January 20, 2020

Virtus Updates

Did you complete your annual renewal with www.virtus.org last week?  All employees and volunteers working with children and dependent adults within the parishes and Catholic schools of the diocese were assigned the online annual renewal module on January 2nd and given two weeks to complete it.  The module takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.  If you have not yet completed it, please do so ASAP.  In the near future, we will have to move to restricting access to children by those who have not completed the renewal.

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Drop In K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in classrooms.

Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday.  There are no 4/5 yr old PS classes on either day.

Catholic Schools Week

Below is a summary of events for Catholic Schools Week.

Saturday, Jan 25:

  • All school Mass, 4:30.  Attendance is expected.  Students are encouraged to wear JFK spirit wear and/or green and white.
  • Spaghetti Supper and Open House, 5:30 – 7:30.  Book fair is open as well.  Tickets for the meal are also being sold through “backpack mail.”
    • Have you volunteered to help yet?  Click HERE or us the following link/url:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4baaab28a2fa7-spaghetti

Monday, Jan 27:

  • Dodgeball for Diapers Day.  Forms for this 3rd-8th grade fundraiser were made available by Mrs. Tilkens.
  • Athletic dress day — out of uniform (but following the out of uniform guidelines in our handbook as all our special dress days must)
  • Puppet show for MWF 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan 28:

  • Talent Show
    • 7:45     Grades 4, 1, 2, 3 in this order.
    • 12:25   Grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8 in this order.
    • All acts and music must be approved by homeroom teachers.
      • Forms due January 21st.  Forms went home before Christmas break
  • Class dress alike day.  Look for information from your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Students may bring a pillow upon which to sit.

Wednesday, Jan 29:

  • Regular Wed. All School Mass, 7:40
  • Bring an Adult Guest to Lunch Day
    • Visit the book fair after lunch
    • 10:40 – 11:10  K
    • 11:10 – 11:40  3rd and 4th grades
    • 11:40 – 12:10  1st and 2nd 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.
    • A lunch note will be sent home to pre-purchase your adult meal.  School lunch for adults will only be available through this pre-payment requirement so we have time to order enough food for everyone.
  • Green and white and/or JFK spirit wear out of uniform dress day (Mass appropriate)

Thursday, Jan 30:

  • All Catholic schools Mass at AHS for grades 2-8.  Look for a separate permission slip yet to be sent home and emailed.
  • Everyone will be in uniform/dress code.
  • Puppet show for TTh 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Jan 31:

  • Wacky Tacky Out of Uniform Day
  • 8th grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game, 1:30
  • Special activities in grades K-2
  • 4 year old preschool
    • AM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  7:25 – 8:15ish for special activities.
    • PM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  11:40 – 12:30ish for special activities
  • Conclude Catholic Schools Week with a Storm game, supporting JFK Home & School.  Quad City Storm vs. Peoria Rivermen.  90’s Night!http://fevo.me/JFKHomeandSchool

Kindergarten Informational Session and Round-up

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-up are right around the corner.  Parents will have an informational session, and students will get to be kindergartners for the “day.”  Find out how the difference in us will make a difference in your child’s education.

  • Feb 6:  7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the parish center, or
  • Feb 6:  6-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

Preschool and Daycare Registration

Three, four, and five year old preschool and daycare registration for OLV parishioners and current JFK families begins February 3rd at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration begins on February 6th.  Morning spots go fast so don’t delay registration.

Trivia Night

The Music Boosters’ Trivia Night is Saturday, February 1st at the Knights of Columbus.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and trivia will start at 7:00 p.m.  Invite your friends and family for a fun, adults-only, night out.  The price is $100 per table with a maximum of 8 people per table.  “Double Downs” and “Mulligans” are included in the price of the table.  Bring your own snacks and drinks may be purchased from Knights of Columbus.  Contact Ethan Connors at ethan.connors@olvjfkmail.com to reserve your space.  All proceeds will go to the JFK Music Boosters in support of the 5th – 8th grade bands and music programs.

8th Grade Career Fair

Preparations for the 8th annual Scott County Catholic Schools and St. Ambrose University 8th Grade Career Fair have begun.  The career fair is held on in the Rogalski Center on SAU’s campus and will be Friday, March 6, 2020.  We would like to extend the opportunity for area businesses, employers, colleges and universities, health care professionals, law enforcement agencies and various career-related organizations to join us in educating our eighth grade students about the numerous employment opportunities available to them.  Presenters are asked for a time commitment of 8:15 am-2:00 pm. Presenters prepare a booth with information about their career (job duties, professional expectations, hours, required education/training, technology, general salary range, likes and dislikes, etc). The students enjoy hands-on activities so anything you wish to do or bring that is interactive is most appreciated. The students will rotate in groups and complete a career questionnaire about each booth they visit. A thank you lunch for all presenters will be provided. All presenters are invited to join us for the celebration of Mass at 1:15 in the Christ the King Chapel on campus. If you are interested in being a presenter at the career fair, please email the following information to Mrs. Wolf:  emma.wolf@olvjfkmail.com.

  • Career Field/Occupation
  • Business Name or Place of Employment
  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Daytime phone number
  • Special needs at the fair (Ex:  access to electricity, WiFi/Internet access, space for a drone to work)

School Cancellations

Thanks for hanging in there regarding last week’s school cancellation.  It was a fluid situation all morning that began around 5:30 a.m. with the message that we principals should stay tuned as a delay or cancellation was being considered.  Messages regarding cancellations, late starts, or early dismissals are shared with JFK families via phone, text, and email.  If you did not receive a text message last Wednesday, it is most likely because you are not registered to receive text messages from JFK.   (This primarily applies to families new to JFK in 2019 and/or new preschool families.)  To receive JFK text messages, type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.  You will not receive text messages from JFK if you do not take action yourself.  There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/01/January-19-2020.pdf

I See

Or, at least, I hope to see better.  Since Friday, I had been dealing with a large number of both big and very small “floaters” in my left eye.  When I woke up Saturday morning, I noticed two flashes of light but dismissed it as still being half asleep.  After shoveling and going about my business Saturday, I thought things might be getting better.  During the clean up for the parishioner appreciation dinner, however, my vision became even more hazy and stayed that way through most of Sunday.  On Monday, I called the eye doctor, and they got me in by 10:00 a.m.  During the appointment in the Bettendorf office, they scheduled me right away for an afternoon appointment with the retina specialist, who was in Rock Island office.  By 3:30, I was finished with the process of basically having my torn and weakened retina spot welded in place.  That ought to do the job!  (But, I hate to tell them that when they say there may be some discomfort, what they really mean to say is “It will HURT!”)

Chad

January 12, 2020

Special Dismissal This Week

There is a special early dismissal this week marking the end of the second quarter.  K-8 classes are dismissed at 12:40 on Thursday.  There are no afternoon preschool classes on Thursday.

