April 16, 2017

First Communion and Confirmation

It is a big weekend for second and eighth graders at Our Lady of Victory.  On Saturday, eighth graders will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and, on Sunday, second graders receive their First Communion.  These sacraments represent another step in faith formation and lifelong practice.

Registration Discount Set to Expire

The expiration deadline for discounted registration is fast approaching.  If you have not yet returned your tuition contract, please do so now.  There are multiple grades on the edge of waiting lists, and we have families inquiring about JFK all the time.  For questions about your tuition contract, please contact Rita Nagle in the parish office (391-4245).

Preschool and ECLC Registration Continues — Childcare Still Available

Registration for preschool and ECLC continues in the school office.  JFK has several options for three and four year olds, and there are still some childcare spots available:

  • T/Th morning 3 year olds
  • MWF morning 3 year olds
    • Both of the 3 year old programs can be combined with full day childcare.
  • M-F morning 4-5 year olds.  This program can be combined with full day childcare.
  • M-F afternoon 4-5 year olds

Register now as waiting lists will start forming.

Thank You for a Successful Gala

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the OLV/JFK Gala a success.  From what I heard right after the event, we’re looking at a net of around $29,000!  Preliminary numbers, however, yet need to be confirmed, and all bills paid.

Online and Digital Safety

If you were not able to attend last week’s online and digital safety parent education session, I hope you find other means to keep up to date with these issues.  It seems that almost all significant issues that arise in schools these days have something to do with technology, if the technology itself is not the sole problem.  Sometimes, the issues even involve youth at multiple schools as passing a note at school these days is not done on paper; it’s done by text and social media and usually sent to one’s “group” of “friends!”  Today’s social media of choice seems to be Snapchat, but it will change tomorrow.  Please exercise parental responsibilities in relation to children’s cell phones and use of technology.

ESA and STOs

As the Iowa legislative session races to an April 18th scheduled closure, we continue to need you to contact your legislators.  Educational Savings Accounts have not been advanced in a separate bill yet and would likely need to be attached to an appropriations bill at this point in time.  If ESAs are to even be introduced this legislative session, it’s going to take us to contact our legislators to tell them to do so.

There is also discussion that tax reform still might be tackled before April 18th, and some legislators keep saying that all tax credits are on the table.  In particular, the legislators seem to want to go after tax credit programs that have no caps.  Without caps, there is no advance knowledge of how much in tax revenue will not be coming into the state.  The two tax credits affecting us do not seem to be under scrutiny, but we’d rather not take any chances.

The largest tax credit affecting us is the School Tuition Organization (STO).  Funds from the STO provide financial assistance to families.  Here’s how these tax credits work:  A person who makes a donation to an STO receives a 65% Iowa tax credit and can also deduct the entire amount of the donation on one’s federal taxes, which could result in nearly a 95% tax credit for some people, depending upon one’s federal tax bracket.  A $100 donation to an STO, thus, might really only end up costing the donor $5 after taking the tax credits and deduction.  The full $100 goes toward tuition assistance.  STO tax credits are capped at $12 million across the state.  Currently, they are viewed as a savings to the state — if there were less financial assistance available to families, more students might be in public schools, which would cost the state far more than what they lose in the revenue of these tax credits.  We are pushing, in fact, for an increase of the cap from $12 million to $20 million.  Right now, legislators seem to recognize that STOs are capped and can save the state money.  For these reasons, they seem to be open to increasing the STO cap.  However, they won’t do it unless they hear from you and me.

The second tax credit related to education is the “Tuition Tax Credit,” which allows a person to deduct 25% of the first $1,000 in education expenses from one’s Iowa taxes.  This tax credit also does not seem to be on the radar of legislators, but we don’t want to take any chances.  Let them know that middle class Iowans depend upon this tax credit!

Please use the following link to find and contact your legislator:  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/contacts

Home & School

Skate Night is Wednesday, April 26th at the Eldridge skate park.  Skating begins at 6:00 p.m.  Fun Night, unfortunately, has been cancelled.  There just did not seem to be enough volunteers in order to continue planning for this event.

Chad