Principal’s Post for May 27, 2024

JFK GROWS Students of the Month for May

Each morning, students and teachers at JFK recite the JFK Difference:  JFK GROWS.  We put God first, use Respectful behaviors, find Opportunities to serve, are Welcoming to all, and make Safe choices.  Each month, we recognize one student at each grade level, alternating each month between the two homerooms, whose teachers have observed exhibiting these traits particularly well at school during the past month:

  • Kindergarten:  Paul M.
    • Paul is a hard worker and always tries his best! He is a helper in the classroom and a great friend to his classmates.
  • 1st Grade:  Harper L.
    • Harper has a positive attitude and kind words for everyone!  She comes each morning with a smile on her face and greets everyone she sees.  She works hard even when things get hard and is one of the first to volunteer if someone needs any kind of help.
  • 2nd Grade:  Harleigh D.
    • Harleigh is a bright light in the classroom. We can always count on Harleigh for anything any of us may need. She always gives her best in everything she does.
  • 3rd Grade:  Benny S.
    • Benny takes charge of his learning by asking thoughtful questions that help him understand the information that is presented. He has a high level of respect towards others that makes him an excellent friend.
  • 4th Grade: Makynlee F.
    • Makynlee is respectful and kind-hearted. She is always willing to help a teacher or classmate. If she has free time, she asks if she can help a neighbor. Makynlee is a model student, and she makes a difference in our classroom.
  • 5th Grade: Levi F.
    • Levi is very respectful. He is very polite, and he follows directions the first time given. You can count on Levi to be there for his friends and stand up for them.
  • 6th Grade: Laney G.
    • Laney is willing to help those around her. She is attentive in class and works hard.
  • 7th Grade: Isaac R.
    • Isaac works really hard in class and is not afraid to ask questions if he doesn’t understand something.
  • 8th Grade: Colin L.
    • Colin is willing to pick up the room before leaving for the day and will always say goodbye with a smile and a quick wave.

 

I’m So Blessed!

We have made it to the end of another school year! We are blessed to have so many people help us with field day. I can’t wait to see the final video we made to kick off this year’s field day!

Each year the Home and School Association recognizes JFK and Our Lady of Victory employees who have completed their five year increments of employment. This year we recognize the following staff members:

For 10 years of service:

  • Meredith Ash, as our lunch program director
  • Kayelyn Blake, who works as a reading interventionist
  • Angie Hillebrand, who works in the school office
  • Sasha Lundquist, in our middle school

For 15 years of service:

  • Alicia Andresen, in preschool and ECLC
  • Julie Baker, in our library and ECLC
  • Sara Tilkens, in physical education

For 35 years of service:

  • Shelly Furlong, in 4th grade

Educational Savings Accounts Applications Being Accepted

 The application process for the Educational Savings Account program opened on April 16th and will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 30th. Families must apply each year through the state’s vendor, Odyssey, even if you received an ESA this year or if you are not required to verify your income.

Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:

  • Anyone who received an ESA this year (but you must apply again for next year)
    • If you received an ESA this year based upon income, you will not have to verify your income again, BUT you will need to apply
  • All kindergartners and first graders. We did some work in Odyssey this weekend, and, while the system’s organization is not yet sortable, I could tell that not all families of kindergartners or first graders have applied.
  • New transfer students
  • Families whose income is at or below 400% of poverty, which is about $124,800 for a family of four

The Students First ESA Application is available in English and Spanish. Apply Now

Returning applicants: Parents/guardians with an existing Odyssey portal account will log in to the existing account to begin the application for the 2024-25 school year.

Applying for the first time: Parents/guardians who do not have an Odyssey portal account will first be directed to sign up with an email and password. Parents/guardians will receive a message from Odyssey asking them to confirm their email address. After the email is confirmed, the parent/guardian can sign in to the Odyssey portal to begin their application.

In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs.

ESA verifications as of 5/27/2024:

  • 73% of kindergartners have had ESA applications verified
  • 70% of first graders have had ESA applications verified

All K and 1st graders are eligible for ESAs regardless of income.

Families who qualify but do not apply for ESAs will not receive the state funding and will be responsible for paying the entire tuition bill themselves.

Jumpstart Kindergarten

Registration for Jumpstart Kindergarten is still open. This optional program for incoming kindergartners is July 29 – Aug 1 from 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Relatively No Movement on Registration Fees

There has been relatively no movement on the number/percentage of families who have paid the registration fees for next year. Registration fees have been received for about 75% of next year’s K-8 students and 92% of the students registered for 3 YO preschool.

The 4 YO preschool extra time fee or registration fee for “non-qualifying” students has been received for about 68% of students. We will begin to make provisions for those students who will be leaving after the state-funded time of two hours per day (pick up at 9:25 or 1:40) rather than staying for the three hours per day that we offer (pick up at 10:25 or 2:40).

The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The extra time fee for Iowa residents registering for 4 YO preschool is $250.

JFK Open Positions for 2024-25

At the present time, there are several open positions at JFK for the 2024-25 school year. This list could become longer and/or different as we internally move people around as well. If you are interested in a position at JFK, please contact me.

  • K-5 teaching position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. We haven’t decided what grade level we are looking for yet.
  • Interventionist position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. Interventionists typically work individually or in small groups with students who need extra help with reading and/or math.
  • 3 YO PS, ECLC/wrap-around, and Aftercare positions: One or more positions may be available working with 3-5 year olds and/or 5-12 year olds. Candidates must meet the certification, training, and/or experience requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services or be willing to obtain them.
  • Aide positions. With SCCS having approved 1st grade aides for all elementary buildings for next year and after moving current aides around internally, we will likely have open aide positions available for next school year. Typically, our aides work in 3 YO PS, 4 YO PS, K, and now 1st grade. However, they may also be involved in recess duties during the day. All aides must be able to work one or more evenings per week on a rotational basis until 5:30 in after school care for 3-5 year olds or 5-12 year olds.
  • Lunch program. Our lunch program will need one to two people to help probably about 3-5 hours per day. Lunch program employees have also often worked to help supervise recesses, to assist teachers in preschool classrooms, and/or to supervise after school care programs. However, combining various roles may not necessarily be a requirement.

No Parking on Drive by the Ball Field

There is to be no parking on both sides of the drive by the fall field. Both sides should be open for entering and exiting traffic.

Altar Server Training

Saturday, June 1, 9:30-11:30am in the church.

Children and other parishioners, 4th grade and up, who are interested in altar serving at Mass are invited to attend this training.

One parent/adult should attend with the student. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at  #563-391-4245.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • May 28: 8th Grade Field Trip. 4th Grade Picnic. 4th grade re-scheduled bowling
  • May 29: Last Day of PS Classes. 3 YO PS Family Event in the morning. 4 YO PS Evening Family Events
  • May 30: Field Day. Last Day of K-8 Classes. Early Dismissal at 12:40. Bus transportation and aftercare available.
  • May 31: Last Day of ECLC. 8th Grade Graduation
  • June 1: Altar Server Training
  • June 14: New Night for JFK Night at the River Bandits (H & S will share options available for families)
  • Aug 23: First day of K-8 classes

Principal’s Post for May 19, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

GPS and maps on our cell phones came in handy this weekend. I was at a family wedding in rural Iowa, and we definitely did not know how to get around the area. At one point, we missed the turn onto a gravel road, and the GPS/map rerouted us to the next gravel road. I had my doubts, however, when that next gravel road ended, and all that was left looked like two ruts alongside a field. The GPS/map was right though when those ruts came to another paved road, and there was even a stop sign!

Educational Savings Accounts Applications Being Accepted

 The application process for the Educational Savings Account program opened on April 16th and will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 30th. Families must apply each year through the state’s vendor, Odyssey, even if you received an ESA this year or if you are not required to verify your income.

Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:

  • Anyone who received an ESA this year (but you must apply again for next year)
    • If you received an ESA this year based upon income, you will not have to verify your income again, BUT you will need to apply
  • All kindergartners and first graders. We did some work in Odyssey this weekend, and, while the system’s organization is not yet sortable, I could tell that not all families of kindergartners or first graders have applied.
  • New transfer students
  • Families whose income is at or below 400% of poverty, which is about $124,800 for a family of four

The Students First ESA Application is available in English and Spanish. Apply Now

Returning applicants: Parents/guardians with an existing Odyssey portal account will log in to the existing account to begin the application for the 2024-25 school year.

