St. Jerome School Weekly Reminders

Week of September 7th, 2020

“Let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are." Pope St. John Paul II

Reminders for the Week:

*We've added two new areas to our school website: a Communication page with archives of our newsletters and flyers and a Calendar page with a copy of the school calendar in Google Calendar form. If you have the Google Calendar app, you can add the calendar to your phone.


*Please remember to call the office and report your child's absence (215-624-0637); you can leave a message of the office is closed.


*Emergency cards should be returned ASAP if you have not done so already


*Our Virtual Lions begin classes on Tuesday; Mr. Dooley worked all of last week to prepare both our students and teachers. He is available for tech support: tdooley@sjsphila.org


*Our CORA and Title I staff will begin returning to the building over the next few weeks; more information will be sent home as we receive it. They will be following our health and safety guidelines as well as sanitizing their classrooms.


*Our teachers are working on putting together informational presentations for a Virtual Back to School Night. More information will be sent home next week.


*Mr. Dooley is working on streaming the morning TV announcements so that both our virtual and in-person students will be able to view them. In the meantime, the 8th graders will make the announcements this week using the PA system.


*Thank you all for your patience and support, which made for an outstanding first week of school. We hope that everyone has a great week!

Virtual Learning (Virtual Lions Academy)

Please see the file below with instructions on how to join a virtual class. We are ready for our Virtual Lions! Please contact Mr. Dooley (tdooley@sjsphila.org) if you need tech support. Mr. Dooley will not be teaching technology classes this week in order to have the most amount of time to support our students (virtual and in-person) and teachers.

Meet Mrs. Collins

Hello, my name is Maura Collins, and while I have been on the faculty at SJS for the past three years, this school year I am embarking on a new journey teaching middle school ELA. I am very excited about this opportunity to motivate students, spark their curiosity, and watch them develop and grow on a daily basis. I began my teaching career in middle school and love that I made it back full circle. I was a classroom teacher for six years before taking a five year hiatus to care for my family. When I came back to the teaching scene, St. Jerome School welcomed me. Although I loved teaching PE to students of all ages, it is nice to be back in the classroom doing what I am passionate about. Prior to having an entire middle school to discuss literature with, I was president of a women’s book club for 12 years. In between raising two children, I was my family’s go-to for editing reports, essays, and letters. Possessing a strong grasp on the English language, both written and spoken, has always been important to me. Working in Catholic education is my vocation. I am so happy to be back and I am eager to share my love of learning and my love of Christ with the children I spend my days with.

Arrival Reminders

Bus: Students arriving by bus will enter through the doors on Stamford Street. Any students arriving before 7:20 AM will be separated by cohort and supervised in the hall.


Car: Beginning at 7:20 AM, cars will be directed to enter through the school yard or to the ramp. The cars will be stopped and the students will exit their cars and go directly into the building. Cars will then be sent out onto Holme Ave. If a child needs to cross, please have your child cross in front of your car. Drop off will continue until 7:35 AM.


Walkers: Walkers enter the the doors on Stamford Street to avoid the cars in the school yard.

Student Health Reminders

Our reopening plan calls on every member of the school community to support our values of mutual respect, integrity, willingness to sacrifice for the common good and foster community bonds across generations. Commitment to the policies will assist in protecting the health and welfare of all members of our school community.


In an effort to keep all children safe, we ask that Parents monitor their children’s Health daily. Below are the expectations related to the health monitoring.


I attest to :

  • Fever of 100.4 or above,

  • chills,

  • Cough,

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,

  • Fatigue,

  • Muscle or body aches,

  • Headache,

  • New loss of taste or smell,

  • Sore throat,

  • Congestion or runny nose,

  • Nausea or vomiting,

  • Diarrhea,

  • My child has not had any contact with anyone with COVID

  • My child has not traveled a location designated as a “Hot Spot

  • I am following all CDC recommended guidelines and limiting my/my child’s exposure to risks such as above


If any of these symptoms please keep your child from school and contact the school any of the symptoms. If the symptoms are serious please seek immediate medical attention. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.


We will keep you informed if the list of symptoms listed above changes in any way.

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