SJRS Monthly Newsletter -March 2022
Saint Jerome Regional School
"Living Fearlessly Through Faith..."
Message From The Principal
Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,
The holy season of Lent is 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. Each week during morning announcements in the season of Lent, we will pray together as a school family with a short prayer service, reflecting on words of scripture passages and psalms. We journey with the church in this holy Lenten season, anticipating the great feast of Christ’s Resurrection. We are on a journey toward wholeness and holiness and the opportunity for a continual change of heart. As we continue on life’s busy daily routine, let us continue to pray for one another that the Lenten Journey is a time for transformation, renewal and tremendous blessing.
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.

This month's Christian Of The Month for Preschool is Sterling Kopp. Sterling is a bright, energetic and very helpful student. He is always ready for learning and always looking to help his fellow peers. Sterling loves books and has a creative imagination. He likes coloring and loves to draw. At home, he spends lots of time outdoors and loves riding his bike. In his free time Sterling loves playing for the Tamaqua Youth Soccer and Tamaqua Knee-Hi Wrestling. He also loves spending time with his family and coming to preschool!
Way to go Sterling! We are all proud of you!

Axel Yelito is Kindergarten Blue's February Christian of the Month. Axel is a hard working student who always tries his very best at everything he does. Axel does all of his school work neatly and is always happy to volunteer. He always pays attention and stays on task during lessons. Everything that Axel does, he does with a smile on his face. Axel is a good friend and strong role model to others in the classroom. He is a kind and polite boy who always offers to help others around him. At home Axel loves to ride his dirt bike with his big brother Jager. He loves spending time with his family, especially his PopPop. Axel enjoys going to school everyday. His family is very proud of how far he has come this year. Way to go Axel! 

This month's Christian of the month for Kindergarten Gold is Bear Stetz. Bear is a very calm and quiet student. He is very helpful and a good friend to his peers. He loves to draw and is very creative.At home he is learning how to play the drums, harmonica, and guitar. He also enjoys swimming, playing basketball at the Berwick YMCA, riding his dirt bike, and playing with his legos. Bear is very kind and compassionate and is always eager to lend a helping hand.

Landon Moyer is Christian of the Month for First Grade gold. Landon is a hardworking student and is always kind to his classmates. He follows the school rules and is respectful to all teachers. Outside of school Landon likes playing tball, spending time with his family and pets, swimming ang playing in the snow. Congratulations Landon!

Matteo Picone is First Grade Blue Christian of the Month. Matteo is always the first student to jump in and help, no matter what the job entails. He does not complain, just helps with a smile. He is kind and polite. He does his best in school. At home he enjoys helping his family and doing chores around the house. He can use a skid loader to help with the property. He loves hanging out with his big brother and German shepherd Cody and playing with his cousins. He loves animals and even rescued his kitten named Blanket. He enjoys riding his four wheeler. He has been riding since he was 3 years old. They make their own trails to ride in their development. He enjoys building things with wood, loves the outdoors, camping, having bonfires, swimming and art. He has played the harmonica since he was two years old. His grandfather taught him and he loves playing it. He has participated the last three years in a Premier Youth Program, Soccer Shots of Lehigh Valley. He is a sweet and kind boy who loves to help everyone. Congratulations Matteo!

Gabriel Van Norman is the Christian of the Month for Grade 2 Blue. He always offers to help anyone who needs it. Gabe is kind to others. If he sees someone who is alone, he will offer to include them in a group. Gabe works hard on his schoolwork and always tries his best. Outside of school, Gabe plays basketball for SJRS, baseball, and soccer, all positions for each sport. He volunteers at Kellner's Dam Association. Gabe likes to teach other children about fishing and what he has learned. He loves being a Big Brother, he helps his Mom clean, and his Dad around the house. He always holds the door for people, and he thanks Veterans and Active Military personnel. Gabe is always willing to help out anyone wherever it is needed. Congratulations, Gabe!