Applying for the first time: Parents/guardians who do not have an Odyssey portal account will first be directed to sign up with an email and password. Parents/guardians will receive a message from Odyssey asking them to confirm their email address. After the email is confirmed, the parent/guardian can sign in to the Odyssey portal to begin their application.

In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs.

ESA verifications as of 5/12/2024:

  • 67% of kindergartners have had ESA applications verified
  • 70% of first graders have had ESA applications verified

All K and 1st graders are eligible for ESAs regardless of income.

Leaps & Bounds Registration Closes May 21

Registration for both sessions of Leaps & Bounds closes May 21. We currently have enough students registered that we can offer one of the two sessions, but need more students to make both of them financially viable. L & B focuses on reading and math for students currently in K-5th grade. Space is limited for each session, and a minimum number of students is also needed in order for each session to be viable. Currently, ESA funds are not able to be used for the $200 L & B fee. To register, please complete the registration forms and return to the school office with the registration fee. L & B Registration Forms

Session I: June 17-21 & June 24-28 (8:00-11:30)

Session II: July 15-19 & July 22-26 (8:00-11:30)

Jumpstart Kindergarten

Registration for Jumpstart Kindergarten opened last week. This optional program for incoming kindergartners is July 29 – Aug 1 from 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Relatively No Movement on Registration Fees

There has been relatively no movement on the number/percentage of families who have paid the registration fees for next year. Registration fees have been received for about 75% of next year’s K-8 students and 92% of the students registered for 3 YO preschool.

The 4 YO preschool extra time fee or registration fee for “non-qualifying” students has been received for about 68% of students. We will begin to make provisions for those students who will be leaving after the state-funded time of two hours per day (pick up at 9:25 or 1:40) rather than staying for the three hours per day that we offer (pick up at 10:25 or 2:40).

The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The extra time fee for Iowa residents registering for 4 YO preschool is $250.

JFK Open Positions for 2024-25

At the present time, there are several open positions at JFK for the 2024-25 school year. This list could become longer and/or different as we internally move people around as well. If you are interested in a position at JFK, please contact me.

  • K-5 teaching position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. We haven’t decided what grade level we are looking for yet.
  • Interventionist position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. Interventionists typically work individually or in small groups with students who need extra help with reading and/or math.
  • 3 YO PS, ECLC/wrap-around, and Aftercare positions: One or more positions may be available working with 3-5 year olds and/or 5-12 year olds. Candidates must meet the certification, training, and/or experience requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services or be willing to obtain them.
  • Aide positions. With SCCS having approved 1st grade aides for all elementary buildings for next year and after moving current aides around internally, we will likely have open aide positions available for next school year. Typically, our aides work in 3 YO PS, 4 YO PS, K, and now 1st grade. However, they may also be involved in recess duties during the day. All aides must be able to work one or more evenings per week on a rotational basis until 5:30 in after school care for 3-5 year olds or 5-12 year olds.
  • Lunch program. Our lunch program will need one to two people to help probably about 3-5 hours per day. Lunch program employees have also often worked to help supervise recesses, to assist teachers in preschool classrooms, and/or to supervise after school care programs. However, combining various roles may not necessarily be a requirement.

Thanks For Their Service

We would like to thank the following staff members for their service at JFK and wish them well in the future as they move on from their roles at JFK: Jennifer Wemhoff, Brenda Fox, Angela Hand, Bridget Parr, and Carole Behr.

New Roles and New Staff

As of today, we have several new staff lined up for next school year, and new assignments for some others. We are still in the process of hiring and may be moving other staff members to new positions as well.

Laura Corcoran will be joining the staff in music. Mrs. Corcoran is looking forward to a more regular teaching schedule now that her children are so involved in their own activities as well.

Stefanie Carlson will be joining the staff in 5th grade or as an interventionist. Mrs. Carlson brings experience in special education and elementary teaching in 4th grade to JFK.

Caitlin Putnam will be switching to JFK’s building coordinator position. A member of JFK’s Building Leadership Team for almost ten years, Mrs. Putnam has been deeply involved in nearly every initiative at JFK.

Billie Inskeep will be moving into kindergarten. Mrs. Inskeep taught kindergarten for a number of years prior to joining JFK’s staff.

Volunteers

While volunteers are always welcome, those who work with children/students must participate in the diocesan safe environment program, which includes online training and background checks. These requirements apply to those who are not the leaders but are “helpers” as well. Coaches, including those for Parks & Rec’s teams using our building/property, scout participants, and many other volunteers must participate in the safe environment program. Adults going on field trips with students may also be subject to these requirements. For more information, please contact the school office.

No Parking on Drive by the Ball Field

There is to be no parking on both sides of the drive by the fall field. Both sides should be open for entering and exiting traffic.

Altar Server Training

Saturday, June 1, 9:30-11:30am in the church.

Children and other parishioners, 4th grade and up, who are interested in altar serving at Mass are invited to attend this training.

One parent/adult should attend with the student. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at  #563-391-4245.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • May 20: Band to Adventureland
  • May 23: 3 YO PS Conferences. JFK Skate Night
  • May 24: 2nd Grade Picnic. 4th Grade Bowling
  • May 26: AHS Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation
  • May 27: Memorial Day. No Classes. ECLC Closed
  • May 28: 8th Grade Field Trip. 4th Grade Picnic
  • May 29: Last Day of PS Classes. 3 YO PS Family Event. 4 YO PS Evening Family Events
  • May 30: Field Day. Last Day of K-8 Classes. Early Dismissal at 12:40
  • May 31: Last Day of ECLC. 8th Grade Graduation. JFK Night at the River Bandits
  • June 1: Altar Server Training

 

Principal’s Post for May 12, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

In my administrative position, I’m blessed to have tools like Zoom, GoogleMeet, GoToMeeting, Webex, and other online meeting applications. I spent good portions of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last week in meetings with people outside the building, and none of us had to drive any where!

Educational Savings Accounts Applications Being Accepted

 The application process for the Educational Savings Account program opened on April 16th and will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 30th. Families must apply each year through the state’s vendor, Odyssey, even if you received an ESA this year or if you are not required to verify your income.

Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:

  • Anyone who received an ESA this year (but you must apply again for next year)
    • If you received an ESA this year based upon income, you will not have to verify your income again, BUT you will need to apply
  • All kindergartners and first graders. We did some work in Odyssey this weekend, and, while the system’s organization is not yet sortable, I could tell that not all families of kindergartners or first graders have applied.
  • New transfer students
  • Families whose income is at or below 400% of poverty, which is about $124,800 for a family of four

The Students First ESA Application is available in English and Spanish. Apply Now

Returning applicants: Parents/guardians with an existing Odyssey portal account will log in to the existing account to begin the application for the 2024-25 school year.

Applying for the first time: Parents/guardians who do not have an Odyssey portal account will first be directed to sign up with an email and password. Parents/guardians will receive a message from Odyssey asking them to confirm their email address. After the email is confirmed, the parent/guardian can sign in to the Odyssey portal to begin their application.

In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs.

ESA verifications as of 5/12/2024:

  • 67% of kindergartners have had ESA applications verified
  • 70% of first graders have had ESA applications verified

All K and 1st graders are eligible for ESAs regardless of income.

Leaps & Bounds Registration Still Open

Registration for both sessions of Leaps & Bounds is still open. L & B focuses on reading and math for students currently in K-5th grade. Space is limited for each session, and a minimum number of students is also needed in order for each session to be viable. Currently, ESA funds are not able to be used for the $200 L & B fee. To register, please complete the registration forms and return to the school office with the registration fee. L & B Registration Forms

Session I: June 17-21 & June 24-28 (8:00-11:30)

Session II: July 15-19 & July 22-26 (8:00-11:30)

Jumpstart Kindergarten

Registration for Jumpstart Kindergarten will open this week. This program for incoming kindergartners is July 29 – Aug 1 from 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Relatively No Movement on Registration Fees

There has been relatively no movement on the number/percentage of families who have paid the registration fees for next year. Registration fees have been received for about 75% of next year’s K-8 students and 92% of the students registered for 3 YO preschool.

