Principal’s Post for January 10, 2021

Civic Oration Final Results

Congratulations to our top three students in each division of our civic oration speech contest.  It was quite the experience this year, and they did a great job!

5/6 Division:  Peyton W (1st place – 5W), Quinn C (2nd place – 6N), Alison J (3rd place – 5W)

7/8 Division:  Aubrey R (1st place – 7K), Brooklyn M (2nd place – 7K), Braeden M (3rd place – 8L)

COVID Data

Below is a link to a .pdf file that shows several graphs of Scott County and JFK data.

I’ll add a few comments below as well.

COVID Data, January 8, 2021

  • The Scott County 14 day positivity rate the Department of Education uses continues to tick up, but the upward trend is a lot slower than it had been in November.  There is hope from the health department that if we can make it through this week without a large spike in COVID numbers, then perhaps we will return to lowering the numbers.  This week would represent two weeks since New Year’s Day.
  • Correct mask usage for students and staff has been around 94%-95% as measured by about 15 walkthroughs over five days before break.  The most common improper usage observed is a mask that has slipped below one’s nose.  Health experts say the target should be at least 95% for proper mask usage.
  • Catholic League athletic directors and administrators this week discussed starting 6th-8th grade girls’ volleyball by February.  JFK, Lourdes, and St. Paul’s agreed to proceed.  All Saints cannot participate as they are using their gym floor for classroom space in their efforts to achieve social distancing in classes, and St. Joe’s will not be participating.  Unfortunately, none of the three remaining schools have space to allow spectators with social distancing.  We will be exploring livestreaming options at JFK.
  • We have also been having conversations regarding other activities we can start to do safely at JFK.  Some of our scouting groups have begun to meet, and we have been discussing “intramural” types of athletic activities.  Our 8th graders will also be able to participate in a play this spring as the one we’ve chosen can even be done virtually!

January/2nd Semester Tuition Payments Due

Don’t forget to pay the January monthly tuition payment or the second payment for those doing their tuition in two payments.  We have bills to pay as well, particularly payroll.  Just over 85% of our revenue goes toward paying staff salaries.

Upcoming Dates

  • Jan 11:  JFK Home & School Night at Freddy’s, 4-9 p.m.  A portion of the sales is donated to JFK’s Home & School Association.
  • Jan 14, 6 p.m.:  Parent University via Zoom.  The link was sent to parents on Jan 8.
    • Topic:  Screen time (How fitting?!)  We will be watching clips from the movie The Social Dilemma and discussing the impact social media is having on our children’s brains and social development.
  • Jan 15:  Class dress alike day.  Check for information from your child’s homeroom teacher prior to the 15th.
  • Jan 15 – 29:  Diaper drive.  Student council is collecting diapers, baby wipes, or cash donations for diapers.
  • Jan 15:  Vision screening for PS and K
  • Jan 18:  Martin Luther King Day, no classes.  ECLC is open.
  • Jan 20:  8th grade Assumption High School parent/student meeting.  More information for families should come directly from AHS.  Eighth grade families whose students are not attending AHS should reach out to the respective public high schools as well.
  • Jan 21:  Home & School
  • Jan 29:  End of 2nd Quarter
  • Jan 30 – Feb 6:  Catholic Schools Week
  • Feb 11:  Kindergarten Round-up

Catholic Schools Week

Almost all of our normal Catholic Schools Week activities involved large gatherings that just won’t be possible this year.  Below is the tentative schedule for the week of Feb 1-5:

  • Monday:  Movie day with gourmet candy suckers
      • Pajama day
  • Tuesday:  Bingo day
      • Class choice dress day
  • Wednesday:  Uncle Bill’s Pizza and Virtual Field Trip Day
      • JFK spirit wear and/or green/white day
      • Feast of St. Blaise with blessing of the throats
  • Thursday:  Minute to Win It Day
      • Wacky dress day
      • 4/5 yr old PS conferences.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes
      • K-8 evening parent/teacher conferences
  • Friday:  Class Act, Human Scrabble, and Custard Cup Day
      • Hat and crazy sock day
      • 4/5 yr old PS conferences.  No 4/5 yr old PS classes

 

Chad