Coralville Central Newsletter

December 9th, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Hello Coralville Central Families and Friends,

We are cruising along through December! We only have two more weeks until Winter Break. On December 23rd there will be a 2-hour early release from school.

We are hoping that during Winter Break the construction crew will be able to make a large amount of progress. Things are moving along nicely and they still anticipate being done in late March.

Have a great weekend,

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.


Please note - there is an early dismissal on Friday, December 23rd. Students will be dismissed 2 hours early. Dismissal that day will be 12:55pm.

PreSchool before Winter Break

Wednesday, December 21st will be the LAST day before Winter Break for PM Preschoolers.

AM Preschoolers will go until Friday, December 23rd.

Going, going, gone!

Please remind your child to check the lost & found for any missing clothing items.

Any items not claimed by Winter Break will be donated.


Kindergarten & First Grade Parents - remember to send an extra set of clothing with your student. Make sure it's in his/her backpack and appropriate clothing for the winter season.

Important Info from Ms. Becca!

Sign up for a Winter Break Nutrition Bag to be picked up at Coralville Central on Monday, December 19th, or be delivered to your home Tuesday, December 20th.


Is your child interested in attending a writing club on Mondays at Coralville Central?

Print the permission form and return to the Coralville Central office.

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Winter Break Meal

VESTA will offer Coralville families a warm meal over the winter break.

Package #1: Beef Lasagna, Ceasar Salad, Garlic Cheese Bread, Brownie Dessert

Package #2: Chicken Enchiladas, Ceasar Salad, Tortilla Chips & Queso, Brownie Dessert

Delivery and pick up at VESTA will take place on December 23rd.


*Provided by VESTA with local donations*

From the Library - Devin Redmond

A BIG Thank You From the Library and ALL of Coralville Central - Devin Redmond

Coralville Central Friends,
Our Barnes & Noble Book Fair has been the most successful one the store has had in at least 16 holiday seasons. We are incredibly thankful for your support and participation.
The stack of books behind these friends were just some of the books purchased for teachers. It was heartwarming to see kids beeline it right to their teacher’s or former teachers’ Wish List baskets to buy a book for them. Some of the teachers told me the stack they received actually made them cry happy tears. As much as teachers would love to write a thank you card, they aren’t sure who purchased their books for them. So, on behalf of the teachers, and with sincerity, “Thank you for the books you purchased for the students in our classroom.”
Thank you to the Teen Advisory Board at the Coralville Public Library for using funds they received from the Friends of the Coralville Public Library to buy books as gifts for kids at the Coralville Food Pantry. Do you see all of that giving goodness just circulating? I feel like this is what the holidays are all about.
Thank you to the teachers who shopped at the Book Fair and who purchased books for other teachers.
And then there was an anonymous donor who gave me $200 to “just buy books to give to kids.” Thanks to her.

For the month of December's PBIS reward, classrooms will be earning tickets to have a movie and popcorn day!

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Attendance Information

Did You Know??

  • Starting in preschool and Kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days a month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

What You Can Do

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

Bell Schedule M, T, W, F 7:55 - 2:55 Th 7:55 - 1:55

Students are marked tardy/absent if not in their classroom by 7:55

Get a great start on the day! Breakfast!

Breakfast is available each day beginning at 7:30am. We offer lots of student friendly options and each meal contains a serving of fruit and a carton of milk. Breakfast menus can be found at Meal Viewer. Cost is $2.15 for full priced students, $0.30 for reduced students and free for students who have qualified for free benefits.

Breakfast - SUCH an important meal!

Please encourage your student to eat breakfast before coming to school. We see kids in the health office each day who have stomach issues and headaches due to not eating breakfast. Eating breakfast helps start the day off right and ensures students have the energy they need to get through the morning, until they go to lunch.

Here are some ideas to keep on hand if your student needs to eat something quickly or even on-the-go in the morning:

  • Carnation instant breakfast
  • Toast
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Pop-tarts
  • Frozen waffles
  • Granola bars
  • Mini muffins
  • Yogurt

If your student eats lunch at school breakfast, they may come to school at 7:30.

We appreciate your help with this, as it is very hard for students to focus in class on an empty stomach.

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC

NURSE NEWS--Important, Please Read!

Home Remedies for Colds

Drinking warm fluids, such as tea, warm apple juice/cider, or water with honey and lemon helps to thin mucus and make it easier to clear. Post-nasal drip, or mucus drainage down the throat, can often be irritating to the upper airway and cause continual coughing.

Nasal saline can also help to thin mucus in the nasal passages and help make it easier to blow any mucus out of the nose.

Using a humidifier, standing in a warm shower, or even just standing in a bathroom with a closed door and a warm shower running, can help settle a cough and ease nasal congestion.

Popsicles and cool water feel good on a sore throat.

Giving 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp of honey will help settle a cough. However, do not give honey to children under the age of 1 year of age.

Ibuprofen will help swelling that may be present in the nasal passages and throat. See the package for dosage information.

Finally, when possible, ensure children are getting a lot of rest, as this is essential for healing.

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC


We know holiday celebrations like Halloween and Valentine’s Day aren’t done anymore like they might have been done when we were in school, but we also didn’t have PBIS Celebrations like Turkey Bowling! Check out the fun pictures! Students earn these celebrations by following expectations: Coralville Central Cougars are Respectful, Responsible, and Safe!

Greetings to all! Please take the opportunity to read Mr. Aaron Bolden's Music Newsletter #2!

One Book Two Book

One Book Two Book Writing Opportunity/Contest

Click above for information regarding a community-wide writing opportunity/contest for all students in grades 1-8.

The deadline to submit is Monday December 12, 2022.

Volunteers for school & field trips

Would you like to help your student's teacher? Or assist with a class field trip? You will first need to fill out an application. Link below is online authorization to fill out. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been approved.

Student Support Team

Our building has a student support team (see below) that we utilize when a student is in need of extra support. If you are looking for additional support for your student--academically, behaviorally or emotionally, we encourage you to first email your child's classroom teacher. Once you have done so, your teacher will fill out the necessary referral form to request supports. Feel free to contact the team members below with any additional questions.

Our student support team consist of Mr. Gahan (principal), Mr. Easley (counselor), Miss Becca (student and family advocate), Ms. Doster (special education teacher), Tennille Nelson (school facilitator), Bonnie Winslow Garvin (GWAEA Psychologist), Kim Anderson (GWAEA Social Worker), Meaggan Bermingham (Instruction Design Strategist) and like members who come together weekly to discuss students and individual needs in our building.

This teams definition:

A problem solving team that collaborates with teachers to support an identified student who is experiencing barriers to learning that may include academic, behavioral, and/or social-emotional needs. This is after implementing strong tier 1 supports in your classroom, with the help of PLC and family input. The team will brainstorm interventions and collaborate with teachers to determine next steps. Frequent evaluation of the intervention and follow-up will occur.

High Reliability Schools

In order to achieve our goals of excellence and equity for all students, we have adopted a new school improvement model called High Reliability Schools. High Reliability Schools is a framework that supports fulfilling our vision of equitable outcomes for all students. It gives us a common language to name what we’re doing, assess our current reality, align our initiatives, and determine where to go next. It is a vehicle that allows us to balance shared responsibility and autonomy to make decisions that best meet the needs of all our students.

We are excited to get this work started and we are excited to partner in this process with all of you! We value the voice of our school community and we want to make sure that your experiences are reflected in our High Reliability Schools implementation. Throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities for our students, families, and staff to provide feedback that will inform the work that we do. Please stay tuned for information on these opportunities. We look forward to partnering with you on this exciting new adventure!

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,