November 19, 2017

There Is a Difference in Education

  • You know it’s a special place when siblings give each other a quick hug as they pass on the way in/out to recess.  (And, sometimes it’s the older kids that initiate it!)
  • From a JA teacher:  “I can honestly say that in the 3 plus years of volunteering in the classroom your group was the most engaged and well-behaved group that I have worked with! They were absolutely wonderful, and it was such an enjoyable experience for me.”
  • From a kindergartner on the way into the school performance of Crusader Theater:  “This is going to be BIIIG!”
  • From a 2nd grader on the way into the school performance of Crusader Theater:  “This is going to be the best one ever!”

Survey Underway

JFK conducts a detailed “school climate” survey of parents, 3rd-8th grade students, and JFK staff about every 2-3 years.  It is time for our 2017 survey.  Information is used from the survey to celebrate our successes and to allow focus on areas for growth.  The open-ended questions are particularly beneficial for these purposes.  Please complete the survey before Thanksgiving (and we get too busy with the holidays).  The link to the parent survey has been sent via email.

Home & School Meeting

One of the most exciting discussions from last week’s Home & School meeting dealt with the possibility of a plant/flower sale in the spring.  While it might start smaller this year, those present at the meeting felt it might become something big enough to replace the magazine sale!  Imagine a new fund-raiser big enough to meet all of the current obligations and do something real big in a couple of years, like replace all the wood playground equipment that is slowly being pulled out as it continues to deteriorate after more than 25 years of use.

Advent is Perfect Time to Rededicate Ourselves to Weekend Mass Attendance

Weekend Mass attendance at OLV has seemed rather low lately.  Attending Sunday/Saturday Mass is one of the precepts of the Church:

  • Attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation.  (Attending the majority of those Masses here at OLV ensures that the parish and families develop their relationship together as disciples of Christ.)
  • Confess one’s sins at least once per year.
  • Receive Holy Communion at least once per year, during the Easter season.
  • Observe the days of fast and abstinence.
  • Provide for the needs of the Church.  (This support includes the parish. The use of envelopes or electronic funds transfer should be used by OLV registered and participating members to facilitate this obligation.  If this obligation is too much of a hardship, an individualized plan for donated services/voluntarism may be agreed upon.)

Using a very generous estimate of 35-40 K-8 students at the 9:00 a.m. Mass this weekend and assuming the same numbers at the other three Masses, including the 7:00 a.m. Mass, which typically has fewer than twelve K-8 students, one could arrive at an estimate of 140-160 K-8 students at OLV this weekend.  That range would translate into about 41% – 48% of the JFK students who are OLV parishioners at Mass at OLV this weekend.

Advent, which begins December 3rd, is a perfect time to rededicate ourselves to weekend Mass attendance.

JFK Spirit Night Fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese

Our Chuck E. Cheese Family Night fundraiser is Wednesday, November 29th from 3-9 pm.  We will get back 15% of all JFK sales that night. That includes all food, merchandise and token deals with the mention of JFK.  Coupon forms (reminders) and a sticker for 10 free tokens will be coming the day of the event, and Chuck E. Cheese will be in the JFK parking lot at dismissal time that afternoon.

Ho Ho Ho!  The Santa Claus Chronicles

Ho Ho Ho!  The Santa Claus Chronicles children’s workshop and play  will be presented by Assumption students on December 9th and 10th in the AHS auditorium.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m with the workshop for 1st – 6th graders beginning at 10:00.  The $30 registration fee includes workshops, lunch, children’s t-shirt, and admission to the play at 2:00.  The registration form was emailed last week and is available by clicking HERE.

Directory Reminder

Please remember that the JFK Home & School Directory is not to be used for solicitation purposes.

Building Usage

The use of the school building and parish property on Sundays before 12:00 p.m. (noon) is restricted for activities of the worshipping community in sacraments, liturgies, spiritual formation programs, Church life, pastoral events, and educational activities of the Church.  The JFK building, gym, and parish center are reserved for Wednesday faith formation programming a half hour before sessions begin through a half hour after sessions conclude, unless special programming warrants otherwise.

Chad

 

November 12, 2017

There Is a Difference in Education

  • From a JA teacher:  “I can honestly say that in the 3 plus years of volunteering in the classroom your group was the most engaged and well-behaved group that I have worked with! They were absolutely wonderful, and it was such an enjoyable experience for me.”
  • From a kindergartner on the way into the school performance of Crusader Theater:  “This is going to be BIIIG!”
  • From a 2nd grader on the way into the school performance of Crusader Theater:  “This is going to be the best one ever!”
  • You know it’s a special place when siblings give each other a quick hug as they pass on the way in/out to recess.  (And, sometimes it’s the older kids that initiate it!)
Congratulations to the Ryans
Congratulations to Matt Ryan and his wife, Molly, on the birth of their daughter, Emerson Christine Ryan.

Upcoming Events

Please review the calendars on our website.  They are revised on a weekly basis, if not more often.  Below are SOME of the upcoming events:

  • Nov 13:  Skate Night.  Optional band field trip to the University of Iowa Band Extravaganza
  • Nov 16:  Home & School
  • Nov 17:  Blue Out Dress Day for JDRF
  • Nov 18:  Mock Trial
  • Nov 22-24:  Thanksgiving Break.  ECLC open on Nov 22nd.

