Second Place in Davenport Library’s Summer Reading Program
JFK students took second place among all of the elementary schools in Davenport in the Davenport public library’s summer reading program. We had 85 students complete the program!
Picture Retakes – October 12th
Pictures can still be ordered online. To order online please visit www.tssorders.com and enter your event number 27055787. Every child will be receiving a free 8 x 10 class composite; you do not need to add this to your order form unless you would like to purchase additional ones (Item 13). Retakes will be taken on Friday October 12th.
If you would like to pay by credit card, please order online by clicking HERE or using the following link/url: http://www.tssphotography.com/orgs/179456. All completed orders will be dropped off at the school.
BoxTop Labels Competition
You have until Monday 10/1 to turn in your BoxTop labels for your class. The homeroom with largest amount turned in wins cupcakes!
Magazine Sales Deadline is Wednesday
Magazine Sale orders are due by Wednesday, October 3rd. The magazine sale is the second largest fund-raiser with which the school is associated.
How Much Fundraising Is There?
JFK’s fundraising is actually quite low when compared to many of our other Catholic schools. Taking into account the Gala, 8th grade fundraising for their Chicago trip, Home & School, Band Boosters, Drama, and Student Council, we have about $112,000 in revenue from fundraising. That figure represents less than 5% of our annual budget. On a per pupil basis, however, it is about $315 per K-8 student. Thank goodness fundraising allows us to generate revenue from sources other than tuition paying families!
Cost per Pupil
With fundraising bringing in about $315 per pupil and tuition for OLV participating members being $3,370 for the first child, is the per pupil cost of education at JFK about $3,700? Not even close. Our K-8 per pupil cost this year is about $5,516. Approximately $1,671 per child comes from envelope giving at OLV. With the parish paying for nearly 30% of a student’s education, there is no doubt why parishioners expect JFK students and their families to be in the pews and fully participating in the life of the parish.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word Has Resumed
Children’s Liturgy of the Word has resumed at the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday Masses. Targeting children under second grade (those who have not yet received First Communion), the Children’s Liturgy of the Word breaks the message down into children specific language. Children sit with their parents until right after the opening of Mass and then are invited to go to the altar servers’ sacristy on the “Mary side” of the church. The children rejoin their families before Communion.
Do You Know What Kids Are Doing with Cell Phones?
With about 45% of 10 to 12 year olds in the US having not only their own smartphones but smartphones with a service plan (Nielsen report from February 2017), do you know what the kids are doing with their phones?
- What apps are they using? Have you tried them yourself?
- What social media accounts are they using, how are they using them, and how often do you monitor their activity? Just because a social media company says that no one under a certain age can have an account, doesn’t mean kids don’t fudge on their age.
- Are they “roasting” each other or doing “burns?” How should they respond when they are the target of the burns? You’d be shocked at the vulgar and vile language that students will use in the “anonymity” of the electronic age.
- What will they (and you) do when they receive inappropriate pictures taken off the Internet and from people they actually know? The average age of first exposure to pornography is around eleven. If 11 is average, what will they and you do when they are even younger?
- What shows are they watching in an era when family members are watching more and more shows independently on their own Internet connected devices than gathered around a television as a family? What are the ratings on the shows they watch?
- What group chats are they in? Who monitors them? What will they (and you) do when the chat turns ugly?
So far, the youngest students at JFK we have seen with issues regarding cell phone use have been eight. Will you be ready?
Please read the parent and student handbook, available HERE, and on our website: https://www.olvjfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Parent-Handbook-2018-19.pdf. Then, print off the last page, sign it, and return it to the school office — one per family. Thank you for helping us to reduce our printing costs.
Breakfast Program Discontinued
The last day for our new breakfast program was September 28th. There just weren’t enough students participating, and we were losing money each day. Perhaps in the future we’ll try a different type of configuration of its operations.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
The Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) is underway. The goal provided to us by the diocese went up $9,000, a reflection of our overall parish income having increased. The ADA is a “mandated goal.” If we do not meet the ADA goal through the campaign, we would have to cut expenses in order to pay the shortage. Please support OLV/JFK and the Diocese of Davenport.
Lisa Project: October 20 and 21st
The OLV Wellness Committee and Health Ministry Team are working with Scott County Kids to bring the Lisa Project to our church community on October 20th and 21st. This 10-minute, self-guided audio tour educates about child abuse. It will be available in the Gathering Space Meeting Room on October 20th from noon – 6 p.m. and on October 21st from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You could make
the difference in a child’s life by being better educated about recognizing the signs of abuse. The state of California requires all freshmen to attend this program. Trained staff from the Lisa Project will be on hand to answer questions. Because the display is rated PG-13, there will be an area set aside for younger children to be entertained while their parents take the tour.
Did You Miss the Parish Directory?
Photos for new parishioners, anyone not included in the last directory and anyone who wants to have his/her household’s photo retaken will be scheduled for the Gathering Space during October. Photo sessions are October 25th from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. and October 26th from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. Photos will be taken and viewed the same day. You will receive a free 8 x 10 and have the option to purchase
additional portraits. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, you can provide us with a photo of you and your family. (There is a $10 charge for processing a photo submitted this way for the directory.) You can email your photo to: email@example.com. If the submitted photo is professionally taken, a release from the original photographer is also needed. Everyone will receive a free directory in 2019.
Diocesan Vision 2020
As part of his initiative “Vision 20/20: From Pentecost to Pentecost,” Bishop Zinkula asks each parish to hold a study session and a listening session regarding evangelization based upon Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel. OLV’s study session is October 21st from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space. The listening session will be led by a diocesan representative, with the parish responses recorded and presented to the bishop. The listening session is October 28th from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space. All are welcome to attend one or both sessions.
Rising Knights Wrestling Club
The signup period for the Rising Knights Wrestling Club has started. For information regarding the club, as well as to register your wrestler, please visit www.risingknightswrestling.com. On the website is a link for online registration, as well as a paper form that can be used instead. Any questions can be directed to Ben Jobgen (cell 563-370-2495, email firstname.lastname@example.org)