Coralville Central Newsletter

October 14, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Dear Coralville Central Families and Friends,

We are underway with the construction/remodel at Coralville Central! Things hopefully will move quickly during this process. We are super excited to see what the final product will bring. The students are doing an awesome job of entering and exiting the building in different ways. Thank you for helping support the awesomeness of the kids!

With that said, nothing has changed with our drop-off and pick-up procedures. Please continue to drop off students no earlier than 7:40 unless they are eating breakfast which is a start time of 7:30. We do not have a lot of space out front of the building for students to wait before coming inside. Please also continue to follow after-school pick-up expectations. Use the carline as much as possible, avoid going through the preschool entrance, and most importantly please do not stop in the middle of the street for your child to run across to you. We are experiencing a high level of traffic in the front of the building, down 6th Ave by the crosswalk. Again, please use the carline as much as possible. Thank you for working together during these busy times of the day.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are approaching. More information and a sign-up will be coming soon. Conferences this year can be held either in person or via Zoom. We are here to accommodate and look forward to getting 100% participation.

Have a wonderful fall 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.

Important Info from Ms. Becca!

Tennis Shoes

Coralville Central has been chosen by Trade Home Shoes for a donation of 50 new shoes!

If you are in need of a pair of tennis shoes for your student fill out the form below. This will be on a first come-first serve basis. We will give your child their shoes here at school. We will notify you (via email) if we do not have the size you are asking for. If you are filling out for more than one student you do need to fill out multiple forms, thanks!


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Very Important Dismissal Information - Please Read!

Please make sure you and your student(s) have a plan for getting home everyday. Students should either get on a bus, go to the Walker's Door, go to the Car Line, or follow a different plan you have in place. Please, please make sure you discuss the plan with your child so they know what to do each day.

Dismissal calls at the end of the day are extremely difficult to accommodate as students are in various locations throughout the school. We cannot guarantee that we'll get the message to your child if you call after 2:45.

It is extremely important that your child knows how to get home each day. Thank you!

Attendance Information

Heads Up!

You will be notified when your student reaches the following levels of absence.

5 excused, 8 excused, 3 unexcused, 5 unexcused (parent conference held to develop a plan), 5 unexcused tardies, 10 unexcused tardies (parent conference held to develop a plan). The office should be notified of a student's absence at the start of the day. The office must be notified of the reason for an absence no more than 48 hours after the beginning of the absence for it to be excused.

If absences continue after parent conference and attendance plan, the school will refer the student to Johnson County Attorney and a hearing with a judge will be scheduled.

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


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Run for the Schools is Sunday, October 23. Have you registered yet?

Click here to sign up.

Noodles Night - October 18th

Please join the Coralville Central PTO and dine out at Noodles and Company on October 18th from 4-8 pm. If you are dining in the restaurant, mention Coralville Central while ordering.

You are also able to order online for pickup in restaurant or curbside. During checkout use the coupon code "Giving25".

Thank you always for your support,

Coralville Central PTO

From the Library - Devin Redmond

Kindergarteners are learning about the organization of the Everybody section while reading good books! In Lab and on our Chromebooks, we’ve been talking about Google Chrome, tabs, how to make the volume louder and softer, and navigating our way to favorite games. Using the trackpad can be hard for kindergarteners, but they get it figured out eventually.

1st and 2nd graders continue to learn about Juana Martinez-Neal who will be the ICCSD Visiting Author this year.

3rd graders are reviewing the different sections of the library, along with receiving reminders to read the front book jackets to find out if a book sounds good. Do you know what the back book jacket tells us? I bet you do!
4th-6th graders learned about Hispanic Heritage Month while paying attention to our sources and always remembering to cite them. We have some great books to celebrate this important month.

Mark your calendar and start your list: December 3 is the Barnes & Noble Book Fair. I know I’m a librarian and all, but books really do make great holiday gifts.

Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD

Instagram @cclibrary

Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred

Follow @cclibrary on Instagram for BN recommendations from CC Staff AND CC Students!

Coming in October - Picture Day!

Picture day will be Friday, October 21st.

Order packets were sent home on Monday, October 10th. Packets need to be filled out with what you want to order + exact change or check filled out to Halverson's. Or you can order on line, using the link below.

*Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, November 9th.

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.

NURSE NEWS--Important, Please Read!

Clean Hands Keep Us Safe & Healthy!

At school, we encourage frequent hand washing to help prevent the spread of germs. Reinforcing this habit at home helps kids remember how important it is, no matter where they are. Here are some tips to practice at home so children learn:

  • Model good behavior - Wash your own hands correctly and often
  • Take the time to teach your children to wash correctly - wet hands, apply soap, lather for at least 20 seconds (long enough to sing "Happy Birthday" two times), rinse, and dry thoroughly.
  • Talk about when to wash hands - before & after eating, after using the restroom, playing outside, touching pets or their cages, when you sneeze, cough or blow your nose and any time hands are visibly dirty.

Hand sanitizer is acceptable if soap and water are not immediately available but washing well with soap and water is always best. Apply lotion if hands are dry and/or cracked.

Please help us keep students and staff a little safer by practicing hand hygiene at home!

