March 25, 2018

Last Week for Plant Sale

Did you order your spring flowers and plants yet from Home & School?  (Yes, I know it’s hard to think spring when ten inches of snow is falling!)  Home & School is conducting a plant sale this spring.  Sales end on April 6th.  Pick up will be on campus on May 3rd and 4th from 2 – 7 p.m.

Gala Needs Volunteers

The Gala needs people who can help with many different activities — everything from making phone calls to setting up a stage for the band and decorating to just donating funds.  Please contact Angie Hillebrand at the school office.  The Gala is the largest fundraiser of OLV and JFK and supports all of our educational needs.  This year we’re trying to do a “super Gala” with funds raised above our normal net of $25,000 – $30,000 to go toward establishing the seed money for an air conditioning project.  The Gala is May 5th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Elks’ Lodge on Central Park Avenue near Emeis Golf Course.  The Gala includes fun and fellowship with live and silent auctions, a live band, and dancing.

Tuition Contracts for 2018-19 and Kindergartners Still Being Accepted

Take advantage of an early bird registration discount by returning your family’s tuition contract ASAP.  Kindergarten spots are also still available.  Please contact the school office, to reserve your spot for next year.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration has begun.  Please contact the school office before the spots you want are no longer available.

Civic Oration First Round Finished; Round Two on Tuesday

Congratulations to the following students who have advanced to the second round of civic oration, which begins on Tuesday:

5th Grade:  Brayden C., Seamus D., Braeden M., Nora R., Elliott S., Emma V.

6th Grade:  Elexa A., Matthew M., Cole M., Macie R., Emerson S., Max S.

7th Grade:  Allie A., Alison B., Mary D., Luke K., Isabella K., Sophia M.

8th Grade:  Anastasha M., Brandon S., Erica S., Margaret V., JJ S., Kimberly W.

2018-19 School Calendar

The DCSD has posted its calendar for next school year.  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  http://www.davenportschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-19-FINAL-ACADEMIC-CALENDAR-2.pdf.  JFK’s board voted to accept this calendar with two minor changes that only affect staff.

Educational Savings Accounts and STOs

Educational Savings Accounts are still alive in this Iowa legislative session!  Contact your Iowa state senator or representative to let them know how important ESAs and the School Tuition Organization is to educational choices in Iowa.

“Tuition Tax Credit”

Do not forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that we often think of education expenses in terms of a school year while taxes are completed on a calendar year basis and split two school years.

 

JFK Strategic Plan Update

JFK’s board approved a new strategic plan last May.  You can find it by clicking HERE.  Below is an update on the progress we’ve made so far.

Faith & Family

We will partner with families to help students learn and live the Catholic faith.

  • By the end of the 2017-18 school year, we will complete the diocesan Catholic Identity rubric and disseminate the results.
    • The staff completed the rubric, which had about 50 items, and the results were shared with the board of education.
      • The areas rated the strongest were the following: (in no particular order):
        • Special days/events throughout the liturgical yr (Ex: Feast of St. Blaise, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
        • Frequency of Eucharist
        • Participation of faculty/staff in Eucharistic celebration
        • Dedicated chapel/parish church with the full availability of vestments, vessels, linens, etc.
        • Mission, Vision, Philosophy statements highlight Catholic identity and mission as a ministry of the Church
        • Events promoted are consistent with Gospel and Catholic values
      • Other strongly rated areas were the following:
        • Importance given to liturgical seasons
        • Training of those helping to prepare the liturgy
        • # of offerings of Eucharistic Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction
        • Staff and students involved in liturgical ministries
        • Mary and the saints given their proper importance
        • Group prayer throughout the day. Students’ intentions encouraged
        • Quality, quantity, variety of religious art to identify as Catholic campus
        • Approved textbooks at the elementary and middle school levels
        • Well defined code of conduct for students reflecting Gospel and Catholic values and supported by admin, teachers, staff, and parents
      • Initial areas to examine included the following due to their relatively lower ratings:
        • Connection between Sunday Eucharist and school Eucharist.  Participants and families see School Eucharist as a complement not a replacement to Sunday Eucharist
        • Dedicated, more than 50% full-time equivalent campus minister position filled by a properly educated individual and supported with adequate budget, space, and time (The highest ratings on the rubric are if the school has someone in such a position)
        • The specific religious education and experience of middle school faculty teaching religion (The highest ratings on the rubric are if the school has individuals with degrees in religion or theology)
        • Service is integrated into faith and reflection; service has a strong faith component to it that distinguishes it from social service that can be done by non-religious organizations
        • Scope of service activities goes beyond school and family and into broader community
      • Other areas that may be examined due to their relatively lower ratings included the following:
        • The variety of music at Mass and its conformity to Sing to the Lord
        • Reconciliation offerings beyond Advent & Lent
        • Faith formation and training of each ministry
        • Availability and frequency of use of sacramentals
        • Knowledge of the time allotted for religion as a curricular area and its coverage of the Diocesan curriculum guide
      • Teachers brainstormed responses/ideas for each of the above items and the following items that they felt there could be some improvement in regardless of the ratings:
        • Preparation for Eucharistic celebration is done by a number of trained individuals
        • Student participation in Mass and Mass participation aids
        • Personal prayer throughout day is encouraged, and prayers are both memorized and spontaneous
        • Annual retreats for staff and students
        • Classroom physical space with “prayer corner,” liturgical season recognition, religious art, crucifix, etc.
        • Entry to school indicates a Catholic school
        • Awareness of Mission, Vision, Philosophy
        • Recognition of and participation from parents as primary catechists
        • The specific religious education and experience of elementary school faculty teaching religion (The diocese was in the process of revising its Catechetical training when a staff change has caused a delay of more than a year)
        • Involvement of parents and families
      • After generating responses/ideas for improvement for 28 areas, the areas were rated again to narrow the list in order to make a manageable plan. The following three criteria were used:
        • Importance
        • Our ability to do something about it
        • Ease of doing something about it
      • The staff will be using these ratings to pick 3-5 areas for which plans will be developed in April
    • By the end of the 2018-19 school year, we will survey our parents and conduct focus groups to determine parents’ needs in helping their children learn and live the Catholic faith.
      • The survey was conducted in the fall. (We also asked students in late winter.)  Results are still being analyzed
    • By the end of the 2019-20 school year, we will institute an OLV/JFK service day.
      • Teachers identified a common theme around which the “service day” would be organized: Community Helpers
      • Teachers identified a definition for Community Helpers
      • Teachers brainstormed activities that might be done school-wide and grade specific
      • Teachers will examine these brainstormed activities to develop an implementation plan in April to be implemented in the fall

 Gifts & Talents

We will provide students opportunities to explore and develop their gifts and talents.

