SJRS Monthly Newsletter -February 2022
Saint Jerome Regional School
"Living Fearlessly Through Faith..."
Message From The Principal
Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,
Welcome to 2022! I hope this new year has many blessings for everyone. Thank you all for the most thoughtful gifts to all of us at Christmas. We appreciate your kindness! Most of all, we appreciate you sending your children to Saint Jerome Regional School. They are truly special! We would also like to thank our SJRS Families, Community Members, Alumni and Friends of SJRS for your generous donations this school year. The #Spreadthespirit Day of online giving was absolutely amazing! We are so grateful for everyone's support of SJRS!

As you are aware, we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week all next week. The students, staff, parents, grandparents, family members, board members and the people of the parishes all show in different ways how they are proud of our Catholic school. It is good to celebrate who we are and what we do. There is love, kindness, joy, truth and justice in every school, but we are also a faith community, a Catholic school. We are a school where faith is part of everything we do. It is part of how we learn, how we play, how we treat each other, and who we are. There are many fun activities planned for CSW 2022 for our students. More information about that is located on the Catholic Schools Week Flyer.

Asking God to provide you with the good health, inner joy, boundless energy, and everyday graces that will make your 2022 the best year ever!
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 Mattea Sanfilippo. Mattea is the youngest of 4 children and an excellent all around student. She is such a helpful, quiet, caring and respectful student that always strives for perfection. She consistently does what is asked of her and keeps her desk the most organized I have ever seen. Her love of school and friends is evident in her smile when she races through the doors of SJRS. She Is such a pleasure to have in class. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family and learning from her older siblings. She enjoys being an entertainer and can often be found singing and dancing to her favorite songs. Mattea has a very big heart , loves her family and is a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Frackville .Congratulations Mattea!

Braxton Barrett is Kindergarten Blue's January Christian of the Month. Braxton is a respectful student who uses his best manners with both adults and children. Braxton makes sure that he follows all classroom rules. Braxton always pays attention during lessons, cares about his work, is always cheerful, and is always willing to participate. He is a careful student who never hesitates to ask questions to make sure that what he is doing is correct. At home Braxton loves to play sports with his big brother Aiden. Braxton plays and watches hockey, is a member of the Tamaqua Biddy Basketball team, Tamaqua Baseball team, and Tamaqua Youth Soccer team. Braxton attends St. Richard's Church with his family. He loves to be everyone's friend and loves coming to school. Way to go, Braxton! 

Layla Van Wickle is Kindergarten Gold's Christian of the month. Layla is a very helpful student, she is always willing to lend a helping hand. Layla is a very conscientious student and loves to learn new things. At home Layla plays soccer. She likes to dance, hip hop and gymnastics at the Dance Factory. Layla also loves to do arts and crafts. Layla is such a caring member of her family, She possesses so much empathy and takes great care of her little brother.

The February Christian of the month in 1-Blue is Riley Strohl. She is a student who gives her best each and every day. She handles responsibility well and has excellent manners. She is willing to help everyone. She is very cooperative and kind. She loves school, her teachers and friends. She is very caring and nurturing and loves to help at home. She is in Gymnastics and has her Junior Green Belt in karate. She loves the outdoors, hunting, fishing and hiking. She also enjoys swimming. Congratulations to Riley!

Addison Stohl is the January 2022 Christian of the Month for 1st Grade Gold. Addison is very kind and respectful. Addison enjoys the outdoors. She likes hunting, fishing, hiking and swimming. She does gymnastics and has a junior green belt in Karate. Addison loves school, her teacher and friends. She enjoys arts and crafts and spending time on her electronics learning new things. Congratulations Addison.

The second grade gold Christian of the Month for January is Aneesa Howay. Aneesa is a very good student who works hard and always tries her best. She is an enthusiastic learner, never hesitating to participate in classroom discussions. Aneesa is kind and respectful. She also will lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. When Aneesa is not in school, she plays volleyball and is in tumbling at Center Stage Dance. She is also a swimmer with the Blue Waves. Aneesa loves her friends, and her sister MacKenzie is her “BFF”. Aneesa also received the spirit award at the last Marian cheerleading camp.

