January 20, 2020

Virtus Updates

Did you complete your annual renewal with www.virtus.org last week?  All employees and volunteers working with children and dependent adults within the parishes and Catholic schools of the diocese were assigned the online annual renewal module on January 2nd and given two weeks to complete it.  The module takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.  If you have not yet completed it, please do so ASAP.  In the near future, we will have to move to restricting access to children by those who have not completed the renewal.

Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Drop In K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in classrooms.

Four/five year old PS conferences will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday.  There are no 4/5 yr old PS classes on either day.

Catholic Schools Week

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 through “backpack mail.”
    • Have you volunteered to help yet?  Click HERE or us the following link/url:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4baaab28a2fa7-spaghetti

Monday, Jan 27:

  • Dodgeball for Diapers Day.  Forms for this 3rd-8th grade fundraiser were made available by Mrs. Tilkens.
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

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)

School Cancellations

Thanks for hanging in there regarding last week’s school cancellation.  It was a fluid situation all morning that began around 5:30 a.m. with the message that we principals should stay tuned as a delay or cancellation was being considered.  Messages regarding cancellations, late starts, or early dismissals are shared with JFK families via phone, text, and email.  If you did not receive a text message last Wednesday, it is most likely because you are not registered to receive text messages from JFK.   (This primarily applies to families new to JFK in 2019 and/or new preschool families.)  To receive JFK text messages, type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.  You will not receive text messages from JFK if you do not take action yourself.  There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url: https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/01/January-19-2020.pdf

I See

Or, at least, I hope to see better.  Since Friday, I had been dealing with a large number of both big and very small “floaters” in my left eye.  When I woke up Saturday morning, I noticed two flashes of light but dismissed it as still being half asleep.  After shoveling and going about my business Saturday, I thought things might be getting better.  During the clean up for the parishioner appreciation dinner, however, my vision became even more hazy and stayed that way through most of Sunday.  On Monday, I called the eye doctor, and they got me in by 10:00 a.m.  During the appointment in the Bettendorf office, they scheduled me right away for an afternoon appointment with the retina specialist, who was in Rock Island office.  By 3:30, I was finished with the process of basically having my torn and weakened retina spot welded in place.  That ought to do the job!  (But, I hate to tell them that when they say there may be some discomfort, what they really mean to say is “It will HURT!”)