The 4 YO preschool extra time fee or registration fee for “non-qualifying” students has been received for about 68% of students. We will begin to make provisions for those students who will be leaving after the state-funded time of two hours per day (pick up at 9:25 or 1:40) rather than staying for the three hours per day that we offer (pick up at 10:25 or 2:40).

The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The extra time fee for Iowa residents registering for 4 YO preschool is $250.

JFK Open Positions for 2024-25

At the present time, there are several open positions at JFK for the 2024-25 school year. This list could become longer and/or different as we internally move people around as well. If you are interested in a position at JFK, please contact me.

  • K-5 teaching position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. We haven’t decided what grade level we are looking for yet.
  • Interventionist position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. Interventionists typically work individually or in small groups with students who need extra help with reading and/or math.
  • 3 YO PS, ECLC/wrap-around, and Aftercare positions: One or more positions may be available working with 3-5 year olds and/or 5-12 year olds. Candidates must meet the certification, training, and/or experience requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services or be willing to obtain them.
  • Aide positions. With SCCS having approved 1st grade aides for all elementary buildings for next year and after moving current aides around internally, we will likely have open aide positions available for next school year. Typically, our aides work in 3 YO PS, 4 YO PS, K, and now 1st grade. However, they may also be involved in recess duties during the day. All aides must be able to work one or more evenings per week on a rotational basis until 5:30 in after school care for 3-5 year olds or 5-12 year olds.
  • Lunch program. Our lunch program will need one to two people to help probably about 3-5 hours per day. Lunch program employees have also often worked to help supervise recesses, to assist teachers in preschool classrooms, and/or to supervise after school care programs. However, combining various roles may not necessarily be a requirement.

Volunteers

While volunteers are always welcome, those who work with children/students must participate in the diocesan safe environment program, which includes online training and background checks. These requirements apply to those who are not the leaders but are “helpers” as well. Coaches, including those for Parks & Rec’s teams using our building/property, scout participants, and many other volunteers must participate in the safe environment program. Adults going on field trips with students may also be subject to these requirements. For more information, please contact the school office.

No Parking on Drive by the Ball Field

There is to be no parking on both sides of the drive by the fall field. Both sides should be open for entering and exiting traffic.

Altar Server Training

Saturday, June 1, 9:30-11:30am in the church.

Children and other parishioners, 4th grade and up, who are interested in altar serving at Mass are invited to attend this training.

One parent/adult should attend with the student. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at  #563-391-4245.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • May 13: 3rd Grade Field Trip. Middle School Youth Night
  • May 14: H & S Mtg. 5th/6th and 7/8 Choir Out of Uniform
  • May 16: Band Concert
    • Stay tuned to communication from Ms. Schaecher. Using AHS for the evening may be problematic now.
  • May 17: AHS seniors visit. Band Out of Uniform
  • May 18: 8th Grade Social Knight for Those Going to AHS
  • May 20: Band to Adventureland
  • May 23: 3 YO PS Conferences. JFK Skate Night
  • May 24: 2nd Grade Picnic. 4th Grade Bowling
  • May 26: AHS Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation
  • May 27: Memorial Day. No Classes. ECLC Closed
  • May 28: 8th Grade Field Trip. 4th Grade Picnic
  • May 29: Last Day of PS Classes. 3 YO PS Family Event. 4 YO PS Evening Family Events
  • May 30: Field Day. Last Day of K-8 Classes. Early Dismissal at 12:40
  • May 31: Last Day of ECLC. 8th Grade Graduation. JFK Night at the River Bandits

 

Principal’s Post for May 5, 2024

JFK GROWS Students of the Month for April

Each morning, students and teachers at JFK recite the JFK Difference:  JFK GROWS.  We put God first, use Respectful behaviors, find Opportunities to serve, are Welcoming to all, and make Safe choices.  Each month, we recognize one student at each grade level, alternating each month between the two homerooms, whose teachers have observed exhibiting these traits particularly well at school during the past month:

  • Kindergarten:  Clayton C.
    • Clayton is an eager learner and always ready to get started with the next thing in the classroom.  He listens and pays attention to things happening in the classroom and is always there to help out when needed.  Clayton is respectful, helpful, and kind to his classmates.
  • 1st Grade:  Rey H.
    • Rey comes to school every day with a smile on her face and ready to work. She goes out of her way to make sure students feel included at recess and in the classroom.
  • 2nd Grade: Sofia B.
    • Sofia is a shining light in our classroom. She always has a smile on her face and gives her best for everything that she does. She is kind, caring, and compassionate. Sofia is a wonderful part of our classroom family.
  • 3rd Grade: Connor S.
    • Connor is a kind and compassionate student who ensures that others around him are included and able to participate.
  • 4th Grade: Peyton P.
    • Peyton is a great example of the JFK difference. She is accepting of all, caring, willing to help, and responsible.  Peyton never gives up and always does her best.
  • 5th Grade: Mason F.
    • Mason can always be counted on to pay attention in class and follow the JFK Difference.  He is friendly and kind to others, and he treats his teachers with respect.
  • 6th Grade: Connor S.
    • Connor is a hard worker and is kind to all.  He helps out when needed and never shies away from sharing.
  • 7th Grade: Dylan C.
    • Dylan is a willing participant in class discussions and is not afraid to ask questions if he doesn’t understand something or wants to know more. He is a joy to have in class.
  • 8th Grade: Leia P.
    • Leia is always putting in her best effort in her school subjects. She is kind and nice to everyone and is always willing to help other students who may not understand the concepts. She is a joy to have in class.

I’m So Blessed!

We are blessed to have substitute teachers. They don’t get nearly enough credit for stepping into classes at a moment’s notice. Please join me in thanking our current substitutes: Tom Day, Amy Jackson, Jen Kira, Diana Longenecker, and Kayla Mason. We are also blessed that other staff members can also fill in when there’s a pinch: Kayelyn Blake, Laura Burke, Casey Smith, Jen Wemhoff, and Emma Wolf. Even our aides move around at a moment’s notice, and we are blessed with them: Alicia Andresen, Julie Baker, Cris Bowden, Bea Creech, Miranda Labora, Kari Lystiuk, Gaby Moya, Casey Smith, and Melissa VanDam. Our lunch staff covers amazingly well for one another, and several of them also work as aides: Meredith Ash, Nathalie Flores, Bety Herrera, and Miranda Labora.  Our office staff and custodians adjust their schedules and work extra long hours to help each other out: Angie Hillebrand and Shay Lagrone in the office and Dave Kisner and Scott Sweeney in maintenance/custodial areas. I don’t know where we’d be without Dianne Siefers helping us with technology and just about anything that draws electricity. We are also blessed with Jodi Smith who provides ESL services at All Saints and JFK and Carole Behr and Bridget Parr who work for FACTS Educational Services funded by the last of the COVID relief funds and provide interventionist services. Finally, we would not be functioning well as a Catholic school without our connections to OLV staff: Fr. Patrick, Fr. Andrew, Abbey Heinrichs, Jammie Jameson, Julie Kilburg, Andy Kuennen, Ann Lotspeich, Kaye Meyers, Mark Mirr, Rita Nagle, and Lisa Willows. (Did I mention yet that it’s teacher appreciation week? While blessed with great teachers, there are so many more people involved to make a great school! We are blessed to have them all!)

Registration Fees

Registration fees have been received for about 77% of next year’s K-8 students. The 4 YO preschool extra time fee or registration fee for “non-qualifying” students has been received for about 68% of students. We have registration fees for 100% of the students registered for 3 YO preschool! The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The extra time fee for Iowa residents registering for 4 YO preschool is $250.

Educational Savings Accounts Applications Being Accepted

 The application process for the Educational Savings Account program opened on April 16th and will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 30th. Families must apply each year through the state’s vendor, Odyssey, even if you received an ESA this year or if you are not required to verify your income.

Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:

  • Anyone who received an ESA this year (but you must apply again for next year)
    • If you received an ESA this year based upon income, you will not have to verify your income again, BUT you will need to apply
  • All kindergartners and first graders. We did some work in Odyssey this weekend, and, while the system’s organization is not yet sortable, I could tell that not all families of kindergartners or first graders have applied.
  • New transfer students
  • Families whose income is at or below 400% of poverty, which is about $124,800 for a family of four

The Students First ESA Application is available in English and Spanish. Apply Now

Returning applicants: Parents/guardians with an existing Odyssey portal account will log in to the existing account to begin the application for the 2024-25 school year.

