May News!

M for Mother’s Day      By: Courtney Hunter

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day


Diy Rose Project

By, Hana Luttmann Staff Writer  

You will need white paper, and red and green coloring utensils.

Step 1. Color 2 inches of the top of the   red and the rest green.

Step 2. Twist the green part and repeat till the amount of roses you want are finished.

Step 3. Share with your friends and family.

Here is one I made . 

Favorite month for pranksters

     April Fools' Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is celebrated every year on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes expose their prank by shouting April Fool. Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.

  Also coming up is Easter, also called Pascha (Greek/Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. You might not understand what that means. But…..

    Happy hunting!!!!!

Diy Easter Egg Banner By, Hana Luttmann

To make this beautiful banner you will need colorful paper, scissors, a pencil, glitter, string, and stickers if wanted.

Step 1. Cut the paper into egg shapes.

Step 2. Cut holes into the paper ( 2 on the top of each.)

Step 3. Decorate!

Step 4. Weave the string in the holes.


The Month of green

By: Courtney Hunter

          Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.

     Don’t forget to wear green in the 17th!!!


By,Hana Luttmann

            Leprechauns are intelligent creatures, and they makes them very hard to catch. They can turn invisible when they please so even if you can’t see them they might still be there. Follow these steps and you might be lucky enough catch a glimpse of these wonderful beings.    

Step 1. Lay out some candy or coins they will both work.

Step 2. Make the trail lead to a shoebox and put a pile under it.

Step 3. Ty a long piece of string to a stick and place it so it is holding up the box.

Step 4. If you see the bait moving wait intel box starts to move then PULL.

                I hope you liked my tutorial.

Pegasus World Cup and Super Bowl.

by stella haag

The Pegasus world cup is the biggest, richest horse race in the history of the world if your horse wins you win  7 million dollars. However the amount of money is 12 million dollars the reason the winner only gets 7 million dollars is because 2nd and 3rd place winners get some money too. The four most richest horse races are the Pegasus World Cup is first with a 12 million dollar purse,Then the Dubai world cup with a 10 million  dollar purse next, is Breeders cup classic with a 6 million dollar purse  followed by the Derby with a 1  million dollar purse. Since it cost a million dollars to to run a horse in the Pegasus world cup many people did not run there own thoroughbreds in the race they paid other owners so there were some not so good horses in the race

Okay now you know the basic info now it is time for the recap.  So this horse Arrogate had set a track record in the travers stakes so he was heavily favored but he one major competitor California chrome.  Chrome  had won the Derby and preakness stakes just losing the Belmont by a nose so he  lost the triple crown in 2014 But he had  shone his stuff   in the Dubai world cup winning it by a length. Now, Arrogate had beaten Chrome in the the Breeders cup classic. But they both had horrible post positions Chrome was starting in gate twelve meaning he was the farthest away from the first turn so if he did not break fast or could not get three or four wide he was not even going to come in fourth! Arrogate was post position number one which meant he could easily get blocked and come in dead last.  Finally the they were in the gates. The countdown clock going down by the second  1,2,3 there off!  Chrome took the lead right away he was in the lead until Arrogate noticed he was not himself. mike smith whipped him he took lead the surprisingly the Chrome did not try pick up the pace so Arrogate won. Leaving Chrome in fifth

Words to know

Break: a term used in horse racing meaning to leave the gate

Wide: how many horses beside going to the rail

Post position:  the slot the horse is put into to start the race

Thoroughbred: a type of fast horse the only kind used to race in America and most other countries.

Ok enough about horse racing time to talk about a sport we all know and love football!  The super bowl has been played.  The patriots won.  It was a very very stressful game. Atlanta had the lead for a long time but New england got a touchdown that sealed their  win.  That’s enough for this month happy February pirates!

Fruity Pops

By, Hana Luttmann staff writer

    To make these sweet treats you will need: popsicle sticks,3 fruit of your choosing, white sugar, and a whole lot of love.

