From the Principal

Welcome to Kootenai Elementary School!!  

Kootenai Elementary Staff and students are working hard every day to build a community that supports each of our students in both a social and academic way.  

I encourage you to read & subscribe to my blog below for the most up-to-date information and happenings regarding our school. 

Please also check out the "Events Calendar" link for a calendar of everything we have going on this month! 

Thanks for stopping by our website, please contact us with any questions or concerns!

Warmest Regards,

Kelli Knowles



Safe Routes to School - Walk for a Happy Heart Tip:

posted Feb 5, 2018, 2:37 PM by Kelli Knowles

February is American Heart Month which is all about adopting a permanent lifestyle change that will make your heart healthy and happy.  “Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.  For example, regular brisk walking can help you:  maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, strengthen your bones, lift your mood, and improve your balance and coordination.  The faster, farther, and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits (Mayo Clinic 2014).” One of the most important and effective ways to combat heart disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle is through exercise.  Let American Heart Month inspire you to begin walking your child to school each day. Children under 10 yrs old should be accompanied by an adult or someone who will make sure they walk safely.  Teach kids to make eye contact with drivers and focus when walking.

Healthy Snacks Guidelines

posted Jan 29, 2018, 9:43 AM by Kelli Knowles

Dear Kootenai Parents and Families:

In order to follow the regulations set forth by the Lake Pend Oreille School District’s Local School Wellness Policy (LPOSD Board Policy #8200),  Kootenai Elementary is changing our classroom celebration snack requirements, effective immediately.  

While we do encourage families to bring in snacks to share with classrooms to help celebrate holidays and birthdays, we are now requiring that classroom snacks follow the Federal Smart Snacks guidelines.

What are examples of healthy classroom snacks?

Children can be served healthy snacks and celebratory foods in the classroom, such as:

Fresh fruit

Fresh vegetables w/ low fat ranch dip   

Low fat or nonfat yogurt  

String cheese   

Cereal bar  

Cheese cubes  

Fruit muffin  

Whole grain crackers


Cheese Crackers

Whole grain tortilla chips and fresh salsa  


*Please remember that all food items brought to share must be store bought vs. homemade.

Your child’s teacher is also a great resource for verifying if a food item meets the district guidelines. If you are interested in viewing a more extensive list, please visit: http://www.lposd.org/home/departments/child-nutrition-1/wellness-policy

Alternatively, non-food items that can be given to children as part of a celebration including bubbles, stickers, temporary tattoos, erasers, silly straws, etc.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please contact us with any questions.

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posted Jan 12, 2018, 11:19 AM by Kelli Knowles

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It's Cold and Flu Season!

posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:51 PM by Kelli Knowles

When children are ill (especially during the flu season)--please keep them home. We understand that it is a hardship for working parents, but keeping a child home may reduce the length of their illness and decrease the potential for widespread illnesses in the building.

Students really need to stay home if:
  • Fever (our baseline is over 100*F---but some kids feel pretty bad when 99*)
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Any "Influenza Symptoms"
  • Are experiencing a severe cough 

Free & Reduced Meals at Kootenai

posted Jan 8, 2018, 10:30 AM by Kelli Knowles

January 8, 2018



Dear Parents and Guardians,


Have you completed a Free or Reduced meal application this school year? 


If yes, thank you!  Our school district receives funding from a variety of federal grants based on the number of children in the district that QUALIFY for Free or Reduced priced meals, regardless if they choose to participate in the meal program.


Many federal grant awards are allocated nationally to public school districts based on Free and Reduced percentages. For Lake Pend Oreille School District, these include:  Title 1-A (Reading and Math), Title 1-D (Neglected and Delinquent), Title VI-B (Preschool & Rural Education Achievement), Carl Perkins, Title II-A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting),  Title III (Language Instruction), E-RATE (Schools and Libraries – telecommunications & internet) and a portion of Special Education funding. Based on current applications that qualify for Free or Reduced priced meals, this amounts to approximately $ 3.3 million for our district!


It is our hope that all children are encouraged to eat in the school cafeteria.  Our district participates in the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs.  All meals served to children in our district’s cafeterias follow the “School Meals Initiative” by using Nutrient Standard Menu Planning. Meals are nutritionally analyzed to provide the nutrients required to sustain optimum health and growth for children.


If you have not already completed a Free and Reduced application, or if your income has decreased for any reason since you last applied or if you household size has increased, please take this opportunity to complete the attached application.  All information is strictly confidential.  Only one application is needed per household.