Applying for the first time: Parents/guardians who do not have an Odyssey portal account will first be directed to sign up with an email and password. Parents/guardians will receive a message from Odyssey asking them to confirm their email address. After the email is confirmed, the parent/guardian can sign in to the Odyssey portal to begin their application.

In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs.

JFK Open Positions for 2024-25

At the present time, there are several open positions at JFK for the 2024-25 school year. This list could become longer and/or different as we internally move people around as well. If you are interested in a position at JFK, please contact me.

  • K-5 teaching position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. We haven’t decided what grade level we are looking for yet.
  • Aide positions. SCCS has approved 1st grade aides for all elementary buildings for next school year. Interested candidates will also have to be able to work one or more evenings per week on a rotational basis until 5:30 in after school care for 3-5 year olds or 5-12 year olds. Recess duties during the day are also included.
  • Lunch program. Our lunch program will need someone to help probably about 3-5 hours per day. Lunch program employees have also often worked to help supervise recesses, to assist teachers in preschool classrooms, and/or to supervise after school care programs.

Volunteers

While volunteers are always welcome, those who work with children/students must participate in the diocesan safe environment program, which includes online training and background checks. These requirements apply to those who are not the leaders but are “helpers” as well. Coaches, including those for Parks & Rec’s teams using our building/property, scout participants, and many other volunteers must participate in the safe environment program. Adults going on field trips with students may also be subject to these requirements. For more information, please contact the school office.

No Parking on Drive by the Ball Field

There is to be no parking on both sides of the drive by the fall field. Both sides should be open for entering and exiting traffic.

No School on Monday, May 6

There are no classes on Monday, May 6th due to the in-service involving the elementary teachers of Scott County Catholic Schools. Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers will be working on science of reading training with LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), and other teachers will be working on standards-based instruction/standards-referenced assessment.

Altar Server Training

Saturday, June 1, 9:30-11:30am in the church.

Children and other parishioners, 4th grade and up, who are interested in altar serving at Mass are invited to attend this training.

One parent/adult should attend with the student. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at  #563-391-4245.

Leaps & Bounds Registration Still Open

Registration for both sessions of Leaps & Bounds is still open. L & B focuses on reading and math for students currently in K-5th grade. Space is limited for each session, and a minimum number of students is also needed in order for each session to be viable. Currently, ESA funds are not able to be used for the $200 L & B fee. To register, please complete the registration forms and return to the school office with the registration fee. L & B Registration Forms

Session I: June 17-21 & June 24-28 (8:00-11:30)

Session II: July 15-19 & July 22-26 (8:00-11:30)

Jumpstart Kindergarten

Registration for Jumpstart Kindergarten will open soon. This program for incoming kindergartners is July 29 – Aug 1 from 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Yes, It Is That Time of the Year

For some reason, the time between Easter and the end of the school year always seems the busiest and most rushed. The margin of error for the unexpected becomes smaller and smaller. My wife and I were experiencing this phenomenon just the other day. We had had a long, slow leak in the half bath at our house that was only discovered when I noticed a bulge in the floor. Since spring break (or even before then) we have been trying to coordinate a series of contractors to disconnect the plumbing, remove the vanity, tear out and replace the subfloor and take care of any structural issues, install new flooring, and reconnect the plumbing. Each step, of course, requires someone to be home, the dogs to be kept away from workers, etc. We finally got step one started on Friday when I could Zoom from home for a meeting. Unfortunately, I also woke up to a horrible sound coming from the fan of the furnace. I felt so lucky though that someone was able to come Friday morning for the fan, but that has also turned into a multi-day project! Who knows when our house will be back together?!

In one of my education feeds today was an interesting article by Avni Patel Thompson in the Harvard Business Review (April 24, 2024) about how parents plan for the week: Working Parents, Plan for the Week with This Simple Exercise. It made a lot of sense and might help you get through the busy end of the school year.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 6: No classes. Music Boosters.
  • May 9: 5I Golfing. 7/8 Choir Performance
  • May 10: 5W Golfing. 8th to Outing Club for Manners Unit
  • May 13: 3rd Grade Field Trip. Middle School Youth Night
  • May 14: H & S Mtg
  • May 16: Band Concert (afternoon at JFK, evening at AHS)
  • May 17: AHS seniors visit
  • May 18: 8th Grade Social Knight
  • May 20: Band to Adventureland
  • May 23: 3 YO PS Conferences. JFK Skate Night
  • May 24: 2nd Grade Picnic. 4th Grade Bowling
  • May 26: AHS Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation
  • May 27: Memorial Day. No Classes. ECLC Closed
  • May 28: 8th Grade Field Trip
  • May 29: Last Day of PS Classes. 3 YO PS Family Event. 4 YO PS Evening Family Events
  • May 30: Field Day. Last Day of K-8 Classes. Early Dismissal at 12:40
  • May 31: Last Day of ECLC. 8th Grade Graduation. JFK Night at the River Bandits

Principal’s Post for April 28, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

I have the privilege of witnessing so many young people receive the sacraments. Today was First Communion, and two weeks ago was Confirmation. First Reconciliation is also always a blessing in Advent. I, of course, also see students receive Holy Communion each week at our school Mass and Reconciliation twice per year during Advent and Lent. It is a blessing to be involved in people’s sacramental lives!

I particularly enjoy being an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister at school Masses. Whether the students are older or younger or even whether they have recently “gotten in trouble,” it doesn’t matter at that moment. What we are doing in Catholic schools is bigger than education; it’s connecting kids with Christ. There is nothing greater than sharing with kids the saving work that Christ did for us. I am blessed to be part of that ministry.

Text Message Communications with SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger requires families to “opt in” to receive text messages. All families who want to receive text messages will need to “opt in.” Three weeks ago a flyer was sent that directed families to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

You will not receive text messages any more unless you take the initiative yourself to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

While we don’t do mass “text blasts” often, you don’t want to miss a message from JFK! Take action now.

Registration Fees

Registration fees have been received for 77% of next year’s K-8 students. The 4 YO preschool extra time fee or registration fee for “non-qualifying” students has been received for about 68% of students. We have registration fees for 100% of the students registered for 3 YO preschool! The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The extra time fee for Iowa residents registering for 4 YO preschool is $250.

Educational Savings Accounts Applications Being Accepted

 The application process for the Educational Savings Account program opened on April 16th and will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 30th. Families must apply each year through the state’s vendor, Odyssey, even if you received an ESA this year or if you are not required to verify your income.

Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:

  • Anyone who received an ESA this year (but you must apply again for next year)
    • If you received an ESA this year based upon income, you will not have to verify your income again, BUT you will need to apply
  • All kindergartners and first graders
  • New transfer students
  • Families whose income is at or below 400% of poverty, which is about $124,800 for a family of four

The Students First ESA Application is available in English and Spanish. Apply Now

Returning applicants: Parents/guardians with an existing Odyssey portal account will log in to the existing account to begin the application for the 2024-25 school year.

Applying for the first time: Parents/guardians who do not have an Odyssey portal account will first be directed to sign up with an email and password. Parents/guardians will receive a message from Odyssey asking them to confirm their email address. After the email is confirmed, the parent/guardian can sign in to the Odyssey portal to begin their application.

In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs.

JFK Open Positions for 2024-25

At the present time, there are several open positions at JFK for the 2024-25 school year. This list could become longer and/or different as we internally move people around as well. If you are interested in a position at JFK, please contact me.

  • K-8 music position. An Iowa teaching license with K-8 and 5-12 music endorsements or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required.
  • K-5 teaching position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. We haven’t decided what grade level we are looking for yet.
  • Aide positions. SCCS has approved 1st grade aides for all elementary buildings for next school year. Interested candidates will also have to be able to work one or more evenings per week on a rotational basis until 5:30 in after school care for 3-5 year olds or 5-12 year olds. Recess duties during the day are also included.
  • Lunch program. Our lunch program will need someone to help probably about 3-5 hours per day. Lunch program employees have also often worked to help supervise recesses, to assist teachers in preschool classrooms, and/or to supervise after school care programs.