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC


PBIS Establishes a Healthy School Culture and Climate

Our school’s culture is a reflection of the people learning and working within our community – students, their families, and teachers alike. Because of PBIS implementation, we engage our school-wide community to co-create our school’s culture and establish a climate where everyone feels welcome and seen. In fact, partly because of PBIS, teachers, students, and families hopefully perceive our school’s climate more positively. (Source:

And the word of the month is...

Growth Mindset is our word of the month.

Students should be able to tell you a lot about the word 'try or yet'!

Here is an activity you can do at home as a family while discussing a Growth Mindset.

Why I Can Do This

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.

To all of our wonderful CC Community, please feel free to read Mr. Bolden's Music Newsletter #1. The newsletter is also available on your child's Seesaw access via Canvas, and/or on the link below!

Music Auxiliary Salt Fund Raiser

Greetings Iowa City Music Students and Parents,

Can you believe that this is already the third year that we are partnering with Costco to sell bags and jugs of salt to melt the ice on your sidewalks and driveways! Thank you for helping us make this a success to support all band, choir, and orchestra students in ICCSD schools.

Salt pre-orders will be taken online, October 9 though 24. Then, patrons will pick up their salt on November 8 or 16, at Costco in Coralville. Parent and student volunteers will load up the salt using our easy carline pick up in the Costco parking garage. Please consider signing up to help with this at Signup Genius.

The funds raised will help purchase sheet music, equipment, entry fees, student awards, and more. Our goal is to raise $20,000 with this fundraiser.

Plus, the top 4 student sellers (total number of bags and jugs) will receive a $50 Costco Gift Card!

How to Order the Salt:

Order online at

Safe Step Nature’s Power Ice Melt (50 lb.)
$25 per bag

Safe Step Sure Paws Ice Melt (12 lb.)
$15 per jug

Important Dates:

October 9–24 Salt Sale

November 8—Salt Pick Up at Costco in Coralville (4 pm–8 pm)

November 16—Back Up Pick Up Date at Costco in Coralville (6 pm–8 pm)

Spread The Word:

Students are encouraged to ask their local community to purchase bags of salt online to support their band, choir, or orchestra. We have provided a graphic that can be sent via text, email, or social media. Make sure to also send the website address:

Pick Up:

All orders must be picked up at Costco on Tuesday, November 8, between 4 pm–8 pm.


2900 Heartland Drive

Coralville, IA 52241

If you are unable to pick it up on November 8, patrons can come during our back up pick up date on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 pm–8 pm.


Can I buy a bag during the Pick Up Day on Nov 8?

No, all purchases must be made in advance since we have to order our bags for the fundraiser with Costco. We will consider this for the future.

Will you hold my bag if I can't get it?

Unfortunately, if you cannot pick up your bags on 11/8 or 11/16, any unclaimed bags will be forfeit.

Can I make an additional donation to the Iowa City Music Auxiliary?

Yes, we give you the option of providing a donation amount on the online order form.

What forms of payment do you take?

Our online payment system is through PayPal’s secure non-profit fundraising platform. You can use any major credit card or debit card or a PayPal account—all without needing to create an account. We are not offering cash or check options at this time.

I don't know how to ask...

Don't worry, here are some words you can copy and paste into an email, text or social media. Also, use one of our graphics to catch their eye!

Hello! I am fundraising for my music program by selling bags of salt to melt the snow on your driveway. A 50 lb bag is $25 and a 12 lb jug is $15. Orders will be available for pick up on Tuesday, November 8, or Wednesday, November 16, at Costco in Coralville. Make sure to order online by Oct 24 at

Will there be a reminder?

Yes, we will send an email reminder to everyone who ordered the week before pick up, and will include some instructions (e.g., bring a sign with your name on it) at that time. We will send a second reminder for the pick up on 11/8. We will also post reminders on our Facebook site.

I hear there is a prize for the top 4 sellers, how do you know it was me that sold the salt?

When your customers go to order, they will be asked to fill out your name. This will give you the credit for the order!

What if I have other questions?

Reach out to with your additional questions.

Thank you so much for participating. Our goal is to raise $20,000 during this event, and we can do this if about 1 bag of salt is sold per band, choir, and orchestra student in the district!

Happy selling!

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.

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.

Ombuds Office Introduction

My name is Janet Abejo-Parker, and I was appointed to the Ombuds ("awm-buhdz") position as of August 2021.

The Ombuds Office is an informal concern and conflict resolution resource and serves as a resource for all students, parent/guardians, and staff.

My primary duties are to: 1) Assist individuals with exploring options to address District and school-related conflicts and concerns; and 2) Raise awareness of emerging issues and concerns.

The following guiding principles are what make my office a unique resource:

  • Independence: separate from other District departments;

  • Impartiality: understands all sides and works collaboratively with all parties involved;

  • Informality: a voluntary resource that does not participate in formal processes; and

  • Confidentiality: communications are confidential to the maximum extent permitted by law (exceptions apply for concerns involving mandatory reporting, Title IX, and risk of imminent harm).

Please view the Ombuds Introduction video at or visit for more information on the Ombuds Office.

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,