St. Jerome School Weekly Reminders

Week of November 16th, 2020

“As sailors are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary”

St. Thomas Aquinas

Reminders for the Week:

*Click here for the St. Jerome Parish Sunday Bulletin


*In addition to KA, 2nd grade classes are being quarantined due to the report of a positive test result from a student or staff member in these cohorts. The positive test was reported today, Sunday, 11/15, and the students was last in school on Thursday, 11/12. The standard notification is below. 2nd grade families received a separate notification today.


*After much discussion and prayer, we are postponing our Race for Education to April. Our plan is to have the race on a Friday and the St. Jerome Festival on a Sunday. In the meantime, we are half way to our goal. On Wednesday, we are going to still have some fun activities for "Half-Way Day" including a prayer service, fitness activities, and watch The Lion King to celebrate. All students may wear their gym uniforms and a St. Jerome shirt (any St. Jerome shirt) on Wednesday. We will be selling snacks from the Race for Education for the movie at $1.00 each.


*You can still donate to our Race for Education here. Please help us reach our goal of 20,000 to directly benefit the students of St. Jerome School!


*Our Student Council is sponsoring a pink-themed dress down day on Thursday, November 19th in memory of Mrs. Cimino. All proceeds donated to dress down will be donated to help fund breast cancer research.


*The updated St Jerome Apparel Store is now open with items from the last stores as well as a new selection including winter hats, fleece pull-overs, an alumni shirt, jackets, and flannel pajama pants. These orders close today, November 15th.


*Archbishop Perez has granted the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia an additional day off to use around the Thanksgiving holiday. Therefore, we will be adding Monday, November 30th, to the school calendar as a full day off and classes after Thanksgiving will resume on Tuesday, December 1st. Since November 30th is a hot lunch day, all hot lunch orders for that day will be moved to Wednesday, December 2nd.


*Support St. Jerome School while shopping on Amazon; click here to designate St. Jerome as your chosen organization. Then, go to smile.amazon.com when you shop. St. Jerome will earn 0.5% of each purchase (at no cost to you)!


*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.


*Mr. Dooley is available for tech support for our Virtual Lions (as well as our in-person students and our faculty): tdooley@sjsphila.org


*Virtue of the Month for November: Stewardship


*Remember that Box Tops have gone electronic, but you can still use them to support St. Jerome School; click here for more information.


*Have a great week!

Positive COVID-19 Case Notification

Dear Families,


A student or staff member in your child or children’s school has tested positive for COVID-19 in our 2nd grade cohort. This student or staff member was not in your child’s cohort. This student or staff member was last in school on November 12th. The affected cohort has been dismissed and will participate in virtual learning; we have been in contact with the department of health for further guidance.


The school has been continuously cleaned since that date, per our policy. The classroom and all common areas will receive an additional deep-cleaning today, Sunday.

Please monitor your child closely for symptoms.


If your child, or anyone in your household develops symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider to request testing. The symptoms of COVID-19 are:


NOTE: COVID-19-like illness is defined as:



At least ONE of these symptoms

cough

shortness of breath

new loss of sense of smell

new loss of sense of taste


OR


At least TWO of these symptoms

fever

chills

muscle pain

headache

sore throat

nausea/vomiting

diarrhea

fatigue

congestion/runny nose


We are working closely with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. There are no recommendations for quarantine for your child and your family at this time. Should you have questions or immediate concerns please call the PDPH COVID-19 hotline at 215-685-5488.

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 present, please keep your child from school and contact the school. 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.