Scott County Catholic Schools Job Opening: DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Scott County Catholic Schools is currently seeking a dynamic, strategic, and mission-focused Director of Human Resources to serve as a collaborative member of the leadership team. Reporting to the President, the Director of Human Resources will plan, lead, direct, develop and coordinate the policies and strategies of SCCS, while ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission.  Strong leadership, communication, organizational skills, and ethical stewardship of organizational resources are essential for success in this role.
For immediate consideration, please send a cover letter detailing specific interest in and knowledge of Scott County Catholic Schools and a resume to nikki.gartner@sccsiowa.org.

Volunteers

While volunteers are always welcome, those who work with children/students must participate in the diocesan safe environment program, which includes online training and background checks. These requirements apply to those who are not the leaders but are “helpers” as well. Coaches, including those for Parks & Rec’s teams using our building/property, scout participants, and many other volunteers must participate in the safe environment program. Adults going on field trips with students may also be subject to these requirements. For more information, please contact the school office.

No School on Monday, May 6

There are no classes on Monday, May 6th due to the in-service involving the elementary teachers of Scott County Catholic Schools. Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers will be working on science of reading training with LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), and other teachers will be working on standards-based instruction/standards-referenced assessment.

Altar Server Training

Saturday, June 1, 9:30-11:30am in the church.

Children and other parishioners, 4th grade and up, who are interested in altar serving at Mass are invited to attend this training.

One parent/adult should attend with the student. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at  #563-391-4245.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • Apr 29: 2nd Grade Out of Uniform
  • Apr 30: One Color Dress Day. Stuntmasters Assembly. Student Council’s Supply Store
  • May 1: AHS Info Knight. School Mass with May Crowning.
  • May 2: 5/6 Spring Program
  • May 3: 2nd Grade Field Trip. Moe’s Taco Kit Pick up
  • May 6: No classes. Music Boosters.
  • May 9/10: 5th Grade Golfing. 7/8 Choir Performance
  • May 10: 8th to Outing Club for Manners Unit
  • May 13: 3rd Grade Field Trip
  • May 16: Band Concert
  • May 18: 8th Grade Social Knight
  • May 20: Band to Adventureland
  • May 23: 3 YO PS Conferences. JFK Skate Night

Principal’s Post for April 21, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

The kickball tournament was such a fun event. There was plenty of space outside for six grades of participants, dancers, hotdogs and shaved ice, families and kids of all ages. Now, if it had just been a bit warmer!

Text Message Communications with SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger requires families to “opt in” to receive text messages. All families who want to receive text messages will need to “opt in.” Three weeks ago a flyer was sent that directed families to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

You will not receive text messages any more unless you take the initiative yourself to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

While we don’t do mass “text blasts” often, you don’t want to miss a message from JFK! Take action now.

Registration Fees

Registration fees have been received for 75% of next year’s K-8 students. The 4 YO preschool extra time fee or registration fee for “non-qualifying” students has been received for about 68% of students. We have registration fees for 100% of the students registered for 3 YO preschool! The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The extra time fee for Iowa residents registering for 4 YO preschool is $250.

Educational Savings Accounts Applications Being Accepted

 The application process for the Educational Savings Account program opened on April 16th and will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 30th. Families must apply each year through the state’s vendor, Odyssey, even if you received an ESA this year or if you are not required to verify your income.

Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:

  • Anyone who received an ESA this year (but you must apply again for next year)
    • If you received an ESA this year based upon income, you will not have to verify your income again, BUT you will need to apply
  • All kindergartners and first graders
  • New transfer students
  • Families whose income is at or below 400% of poverty, which is about $124,800 for a family of four

The Students First ESA Application is available in English and Spanish. Apply Now

Returning applicants: Parents/guardians with an existing Odyssey portal account will log in to the existing account to begin the application for the 2024-25 school year.

Applying for the first time: Parents/guardians who do not have an Odyssey portal account will first be directed to sign up with an email and password. Parents/guardians will receive a message from Odyssey asking them to confirm their email address. After the email is confirmed, the parent/guardian can sign in to the Odyssey portal to begin their application.

In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs.

JFK Open Positions for 2024-25

At the present time, there are several open positions at JFK for the 2024-25 school year. This list could become longer and/or different as we internally move people around as well. If you are interested in a position at JFK, please contact me.

  • K-8 music position. An Iowa teaching license with K-8 and 5-12 music endorsements or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required.
  • K-5 teaching position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. We haven’t decided what grade level we are looking for yet.
  • Aide positions. SCCS has approved 1st grade aides for all elementary buildings for next school year. Interested candidates will also have to be able to work one or more evenings per week on a rotational basis until 5:30 in after school care for 3-5 year olds or 5-12 year olds. Recess duties during the day are also included.
  • Lunch program. Our lunch program will need someone to help probably about 3-5 hours per day. Lunch program employees have also often worked to help supervise recesses, to assist teachers in preschool classrooms, and/or to supervise after school care programs.

Volunteers

While volunteers are always welcome, those who work with children/students must participate in the diocesan safe environment program, which includes online training and background checks. These requirements apply to those who are not the leaders but are “helpers” as well. Coaches, including those for Parks & Rec’s teams using our building/property, scout participants, and many other volunteers must participate in the safe environment program. Adults going on field trips with students may also be subject to these requirements. For more information, please contact the school office.

ISASP Testing This Week

The Iowa Statewide Assessments of Student Progress will be administered to all 3rd-8th grade students on April 22-26. Students should make sure they arrive to school on time, have a good breakfast, and get plenty of rest the night before. Chromebooks should be charged each evening.

Early Dismissal on Friday

There is a 2 hour early dismissal on Friday, April 26th (12:40 p.m.) There are no afternoon preschool classes. ECLC and aftercare are open.

Altar Server Training

Saturday, June 1, 9:30-11:30am in the church.

Children and other parishioners, 4th grade and up, who are interested in altar serving at Mass are invited to attend this training.

One parent/adult should attend with the student. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at  #563-391-4245.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • Apr 25: 7th Relationship Talks. First Communion practice.
  • Apr 26: 2 Hr Early Dismissal (12:40). No afternoon PS classes
  • Apr 28: First Communion
  • Apr 29: 2nd Grade Out of Uniform
  • Apr 30: One Color Dress Day
  • May 1: Stuntmasters Assembly. AHS Info Knight.
  • May 2: 5/6 Spring Program
  • May 3: 2nd Grade Field Trip. Moe’s Taco Kit Pick up
  • May 6: No classes. Music Boosters.
  • May 9/10: 5th Grade Golfing. 7/8 Choir Performance
  • May 10: 8th to Outing Club for Manners Unit

Principal’s Post for April 14, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

I have been at JFK for quite a while now and have been blessed to work with so many people. They have become my “work children” or “work siblings.” Like one’s own family members, I am proud to see them grow and have fulfilling lives and families of their own. A part of me is torn though each time they move on from JFK.

Text Message Communications with SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger requires families to “opt in” to receive text messages. All families who want to receive text messages will need to “opt in.” Three weeks ago a flyer was sent that directed families to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

You will not receive text messages any more unless you take the initiative yourself to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

While we don’t do mass “text blasts” often, you don’t want to miss a message from JFK! Take action now.

School Calendar for 2024-25

The academic calendar for the Davenport SCCS elementary schools for 2024-25 has been linked on the front page of our website.  It is also available here: SCCS – Davenport Elementary School 2024-2025 Academic Calendar

Registration Letters Have Now All Been Emailed

Registration acceptance or waiting list letters have now been emailed to all families who have children who will be in 3 YO PS through 8th grade at JFK next school year. This letter is another point of confirmation that your registration was received. Communication will now begin for those who have not paid the registration and/or 4 YO PS extra time fees. The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website.

Registration Fee for 2024-25

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The registration fee should be paid at the time of registration/application. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

ESAs: The target date for ESA applications to become available for the 2024-25 school year is April 16th. Even if you received an ESA in 2023-24, you have to apply again.

