SJRS Monthly Newsletter -April 2022
Saint Jerome Regional School
"Living Fearlessly Through Faith..."
Message From The Principal
Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,
A significant part of a Catholic school's identity is the life of the Church present in the school and among the students and their parents/guardians. This time of year, many of our students are preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. It is particularly important for us to teach our students that the sacraments are so much more than a ceremony to prepare for; they are God’s way of reaching down to us and offering us a lifelong gift. We pray as a school family for all of our students, especially those who are about to receive the sacraments.
Loving God, we are preparing to enter the holiest of days in the Church.
As we recall the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, help us to seek forgiveness
for our sins that we might truly rejoice with him and the entire Church on Easter Sunday.
May this Lenten journey and Holy Week help to transform our lives and bring
us closer to you and Jesus Christ your Son. AMEN.

God bless you and your families, 
Mrs. Amy M. Hannis-Miskar, Principal
Christian of the Month
The Christian of the Month Award recognizes students who display good character on a consistent basis and serve as student role models throughout the month. Students are nominated by their teachers based on the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Students chosen to receive this award will be acknowledged for their accomplishment in the monthly newsletter. Students will receive a dress down pass, Christian of the Month Certificate, Applebee's certificate. The students will be recognized in the monthly newsletter.

Preschool's Christian of the Month is Gunnar Navratil. Gunnar is an excellent student who is always looking to help his friends. He truly loves all of his friends and tries his very best to be a great role model. In school he enjoys coloring, painting and making crafts. Outside of school, he is the oldest of two children and often enjoys jumping on his trampoline and wrestling. He loves spending time with his parents and his Nanny. Congratulations Gunnar!

Caroline Montgomery is Kindergarten Blue's March Christian of the Month. Caroline is a very eager student. She pays attention during lessons, asks questions to make sure that she understands everything, and always raises her hand to volunteer. Caroline is good at listening and following directions. Caroline always uses her good manners with both teachers and students. She is a kind friend to everyone. Caroline is the first to play with someone who is alone, the first to ask someone if they need help, the first to comfort anyone who is sad, and the first to offer words of encouragement for others. Caroline's positivity is contagious to everyone around her! Outside of school Caroline takes piano lessons, is a yellow belt in karate, and plays soccer for TAYSA. Caroline loves soccer and is great at scoring goals. Caroline is the best little sister. She loves her big brother very much. Caroline loves coming to school at SJRS and she loves her teachers. In her free time Caroline enjoys reading, doing arts and crafts, and shopping. Way to go Caroline! 

Kindergarten Gold's Christian of the Month is Lacey Dever. Lacey always has a smile on her face. She is a hard worker and is very creative. Lacey is always willing to give a helping hand. At home, Lacey belongs to the Performing Arts Center where she is learning tap and ballet. Lacey also belongs to the Shooting Stars Gymnastics. Lacey is kindhearted towards anyone and everyone. She is such a happy kid who loves life. Congratulations, Lacey!

Ace McHugh is First Grade Blue Christian of the Month. He does his very best each day in school. He is a very conscientious student. He helps his classmates and has a great sense of humor. He has a great chuckle. He enjoys learning and his classmates. At home he enjoys all sports. He plays all positions on the TAYSA soccer team. He enjoys helping at home. Congratulations Ace! Keep up the good work!

Katerina Kirk is Christian of the Month for First Grade Gold. In the classroom, Katerina completes her work, puts forth great effort, and is always willing to participate. She shows great enthusiasm for learning. Her classmates describe her as caring and loving. Outside of school, Katerina participates in Tamaqua Area Youth Soccer and takes gymnastics at Tumble with Denise. When she grows up, Katerina wants to be a baker. She loves to read, play with her baby sister, Aria, and to travel, especially to the beach and to Disney. Congratulations Katerina! 

The Christian of the Month in Grade 2 Blue is Adalyn Bones. Ady always jumps in to help whenever there is a need. She likes to help her classmates whenever she can. Adalyn saw that the classroom floor needed cleaning. It would get very dirty after outside recess. She took it upon herself to bring in Swiffer pads to mop the classroom floor. Our classroom floor has been clean ever since! Adalyn is a hard-working, dedicated student and always tries her best. Ady is an enthusiastic learner, and loves being in the classroom. Math and Reading are her favorite subjects. Outside of school, Ady loves dancing and is currently participating in her 3rd year on the Impact Dance Team at Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts, and this is her first year on the Aquamarine Team. She loves all forms of dance but Jazz is her favorite. Ady also loves swimming and is a proud member of the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team. At home, Ady loves drawing and painting, and is always creating new art projects with her Dad. She especially loves making homemade cards for all her family, her teacher, and friends. Ady has the best personality and is funny, loving, and caring. She loves spending time with her friends, and she is the best and most loving sister to her big sister, Ella. CONGRATULATIONS, ADY!

