April 2, 2017

Re-Designed Website

Welcome to our redesigned website!  We hope you enjoy your experience on both sides of the new website.  Please practice a little bit of patience as you become used to the new site.  I know that I sometimes get a little baffled when I try to find something on the new site as I’m still in the mindset of the old site.  If you notice glitches or errors, however, please send us a message.  I’m sure there will be some little quirks and trouble-shooting to do!

Tuition Contracts Should Be Returned Now

Tuition contracts for next school year were mailed before spring break, and we hope you returned yours right away.  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 bout your tuition contract, or if you have not yet received yours, please contact Rita Nagle in the parish office (391-4245).

Preschool and ECLC Registration Continues

Registration for preschool and ECLC continues in the parish office.  JFK has several options for three and four year olds:

  • 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

Did you know that Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of families with children under the age of six in which both parents work?  Iowa is around 75%.  Access to quality preschool and childcare programs is a must for Iowa families.  JFK is proud to help families and prepare students for school.

Register now as waiting lists will start forming.

Iowa Assessments Begin April 4

Students in grades K-8 will begin taking the Iowa Assessments, our statewide assessments, on April 4th.  Please make sure your children are well rested and have a good breakfast each day.  Students who are late to school will be restricted from entering classrooms during the testing period so make sure everyone’s here on time too!

Gala Donations Can Still Be Made

Even though the OLV/JFK gala is this Saturday, you can still make a donation.  Funds received now and not used for putting together auction items or packages are used for underwriting the costs of conducting the Gala.  Once those costs are covered, everything else is profit!  A $10 donation from each family at JFK would yield more than $2,000.

Drop Off on 42nd Street

Only buses are designated to drop off in front of the school on 42nd Street.  Personal cars should use one of the two drop off lanes near the school.  The main drop off lane is at the north and approaches the building from the church.  The second drop off lane approaches the building from the south along the parish center and ends up with vehicles facing the church.

No Parking by Ball Field

JFK’s drive off of Sturdevant Street by the ball field is marked “No Parking” on both sides of the lane.  This restriction includes pulling up onto the grass.  The “no parking” applies to all times of the day, evening, and night, even when school is not in session or has been dismissed for the day.

Welcome to a New Position, Mrs. Weiser

Jodi Weiser will be taking over for Amy Lippert in 5th grade on April 10th as Mrs. Lippert will be joining her husband who has already relocated to Atlanta.  Mrs. Weiser has been working for JFK since 2014 as an instructional aide at a variety of grade levels, including some periods during 5th grade this year.  Mrs. Weiser has education degrees from Iowa State Univeristy.

Welcome to a More Regular Position, Mrs. Serrano

Emily Serrano, another JFK parent with a teaching license who has been a substitute teacher for us this year, will be assuming Mrs. Weiser’s aide duties for the remainder of the school year.  We welcome her to a more regular position on the JFK staff.

Policy Committee Members Sought for Spring 2017

Each year we examine about 1/3 of the policies contained in the Parent & Student Handbook.  We have also been looking at the four policies relating to dress code on an annual basis.  We can usually accomplish our work for the year in 2-3 spring meetings.  If interested in serving on the policy committee this spring, please contact me via email.

Classes over the Easter Holiday

There are no PS – 8 classes at JFK on Good Friday, April 14th.  ECLC is also closed that day.  Services at OLV are at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

There are also no classes on Easter Monday, April 17th.  ECLC, however, is open.