St. Jerome School Weekly Newsletter

November 4th, 2020

"To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often."

St. John Henry Cardinal Newman

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,

There is quite a bit going home in the Wednesday folder this week, so please make sure to check the flyers; most of the information may also be found below.

Picture packets are in your child's Wednesday folder. We will also be posting a copy on the school website as well. School pictures will be taken on Thursday, November 12th, with a retake day (TBA) in January. Pictures will be taken in the library, and the photographers will be following our health and safety plan. Virtual students are invited to come at lunch time (11:35 AM-12:35 PM) to have their pictures taken; virtual students may also have their pictures taken on retake day. We will announce the date for retakes once we receive it from our photographer.

Also, as we continue through the month of November, please review the health and safety plan, including the letter from Dr. McLaughlin, that was also in this week's reminders, with regard to travel. In addition, the teachers have been reiterating the importance of following the protocols. It has been a challenging year with all of the new requirements, but we are grateful for everyone's efforts so that we can continue to offer in-person and virtual instruction. It takes us all working together, both at home and in school, in order to be successful.

Please be cautious on the streets surrounding our church and school, especially during arrival and dismissal. We have been working hard to keep the arrival and dismissal lines moving safely and quickly, but we also need everyone's cooperation to accomplish this.

For Lion Week, St. Jerome School sponsored a lion drawing contest. Our grade level winners are: Angelina Dang, Adrian Manzur, Nicholas Bittinger, Mia Hood, Jessica McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Harrigan, Timothy McGinnis, Aiden Sliva, Nicholas Halbherr, Autumn Logan, Lorenzo Pavese, and Paige Crooks. Congratulations to Angelina Dang, our overall winner. Her drawing is featured below.

Have a great rest of the week; St. Jerome, pray for us!

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Race for Education

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

We are still taking donations to reach our goal of 20,000; remember that all proceeds will directly benefit the students of St. Jerome School.


St. Jerome Apparel Orders

The St. Jerome apparel store will remain open to sell a few items including water bottles, sweatshirts, and masks. These orders close on November 15th. We will be opening a new store in November with some new products in time for Christmas including alumni shirts, winter hats, and pajama pants.

St. Jerome Night at Chipotle

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Christmas Cookie Kits

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Family Faith Fun Share: Advent Wreath Making

Family Faith Fun Share with your family a wonderful Catholic tradition, by virtually joining us to make your family’s Advent Wreath. Start or continue, this wonderful tradition in your family that focuses on waiting and preparing for Jesus’ birth. Advent Wreath kits will include the metal wreath, candles, fresh greens, ribbon, and a prayer pamphlet for the season.

A short video explaining the symbols of the traditional advent wreath will be recorded and accessible on St. Jerome’s YouTube channel. Your family can watch the video when it is convenient for your schedule.

Kits and instructions will be ready for pick up at the rectory on Wednesday, November 25th. On this same day, kits will be sent home with the school families who registered for the event.

Please return the flyer and the $10 fee by November 19th in an envelope labeled “Family Advent Event” through any of the following places: Rectory/School/PREP Questions: Call Janet Fiatoa at 215-333-4461 or email

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St. Jerome Scrip Program

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Support St. Jerome on Amazon Smile:

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

Virtue of the Month for November: Stewardship

Returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent, and treasure

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.