Friday is a teacher in-service day.  Teachers will be receiving training regarding the Tessera assessment and social-emotional-behavioral lesson system, looking at how we use academic assessment results, and examining research regarding reading instruction.  There are no classes on Friday, but ECLC is open.

Catholic Schools Week Preview

Below is a summary of events for Catholic Schools Week.

Saturday, Jan 25:

  • All school Mass, 4:30.  Attendance is expected.  Students are encouraged to wear JFK spirit wear and/or green and white.
  • Spaghetti Supper and Open House, 5:30 – 7:30.  Book fair is open as well.  Tickets for the meal are also being sold after Masses on January 18th and 19th.

Monday, Jan 27:

  • Dodgeball for Diapers Day.  Forms for this 3rd-8th grade fundraiser will be emailed and sent home in “backpack” mail.
  • Athletic dress day — out of uniform (but following the out of uniform guidelines in our handbook as all our special dress days must)
  • Puppet show for MWF 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan 28:

  • Talent Show
    • 7:45     Grades 4, 1, 2, 3 in this order.
    • 12:25   Grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8 in this order.
    • All acts and music must be approved by homeroom teachers.
      • Forms due January 21st.  Forms went home before Christmas break
  • Class dress alike day.  Look for information from your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Students may bring a pillow upon which to sit.

Wednesday, Jan 29:

  • Regular Wed. All School Mass, 7:40
  • Puppet show for MWF 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.
  • Bring an Adult Guest to Lunch Day
    • Visit the book fair after lunch
    • 10:40 – 11:10  K
    • 11:10 – 11:40  3rd and 4th grades
    • 11:40 – 12:10  1st and 2nd 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.
    • A lunch note will be sent home to pre-purchase your adult meal.  School lunch for adults will only be available through this pre-payment requirement so we have time to order enough food for everyone.
  • Green and white and/or JFK spirit wear out of uniform dress day (Mass appropriate)

Thursday, Jan 30:

  • All Catholic schools Mass at AHS for grades 2-8.  Look for a separate permission slip yet to be sent home and emailed.
  • Everyone will be in uniform/dress code.
  • Puppet show for TTh 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Jan 31:

  • Wacky Tacky Out of Uniform Day
  • 8th grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game, 1:30
  • Special activities in grades K-2
  • 4 year old preschool
    • AM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  7:25 – 8:15ish for special activities.
    • PM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  11:40 – 12:30ish for special activities
  • Conclude Catholic Schools Week with a Storm game, supporting JFK Home & School.  Quad City Storm vs. Peoria Rivermen.  90’s Night!http://fevo.me/JFKHomeandSchool

Kindergarten Informational Session and Round-up

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-up are right around the corner.  Parents will have an informational session, and students will get to be kindergartners for the “day.”  Find out how the difference in us will make a difference in your child’s education.

  • Feb 6:  7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the parish center, or
  • Feb 6:  6-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

Preschool and Daycare Registration

Three, four, and five year old preschool and daycare registration for OLV parishioners and current JFK families begins February 3rd at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration begins on February 6th.  Morning spots go fast so don’t delay registration.

Other Special Schedules or Events

January 13/14:  Crusader Theater Tryouts for 8th graders

January 14:  7th/8th Science Fair Showcase, 6:00

January 15:  8th Grade Parent Meeting at AHS, 6:30

January 16:  End of 2nd Quarter.  Special 12:40 Dissmissal.  No PM preschool classes.

January 17:  In-service.  No classes.  ECLC open

January 18:  Parishioner Appreciation Dinner, parish center.  Doors open at 5:30 with food served at 6:00.  Beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts provided FREE.  Light entertainment is included.  Free childcare and kid-friendly food are also available.   RSVP to the parish office (563-391-4245 or davolv@diodav.org).

January 20:  M.L.King Day.  No classes.  ECLC open.

January 23:  Drop In K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes.  Skate Night.

January 24:  Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes.

Trivia Night

The Music Boosters’ Trivia Night is Saturday, February 1st at the Knights of Columbus.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and trivia will start at 7:00 p.m.  Invite your friends and family for a fun, adults-only, night out.  The price is $100 per table with a maximum of 8 people per table.  “Double Downs” and “Mulligans” are included in the price of the table.  Bring your own snacks and drinks may be purchased from Knights of Columbus.  Contact Ethan Connors at ethan.connors@olvjfkmail.com to reserve your space.  All proceeds will go to the JFK Music Boosters in support of the 5th – 8th grade bands and music programs.

Photos on Facebook

Did you see all the students dress like their teachers or other adults at JFK on Friday?  We captured a few in photos on our Facebook page.  There were little Mr. Steimles, Mrs. Posters, Mr. Connors, Ms. Burkens, and too many little Mrs. Tilkens to photograph.  One of my favorite photos had to be of Mrs. Whelchel and her special dress-alike student!

You can also find some photos of students participating in STEM activities through the Putnam outreach services on our closed group, JFK Moms & Dads.  Please send a request to be added to that group to angie.hillebrand@olvjfkmail.com.

Baby Wolf Is Here

Congratulations to JFK’s student support specialist, Emma Wolf, and her husband!  A beautiful baby boy was born on Jan. 4th.  Mrs. Wolf will be on maternity leave until February 3rd.  Mrs. Weiser will be helping with some of Mrs. Wolf’s duties until that time.

8th Grade Career Fair

Preparations for the 8th annual Scott County Catholic Schools and St. Ambrose University 8th Grade Career Fair have begun.  The career fair is held on in the Rogalski Center on SAU’s campus and will be Friday, March 6, 2020.  We would like to extend the opportunity for area businesses, employers, colleges and universities, health care professionals, law enforcement agencies and various career-related organizations to join us in educating our eighth grade students about the numerous employment opportunities available to them.  Presenters are asked for a time commitment of 8:15 am-2:00 pm. Presenters prepare a booth with information about their career (job duties, professional expectations, hours, required education/training, technology, general salary range, likes and dislikes, etc). The students enjoy hands-on activities so anything you wish to do or bring that is interactive is most appreciated. The students will rotate in groups and complete a career questionnaire about each booth they visit. A thank you lunch for all presenters will be provided. All presenters are invited to join us for the celebration of Mass at 1:15 in the Christ the King Chapel on campus. If you are interested in being a presenter at the career fair, please email the following information to Mrs. Wolf:  emma.wolf@olvjfkmail.com.

  • Career Field/Occupation
  • Business Name or Place of Employment
  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Daytime phone number
  • Special needs at the fair (Ex:  access to electricity, WiFi/Internet access, space for a drone to work)

Civic Oration Finals

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the final round of civic oration:

7/8 Division:  Macie R. (1st), Elexa A. (2nd), and Max S. (3rd)

5/6 Division:  Brooklyn M. (1st), Aubrey R. (2nd), and Maggie A. (3rd)

We would also like to thank our guest judges:  Andy Burman, Andy Craig, Connie Creen, Aaron Gunnare, Dave Hinchman, and Denny Prior.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/01/January-12-2020.pdf

Best Month?

