St. Jerome School Summer Newsletter

July 20th, 2022

“Unfurl the sails, and let God steer us where He will.”

St. Bede the Venerable

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,


We all hope that your summer vacations have been going well, and we welcome all of our new families to St. Jerome School. We have some exciting news and updates to share- but also are all glad that we still have quite a bit of the summer vacation to go!


This July newsletter contains some reminders and information as we continue through the summer including the summary calendar, uniform requirements, and links to the supply lists and summer assignments. Also, please see below for information about our uniform swap tonight and next Tuesday. For this evening, due to the parking lot repairs, the uniform swap will be set up in the church narthex. Haley Quinn’s food truck will be located near the front of church. Parking is available on the street near the entrance to church.


We have a few personnel changes as we move through the summer. Mrs. Mensch has taken a position elsewhere, and we thank her for her dedication to our school and wish her the best. Mr. Casee and Mrs. Kennedy will also be moving on, but they will still be very close. Mrs. Kennedy will be the secretary for St. Lucy School, and Mr. Casee is going to be the math and technology specialist for St. Lucy. We are excited that they will still be on our campus and act as bridges since they are familiar with both schools.


In addition, Miss Labovitz will be moving to technology as well as working to start a Spanish language program here at St. Jerome. Therefore, as of today, we welcome three new teachers to our faculty:

  • Ms. Annie Wolfe (SJS Class of 2014) to 2nd Grade
  • Ms. Taylor Madison (SJS Class of 2014) to 4th Grade
  • Mrs. Alison Gipson (joining us from St. Matthew School) to 7th Grade B
I have interviewed this week for our third Pre-K4 class as well as honors math, so I hope to be able to announce those new teachers in the next newsletter. Our new faculty will all be formally introduced with their biographies over the next few newsletters.


We congratulate our Students of the Month for June; these students were recognized for living the virtue of hope and trying to live it for June (as well as the entire year) as a combination of all of the virtues that we practiced this year: Yaretza Mata, McKenna Cordalis, Alexa Pesce, Kaden Ewing, Cole Eib, Ruslan Kibis, Callie Gallagher, Salvatore Johnson, Jr., Amelia Brown, Alexandra McCormac, Hannah Grogan, Nicholas Cruz, Afanwi Neba, Chase Czop, Sarah Harmon, and Alex Vena.


We appreciate the contributions of the St. Jerome School Class of 1973 and their continued generosity in presenting an annual scholarship to a seventh grader student of integrity, respect, compassion, courage, and reason. We are pleased to announce that Brynn O’Donnell, rising 8th grader, was presented with this scholarship for her 8th grade year at St. Jerome on the last day of school.


Our summer office hours are 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, Monday through Thursday. We can be reached in the office for general inquiries at info@sjsphila.org or 215-624-0637. The school office is closed on Fridays. I myself will be away this next week and a half to get some vacation time in before August and the final preparations for the new school year.


Please be on the lookout in August for a welcome email or letter from your child's homeroom teacher. CARES information will be sent out in August as well. Our next newsletter will also have some updates about our summer projects which are well underway. In the meantime, we hope that you all continue to have a safe and pleasant summer.


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

Summer Assignments and Supply Lists

School supply lists and any summer assignments may be found here on the school website. Paper copies of these packets may also be picked up in the school office during office hours.

Uniform Swap Information

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Take Jerome on Your Summer Vacation

We would love to hear about your fun family adventures this summer. We invite you to cut out and decorate the attached Jerome the Lion. If you prefer, you can make your own lion or use a lion plushie. Take Jerome along on your travels and snap his photo. Jerome will be the "mane" attraction! Please send your Jerome photo along with a short description to Mrs. Carolan at acarolan@sjsphila.org anytime during the summer months. The Jerome sightings will be posted on our official school Facebook page: Saint Jerome School. It will be fun to track his adventures. Watch out everyone, the lions are on the loose!

St. Jerome Festival 2022

SAVE THE DATE: The St. Jerome Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2022. We look forward to an afternoon of fun, food, and fellowship! The Festival Committee is in need of more volunteers to help with this great event. If you are interested in helping with the planning of the St. Jerome Festival, please contact festival@sjsphila.org for more information.

Notes From the Nurse: Required Health Exams

All physical exams need to be completed after June 1, 2022 and will be accepted until the end of the 2023 school year.


Kindergarten

  • Physical Exam

  • Dental Exam

  • Completed Immunization records


Third Grade

  • Dental Exam


Sixth Grade

  • Physical Exam

  • Completed Immunization records


Seventh Grade

  • Dental Exam

  • Tdap and MCV4 Immunizations


Forms for medications to be administered in school, forms needed to be completed by your doctor and returned to school before medications can be administered. Please contact the school nurse with any questions (bpaciti@sjsphila.org).

  • Request for Administration of Medication (MED-1)

  • Assessment tool


All Heath forms can be found on the school website under Admissions Tab

and the Philadelphia School District website under medical forms.

Ways to Save On Your Tuition

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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 smile.amazon.com when you shop. St. Jerome will earn 0.5% of each purchase (at no cost to you)!