  • In 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20, we will implement a new extracurricular activity.
    • No new activities have yet been developed. However, Lego League and Creative Crusaders were expanded, all extracurricular activities were maintained (not always an easy feat), and we are considering a foreign language extracurricular.
  • By the end of 2017-18, we will have 8th graders annually complete a spiritual gifts and talents inventory and receive similar types of feedback from a trusted adult.
    • The spiritual gifts and talents inventory was developed using resources provided by the diocese.
    • The inventory was piloted with teachers.
    • JFK eighth graders are currently piloting the inventory aspect of this goal.  The feedback element will likely be incorporated into Confirmation preparation in 2018-19.

 Academics

We will challenge all students to achieve academic excellence.

  • By the end of the 2021-22 school year, 90% of JFK’s K-8 students will be at benchmark or be proficient as measured by screening tools or Iowa Assessments (or their equivalents) in the areas of reading, math, and science (if a science assessment is available).
    • Fall reading screening scores were the best we have had with 92% of K-6 students at benchmark
    • Fall math screening scores were also the best we have had
    • A new math screener is being considered, and we will likely transition away from i-Ready.
    • Science does not have a screener
    • Related: We added a social-emotional-behavioral screener to 7th grade to go along with 4th  We may expand the grade levels for SEB screening with a new screener next year

Resources

We will provide sufficient resources to achieve mission success.

  • By the end of the 2017-18 school year, we will complete the review of JFK’s financial viability and student market share as provided through the diocesan strategic planning process and participate in strategic planning for Scott County Catholic school education.
    • The financial viability work has been completed. (The student market share work was not done at the diocesan level)
    • Strategic planning for all of Scott County Catholic school education is slowly moving ahead:
      • The number of consultants/organizations was narrowed to three
      • References were checked for the three
      • Interview questions were developed
      • Consultant interviews will be April 12/13
    • We will annually review and revise, as needed, the JFK technology plan.
      • These actions were taken over the summer of 2017
      • The biggest revision was to determine life cycles and costs for all items that are paid for under the technology line item of the school budget. According to this analysis, about $79,000 should be spent annually on technology.  The budgeted amount has averaged about $66,000 annually.  We have benefited greatly from grants, donations, and excellent used equipment!
    • We will attract and retain top quality teachers by paying competitive wages and maintaining a positive Catholic school environment. To that end, by the 2021-22 school year, we will move JFK’s base teacher salary from at least 85% of the DCSD base salary to teachers’ total wages and benefits at certain levels being at least 85% of DCSD comparables.
      • A new method for determining teachers’ salaries was developed and will be implemented with the 2018-19 teaching contracts

March 14, 2018

“Thoughts and Prayers” Are as Necessary for Those Praying as for the Recipients

Just as many of you have probably kept your ear open to the responses to the incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a month ago, this situation has been at the forefront of my mind as both an educator and a parent.  Today, many high schools marked the one month anniversary with student led walkouts, 17 minutes of silence, etc.  Religious high schools, including both Assumption and Alleman, held special prayer services today.  At the elementary school level, the challenge is greater.  While we don’t want to ignore what’s going on around us, we also have to work within our environment of a building that can have three year olds through 15 year olds.  I want to commend Fr. Jake, Mrs. Furlong, and the 4th graders who added just the right amount of something extra to today’s already scheduled all school Mass.  The fourth graders had a couple of pertinent petitions, and Fr. Jake’s homily had just the right touch of passing detail such that the adults and older students knew the reference to which he referred and all of us, including the youngest in attendance, could relate to the power of God’s love and prayer.

In his homily, Fr. Jake talked about the strength of a mother’s love for her children and how God’s love was even greater.  He also talked about the power of prayer and that “thoughts and prayers” are, indeed, necessary.  Not only are thoughts and prayers necessary for those whom are in need, but they are also necessary for us.  Genuine thoughts and prayers change us too, and a strong prayer life solidifies our relationship with a loving God.  Through that loving relationship with God, we can be better persons and make a difference in the world.  (Thanks, Fr. Jake, for helping me see that genuine “thoughts and prayers” are not empty platitudes.)

Campus Safety Review:  School

The Campus Safety Review:  School has been completed and is starting to be distributed to key decision making groups for the parish and school.  The board of education received it last week, and the parish and finance councils received excerpts the week earlier.  When our last major review of campus security was done in 2013, common concerns seemed to relate to how the building could be kept secure and students could be kept safe from someone coming inside the building.  Even after having just built the 2011 office addition with safety in mind, another $80,000 or more was spent on various security upgrades ranging from exterior and classroom doors and locks to communication systems and protocols.  This year’s survey of parents and staff indicated that people were fairly comfortable with the safety of students within the building.  The most common concerns this fall were related to keeping students safe when outside the building but on campus property.  While there are numerous recommendations, the three key recommendations below encompass the concerns that were of the highest priority:

  • Separate students from the parking lot.  An asphalt/blacktop/concrete play area, for example, can be installed behind the parish center and south of the east wing of the school building.  With the correct shape that connects to the play equipment area but narrows as it approaches our “alley” type drive by the ball field, a hard surface play area can be installed that would not interfere with the ball field or the main soccer field.  By connecting it with a walk to the east doors and with access from the alley type drive for snow plowing, students would be able to play outside in the back regardless of how wet the grass is.  Students would not have to play in the parking lot for any recess.  Because this new play area would be tucked behind the school and to the south of the east wing of the school building, it would also not even be visible from the apartments.  Fencing could also be completed to wrap around all of the play areas, and completing the fencing around play areas was seen by the committee as more realistic than fencing the entire 11.5+ acre property while still trying to allow access points during the day for both school and parish activities, such as preschool and funerals.  Additional strategically placed fencing in other areas of the campus, while not limiting access, would at least direct visitors toward areas more desired by the parish and school.  Privacy screening on various fencing may be considered.

