
Oct 26: Trunk or Treat
Oct 31: Halloween - Parties at 2:15 p.m.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for turning in your money on time! I think we will hit our goal of $5,000 for playground/recess equipment if we can sell the remaining ELEVEN cases! (Plus 1 case that has been opened and ransacked for caramels, and another half-case.) At this point it’s pure profit. These were the free cases we received as part of our order, so all of this money will go directly to the playground fundraiser.
So let me know if you want to sell 1 more case of chocolate bars! If you sign up by the end of the day, your extra case will count toward the family prizes and the classroom contest… but I need to know TODAY (so I can send the prize totals to the fundraiser sales representative). The $60 will be due on 10/30 for anyone who takes home a case today. If interested, please email Ellen Kunkelmann email@example.com
Links to SSP School Google Sites:
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 –firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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
History of St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish 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.
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.
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
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The purpose of the Parish Board of Education is to advise Pastor and Principal in making policy for parish educational programs.
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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):
Admittance to Kindergarten will be based upon:
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:
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.
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.
Download the Tuition Policy Rev 2017 PDF)
Download the K-8 Tuition Contract for 2018-2019 School Year (PDF)
Download the PreSchool Tuition Contract for 2018-2019 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 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.
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 35 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.
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.
Uniform Policy for girls and boys.
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.
DRESS FOR WEATHER:
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 AND COSMETICS:
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.
OUT OF UNIFORM/ADD-ON DAYS:
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.
GUIDELINES FOR OUT OF UNIFORM DAYS:
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 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.
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)
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.”
Catholic Faith Formation, Sacraments, Liturgy
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.
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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)
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.
Parent Handbook August 2018. (PDF)
From the first day of school all the way until the parish picnic.
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 2018
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.
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
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.
|CYC Photo ID Card Dates|
The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, provides educational programs that build character, teach participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness.
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 email@example.com.
Girl Scouting is for every girl, everywhere—where today's girls can become tomorrow's leaders.
Membership 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
More Girl Scouts information: Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
How to get involved.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!! Sign up here!
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 A.C.E. Merchant List / Order 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 🙂 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:
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.
PTO HAPPENINGS – FALL
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
PTO SPRING HIGHLIGHTS
January Catholic Schools Week
January Family Trivia
February Mouse Races
March Fun outing to be determined (like roller skating)
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.
Apparel and gear available for purchase to show your school spirit!
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.
– 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.
Parents Making a Positive Impact!
SSP PTO is managed by a committee of parent volunteers, school faculty, and parish administrators.
|President Elect/PR:||Ellen Kunkelmann|
Standing Committee Chairs:
|Trivia Night:||Chad & Janet Wilcox|
|Hospitality:||Ann Marie Guntli|
|Parent/Teacher Liaison:||Maureen Stroer|
|Shark Shoppe:||Amy Cervantes|
|School Board representative:||Catherine Kent|
Faculty and Staff:
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.
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 email@example.com.