February 24, 2019

Two Special Dress Days This Week; One the Following

Monday is Red Out Dress Day.  For $1, students and staff can be out of uniform if they wear red for the American Heart Association’s Healthy Heart Challenge.  Students need to adhere to the Out of Uniform Guidelines in our handbook.  If students purchased a Healthy Heart Challenge shirt, they do not need to donate the $1; they can just wear their new shirt.  Students can, of course, also show their support as well by wearing red according to the regular uniform policy.

Friday is JFK/AHS Spirit Day.  Students may wear any JFK or AHS spirit wear top along with uniform pants/skirts/bottoms.

Thursday, March 7th is Yellow Out of Uniform Day.  Yellow is the color associated with the fight against childhood cancer, and our out of uniform day is a follow up to our Pennies for Patients week.  Students may be out of uniform, if they are wearing some yellow.  (Good luck — I know I may have to look long and hard in my closet!)

Ash Wednesday: March 6

Ash Wednesday Mass times are 7:00 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up for 2019-20 Last Week

If you missed the Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up last week, please contact the school office as soon as possible.  You don’t want to miss being put on our list for next year!

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2019-20

Some of our classes for 3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare already have waiting lists forming for next school year.  Register now while the classes that meet your family’s schedule still have openings.

New JFK Video

Our first draft of a new video highlighting the JFK Difference is available:  JFK Difference.  The video is available through multiple routes on our website.  The easiest one is under the “JFK Difference” tab.

Tuition Tax Credit

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that the tax/calendar year actually splits two different school years with different tuition rates.

Bulletin Link:  February 24, 2019

Assumption Musical:  March 1-3

Join the Assumption Knight Players March 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. and March 3 at 2:00 p.m. for The Drowsy Chaperone! With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage, puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of the fictitious 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone, and watches as the recording comes to life in his apartment. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another!

Tickets ($10 adult, $8 student/senior) will be available at the door.  Free Admission to students with Assumption Activity Pass. (Must be accompanied by an adult)
Reserved seating for The Drowsy Chaperone is now available:  https://www.showtix4u.com/events/78

Instrumental Solo Contest

JFK students did an outstanding job at the instrumental solo contest last week.  We had 82% of our band students receive the highest “Division 1” rating.  There were also 16 students who received perfect ballots:  Allie A., Sophia M., Michael L., Ava S., Helen S., Jay W.T., Molly R., Kyle B., Ryan B., Sean B., Matthew M., Macie R., McKay D., Lucy N., Alexis M., and Braeden M.

My personal stories about being a soloist continue.  My high school experiences centered around music:  concert band, marching band, jazz band, dixie land band, brass ensemble, full orchestra, etc.  I spent my summers in marching band going to parades around southeast WI and IL.  We even performed in a college bowl game/parade and several televised parades.  We had many interesting experiences, including, I kid you not, playing trumpet fanfares as each winning cheese was announced at the Wisconsin Cheese Festival.  By the time I was a senior, I had been a featured soloist several times.  I still remember, however ,when our jazz band did a Chuck Mangione song where I was up front through the whole thing.  I remember telling our band teacher that we needed to build in a break somewhere in the piece as I just knew I would need one.  She kept telling me I’d be fine.  On the night of the big concert, I was proven right.  At right about the point where I thought I’d need a break, my lips dried up, and I started to have difficulty making the buzz for the trumpet.  I had to stop.  As I stepped back to take a sip of water, everyone started to clap as if the solo was done, and I remember asking my friend, “Why are they clapping?  I’m not done.  There’s more of this disaster.”  Of course, everyone said that they really didn’t notice a problem, and I never had a problem in any other concert or venue in which we played that song again.  But I knew both the “agony of defeat and the triumph of victory” or however that ABC Wide World of Sports commercial went.

Boxtops Deadline for Spring Submission

The Boxtops deadline for our spring submission will be in mid-March.  We’ll do the actual submission in April but volunteer Katrina Andybur needs time to trim and count the tabs.  Boxtops that come in after mid-March will be held until the fall submission.

Wellness Policy Review

We recently completed the latest review of our Wellness Policy.  The “strength” of the policy itself is analyzed, and the implementation is reviewed.  Below is a table that shows our “strength” analysis in 2018 and 2015.  It also shows how JFK’s policy is “stronger” than the national average.  To access the complete documents, follow two separate links:  Strength Analysis and Implementation.