As we talk to contractors regarding prices, we are using the drawing below:

 

  • Add security cameras to both the external and internal school campus, with external cameras being the first priority.  Security cameras can help staff monitor the entire campus.  They can serve as a deterrent, provide an early warning to potential suspicious or dangerous situations, be used by first responders should an event be in progress, and help with after the fact investigations.  This project would cost in excess of $20,000, and we are pursing grants this spring.
  • Use something other than cones for making the “safety” area.  There are many options available that would be highly visible and even portable, if needed, yet provide for a clearer delineation of the safety area.  If using portable barriers, attaching them to one another would create a more imposing delineation.  If a vehicle were to hit a better barrier rather than the current traffic cones, the driver would be much more likely to notice it, and students and staff would at least have more time to move out of the way, if necessary.  Even portable barriers might even be able to remain in place through the work week and just come down for weekends and holy days.  Options and pricing are being explored this spring, along with how protocols for before and after school might be adjusted.

Teachers will be discussing the review document on Friday, and I’ll have other updates throughout the spring.  Work to comprehensively review church and rectory safety/security should begin soon and complement the additional entryway security that was added this fall.  (FYI – All church doors are also locked during all school Masses.)

Fifth/Sixth Grade Spring Show

Between a student fainting on the risers in the afternoon and one vomiting in the evening, our 5th/6th grade spring show sure had some added excitement.  (Everyone is fine.)  Students did an outstanding job with the show and responding to the other situations.

Plant Sale

Speaking of spring, it’s time to start planning for your flowers.  Home & School is conducting a plant sale this spring.  Sales end on April 6th.  Pick up will be on campus on May 3rd and 4th from 2 – 7 p.m.

Gala Needs Volunteers

The Gala needs people who can help with many different activities — everything from making phone calls to setting up a stage for the band and decorating to just donating funds.  Please contact Angie Hillebrand at the school office.  The Gala is the largest fundraiser of OLV and JFK and supports all of our educational needs.  This year we’re trying to do a “super Gala” with funds raised above our normal net of $25,000 – $30,000 to go toward establishing the seed money for an air conditioning project.  The Gala is May 5th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Elks’ Lodge on Central Park Avenue near Emeis Golf Course.  The Gala includes fun and fellowship with live and silent auctions, a live band, and dancing.

How Do You Pay for it All?

Need help planning for your (and your children’s) financial future?  Home & School is sponsoring a presentation by Dan Lubenthal of Edward Jones, with special guests Dan Schimanski and Heather Egger of True Mortgage Lending on Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m.  These financial experts will be on hand to discuss financial strategies and give tips on how to plan for your future, as well as for your children.   The presentation will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  The Home & School meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Round-Up and Tuition Contracts for 2018-19

If you missed kindergarten round-up, please contact the school office ASAP so we can get all of your children on a tuition contract for next school year.  Tuition contracts were mailed last week.  Turn them around quickly and take advantage of an early bird registration discount before spring break.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration has begun.  Please contact the school office before the spots you want are no longer available.

2018-19 School Calendar

The DCSD has posted its calendar for next school year.  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  http://www.davenportschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-19-FINAL-ACADEMIC-CALENDAR-2.pdf.  JFK’s board voted to accept this calendar with two minor changes that only affect staff.

Early Dismissal and No PM Preschool on March 16

Students are dismissed at 1:00 on Friday, March 16th.  Bus service and after school care are available.  There are no afternoon preschool classes.

 

March 11, 2018

Kindergarten Round-Up and Tuition Contracts for 2018-19

If you missed kindergarten round-up, please contact the school office ASAP so we can get all of your children on a tuition contract for next school year.  Tuition contracts were mailed last week.  Turn them around quickly and take advantage of an early bird registration discount before spring break.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration has begun.  Please contact the school office before the spots you want are no longer available.

Educational Savings Accounts and STOs

While Iowa legislation to establish education savings accounts for K-12 educational needs seems to be an extremely long shot, attention needs to turn toward School Tuition Organization legislation.  Currently, the amount of tax credits, and, thus, tuition assistance that is available in the state is $12 million.  From this amount, more than $1 million is given in Scott County.  Increasing the maximum that the law allows us to raise would allow us to not only increase financial assistance but also expand eligibility requirements as well, and more middle class families could receive financial assistance.  Legislation currently has been introduced through the Iowa Senate’s budget bill to increase the STO cap by $1 million and expand the eligibility limit to 400% of poverty.  While these changes would be a step in the right direction, we really need the STO cap raised to $20 million or more to meet the needs once eligibility is expanded.  Contact your Iowa state senator or legislator to let them know the importance of STOs for Iowa families.

“Tuition Tax Credit”

Do not forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that we often think of education expenses in terms of a school year while taxes are completed on a calendar year basis and split two school years.

Fund-raising

There always seems to be some fund-raising activity going on!

  • The Jumpy Monkey Coffee sale has begun.  Please contact your favorite 8th grader, Mrs. Bauer, or Kathy Neuberger at school to purchase some. This sale not only benefits our 8th graders, but an organization that employs workers with intellectual disabilities.
  • The Penny War for Holy Childhood Association ends March 13th to give us time to take it to the bank and recognize the homeroom winners before spring break.   Last year’s shorter Penny War took us three hours at the bank!  Cancel out another homeroom’s pennies with nickels, dimes, and quarters!
  • Plant sale:  Home & School is trying a new fundraiser this spring — a plant sale!  Sales begin March 6th and run through April 6th.  Pick up will be on campus on May 3rd and 4th from 2 – 7 p.m.  People are going to buy plants in May anyway; let’s see if they’ll buy them as a fundraiser.  Information should be going home early this week.
  • Gala.  The Gala is the largest fundraiser of OLV and JFK and supports all of our educational needs.  This year we’re trying to do a “super Gala” with funds raised above our normal net of $25,000 – $30,000 to go toward establishing the seed money for an air conditioning project.  The Gala is May 5th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Elks’ Lodge on Central Park Avenue near Emeis Golf Course.  The Gala includes fun and fellowship with live and silent auctions, a live band, and dancing.