As the last of our children returned to college today, I think this past month may have been the best four weeks of the year.  All of our children were home for Christmas, and some had extended visits before and after the holidays (or both).  They were here for all of the big family holiday events, but they were also here long enough to have lounged around in PJs on a Saturday morning that spilled into the afternoon.  They were here for the big meals but also here long enough for everyone to have opened the refrigerator ten times in five minutes and proclaim that there’s “nothing to eat” even when we all knew that really wasn’t the case.  They were here to stay up late while talking and catching up with one another but also here long enough that going to bed early was OK too.  Even though they just left, I miss them already!

Chad

 

January 6, 2020

Catholic Schools Week Preview

Below is a summary of events for Catholic Schools Week.

Saturday, Jan 25:

  • All school Mass, 4:30.  Attendance is expected.  Students are encouraged to wear JFK spirit wear and/or green and white.
  • Spaghetti Supper and Open House, 5:30 – 7:30.  Book fair is open as well.

Monday, Jan 27:

  • Dodgeball for Diapers Day.  Forms for this 3rd-8th grade fundraiser will be emailed and sent home in “backpack” mail.
  • Athletic dress day — out of uniform (but following the out of uniform guidelines in our handbook as all our special dress days must)

Tuesday, Jan 28:

  • Talent Show
    • 7:45     Grades 4, 1, 2, 3 in this order.
    • 12:25   Grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8 in this order.
    • All acts and music must be approved by homeroom teachers.
      • Forms due January 21st.  Forms went home before Christmas break
  • Class dress alike day.  Look for information from your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Students may bring a pillow upon which to sit.

Wednesday, Jan 29:

  • All School Mass, 7:40
  • Puppet show for MWF 3 yr old preschool
  • Bring an Adult Guest to Lunch Day
    • Visit the book fair after lunch
    • 10:40 – 11:10  K
    • 11:10 – 11:40  3rd and 4th grades
    • 11:40 – 12:10  1st and 2nd 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.
    • A lunch note will be sent home to pre-purchase your adult meal.  School lunch for adults will only be available through this pre-payment requirement so we have time to order enough food for everyone.
  • Green and white and/or JFK spirit wear out of uniform dress day (Mass appropriate)

Thursday, Jan 30:

  • All Catholic schools Mass at AHS for grades 2-8.  Look for a separate permission slip yet to be sent home and emailed.
  • Everyone will be in uniform/dress code.

Friday, Jan 31:

  • Wacky Tacky Out of Uniform Day
  • 8th grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game, 1:30
  • Special activities in grades K-2
  • 4 year old preschool
    • AM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  7:25 – 8:15ish for special activities.
    • PM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  11:40 – 12:30ish for special activities
    • Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-up are right around the corner.  Parents will have an informational session, and students will get to be kindergartners for the “day.”  Find out how the difference in us will make a difference in your child’s education.
      • Feb 6:  7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the parish center, or
      • Feb 6:  6-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

Other Special Schedules or Events

January 6:  Band Boosters, 6:30 p.m.

January 9:  Kick off for Kids Heart Challenge.  Home & School, 6:30, Parish Center

January 12:  Confirmation Sponsor Service Day

January 13/14:  Crusader Theater Tryouts for 8th graders

January 14:  7th/8th Science Fair Showcase, 6:00

January 15:  8th Grade Parent Meeting at AHS, 6:30

January 16:  End of 2nd Quarter.  Special 12:40 Dissmissal.  No PM preschool classes.

January 17:  In-service.  No classes.  ECLC open

January 18:  Parishioner Appreciation Dinner, parish center.  Doors open at 5:30 with food served at 6:00.  Beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts provided FREE.  Light entertainment is included.  Free childcare and kid-friendly food are also available.   RSVP to the parish office (563-391-4245 or davolv@diodav.org).

January 20:  M.L.King Day.  No classes.  ECLC open.

January 23:  Drop In K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes.  Skate Night.

January 24:  Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/01/January-5-2020.pdf

Nice to Spend Time with Family

It was nice to spend time with family members over the break.  My oldest daughter and her boyfriend were here for about a week.  Tom has been here for about three weeks and flies back to Charleston, SC early this week.  Kirsten was here for five days, and Caitlin is still home on her break from college for another week.  We didn’t do anything real exciting or special other than our regular Christmas Eve/Day traditions.  It’s just nice to have family with whom one can eat, go to the store, play cards, watch a movie or football, talk and tease one another.  Yes, we could do these things with friends, but there’s just something different when doing it with family.

Chad

December 15, 2019

Special Dismissal on Friday

Dismissal is at 12:40 p.m. on Friday.  Bus transportation is available.  There are no afternoon preschool classes.  It is also a special dress day:  green, white, red, and/or Christmas-themed attire.   We will start the day with Mass and have the school performance of the K-2 Christmas program in the church after Mass.

Victory Vouchers Make Great Christmas Gifts Too

Victory Vouchers make great Christmas gifts too.  You purchase gift certificates or gift cards through OLV at face value, and the parish purchases them at a program discount.  The difference ends up being a painless fund-raiser; the card is worth exactly what you pay for it.  In addition to this fund-raising element, our Victory Voucher program also allows parishioners to receive a 2% credit on all purchases that can be directed to school tuition, youth ministry programming, Faith Formation fees, or other selected areas within the parish.  The parish regularly stocks Victory Vouchers from over 50 national and local businesses, and others are available by special order.  HyVee participates through a coupon program that you can print yourself.  Vouchers are sold on Sundays in the Gathering Space at church from 7:30-11 AM, at the Parish Office on weekdays from 7:30-4:00 PM, or by leaving a prepaid order at the parish or school office.  For more information, check out the information on the Victory Voucher section of our website.  Vouchers can also be purchased online at shopwithscrip.com.

Fr. Jake’s Announcement Regarding the Development of a Regionalized Catholic School System in Scott County

Click HERE for the special December Principal’s Post announcing the endorsement of a regionalized Catholic school system in Scott County.

Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization Still Needs Funds

The Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization (MVSTO) is still in need of donations to reach its goal of approximately $1.2 million before January 1st.  The MVSTO provides financial assistance to families utilizing Scott County Catholic schools. For anyone interested in donating to the MVSTO, there is also a financial incentive. The Iowa Education Opportunities Act,… allows Iowa taxpayers to claim a 65% direct state tax credit for all donations made to the MVSTO. For example, if someone is able to make a $1000 donation to MVSTO, this individual will receive a tax credit certificate for $650 that is applied when s/he files their state taxes. Depending on each person’s tax situation, you might also be able to deduct some of this same $1000 donation from your federal taxes as well.   If the donations do not reach the $1.2 million goal, less money will be available for tuition assistance in Scott County Catholic schools.

