Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-Up for 2019-20 on Tuesday, Feb 19th
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.
All Preschool and Childcare Registration for 2019-20 Is Open on Tuesday, Feb 19th
3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare registration opens for all families on February 19th at 7:30 a.m. Please enter through the main doors.
New JFK Video
Our first draft of a new video highlighting the JFK Difference is available: JFK Difference. The video is available through multiple routes on our website. The easiest one is under the “JFK Difference” tab.
Tuition Tax Credit
Don’t forget to take advantage of the Iowa “tuition tax credit.” For the first $1,000 spent on each dependent’s education, $250 in tax credits are available on your Iowa taxes. No special forms are required any more. Please remember when doing the calculations, however, that the tax/calendar year actually splits two different school years with different tuition rates.
Out of Uniform Dress Day Guidelines: Last Week’s Observations
Where Are We With a Schedule for Make Up Days?
The DCSD teachers’ union vote on Friday was in favor of a modified school calendar for the remainder of the year. (See the Feb 13th Principal’s Post.) It now goes to the DCSD board, and there is currently no non-disciplinary meeting scheduled until February 25. JFK’s board is meeting in the evening of February 18th. The 20 minute extension of the school day will likely be the main topic of our conversation. Everything that we have seen in writing just says the 20 minutes is “added.” Our teacher friends in the DCSD are telling us that the 20 minutes is earlier, but no DCSD administrator will yet commit to how the 20 minutes will be added.
Because JFK regularly has more instructional hours than the DCSD, we do have some additional flexibility in our make up schedule, and this year may prove to be the exceptional year where we exercise that flexibility.
Parent University: Forming Faithful Families
Marie Ripslinger Atwater will offer a presentation and lead discussion regarding how to raise disciples who are grounded in the church’s teaching and practical life experiences.
Tuesday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Cathedral’s gathering space. Open to families of all our Catholic schools. Jeans day passes for students whose parents can attend and for staff members who attend.
Assumption Musical: March 1-3
Join the Assumption Knight Players March 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. and March 3 at 2:00 p.m. for The Drowsy Chaperone! With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage, puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of the fictitious 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone, and watches as the recording comes to life in his apartment. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another!
Reserved seating for The Drowsy Chaperone is now available: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/78
Instrumental Solo Contest
Good luck to all of the 6th-8th graders participating in the instrumental solo contest on Thursday. I can still remember my first one in 7th grade. I was so nervous I could hardly make a sound! Every year after that I only did ensembles! By the time I did my last trumpet duet in high school, I had been playing contest duets with the same person for five years. We were so “in tune” with one another that the judge told us there was no need to hear the whole song!
Wellness Policy Review
We recently completed the latest review of our Wellness Policy. The “strength” of the policy itself is analyzed, and the implementation is reviewed. Below is a table that shows our “strength” analysis in 2018 and 2015. It also shows how JFK’s policy is “stronger” than the national average. To access the complete documents, follow two separate links: Strength Analysis and Implementation.
|Comprehensiveness Score||Strength Score||Comprehensiveness Score||Strength Score|
|Standards for USDA Child Nutrition Programs and School Meals||70|
|Nutrition Standards for Competitive and Other Foods and Beverages||92|
|Physical Education and Physical Activity||100||40||11||0|
|Wellness Promotion and Marketing||67||42||13||7|
|Implementation, Evaluation & Communication||75|
|Overall Policy Score||82||43||49||24|