February 10, 2019

Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2019-20 Begins on WEDNESDAY

3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration for parishioners and families with siblings already at JFK begins on February 13th at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration for all others begins on February 19th at 7:30 a.m.  Please enter through the main doors.

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up for 2019-20

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up are on February 19th.  Two sessions are available:  8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the parish center and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Please call ahead so we can have a special package ready for your child.

New JFK Video

Our first draft of a new video highlighting the JFK Difference is available:  JFK Difference.  We are working to get the video distributed and up on our website.

Make-Up 4 Year Old Preschool Conferences

Make-up four year preschool parent/teacher conferences are in the evening on February 12th.  Use the link that was emailed to you to sign up for a time.  Preschool classes will continue as normal on the 12th.

Re-Scheduled Mass for 2nd-12th Grade Catholic School Students

The all Catholic schools Mass with the Bishop at Assumption for students in grades 2-12 has been re-scheduled for March 21st.  Hopefully, we won’t have any snow then!

How Many Days Will We Make Up and When?

So far, we’ve cancelled seven school days and have had two  early dismissal days and two late start days due to the weather.  Every area district is adjusting its school calendar differently, and our Catholic schools are in the process of adjusting ours as well.  It would be great, however, if the weather would stop creating problems for us.  Just as soon as the DCSD published a new calendar, we had weather issues on two more days!  We have not seen yet how the DCSD will adjust things again.  We have also heard that there now may be discussions about other changes that may affect us.  One of the factors for us is bus transportation; our Catholic schools  don’t control our own busing.  Given various factors and perspectives at each of our Catholic schools and the fact that we do not have a system to make timely unified decisions, it is likely that each Catholic will have a different adjusted school calendar.  JFK’s board will be discussing it Monday night.

About two weeks ago, the DCSD’s board passed August 26th as the first day of school.  Last week, legislation in Iowa was introduced to allow more flexibility for schools to start before August 23rd.  We’ll see what happens to this legislation and how the DCSD responds.

Tuition Tax Credit

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.”  For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes.  No special forms are required any more.  Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that the tax/calendar year actually splits two different school years with different tuition rates.

Skate Night

Skate Night is February 11th at 6:00 – 8:00 at the Eldridge Skate Park.  The theme is “80’s Era.”

Catholic School Counselors on TV

Did you see two of our Catholic school counselors, including our own Anna Schott, on TV last week:  National School Counseling Week.

Doing Science vs. Being Scientists:  Does Language Makes a Difference, Particularly for Girls?

In a recent study published in Psychological Science, researchers found that girls between the ages of 4 and 9 remained more engaged in a game about the scientific method when the game was described as “doing science” rather than as “being scientists.”  Summarizing the study in a February 7, 2019 article in Education Week, “To Encourage Girls in Science, Talk Action, Not Identity,” Sarah Sparks indicates that the identity language of “being scientists” may be problematic to encouraging girls to pursue STEM education and careers.  For boys, the language differences were related to age:  younger boys stayed more engaged when the activity was “doing science,” and the older boys were more engaged when the activity was “being scientists.”

Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines Checked on Thursday

With so many days off, it’s been hard to get into any sort of rhythm, including with our dress code, particularly our Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines.  Challenges seemed to appear in our scattered out of uniform days for Catholic Schools Week.  This week we have another out of uniform day on Thursday; it’s red, white, and pink dress day.  Students can be out of uniform if they are wearing red, white, or pink attire.  The Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines from our handbook are copied below.  To aid in the interpretation, Mrs. Temming and/or I will be making our way through several grade levels.
Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines
Even when there is an out of uniform dress day, certain guidelines are appropriate for the modesty expected in a Catholic school. These guidelines are not intended to limit the fun of theme days, but they are intended to provide a minimum standard.
Tops: Modest tops without holes, low necklines, spaghetti straps, or visible undergarment straps.
Pants/shorts/skirts: Lengths of shorts/skirts must meet the requirements of the above uniform policy [no shorter than 2″ above the knee]. Loose fitting jeans and loose fitting pants may be worn. If wearing tightly fitted jeans/pants/leggings, one’s top (shirt, sweater, etc.) must be mid-thigh or longer.
Socks must be worn unless formal attire is worn.
Footwear must be worn.
If a student’s attire is not within these guidelines, the student will be asked to change his/her clothing. If the clothing cannot be changed, a dress code demerit will be issued, and the student will not be allowed to participate in the next out of uniform day.
Policy Adopted: May 7, 2013
Policy Reviewed: May 5, 2015; April 5, 2016
Policy Revised: June 6, 2017; June 14, 2018
Bulletin Link:  February 10, 2019