Coralville Central Newsletter

April 15, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan


We are approaching the end of the school year so it is that time of year again for teacher requests for the 2022-2023 school year. We can never guarantee teacher placement but now is the time to make the request. Please email me your request along with a stout reason by April 22nd for consideration to

All of the teachers at Coralville Central are wonderful and the best around. We place every child with much thought and with the opinions of current and past teachers. It is a very lengthy process and something we do not take lightly. We want the best educational environment for your child that we can possibly provide.

Thank You,

Andy Gahan

Principal, Coralville Central

Message on Vaccines

Our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 5 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

NO SCHOOL - Friday, April 22nd!!

Northwest Junior High - now a field trip!

There has been a change and now the 6th graders will be visiting Northwest Junior High on Thursday, May 10th (9:30 - 10:30) to visit with the Northwest Junior High counselors.

Be on the look-out for a field trip permission slip soon to sign!

Word of the month - Integrity

We have been talking about integrity, which means 'doing the right thing, even when no one is watching'. This has sparked so many good conversations in classrooms and groups with our students.

You can talk about this at home too, using this guide for families.

Integrity: How Families Teach and Live Their Values


Greetings from the PTO!

For our last fundraiser of the year, we will be having a Read-A-Thon starting next week! The whole school will compete to win prizes, such as: a pizza party for the winning class and special surprise from Principal Gahan! Packets will be sent home and emailed with more information.

Amber Foster, PTO President

Something from Ms. Becca...

Can you believe we are already talking about summer??

Check out the Coralville Recreation Centers Summer 2022 Activity Guide to get your child signed up for a fun activity over their break!

Summer 2022 Activity Guide

Stressed? Depressed? Need to talk?

Call or Text CommUnity Crisis Services at 1-855-325-4296 or Chat at

From the Library - Devin Redmond

3rd-6th graders did the Conditions for Learning Survey this past week in Library, kindergarteners are working in a group on some animal research, 1st graders are “Shopping for Books” around the library, and 2nd graders read and listened to some poems from Shel Silverstein for National Poetry Month.
Do you like poetry?
Were you a Shel Silverstein fan?

Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD
Google Voice (text) : 319.435.8220

Instagram @cclibrary

Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred

Follow @cclibrary on Instagram for BN recommendations from CC Staff AND CC Students!


There will be a band concert at West High School on Thursday, April 28th @ 7:30pm. Come, listen, ENJOY!!

Important Orchestra Dates

-Rehearsal Field Trip: May 2nd, 9:45-2:15. Remember to turn in your permission slip!

-Orchestra Concert: May 17th, 7:00 PM West High Arganbright Auditorium-Students should arrive at 6:30 to unpack and have their instrument tuned. Please wear something nice.

NURSE NEWS: Tick Season - Prevention/Protection Suggestions

What Can You Do To Prevent And Protect Your Child/Children From Tick Bites?

1. Using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin.(CDC, 2018 and EPA, 2014). Be sure to read the product label carefully!

2. Anytime you are outside or plan to be in wooded areas or areas with high grass, bushes, hiking trails or weeds:

a. Dress protectively (wear long-sleeves and long pants tucked into socks).

b. Check yourself and your family members daily for ticks after returning indoors.

c. After being outside or playing in the yard, immediately remove the clothes and

dry those clothes on high heat for at least 10 minutes. Hot water won’t kill ticks,

but hot dryers will.

To Remove a Tick:

Stretch the skin slightly so you can get as close to the skin as possible, and use a fine-

tipped or pointy tweezers to firmly grab the tick’s head end. If you do not have fine-

tipped tweezers, a tick removal tool that allows you to remove the tick by sliding or

pulling it off in a smooth, straight motion will also work. Be sure to get as close to the

head of the tick as possible, to avoid squeezing the tick’s body which can increase the

likelihood the tick will inject disease-causing germs.

DO NOT use blunt or flat shaped tweezers to remove a tick. These are not as effective and can increase the risk of tearing the tick body or putting disease-causing germs into the bite area.

Pull tweezers upward with steady, even and slow pressure. DO NOT twist or jerk the tick, because this can cause the tick to inject more germs into the skin and may cause the head to break off and stay in the skin.

Remove the tick as soon as you can to reduce the risk of infection.

After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with

rubbing alcohol or soap and water. If the head/mouth of the tick breaks off and remains embedded in the skin and you cannot easily remove it, simply clean the bite with soapy water or rubbing alcohol, apply an antiseptic cream and let the skin heal.

Thank you,

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC


ICCSD School Nurse

Coralville Central (319.688.1100) + Mann (319.688.1145)

Google Voice: 319.535.2261 - You may call or text me at this number.


Iowa City West HS will be offering summer camps and clinics as listed on our website at

Please contact the West High athletic office for any questions.



Craig Huegel, CAA

Athletics Director, West High

2901 Melrose Avenue

Iowa City, IA 52246

(O): 319-688-1050, x5159

(F): 319-688-1315

Twitter: @ICWestAthletics

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Labeling Items

Please remember to label winter items (coats, especially) so there is a better chance for the coat to find his/her owner if lost!

Also, please remember to label lunchboxes that are sent to school. We get many dropped off in the office when they get left behind. If they are labeled, we can easily find who they belong to!! Thank you!

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Important Information

School Hours are Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri from 7:55 - 2:55, Thursdays are 7:55 - 1:55.

If your student isn't going to be able to attend school, please call the office (319.688.1100) to report their absence. Thank you!

Snacks & Celebrations

The ICCSD is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. In line with that goal, changes are being made to the district’s Wellness Policy regarding classroom snacks birthday treats, and classroom celebrations.


In line with the district’s Wellness Policy, student birthdays will be celebrated in the classrooms with a special acknowledgment. Each grade level team has determined a special recognition for students who wish to celebrate their birthdays at school. Please note these birthday celebrations will not involve food. If food is sent to school for birthdays the food items will be returned home.


When food is served to students in the classroom as a snack or during a classroom celebration, the following rules apply (ICCSD Wellness Policy 507.9):

  • allow only fresh fruits/vegetables or purchased foods with the ingredients listed (no homemade foods).
  • allow only foods that meet the Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks. (the only exception to this would be food-tasting related to district-approved curriculum lessons)
  • not allow foods with peanuts or peanut butter or foods that were made in a factory where cross-contamination may occur.
  • food that does not meet the guidelines will be sent home.
  • a list of acceptable foods (Healthy Food Guidelines/ Smart Snacks) will be made available to parents and teachers at the beginning of the school year.

The ICCSD Wellness Policy Classroom Snacks and Celebrations is a complete list of approved foods including where the approved food items can be purchased.

For individuals that have received the Covid-19 vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get the booster. Boosters are now available for those ages 12 and older. For individuals five years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

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Non-discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N Dodge St, Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,