Highlighted Upcoming Dates

It’s starting to get very busy for every grade.  Below are some highlights.  Please see the website for a more complete calendar and look for grade specific notes from teachers.

Dec 16:  3rd grade gingerbread houses.  Skate Night. Communal Penance Service at St. John Vianney

Dec 17:  Band Concert (day at JFK, night at AHS)

Dec 18:  3 yr old PS family activity.  Civic oration “PC round”

Dec 19:  K-2 Christmas show (6 p.m. in the church)

Dec 20:  All school Mass.  Special dismissal at 12:40

Dec 21 – Jan 5:  Christmas Break.  Check the school calendar for dates when ECLC is closed.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/12/December-15-2019.pdf

Indoor Recess Games on Teachers’ Wishlists

Just about every teacher has indoor recess games on their wish lists.  Games like ConnectFour, Trouble, CandyLand, Uno, etc. can be played in the 15 minutes of recess by students of multiple ages.  If your child would like to give his/her teacher a gift this Christmas season, please consider an indoor recess game.

Civic Oration

Students in grades 5-8 gave their civic oration speeches this past week.  Research paper writing and public speaking are invaluable skills acquired by all JFK students.  A special congratulations goes to the following students who advanced in the competition:

Fifth grade:  Rachel A., Maggie A.*, Quinn C.*, Julia M., Maizy E., and Mary V.S.

Sixth grade:  Ben A.*, Olivia F., Sophia H., Laisha L.*, Brooklyn M.*, and Aubrey R.*

Seventh grade:  Seamus D.*, Isaiah G., Jacey M., Justin M., Lucy N., and Andrew N.

Eighth grade:  Elexa A.*, Ryan B., Matthew M.*, Cole M.*, Macie R.*, and Max S.*

*Advanced to the “parish center” round of competition.

Fifth Grade Flag Essay

Fifth graders advancing in the flag essay contest are the following:  Ava S. (1st place), Heath W. (2nd place), and Mary V.S. (3rd place).  Congratulations fifth graders!

Elks Free Throw Contest

Congratulations to Lincoln M. and Kamille L.S., who place 1st and 2nd in the Elks city-wide free throw shoot out for 8-9 year olds, Kathleen Y., who took 3rd place for 10-11 year olds, and Lauren L, who took 2nd place for 12-13 year olds.  Nice job!

Girls Volleyball

Congratulations to our 6th grade girls who brought home 2nd place and our 7th graders who finished first in the “regular” season and 2nd in the tournament.  Great job, girls!

Engagement and Law School

There were two big announcements in our family last week.  My oldest daughter, Colleen, got engaged, and, my youngest daughter, Caitlin, was formally accepted into law school at the University of Kansas.  We’ll have plenty to discuss when everyone makes it home for Christmas next week!  (We got an early start this weekend as Tom already flew into town, and Kirsten drove from Des Moines just for the weekend.)

Chad

December 8, 2019

Victory Vouchers Make Great Christmas Gifts Too

Victory Vouchers make great Christmas gifts too.  You purchase gift certificates or gift cards through OLV at face value, and the parish purchases them at a program discount.  The difference ends up being a painless fund-raiser; the card is worth exactly what you pay for it.  In addition to this fund-raising element, our Victory Voucher program also allows parishioners to receive a 2% credit on all purchases that can be directed to school tuition, youth ministry programming, Faith Formation fees, or other selected areas within the parish.  The parish regularly stocks Victory Vouchers from over 50 national and local businesses, and others are available by special order.  HyVee participates through a coupon program that you can print yourself.  Vouchers are sold on Sundays in the Gathering Space at church from 7:30-11 AM, at the Parish Office on weekdays from 7:30-4:00 PM, or by leaving a prepaid order at the parish or school office.  For more information, check out the information on the Victory Voucher section of our website.  Vouchers can also be purchased online at shopwithscrip.com.

Fr. Jake’s Announcement Regarding the Development of a Regionalized Catholic School System in Scott County

Click HERE for the special December Principal’s Post announcing the endorsement of a regionalized Catholic school system in Scott County.

Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization Still Needs $250,000

The following is edited and reprinted from Fr. Jake’s bulletin article three weeks ago:

“Many parishioners are familiar with the Family Tuition Plan because of the financial assistance they have received through this program….   Last year, the Family Tuition Plan helped support 634 students with a total of $1,280,903 in financial assistance throughout Scott County. Our parish had 148 students at JFK and Assumption High School (AHS) receiving $281,439 in financial assistance. In other words, OLV parishioners received 22% of the total assistance available in all of Scott County. OLV is [the] largest single recipient of financial assistance in Scott County….

The money used for the Family Tuition Program is raised primarily through donations given to the Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization (MVSTO). The MVSTO’s primary mission every year is to raise approximately $1,200,000 to fund the Family Tuition Plan. For anyone interested in donating to the MVSTO, there is also a financial incentive. The Iowa Education Opportunities Act,… allows Iowa taxpayers to claim a 65% direct state tax credit for all donations made to the MVSTO. For example, if someone is able to make a $1000 donation to MVSTO, this individual will receive a tax credit certificate for $650 that is applied when s/he files their state taxes. Depending on each person’s tax situation, you might also be able to deduct some of this same $1000 donation from your federal taxes as well.”

As of earlier this week, the MVSTO still needed about $250,000 before January 1st to reach the goal.  If the donations do not reach the goal, less money will be available for tuition assistance in Scott County Catholic schools.

Highlighted Upcoming Dates

It’s starting to get very busy for every grade.  Below are some highlights.  Please see the website for a more complete calendar and look for grade specific notes from teachers.

Dec 9:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass.  Civic Oration

Dec 11:  5th-8th Grade Out of Uniform

Dec 12:  Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe all school Mass.  3/4 Christmas show.  Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe All School Mass

Dec 13:  4 yr old PS show

Dec 15:  Communal Penance Service at OLV

Dec 16:  3rd grade gingerbread houses.  Skate Night. Communal Penance Service at St. John Vianney

Dec 17:  Band Concert (day at JFK, night at AHS)

Dec 18:  3 yr old PS family activity

Dec 19:  K-2 Christmas show

Dec 20:  All school Mass.  Special dismissal at 12:40

Dec 21 – Jan 5:  Christmas Break.  Check the school calendar for dates when ECLC is closed.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/12/1032800002A-120819.pdf

Indoor Recess Games on Teachers’ Wishlists

Just about every teacher has indoor recess games on their wish lists.  Games like ConnectFour, Trouble, CandyLand, Uno, etc. can be played in the 15 minutes of recess by students of multiple ages.  If your child would like to give his/her teacher a gift this Christmas season, please consider an indoor recess game.

New Employees

JFK welcomes the following to our staff:

David Kisner:  Mr. Kisner has begun as the evening custodian at JFK.  Remember to thank him for keeping the restrooms and rooms clean!

