October 1, 2017

Text Messaging Service Needs Your Action

JFK and Faith Formation will be using SchoolMessenger for its automated email, phone, and text messaging service.

In order to receive text messages, please type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.  You will not receive text messages if you do not take action yourself.

There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.

Special Events this Week

  • Oct 2:  World Bully Prevention Day.  Wear blue for bully prevention.  Students do need to follow the Out of Uniform guidelines in our handbook.
  • Oct 3:  Pack the Stadium Pep Rally for AHS Homecoming at 1:15
  • Oct 4:  Blessing of Animals (Real or Stuffed), 3:00, fields behind JFK
  • Oct 4:  7th Grade NET Retreat
  • Oct 5:  8th Grade NET Retreat
  • Oct 6:  Pack the Stadium at AHS Football Game

Neighboring Land Vote Cancelled

Mr. David Parochetti withdrew his request that the Davenport City Council remove the thirteen conditions from two parcels of land at the corner of Kimberly and Sturdevant that had been imposed as part of the rezoning process in 1999 when Schnucks purchased many lots in order to build a grocery store. With his withdrawal, a Taco Bell project across from the dental office is unlikely.  We hope to work with Kwik-Trip, Inc., city staff, Beattie Dentistry, and neighbors to determine the proper zoning and conditions for the land along Sturdevant that will allow development that will be an asset to the neighborhood.

Land Donated to Our Lady of Victory

Kwik-Trip, Inc. essentially donated the two parcels of land immediately south of our parking lot to OLV.  OLV now owns the brown and white houses on Division and the land to the east up to the ravine.  Kwik-Trip owns the properties along Sturdevant.

JFK’s Handbook and Policies

JFK’s parent and student handbook can be accessed on our website under the “For Parents,” and “Policies and Forms” headings and is linked here.  Please access the handbook, review it with your child(ren), print the sign-off page, and return the signed page to the school office.  By not printing hard copies for every family, we can significantly save paper.

H & S Messages

Send in your Box Tops for Education.  A fall submittal is coming up in October.

Pumpkin Run is October 20th.  It takes a lot of people all doing a little bit to make the evening successful.  Sign up to volunteer now: http://signupgenius.com/go/20f0c48abaf2da0ff2-pumpkin .  Orders for Pumpkin Run t-shirts are due by Friday, October 6th.  

Dawn Henning Assumes New Role with Tuition

We are attempting to consolidate a variety of school related financial work under one position.  Dawn Henning will now be responsible for PS and K-8 tuition and contracts and financial assistance awards, JFK registration/fees, lunch program accounting, and child care fees, responsibilities that used to be spread among at least three parish and school office staff members.  Assistance and oversight is still provided by parish and school administration, but now, if one wants to know how much is owed to OLV/JFK, Dawn should be able to give the answer.

Ladies Night

Wine, cheese, and chocolate will be served at the Ladies Night on October 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space Meeting Room.  Learn more about OLV’s Ladies Council and all of the various “circles'” activities.  RSVP to judyj1020@msn.com or text a message to 563-210-5154.

Youth Ministry Information

The Diocese of Davenport’s Junior High School Rally is Sunday October 15th, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.   Featured speakers include Mathias Michael and Bishop Zinkula.  There are breakout sessions, music, group games, lunch, and small group sessions with other teens all focused on the Mass.  Parent chaperones are needed to drive and supervise the teens once there.  If students register by Wednesday, the costs are $30 per teen and $20 per adult.  The costs after Wednesday increase $5.  Lunch is provided, and attendees should bring money as a dinner stop on the way home is a possibility.  More info here: https://www.davenportdiocese.org/jhrally

An even larger regional retreat event, Holy Fire, will take place in Chicago in October for students in grades 6-9.  There are two options for this one day event:  Friday, October 20th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 21st from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The best way to describe this event is that it’s like a one-day NCYC for middle school aged students, and we all know how powerful of a faith experience NCYC is for youth.  Diocesan and local bus coordination, chaperones, etc. are still being determined.  The cost for each bus, if the bus is full at 50 people, is $35, and, depending upon when one registers, the cost for the event is $35-45.  Buses would leave very early in the morning and arrive back home approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours after leaving the venue, depending upon the traffic.  Attendees need to bring their own lunches.  Stay tuned for more information about the logistics.  More info here:  http://www.nfcym.org/holyfirechicago
Contact Evan Brankin or Lisa Willows for more information about youth ministry events.

JFK Demographics — Record Preschool Enrollment

Late September and early October mark official enrollment count dates for the State of Iowa, National Catholic Education Association, and Diocese of Davenport.  JFK had record 3 – 5 yr old preschool this year with 102 preschoolers.  Following is some information regarding our student body:

GradeOfficial Enrollment Count 2017Official Enrollment Count 2016Official Enrollment Count 2015 – Records in Many  Categories
3 yr old PS (Total of TTh, MWF, and M-F)221820
4/5 yr old PS808080
Total K-8395409418
Total PS-8497507518
This is the 3rd largest PS-8 enrollment in the history of JFK with record PS enrollment
Waiting lists4/5 yr PS, 4 yr olds to be in ECLC4/5 yr PS, 4 yr olds to be in ECLC.


ECLC, 3 yr PS, 4/5 yr PS, K, 6th
Free/reduced lunches, K-812.1%14.2%15.5%
Transportation services, registered40.5%43.3%44%
PS – 8 Enrollment by Ethnicity, Percent Hispanic16.4%16%18%
PS – 8 Enrollment by Race:
·       Native American0%0.2%0.2%
·       Asian1.9%2%1.4%
·       Black1.9%2%1.7%
·       Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander0%0%0%
·       White91.3%91.9%93.6%
·       Two or More Races4.8%3.9%3.1%
K-8 Enrollment Percent Catholic88%88%87%
PS Enrollment Percent Catholic55%57%61%
English Language Learners0.8%0.2%
504 Plans for Students with a Documented Condition that Affects a Major Life Activity4.6%3.7%