April 21, 2019

Eight Days Remaining for Discounted Registration and Priority Registration

There are only eight days remaining to return your K-8 tuition contract for next school year and receive the discounted registration fee.  On May 1st, the discount no longer applies.  May 1st also marks the end of priority registration for parishioners and those already enrolled in JFK or Guardian Angel Preschool.  At that time, all registration is first come, first served, and we may be looking at a waiting list in at least one grade and some preschool classes.

Rosary Themed Project by Playground

We are about half way to the funding needed for a rosary themed area behind the school near the playground.  The labor, mulch, and bench have already been donated.  We need about $1,100 for the plants and stone.  If interested in helping fund this special project, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Rosary Themed Project” and send it to the school office.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated!

Board of Education and Parish Council

The board of education has three spots open each year, and parish council has four spots.  The terms are for three years.  For more information, please contact me.

Action Alert for Increase in STO Tax Credits

The Iowa Catholic Conference put out an action alert in support of an increase in the School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credits.  Donations to STOs fund our tuition assistance in the Family Tuition Plan.  More tax credits available will translate into more donations and, thus, more financial assistance available.

Here’s the alert: https://www.votervoice.net/ICC/campaigns/65475/respond.

Make Gala Reservations Now

The Gala is only a few weeks away, Friday, May 3rd.  Buy your tickets now!  Contact Angie H. in the school office for information on the following:

  • How to help with setup, etc.
  • How to be an “underwriter” to pay for the costs of the Gala so that all sales go to the educational needs of OLV/JFK
  • How to contribute toward a “class” package
  • How to be a donor of an item for the auction(s)
  • How to purchase raffle tickets for $1,000 off your 2019-20 tuition
  • How to purchase tickets to attend

Candy Bar Sale

With the loss of fundraisers over the last few years or the reduction in revenue, we thought we would try a low key candy bar sale with World’s Finest Chocolate.  The candy bar sale is very popular at Regina and some of the other Catholic schools in our diocese.  Students who have signed permission slips to sell the candy bars will receive them this week.  If you need another box, please send in the $60 and let Angie H. know in the office.  They shipped plenty of boxes!

First Communion on Sunday

On Sunday, we will be celebrating First Communion with our second graders at a 1:30 p.m. Mass.  I can’t wait for the to be at the table with us!

Holy Thursday Musical Stations

We would like to thank the 8th graders for their wonderful selections of music and video for our Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday.  If that wasn’t enough, you should have seen 380 students and staff leave the gym in absolute silence without needing any reminder.  It was amazing!

Campus Clean Up

A spring campus clean up is taking place.  Most noticeable are the bushes around the parish center and along the cafeteria wall.  This past weekend, a better drainage system for the sump pump by the north stairs was installed.  There is another date scheduled for more work:  Saturday, April 27th at 8:30 a.m.  Tasks include reseeding behind the school, cleaning up the white and brick house yards, and removing tree limbs and brush from our property south of the school.  If you have a pick-up truck or trailer, please bring it along so it can be used to haul away the debris.

Position Open at JFK

School Counselor:  We will have a full-time school counselor position available for the 2019-20 school year.   Iowa licensure is required.  To apply for this position, please send a copy of one’s license, resume, letter of interest, and references to chad.steimle@olvjfkmail.com.

Bulletin Link:  April 21, 2019