Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


Valentine's celebration

We are not able to have a party to celebrate Valentine's Day with food, therefore we will invite students to send in Valentine's Cards for all the students in their class. If you want to attach a treat, you can do that but it is not required. You can send in the valentines anytime the week of Feb 8th to the 12th. Students will sort their own valentines and then on Friday your child will bring home the decorated bag. If you as a family prefer to quarantine the cards for some time, that is up to you as a family.

We will also do some special celebrations all week long! Here is the link to the celebrations we will participate in the week of Feb 8-12.

Naming the new buildings

6 final names were announced for our new building! Here they are in no particular order: Hope, Birchwood, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, West Willow, Peggy Whitson!

Narrowing the list down further was sent out by our district communication on Friday, please see that email or the links are below. You can also help with narrowing the name choices for the new building on the Jackson site. Thanks for your help!

New Building on the Coolidge Site

New Building on the Jackson Site

Progress reports (Report Cards) for our students this year

Progress reports or report cards will be made available for families starting on February 1st. Here is a link to a very short video on how to access your child progress report in Infinite Campus. We will not be sending home copies with students. Conferences will be March 29-April 9.

Student's Reading Progress

Are you wondering how your child did on the FAST (state reading assessment) Assessment? Here is a link to a short video on how you can access this information about your child in Infinite Campus. You will hear more from your child's teacher about the results at their conference.

Kindergarten/Preschool/Alternative Kindergarten Registration

Weather Changes

The weather is ever changing as we are deep into the winter season now, so this is a reminder to make sure you are sending your child to school with clothing that is suitable for the weather. We will be going outside for recess unless the wind chill is below 10 degrees. Having appropriate winter gear will help your child to stay warm while they are playing outside. Please have your child's clothing marked with their names too! Thanks so much!

January Coolidge School Newsletter

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

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.

February Books to read

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

Here is a link to some books referencing Black History Month.

School Pictures

During the fall, we were not allowing photographers into our CR buildings. We now have a date for our spring photos, it is March 8th. We will have time for our in person learners and our remote learners if they choose to come into the building to be photographed. Please stay tuned.

Hearing testing

Because the Grant Wood AEA hearing department is unable to test all of the students normally tested due to the pandemic (we are only testing PK IEP, K, 1st grade, and known losses in elementary), we are offering dates when parents can schedule an appointment to bring their students into either the Cedar Rapids or Coralville offices to get their hearing tested. Flyer

Westside Sports

If you would be interested in the Westside Football League! Here are a couple links to check out!

Here is information about J-Hawk Baseball. Here is a link!