Teaching has always been a passion of mine. My name is Mrs. Morrissey and I teach seven graders at St. Jerome school. During the day I am busy with seventh graders teaching English, Reading, Science and Spelling. I also teach eighth graders English and Reading. But once a week after school I am in charge of the craft club.
Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read with fluency whether that is aloud or silent reading. Here are some tips that parents can do at home to build reading fluency.
Seriously, when was the last time you heard a classical accordionist perform with a 40 piece chamber orchestra? You can on March 15th at 7:30pm at St. Jerome Church when City Music Cleveland welcomes the internationally known Bosnian composer and accordionist Merima Ključo. She will perform “Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book” from “TWO FAITHS: ONE SPIRIT” which she composed. The work was inspired by the story of breathtakingly illustrated Jewish manuscript created in the 15th century and saved from the Nazis in Sarajevo by a Muslim Imam during WWII.
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Music teacher, Julia Wallace, challenged the students to put themselves in Mary and Joseph’s shoes and imagine how they must have felt and the problems they must have faced bringing Christ into the world. The students’ thoughts then became the narration for a very unique and wonderful Christmas pageant. Mrs. Wallace wrote one of the songs which was performed by the Kindergarten, First & Second grade students.
After-School Clubs are a big part of the fun and learning at St. Jerome School. Clubs meet weekly after school and new ones start every six to eight weeks. From sewing to math, to a Book Club, to Legos to vocalizing, there really is something for everyone. Each teacher sponsors at least one club each year. Mrs. Byrne's Puzzle Club started just before Christmas break and is a big hit with the students in Kindergarten to third grade!
Every student, no matter the age, loves December for the two-week holiday break, but the Third Graders at Saint Jerome are excited about some of the other things that lead up to the break! They have been working hard all year on their Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic and we will continue doing so with some fun lessons.
Our students are learning to sew thanks to Kathy Payerchin and her new after school Sewing Club. Students learn how to cut out pieces from a pattern and how to use and care for a sewing machine. Their first project was a patchwork pillow.
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You are invited to begin the Advent season with us for our annual Advent Vespers Service on Monday, December 4th at 7pm and to continue your journey to the hope of the nativity on Monday, December 18th with the Collinwood Cluster Communal Penance Service at 7pm at St. Jerome. This season of preparation for the coming of Christ is always special but, more and more it is important to guard against becoming so busy creating the “perfect” holiday, that we lose touch with the meaning of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season!
City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra opened their 14th season at St. Jerome Church. The opening night audience heard a masterful rendition of Corigliano’s “The Red Violin Concerto” by Tessa Lark. Schumann’s Overture Op. 81 and Symphony No3, Rhenish rounded out the program.
The fifth graders are studying ecosystems in Science this quarter. They just finished a field study on their school grounds. They brought with them string, gloves, magnifying glasses, collecting jars, and field guides to do their study. They collected and identified the producers and the consumers that they observed within their sample area. They recorded their findings. They were pretty surprised that they found many insects and worms in their area. Now that they have completed their field study, they will be putting together their own ecosystems that they will display in the classroom. They will be putting together terrariums. They will get a closer look at how a very small ecosystem can develop and survive in a very small container.
Within the past few years, Reading has become a hot topic from the thoughts of, "Will my child pass the Third Grade Reading Test?" to worrying about the "Fourth Grade Slump." Yet, the Second Graders at St. Jerome School feel Reading is NOT a hot topic, but Reading is COOL! We are experiencing that Reading is not just learning phonetics, building vocabulary, and fluency, but Reading opens the world without us ever leaving the classroom. Well, maybe we do leave the classroom...
City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra's 14th concert season opens at St. Jerome Church on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30pm. This free, family-friendly concert will feature Avner Dorman conducting. The performance will include
We began in May to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima by gathering to recite the Rosary in Her honor on the 13th of every month. This month on Friday, October 13th we will close the celebration at St. Jerome Church with the Rosary after 8:30am Mass and again at 7pm. All are welcome to join us for these special Rosaries.
Delicious food, family, good friends, and great weather combined to make a perfect day at the St. Jerome Annual Clam / Steak Bake. Rockway Catering provided a mouthwatering feast and DJ Joel Scigliano kept the party going all day with great music and a little Karaoke action. The Browns lost but there were many delighted winners of Chinese auction prizes!
The annual St. Jerome Clam/Steak Bake will be held on Sunday, September 24th. Your $30 ticket includes your choice of one dozen tender clams with a half chicken or a delicious strip steak. Both entrees come with Clam Chowder, potato, corn on the cob, and a roll. Extra clams may be ordered for $10 a dozen. Dinners will be served from 1-4pm. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.stjeromecleveland.org, or in person after any weekend Mass, or by calling the church office at 216-481-8200
In celebration of their third wedding anniversary, Lawrence and Julia Wallace gave the people of Cleveland a gift in the form of an original concert. The music was written and sung by Julia with Lawrence accompanying on piano. Julia drew inspiration from the poetry of Charles Simic. Jordan Dryer, Julia’s brother who read each poem before they were sung, actually started this project when he gave her Simic’s book “The World Doesn’t End.” Julia was inspired to put the poems to music and met Lawrence when she needed an accompanist to record selections of the project. The two have been inseparable ever since. We hope they will continue to grace St. Jerome with their musical abilities for many years to come.
