April 9, 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 me a message or email our technology coordinator, Dianne Siefers.  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 about 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 school 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

Register now as waiting lists will start forming.

Thank You for a Successful Gala

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making Saturday’s Gala a success.  From those who worked the Gala Saturday evening to those who worked to solicit donations and from those who donated to packages to those who attended the event, we are most grateful.

Parent Education for Scott County Catholic Schools

The school counselors of Scott County Catholic schools are hosting a joint parent education session regarding online and digital safety on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on 35th Street.  Officer Hank Jacobsen (SPS parent and JFK DARE instructor) and Officer Erin Pape (JFK parent) will be leading the session.

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

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.

Easter Holiday

One of our 7th grade homerooms will be leading the school in a reflection on Holy Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in the church.

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.

Chad