Helen Curley:  Mrs. Curley has started as a part-time instructional aide working in ECLC, 1st/2nd grade classes, and recesses.  We appreciate her flexibility, which is allowing Mrs. Creech to spend more time with kindergartners.  Mrs. Guinn is then taking Mrs. Creech’s spot in afternoon preschool classes.

AHS Information Knight

All families interested in learning about everything AHS has to offer are encouraged to attend the Information Knight Session on Wednesday, December 11th from 5:30-6:30 PM in the AHS Carroll Lab.  This is an informative session for parents to learn about academic offerings and financial aid options.
Any K-8 student in attendance will be partnered with a group of AHS Student Ambassadors for a tour of the school. Please park in the main student entrance.  AHS Ambassadors will escort families to the Carroll Lab.  Contact Kris Kellenberger, AHS Director of Admissions at 326-5313 ext. 230 or
kris.kellenberger@assumptionhigh.org with questions.

AHS Children’s Play/Musical

The Assumption Knight Players proudly present Elf: the Musical, Jr.  Friday, December 13 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, December 14 at 2 PM at
Assumption High School’s Sunderbruch Auditorium.  All tickets are $5.00 and children 5 years old and under are free!
A Children’s Theater Workshop is also being offered on December 14 from 10 AM-2PM for students in 1st-6th grade – info available at assumptionhigh.org/events

Large Print Books

Over the last several years, I’ve discovered “large print” books at the public library.  I can typically make a library run in under five minutes these days, not including any “business” that I need to conduct.  I select 2-4 books from the New Books racks, and part of one rack includes large print books.  Whenever I read a large print book, I always feel like I’m making such good progress.  Now, if I can only figure out how to not have to conduct “business” at the counter every six weeks or so when I pay my book fines,….

Chad

December 1, 2019

Fr. Jake’s Announcement Regarding the Development of a Regionalized Catholic School System in Scott County

Click HERE for the special December Principal’s Post announcing the endorsement of a regionalized Catholic school system in Scott County.

Advent Began December 1st

Advent began December 1st.  Advent is a great time to renew one’s efforts to attend Mass each weekend.

Don’t Forget Victory Vouchers

As you are doing your shopping this holiday season, don’t forget to use Victory Vouchers.  You purchase gift certificates or gift cards through OLV at face value, and the parish purchases them at a program discount.  The difference ends up being a painless fund-raiser; the card is worth exactly what you pay for it.  In addition to this fund-raising element, our Victory Voucher program also allows parishioners to receive a 2% credit on all purchases that can be directed to school tuition, youth ministry programming, Faith Formation fees, or other selected areas within the parish.  The parish regularly stocks Victory Vouchers from over 50 national and local businesses, and others are available by special order.  HyVee participates through a coupon program that you can print yourself.  Vouchers are sold on Sundays in the Gathering Space at church from 7:30-11 AM, at the Parish Office on weekdays from 7:30-4:00 PM, or by leaving a prepaid order at the parish or school office.  For more information, check out the information on the Victory Voucher section of our website.  Vouchers can also be purchased online at shopwithscrip.com.

School Tuition Organizations

The following is edited and reprinted from Fr. Jake’s bulletin article two weeks ago:

Many parishioners are familiar with the Family Tuition Plan because of the financial assistance they have received through this program….  The Family Tuition Plan began in 2004 as a means to help families with tuition assistance who attend the five Catholic schools in Scott County. Families who want to participate in the program have to apply for assistance every year. The application for assistance takes into consideration several aspects of a family’s financial picture, including the size of a family. Depending upon the amount of money available in the Family Tuition Plan and guidelines set by the State of Iowa, tuition assistance is then dispersed to families.  Last year, the Family Tuition Plan helped support 634 students with a total of $1,280,903 in financial assistance throughout Scott County. Our parish had 148 students at JFK and Assumption High School (AHS) receiving $281,439 in financial assistance. In other words, OLV parishioners received 22% of the total assistance available in all of Scott County. OLV is [the] largest single recipient of financial assistance in Scott County….

The money used for the Family Tuition Program is raised primarily through donations given to the Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization (MVSTO). The MVSTO’s primary mission every year is to raise approximately $1,200,000 to fund the Family Tuition Plan. For anyone interested in donating to the MVSTO, there is also a financial incentive. The Iowa Education Opportunities Act, which passed in June 2006, allows Iowa taxpayers to claim a 65% direct state tax credit for all donations made to the MVSTO. For example, if someone is able to make a $1000 donation to MVSTO, this individual will receive a tax credit certificate for $650 that is applied when s/he files their state taxes. Depending on each person’s tax situation, you might also be able to deduct some of this same $1000 donation from your federal taxes as well.  In the end, a person’s donation to the MVSTO helps students attend Catholic schools in Scott County, but it also helps to offset some of the tax burden that a donor might have for the tax year….  [A]ny donation would be appreciated. Mr. Andy Craig said that he is willing to answer any questions that parishioners might have about donations or the overall mission of the MVSTO. Mrs. Judy Johnson, who is a parishioner and Lay Trustee of our OLV, also serves on the board of the MVSTO and she would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Highlighted Upcoming Dates

It’s starting to get very busy for every grade.  Below are some highlights.  Please see the website for a more complete calendar and look for grade specific notes from teachers.

Dec 3:  JFK Reconciliation for 3rd-8th graders

Dec 4:  All school Mass with Bishop Zinkula.  End of 2nd mid-qtr

Dec 5:  First Reconciliation

Dec 9:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception Holy Day Mass.  Civic Oration

Dec 11:  5th-8th Grade Out of Uniform

Dec 12:  Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe all school Mass.  3/4 Christmas show.  Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe All School Mass

Dec 13:  4 yr old PS show

Dec 15:  Communal Penance Service at OLV

Dec 16:  3rd grade gingerbread houses.  Skate Night. Communal Penance Service at St. John Vianney

Dec 17:  Band Concert (day at JFK, night at AHS)

Dec 18:  3 yr old PS family activity

Dec 19:  K-2 Christmas show

Dec 20:  All school Mass.  Special dismissal at 12:40

Dec 21 – Jan 5:  Christmas Break.  Check the school calendar for dates when ECLC is closed.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/11/December-1-2019.pdf

Indoor Recess Games on Teachers’ Wishlists

Just about every teacher has indoor recess games on their wish lists.  Games like ConnectFour, Trouble, CandyLand, Uno, etc. can be played in the 15 minutes of recess by students of multiple ages.  If your child would like to give his/her teacher a gift this Christmas season, please consider an indoor recess game.

