SJRS Monthly Newsletter -September 2021
Saint Jerome Regional School
"Living Fearlessly Through Faith..."
Thank you to our special visitors today for visiting our school and celebrating the start of our 100th year at SJRS. Pictured from left to right: Lewis Wetterau, Sophie DeAngelo, Laurie Daukshus, Advancement Director, Sarah McGinley, Barron Hetherington Commissioner Chairman, Gary Hess Commissioner, Senator David G. Argall, Representative Jerry Knowles, George F. Halcovage Jr. Commissioner, Kennedy Sabol, AJ Reman, Amy M. Hannis-Miskar, Principal.
Message From The Principal

Dear St. Jerome Regional School Family,
Welcome to the new school year at St. Jerome Regional School. SJRS begins its 100th year educating the youth of Schuylkill, Carbon and Luzerne county communities. We are proud to continue the tradition, which began so long ago; a tradition, which continues to spread our Catholic faith and the Gospel message to our students. The faculty, administration, students, parents and pastors are united in our commitment to continue the tradition of a value-centered Catholic education at SJRS. We ask the Holy Spirit to guide us this school year as we strive to educate our students in faith, morals and discipline.

We 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, and thank you for all the sacrifices you make to send your child to this school! We wholeheartedly believe that, as our mission statement reflects: Our base is family, our mission is faith, and our future rests in the courage to leave behind a legacy. It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and help each other to live fearlessly through faith. 

In order to be more timely and environmentally conscious, we will continue to use email to communicate with you. If you have an email address, please check it and look for our messages. (Please also be sure to update your contact information in OptionC along with your parent preferences. We often use text messaging as well, so please be sure to click text as one of the ways that we can communicate with you. We use this for many reasons, weather being one of those important reasons. We do not want you to miss out on any important communication from the school). 

Listed below is important information about SJRS. Please be sure to check out our social media pages for pictures and news that we share throughout the year.

God bless you and your families, 
Mrs. Amy M. Hannis-Miskar, Principal
*Please be sure to check your family envelope when your children come home the first day of school, if you didn't already pick that up at Meet The Teacher Night.
There are many important forms from the office that need to be filled out and returned this week.

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


 
Option C  

Please be sure to read the information that is being sent home about OptionC. It is very important that you login and update your own contact information. Changes can be made until September 13th.  Teachers will report attendance and record grades on this online system. Report Cards will also be generated by Option C. We will also use this to send you important emails, texts and phone calls for emergency weather situations and school announcements.  
   
 
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. 

 
Gift Certificates and Scrip Certificates      
     
These are great ways to help with tuition costs. Information is enclosed in the family envelope. 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. The first Scrip order will be September 7th.

 
School Wellness Policy

St. Jerome Regional School developed a wellness policy consistent with federal and state requirements. It is located in our student/parent handbook. We ask parents to continue to help us promote good nutrition habits in our children. SJRS recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to students’ physical well- being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. The school community is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. In a healthy school environment, students will learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices that can improve student achievement.            
SJRS will support the efforts of parents/guardians to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. Administrators, teachers, food service personnel, students and parents are encouraged to serve as positive role models in the wellness program. Parents are encouraged to provide healthy snacks for their children daily. Also we ask if you are sending items for class treats please check with the classroom teacher because of students with food allergies. Working together we will provide a healthy environment for our students. Thank you for your cooperation. 
 

School Lunches

We are pleased to inform you that SJRS will be participating once again in the SSO (free lunches) for the 21-22 school year. Please be aware that this benefit is scheduled to come to an end with the conclusion of the school year, unless the USDA decides to end it earlier. All enrolled students will be eligible to receive one lunch each school day at no cost to your household. We are asking families who normally receive or think they are now eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch to fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application, since P-EBT and other benefits are based on the student's FREE and REDUCED status. If an application is not submitted, the student will default to PAID status and will miss receiving these benefits if the program ends before the end of the school year. Families who do not qualify do not need to fill out the application. We purchase our school lunches from the Tamaqua Area School District (grades K-8). Information about free and reduced lunches is enclosed in the family envelope and uploaded to the website. If you have any questions, please call the school office. The hot lunch program for grades K-8 will begin on Sept. 7th. Information will be sent home in the family communication folder. Students must bring a lunch and a drink for the first week of school. If a child only orders milk, you will be charged. If a lunch is ordered, the milk is included. The link to submit your Lunch Order will be sent through optionc.
 
 
Asbestos

In compliance with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) an inspection for asbestos containing building materials was performed at each of our schools within the Diocese of Allentown. A copy of the inspection’s report is on file in each school’s administrative office for your review any time during normal school hours. In the event you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.     

 
Extended Care Program

We will continue the Extended Care Program (ECP) at SJRS this school year. The hours will be 7- 8 AM. and 2:45-3:45 PM. Please see the website for forms and more information on ECP.    This program will begin on September 7th. Click HERE for more information.
 
 
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 first drawing will be on September 27th. 

 
Boyer's Key Cards

We receive money for using Boyer’s key card when shopping at Boyer’s. Boyer’s donates 1% of purchases made using the key card. We received a check for $262.52 from Boyer’s Caring and Sharing rebate program last year. If you need a key card please contact the school office. 
 

School Pictures

Professional School Photography will take individual student pictures September 16th and students will be permitted to wear school appropriate dress down clothes on this day. More information on individual pictures will be sent later. 
 
REMINDERS 

-Please check the August/September calendar for important dates and the Missions Project for September.   Click HERE for the August/September 2021 calendar.

-We really appreciate all of the kindness and patience as we work through the beginning of the year routines during arrival and dismissal with the students. We will continue to try to make it as time efficient as possible while keeping everyone safe.



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
 
Email your prayer requests to altssj@ptd.net or send a note to the office.

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