May 19, 2019

Summer Programming at JFK

Vacation Bible School:  Our Lady of Victory invites Children to Roar VBS: Life is wild, God is good.  At Roar VBS (Vacation Bible School), kids discover that even though life gets wild, God is good.  Roar is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste!  Sciency-Fun-Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life.  Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings.®

Roar is for kids entering kindergarten to those entering 5th grade.   Roar VBS will be held July 22-26 and will run from 8:30 am to 11:30 am each day. Cost to attend is $25.  Click HERE for the registration form or us the following link/url:  https://www.olvjfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/VBS-flyer-for-2019-20.pdf

For more information, call Jennifer Wemhoff at 563-391-8384.

Leaps & Bounds:  Summer sessions focusing on reading and math for students currently in kindergarten – 5th grade.  Student to teacher ratio is 7:1 or lower.  There are three two-week sessions available.  Sign up for one, two, or all three sessions.  A minimum number of students is needed to financially support each session so sign up now.  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  https://www.olvjfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2018-19-Leaps-Bounds-Flyer-and-Registration.pdf

Summer Book Club:  Does your child love to read? Is he/she looking for a great book to read this summer?  Are you looking for that book to inspire your child to love reading? Maybe you want your child to have some scheduled reading time and group discussion.  The summer book club options are open to students entering 3rd-8th grade in the fall.  Option one is twice a week for four weeks, and option two meets every day for one week.  Click HERE for more information or use the following link/url:  https://www.olvjfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2018-19-JFK-Summer-Book-Club-Flyer-and-Registration.pdf.  A minimum of three students is needed for each grade level time slot.

Instrumental Lessons:  Don’t put away the musical instrument for the whole summer!  Mr. Connors offers instrumental music lessons over the summer.  Dates and times can be individually arranged.  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  https://www.olvjfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Instrumental-Lessons-Registration-Form-2019.pdf

One-on-One Tutoring:  Mrs. Burke and Mrs. Fox are offering one-on-one tutoring over this summer.  Dates and times can be arranged individually during most mornings.  Click HERE for more information or use the following link/url:  https://www.olvjfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Summer-Tutoring-Flyer-and-Registration-2018-19.pdf

Candy Bar Sale Makes About $9,000

Wow!  The candy bar sale looks like it will net about $9,000 for the school.  That’s amazing!  Thanks to all of our sellers and Angie Hillebrand for organizing this sale for us.

Thanks for Serving on the Board of Education and Parish Council

I’d like to thank our outgoing Board of Education members:  Pat Archer and Sara Langrehr.  Pat served two full terms (six years) and was board president for a number of those years.  Sara served since 2016 as a fill in twice for other members who were not able to fulfill full terms.

New members or re-appointed members to the board of education are Ann Craig (first term), Chad Hagerman (first term), Lucas Roth (second term), and Lisa Snider (second term).

New parish council members are Shawn Atwater, Amanda Clarke, Denny Prior, and Brian Rappel.

Thank you all for serving.

Additional Holy Fire 6th Grade Parent Meeting

We had an amazing experience with 7th grade students last year at Holy Fire-Chicago.  Holy Fire is a day long mini-NCYC experience for middle school youth.  We will again be using this awesome retreat experience for 7th graders next fall.  Evan Brankin is hosting an additional information meetings for 6th grade parents:  May 21st at 5:15 in the youth room in the rectory basement.

Applications for Financial Assistance Due June 30th

The deadline for returning families to apply for financial assistance and receive consideration for full amounts is June 30th.  Click HERE for the direct link for the online application.

Altar Server Training

Students going into 4th grade and up next year are invited to attend Altar Server training on Saturday, June 8th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the church.  At least one parent needs to attend as well to complete the necessary paperwork.  If you have questions, please call the parish office at 391-4245.

Home & School News

Home & School board members are needed for next school year.  Andrea Schuster would be glad to answer any of your questions.

Our last H & S meeting is May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the parish center.  Share your thoughts about this past year, brainstorm ideas for the future, and prepare the budget for next year.

Family Movie Night: May 31st, time TBA.  Lego Movie 2 will be the featured show.

Amazing Band Concert

The band concert was amazing.  It’s always a treat to hear how far the 5th graders progress in a year and how far students can progress from 5th grade to the 7th/8th grade spring concert.  Judging from the sound of the 4th graders playing their recorders, there’s another group of hard-working musicians ready to step into the program next year!

Field Day Volunteers

We are in need of field day volunteers!  If you can help on June 5, please contact Sara Tilkens.

Calendar Gets Full in the Spring

As we get closer to the summer, the school calendar seems to get fuller!  Please stay tuned in to building wide news and grade/homeroom news from the teachers.  You don’t want to miss anything!

