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

October 29, 2017

Lead the Way:  JFK “Onlys”

Sometimes leading the way in Catholic school education means being the “only.”  Consistent with highlighting this year’s theme of “Lead the Way,” below are a few “onlys” for JFK:

  • 60-90 minutes of English/Language Arts per day in grades 6-8  (JFK also has 60-90 minutes of ELA per day for grade 5 and 90-120 minutes per day for K-4)
  • 60 minutes of math instruction K-8
  • Civic Oration (research paper process and public speaking, grades 5-8)
  • Regularly budgeted textbook replacement cycle
  • Partner with the Department of Education and AEA for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for literacy
  • Piloting of state’s new Self-Assessment of MTSS Implementation system
  • Social-Emotional-Behavior screener (4th grade and will be expanded to 7th grade this year)
  • Leaps & Bounds (summer academic program)
  • Specials twice per week for full periods
  • Creative Crusaders
  • Mass at Ridgecrest
  • Geothermal showcase system in library and a 5th grade classroom
  • Air conditioning in cafeteria
  • Long-term HVAC recommendation
  • Nearly 2.5 resource teachers/interventionists funded from our own budget
  • Equivalent of > 1.0 FTE Title I funded interventionists during the day and after school
  • Five FT/PT K-5 instructional aides

Text Messaging Service Needs Your Action

JFK and Faith Formation will be using SchoolMessenger for its automated email, phone, and text messaging service.

In order to receive text messages, please type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.  You will not receive text messages if you do not take action yourself.

There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.

What Does It Mean to be a Registered and Participating Member of OLV?

An OLV registered and participating member, at a minimum, follows the precepts of the Church and is called to go far beyond the minimum in the love of God and neighbor.  Below are the precepts, adapted for fulfillment by participation in the Church through Our Lady of Victory:

  • Attend Mass at OLV on at least 30 weekends out of the year. While attending Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation is a precept of the Church, 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, including OLV. 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.

In addition, the following are also included in the definition of an OLV registered and participating member:

  • Register in the parish by completing the parish registration form.
  • Participate in and help with parish/school activities.

According to the tuition policy, active participating members of OLV pay a reduced JFK tuition rate.  Users of the school who are not active participating members of Our Lady of Victory shall pay a higher tuition rate.  They are still expected, however, to support the values of the school and participate in and help with parish/school activities.

Church Roof Work Begun (Again)

Work on the second replacement roof for the church seems to be moving quickly.  For details, please see Fr. Greiner’s column in the church bulletin:

http://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/01/10328048A-101517.pdf

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
3. 8th graders may also be selling at the North Park Younkers store on Nov 4th from noon until 4pm

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

Three Of Four This Weekend

My wife Lynn and I were able to see three of our four children this weekend.  Our youngest, Caitlin, was competing in Mock Trial for the University of Kansas at Drake University so we drove to Des Moines to spend Saturday evening with her.  On Friday night, Kirsten and her boyfriend took a break from their studying and other evening plans to carve pumpkins and eat Burger King with us (both of which, I should mention, Lynn and I paid for!)  During the day on Friday, Lynn and I met Tom in Dubuque where he helped us clean out my oldest daughter’s apartment as the job Colleen found in North Carolina started immediately.  Each time we were with our kids there was such a feeling of peace.  Even though they are all adults, they are still our children.  It’s such a good feeling to see them, spend some time with them, and be able to tell in person that they are all doing well.

Chad

October 22, 2017

Lead the Way:  Technology Firsts

I mentioned earlier that this year’s theme is “Lead the Way.”  I’ll spend a few weeks highlighting how JFK is leading the way in Catholic school education.  Here are this week’s offerings regarding technology:

  • First to have a wireless network throughout the building.
  • First to have interactive whiteboards/projectors in every classroom.
  • First to have document cameras in every classroom.
  • First to be 1 to 1 in grades 5 – 8.
  • First to use a computer based reading screener for help in identifying students who need extra help.
  • First to have a full-time technology coordinator.
  • First to have a Facebook closed group for community communications.
  • First to have technology tools for staff to use for lesson/unit planning.
  • First to have the electrical power/wiring upgraded throughout the building to support today’s needs.

Text Messaging Service Needs Your Action

JFK and Faith Formation will be using SchoolMessenger for its automated email, phone, and text messaging service.

In order to receive text messages, please type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.  You will not receive text messages if you do not take action yourself.