 

 

My G.R.O.W Card

Even I can receive a G.R.O.W. card!  7W gave me a G.R.O.W. card for cleaning off the tops of lockers.  G.R.O.W. cards are part of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott County Catholic Schools

Pastors, board presidents, and administrators of Scott County Catholic schools and representatives from the AHS Foundation (which also operates the financial assistance program for Scott County Catholic schools and has agreed to pay for strategic planning) met last week.  They agreed to pursue a consultant/consulting firm that could help determine how Catholic school education in Scott County can be made stronger and meet the needs for the future.  A sub-group was formed to identify one or two options for the consultants.  We anticipate that the consultant will utilize several focus groups and surveys after Christmas.

Mass Attendance Seems Low Lately

Weekend Mass attendance at OLV has seemed rather low lately.  Attending Sunday/Saturday Mass is one of the precepts of the Church:

  • Attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation.  (Attending the majority of those Masses here at OLV ensures that the parish and families develop their relationship together as disciples of Christ.)
  • Confess one’s sins at least once per year.
  • Receive Holy Communion at least once per year, during the Easter season.
  • Observe the days of fast and abstinence.
  • Provide for the needs of the Church.  (This support includes the parish. The use of envelopes or electronic funds transfer should be used by OLV registered and participating members to facilitate this obligation.  If this obligation is too much of a hardship, an individualized plan for donated services/voluntarism may be agreed upon.)

Here’s a couple of interesting examples from this weekend:

  • We had nearly 100% attendance of 7th/8th graders at Crusader Theater on Thursday and Friday evenings.  After subtracting about 15% of the students who are either members of another Catholic parish or are of another religious denomination, there still should probably be about 80 or more JFK 7th/8th graders at Mass this weekend.  At the 9:00 a.m. Mass at OLV, there were probably less than ten.
  • There were about four K-2nd graders who attended the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  While utilizing this opportunity is not a requirement, one might have expected more than four from a parish with approximately 140 children in the K-2 grade span, including both JFK and Faith Formation students.

I hope there were more families at the other Masses at OLV, or families were able to attend Mass at other parishes!

Building Usage

The use of the school building and parish property on Sundays before 12:00 p.m. (noon) is restricted for activities of the worshipping community in sacraments, liturgies, spiritual formation programs, Church life, pastoral events, and educational activities of the Church.  The JFK building, gym, and parish center are reserved for Wednesday faith formation programming a half hour before sessions begin through a half hour after sessions conclude, unless special programming warrants otherwise.

Chad

 

November 5, 2017

Upcoming Events

Please review the calendars on our website.  They are revised on a weekly basis, if not more often.  Below are SOME of the upcoming events:

  • Nov 6:  6th grade band festival at AHS, 7:00
  • Nov 7:  Band Boosters, 6:30, lib
  • Nov 9:  7th/8th Crusader Theater, 7:00, PC  (Tickets needed)
  • Nov 10:  In-Service.  No classes.  ECLC open.  7th/8th Crusader Theater, 7:00, PC (Tickets needed)
  • Nov 11:  Parishioners helping parishioners
  • Nov 12:  Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby
  • Nov 13:  Skate Night.  Optional band field trip to the University of Iowa Band Extravaganza
  • Nov 16:  Home & School
  • Nov 17:  Blue Out Dress Day for JDRF
  • Nov 18:  Mock Trial
  • Nov 22-24:  Thanksgiving Break.  ECLC open on Nov 22nd.

 

 

Memorial Bench for Peg Gooder

The memorial bench for Peg Gooder is currently in the foyer awaiting its permanent home outside by the play equipment.  Peg will always be with us and JFK!

Pictured on the bench are Peg’s daughter, Sandy, and Peg’s grandson, Brandon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Survey

Thank you for your responses to the survey regarding safety at JFK.  We have a committee of parents and staff that is reviewing the responses, prioritizing them, and determining actions, as needed.  I’d like to thank those who offered to help on the committee:

      1. Jeff Miller, parent of a current JFK student and JFK graduate and head of B & G for Muscatine School District
      2. Erin Pape, “current” parent and Davenport police officer
      3. Ashley Neumiller, “current” parent and former president of H & S
      4. Sheila Abbott, “current” parent and parent of a JFK graduate
      5. Jenifer Guyton, “current” parent and educator in an IL school district
      6. Elisha Kubalsky, “current” parent and JFK teacher
      7. Kitty Temming, parent of JFK graduates and JFK assistant principal
      8. Evan Brankin, youth ministry
      9. Jennifer Wemhoff,  parent of JFK graduates and director of religious education

Strategic Planning for Scott County Catholic Schools

Pastors, board presidents, and administrators of Scott County Catholic schools and representatives from the AHS Foundation (which also operates the financial assistance program for Scott County Catholic schools and has agreed to pay for strategic planning) met last week.  They agreed to pursue a consultant/consulting firm that could help determine how Catholic school education in Scott County can be made stronger and meet the needs for the future.  A sub-group was formed to identify one or two options for the consultants.  We anticipate that the consultant will utilize several focus groups and surveys after Christmas.

Three in a Row!

JFK’s 8th grade girls’ basketball team has gone undefeated for three years now.  Congratulations!  Below is a photo of the members of this year’s team.

Younkers Fundraiser for 8th Graders

JFK’s 8th graders are participating in the Younkers Community Days.  They are currently selling $5 coupon books for the event that will run November 8-11.  THEY GET TO KEEP 100% of the profit, which is used to help fund the 8th grade end of the year field trip. There are several ways to buy a coupon book:
1. Contact an 8th grader, or send $5 through backpack mail to Jody Beltran whose student is in 8K.  Mrs. Beltran will send you a coupon book.  Please indicate “Younkers Fundraiser” and your child’s name and teacher/grade on the envelope as well.
2. Buy online by following the simple steps in this post!
https://www.younkers.com/product/311676.html&ICID=17FCMDAYBK294543

Chad