Our last day of preschool classes is June 5th.

Our last day of K-8 classes is June 6th.  Dismissal time is at 12:50.  There is after school care available.

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:   May 19, 2019

Chad

May 12, 2019

Candy Bar Sale — Last Day is May 14

Candy bar money is due May 14.  It is $60 per box.  There are two options if you haven’t sold your last full box:

  1. Turn in the $60 and keep the remaining candy bars.  You can continue to sell them on your own, or, my favorite, keep them as treats for yourself!
  2. Turn in the money for what you have sold ($1 per candy bar) and return the remaining candy bars to us as well.

Thank you for your help with this fundraiser.  It seems as if it’s been a pretty easy and successful fundraiser!

Additional Holy Fire 6th Grade Parent Meetings

We had an amazing experience with 7th grade students last year at Holy Fire-Chicago.  Holy Fire is a day long mini-NCYC experience for middle school youth.  We will again be using this awesome retreat experience for 7th graders next fall.  Evan Brankin is hosting two additional information meetings for 6th grade parents:  May 16th and May 21st at 5:15 in the youth room in the rectory basement.

Assessment Results Reminder

As was stated in the letter than accompanied the reading screening and Iowa Assessment scores that were recently mailed, results for 3rd-5th graders are not expected until late summer or early fall.  The state has switched to the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress for 3rd-11th graders for public schools.  Most of our diocesan schools are transitioning to these tests as well.  JFK used them for grades 3-5 this year.  Next year, we will use them for grades 3-8.  As a new test and with open-ended written responses, the ISASP will take longer to score than the traditional Iowa Assessments.

Applications for Financial Assistance Due June 30th

The deadline for returning families to apply for financial assistance and receive consideration for full amounts is June 30th.  Click HERE for the direct link for the online application.

OLV/JFK Campus Expanded with Donation

OLV/JFK’s campus was expanded with the donation of two lots just to the south of the drive by the ball field.  KwikTrip, Inc., owner of KwikStar, added these two lots to their donation of land to OLV.  Our southern property line is now a straight line that backs up to KwikStar and extends from Division to Sturdevant.    (OLV owns and rents out the white house and brown house on Division.)  Volunteers have already begun the process of cleaning up the properties so we can better maintain the land in the future, and they made great progress again this weekend!

Scott County Catholic Schools Strategic Plan Draft Meetings

About a year ago, Meitler was hired by the Assumption Foundation to examine how Catholic school education is provided in Scott County and provide suggestions on how we might continue to improve in the future.  The executive summary was presented to administrators on April 26th and will be presented to pastors on May 13th.  From there, the draft will be presented to the staffs of our Catholic schools and then to boards of education, finance councils, and other parish leadership organizations.  From there, the executive summary will be shared with the larger community of parents, stakeholders, and other interested parties.  It is an exciting time in Catholic school education in Scott County!

How I Met Your Mummy — Hilarious

Wasn’t I right?  The 8th grade play, “How I Met Your Mummy,” was hilarious!  The results of dedicated students on stage crew, set design, and on stage was amazing.  Many thanks to the adults too:  Mrs. Bauer, Ms. Burken, Ms. Siefers, Mrs. Woerdehoff, Mr. Ryan, and the parents and supporters of JFK drama.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health affects many families.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness, 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and there is an 8-10 year gap between the onset of symptoms and intervention.  Recognizing these issues, major legislation was passed this spring in Iowa that will establish a Children’s Behavioral Health System State Board that will guide age-appropriate universal screening and help provide services in the areas of prevention, early identification, early intervention, community prevention, and comprehensive crisis services.

Home & School News

Home & School board members are needed for next school year.  Andrea Schuster would be glad to answer any of your questions.

Our last H & S meeting is May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the parish center.  Share your thoughts about this past year, brainstorm ideas for the future, and prepare the budget for next year.

Family Movie Night: May 31st, time TBA.  Lego Movie 2 will be the featured show.

Band Concert

The band concert is Thursday at 9:15 in the gym and 6:30 in Assumption’s auditorium.  Fourth graders will play their recorders at the morning concert.

Field Day Volunteers

We are in need of field day volunteers!  If you can help on June 5, please contact Sara Tilkens.

Calendar Gets Full in the Spring

As we get closer to the summer, the school calendar seems to get fuller!  Please stay tuned in to building wide news and grade/homeroom news from the teachers.  You don’t want to miss anything!

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.

