SJRS Monthly Newsletter -January 2022
Saint Jerome Regional School
"Living Fearlessly Through Faith..."
Message From The Principal

Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,
May God bless you with peace and joy as we celebrate Jesus' birth. May the spirit of Christmas be with you throughout the new year. The faculty and staff of SJRS extend wishes to you and your families for a holy, healthy and Happy New Year and we pray for God’s blessings in 2022.
God bless you and your families, 
Mrs. Amy M. Hannis-Miskar, Principal
Click on the Christmas Concert picture below to view our 2021 SJRS Prek-8th Grade Students
Thank you to Karen Weicker, Glenn Mummey and Family for the beautiful decorations at SJRS!
21-22 Saint Jerome Regional School 1st Trimester Honor Roll


Grade 5

Ella Bones

Kylie Kisenwether

Andrew Mummey

Conner Giannelli

Grade 6

Camden Gilbert

Andrew Reaman

Grade 7

Madeline Davis

James Gelatko

Grade 8

Madeline Daynorowicz

Isabella Horvat

Kaitlyn Kisenwether

Quentin Petschauer


First Honors

Grade 5

JoElle Currie

Carly Green

Levi McCullion

Riley Miller

Nora Nothstein

Brody Peiser

Abby Upanavage

Maiya Vavro

Adam Zawisza

Grade 6

Noah McGinley

Cara Rehnert

Samantha Staconis

Sean Stoves

Grade 7

Brooke Hannis-Miskar

Emily Upanavage

Grade 8

Madison Biros

James Gomez

Eris Hayes

Derek Schlosser

Second Honors

Grade 5

Viktoriya Chepelska

Gabrielle Feller

Rilyn Jones

Skylare McConnon

Grade 6

John LeClair

Gabriel Perilli

Gregor Poleschuk

Grade 7

Christina Chrin

Gabrielle Osenbach

Steven Richardson

Grade 8

Teaghan Biros

Brieanna Hernandez

Maggie Homyak

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 Mackenzie Howay. Mackenzie constantly shows an eagerness to learn and is always looking to help her fellow peers. She is not only a wonderful friend but also a very respectful, responsible and trustworthy student. During her free time, Mackenzie enjoys swimming, tumbling and playing volleyball.  Congratulations to Mackenzie!  

Julia DiLisio is Kindergarten Blue's December Christian of the Month. Julia is a diligent student who cares about everything she does. Julia always completes her school work neatly and carefully. Julia takes great pride in the things she does which is evident in how neat and organized she keeps her desk and pencil box. Julia is a kind friend who always includes and encourages others. She is respectful to all adults and children and always uses her manners. Outside of school, Julia is a member of the Girl Scouts where she has earned the Girl Power, Caring, and Consideration badges. Julia has been playing piano for 2 years. Julia has also been dancing and doing gymnastics at Faberge Follies for 3 years where she performed in the Sounds of the Season production this month. At home Julia is a great big sister! In her free time she is always playing with her baby sister, Giavanna, and her fur brother dog, Chewy. Way to go, Julia! 

Kindergarten Gold's Christian of the month is Patrick Osenbach. Patrick is a very calm and quiet student. He is always willing to lend a helping hand. He is a very conscientious student who is ready to work and always has a smile on his face. At home, Patrick plays soccer and loves to be outside. He enjoys fishing, boating, and swimming. Patrick has three older siblings. He is very helpful, protective, and caring. He likes to make us smile. He is a joy! Congratulations Patrick!

First Grade Blue Christian of the Month is Alexander Biros. He is always very cheerful and helping someone in the classroom. He is respectful to his classmates and adults. He is a conscientious student. Alexander is the youngest of four children. He has twin sisters Madison and Teaghan and a twin brother Jonathon. He is kind and caring. He likes to ride his bike, play soccer and swim. His favorite thing to do is play Legos with his brother Jonathon. He plays soccer with the GHSYA Team. Congratulations Alexander!

Kennedy Sabol is First Grade Gold Christian of the Month. Kennedy puts forth her best effort in school. She is kind to her peers and respectful to adults. Outside of school, Kennedy plays baseball and does gymnastics and cheerleading. Kennedy loves Maverick, her family puppy. She likes spending time with friends and family. Kennedy is a member of St. John XXIII parish, Tamaqua. 

The Christian of the Month in 2Blue is Kameron Kohler. Kameron jumps in to help whoever needs it. He is a good leader in the classroom. He always works very hard on his schoolwork, and he takes it very seriously. Kameron always tries his best no matter what. Outside of school, Kameron is very busy, as he plays first base for Urania baseball team, running back for the Hazle Township Raiders football team, and point guard for the Weatherly Rotary basketball team. Kameron's leadership ability shows in sports as well, as he was Captain of his football team. Kameron is kind, confident and dedicated to both sports AND school. Congratulations Kameron!