Area

 

20182015
Comprehensiveness ScoreStrength ScoreComprehensiveness ScoreStrength Score
Nutrition Education867110017
Standards for USDA Child Nutrition Programs and School Meals70

 

305043
Nutrition Standards for Competitive and Other Foods and Beverages92

 

255633
Physical Education and Physical Activity10040110
Wellness Promotion and Marketing6742137
Implementation, Evaluation & Communication75

 

506445
Overall Policy Score82434924
National Averages5433

 

Changes to JFK’s 2018-19 School Calendar Repeated Below

The changes to the remainder of our school year calendar are summarized below.  I will update everything on our website calendar as soon.

K-8

  • Starting Monday, March 4th, the JFK K-8 student day will be 10 minutes longer in the afternoon with bus transportation.  Our bell time will be 7:25-2:50.  This schedule is DIFFERENT than the DCSD, which is also adding 10 minutes at the front of the day.  For those students who ride the bus in the morning, expect a 10 minute earlier pick up time as we cannot control the bus times.  We will supervise bus riders at JFK at the earlier time but not start classes for everyone until 7:25.
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 6th there will be no early release on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year.  The K-8 bell time will be 7:25-2:50.  There will be bus transportation.  Again, morning bus riders should expect the bus route to be 10 minutes earlier.
  • JFK will not have classes on Good Friday or Easter Monday.  This is DIFFERENT than the DCSD ,which is going to school on Easter Monday.  The Triduum is the most important part of the liturgical year in the Church.  It ought to be recognized as such in a Catholic school and allow ample time for families to gather to celebrate the Resurrection.  JFK will not have classes on either Good Friday or Easter Monday.
  • March 7th is drop-in parent/teacher conferences for K-8.
  • April 5th is the new end of the 3rd quarter.  There is a two hour early dismissal for K-8.  JFK’s bell time will be 7:25-12:50 with bus transportation.
  • Thursday, June 6th is the last day of K-8 classes.  There is a two hour early dismissal for K-8.  JFK’s bell time will be 7:25-12:50 with bus transportation.
  • Field day for K-8 is now Wednesday, June 5th.  There is no Mass this Wednesday.
  • Our last all school Mass is Thursday, June 6th.
  • 8th grade graduation is Friday, June 7th.

Preschool

  • Starting Monday, Marth 4th, preschool morning classes for four year olds will change to 7:25-10:30 a.m.  Afternoon classes will change to 11:45-2:50.  Each class is 3:05 in length, and morning drop off and afternoon pick up will still match K-8.  There are no changes for 3 year old preschool classes.
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 6th the Wednesday schedule will be the same as the other days of the week.  Preschool classes for four year olds will be 7:25-10:30 a.m., and afternoon classes will be 11:45-2:50.
  • JFK will not have classes on Good Friday or Easter Monday.  This is DIFFERENT than the DCSD ,which is going to school on Easter Monday.  The Triduum is the most important part of the liturgical year in the Church.  It ought to be recognized as such in a Catholic school and allow ample time for families to gather to celebrate the Resurrection.  JFK will not have classes on either Good Friday or Easter Monday.  For this year only, ECLC is open on Easter Monday.
  • April 5th is the new end of the 3rd quarter.  Due to the two hour early dismissal for K-8, there are no afternoon preschool classes.
  • The last day of 4 yr old PS and 3 yr old PS classes is Wednesday, June 5th.
  • The 4 yr old PS programs are in evening of June 5th.
  • The 3 yr old PS family activity is June 6th.
  • The last day of ECLC is June 7th.

 

February 20, 2019

Changes to JFK’s 2018-19 School Calendar

I would like to thank OLV/JFK’s board of education, which spent several hours discussing our missed time due to the weather this winter and the possible scenarios the DCSD might consider.  Because JFK regularly has more instructional hours than the DCSD, we do have some additional flexibility in our make up schedule, and this year is proving to be the exceptional year where we exercise that flexibility.  Below are the changes to our school calendar:

K-8

  • Starting Monday, March 4th, the JFK K-8 student day will be 10 minutes longer in the afternoon with bus transportation.  Our bell time will be 7:25-2:50.  This schedule is DIFFERENT than the DCSD, which is also adding 10 minutes at the front of the day.  For those students who ride the bus in the morning, expect a 10 minute earlier pick up time as we cannot control the bus times.  We will supervise bus riders at JFK at the earlier time but not start classes for everyone until 7:25.
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 6th there will be no early release on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year.  The K-8 bell time will be 7:25-2:50.  There will be bus transportation.  Again, morning bus riders should expect the bus route to be 10 minutes earlier.
  • JFK will not have classes on Good Friday or Easter Monday.  This is DIFFERENT than the DCSD ,which is going to school on Easter Monday.  The Triduum is the most important part of the liturgical year in the Church.  It ought to be recognized as such in a Catholic school and allow ample time for families to gather to celebrate the Resurrection.  JFK will not have classes on either Good Friday or Easter Monday.
  • March 7th is drop-in parent/teacher conferences for K-8.
  • April 5th is the new end of the 3rd quarter.  There is a two hour early dismissal for K-8.  JFK’s bell time will be 7:25-12:50 with bus transportation.
  • Thursday, June 6th is the last day of K-8 classes.  There is a two hour early dismissal for K-8.  JFK’s bell time will be 7:25-12:50 with bus transportation.
  • Field day for K-8 is now Wednesday, June 5th.  There is no Mass this Wednesday.
  • Our last all school Mass is Thursday, June 6th.
  • 8th grade graduation is Friday, June 7th.

 

Preschool

  • Starting Monday, Marth 4th, preschool morning classes for four year olds will change to 7:25-10:30 a.m.  Afternoon classes will change to 11:45-2:50.  Each class is 3:05 in length, and morning drop off and afternoon pick up will still match K-8.  There are no changes for 3 year old preschool classes.
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 6th the Wednesday schedule will be the same as the other days of the week.  Preschool classes for four year olds will be 7:25-10:30 a.m., and afternoon classes will be 11:45-2:50.
  • JFK will not have classes on Good Friday or Easter Monday.  This is DIFFERENT than the DCSD ,which is going to school on Easter Monday.  The Triduum is the most important part of the liturgical year in the Church.  It ought to be recognized as such in a Catholic school and allow ample time for families to gather to celebrate the Resurrection.  JFK will not have classes on either Good Friday or Easter Monday.  For this year only, ECLC is open on Easter Monday.
  • April 5th is the new end of the 3rd quarter.  Due to the two hour early dismissal for K-8, there are no afternoon preschool classes.
  • The last day of 4 yr old PS and 3 yr old PS classes is Wednesday, June 5th.
  • The 4 yr old PS programs are in evening of June 5th.
  • The 3 yr old PS family activity is June 6th.
  • The last day of ECLC is June 7th.
The calendar on our website will be adjusted to reflect these changes as soon as possible.  Thanks for your flexibility and patience.
Chad

February 18, 2019

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up for 2019-20 on Tuesday, Feb 19th

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up are on February 19th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the parish center and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.

All Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2019-20 Is Open on Tuesday, Feb 19th

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration opens for all families on February 19th at 7:30 a.m.  Please enter through the main doors.

New JFK Video

Our first draft of a new video highlighting the JFK Difference is available:  JFK Difference.  The video is available through multiple routes on our website.  The easiest one is under the “JFK Difference” tab.

Tuition Tax Credit

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that the tax/calendar year actually splits two different school years with different tuition rates.

Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines:  Last Week’s Observations

As I previewed last week, I was able to get through a number of homerooms on last week’s out of uniform day on Thursday to help to see how well we are doing with the policy for out of uniform days.  I was able to try to look inconspicuously at dress code in grades 4-8.  Overall, students were well dressed and within the out of uniform day guidelines.  In fact, 7th and 8th graders, on the whole, were particularly well within the guidelines.  (I almost gave a shout out to 6th graders that day too until I realized that the reason there were no questions about 6th graders’ attire was that they were all in uniform to go to Ridgecrest and didn’t have their out of uniform day until Friday!  That tells you something about my real awareness of attire!)  After I had a list of thirteen students whose attire about which I had questions, I asked Mrs. Temming to look them during lunch time.
My greatest struggle was in trying to make a split second determination of “loose fitting” vs. “tightly fitted.”  Sometimes it’s tough to do with the lighting of the room, the movement/sitting of students, etc.  Once that determination is made, however, then one looks at the length of the top — is it mid-thigh?  I would say that there were a few 4th/5th graders whose tops (often t-shirts) were too short.  “Everything” was covered, but the t-shirts/tops were probably not mid-thigh.
Bulletin Link:   February 17, 2019

Where Are We With a Schedule for Make Up Days?

