Coralville Central Newsletter

January 27, 2023

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Hello Coralville Central Families,

January has flown by and it has been a great month at CC. Students are showing excellent improvements and working very hard. Our staff is very proud of the effort that can sometimes get lost after breaks. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you need anything as parents and guardians.

Construction is going very well. Everything is on time and on schedule. The students are managing the changes very well and are interested in watching the progress. We are hoping that everything will be wrapped up by April.

Have a great start to February!

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.

Cell Phone Policy

Here is the policy for cell phone usage moving forward.

· All cell phones must be turned in to their homeroom teacher at the start of the day.

· Phone calls can only be made from a school phone with adult supervision.

· If you are contacting a parent about an issue at school, you must first speak to a teacher or other adult about the problem.

· If it is discovered that a phone has not been turned in, parents will be called to pick it up from the office.

Heartlanders Game this Sunday (1/29/23)

The Heartlanders are partnering with MidWestOne Bank and would like to offer Coralville Elementary families two (2) complimentary tickets to the game on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00pm for Elementary School Night. The tickets can be claimed through this link, and they can purchase additional tickets and a portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated back to ICCSD Foundation:

Please let me know if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon!



Molly Uphoff [she/her]

Director of Ticket & Sponsorship Services
Iowa Heartlanders ECHL Hockey at Xtream Arena
802 Quarry Road, Coralville, IA 52241
P: 319-249-5572
Rose Club Season Ticket Memberships at


What teacher and staff member do you notice going above and beyond to make Coralville Central the place to be? Give you and your students nominations using the form below.

Fill out THIS FORM.

Nominations will be collected and 1 teacher and 1 staff member will be honored at the end of each month!

Important Info from Ms. Becca!

From Miss Becca:

We still have shoes and food to give away!! See sign up opportunities below!

Cougar Chow will provide a bag of non-perishable, kid-friendly food on Fridays to your child. This program will start providing bags of food on September 30th and will continue every Friday throughout the rest of the school year.

Sign up HERE for the COUGAR CHOW program.

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!


From the Library - Devin Redmond

Which of these resonates with you as a reason why you read?

Which one resonates as a reason why you read with your kid?

Why I read? #7: reducing stress and anxiety.

My kid is in high school now, but when she was little I read to her for #5: nurturing creativity and imagination.

(FYI: Pernille Ripp is an education advocate and the founder of the Global Read Aloud program.)


Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD

Instagram @cclibrary

Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred

No School Days - Coming UP!


Friday, February 17, 2023


Kindergarten & First Grade Parents - remember to send an extra set of clothing with your student. Make sure it's in his/her backpack and appropriate clothing for the winter season.

Word the Month...

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Attendance Information

Did You Know??

  • Starting in preschool and Kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days a month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

What You Can Do

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

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

Get a great start on the day! Breakfast!

Breakfast is available each day beginning at 7:30am. We offer lots of student friendly options and each meal contains a serving of fruit and a carton of milk. Breakfast menus can be found at Meal Viewer. Cost is $2.15 for full priced students, $0.30 for reduced students and free for students who have qualified for free benefits.

Breakfast - SUCH an important meal!

Please encourage your student to eat breakfast before coming to school. We see kids in the health office each day who have stomach issues and headaches due to not eating breakfast. Eating breakfast helps start the day off right and ensures students have the energy they need to get through the morning, until they go to lunch.

Here are some ideas to keep on hand if your student needs to eat something quickly or even on-the-go in the morning:

  • Carnation instant breakfast
  • Toast
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Pop-tarts
  • Frozen waffles
  • Granola bars
  • Mini muffins
  • Yogurt

If your student eats lunch at school breakfast, they may come to school at 7:30.

We appreciate your help with this, as it is very hard for students to focus in class on an empty stomach.

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC

NURSE NEWS--Important, Please Read!

What is group A Streptococcus?

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) or “strep” is a bacteria often found in the throat and on the skin Strep can be in your body and not cause any illness. It may also cause illnesses that range from mild to severe and even life threatening.

Most strep infections are mild illnesses, such as "strep throat" or impetigo. Sometimes strep can reach parts of the body where bacteria are not usually found, such as the blood, deep muscle and fat tissue, or the lungs, and can cause serious infections.

How is strep spread?

Strep bacteria are spread by direct contact with drainage from the nose or throat of infected persons or by contact with infected wounds or sores on the skin.

Why do serious strep infections occur?

Serious strep infections happen when the bacteria get past the bodies defenses. This may occur when a person has sores or other breaks in the skin that let the bacteria to get into the tissue.

Who is most at risk of getting serious strep infections?

Few people who come in contact with strep will get serious illness. Some will have a throat or skin

infection. Most will have no symptoms at all. Although healthy people can get serious strep illness, those

with cancer, diabetes, and kidney disease needing dialysis, and those who take certain medicine are at

higher risk. Breaks in the skin, like cuts, wounds, or chickenpox lesions may provide a way for the

bacteria to get into the body.

How are strep infections treated?

Strep infections can be treated with many different antibiotics. It is always important to complete the full course of antibiotics as ordered by your healthcare provider.

What can be done to help stop serious strep infections?

The spread of strep is less likely when you wash hands, after coughing and sneezing, before fixing foods and before eating. Persons with a sore throat should be seen by a healthcare provider. A lab test can say if it is strep throat. If it is, the person should stay home from work, school, or child care until 24 hours after starting antibiotics. All sores should be kept clean. If a sore gets red or puffy, drains pus or hurts, see a healthcare provider.

Nurse Kelly

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC

Upcoming Dine-Out

There will be a dine out at Dunn Brothers on Sunday, February 5th. Dunn Brothers is owned and operated by parents in our Coralville Central community. The flyer is attached.

Dunn Brothers Coffee is located at 3284 Crosspark Rd in Coralville. Alexandra and DeAngelo are owners and managers of the Dunn Brothers Coffee as well as being parents of Avaeya, a student at Coralville Central.

Here is the link to the Dunn Brothers menu They roast the beans in the store for guaranteed freshness. They also serve pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, Red Bull infusions, and tea.

Preschool Sign-up - coming soon!

Preschool sign-up for next school year will be Wednesday, February 8th @ 12:00pm


Hallway expectations are important at Coralville Central.
Attached is an image of those expectations which you can talk about with your student!

You can ask your kids about all the colors of the zones and what they mean.

(Also, just FYI: the kids in these pictures are now juniors in high school. Do you see anyone you recognize?)


Please make sure to read through the letters below for your student's upcoming health lessons. Emails with this information should also be coming from your child's teacher. Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6

Elementary Basketball Nights @ West High

Coming in February...

All West High Elementary feeder school students will be allowed into the games free with an adult. Adults may use their activity pass or pay at the door.

Girls basketball February 7th JV 6:00 Varsity 7:30

Boys basketball February 10th Sophomore 6:00 Varsity 7:30

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.

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.

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,