Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


ISASP (Iowa State Assessment)

Here is a letter from our central offices regarding our state assessment. This lists when remote students will be testing this week and next. When coming to the building please have your child:

  • ring the doorbell and we will let them into the building,
  • bring their chromebook charged with the cord and headphones (please restart the device prior to arriving so that you are able to access all the updates as they are needed to get on the Test Nav site),
  • bring a water bottle and lunch if they do not want school lunch,
  • dress for the weather and bring an extra layer as the temperature may vary
Our in-person learners will be testing on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 5th grade will take their last test the following week.

  • Please make sure that your child gets a good nights sleep,
  • Please make sure they are in school each day on time as we will be testing by 9:30 each morning,
  • Have them bring their water bottle as usual,
  • Eat a good breakfast or we will also be ordering breakfast for students as it is free of charge,
  • Students are allowed as much time as they need to complete the tests. So you can remind them to take their time.

High Reliability Schools (HRS) Parent Survey (Need some help with completing this please!)

Coolidge has worked hard to achieve Level 1 and Level 2 status for HRS the past 2 years. We would really appreciate your feedback on our High Reliability Schools Survey. Please see this letter for the link and the QR code if you prefer to use that instead. The link and code are on the Coolidge website also if that is more convenient.

Thanks again for completing for us. We currently have 63 parents who have completed the survey.


Thank you for making conferences a priority and meeting with your child's teacher. We have 20 classrooms that are at 100% participation.

Coolidge School Newsletter

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

District Communication

The District Communication from Friday. It does talk about ISASP (state assessment) amongst other things. 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.

April Books to read

Here is a link to April books to read/listen to online with your child!

Here is a link to some Earth Day books to read of listen too!

Picture re-takes

We will be having picture re-takes on April 20th. If your child was absent the day we had photos done, they can have their photo taken on Tuesday. We will be working around testing schedules. Remote students can come in from 10-1, please ring the doorbell and one of our secretaries will help them to get to where they need to be photographed. See this link

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.