The DCSD teachers’ union vote on Friday was in favor of a modified school calendar for the remainder of the year.  (See the Feb 13th Principal’s Post.)  It now goes to the DCSD board, and there is currently no non-disciplinary meeting scheduled until February 25.  JFK’s board is meeting in the evening of February 18th.  The 20 minute extension of the school day will likely be the main topic of our conversation.  Everything that we have seen in writing just says the 20 minutes is “added.”  Our teacher friends in the DCSD are telling us that the 20 minutes is earlier, but no DCSD administrator will yet commit to how the 20 minutes will be added.

Because JFK regularly has more instructional hours than the DCSD, we do have some additional flexibility in our make up schedule, and this year may prove to be the exceptional year where we exercise that flexibility.

Parent University:  Forming Faithful Families

Marie Ripslinger Atwater will offer a presentation and lead discussion regarding how to raise disciples who are grounded in the church’s teaching and practical life experiences.

Tuesday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Cathedral’s gathering space.  Open to families of all our Catholic schools.  Jeans day passes for students whose parents can attend and for staff members who attend.

Save the date for the next Parent University:  Thursday, April 4th, children’s author Julie Cook.

Assumption Musical:  March 1-3

Join the Assumption Knight Players March 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. and March 3 at 2:00 p.m. for The Drowsy Chaperone! With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage, puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of the fictitious 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone, and watches as the recording comes to life in his apartment. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another!

Tickets ($10 adult, $8 student/senior) will be available at the door.  Free Admission to students with Assumption Activity Pass. (Must be accompanied by an adult)
Reserved seating for The Drowsy Chaperone is now available:  https://www.showtix4u.com/events/78

Instrumental Solo Contest

Good luck to all of the 6th-8th graders participating in the instrumental solo contest on Thursday.  I can still remember my first one in 7th grade.  I was so nervous I could hardly make a sound!  Every year after that I only did ensembles!  By the time I did my last trumpet duet in high school, I had been playing contest duets with the same person for five years.  We were so “in tune” with one another that the judge told us there was no need to hear the whole song!

Wellness Policy Review

We recently completed the latest review of our Wellness Policy.  The “strength” of the policy itself is analyzed, and the implementation is reviewed.  Below is a table that shows our “strength” analysis in 2018 and 2015.  It also shows how JFK’s policy is “stronger” than the national average.  To access the complete documents, follow two separate links:  Strength Analysis and Implementation.

Area

 

20182015
 Comprehensiveness ScoreStrength ScoreComprehensiveness ScoreStrength Score
Nutrition Education867110017
Standards for USDA Child Nutrition Programs and School Meals70

 

305043
Nutrition Standards for Competitive and Other Foods and Beverages92

 

255633
Physical Education and Physical Activity10040110
Wellness Promotion and Marketing6742137
Implementation, Evaluation & Communication75

 

506445
Overall Policy Score82434924
National Averages5433  

 

February 13, 2019

Where Are We With a Schedule for Make Up Days?

This winter is taking its toll on all of us!  Our regular February board meeting was cancelled at the beginning of the month, and a makeup meeting was held Monday.  During that meeting, we discussed a makeup schedule and used the most recent information from the DCSD.  Of course, while we were meeting on Monday, the DCSD teachers’ union was also meeting, and there is a new plan that they will vote upon on Friday.  It contained a new aspect that our board had not fully considered.  JFK’s board will meet again on Presidents’ Day.

Here’s where we are at so far, pending, of course, the DCSD vote on Friday:

  • The DCSD is planning to eliminate early outs on Wednesdays, beginning March 6.  JFK would do the same.  There would be bus transportation.
  • The DCSD is planning to have school on Good Friday and Easter Monday.  JFK will not.  The Triduum is the most important part of the liturgical year in the Church.  It ought to be recognized as such in a Catholic school.
  • The DCSD is planning to have June 5th as the last day, which is the same as currently scheduled.  JFK will do the same.  (JFK’s board could have also accepted going through June 7th, if the DCSD did.)
  • The DCSD is planning on extending the school day by 20 minutes beginning March 4th.  Everything that we have seen in writing just says the 20 minutes is “added.”  Our teacher friends in the DCSD are telling us that the 20 minutes is earlier.  The Catholic schools are reaching out to the DCSD administration to clarify that they really expect the private schools, like JFK, to start as early as 7:05 with bus drop offs beginning at 6:45.  It is this issue that seemed to come out of nowhere, and our board needs to discuss it.  It may come down to starting 20 minutes early or not having morning bus transportation.

