December 15, 2019

Special Dismissal on Friday

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

Victory Vouchers Make Great Christmas Gifts Too

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

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

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

Mississippi Valley School Tuition Organization Still Needs Funds

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

Highlighted Upcoming Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url:

Indoor Recess Games on Teachers’ Wishlists

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

Civic Oration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fifth Grade Flag Essay

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

Elks Free Throw Contest

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

Girls Volleyball

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

Engagement and Law School

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