Specialist Newsletter

Kokanee Elementary - 1st Quarter

Welcome back Kokanee Kodiaks!

It has been a great start to the 2016-17 school year and all the specialists have enjoyed getting to know and work with students! If you have an questions or concerns, please contact your child's specialist teacher directly. Below find out what has been happening so far in Music, PE, and the Library.

Music Department

Welcome to Music!

Our music team is thrilled to have the privilege to challenge your children in musical excellence. Our goal is to help all children build confidence and to realize all of the strengths and differences that make them unique. Here is what our students have been working on:

PE Department

PE/Health News from Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Fisher and Ms. Hanley

We’ve implemented a new program called “Minds in Motion” for grades 1, 2, 3. This program helps develop the link between early physiological development and more complex cognitive abilities. There are 15 activities that are designed to develop and challenge a student’s balance and learning capabilities. Stations with each activity are set up in the gym for students to work on in small groups. This allows us (PE instructors) to work individually with students to master their skill level. We are very excited about the progress we’re seeing with all students!

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Friendly Reminders!

A friendly reminder to make sure your child wears ATHLETIC SHOES and APPROPRIATE CLOTHING on their PE days to allow for 100% participation. Also, if your child cannot participate for any reason, please send a note stating the reason and length of time they are unable to participate. Lengthy absences require a letter from a physician.

Library Department

Library News

Mrs. Skosky and Ms. D have really enjoyed working with students and introducing all classes to the library and the joy of reading! We have spent time discussing the different sections of the library and how to find a "just right" book. We have also been working on Google Drive and Google Apps for Education with upper elementary students and promoting the new award winning books for the school year.

What is a MakerSpace??

New to the library this year is our very own MakerSpace at Kokanee Library, which we are calling "Tinker Time". We have purchased different educational materials that encourage students to build, create, and try something new. Tinker time is taking place during select library times and also before school on Mondays and Fridays. Look for upcoming projects that students can elect to participate in like the Snowman Challenge in January!
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Thank you for supporting the Book Fair!

The Book Fair took place all week in the library from Nov. 14-18th. Thank you to everyone who supported the book fair! We had another very successful fair and are excited to purchase new books for the library with the profits. A special thank you to all parents who volunteered setting up, taking down and working the fair. We could not do it without you!

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