Kokanee Elementary

Kodiak Monthly News - September 2022

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Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!

Dear Kokanee Families,

We are so excited to start school on Wednesday, August 31! Thank you for your partnership and for attending so many of our back to school events. Our Kokanee team cannot wait to welcome our 1st - 5th Grade Kodiaks to campus on Wednesday.

Below you will find our September issue of the Kodiak Express. Kokanee's monthly newsletter provides information about events happening at Kokanee, the district and our community.

Please have your Kodiaks dress for the weather. Students will be outside to start and end the day and also during their two recesses.

August 29 - Kindergarten Curriculum Night (5:00-6:30 pm)
  • 5:00-5:50 in your child's classroom with their teacher
  • 5:55-6:30 in the gym with Principals

August 31 - First Day of School for all 1st-5th graders

August 31, September 1, September 2 - WAkids Conferences for Kindergarten Families

September 5 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Holiday

September 6 - First day for Kindergarten students

September 13 - 1st - 3rd Curriculum Night (5:00-6:30 pm)
  • 5:00-5:50 in your child's classroom with their teacher
  • 5:55-6:30 in the gym with Principals

September 20 - 4th-5th Curriculum Night (5:00-6:30 pm)
  • 5:00-5:50 in your child's classroom with their teacher
  • 5:55-6:30 in the gym with Principals

Kokanee Elementary Bell Schedule

Student Arrival

  • We begin unloading buses and cars for arrival at 9:10am daily.
  • Breakfast is available for those who need to purchase one between 9:10-9:30am.
  • Students arriving by car will use the Pick-Up/Drop-Off Zone (no drop-offs in the bus circle). They will be greeted by adults and will walk directly to their line-up location.
  • Students arriving by bus will be greeted by adults in the Bus Circle and will walk directly to their line-up location.
  • Students who walk should say their goodbyes on the outside of the gated areas and walk directly to their line-up location.
  • If your student arrives after the bell, they must sign in with the front office. This ensures that they are not marked absent for the day.

Student Dismissal

  • Students riding the bus home will line up in their bus lines. Lines will be escorted to their bus by the bus supervisor.
  • Students picked up by car stay with their teacher on the lower blacktop area and wait for their name to be called. Drivers present their BRIGHT GREEN windshield placard with their student's name(s) listed. The traffic supervisor will call the student up.
  • If students are being greeted by an adult to walk home, parents/guardians should meet their students on the walkway.
  • If students are meeting parents/guardians at the back gate, students can walk to this location.

What to do if My Child Will be Late or Absent

Please call or email the designated Attendance Line at (425) 408 - 4910 or email koattendance@nsd.org


When you call or email, be sure to include the following information:

  • Student's First and Last name
  • Teacher Name
  • Date(s) your child will be gone
  • Reason for absence


Students who arrive in their classrooms after the 9:30 AM bell rings for any reason will be considered tardy. Students MUST check in with the office for a tardy slip before going to the classroom. This is part of our attendance procedure and ensures they will not be marked absent for the day. Students arriving after the 9:30 AM time on district buses will not be marked tardy.


If we do not hear from you, our office will contact you at home or at work as part of our Safe Arrival Program. If communication is not received from the parent/guardian explaining the absence within 2 weeks, it will be considered an unexcused absence.

Becca Bill: Northshore School District implements provisions of the revised Compulsory Attendance Law, RCW 28.A225, known as the "Becca Bill". The intent of this legislation is to direct schools to initiate a series of corrective steps when a student is absent and unexcused from attending school. School attendance, by law, has been and continues to be compulsory.


These absences are highly discouraged. It is the responsibility of the student to find out what work was missed and complete it upon returning to school. Teachers may suggest activities/work for students during the period of absence but are not required to do so. Families who take extended vacations must fill out a Notification of Extended Absence.

Students who are absent for more than 20 consecutive school days due to an extended vacation, will not be reported as truant. However, those students will be withdrawn from their classroom. Students will be readmitted upon returning but are not guaranteed the same class placement.

Bus Information

Bus transportation is based on your address. As a general guideline, students who live more than one mile from school are eligible for bus transportation based on state law. Some students who live closer than the state-defined distances may still be eligible if the walk path to school is deemed hazardous by the district.

Find your bus assignment, stop locations, and stop times using your student's ID# at


A bus pass is required and should be requested from the Kokanee front office if you want to ride a bus that is not your assigned bus (for example, riding a bus home with your friend). Please be advised that BUS PASSES ARE NOT APPROVED UNTIL MID-OCTOBER AT THE EARLIEST. Transportation needs time to properly assess available seats.

Bus Tracking - There's an APP for that!


The NSD Transportation Department has implemented the My Stop APP - bus tracking software.

