December 3, 2017


Busy Calendar

From now until January 2nd, there will be a whirlwind of activities:  holy day and other Masses, concerts, Christmas shows, out of uniform days for specific grades and the whole school, etc.  Please see the website calendars.  There’s too many events to list them all!

Advent is also a perfect time to rededicate ourselves to weekend Mass attendance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Please see the bulletin for Reconciliation offerings by clicking HERE or using the following url:

Victory Vouchers Are Going Online

Need gift cards for the holidays?  Want to use gift cards to make your holiday purchases AND support OLV and JFK at the same time?  Want to receive credit on your tuition?  Victory Vouchers has you covered!

  • You purchase a gift card at face value from OLV, meaning there is no additional cost to you — buy a $25 gift card for $25.
  • The parish is able to purchase the cards at reduced prices yielding a donation to the parish
  • You also receive a 2% credit for the program of your choice (school tuition, youth ministry, Faith Formation fees, or the OLV Foundation)

Victory Vouchers has two convenient purchasing options:  paper orders and, now, ONLINE ordering.

Gift cards can be purchased in person in the gathering space on Sundays from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or at the parish office on week days from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Cards are stocked for 40+ retailers, and nearly 7,000 are available online or can also be ordered in person.

To enroll in online ordering, click HERE for the Victory Voucher page on our website or stop by the Victory Voucher store that gets set up in the gathering space each Sunday.  For other questions, please contact Elaine Kopf at

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 two weeks ago and is available by clicking HERE.

Predicting Technology Usage

Every December, we need to predict the bandwidth we will need for the following school year.  The rule of thumb is that if, after controlling for the top 5% of heaviest usage, you are averaging 75% of your bandwidth, it’s time to upgrade.  We are averaging about 83% of our bandwidth this fall semester.  At 35 Mbps, JFK has the most bandwidth of our Catholic elementary schools, but it looks like it’s time to upgrade again!

Tuition Rate Discussions Begin

The Catholic elementary schools utilize the same tuition rates for parish member families.  Discussions regarding a tuition rate increase have begun, and our boards will be moving toward making their decisions in late December/early January.  Tuition rate increases have been averaging about 5% for the last ten years.  We are currently discussing an increase of even below 4.5% for next year.