Coralville Central Newsletter

September 2nd, 2022

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Dear Coralville Central Families and Friends,

Welcome to the start of the new school year! We are off to a great start. We are excited to see old friends and meet new ones. It is amazing to see how much the students have grown in the short summer months. There are many exciting things that we are going to be doing throughout the school year. We are hoping to get back into the traditional routines that we did pre-pandemic. Family Nights, volunteers, field trips, in-person events, and much more.

If you are interested in getting involved in Coralville Central, please consider coming to our PTO meetings. These will be held in person with hopefully a Zoom option. The meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Coralville Central Library. Meetings are less than an hour and give you an opportunity to get involved. The first meeting will be Monday, September 12th because of the Labor Day Holiday falling on the first Monday.

Have a wonderful month of September and feel free to reach out if needed.


Andy Gahan

Principal, Coralville Central Elementary School

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.

Something from Ms. Becca...

I am so lucky to be a part of your child’s school. I am the student and family advocate here at Coralville Central. I am here to help with any barriers you or your student might have to their education. I will send a number of resources out monthly via this smore newsletter.

But I am also welcome to ALL the questions. Reach out, if I don’t know how to help with something, I will find out.

Becca Bender


I know this back to school time can be really hard and overwhelming.

If you are feeling stressed or depressed; Call or Text CommUnity Crisis Services at 1-855-325-4296 or Chat at



A Reminder...


Please make sure to label your students's backpacks, lunch containers and clothing. We get lots of lost items and it makes it SO much easier to find the owners if things are labeled! Thank you!


You’re Invited!

Here at Coralville Central and throughout the ICCSD, we use the PBIS framework to support students’ behavioral, academic, social, emotional, and mental health. It is a way to create positive, predictable, equitable and safe learning environments where everyone thrives (Source:

We have a PBIS team at school that meets the first Wednesday of each month- after school. We would love to have a parent on the team. Are you interested? Please contact;

From the Library - Devin Redmond

We are off to a great start in the CC Library. We learned Fun Facts about everyone as a way to build community. This week we went over Chromebook expectations. Kids have been putting lots of the new books on hold- take a look here. Kids have also been taking books home- have you read them with your student? Reading school library books is such a great screen-free way to spend time with your kids!

Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD

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Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred

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



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Th - 7:55 - 1:55

*Students are marked tardy/absent if not in their classroom by 7:55

The office should be notified of a student's absence and the reason at the start of the day. 319.688.1100

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.

NURSE NEWS--Important, Please Read!

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 ICCSD 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 after 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 outdoor 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 child'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.

**Please also ensure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack each day, in case of accidents, spills, or playground incidents. We do not have clothes to give out and will be calling home for a change of clothes if none are available in backpacks.**

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC

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Band & Orchestra Information

This week 5th grade students had the opportunity to try out different band and orchestra instruments. Students can choose to participate in band, orchestra, or both!

6th grade students who are interested in continuing in band and orchestra should also register to participate this school year.

Register and learn more here:

Band Website:

Orchestra Website:

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.


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.


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.

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,