Kokanee Elementary

Kodiak Monthly News - May 2023

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May 1 - 3rd Grade SBA Testing

May 1 - Kinder Field Trip - Woodland Park Zoo

May 1 - Track & Field Practice, 4-5pm, Gym

May 2 - 3rd Grade SBA Testing

May 2 - Girls on the Run, 8-9:15am

May 2 - Track Meet - 5pm-6:30 @KO

May 3 - Firefighter Visit - Kindergarten

May 4 - 3rd Grade SBA Testing

May 4 - Girls on the Run, 8-9:15am

May 4 - Chinese Cultural Club, 4-5pm, Room 524

May 5 - 11th Annual celebration of LUNCH HERO DAY!

May 5 - 3rd Grade SBA Testing

May 5 - Safe Inside Drill into Lockdown Drill, 12pm

May 8 - 4th Grade SBA Testing

May 8 - Track & Field Practice, 4-5pm, Gym

May 9 - 4th Grade SBA Testing

May 9 - Track Meet – 5pm-6:30 @ Leota MS

May 9 - Band / Orchestra Concert @ IHS 6pm-7pm

May 11 - 4th Grade SBA Testing

May 11 - Chinese Cultural Club, 4-5pm, Room 524

May 12 - 4th Grade SBA Testing

May 12 - 5th Grade CAMP Luggage Pick Up

May 15 – 17 CAMP CEDAR SPRINGS 5th Grade

May 15 - Track & Field Practice, 4-5pm, Gym

May 16 - Track HOME Meet – 5pm-6:30 @ KO

May 18 - Chinese Cultural Club, 4-5pm, Room 524

May 18 - C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Award Ceremony - 6pm

May 19 - Celebrations of the World, 5pm-8pm at Kokanee

May 22 – 25 - Dancing Dave Square Dancing during PE

May 22 - 5th Grade SBA Testing

May 22 - Track & Field Practice, 4-5pm, Gym

May 23 - 5th Grade SBA Testing

May 23 - Track & Field Junior Olympics – 5:30-7pm @ NCHS

May 25 - 5th Grade SBA Testing

May 25 - Spring Choir Concert Grades 3,4,5 – 6:15-7:15pm @ NPAC

May 26 - School IS in session - Snow Make Up Day

May 29 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

May 30 - 5th Grade SBA Testing

May 31 - PTA Dining for Dollars, Chaat House, 11:30am-9:30pm

2023-24 Enrollment OPEN

Schools are now tracking numbers to determine how many Kindergarten classrooms are needed for the 2023-243 school year. If you or someone you know has a kindergarten age student looking to start next fall, please register as soon as possible by going online to https://www.nsd.org/schools/get-started/kindergarten.


If your family is moving and will not be attending Kokanee Elementary next year, it is VERY IMPORTANT to let us know just as soon as possible. We are currently planning the 2023-24 and rely on accurate student counts for balancing classrooms.

Please notify our Registrar, Marne Nienaber at 425-408-4903 mnienaber@nsd.org.

If you are moving within the Northshore School District, please fill out the change of address form and return it with a new copy of address verification. Thank you in advance for keeping the school information up to date.

Parent Input Form 2023-24

At Kokanee, we employ a strong and diverse teaching staff that provides a variety of learning experiences and styles for the students. The Kokanee staff realizes that your child’s classroom placement is important to you and that all students have different learning styles and needs. All staff members work hard to meet the needs of all children. We also know that children respond differently at home and at school to learning situations. In an effort to give you an opportunity to make us aware of any exceptional needs or conditions that your child may have, we are providing this input form.

All students at Kokanee will have equal opportunity for a positive and strong educational experience. In determining placement, we will consider student learning data, classroom balance, social interactions, our observations at school and any additional information you may share through this form.

Completion of this form is optional.
Please note the following:

  • This information is not confidential and will be shared with the faculty as classes are being formed.
  • We do not accept specific teacher requests or guarantee placement in any specific classroom model.
  • All students will be given the same consideration when being placed, whether or not parent input is given.

Placement is an important decision for you and your child. We are committed to working carefully and with care toward productive matches and balanced classroom placements.

DUE: May 31st


May Testing Schedules

In Washington students take state and federal tests to assess their progress as well as the progress of the educational system. At Kokanee, our 3rd-5th grade Kodiaks will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in May (testing calendar below).

Spring 2023 Testing

In spring 2023, students in grades 5, 8, and 11 are expected to take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), and students in grades 3-8 and 10 are expected to take the Smarter Balanced ELA and math assessments.

