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!