That Someone Else Is Us

I have to share my Mass experience on Saturday because it reminds me of a lesson for all of us.  My wife, Lynn, was out of town, and I attended the 4:30 Mass by myself.  Attendance seemed just a little lower than usual.  As we sat in silence waiting for Mass to begin, it seemed too quiet.  How can we be the most vibrant and welcoming faith community in the Diocese (our vision statement), when there’s so much silence?  When one goes to the best basketball game, concert, or family gathering, do we quietly enter and wait for it to begin in silence, or does the anticipation of the event flow out of us with energy?  At Mass, I thought we needed at least some pre-Mass music to help us set the stage and help us with the anticipation for the highlight of the week, which is coming together to worship.  We needed, however, someone there to lead the music.

At the beginning of Mass, there was no one to welcome us, no one to lead us in song, and no one to play the piano/organ.  Fr. Jake welcomed us from the back and led us in the processional song a cappella.  I then also noted that there was no deacon.  Deacon Al was there but he wasn’t scheduled for this Mass.  Where will we be when there is not someone to step forward to be our deacons, our cantors, our organ players?

I quickly scanned the church to identify the number of parishioners who are commissioned to be Extraordinary Eucharistic ministers.  Would someone be there, or should I take my coat off to be able to help, if needed?  Because I have plenty of opportunities to be an Extraordinary Eucharistic minister at school and special liturgies, I typically do not do this ministry on the weekends, but, if there is not someone else to do it, I certainly can step forward.  I counted at least twelve parishioners who could do it, more than enough to help that day.

As Mass continued, Mrs. Jevyak did the first reading.  She stepped back from the microphone for the responsorial psalm, but quickly realized that there was no one to sing it, so she read it.  Then, she did the second reading as well, and I thought back to my mother-in-law’s funeral.  I think Lynn and I did all the lay person Mass parts at that Mass as there was not someone else to do them.

When Mass on Saturday proceeded to the presentation of the gifts, we did it in silence, which just didn’t seem right for the 4:30 Mass.  Mass seemed rather “dead.”  When I talk to new families who are looking for a church and a school, we sometimes talk about the Masses, and I encourage families to try each of our four Masses.  Each Mass has a different “feel” to it, and, if one doesn’t appeal to them, perhaps another one will.  On Saturday, however, I began to wonder, “What will we do if Shirley cannot play the organ any more?  Where is the music book kept for the organist?  What if someone is not there who can do it?  Should we have a recording ready to pump into the church?  Can we find someone who can at least play the melody on the piano?  Wouldn’t that at least be better than sitting in silence?”

Just as we were about to go up for Communion, Rose Haas (former JFK parent and parish council member and active in several committee areas) slipped into the pew next to me, and said they’d like to sing a Communion song.  She had one picked out.  They just needed someone to go up to the microphone and announce it, and they didn’t feel comfortable doing that so they were asking me to do it.  I asked who would lead it.  She said they would.  So, I crossed over to the organ side of the church and introduced the song.  When they began singing, I could barely hear it, and it seemed to be faltering.  I was standing in front of a microphone so I did what I never expected I would do — I attempted to lead us in singing the hymn a cappella.  Now, if you heard me at the Catholic schools week Mass talk about being a croaking frog often caught between women singing like angels, you know that I was definitely out of my comfort zone.  I don’t think my heart stopped racing for an hour after Mass, and I’m glad I didn’t have to think about doing it beforehand, or I would have been a nervous wreck!  But there wasn’t someone else there doing it; it was just me. I probably would have led us in a recessional song too, if someone had picked it out, but, by then, I was on the other side of the church from Rose and still reeling from the realization of what I had just done with the offertory song.  Fr. Jake said we would just leave Mass in silence.

Often times, we can find ourselves in similar situations thinking, “There’s someone else who is more worthy or better.”  Sometimes when I go to educational workshops, I find myself thinking, however, “This is not earth shattering stuff.  I could be presenting it.”  But I’m not.  In these situations, someone else is.  Are the presenters more worthy or better?  Not necessarily.  But when there wasn’t someone else, they stepped forward and did it.

If we want a vibrant parish, if we want an active Home & School with family events for our kids, if we want field day, if we want school-based athletic events and after school activities, if we want successful band, music, and drama programs, if we want a great community, …, that someone else is us.

Bulletin Link:   May 12, 2019

Chad

May 5, 2019

OLV/JFK Campus Expanded with Donation

OLV/JFK’s campus was expanded with the donation of two lots just to the south of the drive by the ball field.  KwikTrip, Inc., owner of KwikStar, added these two lots to their donation of land to OLV.  Our southern property line is now a straight line that backs up to KwikStar and extends from Division to Sturdevant.    (OLV owns and rents out the white house and brown house on Division.)  Volunteers have already begun the process of cleaning up the properties so we can better maintain the land in the future.

