September 24, 2017

Here We Go! Major Facilities Projects

This year’s theme is Leading the Way, but last year’s theme was “Here We Go!”  Last year and now into this year, we accomplished more than $500,000 in facility improvements at OLV and JFK.  These were funded through a variety of sources, but the biggest source was through the insurance claim for the hail damage to the church, rectory, school, and other building roofs.

  • Replaced multiple buildings’ roofs
  • Rebuilt the stained glass window frames (paid for with the Save Our Windows campaign)
  • Replaced the chiller section of the church air conditioning system
  • Replaced the JFK boiler, wall units along north walls of 1963 section, classroom controls in 1963 section
  • Upgraded security features near church entrances
  • Acquired the brown house on Division Street to provide an even greater buffer from the intersection

In addition to these projects, Kwik-Trip (parent company of Kwik-Star) just donated two parcels of land just to the south of our parking lot and directly behind the brown and white houses, which we already own, to OLV.  We now own everything from the ravine by the dumpster to the back of Kwik-Star and over to Division.  Kwik-Trip still owns the properties between the ball field and Kimberly.

A major facility review of the OLV/JFK campus is underway.  We are trying to estimate life expectancies and costs of all major elements of the campus to better plan for the future.

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.

Neighboring Land Vote This Week

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, the Davenport City Council will vote on a request to have the thirteen conditions removed 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.  As we all can see, after Schnucks purchased land to the south of OLV/JFK, had it rezoned, and tore down 5-6 homes, the grocery store project never materialized.  Mr. David Parochetti is requesting that the conditions imposed upon the land to safeguard the neighborhood be removed so he can build a Taco Bell across from the dental office.

Last week’s public hearing was very lengthy, and I spoke on behalf of OLV and JFK.  We are opposed to the conditions being dismissed without discussion and new long-range planning.  While it may make sense to remove a few of the conditions , even conditions that we were involved in negotiating back in 1999, since Schnucks has sold the land to Kwik-Star and the parcels of land that could now be developed are now only along Sturdevant, other conditions should not be removed.  We are opposed to the removal of conditions that, for example, were intended to ease traffic congestion and maintain the safety along Sturdevant Street and by the school.

We firmly believe that all of the conditions and a new plan for the land to the south of us need to be discussed, and we hope we can, again, be part of that discussion just like we were in 1999.  This discussion, in fact, is one of city staff’s recommendations, “…to revisit the need for the extent of commercial zoning in the area.”  However, the immediate case before City Council is for the complete removal of the thirteen conditions.

All are invited to what will be a shorter meeting this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.  The more people at City Hall, the more City Council will be obliged to stop and think things through.

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.

Lunch Program Costs and NSLP Applications

JFK participates in the National School Lunch Program.  As such ALL lunches are partially subsidized by the federal and state governments.  By our understanding of the formulas, we actually should be charging at least $2.86 per student meal, but we can only raise the price $0.10 per year.  If you would like to apply for further government help with hot lunches, please complete an NSLP application for free/reduced lunches.  New applications must be filed each year and were sent home to every K-8 family.  Please contact us if you would like another application.  The 30 day grace period of eligibility from one school year to the next will expire in a couple of weeks.

“It is the policy of JFK not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by (name of CNP Provider), please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004;  phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416;  web site:”

Extra-Curricular Activities

We are most grateful to JFK parents and our other adult volunteers for leading our extra-curricular activities.   Girl Scouts has their registration on Monday night, Lego League has begun, and Creative Crusaders has dates on the calendar.  If you would like to help with these or any other extra-curricular activity, please contact the school office so we can relay your contact information.  If you are interested in starting another extra-curricular activity at JFK, please let me know.

OLV Foundation

The OLV Foundation has begun its legacy campaign to reach an endowment of $1,000,000 by 2020.  Currently, the Foundation has an endowment of just over $560,000, and investment earnings of $26,000 were distributed to the church and school this summer.  Be a part of the legacy by joining the 300 club ($300 per year for 7 years), giving in honor of one of our past pastors, or making a one time donation.  More information about the OLV Foundation can be found here.

Mid-Quarter Reports Home Mid-Week

The end of the first mid-quarter was Friday.  We usually give the teachers about 2-3 working days to make sure they have everything organized, and then mid-quarter reports are distributed to all families.  Look for the mid-quarter reports near the middle of this week.

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:

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:
Speaking of NCYC, have you reserved a place at this Friday’s Trivia Night at the Knights of Columbus?  Cost is $10 per person.
Contact Evan Brankin or Lisa Willows for more information about youth ministry events.