"Pro Deo et communione ducere et servire... For God and Community, to Lead and to Serve"

While our programs are focused on the Catholic faith, CVCS welcomes all students seeking an education guided by the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ. 

Merry Christmas from Cedar Valley Catholic Schools. Our Festival of the Trees entry this year is "It's a Wonderful Life" in tribute to the angels. Every time a bell ring an angel receives it wings.
This is the 100th anniversary of Festival of the Trees

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Message from CVCS Chief Administrator, Dr. Dale Monroe

YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE SCHOOL TUITION ORGANIZATION TAX CREDIT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. We hope you will take time to review important information that has been compiled in the slide show below to educate your family on the importance of the School Tuition Organization Tax Credit that will go before Iowa Legislators this fall. If you need more information please contact me at dmonroe@cvcatholic.org.


Posted: Nov 08, 2014
STO donation - Save $$ on Your Income Taxes

Our Faith STO gave away $4.1 million in aid to about 3,100 Catholic school students in the archdiocese in the most recent school year. At least 90% of the money received by the STO must go back out in tuition grants. The STO offers tuition assistance to families based upon their identified financial need and the amount of money available in the program, as determined by an outside agency. Fifty-one percent of K-12 students in the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools System received some amount of tuition assistance in the 13-14 school year and 47% received STO for 14-15 - over $800,000! 

As an Iowa taxpayer, you can contribute to the STO and receive an Iowa tax credit equal to 65% of your contribution. The amount you contribute qualifies as a charitable donation on your federal tax return as well. To date, donors to the Our Faith STO have saved more than $14 million on their Iowa Income Taxes. Additionally, C and S corporations, LLC’s, estates and trusts that file an Iowa tax return can also take advantage of this tax credit program.

$10,000 Contribution to STO compare to $10,000 Charitable Contribution
Iowa Income Tax Credit  $6,500  Iowa Income Tax        $1,000
Federal Tax Return         $2,800  Federal Tax                $2,800
Total Tax Savings*         $9,300  Total Tax Savings*      $3,800
*Assumes 28% Federal and 10% state tax brackets.  This is provided as an example. All taxpayers should consult with their tax advisor for specific information.

Donate online or print the 2014 Donor form & mail with your check - http://ourfaithsto.org/for-donors/ways-to-donate/.  If you have questions about the Our Faith STO program, please contact: Jamie Henley, The Catholic Foundation for the Archdiocese of Dubuque at 319-261-1031 or jhenley@OurFaithSTO.org

When you make your donation, be sure to designate Waterloo: Cedar Valley Catholic Schools to receive 50% of your contribution. Your designated donation will help increase the amount of assistance available to CVCS families. Contact the CVCS office at 232-1422 to request a donor form.
Educational Savings Account Information
Watch this informative video ESA Video
Here is the 2014 Donor Form - STO Donation Form
Contributions must be postmarked by December 31, 2014 to be eligible for 2014 tax credit. Mail to: Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future STO PO Box 479 Dubuque, IA 52004-0479. 

You can choose your gift designation 
1) The Contributor hereby directs that 100% of this contribution be deposited in the STO’s unrestricted fund to be used for tuition assistance for qualifying students at all STO schools.
2) The Contributor hereby directs 50% of this contribution be used to provide tuition assistance to students attending school(s)/system(s) listed below.

1. Ames: St. Cecilia
2. Anamosa: St. Patrick
3. Bellevue: Marquette Catholic School System 
4. Calmar, Spillville: C/F/S Consolidated 
5. Cascade: Aquin
6. Cedar Falls: St. Patrick
7. Cedar Rapids: All Saints
8. Cedar Rapids: Holy Family
9. Cedar Rapids: St. Matthew 
10. Cedar Rapids: St. Pius X
11. Cedar Rapids: Regis MS
12. Cedar Rapids: Xavier HS
13. Charles City: Immaculate Conception
14. Cresco: Notre Dame 
15. Decorah: St. Benedict
16. Dubuque: Holy Family
17. Dyersville: St. Francis Xavier 
18. Dyersville: Beckman MS/HS 
19. Farley, Epworth, Peosta: Seton Catholic
20. Gilbertville, Raymond: Bosco System
21. Guttenberg: St. Mary
22. New Vienna, Petersburg: Hennessy Catholic
23. Holy Cross, Luxemburg: LaSalle Catholic
24. Independence: St. John 
25. Jesup: St.Athanasius
26. Manchester: St. Mary
27. Maquoketa: Sacred Heart
28. Marion: St. Joseph
29. Marshalltown: St. Francis 
30. Mason City: Newman Catholic System
31. Monticello: Sacred Heart 
32. New Hampton: St. Joseph 
33. Oelwein: Sacred Heart
35. Ossian: St. Francis DeSales 
36. Protivin: Trinity Catholic 

37. Waterloo: Cedar Valley Catholic Schools
38. Waukon: St. Patrick
39. Waverly: St. Paul’s Lutheran School
40. Webster City: St. Thomas Aquinas
41. Worthington: St. Paul 

From the CVCS Business Office
If you applied for tuition assistance or feel you need help with your child's lunch cost during the year, you can apply for Free or Reduced Lunches. You can apply online at http://ezmealapp.com. You can also request a hard copy of the application from your school. If you have questions, contact Mary Jones at 233-3358 ext.125 or mjones@cvcatholic.org. You can apply at any time throughout the year & if approved will receive assistance with the lunch cost from that point forward till the end of the current school year. Just like for tuition assistance, you must apply each year.

A Foundation of Faith, Preparation for Success

Cedar Valley Catholic Schools (CVCS) provides an exceptional learning environment based on our faith’s beliefs and values, enabling your children to grow in their understanding of themselves, their relationship with God and their relationships with others. Our students gain knowledge in a disciplined environment and grow personally, academically and spiritually through service to their community. They are supported in living out the values of a Catholic education that develops lifelong faith formation and learning.

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