There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.

Looking Ahead

  • Oct 24 and 26:  Parent/teacher conferences.  Grades PS-5 will receive an email with a link to set up your time.  Grades 6-8 are “drop in” in the cafeteria so parents can visit with each of their child’s teachers.
  • Oct 26 and 27:  No PS-8 classes
  • Oct 28:  Trunk or Treat, 5:30-6:30, in the parking lot
  • Oct 30:  Teacher In-Service, no PS-8 classes
  • Oct 31:  Black/orange out of uniform dress day.  National Mix It Up Day (done at lunches).  All Saints Day Vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 1:  Holy Day Mass — All Saints Day (Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.)

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

What Does It Mean to be a Registered and Participating Member of OLV?

An OLV registered and participating member, at a minimum, follows the precepts of the Church and is called to go far beyond the minimum in the love of God and neighbor.  Below are the precepts, adapted for fulfillment by participation in the Church through Our Lady of Victory:

  • Attend Mass at OLV on at least 30 weekends out of the year. While attending Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation is a precept of the Church, 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, including OLV. 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.

In addition, the following are also included in the definition of an OLV registered and participating member:

  • Register in the parish by completing the parish registration form.
  • Participate in and help with parish/school activities.

According to the tuition policy, active participating members of OLV pay a reduced JFK tuition rate.  Users of the school who are not active participating members of Our Lady of Victory shall pay a higher tuition rate.  They are still expected, however, to support the values of the school and participate in and help with parish/school activities.

JMC Access Outside the Building Restored

We believe we identified the issue that was causing JMC to not work correctly from outside the building.  Mediacom was having a routing problem with their upstream provider.  This has been resolved, so I’m hopeful that the JMC issue is over.

Church Roof Work Begun (Again)

Work on the second replacement roof for the church began on Friday.  For details, please see Fr. Greiner’s column in last week’s church bulletin:

http://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/01/10328048A-101517.pdf

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
3. 8th graders will be selling coupon books after Masses on the weekend of 10/28-10-29.
4. 8th graders will also be selling at the North Park Younkers store on Nov 4th from noon until 4pm

Pumpkin Run Thanks
Thank you for your help with the Pumpkin Run!  We could never do these types of activities without volunteers!
Chad

October 15, 2017

Lead the Way

I mentioned earlier that this year’s theme is “Lead the Way.”  I’ll spend a few weeks highlighting how JFK is leading the way in Catholic school education.  Here are this week’s offerings:

  • First in the area to offer childcare for preschoolers and expand preschool to seven offerings (four classes for 4/5 year olds, a T/Th 3 yr old class, a MWF 3 yr old class, and a M-F class for 3 yr olds in ECLC).
  • First in the area to require science fair projects at more than one grade level (7th and 8th grades).
  • First in the area to include cognitive, skills development, and participation in PE grading.  First to utilize heart rate monitors.
  • First to have 8th graders tour a college campus.  (Now, the tour is wrapped into Career Fair for all of the Scott County Catholic schools.  Career Fair is the largest joint venture with SAU with the recent exception of the athletic complex off of Central Park Ave.)
  • First to offer junior high Mock Trial.
  • First Catholic elementary school to have a school counselor, first to make the position full-time, and first to offer school-based therapist services with a private provider.
  • First to utilize a camera and intercom system for building security.  (We’re also the only Catholic school in the area to have the school offices at the exterior of the building.)
  • First to utilize two-way radios for communications throughout the building and campus.

Text Messaging Service Needs Your Action

JFK and Faith Formation will be using SchoolMessenger for its automated email, phone, and text messaging service.

In order to receive text messages, please type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.  You will not receive text messages if you do not take action yourself.

There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.

Looking Ahead

  • Oct 16:  Skate Night — Halloween Theme (Kid Friendly and Skate Safe Costumes, no capes).  6-8 p.m. at the Eldridge Skate Park.  Price is $3 per skater and $1.50 for skate rental.
  • Oct 18:  AHS Information Knight for all grades, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 20:  End of 1st quarter.  1:00 Dismissal.  No afternoon preschool classes.  Pumpkin Run
  • Oct 24 and 26:  Parent/teacher conferences.  Grades PS-5 will receive an email with a link to set up your time.  Grades 6-8 are “drop in” in the cafeteria so parents can visit with each of their child’s teachers.
  • Oct 26 and 27:  No PS-8 classes
  • Oct 28:  Trunk or Treat, 5:30-6:30, in the parking lot
  • Oct 30:  Teacher In-Service, no PS-8 classes
  • Oct 31:  Black/orange out of uniform dress day.  National Mix It Up Day (done at lunches).  All Saints Day Vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 1:  Holy Day Mass — All Saints Day (Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.)