  • Families must apply each year! The application is through Odyssey, the state’s vendor.
  • Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:
    • All kindergartners and first graders
    • New transfer students
    • Students who already received an ESA this year due to transferring to JFK for 2023-24
    • Families whose income is less than 400% of poverty, which is just over $120,000 for a family of four
    • (In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs)

School Libraries

Growing up, my elementary school library was also instrumental in encouraging me to read. I remember reading many non-fiction, history type books from that library. Space wise, it was about half to three-quarter the size of one of our classrooms at JFK and not very appealing. We are so blessed to have such an open and inviting library at JFK!

JFK Open Positions for 2024-25

At the present time, there are several open positions at JFK for the 2024-25 school year. This list could become longer and/or different as we internally move people around as well. If you are interested in a position at JFK, please contact me.

  • K-8 music position. An Iowa teaching license with K-8 and 5-12 music endorsements or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required.
  • K-5 teaching position. An Iowa teaching license with a K-6 elementary endorsement or willingness to pursue/obtain them is required. We haven’t decided what grade level we are looking for yet.
  • Aide positions. SCCS has approved 1st grade aides for all elementary buildings for next school year. Interested candidates will also have to be able to work one or more evenings per week on a rotational basis until 5:30 in after school care for 3-5 year olds or 5-12 year olds. Recess duties during the day are also included.
  • Lunch program. Our lunch program will need someone to help probably about 3-5 hours per day. Lunch program employees have also often worked to help supervise recesses, to assist teachers in preschool classrooms, and/or to supervise after school care programs.

Volunteers

While volunteers are always welcome, those who work with children/students must participate in the diocesan safe environment program, which includes online training and background checks. These requirements apply to those who are not the leaders but are “helpers” as well. Coaches, including those for Parks & Rec’s teams using our building/property, scout participants, and many other volunteers must participate in the safe environment program. Adults going on field trips with students may also be subject to these requirements. For more information, please contact the school office.

ISASP Testing

The Iowa Statewide Assessments of Student Progress will be administered to all 3rd-8th grade students on April 22-26. Students should make sure they arrive to school on time, have a good breakfast, and get plenty of rest the night before.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • Apr 16: Ned Show Assembly
  • Apr 17: 6th to AHS
  • Apr 19: Kickball Tournament
  • Apr 21: Ignite Sunday
  • Apr 22: ISASP
  • Apr 25: 7th Relationship Talks
  • Apr 26: 2 Hr Early Dismissal (12:40). No afternoon PS classes
  • Apr 28: First Communion

 

Principal’s Post for April 7, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

I am so blessed to have known and worked alongside Fr. Andrew for the past three years. He has an amazing ability to connect with the young and old and bring the Lord to us all. Beginning July 1st, he will move on from OLV to become the parochial administrator (similar to pastor) of St. Mary’s in Iowa City. The Church is blessed to have him as a priest.

Text Message Communications Back with SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger requires families to “opt in” to receive text messages. All families who want to receive text messages will need to “opt in.” Two weeks ago a flyer was sent that directed families to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

On Thursday (delayed from Wednesday), SchoolMessenger sent families who had not already opted in a text message directing people to type “Y” if they want to receive further text messages. Again, you will not receive text messages any more unless you respond to that one message or take the initiative yourself to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

While we don’t do mass “text blasts” often, you don’t want to miss a message from JFK! Take action now.

Chronic Absenteeism

Mrs. Wemhoff is in the process of sending letters home to families who have a child who was “chronically absent” in the third quarter. Chronic absenteeism is typically defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days, or 18 days in a year, for any reason, excused or unexcused. For a quarter of school, chronic absenteeism would be about five days. While no one is saying that there may not be good reasons for students to be absent such as illnesses, trips, funerals, athletic events, etc., we do want families to make sure that their decisions are thoughtful. Chronic absenteeism can affect students’ ability to read, and the ripple effect of reading difficulties can be felt for many, many years. Chronically absent students also have difficulty engaging with learning in general and with connections to peers and other caring adults.

School Calendar for 2024-25

The academic calendar for the Davenport SCCS elementary schools for 2024-25 has been linked on the front page of our website.  It is also available here: SCCS – Davenport Elementary School 2024-2025 Academic Calendar

April 8th is now an in-service day for JFK and all the SCCS elementary schools in order to accommodate a joint training session. The DCSD was already going to have an in-service day on this date.

Registration Letters Have Now All Been Emailed

Registration acceptance or waiting list letters have now been emailed to all families who have children who will be in 3 YO PS through 8th grade at JFK next school year. This letter is another point of confirmation that your registration was received. Communication will now begin for those who have not paid the registration and/or 4 YO PS extra time fees. The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website.

Registration Fee for 2024-25

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The registration fee should be paid at the time of registration/application. The link also allows new families the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

ESAs: The target date for ESA applications to become available for the 2024-25 school year is April 16th. Even if you received an ESA in 2023-24, you have to apply again.

  • Families must apply each year! The application is through Odyssey, the state’s vendor.
  • Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:
    • All kindergartners and first graders
    • New transfer students
    • Students who already received an ESA this year due to transferring to JFK for 2023-24
    • Families whose income is less than 400% of poverty, which is just over $120,000 for a family of four
    • (In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs)

Third Quarter Report Cards Yet to Be Emailed

Third quarter final report cards have yet to be emailed. I noticed an issue with some of the standards marks, and we are working to get them cleaned up.

More About My Childhood Library

Last week, I mentioned how blessed I am to live so close to a library now and how often I would go to the library while growing up. I grew up in South Milwaukee, WI, a working-class suburb, get this, south of Milwaukee. The big plant right in the center of the city was Bucyrus-Erie, which made huge construction shovels, the type that were used for the Panama Canal and large mining operations. (B-E was bought by Caterpillar about 10 years ago.) Directly across the street from the plant was the library. While we went to the library for the books, there was many a time we’d then sit by the windows and watch the overhead yard cranes move metal from one location to another!

Another industrial claim to fame for South Milwaukee, that I really only learned about in my teenage years as the plant was more “hidden,” was Everbrite, LLC. They made outdoor signs. The number of McDonald’s “golden arches” stored on their property was staggering!

Although considered an “industrial city,” so much of my personal experience of South Milwaukee was related to the park system. We lived about a half block from the Oak Creek Parkway, which would be similar to living near Duck Creek. Once in the park system, there were bike paths, trails, picnic areas, etc. that wound all through the city, opened up to a lagoon that was near a waterfall that had once powered a grain mill, and then flowed into Lake Michigan. Traveling north along the shores of Lake Michigan, one could even reach downtown Milwaukee without seeming to have to exit the park system for very long. I outgrew a few bikes riding through the park system!

There must also have been something special in the small (1200-1500 sq ft) brick houses in our neighborhood. Of the 15 “notable people” listed on Wikipedia for South Milwaukee, five of them lived within a one block radius of our house. My sister graduated with a future NBA basketball player, I played basketball and football in the yards with a future comedian, a professional wrestler was the backyard neighbor with us, and two politicians lived right around the corner. It’s a small world.

Speaking of a small world, did you see JFK mentioned in passing in the QCTimes article this weekend about Kate Martin on the University of Iowa basketball team?

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • Apr 8: In-service. No Classes. ECLC Open. Middle School Youth Night. 2nd Grade Sacramental Prep Activity
  • Apr 9: Putnam Museum Programming at JFK. Home & School Mtg
  • Apr 11: Jersey Mike’s Night. Confirmation Practice. Putnam Museum Programming at JFK. K-2 Dance Clinic
  • Apr 12: Confirmation
  • Apr 16: Ned Show Assembly
  • Apr 17: 6th to AHS
  • Apr 18: 7th Confirmation Prep Activity
  • Apr 19: Kickball Tournament
  • Apr 21: Ignite Sunday

Principal’s Post for March 31, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

I live less than ten minutes from a library. While I go the the library about every 3-6 weeks, I always try to go to the library before a longer school break; I don’t want to run out of reading material and find the library also closed! Having access to large numbers of books is beneficial for children. I can remember riding my bike to the library every week during the summer and stuffing my backpack so full of books that it would barely close. Sometimes I even had to put books in my bike bag! Going to the library was/is, of course, in addition to having a robust home library. Growing up, there were books and/or bookshelves in nearly every room of our house. The same is true of my house now, and parting with a good book is almost like losing a good friend! The number of books in one’s “home library” is also correlated to later success in life and can even equate to the impact of additional education.