2018-19 School Calendar

The DCSD has posted its calendar for next school year.  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  http://www.davenportschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-19-FINAL-ACADEMIC-CALENDAR-2.pdf.  JFK’s board voted to accept this calendar with two minor changes that only affect staff.

New Textbooks Next Year:  Science and Spanish

We have begun our research for science textbooks/materials for a county-wide Catholic school adoption.  The fact that, although the Iowa Core science standards are based on the national Next Generation Science Standards, Iowa’s standards are taught in different grade levels than the NGSS, we are running into difficulty with what’s available from publishers, and flexibility will be key for us.  We have even talked to publishers about printing our own chapters from their online versions and assembling them in binders.  On the other hand, if the publishers are intent on selling in Iowa, they ought to have better solutions themselves.

We will also be researching Spanish I textbooks/materials for adoption at JFK and replacing our use of Rosetta Stone and its supplementary hard copy materials.

Early Dismissal and No PM Preschool on March 16

Students are dismissed at 1:00 on Friday, March 16th.  Bus service and after school care are available.  There are no afternoon preschool classes.

 

March 4, 2018

Teacup or Fire Hose Christians?

Paraphrasing Fr. Dan’s weekend homily with a little poetic license, he asked us if we were teacup Christians or fire hose Christians.  Do we embrace what Christ offers to us as if we are sipping from a teacup or as if it’s drenching our whole being as from His fire hose?

Kindergarten Round-Up and Tuition Contracts for 2018-19

If you missed kindergarten round-up, please contact the school office ASAP so we can get all of your children on a tuition contract for next school year.  Tuition contracts were drafted last week, and they should be received by families via postal mail this week.  Turn them around quickly and take advantage of an early bird registration discount before spring break.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration has begun.  Please contact the school office before the spots you want are no longer available.

Educational Savings Accounts and STOs

While Iowa legislation to establish education savings accounts for K-12 educational needs seems to be an extremely long shot, attention needs to turn toward School Tuition Organization legislation.  Currently, the amount of tax credits, and, thus, tuition assistance that is available in the state is $12 million.  From this amount, more than $1 million is given in Scott County.  Increasing the maximum that the law allows us to raise would allow us to not only increase financial assistance but also expand eligibility requirements as well, and more middle class families could receive financial assistance.  Legislation currently has been introduced through the Iowa Senate’s budget bill to increase the STO cap by $1 million and expand the eligibility limit to 400% of poverty.  While these changes would be a step in the right direction, we really need the STO cap raised to $20 million or more to meet the needs once eligibility is expanded.  Contact your Iowa state senator or legislator to let them know the importance of STOs for Iowa families.

“Tuition Tax Credit”

Do not forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that we often think of education expenses in terms of a school year while taxes are completed on a calendar year basis and split two school years.

AHS Musical

The Addams family’s nightmare has come true:  Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.  And guess who’s coming to dinner?  In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations — change.

The musical is at 7:00 p.m. on March 9th and 10th and 2:00 p.m. on March 11th.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

Fund-raising

There always seems to be some fund-raising activity going on!

  • The Jumpy Monkey Coffee sale has begun.  Please contact your favorite 8th grader, Mrs. Bauer, or Kathy Neuberger at school to purchase some. This sale not only benefits our 8th graders, but an organization that employs workers with intellectual disabilities.
  • The Penny War for Holy Childhood Association begins on March 5th and runs until spring break.  Cancel out another homeroom’s pennies with nickels, dimes, and quarters!
  • Pizza Ranch for band:  Visit the Pizza Ranch in Bettendorf (880 Lincoln Road) between 5-8 p.m. on March 5th.
  • Plant sale:  Home & School is trying a new fundraiser this spring — a plant sale!  Sales begin March 6th and run through April 6th.  Pick up will be on campus on May 3rd and 4th from 2 – 7 p.m.  People are going to buy plants in May anyway; let’s see if they’ll buy them as a fundraiser.  Information should be going home early this week.
  • Gala.  The Gala is the largest fundraiser of OLV and JFK and supports all of our educational needs.  This year we’re trying to do a “super Gala” with funds raised above our normal net of $25,000 – $30,000 to go toward establishing the seed money for an air conditioning project.  The Gala is May 5th beginning at 6 p.m. at the Elks’ Lodge on Central Park Avenue near Emeis Golf Course.  The Gala includes fun and fellowship with live and silent auctions, a live band, and dancing.

2018-19 School Calendar

The DCSD has posted its calendar for next school year.  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  http://www.davenportschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-19-FINAL-ACADEMIC-CALENDAR-2.pdf.  JFK’s 2018-19 will likely be very similar due to busing.  JFK’s board will vote on a school calendar on Tuesday.

New Textbooks Next Year:  Science and Spanish

We have begun our research for science textbooks/materials for a county-wide Catholic school adoption.  The fact that, although the Iowa Core science standards are based on the national Next Generation Science Standards, Iowa’s standards are taught in different grade levels than the NGSS, we are running into difficulty with what’s available from publishers, and flexibility will be key for us.  We have even talked to publishers about printing our own chapters from their online versions and assembling them in binders.  On the other hand, if the publishers are intent on selling in Iowa, they ought to have better solutions themselves.

We will also be researching Spanish I textbooks/materials for adoption at JFK and replacing our use of Rosetta Stone and its supplementary hard copy materials.

Career Fair

We would like to thank everyone involved in the Scott County Catholic School 8th Grade and SAU Career Fair.  After the joint use of athletic fields between Assumption and St. Ambrose, this career fair is the largest joint venture between the Catholic schools in Scott County and SAU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 25, 2018

Only in a Catholic School?

