Coralville Central Newsletter

January 13, 2023

A Note From Mr. Gahan

Dear Coralville Central Friends and Family,

Happy New Year! It has been a great start to 2023, the rest of the school year will go fast. We have some exciting days ahead of us. We will have some Family Nights, the return of the Fun Fair, and much more planned for 2023.

We have been experiencing a high level of students using their cell phones during the school day and at not appropriate times. This is mainly a 4th-6th grade issue but for transparency here is the policy for cell phone usage moving forward.

· All cell phones must be turned in to their homeroom teacher at the start of the day.

· Phone calls can only be made from a school phone with adult supervision.

· If you are contacting a parent about an issue at school, you must first speak to a teacher or other adult about the problem.

· If it is discovered that a phone has not been turned in, parents will be called to pick it up from the office.

Please also continue to monitor your student(s) backpacks, and coat pockets for toys, cards, and other things that should not be at school. We greatly appreciate it as it causes fewer issues during the school day.

Enjoy the MLK Day Holiday weekend. There will not be school Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

No School Days - Coming UP!


Monday, January 16th, 2023

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Important Info from Ms. Becca!

Need some ways to help your child relax at home?

Try these Visual Relaxation Options found on the City High NESTT Site.

The Kaleidoscope is my favorite video to relax to.

What is yours?

Winter Wear

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

Sign up here


Kindergarten & First Grade Parents - remember to send an extra set of clothing with your student. Make sure it's in his/her backpack and appropriate clothing for the winter season.

From the Library - Devin Redmond

Looking ahead: The Scholastic Book Fair will be held the week of March 27, 2023. We have not had an in-person book fair in our school since before COVID. Exciting!

We know you read every night with your child, but some people really appreciate a check-off list to keep them accountable to a good habit. Here are December's readers who turned in their sheet. January's sheet is snowpeople if you wish to participate. It's completely voluntary.


Devin Redmond (she/hers)

Teacher Librarian

Coralville Central Elementary : ICCSD

Instagram @cclibrary

Facebook @coralvillecentral

Twitter @devinred

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Attendance Information

Did You Know??

  • Starting in preschool and Kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days a month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

What You Can Do

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

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

Get a great start on the day! Breakfast!

Breakfast is available each day beginning at 7:30am. We offer lots of student friendly options and each meal contains a serving of fruit and a carton of milk. Breakfast menus can be found at Meal Viewer. Cost is $2.15 for full priced students, $0.30 for reduced students and free for students who have qualified for free benefits.

Breakfast - SUCH an important meal!

Please encourage your student to eat breakfast before coming to school. We see kids in the health office each day who have stomach issues and headaches due to not eating breakfast. Eating breakfast helps start the day off right and ensures students have the energy they need to get through the morning, until they go to lunch.

Here are some ideas to keep on hand if your student needs to eat something quickly or even on-the-go in the morning:

  • Carnation instant breakfast
  • Toast
  • Nutri-grain bars
  • Pop-tarts
  • Frozen waffles
  • Granola bars
  • Mini muffins
  • Yogurt

If your student eats lunch at school breakfast, they may come to school at 7:30.

We appreciate your help with this, as it is very hard for students to focus in class on an empty stomach.

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC

NURSE NEWS--Important, Please Read!

Getting head lice is not a sign of poor hygiene, so don't be embarrassed if your child gets it. It is important to treat this situation as a matter of fact and not something for your child to be ashamed of. In addition, if proper notification of exposure is made, then everyone has the opportunity to monitor and treat. This will benefit you by decreasing the potential for re-infestation.

What you need to know about head lice:

· Head lice are tiny insects that feed on blood from the human scalp.

· Lice are a nuisance, not a public health concern as they do not spread disease.

· Lice do not jump or fly. They can only crawl from one place to another.

· A single bug is a louse, multiple bugs are called lice.

· A “nit” is an egg that is glued on the hair shaft close to the scalp where it can stay warm. Nits are more commonly found around the ears, temples, and along hair line in the back.

· A sure sign of a lice infestation is a child who is continuously itching their head. However, DON’T be fooled into thinking that if your child isn't itching that they must be lice-free. Some children seem to tolerate lice without noticeable itching, particularly early in an infestation. Also, itching can have other causes, such as an allergic reaction, dandruff, or simply dry scalp.

· While long hair is more tedious to deal with during an infestation, cutting the hair will not solve the problem as the eggs are laid at the base of the hair shaft.

How to PROPERLY SCREEN for head lice

Researchers performed a study on 300 children in an elementary school that showed visual inspection of dry hair caught only 29% of active infestations, versus a “wet combing” method that caught 91% of active cases. The wet combing method (which requires a “nit” comb can be found here:

Regardless of wet versus dry inspection:

· Make sure you use bright lights and/or a magnifying glass to examine the hair.

· Section off the hair and inspect closely for live bugs AND for teardrop shaped nits (eggs).

· Systematically work your way around the head.

· Check regularly. You don’t have to wait until you receive a classroom exposure letter. At a minimum, make it a weekly routine. Catching an infestation early make treatment easier and more likely to be successful.


Since live eggs hatch in 7-10 days, the key to success in getting rid of head lice, is to REPEAT whatever treatment you settle on and to monitor after treatment for several weeks. You can only break the cycle if you stop the newly hatched lice from laying new eggs.

Additional Resources

VIDEO of wet combing and articleà

American Academy of Pediatrics articleà

Iowa Department of Public Health pamphlet (choose “Facts About” which is the first option in the list)à

CDC guidelines for treatmentà

Identify US, Pest Identification and Guidance, formerly the Harvard School of Public Health’s website à

Nurse Kelly

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC

Preschool Sign-up - coming soon!

Preschool sign-up for next school year will be Wednesday, February 8th @ 12:00pm


Classrooms will be earning tickets to do Buddy Class Winter activities for January's PBIS celebration. Students earn tickets for following expectations which center around being respectful, responsible, and safe.

What questions do you have about PBIS? Please let us know!


Please make sure to read through the letters below for your student's upcoming health lessons. Emails with this information should also be coming from your child's teacher. Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6

Music Newsletters

Greetings to all! Please take the opportunity to read Mr. Aaron Bolden's Music Newsletters #3 and #4! Happy New Year to all, continue to shine your lights, and keep on singing!!!

Elementary Basketball Nights @ West High

Coming in February...

All West High Elementary feeder school students will be allowed into the games free with an adult. Adults may use their activity pass or pay at the door.

Girls basketball February 7th JV 6:00 Varsity 7:30

Boys basketball February 10th Sophomore 6:00 Varsity 7:30

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.

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.

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,