Kuemper COVID-19 Updates

Kuemper will be doing their absolute best to communicate with parents, students, and stakeholders about the information coming in and the decisions being made in the following days, weeks. 

Kuemper will be making decisions out of the best interest of our students and families. During this trying time, we will unite as a Kuemper family, show patience, understanding, and compassion towards all, and become stronger than ever. WE ARE KUEMPER!



Kuemper Will Start Offering Grab & Go Meals on Monday, March 30 (Mar 25)
Visit www.kuemper.org/meals to sign up to receive meals.  It is the same menu and set up as CCSD's program. Please follow the traffic directions outlined on the site when picking up your meals. 

Virtual Kuemper Ball (April 7)
Donate here! The Annual Friends of Kuemper Ball will be held virtually on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:00pm central time. The Ball will be “held” on Facebook live, via the Kuemper Catholic School page. In light of the current events Co-Chairs, Tom and Paula Kasperbauer, Jeremy and Tina Schechinger, Bill and Laurie Schenkelberg and Kyle and Onica Ulveling, are planning an exciting Virtual Ball with special guest appearances, student videos, an auction and more, culminating in the grand total reveal.

Event donations and raffle ticket purchases are graciously being accepted and will be included in the grand total reveal if received by noon on Friday, May 1st. Donations can be made, and Vehicle, Ag and General Raffle tickets can be purchased online at Kuemper.org/ball or by sending a check to: Kuemper Ball, 116 S East St., Carroll, IA 51401. Vehicle raffles are $100 each, Ag raffles are $50 each and General Raffle tickets are $15 each. The raffle drawings and grand total announcement will be held during the Virtual Ball on May 2nd.

Kuemper Buildings Closed Until Further Notice (Mar 20)
Kuemper's buildings will be closed until further notice. To schedule an appointment, visit our staff directory or call 712-792-3313.

CCSD Offering Grab'n'Go Lunches for Students (Mar 19)
Carroll Community School District is offering Grab'n'Go lunches for ALL students in the Carroll area. 

Kuemper Scrip Program Temporarily Suspended (Mar 18)
Kuemper's scrip program is suspended temporarily in the best interests of our families, staff, and businesses. If you have prior orders that still need to be picked up, please pick them up from Kuemper's Central Office at 116 S. East Street. Orders that were submitted this week will be available for pickup this Friday at the Central Office. The www.shopwithscrip.com website is still up and running for all online purchases of virtual gift cards (not physical gift cards). Questions can be directed to Sarah Muhlbauer, Scrip Coordinator, at sbmuhlbauer@kuemper.org.

Uplifting Content from the LIFE Group (Mar 17)
Kuemper campus minister, Mrs. Tillinghast, provides the first piece of content from the LIFE Student Ministry at Kuemper aimed at uplifting the spirits of the community. She and the high school students will be posting content. You can access all their content from Kuemper's homepage under the "What's Happening" heading. 

Kuemper Teachers to Email Parents Optional Educational Activities/Opportunities (Mar 17) 
To Kuemper Parents: You will be receiving communication via email from your student(s) teacher(s) in regard to their plan going forward. While we are closed for 4 weeks, and all we offer is optional, we feel it is not only our calling as educators in a Catholic school but our obligation to do whatever we can to support your families during this challenging time. Teachers have been asked to regularly update their students and parents with various optional activities and opportunities that can help them stay in the mindset of school. Please help your students take advantage of these opportunities as they may not be required, but will be very beneficial to a successful close to a very challenging semester. Refer to this email for details as of March 17.  Parent email form March 1 7

Students and Families May Retrieve Belongings on Wednesday (Mar 17)
Students with belongings in a Kuemper center may go to that respective center on Wednesday, March 18 from 11am to be 7pm only. We ask you to honor this window to retrieve any necessary belongings or school supplies. Buildings will be locked, so press the buzzer to be allowed in as usual.

Central Office Open, All Other Buildings and Facilities Closed (Mar 16)
All Kuemper buildings are closed until further notice. The Central Office in St. Angela Center will be open for scrip pick-ups. The address is 116 S. East Street.  Phone calls can be directed to this office. 712-792-3313.

School Closure Suspends Iowa High School Spring Activities (Mar 16)
Following Sunday’s announcements from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, all spring activities of Iowa’s high school Unified Activities partners – the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Music Association, and the Iowa High School Speech Association – will be prohibited through the state’s K-12 school recommended closure of four weeks. This means no practices, meetings, or team events.

Babysitters Needed for Healthcare Professionals! (Mar 16)
Please fill out this form if you or your child interested in babysitting for any healthcare 
professionals in their homes (not at KuemperCares or other childcare facilities). Also, feel free to share this with anyone outside the Kuemper Family that would be interested in being included on the list. The list generated through this Google Form will be shared with area healthcare facilities.

Email to parents from President John Steffes on Monday, April 6, 2020:

Dear Kuemper Parents - a blessed Holy Week to you and your family.  I hope this email finds you healthy and safe.  As Kuemper chaplain, Fr. Behm, recently remarked, we can count our blessings of having a lot of quality time with our own families these days.  Always be grateful!  

As you know, Governor Reynolds has extended school closings in Iowa until April 30.  The state is requiring schools to submit a continuous learning model to them by the end of this week.  After careful review and deliberation with teachers and the administrative team, the Kuemper Catholic School System will be implementing required and graded learning while taking daily attendance in grades 9 to 12; and continue with a voluntary enrichment model for grades PK-8. This officially begins on Monday, April 13.  

Your child's teacher will be communicating with you in more detail about these changes, including recommended daily schedules and routines for your child. Grades PK-8 will still be voluntary enrichment activities, but there will be more enhanced new learning and instruction for your children beginning on April 13.  These activities are strongly and highly recommended.  Help keep your child growing by keeping them engaged. Help us help you keep your child on pace in their educational journey so they especially don't fall behind next school year.  Flexibility will be factored in to help keep it manageable for all.  

Thanks to many of you who took our Family Device & Internet Survey and provided feedback.  If you have concerns regarding technology needs and supports, please contact your child's principal.  We are always here to help.  

Now more than ever, the role of the parent being the primary educator of children with our Catholic school as a strong secondary partner is obvious and important.  When this effective partnership is strong, Catholic schools really shine.  When parents understand this vital role and responsibility, the child will thrive in growing their mind, body and soul.  Thank you for taking your important and God-given role so seriously. 

As with the rest of society since the Coronavirus pandemic began, things are constantly changing daily and we all must be flexible. We understand that many communications have been sent your way from teachers and administrators.  We will work on streamlining and simplifying this.  However, over-communication is preferred to under-communication so Kuemper always wants what is best for your child's education.  It shows that Kuemper teachers sincerely care about your child.  Thanks for your understanding as we all navigate these changing waters each day.  

Kuemper is also taking precautions at school by deep cleaning and sanitizing, closing our playgrounds, and closing our buildings to essential personnel only.  We have also partnered with Carroll Community School District by being an official Grab & Go free meal site at the Holy Spirit Center on Mondays and Wednesdays.  

Again, watch for follow-up emails from your child's teacher with more details on our continuous learning instruction beginning on Monday, April 13.  Finally, enjoy these next few sacred days of Holy Week, the most celebrated week of the year in our Church. Follow our chaplain, Fr. Pat Behm, on Youtube along with many other faith-based activities provided by your teachers.  And let's all do our part as a team working together to fight the Coronavirus.  Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home.  Thank you.

Yours in Christ,

John Steffes '82