Rosary Themed Project by Playground – Fully Funded

Thank you to everyone who donated to the rosary themed project to be put in by the playground.  The project is now fully funded.  We are currently waiting for a dump truck of dirt to be spread and final grading to take place after the winter settling of the ground.

Scott County Catholic Schools Strategic Plan Draft Meetings

About a year ago, Meitler was hired by the Assumption Foundation to examine how Catholic school education is provided in Scott County and provide suggestions on how we might continue to improve in the future.  The executive summary was presented to administrators about ten days ago and will be presented to pastors on May 13th.  From there, the draft will be presented to the staffs of our Catholic schools and then to boards of education, finance councils, and other parish leadership organizations.  From there, the executive summary will be shared with the larger community of parents, stakeholders, and other interested parties.

Holy Fire 6th Grade Parent Meetings

We had an amazing experience with 7th grade students last year at Holy Fire-Chicago.  Holy Fire is a day long mini-NCYC experience for middle school youth.  We will again be using this awesome retreat experience for 7th graders next fall.  Evan Brankin is hosting two information meetings for 6th grade parents:  May 5th at 12:00 in the parish center (carpeted side) and May 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the parish center.

Gala:  What an Enjoyable Evening

The Gala is always a major undertaking that yields such a wonderful evening!  Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

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.  We’ve been doing so well that the company sent us more boxes.  If you need another box, please send in the $60 for the first box, and let Angie H. know in the office.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health affects many families.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness, 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and there is an 8-10 year gap between the onset of symptoms and intervention.  Recognizing these issues, major legislation was passed this spring in Iowa that will establish a Children’s Behavioral Health System State Board that will guide age-appropriate universal screening and help provide services in the areas of prevention, early identification, early intervention, community prevention, and comprehensive crisis services.

To draw attention to mental health, we will have an out of uniform day on May 10th if students wear green and/or the green ribbon provided by student council.

Home & School News

Home & School board members are needed for next school year.  Andrea Schuster would be glad to answer any of your questions.

Wasn’t the plant sale a smooth operation?!  Please thank the Schusters, Gerlachs, Millers, Wichelmanns, and others that I’m sure I missed.

Our last H & S meeting is May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the parish center.  Share your thoughts about this past year, brainstorm ideas for the future, and prepare the budget for next year.

Family Movie Night: May 31st, time TBA.  Lego Movie 2 will be the featured show.

Crusader Theater on May 10 and 11

“How I Met Your Mummy” will be performed by JFK’s 8th grade Crusader Theater on May 10 and 11.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  with the play beginning at 7:00. Tickets are available now.  Please contact the school, Mrs. Bauer, or an 8th grade theater member for more information.  It’s always great to see the student actors/actresses, set design, stage crew, parents, and staff pull together for such a great activity.  This year’s play is hilarious!

Five Year Employment Recognition

On Sunday, we recognized several employees for their five year employment increments with OLV/JFK.

5 years:  Meredith Ash, Kayelyn Blake, Kim Burken, Angie Hillebrand, Kathy Knox, Sasha Lundquist, and Jodi Weiser

10 years:  Julie Baker, Sara Tilkens, and Alicia Turnquist

15 years:  Michelle Jordan

30 years:  Shelly Furlong

May God bless all who do the service of the Lord through their employment in the ministries of Our Lady of Victory.

End of 4th Mid-Quarter May 8

May 8th is the end of the 4th mid-quarter.  Since the Easter break, we are actually in one of the longest uninterrupted periods of school.  We have a lot of school left.  Don’t let your students drift!

Field Day Volunteers

We are in need of field day volunteers!  If you can help on June 5, please contact Sara Tilkens.

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:   May 5, 2019

Chad

 

 

 

April 28, 2019

Two Days Remaining for Discounted Registration and Priority Registration

There are only two 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 need about $300 more for a rosary themed area behind the school near the playground.  The labor, mulch, bench, and about $800 has 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.

Gala on May 3rd

The Gala is on Friday.  Buy your tickets now!  Did you purchase a raffle ticket for $1,000 off your 2019-20 tuition?  Contact Angie H. in the school office for information.

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.  Out of Uniform on Monday

Congratulations to the second graders who received their First Communion on Sunday.  They can be out of uniform on Monday.

Home & School News

The last JFK Skate Night of the school year is Monday, April 29th at the Eldridge Skate Park.  The costume theme is disco.

The plant sale pickup is in the parish center from 2:00 – 7:00 on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please enter the doors near the playground and stop at the check-in table.  There will also be extra items available for purchase.

On the carpeted side of the parish center during the plant sale pickup is a USED uniform sale.

