St. Jerome School Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

St. Augustine

From Mr. Merrick

Dear St. Jerome Families,

Sister Margaret Rose was very impressed with her visit to our school. She very much enjoyed visiting all of the classrooms and getting to interact with our students and staff. Thank you all for your help. We will see her again next week, Dr. McLaughlin our superintendent, and the Philadelphia North principals as we will be hosting the January District Meeting.

Tomorrow, Thursday, we our having our monthly St. Jerome Spirit Wear Day; all donations will help us offset materials for our Catholic Schools Week service project (purchasing the bakery boxes for the birthday boxes) as well as the bags and materials for making breakfast bags for our end of the year service project. Any remaining funds will be used to purchase materials for the STEM lab, including supplies for a fun STEM challenge that Student Council is planning for March.

We are looking forward to a great evening on January 27th at our Pasta Dinner to also kick off Catholic Schools Week! We are in need of some volunteers and donations to help make for a successful and fun event on the sign up sheet here. All proceeds that we raise that evening will benefit the students of St. Jerome School. Donations of water and desserts may be dropped off to the school office on Friday, January 27th. Thank you for your help!

Due to her schedule at St. Charles Borromeo School, Mrs. Shinkle. will be taking leave through the end of the school year. We are grateful for all that she did to move the library and get it set up this year. In the meantime, Mrs. Amanda Blumenstein is going to take on the library for the rest of the year. Mrs. Blumenstein has substituted in the classrooms and at lunch time, has her undergraduate degree in social work, and is working to finish her master's degree in social work. Mrs. Blumenstein has had the opportunity to work with Mrs. Shinkle for a smooth transition, and Mrs. Carolan and I will both help her get settled. Mrs. Blumenstein is able to be with us on Wednesdays as well as Fridays, so we will be able to have time for all of our classes to either visit the library to check out books or be visited by the librarian to be read to.

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

Registration for 2023-2024

We want to make sure that we save seats for our current families and new siblings through the end of January 27th when new student registration will begin. Copies of all of this information are also below. You can also return the Continuous Enrollment form electronically here. Registration fees will be added to your tuition account, so there is no need to send anything back, except for the Continuous Enrollment Form (paper or electronic) at this time.

If you are registering a new sibling, please indicate that on the paper or electronic form. Then, an application will be sent home by Mrs. Bacanskas for you to fill out.

Catholic Schools Week Pasta Dinner

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Catholic Schools Week 2023

We have a full week of activities planned for Catholic Schools Week 2022: January 30th through February 5th. The schedule is below. We look forward to celebrating faith, excellence, and service here at St. Jerome.

All are invited to attend, virtually or in-person, the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday, January 30th, to kick off the week. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open that morning as well.

Please also see below about our Catholic Schools Week Birthday Box Service Project and how you can help.

Catholic Schools Week Birthday Box Service Project

As one of our Catholic Schools Week service projects, each homeroom is going to assemble 2 birthday boxes --- one for a boy and one for a girl age-appropriate to their grade. We will have 2 bakery boxes to put the items inside, and the outside will be decorated by the students

All the birthday boxes will be donated to the Catholic Social Services Family Service Center. These birthday boxes will allow families in need, who come to Catholic Social Services for food and clothing, to provide for a special birthday for their child, especially in these challenging times.

Please click here for more information and the sign up sheet (you can sign up for multiple items and grades if you would like). Please note that all of the grades are on the sign up sheet, but you need to scroll to the bottom for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4. Please bring in all items by Monday, January 30th, so that we can assemble the boxes and deliver them to Catholic Social Services. If we have any extra items, we will assemble additional boxes. Thank you!

AHERA Annual Notification

St. Jerome School School has developed and maintains an Asbestos Inspection and Management Plan as required by the Asbestos Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA). A copy of the plan is available for your inspection at the school office during regular office hours. Inquiries regarding the plan should be directed to Acer Associates (856-809-1202), the school's asbestos consultant.

Home and School Super Bowl Block Pool

$20 a block

4 winners!

$150- FIRST Quarter

$200- HALF-TIME Score

$150- THIRD Quarter

$500- FINAL Score

Blocks will be sold at the Rectory and through any Home and School Member. There are only 5 block pools to fill so grab your lucky spots! Once block pools are filled, they will be posted to the St. Jerome Home and School Facebook Page!

You can also email us at with your contact information if you would like to purchase a block.

Coming Soon: Scholastic Book Fair

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Archbishop Ryan Musical Theater Opportunity

Archbishop Ryan Musical Theater is holding auditions only for the role of Jojo, which can be played by either a girl or boy. They must prepare the song, “Alone in the Universe” and must be a 5th to 8th grader with theater experience. This audition will take place on Wednesday, February 1st from 3:30-4:30pm.

Grade schoolers should enter the back of the school at the North Café entrance and someone will be there to take them upstairs. PARENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WATCH.

There will be a participation fee that will be paid later.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Affairs Office.

Mrs. Kaitlin Freiling

215-637-1800, ext. 6041

Ms. Amanda Hill

215-637-1800, ext. 6042

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Ways to Save On Your Tuition

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St. Jerome Scrip Program

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