May 21, 2017

Summer Programming

JFK has a variety of summer programming options.  Contact the school office for registration details:

  • Leaps & Bounds:  Academically oriented program for kindergarten – 6th graders.  Useful for brushing up on one’s skills or for moving ahead even more.  Sessions I and II are now closed.  Sessions III and IV, however, are still taking enrollment.  Each session is two weeks.  Sign up for one or more sessions!  8:00 – 11:30 a.m., with drop off beginning at 7:45.  Student to adult ratio at ten to one or less.  The cost for this program works out to $5 per hour and is a bargain compared to similar summer programming sometimes run by non-certified adults at $8 – $15 per hour elsewhere.  Registration forms are available on our website under “For Parents” and “Policies and Forms” or click here.
    • Session III:  July 10 – 14 & 17 – 21
    • Session IV:  July 24 – 28 & July 31 – Aug 4
  • Vacation Bible School:  June 5-9, 8:30 – 11:30, with drop off beginning at 8:00.  Kindergarten through fourth graders will love participating in the skits, stories, singing, and crafts of VBS.
  • Kindergarten Jumpstart:  For incoming kindergartners.  August 7 -11, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Discounted registration fees end soon.
  • Instrumental lessons:  For individual lessons over the summer, please contact Mr. Connors
  • One-on-one Tutoring:  One-to-one tutoring from JFK teachers will be available over the summer.  Look for a flyer later this week.

Last Day of K-8 School:  May 31st

JFK’s last day of school will be Wednesday, May 31st.  Dismissal is at 1:00, and bus transportation and before/after school child care are available that day.  This move follows the DCSD’s decision to eliminate a day of school and its impact on bus transportation.

Field Day remains on the 30th, and the Graduation Mass remains on June 2nd.

Please check the website calendar and backpack mail for preschool events and other happenings at JFK in May.  It gets very busy this time of year!

Open Registration Continues

We are now in what might be called “open registration.”  Seats are no longer reserved for returning families and parishioners.  If you have not returned your tuition contract for next year, please do so as soon as possible.  You don’t want to be without a seat!  For questions about your tuition contract, please contact Rita Nagle in the parish office (391-4245).

Preschool and ECLC Registration Continues — Childcare Still Available

Registration for preschool and ECLC continues in the school office.  JFK has several options for three and four year olds, and there are still some childcare spots available:

  • T/Th morning 3 year olds
  • MWF morning 3 year olds
    • Both of the 3 year old programs 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

Register now as waiting lists have started to form.

John Deere Employees Can Double Their Giving

Did you know that effective 5/1/2017, all full-time & part-time employees of John Deere can now have their monetary gifts to JFK school matched 100% from as little as $50 to a maximum of $1000 annually. For more information regarding the John Deere Foundation, simply log into Your link then to register your gift is for all guidelines, forms and corporate contact questions.

What a simple way to DOUBLE your giving and help OLV sustain a model learning & growing Catholic school!

New Part-Time Position

The parish and school are combining to offer a new office position beginning in June 2017.  Duties include maintaining the church and school databases, school personnel files, and calendars.  Ordering and inventorying school textbooks and supplies and assisting with registration, communications, and copying are also included.  The 20 hour per week position requires work in both the parish and school offices and includes work over the summer.  Send letter, resume, and references to, or complete an application in the school office.

Lunch Program Position for the Fall

We are considering an increase to our paid lunch program staff for the fall.  Hours are typically around 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. through about 1:30 p.m.  Duties might include food preparation, serving food, cleaning the kitchen and cafeteria, and stocking food.  If interested, please send a message to me at or complete an application in the school office.

Permanent Memorial for Peg Gooder

Several individuals and groups have inquired about installing a permanent memorial for Peg Gooder out by the playground equipment.  We are now accepting donations for a memorial bench to be purchased and installed in her memory.  If you or your organization would like to make a donation for such a memorial, please send it to the school office in an envelope labeled, “Peg Gooder memorial.”  Checks can be written to Our Lady of Victory.

Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners are a viral sensation.  On one day a while back, I saw a couple and thought, “Hmm.  Those are interesting.”  The next day, it seems, they were “everywhere,” and students and staff alike were struggling to determine what was appropriate and not and how they might be utilized without actually being the distraction themselves.  In the interests of some degree of uniformity, I will put these spinners in the same category as other “fidgets.”  If parents believe their children need a fidget as an intervention for a diagnosed need, the childrens’ parents should contact Mrs. Schott so the appropriate supports can be determined.  Most likely, we’d be able to determine another type of fidget that a student could use that doesn’t have the sensationalism and distraction that fidget spinners are currently causing.  (We have a wide variety of less obtrusive tools that can be used.)  In the absence of a diagnosed need, fidget spinners will be considered toys and should be left at home.

Major Summer Work on Boiler and Heating System

With only a teaser amount of work done over spring break, we are ready to start our major summer work to replace the boiler and do some other related tasks in classrooms.  The estimated cost of this project is nearly $172,000.  We are grateful for the parish investment in its school!

On Tuesday, I’ll also find out how much we are receiving from the Scott County Regional Authority (Bettendorf riverboat).  We applied for nearly $20,000 to pay for the electronic controls.