SJRS Monthly Newsletter -November 2021
Saint Jerome Regional School
"Living Fearlessly Through Faith..."
Message From The Principal

Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,
October was once again a very busy month at our school. The weather was cooperative and the kids were able to go outside most days! Thank you for being part of the SJRS Family and thank you for all the sacrifices you make to send your child to Saint Jerome Regional School! Some of the highlights during the month of October are listed below:

  • In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, Father Zelonis blessed our family pets and then celebrated Mass with us.

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in October first mission project! We were able to raise $501 for the Hometown Fire Company.

  • Progress Reports were issued on October 20th and Parent-Teacher Conferences were held by telephone on October 21st and 22nd.

  • We started re-registration for 2022-2023 school year on October 18th! The discounted early re-registration period ends November 5th! Information is below.

Looking ahead:
  • On October 29th our students are permitted to wear their Halloween costumes, or they can choose to dress down in orange and black. No weapons of any kind are permitted.  Please be sure that the costumes are appropriate. Students may bring in an extra party snack for themselves for their classroom party that will take place in the afternoon.  Please do not send in snacks to share. Regular face masks must be worn with costumes. If the weather permits, we will be having a parade at 11:00am. Parents are permitted to attend. Please park in the parking lot. Parents can watch the parade from the small loop sidewalk or the sidewalk of the school. The kids will walk through the large bus loop two times during the parade.

  • We are participating in Red Ribbon Week the week of October 24th. Informative posters are displayed to help spread the news of the danger of drugs. The theme is  " Drug Free Looks Like Me!"

  • Be sure to watch the first of a series of mini videos that includes our Alumni and Staff sharing stories about SJRS for the 100th Year Celebration. The link to watch is near the end of the newsletter.

  • I know that our students have been wondering where I have been the past week and I wanted to share with all of our families that unfortunately I had to undergo unexpected emergency surgery last week and then contracted covid-19. Our teachers and staff have been covering in my absence and have been in contact with me daily. They have been tremendous in keeping the school running smoothly. I look forward to being back at school very soon.

God bless you and your families, 
Mrs. Amy M. Hannis-Miskar, Principal
Register for the 2022-2023 School Year

From October 18th until November 5th, registration for the 2022-2023 school year will only be offered to our current families. After that date, we will begin our open enrollment period and we will be accepting new student registrations and we will be capping classes, if needed.

Information and forms were previously sent home. ***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!

247 SJRS Students and Counting! (in K-8th)
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 and  a Turkey Hill Slushy Certificate . The students will be recognized in the monthly newsletter.

Jaxon Donald has been chosen for this month’s preschool Christian of the month. Jaxon’s positive attitude toward school has proven him worthy of this recognition. He is always interested in what goes on in class and is never afraid to ask questions. He truly tries his best and is always proud of his work. Outside of school he enjoys playing soccer and is a purple belt in karate. Jaxon and his family are also participating members of the Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church. 

Keyller Gonzalez Jr. is Kindergarten Gold's Christian of the month. Keyller Jr. is a very kind and loving student. He is a hard worker and determined. He always tries to do his best. At home Keyller likes to play soccer for Panther Valley. He plays goalie and forward. He also belongs to MMA. There he does Ju Jitsu. He has earned a High white belt. Lastly, Keyller Jr. likes to swim and he is at the Advance level. ( level 2). Congratulations, Keyller!

Lucas Brennan is Kindergarten Blue's October Christian of the Month. Lucas is a hard working student who always makes sure that his schoolwork is done correctly. He uses good manners with both adults and children and is always respectful and kind. Lucas is very serious during lessons, always pays attention to his teachers, and is always ready to volunteer by politely raising his hand. Lucas is a great role model in our classroom! At home Lucas enjoys soccer. He plays on a soccer team and also helps out at Marian as a soccer ball runner. Lucas is a good big brother and loves playing with and helping his baby brother Noah. Way to go, Lucas!

Brynn Hannis-Miskar is Christian of the Month for 1st Grade Gold. Brynn is a very respectful and kind girl. She always makes sure everyone has someone to play with. She puts great effort into her school work and studies hard. When not in school Brynn loves to play outside, go swimming and edit pictures. She is an amazing sister to Brielle (2nd grade) and Brooke (7th grade). Brynn is a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Shenandoah. Congratulations, Brynn!

Xavier Sediva has been chosen Christian of the Month for First Grade Blue. As a student he is always helping others and is responsible. He works very hard each day. He is respectful towards faculty and his classmates. He loves school and is eager to learn new things. He likes math the best .He is a great big brother to his new brother and sister. He is helpful and loving at home. He always thinks of others . He enjoys dinosaurs. He can describe and knows all the names of various dinosaurs. He enjoys riding his four wheeler, being outside and playing his Playstation. He is a defense player for his soccer team.

The 2nd grade Gold Christian of the Month for October is Brayden Slane. Brayden is a very good student. He studies hard and always tries his best. Brayden never hesitates to lend a helping hand to both his classmates and teacher. He is kind and respectful to the adults and students with whom he interacts. Outside of school, Brayden plays baseball for Fritz Financial as a 3rd baseman and plays soccer on the U8 Soccer Orange Team. Brayden also has been playing the piano for a year. In the community, he volunteers with his dad at Tuscarora Fire Company. Brayden loves to play outside with his little sister and ride his bike.

Landen Yanett is Christian of the Month for Second Grade Blue. Landen is kind to others. He shows concern for his classmates and offers to jump in and help whenever he can. Landen shows respect for his classmates, teachers, and everyone he meets. He has a big and caring heart. Outside of school, Landen plays all positions in soccer but loves being the Goalie best. He loves fishing, legos, nature walks, and his dogs. Landen has a magnetic personality and would love to be an entertainer someday.