7/8 Spring Showcase

The 7th/8th grade spring showcase is on Tuesday.  We’ll have boomwhackers, bucket drumming, the choir, and the 8th grade class song.  Performances are at 1:15 and 7:00 p.m. in the gym.

Crusader Theater on May 10 and 11

“How I Met Your Mummy” will be performed by JFK’s 8th grade Crusader Theater on May 10 and 11.  Tickets are available now.  Please contact the school, Mrs. Bauer, or an 8th grade theater member for more information.

End of 4th Mid-Quarter May 8

May 8th is the end of the 4th mid-quarter.  Since the Easter break, we are actually in one of the longest uninterrupted periods of school.  We have a lot of school left.  Don’t let your students drift!

Project Jack

Fourth and 5th graders made fleece tie blankets last week to be donated to those in need.  The funds came from Project Jack, a pay-it-forward initiative started in honor of Jack Lindaman. He was a student at Alan Shepherd Elementary School who had spinal muscular atrophy. Thank you to the parents who came to help with this project and to Father Jake who blessed the blankets for us.

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 28, 2019

Chad

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

Chad

April 14, 2019

No Classes on Good Friday and Easter Monday

JFK will not have classes on Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Monday (April 22).  This schedule differs from the DCSD.  ECLC is closed on Good Friday but open on Easter Monday this year.

Holy Thursday Musical Stations in the Gym

On Holy Thursday (April 18th), we will have a stations of the cross using video and song.  It will be in the gym at 1:55.

Let’s Celebrate with Out of Uniform – Iowa Assessments and Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress Completed

It’s always a big task for the annual Iowa Assessments and now the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress.  There are special schedules, special room and seating arrangements, makeups, etc.  It takes all of the students and staff to make it work in such a brief period of time.  Thank you for all your help.  Let’s celebrate with an out of uniform day on Monday, April 15th.

Welcome Emily Sanderson

Please join me in welcoming  Emily Sanderson to the JFK staff.  Mrs. Sanderson will be coming from a medical office background and has formally held a certified nursing assistant license.  The Sandersons have two children at JFK, a 6th grader and a 3 yr old in PS.
With so many good candidates who were parishioners, parents of current students, relatives of staff, JFK graduates, etc., it was tough to make a decision for the school secretary position.  Many thanks to Angie Hillebrand, Kitty Temming, and David Mattke for their time and insights.

Return Tuition Contracts. Register for Preschool and Childcare

Tuition contracts for next year’s K-8 students should be returned before the end of April in order to receive the discount.  Please return them with the registration fee as soon as possible so we can make plans for next year.

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.

Rosary Themed Project by Playground

After the fall drainage work behind the school and near the playground, we are ready for spring planting.  Rather than just planting grass, a rosary themed area has been designed to fit into the corner where the big tree was removed.  Centered in the plantings and looking over the playground will be the memorial bench for Peg Gooder.  Around the perimeter will be stones in the form a rosary.  I would like to thank everyone who offered suggestions and insights to this project.  While not all elements could be incorporated into this design, the inspiration and encouragement from people was amazing.  In particular, I’d like to thank Julie Baker, who initiated our thinking about such a project, Chris Guinn, Joe Hillebrand, Jimmy Holt, Tammy Nagle, and the families of Chad Newton and Peg Gooder.  Finally, we would not be able to move ahead on this project without the final design work and project management of Drew Schmitt.

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.

OLV Knights of Columbus

OLV’s Knights of Columbus Council is a men’s group organized to help people live out their faith in the spirit of charity by helping others.  For more information, please contact Rick Willows 563-570-0476.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th starting at 11:00 a.m. on the soccer field behind JFK.  There will be three age groups:  5 & under, 6 to 10, and  10 and over.

For those participating in Adoration on Good Friday night, the Knights will also serve as escorts.

Gala Friday May 3rd

The Gala is less than a month away!  Look for separate communications:

  • 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

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 14, 2019

Chad

April 7, 2019

Children’s Author Julia Cook at Catholic Schools Last Week

Julia Cook was amazing last week!  Check out the photos on our Facebook page.  See the recording of her time on Paula Sands Live.

The author of 90 children’s book, former school counselor and nationally recognized award-winning author, Julia Cook shared her insights with students, staff, and parents in Scott County Catholic elementary schools.  Her books include the following:

  • I Just Don’t Like the Sound of NO!
  • My Mouth is a Volcano
  • Making Friends is an Art!
  • The PROcrastinator
  • I Can’t Believe You SAID that!

 

Return Tuition Contracts. Register for Preschool and Childcare

Tuition contracts for next year’s K-8 students should be returned before the end of April in order to receive the discount.  Please return them with the registration fee as soon as possible so we can make plans for next year.

