St. Jerome School Weekly Newsletter

November 11th, 2020

“I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.”

St. Dominic Savio

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,

Today, our 8th graders led our school in a prayer service to honor and pray for Veterans Day. Thank you to our Class of 2021 and Mrs. Zorawski for all of their hard work and to Mr. Dooley for handling the live streaming to the classrooms (he is going to post the video on our school Facebook page as well as we had difficulty streaming to Facebook today). We pray for all of or veterans, especially those connected to our St. Jerome community, and thank them for their service.

Archbishop Perez has granted the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia an additional day off to use around the Thanksgiving holiday. Therefore, we will be adding Monday, November 30th, to the school calendar as a full day off and classes after Thanksgiving will resume on Tuesday, December 1st. Since November 30th is a hot lunch day, all hot lunch orders for that day will be moved to Wednesday, December 2nd.

We extend our congratulations to our Students of the Month for October who are recognized for living the virtue of reverence: Julianna Bernoskie, Anthony O’Brien, Vincent Johnson, Matthew Reis, Cambree Kelly, Brendan Vena, Kaitlyn Berry, Chase Czop, Brynn O’Donnell, Collin Kelly, and Michael Cancelliere.

Picture Day is tomorrow, Thursday, November 12th. Picture packets were sent home last week. Virtual students may come to school at lunch time (11:35 AM-12:35 PM) for pictures; we will be using the Fuller Library for pictures. A copy of the picture packet may be found here.

Our Student Council is sponsoring a pink-themed dress down day on Thursday, November 19th in memory of Mrs. Cimino. All proceeds donated to dress down will be donated to help fund breast cancer research.

With the word of the School District of Philadelphia suspending their plans to resume in-person instruction, we want you to know that their decision does not affect us. All of the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are committed to full-tome, in person instruction, for the entire school year. This would only change if directed by the department of health. Please see a letter here from our superintendent of schools, Dr. McLaughlin, explaining this.

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

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. We are half way to our goal as of today.


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Gonna Roar Now

Home and School November TV Raffle

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St. Jerome Night at Chipotle

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Christmas Cookie Kits

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Home and School Popcorn Orders

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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.