The second grade gold Christian of the Month for February is Blaise Kopp. Blaise is an excellent student. He works hard and always tries his best. Blaise is kind and respectful to everyone. He also will lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. Outside of school, Blaise has been participating in Tamaqua Youth Soccer for four years and Tamaqua Knee-Hi Wrestling for three years. He also takes piano lessons with his Grammy. Blaise loves any and every outdoor activity, arts and crafts, and spending time with his family. He loves animals and is a big helper with the family pets. Blaise loves reading and going to school.

The Christian of the Month for February is Vitaliy Chepelskyy. Vitaliy is an altar server for St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Lansford, as well as St. Mary’s Byzantine in Nesquehoning. He is also active in archery at the West Penn Archery Club, and is a brown belt in karate. Vitaliy loves animals, and has two pets of his own that he is responsible for taking care of- his pet hamster and fish. He loves the outdoors- biking, hiking, and taking long walks. Vitaliy is always very diligent, responsible, kind and ready to help. In the classroom, Vitaliy always has a smile on his face and is attentive to all the lessons. He is respectful, funny, and is always eager to learn. Congratulations Vitaliy! 

Fourth Grade's Christian of the Month for February is Gianna Osenbach. Gianna is a very artistic and creative student. She is kind and helpful to her classmates and always willing to lend a hand to her teacher. Gianna is conscientious and can often be found going the extra mile in her schoolwork during class, with an ever-present raised hand, always ready to answer a question. Outside of school, Gianna is involved with gymnastics at Tumble with Denise. She is also an altar server at Saint John XXIII. At home, Gianna is very helpful with her three siblings and loves spending time with her family. She reads her bible every night and enjoys the lessons it teaches. Gianna is always trying her best. Congratulations, Gianna! We are all so proud of you!

JoElle Currie is fifth grade's Christian of the month for February. JoElle is a very thoughtful, caring and friendly student. She always gives 100% in whatever activity she participates in. JoElle participates in various volleyball clinics. She is an avid gymnast. She currently competes in Level 6 and will soon be traveling to the state competition. JoElle loves to cheer and keep stats for her brother, Julius's, Colt's basketball games. She is a very hard worker in all aspects of her schoolwork, thriving to do the best she can. Congratulations JoElle!

The February Christian of the Month in Sixth Grade is Cole Jordan. Cole is always kind and considerate. Cole is a hard worker both in and out of school. His assignments are done neatly and thoroughly. Outside of school, Cole is a member of the Valley West Baseball team where he plays pitcher as well as first base. He also enjoys fishing in his free time. Congratulations, Cole!

Brooke Hannis-Miskar is the 7th Grade Christian of the Month for February. Brooke is a
conscientious, hard-working student who always has her work completed neatly and in a timely manner. She is quiet and reserved but does volunteer in class. Brooke is an honor roll student. She was a member of the Marian Catholic Junior High Cross Country Team this year. In the past, she has also enjoyed playing basketball and softball. She also was a member of STEM Scouts. She is learning to play the drums this year at SJRS. Outside of school, Brooke enjoys spending time with her family, reading and swimming. She is a great big sister to her two younger sisters Brielle and Brynn. She is a parishioner at Divine Mercy Parish in Shenandoah. Congratulations, Brooke!

Isabella Horvat is the 8th Grade Christian of the Month. Isabella is a self motivated student and completes her work neatly, thoroughly, and on time. She has made honors since 5th grade. Isabella's kind to her classmates and helps out in the classroom by taking care of our class fish. Outside of school, she has been swimming for nine years for the Tamaqua Blue Waves, and she is also a member of the Marian Catholic JH Cross Country Team. She was the first JH cross country girl to medal in leagues.  Isabella is a member of the AVA Charcoal Volleyball Team where she plays outside hitter and back row.  Working out and playing sports are her favorite activities and Isabella is involved in community service. She helps her swim coach teach children ages 2-6 how to swim, and she has given treats to the residents on the 5th floor of St. Luke's Miners Hospital. Isabella will attend Marian Catholic High School. Congratulations, Isabella!
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 February is Riley Garvey in Kindergarten Blue. The amount of tuition credit is $148. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on March 21st.