How often do you read? When was the last time you went to the library? How many books do you have in your “home library?”

Text Message Communications Back with SchoolMessenger

The Diocese of Davenport is in the process of moving text messaging back to SchoolMessenger, a service that we had for years prior to this fall. Texting from SchoolMessenger is much easier and more efficient than what we used through this past winter for school closings, for example. Unfortunately, SchoolMessenger requires families to “opt in” to receive text messages. All families who want to receive text messages will need to “opt in.” Last week a flyer was sent that directed families to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

On Wednesday, SchoolMessenger will send families who have not already opted in a text message directing people to type “Y” if they want to receive further text messages. Again, you will not receive text messages after Wednesday unless you respond to that one message or take the initiative yourself to type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.

While we don’t do mass “text blasts” often, you don’t want to miss a message from JFK! Take action now.

JFK GROWS Students of the Month for March

Each morning, students and teachers at JFK recite the JFK Difference:  JFK GROWS.  We put God first, use Respectful behaviors, find Opportunities to serve, are Welcoming to all, and make Safe choices.  Each month, we recognize one student at each grade level, alternating each month between the two homerooms, whose teachers have observed exhibiting these traits particularly well at school during the past month:

  • Kindergarten:  Ruby P.
    • Ruby is an exceptional student, friend, and role model. She starts and ends each day with a smile on her face and is willing to help anyone in need.
  • 1st Grade:  Cade L.
    • Cade is a kind friend.  He makes good choices throughout the school day and tries his best in everything he does.
  • 2nd Grade: Gunner G.
    • Gunner is filled with joy. He loves to sing ,especially about Jesus. He is a great friend and great worker. His peaceful spirit is a gift to his class.
  • 3rd Grade: Annie W.
    • Annie is a wonderful, positive student who is ready to learn and respectful towards others. She is a great friend and helps make the classroom a great place!
  • 4th Grade: Mila H.
    • Mila is a hardworking student, a kind classmate, and a friend to everyone she meets. She always does what is asked of her without hesitation or complaint and is very respectful.
  • 5th Grade: Addelyn A.
    • Addelyn is very patient and friendly. She takes school seriously and is a very responsible student.  She treats her peers with respect and kindness. She is an amazing role model.
  • 6th Grade: Natalie R.
    • Natalie is always willing to help her teachers as well as her classmates. She is a hard worker and is respectful to others.
  • 7th Grade: Caitlyn C.
    • Caitlyn is a student who works very hard in everything she does. She will help out anyone who needs it and always has a smile on her face. She is a blessing to her class.
  • 8th Grade: Emily S.
    • Emily is always willing to help her teachers and is very kind and compassionate to younger students.

Chronic Absenteeism

Mrs. Wemhoff is in the process of sending letters home to families who have a child who was “chronically absent” in the third quarter. Chronic absenteeism is typically defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days, or 18 days in a year, for any reason, excused or unexcused. For a quarter of school, chronic absenteeism would be about five days. While no one is saying that there may not be good reasons for students to be absent such as illnesses, trips, funerals, athletic events, etc., we do want families to make sure that their decisions are thoughtful. Chronic absenteeism can affect students’ ability to read, and the ripple effect of reading difficulties can be felt for many, many years. Chronically absent students also have difficulty engaging with learning in general and with connections to peers and other caring adults.

School Calendar for 2024-25

The academic calendar for the Davenport SCCS elementary schools for 2024-25 has been linked on the front page of our website.  It is also available here: SCCS – Davenport Elementary School 2024-2025 Academic Calendar

For this April, there is no plan in Davenport SCCS to make up any snow days. The public schools are now going to school on April 1st. With more school days and a longer day, SCCS schools have no need to do make-up days. We will continue to have off on April 1st, which is Easter Monday.

April 8th is now an in-service day for JFK and all the SCCS elementary schools in order to accommodate a joint training session. The DCSD was already going to have an in-service day on this date.

Registration Letters Have Now All Been Emailed

Registration acceptance or waiting list letters have now been emailed to all families who have children who will be in 3 YO PS through 8th grade at JFK next school year. This letter is another point of confirmation that your registration was received. Communication will now begin for those who have not paid the registration and/or 4 YO PS extra time fees. The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website.

Registration and Application for 2024-25

Online registration and application for PS-12th grades is open. The links and some directions are available on the front page of our website, www.olvjfk.com.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The registration fee should be paid at the time of registration/application. The link has been changed for new families so it includes the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

If a child, INCLUDING A PRESCHOOLER, is currently in JFK or any Scott County Catholic School, he/she is NOT a new student. You must do the Login to PowerSchool as a parent. If, after you login, you do not see one of your currently attending preschooler-11th grade students, please contact the school. You will need a new code to add the missing child. If you do not remember/have your PowerSchool login, please contact the school as well. If you are changing schools, please contact us so the new school can be added as an option.

If you see a message next to your child’s name in PowerSchool that says “Not Submitted,” you must finish the registration process by submitting the application. A “Not Submitted” application is in “no man’s land;” we can’t see it at all, and we don’t even know you’ve tried to apply!

If you are having difficulty with registration, please let us know.

ESAs: The target date for ESA applications to become available for the 2024-25 school year is April 16th. Even if you received an ESA in 2023-24, you have to apply again.

  • Families must apply each year! The application is through Odyssey, the state’s vendor.
  • Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:
    • All kindergartners and first graders
    • New transfer students
    • Students who already received an ESA this year due to transferring to JFK for 2023-24
    • Families whose income is less than 400% of poverty, which is just over $120,000 for a family of four
    • (In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs)

ESAs and State Assessments

Families receiving ESAs may have received a message from the Iowa Department of Education reminding them that their students must participate in the same federal and state required assessments as those attending public schools. This participation requirement actually is in place by JFK’s policies already. JFK students will be taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) in late April.

K-8 Tuition Rates for SCCS Schools

Below are the tuition rates for K-8 in Scott County Catholic Schools for 2024-25. For those paying tuition themselves (“private pay”), the rate is about a 5% increase, which has been about the historical average for many years.

Grade School Tuition
Parish Subsidized Private Pay Parish Subsidized ESA
Student #1 $4,600 Total per student $5,425
Student #2 $3,910
Student #3 $3,000
Student #4+ $2,300
Non-Parish Subsidized Private Pay Non-Parish Subsidized ESA
Student #1 $6,810 Total per student $7,635
Student #2 $3,910
Student #3 $3,000
Student #4+ $2,300

 

Preschool and Wraparound Programs and Rates

There are many possible combinations for 3 year old and 4/5 year old preschool, most of which can also be combined with part-time or full-time wraparound childcare. Three year old classes are offered MWF, M-F, or T/Th. These classes run from 7:25-9:55 a.m. Students must be 3 years old on or before Sept 15th. Four year old classes are offered M-F from 7:25-10:25 a.m. or M-F 11:40 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept 15th. Five year olds may also enroll in the four year old class, if there is space available.  See the below for rates for preschool and wraparound care options. This document has been updated to show the application fee/deposit for wraparound care:

Preschool Tuition Rates_FINAL 2_7_2024

Third Quarter Has Ended

Report cards will likely be emailed during the middle of this week.

Measles Immunizations?

There are relatively few students who have immunization exemptions at JFK. If your child or you does not have a measles immunization, usually obtained through a once per lifetime MMR shot, you may want to talk to a health professional. Measles, which was once thought to be “eradicated,” has had several cases move from the coasts toward the middle of the country. If there were to be a measles case, it’s not just the person with the illness who needs to be out of school; typically, all others who are not immunized also need to be out of school for as many as 21 days.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • Apr 1: Easter Monday. No Classes. ECLC Closed
  • Apr 4: Jump for JFK Event at The Fun Station
  • Apr 8: In-service. No Classes. ECLC Open. Middle School Youth Night
  • Apr 11: Jersey Mike’s Night. Confirmation Practice
  • Apr 12: Confirmation

Principal’s Post for March 24, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

I could not sit through the 7/8 mock shark tank finals on Friday without a smile on my face. It was such a fun experience!

