Coralville Central Newsletter

December 3, 2021

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Dear Coralville Central Families and Friends,


Welcome to December!!! Hard to believe that we are two weeks away from Winter Break. It does look like next week is finally going to get more like winter so please be prepared for that. If you need any winter supplies please contact us and we will help.


Have a wonderful start to the month!

Mr. Gahan


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Andy Gahan

Principal, Coralville Central Elementary


Message on Masks and Vaccines (9/15/21)


To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.


In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 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 Upcoming Calendar Days - Pls Read!

Please note - the following are days when we DON'T have school:


December 20 - 31, 2021--NO SCHOOL

Back to school on Monday, January 3, 2022!

News from Ms. Becca

Winter Wear

It sure is getting cold outside. Need help with winter wear.

Sign up here


If your student has grown out of 7/8 or 14/16 coats/snow pants please consider donating them to Becca Bender for other students to use.



December is ALL about EMPATHY!


So, how do you teach empathy to a child? While empathy takes a certain amount of maturity to fully grasp and comprehend, there are lots of empathy activities for kids you can try both in the classroom and at home to help develop feelings of compassion in young children, but before we get to those, let’s take a closer look at empathy and what it means for our little ones.

How do children learn empathy? We’ve already laid the groundwork on how to teach empathy to children (see full post here), we’ve taken it a step further and found 19 simple and fun empathy activities for kids to help teach little learners about kindness and compassion

Resources: https://www.merakilane.com/empathy-activities-for-kids/



Library News!

FROM THE LIBRARY!

Please support our school library by shopping at the Coral Ridge Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 & 5. This is an all-day affair each day.

Part of your purchase comes back to the school in the form of a gift card. We use this to buy new releases the kids love and last minute purchases the teachers need. You must mention our school when you make your purchase. *buying gift cards DOES NOT go towards our school total.

If you'd like to make online purchases (this works great for out-of-state relatives!), you will need to enter our book fair ID # on the Payment Method Page. Our number is 12618906. The online option is actually open until 12/10.

*We think BN offers great holiday gifts but ask that you not buy more- just wait and buy presents that you might buy anyway.

We hope that you're able to make it! Thank you!


Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD
Google Voice (text) : 319.435.8220

Instagram @cclibrary

Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred


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

Labeling Items

Please remember to label winter items (coats, especially) so there is a better chance for the coat to find his/her owner if lost!


Also, please remember to label lunchboxes that are sent to school. We get many dropped off in the office when they get left behind. If they are labeled, we can easily find who they belong to!! Thank you!

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Nurse News

We are seeing an increase in illness in the Health Office, with both gastrointestinal and respiratory bugs circulating. Please remember that if your child has a fever at home, do not give them fever-reducing medication and send them to school. The standard district policy on illness is listed below:

Is Your Child Too Sick to Go to School?

The Iowa City Community School District has a protocol in place for sending and keeping children home from school when they are ill. We follow this protocol to make sure that children are given an adequate amount of time and rest to get well before returning to school and to prevent the spread of germs to other children and school staff. Please help to keep the schools in the Iowa City Community School District healthy environments by following these simple rules:

  • Keep your child home from school when he/she has a fever of 100.4 (F) or greater and for 24 hours after the fever has gone away, without taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • Keep your child home from school when he/she has diarrhea and/or vomiting and for 24 hours after these symptoms have occurred.
  • When your child returns to school after an illness he/she should be able to participate in the total school program including outdoor recess and physical education. Your child will be excused from outside recess and physical education after an illness only by a written recommendation from your family doctor or primary health care provider.
  • Please be sure the school has a telephone number where you can be reached in case your child becomes ill at school. Call the school if your child will not be attending school because of illness.
  • Make sure your child is adequately dressed for the Iowa winter weather. Please mark your children's clothing to help recover lost articles.
  • Our students will not be going out for noon recess if the temperature or wind chill is below zero. If your child has proper clothing, playing outside will not be uncomfortable, but pleasant and healthy.

The policy can be viewed on the district's website:

· https://www.iowacityschools.org/HealthProtocols

Thank you for your help keeping all students and staff safe and healthy!

Important Information

School Hours are Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri from 7:55 - 2:55, Thursdays are 7:55 - 1:55.


If your student isn't going to be able to attend school, please call the office (319.688.1100) to report their absence. Thank you!

Snacks & Celebrations

The ICCSD is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students. In line with that goal, changes are being made to the district’s Wellness Policy regarding classroom snacks birthday treats, and classroom celebrations.


NO FOOD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

In line with the district’s Wellness Policy, student birthdays will be celebrated in the classrooms with a special acknowledgment. Each grade level team has determined a special recognition for students who wish to celebrate their birthdays at school. Please note these birthday celebrations will not involve food. If food is sent to school for birthdays the food items will be returned home.


SNACK & CELEBRATIONS :

When food is served to students in the classroom as a snack 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.

The ICCSD Wellness Policy Classroom Snacks and Celebrations is a complete list of approved foods including where the approved food items can be purchased.

Message on Masks and Vaccines (9/15/21)


To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.


In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 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, howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.