We had to readjust the proportion of regular milk and chocolate milk we buy for the lunch program due to the number of students who gave up chocolate for Lent.

Kindergarten Round-Up and Tuition Contracts for 2018-19

If you missed kindergarten round-up, please contact the school office ASAP so we can get all of your children on a tuition contract for next school year.  Tuition contracts should be mailed in early March.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration has begun.  Please contact the school office before the spots you want are no longer available.

Educational Savings Accounts and STOs

While Iowa legislation to establish education savings accounts for K-12 educational needs seems to be an extremely long shot, attention needs to turn toward School Tuition Organization legislation.  Currently, the amount of tax credits, and, thus, tuition assistance that is available in the state is $12 million.  From this amount, more than $1 million is given in Scott County.  Increasing the maximum that the law allows us to raise would allow us to not only increase financial assistance but also expand eligibility requirements as well, and more middle class families could receive financial assistance.  Legislation currently has been introduced through the Iowa Senate’s budget bill to increase the STO cap by $1 million and expand the eligibility limit to 400% of poverty.  While these changes would be a step in the right direction, we really need the STO cap raised to $20 million or more to meet the needs once eligibility is expanded.  Contact your Iowa state senator or legislator to let them know the importance of STOs for Iowa families.

“Tuition Tax Credit”

Do not forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that we often think of education expenses in terms of a school year while taxes are completed on a calendar year basis and split two school years.

Read Across America Day

Friday is Read Across America Day.  How will your family celebrate?  (Buying a Hallmark card doesn’t count — unless you’re standing at the store and reading all of them to find the best!)

Spirit Day on Friday

Friday is also a JFK and/or AHS spirit day.  Students may wear any JFK or AHS spirit wear along with uniform pants/skirts/bottoms.

AHS Musical

The Addams family’s nightmare has come true:  Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family.  And guess who’s coming to dinner?  In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations — change.

The musical is at 7:00 p.m. on March 9th and 10th and 2:00 p.m. on March 11th.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

 

7th Grade is undefeated two years in a row now!

JFK Moms and Dads

Did you see the post on Feb 20th that polo shirts were selling for $1 at the Walmart on Elmore Avenue?  Request to be added to the closed group, JFK Moms and Dads, and “like” us on Facebook!

Congratulations to Mrs. Thomas

Mrs. Thomas’ baby came a few days early.  Congratulations to Mrs. Thomas and her family on the addition to their family.

 

They’re everywhere!
I was going for the Mrs. Tilkens look! What’s so scary is that we matched down to the shoes — and didn’t plan it!

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2018

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19 Has Begun

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration has begun.  Contact the school office before the spots you want are no longer available.

Kindergarten Round-Up for 2018-19 was Last Week

Kindergarten Round-Up was last week.  If you missed it, contact the school office so you can begin the registration process.  The registration process for older students will begin in early March.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Students in grades 2-8 and staff will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday.  Many thanks to the area priests who help administer this sacrament to over 300 students and staff members.

Special Dress Day

Friday, Feb 23:  Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher Fundraiser:  For a $1 or more donation to be given to the Riverbend Food Bank, students can have fun dressing like their favorite teacher.

 Educational Savings Accounts Legislation Is Pulled
Legislation to create Educational Savings Accounts in Iowa has been pulled from this year’s session.  The bill’s manager just did’t think the votes would be there to advance it.
All attention needs to turn now to expanding the School Tuition Organization legislation.  Currently, the amount of tax credits, and, thus, tuition assistance that is available in the state is $12 million.  From this amount, more than $1 million is given in Scott County.  By raising the maximum that the law allows us to raise would allow us to expand eligibility requirements as well, and more middle class families could receive financial assistance.  Please contact your state legislator and senator to tell them how important an expansion of STOs is.
“Tuition Tax Credit”
Do not forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that we often think of education expenses in terms of a school year while taxes are completed on a calendar year basis and split two school years.
Euchre Tournament

St. Anne’s Circle is sponsoring a Euchre tournament on March 3rd at 5:30 in the parish center.  Proceeds benefit OLV.  Entry fee is $25 per person or $50 for a team of two.  Teammates will plan together the entire night.  Single players are welcome.  Table assignments will be given the night of the event.  Heavy snacks provided, and BYOB.  For more information, please contact Loretta Reed (563-650-3040) or Helen White (563-391-3791).

Always Time for Love

After enjoying St. Valentine’s Day and being given the wonderful opportunity to be an Extraordinary Eucharistic minister and also administer ashes at our all school Mass last Wednesday, I felt kind of numb with the news on all evening watching coverage of the events in Parkland, Florida.  “Not again,” I kept thinking to myself.  As parents and educators, and no matter how hard we are on our children, there is one thing that never changes, we always love them.  No matter how rough of a morning we have had trying to get everyone out of the house, how big the “battle” is over breakfast or the last minute homework assignment that was forgotten, or how crazy the afternoon might become, there is always time to tell our children that we love them.

Chad

February 11, 2018

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19 Begins Feb 12th

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration for parishioners and families with siblings already at JFK begins on February 12th at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Open registration for all others begins on February 15th at 7:30 a.m.

Kindergarten Round-Up for 2018-19 is Thursday

Kindergarten Round-Up is on February 15th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.

Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:15

Ash Wednesday’s all school Mass is at 8:15 a.m.  Masses are also at 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Special Dress Days

Tuesday, Feb 13:  Red, White, and Pink out of uniform dress day

Friday, Feb 16:  Red Out Day for Jump Rope for Heart:  Bring in a donation of a dollar or more to have an out of uniform day, but you must wear RED!!!

Friday, Feb 23:  Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher Fundraiser:  For a $1 or more donation to be given to the Riverbend Food Bank, students can have fun dressing like their favorite teacher.

No Classes on February 19

There are no classes on February 19th, President’s Day.  ECLC is open.

