St. Jerome School Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

"I want to give you the formula for sanctity; first, be happy; second, study and pray; third, do good to everyone."

-St. John Bosco

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,


I want to thank all of your for your cooperation as we are well into our fourth week of school. I greatly appreciate how our students, staff, and families have been working to follow our health and safety plan so that we can continue to offer both in-person and virtual instruction. I am amazed each and every day at how productive our students and teachers are in the classrooms.


There is information below for you to access our teacher presentations and class pages on the school website. Fr. Reilly and my videos are below, and we are also finishing pages for our special subject classes, which will go live next week. Thank you to our faculty for putting their presentations together, and to Mrs. Carolan for building the new pages.


Since we can't gather for an in-person meeting, please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions; I am here to support our students, staff, and families as well and look forward to continuing to get to meet all of you. I do ask that you speak to your child's teacher first if you are having any questions or issues so that they may assist you; I am more than happy to help if you need any additional assistance. We are all working together to provide the best possible experience for our St. Jerome families.


I want to thank our 7th & 8th graders who ran for Student Council and gave their speeches over live-streaming this morning. I was impressed with their ideas and their public speaking abilities. The 5th-8th grade students (both in-person and virtual) had the opportunity to vote today, and their election results will be announced in the Lion's Den News and included in the Weekly Reminders. I appreciate Mr. Casee, Mr. Stevens, and Mr. Dooley's making all of this possible.


Please remember that we are planning an outdoor Mass next Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, to celebrate the Feast of St. Jerome. In-person students are asked to bring a towel to sit on, and we will be streaming the Liturgy for those at home. We will be recognizing our Students of the Month for September as well as installing our Student Council.


Have a great rest of the week; thank you for your support of Catholic education at St. Jerome!

Back to School Night Presentations & Classroom Pages

Our teachers put together presentations to provide you with information about their classrooms. We have also created pages for each classroom on the school website. Click here for the Classroom pages and their presentations.
Mr. Merrick

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 Friday, October 2nd. Orders will be packaged and delivered to school for us to send home.

Save the Date: Race for Education

Tuesday, October 27th

(Rain Date Thursday, October 29th)


Fundraising information will be going home next week for our Race for Education!

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)!

CARES

We are pleased to offer Before and After School CARES for our school families. For more information about registration and fees, please contact Mrs. Kennedy in the office at 215-624-0637 or ckennedy@sjsphila.org. Information is also on our website at https://sjsphila.org/cares-program.

Before School: 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM

After School: 2:35 PM to 5:30 PM

Virtue of the Month for September: Faith

Believing in God and all He has revealed.

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.

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