Saint Stephen holds 4 dances each year for our students:
Back to School Dance
End of the Year Dance
The 3 dances above are run by volunteer parents and are open to Middle School students (Grades 6, 7, 8) from both the school and parish. There is usually a cover charge of $5 per person at the door that includes soft drinks, pizza and DJ. The times are usually 7-10pm. A permission slip is required.
This dance is run by the Fathers' Club and is open to all female students and their fathers. The attire is semi-formal and many younger girls come in prom-like dresses while older girls are more semi-formal. Most fathers wear suits or sports coats and almost all wear a tie. It is a DJ'd event which encourages dads and their daughters to get out on the dance floor together. Desserts and soft drinks are provided. Tickets are sold prior to the event.
An event run by the Fathers' Club at a local bowling alley. Tickets are sold through the school and the event usually sells out. Includes pizza and soft drinks.
Breakfast with Santa
Typically held the weekend after the Christmas Bazaar, Breakfast with Santa is a family event that includes a pancake breakfast, crafts, games and photographs with Santa Claus.
Back to School BBQ
On a day during the first week of school for grades K-8, the St. Stephen Fathers' Club hosts a student cookout in the School Hall about 45 minutes prior to dismissal.
Each year on an October evening, Girl Scouts sponsor a Trunk-Or-Treat on the school parking lot. For a nominal fee, parking spaces are reserved in advance, parents bring candy to distribute, and children trick-or-treat from car to car. Cars are decorated in Halloween and fall themes.
All students gather outside to say farewell at dismissal on the last day of school for graduating eighth grade students. The eighth grade students and their families parade in cars, decorated in their high school colors, driving around the school parking lot to cheers and honking horns. This event is a special tradition. Please note: cars will not be able to leave the school parking lot at dismissal until the car parade concludes. The parade typically lasts 10-15 minutes.
Eighth Grade Farewell Breakfast
At the end of the year, seventh grade students host the graduating eighth grade students for a breakfast. The seventh grade class chooses a special theme and serves the breakfast to the eighth grade, the middle school faculty and members of the school administration. Parents are invited to take photographs at the event.
Students participate in the school's Field Day every May. Field Day, which is held on a Friday on an early dismissal day, includes games, crafts and athletic events for students. The day culminates in a popular student tradition—tug of war! Students in grades 5 through 8 compete in a tug of war challenge to the cheers of students, parents and teachers. Parents volunteer at the event.
Every November, St. Stephen invites grandparents to visit the classroom. Grandparents' Day is usually held on an early dismissal day and includes a continental breakfast and a band/chorus performance.
National Catholic Schools Week
National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The week begins on the last Sunday in January. A special theme, Mass, Open House and other activities are planned for students. Typically, on Tuesday of that week, St. Stephen hosts a Current Parent Open House when parents of current students are invited to visit the classroom to see their children during designated times (typically 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.). Additionally, prospective families may visit the school during the Open House.