Coralville Central Newsletter

October 28, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Hello Coralville Central Families and Friends,

We are getting ready for parent/teacher conferences in the next couple of weeks. If you have not scheduled a conference please get a hold of your student's teacher for scheduling. The conferences can be either in person or Zoom.

It is becoming cold and flu season. Please keep your child home if they are showing flu symptoms. We, of course, want to limit the spread of illness. Please also call the school and let us know if your student is not going to be able to attend school. Thank you for helping us stay as healthy as possible.

Thank you,

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.

Important Info from Ms. Becca!

If you are unable to purchase your own winter gear here is a way to request from our school.

*Please note that there will not be enough snow pants or boots for everyone so students who walk to and from school will receive this gear first*

Winter Gear Request Form

Sign up for a Thanksgiving Break Food Bag.

This can be picked up on November 21st from Coralville Central or delivered to your home.

Thanksgiving Break Food Bag Request Form

Attendance Information

Heads Up!

You will be notified when your student reaches the following levels of absence.

5 excused, 8 excused, 3 unexcused, 5 unexcused (parent conference held to develop a plan), 5 unexcused tardies, 10 unexcused tardies (parent conference held to develop a plan). The office should be notified of a student's absence at the start of the day. The office must be notified of the reason for an absence no more than 48 hours after the beginning of the absence for it to be excused.

If absences continue after parent conference and attendance plan, the school will refer the student to Johnson County Attorney and a hearing with a judge will be scheduled.

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


If your student is missing a jacket, sweatshirt or coat, please have them check the LOST & FOUND.

There are already A LOT of items that have found their way down there. We'd love to get it cleaned out BEFORE winter weather hits. Thank you!



Chess Club

Central Chess Club meets on Monday mornings at 7:15 am in the library. This club is open to anyone in grades K-6 and you do not need to know anything about chess to join. So far there are over 30 kids playing chess and there's still room for more! For more information email Quick reminder- please drop chess students off at the back door by the playground and then have them come to the library.

From the Library - Devin Redmond

Did you know that all three 6th grade teachers are new to our building this year? They are doing a fantastic job. I appreciated Mr. Scheffert's initiative in asking if the sixth graders could present their work on Mesopotamia to some 5th and 3rd graders during Library time. Each kid was asked to write an exit slip after listening to a short presentation, words that showed what they learned. After sharing this particular exit slip with the 6th graders when all was said and done, we all laughed out loud and then figured this student really understood what they were listening to. Also, one girl admitted she forgot to cite her sources so she went back to her search history to find all the websites she referenced. Brilliant!

Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD

Instagram @cclibrary

Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred

Follow @cclibrary on Instagram for BN recommendations from CC Staff AND CC Students!

Picture Retake Day - Nov. 9th

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.

NURSE NEWS--Important, Please Read!

Classroom Snacks & Celebrations

The District is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. Due to the increase in food allergies and concerns with childhood obesity, changes are being made to the district's Wellness Policy regarding classroom snacks, birthday treats and classroom celebrations. Some elementary schools are celebrating birthdays without food, so please check with your school to find out their practice.

When food is served to students in the classroom as a snack, birthday treat or during a classroom celebration, the following rules apply (ICCSD Wellness Policy 507.9):

  • allow only fresh fruits/vegetables or purchased foods with the ingredients listed (no homemade foods)
  • allow only foods that meet the Healthy Food Guidelines/Smart Snacks (the only exception to this would be food-tasting related to district approved curriculum lessons)
  • not allow foods with peanuts or peanut butter, or foods that were made in a factory where cross-contamination may occur.
  • food that does not meet the guidelines will be sent home.
  • a list of acceptable foods (Healthy Food Guidelines/Smart Snacks) will be made available to parents and teachers at the beginning of the school year.

Examples of Acceptable Foods

  • Veggies Straws or Chips
  • Skinny Pop or Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn
  • Cheddar Goldfish or Annie's Cheddar Bunnies
  • Gluten Free Pretzels or pretzel chips (example: Snyder's brand)
  • Carrots
  • Applesauce
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Benton's Animal Cracker's (Aldi)
  • Apples, Bananas, Cuties
  • Pirate's Booty
  • Mott's, Welch's or Annie's fruit snacks

Snacks MUST be individually packaged.

All snacks MUST be PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE and MUST NOT be made in a facility that processes nuts. The packaging should not have any NUT ALLERGY Warnings. Read below the ingredient label for any allergy warnings.

***Snacks that are not on the approved list will be sent home.

Non-food items are always preferable so all students may safely enjoy a treat. Some examples include: Stickers, washable tatoos, bubbles, or pencils/erasers.

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC


PBIS Increases Student Engagement and Instructional Time

Establishing school-wide expectations with students sets the tone for the classroom. When we spend time getting to know our students and use strategies to deepen connections every day, we are building a healthy classroom environment. When students have clear expectations, are regularly acknowledged for the things they do well, and receive instructional consequences more often than exclusionary ones, they are going to spend more time in class than out of it. Not only that, when schools implement PBIS, students are more engaged in instruction.

And the word of the month is...

We will be wrapping up the month of Growth Mindset and shifting to Gratitude in November.

To start your month at home print this GRATITUDE CALENDAR and practice gratitude as a whole family. Fun!

One Book Two Book

One Book Two Book Writing Opportunity/Contest

Click above for information regarding a community-wide writing opportunity/contest for all students in grades 1-8.

The deadline to submit is Monday December 12, 2022.

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.

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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,