March 31, 2019

Children’s Author Julia Cook at Catholic Schools in April

The author of more than 50 children’s book, former school counselor and nationally recognized award-winning author, Julia Cook will be in Scott County Catholic elementary schools the week of April 1st.  Her books include the following:

  • I Just Don’t Like the Sound of NO!
  • My Mouth is a Volcano
  • Making Friends is an Art!
  • The PROcrastinator
  • I Can’t Believe You SAID that!

Ms. Cook will be at JFK on April 3rd and 5th.  An evening session for parents is on April 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart.

For $1 or more, students may wear a hat to school with their uniform on Friday. Funds raised will be used to buy clothes, shoes, and school supplies for the kids in Fremont, NE, home of Julia Cook. Fremont experienced terrible flooding this spring.

Return Tuition Contracts. Register for Preschool and Childcare

Tuition contracts for next year’s K-8 students should be returned before the end of April in order to receive the discount.  Please return them with the registration fee as soon as possible so we can make plans for next year.

Some of our classes for 3, 4, and 5 year old preschool and/or childcare already have waiting lists forming for next school year.  Register now while the classes that meet your family’s schedule still have openings.

Spring Cleaning Outside JFK

After a long, snowy winter, our school grounds are ready for a spring cleaning spruce up! We are looking for volunteers to join us on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 8:30 AM to show our JFK pride and get some much needed yardwork done around our school and church campus. This is also a great opportunity for students to earn Christian Service hours! Our goals will be to remove some damaged trees and bushes as well as collecting leaves and debris. We will need rakes, leafblowers, brush trimmers, shovels, wheelbarrows and pick up trucks to haul everything off to the compost facility. We look forward to your help!

Rosary Themed Project by Playground

After the fall drainage work behind the school and near the playground, we are ready for spring planting.  Rather than just planting grass, a rosary themed area has been designed to fit into the corner where the big tree was removed.  Centered in the plantings and looking over the playground will be the memorial bench for Peg Gooder.  Around the perimeter will be stones in the form a rosary.  The labor, mulch, and bench have already been donated.  We need about $1,100 for the plants and stone.  If interested in helping fund this special project, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Rosary Themed Project” and send it to the school office.

Stewardship of Treasure Campaign

Joyful Living, Grateful Giving: This year’s Stewardship of Treasure renewal is underway, and families should have received a letter from Fr. Greiner.  By letting us know your intentions, the parish can better plan for the future and continue to place Catholic school education at JFK and Assumption in a prioritized role.  Please complete the intention envelope and place it in the collection basket, mail it to the parish office, or send it through backpack mail.

You may also want to consider registering for on-line giving.  This option can be found on the parish website by clicking on the “E-Giving” button, and this feature allows you to donate with whatever amount or frequency you desire.  Lynn and I use this feature, and it was handy this past weekend when we attended Mass with extended family members elsewhere this weekend.  OLV still receives our regular donation.

Mrs. Lundquist Welcomes Daughter

We can’t wait for the first school visit of Mrs. Lundquist’s daughter, Annika!  I don’t know who gets more excited to see a new baby, the staff or students.  (Of course, with all of the illnesses going around at school lately, it may be a while before any of us see her!)

Ad Hoc Policy Committee Invite

Each year the board of education reviews about 1/3 of the policies contained in the Parent and Student Handbook.  Dress code policies are reviewed every year.  If you would like to be involved this spring, please send me an email.

Board of Education and Parish Council

The board of education has three spots open each year, and parish council has four spots.  The terms are for three years.  For more information, please contact me.

Student Wins Third Place in Essay Contest

Congratulations to Mary R (8B) for winning 3rd place in the Ida S. Kramer Essay Contest with her paper titled “Hidden Children” (The Story of Edith Swalb). Mary’s essay and the catalyst for her entry should be highlighted in a coming issue of The Catholic Messenger.

Hearing Screening

Students in grades K, 1, 2, and 5 will have hearing screenings on April 2nd.

Early Dismissal on Friday

There is a two hour early dismissal on Friday for the end of the 3rd quarter.  Dismissal is at 12:50.  There are no afternoon preschool classes.

No Classes on Good Friday and Easter Monday

JFK will not have classes on Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Monday (April 22).  This schedule differs from the DCSD.  ECLC is closed on Good Friday but open on Easter Monday this year.

Iowa Assessments and Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

Students in grades K-2 and 6-8 will take the Iowa Assessments beginning April 8th.  Third through 5th graders will take the new Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress also beginning on April 8th.  Make sure students get plenty of sleep and have a good breakfast!

Positions Open at JFK

School Counselor:  We will have a full-time school counselor position available for the 2019-20 school year.   Iowa licensure is required.  To apply for this position, please send a copy of one’s license, resume, letter of interest, and references to
School Secretary:  We are searching for a full-time year round school secretary with excellent accounting skills.  This position is open immediately.  To apply for this position, please send a resume, letter of interest, and references to

Plant Orders Due April 3rd

Plant orders are due April 3rd.  Color brochures were sent home before spring break.  One can also order online at Janet’s Jungle.  Pick up is at JFK on May 1st and 2nd. Last year’s flowers looked amazing in my back yard!

Bulletin Link: March 31, 2019