Because JFK regularly has more instructional hours that the DCSD, we do have some additional flexibility in our make up schedule, and this year may prove to be the exceptional year where we exercise that flexibility.

I’ll provide another update as soon as I know more.
Chad

 

 

February 10, 2019

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2019-20 Begins on WEDNESDAY

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration for parishioners and families with siblings already at JFK begins on February 13th at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration for all others begins on February 19th at 7:30 a.m.  Please enter through the main doors.

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up for 2019-20

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up are on February 19th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the parish center and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.

New JFK Video

Our first draft of a new video highlighting the JFK Difference is available:  JFK Difference.  We are working to get the video distributed and up on our website.

Make-Up 4 Year Old Preschool Conferences

Make-up four year preschool parent/teacher conferences are in the evening on February 12th.  Use the link that was emailed to you to sign up for a time.  Preschool classes will continue as normal on the 12th.

Re-Scheduled Mass for 2nd-12th Grade Catholic School Students

The all Catholic schools Mass with the Bishop at Assumption for students in grades 2-12 has been re-scheduled for March 21st.  Hopefully, we won’t have any snow then!

How Many Days Will We Make Up and When?

So far, we’ve cancelled seven school days and have had two  early dismissal days and two late start days due to the weather.  Every area district is adjusting its school calendar differently, and our Catholic schools are in the process of adjusting ours as well.  It would be great, however, if the weather would stop creating problems for us.  Just as soon as the DCSD published a new calendar, we had weather issues on two more days!  We have not seen yet how the DCSD will adjust things again.  We have also heard that there now may be discussions about other changes that may affect us.  One of the factors for us is bus transportation; our Catholic schools  don’t control our own busing.  Given various factors and perspectives at each of our Catholic schools and the fact that we do not have a system to make timely unified decisions, it is likely that each Catholic will have a different adjusted school calendar.  JFK’s board will be discussing it Monday night.

About two weeks ago, the DCSD’s board passed August 26th as the first day of school.  Last week, legislation in Iowa was introduced to allow more flexibility for schools to start before August 23rd.  We’ll see what happens to this legislation and how the DCSD responds.

Tuition Tax Credit

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that the tax/calendar year actually splits two different school years with different tuition rates.

Skate Night

Skate Night is February 11th at 6:00 – 8:00 at the Eldridge Skate Park.  The theme is “80’s Era.”

Catholic School Counselors on TV

Did you see two of our Catholic school counselors, including our own Anna Schott, on TV last week:  National School Counseling Week.

Doing Science vs. Being Scientists:  Does Language Makes a Difference, Particularly for Girls?

In a recent study published in Psychological Science, researchers found that girls between the ages of 4 and 9 remained more engaged in a game about the scientific method when the game was described as “doing science” rather than as “being scientists.”  Summarizing the study in a February 7, 2019 article in Education Week, “To Encourage Girls in Science, Talk Action, Not Identity,” Sarah Sparks indicates that the identity language of “being scientists” may be problematic to encouraging girls to pursue STEM education and careers.  For boys, the language differences were related to age:  younger boys stayed more engaged when the activity was “doing science,” and the older boys were more engaged when the activity was “being scientists.”

Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines Checked on Thursday

With so many days off, it’s been hard to get into any sort of rhythm, including with our dress code, particularly our Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines.  Challenges seemed to appear in our scattered out of uniform days for Catholic Schools Week.  This week we have another out of uniform day on Thursday; it’s red, white, and pink dress day.  Students can be out of uniform if they are wearing red, white, or pink attire.  The Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines from our handbook are copied below.  To aid in the interpretation, Mrs. Temming and/or I will be making our way through several grade levels.
Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines
Even when there is an out of uniform dress day, certain guidelines are appropriate for the modesty expected in a Catholic school. These guidelines are not intended to limit the fun of theme days, but they are intended to provide a minimum standard.
Tops: Modest tops without holes, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or visible undergarment straps.
Pants/shorts/skirts: Lengths of shorts/skirts must meet the requirements of the above uniform policy [no shorter than 2″ above the knee]. Loose fitting jeans and loose fitting pants may be worn. If wearing tightly fitted jeans/pants/leggings, one’s top (shirt, sweater, etc.) must be mid-thigh or longer.
Socks must be worn unless formal attire is worn.
Footwear must be worn.
If a student’s attire is not within these guidelines, the student will be asked to change his/her clothing. If the clothing cannot be changed, a dress code demerit will be issued, and the student will not be allowed to participate in the next out of uniform day.
Policy Adopted: May 7, 2013
Policy Reviewed: May 5, 2015; April 5, 2016
Policy Revised: June 6, 2017; June 14, 2018
Bulletin Link:  February 10, 2019

