Coralville Central Newsletter

September 30th, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Dear Coralville Central Families and Friends,

We hope that you had a wonderful first month of school. I know that we are up and rolling in the building. Routines are in place but we are always working to improve.

Thank you to all the people that were able to attend Back to School Night last night. It is always so cool to see the students being so proud of themselves and their school.

Have a great 5 day weekend! We do NOT have school next Monday-Wednesday, October 3 - 5th.

If you'd like to purchase Coralville Central apparel, please go to either of the sites below. The store closes on October 6th.

or on the store's page

Thank you!

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!

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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!


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





Please make sure to label your students's backpacks, lunch containers and clothing. We get lots of lost items and it makes it SO much easier to find the owners if things are labeled! Thank you!

Upcoming Days off from School

Please note, no school on days below:

Monday, October 3 - Wednesday, October 5th

From the Library - Devin Redmond

Juana Martinez-Neal will be the Visiting Author and Illustrator for 1st and 2nd graders this year. It will be our first in-person visit since COVID, and we are very excited! She will be visiting our school on Monday, October 31st. We will be learning all about Ms. Martinez-Neal as we read her books, following a top-notch curriculum written by Anne Coater, Jenahlee Chamberlain, and Janelle Snyder, teacher librarians at Alexander, OLP, and Weber.
Juana Martinez-Neal lives in Arizona, but was born in Lima, Peru. Two books that she has both authored and illustrated are Alma and How She Got Her Name and Zonia’s Rain Forest. She has illustrated lots of books, and two that I especially enjoy are Tomatoes for Neela and Frybread: A Native American Family Story.
Thank you to Hills Bank and the ICCSD Foundation for sponsoring this unforgettable opportunity for our kids.

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. Information will be coming home closer to that date.

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!

Healthy Kids School Based Clinics

Healthy Kids School Based Clinics (HKSBHC) is an extension of health services offered in the Iowa City Community School District. The clinic serves Johnson County residents ages 0 - 21 (birth through high school graduation) who are without access to affordable healthcare such as no insurance, ineligible for insurance, or underinsured.

Our mission is to work collaboratively with local medical partners to provide primary care, mental health care, and access to specialty care for underserved/uninsured children. We also help connect families who are eligible for healthcare assistance or newly insured to resources in the area (ex: finding a local care provider or applying for Hawk-i or Medicaid).

FY22-23 School Year Schedule:
3rd Monday of the month: 9:00 - 12:30 @ West High School

Tuesdays: 9:00 - 1:30 @ Southeast Junior High

Wednesdays: 9:30 - 1:30 @ City High School

Thursdays: 1:00 - 5:00 @ Northwest Junior High

Call us: (319)631-3204 or Email us:

NO walk-in appointments. Please call to schedule an appointment or for information about our services. If we do not answer, please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you ASAP.

More information can be found at

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC


Have you had any conversations with your students about PBIS at Coralville Central?
Some possible questions you can ask:
Why do teachers give kids tickets at school?
What are the PBIS expectations in the hallways? The bathrooms? What about the lunchroom and on the playground?
What expectations are easiest for you to follow? Which ones are hardest? Why?

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And the word of the month is...

This month, we are talking about COMMUNITY.

Have you been talking about it at home, too??

Here are some fun steps you can take as a family to talk about Community.

Contemplating Community:

Talk about it...

Chat with your kids about who makes up your community. Then discuss what makes your community strong and how your family can help nurture those connections.

  • Walk or bike to explore your neighborhood and beyond. Have each family member describe the aspects they especially appreciate, their favorite building, and the sounds/smells they like or dislike.
  • Talk to your children about whom they can go to if they need help and how valuable it is to have trusted neighbors and friends.
  • Have each family member share what they believe would make your neighborhood and community stronger.
  • Brainstorm how your family can bring more people together, and create an action plan to execute your family's best idea.

*taken from*

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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.

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,