SJRS Monthly Newsletter -February 2024

Saint Jerome Regional School

"Living Fearlessly Through Faith..."

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Message From the Principal

Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,

As you are aware, we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week all this 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. We give thanks that our school is a place where our many different kinds of learning are all influenced by our faith in God who loves us very much. The start of CSW has been fantastic so far. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Open House event on Sunday. It was great to see so many members of our SJRS family that day!

God bless you and your families, 

Mrs. Amy M. Hannis-Miskar, Principal

Some of the highlights during the month of January are listed below:

  • Our students were treated with an assembly by one of the Harlem Wizards before the SJRS/Marian Staff played them in a game! What a fun time!

  • 2nd Trimester Progress Reports were issued on January 24th.

  • Congratulations to the following students for being nominated and accepted for the 2024 Jr. Schuylkill County Band Festival.

AJ Reaman - Percussion

Joseph Lashock - Trumpet

Adam Zawisza - Trumpet

Victoria Lashock - Flute

Isabella Martinez - Flute

The concert will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 1PM in Shenandoah Valley High School’s Auditorium. Our students will join the 118-piece band with members representing 13 middle schools throughout Schuylkill County.

  • Sunday, January 28th was our Open House for current families, new families and former families. Thank you to everyone who came that day!

  • There are a lot of fun things planned for this week - Catholic Schools Week. Please check the flyer above for the schedule.

  • Many classroom trips are being planned for the spring. If you are interested in going on these trips, you must have all of your clearances. Please do not wait to start the process of getting your clearances. That way, when the letter comes home about the trip, you will already have the clearance paperwork completed.

  • Reminder for 8th Grade Students about the Bishop’s Scholar Society 2023 CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM-Submit the completed application form to your eighth-grade teacher, who will then forward it to your principal and your pastor. (Hard copies of the forms were sent home in January and electronic versions were also emailed).

Looking ahead:

  • The holy season of Lent will soon be upon us. Lent provides us with an opportunity for a continual change of heart that is the very essence of Christian life and Christian growth. Ash Wednesday Mass is February 14th. Students will wear dress uniforms.

  • Financial Aid for 2024-2025 School Year opened on January 3rd. It closes May 3rd. Be sure to apply before it closes.

  • Check out the details below for our SJRS Eighth Grade Art Show at Tamaqua Arts Center on February 7th. Please join us for the upcoming art show at the Tamaqua Arts Center on February 7th. In addition to the eighth-grade artwork, short stories created by 8th grade and their 5th grade partners will also be on display.

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.

This month's Christian of the Month for preschool is Erik Lutz. Erik is very deserving of this award because he is a wonderful student that is respectful and can be trusted. He consistently follows classroom rules and directions very well. He always knows what is expected of him. He is also very caring of his fellow peers. He is always willing to help anyway he can. Erik is the youngest of four children in his family. He has two brothers and an older sister, who he looks up to. During his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and baseball with his brothers and enjoys playing games and toys with his friends. Congratulations, Erik!

Cooper Boyle is Kindergarten Blue's January Christian of the Month. Cooper is a diligent and observant student. He always makes sure that his schoolwork is done correctly. Cooper pays attention to everything around him. He asks questions during lessons to make sure that he understands and learns everything that he can. Cooper is a great friend in our classroom. He is the first to notice if anyone needs help and the first to offer help to others. Outside of school Cooper enjoys playing soccer and baseball. He is a fantastic helper at home. He will always offer to fix, clean, or do something. Cooper has a heart of gold and a fun personality that brings so much blessing and joy to his family. He has great manners and really cares about his schoolwork, his teachers, and his friends. Way to go, Cooper! 

January's Christian of the Month for Kindergarten Gold is Mattea Sanfilippo. Mattea is a very kind and quiet student. She is very compassionate towards her fellow classmates, always there to lend a hand, and to comfort someone who needs it. She loves recess at school because she likes to play with her friends and have fun. At home, Mattea plays for the North Schuylkill youth soccer association, and has attended the Marian cheerleading camp. She loves to dance and attends the "Artists in Motion," dance studio. Mattea is also a volunteer at St. Joseph Worker Parish in Frackville. Mattea is a very loving young girl with a big heart. She is a loving daughter and a wonderful younger sister. Mattea is very strong in her faith. Your family is very proud of you!

