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

Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,
The 2021- 2022 school year is off to a great start! It seems like the students have adjusted to the health and safety routines very quickly. Thank you for your continued prayers, support and dedication to SJRS. Some of the highlights during the months of August and September are listed below:

  • The Scholastic Book Fair was a big hit with the students! Thank you for supporting our school. There will be another book fair in the Spring. We will send the details home before the next event.

  • PSP was here for school pictures and the kids did a great job with the new procedures this year.

  • SJRS students prayed together at our opening Mass. It was a beautiful celebration. Special thanks to Father George, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Confer for preparing the prayerful time for us.

  • Special Subject classes have started! The students are enjoying Music, Art, Physical Education and STEM Classes.

  • We began conducting emergency drills in all grades. Drills look differently this year due to social distancing, but each class is doing a great job practicing these important procedures.

  • Ava Chapman and Maggie Homyak will be our school's Mission Representatives this year. Congratulations and thank you!

  • Student Council week (Sept 20th-24th) is off to a great start for grades 5,6,7 and 8. Stay tuned for the announcement of names of those elected!

  • Parents and Guardians, please be sure to look over the save the date flyers that are in the newsletter about Early Re-Registration for the 22-23 school year.

  • I wanted to share with you all something that was shared with me in this month's edition of the IHM Catholic Education Newsletter The IHM sisters are devoted to Mary, our Blessed Mother. Mary has many titles that highlight various aspects of her presence to those who call upon her intercession! Pope Francis has devotion to Mary under the title, Undoer or Untier of Knots! The present challenges of our historic times as well as our own personal "knots" in life give us reason to learn more about devotion to Mary, Undoer of Knots! Learn more about Mary, Untier of Knots by clicking here.

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 and  a Turkey Hill Slushy Certificate . The students will be recognized in the monthly newsletter.

Little Lions Preschool has chosen Marida Blazosky as Christian of the Month. She has proven herself to be very worthy of this great recognition. In such a short time, Marida has shown to be a very respectful, responsible and caring individual. She is always looking to help a teacher or a friend in need. Outside of school, Marida enjoys swimming, camping and playing soccer for her team. She loves playing all kinds of games and truly enjoys spending her time with her sister and cousins. Marida's good character and kind heart have earned her this month's award of Christian of the Month.

Mia Huseby is Kindergarten Blue's September Christian of the Month. Mia is a polite and respectful girl to her classmates and teachers. She has been such a great and very kind friend to the other children in her class. Mia gets along with everyone and is always willing to include others. As friendly as she is, Mia knows when it's time to focus on her school work. Mia puts forth her best effort on her work and is always willing to do what is asked of her. Outside of school Mia participates in the Mahanoy City Girls League Softball and has attended the Marian Cheer camp this year. Mia is a great sister, loves her family, and is always helping out at home. She especially loves her cats and helps take good care of them. Way to go, Mia! 

Agnes Young is Kindergarten Gold’s September Christian of the month. Agnes is a very conscientious student. She likes to color and her work is always neat and organized. She loves to help other students and is a very good listener. At home Agnes enjoys playing soccer. She also enjoys dancing, ballet and tap, at “Crystal’s School of Dance.” Agnes is a member of St. Ambrose Parish Church in Schuylkill Haven. Agnes also likes to sing. She is a sweet, friendly and caring girl. She is very excited to be at SJRS in Kindergarten!

Rocco Sanfilippo is the Christian of the Month for 1st Grade Gold for September 2021. Rocco is very kind, caring, and helpful. He loves his sisters and his friends. While in school, Rocco works hard, helps his friends and respects his teachers. His smile and positive attitude are contagious. Rocco plays baseball and soccer and also participates in community service through vacation bible school. He attends St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Frackville. Rocco’s family is so very proud of him. Congratulations, Rocco!

Piera Basile is the Christian of the Month for 1st Grade Blue for September 2021.Piera is very kind and caring. She is very considerate and aware of others' feelings. She is mature and intuitive. She is always ready to jump in and  lend a hand to help, She completes her chores in school and at home with a smile.  She does not complain and does her job (s) well. She is respectful to the faculty and to her classmates. She values her family. She enjoys spending time with her cousins who are her best friends. She hopes to join the dance team. 

The second grade gold Christian of the Month for September is Jager Yelito. Jager works hard in class. He is kind and respectful to the adults and students he interacts with daily. Jager is always eager to help whenever he can. When he’s not at school, Jager loves to spend much of his time outside. He especially loves to help his dad work. Jager enjoys riding his quad, and playing with his brother Axel and his great dances.

Kimberly Achey is our Christian of the Month in Grade 2 Blue. One day at recess, she noticed that one of her classmates was all by herself and looked sad. Kimberly went over to her classmate and talked to her and walked her over to a group where they all played together then. Outside of school, Kimberly is part of Girl Scouts, is a Cheerleader for Panther Valley, and plays Baseball. Congratulations Kimberly!

The Christian of the Month for third grade for the month of September is Aiden Barrett. Aiden is an excellent student who loves to learn. He is very kind to all and really enjoys helping his fellow classmates and teachers whenever possible. Aiden plays Tamaqua Little League, where he is a pitcher, and was chosen for the 8 and 9 year old All Star teams. He helped the 8 year old team bring home a championship this year! He also plays soccer and basketball. Aiden attends St. Richard's in Barnesville where he received First Penance in May. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his brother Braxton, and attending Penn State football games. Aiden is always respectful, responsible, and attentive, and strives for excellence in class! Congratulations, Aiden!

