January 12, 2020

Special Dismissal This Week

There is a special early dismissal this week marking the end of the second quarter.  K-8 classes are dismissed at 12:40 on Thursday.  There are no afternoon preschool classes on Thursday.

Friday is a teacher in-service day.  Teachers will be receiving training regarding the Tessera assessment and social-emotional-behavioral lesson system, looking at how we use academic assessment results, and examining research regarding reading instruction.  There are no classes on Friday, but ECLC is open.

Catholic Schools Week Preview

Below is a summary of events for Catholic Schools Week.

Saturday, Jan 25:

  • All school Mass, 4:30.  Attendance is expected.  Students are encouraged to wear JFK spirit wear and/or green and white.
  • Spaghetti Supper and Open House, 5:30 – 7:30.  Book fair is open as well.  Tickets for the meal are also being sold after Masses on January 18th and 19th.

Monday, Jan 27:

  • Dodgeball for Diapers Day.  Forms for this 3rd-8th grade fundraiser will be emailed and sent home in “backpack” mail.
  • Athletic dress day — out of uniform (but following the out of uniform guidelines in our handbook as all our special dress days must)
  • Puppet show for MWF 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan 28:

  • Talent Show
    • 7:45     Grades 4, 1, 2, 3 in this order.
    • 12:25   Grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8 in this order.
    • All acts and music must be approved by homeroom teachers.
      • Forms due January 21st.  Forms went home before Christmas break
  • Class dress alike day.  Look for information from your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Students may bring a pillow upon which to sit.

Wednesday, Jan 29:

  • Regular Wed. All School Mass, 7:40
  • Puppet show for MWF 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.
  • Bring an Adult Guest to Lunch Day
    • Visit the book fair after lunch
    • 10:40 – 11:10  K
    • 11:10 – 11:40  3rd and 4th grades
    • 11:40 – 12:10  1st and 2nd grades
    • 12:10 – 12:40  5th and 6th grades
    • 12:40 – 1:10    7th and 8th grades
    • Parents may take their students home after lunch.  However, both a child’s homeroom teacher and office need to be informed.
    • A lunch note will be sent home to pre-purchase your adult meal.  School lunch for adults will only be available through this pre-payment requirement so we have time to order enough food for everyone.
  • Green and white and/or JFK spirit wear out of uniform dress day (Mass appropriate)

Thursday, Jan 30:

  • All Catholic schools Mass at AHS for grades 2-8.  Look for a separate permission slip yet to be sent home and emailed.
  • Everyone will be in uniform/dress code.
  • Puppet show for TTh 3 yr old preschool, 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Jan 31:

  • Wacky Tacky Out of Uniform Day
  • 8th grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game, 1:30
  • Special activities in grades K-2
  • 4 year old preschool
    • AM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  7:25 – 8:15ish for special activities.
    • PM classes:  Snack, puppet show, book fair.  Adults welcome.  11:40 – 12:30ish for special activities
  • Conclude Catholic Schools Week with a Storm game, supporting JFK Home & School.  Quad City Storm vs. Peoria Rivermen.  90’s Night!http://fevo.me/JFKHomeandSchool

Kindergarten Informational Session and Round-up

Kindergarten Informational Sessions and Round-up are right around the corner.  Parents will have an informational session, and students will get to be kindergartners for the “day.”  Find out how the difference in us will make a difference in your child’s education.

  • Feb 6:  7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the parish center, or
  • Feb 6:  6-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

Preschool and Daycare Registration

Three, four, and five year old preschool and daycare registration for OLV parishioners and current JFK families begins February 3rd at 7:30 a.m.  Open registration begins on February 6th.  Morning spots go fast so don’t delay registration.

Other Special Schedules or Events

January 13/14:  Crusader Theater Tryouts for 8th graders

January 14:  7th/8th Science Fair Showcase, 6:00

January 15:  8th Grade Parent Meeting at AHS, 6:30

January 16:  End of 2nd Quarter.  Special 12:40 Dissmissal.  No PM preschool classes.

