Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


High Reliability Schools (HRS) Parent Survey

Coolidge has worked hard to achieve Level 1 and Level 2 status for HRS the past 2 years. We would really appreciate your feedback on our High Reliability Schools Survey. Please see this letter for the link and the QR code if you prefer to use that instead. The link and code are on the Coolidge website also if that is more convenient.

Thanks again for completing for us.

State Survey

The State of Iowa requires students in Grades 3-5 to complete a survey entitled Conditions of Learning. We will be completing the survey at Coolidge the week of April 13-16th. Here is a link to more information about the survey and if you prefer your child not take the survey, I need to have the written refusal form back by the end of the day on April 9th. Please let me know if you have questions.


All Classroom teachers have been sending out conference schedules! Our window is from March 29-April 9th. Thank you in advance for making this a priority. We will look forward to discussing your child's current progress.

Coolidge Scholastic Book Fair!

GREAT opportunity to pick up some new books this spring at the Coolidge Virtual Scholastic Book Fair! Here is the link for you to access the bookfair information and place an order.

This will run from April 5th-18th. When you order books, they are shipped directly to your residence!

Thanks for supporting the West Willow Library!

Coolidge School Newsletter

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

ISASP (Iowa State Assessment)

Here is a letter from our central offices regarding our state assessment. This lists when remote students will be testing. We are still working on our in-person students schedule. We will have more information in the weeks ahead for our students in person too.

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

Weather Changes

The weather is ever changing now, so this is a reminder to make sure you are sending your child to school with clothing that is suitable for the weather. Thanks so much!

Health Guidelines

We have had a great two weeks back in school! 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 this morning:

Governor Kim Reynolds announced lifting Iowa mask rule, but CRCSD mask mandate remains within all school buildings and buses. Additionally, mitigation strategies remain for all school athletics and activities. You can view mask protocol on our Health and Safety site.

Summer Ball Program

Prospect Meadows is offering some summer ball programs to CR students. Parents/Guardians can visit the website to register ....or just contact me and I can offer a different option. Information, Schedule, form to complete,

contact is:

Tim Brecht

319 899 3680

April Books to read

Here is a link to April books to read/listen to online with your child!

Arrival and Dismissal

A phone message was sent out last month 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.