Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


Our Return to school

We had a great week back in school last week! Thanks for sending all the things back to help us with face to face learning after being at home for several weeks. 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

Learning Environment Changes

On Thursday, all families received an email about changing learning environments for their child(ren). The change would be effective on January 27, 2020. Here is the excerpt from the email that is the most important to be aware of:

  • If you would like to make a change to your child/children’s environment, please reach out to your child’s building principal. They will work with you on your request for change, whether it is from the remote to in-person environment or from in-person to remote. These requests need to be made by Wednesday, Dec. 16th, by 12:00 PM. This will allow us time to make needed changes and adjustments to our staffing before the holiday break.

Please reach out to me via phone or email. I will need to talk with you on the phone to complete the survey to make the change in learning environments. Thanks for your patience and flexibility.

Remote Students (who started the year this way)

Those families who have chosen remote learning for their child...there was another pick up the last week in November. Please stop by...ring the doorbell...tell us who your child is...and we will bring the materials out to you. Thanks!

Weather Changes

The weather is ever changing as we inch closer and closer to winter, so this is a reminder to make sure you are sending your child to school with clothing that is suitable for the weather. We will be going outside for recess unless the wind chill is below 10 degrees. Having appropriate winter gear will help your child to stay warm while they are playing outside.Thanks so much!


If a student needs to be quarantined for one reason or another, we will have them take their device with them or send it home for them to access some instruction. Please see the agreement inside, complete and return if you have not done so. The charger, earbuds and log in information will also be provided. Please keep these items in a safe place so they can be returned when we return to school in person.

If you are having technical difficulties...please contact us at school 558-2167 is the main office and we can try to help you. If we are not able to help, you can also contact our district help desk at 558-2900.


Since we are back face to face, we will not be offering meals at Coolidge daily. If you are needing meals, they will be served at Johnson, Roosevelt and Pierce from 11 AM to 1 PM daily. Flyer Link


Thanks so much to those of you who made time to meet with your child's teacher the past couple of weeks. It certainly was a different way to do our conferences, but thanks for your grace and flexibility as we embark on lots of new learning this year. If you have not had a chance to meet with your child's teacher yet, please make every effort to meet with them. We have had 16 teachers with 100% attendance this fall so far! Thank you!!!


We continue to practice emergency drills here at school. We have practiced fire and tornado drills this fall. We will also practice an emergency drill in December to practice what to do in an emergency situation. We will practice them again in the spring as well. If you have any questions regarding our drills, please let me know. We practice all our drills so that students and staff know what to do in emergency situations. Do you have a system in place at your house for these emergency situations?

CR Activities from Parks and Recreation

Online registrations are now being accepted for Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department's winter-spring programs. The Play! guide, with programs for all ages and abilities, is available online at All Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Robins residents will receive the Play! guide in the mail starting Nov. 19.

Due to COVID-19, winter-spring programs are being offered virtually, or have been modified to allow for social distancing and other safety measures. They are subject to change or limits, depending on the most current health guidelines. Look for baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, snow kickball, track, swim lessons, school break camps, art classes, cooking classes, dance, karate, Kyudo Renmei, and more.

December Books to read

Here is a bookshelf of fall books to read/listen to online with your child!