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

What Does It Mean to be a Registered and Participating Member of OLV?

An OLV registered and participating member, at a minimum, follows the precepts of the Church and is called to go far beyond the minimum in the love of God and neighbor.  Below are the precepts, adapted for fulfillment by participation in the Church through Our Lady of Victory:

  • Attend Mass at OLV on at least 30 weekends out of the year. While attending Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation is a precept of the Church, 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, including OLV. 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.

In addition, the following are also included in the definition of an OLV registered and participating member:

  • Register in the parish by completing the parish registration form.
  • Participate in and help with parish/school activities.

According to the tuition policy, active participating members of OLV pay a reduced JFK tuition rate.  Users of the school who are not active participating members of Our Lady of Victory shall pay a higher tuition rate.  They are still expected, however, to support the values of the school and participate in and help with parish/school activities.

H & S Message

Pumpkin Run is October 20th.  It takes a lot of people all doing a little bit to make the evening successful.  Sign up to volunteer now: http://signupgenius.com/go/20f0c48abaf2da0ff2-pumpkin .  

Assumption Play

“Rumors” by Neil Simon will be performed on Oct 20th and 21st starting at 7:30 p.m. and Oct 22nd at 2:00 p.m.  Adult tickets are $10, and student and senior tickets are $8.  Reserved seating available at www.showtix4u.com,
and general admission seating available at the door.

Tree Trimming

Tom’s Tree Service will be at the school parts of our campus this week to trim trees.  It’s time to lift the canopy, clean out the dead limbs, and prune the trees for healthier growth.
Chad

October 8, 2017

Welcome Back, Mrs. Youngerman

With her leukemia in remission, Mrs. Youngerman is returning to school on October 9th.  It has been a long time since she has been able to be in the classroom.  We want to thank everyone for their support, including those classes that will have schedule changes so we can accommodate her late afternoon four week daily treatment cycles.  It’ll be good to see you back in your room, Mrs. Youngerman!

Welcome, Christian Jackson Tilkens

Christian Jackson Tilkens was born on Oct 4th at 9:57 pm.  He couldn’t wait any longer to be with all of his family!

Mrs. Tilkens’ PE duties will be split between Mrs. Pat Cannaday and Mrs. Marissa Antle.  We also want to thank Mr. Ryan, Mrs. Woerdehoff, JFK graduate Adam Burke, and other staff members who are stepping forward to help with all of Mrs. Tilkens’ other duties.

Text Messaging Service Needs Your Action

JFK and Faith Formation will be using SchoolMessenger for its automated email, phone, and text messaging service.

In order to receive text messages, please type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.  You will not receive text messages if you do not take action yourself.

There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.

Looking Ahead

  • Oct 9:  Band Butterbraid Bread (try saying that fast three times!) Sale begins on Oct 9th.  Orders will be received prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Oct 11:  Davenport Fire Department will be at JFK for our youngest students.  October is Fire Prevention Month.
  • Oct 13:  Friday Adventure Night (Middle School Youth Ministry)
  • Oct 16:  Skate Night — Halloween Theme (Kid Friendly and Skate Safe Costumes, no capes)
  • Oct 18:  AHS Information Knight for all grades, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct 20:  End of 1st quarter.  1:00 Dismissal.  No afternoon preschool classes.  Pumpkin Run
  • Oct 24 and 26:  Parent/teacher conferences.  Grades PS-5 will receive an email with a link to set up your time.  Grades 6-8 are “drop in” in the cafeteria so parents can visit with each of their child’s teachers.
  • Oct 26 and 27:  No PS-8 classes
  • Oct 28:  Trunk or Treat, 5:30-6:30, in the parking lot
  • Oct 30:  Teacher In-Service, no PS-8 classes
  • Oct 31:  Black/orange out of uniform dress day.  National Mix It Up Day (done at lunches).  All Saints Day Vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 1:  Holy Day Mass — All Saints Day (Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.)