With this free application, parents and guardians can track bus route information and receive notifications from Transportation using the My Stop application. More details on the My Stop application and use are posted on the District website and can be found at https://www.nsd.org/our-district/departments/transportation/mystop

If you have questions or difficulty downloading the My Stop application, please contact Transportation at (425) 408-7981 or email mystop@nsd.org

Paying for Lunch - TITAN School Solutions

Students can purchase breakfast and/or lunch each school day. Milk is included with breakfast and lunch OR can be purchased separately.

Breakfast $2.25

Lunch $3.75

Milk Only $ .50

You can pay by cash or check at your school, checks should be made out to Northshore School District. Or you can manage your student's meal account safely and securely online with TITAN School Solutions.


Parents whose income falls within specified guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture should apply for free or reduced price meals for their students. We encourage you to find out if you qualify with the NSD online application. It only takes a few minutes and is the fastest, easiest way to get approved! Don't forget... families must re-apply every year.

Where Can I Find the Lunch Menu?

The lunch menu for the Northshore School District is posted online each month at https://www.nsd.org/schools/get-started/food-services/menus

CHECK BACK OFTEN as the menus may change without notice due to supply chain issues. Interactive menus will be updated as quickly as possible.

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New from the Technology Department

The Northshore School District continues to offer a computing device for every student.

  • Kindergarten and 1st graders are each assigned an iPad that stays at school in a class cart

  • 2nd – 5th graders are assigned a touchscreen Chromebook and charger, in a protective carry bag. They are expected to transport between school and home.

During the first week of school, devices will be assigned to students who do not already have one. Parents do not need to request a device.

*If your student took their device home for summer, please send in the device, charger, and carry bag if assigned, with your student on the first day of school, August 31st. If any pieces have been misplaced over the summer, or the device is not working as expected, please include a note with your student’s device, let their teacher know, or email or email Kokanee’s School Tech Specialist directly at marriveyhall@nsd.org.

From the Library

We cannot wait to welcome all our Kodiaks back to the library and get books into the hands of our Kokanee readers!

Book check out will begin as soon as possible. Books are checked out for one week for grades K-2 and two weeks for grades 3-5. To learn more about all our library has to offer, and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our library website at: go.nsd.org/kolibrary


Volunteers are an essential part of our library program, and we truly appreciate the volunteers who help us out! Library Volunteers must:

  1. Have up to date NSD background check and library volunteer agreement on file.
  2. Be available for a weekly or bi-weekly time slot and sign up on the Sign-Up Genius

If you have the time and interest in volunteering, please use the Sign-Up Genius link!

~Happy Reading!

Mrs. McKnight (full-time librarian)

Mrs. Fagundes (part-time librarian)

Kokanee School Counseling

Hi Kokanee Families!

I am Sophie Nelson, Kokanee’s School Counselor. This will be my 3rd year at Kokanee and I am excited to continue to work with all of our students and have another great year!

I am here to support our entire Kokanee Community. I work alongside teachers, parents and guardians to help all of our Kodiaks develop socially, emotionally, and academically.

I provide Classroom Guidance Lessons, Small Groups, Individual Counseling and Resources for families. To learn more, I have attached a pdf with additional information, or you can contact me at 425-408-4927 / snelson@nsd.org.

Welcome Back to Physical Education - PE

Hello Kodiaks!

Welcome back to Kokanee! We are very excited for the year, and wanted to give some reminders so we are able to maximize our time together in the gym.

On days that you have PE, please wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. Wear sneakers and make sure your laces are tied. If you’re not good at tying your laces yet, practice. Like all things in life, when you practice you get better. There are many days when you will wear boots to school because of the weather. If you wear boots on a day you have PE please remember to bring sneakers that you can change into. We will not have students sit out if they are wearing rain boots, but improper footwear can limit the ability to fully participate in PE activities.

We will have many different PE units and activities throughout the year. Most units are 2-3 weeks long. We ask that students participate and try new things. Our goal is that all students enjoy learning and participating in the gym and that we can instill lifelong habits of participating in physical activities. If students are injured, please coordinate with the office, to provide medical documentation as to the injury and time period, when students need to limit or refrain from PE activities.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Greg Martin gmartin@nsd.org

Michelle Olson molson@nsd.org

Sara Lee slee@nsd.org

News from the Nurse

COVID Updates:

The Washington State Department of Health has provided new guidance for schools this Fall. Please see the Symptom and Exposure Flowchart for Schools (dated 8-16-2022) attached in this newsletter. The following guidance applies to all students, staff, and volunteers. Please see additional information on the district’s COVID information page.

What if my child has symptoms? Students who have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose) are required to stay home and test for COVID-19. Home antigen tests are recommended. Individuals with one or more recent symptoms need a negative COVID test AND a significant improvement in symptoms prior to returning to school. You do not need to report negative tests to the school nurse.