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.

Spring Cleaning Outside JFK

Thank you to those who helped with the cleaning outside around JFK on Saturday.  It’s nice to be able to start tackling those outside jobs!

Rosary Themed Project by Playground

After the fall drainage work behind the school and near the playground, we are ready for spring planting.  Rather than just planting grass, a rosary themed area has been designed to fit into the corner where the big tree was removed.  Centered in the plantings and looking over the playground will be the memorial bench for Peg Gooder.  Around the perimeter will be stones in the form a rosary.  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.

Stewardship of Treasure Campaign

Joyful Living, Grateful Giving: This year’s Stewardship of Treasure renewal is underway, and families should have received a letter from Fr. Greiner.  By letting us know your intentions, the parish can better plan for the future and continue to place Catholic school education at JFK and Assumption in a prioritized role.  Please complete the intention envelope and place it in the collection basket, mail it to the parish office, or send it through backpack mail.

You may also want to consider registering for on-line giving.  This option can be found on the parish website by clicking on the “E-Giving” button, and this feature allows you to donate with whatever amount or frequency you desire.

Ad Hoc Policy Committee Invite

Each year the board of education reviews about 1/3 of the policies contained in the Parent and Student Handbook.  Dress code policies are reviewed every year.  If you would like to be involved this spring, please send me an email.

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.

No Classes on Good Friday and Easter Monday

JFK will not have classes on Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Monday (April 22).  This schedule differs from the DCSD.  ECLC is closed on Good Friday but open on Easter Monday this year.

Holy Thursday Musical Stations in the Gym

On Holy Thursday (April 18th), we will have a stations of the cross using video and song.  It will be in the gym at 1:55.

OLV Knights of Columbus

OLV’s Knights of Columbus Council is a men’s group organized to help people live out their faith in the spirit of charity by helping others.  For more information, please contact Rick Willows 563-570-0476.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th starting at 11:00 a.m. on the soccer field behind JFK.  There will be three age groups:  1-3 years old, 4-6, and 7-10.

For those participating in Adoration on Good Friday night, the Knights will also serve as escorts.

Preschool Vision Screening

Preschoolers have vision screenings on April 8th and 9th at school.

Confirmation on Saturday

Congratulations to our 8th graders and others who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday!

Stage Setup April 14

Set up of the stage will begin after the 9:00 Mass on April 14th.  Extra hands are always appreciated.  A few people with cordless power drills/drivers would also be helpful.

Iowa Assessments and Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

Students in grades K-2 and 6-8 will take the Iowa Assessments beginning April 8th.  Third through 5th graders will take the new Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress also beginning on April 8th.  Make sure students get plenty of sleep and have a good breakfast!

Blood Drive

The spring Blood Drive is here.  April 11th from 2-6 p.m. in the parish center.  Contact Mrs. Whelchel (rachael.whelchel@olvjfkmail.com) to set up a time or feel free to walk in!

Gala Friday May 3rd

The Gala is less than a month away!  Look for separate communications:

  • 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

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 7, 2019

Chad

March 31, 2019

Children’s Author Julia Cook at Catholic Schools in April

The author of more than 50 children’s book, former school counselor and nationally recognized award-winning author, Julia Cook will be in Scott County Catholic elementary schools the week of April 1st.  Her books include the following:

  • I Just Don’t Like the Sound of NO!
  • My Mouth is a Volcano
  • Making Friends is an Art!
  • The PROcrastinator
  • I Can’t Believe You SAID that!

Ms. Cook will be at JFK on April 3rd and 5th.  An evening session for parents is on April 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart.

For $1 or more, students may wear a hat to school with their uniform on Friday. Funds raised will be used to buy clothes, shoes, and school supplies for the kids in Fremont, NE, home of Julia Cook. Fremont experienced terrible flooding this spring.

Return Tuition Contracts. Register for Preschool and Childcare

Tuition contracts for next year’s K-8 students should be returned before the end of April in order to receive the discount.  Please return them with the registration fee as soon as possible so we can make plans for next year.

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.

Spring Cleaning Outside JFK

After a long, snowy winter, our school grounds are ready for a spring cleaning spruce up! We are looking for volunteers to join us on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 8:30 AM to show our JFK pride and get some much needed yardwork done around our school and church campus. This is also a great opportunity for students to earn Christian Service hours! Our goals will be to remove some damaged trees and bushes as well as collecting leaves and debris. We will need rakes, leafblowers, brush trimmers, shovels, wheelbarrows and pick up trucks to haul everything off to the compost facility. We look forward to your help!

