Olander Elementary

3401 Auntie Stone St. Fort Collins CO 80526
970•488•8410 970•488•8411 Attendance Line


Specials Spotlight

The Specials team wants to let Olander families know about all the amazing and fun things your children get to experience during art, music, and PE. 

You can go to SPECIALS SPOTLIGHT to find all the latest and greatest information throughout the year.  Curriculum, grading policies, clubs, calendar of events, Specials rotation schedule, photo gallery, teacher blogs, and information on fundraisers are all online! 

Importance of Specials at Olander

Art, music, and PE are fundamental to the growing minds of Olander’s students.  The many benefits provided by the Specials classes are the development of fine-motor, problem solving, decision making, risk-taking, visual-spatial, and innovation skills.  Art, music, and PE help manage and nurture healthy emotional development, as well as children’s sense of empathy, while making cultural and world-wide connections. Being able to experience these enrichment programs expand and develop students’ personal talents and interests. Children who are visual, kinesthetic, and auditory learners are given the opportunity to discover and experience success and leadership.  Also, they help facilitate effective communication, collaboration, cooperation, and compromise among children.  All of these skills, developed and strengthened through Specials classes, translate and carry over into other parts of children’s’ lives. 


In art, students in Kindergarten through 5th grades learn about famous artists, art history, art concepts and techniques, while working with all different types of media when painting, drawing, sculpting, and above all creating!


Music at Olander immerses students in the discovery of music through the approach of “Eurhythmics:” an engagement of multiple learning intelligences through moving to music, playing instruments, improvising melodies, and composing dances and songs.


PE empowers students at Olander with physical activity, fitness, and overall wellness opportunities while learning life skills such as teamwork, self-esteem, social skills, mindfulness, creativity and leadership.