If your child wakes up in the morning with a new symptom, do NOT send your child to school to see if your child will feel better at school. Students who come to school with new symptoms or develop symptoms at school are required to be isolated and sent home.

What if my child is exposed to COVID? Individuals who are exposed to COVID should monitor for symptoms, test frequently, and wear a mask around others. For exposures in the same household with continuous exposures, it is recommended to test every 24-48 hours until 5 days after the last positive household member’s isolation has ended. See page 2 of the Flowchart for more information.

What if my child tests positive? Isolation is required for any positive COVID antigen or PCR test. Report a positive test to the school nurse, Michelle Song at msong@nsd.org. Five full days of isolation are required, and per district policy must wear a mask on days 6-10. There is no requirement to do a follow-up antigen test to return to school. If you choose to do a test towards the end of the full 5 days of isolation, and/or on days 6-10, and it is positive, your child is required to complete the 10 full days of isolation. There is no longer an option to test out of the mask requirement for days 6-10 with a negative test.

How will I be notified of COVID cases at school? Parents can access information about COVID cases at school on the district COVID dashboard.

Other Illnesses

To avoid the spread of illness other than COVID, follow these guidelines when deciding whether your child is healthy enough for school. In addition to the COVID guidelines, if your child has any of the symptoms below, please keep him/her at home until the symptoms subside:

  • APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR: unusually tired, difficult to wake, pale, skin rash, lack of appetite; these are often signs of underlying illness.
  • FEVER: temperature of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours
  • VOMITING/DIARRHEA: within the past 24 hours.
  • RASH: Any rash of unknown cause should be considered contagious. Please have your child examined by a health care provider to determine the cause and communicability of the rash before sending him/her to school. The school may require a note from the health care provider stating that the rash is not contagious.
  • Other: For other specific diseases or health difficulties it is always a good idea to contact the school nurse. We are happy to share information and resources anytime!

Students must be fever-free without fever reducing medication and no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.

Medications at School

If your student will be taking any medication at school, please contact the school nurse. The Northshore School District recommends that medication be taken at home whenever possible. We recognize, however, that in some cases it is essential that medication be administered during the school day.

For the protection of all the students and to comply with Washington state law, the district has a policy and procedures in place for the handling of ALL medications in the schools.

In order for school staff to administer medication, the following conditions must be met:

  • All medications, over-the-counter or prescription, need a current Northshore Medication Authorization Form signed by the student's health care provider and the parent or guardian.
  • Medication must be delivered to the school health room or main office in a properly labeled prescription or original over-the-counter container. The student's name must be on the label with proper identification of the drug, dosage, and directions for administration.

Self-administration of medication by students also requires the nurse receive a Northshore Medication Authorization Form signed by the student's health care provider and the parent or guardian and authorization of self-administration. Not all medication can be self-administered.

Please do not put any kind of medicine, including Tylenol, vitamins, and cough drops in your child's lunch box, backpack or pockets. Unidentified medicine can never be given at school.

Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss health concerns about your student.

Michelle Song, BSN RN



YMCA Childcare

The YMCA is proud to partner with the Northshore School District to provide high-quality, active learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds. Through our Before and After-School Enrichment (BASE) program, we provide a safe, caring, and fun environment where kids can participate in sports, arts, STEM, and other hands-on learning activities.

Registration is open, please visit this link for more information Northshore School District | YMCA of Greater Seattle (seattleymca.org) The Y also provides scholarships for families. To apply for a scholarship, follow the instructions on the attached link or reach out to registration@seattleymca.org with any questions! We are looking forward to a great year with our Kokanee students and families!

Do You Have a Kindergartener?

By now you have had a chance to hear from your teacher(s) and learn that Kindergarten kicks off the school year different than the other grade levels.

This is part of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) program, a legislatively mandated part of state-funded, full-day kindergarten. Family Connection takes place at the beginning of the school year, allowing Teacher, Student and Parent/Guardian conferencing the first 3 calendar days.

Please visit the OSPI webpage for more information.

Become a Kokanee Volunteer!

Want to volunteer on campus? You can start preparing now!

All volunteers in Northshore are required to complete an online volunteer application and submit proof of vaccination for the 2022-23 school year. Volunteers who have completed a background check in the past need to renew their volunteer application annually.

Step One - Read through the Northshore School District Volunteer Orientation.

Step Two - Complete a background check (level 1) and submit your proof of vaccination through Safe Visitor Solutions. This background check is through the Washington State Patrol System. Please submit your application at least a week before volunteering.

Please call the front office with questions!


Become a PTA Member!

Kokanee Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association supports critical academic needs, is an active voice on decisions that impact your child’s health, safety and quality of education, and builds a stronger, more inclusive school community.

