Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates



Good Morning Coolidge Families-

We are so excited to announce we will be holding our last Coolidge Cougar Pride Stride Walk-a-thon in a couple of weeks!! The walk will be held (THIS THURSDAY) May 20th we will start at 2:30! Please have your child wear their Coolidge Shirt or black and gold to show their spirit! Tennis shoes for walking would also be highly encouraged. We will walk in our masks and end up back on the blacktop for our final announcement and amount raised. Parents may join us on the grassy area near the sidewalks on Atwood, Crestridge or 1st Avenue to cheer us on, but may not walk with us this year. Thank you for your patience as we continue to follow the mitigation protocols from our district.

We need EVERYONE'S help in raising funds for Coolidge!! Please check your child's backpack for a white walk-a-thon envelope and start collecting today!!! In this note there is also a link to set up an online personal collection page for your child! Just open the link and click “add participant” and then share with family and friends!!

***Turn in envelopes May 17-20th**

*****Link Below for online*****

Any questions please contact Amy Kuennen or call/text 319-721-8648!!

Let’s go collect Cougars!!!!

Library Books were due last Monday

All library books were due last Monday, May 10th. 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, 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!

Parent Survey

Our Coolidge Staff has a team of teachers who work to support our families and they would like to have your input on a quick survey. Here is the link...thanks for taking a couple minutes to provide us some feedback! Thanks in advance!

School Fees

School Fees (book fees as is listed on the statement) were sent home two weeks 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.

Math Week.... May 17-21

Hope that your family can participate in the Math Week activities! Here is a flyer with more information for the excitement. Here is an additional flyer with the the codes on it for your family to add their minutes!

Coolidge School Newsletter

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

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. It does talk about CR Virtual Academy--and much more! Check out this link!


Order now through the end of the school year! Go to: and enter Yearbook ID Code: 3317421. A standard yearbook is $20 and includes staff and student portraits, along with collage pages from throughout the year. Yearbooks will be distributed at the beginning of next school year (August 2021). Please contact with any other questions.


We will continue to practice our drill procedures this month. We have completed a fire, 2 tornado and an emergency drill discussion with staff already. We have one fire drill left this month. Does your child know the procedures at your house?

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

We have had a great two weeks back in school! 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 for the virus while on break. This just keeps us informed and also helps to keep everyone healthy in return from break.

Newly released this morning:

Governor Kim Reynolds announced lifting Iowa mask rule, but CRCSD mask mandate remains within all school buildings and buses. Additionally, mitigation strategies remain for all school athletics and activities. You can view mask protocol on our Health and Safety site.

Arrival and Dismissal

A phone message was sent out in February regarding being patient as you are picking up or dropping off students at school. Please make sure you are not parking and getting out of your car in the horseshoe as this creates a mess for the flow of traffic. We will be out there in the afternoon to help create 2 lines of traffic so that we can keep the flow moving, we ask that you do not create a third lane as this only makes the flow stagnate.

There is no parking on Atwood on the west side of the school for the bus lane.

Thanks again for your continued patience and support to keep ALL of our children safe at arrival and dismissal.