Coralville Central Newsletter

March 11, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Hello Family and Friends,

We hope that you have a wonderful Spring Break. It is very important that everyone gets the proper rest and relaxation--Spring Break has come at the perfect time. After we return, time just flies by!

There are a lot of negative things going on in the world. It can be scary and confusing. Please talk to your children and encourage them to talk to someone about their feelings. Children need support even when we think everything is going smoothly with them. Talking about and sharing feelings is so important for all of us. There are many avenues at school for children to talk through their feelings. Please let us know what we can do to help at school if you are looking for support.

In addition to the support available at school, listed below are several community resources with which the District has a strong partnership to support our students, families, and staff. We encourage you to reach out if you need additional support.

  • CommUnity: CommUnity Crisis Center’s talk/chat/text line is available 24/7 for students, families, and staff. Call 1-855-325-4296 and you’ll be connected to a trained crisis counselor in Iowa City.

  • United Action for Youth: Specialized support and therapy services for youth and their families. Contact 319-338-7518 to speak with a counselor.

  • Synchrony Employee Assistance Program: Synchrony provides free counseling to District personnel as an employee benefit. Contact 319-351-4357 to speak with a counselor.

Please take advantage of the counseling support and resources that are available. Know you are not alone.


Andy Gahan

Principal, Coralville Central Elementary

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 Days Coming Up

No School - Spring Break (March 14 - March 18th)

Did your child come home and tell you about our Kindness Cafe on Feb 28th? We had such a great time celebrating our respectful, responsible, safe and KIND cougars. There were so many fancy outfits, fun music and ticket drawings during lunch that day!

For the month of March we will focus on Optimism and Positivity. Look for more information on this in our next SMORE.

Something from Ms. Becca...

Things can be really hard, really often.

There are so many resources (listed below) out there to help you and your children.

Please use them as you see fit!

And let me know anything I can help with at school! We care and love your child and want to make sure school is a safe space for them and you!

Becca Bender, Student and Family Advocate 319.688.1104 or

How to talk to your kids about the invasion of Ukraine

Grief Resource, The Dougy Center, 'The Right Place When Nothing Feels Right'

Stressed? Depressed? Need to talk? Call or Text CommUnity Crisis Services at 1-855-325-4296 or Chat at

Just a simple calming room when you are feeling overwhelmed. From our very own City High.

And there are so many more, reach out, I'll find what is right for you and your child, please!

Library News!

A lot of librarians really like the small details. They are not my strong suit . (Is it bad to admit that?) But I do love big ideas. Did you know your kids’ library learning can be centered around three concepts? Any time we’re doing anything in library class, I am covering something under these overarching ideas: Information and Inquiry, Lifelong Readers, and Future Readiness.

If we dig down deeper under Information and Inquiry, we learn about intellectual freedom, intellectual property, organization of information, information sources, and the inquiry process.

Beneath Lifelong Readers, we learn about the purpose of the school library, reading as a mirror, window, and sliding glass door, and reading for growth.

And then, under Future Readiness, we become aware of creativity and problem-solving, mindset, rights and responsibilities, and the global community.

I love these big ideas in the Library.
Did you read what Miss Becca shared in this week’s Smore about talking to your kids about the invasion of Ukraine? If you’d like some clear concise information about the country itself, take a look at one of my favorite GWAEA resources called CultureGrams: The username and password is the same as other GWAEA sites. If you don’t have it, please email me, and I will share it with you right away. Kids’ Edition is less wordy than the World Edition.

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!

2nd Grade Insect Research

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Second graders study insects in Science. But during Library class, they researched a bug of their choice using PebbleGo. We talked about organization of information, intellectual property, and information sources. And they obviously read for growth!

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West High presents - Anastastia!


West High School--Arganbright Auditorium

2901 Melrose Ave

Iowa City, IA 52246


Thursday, April 7th @ 7pm

Friday, April 8th @ 7pm

Saturday, April 9th @ 1pm and 7pm


Adults $16.50

Students $11.50

Seniors $11.50

ICCSD $6.50

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!

Nurse News

If your child has come home with a change of clothes from the school, please wash the items and return them to the school as soon as possible. We have been seeing multiple accidents per day, and it is much worse with the Spring weather and the muddy playground.

We need changes of clothes returned to continue to accommodate students. It is also extremely helpful if you can send a full change of clothing with your student in their backpack.

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!

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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,