Fourth Grade's Christian of the Month for September is Peyton O'Brien. Peyton is thoughtful, organized, a model student in class, and has an ever-present smile on her face, lighting up any room she walks into. When she isn't practicing her piano for an upcoming lesson (She's been taking lessons for one year already!), she might be found on a soccer field, playing the midfield position for the Tamaqua Tigers. Peyton loves all things crafty or DIY, but she especially is fond of slime. She also is an avid swimmer. At home, Peyton is very helpful and responsible. Congratulations, Peyton. We are all so proud of you!

Conner Gianelli is fifth grade Christian of the Month for September. This is Conner's first year at SJRS and he is a great addition to the class. He is a hard worker, and he is a dependable and responsible student. Last year Conner earned First Honors for each trimester and also received the Academic Excellence Award at the end of the year. He was a member of the Student Council, serving as Homeroom Representative for his fourth grade class. Conner is a sensitive, caring, and friendly student and we are so happy is here. Congratulations Conner!

Samantha Staconis has been chosen as the Christian of the Month for Sixth Grade. As a new student to our school, Samantha has displayed responsibility and has worked hard in the classroom. She is a good student and shows respect toward faculty and her peers. Sammy has many talents. She has played the piano for five years and is currently a green belt in karate. She is a member of the North Schuylkill Youth Soccer Association as a goalkeeper and has held positions on both offense and defense. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, cooking, swimming, and traveling. Congratulations, Samantha!

Madeline Davis is the 7th Grade Christian of the Month. Madeline is a conscientious student who volunteers readily during class. She is very polite and respectful to everyone and shows concern and care for our school. At her previous school, Madeline participated in CYO soccer, basketball and track. She is looking forward to playing sports at our school. Madeline has played the trumpet for two years. Also, she has participated in the youth triathlon in Wildwood, NJ. Congratulations, Madeline!

Brieanna Hernandez is the 8th grade Christian of the Month. Brieanna completes her school work neatly and in a timely fashion. She displays a cheerful disposition and is kind and courteous to everyone. Everyday Brieanna helps to keep our classroom clean and orderly. Outside of school she enjoys fishing and spending time with her family and her dog, Moose. Brieanna plans to attend Marian High School. Congratulations, Brieanna!
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 September is Paige Miller in 2nd Grade. The amount of tuition credit is  $267. Thank you to all who took chances. Slips are enclosed for next month’s drawing which will be on October 22nd.

School Spirit Dress Down Days
Students are permitted to wear school colors (navy blue, cardinal or gold) on days that are designated as School Spirit Dress Down Days. Other items that are permitted are: school spirit wear, gym clothing or CYO spirit wear. 

Dress Down Days
Students are permitted to wear clothing of their choice that is considered appropriate. They do not have to be school colors. Dress Down Day Passes are not permitted to be used on Mass days.

Red Ribbon Week
The week of October 25th is Red Ribbon Week. Informative posters will be displayed to help spread the news of the danger of drugs. The theme is  " Drug free looks like me!"

Please call us if your child is going to be absent/tardy from school. This will ensure that we know where he/she is and that nothing has happened to him/her on the way to school. If your child is going to be absent or arrive late at school, you are required to call the school by 8:00 AM. Please leave a message if necessary. The number to call to report absences or lateness is 570-668-2757. Your call to let us know your child is not going to be in school does not take the place of an excuse note.  PA State requirements and those of the Diocese of Allentown require that for the student’s return to school, the student must be accompanied by a written note stating the particular reason for the absence and the specific date(s) of the absence(s). This note must be signed by the parent/guardian which will become an official document to be placed into the attendance files. A written excuse must be returned within three days to the student’s homeroom teacher when the child returns to school. If your child’s name appears on an attendance report from the homeroom teacher and you have not phoned to inform the school, please expect a call from the school personnel to verify the absence or check on your child’s whereabouts. Your child’s safety and welfare are of prime importance to us.  

Little Lions Preschool news from Mrs.Mohammed:
Over the last 3 weeks, the children have adjusted wonderfully. We have accomplished so much in such a short time. We continue to review many things on a daily basis. As we approach the end of September and beginning of October, we will learn about Johnny Appleseed, make an apple pie, make applesauce, and even carve and decorate a pumpkin or two. We will also continue to make daily crafts and incorporate lots of hands-on learning. Mrs. Lori and I are definitely looking forward to the months ahead.

- October Missions –
Our mission project this month will benefit our local Hometown Fire Company. On October 8th we will be having a dress down day and are asking students to donate $1 or more. The Hometown Fire Company has been so kind and helpful to SJRS and we would like to show our appreciation. Thank you for your generosity. 
Parent-Teacher Phone conferences will be held on October 21st and 22nd. A letter was sent home regarding phone conferences. Please complete and return that form to your child's teacher as soon as possible. Progress Reports will be sent home on October 20th, and parents will have an opportunity to discuss their child/ children’s progress with the teachers after reviewing the progress reports.               

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. 

Information from Marian Catholic High School

Fall Open House
"Fall in love with Marian"
Sunday, October 17th from 12:00-1:30

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 24th from 1:00-3:00



-Please check the October calendar for important dates and the Missions Project for September.  

-Required forms were due September 2nd. Some forms are still missing, a new copy was placed in the family envelopes if we still did not receive yours. Please be sure to return them right away. 

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

Someone who is in a coma.

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.

To view our Health and Safety Plan and other COVID related information/documents please click HERE.