Land Donated to Our Lady of Victory

Kwik-Trip, Inc. essentially donated the two parcels of land immediately south of our parking lot to OLV.  OLV now owns the brown and white houses on Division and the land to the east up to the ravine.  Kwik-Trip owns the properties along Sturdevant.

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

H & S Messages

Send in your Box Tops for Education.  A fall submittal is coming up in October.

Pumpkin Run is October 20th.  It takes a lot of people all doing a little bit to make the evening successful.  Sign up to volunteer now: http://signupgenius.com/go/20f0c48abaf2da0ff2-pumpkin .  

Dawn Henning Assumes New Role with Tuition

We are attempting to consolidate a variety of school related financial work under one position.  Dawn Henning will now be responsible for PS and K-8 tuition and contracts and financial assistance awards, JFK registration/fees, lunch program accounting, and child care fees, responsibilities that used to be spread among at least three parish and school office staff members.  Assistance and oversight is still provided by parish and school administration, but now, if one wants to know how much is owed to OLV/JFK, Dawn should be able to give the answer.

Assumption Play

“Rumors” by Neil Simon will be performed on Oct 20th and 21st starting at 7:30 p.m. and Oct 22nd at 2:00 p.m.  Adult tickets are $10, and student and senior tickets are $8.  Reserved seating available at www.showtix4u.com,
and general admission seating available at the door.

Tree Trimming

Tom’s Tree Service will be at the school parts of our campus this week to trim trees.  It’s time to lift the canopy, clean out the dead limbs, and prune the trees for healthier growth.

Youth Ministry Information

The Diocese of Davenport’s Junior High School Rally is Sunday October 15th, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.   Featured speakers include Mathias Michael and Bishop Zinkula.  There are breakout sessions, music, group games, lunch, and small group sessions with other teens all focused on the Mass.  Parent chaperones are needed to drive and supervise the teens once there.  If students register by Wednesday, the costs are $30 per teen and $20 per adult.  The costs after Wednesday increase $5.  Lunch is provided, and attendees should bring money as a dinner stop on the way home is a possibility.  More info here: https://www.davenportdiocese.org/jhrally

An even larger regional retreat event, Holy Fire, will take place in Chicago in October for students in grades 6-9.  There are two options for this one day event:  Friday, October 20th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 21st from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The best way to describe this event is that it’s like a one-day NCYC for middle school aged students, and we all know how powerful of a faith experience NCYC is for youth.  Diocesan and local bus coordination, chaperones, etc. are still being determined.  The cost for each bus, if the bus is full at 50 people, is $35, and, depending upon when one registers, the cost for the event is $35-45.  Buses would leave very early in the morning and arrive back home approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours after leaving the venue, depending upon the traffic.  Attendees need to bring their own lunches.  Stay tuned for more information about the logistics.  More info here:  http://www.nfcym.org/holyfirechicago
Contact Evan Brankin or Lisa Willows for more information about youth ministry events.
Chad

October 1, 2017

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Special Events this Week

  • Oct 2:  World Bully Prevention Day.  Wear blue for bully prevention.  Students do need to follow the Out of Uniform guidelines in our handbook.
  • Oct 3:  Pack the Stadium Pep Rally for AHS Homecoming at 1:15
  • Oct 4:  Blessing of Animals (Real or Stuffed), 3:00, fields behind JFK
  • Oct 4:  7th Grade NET Retreat
  • Oct 5:  8th Grade NET Retreat
  • Oct 6:  Pack the Stadium at AHS Football Game

Neighboring Land Vote Cancelled

Mr. David Parochetti withdrew his request that the Davenport City Council remove the thirteen conditions from two parcels of land at the corner of Kimberly and Sturdevant that had been imposed as part of the rezoning process in 1999 when Schnucks purchased many lots in order to build a grocery store. With his withdrawal, a Taco Bell project across from the dental office is unlikely.  We hope to work with Kwik-Trip, Inc., city staff, Beattie Dentistry, and neighbors to determine the proper zoning and conditions for the land along Sturdevant that will allow development that will be an asset to the neighborhood.

Land Donated to Our Lady of Victory

Kwik-Trip, Inc. essentially donated the two parcels of land immediately south of our parking lot to OLV.  OLV now owns the brown and white houses on Division and the land to the east up to the ravine.  Kwik-Trip owns the properties along Sturdevant.

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

H & S Messages

Send in your Box Tops for Education.  A fall submittal is coming up in October.

