Mr. O'Connell's Weekly Updates


Arrival and Dismissal

Thanks for remembering to drop off students at 8:30 to come in for breakfast at their spots and 8:40 we will invite all into the building. We start dismissing car riders at 3:45 Mon-Thurs and walkers at 3:50. On Friday we will be starting to dismiss car riders at 2:15 and walkers at 2:20.

School Book Fees

Please be watching for a statement to be coming out in the next couple of weeks with your students' School Fees… if you would like to pay them online you can log in to your Infinite Campus account at any time and pay fees there or send them into the office with your child’s name on it. Thanks so much!

Virtual Book Fair

Please shop our Coolidge book fair to buy great new books for your child's home library, for their classroom library and to support our Coolidge library! Our first online Follett book fair will be November 2-16th. Books can be purchased online from our fair with a credit card. The books ordered will be shipped to Coolidge, and we will distribute them to staff and students the week of November 30-December 4. We will also contact families of virtual Coolidge learners that week to arrange a time to pick up their book orders from Coolidge. With the holidays coming up, this would be a wonderful opportunity to buy new books for your loved ones. When you add a gift book to your online cart, on the left side, you can select that it is a gift. We will send gift books home with your child in a sealed envelope addressed to you.

Coolidge Follett Book Fair Link

Book Fair video instructions - students will be watching this video in class

You can browse the book fair anytime and can make purchases between November 2-16. Our book fair contains a large selection of popular, new titles.

Teachers are creating wish lists on our online book fair. Purchasing books for classroom libraries is a great way to support your child's teacher and our library. We will place donation labels inside each book before delivering them to teachers.

The profits earned from our book fair will be used to purchase new library books. At Coolidge, most of our budget for new library books comes from book fairs, so please help it be a success. Thanks for supporting our readers with terrific new books!

Remote Learning Families

We will be doing a pick up of materials for those families who are doing remote learning. We will have the items here at Coolidge. Please stop by Thursday October 29 or Friday October 30 from 10 AM to 2 PM to get your child's materials. Please ring the doorbell and specify who you are picking up materials for and one of us will bring them out to you. If those dates/times do not work, please contact me via email or phone.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

Our conferences will obviously look different this year as we will be conducting them virtually. Your child’s teacher will send home a shared doc by the end of the week for you to sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher over Google Meet. If you do not have computer access at home, please mark on the sign up your child’s teacher sends out so we can make arrangements with you prior to the scheduled conference. Our goal is to be meeting with 100% families during the month of November.

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!

District Health Guidelines

This link goes to the site the district has created to be a one stop shop for getting answers to student health guidelines. One question that has come up several times is, “Will I be contacted if a student in my child’s class tests positive for the virus?”--The answer is that if a child tests positive in the classroom, our nurse with the help of our staff will identify those students that would have been in close contact with the student and that is who would be contacted. Please see the documents linked for further questions also.


As we navigate new territory this year...we are following the district expectations outlined in the return to learn plans where we are not having snacks for any grade level and we are not having snacks for any special events. Thanks for helping us as we are following the directions we have been given. Return to Learn Plan