Coralville Central Newsletter

December 23rd, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Hello Coralville Central Families and Friends,

We hope you have a wonderful Winter Break. Take time to relax and enjoy being away from the everyday happenings of the school day. Get healthy and rested for the New Year! If you are traveling, please travel safely. The students and staff had wonderful first half of the school year and we have a lot of exciting plans for the second half.

Hopefully, everyone is able to beat the incoming weather..

Have the best break ever!

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.

Important Info from Ms. Becca!

The holidays can be hard for kids as well as adults. Remember, there are so many resources if you need someone to talk to!

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

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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*


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.

From the Library - Devin Redmond

Did you know it was Computer Science Education Week a few weeks ago? December 5-9? We didn’t jump on the bandwagon that week at Coralville Central, but your student will be doing computer science learning in January and/or February! This will be happening at all levels.
AIM cards should have made their way home. We talked about them in grades 3-6 during Library class. Younger grades will need grown-up help at home on how to use them. Click here for an easy tutorial! (
Libby is the same as Overdrive, only it’s an app for your phone. Students can use their AIM cards on Libby, too!

Please check your child's backpack because these were sent home! (fyi- look for recycled paper) If any come back on January 9 or 10 or 11th, all filled in, that kid will get recognized in the next Smore and on the cclibrary Instagram page. Reading is important! Maybe you could even set aside that 20-30 minutes to read with your kid!

I hope your winter break is filled with lots of hot chocolate and good reading! If you’re able, go visit a public library or the ICPL Bookmobile! (google ICPL bookmobile schedule to find the hours) Students can use their AIM cards!


Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD

Instagram @cclibrary

Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred

Word the Month...

Has your student been talking about ELEVATING others and themselves??

Try to ELEVATE your child with these statements:

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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!

A friendly reminder from the school nurse...

Absences due to illness have steadily been increasing over the last couple of weeks at Coralville Central. Several of our classrooms are looking very empty! Please make sure you do your part to help keep our building healthy. Your student(s) should stay home if they are vomiting, have diarrhea, or have a fever of 100.4 or greater. They should stay home for a FULL 24 hours after their symptoms resolve without the use of medication. Consider checking your child's temperature before bringing them to school if they are complaining of any illness symptoms (such as a sore throat, cough, stomachache or headache). Headaches and stomachaches have been a common complaint for our students so please take this into consideration. Encouraging hand washing and covering coughs are two very helpful actions. Here is the district protocol for your reference

I appreciate all your help!

Nurse Kelly

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC


Did You Know?
Did you know that Mr. Easley is our internal coach for PBIS and Bonnie Winslow-Garvin is our external coach?
Do you know who the PBIS staff members are? Miss Becca, Meaggan Bermingham, Aaron Bolden, Melissa Diveley, Leah Doster, Sam Evans, Matt Lesan, Aspen Lohman, Jody Lyon, Devin Redmond, Angie McLean, Miss D., and McKenna Woods are all on the PBIS team.
Our parent representative is Traci Oleson. Would you like to join the PBIS committee?
Our December PBIS Celebration was a movie and popcorn!


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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,