Rosary Themed Project by Playground

After the fall drainage work behind the school and near the playground, we are ready for spring planting.  Rather than just planting grass, a rosary themed area has been designed to fit into the corner where the big tree was removed.  Centered in the plantings and looking over the playground will be the memorial bench for Peg Gooder.  Around the perimeter will be stones in the form a rosary.  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.

Stewardship of Treasure Campaign

Joyful Living, Grateful Giving: This year’s Stewardship of Treasure renewal is underway, and families should have received a letter from Fr. Greiner.  By letting us know your intentions, the parish can better plan for the future and continue to place Catholic school education at JFK and Assumption in a prioritized role.  Please complete the intention envelope and place it in the collection basket, mail it to the parish office, or send it through backpack mail.

You may also want to consider registering for on-line giving.  This option can be found on the parish website by clicking on the “E-Giving” button, and this feature allows you to donate with whatever amount or frequency you desire.  Lynn and I use this feature, and it was handy this past weekend when we attended Mass with extended family members elsewhere this weekend.  OLV still receives our regular donation.

Mrs. Lundquist Welcomes Daughter

We can’t wait for the first school visit of Mrs. Lundquist’s daughter, Annika!  I don’t know who gets more excited to see a new baby, the staff or students.  (Of course, with all of the illnesses going around at school lately, it may be a while before any of us see her!)

Ad Hoc Policy Committee Invite

Each year the board of education reviews about 1/3 of the policies contained in the Parent and Student Handbook.  Dress code policies are reviewed every year.  If you would like to be involved this spring, please send me an email.

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.

Student Wins Third Place in Essay Contest

Congratulations to Mary R (8B) for winning 3rd place in the Ida S. Kramer Essay Contest with her paper titled “Hidden Children” (The Story of Edith Swalb). Mary’s essay and the catalyst for her entry should be highlighted in a coming issue of The Catholic Messenger.

Hearing Screening

Students in grades K, 1, 2, and 5 will have hearing screenings on April 2nd.

Early Dismissal on Friday

There is a two hour early dismissal on Friday for the end of the 3rd quarter.  Dismissal is at 12:50.  There are no afternoon preschool classes.

No Classes on Good Friday and Easter Monday

JFK will not have classes on Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Monday (April 22).  This schedule differs from the DCSD.  ECLC is closed on Good Friday but open on Easter Monday this year.

Iowa Assessments and Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

Students in grades K-2 and 6-8 will take the Iowa Assessments beginning April 8th.  Third through 5th graders will take the new Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress also beginning on April 8th.  Make sure students get plenty of sleep and have a good breakfast!

Positions 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.
School Secretary:  We are searching for a full-time year round school secretary with excellent accounting skills.  This position is open immediately.  To apply for this position, please send a resume, letter of interest, and references to chad.steimle@olvjfkmail.com.

Plant Orders Due April 3rd

Plant orders are due April 3rd.  Color brochures were sent home before spring break.  One can also order online at Janet’s Jungle.  Pick up is at JFK on May 1st and 2nd. Last year’s flowers looked amazing in my back yard!

Bulletin Link: March 31, 2019

Chad

March 24, 2019

Tuition Contracts for K-8 Were Mailed Last Week, Preschool and Childcare Registration Underway

Tuition contracts for next year’s K-8 students were mailed last week.  Please return them with the registration fee as soon as possible so we can make plans for next year, and you can have the advantage of the discounted registration fee.

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.

Communal Penance Service

The Diocese of Davenport will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation through a communal penance service held at Our Lady of Victory at 6:30 p.m on March 25th.  Nearly a dozen priests will be available.

Stewardship of Treasure Campaign

Joyful Living, Grateful Giving: This year’s Stewardship of Treasure renewal is underway, and families should have received a letter from Fr. Greiner.  By letting us know your intentions, the parish can better plan for the future and continue to place Catholic school education at JFK and Assumption in a prioritized role.  Please complete the intention envelope and place it in the collection basket, mail it to the parish office, or send it through backpack mail.

You may also want to consider registering for on-line giving.  This option can be found on the parish website by clicking on the “E-Giving” button, and this feature allows you to donate with whatever amount or frequency you desire.  Lynn and I use this feature, and it was handy this past weekend when we attended Mass with extended family members elsewhere this weekend.  OLV still receives our regular donation.

3rd/4th Grade Spring Show

The school performance of the 3rd/4th grade show is at 1:15 on Thursday.  The evening performance for guests is at 6:30 p.m.  Third and fourth graders can be out of uniform on March 29th.

Hearing Screening

Students in grades K, 1, 2, and 5 will have hearing screenings on April 2nd.