Chad

February 3, 2019

Re-Scheduled Catholic Schools Week Activities

Below is a summary of re-scheduled events for Catholic Schools Week.

The book fair is open through Wednesday.

Monday, February 4:

  • Talent Show
    • 7:45     Grades 4, 1, 2, 3 in this order.
    • 12:25   Grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8 in this order.
  • Class dress alike day.  Look for information from your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Students may bring a pillow upon which to sit.

Wednesday, Feb 6:

  • All School Mass, 7:40, and individual blessings of throats
  • Bring a Guest to Lunch Day
    • Visit the book fair after lunch
    • 10:40 – 11:10  K and 1Y
    • 11:10 – 11:40  1E and 4th grade
    • 11:40 – 12:10  2nd and 3rd grades
    • 12:10 – 12:40  5th and 6th grades
    • 12:40 – 1:10    7th and 8th grades
    • Parents may take their students home after lunch.  However, both a child’s homeroom teacher and office need to be informed.
  • Green and white out of uniform dress day (Mass appropriate)

The all Catholic schools Mass with the Bishop at Assumption for students in grades 2-12 is being re-scheduled for March or April.

How Many Days Will We Make Up and When?

So far, we’ve cancelled six school days and have had an early dismissal day and two late start days.  The spokesperson for the DCSD said that the missed days will be made up in June, but the DCSD needs to act first.  We’ll wait until the DCSD makes a decision so we know what the busing will be, and then our board will make its decision.

About two weeks ago, the DCSD’s board passed August 26th as the first day of school.  Last week, legislation in Iowa was introduced to allow more flexibility for schools to start before August 23rd.  We’ll see what happens to this legislation and how the DCSD responds.

Tuition Tax Credit

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that the tax/calendar year actually splits two different school years with different tuition rates.

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2019-20

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration for parishioners and families with siblings already at JFK begins on February 13th at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration for all others begins on February 19th at 7:30 a.m.

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up for 2019-20

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up are on February 19th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.  Informational packets will be available soon.

4 Year Old Preschool Conferences

Four year preschool parent/teacher conferences are on Feb 7th and 8th at scheduled times.  There are no four year old preschool classes.

Skate Night

Skate Night is February 11th at 6:00 – 8:00 at the Eldridge Skate Park.  The theme is “80’s Era.”

STEM Showcase Results

Congratulations to all 7th and 8th grade participants of the 2019 STEM Showcase at John F. Kennedy Catholic School.  Special congratulations to the following who will showcase their projects at Assumption High School on February 8th:
7th Grade
Grant S. (Infinity Mirror)
Justin C.  (Changing Ingredients in a Cake)
Elexa A.  (How Does Color Affect Our Mood)
8th Grade
Alex M. (Battery Life)
Anna S. (Which Hand is More Sensitive)
Quinn R. (Can’t Touch This)

Southeast Iowa Band Association Honor Band

Congratulations to the five students who were able to audition for the “SEIBA Honor Band.”  he “SEIBA Honor Band” is one of the most prestigious 7th and 8th grade honor bands that takes place in the state of Iowa.  Students prepared etudes (short and challenging songs) and multiple scales to audition for a chance to participate in the upcoming honor band.  Near 600 students from the southeast part of the state auditioned to be a part of this honor band.  Approximately 10 percent of the students who audition are accepted.  JFK took five students to audition, and two of those five students were accepted:  Sophia M and Michael L.

Community Helper Thanks

Students prepared approximately 460 thank you treat bags for “community helpers.”  These were bags distributed to Davenport police officers and fire fighters, Muscatine police officers, ordained working at SAU, and Genesis West.  We should have also prepared them for those who were out in all hours and conditions to take care of our streets last week!  There are so many helpers who keep our communities running smoothly for us.

Bulletin Link:  February 3, 2019

Chad