Smarter Balanced ELA & Math

The spring 2023 Smarter Balanced math and ELA tests will include both Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and Performance Task (PT) components. The CAT portion for both subject areas will be the same length as it was for Spring 2022. The PT is also the same length and design as it was for Spring 2022 with up to six questions for the math PT and two parts, including a Full Write, for the ELA PT. The specific test blueprints that will be used are posted to the Smarter Balanced Test Development & Design webpage(link is external) and are referred to as the "adjusted" blueprints.


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2022-23 C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Award

Congratulations to all of our Kodiaks who were nominated for this award. Our 5th grade team has selected two students to receive the humanitarian award. The NSD Communications Department will send a formal invitation to each nominee’s family very soon!

This year’s C.P. & Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Award ceremony will be held at the Northshore Concert Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

School Lunch Hero Day - May 5th

Did you know that May 5th, 2023 marks the 11th annual "School Lunch Hero Day" ? Schools nationwide acknowledge and celebrate our hard-working individuals who prepare healthy meals to our students


Kokanee's HEROES are Kathy Tidwell & Tina Erickson. A HUGE thank you to both of them for their consistency, patience and hard work!

Last Call for Yearbooks!!!

The presale for yearbooks has ended, but you can still place an order online using the link below. It will remain open through most of April but we cannot give you an exact deadline as that is determined by our publisher and changes due to production volumes, so don't wait... get your book ordered today if you haven't already done so! Yearbooks will be go home with students the last week of school. Questions please contact FireFly images directly at 206-790-3696


YEARBOOK LINK - https://fs4.formsite.com/FireFly/jyksprydxo/index

ASB Spirit Day - May 4th

ASB voted to have the next Spirit Day as "MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU" on Thursday, May 4th.

Let's celebrate all things Star Wars! Remember no weapons, which includes light sabers and no masks, just your favorite Star Wars themed attire for some galactic fun!

2022-23 ASB Meeting Dates

Associated Student Body (ASB) members meet at 8:20am - 9:10am in room 321.

May - 11th and 25th

June - 1st and 15th

2022-23 JEDI Team Meeting Dates

Our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) team meets at 3:15PM-3:45PM in room 303.

May 8th

June 5th

First Track Meet - May 2nd

Come cheer on our athletes as they compete in Track & Field! First up is this week at Kokanee. If you are interested in helping, please contact coach Greg Martin at gmartin@nsd.org


Monday, May 1 Practice 4-5pm

Tuesday, May 2 MEET @Kokanee 5-6:30pm (23710 57th AVE SE)

Monday, May 8 Practice 4-5pm

Tuesday, May 9 MEET @ Leota MS 5-6:30pm (19301 168th AVE NE)

Monday, May 15 Practice 4-5pm

Tuesday, May 16 MEET @ Kokanee 5-6:30pm (23710 57th AVE SE)

Monday, May 22 Practice 4-5pm

Tuesday, May 23 JO @ North Creek HS 5:30-7pm (3613 191st PL SE)

June 3rd - Kokanee Choirs to sing the National Anthem!

We are excited to share that our Kokanee Choirs have been chosen to sing the National Anthem for an Aquasox Baseball game on June 3rd!

If you are interested in joining us, you can use this link to order tickets: https://fevogm.com/Kokaneeelementary

This link will let you get a ticket at the same discount rate as our choir families of $10 a ticket.

Please consider joining us for a fun night of singing, baseball, and fireworks!



May 8-12 - Teacher & Staff Appreciation week

May 19 - Celebration of the World

May 31 - Dining for Dollars at CHAAT HOUSE

June 1 - General PTA Meeting at Kokanee Library

June 9 - Kokanee Carnival

June 13 - 5th Grade Party at Brightwater (PTA sponsored event)

June 16 - 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony (Kokanee Elementary event)

Flag Refresh Project

Part of Kokanee Elementary's mission is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for our students. We have over 66 flags around our campus that represent our students and staff members. We love to see how our students and staff feel so proud when they see their flag represented throughout our campus.

The Racial and Educational Justice Team (R.E.J.) is partnering with our PTA to announce our Flag Refresh Project 3.0, where we hope to purchase new and higher quality flags to display! These will be printed as vinyl banners that are made to hold up outdoors. We need $2,000 to make this happen. These flags will last for years to come!

