St. Jerome School Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

"Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love"

- St Therese of Lisieux

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,


Today, Fr. Reilly celebrated Mass for the Feast of St. Jerome. Even though the weather did not cooperate for outdoors, we were able to gather our 4th-8th grades, distanced, in the church. Our other classes, virtual students, and other guests were able to participate through live streaming. We appreciate Mr. Dooley making this possible; he is going to install a wireless access point in the church to make the streaming more reliable so that we may continue to provide the Mass virtually throughout the school year. Thank you also to Mrs. Zorawski and the 8th grade for preparing the readings and serving.


Following the liturgy, Fr. Reilly blessed and installed our Student Council: Isabella Bringhurst (President); Michael Cancelliere; Sean Elitz; Rocco Marsico; Emma Parkinson; Sienna Thrasher; Emma Wimsey; Saralee Emile; Olivia Czapla; Jack Brown; Lucas Barber; and Hannah Grogan.


Today, we also recognized our Students of the Month for September (faith): Margaret Hand; Autumn Logan, Rebecca Toh, Joseph Barnes, Finley Bush, Regan Moore, Nicholas Cruz, Teaghan Adams, Adam Goldsmith, Jamie O'Donnell, and Emma Wimsey. The 4th-8th graders were presented their certificates in church, and I presented the other classes' certificates in the classrooms after Mass. Our virtue for the month of October is reverence.


Please see below for the St. Jerome apparel orders; the due date is this Friday. The students are still permitted the option of the gym uniforms until Tuesday, October 13th, at which time we will go to winter uniforms with gym uniforms only on gym days.


Finally, below is information about our 16th annual Race for Education. This year, our school goal is $20,000, and we will be accepting donations by cash, check, PayPal, or credit card.


Happy feast of St. Jerome!

St. Jerome Apparel Store

The St. Jerome Apparel Store through Sixsmith Sporting Goods is now available online here. Items include zip-up SJS sweatshirt that may be worn in school, the Race for Education t-shirt, water bottle, masks, and more! All orders must be placed online by this coming Friday, October 2nd. Orders will be packaged and delivered to school for us to send home.

Race for Education

Tuesday, October 27th

(Rain Date Thursday, October 29th)

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1


About the Race

We are excited to announce that our 16th annual Race for Education will take place on October 27th! This Race serves not only as an important fundraiser, but also as an opportunity for our school community to celebrate our return home to St. Jerome School. The last six months have been challenging times, and we are so appreciative that we are finally back together as a school family. Our walking together will be a display of unity and thanksgiving.


Our Goal

With your support and generosity, we hope to raise $20,000! All monies raised directly benefit the children of St. Jerome. We are proud of the improvements that have been made to our programs and facilities the last few months. These improvements include freshly painted hallways and classrooms, new lighting in the Blessed Mother Building, the purchase of water bottle filling stations and 65 Chromebooks. With your generosity, we can continue our commitment to excellence here at St. Jerome School. If we reach our school goal of $20,000, Father Reilly has pledged to treat the children to a “Water Ice” celebration in the school yard on the afternoon of the Race. Our multi-talented pastor will even serve as a “Super Scooper” during the celebration!


Race Day

The Race is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 AM. (Rain date is Thursday, 10/29.)

Our students and faculty will walk a designated route through the Winchester Park neighborhood. Neighbors are encouraged to decorate windows and front yards with messages of encouragement for our walkers. COVID restrictions will be in place. We most certainly can have fun while being socially distant! The students will be permitted to wear the school gym uniform that day. In addition, our virtual students who attend St. Jerome Lion’s Academy will have the opportunity to stay connected with their classmates on Race Day. Our virtual lions remain an important part of all school events. More information including the route map will be sent to the parents at a date closer to the event.


Donations

Here’s how you can help:

Share the donation link: St. Jerome School Race for Education

Each family is asked to direct message or email and share the donation link with at least 10 family members and friends. Also, please post the donation link to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts. You can share the link directly from our school Facebook page “Saint Jerome School.” For those who prefer a paper flyer to distribute to family members, a PDF of the pledge request can be obtained below.

Race information is also available on our school website at https://sjsphila.org/race-for-education.


Payment Information

Credit Cards and Paypal: St. Jerome School Race for Education


Cash or checks: Cash or checks made payable to St. Jerome School can be sent into school with a student, dropped off at the main office, or handed in at the rectory scrip counter.

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)!

Virtue of the Month for October: Reverence

Believing in God and all He has revealed.
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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.