February 18, 2019

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

As I previewed last week, I was able to get through a number of homerooms on last week’s out of uniform day on Thursday to help to see how well we are doing with the policy for out of uniform days.  I was able to try to look inconspicuously at dress code in grades 4-8.  Overall, students were well dressed and within the out of uniform day guidelines.  In fact, 7th and 8th graders, on the whole, were particularly well within the guidelines.  (I almost gave a shout out to 6th graders that day too until I realized that the reason there were no questions about 6th graders’ attire was that they were all in uniform to go to Ridgecrest and didn’t have their out of uniform day until Friday!  That tells you something about my real awareness of attire!)  After I had a list of thirteen students whose attire about which I had questions, I asked Mrs. Temming to look them during lunch time.
My greatest struggle was in trying to make a split second determination of “loose fitting” vs. “tightly fitted.”  Sometimes it’s tough to do with the lighting of the room, the movement/sitting of students, etc.  Once that determination is made, however, then one looks at the length of the top — is it mid-thigh?  I would say that there were a few 4th/5th graders whose tops (often t-shirts) were too short.  “Everything” was covered, but the t-shirts/tops were probably not mid-thigh.
Bulletin Link:   February 17, 2019

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.

Save the date for the next Parent University:  Thursday, April 4th, children’s author Julie Cook.

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!

Tickets ($10 adult, $8 student/senior) will be available at the door.  Free Admission to students with Assumption Activity Pass. (Must be accompanied by an adult)
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 ScoreStrength ScoreComprehensiveness ScoreStrength Score
Nutrition Education867110017
Standards for USDA Child Nutrition Programs and School Meals70


Nutrition Standards for Competitive and Other Foods and Beverages92


Physical Education and Physical Activity10040110
Wellness Promotion and Marketing6742137
Implementation, Evaluation & Communication75


Overall Policy Score82434924
National Averages5433