Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please take a moment to thank your child's teacher for hard work they have done this year to help your child learn. It has certainly been a year for the books---and I know that our staff would love to hear from you. It would be highly appreciated by your child's teacher to hear from your child (ren) about the impact their child's teacher has made on them. Thanks for taking some time to send them a note, email or give them a call and tell them! Thanks in advance!

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!

ISASP (Iowa State Assessment)

We have a few students that we need to complete some make up tests for, but we are nearly finished with this state assessment.

School Fees

School Fees (book fees as is listed on the statement) will be sent home this week 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.

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!

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, tornado and emergency drill discussion with staff already. We have one fire and tornado 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.