The second-grade gold Christian of the Month for March is Robert Paton. Robert is a very good student. He works hard and always does his best. He is enthusiastic and has a great imagination. Robert is kind and respectful to his classmates and the adults with whom he interacts. When he’s not in school, Robert plays baseball with Anthracite Little League. He belongs to St. Joseph of the Panther Valley in Summit
Hill where he recently received Reconciliation. Robert enjoys swimming, fishing, and hunting with his dad. Robert’s favorite trip was when he went fishing on Lake Ontario. He also enjoys school. Math is his favorite subject, but he also loves to learn about other countries. Robert is always eager to help at home and his community. He volunteered at St. Luke’s Miners Veterans breakfast. He also won first place in an art contest from FSCLA. Robert loves to spend time with his family and friends.

The Christian of the Month for third grade for the month of March is Jaxen Schaeffer. Jaxen is a hard-working and determined athlete and plays both baseball and basketball for Tamaqua. Jaxen also enjoys roller blading, and riding his bicycle and dirt bike. He enjoys playing rummy cards and board games with his family, and Roblox games on his ipad with friends. Jaxen collects baseball cards and loves watching Marvel movies- his favorite superhero is Spider-Man. His two favorite snacks are blueberries and popcorn. Jaxen is looking forward to the summer off from school to swim and go to the beach! In the classroom, Jaxen is respectful and responsible, follows all the classroom rules, and loves to participate! Congratulations Jaxen!

Fourth Grade's Christian of the Month for March is Lilly Gallagher. In school, Lilly is a hard-working student who is always willing to help out her classmates or her teacher. Lilly can always be relied on to participate in class and is not afraid of being wrong. She takes great pride in learning from her mistakes, an admirable quality. Outside of school, Lilly is a member of the TNT Studio of Dance, where she has been dancing for seven years. She studies jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop. She was recently invited to join the ballet team and continues to work toward pointe ballet. When she isn't dancing, you can find her singing, drawing, painting, or crafting. She is an amazing big sister to her two little brothers, especially her new baby brother, and loves spending time with them and her entire family. Lilly is known for her bright, infectious smile, bubbly spirit, kind heart, and generosity for others. Congratulations, Lilly! We are so proud of you!

Maiya Vavro is the fifth grade Christian of the Month for March. Maiya is a very respectful student. She is very helpful and always happy. She enjoys playing with her dogs and cat. She also enjoys playing volleyball with her friends. Congratulations Maiya!

Joseph Lashock is the Christian of the Month for Sixth Grade. Joey joined our class this year along with his brother and sister. He is very mannerly and respectful and he always tries his best. Joey has many interests outside of school. He participates in Cub Scouts, baseball, karate, and soccer. He attained the Wolf Level in Cub Scouts and placed 2nd and 3rd in the Pinewood Derby. He also has been playing the trumpet for three years. He attended the Ferrwood Music Camp in order to continue his musical interests. He loves the outdoors, and his interests include hiking, camping, and spending time around a fire. Vacationing to historic sites, museums, beaches, and scenic areas are some of his biggest enjoyments. Joey understands his responsibilities to his family and his community. Congratulations, Joey!

Bryce Gallagher is the 7th Grade Christian of the Month for March. Bryce is a conscientious student who always has his work completed in a timely manner. He is very polite and respectful in his interactions with his teachers and classmates. Bryce was a member of the Marian Catholic Junior High Cross Country Team and Track and Field. He has been playing violin for six years. Bryce participates in a monthly rosary group. Bryce enjoys camping, roller skating and riding bikes. During the summer, he helps a farmer. Congratulations, Bryce!