The Christian of the Month for third grade for the month of October is Rebecca Wippel. Rebecca plays soccer for Tamaqua and is also on the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team. She is an enthusiastic learner and loves to participate and read in class. She loves attending St. Jerome where she can pray and talk about God in school. She was very excited to make First Holy Communion in May 2021. She has a big heart and is eager to help her friends and neighbors. Rebecca enjoys reading, hiking, baking, and playing with her dog Kona. Rebecca is an exemplary student and is always smiling and happy in class! Congratulations, Rebecca! 

Fourth Grade's Christian of the Month for October is Luke Young. Luke is a kind-hearted, hardworking individual both in and out of the classroom. He is helpful to both his teacher and his classmates. Luke has a positive, upbeat attitude that shines through during the school day. Outside of school, Luke plays Little League Baseball in Orwigsburg, Blue Mountain soccer, and basketball at the Schuylkill Haven Rec Center. Not only excelling in sports, Luke is also a musician. He is an accomplished pianist of three years and is looking forward to starting trombone lessons as SJRS. On weekends, Luke is an altar server at Saint Ambrose in Schuylkill Haven. Luke is courteous and considerate. He sets a good example for his younger siblings. Congratulations, Luke! We are so proud of you. 

Abby Upanavage is the 5th Grade Christian of the Month for October. Abby is a gentle and kind girl with an enormous heart. She’s a great friend and awesome little sister. Her infectious laugh fills our home with love.  Abby is neat and organized. She is a motivated and conscientious student both in and out of the classroom. Her faith is strong and continues to grow with the help of her SJRS and Parish family. Abby is committed to her daily prayers.  She was very excited to resume participating in Mass as an altar server at Saint Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley. Abby is very creative. She can draw for hours. She enjoys the outdoors with her family, especially with her dog Wyatt. She adores her family. We are so proud of her!

A.J. Reaman is the 6th Grade Christain of the Month for October. A.J. is a conscientious student who readily volunteers in class. He is thoughtful, organized, and always willing to help. A.J. attained the honor roll as a fifth grade student and continues to maintain high grades during the current school year. Outside of school, A.J. plays on the Coaldale Tigers and Anthracite Little League teams as a catcher, pitcher, and second baseman. He is an altar server for St. Joseph of the Panther Valley Church. Congratulations, A.J.!

Achilles Fitzpatrick is the 7th Grade Christian of the Month. Achilles volunteers often during class. He is very polite and respectful to everyone. Achilles leads the prayers in our classroom. Achilles is a member of the Marian Catholic Jr. High Cross Country Team. He recently placed 20th in the Jr. High Schuylkill League Championships. He also plays tennis. Achilles has played the flute four years and the piano for 1 year. He is an altar server at SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Lehighton where he also helps out at church events including the summer block party. Achilles is intelligent, kind, loyal, a devout Catholic and a math and computer whiz. Congratulations, Achilles!

Kaitlyn Kisenwether is the 8th grade Christian of the Month. Kaitlyn is a diligent student and she completes all her assignments neatly and in a timely fashion. She displays a cheerful attitude and is kind and considerate to her classmates.  At school, Kaitlyn reads the morning announcements over the school intercom. and she helps to keep our classroom clean and orderly every day. Kaitlyn has been a member of the Tamaqua Blue Waves Swim Team for the past 7 years. In her free time she enjoys bike riding, baking, volleyball, and reading. Kaitlyn will attend Marian High School and she is looking forward to trying a new sport and joining clubs. Congratulations, Kaitlyn!
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 October is Teresa Mehlig in K Blue. The amount of tuition credit is $185. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on November 23rd.

Little Lions Preschool news from Mrs. Mohammed:

This month has been extremely busy and productive. Preschool has been very busy making crafts and learning new things. We have completely decorated our classroom into a Halloween fun place. We have learned the letters and sounds of the letters Aa- Ee. Some students have even been able to sound out some words. In Math We have learned the numbers 0-7, while in science, we have learned about earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. In religion we learned about all of Gods creation and are practicing and learning new religion songs. As we approach November, the Little Lion‘s Preschool class will continue to move forward into Thanksgiving crafts. We will be focusing on letters F through N, and #’s 8-13. This upcoming month we will also be learning about Giving Thanks and Praise.

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

Supplies Needed  

Every year we receive donations of items such as Clorox wipes, hand soap, paper towels and trash bags. If you can donate any of these products or know of a company who would donate these products, it would be greatly appreciated. 

-Please check the November calendar for important dates and the Missions Project for November and December.  

  • Winter Uniform Starts November 1st.  
  • There is a 12:00 dismissal on November 23rd.
  • There is NO SCHOOL on November 24th, 25th, 26th and 29th. School reopens on November 30th.

-  November/December Missions –
November/December Mission Projects- Students are asked to once again participate in the Toys for Tots Program. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted until December 3rd .
We will also have a dress down day for all students on December 3rd. A donation $1 or more is appreciated to help a family in need.

-  Student Council Project–
Student Council is sponsoring Feather Wars this month. Feather Wars is a contest between classes. Each class will have a turkey and are competing for the most feathers. The feathers cost $0.50 cents per feather. The contest will run from November 5th -November 19th . The prize for the most feathers will be a class dress down day. The money collected will go to the Student Council Projects this year.

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 first video features our Principal, as she talks about St. Jerome Regional School celebrating the 100th year!
To view our Health and Safety Plan and other COVID related information/documents please click HERE.
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

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.