Children’s Author Julia Cook at Catholic Schools in April

The author of more than 25 children’s book, former school counselor, Julia Cook will be in Scott County Catholic elementary schools the week of April 1st.  Her books include the following:

  • I Just Don’t Like the Sound of NO!
  • My Mouth is a Volcano
  • Making Friends is an Art!
  • The PROcrastinator
  • I Can’t Believe You SAID that!

An evening session for parents is also being arranged.

Positions 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.
School Secretary:  We are searching for a full-time year round school secretary with excellent accounting skills.  This position is open immediately.  To apply for this position, please send a resume, letter of interest, and references to chad.steimle@olvjfkmail.com.

Plant Sale

It’s time to get your plants ordered through the JFK/OLV plant sale.  Last year’s flowers looked amazing in my back yard, and this photo was early in the growing season!

Color brochures were sent home before spring break.  One can also order online at Janet’s Jungle.  Orders are due by April 3rd.  Pick up is at JFK on May 1st and 2nd.

Bulletin Link: March 24, 2019

Chad

March 17, 2019

Scott County Catholic Schools Mass for 2nd-12th Graders Thursday

Thursday is the Scott County Catholic Schools Mass for 2nd-12th graders.  The Mass is at 9:30 in Assumption’s gym.  Please return the permission slip so your child may attend.  Parents are welcome to attend as well.

Tuition Contracts for K-8 to be Mailed this Week, Preschool and Childcare Registration Underway

Tuition contracts for next year’s K-8 students will be mailed this week.  Please return them with the registration fee as soon as possible so we can make plans for next year, and you can have the advantage of the discounted registration fee.

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 Schedules Going Well

One week of the new schedules seems to have gone well.  More proximate changes to the remainder of our school year calendar are summarized below, and our website calendar has been updated with these and the remaining changes.

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.
  • 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.

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.

Green/White Out of Uniform Dress Day

Friday, March 22nd is Green/White Out of Uniform Day.  Usually we have a green out of dress day in relation to St. Patrick’s Day, but with it being on the weekend, we’ll have a green/white out of uniform day on Friday.

Did you catch a leprechaun at your house?  We tried several times at our house but were never successful.  The leprechaun was always too wily!

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.

Staff Leaving JFK

It’s getting to be the time of year when more formal announcements of staff leaving take place.  We wish these staff members well in their futures:
Michelle Jordan:  For 16 years, Mrs. Jordan has been one of the first faces our families have seen at JFK.  She made them feel welcome and the children feel loved.  When she started at JFK, she taught both the 3 year old and 4/5 year old classes, and preschool classes were located in a different location within the building.  Over the years, Mrs. Jordan has been instrumental in the various transformations that seem to have taken place in early childhood education in content and focus as well as in physical location at JFK.  Mrs. Jordan’s duties will be absorbed by our current preschool staff as we restructure.
Anna Schott:  Mrs. Schott has been at JFK since 2011.  With JFK being the first Catholic elementary school in the area to have a school counselor and to make the position full-time, we were still trying to put things together when Mrs. Schott began.  With her leadership and vision we have been developing a real “counseling program” with a three tier system of support for the social/emotional/behavioral well-being of students, student career counseling and a Scott County Catholic Schools and St. Ambrose 8th grade career fair, parent education events, and numerous special events.  Mrs. Schott has a unique way of connecting with students of all nine ages (or more) in the building that will be missed.  A search for a new school counselor has begun.
Jennifer Wemhoff (sort of):  For the last two years, Mrs. Wemhoff has been teaching a section of religion in the school.  As her other faith formation duties are expanding, she will no longer be able to dedicate the needed time for teaching every day in the school.  She will still be intimately involved, however, with the students and staff of JFK.
Dawn Henning:  Mrs. Henning has been in the school office since 2014 and will be leaving us to join the staff of St. Ambrose.  Everyone knows that it’s really the school secretaries that keep schools running.  We will miss her dearly and try not to falter too much when she leaves at the end of March.  Since coming to JFK, Mrs. Henning’s position has evolved as well.  We are now not quite sure if we need a school secretary with excellent accounting skills or a bookkeeper with excellent secretarial skills.
     If you are interested and qualified for a year-round office position at JFK, please contact me.  A small tuition benefit is included in the compensation package.

Plant Sale

It was hard to think about plants when I woke up this morning, and snow was covering the ground.  However, by the end of the day, the ground was starting to be seen again.  It really must be spring!  It’s time, then, to get my plants ordered through the JFK/OLV plant sale.

Last year’s flowers looked amazing in my back yard, and this photo was early in the growing season!

Color brochures were sent home before spring break.  One can also order online at Janet’s Jungle.  Orders are due by April 3rd.  Pick up is at JFK on May 1st and 2nd.

Bulletin Link: March 17, 2019