Dear St. Stephen families,

The end of January and beginning of February brought a winter blast that shut us down for a couple of days.  We did not get to participate in the Catholic Schools’ Week celebrations this year, but I am sure the students at least appreciated spending time in their warm homes. On the days that we were in school, Parent Guild once again held a ‘Penny Wars’ among the grade levels.  The students enjoyed the spirit of the competition to raise money for our Technology Fund.  The final tally for the Penny Wars was $618.32; Kindergarten won with total points of 60.55, and 4th grade won with the most money: $340.99.  Thank you, Parent Guild and Mrs. Arnaout-Price for spearheading this event.

We had a guest speaker from Protect Young Eyes come to talk to the students and parents about internet safety on February 7th.  I was very impressed with the information she shared with both the students and the parents.  Thank you so much to those parents who were in attendance.  If anyone is interested in their faith-based content or in receiving more information about them, go to protectyoungeyes.com.  If you are a parent who is interested in opting in to their bi-weekly newsletter, text the word – “protect” – (no quotes) to 66866.  Protect Young Eyes prides themselves on staying current and up to date with the latest technology advancements to assist parents in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to social media sites.  I believe they will be a very helpful resource for families trying to help guide their children in this world of internet access and social media.

God bless,

Mrs. Christine Vaughan