Science Fair

Congratulations to Isabella K., Grace H., Sophia M., Sam L., Brandon S., and Colin Y. for participating in the Assumption High School Regional Science Fair. Special congratulations to Brandon S. for winning the bronze medal.
 Educational Savings Accounts Legislation Proposed
Legislation to create Educational Savings Accounts in Iowa has been introduced:  HSB 651: The Iowa Student Opportunity Act.  Following is information from the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education.
This legislation
  • Allocates 90 percent of state per-pupil funding to follow the student to the institution of a family’s choice.
  • Provides Education Savings Grants to kindergarteners and students who have attended a public school for the previous two semesters.
  • Continues to provide Education Savings Grants to pupils who received a grant during the preceding school budget year and are eligible to enroll in grades 1-12.
  • Covers approved education expenses such as private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, online learning, and even certain kinds of therapies to meet each student’s unique needs.
  • Creates opportunities for Iowa students all across the state despite their address or income.

Many studies have shown that school choice programs do not have a detrimental effect to the public schools in that area, and in the history of school choice programs, there has never been a mass exodus from the public schools when a widespread choice program was implemented.

To contact your legislator, please click HERE or use the following link/url:  https://www.votervoice.net/ICC/campaigns/56859/respond
 Euchre Tournament

St. Anne’s Circle is sponsoring a Euchre tournament on March 3rd at 5:30 in the parish center.  Proceeds benefit OLV.  Entry fee is $25 per person or $50 for a team of two.  Teammates will plan together the entire night.  Single players are welcome.  Table assignments will be given the night of the event.  Heavy snacks provided, and BYOB.  For more information, please contact Loretta Reed (563-650-3040) or Helen White (563-391-3791).

Christian Experience Weekend

Consider saying “yes” to a Christian Experience Weekend retreat at OLV.  There is still time to sign up for the men’s retreat.  In the 17 years I have been at JFK, I cannot say that I know of anyone who has attended a CEW who hasn’t had his or her life transformed.  It provides a profound experience that allows one’s faith life to take a quantitative and/or qualitative leap, and it creates relationships in the faith community that will enhance one’s life now and ten years from now.  The retreats are held in the school building and church.  The men’s weekend is Feb 16-18.  Please call Hollie Matthys (563-343-1910) or Charlie Jones (563-940-9350), if you have questions or to register.  The actual applications can be found by clicking HERE.

Skate Night, Monday, February 12, 6-8pm, 50s Sock Hop
Please join us for Skate Night this Monday, February 12 from 6-8pm at the Eldridge Skatepark.  The theme is 50s Sock Hop.  A Whiteys’ gift card is awarded to the winning outfit.  You do not need to dress in costume to skate and have fun.
Chad

Februrary 4, 2018

Msgr. James Parizek Passes Away

 

Msgr. James Parizek, retired pastor of Our Lady of Victory, passed away yesterday in Chicago.  Details are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries.

Please join me as we pray after every lunch, “May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

Msgr. Parizek, affectionately just called Msgr., came to OLV in 2002 as the 4th pastor in the history of OLV.  He retired in 2016 after serving 14 years as pastor of Our Lady of Victory.  He deeply touched the lives of many people, including my wife and four children.  I was always proud to stand by him as a member of his staff, and I can only hope that he, too, was proud of me as a father might be of his children (or is that Father with an uppercase F).

Below is the message I gave him when he retired two years ago:

 

Msgr.,

“I rarely know how to start these types of things or what to say.  I don’t consider myself to be all “mushy,” although my kids and some others may disagree, especially when it comes to writing, but I’m not sure I can adequately really capture my thoughts and feelings regarding your retirement.

I have worked with a number of priests over the years at Assumption and OLV/JFK.  There’s always a little trepidation when the “new priest” comes in.  What will he be like?  Will he be easy to work with?  Will we live up to his standards?  Will he accept the rest of us?  I knew we’d be OK at OLV/JFK when we started to get the wink of your eye.  That was our assurance that things would be OK!

Speaking of winks, I can remember at the last all school Mass for a school year about 8-12 years ago.  In the back of my mind, I was wondering if it was time to move along professionally.  Before I left for school that morning, I had written a few things on a note card that I wanted to mention at Mass.  Unbeknownst to me, you had changed the readings for the day, and based your homily then on the new readings.  When I heard the readings and your homily and realized that they matched almost word for word what I had been planning on saying, a calm came over me, and I knew OLV/JFK was still the place for me.  Barb Rohlf referred me to a book that described these types of coincidences, called “God-winks.”  A wink from you and a God-wink made all the difference for me.  This was where I belonged.

Over the years, we have emphasized our motto, “There is a difference in education.”  Your role has been fundamental in making this difference real.  You have celebrated class Masses, all school Masses, and Masses with students at Ridgecrest, and your flexibility to accommodate and reach the students of nine grade levels has been remarkable.  You’ve attended numerous shows and concerts and have been a part of the “life” of the school.  You have devoted so much of your schedule to class visits and tried to make them up when your schedule changed.  You have concelebrated at Assumption’s Baccalaureate Mass and, sometimes as the only pastor, attended every Assumption graduation.  I was proud last year to move up a row to sit next to you at the graduation so you wouldn’t have to sit by yourself!  As the only pastor and principal in attendance, we probably really sent a visual message together!  There is a difference in education at JFK because YOU have made it a difference.  We couldn’t be more appreciative.

When I put on my school badge every morning, I am proud to be associated with not just any Catholic school, but the Catholic school of Our Lady of Victory, the parish under your guidance, direction, and shepherding.

All four of my children, Colleen, Tom, Kirsten, and Caitlin have split feelings [about your retirement] as they have indicated that, really, you are the only pastor that they have really ever known.  They don’t know what it will be like without you.  All of us, including Lynn and I, are glad to have had you in our lives.  We wish you well in your retirement.”

 

Eternal rest, grant unto him, O LORD.  And let perpetual light shine upon him.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration for parishioners and families with siblings already at JFK begins on February 12th at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration for all others begins on February 15th at 8:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Round-Up for 2018-19

Kindergarten Round-Up is on February 15th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.

 Euchre Tournament

St. Anne’s Circle is sponsoring a Euchre tournament on March 3rd at 5:30 in the parish center.  Proceeds benefit OLV.  Entry fee is $25 per person or $50 for a team of two.  Teammates will plan together the entire night.  Single players are welcome.  Table assignments will be given the night of the event.  Heavy snacks provided, and BYOB.  For more information, please contact Loretta Reed (563-650-3040) or Helen White (563-391-3791).

