May 27, 2018

Summer Communications:

This week’s Principal’s Post is the last weekly one until school begins again.  Make sure you check our Facebook page regularly during the summer.  There will also be some irregular Posts and/or emails this summer as there are still some important issues that need resolution, like bell/bus times.

Summer Programming at JFK:

Leaps & Bounds:  Does your child need some extra help over the summer?  Are you looking for a way to provide additional academic challenge for your student? Our Iowa certified staff will provide opportunities for your kindergarten through 5th grade child to grow by Leaps and Bounds.  Sign up for one, two or even all three sessions.  There are three week and two week sessions.  The program runs from 8:00 – 11:30 each day.  Two hours are for reading, one hour is for math, and 30 minutes is for recess and other fun.  The ratio is kept at 7 to 1 students per teacher or less.  Cost for the three week session is $270.  The two week session is $180.

Three week session:  June 11 – 29. (Closed)          Two week session:  July 9 – 20          Two week session:  July 30 – Aug 10

Vacation Bible School:  This program is coordinated for parish members by parish members.  Volunteers are always welcome to be a part of VBS.  Children who are entering kindergarten through 6th grade will enjoy a week of activities, crafts, skits, songs, and Bible stories.  VBS meets from 8:00 – 11:30 and runs July 23 – 27.  The cost is $25 per child.

Math Boot Camp: Math Boot Camp will help to kick start your student’s math skills before school begins in August. Students will work with an Iowa certified teacher to review main concepts learned in the previous grade.  Each day will be an intensive  Math Boot Camp is for students of all learning ability levels entering grades 6-8.  The camp is from August 6 – 10.  The cost is $40 per student.

Incoming 6th graders:  8:00-9:30 a.m.         Incoming 7th graders:  9:30-11:00 a.m.          Incoming 8th Graders:  11:00-12:30 p.m.

Jump Start Kindergarten: Preschool students have worked hard this year to learn many skills to be successful when they start Kindergarten in the fall.  Jump Start Kindergarten will provide a review of alphabet letters and sounds, basic math concepts, and literacy skills.  This week long review will also include story times and interactive white board activities.  What a great way for your child to practice instructional routines in a fun, enriching atmosphere!  Jump Start Kindergarten is August 6 – 10 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Cost is $50 or $55, depending upon eligibility for the early bird registration cost.

Summer Tutoring: Does your son or daughter need some extra one-on-one academic help during the summer?  Does he/she need to catch up on grade level skills?  How about a head start on the next school year?  Is your child interested in some coaching for a summer STEAM project?  JFK teachers are available this summer for tutoring students in a variety of areas.  Tutoring is one-on-one for grades K-8 by the hour ($22) or half-hour ($11).  Dates and times are flexible and can be arranged with the teacher.  Please contact Mrs. Motto for K-2 reading/language arts, Mrs. Lundquist for 3-5 reading/language arts/5th grade math, Ms. Burken for 6-8 reading/language arts, Mrs. Burke for reading/language arts, and/or Mrs. Schott for K-8 summer STEAM projects mentoring.

Instrumental Lessons: Would your son or daughter like to develop his/her instrumental skills over the summer?   Private lessons can be a great help (especially for younger grades) at retaining the current instrument knowledge.  It can also serve as early preparation for SEIBA auditions, marching band with Assumption, 6th-grade band fests and more. There is no minimum or maximum number of lessons that you can sign up for; everything is based on availability.  Lessons can be arranged weekly or bi-weekly, a certain amount over the course of the summer, or sporadically.  Cost is $22 per hour or $11 per half hour.

Registration forms for any summer programming:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: for registration forms.


Campus Safety Developments

We received $21,700 from the Scott County Regional Authority for security cameras around the outside of the school and in the main hallways and other large areas, like the parish center, gym, and cafeteria.  Fr. Jake has indicated that some cameras will probably also be installed around the church at the same time so we can piggy-back on pricing.

Bell and Bus Times for Next Year:  Delayed Now Until June 11

DCSD superintendent Art Tate indicated that the bell/bus times have now been moved to the June 11 meeting of the DCSD board.