If you have driven past St. Jerome School lately, you will have noticed that the front steps to the school are being replaced. 95 years of Cleveland winters have taken their toll. It is a big project but the safety of the children comes first and as the stairs were disassembled we discovered that there was structural deterioration to the support beams for the landing that had not been visible. Repairs are well under way and we hope to have the steps completed for the first day of school.
Every Monday and Wednesday from 11am to 2:30pm a small but mighty group of dedicated volunteers arrive at the corner of Lake Shore Blvd and Huntmere Ave. and the Collinwood Interfaith Church Council Food Pantry comes to life. The pantry serves nearly 600 clientss a month. Many are seniors on fixed incomes or families with young children. The pantry supplies 3 days of food per house hold member each month. They also distribute clothing, from infant items to adult sizes, kitchen items, and toiletries.
The 2017-2018 school year will begin at St. Jerome on Monday, August 28th with "walk-in day" when students and parents can stop in anytime between 9am and noon to visit their classroom, drop off supplies, purchase gym uniforms, and take care of all the paperwork that comes with back-to-school. Wednesday is "Back to School" Night at 6pm for families to come in and get additional information, tour the classrooms and meet their children's teachers.
Beloved musicians, Lawrence and Julia Wallace will perform their second annual concert on Wednesday, August 16th at 6pm. The program will be the premier of "An Evening of Art Song" consiting of music written by Julia and featuring the poetry of Charles Simic. Attendees are invited to join Julia and Lawrence in the choir loft for a very intimate concert experience. The music can also be enjoyed from the sanctuary. The concert is free and family friendly. Don't miss it!
Picnic goers basked in some of the best weather we have had in several years. The day was lovely, the company was enjoyable, and the food was wonderful. Everyone brought their favorite side dishes and desserts to share, and the faithful fellows from St. Jerome Holy Name Society cooked up the burgers, hot dogs and roasted corn. There were games for the kids, a Chinses Auction and of course the annual raffle for the adults. A grand time was had by all.
Father Francis Walsh was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1957. He served in a number of parishes, including St. Paul Shrine, St. William, Immaculate Conception, St. Charles, and St. John Bosco before coming to St. Jerome in 1976 as an administrator. He became pastor that same year when Fr. Koehl died suddenly. He served as pastor at St. Jerome for 16 years. He then became pastor at St. Luke, which allowed him to be closer to his mother. He retired in 2013.
CityMusic Cleveland wrapped up their thirteenth season with the final performance recorded live at St. Jerome Church on May 21st. Music lovers from as far away as Kirtland and Parma packed the church for a delightful afternoon of music which featured the Cleveland debut of British conductor, Paul Watkins, and the superb musicianship of clarinetist Daniel Gilbert and the members of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. These concerts provide a unique opportunity for people to experience marvelous concerts in intimate neighborhood settings and to interact with the musicians themselves at intermission and after the performance. They will be returning to St. Jerome in the fall for performances on October 18th and December 6th at 7:30pm, and in 2018 on March 15th and May 16th for 7:30pm concerts. The concerts are free and family friendly, donations are welcome.
Back in 1979 when then Pastor Francis P. Walsh celebrated the 60th Anniversary of St. Jerome Church he never imagined he would be back here again for the 60th Anniversary of his Ordination to the priesthood which was May 18, 2017. As Father Walsh noted, “I never thought I would live long enough to have a 60th Anniversary.” We are very glad he did and hope to celebrate many more anniversaries with him! We will gather after 10am Mass on Sunday, June 25th for cake and coffee to celebrate his many years of service and friendship for the people of St. Jerome.
St. Jerome Holy Name Society sponsored a Pancake Breakfast on Mother’s Day both to honor our Moms and to raise money to provide scholarships for our school children who will be going on to Catholic high school. Last year Holy Name gave a $250 scholarship to one boy and one girl from the 2016 St. Jerome School graduating class to be used toward Catholic high school tuition. This year, Holy Name president, Jim Nugent, announced that are expanding the program to provide a scholarship to every 2017 St. Jerome School graduate who will be attending a Catholic high school in the fall. Proceeds from the annual raffle which will be held June 25th at the parish picnic will go toward this effort. Call the rectory at (216) 481-8200 to get your tickets and support this great cause and have a chance at the $500 top prize. We are very grateful to the Holy Name Society for everything they do for our parish and our school!
St. Jerome Church and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra are pleased to announce that Mr. Paul Watkins will be making his conducting debut in Cleveland, Ohio, with their May concert series which can be heard at St. Jerome Church Sunday May 21st at 4pm.. Mr. Watkins is the Music Director of the acclaimed English Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Watkins is also a member of the Emerson String Quartet and plays the cello.