STEP 1. Simply put the fruit on the popsicle stick

STEP 2. Then cover the fruit with white sugar

STEP 3. Put in freezer until completely frozen



To make an awesome Valentine card you will need 4 things. You will need paper, scissors, a doily, and markers.

STEP 1. Cut paper into heart and place part of the doily on top.

STEP 2.  Fill in the spaces with colored marker of your choosing and write a message on like I LOVE YOU or XOXO.

I hope you liked my tutorial!

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker Ballet is one of the most famous ballet’s  in the world  along with Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.  Though the music is the same, the choreography, costumes, makeup, sometimes Clara is  called Marie.  My favorite has always been the Eugene Ballet Company, it is the local one.   The music is written by Peter Talisky.  The Nutcracker story starts when it’s Christmas Eve and Clara’s family is having a ball.  As people  start to come someone special shows up it is Drosselmeyer,  Clara’s uncle.  He brings gifts for the children which are two life like dolls. All of the sudden he brings out a smaller box. He gives it to Clara and she opens the box. It is a beautiful nutcracker. Clara’s brother fritz  likes the nutcracker so they fight over it. Then Fritz drops the nutcracker!  Clara is so dismayed . Drosselmeyer tries to fix it when Clara is asleep and he does. Clara dreams that the nutcracker turns into a handsome prince. The mouse  king wants to take over the kingdom so, in result a fight starts between the tin soldiers and mice soldiers. Clara throws a slipper at  the mouse king  the prince stabs him and he dies.  Then the prince takes her to the land of sweets.  The Land of sweets is ruled the sugar plum and magical things happen.

By: Stella Haag

Christmas Ornament DIY

By: Hana Luttmann Staff Writer

To make a wonderful ornament, you must follow these instructions. First, you will need a cookie cutter, cardboard, green paper, glitter, coloring utensils, glue, and scissors.

Step One, take the cookie cutter and put it on a piece of green paper. Trace it with a dark coloring utensil and cut it out.

Step Two, glue it to a piece of cardboard. Decorate to your pleasing with colors from the rainbow and glitter.

                                     See you next time.

December Newspaper Presents


BY.Elly Pincher

There once was a girl named Quinn she was 8 years old she lived in New York city. She grew up in a foster home. In the first foster home, Mrs. Renna was a mean woman who owned the foster home and she never cared about the children who lived at the foster home. Mrs. Renna was a 30 year old woman, but her father had died in a plane crash 3 years ago she did not care about what happened but her father cared about Renna more than ever. Mrs. Renna’s mother still is alive but lives in a beautiful house or should I say mansion. Her mother did care about her father and started to hide out of the real world ever since her father died. Mrs. Renna was a very rich brat she only cared about worthless self She never ever let Santa come in the house so the children never ever had a Christmas presents. After 5 years of that foster home  she moved  to a different foster home. Mr. Sunner and Mrs. Sunner owned the foster home that she moved to. Mr. Sunner was a good nice man who put all the children bed by singing a song. Mrs. Sunner was an amazing young woman  who cooked an amazing dinner every night it was like they were are parents . One evening someone broke into the foster home when we were asleep and stole all of Mr. Sunner and Mrs. Sunner’s money so then the could not afford the foster home so they had to send the kids to a different foster home. When Quinn gathered her stuff she saw a present for each kid she found one for her it was a big box and it had something heavy in it she tor it open and there was her first Christmas present ready for her it was a statue of her mother it was beautiful and shiny she missed her mother a lot. She heard a HONK outside and a lady yelled QUINN it sounded like her mother's voice she ran outside to see who it was at first she stopped and ran to the lady it was her mother she was in the hospitable for as long as Quinn was in foster home. IT was the best Christmas present ever!  


By: Hana Luttmann, staff writer    

A Worry Box is not just a box.This box is where you can store your worries.

Step1. Get a small white box and write WORRY BOX. Then on the lid, write (PUT ALL YOUR WORRIES IN HERE).

