St. Jerome School Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

Merciful Father, On this day, we are called to remember those who have died, And pray for their joyful reunion with you, their loving Creator.

-From the All Souls Day Collect Prayer.

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,

Today, on this Feast of All Souls, may we pray for our dearly departed, especially those from our St. Jerome Families as well as our alumni and friends.

Below, please find instructions for scheduling conferences through OptionC for November 11th. There is no school for students on November 11th. If your teacher does not have any open slots or you can not make a time on that day, you may email your child's teacher to schedule another mutually convenient time.

Picture retakes will be on Thursday. If you are having your child's pictures retaken, please send back the original pictures on that morning.

Yesterday, Fr. Reilly celebrated Mass for the Feast of All Saints. Mrs. Gipson’s 7th grade class served as readers and gift bearers. Following the liturgy, we recognized our Students of the Month for October, who were chosen by their teachers for living the virtue of friendship:

St. Jerome School: Julie Knellinger, Joseph Fitzhenry, Kylie Denofa, Harper Smith, Jake Yacko, Charlotte Sweet, Yaretzi Mata, Alexa Pesce, Travis Mac Carter, Bridgett Elliott, Edward Fitzhenry, Kaitlyn Harrigan, Lucas O’Brien, Alyssa Roebuck, Luke Fanelli, Alexandra McCormac, Brendan Vena, Emma Hand, Lucas Barber, Emily Harmon, Noah Crooks, Damien Kehl, Justin Powell

St. Lucy School: Arianna Washington, Vivienne Roberts, Jordan Jennings, Charles Femmer, Layan Rihan.

We will be working on the virtue of courtesy for November.

Thank you to our Student Council members for sponsoring the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. There were many festive and creative entries. Congratulations to the winners:

Most Original: Ice Cream Cone (Grace, 2nd)

Cutest: Phillies Cat (Julianna, Pre-K4A)

Scariest: Scream (Miley, 5th)

Silliest/Funniest: Minion (Julie, KA)

Smallest: Witch (Keegan, 6A)

Largest: Snowman (Travis, 3rd & Abby, 2nd)

Fan Favorite: Dunkin Donuts (Zoey, 5th)

Also, the hard working Student Council members did a great job organizing games for our little ones at the Home & School Trunk or Treat event. Thank you for making Halloween extra special this year!

Please remember that our Family Connections Liason, Melissa Rizzo-Bilynsky (, has arranged for a virtual parent presentation next Tuesday, November 8th, at 4:00 PM. Here is the Zoom link:

Have a great week; St. Jerome and St. Lucy, pray for us!

Parent/Teacher Conferences (November 11th, 2022)

  • Parent/teacher conferences days are scheduled for Friday, November 11th, 2022. There is no school for students that day.
  • All conferences will be scheduled through OptionC. There is a handout below to help you with this. The scheduling will allow you to make appointments with multiple teachers if necessary.
  • Scheduling begins on Thursday, November 3rd and ends on Thursday, November 10th.
  • Conferences are not required, but our teachers look forward to discussing your child's progress. Your child's teacher will reach out to you if he or she requests a conference.
  • Conferences will be conducted either in-person. Please indicate when you sign up if you would like to meet via phone. Otherwise, the teachers will assume that the conference will be in-person.
  • If your teacher does not have any open slots or you can not make a time on November 11th, you may email your child's teacher to schedule another mutually convenient time.

Christmas School Apparel Store

Our Spirit Wear Store through Sixsmith is now open here; orders are due by November 14th in order to have the items ready for Christmas. The selections includes t-shirts, sweatpants, jackets, winter hats and new this year, backpacks.
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Home and School Family Bingo

Join us for St. Jerome Family Bingo Night on Friday, November 18th

-Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm in the School Hall

-Included: Pizza, bottled water and juice- Feel free to BYOB and your own desserts if you wish

-Prizes to the winners of each round!

-Extra bingo cards and 50/50 raffle will be available to purchase!!!!

-Please RSVP with your family name and how many in your immediate family that will be attending by Friday, November 11 in an envelope marked “Family Bingo.” There is no cost for this event, as this is included with your school activity fee. This event is for our St. Jerome School families only. This is NOT a drop off event. Children must be accompanied by their parents or guardians.

***Walk-ins will not be permitted*** It is very important to RSVP to ensure we are ready for a fun-filled family night! Please let us know if you can volunteer to help set up, during event or clean up!

-You can register your family online at

or return the paper form back to school in envelope:

Northeastern Music Programs

My name is Steven Morrisette and I am the instrumental music teacher at St. Jerome. Registration for joining the instrumental program is now open!

What are the requirements? Your child must be in grades 4-8 for band instruments (grades 3-8 for string instruments) and have a quality functioning instrument. Rentals are available with registration.

Does my child need to have experience to join? No experience required!

Where do I register? You may register at or call 1-888-636-2439.

When are lessons? Lessons will be held on a rotating basis every Wednesday. Although lessons have already begun, there are plenty of openings! The schedule will be shared prior to the next lesson.

Participating in instrumental music is not only fun but helps develop analytical, cognitive, and social skills.

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.

Best regards,

Steven Morrisette

Home and School Christmas Raffle

St. Jerome Home and School


Christmas Cash


Tuition Credit Raffle

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20

Please return form and tickets will be sent home with students. You can also Venmo @Maria-Kling-15 and include name and phone number in comments.

Last day to purchase is Tuesday November 29th. Drawing will be Wednesday, November 30th.

Children's Scholarship Foundation of Philadelphia

Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia offers partial scholarships to K-8th grade students,

and for the first time ever, scholarships will no longer be restricted to four years. A student

who wins the CSFP scholarship lottery will receive a scholarship all the way through 8th grade

as long as they meet income and qualification requirements!

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Philadelphia resident
  • At least one child entering K-8th grade in September 2023
  • Meet CSFP’s financial requirements

CSFP’s scholarship application is now available for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are

selected this year, funds will be applied towards the 2023-2024 school year tuition. Beginning

next year, no student will receive less than $1,200 in scholarship.

We hope that this information is helpful to you. Should you have any questions, please reach

out to CSFP directly at

Apply for a scholarship today. Priority deadline to apply is November 15, 2022. You will be

notified if you receive a scholarship via a random lottery in December or March.

EITC Donors Needed

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