Grace Belusko is the COM for Grade 2 Blue. Her beautiful spirit shines through in all she does. She always jumps in to help anyone in any way she can. Grace offers to help even before you knew you needed help! She is always kind and polite to everyone. Grace cares about the feelings of others and supports those in need. She works very hard on her school work and persists until she understands. In the classroom we say she pirouettes around and jumps in to assist whenever there is a need. So we weren’t surprised to learn Grace takes ballet, tap, and jazz lessons at Dance Factory III. Outside school, Grace enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Just like her light shines through in school, she is also very kind and helpful outside of school. Grace loves with her entire heart! Congratulations, Grace.

The Christian of the Month for third grade for the month of January is Brianna Heater. Brianna is actively involved in the Tamaqua Area Youth Soccer Program and also loves to do arts and crafts in her spare time. Some other activities she enjoys are being outdoors riding her bike, swimming, and reading. Brianna has a big heart, and is very caring. She is fun, loving, and a hard worker. She loves learning new things, and is an amazing big sister to her brother Bryden. In school, Brianna is an exemplary student, who always excels in her work. She is respectful, responsible, and kind. Congratulations Brianna! 

Fourth Grade's Christian of the Month for January is Evrett Angelo. Evrett is a kind, caring, helpful student. He can always be counted on to lend a hand to another student or his teacher. He's also been known to discuss Indiana Jones with Miss B when the opportunity presents itself. Outside of school, Evrett has won multiple Reflections Awards at the School and District level. He also participates in GHYSA Soccer, this being his eighth year! At home, Evrett loves art, hiking, camping, swimming, watching movies, and collecting and trading Pokemon cards. Congratulations, Evrett! We are all so proud of you!

AJ Mummey is fifth grade Christian of the month for January. He is always kind and helpful to his classmates. AJ is a hard worker both in and out of school. AJ plays both piano and drums. He also does Archery at West Penn Archery Club. AJ loves putting together Legos, playing with his dog, Maverick, and hanging out with his friends and family. 

Camden Gilbert is the 6th Grade Christian of the Month. Camden puts a great amount of effort into his school work. He attained Distinguished Honors for the first Trimester. He is helpful and kind to others. Outside of school, Camden is a member of Boy Scouts where he reached the Scout Rank. He recently began playing the guitar. While at home Camden enjoys building an engine with his dad, and helps mom with the gardening. He loves spending time with his cousins. Congratulations, Camden!

DeLana Ankiewicz is the 7th Grade Christian of the Month. DeLana is a good student who completes her work on time. Her work is always done neatly. DeLana voluntarily helps to keep our classroom clean and orderly. Outside of school, DeLana has played piano for 6 years. In sports, DeLana is a member of the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team and Vibe Volleyball. Congratulations, DeLana!

Cristina Mohammed is the 8th grade Christian of the Month. Cristina is kind and helpful to everyone in the classroom. She is an enthusiastic learner and tackles classroom assignments, tasks, and group work in an organized manner. Cristina also helps to keep our classroom tidy and clean! Outside of school Cristina swims for the Tamaqua Blue Waves. She also enjoys babysitting her nephew and she likes watching television.  Cristina will attend Marian High School. Congratulations, Cristina!
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.   

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 January is The Biros Family. The amount of tuition credit is $145. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on February 21sts.

  • We have sent home the February calendar in the communication envelopes. Please be sure to check it for all important dates.
  • 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.
  • Be sure to check out the Catholic Schools Week Flyer listed below for more details about CSW 2022 January 30th-February 4th.

-  January/February Missions –

January /February Missions – We will have two dress down days (Jan. 21st and Feb. 11th) and all money collected will go to Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities is a private nonprofit social service agency assisting families and individuals across our five-county service region. They offer services to meet the needs of people in our community who need support, care and understanding. The mission of Catholic Charities Diocese of Allentown is to provide compassionate human services with respect for the sanctity of all human life. Catholic Charities operates 3 service locations and 2 soup kitchens across the 5 counties of the Diocese of Allentown.
CSW - On February 3rd- Grades 1-8 will also be participating in virtual vocation presentations with the IHM vocation office.
Register for the 2022-2023 School Year

Our open enrollment period has begun and we are accepting new student registrations and starting wait lists in classes that are full.

Enrollment Fees for New Families: $150.00 per child

***Please note: To officially register, both the form and fee per child needs to be handed into the office**

Thank you to all the families who have already registered!
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. The second video is all about the SJRS Family. 
For more information about Night at the Races please click HERE
To view our Health and Safety Plan and other COVID related information/documents please click HERE.

Please continue to use the daily home screening guide for students found below.

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 of the importance of wearing a face mask, keeping socially distant and disinfecting hands and surfaces 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

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.