Christian Experience Weekend

Consider saying “yes” to a Christian Experience Weekend retreat at OLV.  There is still time to sign up for the men’s retreat.  In the 17 years I have been at JFK, I cannot say that I know of anyone who has attended a CEW who hasn’t had his or her life transformed.  It provides a profound experience that allows one’s faith life to take a quantitative and/or qualitative leap, and it creates relationships in the faith community that will enhance one’s life now and ten years from now.  The retreats are held in the school building and church.  The men’s weekend is Feb 16-18.  Please call Hollie Matthys (563-343-1910) or Charlie Jones (563-940-9350), if you have questions or to register.  The actual applications can be found by clicking HERE.

Happy Joe’s Fundraiser
Home and School is sponsoring a family night at Happy Joe’s on Thursday, February 8th from 4 – 9 p.m. at the Jungle Bungle location on W. 50th Street.  Happy Joe’s donates a portion of the sales to our H & S.  Make it even more beneficial for us and for you by purchasing a Happy Joe’s Victory Voucher prior to the event.

4/5 Year Old Preschool Parent/Teacher Conferences

Preschool conferences for our 4/5 year old programs are on February 8 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and February 9 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.).  These conferences are scheduled.  Please contact your child’s teacher, if you have not yet scheduled your conference.  There are no 4/5 year old PS classes on these two days.  Conferences for our three year old program will be in the spring.

Chad

January 28, 2018

Catholic Schools Week

Monday, Jan 29:

  • Dodgeball for Diapers Day.  Forms for this fundraiser are available from Mrs. Tilkens.  The tournament will, again, be during the day this year.  Third/4th graders will start at 8:00, 7/8 at approximately 9:30, and 5/6 at 1:30.  Proceeds from the tournaments held at all of the Scott County Catholic schools benefit Women’s Choice Center, Bethany, and/or Humility of Mary.
  • Athletic dress day — out of uniform (but following the out of uniform guidelines in our handbook)

Tuesday, Jan 30:

  • Talent Show
    • 8:00     Grades 4, 1, 2, 3 in this order.  When a particular student or grade performs depends upon the number of acts in each homeroom and the actual length of each act.
    • 12:40   Grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8 in this order.
    • In the past, we have had an amazing variety of acts:  skits, puppet shows, drawing, instrument playing, singing, dancing, joke-telling, sports demonstrations, etc.
    • All acts in grades K – 6 must be approved by homeroom teachers, and acts in grades 7/8 must be approved my Mrs. Hinchman.  The informational slip went home last week and must be returned no later than Jan 24th.  Extra forms can be  obtained from a homeroom teacher.  Please keep in mind that music, lyrics, movements, and attire of participants should reflect our Catholic values. Anyone having a song with lyrics as part of an act must have a copy of the lyrics approved by the teacher. Approval of acts and music should happen as soon as possible to avoid any last minute changes being required.   Students don’t want to practice something for days only to have a staff member require that it be revised or changed when they present it to the staff member for final approval.
  • Class dress alike day.  Look for information from your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Students may bring a pillow upon which to sit.
  • 3 year old PS puppet show during their class time.

Wednesday, Jan 31:

  • All School Mass with individual blessings of throats
  • Bring a Guest to Lunch Day
    • Visit the book fair after lunch
    • 10:40 – 11:10  K and 1Y
    • 11:10 – 11:40  1E and 4th grade
    • 11:40 – 12:10  2nd and 3rd grades
    • 12:10 – 12:40  5th and 6th grades
    • 12:40 – 1:10    7th and 8th grades
    • Parents may take their students home after lunch.  However, both a child’s homeroom teacher and office need to be informed.
    • Look for a lunch note this week to pre-purchase your adult meal.  School lunch will only be available through this pre-payment requirement.  Lunches should be pre-purchased by January 22nd to allow ample time for us to order enough food for everyone.  As adult meals receive no government subsidy, they are $3.55 each.
  • Green and white dress day (Mass appropriate)

Thursday, Feb 1:

  • All Catholic schools Mass at AHS for grades 2-8.  Look for a separate permission slip.
  • Everyone will be in uniform/dress code.

Friday, Feb 2:

  • Adoration
  • Crazy Sock & Out of Uniform Day
  • 8th grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game, 1:50
  • Special activities in grades K-2
  • 4 year old preschool
    • AM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  7:45 – 8:30
    • PM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  12:00 – 12:45

Flu Season

The peak of flu season is still on its way.  Please do not send your child to school if:
  • He/She has had a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above  within the past 24 hours.  Children should be fever free for 24 hours when not using medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to lower the temperature.
  • He/She has been diagnosed with a contagious illness and has not yet received medication for at least 24 hours or been released by a physician.
  • He/She is too ill to do school work due to conditions that might include diarrhea, pink eye, vomiting, severe rashes, a continuous runny nose, bad coughing spasms, etc.

Children who come to school sick are not productive learners and are often miserable all day.  More importantly, they can spread the illness to classmates and teachers.  (When school officials worry about having to close buildings due to illnesses, it’s often not because of the number of students ill, but because of the number of staff members absent due to their own illnesses or that of their own children.)

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration for parishioners and families with siblings already at JFK begins on February 12th at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration for all others begins on February 15th at 8:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Round-Up for 2018-19

Kindergarten Round-Up is on February 15th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.  Informational packets will be available soon.

 Euchre Tournament

St. Anne’s Circle is sponsoring a Euchre tournament on March 3rd at 5:30 in the parish center.  Proceeds benefit OLV.  Entry fee is $25 per person or $50 for a team of two.  Teammates will plan together the entire night.  Single players are welcome.  Table assignments will be given the night of the event.  Heavy snacks provided, and BYOB.  For more information, please contact Loretta Reed (563-650-3040) or Helen White (563-391-3791).