School breakfast and lunch menus are available at all school locations and on our web page at www.lposd.org


If you have any questions about the Child Nutrition program, please contact me at 265-1569.  It is our pleasure to serve you.




Bobbie Coleman

Child Nutrition Director

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Safe Routes to School - Back from Winter Break Tips:

posted Jan 7, 2018, 11:53 AM by Kelli Knowles

Winter can make walking to your destination a challenge.  If the sidewalks and walkways are impassable and you have to walk on the street, walk facing oncoming traffic and as close to the curb/side of the road as possible.  Proper gear is a must, but wearing dark winter colors may make it difficult for motorists to see you.  Wear a brightly-colored scarf or hat.  Wear reflective gear if you are walking early dawn or dusk when motorists have a more difficult time seeing pedestrians.  Don't forget to wear gloves and boots with non-slip soles.  Know that snow that has accumulated into drifts can muffle the sounds of approaching motor vehicles.  Hats and scarves that cover your ears can muffle or even block these sounds too.  Keep warm, but dress so that you can hear what's going on around you in addition to being able to move your head freely to see well on your way to school.  Stay safe on your way to school this winter!

A New Table for the Cafeteria!!

posted Dec 13, 2017, 12:43 PM by Kelli Knowles

THANK YOU to the Idaho Dairy Farmers Council for providing Kootenai Elementary a grant to fund a BRAND NEW cafeteria table!  We are so very grateful!

Winter is Coming! Be safe on Icy Roads!

posted Nov 27, 2017, 1:36 PM by Kelli Knowles

Safe Routes to School - Winter Walking/Car Tip:

Cars can have difficulty stopping on icy roads and can slide into nearby pedestrians.  During winter break, please take time to walk around Sandpoint or your neighborhood with your children and discuss winter car safety.  Remind your children to stand five giant steps back from the road when waiting for the bus.  Children should be reminded how to wait for a car to pass or to stop completely before they step into the roadway.  While driving, you can help them understand that a car may not be able to stop on ice, even if the stoplight is red or there is a stop sign.  If there is fresh snow on the roadway, there is still potential for ice below the snow.  Take extra precautions to stay safe while you explore winter.

For more information and tips on Safe Routes to School (walking/biking to school) please visit www.lposd.org under Parents & Students.

Indoor OR Outdoor Recess?

posted Oct 30, 2017, 9:20 AM by Kelli Knowles

Indoor/Outdoor Recess?

October 30, 2017

With the cold weather and pending snow forecast always comes the question from parents as to how it is determined whether or not it will be an indoor recess as opposed to outdoor recess. So, I wanted to take a minute to remind everyone of Kootenai’s policy and procedures when determining whether it will be an indoor or outdoor recess. First of all, I would like to say that we don’t ever make the decision lightly. Also, keep in mind that we are making a decision based on what is best for the majority of the 400+ students at Kootenai Elementary. Lastly, we make the determination based on the assumption that parents ensure that their children come with adequate winter attire – coat (not a hoodie!) and warm shoes/boots for sure; and then preferably gloves, hats, earmuffs, etc.Freezing

Lake Pend Oreille School District has no policy that involves temperature and leaves that determination up to the local schools to make that determination.

At Kootenai, outdoor play is permitted regardless of temperature, when weather conditions are appropriate.Students will remain indoors when the temperature, with the wind chill, falls below 0 degrees Fahrenheit .  Please be sure your child is dressed for the appropriate weather.  

Now, after having considered these guidelines and procedures, one must remember that they are determined with all the students in mind. If you have a student with a specific need or reason that you feel he/she needs to stay inside today, whether it be that you fear she/he may be coming down with something or is recovering from a recent illness, you may send a note with your child requesting him/her to be kept inside for today’s recesses.

Parents~ please be sure to send your children with adequate cold weather/winter attire and we will do our best to ensure that students are safe during recess. If you have any questions that weren’t answered here, please feel free to call or email.

Thank You!

School Wide Parent Survey

posted Oct 30, 2017, 8:12 AM by Kelli Knowles

Good Morning, Parents and Guardians!

Be on the look-out for a School Satisfaction Survey coming to you on Wednesday, November 1st.  The survey will arrive via email and/or text message, and should take no longer than 5-7 minutes to complete.  This survey will provide valuable feedback to our school.  Please let us know if you have any questions! 

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