Teaghan Biros is the 8th Grade Christian of the Month.  Always smiling, Teaghan displays a cheerful attitude and is kind to everyone in class. She is a fabulous student always putting forth her best effort. Teaghan is a member of St. St Joseph's Parish in Sheppton, where she is an altar server. She is a member of the GHYSA Lightning Soccer team playing midfield and forward. She also plays defense for the Hazleton Hawks Lacrosse. Teaghan dances for the Performing Arts Center in Conyngham taking ballet-pointe and hip hop. She plans to attend Marian High School. Congratulations, Teaghan!
St. Jerome Regional School 2nd Trimester Honor Roll

Distinguished Honors
Ella Bones
Conner Giannelli
Kylie Kisenwether
Abby Upanavage

Camden Gilbert
Andrew Reaman
Noah McGinley

Madeline Davis
James Gelatko

Madeline Daynorowicz
Isabella Horvat
Kaitlyn Kisenwether
Quentin Petschauer  

First Honors
JoElle Currie
Andrew Mummey
Nora Nothstein
Brody Peiser
Maiya Vavro
Adam Zawisza

Cara Rehnert
Samantha Staconis

Brooke Hannis-Miskar
Gabrielle Osenbach
Steven Richardson
Emily Upanavage

Madison Biros
James Gomez

Second Honors
Carly Green
Rilyn Jones
Reagan LeClair
Skylare McConnon
Levi McCullion
Riley Miller
Connor Montgomery

John LeClair
Gregor Poleschuk
Sean Stoves

Teaghan Biros
Gianna Giannelli
Eris Hayes
Maggie Homyak
Cristina Mohammed
Derek Schlosser
Maggie Zeiler
Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year

Our open enrollment period began in December. At this time, due to our enrollment growth, we have begun waitlists in all of our classes except Kindergarten and 2nd. There are limited spots available in K and 2.

Current Registration Fee (to be added to the waitlist): $150.00 per child

***Please note: If you have not registered already, to officially be placed on the waitlist, both the form and fee per child needs to be handed into the office**

Thank you to all the families who have already registered!

  • The Board of Pastors have approved the tuition rates for the 22-23 school year. To view the 2022-2023 Tuition & Fee Schedule please click here.

  • Financial Aid for 2022-2023 School Year opened on January 3rd. It closes April 30th. Be sure to apply before it closes through your new STS account.

  • Scholarship Applications- To request an application for the Kremer Scholarship (for low income families) please email Mrs. Smarr at The school will need everything completed and returned by Friday, April 22nd.
Please Help Saint Jerome Regional School Keep Tuition Cost Affordable
Throughout the year you will be receiving information about the various fundraisers through the school and the Home and School Association. The reason we have fundraisers is to keep tuition costs down. The actual cost of education of each child in our school is over $6500.00. As you know, tuition is much less than this. The fundraisers help us make Catholic Education available to more children. 
We do not have mandatory fundraising at Saint Jerome Regional School because it is our hope that every family will do everything possible to support our efforts, not because they must, but because they want to participate and because they care about the future of this school. Thanks for joining the effort for the sake of our children!  

Gift Certificates and Scrip Certificates           
These are great ways to help with tuition costs. If you have any questions please call the office. Many people are saving hundreds of dollars in tuition by purchasing certificates. Certificates are sold from the school office daily during school hours and scrip orders are taken on Tuesdays.  No Scrip orders April 12th.

Tuition Chance
This year we will again sell tuition chances to help you win money toward your tuition bill. The chances are $1 each, and paper slips are in the family envelope. If you want to purchase the chance, fill out the slip and enclose money in an envelope marked tuition chance. This is not a fundraiser. All money collected will be awarded to the winning student’s tuition account. If your tuition is fully paid, credit will be applied to next year’s bill. The winner for February is Leah Grabosky in 7th Grade. The amount of tuition credit is $123. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on April 21st.

  • We have sent home the April calendar in the communication envelopes. Please be sure to check it for all important dates.

  • Standardized Tests- The new dates are:
  • April 6, 7, 8, 2022 COGAT (Cognitive Abilities Tests) - Grades 3, 5, 7
  • April 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2022 Iowa Testing- Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Please make sure the students get the proper rest and a good breakfast during these weeks of testing. The Diocesan Testing Program’s purpose is to:
  • Evaluate and diagnose the academic progress of each student.
  • Evaluate and identify students in need of remedial assistance.
  • Evaluate and identify the strengths and weaknesses in the curriculum so that goals can be established for the school.
  • Evaluate and identify the strengths and weaknesses in the curriculum guidelines of the Diocese of Allentown, so that they can be updated.
  • Determine the educational ability of each student.
  • Determine whether each student is performing according to his/her capability.
  • Evaluate our diocesan students as compared to the national averages.
  • To place students in the appropriate math groups.
  • To place students in the appropriate high school courses.