May is traditionally a month of devotions to Mary, the Mother of God. St. Jerome continues the tradition of devotion to Mary with the school children holding a May Crowning service following the all school Mass on Wednesday, May 3rd.
Nearly 500 people watched with awe as the wonderful singers and performers of “Tetélestai” reenacted the Trial, Execution, and Resurrection of Jesus the Messiah on a stage built right in the sanctuary of St. Jerome Church. “Tetélestai” has been performed during lent for 40 years now. All of the actors and crew are volunteers who see this as a ministry and it is a family affair. It was amazing to see very young children in their parent’s arms on stage throughout the performance. Older children had roles in the drama and sang beautifully. It will be performed in different churches until Good Friday. Go to LiveThePassion.org for dates and locations.
The month of March is Women's Suffrage. The 6th Grade Scholars of St. Jerome School, had a project, in reference to this movement. On Election Day in 1920, millions of American Women exercised their right to vote for the first time. It took Activist almost 100 years to win that right. August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified finally. All American women, like men, deserved the right and resposibilities of Citizenship.
St. Jerome Preschool Students are proof that the American School System works. The word "can't" is not a vocabulary term found in our preschool's academic mission. Instead we replace the word "can't" with the word "try."
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Once again St. Jerome Respect Life group traveled to Washington for the annual March for Life, held Friday, January 27th. This year the weather was dry but chilly as they attended Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception before the March.
St. Jerome is delighted to welcome Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries production of Tetélestai. For 40 years audiences have been moved by this powerful, live portrayal of the “Trial, Execution and Resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.” Make this wonderfully spiritual experience part of your Lenten journey.
St. Jerome School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week from January 29th to February 3rd. The children and teachers have a wonderful week planned that includes an open house, games, and community outreach activities! The children will also have a chance to vistit the Book Fair during Catholic Schools Week to look for new books to purchase for their own use.
While it doesn’t seem possible, St. Jerome Parish is rapidly approaching it’s 100th birthday. Planning has begun for the Centennial celebration which is tentatively scheduled to begin with the annual St. Jerome Clam/Steak Bake which is held the last Sunday of September and in 2018 happens to fall on September 30th, the feast day of our patron, St. Jerome. Activities are being planned for a full year culminating with the Clam/Steak Bake in September of 2019.
Oxtail Barley, Sausage Tortellini, Potato Leek, these were among the nine scrumptious home-made soup varieties enjoyed at St. Jerome’s most recent “SOUPer” Sunday celebration held on January 8th. This wonderful celebration of community has recently been revived and on a day when the thermometer seemed stuck at 13° it was very much appreciated.
The fifth grade are learning about the Native American Indians and how they survived in their environment. They learned about the Native Americans of the Plains, West, Woodlands and the Southwest. They learned that the Spainish left their horses behind and that the indians learned to become excellent riders. This changed the way they hunted for their food. They were surprised to discover that the authors of our constitution used some ideas from the Iroquois Confederacy.
We like to integrate art into our subjects, so they made their own War Shields and decorated them to put outside their room. Next they will be designing their own tepees for the end of the unit.
In Reading we were going over poetry. They created their own cinquains and put them on leaves in our room. They did a great job. We just recently finished reading about Winter's Tail, about the dolphin that lost its tail in a crab trap. We went online to see how Winter was doing and learned some new things about her.
In Science we are finishing up on ecosystems and how everything in our environment is connected some way or another. We are learning about food chains and how important it is not to lose the animals that are connected to our food chains and webs. The children also did a report on one animal and how important that animal is to our world. They made nature vests and put the report inside the vest that they decorated.
We just went on our first field trip to the North Chagrin Metro Park where we learned all about owls and what kinds of owls live in our neighborhoods. We took a nature walk and the naturalist pointed out interesting things we take for granted every day. The most exciting thing we did on our nature walk was feed the chickadees. The naturalist handed us sunflower seeds and told us to hold out the palm of our hands and stand still. The next thing that happened was so cool. The chickadees started eating out of the palm of our hands. That was the best part of the field trip for all of us.
Plan to join St. Jerome, Collinwood's Catholic School, on Friday, February 3rd for the annual Reverse Raffle to be held at Tizzano's Party Center. Doors will open at 6pm for cocktails and the delicious dinner will begin at 7:15. Try your luck on the many fantastic Chinese Auction items, side boards and of course, the main board with a top prize of $2500. After you collect your winnings stay and dance the night away with friends and alumni. All proceeds to benefit St. Jerome School. Only 200 tickets are printed and can be purchased through the school office (216)486-3587 or the parish office at (216)481-8200. If you would like to donate items for the Chinese Auction contact the school office.
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St. Jerome School has been bustling with activity. In the month of October, the school had an assembly to kick off our Pennies for Pasta service project. Students learned about Leukemia and how it affects people of all ages. Through visual “blood cells and veins” they observed how the body is affected in a negative way causing Leukemia. They were each given a box and asked to collect pennies, other coins, and bills that will help in research to cure this disease. The classroom that raises the most money receives a pasta luncheon donated by Olive Garden.