Pumpkin Run is October 20th.  It takes a lot of people all doing a little bit to make the evening successful.  Sign up to volunteer now: http://signupgenius.com/go/20f0c48abaf2da0ff2-pumpkin .  Orders for Pumpkin Run t-shirts are due by Friday, October 6th.  

Dawn Henning Assumes New Role with Tuition

We are attempting to consolidate a variety of school related financial work under one position.  Dawn Henning will now be responsible for PS and K-8 tuition and contracts and financial assistance awards, JFK registration/fees, lunch program accounting, and child care fees, responsibilities that used to be spread among at least three parish and school office staff members.  Assistance and oversight is still provided by parish and school administration, but now, if one wants to know how much is owed to OLV/JFK, Dawn should be able to give the answer.

Ladies Night

Wine, cheese, and chocolate will be served at the Ladies Night on October 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space Meeting Room.  Learn more about OLV’s Ladies Council and all of the various “circles'” activities.  RSVP to judyj1020@msn.com or text a message to 563-210-5154.

Youth Ministry Information

The Diocese of Davenport’s Junior High School Rally is Sunday October 15th, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.   Featured speakers include Mathias Michael and Bishop Zinkula.  There are breakout sessions, music, group games, lunch, and small group sessions with other teens all focused on the Mass.  Parent chaperones are needed to drive and supervise the teens once there.  If students register by Wednesday, the costs are $30 per teen and $20 per adult.  The costs after Wednesday increase $5.  Lunch is provided, and attendees should bring money as a dinner stop on the way home is a possibility.  More info here: https://www.davenportdiocese.org/jhrally

An even larger regional retreat event, Holy Fire, will take place in Chicago in October for students in grades 6-9.  There are two options for this one day event:  Friday, October 20th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 21st from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The best way to describe this event is that it’s like a one-day NCYC for middle school aged students, and we all know how powerful of a faith experience NCYC is for youth.  Diocesan and local bus coordination, chaperones, etc. are still being determined.  The cost for each bus, if the bus is full at 50 people, is $35, and, depending upon when one registers, the cost for the event is $35-45.  Buses would leave very early in the morning and arrive back home approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours after leaving the venue, depending upon the traffic.  Attendees need to bring their own lunches.  Stay tuned for more information about the logistics.  More info here:  http://www.nfcym.org/holyfirechicago
Contact Evan Brankin or Lisa Willows for more information about youth ministry events.

JFK Demographics — Record Preschool Enrollment

Late September and early October mark official enrollment count dates for the State of Iowa, National Catholic Education Association, and Diocese of Davenport.  JFK had record 3 – 5 yr old preschool this year with 102 preschoolers.  Following is some information regarding our student body:

GradeOfficial Enrollment Count 2017Official Enrollment Count 2016Official Enrollment Count 2015 – Records in Many  Categories
3 yr old PS (Total of TTh, MWF, and M-F)221820
4/5 yr old PS808080
ECLC222424
Total K-8395409418
Total PS-8497507518
This is the 3rd largest PS-8 enrollment in the history of JFK with record PS enrollment
Waiting lists4/5 yr PS, 4 yr olds to be in ECLC4/5 yr PS, 4 yr olds to be in ECLC.

 

ECLC, 3 yr PS, 4/5 yr PS, K, 6th
Free/reduced lunches, K-812.1%14.2%15.5%
Transportation services, registered40.5%43.3%44%
PS – 8 Enrollment by Ethnicity, Percent Hispanic16.4%16%18%
PS – 8 Enrollment by Race:
·       Native American0%0.2%0.2%
·       Asian1.9%2%1.4%
·       Black1.9%2%1.7%
·       Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0%0%0%
·       White91.3%91.9%93.6%
·       Two or More Races4.8%3.9%3.1%
K-8 Enrollment Percent Catholic88%88%87%
PS Enrollment Percent Catholic55%57%61%
English Language Learners0.8%0.2%
IEPs1.5%1.5%
504 Plans for Students with a Documented Condition that Affects a Major Life Activity4.6%3.7%

Chad

September 24, 2017

Here We Go! Major Facilities Projects

This year’s theme is Leading the Way, but last year’s theme was “Here We Go!”  Last year and now into this year, we accomplished more than $500,000 in facility improvements at OLV and JFK.  These were funded through a variety of sources, but the biggest source was through the insurance claim for the hail damage to the church, rectory, school, and other building roofs.

