Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


Dismissal on June 4th

We will dismiss this week for the year on June 4th at 2:20. Thank you for helping us to have a great year even with all the obstacles of the 2020-2021 school year.

Please read through the communication from your child's teacher as it will provide links for summer work, annual verification link (to update your information in Infinite Campus), and how to access your child's report card in Infinite Campus. We will not be sending home a copy.

Student devices will be staying at school for the summer...however there are some exceptions to this. 5th graders will be taking their devices for the summer and taking to Middle School in the fall. Students attending KOC or other summer programming, the devices will be taken to those locations. All other devices will be moving over to West Willow and students will be getting them back in the fall.

Theme Days for our Final Week!!!

We are going to have some fun this week with theme days each day!

See this flyer

Tuesday--Tie-Dye or Neon Colors

Wednesday--Patriotic Day

Thursday--Beach Day

Friday--Coolidge spirit wear or black and gold

Summer Meals

Our district will be providing grab and go lunch/breakfasts again this summer for children. Please see the locations on this flyer.

Coolidge School Newsletter

Here is the LINK to the May newsletter. A hard copy per family will be sent home this week. Check out all the cool photos!

Please also see the section about contacting us during the summer. Jen Christopherson and I will be accessible via email or leaving a message on our school line. If you are moving during the summer, please notify us and ask the new school to send us a note to get records sent.

Getting a brick from Coolidge School...please be watching your email as I am not certain of the date yet. I will let you know the date we will have them available and PTA will be doing a fundraiser with them...$1 dollar a brick. Thanks for supporting our new PTA for West Willow and holding on to some memories of Coolidge.

Library be returned

All library books are due back to the library, and we are down to just 4 more books that need to be returned!!! If your library book is lost or damaged, please send exact cash or a check payable to "Coolidge School" to pay for it. The cost will be printed on overdue notices that Mrs. Messina has provided to your child's teacher. Thank you for returning your library books, so we can get them packed up to move to our new library at West Willow! Thanks so much! We have several classrooms who have returned all of their books! Congrats to Mr. Wibe, Mr. Lang, Mrs. Morningstar, Mrs. Bergert, Ms Blocker, Mrs. Christoffersen, Ms Lodge, Mr. Hackenmiller, Mrs. Jennings, Mr. Englert, Mrs. Rulli, Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Russ and Mrs. Weller's classes for having all their books back!!! Let's see if we can get all classrooms on this list this week!

School Fees

School Fees (book fees as is listed on the statement) were sent home a month ago with students for those that are still needing to pay their school fees. Thanks for either paying it online from the CR website or you can send into school with your child.

Summer Reading

There are many opportunities in our community to keep reading and have some incentives along the way. See this link for all the local summer reading programs!

Jr. J-Hawks Baseball

Jr. J-Hawks Baseball is looking for new youth baseball players in the Jefferson High School boundaries! Jr. J-Hawks Baseball is a competitive youth baseball league for 7U-14U (1st-8th graders) boys that focuses on developing players to prep them for high school baseball. We are a great option for new players or little league players that are looking for something a bit more competitive. We have tryouts in August and would love to see some new players! Check out this link for the flyer and visit our website at for more information!

District Communication

The District Communication from Friday had information about end of the year. Check out their communication!

Yearbooks - Order by June 4

Don't forget to order your yearbook by June 4. Go to: and enter Yearbook ID Code: 3317421. A standard yearbook is $20 and includes student and staff portraits, along with collage pages from throughout the year. Yearbooks will be distributed at the beginning of next school year (August 2021). Contact if you have questions or would like a paper order form.

Kindergarten/Preschool/Alternative Kindergarten Registration

It is that time of year when we need to have families register for the fall of 2021! We now have an in person option of registering in person! Here is the link for more information!

See the flyers: Preschool/Kindergarten/Alternative Kindergarten--English

Preschool/Kindergarten/Alternative Kindergarten--Spanish

Preschool/Kindergarten/Alternative Kindergarten--Swahili

Health Guidelines

Just a reminder to continue to let us know here in the office if your child has been exposed to someone with the virus or if there is someone in the house with the virus Updated district guidelines

We appreciate you contacting the Nurse ( or or Mr. O'Connell ( if you have been exposed or have tested positive.

Newly released last week

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill that prohibits any school district from requiring masks to be worn by staff or students. We have discussed on morning announcements that it is a personal choice to wear a mask or not...and we need to be respectful no matter what the choice is. Masks will continue to be worn on school buses as they are public transportation, and that is a national mandate. Additionally, mitigation strategies remain for all school athletics and activities.

Arrival and Dismissal

During the summer, I will send out a document to explain the new drop off and pick up procedures at West Willow. Thank you for reading through them so that you are prepared to keep drop off and pick up a smooth and safe process for all.