Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates



Thank you so much for collecting donations for our PTA Walk-a-thon! It was certainly a hit last week and we appreciate each and every student who contributed to our total!

Way to go Coolidge Cougars!!!

Library be returned

All library books are due back to the library, and we are down to just 9 more books that need to be returned!!! If your library book is lost or damaged, please send exact cash or a check payable to "Coolidge School" to pay for it. The cost will be printed on overdue notices that Mrs. Messina has provided to your child's teacher. Thank you for returning your library books, so we can get them packed up to move to our new library at West Willow! Thanks so much! We have several classrooms who have returned all of their books! Congrats to Mr. Wibe, Mr. Lang, Mrs. Morningstar, Mrs. Bergert, Ms Blocker, Mrs. Christoffersen, Ms Lodge, Mr. Hackenmiller, Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Russ and Mrs. Weller's classes for having all their books back!!! Let's see if we can get all classrooms on this list this week!

School Fees

School Fees (book fees as is listed on the statement) were sent home a month ago with students for those that are still needing to pay their school fees. Thanks for either paying it online from the CR website or you can send into school with your child.

Coolidge School Newsletter

Here is the LINK to the April newsletter. A hard copy per family will be sent home this week. Check out all the cool photos!

Summer Reading

There are many opportunities in our community to keep reading and have some incentives along the way. See this link for all the local summer reading programs!

Jr. J-Hawks Baseball

Jr. J-Hawks Baseball is looking for new youth baseball players in the Jefferson High School boundaries! Jr. J-Hawks Baseball is a competitive youth baseball league for 7U-14U (1st-8th graders) boys that focuses on developing players to prep them for high school baseball. We are a great option for new players or little league players that are looking for something a bit more competitive. We have tryouts in August and would love to see some new players! Check out this link for the flyer and visit our website at for more information!

District Communication

The District Communication from Friday had information in it about Coolidge and our walk-a-thon! Check out their communication!

Yearbooks - Order by June 4

Don't forget to order your yearbook by June 4. Go to: and enter Yearbook ID Code: 3317421. A standard yearbook is $20 and includes student and staff portraits, along with collage pages from throughout the year. Yearbooks will be distributed at the beginning of next school year (August 2021). Contact if you have questions or would like a paper order form.


We have finished all of our drills for the year. I had a fire drill last week and it took us less than 2 minutes to get out of the building! Does your child know the procedures at your house?

Kindergarten/Preschool/Alternative Kindergarten Registration

It is that time of year when we need to have families register for the fall of 2021! We now have an in person option of registering in person! Here is the link for more information!

See the flyers: Preschool/Kindergarten/Alternative Kindergarten--English

Preschool/Kindergarten/Alternative Kindergarten--Spanish

Preschool/Kindergarten/Alternative Kindergarten--Swahili

Health Guidelines

Just a reminder to continue to let us know here in the office if your child has been exposed to someone with the virus or if there is someone in the house with the virus Updated district guidelines

We appreciate you contacting the Nurse ( or or Mr. O'Connell ( if you have been exposed or have tested positive for the virus while on break. This just keeps us informed and also helps to keep everyone healthy in return from break.

Newly released last week

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill that prohibits any school district from requiring masks to be worn by staff or students. We have discussed on morning announcements that it is a personal choice to wear a mask or not...and we need to be respectful no matter what the choice is. Masks will continue to be worn on school buses as they are public transportation, and that is a national mandate. Additionally, mitigation strategies remain for all school athletics and activities.

Arrival and Dismissal

A phone message was sent out in February regarding being patient as you are picking up or dropping off students at school. Please make sure you are not parking and getting out of your car in the horseshoe as this creates a mess for the flow of traffic. We will be out there in the afternoon to help create 2 lines of traffic so that we can keep the flow moving, we ask that you do not create a third lane as this only makes the flow stagnate.

There is no parking on Atwood on the west side of the school for the bus lane.

Thanks again for your continued patience and support to keep ALL of our children safe at arrival and dismissal.