  • Replaced multiple buildings’ roofs
  • Rebuilt the stained glass window frames (paid for with the Save Our Windows campaign)
  • Replaced the chiller section of the church air conditioning system
  • Replaced the JFK boiler, wall units along north walls of 1963 section, classroom controls in 1963 section
  • Upgraded security features near church entrances
  • Acquired the brown house on Division Street to provide an even greater buffer from the intersection

In addition to these projects, Kwik-Trip (parent company of Kwik-Star) just donated two parcels of land just to the south of our parking lot and directly behind the brown and white houses, which we already own, to OLV.  We now own everything from the ravine by the dumpster to the back of Kwik-Star and over to Division.  Kwik-Trip still owns the properties between the ball field and Kimberly.

A major facility review of the OLV/JFK campus is underway.  We are trying to estimate life expectancies and costs of all major elements of the campus to better plan for the future.

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Neighboring Land Vote This Week

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, the Davenport City Council will vote on a request to have the thirteen conditions removed from two parcels of land at the corner of Kimberly and Sturdevant that had been imposed as part of the rezoning process in 1999 when Schnucks purchased many lots in order to build a grocery store.  As we all can see, after Schnucks purchased land to the south of OLV/JFK, had it rezoned, and tore down 5-6 homes, the grocery store project never materialized.  Mr. David Parochetti is requesting that the conditions imposed upon the land to safeguard the neighborhood be removed so he can build a Taco Bell across from the dental office.

Last week’s public hearing was very lengthy, and I spoke on behalf of OLV and JFK.  We are opposed to the conditions being dismissed without discussion and new long-range planning.  While it may make sense to remove a few of the conditions , even conditions that we were involved in negotiating back in 1999, since Schnucks has sold the land to Kwik-Star and the parcels of land that could now be developed are now only along Sturdevant, other conditions should not be removed.  We are opposed to the removal of conditions that, for example, were intended to ease traffic congestion and maintain the safety along Sturdevant Street and by the school.

We firmly believe that all of the conditions and a new plan for the land to the south of us need to be discussed, and we hope we can, again, be part of that discussion just like we were in 1999.  This discussion, in fact, is one of city staff’s recommendations, “…to revisit the need for the extent of commercial zoning in the area.”  However, the immediate case before City Council is for the complete removal of the thirteen conditions.

All are invited to what will be a shorter meeting this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.  The more people at City Hall, the more City Council will be obliged to stop and think things through.

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

Lunch Program Costs and NSLP Applications

JFK participates in the National School Lunch Program.  As such ALL lunches are partially subsidized by the federal and state governments.  By our understanding of the formulas, we actually should be charging at least $2.86 per student meal, but we can only raise the price $0.10 per year.  If you would like to apply for further government help with hot lunches, please complete an NSLP application for free/reduced lunches.  New applications must be filed each year and were sent home to every K-8 family.  Please contact us if you would like another application.  The 30 day grace period of eligibility from one school year to the next will expire in a couple of weeks.

“It is the policy of JFK not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by (name of CNP Provider), please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004;  phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416;  web site:  http://www.state.ia.us/government/crc/index.html.”

Extra-Curricular Activities

We are most grateful to JFK parents and our other adult volunteers for leading our extra-curricular activities.   Girl Scouts has their registration on Monday night, Lego League has begun, and Creative Crusaders has dates on the calendar.  If you would like to help with these or any other extra-curricular activity, please contact the school office so we can relay your contact information.  If you are interested in starting another extra-curricular activity at JFK, please let me know.

OLV Foundation

The OLV Foundation has begun its legacy campaign to reach an endowment of $1,000,000 by 2020.  Currently, the Foundation has an endowment of just over $560,000, and investment earnings of $26,000 were distributed to the church and school this summer.  Be a part of the legacy by joining the 300 club ($300 per year for 7 years), giving in honor of one of our past pastors, or making a one time donation.  More information about the OLV Foundation can be found here.

Mid-Quarter Reports Home Mid-Week

The end of the first mid-quarter was Friday.  We usually give the teachers about 2-3 working days to make sure they have everything organized, and then mid-quarter reports are distributed to all families.  Look for the mid-quarter reports near the middle of this week.

