St. Jerome School Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022

“Jesus is living next to you, in the brothers and sisters with whom you share your daily existence.”

St. John Paul II

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,

Thank you to our Home and School Association, Student Council, and all that attended and helped with last Friday's Trunk or Treat. We had an amazing turn out of both cars and trick-or--treaters. Our next Home and School event is Family Bingo; please see below for more information.

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, we will be using the new visitor's entrance. All parents and other guests of St. Jerome School will use the stained glass doors before the school yard (a picture is below). There is a lion statue in front of those doors, and we have a new school sign being made to permanently mark the spot. The doors in the school yard will only be used by students and staff crossing between the buildings; all other traffic (visitors and deliveries) will use the new entrance. This new entrance has two locked sets of doors before the school office as well as an additional set of doors that is locked before entering the school. All visitor traffic will be directed to stop in the office first. In the office, we have a shelf for items that you are dropping off as well as a lost and found.

In addition, we have two shelves in the school office with school apparel on sale. We have a selection of t-shirts, lanyards, car magnets, and other school items. These items are available for purchase from the school office staff.

For students in kindergarten through 8th grades, our Family Connection Liaison, Melissa Rizzo-Bilynsky, will be starting her classroom visits and guidance lessons in November. She has made arrangements with each classroom teacher to visit either weekly, every other week, or monthly, depending on the needs of the class. She will be working with each teacher to teach lessons on social skills, conflict resolution, and good communication, all in line with our school's Catholic values. A paper was sent home in the Wednesday Folder with her contact information and more information. We are also grateful that she arranged yesterday's presentations on internet safety for 1st-4th grades and 5th-8th grades.

On Friday, our students may wear Phillies shirts in place of their uniform shirts to celebrate the Phillies making their first World Series appearance since 2009! This is completely optional and we are not asking for any donations. Go Phillies!

Thank you for your generosity with October's Spirit Day. We raised $372.00 toward a new sound system in the school hall. The work is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving.

For Halloween, we will be having an outdoor costume parade at 9:00 AM on Monday, October 31st. Students in PreK-3 to 3rd are welcome to dress in their costumes and parents and other guests are invited to assemble in the school yard. It is a Halloween themed dress down day for all students (no donations necessary). We will be having activities for the students in the afternoon.

As a reminder, winter uniform will begin on Tuesday, November 1st. The uniform requirement handout is available below for reference. Students are welcome to switch to the winter uniform before November 1st, if you prefer.

Please see below for information about applying for Children's Scholarship. I encourage all of our families who meet their requirements to apply early. As of the 2023-2024 school year, no scholarship will be less than $1,200, and the scholarships will continue through 8th grade.

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

Visitor's Entrance

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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:

CARES Fun Friday for November

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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)!