October 20, 2019

Fall Fest Friday

The Fall Fest and Pumpkin Run is Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The Run is at 5:30 in the back of the school.  The new “Slurp-A-Worm” contest is at 6:30.  Be the first to get all of the gummy worms out of the whipped cream using only your mouth.  Prizes awarded for both events according to grade level.

Food is for sale by Nombos Food Truck.  They specialize in mac and cheese varieties, hot dogs, and walking tacos.  After dinner (it’s a “rule!”), have a snow cone from the Kona Snow Cone Truck or decorate a caramel apple or cookie.

Volunteers are still needed.  Please direct questions regarding volunteering or other topics to jfk.homeandschool@outlook.com

Cracks/joints in the parking lot are being re-sealed on Friday , but the lot should be open again for evening activities.

Trunk or Treat Saturday

Come back Saturday for Trunk or Treat at 5:30 in the south part of our parking lot.

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.  (Parking is on the street until the parking lot cracks are re-sealed.)  Fall Fest, 5:00.

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month.  Not only did preschoolers through fifth graders have a presentation from the fire department and get an up close look at a fire truck, but we had two fire drills to practice new attendance taking methods.

OLV parish bulletin:  Click HERE or use the following link/url:  https://www.olvjfk.com/olv/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/10/October-20-2019.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.

Student Hunger Drive

JFK’s participation in the Student Hunger Drive begins on Oct 21st and concludes Nov 1st.  Canned/boxed food items are appreciated.

Flu Shots

Students registered to have a flu shot will receive them on Tuesday.  I have yet to receive mine.  Did you get your shot yet?

Blue Out Dress Day

Thursday, October 24th is Blue Out Dress Day in support of anti-bullying at JFK.  Students may be out of uniform, if they are wearing blue.  JFK’s Out of Uniform Guidelines in the parent and student handbook still apply.

Programming Rhythm

I’m out of the rhythm.  When I was a high school student or when I worked at Assumption, there was a definite rhythm to the week, particularly in the fall and winter.  Like it or not, everything seemed to revolve around “game day,” especially when the games were on Friday nights.  There was a feeling in the air that built from the beginning of the week and reached its pinnacle on game day.  Fine arts programs rhythms too.  Their rhythms were usually longer but culminated in the big play or the big concert held a couple of times per year.

When my own children were growing up, I felt the rhythm in  a different way.  With four children, it seemed that there were practices or games nearly every evening or day:  soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, spirit cheerleading, competitive cheerleading, softball, baseball, “fall ball,” golf, etc.  My kids played on school teams, and a few played on more competitive mixed teams.  Add in the mock trial, speech and debate tournaments, youth ministry activities, etc., and it seemed like there was always some kids’ programming.  We wanted our kids to be involved in something, and, many times, the events also aided some good family times.  Competing at Six Flags allowed for us to have a weekend together staying in a hotel, eating out, going on rides, and swimming in a hotel pool.  Tournaments in Dewitt allowed us to check out Dewitt Dairy (now Cups and Cones) for special ice cream treats.  We also, however, recognized that sometimes it was just too much, and we were all just stressed.  Six people in a small hotel room doesn’t give anyone his/her own space.  Sometimes the “divide and conquer” to make things work meant that we were not together as a family anyway.

It’s now been a few years since my family was in the thick of kids’ programming, and I feel a little out of the rhythm.  When the diocesan superintendent, Lee Morrison, asked if there was an elementary school principal willing to volunteer to discuss diocesan concerns about keeping Sunday for worship and family rest, I didn’t know whether to be involved or not.  On the one hand, I always want to be involved in something that may come back to affect us.  On the other hand, I’m not sure where I am on this issue myself and where younger families are.  What are your thoughts?