Two meetings were held last week:  one with the faith-based school administrators and one with operations personnel of the DCSD.  At the first meeting, we looked at several models and discussed how difficult it is to go “out on our own” and do transportation ourselves at a rate we think families can afford.  On the other hand, no one wants bell times that don’t work well for families either.  We also learned that the schedule previously distributed and published by the DCSD had incorrect proposed times for Trinity Lutheran.  At the meeting with DCSD representatives, we talked about the possibility of some minor tweaks with the JFK/AHS route times that could make the proposed schedule more palatable for everyone.

After the meetings, we were informed that the bell/bus time issue will be moved to the June 11 DCSD board meeting.

Once the DCSD makes its decision, OLV/JFK’s board will also have to decide what to do.  If the DCSD changes the times, then our board will have to decide if we want to go along with the changes and have bus transportation or  go without bus transportation but have the bell times we most desire.

It would be nice to have the bell time issue decided.  We have other decisions to make that are influenced by bell times, including the following:

  • WIN time for grades K-2 and what staff will be involved
  • Whether or not there will be a need for before school care services
  • What the rates should be for after school care
  • The overall school budget
  • A new master schedule, including the possibility of instituting a 6th-8th grade late morning recess

Benefit for CJ Tilkens

A benefit is planned for July 1st at 2:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus.  You can also contribute to CJ’s fight against Neuroblastoma by donating through GoFundMe.  Click CJ Cancer Fight or use the following link/url: .

Altar Server Training
Altar Server Training will be on Saturday, June 2nd from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the church, for all boys and girls of the parish (4th grade and up) interested in serving at Mass.  At least one parent needs to attend to complete the necessary paperwork.  Adults can also be trained as altar servers.
Policy Committee Work Nears Completion
I would like to thank the following parents and staff members who helped review parent/student handbook policies this spring:  Jody Mucciarone, Lucas Roth, Tom Poston, Ashley Neumiller, Mike Kane, Tammy Nagle, Meredith Ash, Kitty Temming, Dianne Siefers, Julie Bauer, Noelle Myers, Rachael Whelchel, Kim Burken, and Kristina Rose.  Each year we review about 1/3 of the policies in our handbook.  Every year the four dress code related policies are reviewed.  Some of the proposed changes to policies include the following:
  • Adding language about targeting others on social media, which then affects the school environment
  • Adding additional language about cell phone use, particularly in regards to photos and video, and noting that the cell phone and other electronic devices policy also specifically covers smartwatches
  • Emphasizing that there are only 3 approved vendors for uniform jumpers/skirts
  • Applying the 2″ logo guideline to all apparel and limiting logos/words to one per item  (Shirts with logos/words on the front and back, front and sleeve, or front and shoulder, etc. would not be allowed, but socks could have a 2″ maximum size logo)
  • Adding more specific consequences for issues with hair, particularly for unnatural coloring
  • Defining tardies, 1/2 day absences, and full day absences
  • Changing when athletic eligibility is checked
I always find the annual dress code review to be interesting.  It’s difficult to have 8-12 adults develop common understandings in even 30 minutes of discussion time.  Then, implementing the dress code with 250 families and 50+ staff members trying to have common understandings just by reading the code makes it even more challenging.  Our discussion of “true red” probably took us five minutes alone at our committee meeting.  (UnderArmour red is not making the cut as “true red.”)
Immunization Reminder for Students Entering 7th Grade in 2018-19
The law in the State of Iowa states that the Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) is required before your student starts the 2018-2019 school year in 7th grade.
 Students entering 7th grade need proof of 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).
 Remember Tdap is also required for students entering 7th grade.
Please call your health care provider or the Scott County Health Department at 563-326-8618 to set up an appointment.
Library Books
Books borrowed from our library were due May 18th.  All books not returned by now must be considered lost, and the replacement cost is now due.  Detailed information was distributed to individual families earlier.  Replacement costs will not be refunded after June 1st.  Thank you for helping keep our library collection available to all of our students.
Last Day of Classes

May 31:  3 and 4 year old pre-school.  Four year olds have their programs on the 31st (MZ/KK at 5:45, MJ/MB at 7:00), and 3 year olds have their family activity on June 1 at 8:00 a.m. in the parish center.

June 1:  K-8.  This differs from the DCSD which is having classes on June 4.  Dismissal is at 3:00 p.m.

June 1:  Last day of ECLC