The Christian of the Month for First Grade Blue is Charlotte Harvey. Charlotte always starts each day with a smile and eagerness to learn. She is the first to volunteer to help a classmate, and she is always encouraging of those around her. Outside of school, Charlotte loves to play baseball for Tamaqua Area Little League and soccer for Tamaqua Area Youth Soccer. She is also a Daisy Scout in Troop 33013, where she has already earned 23 badges! Some of Charlotte’s favorite patches are her Community Garden Patch that she received for tending to the Tamaqua Community Garden and her Space Science badge that she earned for studying the solar system. Charlotte is also an avid rockhound. She loves gems, crystals, and fossils. She is also very creative and loves to draw and craft gifts for her family and friends. Charlotte loves helping others and has the biggest heart. Congratulations, Charlotte!

Radly Ahearn is Christian of the Month for First Grade Gold. Radly comes to school every day with a smile. He is excited to learn and loves to be with his friends. Radly likes to have fun and enjoys music. He recently became a big brother! He has the biggest heart and is very loving. Congratulations, Radly!

The Christian of the Month in Grade 2 Blue is Teresa Mehlig. She is always quick to volunteer to help others and is on the lookout for anyone who may need help. While out at recess during the warmer weather, if someone was alone and sat on the "Buddy Bench", Teresa would immediately run over to them as soon as she saw them and usher the student into her group of friends. If someone in the class looks sad, Teresa will recognize it and ask if she can help. She shows responsibility when given extra tasks to do and can be counted on to be trustworthy as well. Outside of school, Teresa just started her Brownie Year of Girl Scouts and is working on achieving her cookie pin. For the past year, she has been a member of the McAdoo Martial Arts Academy. There she studies Shito Ryu and Goju Ryu. Currently she holds her Hachi Kyu belt. At the end of the month, she will be tested for a higher rank. At home, Teresa has a Saint Bernard named Lena, who is her best running buddy. Teresa has a big heart, is very caring, and loves her family and friends. Congratulations, Teresa!

The Second-Grade Gold Christian of the Month for January is Riley Garvey. Riley is a good student who works hard and always tries her best. Riley’s enthusiasm always adds to classroom discussions. She offers to help her classmates and teacher whenever she can. She is kind, caring, and respectful to everyone with whom she interacts. When Riley is not in school, she participates in Tamaqua Area Soccer and SJR CYO skills and drills basketball. She dances with Remade by Dance and takes part in gymnastics with Tumble with Denise. Riley is a proud big sister of Amelia. She loves to learn about new animals and enjoys cooking at home.

Brynn Hannis-Miskar is the January Christian of the Month for 3rd Grade.  In the classroom Brynn is always responsible, respectful, and a great helper. She is a good friend to have and always works hard to do her very best! Outside of school, Brynn enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to parks, watching the Flyers and cheering on her sister Brooke, who plays basketball for the Marian Catholic Fillies. Brynn is a member of the SJR CYO Cross Country Team and SJR CYO Basketball Team. She has attended the Marian Catholic Running Camp the past three years. She is an amazing sister to Brielle (4th grade) and Brooke (Freshman at Marian Catholic). Brynn is a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Shenandoah. Congratulations, Brynn! 

Fourth Grade Gold's Christian of the Month for January is Brayden Slane. In school, Brayden is kind, helpful, considerate, and very hardworking. He can always be found aiding another classmate or his teacher. Brayden is an avid participant in all his classes and a great "answerer of questions!" Outside of school, Brayden plays soccer with the 9U team, where his position is defender. He also has played piano for three years and trumpet for one year. At his parish, St. John XXII, he is a lector. In his free time, Brayden can be found volunteering at the Tuscarora Fire Company. Brayden loves being with his family, especially playing with his little sister and swimming with his friends. Congratulations, Brayden! We are so proud of you! 