  • Race for Education – May 6th (Rain date May 13th)
          Many people do not mind sending a donation to the school. It is a wonderful way to ask people outside the area to support the school. For your convenience, here is the RACE FOR EDUCATION link that you can share with friends and family who want to donate online.

The deadline to order a 2021-2022 yearbook is April 6. Order yours today at this LINK!

Home and School News

We encourage all parents to get involved with Home and School. We will need much help, especially this year with our fundraising efforts. We encourage everyone to share ideas with HSA.

2021-2022 Home and School Officers

President- Kathy Reaman
Vice-President- Kelly Kisenwether
Secretary- Megan DeAngelo
Treasurer- Billie Jo Wetterau
Coordinator of Fundraising Activities- Karen Weicker
Coordinator of Outreach- Maria McGinley

Alumni and Staff Videos sharing stories about SJRS for the
100th Year Celebration. 
As you all know, SJRS is celebrating our 100th anniversary this school year, and to mark the centennial, we spoke with some of our alumni and staff for a special video project this summer. There will be a series of mini videos that we plan to share in the next few months with all of you. They were filmed in different locations at the school this summer, with Principal Hannis-Miskar conducting the interviews. The footage of the students and staff was taken on the first day of school this year. We hope you enjoy hearing what everyone has to say about SJRS.
Saint Jerome Regional School 100th Anniversary Festival
Saint Jerome Regional School will be hosting a Festival to celebrate our school’s 100th Anniversary on Saturday, June 11th from 11:30am-2:30pm. SJRS invites all members of the SJRS family to attend. Current, past and future students, staff members, family members and loyal supporters who have all contributed to get us to where we are today are all invited. Reminisce old memories, spend time talking with other alumni, and look through old yearbooks and black-and-white photos from days in the classrooms. Guests can take a tour of the school, play some festival games outside, view the unveiling of the 100th Anniversary Donor Wall in the front lobby and have a bite to eat in the cafeteria. Remember to share your contact information with us to receive updates on the school in the future. Representatives of the Home and School Association, Student Ambassadors, Administration, teachers and staff will also be in attendance. Click Here to view the Facebook Event Page

Here is a sample picture of what our donor wall will look like. We plan to unveil it at our 100th Anniversary Festival in June. For more details, please visit
To view our Health and Safety Plan and other COVID related information/documents please click HERE.

We continue to ask parents to keep their children home if they exhibit any symptoms so that we are able to provide the safest learning environment possible at SJRS.  

We remind all of our families to review with your child your expectations for masking. Please also review the importance of our mitigation measures that remain in place such as keeping socially distant and handwashing regularly.

Thank you!
The faculty, staff and administration ask for your continued prayers, support, cooperation and dedication to Catholic education. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call the school office at 570-668-2757. We will be happy to help you! Thank you for being part of the SJRS Family! Thank you for all the sacrifices you make to send your child to this school! In order to save time and money, we will continue to use email to communicate with you. If you have an email address, please check it and look for our messages. If you are not receiving our e-newsletters, please send a note to the office to be added to the email list. 

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we begin this new school year. Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us. Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our heart and mind to new friends, new teachers and new staff members. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new friends. Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year! Amen

Let us pray for:
Our school family

The Richardson Family

The people of Ukraine

a Special Intention

Everyone that has been impacted by COVID-19

Your continued prayers, support, cooperation and dedication to Catholic education.

Your continued kind words toward each other.
Email your prayer requests to or send a note to the office.
We will list the names that you would like us to pray for in our monthly newsletters.
Turning Taxes into Scholarships
If you are paying Pennsylvania state income taxes, why not turn your tax dollars into need based scholarships for Saint Jerome Regional School? Pennsylvania provides a 90% tax credit to individuals who donate funds for Catholic School Education.

To participate, an individual must meet one of the following financial criteria:
Individual income of $200,000 in each of the two previous years OR
Joint income of $300,000 in each of the two previous years OR
New worth of $1,000,000 excluding your primary residence

The gift of a Catholic Education is an investment in our youth, our future, and our faith.
To learn more, please inquire at St. Jerome Regional School (570) 668-2757 or contact:
John Fierro (Diocese) 610-866-0581 (ext 2344) /

For more information on the EPSF (Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation) please go to our SJRS support page.