REMINDERS
  • We have sent home the March 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.

  • Spring Pictures-Professional School Photography will take spring pictures on Tuesday, March 15th. Parents are under no obligation to purchase pictures. All students will have their individual pictures taken on this day. There is no money needed on picture day. Photos will be given to the students in several days. If you want to purchase the photos, please send the money to school. If you do not want the photos, simply return the packet to school. All students can dress-up for picture day. A monetary incentive is given to SJRS for each picture that is taken. If you do not want your child's picture to be taken, please send a note to the office. 

  • 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)
           Labels are due March 11th. This is a major fundraiser for SJRS and we need every family to participate and send in names for at least 10 labels for the event to be successful. This helps to keep the cost of tuition down. Please send a note to the office if you need more labels. Students will receive a dress down day card for every l0 labels that they bring in. Please remember to return the sheet and labels with the names to which we will be sending Race for Education mailers. 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

- March Missions Project–
Throughout the month of March, we will be collecting canned good food donations for the Frackville Area Food Bank. The last day that we will collect will be March 31st. Thank you for your generosity!
Register for the 2022-2023 School Year

Our open enrollment period has begun and we are accepting new student registrations and have started wait lists in the 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!
Marian Catholic Junior High Track Information

To all 7th and 8th Grade Parents and Students,

We are so excited to announce the inaugural season for the Marian Catholic Junior High Track and Field Program! Over the past decade, the Marian Catholic Track and Field program has seen success at so many levels. Whether it has been in the Schuylkill League, District XI, or PIAA State Championship level, we have seen our student athletes work and push for accomplishments that other programs only dream of. However, the one thing that has ben missing is the opportunity to help our 7th and 8th graders become involved in an incredible sport and part of an amazing family. Whether you have never put on a pair of running shoes, thought about throwing shotput, javelin, or discus, or jumping high and long, this sport has a home for everyone. Additionally, with many young athletes involved in other sports like Football, Basketball, Volleyball etc, Track and Field provides a way to train for your favorite sport in so many different ways and helps each athlete to become stronger and faster.

Although this is the inaugural season for the Marian Jr. High Program, St. Jerome’s has had a rich history of producing some of the best Track and Field athletes in the area. My love for this sport began when I had the opportunity to run for SJRS CYO in the District 5 and Diocesan Track Meets in 7th and 8th grade coached by SJRS’ own Mrs. Dakosty. Many of Marian’s record holders in the sport and best athletes started right where you are at. Just as I did, many did it for fun or something to stay active, but, over time, left their mark in history.

With that being said, we invite all of you to consider being a part of our program. Our goal is to help each and everyone of you not only have a chance to succeed in this sport, but to lay the foundation for each of you to lay the foundation to succeed in other areas. As mentioned, this program is open to all skill levels and all are welcome. As a coaching staff, we do our best to meet each athlete where they are in their athletic level. Jr. High Track and Field Athletes will have the opportunity to try a variety of events and find what they feel most at home in.

Attached to this letter is some information regarding our program, a practice schedule, and other announcements. If you have any questions, you can reach me at my email, livingthedream419@yahoo.com and I will be more than glad to get back to you.

We look forward to meeting each and every one of you and welcoming you into the Marian Catholic Track and Field Family.

Sincerely,

Justin Huegel
Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach
Marian Catholic High School (Class of 2010)
St. Jerome Regional School (Class of 2006)


Parents of 7th and 8th graders who want to sign their athletes up, should use the google form link below by March the 8th:

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

Email: sjrs.hsa@gmail.com
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
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.

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

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 altssj@ptd.net 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) / jfierro@allentowndiocese.org

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