SJRS Monthly Newsletter -December 2023

Saint Jerome Regional School

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Message From the Principal

Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,

We cannot thank you all enough! We raised $37,671 at the Basket Bonanza for our school! Thank you to everyone who donated baskets, food, baked goods, supplies, and your time. Thanks to everyone who helped organize, set up, clean up, and who attended the Basket Bonanza. It was a lot of work, but we had so much fun. Thanks so much for making this event such a success for our school. We are SJRS PROUD!

As a reminder, Thanksgiving Break is November 22nd-November 27th. There is no school on November 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 27th. We hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the extra time with your families!

The school year is going so fast and it is hard to believe that the first Sunday of Advent is just around the corner. Advent is such a beautiful season.  Every week during the season of Advent, we come together as a school family to light our Advent wreaths and pray as we eagerly await the birth of our Savior. The Christian custom of lighting the Advent wreath began in Germany in the 1600s. Today it is celebrated in churches and homes all over the world. The circular shape of the wreath reminds us that the love of God is without beginning or end. The evergreens represent the hope of everlasting happiness. The candles remind us that Jesus, the light of the world, came to earth to overcome the darkness of sin and selfishness. The purple candles represent our need to prepare for the coming of our Savior, and the pink, which is lit on the third week, reminds us to be joyful for the coming of the Lord is near. As we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Christmas – let us take this Advent Season as time to look deep into our hearts and truly prepare for the Lord.

Some of the highlights during the month of November and the end of October are listed below:

  • On October 27th our students wore their Halloween costumes and walked in the SJRS Halloween parade. Many parents and friends attended. It was a lot of fun!

  • K-3rd Grade danced the night away at the Halloween Dance on October 27th! It was a lot of fun!

  • We celebrated National Stem Week Nov. 6th-10th!

  • We all cheered loudly during the Pep Rally with Marian Catholic High School!


  • Marian Catholic High School was here for a bonding activity with our 2nd graders on November 9th!

  • PSP was here for picture retakes and pictures with Santa on November 14th!

  • Student Council sponsored Feather Wars all of this month. Feather Wars is a contest between classes. Each class had a turkey and they were competing for the most feathers. The feathers cost $0.50 cents per feather. The contest ran from November 1st -November 17th. The prize for the most feathers is a pizza party. The money collected will go to the Student Council Projects this year. We are beyond proud of our Student Council who raised $2,617.50 with their Feather Wars Competition. The winning class was K-Blue (852 feathers). These school leaders have decided to use a portion of the money for a $250 donation to the Hometown Fire Company, a $250 scholarship for a family in need AND commit a $500 matching donation for #SpreadtheSpirit day of online giving! #SJRSproud

  • The Diocesan Spelling Bee was November 12th. Our SJRS students did a great job!

6th grade results:

Addison Engleman - 8th place

Luke Young - 10th place

7th grade results:

AJ Mummey - 2nd place

8th grade results:

Noah McGinley — 8th place


  • Congratulations to the winners of the McAdoo Lions Club Peace Poster Contest!

First place - Gia DeCosmo

Second place - Gianna Osenbach

Honorable mention - Emma Gilbert

Looking ahead:

  • Please check the December calendar for all important dates.  The paper copy will be sent home on November 29th in the family envelopes.

  • If you would like to volunteer with HSA or at our school events, you will have to complete a Diocesan Protecting God’s Children Workshop. All volunteers/chaperones are required to complete this workshop. There are also other requirements for all volunteers. You can find the requirements on our website.

  • There is a dress down day on November 28th to support SJR CYO Programs. Please consider donating $1 or more for the CYO.

  • The 2nd Trimester begins on November 28th.

  • Report Cards will be sent home on November 29th.

  • There is a Hawaiian Christmas Dance for grades 4th-8th on December 1st. A form was sent home in the family envelopes with more information.

  • Advent wreath lighting will begin on December 4th.

  • Our SJRS Christmas Show is this month. Please see the flyer below.

  • Santa’s Secret Shop December 11th and 12th- Students should come to Santa Shop with their money in an envelope. Please indicate who they are shopping for. Each item is $2.50. Due to Santa’s Secret Shop, students will be permitted to wear Christmas Clothing or Red/Green dress down clothing on both days. See the calendar for more information.
  • Students in grades PreK, K, 1 and 2 can shop on Monday, December 11th.
  • Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 can shop on Tuesday, December 12th. 