Youth Ministry Information

The Diocese of Davenport’s Junior High School Rally is Sunday October 15th, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.   Featured speakers include Mathias Michael and Bishop Zinkula.  There are breakout sessions, music, group games, lunch, and small group sessions with other teens all focused on the Mass.  Parent chaperones are needed to drive and supervise the teens once there.  If students register by Wednesday, the costs are $30 per teen and $20 per adult.  The costs after Wednesday increase $5.  Lunch is provided, and attendees should bring money as a dinner stop on the way home is a possibility.  More info here: https://www.davenportdiocese.org/jhrally

An even larger regional retreat event, Holy Fire, will take place in Chicago in October for students in grades 6-9.  There are two options for this one day event:  Friday, October 20th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 21st from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The best way to describe this event is that it’s like a one-day NCYC for middle school aged students, and we all know how powerful of a faith experience NCYC is for youth.  Diocesan and local bus coordination, chaperones, etc. are still being determined.  The cost for each bus, if the bus is full at 50 people, is $35, and, depending upon when one registers, the cost for the event is $35-45.  Buses would leave very early in the morning and arrive back home approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours after leaving the venue, depending upon the traffic.  Attendees need to bring their own lunches.  Stay tuned for more information about the logistics.  More info here:  http://www.nfcym.org/holyfirechicago
Speaking of NCYC, have you reserved a place at this Friday’s Trivia Night at the Knights of Columbus?  Cost is $10 per person.
Contact Evan Brankin or Lisa Willows for more information about youth ministry events.

Chad

September 17, 2017

Here We Go! Was No Joke

This year’s theme is Leading the Way, but last year’s theme was “Here We Go!”  Last year, we developed new mission and vision statements for both the church and the school:

OLV Mission statement:  Our Lady of Victory is a community that lives and shares the preaching, teaching, and healing of Christ.

OLV Vision statement:  To become the most vibrant and welcoming faith community in the diocese.

JFK Mission statement:  John F. Kennedy Catholic School is the preschool-8th grade school of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Parish.  Our mission is teaching children to become disciples of Christ by living Gospel values, nurturing gifts and talents, and pursuing academic excellence.

JFK Vision statement:  Leading the way in Catholic school education.

Next week, we’ll review the major facilities projects that we’ve accomplished in the last year.  It was a whirlwind of activity!

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Public Hearing Before the City Council Regarding Neighboring Land

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, there will be a public hearing regarding two parcels of land on the northwest corner of Sturdevant and Kimberly (across from the dental office).  Mr. David Parochetti is petitioning the City Council to remove thirteen conditions that were imposed on the land as part of the rezoning process when Schnucks purchased everything south of OLV property except the Kwik-Shop, Monte’s, and the brown house on Division, which OLV now owns as well.  Removal of the conditions would allow Mr. Parochetti to more easily build a Taco Bell across from the dental office on Sturdevant.  The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission, without discussion, has forwarded its recommendation to the City Council that the conditions be removed.

Back in 1999, OLV and neighborhood representatives fought long and hard to have some of these thirteen conditions imposed on land that, at the time, was intended to be used for a Schnucks grocery store.  We are now opposed to the conditions being dismissed without discussion.  While it may make sense to remove a few of the conditions since Schnucks has sold the land to Kwik-Star and the parcels of land that could now be developed are now only along Sturdevant, conditions designed to ease traffic congestion and maintain safety along Sturdevant Street, for example, should not be removed.  We are opposed to the removal of conditions that, indeed, are still relevant and needed today.  We do, however, fully support city staff’s additional recommendation to “…revisit the need for the extent of commercial zoning in the area.”

At the public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, I will speak on behalf of OLV/JFK, and several other neighbors will speak as they are very concerned.  (You may have seen them taking pictures of traffic flow or counting cars last week along Sturdevant.)  All are invited to City Hall on Wednesday evening.  The more people at City Hall, the more City Council will be obliged to stop and think things through some more.