7/8 Shark Tank Winners

Consistent with science/engineering and ELA/public speaking standards, JFK’s 7th and 8th graders are participating in a Mock Shark Tank experience. Seventh graders developed/improved upon a game, and 8th graders developed/improved upon household items. After the development of their prototypes, they had to “pitch” it to the “sharks” just like on the TV show. Congratulations to the following students:

  • 1st place: Natalie S., Noah F., and Kyle D.: Spoonalicious — an edible spoon
  • 2nd place: Sydney S. and Hailey E.: Sprinkle Dinkle — a toilet seat helper for potty training boys
  • 3rd place: Anthony C. and Lincoln M.: Pool Darts — jumping through holes on a “dart board” in the swimming pool to earn points

Just like on the real Shark Tank, I think some inventions and presentations also just resonated with the judges. I thought the finalists all did an amazing job!

School Calendar for 2024-25

The academic calendar for the Davenport SCCS elementary schools for 2024-25 has been linked on the front page of our website.  It is also available here: SCCS – Davenport Elementary School 2024-2025 Academic Calendar

For this April, there is no plan in Davenport SCCS to make up any snow days. The public schools are now going to school on April 1st. With more school days and a longer day, SCCS schools have no need to do make-up days. We will continue to have off on April 1st, which is Easter Monday. The SCCS schools in Davenport also have off on Good Friday.

April 8th is now an in-service day for JFK and all the SCCS elementary schools in order to accommodate a joint training session. The DCSD was already going to have an in-service day on this date.

Registration Letters Have Now All Been Emailed

Registration acceptance or waiting list letters have now been emailed to all families who have children who will be in 3 YO PS through 8th grade at JFK next school year. This letter is another point of confirmation that your registration was received. Communication will now begin for those who have not paid the registration and/or 4 YO PS extra time fees. The link to pay the fees is available on the front page of our website.

Why Keep Printing the Definition of a Participating Member of Our Lady of Victory or Other Catholic Parish?

Eventually, someone at each parish, including OLV, will have to verify that the students registered for JFK and Assumption, for example, are either participating members of OLV or another Catholic parish or not participating members.

We do have a definition for being considered a participating member of OLV:

An OLV registered and participating member or member of another supporting Catholic parish, at a minimum, follows the precepts of the Church and is called to go far beyond the minimum in the love of God and neighbor.  Below are the precepts of the Church:

  • Attend Mass at OLV or a supporting Catholic parish on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Members of OLV are expected to fulfill the majority of those obligations at OLV to help ensure that the parish and families develop their relationship together as disciples of Christ.
  • Confess one’s sins at least once per year.
  • Receive Holy Communion at least once per year, during the Easter season.
  • Observe the days of fast and abstinence.
  • Provide for the needs of the Church, including OLV or the supporting Catholic parish to which one has membership. The use of envelopes or electronic funds transfer should be used by OLV registered and participating members to facilitate this obligation.  If this obligation is too much of a hardship, an individualized plan for donated services/voluntarism may be agreed upon.  Those who are members of another supporting Catholic parish should utilize methods desired by the supporting parish.

In addition, the following are also included in the definition of an OLV registered and participating member, and similar requirements are often made by other supporting Catholic parishes:

  • Register in the parish by completing the parish registration form.
  • Participate in and help with parish/school activities.

Mass Attendance

The first precept of the Catholic Church is Mass attendance. All too often it seems as if there are not too many JFK students at Masses at OLV. It also feels awkward when we have a fairly large Catholic school and not enough altar servers for OLV’s weekend Masses. OLV itself has been concerned about Mass attendance since before COVID. Before COVID, there was only about 30%-35% of parishioners who were included in the official Mass attendance count days in November. Since COVID, we have yet to go above 30%. Can you imagine a school or workplace where not even 30% of the students or employees are in attendance? Or having a weekend athletic tournament with only 30% of the team showing up?

The link below shows OLV’s Mass attendance as a percentage of  OLV parishioners from 2015 to 2023.

Mass Attendance chart for Principal’s Post, 3-17-2024

Registration and Application for 2024-25

Online registration and application for PS-12th grades is open. The links and some directions are available on the front page of our website, www.olvjfk.com.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is now $125 per child. The registration fee should be paid at the time of registration/application. The link has been changed for new families so it includes the options for paying the extra time fee for 4 YO preschools and the wraparound registration/deposit fee. The K-8 registration fee button can also be used to pay for 3 YO preschool registration and 4 YO Non-qualifying preschool registration.

If a child, INCLUDING A PRESCHOOLER, is currently in JFK or any Scott County Catholic School, he/she is NOT a new student. You must do the Login to PowerSchool as a parent. If, after you login, you do not see one of your currently attending preschooler-11th grade students, please contact the school. You will need a new code to add the missing child. If you do not remember/have your PowerSchool login, please contact the school as well. If you are changing schools, please contact us so the new school can be added as an option.

If you see a message next to your child’s name in PowerSchool that says “Not Submitted,” you must finish the registration process by submitting the application. A “Not Submitted” application is in “no man’s land;” we can’t see it at all, and we don’t even know you’ve tried to apply!

If you are having difficulty with registration, please let us know.

ESAs: The target date for ESA applications to become available for the 2024-25 school year is April 16th. Even if you received an ESA in 2023-24, you have to apply again.

  • Families must apply each year! The application is through Odyssey, the state’s vendor.
  • Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:
    • All kindergartners and first graders
    • New transfer students
    • Students who already received an ESA this year due to transferring to JFK for 2023-24
    • Families whose income is less than 400% of poverty, which is just over $120,000 for a family of four
    • (In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs)

ESAs and State Assessments

Families receiving ESAs may have received a message from the Iowa Department of Education reminding them that their students must participate in the same federal and state required assessments as those attending public schools. This participation requirement actually is in place by JFK’s policies already. JFK students will be taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) in late April.

K-8 Tuition Rates for SCCS Schools

Below are the tuition rates for K-8 in Scott County Catholic Schools for 2024-25. For those paying tuition themselves (“private pay”), the rate is about a 5% increase, which has been about the historical average for many years.

Grade School Tuition
Parish Subsidized Private Pay Parish Subsidized ESA
Student #1 $4,600 Total per student $5,425
Student #2 $3,910
Student #3 $3,000
Student #4+ $2,300
Non-Parish Subsidized Private Pay Non-Parish Subsidized ESA
Student #1 $6,810 Total per student $7,635
Student #2 $3,910
Student #3 $3,000
Student #4+ $2,300

 

Preschool and Wraparound Programs and Rates

There are many possible combinations for 3 year old and 4/5 year old preschool, most of which can also be combined with part-time or full-time wraparound childcare. Three year old classes are offered MWF, M-F, or T/Th. These classes run from 7:25-9:55 a.m. Students must be 3 years old on or before Sept 15th. Four year old classes are offered M-F from 7:25-10:25 a.m. or M-F 11:40 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept 15th. Five year olds may also enroll in the four year old class, if there is space available.  See the below for rates for preschool and wraparound care options. This document has been updated to show the application fee/deposit for wraparound care:

Preschool Tuition Rates_FINAL 2_7_2024

Checking Grades in PowerSchool

Have you been logging in to check your student’s grades in PowerSchool? The third quarter will wrap up on March 27th.

Measles Immunizations?

There are relatively few students who have immunization exemptions at JFK. If your child or you does not have a measles immunization, usually obtained through a once per lifetime MMR shot, you may want to talk to a health professional. Measles, which was once thought to be “eradicated,” has had several cases move from the coasts toward the middle of the country. If there were to be a measles case, it’s not just the person with the illness who needs to be out of school; typically, all others who are not immunized also need to be out of school for as many as 21 days.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • Mar 26: Supply Store.
  • Mar 27: 8th Grade Band Members Trip to Blue Man Group in Chicago. End of 3rd Qtr. Dismissal at 12:40. No afternoon preschool
  • Mar 28: Holy Thursday
  • Mar 29: Good Friday. No Classes. ECLC Closed
  • Mar 30: Holy Saturday
  • Mar 31: Easter
  • Apr 1: Easter Monday. No Classes. ECLC Closed
  • Apr 4: Jump for JFK Event at The Fun Station
  • Apr 8: In-service. No Classes. ECLC Open. Middle School Youth Night
  • Apr 11: Jersey Mike’s Night. Confirmation Practice
  • Apr 12: Confirmation