  • Our 6th Annual #SpreadTheSpirit Day of online giving is on December 14th! Please consider donating to the SJRS Annual Fund. We recently mailed out our 2022-2023 Annual Fund Report to all of our donors. Thank you to everyone for supporting Saint Jerome Regional School. The annual fund report is also located on our website at THIS LINK. If you would like to make a donation to the 23-24 SJRS Annual Fund you can visit our DONATE page at any time. Every contribution, regardless of the amount, has a profound impact on our students and their future. Thank you for supporting SJRS.

  • There is a 12 dismissal on December 22nd.

  • Christmas vacation – December 25th- January 2nd. School reopens January 3rd. 

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 and Applebee's certificate. The students will be recognized in the monthly newsletter.

Preschool's Christian of the Month is Peyton Hinkle. Peyton is a wonderful and caring student. He is always looking to help others including his younger brother Mitchell. He is always showing good character and is constantly respectful. With him being only 4 years old, he is very responsible and very trustworthy. Peyton is a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Jim Thorpe and is the eldest in his family. During his spare time, he enjoys playing with his younger brothers, reading books, coloring and playing soccer. Peyton is very deserving of this award, and we all congratulate him for being such a wonderful student.

Jordan Miller is the Christian of the Month in K-Gold. Jordan is a very quiet and kind student. She is very helpful and is a good friend to everyone. Jordan is very good at coloring and drawing. At home, Jordan belongs to the Dance Factory. She just joined the West Penn Archery Club with her brother Logan. Jordan also loves to sing; she loves Music class. 

Reese Jacobs is Kindergarten Blue's November Christian of the Month. Reese is a thoughtful girl who always cares about others. Reese is the first to notice if anyone needs help, the first to comfort her classmates, and the first to invite others to play. She is kind and polite to both children and adults. Reese has excellent manners and always has a smile on her face. Reese tries very hard to do the best she can in school. She completes her schoolwork with great care and neatness. Outside of school Reese participates in dance at Dance with Kim and plays soccer for Tamaqua Area Youth Soccer. Her family says that Reese is full of love. She loves her family, her school, and her teachers. Way to go Reese! 

The Christian of the Month for First Grade Blue is Scarlett Petrole. Scarlett is always prepared and ready to learn. She is a friend to all of her classmates and is always willing to help others. Scarlett studies dance at Tracey’s Academy of Dance and gymnastics at Shooting Starz Gymnastics School. Congratulations, Scarlett! Keep up the great work!

Christian of the Month for 1st Grade Gold is Kiera Kelly. Kiera is a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Mahanoy City. She is a very caring student. In the past she has donated hair for “Wigs for Kids”. She is kind to all classmates and respectful towards all adults in school. Outside of school, Kiera participates in Tamaqua Basketball

skills and drills & Mahanoy Area Bears Cheerleading. She enjoys playing outside, swimming and playing with her siblings. Most of all Kiera loves spending time with her family and making crafts. Congratulations Kiera!

The Christian for the Month in Grade 2 Blue is George Pinkey. George is a very responsible student and classmate. He always does his best. He happily helps others in need. George takes his responsibilities seriously, from schoolwork to jobs in the classroom. He is an excellent role model for all. Outside of school, George is a "Wolf" in Tamaqua Boy Scouts Troop #777. He is on a lot of teams, from swimming, soccer, and baseball to Saint Jerome Cross Country. George loves playing outside, and playing with his brother Henry, who is in kindergarten. George also makes sure Henry gets to his class each morning, and on the bus at the end of the day. What a great Big Brother! Congratulations, George, for all you do!

The Second-Grade Gold Christian of the Month for November is Layla Van Wickle. Layla is a good student who works hard and always does her best. Layla enthusiastically adds to class discussions and happily volunteers answers during lessons. She is kind and respectful to everyone with whom she interacts. Layla is always willing to help anyone who may need it. Outside of school, Layla is in her first year of Girl Scouts. She is a Brownie with Nesquehoning troop #34100. Layla is also a student of the Dance Factory where she studies ballet and lyrical tap. She is part of the specialty team “Happy Feet”. Layla also enjoys arts and crafts and video games in her spare time. Layla is very empathetic and caring. She is a great and loyal friend.

The Christian of the Month for 3rd grade for the month of November is Nico Rojas. Nico loves playing baseball, playing both infield and outfield, and even pitching at times. He was a Valley East All-Star and their team won the Minor League Champion and All-Stars Champion two times! He also loves to swim and play outdoors. In the classroom, Nico is always respectful and kind, and puts great effort into his schoolwork. He is a great friend to have and is always positive and smiling! Congratulations to Nico!