We are so thankful to have students, families, and staff who come from different parts of the world and hold unique cultures, which is why we want to celebrate these differences and recognize the beauty of diversity. We appreciate the support we continue to get from this wonderful community!

If you are interested in donating, visit: www.memberplanet.com/campaign/kokaneepta/kokaneeelementaryflagrefreshfundraiser2023

-KO REJ team

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week - May 8th - 12th

This year the theme is BEST TEACHERS AND STAFF IN THE WHOLE WORLD! We have a fun week planned, and we can’t do it without the generous food and beverage donations from our Kokanee community! Please sign up and drop off goods at the front office:

MONDAY (5/8): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c45a8a92da5f85-mondayteacher#/

TUESDAY (5/9): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4CA5A929ABF58-tuesday

WEDNESDAY (5/10): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c45a8a92da5f85-wednesdayapprecia#/

THURSDAY (5/11): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4CA5A929ABF58-thursday

FRIDAY (5/12): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c45a8a92da5f85-fridayappreciatio#/

If you are interested in volunteering during the week, please sign up here:


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Call for 2023-24 PTA Officers

We need your help to keep PTA going next year!

Open positions:


Co-Vice Presidents


Please email: contact@kokaneepta.com with interest!

Kokanee PTA's Annual T-shirt REMINDER!

Thank you to all the students who submitted their artwork for the annual Kokanee t-shirt!

If you haven’t submitted your child’s size, please email president@kokaneepta.com with your child’s name + t-shirt size.

Celebration of the World

We can’t wait to see you for our Celebration of the World event!

Friday, May 19th

5pm – 8pm

@ Kokanee Elementary

To sign up to host a table/learning station or performance, please fill out this form by May 5th, and the PTA will contact you to coordinate:


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Dining For Dollars

Our next dining for dollars event is with Chaat House (22612 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell) on Wednesday, May 31 11:30am-9:30pm. 15% of your meal’s price will be donated back to Kokanee Elementary PTA!

To view the menu online, visit https://bothellchaathouse.com/
or call (425) 487-0001 to place your order. Mention "KOKANEE" when you order.
To order in store, come in and mention "KOKANEE" before placing your order.


Please save the date for the KOKANEE CARNIVAL

Friday, June 9th


@ Kokanee

For those who came to Kokanee in 2020 or thereafter, Kokanee is FAMOUS for our Carnival, bringing in lots of fun...rain or shine!!! We will have 3 food trucks, an ice cream truck, and other carnival food to enjoy.

Below are just a couple of the amazing games & attractions that will be included, and don't forget about the HUGE Prize Vault Table!

Climbing wall
Inflatable obstacle courses
Bouncy houses
Pie-in-the-Face game (hosting teachers & staff of Kokanee!)
Basket toss
Hoop shot
Bake walk

Stay tuned for more information on how to purchase tickets and ways to volunteer. Carnival will be our BIGGEST event of the year, and we hope to see you there!

*Please note this is not a drop-off event, but Kokanee kids, their siblings and caregivers are all welcome!

5th Grade Graduation Party (PTA Sponsored)

Hi 5th grade parents!

We are busy putting together an awesome celebration for the 5th grade Kodiaks. It will be held on June 13th at Brightwater from 12-2PM. I

f you are interested in volunteering or helping out in any way please email:

Nicole (daisy14382@gmail.com) or Holly (hollynguyen2@gmail.com).


Thank you to everyone who registered, donated, shared, and volunteered for the Fun Run! Thanks to our generous Kokanee community, we were able to exceed our goal of $20,000.

We are so grateful for our Kokanee Elementary community!


Volunteers are KEY to making these events happen! We have opportunities to help with planning as well as volunteering day of. If you are interested in helping out in anyway, sign up for your event of interest here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44a8ad23abf49-committee?useFullSite=true#/

Signing up does not commit you to anything but it helps us know who may be willing to help when volunteer opportunities come up! You can indicate whether you’re interested in planning or volunteering day of (or both!) and we’ll reach out accordingly! The more volunteers we have, the better we can make these events for our community!

PTA Quick Links

To stay up to date or quickly check in on PTA activities & opportunities, visit our LinkTree anytime: https://linktr.ee/kokaneepta

We’re doing our best to keep this up to date with all the latest PTA happenings! This is the fastest way to join PTA, participate or volunteer, and provide your feedback!

You can also visit us on:

Our website: https://kokaneepta.memberplanet.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kokaneePTA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kokaneepta/

Or contact us directly at contact@kokaneepta.com