Jackson Nothstein is the Christian of the Month for Grade 4 Blue. In school, Jackson is a kind and considerate student, who is always willing to help the teacher and his classmates. He is also conscientious, always completing his work carefully and neatly. This year, he began playing the trumpet. Outside of school, Jackson has participated in two plays at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. At home, he loves taking care of his puppy, Teddy, and helping his family. In his free time, he enjoys building Lego sets. Congratulations, Jackson!

Kendall Peiser is fifth grade Christian of the Month for January. Kendall is a very conscientious student and always strives to do her very best in class. She is very helpful within the classroom, often volunteering to help her teacher and peers. Outside of school Kendall is very busy with sports and activities. She plays travel soccer for Mountain Top League and St. Jerome CYO basketball. Kendall also is an All-Star cheerleader for DXA, where she also does competitive gymnastics. At home, Kendall enjoys playing soccer and basketball with her brother Brody, making jewelry, and spending time with her family and friends. She is a hard worker at whatever she does, very competitive, helpful around the house and self-sufficient. Congratulations, Kendall, keep up the great work! 

Evrett Angelo is the 6th Grade Christian of the Month. Evrett is an excellent student who completes his work neatly and in a timely manner. He is an honor roll student who assists others as needed and is polite and mannerly toward his classmates and faculty. Outside of school Evrett has played soccer for the GHYSA. He participated in SJR CYO cross country. He loves the outdoors and nature and can be found hiking, biking, swimming, and kayaking during his free time. Congratulations, Evrett!

Ella Bones is the 7th Grade Christan of the Month. In school, Ella is an enthusiastic learner and loves being in the classroom, with Math being her favorite subject. Ella was happy to participate for the second year in a row in the district 5 CYO Spelling Bee. Outside of school, Ella has a passion for dance and is currently in her 8th year on the Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts Impact Dance Team. She loves all forms of dance but has a special place in her heart for tap. She is competing this competition season with a Tap Duo! Ella is also a proud member of the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team and loves to swim the breast and butterfly strokes. Volleyball is another of Ella’s interests. Ella participated with St Jerome CYO Volleyball last Fall and is currently on the Anthracite Attack Volleyball 13U Team. At home, Ella loves cooking and baking. She enjoys spending quality time with her little sister, Adalyn, and her new puppy, Archie! Ella has the most kind and caring spirit and incorporates God into her daily life. Congratulations, Ella!

We extend our congratulations to Cara Rehnert for being selected as Christian of the Month for Eighth Grade! Cara's unwavering commitment to her studies is reflected in her impressive track record of making the honor roll. In addition to her academic achievements, Cara has also excelled in various extracurricular activities, including Track and Field and the Volleyball Team, and has even earned the title of Irish Dancer Open Level Champ. Outside of her busy schedule, Cara generously volunteers as an altar server at St. Joseph's of the Panther Valley and as a breakfast volunteer for the Knights of Columbus. Her unyielding dedication to her family is also noteworthy. Once again, congratulations to Cara on this well-deserved recognition!

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 Harper Sweeney 2nd Grade. The amount of tuition credit is $173. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on February 26th.

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.  

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

Catholic Schools Week Prayer

Almighty Father, You sent forth your Son, Jesus, as a beacon of hope for all people.

As Teacher, he has given us the prime example of the importance of education.

As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength.

Thank you for the many men and women who have dedicated their lives in service to our Catholic schools.

Thank you for the teachers and administrators who lead our schools today.

Thank you for the parents who have given support and witness to the importance of Catholic education in their daily lives.

Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education.

Bless our school and all the schools in the Diocese of Allentown.

Bless the many people who advance the mission of Catholic Education.

May our schools be homes for those who seek to grow in faith, knowledge, and service of others.

May our faith communities always support one another and show a warm welcome to new members.

Loving God, fill our minds with knowledge and wisdom.

May our understanding of the world help us to grow in appreciation for it.

Fill our hearts with gladness.

May we always turn to you in times of need.

Fill our hands with the tools we need to serve others.

May we show them your unceasing love through our actions.

We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus, Who is Lord forever and ever.


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.

Our community and neighbors.



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.