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.