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

Each year, a committee of parents, board members, and staff review about 1/3 of all of the policies., and we often look at policies of neighboring Catholic schools and sometimes the public schools as well.  There always seem to be some challenges at the beginning of a school year with the school uniform policy.  We appreciate your support and cooperation.  Even with a written dress code, people’s interpretations sometimes differ, and it’s hard enough to get 50+ staff members to agree on the interpretation, let alone 400 students and their parents.  Below are some of the usual beginning of the year challenges:

  • Short/skirt/skorts not being long enough:  No shorter than 2″ above the knee.  We are pretty liberal in where the “knee” actually is, but some skirts are still too short.
  • Uniform skirts from other vendors:  Currently, there are three approved vendors for skirts:  Religious Supply, Land’s End, and Dennis Uniform.  The latter two are linked on our website.  Please remember that just because an item is on a company’s website does not mean it meets our dress code.  As other vendors begin to carry plaid skirts and/or navy/Khaki skorts, we’ll examine them as well.
  • How many logos are allowed on a shirt?  Policy discussions for years have only dealt with one logo.  Now, we are starting to see shirts with two logos.  As long as the size requirements are met (logos must be smaller than 2″), no action has yet been taken.
  • Undershirts, if worn under a uniform shirt, must be plain white.
  • Socks are to be solid colored and logo-free.  Acceptable colors are red, navy, tan, white, and black.  “No-show” socks can also be worn and be of any color.
  • Belts are required for grades 2-8 with clothing that has belt loops.
  • Ear rings (allowed for girls) should not dangle or be hoops.
  • Shirts should be tucked in at all grade levels.

Lunch Program Costs and NSLP Applications

JFK participates in the National School Lunch Program.  As such ALL lunches are partially subsidized by the federal and state governments.  By our understanding of the formulas, we actually should be charging at least $2.86 per student meal, but we can only raise the price $0.10 per year.  If you would like to apply for further government help with hot lunches, please complete an NSLP application for free/reduced lunches.  New applications must be filed each year and were sent home to every K-8 family.  Please contact us if you would like another application.  The 30 day grace period of eligibility from one school year to the next will expire in a couple of weeks.

“It is the policy of JFK not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by (name of CNP Provider), please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004;  phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416;  web site:  http://www.state.ia.us/government/crc/index.html.”

Extra-Curricular Activities

Several of our non-athletic extra-curricular activities should be beginning soon.  Girl Scouts will be handing out materials this week with an informational meeting next Monday.  Mock Trial should be getting organized shortly, and new guidance for Creative Crusaders is being developed.  Within the last week, we also discussed  the possibility of a JFK running club.  We are most grateful to JFK parents and our other adult volunteers for leading these activities.  If you would like to help, please contact the school office so we can relay your contact information.  If you are interested in starting another extra-curricular activity at JFK, please let me know.

Parent Coordinator for JFK’s Participation in Parks & Rec Sports
There is need for a JFK parent to assume the role as coordinator for the various sports through the Davenport Parks & Rec department (formerly Dad’s Club). Ben Jobgen has performed this role for at least the last five years, and is stepping away. This position is helpful in maintaining JFK students on the same team for the various sports, dividing teams fairly when there are multiple teams per division, and having as many JFK parents coach the JFK students as possible. The time commitment is approximately two hours per season, with four seasons per year.  With such a minimal time commitment, it is a great way to be involved and have a big impact.  Please contact Ben Jobgen with any questions or interest (email: bmgjobu@gmail.com)

Final Connections to the Boiler Later This Week

The final pipe fittings and connections for the new school boiler will take place Friday afternoon and Saturday.  By this time next week, we should be operational with the new system!

Memorial Bench Ordered

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, the permanent memorial bench for Peg Gooder was ordered last week.  Thank you for honoring Mrs. Gooder in this manner.

OLV Foundation

The OLV Foundation has begun its legacy campaign to reach an endowment of $1,000,000 by 2020.  Currently, the Foundation has an endowment of just over $560,000, and investment earnings of $26,000 were distributed to the church and school this summer.  Be a part of the legacy by joining the 300 club ($300 per year for 7 years), giving in honor of one of our past pastors, or making a one time donation.  More information about the OLV Foundation can be found here.

Dogs on Campus

Please keep dogs in your vehicles.  Four hundred plus excited children moving about and excited dogs are not a good combination.  For the safety of our students and the dogs, please keep dogs inside vehicles.

Student Council Elections

Student Council elections were held last week, and the following upper grade students have officer positions:

  • President:  Anastasha Mealy
  • Vice-President:  Grace McCarty
  • Secretary:  Lily Heller
  • Treasurer:  Isabella Krogman

End of Mid-Quarter Friday

The end of the first mid-quarter is Friday.  We usually give the teachers about 2-3 working days to make sure they have everything organized, and then mid-quarter reports are distributed to all families.  Look for the mid-quarter reports early next week.

Chad