January 17:  In-service.  No classes.  ECLC open

January 18:  Parishioner Appreciation Dinner, parish center.  Doors open at 5:30 with food served at 6:00.  Beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts provided FREE.  Light entertainment is included.  Free childcare and kid-friendly food are also available.   RSVP to the parish office (563-391-4245 or davolv@diodav.org).

January 20:  M.L.King Day.  No classes.  ECLC open.

January 23:  Drop In K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes.  Skate Night.

January 24:  Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes.

Trivia Night

The Music Boosters’ Trivia Night is Saturday, February 1st at the Knights of Columbus.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and trivia will start at 7:00 p.m.  Invite your friends and family for a fun, adults-only, night out.  The price is $100 per table with a maximum of 8 people per table.  “Double Downs” and “Mulligans” are included in the price of the table.  Bring your own snacks and drinks may be purchased from Knights of Columbus.  Contact Ethan Connors at ethan.connors@olvjfkmail.com to reserve your space.  All proceeds will go to the JFK Music Boosters in support of the 5th – 8th grade bands and music programs.

Photos on Facebook

Did you see all the students dress like their teachers or other adults at JFK on Friday?  We captured a few in photos on our Facebook page.  There were little Mr. Steimles, Mrs. Posters, Mr. Connors, Ms. Burkens, and too many little Mrs. Tilkens to photograph.  One of my favorite photos had to be of Mrs. Whelchel and her special dress-alike student!

You can also find some photos of students participating in STEM activities through the Putnam outreach services on our closed group, JFK Moms & Dads.  Please send a request to be added to that group to angie.hillebrand@olvjfkmail.com.

Baby Wolf Is Here

Congratulations to JFK’s student support specialist, Emma Wolf, and her husband!  A beautiful baby boy was born on Jan. 4th.  Mrs. Wolf will be on maternity leave until February 3rd.  Mrs. Weiser will be helping with some of Mrs. Wolf’s duties until that time.

8th Grade Career Fair

Preparations for the 8th annual Scott County Catholic Schools and St. Ambrose University 8th Grade Career Fair have begun.  The career fair is held on in the Rogalski Center on SAU’s campus and will be Friday, March 6, 2020.  We would like to extend the opportunity for area businesses, employers, colleges and universities, health care professionals, law enforcement agencies and various career-related organizations to join us in educating our eighth grade students about the numerous employment opportunities available to them.  Presenters are asked for a time commitment of 8:15 am-2:00 pm. Presenters prepare a booth with information about their career (job duties, professional expectations, hours, required education/training, technology, general salary range, likes and dislikes, etc). The students enjoy hands-on activities so anything you wish to do or bring that is interactive is most appreciated. The students will rotate in groups and complete a career questionnaire about each booth they visit. A thank you lunch for all presenters will be provided. All presenters are invited to join us for the celebration of Mass at 1:15 in the Christ the King Chapel on campus. If you are interested in being a presenter at the career fair, please email the following information to Mrs. Wolf:  emma.wolf@olvjfkmail.com.

  • Career Field/Occupation
  • Business Name or Place of Employment
  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Daytime phone number
  • Special needs at the fair (Ex:  access to electricity, WiFi/Internet access, space for a drone to work)

Civic Oration Finals

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the final round of civic oration:

7/8 Division:  Macie R. (1st), Elexa A. (2nd), and Max S. (3rd)

5/6 Division:  Brooklyn M. (1st), Aubrey R. (2nd), and Maggie A. (3rd)

We would also like to thank our guest judges:  Andy Burman, Andy Craig, Connie Creen, Aaron Gunnare, Dave Hinchman, and Denny Prior.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/01/January-12-2020.pdf

Best Month?

As the last of our children returned to college today, I think this past month may have been the best four weeks of the year.  All of our children were home for Christmas, and some had extended visits before and after the holidays (or both).  They were here for all of the big family holiday events, but they were also here long enough to have lounged around in PJs on a Saturday morning that spilled into the afternoon.  They were here for the big meals but also here long enough for everyone to have opened the refrigerator ten times in five minutes and proclaim that there’s “nothing to eat” even when we all knew that really wasn’t the case.  They were here to stay up late while talking and catching up with one another but also here long enough that going to bed early was OK too.  Even though they just left, I miss them already!

Chad