If Recess is the Only Outdoor Time

As I was covering recess duty for a teacher last week, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What if recess is the only opportunity kids have to play outside?”  When I was growing up, there were no “play dates.”  We just rang the doorbells until we had gathered up everyone possible, and we played outside with whomever was available.  The oldest in our group was four years older than me, and the youngest was about three years younger than me.  We played in backyards, front yards, and the street.  As we got older, we were allowed to go to the “park,” which was about half a block from our houses.  The park didn’t have any play equipment or baseball fields.  It was just grass along a creek, like Duck Creek only without even a bike path.  The baseball diamond that we created in the park was dirt spots where we had worn the grass away.  Two blocks to the south of us and three blocks to the north of us were other “diamonds” used by the kids in those areas.  We played for hours outside without any adult supervision.  When our parents wanted us home, they’d ring bells attached to the houses.  Each bell had a distinct sound, and we could tell who had to go home by the sound of the bell.  Things aren’t the same for kids these days.  I can barely imagine what it’s like in highly urban areas, but, even in Davenport, what if recess at school is the only opportunity kids have to regularly play outside?

Chad

December 2019 – Special Edition

Fr. Jake’s Announcement Regarding the Development of a Regionalized Catholic School System in Scott County

The below is copied from this weekend’s announcement from Fr. Jake:

Development of a Regionalized Catholic School System in Scott County Receives Endorsement

Over the last two years, OLV and the nine parishes supporting Scott County Catholic Schools (Assumption, All Saints, JFK, Lourdes, and St. Paul’s), have been working with consultants to study how the Catholic Schools in Scott County could increase our cooperation as we look towards the future.  This planning effort was in support of the Strategic Plan for Catholic School Education for the entire Diocese of Davenport, which challenges all Catholic schools in our diocese to “remain relevant, valuable, competitive and effective for the Church, our families, and society.”  Furthermore, there were some important assumptions that were also held throughout this process.  First, each school has an important history that must be honored. Second, each school has strengths that parishes and families cherish in their lives.  Third, each school has some challenges that will have to addressed as we move into the future.

After many meetings and conducting a thorough analysis of data and trends from the schools, parishes, and Scott County in general, it has been concluded that the future of the five schools looks brighter if some resources, human and capital, are shared among all Catholic Schools in Scott County.  The conclusion of this strategic planning is, thus, the following goal:   Over the next two to three years, there will be movement towards a regionalized Catholic school system, PreK-12, with the following features aimed at helping every parish and school in Scott County:

  • An inspired plan will be developed that will ensure Catholic identity and faith formation are strong in the mission of making disciples who will encounter Jesus, grow in their knowledge, and serve God and neighbor.
  • An enrollment management program will be created that markets and brands schools that have the staff and resources needed to execute the mission of Catholic education at the highest possible level.
  • Academic programs will be strengthened by capitalizing on the strengths of a PreK-12 program.
  • Enrichment opportunities will be identified so all faculty, staff, and students in the county may experience these benefits.

This new model, with the features listed above, must fit the culture and values of Catholics and other Catholic School stakeholders in Scott County.  It will build upon the strengths of existing schools and attain the following benefits that would not be possible through the work of a single school:

  • Improved efficiencies and resource sharing
  • Enhanced program offerings
  • Increased professional development opportunities
  • Pastors able to focus more on spiritual direction and pastoral leadership for their school
  • School administrators able to focus more on their school’s educational needs and development of their staffs
  • Common compensation and benefits
  • Enhanced ability for managing enrollment through marketing, branding, recruitment and retention
  • Larger funding opportunities
  • Tuition that better matches the actual cost of education for a child with expanded tuition assistance to keep it affordable for all
  • Reasonable and affordable parish subsidies due to increased revenue streams for the overall system from other sources

Bishop Zinkula, my fellow Pastors of the the Davenport Deanery, and I all approved the development of a regionalized Catholic school model.  We also requested Andy Craig, President of Assumption High School, and Rosie Barton, President of the Scott County Catholic Schools Foundation, to co-lead the development of this new system.

I am excited to see where God leads us as we move to strengthen JFK and all of the Catholic Schools in our local area.  Our Lady of Victory, pray for the Catholic communities in Scott County as we move into the future!

Blessings,

Fr. Jake

Background

Over the last 20 years, there have been three initiatives that have led us to the point of a regionalized Catholic school system for Scott County to be endorsed.

Metanoia study:  Released in November 1999, the Metanoia report was incredibly far ranging, with the executive summary itself being about 34 pages in length.  Topics ranged from the structure of leadership in the Diocese of Davenport itself to technology and communications.  Educational issues included religious education, youth ministry, Scott County Catholic schools, and St. Ambrose University.  The lightening rod recommendation was that a new middle school be built south of Locust Street, and reaction to this notion, as well as the sheer volume of the report/recommendations, seemed to plague the rest of the report regarding Catholic school education in Scott County.

Passing on the Faith:  In May 2005, three diocesan task forces formed by Bishop Franklin issued their reports:  Passing on the Faith, Celebrating the Faith, and Living the Faith.  Passing on the Faith included Catholic school education in the diocese.  Local results were the creation of the Scott County Catholic School Advisory Board and other initiatives to increase collaboration among the Scott County Catholic schools.

Strategic Plan for Catholic School Education in the Diocese of Davenport:  Growing out of this 2015-16 plan was the need for there to be a specific focus on Scott County Catholic school education, where about half of the Catholic school education in the diocese takes place.  Gone were the days of dramatically falling enrollments and school closures and consolidations.  It was time for the people of Scott County to plan for how Catholic schools in our area could be stronger and prosper in the future.  With funding from the Assumption Foundation, since becoming the Scott County Catholic Schools Foundation, the process was approved in October 2017.  The Meitler consulting firm was hired in the winter/spring of 2018 and began its nearly year long work.

The process we are now embarking on seems different than the past.  It seems much more bottom-up, and there are no pre-conceived recommendations.  There are no recommendations for closing or merging schools, building a middle school or other level of school (anything that might happen in Bettendorf is moving parallel to regionalization), eliminating families’ school choice, or eliminating all local control.  The only thing that is currently being embraced is that we will be stronger when we are unified together as a system than when we are operating as independent schools.  Now, we need to determine what that looks like and how to get there.

Chad

 

 

November 24, 2019

Advent Begins December 1st

Advent begins next Sunday, December 1st.  Advent would be a great time to renew one’s efforts to attend Mass each weekend.

Giving Thanks

Gratitude Trees

Even BonBon is thankful.

Hide the Turkeys!

Kindergartners are trying to save the turkeys!

 

Navigating Technology Together

The Navigating Technology Together meeting of parents last week was eye-opening.    Dr. Lindsey Day (another former student of mine) had an interesting presentation that focused on TikTok, which I didn’t even know existed until earlier this fall.  The information and messaging available to students seems to start out pretty innocent, if the account is made by someone who is twelve years old or younger (and is honest about his/her age).  As soon as the account holder turns thirteen, however, the type of information and content that is PUSHED to the user is shocking.  One doesn’t even have to go looking for the shocking content; it comes to the user!

With about 45% of 10 to 12 year olds in the US having not only their own smartphones but smartphones with an Internet service plan (Nielsen report from February 2017), will you be ready?  Will your child?