Fourth Grade Gold's Christian of the Month for October is Jager Yelito. Jager is kind, considerate, and helpful. He can always be found helping out his classmates. His desk is always organized, and he is diligent in keeping it that way. Jager is a student who doesn't shy away from hard work. He gives each assignment his best effort and always asks questions if he doesn't understand. Outside of school, Jager enjoys spending his free time outside, riding his quad or dirtbike. He loves being a big brother to Axel. Congratulations, Jager! We are so proud of you!

Wyatt Morris is the Christian of the Month for Grade 4 Blue. In school, Wyatt is a responsible student who is dedicated to doing his best with every assignment. He is helpful in the classroom, often volunteering to assist his classmates or the teacher. Outside of school, Wyatt plays third base and center field for Jim Thorpe Little League. He has been playing the piano for four years. Wyatt is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he is training to become an altar server. At home, Wyatt enthusiastically helps his little brother, Cody, with his math homework and also frequently saves his mom with her computer questions. His very special interests are in math and baseball. This summer, Wyatt will become a member of MENSA Gifted Youth. This January, he will be training with Russ Canzler Baseball to get ready for the spring baseball season. Congratulations, Wyatt!

Rebecca Wippel has been chosen as the Christian of the Month for Grade 5. Becca is a hardworking, conscientious student. She is respectful and responsible. Her work is done timely, and she always puts forth her best effort. Outside of school, Rebecca loves soccer and plays for TAYSA. Last spring, she had her theater debut as a Munchkin and Flying Monkey in Marian High School's spring musical. She likes hiking, biking, baking, painting and playing with her dog Kona. Congratulations, Rebecca!

Avion Graham Cruz is the 6th Grade Christian of the Month. Avion is a good student. He works hard and puts forth effort in his classwork. Avion plays Panther Valley soccer in midfield or striker position. He also participated in CYO basketball. Avion is a third-year artisan flute player in the school band. Avion participated in "THe Walk to End Epilepsy" with his family this past October. He enjoys playing video games and having a good time with his friends. Congratulations, Avion!

Nora Nothstein is the 7th Grade Christian of the Month. Nora always has her work done

neatly, completely and in a timely manner. She helps to keep the classroom clean by

voluntarily sweeping the floor. Nora is in her 7 th year of dance at Dance with Kim. When she is not busy with schoolwork or at dance, Nora loves to help at home with the pets. In the summer, she performs in plays at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. Congratulations, Nora!

I am delighted to introduce AJ Reaman as the Christian of the Month for November in 8th grade. AJ consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn. He treats his peers and adults with kindness and respect, displaying excellent manners. AJ embodies qualities such as trustworthiness, humility, and helpfulness, making him an exceptional role model in our classroom. Outside of school, he enjoys playing catcher for the Coaldale Tigers, mountain bike riding, playing drums in the school band, and volunteering as an Altar Server at St Joseph's of the Panther Valley. Congratulations, AJ!

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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. The last order before Christmas will be December 12th. No Scrip orders on December 19th.

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 October is The Steffy Family 1-Blue. The amount of tuition credit is $137. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on December 19th.

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.

2023-2024 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

Email: [email protected]

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Your Tax Dollars can help SJRS 

Everyone has to pay taxes and typically your tax dollar’s fall into four main buckets; Welfare, Infrastructure (roads), Prison Systems, or Public Schools. The great thing about joining our program is it allows you to direct your tax dollars to St. Jerome Regional School. Donors are able to make a direct impact to their community through their tax dollars; they can come into your school any day and see the people they are impacting.

For additional help, please contact your school principal- Amy Hannis-Miskar, who will be able to put you in touch with the Program Manager for Scholarships in the Diocese of Allentown.  

Christmas Show Save the Date

The Christmas Program is the same program for each date.

If you have children in multiple grades, you can choose one of the dates to attend.

Children should dress in (dress-up or holiday clothes or dress uniform) for the program that their parents are attending. They can dress up for each program or choose to wear the regular or dress school uniform for the other two shows.  

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

Almighty God,

We give you our school.

We give you all the teachers and staff who work here.

We give you all the children who study here.

We pray our school would be a place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.

May it be a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love.

A place where everyone is respected and all are deeply valued.

We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord


Let us pray for:


Our school family

a Special Intention

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

Your continued kind words toward each other.



Email your prayer requests to [email protected] or send a note to the office.

We will list the names that you would like us to pray for in our monthly newsletters.