STEM Projects

Congratulations to all 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th graders for participating in the 2017-18 JFK STEM Showcase.  Special congratulations to the following students who will present their science fair projects at the Scott County Catholic Schools’ Science Fair on February 8th:

7th grade:  Grace H (Sponges), Sophia M (Painrelievers), Isabella K (Five Second Rule)

8th grade:  Colin Y (DIY Lithium Battery), Brandon S (Snackbags/Slackbags), Sam L (Mouthwashes)

Christian Experience Weekend

Consider saying “yes” to a Christian Experience Weekend retreat at OLV.  In the 17 years I have been at JFK, I cannot say that I know of anyone who has attended a CEW who hasn’t had his or her life transformed.  It provides a profound experience that allows one’s faith life to take a quantitative and/or qualitative leap, and it creates relationships in the faith community that will enhance one’s life now and ten years from now.  The retreats are held in the school building and church.  The women’s weekend is Feb 2-4, and the men’s weekend is Feb 16-18.  Please call Hollie Matthys (563-343-1910) or Charlie Jones (563-940-9350), if you have questions or to register.  The actual applications can be found by clicking HERE.

Chad

January 21, 2018

Catholic Schools Week

Saturday, Jan 27:

  • All school Mass, 4:30.  Attendance is expected.  Students are encouraged to wear JFK spirit wear and/or green and white.
  • Spaghetti Supper and Open House, 5:30 – 7:30.  Forms to pre-order dinner tickets and the 50/50 raffle tickets went home last week.  Volunteers are still needed to help; click HERE to sign up.

Monday, Jan 29:

  • Dodgeball for Diapers Day.  Forms for this fundraiser are available from Mrs. Tilkens.  The tournament will, again, be during the day this year.  Third/4th graders will start at 8:00, 7/8 at approximately 9:30, and 5/6 at 1:30.  Proceeds from the tournaments held at all of the Scott County Catholic schools benefit Women’s Choice Center, Bethany, and/or Humility of Mary.
  • Athletic dress day — out of uniform (but following the out of uniform guidelines in our handbook)

Tuesday, Jan 30:

  • Talent Show
    • 8:00     Grades 4, 1, 2, 3 in this order.  When a particular student or grade performs depends upon the number of acts in each homeroom and the actual length of each act.
    • 12:40   Grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8 in this order.
    • In the past, we have had an amazing variety of acts:  skits, puppet shows, drawing, instrument playing, singing, dancing, joke-telling, sports demonstrations, etc.
    • All acts in grades K – 6 must be approved by homeroom teachers, and acts in grades 7/8 must be approved my Mrs. Hinchman.  The informational slip went home last week and must be returned no later than Jan 24th.  Extra forms can be  obtained from a homeroom teacher.  Please keep in mind that music, lyrics, movements, and attire of participants should reflect our Catholic values. Anyone having a song with lyrics as part of an act must have a copy of the lyrics approved by the teacher. Approval of acts and music should happen as soon as possible to avoid any last minute changes being required.   Students don’t want to practice something for days only to have a staff member require that it be revised or changed when they present it to the staff member for final approval.
  • Class dress alike day.  Look for information from your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Students may bring a pillow upon which to sit.
  • 3 year old PS puppet show during their class time.

Wednesday, Jan 31:

  • All School Mass with individual blessings of throats
  • Bring a Guest to Lunch Day
    • Visit the book fair after lunch
    • 10:40 – 11:10  K and 1Y
    • 11:10 – 11:40  1E and 4th grade
    • 11:40 – 12:10  2nd and 3rd grades
    • 12:10 – 12:40  5th and 6th grades
    • 12:40 – 1:10    7th and 8th grades
    • Parents may take their students home after lunch.  However, both a child’s homeroom teacher and office need to be informed.
    • Look for a lunch note this week to pre-purchase your adult meal.  School lunch will only be available through this pre-payment requirement.  Lunches should be pre-purchased by January 22nd to allow ample time for us to order enough food for everyone.  As adult meals receive no government subsidy, they are $3.55 each.
  • Green and white dress day (Mass appropriate)

Thursday, Feb 1:

  • All Catholic schools Mass at AHS for grades 2-8.  Look for a separate permission slip.
  • Everyone will be in uniform/dress code.

Friday, Feb 2:

  • Adoration
  • 8th grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game, 1:50
  • Special activities in grades K-2
  • 4 year old preschool
    • AM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  7:45 – 8:30
    • PM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  12:00 – 12:45

Flu Season

The peak of flu season is still on its way.  Please do not send your child to school if:
  • He/She has had a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above  within the past 24 hours.  Children should be fever free for 24 hours when not using medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to lower the temperature.
  • He/She has been diagnosed with a contagious illness and has not yet received medication for at least 24 hours or been released by a physician.
  • He/She is too ill to do school work due to conditions that might include diarrhea, pink eye, vomiting, severe rashes, a continuous runny nose, bad coughing spasms, etc.

Children who come to school sick are not productive learners and are often miserable all day.  More importantly, they can spread the illness to classmates and teachers.  (When school officials worry about having to close buildings due to illnesses, it’s often not because of the number of students ill, but because of the number of staff members absent due to their own illnesses or that of their own children.)

Catholic Schools Week Video Contest

John F. Kennedy Catholic School and the other Catholic schools are sponsoring student video contests for Catholic Schools Week.  Prizes include Victory Vouchers (gift cards) and the possibility of the video being on our website and Facebook page.

Guidelines:

  • Less than 1 minute in length
  • Supports this year’s CSW theme: “Catholic Schools:  Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
  • A video to be used on our website or Facebook page must only include students whose parents have given permission for such posting. (Done at the beginning of each school year.)
  • Multiple videos may be submitted by the same student(s).
  • Video should be on a USB flash drive.

Late productions are still being accepted.

Evening School Custodian/Janitor

Please welcome Jeff Edens back to JFK as our evening custodian.  He will start full-time again on February 1st.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2018-19

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration for parishioners and families with siblings already at JFK begins on February 12th at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration for all others begins on February 15th at 8:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Round-Up for 2018-19

Kindergarten Round-Up is on February 15th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.  Informational packets will be available soon.

Chad