Kodiak Monthly News - December 2023
The purpose of this calendar is to address and support the diversity of students, staff, and families in K-12 education settings and beyond. We recognize that by increasing our understanding of diverse cultures, group experiences, traditions, values and beliefs, we can enhance our relationships with one another and hence, create culturally responsive environments where everyone feels valued and respected.
December Happenings at Kokanee
Monday, Dec 4 – 15 – Pajama Drive to benefit Threads & Treads
Tuesday, Dec 5 – PTA General Meeting at 6:30pm on Zoom: https://nsd.zoom.us/my/mr.fagundes?omn=86136688732
Friday, Dec 8 – Movie Night @ NCHS (sponsored by PTA)
Monday, Dec 11 at 6pm - Free Webinar - Student Support Through Seasons of Change and Grief - https://nsd.zoom.us/j/82307362060
Friday, Dec 15 - ASB Pajama Day!
Monday, Dec 18 - Dec 29 - WINTER BREAK - No School
Monday, Jan 1 - New Year's Day Observed - No School
Tuesday, Jan 2 - First day back!
*To learn more about NSD Highly Capable testing, Including the IOWA, please click here: https://www.nsd.org/schools/programs-services/highly-capable-services/eligibility/assessment
Adverse Weather: Preparing for Wind and Rain
As we transition from autumn to winter, rain and wind storms will become more common. Schools will communicate directly with families when adverse weather conditions affect our school buildings. Our priority is to preserve in-person learning as long as we are able to do it safely. Please keep in mind that for temporary power outages, the District is unlikely to close school because of the significant disruption to student learning and essential services.
To ensure you receive a phone call, email and/or text message, it is important to make sure your family’s contact information is current. Families can verify contact information in ParentVUE. Please contact the school if you need help accessing ParentVUE or updating contact information.
For more information please visit https://www.nsd.org/resources/reference/closures-delays
Gratitude From Bothell High School
To Kokanee Elementary Staff, Students, and Parents,
Gratitude is taking a moment to reflect on how lucky you are when something good happens, whether it's small or big. To me, this says it all. Your generous donations to the Cougar Pantry at Bothell High school went over and above anything I could have hoped for. Truly, this is a reflection on the kindness and care of your community. The families at BHS will be so happy to have a full bag of pantry items that were donated by you. I can honestly say that your community has touched my heart, thank you.
BHS Campus Supervisor
Yearbook Cover Contest - Starts MONDAY!
All Kokanee students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, have the opportunity to design a cover for the 2023-24 yearbook. One design will be chosen for the main cover, and multiple designs will be used throughout.
Students who wish to participate can visit the front office for the template and instructions.
Join Us for Movie Night!
Friday, December 8th
North Creek High School Commons
5:30PM: Doors open - Grab your pre-ordered pizza & concessions.
6:15: Movie begins!
7:45: Clean up together
We will have the commons area half filled with tables, and half open for families to bring pillows & blankets.
PRE-ORDER PIZZA & CONCESSIONS HERE **Deadline for pre-order is Sunday, December 3**
*Thank you to The Pizza Coop for partnering with us again! Pizza will ONLY be available for pre-order. Concessions will be sold at the event, but we recommend ordering in advance.
*This is a free event for the Kokanee community, no tickets required.
*THE GRINCH IS RATED PG: The rating has been assigned for "brief rude humor" (several scenes of property damage and dangerous antics that do not end in visible injury)
Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Start planning your winter fun!
November 17, 2023 - January 15, 2024
Mention "Kokanee" at arrival and for each paid admission a $3 donation will be made to the Kokanee PTA during the 2023-2024 season. Check out their website for more information. *Please note that “Kokanee” needs to be shared at check-in. Their ticket reservation system does not recognize the code.
Math Challenge Program
WHAT IS IT? Math Challenge Program (MCP) is a free school-wide math enrichment program open to all Kokanee Elementary students. It consists of a series of challenging and interesting math problems. The program provides 15 sets of challenges throughout the school year; each set is published every other week between September and ending in May.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE Access the current challenge on our website.
· Each challenge will be released on a Friday. You have until the next challenge date to complete it (normally 2 weeks).
· The solutions will be released along with the next challenge.
· Parents will grade the challenge using the solution released
· All students who participate will be recognized on the PTA’s Math Challenge “Wall of Fame”.
· All students who participate in 12 or more challenges will receive a certificate at the end of the year.
An online form will be used to track participation. Parents will correct the challenge using the solution released and submit results by filling out Math Challenge Participation Tracker.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION Every year, the MCP sponsor, Ellipsis Academy, produces and holds a National math tournament called Math Challenge Tournament (MCT). This tournament is open to Grades 2 – 6 students in all 50 states. Stay tuned for more information on our MATH CHALLENGE website page.
Contact Math Challenge Chairperson, BalaPrasath Rajan at email@example.com, with any questions.
*Participation is optional, and all work is completed outside of school hours
WATCH D.O.G.S. is BACK!
Watch DOGS is a national program where positive male role models, such as Kokanee dads, stepdads, uncles, neighbors, coaches, mentors, to come to Kokanee to spend time with not only their student(s), but other Kokanee kids in various grades and settings. Watch DOGS can be a one-time thing or a regular volunteer activity. We welcome our DOGS to come for the full school day, or even a few hours-whatever your schedule will allow!
What do I do as a Watch DOG?
Your "duties," as a Watch DOG vary from welcoming kids to campus in the morning, and seeing them off in the afternoon, classroom assistance with reading or math, playing educational games, assist in PE and Music activities, lunch-line monitoring, and playing with kids at recess.
What does it take to be a Watch DOG?
You must complete the volunteer application on the NSD website and be approved, which includes a background check. When can I sign up? Sign up here. Email the Kokanee Elementary Watch DOGS Coordinator, Sarah Kosenski, with any questions or concerns, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please look for more information to come on the Kokanee PTA Facebook page and website about an OFFICIAL WATCH DOGS KICK-OFF EVENT in October!