Our goal is 100% membership among parents - a larger membership means:

  • a stronger legislative voice at the national, state, and local levels
  • quality school enrichment with the programs and events we sponsor, such as Raz Kids, Scholastic News, and classroom Art Docents.
  • better closing of the public school funding gaps via grants to the school for technology support, field trips, supplies and much more.

There is no wrong or right way to be involved – joining does not obligate you to volunteer, we invite you to join because we can do more together than apart.

Learn More About the Northshore Schools Foundation

We are the Northshore Schools Foundation, serving students, teachers and families in the Northshore School District communities of Bothell, Kenmore, and Woodinville.

Our work drives resources to help students reach the promise of their potential. Since our founding in 1995, we have granted over $2.7 million to schools, teachers and students. YOU, the Northshore community make this possible.

If you would like to partner with us to enrich the educational experience for students, supporting teachers and making a meaningful contribution to public education and the community, we invite you to learn more about ways to give.

Have a wonderful 2022-23 school year Northshore!

Meet the 2022-2023 Kokanee Staff


  1. Kari Fouhy/ Erin Wilen
  2. Courtney Knox
  3. Emma Williams - Will be on maternity leave from 10/24/22 - 3/17/23
  4. Amanda Beard
  5. Marjeta Bejdo

Special Education Para Educator Supporting K:

  1. Arielle Budinich

1st Grade

  1. Stacy Hansen
  2. Val Kok
  3. Alicia Morford - Will be on maternity leave from 08/23/22 - 2/06/23 (Jamie Manges will be Alicia's long-term substitute)
  4. Christina Caiker
  5. Amy Pak

2nd Grade

  1. Brittany Doyle
  2. Any Kostadinova (EAP)
  3. Kelly Leininger
  4. Melissa Douma (EAP)
  5. Lauren Piloco

3rd Grade

  1. Colby Bishop (EAP)
  2. Kim Woodard
  3. Todd English (EAP)
  4. Tiffany Hsieh

4th Grade

  1. Colleen McIntosh
  2. Dawn Hamilton (EAP) - Is on maternity leave until November 28, 2022 (Lydia Mikhail will be Dawn's long-term substitute)
  3. Jen McNease (EAP)
  4. Michelle Gillebo
  5. Lauren Crabb (EAP)
  6. Sara Landin

5th Grade

  1. Margie Muller (EAP)
  2. Jordan Olson - Is on maternity leave until January 3, 2023 (Laura Ball will be Jordan's long-term substitute)
  3. Scott Liu (EAP)
  4. Kaitlyn Flanagan
  5. Rich Butler (EAP)



  1. Jenni McKnight
  2. Annie Fagundes - 0.5 FTE

Library Secretarial/Clerical Support:

  1. Susan Carr


  1. Michelle Bergmans
  2. Jeanne Lynn
  3. Sara Lee 0.4 FTE


  1. Greg Martin
  2. Michelle Olson- 0.8 FTE
  3. Sara Lee - 0.6 FTE

Learning Center Certificated Staff

  1. Jessica Cottrill
  2. Ashley Hales

Learning Center Para Educators

  1. Tracy LeBel
  2. Ilinda Pennant
  3. Lorie Trecker - part time
  4. Megan Anderson - part time
  5. Colin Portugal
  6. Kyle Baker

Mid-Level Sensory Teachers

  1. Lorie Kleve - K/1
  2. Kris Harris - 2/3
  3. Shaun Kiddoo - 4/5

Mid-Level Sensory Para Educators

  1. Amy Clark
  2. Emily Granberg
  3. Claudia Bridenbecker
  4. Molly Johnson
  5. Claudia Purdy
  6. Viral Trivedi
  7. Sameera Shaikh
  8. Tammy Mason
  9. Betsy Rosenbaum
  10. Kylie McGavran
  11. Alexsis Brown

ELD and LAP Teachers

  1. Brynn Bond 1.0 ELD
  2. Sally Bryan .8 LAP

ELD Para Educator

  1. Jen Brown, full time with ELD Program


  1. Sophie Nelson

Mental Health Specialist

  1. Hannah Dickinson on Mondays

Office Staff

  1. Peggy Aguilar- Office Manager
  2. Marne Nienaber - Registrar
  3. Gail Wingender- Part time Secretary


  1. Michelle Song


  1. Andrea Karch

School Assistants

  1. Jenny Unruh - full time
  2. Sara Casebeer - full time
  3. Peggy Hoffer - part time


  1. Janet Prendergast
  2. Andy Wojcik
  3. Elizabeth Forman


  1. Megan Larson
  2. Heather Ullrich

School Technology Specialist

  1. Megan Arrivey Hall

Kitchen Staff

  1. Kathy Tidwell
  2. Anshu Flanagan

Facilities Staff

  1. Shane Bailey
  2. Ramon Velazco


  1. Joel Fagundes
  2. Icis Tirado