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



Teacher Requests

posted Apr 18, 2018, 12:47 PM by Kelli Knowles

Dear Kootenai Elementary Parents/Guardians,


During the month of May, Kootenai Elementary staff will meet to determine student placements for next school year.  This can be a challenging and complex process as we strive to create balanced and positive classrooms. We take many factors into consideration in an effort to place your student in an optimal learning environment.


We take our classroom placement decisions very seriously and do our best to create classroom communities that promote the growth and development of each student.  Experiences with a variety of teaching styles and classroom environments help develop a student’s ability to apply strategies and adapt to changing situations.  We believe that adaptability is the highest form of functionality and your support for your student and teacher is instrumental in your student's success in any environment.


When assigning students to a specific classroom, student placement is taken seriously and is initiated according to a process involving time and careful thought concerning the best interest of every child in each classroom.  Classrooms are heterogeneously grouped to mirror our society: in order to create balanced classes of students, the following factors are considered: gender; ability levels; student needs; behavior concerns; and special program needs.  Please note that the final decision on all student placements rest with the principal. 


We are very fortunate to have a talented, dedicated, and professional staff that is committed to providing valuable learning experiences for your children. However, if you as a parent or guardian feel strongly about placing your student in a specific teacher’s classroom for the coming school year, please make an appointment as soon as possible to speak directly with Mrs. Knowles regarding your request. 


Thank you again for all you do to support Kootenai School.




Mrs. Kelli Knowles, Principal


posted Mar 16, 2018, 8:50 AM by Kelli Knowles

We are proud to announce that our school was selected to receive funding to support our Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives, which support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives, staff development and overall Fuel Up to Play 60 implementation. Our school will be using our funding for a race timing kit and Kitchenaide mixer with attachments.The race timing kit will be used during our Pirate Pie Run 5K in the spring, which will help raise money for our jogging club .

Supported by Dairy West, the National Dairy Council, the USDA and the NFL, the program encourages our students to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Multiple health organizations and several major corporations are also supporting Fuel Up to Play 60, now in its seventh year.

“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Idaho. Over 400 schools have received the FUTP 60 mailing, and wellness champions and students have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools to do even more,” said Crystal Wilson, Vice President of Health and Wellness with Dairy West.  

Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at www.FuelUpToPlay60.com or visit www.dairywest.com.

Safe Routes to School - Put a Little Spring in Your Step:

posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:26 PM by Kelli Knowles


Daylight savings time begins March 11th.  Our days grow lighter longer.  Drivers please pay particular attention for more students walking and biking to and from school.  Dust off the bike helmets and make sure they still fit properly.  Spring bike maintenance ABC’s:  Air up your tires to pressure printed on tire wall, test/adjust your brakes for proper working order, and lubricate the chain.  Most likely, your child has grown since the last bike ride.  The seat position should be set so the extended leg has a slight bend at the knee.  Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes when biking to school.  Be safe and always wear a helmet & obey the rules of the road.  Be seen and wear light, bright, and reflective clothing at night.  Be smart and use hand signals to show your intentions and ride in a predictable fashion.

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!

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