St. Jerome Catholic School Mission in the Diocese of Oakland educate children in the Catholic faith and nurture their minds, bodies, and souls, inspiring them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, achieve their highest academic and creative potential, and actively serve and enrich the community.

St. Jerome Catholic School

320 San Carlos Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Office: (510) 525-9484
Fax: (510) 525-5227

Extended Care / Lions Club: (510) 525-4230




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A Year of Being Well: More Resources for Families


Dear St. Jerome Parents,

Many of you might recall your kids coming home a few months ago with a book called A Year of Being Well, all about developing healthy habits.  There are additional resources available from the organization that created the book, and we wanted to share those with you here.

You will find all kinds of helpful tools and tips on their website, also called A Year of Being Well, including simple, once-a-month habits each family can practice and develop.

The book your child came home with is a great place to start.  The website offers additional ways to bring the message of the book alive in your home.  

What's good for the body is good for the brain, and happy brains learn better!






Young Outliers, Summer Program for Students


Greetings SJCS Families,

We received information from a program that provides summer academic enrichment programs to students ages 9-13, and we are posting it here for your information.  Please check it out, and contact them if you are interested!



Young Outliers Summer Camp

Looking for a summer camp that will pique the interest of your 9-13 year old? Is your kid bored of the same summer camps they've been attending and want something different this summer? What if your kid could learn about science, design and sell their own product on an online marketplace?

Young Outliers ( camp offers four innovative courses based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) topics. Kids make up their own science fiction stories and bring it to life on Minecraft. They learn about the science of water molecules and create science jewelry they sell online. Kids will make up their own lyrics and songs using GarageBand and upload it to YouTube.

9-13 year olds interests are changing. Now is the time to teach them how STEM subjects relate to their everyday life using the coolest technologies and help them earn money. YOU teaches them to become Design Engineers and Entrepreneurs.

Come to and check out the courses we offer in Berkeley, CA: Design Science, Design Sci Fi, Design Song & Design World

YOU camps and curriculum were created in Silicon Valley and for the first time, we're bringing this innovative tech camp to the East Bay. Contact:

Mable Yee


Paint Your Own Pottery! Studio Summer Camp

Interested in a fun art camp for your kids this summer?  

Check out the options from The Painter's Pot.  Summer campers have three different camps to enjoy during the course of the day, with weekly themes to keep all engaged throughout the summer.

You can download a brochure here, and visit their website to learn more.



Caritas Creek Summer Camp!

Many St. Jerome families know that each year our 8th graders spend a week in retreat at Caritas Creek, building community and learning about the environment.  They always come back raving about the experience.  And now, Caritas is offering a summer camp program, with six different sessions to choose from.

CYO Camp is the summer version of Caritas, and reflects the Caritas philosophy.  There are discounts for students attending Catholic schools!  Learn more by visiting the camp website.




Summer Camp Ideas

Can you believe that summer is almost here? I'm sure most of you have made some summer plans, but if you are still looking for daytime activities for your children, there are many options in the Bay Area. We are fortunate to have so many fun and educational camps available in our area. 

Here are a few ideas if you are still looking to find that perfect fit to fill your child's day and needs while you still have the daily grind to attend...

City of El Cerrito: 

Yes, El Cerrito has a great recreation department offering several options for kids of all ages. Here is a link to their summer camp schedule They, like most cities, offer a discount for residents (which is a nice perk). 

City of Albany:

The City of Albany also has many summer camp options. You name it and they likely offer it... Check out their 56 PAGE summer activity guide here

El Cerrito Futbol Club:

If your child will play soccer in the fall the ECFC summer camp would be great to give them a head start on skills. The camp offer not just soccer skills, but team building and play activities by experienced players and coaches

East Bay Regional Park District:

If outdoor learning is your kid's thing, the EBRDP could be a great fit. They offer day camps at many of their park locations. It may be getting late to register since the camps are popular and affordable, so visit this site soon if it is of interest

It goes without saying, but talk with your child(ren) about what type of camp they might be interested in attending. Read the descriptions to them to make sure they will enjoy their days. Summer camps give your children the opportunity to meet new people, gain independence, learn new things and stay physically active. We should look at camps as more than just a place to send our children while we work and choose where we send them carefully. Enjoy your summer!

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