March 5, 2017

Preschool and ECLC Registration
Preschool and ECLC/daycare registration has begun.  JFK has several options for three and four year olds:
T/Th morning 3 year olds
MWF morning 3 year olds
Both of these can be combined with full day childcare.
M-F morning 4/5 year olds.  This program can be combined with full day childcare.
M-F afternoon 4/5 year olds

Did you know that Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of families with children under the age of six in which both parents work?  Iowa is around 75%.  Access to quality preschool and childcare programs is a must for Iowa families.  JFK is proud to be able to help families and prepare students for school.

Register now as waiting lists will start forming.

Kindergarten Round-Up Was Feb 16
Kindergarten Round-Up was February 16th.  Please contact the school office as soon as possible, if you missed it.  Beginning this pre-registration process is the first step in ensuring your child a spot for next year.  Last year we had 60 families that wanted kindergarten spots, and we had to use a waiting list and refer to our enrollment policy to limit class sizes.  Do not delay!

Registration for other students will begin in the next few weeks.

JFK Students Receive Sacrament of Reconciliation
Nearly 280 2nd-8th graders will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday.  When was the last time you received this Sacrament?

Tuition Contracts for Returning Students
Tuition contracts for next school year should be mailed this week.  Take care of it before spring break so you don’t forget!  There are multiple grades on the edge of waiting lists, and we have families inquiring about JFK all the time!  For questions about your tuition contract, please contact Rita Nagle in the parish office (391-4245).

How Much Reading Did Your Student Do this Weekend?

A fourth grader reading 20 minutes per day outside of school on Friday – Sunday at the benchmark of 136 words per minute was exposed to nearly 8,160 words this weekend.  Thirty minutes per day would have made over 12,240!

Don’t forget math automaticity either.  Math automaticity refers to the instant, seemingly effortless recall of math facts.  When students become automatic with math facts, the cognitive processing parts of the brain can focus on other aspects of math problems.  (Similarly, when students are fluent and accurate readers, their brains are freed up for comprehension and more deeper understanding of what they read.)  Math automaticity is achieved when the response time is somewhere between 250 mili-seconds and 1 second.  For an interesting 3 1/2 minute video of math automaticity and the brain, enter the following address into your browser or click here:

Gala Donation?
Have you made a donation yet to this year’s Gala?  A $10 donation from each family at JFK will yield more than $2,000 in “seed money.”  This $2,000 can then be used to underwrite the Gala.  A small amount can then be leveraged into something tenfold or more!

AHS Musical March 10-12 
One of my favorite musicals, The Sound of Music, will be presented at Assumption on March 10th and 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Sunderbruch Auditorium.  The performance on the 12th is at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door: adults $10, students and seniors $8.

JFK on Facebook 
Did you Like us on Facebook this week?  Ask to be part of the JFK Moms & Dads and see all the pictures from this week’s music and athletic events.

Re-Designed Website 
We are in the final phases of a complete re-design of the parish and school’s website,  We hope to launch in late March or early April as we migrate and finish writing content for the new site.

Janitor Position
We are seeking a full-time, 2:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. janitor/custodian.  Interested persons can contact the school office for an application or email me at

Road Construction — Intersection Work Begins March 13th
A redesign of the intersection of Kimberly and Division is set to begin March 13th.  Please be aware of the disruption to normal traffic flow while they redesign the intersection and work on the roads.  For more information follow the link here or enter the following url into your browser:

JFK Grads National Bound
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Ballinger and Caitlin Steimle, JFK graduates and Assumption students, who qualified for the national level of speech competition.  This year’s competition is in Birmingham, AL.  Kaitlyn, a junior, has qualified for “Nats” the last two years, and Caitlin, a senior, has qualified three times.  Way to use those Civic Oration skills!
JFK 5th-8th graders begin Civic Oration speeches on March 13th.

H & S Fundraiser
Chipotle:  3/15/2017, 4:00-8:00 p.m.  5270 Elmore Avenue
The flyer will be emailed and sent home.  You’ll need to show the official flyer (in hard copy or on your cell phone) or tell the cashier that you are there for a fundraiser.  JFK’s H & S receives 50% of the proceeds!

H & S Officer Nominations
Look for a nomination form for H & S officers to come home this week and to be emailed to you.  Keep the H & S working for your child!  Nomination forms will be due back by March 16th.

Keep Your Eye on the Calendar
There are many activities in March and before spring break!  Please keep your eye open to the calendar on our website, emails, and hard copy documents.  You don’t want to miss anything!