Catholic Schools Week
St. Stephen will be celebrating CSW all week with various activities and fun events. Please join us for the following:
Students are invited to wear their uniform to Mass and then receive a dress down day for 2/1
Share your photos on social media with #ArchBaltCSW2018 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
10:15 Mass and annual Alumni Award Presentation and Teacher of the Year Presentation
Student Council will be selling lollipops during lunch time all week until supplies run out!
Current Parent Open House from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-2:30 beginning with breakfast in the Hall at 8AM hosted by the Fathers' Club after morning drop-off
Parents may park on the school lot in the marked parking spaces after dropping off their children.
PreK3MWF Open House from 8:30-10:30, Prayer Partner Day and 8:30AM Geography Bee
PreK/6 - Purple K/8 - Blue 1/4 - Green 2/7 - Yellow 3/5 - Orange
1:30 BGE Presentation of $5,000 Award
**Current Parent Open House SNOW date**
Geography Bee participants:
4th: Giuliana Gizzi and Brett Henry; 5th: Kathryn Murray and Elizabeth O'Brien; 6th: Anna Grabowski and Mitchell Kuta; 7th: Andrew Cox and Matteo Gizzi; 8th: Ryan Buddenbohn and Eileen Gregory
Prospective PreK Open House from 8:30-10:30 and 12:30-2:30
Dress Down Day for students who wore their uniforms to Mass on the weekend
State of the School 7PM in the Hall
Spirit Wear and Crazy Sock Day; 12:15 Dismissal
The Catholic Bee test was given to all students in grades 3-5. The top three scoring students will represent their grades in our School Bee on Thursday, February 1st at 1:15 p.m. in the church. The winners are as follows:
2017-2018 Alumni Award
Each year we honor an alum who dedicates time and commitment to our school community. The individual is chosen after recommendations from faculty, staff, and administration who witness his/her contributions. The tradition has been to announce this award during Catholic Schools Week. This year the 2017-2018 Alumni Award is given to…….Mary Kurowski Barron from the class of 1982.
Mary was invited to create the aftercare program here at St. Stephen which has continued on successfully for many years. This school year the program has evolved from a one-woman show to now supervising three additional staff members and doubling enrollment to also include Preschool children. Mary always puts the children first and has developed wonderful relationships with parents and students. She is a valuable member of our school community and we are delighted that she is a proud alumnus of our school.
Mary Barron is a big believer in Catholic School education. She comes by it naturally because her parents, Gene and Marlene Kurowski, were big believers themselves. They sent all four of their children to St. Stephens School for their elementary education, and then allowed them to choose whichever high school they wanted to attend--as long as it was Catholic! Mary chose IND. It was at these two schools Mary formed many of the relationships she carries through to this day.
Mary understands that there is more to Catholic Education than just books and learning. It is about developing the whole person--intellectually, morally and spiritually--so that all of us can further spread Jesus' message of loving God and our neighbor. Mary embraces this wholeheartedly and it shows in all she does. She is a tireless worker and dedicated volunteer for St. Stephens. She has answered the call countless times without reservation--often in the middle of the night--when her Mom and Dad needed help. Most important Mary and her husband, Matt, have raised two beautiful children, Bradley and Maddie, whom you may know, and remain dedicated to providing their children the Catholic Education they hold so dear.
It is said you can tell the true measure of a person more by what they do than by what they say. Mary Barron's actions exemplify all that our Catholic Education reinforces: faith, family and service to others. There is no better way to spread Jesus's love than this!
2018 Teacher of the Year
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is celebrating the Year of the Teacher. To honor those with great teaching practices and dedication to Catholic education, all schools were asked to select their candidate who met the following criteria:
1. Dedicated to the mission of the school
2. Is innovative in the classroom
3. Seeks professional growth opportunities
St. Stephen chose to ask the homeroom and lead teachers to nominate candidates and the top two submissions were then put to a vote. Each faculty and staff member then had the opportunity to vote. From a selection by her colleagues:
The 2018 Teacher of the Year is……..Mrs. Nicole Campbell
Nicole came to St. Stephen School after a change in career. With a communications degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University, she heard the call to become a teacher and enrolled again at Notre Dame to pursue a Masters in Teaching degree.
Nicole completed her student teaching here at St. Stephen as a Kindergarten Aide. She then was hired by me (Mary Patrick) for the 2004-2005 school year. Nicole is a role model for her students and peers and an incredibly gifted teacher who always makes decisions based on her Catholic faith and love of children. A graduate of St. Stephen School, Nicole also sends her own two children here and as a Falcone, you know this is a family affair. The Falcones are the Fried Dough Czars and you will see Nicole and her family working the stand at every Carnival. Educationally, Nicole has always embraced best practices to ensure that all of the children in her classes, reach their God-given potential. She approaches each child as a gift from God and does her best to make sure that they become the kind of person that God wants them to be. She is very innovative being one of the first teachers on campus to embrace technology as a tool to help children gain knowledge. She always engages in any professional development that is available and her teaching skills reflect her commitment to best practice. She volunteers to lead initiatives and represent our school at various events. She has never said “No” when been asked to take on additional responsibilities outside of the classroom. For example, Nicole currently serves on the Green School Committee, chairs the Spelling Bee, is a member of the Religion Curriculum Committee for the Archdiocese. And we cannot forget to mention that Nicole’s passion for the BGE Captain Mercaptan contest has resulted in over $20,000 in prize money for our school and she has successfully encouraged colleagues to participate as well.