Step 2. Put the following in the box (PIECES OF PAPER, PENCILS, LOVE.) Then you have a worry box.

Step 3. The last step is the most important. You give it to a friend or a family member.

Incredible Gymnastics

By: Stella Haag

Gymnastics  is a hard sport and almost everybody knows that, but to truly know the sport you have to experience it yourself.

Let me tell you it is a brutal  road.  I know  two girls who have gone down this brutal road.   One of them is Hannah Fisher .

I asked her why  she signed up for gymnastics  she said, “I signed up for gymnastics  because you get  exercise  and I  like exercising.”  

Secondl,y  I asked her what her favorite event  was she said, “ My favorite  event  is bars.”

She also said the hardest move she could do was a jump on the beam.  I totally agree!

The other girl I  know  is  Kiera Gerdau,   asking her the same thing  she said, “ I signed up gymnastics because I always knew I’d be good at it”.  

Both girls are from Kootenai and they find time to train after school just like me. They are both at the highest level. As a gymnast myself  I can relate, but I’m at lowest level.    


  • Wash after training because sweat and chalk

  • Wear  tight clothes

November Fun

                                            By: Courtney Hunter 6th grade

Last month I was asked to write about Socktober. This month about November. Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.Also coming up is Thanksgiving.Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is

celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November

in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Veterans day and Thanksgiving are very important days of the year, so have fun celebrating.

Mindy Roget

Soccer In Action

By Stella Haag

Last Saturday, I went to the soccer fields at Farmin Stidwell to watch some Sandpoint Rec League soccer.  I interviewed Matt Haag, father of a player.

I asked him what he thought about soccer and he said that, “ I love soccer along with many other sports.” I asked him if he thought kids benefited from soccer he said, “ I think children benefit greatly from playing sports in general,  especially soccer”.  

Matt played soccer ages 5 to 21.

I also interviewed  Elly Pincher, a player and student at Kootenai Elementary and asked her if she likes soccer and why and she said, “I love soccer because I think that it’s my sport.” Elly has just started playing soccer this year.

The coaches of Rec League soccer are parents of kids who play and volunteer their time, like Alan Brinkmeier, coach of a U8 and U10 team and Assistant Coach for the Sandpoint High School girl’s team.

Parks and Recreation soccer is a great start to kids who want to play soccer a little bit, or go on and play in Strikers soccer and beyond to be high school and college athletes.  When you go to the field to watch a game, it can be very intense and fun to watch family and friends play soccer.  Don’t forget to sign up for spring soccer when registration opens!


Wait, what is SOCKTOBER?!? Well if you didn't know already, SOCKTOBER is a national sole warming movement that gives everyone an easy and fun way to help those in need within their very own town! All anyone needs in order to participate is a new pair of socks and Socks and Soles will help you do the rest, as we are hosting our own Kootenai School SOCKTOBER collections through the help of some of our soul warming friends! Only a few more days before Halloween. Good job to those who won the sock drawing contest. Also, don’t forget that the sock hop is on Monday at 1:45 to 2:30.                 

Fall Fest Overview

by Hana Luttmann, Staff Writer


Fall Fest was a very successful event.  It took place on October 6th, 2016 on the playground at Kootenai Elementary.  The weather had been rainy for quite a long time, but we were lucky to have the sun actually shine during Fall Fest.  

Leina Luttmann, a first timer at Fall Fest and kindergartener at Kootenai Elementary, said that her favorite part of Fall Fest was definitely the bouncy houses.  She also liked the games and the cake/book walk in the cafeteria.  

There was also a jail at Fall Fest, where you could put someone in jail for four tickets and bail them out for two.  The first person in jail was Mrs. Knowles!  Kindergarteners Annie and Sophie Brubaker bailed her out. 

Fall Fest raised a lot of money.  After expenses, the school made over $2,000.00 which will be used for field trips. 

Next year, the committee hopes to raise even more money.  The students I interviewed mentioned that they might want more bouncy houses and games.  Let's see what Fall Fest brings next year!

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