The following is an interesting blog post on how cell phones and social media have changed the landscape.  Click here to read the story:  Comparing 2008 with 2018.

Don’t Forget Victory Vouchers

As you are doing your shopping this holiday season, don’t forget to use Victory Vouchers.  You purchase gift certificates or gift cards through OLV at face value, and the parish purchases them at a program discount.  The difference ends up being a painless fund-raiser; the card is worth exactly what you pay for it.  In addition to this fund-raising element, our Victory Voucher program also allows parishioners to receive a 2% credit on all purchases that can be directed to school tuition, youth ministry programming, Faith Formation fees, or other selected areas within the parish.  The parish regularly stocks Victory Vouchers from over 50 national and local businesses, and others are available by special order.  HyVee participates through a coupon program that you can print yourself.  Vouchers are sold on Sundays in the Gathering Space at church from 7:30-11 AM, at the Parish Office on weekdays from 7:30-4:00 PM, or by leaving a prepaid order at the parish or school office.  For more information, check out the information on the Victory Voucher section of our website.  Vouchers can also be purchased online at shopwithscrip.com.

School Tuition Organizations

The following is edited and reprinted from Fr. Jake’s article in this past weekend’s bulletin:

During the Board of Education meeting two weeks ago, Mr. Andy Craig, who serves as the President of Assumption High, presented the annual report of the Family Tuition Plan. Many parishioners are familiar with the Family Tuition Plan because of the financial assistance they have received through this program….  The Family Tuition Plan began in 2004 as a means to help families with tuition assistance who attend the five Catholic schools in Scott County. Families who want to participate in the program have to apply for assistance every year. The application for assistance takes into consideration several aspects of a family’s financial picture, including the size of a family. Depending upon the amount of money available in the Family Tuition Plan and guidelines set by the State of Iowa, tuition assistance is then dispersed to families.  Last year, the Family Tuition Plan helped support 634 students with a total of $1,280,903 in financial assistance throughout Scott County. Our parish had 148 students at JFK and Assumption High School (AHS) receiving $281,439 in financial assistance. In other words, OLV parishioners received 22% of the total assistance available in all of Scott County. OLV is [the] largest single recipient of financial assistance in Scott County….  [P]arishioners have told me first-hand how the financial assistance is giving their children the opportunity to attend both JFK and AHS.

The money used for the Family Tuition Program is raised primarily through donations given to the Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization (MVSTO). The MVSTO’s primary mission every year is to raise approximately $1,200,000 to fund the Family Tuition Plan. For anyone interested in donating to the MVSTO, there is also a financial incentive. The Iowa Education Opportunities Act, which passed in June 2006, allows Iowa taxpayers to claim a 65% direct state tax credit for all donations made to the MVSTO. For example, if someone is able to make a $1000 donation to MVSTO, this individual will receive a tax credit certificate for $650 that is applied when s/he files their state taxes. Depending on each person’s tax situation, you might also be able to deduct some of this same $1000 donation from your federal taxes as well.  In the end, a person’s donation to the MVSTO helps students attend Catholic schools in Scott County, but it also helps to offset some of the tax burden that a donor might have for the tax year….  [A]ny donation would be appreciated. Mr. Andy Craig said that he is willing to answer any questions that parishioners might have about donations or the overall mission of the MVSTO. Mrs. Judy Johnson, who is a parishioner and Lay Trustee of our OLV, also serves on the board of the MVSTO and she would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Highlighted Upcoming Dates

It’s starting to get very busy for every grade.  Below are some highlights.  Please see the website for a more complete calendar and look for grade specific notes from teachers.

Nov 26:  JFK’s Toys for Tots drive ends

Nov 27:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC open.

Nov 28-29:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC closed.

Dec 3:  JFK Reconciliation for 3rd-8th graders

Dec 4:  All school Mass with Bishop Zinkula.  End of 2nd mid-qtr

Dec 5:  First Reconciliation

Dec 9:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception Holy Day Mass.  Civic Oration

Dec 12:  Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe all school Mass.  3/4 Christmas show.  Feast

Dec 13:  4 yr old PS show

Dec 16:  3rd grade gingerbread houses.  Skate Night

Dec 17:  Band Concert (day at JFK, night at AHS)

Dec 18:  3 yr old PS family activity

Dec 19:  K-2 Christmas show

Dec 20:  All school Mass.  Special dismissal at 12:40

Dec 21 – Jan 5:  Christmas Break.  Check the school calendar for dates when ECLC is closed.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/11/1032800052C-112419.pdf

Praying Hard

We’ve been praying extra hard in my family this past week.  My daughter’s boyfriend’s mother had a stroke.  Through lots of praying and the wonders of modern medicine, it seems she may be through the worst of it, but she has a long way to go, and her life will likely never be the same.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Chad

November 17, 2019

Mock Trial Teams Compete

JFK’s Mock Trial teams competed last weekend at the Scott County courthouse.  We had two teams: a 6th grade team and a 7th/8th grade team.  Teams were coached by Mike Motto and Paul Macek with Mrs. Logan acting as our staff liaison.  Although neither of our teams advanced to “state,” the following students received individual recognition:

Outstanding attorneys:  Olivia F., Sean B., Brandon G., and Elexa A.

Outstanding witnesses:  Oscar K., Will A., and Cleary C.

Bryce E., Landon R., Elise B., Oscar K., Delilah R., Olivia F., Brandon G., and Avery H.

 

Elexa A., Rylie D., Sean B., Nate M., Will A., Cleary C., Aidyn A., John W., and Brian C.

Giving Thanks

6th-8th Graders Show Their Thanks

 

We Are Thankful for Our Staff Too!

 

Repeated Content Regarding Cell Phones and Social Media

Over the years, I have done several postings regarding cell phone usage and social media.  They are still relevant today with nearly every significant issue at school somehow tied into social media, either because it happens through social media or it is discussed and persists through comments on social media.  So far, the youngest students at JFK we have seen with issues regarding cell phone use have been eight years old.  Will you be ready?

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 eleven is average, what will they and you do if 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?  Are they just “Youtubing” random videos?
  • What group chats are they in?  Who monitors them?  What will they (and you) do when the chat turns ugly?
  • Do you know how to block things on phones or restrict settings?
  • Do you know how to not only “delete” but then to empty the “trash” on phones?
  • Are you modeling good social media use yourself?

The following is an interesting blog post on how cell phones and social media have changed the landscape.  Click here to read the story:  Comparing 2008 with 2018.

Issues of social media and technology cross all demographic and geographic groups.  St. Paul’s has recently started a parent group, NTT (Navigating Technology Together) that is now expanding to the other Catholic schools. This month’s topic is “pornography and our children” with Dr. Lyndsey Day.  NTT is an evening of awareness and discussion.  The November meeting is Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Denning Hall.  All are welcome.

