Principal’s Post for February 4, 2024

I’m So Blessed!

There were so many people that helped with Fun Night, Catholic Schools Week activities, and the Gala!

No Buses on Monday, February 5th

There are no buses in the morning or afternoon on Monday, February 5th as the DCSD does not have classes.

Registration and Application for 2024-25

Online registration and application for PS-12th grades opened late last week. The links and some directions are available on the front page of our website, www.olvjfk.com.

The registration fee, except for those Iowa residents applying for four year old preschool, is $125 per child, discounted to $100 if submitted prior to March 1st. The registration fee is paid at the time of registration/application.

Most of the registration issues parents have experienced are related to not having PowerSchool accounts set up or not having all of their children set up/attached to the account. We have done more work over the weekend to email these families their needed information, but there are several families that still need to take the action themselves to set up the parent access account. The PowerSchool parent account is needed for registration.

Feb 1: Target date for online re-enrollment/registration/new application to go live. That link will be used for the following:

  • Current K-11th grade students may re-enroll for 2024-25.
  • Students who will be kindergartners and pre-schoolers in 2024-25 may apply.
    • Families should apply as early as they can. While factors such as siblings already at JFK, OLV parishioners, members of supporting parishes, etc. will be taken into account, if all things are equal, there will be an element of first come, first served.
  • Families new to JFK who will have students in grades 1-8 in 2024-25 may apply.

Feb 13: Pre-school open house and meet the staff. We will also have some iPads available for families that still need to apply.

Feb 15:

  • Kindergarten Round-up. Learn more about JFK and kindergarten. Families are encouraged to apply before this date.
  • Deadline for priority re-enrollment for current K-7 students who are going into grades 1-8 in 2024-25. After this date, current JFK students are not guaranteed a spot for next school year.

Feb 16:

  • Applications for families new to JFK with students in grades 1-8 in 2024-25 will be reviewed, and these students new to JFK will begin to be accepted.

March 1:

  • Kindergarten and preschool applications will begin to be reviewed in JFK and SCCS schools, and students will begin to be accepted for kindergarten and preschool.
    • Acceptance decisions will need to be made for all preschoolers and kindergartners due to class size limitations and student to staff ratios requirements.
  • Discounted registration fees end, and the registration fee goes from $100 to $125.

April 16: Target date for ESA applications to become available for the 2024-25 school year.

  • Families must apply each year!
  • Eligible families in 2024-25 are the following:
    • All kindergartners and first graders
    • New transfer students
    • Students who already received an ESA this year due to transferring to JFK for 2023-24
    • Families whose income is less than 400% of poverty, which is just over $120,000 for a family of four
    • (In 2025-26, all families, regardless of income will be eligible for ESAs)

K-8 Tuition Rates for SCCS Schools

Below are the tuition rates for K-8 in Scott County Catholic Schools for 2024-25. For those paying tuition themselves (“private pay”), the rate is about a 5% increase, which has been about the historical average for many years.

Grade School Tuition
Parish Subsidized Private Pay Parish Subsidized ESA
Student #1 $4,600 Total per student $5,425
Student #2 $3,910
Student #3 $3,000
Student #4+ $2,300
Non-Parish Subsidized Private Pay Non-Parish Subsidized ESA
Student #1 $6,810 Total per student $7,635
Student #2 $3,910
Student #3 $3,000
Student #4+ $2,300

 

Preschool and Wraparound Programs and Rates

There are many possible combinations for 3 year old and 4/5 year old preschool, most of which can also be combined with part-time or full-time wraparound childcare. Three year old classes are offered MWF, M-F, or T/Th. These classes run from 7:25-9:55 a.m. Students must be 3 years old on or before Sept 15th. Four year old classes are offered M-F from 7:25-10:25 a.m. or M-F 11:40 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept 15th. Five year olds may also enroll in the four year old class, if there is space available.  See the below for rates for preschool and wraparound care options:

Preschool Tuition Rates_FINAL 2_7_2024

SCCS/SAU Career Fair

At the Scott County Catholic Schools and St. Ambrose University 8th grade career fair, small groups of 8th graders interact with presenters throughout the whole day. Students can really learn something about a career or field of study.  We also have our students talk with college students, and the day concludes with Mass. Outside of athletics, it is the largest cooperative venture of SCCS and SAU. The career fair is March 1st. If you would like to be a presenter or know someone we should contact, please reach out to Mrs. Wolf, emma.wolf@olvjfkmail.com.

April Calendar Change

April 8th is now an in-service day for JFK and all the SCCS elementary schools in order to accommodate a joint training session. The DCSD was already going to have an in-service day on this date.

Calendar Highlights

Here are just a few items highlighted from the detailed online school calendar:

  • Feb 5: No Buses (The DCSD does not have classes).
  • Feb 8: H & S Skate Night
  • Feb 10: Sweetheart Dinner fundraiser for youth ministry
  • Feb 12: Middle School Youth Night
  • Feb 13: Red, white, pink dress day. PS Open House. Home & School Mtg. Any activities for St. Valentine’s will be done on a day other than the 14th
  • Feb 14: Ash Wednesday
  • Feb 15: Kindergarten Round Up. Priority re-enrollment deadline.
  • Feb 16: 2 Hr Early Dismissal. No 4/5 YO am or pm classes. ECLC open
  • Feb 19: No Classes. ECLC Open