October 13, 2019

Holy Fire:  Seventh Graders Retreat in Chicago

Seventh graders from JFK and other middle school students from the Diocese of Davenport, the Midwest, and the nation will be gathering in Chicago for Holy Fire on Friday.  This remarkable experience combines powerful music, witness talks, Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Adoration for young people to create, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime faith experience.  Please pray for our 7th graders on their faith journey.

First Reconciliation Parent/Child Meeting

Monday, October 14th:  6:00-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month.  Preschoolers through fifth graders will have a presentation from the fire department and get an up close look at a fire truck on Thursday.

Oct 24 and 25

Oct 24:  End of the quarter.  Special dismissal at 12:40.  (I think the paper lunch menu said no school.  A corrected menu is online.)  No PM preschool classes.

Oct 25:  No classes.  ECLC open.  Pumpkin Run and activities in evening.

Sign up now to help with the Fall Fest/Pumpkin Run on the 25th:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4baaab28a2fa7-fall


It’s Catholic League girls’ basketball tournament time! Pictured above is JFK’s 8th grade team.

Welcome Alyssa Millard

We are pleased to welcome Alyssa Millard to the JFK staff.  Mrs. Millard is starting on October 14th as our evening custodian.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/10/1032800046C-101319.pdf

Butter Braid Bread Sale

Butter Braid Bread sales have begun.  The JFK Music Boosters/students are selling Butter Braid Bread.  This hand-braided pastry is a delicious addition to any holiday meal.  There are a variety of fillings, and each includes a frosting packet:  Apple, Cherry, Blueberry with Cream Cheese, Cinnamon, Raspberry, Strawberry
with Cream Cheese, Caramel Rolls with Caramel Glaze.  These are sold individually for $14/package. Also returning this year is the Four Cheese & Herb Bread for
$15/package.  The bread comes to you frozen. When you’re ready to use it, just let it rise 8 – 12 hours and bake about 20 minutes.  The sale ends November 4th with delivery on November 22nd.  If you have any questions or would like to order, please call or text: Melanie Rubemeyer at 563-505-1080.

Fees Reduced?

The Catholic elementary school principals and their boards are discussing how we can reduce those back to school fees paid in late July or August.  Those fees can be from about $150 to more than $600 depending upon how many students a family has, the grade levels of the students, and the activities in which the students participate.  At JFK, families may be paying a lunchroom duty fee, technology fee, technology insurance fee, before/after school childcare registration fee, sports activities fee, and band fee.   While each of the schools has different fees and amounts, we believe we can eliminate or reduce most fees at each school by having a larger than normal tuition increase.  Blending fees into tuition would allow families to take advantage of the 10 month or 12 month tuition payment plan and avoid the August tuition bill AND fee bill due at the same time.

10-15 Seconds of the Iowa Wave is Not Enough

Last September, I wrote about having to hurry so I’d have my lawn work done in time to see the “Iowa Wave” at the end of the first quarter of the Iowa Hawkeye football game.  The “Iowa Wave” is when all the fans, players and coaches of both teams, referees, and everyone in the stadium turn to wave to those watching the game from the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.  It is a touching spectacle that reminds us that football is just a game, and other things are more important.  This fall, I have been very disappointed.  While the broadcasters describe what the Iowa Wave is and mention that it’s the best new tradition in football, the television stations break away for their full commercial break at the end of the quarter.  When the game comes back on, there’s only about 10 – 15 seconds of the Iowa Wave replayed.  It’s not the same!