Social-Emotional-Behavioral Well-Being of Students

The social-emotional-behavioral well-being of students remains a high priority at JFK.  Research reveals that social and emotional skills are critical for success at school, work, and in life.  These skills impact academic achievement, attendance, and attitudes and behaviors in school.  They impact job satisfaction, performance, and income.  They impact positive health behaviors, life satisfaction, and happiness.  The best part research is revealing is that these skills can also be learned, and students can grow and develop in these areas!

In grades 2 and 4, we use a screener called  SAEBRS to help identify areas upon which teachers and Mrs. Wolf should focus.  In grades 6-8, we will be teaming with ACT to use their Tessera assessment system and lessons.  More information will be sent home shortly for 6th-8th grade families.

Highlighted Upcoming Dates (See Website for Complete Calendar)

Nov 18:  7/8 Choir out of uniform.  JFK’s Toys for Tots drive begins

Nov 19:  Navigating Technology Together at St. Paul’s Denning Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Nov 22:  Pajama Day.  Butterbraid bread delivery to JFK

Nov 25:  JFK’s Toys for Tots drive ends

Nov 27:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC open.

Nov 28-29:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC closed.

Dec 21 – Jan 5:  Christmas Break.  Check the school calendar for dates when ECLC is closed.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/11/1032800051C-111719.pdf

The Secret to Shopping?

Last week, I commented that I wasn’t sure I was cut out for shopping any more.  I used to do more when our kids were younger as I did much of the grocery shopping each weekend and would usually go to HyVee one weekend and Walmart the next.  This week, I think I figured out why I didn’t mind these activities then, and why they aren’t enjoyable now.  Now, when I go, it’s usually by myself.  Then, when I went, it was always with one or two of my children.  It’s not the shopping itself that makes the difference; it’s the company you have in doing it!

Chad

November 10, 2019

Last Spring’s Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress Results Released

The results of the spring’s administration of the new Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) for grades 3-5 will be mailed this week.  Look for a three page parent letter and a two-sided report for each student who was in 3rd-5th grade last year.  They’ve been a long time coming!

Repeated Content Regarding Cell Phones and Social Media

Over the years, I have done several postings regarding cell phone usage and social media.  They are still relevant today with nearly every significant issue at school somehow tied into social media, either because it happens through social media or it is discussed and persists through comments on social media.  So far, the youngest students at JFK we have seen with issues regarding cell phone use have been eight years old.  Will you be ready?

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 eleven is average, what will they and you do if 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?  Are they just “Youtubing” random videos?
  • What group chats are they in?  Who monitors them?  What will they (and you) do when the chat turns ugly?
  • Do you know how to block things on phones or restrict settings?
  • Do you know how to not only “delete” but then to empty the “trash” on phones?
  • Are you modeling good social media use yourself?

The following is an interesting blog post on how cell phones and social media have changed the landscape.  Click here to read the story:  Comparing 2008 with 2018.

Issues of social media and technology cross all demographic and geographic groups.  St. Paul’s has recently started a parent group, NTT (Navigating Technology Together) that is now expanding to the other Catholic schools. This month’s topic is “pornography and our children” with Dr. Lyndsey Day.  NTT is an evening of awareness and discussion.  The November meeting is Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Denning Hall.  All are welcome.

Social-Emotional-Behavioral Well-Being of Students

The social-emotional-behavioral well-being of students remains a high priority at JFK.  Research reveals that social and emotional skills are critical for success at school, work, and in life.  These skills impact academic achievement, attendance, and attitudes and behaviors in school.  They impact job satisfaction, performance, and income.  They impact positive health behaviors, life satisfaction, and happiness.  The best part research is revealing is that these skills can also be learned, and students can grow and develop in these areas!

In grades 2 and 4, we use a screener called  SAEBRS to help identify areas upon which teachers and Mrs. Wolf should focus.  In grades 6-8, we will be teaming with ACT to use their Tessera assessment system and lessons.  More information will be sent home shortly for 6th-8th grade families.

Highlighted Upcoming Dates (See Website for Complete Calendar)

Nov 11:  Staff in-service.  No classes.  ECLC is open.  JFK staff members have an in-service on November 11th, Veterans’ Day, which allows us to take off on Good Friday in the spring.

Nov 14:  Home & School meeting

Nov 27:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC open.

Nov 28-29:  Thanksgiving break.  ECLC closed.

Dec 21 – Jan 5:  Christmas Break.  Check the school calendar for dates when ECLC is closed.

HVAC Project Meetings Went Well

Fr. Jake and I discussed our updated HVAC plan for JFK with the parish finance council and the diocesan building commission two weeks ago.  Both meetings went well, and there was consensus regarding the scope of the work needed.  In the fall of 2016, a complete Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) plan for JFK was developed.  That plan acknowledged that our heating issues were twofold:  an aged boiler and pipes that were beyond their life expectancy.  The boiler, water heater, cafeteria and north stairwell fin tube/fan units, and controls were replaced in the summer of 2017.  Now, we’re ready for the next phase to deal with the pipes.

This next phase would install a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system to the 1964 and 1987 parts of the school building.  (The 2011 sections of the building are up-to-date.)  The VRF system can not only provide heat, allowing the worn heating water pipes to be shut down, but it is also efficient in providing air conditioning!  When coupled with a new mechanical ventilation system, also included in this next phase, we can efficiently control humidity and filter and condition the air.  Also included in this phase would be a significant electrical upgrade to power everything.

Having modern HVAC systems would allow JFK to continue to lead the way in Catholic school education in Scott County.  Now, we just need to pay for it!

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/11/1032800050C-111019.pdf

Not Cut Out for Shopping?

I don’t think I’m cut out for shopping any more.  I used to do more when our kids were younger as I did much of the grocery shopping each weekend and would usually go to HyVee one weekend and Walmart the next.  Now, I’m not sure I can handle shopping any more.  On Friday, I set off to run some errands.  I went to a “big box” store where it seemed like everything that I was looking for had been moved to other areas.  Or, at least, that’s what I’m assuming happened as I didn’t find most of what I was looking for, and I’m sure they still sell it.  I wandered from one aisle to the next and, oddly, even down some aisles that just dead ended.  No one seemed happy to be there either.  Kids were crying, parents were frustrated dealing with crying kids, and everyone seemed to be in everyone else’s way.  I don’t know about the employees because I don’t think I ever saw them as I even did self check-out!  My next stop was a store at the mall to look for some new pants.  Entering and exiting the store, people at least seemed happy as they all held doors for each other and greeted one another.  I did see employees at this store, and they did seem happy, although they probably shouldn’t have been using their two way radios to have personal conversations where they can be overheard in public.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find what I was looking for at this store either.  Rack upon rack of pants and not a single pair in my size!  By the time I was done running errands, I just had a headache to show for it.  Amazingly, however, when I went to Menard’s and Lowe’s on Saturday, I found exactly what I was looking for and even some extras!  I think I’ll just have to stick to going to Menard’s, Home Depot, and Lowe’s.  If they don’t have what I need, I must not need it!

Chad