The second grade gold Christian of the Month for December is Adora Farra. Adora 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. Adora is kind and respectful. She also will lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. When Adora is not in school, she participates in ballet and gymnastics at the Elite Dance Company. Adora also enjoys horseback riding, rock climbing, and ice skating.

The Christian of the Month for third grade for the month of December is Kendall Peiser. Kendall is a caring, determined, smart, witty, and athletic girl who has compassion for all those in need. She enjoys crafts and spending time with her family in her free time. Kendall plays soccer in the fall for the Hazleton soccer league GHYSA. She is a student at Anna Marie's School of Dance where she takes tap, jazz, lyrical, acro and gymnastics and competitive cheerleading for the Diamond Divas. She plays travel basketball for the Lady Wolf Packs and takes Spanish lessons. Her family is very proud of all her hard work and determination in all she does! In school, Kendall is a very conscientious and responsible student who strives to excel in all she does. She is kind and caring and always wants to lend a helping hand. Congratulations Kendall!

Fourth Grade's Christian of the month for December is Shawna Hildebrand. Shawna is a joy both in and out of the classroom. She is helpful, kind, and a friend to all. Shawna puts a great effort into her school work and can always be counted on to volunteer during class. Outside of school, Shawna is a Girl Scout, earning multiple badges as a Daisy, most of which involved community service work. This year, she joined as a Junior! Also new this year for Shawna is music lessons with Mr. Cressley, where she plays clarinet. At home, Shawna loves riding around on her Quad. She is immensely helpful to her Mom around the house and truly enjoys helping her Dad with outside yard work. Congratulations, Shawna! We are all so proud of you! 

Nora Nothstein is Christian of the month for fifth grade. Nora is a very kind and helpful student and classmate. She always tries her best with any task that is given to her. She is currently in her 4th year of dancing for the competition team at Dance with Kim. Outside of school, Nora enjoys spending time with her friends, painting, camping, learning about animals and helping around the house. She loves anything that has to do with Harry Potter! Nora is a great big sister to her brother, Jackson. Congratulations Nora!

Lily Seekins is the 6th Grade Christian of the Month. Lily is thoughtful and kind. She is a hard-working student who tries her best. Outside of school, Lily is very active with her girl scout troop. She loves volleyball and participated in the practice sessions at Marian. Lily loves to take her dog Snickers for walks after school. Congratulations, Lily!

Fiamma Zakrewsky is the 7th Grade Christian of the Month. Fia is a good student who always completes her work in a timely manner. She voluntarily helps to keep our classroom clean and orderly. Fia is kind and considerate girl who constantly shows care and concern for others. Outside of school, Fia has played the violin for 5 years. Congratulations, Fiamma!

James Gomez is the 8th Grade Christian of the Month. James is kind and respectful to his classmates and is always cheerful. He shows a genuine interest in all school subjects and works diligently on his assignments. His work is always completed neatly and on time. Outside of school James enjoys tennis, video games, reading, TV, and walking. James plans to attend Marain High School. Congratulations, James!
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 December is Brieanna Hernandez in grade 8. The amount of tuition credit is $125. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on January 24th.

  • We have sent home the updated January calendar in the communication envelopes. Please be sure to check it for all important dates.
  • Christmas vacation – December 23rd - January 2nd. School reopens January 3rd.
  • Financial Aid for 2022-2023 School Year opens on January 3rd. It closes April 30th. Be sure to apply before it closes through your new STS account.
  • January 17th is a Teacher In-Service Day. There is no school for students.
  • 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.

We are happy to announce that Friday we surpassed our $15,000 goal! Because of the generosity of our donors, who love and support St. Jerome Regional School, we raised $16,025 in 24 hours!!! From everyone here at SJRS, especially our students, we send are sincerest gratitude.

To view the 2021 SpreadtheSpirit Video visit this link:

SJRS Student Council

We are beyond proud of our Student Council who raised $2,000 with their Feather Wars Competition. These school leaders have decided to use a portion of the money for a SJRS scholarship AND commit a $500 matching donation for #SpreadtheSpirit day of online giving! #SJRSproud Great job SJRS Student Council and all of our students!
Student Council sponsored a Christmas coloring contest.
Congratulations to the following winners in each class:

Preschool- Bradley Sanzi
K Gold- Layla Vanwickle
K Blue- Lula Angelo
1 Blue- Matteo Picone
1 Gold- Addison Strohl
2 Gold- Robert Paton
2 Blue- Brielle Hannis-Miskar
3rd Grade- Victoria Collins
4th Grade- Evrett Angelo
5th Grade- Carly Green
6th Grade- Isabella Martinez
7th Grade- Maisie Petschauer
8th Grade- Kaitlyn Kisenwether
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.
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

Gary Miller

Charles Odorizzi

The Richardson Family
Jean Ann and Rich
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.