Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates

Coolidge Elementary 11-9-20

Morning Drop off and pick up

Thanks for remembering to drop off students at 8:30 to come in for breakfast at their spots and 8:40 we will invite all into the building. We start dismissing car riders at 3:45 Mon-Thurs and walkers at 3:50. On Friday we will be starting to dismiss car riders at 2:15 and walkers at 2:20.


Our conferences will be happening the next two weeks. Your child's teacher already has or will send you a google link to join them for your child's conference. Thanks for getting on a couple minutes early so that you are ready to start as teachers will be jumping from one meet to another during their conferences. Thanks for including your child as they are an integral part of the conference too! Thanks in advance for making your child's conference a priority.


If your child is having a lunch from home and ordering a milk from school, they are charged 50 cents for the milk. Just wanted all families to be aware of this with home lunches.

Virtual Book Fair

This is our final week of our Coolidge book fair! Please shop for books before the fair ends on Monday, November 16th. This is a terrific opportunity to buy great new books for your child's home library, for their classroom library and to support our Coolidge library! Books can be purchased online from our fair with a credit card or debit card. The books ordered will be shipped to Coolidge. We hope to have them in time to distribute them to staff and students the week of November 30-December 4. We will also contact families of virtual Coolidge learners that week to arrange a time to pick up their book orders from Coolidge.

Coolidge Follett Book Fair Link

Book Fair video instructions

How to buy books on teacher wish lists

You can make purchases between November 2-16. Our book fair contains a large selection of popular, new titles.

With the holidays coming up, this would be a wonderful opportunity to buy new books for your loved ones. When you add a gift book to your online cart, you can select that it is a gift. We will send gift books home with your child in a sealed envelope addressed to you.

Many teachers have created wish lists on our online book fair. Purchasing books for classroom libraries is a great way to support your child's teacher and our library. We will place donation labels inside each book before delivering them to teachers.

The profits earned from our book fair will be used to purchase new library books. At Coolidge, most of our budget for new library books comes from book fairs, so please help it be a success. Thanks for supporting our readers with terrific new books!


The weather is ever changing as we inch closer and closer to winter, 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.Thanks so much!

Hy-Vee Receipts

The PTA would like to remind everyone to keep your Hy-Vee Receipts from all Cedar Rapids and Marion locations to earn money for Coolidge Elementary. During the 2019-2020 school year we received $1,123.29 for Coolidge. Send in your receipts with your child and they can place them in the container located by the office. $1 will be earned for every $200 collected in receipts.

Remote Learners

We still have bags of materials for our remote learners here at Coolidge. If you did not have a chance to stop by and pick up the materials needed for your child, please do so by stopping by Coolidge and ringing the doorbell. We will bring the materials out to you.

District guidelines with COVID-19

District Health Guidelines regarding COVID-19-- This link goes to the site the district has created to be a one stop shop for getting answers to student health guidelines. One question that has come up several times is, “Will I be contacted if a student in my child’s class tests positive for the virus?”--The answer is that if a child tests positive in the classroom, our nurse with the help of our staff will identify those students that would have been in close contact with the student and that is who would be contacted. Please see the documents linked for further questions also.

Facebook for Coolidge

November Bookshelf

Here is the link to a bookshelf of books that students can access and listen to! Here's the link that you can access with or without a Google account: November Bookshelf

School Book Fees

Mrs. Jen sent home sheets with your students' School Fees… if you would like to pay them online you can log in to your Infinite Campus account at any time and pay fees there or send them into the office with your child’s name on it. Thanks so much!